Game of Thrones Season 6 – Will It Book?

Comparative Geeks

We’re halfway through HBO’s Game of Thrones season 6 – the season that’s gotten ahead of the books. It seems like a good time to check in, about whether things happening are from the books, might be in the books, are totally different from what we think is going to happen in the books…

The way that made sense to me to organize a bit geographically. It feels like all the action is going to one day end up all in one place, but we’re not there yet. And people have moved all over the place from when they almost all started in Winterfell way back when.

Brace yourselves. Spoilers below!

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Comixology Unlimited: 24 Hours Later

Finally, people paying for something that isn’t porn

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In the 24-ish hours since I signed up for my 30-day free trial of Comixology Unlimited, I’ve read about fifteen graphic novels and like four floppies.

Yes, I’ve gone overboard but it’s what I do. In the first month that I signed up for kindle unlimited back in 2014, I must’ve read fifty books. So yeah, excess with subscription services is kind of my thing.

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Silliness on Tumblr II

LOL on chart ass whipping chart!!!

Geeking Out about It

Once again, there are some things that can only be found on Tumblr.

*Like gifsets of my two favorite characters from Brooklyn 99:

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*People who have waaay to much time on their hands. I’d stop at the paint store much more often if I got this much  of a laugh every time.

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Renamed paint colors.

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*A complete breakdown of my life in fandom: a combination of #5 and #6. Seriously!

Coming into a fandom late

hiccstridforever:

illogicalvoid:

inverted-mind-inc:

sageblackrose95:

jupiter235:

not-so-secret-nerd:

nerdsagainstfandomracism:

my-reylo:

street-of-mercy:

dj-killer:

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Coming into a fandom early and watching it become an angry clusterfuck

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Being in a dormant fandom that suddenly comes alive again after a new book/movie

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Don’t forget about those who come in the midst…

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Journey to Red River 1821—Peter Rindisbacher

Amazing!!!

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By William Benoit

Peter Rindisbacher was 15 years old when he immigrated to Selkirk’s Red River settlement in 1821. Already an accomplished artist when he arrived in North America, he produced a series of watercolours documenting the voyage to Rupert’s Land and life in the settlement. His watercolours from the Red River area are among the earliest images of western Canada. Peter Rindisbacher is considered the first pioneer artist of the Canadian and the American West.

Library and Archives Canada is possibly the largest holder of Rindisbacher’s works. Viewing the Rindisbacher watercolours in sequence allows Canadians to appreciate the difficulty of the journey to the Red River.

A watercolour on wove paper showing an anchored three-masted sailing ship surrounded by skiffs bringing passengers and loading supplies. Departure from Dordrecht under Captain James Falbister, May 30, 1821. The English colonist transport ship Wellington of 415 tons. (MIKAN 2835769)

On May 30, 1821, Rindisbacher and his family left Dordrecht in the Netherlands with a contingent of mostly Swiss emigrants…

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3 Reactions to the New Star Trek Beyond Trailer

Ennui regarding exo-Manifest Destiny

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It’s Star Trek‘s 50th anniversary, yet Star Trek Beyond (due 7/22) has mostly flown under the radar this year. At long last, though, here’s the second trailer. Let’s watch and discuss.

So the plot is….

Sad Kirk has been beaten down by the vastness of space, and Spock has somehow lost himself to it (I guess). Bones gives Kirk a “get back up on that horse, partner” pep talk. The Enterprise is then immediately attacked, boarded and destroyed by the latest notable actor to be hidden under prosthetics and make-up in a sci-fi movie (this time it’s Idris Elba). This baddie has a beef with the Federation, and holds most of the Enterprise survivors hostage (sorry, Sulu and Uhura). Luckily, Kirk and pals partner with pale-Furiosa (Kingsman‘s Sofia Boutella), and stage a rescue attempt. Eventually, they end up back on Earth (I think) and perform some nifty…

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Black Ladies Deserve Love Too: Lupita Nyong’o, Concern Trolling, and White Feminism

Here, here. Well said.

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Yesterday, internet gossip revealed that 12 Years A Slave actress (and all around adorable human being) Lupita Nyong’o was in talks to star opposite Chadwick Boseman in 2018’s Black Panther solo movie. One of the earliest (now seemingly refuted) tidbits of information about this potential role was that Lupita would be playing the female lead and specifically would fill the love interest role.

Almost immediately, the concern trolls came out of the woodwork.

“Why do you have to reduce Lupita to a love interest,” they cried. “She’s a strong Black woman who doesn’t need a man. She should play one of the Dora Milaje or T’challa’s sister Shuri or someone else who has no romantic life and exists to be strong and undesirable (because Blackwomen can’t be strong and desirable at the same time).”

