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Paper Dolls : Book Two : Afterlife – Chapter One – Part One

Chapter One – Part One

The funny thing about you being dead, twice mind you, is you get a lot of perspective.

When I first died. I mean, when I first thought I was dead I couldn’t quite cope with where I was in life. Everything, everything I had ever known had gone up in flames. The Past became my Present. My Future, or at least the future I had hoped for was gone.

There was no back button. There was no way to undo our actions.

If you’ve lived the life I had lived up until that point – you might feel like: what was the point then?

You try to make up for a broken childhood. You try to re-make yourself in a better woman who you thought you could be. But what does that do for you? What?

I can’t even say I died. Not yet, anyway. That’s later of course, but you’ve seen that. Or at least, part of that.

But when life or a combusting, anti-matter explosion kicks you in the stomach you don’t slither off into the darkness and give up. No, that’s not how you were trained. That’s not what you know how to do. Giving up is not something you do. You fight. You get up. You shake your fist at the goddamn sky and say you’re gonna make something of your life.

Granted, this was before I had been thoroughly exposed to any form of popular cinema so I had no strong archetype female to compare myself to.

When my eyes opened and I saw the brown world below me my heart lodged itself under my tongue.

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Geek Speaks: The Uses (and Abuses) of Science Fiction

This piece appeared on Contents May Vary on November 8th 2013 Photo Credit: Geoffrey Long

What do you get when you bring together science fiction writer and co-editor of Boing Boing Cory Doctorow, Intel Futurist Brian David Johnson, and transmedia specialist Dr. Henry Jenkins for a conversation about the purpose of science fiction? You get what Jenkins described as the Three Tenors for geeks: last night’s Geek Speaks panel on “The Uses (and Abuses) of Science Fiction.”

In partnership with the Annenberg Innovation Lab, this is the first in an ongoing speaker series Jenkins created “to provide a homeland for those of us who are geeks here at USC to get together and hear from interesting thinkers from across popular culture and new technology.” The goal, according to Jenkins, is to help build up the community of geeks at USC, and he hopes to have one panel a semester.

The conversation ranged from the panelist’s geek ‘origin stories’ to the participatory culture of science fiction to what draws them to science fiction. Johnson stated that, “one of the things that we all talked about is that the science fiction that has inspired all three of us is usually science fiction with an opinion.”

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My ‘To Be Read’ Pile – 2017 Edition

{Header image taken by Angie Fiedler Sutton.}

I read … a lot. The only problem is that ever since the invention of the Internet, my off-line reading has been sacrificed for all the reading I now do online. So, while I do still read quite a bit, my ‘books I’ve read’ pile has slowly shrunk over the years.

When I moved to Los Angeles in 2013, all of our books got packed into boxes. They’re still (mostly) there, partly because I have yet to have the discretionary income to buy bookcases, and partly because we weren’t 100% sure we were going to stay in this apartment, as going to USC was the primary reason for picking the place we did.

Over the three years since, I have picked up a handful of books. Some of them were from teachers, suggestions for further reading in my studies. Most, however, were ones purchased at various book-related events such as the Los Angeles Festival of Books or at book signings.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Celebrating a Timeless Classic

Twenty-four years ago today, I was seven years old. From what I can recall: I was an awkward youngin’, in love with Star Trek The Next Generation, Star Wars, Power Rangers and Sailor Moon (though that would come out in a few years). Oh, almost forgot. I was a big time fan of the FOX’s X-Men the Animated Series. I guess I was a geek before I knew what a geek was.

But on January 4, 1993, my world basically changed in the best way possible. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine debuted.

Like I said, I was already a big fan of Star Trek. I religiously watched Star Trek: The Next Generation and got the chills every time Captain Picard got super passionate. It was always refreshing.

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Rogue One Trailer: Equal Representation in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Holy Pumpkin Pie, Batman! The new Rogue One trailer is here!

Not gonna lie. The very first teaser trailer gave me chills.

CHILLS.

Granted, I’m not as far in the nerd-dom as I would like I am extremely amped for this movie to come out.

The general feel of a first trailer felt very vintage. Which is good, since the story takes place way before the beginning of A New Hope. While the teaser trailer and first trailer gives us a glorious taste of what is to come this week we got a longer, in-depth look at the plot of the story.

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When the Sky Strikes – Part Three

Editor’s Note: Lost? Check out part one and part two of the serial. 

According to the radio, humidity was at 75%. From my perspective,  it was probably closer to 90.

“Must be the Quakes…” the weather man chirped.

I gritted my teeth and smacked the OFF button with the back of my hand.

I had called Chris once I got home from Harold’s. It literally took me fifteen minutes to punch her personal code into the com system. Chris was always at work. I thought it was meant to be a distraction from her personal life, until I realized her personal life was me. Normally, it wasn’t allowed for workers to get ‘personal calls’ but Chris carried a lot of weight over there. If she didn’t like the color of the sky I’m sure her bosses would have tried to change it if they could.

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Tea & Review: Time Out of Joint

Time Out Of Joint

By: Philip K. Dick

Written by Philip K. Dick, Time Out Of Joint was a science fiction novel from 1959 set in an ordinary American suburbia where a man with a rather repetitive, dull existence starts to notice some strange goings-on before paranoia fully sets in.

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Tea & Review: All The Birds in the Sky

All The Birds in the Sky

By: Charlie Jane Anders

I strongly suspected I would like “All the Birds in the Sky” by io9 editor Charlie Jane Anders. When I put out an open call through my FaceBook for science fiction / fantasy books I immediately checked it out the description on Amazon when someone suggested I check it out.

The story centers on Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead. Patricia discovers she has a strong connection to nature with her ability to talk to animals. Laurence is a tech nerd who a future genius in the making.

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