Posts tagged: syfy
Things were so much simpler before women started stealing all of my favorite things from me. I don’t care what anyone says. Women aren’t and will never be true fans of Doctor Who, Star Trek or any of that. You jumped in because you wanted attention. You became “fans” because suddenly liking sci-fi shows and fantasy became popular. You only want guys to drool over you because you’re girls who “like” geeky stuff. Kindly go jump in a lake and die.
A woman organized the letter-writing campaign to NBC to save Star Trek when it was on the verge of being cancelled after the first season, and thus enabled the show to continue on for three seasons allowing it to go into syndication and gain the following it did in reruns.
A woman organized the first ever Star Trek convention, and convinced NASA to donate a truckload full of stuff for said convention thus starting the tradition of Star Trek conventions featuring space for modern science.
A woman greenlit Star Trek while acting at the head of a major studio, and consistently fought pressure to cancel the show. This same woman was the person who greenlit Mission Impossible and was the first woman to head a major studio.
A woman wrote many of the most famous TOS episodes, and went on to write on to write episodes of The Animated Series, The Next Generation, and Deep Space Nine.
Learn your history.
You think women stole your favorite things? If it weren’t for women, those things wouldn’t even exist, but you probably don’t even know the names of the women who made that possible.
So much for “infinite diversity in infinite combinations”…
Who is the fake now?
i’m just laughing so hard right now bc it’s hitting me that there are geek guys who think that women would actually pretend to like this stuff to cater to guys. like it never really occurred to me the depths of how absolutely fucking stupid that idea is. ”we appear to have common interests but you still don’t like me so that must mean we don’t actually have common interests and you are not a real fan”. oh my god i just can’t right now. i want to feel offended by the fact that there is an idiot out there trying to tell me what i can and cannot like but i’m just too busy laughing.
Also, a lot of the current fandom terminology we take for granted originated in the Star Trek fandom, specifically Star Trek fanfic. And who were the major driving force behind Star Trek fanfic? Women.
Earliest spec fic texts in the English-speaking Western world were written by Thomas More (Utopia), Lady Margaret Cavendish (the Blazing World), and Mary Shelley (Frankenstein). Note that there are two women among those names.
I am so sick of these Fake Geek Guys who don’t even understand the history of the fandom they claim to want to protect.
And let’s not forget Doctor Who. A woman named Verity Lambert was a founding producer of the show at the BBC and she was key to it’s early success according to everyone who worked on or around it. We wouldn’t have Doctor Who if not for Verity.
Ughh, fake geek guys!
With the upcoming fourth season of A Game of Thrones about to hit TV screens, you will soon see ‘If you like reading GRR Martin, why not try these authors?’ displays going up in bookshops. I will give a book of mine, of their choice, to the first person who can send me a photo of such a display that isn’t entirely composed of male authors. Because I’ve yet to see one. I have challenged staff in bookshops about this, to be told ‘women don’t write epic fantasy’ Ahem, with 15 novels published, I beg to differ. And we read it too.
But that’s not what the onlooker sees in the media, in reviews, in the supposedly book-trade-professional articles in The Guardian which repeatedly discuss epic fantasy without ever once mentioning a female author. That onlooker who’s working in a bookshop and making key decisions about what’s for sale, sees a male readership for grimdark books about blokes in cloaks written by authors like Macho McHackenslay. So that’s what goes in display, often at discount, at the front of the store. So that’s what people see first and so that’s what sells most copies.
Juliet E. McKenna being brilliant (so what else is new) on the SFWA shoutback, public perceptions of the field, and equal access to offensiveness, sexism and idiocy. (via dduane)
In March 2012, while browsing in my then-local Waterstones in St Andrews, Scotland, I encountered a laminated booklet in the SFF section - produced entirely by Waterstones - that listed various recommended authors. I was so appalled by the almost total lack of women and POC that I photographed it as evidence. Behold:
So, to be clear: of the one hundred and thirteen authors listed in the genre-specific sections, there are a grand total of nine women and, as far as I can tell, zero POC. In the final two pages - the “If you like this, you’ll love-” section, things are little better: of the ten authors with suggestions after their names, two are women; but of the 101 authors recommended as comparisons, only twelve are women - and, tellingly, of those twelve, a whopping eight are listed as being similar to another female author. As far as this list is concerned, women have essentially become a speciality category, almost exclusively recommended because their work resembles that of another female author, and not because of their contributions to various other genres. As far POC authors, as far I can tell, there’s not a single one on any of the lists.
And, of course, as Juliet McKenna predicted, the authors recommended for fans of George R. R. Martin? All men.
When I saw the booklet, I suggested to a staff member that perhaps they might like to reconsider the contents, given how unrepresentative they were, and how many fabulous authors were missing from them. The sales person, a young man, looked vaguely sheepish, but said the matter was out of his hands. I don’t know if this same booklet is still in use by any other Waterstones stores, but if it is, it badly needs upgrading and replacing - because if I were a new genre reader looking for advice and guidance, literally the only conclusion I could draw from its contents is that SFF is a white man’s game.