Because that makes all the sense…

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Angel One

A Star Trek: TNG episode titled, Angel One is an example of the type of episode that struggles with a moral and social dilemma. Characteristic of this type it is suspense driven, with characters facing grave danger (which is an excellent tool too enhance your sense of moral outrage); in this case a sentence of death awaits merchant spacers and the indigenous woman of a matriarchal regime with whom they fall in love.

From ST:TNG’s first season it stars Patricia McPherson of Knight Rider, and I believe a member of the 1988 Men’s Gymnastic Team; as a member of that elite and a spouse of the same, any fan will find the story intriguing. However, in classic Roddenberry tradition it is episodic. The problems must be solved in an hour (or brought to life in the least, so the locals can work it out) and then they move on to the next adventure. This naturally leaves little time for worldbuilding, of the stem culture (i.e. the Federation) much less those that they come in contact with.

This is a perfect example of a culture that could be expanded. First, what could have led to a society where human or humanoid females are dominant? The answer would certainly have to be biological, although not necessarily physical. Suppose, that these females had the ability to emit pheromones at a level that amounted to mind control (fine tuning hormone levels to command specific responses with the aid of only the most basic verbal cues). This alone might suffice, but also imagine the capability for reproductive control, such as voluntary miscarriages and organic or artificial embryonic and fetal transfer.

What sort of society does this lead to? In the case of reproductive control, natural reproductive control would require us to rework the alien species from the very human aliens in the episode. Does the production of the male sex cell require the ingestion of food that lead to small bodies, yet are agile and active to chase their fleet prey and perchance the female diet consists of large and dangerous catch necessitating a need to control one’s reproductive cycle to maximize the numbers in a hunting party and leading possibly to a neuter gender for child care (John Dalmas’s Soldiers envisions such a species as does TNG in a later season). Also the ability to control the males in such a threat heavy environment will enhance species survival.

If this were to be done artificially, then would we be looking at mechanical devices, chemical and genetic alteration or some combination of all three. Political upheaval could lead to this, especially if a repressive patriarchy were overthrown. It may be accomplished by a drug regime given to key and influential figures to control them. Women may start taking advantage of and increase research strenuously in the area of reproductive health to close the career gap, that child rearing inevitably leads to. They may also see fit to genetically or mechanically engineer caretakers to free themselves up to rule.

Watch the episode and give the old mental muscles a stretch would you. Until then see you out there.

 

 

 

 

Worldbuilding 101

One of the many important aspects of storytelling is world building. When done properly they can evolve into a tome or volume of their own. Simply think of your favorite author who released a sourcebook or atlas of some sort after completing a nine part epic saga. More likely than not the bulk of this was finished before the first novel went to the publisher. Also just as likely, many revisions as well as additions are made after completion. However, the fact remains worldbuilding is essential.
Take this into consideration, it is better to have more information than you need than less. After all you can always leave out details as you wish. Another factor to take into consideration is your story must make sense. If a dwarven army is on the march, you should know how long it would take to get to their destination
(if only to determine whether to elapse the journey or describe it in detail). In order to accomplish this, you should have a basic map (with bodies of water, settlements and other landmarks) to show what they’ll encounter along the way. A detailed topographical map isn’t necessary, but it will help as will meteorological data (if you once described an area as rainy,it won’t due to have characters dying of thirst; unless a warlock thought that was the perfect place to cast a drought spell as characters might forego carrying excess water). Knowing your world will explain the actions of your characters. More importantly,it will allow you to explain these actions to yourself, allowing you to plot (strong hint) the path they will take in a way they could realistically be expected to behave.
Once the physical environment has been chosen, you can now tackle the cultural and political and economic aspects. The physical environment determines what sort of people thrive and this will determine culture and invariably religion. Take Presbyterianism, started in Switzerland and the Confederation of the Rhine, it is a denomination that speaks to the mountain peoples of the world and quickly spread to Scotland and now has many adherents in Korea as well. It stresses hard work and that man is deserving of little, a fine survival tactic where the terrain is rugged and the resources sparse. Furthermore, the isolated nature of the Scottish Highlands led to a proud and independent clan culture. A culture which would give rise to a kingdom that would be absorbed by and a driving force behind the military might of the British Empire. A similar phenomenon would occur in Korea, after Japanese occupation the Korean military culture would transform that of Japan leading to the adoption of the curved sword. The only difference between a gum and a katana is that the former is inscribed in Korean and the latter in Japanese. Swiss pikemen from the independent canons would not only fight off the Austrian Empire, but would also determine the fate of kingdoms selling their services as mercenaries. Their austere lifestyles allowed them to be disciplined soldiers and likely led to the large amount of capital in their banks to this day (both the ability to earn and save).
I hope this has illustrated the benefits of world building. I will post more on this topic at a later date. I am also available, to design a world for you, e-mail GHWright.author@yahoo.com for a quote.