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Sexism in the Ringworld

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The Kzinti are arguably the most archetypical uber-sexists in the history of speculative fiction. They are fierce meat-eating predators, they all act like alpha males, the females of their species are non-sapient sex kittens, and their government is--by definition--an Old Boys’ Club that they have the temerity to openly call “The Patriarchy.” They’re just as bold as brass about it. When one takes people such as these, and drops them in a vaguely yonically-shaped place like the Ringworld, it’s just an automatic recipe for sexisim, isn’t it? 1

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BEELINE TO THE FUTURE: The Aims of 'Occupy Wallstreet'

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Recently, a group of largely youthful protestors have been “occupying Wall Street.” There has been a great deal of controversy in the press about the goals of the protesters: do they have coherent demands? Are their positions reasonable and consistent? Do they even know what they want?

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On Building Utopia...

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Kathy went down to the southern farm this weekend, and the phone is out down there, so there was nothing for me to do late last night but watch television.

I watched an episode of the 1930's Buck Rogers, and a biography of H.G. Wells.

Both of these were fine and interesting in their day, but part of me wanted to jump up and yell at the screen about the mistakes they made.

No, no! There is no such thing as the aether! The Michelson-Morley experiment proved that, even before the 1930s! And there are no men on the planet Saturn either!

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BEELINE TO THE FUTURE: McLuhan's Centennial

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2011 is the centennial of Marshall McLuhan’s birth. McLuhan was the first media critic in academia, a remarkable fact because today’s academia is rife with fashionable media criticism, with entire university departments studying TV, movies, and communications. When McLuhan first started writing about television and communication networks, English professors did not study popular culture, they wrote about Shakespeare and other canonized writers.

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The Politics of Alien Invasion

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON 12/02/09

When science fiction wants to be taken seriously its practitioners talk about how sci fi is metaphor for what ever the writer is trying to portray to the reader or watcher in the case of TV. Aliens are minority groups; zombies are chaos or death, etc. The same is true for the alien invasion story since its first famous rendering in H.G. Wells’s ‘War of the Worlds’ to the current ‘V’ TV series this has been true.

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Can People Tell the Difference Between Reality and Fiction? Really?

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON 11/30/09

One of the neat things about the new "V" series is how - as Republibot 1.0 pointed out in his initial reivew - the Visitors are no longer Nazis (As they were in the original series), they're the Illuminati: They infiltrate, they sew discord, they usurp power. This is a pretty clever way of tying the show's own version of reality in with our 'zeitgeist' - the spirit of our time. Well, the spirit of crazy people in our time, anyway.

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Science Fiction is Not About Predicting The Future

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Forgive me if I seem condescending or otherwise out of line here. I don’t mean to, it’s just that I’ve been an active fan of Science Fiction for literally as long as I can remember and occasionally I forget that some of you are still fairly new to Science Fiction, and haven’t quite figured out what to make of it yet.

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