Just remember. There is no such thing as a fake geek girl.
There are only fake geek boys.
Science fiction was invented by a woman.
Specifically a teenage girl. You know, someone who would be a part of the demographic that some of these boys are violently rejecting.
yo mary shelley wrote frankenstein in 1818 and isaac asimov was born in 1920 so you kinda get my point
Ugh these fake geek boys… They pretend that they love the genre but they can’t even tell you who founded it.
Most of the characters in my fantasy and far-future science fiction books are not white. They’re mixed; they’re rainbow. In my first big science fiction novel, The Left Hand of Darkness, the only person from Earth is a black man, and everybody else in the book is Inuit (or Tibetan) brown. In the two fantasy novels the miniseries is ‘based on,’ everybody is brown or copper-red or black, except the Kargish people in the East and their descendants in the Archipelago, who are white, with fair or dark hair. The central character Tenar, a Karg, is a white brunette. Ged, an Archipelagan, is red-brown. His friend, Vetch, is black. In the [Sci Fi Channel] miniseries, Tenar is played by Smallville’s Kristin Kreuk, the only person in the miniseries who looks at all Asian. Ged and Vetch are white.
My color scheme was conscious and deliberate from the start. I didn’t see why everybody in science fiction had to be a honky named Bob or Joe or Bill. I didn’t see why everybody in heroic fantasy had to be white (and why all the leading women had ‘violet eyes’). It didn’t even make sense. Whites are a minority on Earth now—why wouldn’t they still be either a minority, or just swallowed up in the larger colored gene pool, in the future? […]
I think it is possible that some readers never even notice what color the people in the story are. Don’t notice, don’t care. Whites of course have the privilege of not caring, of being ‘colorblind.’ Nobody else does.
I have heard, not often, but very memorably, from readers of color who told me that the Earthsea books were the only books in the genre that they felt included in—and how much this meant to them, particularly as adolescents, when they’d found nothing to read in fantasy and science fiction except the adventures of white people in white worlds. Those letters have been a tremendous reward and true joy to me.
So far no reader of color has told me I ought to butt out, or that I got the ethnicity wrong. When they do, I’ll listen. As an anthropologist’s daughter, I am intensely conscious of the risk of cultural or ethnic imperialism—a white writer speaking for nonwhite people, co-opting their voice, an act of extreme arrogance. In a totally invented fantasy world, or in a far-future science fiction setting, in the rainbow world we can imagine, this risk is mitigated. That’s the beauty of science fiction and fantasy—freedom of invention.
But with all freedom comes responsibility. Which is something these filmmakers seem not to understand.
made it nearly four minutes into the new episode of agents of shield before i had to turn off my tv.
it is continuously unbelievable that a show with this much going for it can be so completely unwatchable. and not just derivative and unambitious, but emotionally flat. it’s not creative enough to be dramatic and it’s //painfully// unfunny. and they have ming na! and clark gregg! and i have literally not seen such a great pair of actors be this bland and uncompelling since the last star wars prequel.
almost human is doing such a better job with practically the same premise that it is //embarassing//. and almost human is maybe a 7/10 on average, but even when karl urban is in full on cowboy justice mode he’s worth watching.
all shield has to do is make me care about some of the characters on the show, but even coulson feels one dimensional, and he was in four movies already. this was their shot to make him five-dimensional, the most interesting and best developed character in the mcu, and he’s less interesting here than as a bit player in tony stark’s story.
my problem with shield is that it doesn’t live up to any version of the premise. this not only isn’t the show that deconstructs the noble spy narrative by having our heroes pushing against the imperialism inherent in the agency, only to break away after a season or two and go full on renegade nextwave and actively work to subvert shield’s totalitarian impulses, positioning the show as an implicit critique of american empire? this isn’t even the show that show would be railing against, an adrenaline rush of globetrotting and gadgets and fighting and beautiful people up to no good and the beautiful people who stop them, with critiques of imperialism subsumed into internal politics within the agency.
that latter show i just described is covert affairs with piper perabo, which i stopped watching when they killed sendil ramamurthy, the only poc in the regular cast, after spending a season turning him into a jerk.
that first show i described is what the winter soldier is selling itself as, which officially means that the actusl shield show about shield doesn’t even have as interesting a story to tell about shield as the cap sequel with the russian cyborg.
and this isn’t even touching their utter failure to do anything with the marvel license, like i never wanted them to do skrulls, but do //something//? almost human is nine episodes in and they just dropped The Wall into casual conversation as something that freaks out judge dredd. shield did a thor 2 crossover that didn’t even guest-star //darcy//, let alone, idk, thor? and it doesn’t have to be thor in a cameo, but is there not a middle ground between idk, hawkeye being on every two weeks or whatever, and having less marvel comics references than alphas?
