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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Same Blog - New Format.

My blog is moving to a new address.  All the same content, but new location.  I've found the format in Wordpress easier to use, so I moved.

https://rxferret.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Hiatus

I'm writing this from my wife's laptop.  I have had technical difficulties regarding my computer.  These may be resolved approximately around January.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

More on Cosmic Horror

All too often, purveyors of Cosmic Horror entertainment media treat the genre as nothing but bizarre looking monsters and maybe some references to gods or otherworldly beings that existed long before we did.  The point of Cosmic Horror is to make us react with a horrified nihilistic response lead us to a point of confused despair, thinking "what is the point?" or "why bother?".  Traditional thriller/horror makes us fear the dark or the depth or people in masks, etc., making us fear to go out and face these things ever so slightly - just enough to give us that thrill.  Cosmic Horror gives us the same thrill by making us fear waking up in the morning and facing the nihilistic despair of meaninglessness.  If this sounds like it's less of a thrill and more just something that's depressing, it could be that this type of genre is quite your cup of tea, or it could be that you've either faced too much despair in your life or not enough of it and have never learned to face just enough of it to develop a healthy skepticism/cynicism.  A moderate amount of despair such as what good Cosmic Horror can give you can train you to gain a healthy stoicism that can both make you tougher in the face of adversity and less prone to stressing over the small things.  After all, what does it matter, really?

Cosmic Horror

Themes:

You are meaningless.  In fact, humanity is meaningless.  In fact, all life is meaningless.

The universe is merciless, uncaring, cold, thoughtless, cruel, stupid, and violent.

There is nothing you can do to save yourself or prevent the doom that will inevitably come.

Conclusion:

Cosmic Horror = Hyper Realism

Thursday, June 4, 2015

My Apologies

I've been slow to post anything lately, but I haven't given up.  I've got a lot going on and a lot on my mind and haven't had much time or even interest to create something right now.  I'll try to get something up here in about a week or so.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A Review of "Night Ride and Sunrise" by Stanley Schmidt.

I recently began a subscription of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, which I am very enthusiastic about, and have read the feature story in the first issue to arrive.  I got lucky and began with the first of four parts of a serial, as opposed to being tossed into the middle.  This story, "Night Ride and Sunrise", is incomplete and the review is only of the first part.  However, I've already developed some opinions about it.

The aliens (otters and bats) interest me and the need to solve the major problem (no spoilers) interests me, but I see a lot of flaws.  What happened back on Earth that led not only the colonists but the people they were originally fleeing both to colonize a new planet?  What conditions on Earth are so bad that the characters have to keep hinting at it (but never saying)?  I know part of it has something to do with overpopulation, but what let to the advent of the superbreeders (which began AFTER the population crisis)?

Despite an interesting plot with mystery and problem solving, I find myself unable to suspend my disbelief when the entire background of the story is left as mysterious as the problem needing solved.  Furthermore, I haven't found anything to make me care about the characters.  Sure, Phil reminds me of myself at times, both over-analytical and cantankerous, but I don't feel vested in him.  Hazel and Luk are both just sounding boards for Phil and everyone else is just a name.

I am, though, interested in finding out more about these aliens and their odd symbiotic lifestyle and will tune in to further chapters in this story.  Please, Mr Schmidt, just give me more to care about with regards to your characters.