February 21st, 2005

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Since there's been a certain amount of picking on Ms. McCaffery's oeuvre--or, more specifically, the more problematic sexual politics of the Pern books--in this forum, it seems only fair to note:

Anne McCaffery named SFWA Grand Master

Ms. McCaffrey is the twenty-second writer recognized by SFWA as a Grand Master. She joins Robert A. Heinlein (1974), Jack Williamson (1975), Clifford D. Simak (1976), L. Sprague de Camp (1978), Fritz Leiber(1981), Andre (1983), Arthur C. Clarke (1985), Isaac Asimov (1986), Alfred Bester (1987), Ray Bradbury (1988), Lester del Rey (1990), Frederik Pohl (1992), Damon Knight (1994), A. E. van Vogt (1995), Jack Vance (1996), Poul Anderson (1997), Hal Clement (1998), Brian Aldiss (1999), Philip Jose Farmer (2000), Ursula K. LeGuin (2003), and Robert Silverberg (2004).

And in fairness, I still think the strength of the female characters in the Pern books is remarkable for their time. Although I now have madonna/whore complex issues over a lot of the details of characterization.

We are amused to note that the artist formerly known as Ms. Andre Norton has apparently joined the ranks of Those Who Need Be Denoted By One Name Only.
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cmpriest on Constantine, via elisem:

1:1 This is the Revelation of Cherie Priest, which the Bijou Theater gave her to show to her readers the things which were done to Hellblazer, which was sent and made known by Warner Brothers to this fangirl and her friends, 1:2 who testify to God’s word, and of the testimony of Alan Moore, about everything that we saw. 1:3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this Revelation, and keep the things that are written in it, for the time to flee the theater is at hand.
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hortas got legs

So today, we went to the revamped Star Trek, The Experience, a bourgeois excrescence of the first water, but also a reasonably fun although overpriced quote virtual reality unquote ride. (And we had lunch at Quark's Bar, which despite its themedness and legendary lousy service, is a pretty good moderately priced restaurant. With the side benefit of being hassled by Klingons while you dine.)

Because everything's better with Klingons.

Anyway, we've been on the Klingon half of the ride before--the Borg half is new as of last year (and not as good, although the three-D effects are reasonably shiny). The best effect is the transporter effect. Convincing enough to be creepy. And no, I won't tell you where it is. The price of admission does include a self-guided trip through the Star Trek museum, though, which is pretty nifty, especially from a costume design standpoint. ("Oh! That's how they did that!")

Anyway, our day was made more surreal by a Klingon insult comic ("Dull knives are best for those for dull wits. I'll leave you to it.") and the classic Klingon joke "Two dead Ferengi in a box."

And at some point during our adventure into geeky campiness, I realized that the Federation has in its hands a sure fire means to defeat the Borg.

Ready for it?

Hortas.

If they were thinking--which, admittedly, nobody has yet proved the Federation capable of--what they'd do is load up their front line Borg-fightin' ships with horta marine commando units. When you engage the Borg, you either beam the hortas aboard the Borg ships, or just fire them at them, using your photon torpedo launchers.

And then the hortas (who are pretty fast movers, as I recall) simply eat their way through the target cube. Okay, you wind up with some king-sized hortas. But dude, we got cargo bays. We'll get you home.

Assimilate this, jerkface.
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