October 21st, 2013


Disability in SF

There's a book on disability in SF.  It sounds potentially interesting.

Some disabilities can be cured, or at least largely compensated, by technology.  Others can't.  I suspect this will remain the same, although the contents of those categories are subject to change.  So I'm dubious of futures that purport to have cured all disabilities, and I like stories that explore the ways technology can improve function but not necessarily make it perfect.

Religion in Star Trek

Here's a thoughtful essay about religion in Star Trek

One thing the essay largely declines to mention, but which appears in several of its cited examples: society may not have done away with religion, but simply moved it out of the public sphere.  People might have a variety of beliefs on their own, but those no longer show at work or in institutions.  Not mentioned in this piece, but shown in a few glimpses of Spock's quarters, are objects that could have religious significance.  Despite the fact that Vulcans are described as followers of philosophy, they have a very pronounced if hidden primal side.  A private religion would fit right in with that, and they'd be damn sure to keep it zipped, too.  Imagine a world where religion is like sex: most people do it, but they only do it in private.

Monday Update 10-21-13

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Read "I'm Not Siri" by Chordatesrock
Dealing with Imposter Syndrome
Crowdfunding Creative Jam
Human Variation
Villains and Enemies
Read "Miller's Speculation" by Chanter_greenie

The Creative Jam was largely dead this weekend. I only had one person prompting me, although I got a great poem out of that; and chordatesrock wrote a couple of fabulous stories from my prompts.

Also falling flat -- presumably due to me screwing up my records and having to switch series -- was the half-price poetry sale.  I did get a last-minute donation so I've got stuff to post, but mostly it was inactive.

Poetry in Microfunding:
"Picking and Pecking" belongs to the series Fledgling Grace.  Feathers cause an uproar in the Middle East as they reveal historic mingling across cultures.  "Landfather" belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.  Johan and Larn talk about their connections and the future.  There is one new verse.

Torn World writing update:
Currently posting: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal" (fiction).  Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands (Parts 1-4)," "Winterheart" (parts 2-3) (fiction), "Stinging Like Nettles" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board: "Ghost Bat" (nonfiction), "Wandering the Heights" (poetry). Drafted: "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," "Finding the Holes" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders" "The Slow Hunt" "Summer Wine" "False Papers, True Words" "The Button Box" "Hand-Me-Downs" (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).

Weather here has been cooler, with a bit of rain.  I think everything has quit blooming except the petunias and some dandelions.  Most of the harvesting is done, although there are still some crops left standing.  The squirrels are out.  I have the suet cakes up for the birds -- which I hung about a week ago -- but so far, no activity.  I'll probably start putting out birdseed soon.

Update from Kajones_writing

October has no theme.

Fiction: The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 32nd continuation) shows Lucille talking about the sentient worlds of the web.

The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 33rd continuation) describes a bunch of variations within the religions of Mothar.

The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 34th continuation) has a discussion of fae family dynamics.

The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 35th continuation) features a discussion of true Moonjumpers and talking worlds.