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My most recent StarShipSofa "History of the Genre" segment, which is about the pioneering feminist science fiction of Bengali author, educator, and reformer Rokheya Shekhawat Hossein, is now available in the latest episode of the podcast. You can download it or listen to it here. If you listen, I hope you enjoy. (A full list of my past podcast segments, with links, is available here.)

Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain Pictures, Images and Photos


In other news...

* An unabridged recording of Jack London's classic 1908 dystopia The Iron Heel is now available at Librivox.

* From Blastr: "The 16 Most Intelligent Sci-Fi Films Ever Made." I was pleased to see some of my very favorites included, including the brilliant Dark City and my choice for this year's Hugo Award, Moon. I would, however, add The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind to this list.


"While the women were engaged in scientific research, the men of this country were busy increasing their military power. When they came to know that the female universities were able to draw water from the atmosphere and collect heat from the sun, they only laughed at the members of the universities and called the whole thing 'a sentimental nightmare'!"
- from "Sultana's Dream," 1905, by Rokheya Shekhawat Hossein

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gilda_elise
Jul. 20th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
From Blastr: "The 16 Most Intelligent Sci-Fi Films Ever Made." I was pleased to see some of my very favorites included, including the brilliant Dark City and my choice for this year's Hugo Award, Moon. I would, however, add The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind to this list.

That's one on my 'movies to watch' list.

And my two favorite scifi movies made the list, 'The Day the Earth Stood Still (the original,) and 'Quatermass and the Pit' (released in the US as '5 Million Years to Earth') so I'm happy!
eldritchhobbit
Jul. 23rd, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
'The Day the Earth Stood Still (the original,) and 'Quatermass and the Pit' (released in the US as '5 Million Years to Earth')

Those are both great films!

I hope you enjoy Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.</a>
lynn_maudlin
Jul. 21st, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
It's a pretty good list; I always think of "Gattaca" as what you'd get if Hitchcock made an SF film! I've not seen "Primer" or "The Fountain" so I can't speak to them but I absolutely loathed "Children of Men" - way too politically heavy-handed for my taste (shoot, I'd rather see "Silent Running"!). I agree with "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" but where's "Bladerunner"??? :(

It's fantasy, not SF, but did you see "The Fall"? Interesting and truly gorgeous--
eldritchhobbit
Jul. 23rd, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
Ooh, Bladerunner - good call! I liked The Fountain better than Primer; it helps if you know the basics of the story going into it, though, so you can just enjoy the remarkable visual symbolism.

I haven't seen The Fall. I'll put that on my "must see" list. Thanks for the recommendation!
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