February 27, 2014
The fraught social activity of buying a book
So, there's an author.
I like his work, he writes in a subgenre of F/SF that not many people tackle, and he tackles it rather well, I think. Good stuff, a tad underappreciated, good stuff.
However his political and personal beliefs are diametrically different than mine. This has usually balanced out to reading his books, except...
His newest forthcoming book is coming from a new micro-press run by one of the most odious, bigoted, horrid people in the F/SF community. Buying the book, when it comes out does support the author, warts and all, but it also supports this micro press, its founder and the founder's goals.
The question is--do I buy the new book?
I don't think there is an easy answer to this.
Buying a book can be a social act, and can be similarly fraught Not news, I know, but there it is.
February 15, 2014
February 12, 2014
War of the Worlds
Have you ever listened to The War of the Worlds broadcast?
I think one thing I never hear discussed or even mentioned in discussions of the show is that its explicitly set a year in the future.
In the beginning narration:
" In the thirty-ninth year of the twentieth century came the great disillusionment.
It was near the end of October. Business was better. The war scare was over. More men were back at work. Sales were picking up. On this particular evening, October 30, the Crosley service estimated that thirty-two million people were listening in on radios."
Near Columbus Circle I noticed models of 1939 motorcars in the showrooms facing empty streets.
Get it? The show itself was broadcast on October 30, 1938...but the events take place a year later, October 30, 1939. It's a future that didn't happen--we know in our own world, the "war scare" did result in war by that time.