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Stealing from the French

I’ve always been partial to a nice blonde.

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They do say that English doesn’t steal from other languages. Instead, it follows them down a dark alley, mugs them, then searches through their pockets for any words or loose grammar.

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Hey good-look’in

A spherical biological construct full of viscera by any other name…

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Word choice can be important.


UK vs US English

The horror of learning Australian/British English and then having to remember to use simplified English… err, I mean American English.

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Not to mention having to decide on which grammar¬†to use for dialogue ūüė¶

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Science Fiction: Hope vs Despair [Re-Blogged]

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Why dystopia? Because it’s a cop-out.

It’s far harder to predict the changes and tribulations of an advanced society. So why not just assume we broke all our toys and reverted to barbarianism? After all, these stories do sell.

Why not? Because we’re selling despair. Because we’re telling a whole new generation that they won’t succeed, so don’t try. Because there is a lot more challenge in predicting the changes in culture (and to a lesser extent technology), and therefore a lot more potential for good storytelling.

I’m not saying Dystopia bad; therefore Utopia good. I’m just wondering what happened to the golden age of sci-fi where anything was possible and the sky was the limit? Surely it’s better to look forward to a better world¬†than to assume we’re going to screw it up and revert to banging each other over the head with crude weapons. And yes Zombie¬†Genre I’m looking at you too!

David Brin puts it nicely over at his blog Contrary Brin. Go have a look.

Why all the re-blogs? Well, partly because I’m lazy, and partly because there is so much good material out there that it doesn’t need another voice adding to the echo chamber. Instead, I think it serves everyone better to just promote the work of those who have already¬†spoken up.

Source: CONTRARY BRIN: Science Fiction: Hope vs Despair