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Leonard Nimoy has passed away.  He lived long, and prospered.  He both was and was not Spock.  But while everyone knows that role, I have another favorite too: he also starred in Brave New World, where it was utterly delightful to see him frisking around advising the other characters to be happy and have lots of promiscuous sex.

He taught us a lot about logic and emotion; more crucially still, the need to balance both in order to live well.  Along with the rest of the Star Trek teamfamily, he taught us about tolerance -- not just of others, but of ourselves.  He showed us glimpses, not just of one future, but of many futures.  In doing these things, he left an imprint that will last as long as our culture does.

So I'm sorry he's left us -- though he has left quite a lot to us -- and I'm really going to miss that man.  But on the other side...


Leonard Nimoy looks at the enormous mob burgeoning around The Great Con in the Sky.  Two cloud buses have arrived simultaneously.  One of them disgorges a flock of angels -- is that Metatron? -- while the other lets out a stream of tzadikim.  On the front lawn, a circle of Summerlanders are spit-roasting an entire ox.

Leonard shakes his head and sneaks around back in search of an open window.  Just as he is closing the window behind himself, a soft sound makes him whirl around.  "Gene!" he cries gladly.

"Hello, old friend," says Gene Roddenberry as they hug.  "Sorry about the crush out front.  People are excited to see you."

Leonard raises an eyebrow.  "Coming in the back way was a logical ruse," he says.  "But what are you  doing here?"

"Waiting for you," Gene replies.  "Since you made your peace with old Spock, I figured you'd take the logical route.  Come on, I'll show you where we stashed the secret Green Room.  If we hurry, we can get there before Isaac Asimov eats all the cookies."

Grinning, Leonard drapes a long arm over Gene's shoulders and says, "Lead the way."

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 Thanks to a donation from Ng_moonmoth, you can start on the first 33 verses of "Often Buried Deep."  It belongs to the series An Army of One and follows Astin's new trade route, so you can see how the different parts of the Lacuna are starting to connect with each other.
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 [personal profile] mdlbear has written a lovely poem, "Round Dance - 2138," based on my prompt.  Enjoy a description of lunar mining, along with a discussion of AI art.
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This poem is spillover from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "orphans" square in my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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This poem is spillover from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and LJ user Kelkyag. It also fills the "parenthood" square in my 12-30-15 card for the Rites of Passage Fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to The Steamsmith series.

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 ... here's a cute video of some things that would happen.  I've also seen some longer documentaries and books on this topic, very useful for anyone writing apocalyptic science fiction.
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This poem is from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chordatesrock, [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] librarygeek, [personal profile] siliconshaman, LJ users Rhodielady_47, Kelkyag, Ng_moonmoth, Anthony and Shirley Barrette. It has been sponsored by Anthony and Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to The Blueshift Troupers project.

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This poem is from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles and [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "You make my world a better place" square in my 1-31-15 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo Fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It is a sequel to "Faeder Way" in the series Feathered Nests.

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This poem is spillover from the Febrary 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Readera. It also fills the "celebratory kiss" square in my 1-3-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to my main science fiction universe, in the Freedom System colony.

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This poem was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu, [personal profile] redsixwing, and Stephen Laird. It has been sponsored by Stephen Laird. It also fills the "emancipation" square in my 12-30-14 card for the Rites of Passage fest. This poem belongs to the series Kung Fu Robots.

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This is today's freebie, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] helgatwb. It also fills "The Tower" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest.

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Our Imbolc ritual included an opportunity for contract prayers with Greek gods. I asked for a blessing on the profitability of my writing, in exchange for offering up something extra. Here it is.

This poem is spillover from the June 3, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] rosieknight. It also fills the "lost and found" square in my 6-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to The Blueshift Troupers project.

