One of my favorite authors
I love the hashtag created by Blerd Book Club and thought I would highlight two new books that I’ve added them to my “to read” list and I hope that you’ll add them to yours.
Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History
An anthology from a diverse group of writers including Tananarive Due, Ken Liu, Nnedi Okorafor.
“ In 1514 Hungary, peasants who rose up against the nobility rise again – from the grave. In 1633 Al-Shouf, a mother keeps demons at bay with the combined power of grief and music. In 1775 Paris, as social tensions come to a boil, a courtesan tries to save the woman she loves. In 1838 Georgia, a pregnant woman’s desperate escape from slavery comes with a terrible price. In 1900 Ilocos Norte, a forest spirit helps a young girl defend her land from American occupiers.” (Amazon)
The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir
“Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.” (Amazon)
There is definitely a renaissance in the world of Speculative Fiction with fascinating books being released every month. What’s on your must read list?
The God Talk: Butler’s Earthseed Tenet
Important question about one of my favorite authors -Octavia Butler
All that you Change
The only lasting truth
This Earthseed tenet from Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower remains relevant and rings true today. I interpreted this tenet as follows:
If and because we change everything that we touch and are ourselves changed, I believe we must touch with intent. We must touch gently, with the hopes of doing good, and enacting change that is positive. We must make sure our hands are clean, and we must appreciate the change. This tenet requires the reader to be diligent, and thoughtful and to move through everyday life with a certain level of consciousness.
We are only left with the impact of our actions. We don’t all see the “touch,” but we do see the change that results from that. The only thing that will ever remain true and indisputable…
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Super fans at PaleyFest
This year marked the first time that I’ve attended PaleyFest. It’s an annual festival bringing together the creators and stars of current and past tv shows and to interact with their community of fans.
My first panel was the breakout hit of the 2013/2014 season – Sleepy Hollow. The main cast: Nicole Behaire, Tom Mison, Orlando Jones, John Cho, Robert Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Len Wiseman, Heather Kadin. The panel was moderated by Sandra Gonzalez.
The producers were tight lipped and didn’t give away to many hints for the upcoming season. The only tidbits dropped were that the we be a new boss in charge of the station. Frank Irving will be facing trials and tribulations and the Horseman of War will be getting his own henchman!
The highlight of the panel was the sparkling chemistry between the cast. Nicole Beharie was the first person attached to the show and the producers included chemistry test in the when casting the remaining actors. The cast director deserves special addition because this cast really sells this ridiculous show.
Paraphrase(s) [ I didn’t take notes so it’s not an exact quote]
Tom Mison “I had to google “shipping” and “IchAbbie”
Waiting for the second season with baited breathe.
The producers were really shocked by the fans reaction to the relationship to Crane and Katrina. Which is understanding Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie have sizzling chemistry and to put it kindly Tom Mison and Kara Winter do not. I don’t want Crane and Abbie to have a relationship but I want Katrina out of the way. The Horseman of Death can keep her.
Today was the Agents of Shield panel. Because of usual lateness and the horrible LA traffic, I was 20 minutes late. To my pleasant surprise, the powers that be were screening the next episode of the show. Of course, the audience was going nuts. I won’t provide any spoilers but I’m looking forward to seeing it in its entirety.
After the screening, the brainy and radiant Felicia Day sat down to moderate the panel: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennett, Elizabeth Henstridge, Brett Dalton, Iain De Caestecker, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Jeffrey Bell, Jeph Loeb.
The highlight of the day was when Clark Gregg jumped off the stage to hug a fan. Here. It’s really heart warming to see an actor really show appreciate for their fans.
The lowlight of the night, during the brief Q&A session. The lucky few who got to ask questions kept asking the same ones over and over.
Q: Has the show been renewed for a second year.
A: Not yet
Q: Is there any cross over with the upcoming Captain America: Winter a Solider
A: Everyone skirted this question
There were a lot of great quotes:
Clark Gregg “Marvel doesn’t leave a lot on the table. They make the most of what fans want. They listen to that”
Ming Na “Skye is the love child of May and Thor. I want flashbacks to those scenes”
Chloe Bennett “We ship Skimmons”
Jed Whedon “The relationship of Fits and Simmons was based on the relationship between Casey Affleck and Scott Caan in Ocean’s 11.
Thoughts on a second season. Agents of Shield got off to a shaky start. The stories were basically a procedural of the week. The cast hasn’t gelled. Outside of the Melinda May, the characters weren’t interesting. Over the last five or so episodes the show has started taken a turn for the better. Having a more focused Big Bad has given the story a long and interesting arc to work with. The additions of Bill Paxton and Maximiliano Hernàndez as recurring Shield agents brought a much needed humpf to the show.
Ming Na and Elizabeth Henstridge are the strongest members of the cast and they can work with anyone. Clark Gregg is great as Coulson in the movies but the writing on the show doesn’t play to the character’s strengthen. If the show is brought make for a second season, I hope some new writers are added and some of the current ones let go.
As I’m drawn further into the Marvel Universe, I’m tempted to start reading the comics.
PaleyFest ends March 28. The events are streamed live on the Paley app.
Why I Refuse to See Ender’s Game
As a huge sci fi fan, it would be safe to assume that I go and see Ender’s Game. But I refuse to do so. The first time I’ve heard about the series is when I started my Sci Fi reading challenge. It was among the books on NPR’s Top 100 Sci Fi novels. When I read the list, I realized that I only read a fraction on the books. I wanted to read them all to expand my knowledge of science fiction.
This year, Ender’s Game appeared on the horizon as Summit and Lionsgate began to market their film in anticipation of today’s release date. As I heard more and more about the film, I learned more and more about its controversial author. His homophobia is too much for me to ignore. I don’t support censorship so he is free to share his hateful thoughts but I do believe in the power of money. I’ve read that he isn’t getting any money directly from the movie because it was made under a decades old deal. HOWEVER, the sales of his books have increased due to the interest in the movie. I refuse to indirectly enrich the author. If this movie dies a quick death then it’s author can slide back under whatever rock he crawled out of and plans for its sequel can be shelved. The filmmakers need to except responsibility for their actions as well. Some on the production team have feigned ignorance of the author’s views. But isn’t it your responsibility to know what you are doing with your own money? Having learned of the author’s background, I’m empowered to make the decision to spend my money elsewhere. I hope that today’s movie goer will make an informed decision whether or not to see this film.
For more on this topic please see this Mother Jone’s article. Here
Comic Book McLovin
Check out Cherry Davis’ post of PBS’ special on Comic Books
Reliving my comic book love with Liev and PBS
I grew up loving comic books not as a artform but just as great escapist fun. My favorite was PowerPac about kids with kickass powers. Hmmm I was pretty
much an exclusive lover of comics with a similar theme of the powerless gaining powers. I think it was because I felt so invisible as a kid the plain black chunky girl who was super shy, had a horrible speech impediment and no boys ever asked me out. Well one did but he was so creepy and weird that I decided it was better to be alone. I mean super uber creepy ala asked me to the prom and told me I HAD to have sex with him. Ahhh no thank you!