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[every time I think of posting I think of something else I need to do, like more of a beta job. And then I dream of writing a really sprawling interconnected post. It gets out of hand. Sorry.]


Just came back from film #3 this year of Film Festival picks - Joel's suggestion: Midnight Special. It was an enjoyable experience: a classic plot, treated deftly and confidently. Strong acting all around. Beautifully shot. Earned its lens flares, I think. ^!^

And I came out of it thinking "[personal profile] cahn and [livejournal.com profile] scribble_myname would get a lot out of this" - because although I don't talk much about reading Zenna Henderson, because I haven't for years and feel rusty and uncertain, this felt very, very, very much in the vein of her works. There might be some applicable spoilers; ask if you want further details.


A short list of what's going on for me lately: house hunting, an evening class in short story writing, LARP catering, Pokémon ALMOST-Go, beta reading.

Also, for a while I've wanted to talk about this 1998 sci-fi story because I found it really influential and then it was referenced in 'Cat Pictures Please' and I had somewhat indignant feelings about that. But mostly I want to talk about the story, which means a lot to me.

Date: 2016-08-05 05:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] snickfic
I'd never read that story before. Very interesting! I think I don't have any feelings in particular about it - what would you like to talk about?

Date: 2016-08-16 08:46 pm (UTC)
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I feel like the story would read really differently in 1998. Now I'm so used to the internet as it exists that sometimes it's hard to read stories that old and recognize them as prescient, rather than just a description of my life.

So the idea of almost a brotherhood of people you'd never met felt like just a natural backdrop to me. The part of the story that stuck out to me were the AIs, with their ambiguous motivations and enormous power. Of course, that's the part that's still novel today! Although maybe not as far out as I'd like to think, if I consider things like Google's customized search results and Facebook's opaque algorithms for what it shows you (aka yet another reason I'm not on Facebook).

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