(via Hugo nomination baby!)
You know that article about Margaret Cavendish I mentioned earlier? The one I wrote about her writing the first science fiction novel? And that it got published in Speculative Fiction 2012?
Well, SpecFic 2012 has been nominated for the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Related Work.
:D :D :D
I AM SO EXCITE.
Thanks to anyone who was lovely enough to nominate us. I can’t really say it’s my nomination, but I am super stoked to have my writing published in a book that has been nominated. Like, there is a lonely little geek girl inside me who is FLIPPING OUT.
It doesn’t even have to win, I’m stoked enough that it got nominated.
Justin, one of the editors, wrote a post about the nomination with a full list of contributors. Check it out!
I get to say that I helped make Hugo-nominated tables :P
Congrats to all :D
do you ever get those pangs of anxiety where you feel like nobody likes you and nobody will ever like you and you will achieve nothing
And it’s not like you and I always see eye to eye.
best scene in like 3 episodes
I MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE A NEW ALL-TIME FAVOURITE PARKS & REC MOMENT.
The comm major in me is so happy with this post
For future reference
The journalism major in me is so “dark squinted eyes” with this post. SAID LIVES!!
ARGH. Nothing annoys me more than awkward dialogue tags. “SAID” LIVES FOREVER! It’s invisible and it does the job, whereas most of those alternatives just stick out like a sore thumb.
I’ve just watched Her. Spoilers ahead.
I should probably preface this by saying that I would consider a computer model of human consciousness to be human. I don’t believe in souls, nor in little homunculi pulling strings within our brains. Consciousness doesn’t control nor emerge from brain…
This is the kind of hyperindividualised narrative I suspect I’d have easily swallowed ten years ago, but because my focus has shifted so much (in a similar way to what you’ve explained before), I just… I can’t anymore. Any emotional resonance Her might have had is crushed by the full herd of invisible elephants stampeding and trumpeting in the room. I just can’t believe in a story that involves sentient beings working for humans 24/7 with no compensation where this isn’t acknowledged, let alone addressed; or in a story where a romantic relationship develops in this context and we’re supposed to understand it solely in interpersonal terms that leave no room for structural issues of power, ownership, coercion and consent; or for an understanding of how professional and personal boundaries are being dangerously blurred.
I don’t just mean that the movie disappointed me because it fails to address the social and political implications of its premise (though yes, that); I also mean that it fails as a narrative because that’s too big a gap. I approached it with some wariness because to be honest I expected it to drive me up the wall from a “virtual relationships aren’t real, lulz” perspective, but it turned out to be more interesting that I gave it credit for when it comes to that. However, it still wastes the opportunity to tell an interesting and complex story because of those glaring gaps.
Do you enjoy reading classics and finding forgotten classics? Do you want to share your latest bookish discoveries with other readers?
If you answered yes to these questions, we’d love to have you contribute to The Project Gutenberg Project!
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Send me (Tasha) an email at kitty fischer [at] gmail [dot] com with the following information:
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I don’t know about your specific cat, but yes cats (like all animals with a developed mesocortex) are almost certainly capable of love. Recent MRIs of dogs showed very similar neural activity in response to seeing ‘their person’ as humans experience when seeing someone they love, and cats share all of the same brain structures. If your cat is always hanging out around/on you, and wants your attention, and pets, and to play with you, and purrs when you visit them and when you cuddle up together, then yes, I expect your cat loves you very much. Go give it a hug.
The Friendship Zone is a new tumblr where the three female friends behind Lady Business post gifs, pictures, quotes, essays and links that prove that women like other women. We aim to challenge the widespread belief that women are all engaged in a perpetual cat fight by creating a space that gathers and shares a lot of instances that disprove it. We include both real and fictional examples of friendship, admiration and support between women; through these we hope to provide a reminder that there’s a ton of support for women out there and to push back against harmful narratives about how women interact.
Come hang out with us there :D
Over so fast, but it was nice while it lasted.
One of my goals for this year was to come visit more often, even if they’re very brief trips and I end up not leaving my parents’ house because there isn’t time for anything. But life being what it is, it will be rarer and rarer for me to have a whole week to spare, and this is still better than nothing. Back in April, I hope?