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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: 2016-08-08 02:00 pm (UTC)
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"Press Ann" is a story on the theme of machines/ai subtly controlling things in order to enhance (their favored) people's lives, which is why both stories reminded me a bit of it. A woman and her boyfriend are at an ATM to withdraw money for their date - it's her card, he's told her he's lost his - and the ATM displays increasingly strange and personal options. It's spare and clever, dialogue-only interspersed with the display on the ATM.

I read it in an anthology published in 1993 (that also included Bisson's most well-known story, "They're Made out of Meat"), so it's at least that old.

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