Image Description: Poster divided into six pictures, each a close up of one character’s face. All seem active and engaged in something, and only Nina is looking directly at the camera. Top left is Cameron Hicks (Warren Christie), a white man in his thirties. Top center: Nina Theroux (Laura Menell), a (white?) woman of a similar age. Top right is Dr. Rosen (David Strathairn), an older white man. Bottom left shows Rachel Pirzad (Azita Ghanizada),a young woman of Middle Eastern descent, bottom center Bill Harken (Malik Yoba), a middle aged black man. In the bottom right is Gary Bell (Ryan Cartwright), a young white man. Below the pictures is the name of the show, “Alphas”, and the tagline “Super, but human.” (picture from IMDB.com)
Warning: Discussion of ableism, use of some ableist words (quoted for purposes of clarity)
Spoiler Warning: Spoilers for the first three episodes of Doctor Who season 9, as well as the title of the fourth.
First off, I really enjoyed Doctor Who’s two part season opener–mostly.
That said, there were some things that really bothered me. Some were continuations of behaviors from season eight, others were escalations which took things far beyond what I was expecting, to the point that I actually managed to block them from my memory until someone else’s comment reminded me of them.
I have some blog posts that I’m working on, but personal/life/work/education issues have effected my plans somewhat. I’m still trying to figure out what exactly I’ll be doing with this blog. I’ve decided that my goal this year is to get something published, which means that my focus has to shift somewhat. Currently, I’m thinking that I may continue posting some, perhaps less formally. Posts would probably mostly be book recommendations (probably crossposted to Goodreads and Amazon), and posts about tv shows that are currently airing, like Doctor Who (again, less formal than my usual analysis).
More formal posts, including some on Doctor Who and some in my Archetypal Looking Glass, are on hold for an indefinite period of time. What I’m going to do is build up a few months worth of posts–similar to a television season–and then post them. But with online courses, poetry, short stories, novel research, and my actual paying job (I’m really excited about having an actual paying job, you guys), that could be a while.
I’ll be posting a similar update over on Seashells, since posting will be changing over there, too.
Image Description: Poster for Inside Out, Five cartoon characters, personifying fear (back left, a purple man in a sweater vest cowering from…something), joy (back center, a Disney Tinkerbell-esque figure with blue hair and fair skin), disgust (back right, a green woman with long eyelashes and a look of disgust), anger (front left, a short red man with a shirt and tie and his head on fire), and sadness (front right, a short, roundish blue woman with big glasses) stand in front of a background of colorful circles. At the bottom, the tag line “Meet the voices inside your head” and the date “June 19.” Image taken from IMDB, film by Disney Pixar.
Spoiler Warning: I tried to avoid spoilers, but if you want to be really careful you might want to skip some of the story descriptions.
Trigger Warning: I didn’t really go into detail about those elements which are likely to be triggers, but there are some stories in the anthology which have potential triggers. Of the ones I read, I think “Trickier With Each Translation” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam describes sexual assault in some detail (though it does not progress beyond that), and “Nothing is Pixels Here,” by K.M. Szpara, while a fantastic story (which I discuss more below), could be triggering for someone with dysphoria.
A Note on Language: I use the word “queer” throughout this post, partly because that is the word used in the anthology. However, I wanted to warn for that because I recognize that for some people it is still a slur. (I’ve categorized the post as lgbtqia+, however, since that is the most widely recognized term).
Image description: Cover of Queers Destroy Science Fiction!. Image from Lightspeed Magazine. In the foreground is a head, split down the middle, one side feminine, the other masculine. Set just behind that, in the upper left and lower right of the image, are two couples, two women and two men respectively. In the background is a spacescape.