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Midnight Special
SSar's Beast
[every time I think of posting I think of something else I need to do, like more of a beta job. And then I dream of writing a really sprawling interconnected post. It gets out of hand. Sorry.]

Just came back from film #3 this year of Film Festival picks - Joel's suggestion: Midnight Special. It was an enjoyable experience: a classic plot, treated deftly and confidently. Strong acting all around. Beautifully shot. Earned its lens flares, I think. ^!^

And I came out of it thinking "[personal profile] cahn and scribble_myname would get a lot out of this" - because although I don't talk much about reading Zenna Henderson, because I haven't for years and feel rusty and uncertain, this felt very, very, very much in the vein of her works. There might be some applicable spoilers; ask if you want further details.

A short list of what's going on for me lately: house hunting, an evening class in short story writing, LARP catering, Pokémon ALMOST-Go, beta reading.

Also, for a while I've wanted to talk about this 1998 sci-fi story because I found it really influential and then it was referenced in 'Cat Pictures Please' and I had somewhat indignant feelings about that. But mostly I want to talk about the story, which means a lot to me.

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I just read Maneko Neko and skimmed Cat Pictures. I think you're right to feel indignant, very derivative that. But Maneko Neko was intriguing and nicely futuristic...although I remember 1998 quite clearly and all of that was being predicted at the time. (I love the Pokémon-Go overlays with today vs then!! But they say that sci-fi always is the one inspirational step ahead.) I struggled through the second half, but loved loved loved the first half.

Glad to hear you're doing so much!

*drops relevant meme, wanders away whistling*

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..... I literally just realized this is about Uber. Here I thought it was a reference to how we all have internet-friend meet-ups like nbd

Yes; Maneki-Neko does some nice things, but perhaps not uniquely groundbreaking things, with its suggestions for present/future technology. What I liked about its most was its attention to the social side of technology, how it changed the decisions available to its characters. That's really interesting that you say you found the two halves so distinctive. Someone on the Dreamwidth side of my journal found the same thing - and had the opposite view of which half was more enjoyable. I'd never really seen the story as having two separate acts before. Thank you for commenting on it!

I have enjoyed your ongoing comments on home renovation. I look at all these houses and think of ways to change or improve them, but it's stepping out on air - I have no skills here. Yes, they can be learned, and so I shall! But I also don't yet have a major renovation screw-up behind me, only before me.

I recall you asked flisters to mention pieces from your last Idol run that particularly stuck with us. Here's some I particularly enjoyed in passing:

Post-Relationship Grief, for the interesting, uncomfortable narrator - I really liked his thoughts on getting through prison and how he and his family felt about visiting in prison. I liked the ending.

Petrichor - I really liked the otherworldly perspective overlaid on an environment that would otherwise be, hm, very uncompromising in its terms for reality. I found it compelling.

Yes, Anastasia - I liked the vividness of the narrator and the family and the politics, equally strong things pulling them together and apart. I found the plot a little confusing but I think there was a longer piece in there.

Stop Laughing - I really liked the dialogue between the two boys at the beginning, and the sense of much more complicated family connections: there's enough to go on in the piece itself, but the larger stories are interesting. I liked the way you moved the focus between characters. It felt like a bird's-eye-view that occasionally swooped closer to the ground but never landed.

Thank you for this! I appreciate it so very much!

Talk to me about Maneki Neko! :)


Let's start with:

-I loved the sense of a future that hadn't quite arrived but was utterly plausible
-I loved that this was slice-of-life, ordinary people, with subtly different technology integrated into other things that mattered to them
-as my friend cahn writes, the sense of friendship through technology, of community building, is really, really attractive
-and the ominous side of that is also presented clearly: the possibility of abrogating human responsibility in trade for conglomerate effect
-every time I read it, both sides strike me, the potential for fear and harm and the potential for hope and connection.

I also love how incredibly simple, almost simplistic, the language is, and when I read it first, it was a revelation that you could do so much without overtly 'fancy' devices and poetic prose.

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