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I am off to PhreakNIC 8 to give a couple of talks about science fiction. Before I go, though, I have to applaud Joe Crowe, the "emperor sleestak" of Revolution Science Fiction, for his review of the most recent episode of Enterprise and his revelation that Boston Legal = "KIRK VS. ODO! EVERY WEEK!"

From his review:

This gives me a brilliant idea. A series, set in a law firm, or a hospital, or in an office, it doesn't matter. The ENTIRE CAST should be former Star Trek actors. There are dozens of them. Four series, four huge stacks of resumes. These people can act with makeup on their foreheads; this would be no problem. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US would watch. I guarantee it.

"Troi is cheating on Bashir with Chakotay! I'M FREAKING OUT!"


I, too, am freaking out. Believe it or not, Joe has a point.



And now for the quote of the day:

Science-fiction is the law-abiding citizen of imaginative literature, obeying the rules, be they physical, social, or psychological, keeping regular hours, eating punctual meals; predictable, certain, sure.

Fantasy, on the other hand, is criminal. Each fantasy assaults and breaks a particular law; the crime being hidden by the author's felicitous thought and style which cover the body before blood is seen.

Science-fiction works hand-in-glove with the universe.

Fantasy cracks it down the middle, turns it wrong-side-out, dissolves it to invisibility, walks men through its walls, and fetches incredible circuses to town with sea-serpent, medusa, and chimera displacing zebra, ape, and armadillo.

Science-fiction balances you on the cliff. Fantasy shoves you off.


-Ray Bradbury, from the Introduction to The Circus of Dr. Lao

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helveticat
Oct. 22nd, 2004 10:07 am (UTC)
That quote is brilliant. Count on good ol' Ray, eh? Thanks for posting it. :-)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 22nd, 2004 07:07 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you like it, too! :) Here's another of my favorites from good ol' Ray: "You've got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down." Great, huh?
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