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[personal profile] siliconshaman is developing a Terramagne character, Ilyana Cherenkov (yes, she's related).  Read the first post here.  There will be more later.   I am really enjoying the amount of precise scientific detail woven into the science fantasy of a superhero setting.  I love trying to figure out how  certain superpowers could work, because that tells a lot about what they can do.
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Suzette Haden Elgin has passed away. You can read about her work online.  She will be sorely missed in this world, and dearly welcomed in another.

Some time ago I posted a poem about her, "The Languagewoman," summarizing my interactions and her accomplishments.

Here is a new elegy...


"Soulsounds"
-- an elegy for Suzette Haden Elgin (November 18, 1936 – January 27, 2015)


The soul is not substance but sound,
a self made of speech and song.

Birth is the opening of a throat
to cry out in discovery.

Death is the sliding of a voice
from one chorus to another.

When angels weep, mortals rejoice;
and when mortals weep, angels rejoice;

but in God's ear it is all one sublime symphony,
and the Great Conductor never loses track of a single note.

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The Speculative Literature Foundation is offering a grant for working-class and impoverished writers.

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There is an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for a bilingual anthology, Castles in Spain / Castillos en el aire. It aims to bring the speculative fiction stories that have served as milestones in Spain to English-language readers.

Stark Trek

Jan. 23rd, 2015 01:57 am
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Stark Trek ...

I bet Tony's bedpost has even more notches than Jim's, of infinite diversity in infinite combinations. Also the ship/captain interactions would be even more awesome because of JARVIS.

Let's see now, obviously Bruce is the chief medical officer, but Hulk is security when he comes out. Steve must be the head of security. Bucky is Steve's second, recently recovered after being reported MIA, but now he's got a weirdly powerful metal arm and holes in his memory. Natasha is probably security too. Clint is so much a scout as well as an assassin, I think he'd be in charge of landing parties. (Ship's casualty rate goes down, enemy's goes up.) He might also man the weapons station on the bridge. Pepper would be the communication officer. Betty for science officer ... but she *transferred* from security and if you mess with her or Bruce, she will rearrange your face and ribcage. Phil has the helm, and never gets tired of using "don't distract the driver" lines when the bridge gets fractious. Engineering has some poor, henpecked redshirt because of course Captain Stark came up through that department and if the ship is really hurt, he delegates the bridge and goes down to fix the engine *personally*.  Also 50% of the crew should be female, the way God and Gene Roddenberry intended.

I would read/watch the hell out of this.  Anyone want to write me some?
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I got to thinking about the literary device of a "fixed point in time" that can't be changed by a time traveler -- an event that always happens, an earliest thing that can be changed and beyond that can't be reached, etc.  It usually seems like a deus ex machina copout to me.  (An exception is if the time travel mode itself has a limited travel range, as most conveyances do: a practical rather than arbitrary restriction.)  So then I noodled around ideas that might work better, and thought of ...

Time Jenga.  There are not fixed points in time.  There are load-bearing  points in time.  They cannot be altered while the weight is resting on them, because it pins them in place.  However, you can move things around in other parts of the timespace continuum.  That causes the load to shift, releasing pressure to make some points malleable while pinning new ones down.  A time traveler with a specific goal may be able to meet it directly, or may discover that it is currently stuck and have to figure out what else to change so as to release it.

Basically, it's the opposite of every "don't change anything because butterflies" story ever.  The whole point is to run around making changes that you think will loosen what you're trying to fix ... but without toppling the whole tower or destroying the universe in the process.  Quality in a time traveler, then, is less based on range or subtlety than on an exceptional grasp of temporal physics and connectivity, whether obtained via logic or intuition.  You can eyeball the structure and calculate the load, or you can touch it very delicately to feel for loose pieces.

Except of course that real life is less like the orderly stack of Jenga blocks and far more like a game of Bausack Towers in which God keeps giving you the Christmas trees.
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This poem is from the January 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ellenmillion and [personal profile] alexseanchai.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] chordatesrock. This poem belongs to the Astin thread of the series An Army of One.

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