moon time

Jul. 21st, 2017 09:44 pm
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It's a classic of the planetary romance genre, to have a few moons floating about the sky, just so you know it's not Earth.

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How could you, in any sense, win a time-traveling war?

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So why would superheroes only show up in modern times?  Bar being the Mad Scientists' handiwork, which works in a simple and elegant manner for that -- and carries a lot of baggage.

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How long after the apocalypse can a post-apocalyptic tale take place?

Is it post-apocalyptic if they are still poking about the ruins of millennia ago?

How about if science had rolled on, but irretrievably altered by the changes they made to cope with the disaster and ward off the danger?

hmmm. . . .
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Sometimes the story comes from the title.

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An observation about superhero novels:  all that I've read (admittedly perhaps an atypical selection) have a Meta Origin.  Behind all those variegated superheroes is a common cause.
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Was working on my superhero tale. . .

Which does not fit into a genre neatly any more than most of them do, because of the world-building issues.

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so poking around with short stories.  There are also novels and even novellas in progress to go out, but with short stories I consider whether to go back to the trunk to pull out more tales.

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I have a princess who has her own planet.  And that title's not a translation into modern English.

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Some natter about what the classics are, but as one panelist pointed out, if they polled the room, there would probably be some fair consensus.
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Back from Boskone and ready to babble,starting with the first panel.

Which panel did indeed stick to overwhelmingly to SF, despite a mention of Terry Pratchett.
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For some reason, I have recently happened to read stories in which brain transplants are used to achieve immortality -- for the transplanted one, not the poor soul nominated for it.

Ehem.
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[livejournal.com profile] jordan179 posted an index, which brought me back to this essay and inspired some reflections on it.  And Lensmen, and Asimov's Foundation series -- because space opera has another problem with great sweeping galaxy- (or cosmos-) wide events.

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What happens when you go back in time and do something. . . .

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"Epic fantasy is mostly set in the past.  Urban fantasy is mostly set in the present.  What about the future?"

Well, obviously first off we quibbled with the description, since most epic fantasies are set in another world having no connection to our timeline.

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Does hard SF have to have cardboard characters?

Partly, of course, this is a definitional problem.

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