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16 July 2005 @ 04:16 pm
Battlestar, Harry Potter, and Post-Apocalyptic Fun  
I'm so glad I wasn't really looking forward to HBP, or anything, because there are a lot of unhappy HP people out on the internet today, and I don't blame them. JKR just sort of 'blah'-ed all over some of my favorite parts of the Potterverse, and all the zombies in the world can't fix it. *huggles her puppies* Remus and Sirius so shagged their way all through Hogwarts, back in the day. They are the OTP of the Potterverse. We all know Tonks and Mad-Eye are having a torrid affair, anyway. Amber said so. ^_~
Onward, slashers!

On the other hand, the new Battlestar Galactica opener was nothing at all to be upset about. In fact, it was squee worthy, with an ending that had me hiding under the couch, wondering if it was safe to come out. *shivers* Gaius Baltar is still crazier than a bedbug, which makes me wonder about that baby. I mean, at this point, it could be a five-headed toad thing, and Gaius would just smile and tell Number Six she's cute. Hell, doctor-- check-up from the neck up!

One thing I love about BSG is the religion aspect. That's so unusual for me-- normally I find sci-fi religions to be kind of pretentious and unreal, but I like the Lords of Cobal, and I loved the guard asking Laura to pray with him. I also love the Chief, soldiering on on the planet's surface, and Cali, 'cause she's just cool.

Did anyone else have disturbing slash impulses during all those Ty/Adama flashbacks? I think I squicked myself, there. X_x;; I really liked the back story, but there was some serious subtext there. Also, note to the costume people: please do not put any more dead caterpillars on Adama's face, okay? Thank you.

Finally, I couldn't sleep last night. I tossed, I turned, and I finally decided (try to find the logic in this one!) to make a list of all the novels/short stories I own with a dystopic or post-apocalyptic theme. Actually, many are both, since those two seem to go hand in hand. I present to you my list (with commentary):

We Have Seen the Future, And It Probably Sucks

  • "A Pail of Air" by Fritz Lieber (a short story, but worth your time if you can get your hands on it-- wins points for inspiring feelings of dread, terror, sadness, and 'aw, cute!' all at the same time.)
  • Logan's Run by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson
  • 1984 by George Orwell (The quintessential dystopia classic)
  • "Brain Wave" by Poul Anderson (because the apocalypse can come from too much of a good thing, too.)
  • Slan by A.E. Van Goght
  • Day of the Triffids by John Wyndam
  • Venus Plus X by Theodore Sturgeon (ruthlessly questions every single one of your sexual hang-ups.)
  • Do Robots Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • Rebirth by John Wyndam (if you think unquestioning adherence to religion is scary in our time, try this one. has the bonus of characters you'll fall in love with and never forget.)
  • On the Beach by Neville Shute (absolutely beautiful in it's hopelessness and desolation)
  • Afterwar, ed. Janet Morris
  • "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Tick-Tock Man" by Harlan Ellison (made me absolutely ill, I was so disturbed-- that's a compliment. ^^;)
  • After the Fall, ed. Robert Sheckley
  • The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester (the psychosis of the working man. the abhorrent, decadent elite. telepathy, space travel, and a girl who really pulls her punches. if you're just getting started on Bester, begin here.)
  • The Big Empty by J.B. Stephens
  • Biting the Sun by Tanith Lee
  • The Last Starship From Earth by John Boyd
  • "Thunder And Roses" by Theodore Sturgeon (one of the first nuclear holocaust stories in the post-Hiroshima world. frighteningly real.)
  • Legends From the End of Time by Michael Moorecock
  • "That Only A Mother" by Judith Merrill (the science in this one is completely outdated, but the emotion behind it is all real.)
  • The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
  • Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (another stomach turner. painfully draws out our vices to their logical end.)
  • The Last Man by Mary Shelley
  • "Granny Won't Knit" by Theodore Sturgeon
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (not a fan of women's lib? read this and see why we need it. X_x;)
  • "Earth's Holocaust" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "A Discovery in The Woods" by Graham Green
  • "Disappearing Act" by Alfred Bester (a disturbing echo of our own government)
  • "Cato the Martian" by Howard Fast
  • "The Magic City" by Nelson D. Bond
  • Doomsday Morning by C. L. Moore
  • Earth's Last Citadel by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore
  • "The Push of A Button" by Alfred Bester
  • Anthem by Ayn Rand (normally I find Ayn Rand to be pretentious and somewhat annoying-- but I like this one.)
  • Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Daughters of Earth by Judith Merrill
  • "Adam and No Eve" by Alfred Bester


BONUS: (movies)
*28 Days Later (because we really are that stupid)
*Code 46 (more emotional than sci-fi-ish, but still good and creepy in parts)
*Solyent Green (will make you paranoid as hell)


*wanders off*
-Meredith ^__^
 
 
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gamesiplaygamesiplay on July 16th, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC)
Did anyone else have disturbing slash impulses during all those Ty/Adama flashbacks? I think I squicked myself, there. X_x;; I really liked the back story, but there was some serious subtext there. Also, note to the costume people: please do not put any more dead caterpillars on Adama's face, okay? Thank you.

!!! YES. Those flashbacks were actually my favorite part of the episode, and Tigh has firmly established himself as my second-favorite character.

...Yes, I am messed up, why do you ask? :)

Day of the Triffids! I remember reading that book ages ago and loving it.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: love1garnettrees on July 17th, 2005 04:52 am (UTC)
!!! YES.
Good, I'm not going crazy. ^_~;; This is, you realize, further evidence that we sometimes share a brain?

Those flashbacks were actually my favorite part of the episode, and Tigh has firmly established himself as my second-favorite character.
I love the way everyone calls Adama "the Old Man", and how determined Adama was to lift not only himself, but Ty, out of the filth.

Day of the Triffids! I remember reading that book ages ago and loving it.
I was twelve when I first read it. Hence my extreme aversion to house plants. ^_~
-Meredith
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Meredith Bronwen Mallory: togethergarnettrees on July 18th, 2005 01:48 am (UTC)
In some ways I feel like JKR was messing with her fans in the book. But I might just be being crazy and resentful.
Actually, a lot of people I've talked to have felt that way-- especially considering how sudden the whole R/T thing seems.

Just 'cause Remus has a thing on with Tonks now doesn't mean that he didn't have a long relationship with Sirius in the past, eh? I'm hanging on to that.
*smiles* Me too. That, and the fact that all Remus did in HBP was list reasons why he and Tonks shouldn't be together. It seems mostly one sided to me. We know Remus will always love Sirius best. ^__^

Still, JKR has pissed me off.
-Meredith
Amber: harry potterminttown1 on July 18th, 2005 05:30 pm (UTC)
Tonks and Mad-Eye still get to be otp, okay? We'll pretend. *is sad* But there were zombies, whee.

Sigh.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: ayufuturegarnettrees on July 19th, 2005 02:20 am (UTC)
Tonks and Mad-Eye still get to be otp, okay?
Oh, definitely, yes. Besides, Remus is obviously on the rebound from Sirius (the love of his life) and Tonks must have had a fight with Moody... so, yeah. So OTP, R/S and M/T forever. ^__^

We'll pretend. *is sad*
We're good at that. *hugs Amber*

But there were zombies, whee.
*sends zombies after JKR, whee* ^_~
-Meredith