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I'm back! The San Francisco colloquium was both productive and delightful.

My latest "Attack of the 5'2' Woman" column, O Big Brother, Where Art Thou?, is now available at Pop Thought.

For the quote of the day, a little dystopian Rousseau, Zamyatin-style:

A thousand years ago your heroic forebears subjugated the whole of planet Earth to the power of OneState. It is for you to accomplish an even more glorious feat: by means of the glass, the electric, the fire-breathing INTEGRAL to integrate the indefinite equation of the universe. It is for you to place the beneficial yoke of reason round the necks of the unknown beings who inhabit other planets – still living, it may be, in the primitive state known as freedom. If they will not understand that we are bringing them a mathematically infallible happiness, we shall be obliged to force them to be happy.

from We by Yevgeny Zamyatin


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Mar. 13th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
Yay! Welcome back! *hugs*

Mar. 13th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! :) *hugs back*
Mar. 13th, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)
Welcome home!

Ah the ever rambling internet and it's endless links... I followed the link in your article to the wikipedia entry for dystopian films and I have to say, I find the inclusion of The Wicker Man on the list of films rather interesting... Do people really consider that dystopian or is it just one contributor's opinion?

Got your card (very sweet of you :) ) - How did you do that?!? (It does not look like a color printer!...)
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
Hey there! :) Thanks so much.

I think The Wicker Man probably isn't normally considered a dystopia by a majority, but it does bring up the question of the scale of dystopian societies. If the greater world is not dystopian, but a small community is, and that community is the focus of the work, does that count as a dystopian narrative? I think some would call that group dystopian, though I'm not sure that its members would.

So glad you liked the card! I made it through Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest's online art store.
Mar. 13th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
most excellent - the EH tutorial is once again in session. :) I learn so much from stalking you on the internets (i.e. your columns and now the group blog), and usually in areas that I'm interested in but have never formally studied. is v. cool.

*will shout you a mushroom pizza in the utopian future where we meet*
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
I don't know whether to blush or laugh or snark! ROFLOL. You are much too kind. Thanks!

*will shout you a mushroom pizza in the utopian future where we meet*

Mar. 14th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)
*Great* column!!! Welcome back. :)
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! :)
Mar. 14th, 2006 02:43 am (UTC)
Welcome back! I'm sorry you had to be in San Francisco at the time you came; the weather has been rather strange lately.
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It was actually a quite lovely fiftysomething degrees, which is my idea of heaven. So I loved it!
Mar. 15th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC)
Alas, I am a spoiled Californian. Glad that you had a good time out here :)
Mar. 14th, 2006 11:42 am (UTC)
Good column.
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I really appreciate it.
Mar. 14th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
Yea! Welcomes back!
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you kindly!
Mar. 14th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
Welcome back - and I love your quote, so very Borgish. :-)
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
Borgish - so very true! Thanks. :)
Mar. 14th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
I will join the chorus. Welcome back!!

Hope to read more from your soon.

Im new to LJ so Im just now reading your journal past and present. There are many things I may be commenting on, so you will probably be getting lots of emal comments from me soon (maybe if I get around to sending them, I think of many but dont always send them)

Was SF great. It is my favorite city. I love SF.
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! San Francisco was absolutely lovely. And I love to get new replies to old posts, so thanks in advance! :)

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