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August 25th, 2007

09:14 pm: Rant on winged humanoids
Long time, no see.

Once again, I chose to write this one just because I want to )

I can’t say what or when the next rant will be yet.

Current Mood: thoughtful
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August 10th, 2007

06:25 pm: Measurements and units rant
And heeere's the new rant!

Length, weight, distance, and time )

Current Mood: bouncy
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July 19th, 2007

10:51 am: Science fiction and fantasy hybrids
Once again, I want to define some terms. I’m talking here about books with the “equipment” of both fantasy and science fiction: elves and lasers, for example, or magic and anti-gravity. I wouldn’t consider it a hybrid if there were a few machines that resembled magical artifacts but were fully explainable by any scientific laws and in any case were just named after the magical artifacts to be cute, or if there’s magic that seems like physics in disguise but turns out to be plain supernatural magic after all. And saying that a work can mingle the “attitudes” of fantasy and science fiction will just involve me in endless arguments, because you can always argue about what attitudes a book actually expresses. Equipment is the easiest standard to judge by, so I’m using it.

So why use them at all? )

The next rant is apparently on “happy things about urban fantasy.” I’ll get to thinking of those right away.

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July 4th, 2007

04:49 pm: Turning idealistic characters gray
Before I start, I just want to make it clear that, in this case, I’m not lumping all characters who have strong beliefs into the idealistic set. This rant deals, instead, with protagonists or secondaries who have both strong ideals and a lack of information about how they apply to the pragmatic world, or about their consequences.

So this rant is about moving them towards seeing those applications, or those consequences )

The next rant will be on fantasy-and-science-fiction hybrids.

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June 30th, 2007

06:08 pm: Showing different cultural viewpoints as not 100% correct
Sorry for the very long delay. On the other hand, my written qualifying exams for my Ph.D. are done.

Some ideas on culture clashes )

The next rant is slated to be on turning idealistic characters gray, and should be up in a few days.

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