Category Archives: Culture

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Wonder Woman, the Internet, and Tender Little Snowflakes

WARNING: LOTS OF STRONG LANGUAGE. MAY NOT BE SFW. Now the Internet is losing its shit over a screening of Wonder Woman: https://www.yahoo.com/movies/wonder-woman-update-theater-chain-behind-women-screenings-responds-complaints-adding-screenings-174319106.html Short version is, a movie theater company arranged a women-only screening of WONDER WOMAN.  In certain quarters … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Muses about Memorial Day

Yesterday, I took my dad Neil Stamey on a short trip, in what has become a yearly tradition, to the nearby Festival of Flags at Greenacres Cemetery for their Memorial Day celebration of veterans who have fallen. He’s the handsome … Continue reading

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Why I Won’t See Alien: Covenant

My husband Darwin likes horror movies. As a rule, I don’t. I do like SF movies, though, and here we have ALIEN: COVENANT, which combines the two genres. This, I thought, would be a perfect date movie!  Horror for Darwin, SF for me. … Continue reading

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Ursula K. Le Guin’s Aussiecon 1975 GoH Speech

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

Fanac History Project presents Ursula K. Le Guin’s Aussiecon 1975 GoH Speech:  

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A Tricoastal Woman: Where Ideas Come From

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

We saw the documentary Citizen Jane: Battle for the City the other night. It’s about Jane Jacobs, author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities (among other books), and her legendary fight against Robert Moses, the man who … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Out-of-Period Knowledge

Some years back, when I still lived in Washington, DC, I was driving home late one night from Philcon, the Philadelphia science fiction convention, with a much younger friend of mine. At one point, someone else on the road did … Continue reading

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Worldbuilding: Curses and Cusses

  How many Sf or fantasy novels have you read, or shows have you watched, that toss you right out when the characters started cussing and the made-up words, or euphemisms, sound totally fake? Some writers solve the problem by … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Green Pants

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I ordered some pants online in a color called “moss green.” I was picturing a grayish green, a subdued color that would work with a lot of different shirts. The pants that arrived were the color of the green crayon … Continue reading

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Airport Art

Earlier this month, I took part in a writers’ retreat at a resort on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, which necessitated my passing through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. I didn’t get the chance to see much of anything when I arrived, but departure … Continue reading

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Afternoon Tea for Beginners

Recently, some folks in the Facebook Wisteria Tearoom Group were talking about hosting tea for their friends, and I realized from their conversation that many members of the group had never done that. This came as a complete shock to … Continue reading

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