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Radiation Proof DNA

c0089248-water_bear_sem-splI just love it when an article comes along that is just perfect for one of the stories you’re working on. I was looking for a biological mechanism to provide radiation resistance for a population. Just in time along comes

… once again, water bears are the solution to my problems.


Road Trip Time

So off to somewhere quiet, work free, and near the ocean, for a little while. Let’s hope I can get lots written

road trip

Science Fiction: Hope vs Despair [Re-Blogged]


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


DareDevil Season 2



Our favorite blind pseudo-ninja is back, backflipping in the rain to beat crime. Took me four days from start to finish binge-watching this show. Six episodes a day, with a two-day break in between. (Broke some ribs recently so getting comfortable hasn’t been easy).  So no spoilers here, but I truly enjoyed season 2.

With the series taking a Mad Max-esque approach of the named protagonist being the window from which we see their world, but not always being the focus of the story, the welcome addition of Electra, The Punisher “You put them down, they get back up, I put them down, they stay down!”, and Karens evolution really made the season for me. Still I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as Season 1, and nowhere near as much as Jessica Jones.

It wasn’t as fresh as Season 1, lacking much of the awesome big-picture politics. In fact, the antagonists in this series seemed to exist purely for the heroes (and anti-heroes) to react to, lacking any real depth of their own. No Kingpin here. There were also a few scenes that were awesome but seemed to be carbon copies of season 1. For example, Season 1’s hallways fight now takes place going down a set of stairs this time and doesn’t come off nearly as well, maybe because we’ve seen it before.

…also I am not going to forgive Ramirez for leaving all those unanswered questions about the Hand and Black Sky.


Fisk (season 1 spoilers)

A Good Season 2 Review (spoilers)

EDIT: Extra Link

io9’s take on season 2 which I agree with 100%