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Why Seafarers Love Joss Whedon’s Firefly

Combining two of my favorite things – Firefly and the sea – Miriam Goldstein discusses how living on a ship at sea is a lot like living in a cabin on the Serenity. The obvious reason, of course, is that everyone over at Deep Sea News is a big nerd, but geek that I am, I won’t be pointing fingers any time soon.

10. Quarters are tight, but your berth is your castle. This is where you can relax, surrounded by comforting objects, whether they are trashy novels, music, guns, or that purty purty dress. Yes, one of us may take a dress to sea with them, and it’s not Miriam. Frankly, Serenity‘s cabins are nicer than most research vessels we’ve been on – private and with their own toilets! Pretty appealing after sharing a cabin so tight that you and your roommate can’t stand up at the same time. Also, sharing a very very small room means that you best be careful when it’s time to “be in your bunk.”

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Dystopia: What a Game of Civilization II Looks Like After 10 Years

Dystopia: What a Game of Civilization II Looks Like After 10 Years

Apparently this is what your world would look like if you play the same game in Civ II for ten years. Damn. My games never lasted more than a few weeks. Still, this is pretty fascinating, especially considering there’s a whole Reddit community dedicated to helping him rebuild the world, which is pretty much wrecked beyond all reason from the sounds of it. I wonder if it would look different if you spent ten years actively trying to keep peace and build a thriving society.

Check out the article here.

Game of Thrones Rap

Stop what you’re doing and listen to this.

No really. Trust me.

Top 10 YA Books That Should Be Adapted for Film

Top 10 YA Books That Should Be Adapted for Film

LitReactor posted their picks yesterday, so of course I read through the list and furiously added a few more books to my To Read shelf on GoodReads. I’m a fan of Graceling by Kristin Cashore and I’d love to see it on the big screen. The aesthetic of Graceling and Fire both would be worth seeing, if someone could find a way to do it justice without making it cartoonish, and frankly seeing Cashore’s characters come to life would be a joy. While neither plot is particularly new or genre defining, the way Cashore develops her characters and moves them through the plot makes the book a pleasure to read.

Of course, looking at that list got me thinking about which books I’d like to see put to film, so I put together a list of my own. They aren’t all YA and some of my picks are old school, I’ll admit, throwbacks to favorites of middle school or high school years. I have no regrets.

In no particularly order:

  1. Ship Breakers by Paolo Bacigalupi – Solid world building meets dystopian steampunk. What more could you ask for?
  2. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld – Because everyone loves techy alt-history and bio-engineered flying whales.
  3. Sabriel by Garth Nix –  Just to see Sabriel and her bells striding through Death would be some serious wish fulfillment for my high school self, which could only be upped by the sudden appearance of a portal to Middle Earth in my apartment.
  4. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Again with the solid world building, with pitch perfect pacing and a full cast of interesting characters.
  5. Inda by Sherwood Smith – See above. See also: pirates.
  6. Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb – Talking. Ships. Strong female protagonists. Pirates. That is all.
  7. Shade’s Children by Garth Nix – You want some dystopian YA lit? I got that shit right here.
  8. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – It’s Neil Gaiman and the things that lurk under London, does this really need an explanation?
  9. Perelandra by C.S. Lewis – Purely to see this world fully rendered, honestly. The descriptions along are stunning; just imagine seeing a planet covered by water, with floating islands and brilliant, vivid colors on the big screen.
  10. Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce – Here’s my high school self again; I loved Daine and her ability to speak with animals. This quartet completely absorbed me, though admittedly I haven’t gone back for a re-read to see if it holds up to the test of time.

So there you go – ten of my favorite books I’d love to see played out on the big screen. What’s your list look like?

2011 Nebula Award Winners

2011 Nebula Award Winners

I mean, obviously all of nerdom knew Neil Gaiman would walk off with an award for his episode of Doctor Who. I’m stoked to see Kij Johnson listed as the novella winner. I just finished reading The Fox Woman last week and it blew me away, so I can’t wait to check out The Man Who Bridged the Mist. If you’ve been needing some new reading material lately, go check out this list (or check it out anyway, if you’re like me and enjoy having piles of unread books around all the time).

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