Saturday, November 22, 2014

Week Fourteen: Science Fiction Parody and Satire

This week I listened to both  I Think We're All Bozos on this Bus and to the Original Radio Drama of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Personally the radio show I Think we're All Bozos on this Bus was hard to listen too. I couldn't follow what was going on so I didn't enjoy it and the the futuristic sound effects gave me a headache; But the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was really great and fun to listen too. My favorite parts of the show was when the guide would reads it's contents and you could learn about the strange beings among the two men. While listening to the show I could help thinking of Doctor Who and how similar they both were to one another. I believe what made them similar in my mind was the fact you has this this guy trapped on earth looking for a way off of it and brought along his friend like in Doctor Who, who always brings a companion along and faces the end of the world in many episodes. Also you are introduced to many strange beings just like in the Hitchhiker's Guide and being taken along on these strange adventures. plus the guys where British so that might have played a part. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Week Twelve: Diverse Position Science Fiction

 Bloodchild by Octavia Butler was one of the strangest stories I have ever read and that was a good thing. The story was very interesting and keep me invested the whole time. I believe that having authors of different genders and race gives different perspectives of that individual, and limiting who can and who can not write stories gives the reader a lack of unique creativity and variety that only that person can distinctly give based on their personal differences. In this day and age people are becoming more accepting of cultural differences and gender roles and new and creative people from different ethnic backgrounds can share ideas and work that was either not taken seriously or doused the creativity of a person based solely on gender and ethnic background.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Week Eleven: Cyber Punk and Steam Punk

While reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick It reminded me a lot of fahrenheit 451 with the dialogue about T.V. and their mood machines and with the similarities I noticed that in these types of genres the author makes their characters seem less human by taking away human qualities and replacing them with machines. For example, in able for the characters in Dick's novel to function like normal humans they rely on machines for their emotions and basic human functions. Dick's story provided the reader with a world that is falling apart socially and literally and Earth's inhabitants are finding refuge in other places. In a chaotic world like this it gives the reader a perspective of reality and a potential future of such a chaotic world where animals are few and highly valued and the leaving of a Earth without the resources to sustain life and machines take over every part of our physical and mental lives.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Week Ten:The Fiction of Ideas

This week's required reading I read I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison. I decided to randomly pick a story so I came across this one with a very interesting title. At first I was someone confused by what the people were talking about and where they were since there surrounds were constantly changing. From what I understand there was a machine built for war and the machine  turned on everyone and killed every human except five humans that it kept around to torment and entertain itself. They people were immortal because of the machine and were in constant fear; but eventually one of the people finally decided to kill the rest of them and save them from their own madness. The last person alive enraged the machine and was turned into a creature that looked as if it had never been human and live eternally in the belly of the super computer.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Week Nine: Space Opera

This week I read The Stars By Destination by Alfred Bester. When I first started reading it I thought it was an interesting Idea that a person could teleport by focusing their mind and jaunte from place to place. In the beginning of the story i was super interest in Gulliver Foyle's revenge against the ship that had left him behind in space to die but it seems to merge off into a different direction and it lost its steam. The story flatlined toward the end and wasn't what I had expected from the beginning of the novel.  The other thing i had an issue with is that I couldn't figure out if Foyle was good or bad. He had moments that reflected both and I liked his attitude of not giving up against the ship.  

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Week Eight: Mythic Fiction and Contemporary Urban Fantasy

For this weeks required reading I read Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman.  I liked the mix of modern and old folk tales mixing to create a twist. In the beginning of the story you meet Fat Charlie who is an average guy with a not so average family. He find out his father, Mr.Nancy, whom Fat Charlie dislikes and wants nothing to do with is a spider god named Anansi. Anansi is a west African god who tricks and decides humans and gods alike. After he discovers his father had recently died, Fat charlie flies to Florida to attend his funeral. When arriving he meets up with an old friend of the family named Mrs. Higgler who confides in Fat charlie about his father being a god and that he also has a brother named Spider. Charlie desperately wants to meet this brother he has never met and after being told that if he wants to meet him that he just need to talk to an actual spider. Charlie coincidentally does as he is told and before he knows it Spider shows up to meet his bother. He enjoys having a brother until he discovers Spider is just like his father a god, a trickster and apparently Charlie's doppelgänger. Spider completely takes over charlie's life and wins the affections of Charlie's FiancĂ©  Rosie. Losing hope Charlie seeks the help of Mrs. Higgler and her group of friends to find a way to get rid of Spider and get his life back. This was a great book with a lot of detail and history of African gods.