this helix show is pretty good
echoes of a lot of different things
the celestial spheres
zombie jesus on a pogo stick
are you sure this isn’t sg1 fanfiction
we were talking abt. the bomb shelter ep. of TZ earlier, where the man’s “friendly” neighbors would’ve condemned him and his family to death by destroying their bunker out of spite when he wouldn’t/couldn’t share resources/space with them
(and like they did a Pop-Up Video kind of thing saying how two weeks after the ep aired, construction began on the Berlin Wall— so, you know— intense)
but my parents
did not realize
my generation was brought up w. a verrrrrrrrrry downplayed vsn. of Cold War events + culture
where K-12 we’re taught the Cold War was DEEPLY nbd and v. staid and boring and theoretical and no one died
they were appalled
i was just old enough in 89-91 to watch the transition in mainstream films from red dawn to hunt for red oktober, from the implacable red menace to the good russians, from fear of soviet empire to empathy for those trapped in the soviet police state.
star trek six was the definitive statement on america during the cold war for my childhood, and as i’ve learned more and more about what all was actually happening during this long period where we were taught that nothing ever actually happened and nobody ever actually died, it’s felt much more apt than i ever realized
the whole angle of ‘kirk must confront his own casual xenophobia and racism and realize that despite their mutually destructive antagonism for his entire adult life, the
russians klingons are still //people// and there can be peace if we work from there bc OOPS mutual responsibility for mutually assured destruction’
which follows on from the surprisingly politically aware aspect of five where kirk is going up against basically bin laden at the time of the afghan war, who has an entirely valid complaint about being caught in the middle of two superpowers dickswinging
which is not to say we //still// don’t need more acknowledgement of the cold war as colonialiism, of all the little countries smashed flat during our non-shooting war with the russkies
or a more complex popular narrative of the last forty years than ‘if we’d only stuck with vietnam another couple of years we’d have DEFEATED COMMUNISM’ and ‘why do they hate us’ re 911
but it is super interesting to see which bits of syfy were straight up a protest narrative at the time
oh, man, every time I see sci-fi dealing with white folks as the victims of colonizers/alien colonization, and how this is a Bad Thing, I’m like
you’re so close
you’re almost there!
it’s right in front of you!!
New Story has been published on http://mindofthegeek.com/2013/07/23/gladstone-three-parts-dead-paperback/
Max Gladstone’s ‘Three Parts Dead’ released in paperback today
Three Parts Dead reads like John Grisham went off on an urban fantasy and steampunk bender. It’s part legal thriller, part financial analysis, part steampunk, and altogether cool. Max Gladstone imagines a world where magic and religion are mechanized, faith is an economic commodity, and the line separating God from man is very thin.
Max Gladstone’s 2012 debut novel, Three Parts Dead, is being released in paperback today from Tor. Mind Of the Geek already reviewed the book back in January, but the paperback release is a great opportunity to give it a second consideration. I’ve just finished reading it in preparation for reviewing its sequel, Two Serpents Rising, which Tor will release on October 29th.
I’ll supplement Jason’s review with a few observations and a quick overview of Three Parts Dead:
Tara Abernathy is a disgraced graduate of the Hidden Schools. After she survives being cast out of school and into the Crack in the World, she catches the attention of Elayne Kevarian, a partner in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao. Elayne recognizes Tara’s skilled proficiency in the Craft and takes her under her wing. She offers Tara a prized opportunity as a first-year associate with firm, but she must prove her mettle by winning the puzzling case of the death of a God: Kos Everburning, the fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb.
The dead God is literally the driving force of Alt Coulumb; his fiery powers drive the city’s steam generators. Without him, the city will shut down and its frightened citizens will riot. Elayne and Tara must discreetly address Kos’s death and his creditors before the Craft Court, and then resurrect the God before the citizens of Alt Coulumb suspect anything is amiss. Tara’s efforts to identify the cause of Kos’s death are aided by a chain-smoking priest named Abelard, a junkie agent of Justice, and a privateer vampire. When they discover that Kos was murdered, the knowledge threatens to unravel their friendships, faith, and their case before the courts of Alt Coulumb.
The book, as Jason notes in MOTG’s original review, is visually rich. Gladstone provides detailed descriptions of the inner workings in Kos’s temple, the practice of Craft, and the fantastic metropolis of Alt Coulumb. From the Gothic, slightly S&M stylings of the city’s Pleasure Quarters, to the array of gears and steam pipes tended by Kos’s priests, Three Parts Dead vividly immerses the reader in world filled with steampunk and urban fantasy trappings.
Gladstone also works through some interesting ideas. He explores the notion that faith can be an economic commodity, one that can be brokered and traded with magical, legal-styled deals. Both ideas are creative and entertaining. In fact, for anyone with a legal background, Gladstone’s depiction of document review as something enjoyable inspires envy! He also shows us that just like the flaws existing in the financial “real world”, Alt Coulumb has its own”Gordon Gekko” types drawn to power, corruption and manipulation.
Overall, the book is a unique and entertaining spin on the types of deals that drive our current financial situation. Pick it up for a quick read and look for my review of the sequel in October!
In my book pile, can’t wait to read it.
This sounds REALLY FUCKING COOL!! Gonna look for it now.