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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Boreas, Apr 27, 2015.

  1. Boreas

    Boreas n log(log n) Staff Member

    Hi @Gideon Marcus, and welcome! If you place your cursor on your username at the top-right hand corner of the page, a drop down menu should appear with an option for Avatar which you can click to upload an image. If it doesn't allow you to upload an image, then that means you have to post a minimum of five times before that option becomes available.
     
  2. Safari Bob

    Safari Bob Well-Known Member

    Hello and welcome!
     
  3. kenubrion

    kenubrion Well-Known Member

    Hi Shadow. Nice entrance post.
     
  4. kenubrion

    kenubrion Well-Known Member

    Hi Gideon. Welcome aboard.
     
  5. Kanly

    Kanly Well-Known Member

    Hello, I've followed this site's FB page for a while (mostly for the artwork, but I also like the articles that are posted). I've also lurked here occasionally but didn't join 'cause I didn't think I'd be coming here much to warrant it. Anyway, I decided to take the plunge. I started off reading SF with authors like the good Dr. Asimov and Clarke and Bester and Herbert. My absolute favourite SF novel is probably Dune (I even love the movie, eep). I've been checking out the new stuff that's been coming out over the last ten or so years and it's sort of overwhelming. Too much and hard to narrow it down. I did read Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion just some weeks back and that blew me away!
     
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  6. Boreas

    Boreas n log(log n) Staff Member

    Hi @Kanly, and welcome! I love Lynch's adaptation of Dune as well, despite all its problems! I did not enjoy the TV mini-series they did as much as the film. While the mini-series was much more faithful to the book, it was bland and had none of the messianic essence which Lynch managed to capture.
     
  7. TomTB

    TomTB Administrator Staff Member

    Welcome! I've just started my first re-read of Hyperion. Just finished the soldier's tale ... with that awkward moment when he gets down and dirty with the Shrike. Ouch!
     
  8. Diziet Sma

    Diziet Sma Administrator Staff Member

    Welcome @Kanly! I believe we might have already exchanged some comments in FB. :) (Elvira)
     
  9. kenubrion

    kenubrion Well-Known Member

    Nice opening post, Kanly. Glad you are here.
     
  10. Kanly

    Kanly Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the welcome, all!

    Boreas, I feel the same way! Lynch's Dune had the full feel and flavour and tone of the book. And besides, it's freaking impressive that he was able to compress such a complicated story in a little over two hours of screen time, more or less coherently.

    TomTB, that scene is a huge case of shrinkage.

    Diziet Sma! Or should I say Elvira of the fashionable boots? But now that I know you're a Culture Contact personnel, it all makes sense!

    kenubrion, thanks for the welcome.
     
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  11. JamceWilliam

    JamceWilliam Full Member

    A newbie here, Hello everyone, I am Jamce William and like to read books.
     
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  12. kenubrion

    kenubrion Well-Known Member

    Hi JamceWilliam welcome aboard! I'm a William too. Well it's spelled kenubrion but it's pronounced William.
     
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  13. JamceWilliam

    JamceWilliam Full Member

    hi. Actually, my real Name is Awe William.
     
  14. Boreas

    Boreas n log(log n) Staff Member

    Hi. I'm curious...is there a different pronunciation for your first name or is it the regular version?
     
  15. Topher Burk

    Topher Burk New Member

    Hello everyone! Massive SF fan (fantasy too), and military vet. Currently writing my own series. We'll see what happens, but I'm pretty hopeful. I've had some pretty good teachers. Looking forward to some lively discussion.
     
  16. Dtyler99

    Dtyler99 Well-Known Member

    Welcome to our little slice of heaven, Topher! Glad you're aboard.
     
  17. Boreas

    Boreas n log(log n) Staff Member

    Welcome, @Topher Burk! Glad to have you here and looking forward to hearing your thoughts on all things SF & F!
     
  18. Kelvin Das

    Kelvin Das New Member

    Hi I am a science fiction book lover, I thought joining this forum will be able to meet more book lovers like me. and discuss science fiction related topics here
     
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  19. Boreas

    Boreas n log(log n) Staff Member

    Welcome @Kelvin Das! Nice to have you here and looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Any particular favourite SF books or authors?
     
  20. Don Schneider

    Don Schneider Full Member

    Hi,

    I recently made my first post here seeking help in identifying a SF novel which was expeditiously given by Boreas by way of a friend of his. I am, of course, grateful. He said he hoped I would stick around which I intend to do, though at the present moment my time is limited due to an unusual work consideration. Otherwise, I’d probably become a prolific poster as perhaps I shall be in the future.

    When I was a kid, I had been mercilessly bullied in Catholic school by students and even some nuns, though I fared better in my large city neighborhood, thankfully. For years I puzzled as to why that should have been as I wasn’t at all bad looking as a kid (no physical abnormalities at all, never even had acne), and I was intelligent. The question was finally answered when I enlisted in the Navy and encountered similar problems. I was diagnosed by a Navy psychiatrist as having a mild case of Tourette’s syndrome comorbid (as is often the case) with a hyperactive nature. As a result, I was honorably discharged early, though I had been in long enough to receive almost full veterans’ benefits which paid for my college education for which I was grateful.

    I’ve been a voracious reader since childhood. When a kid grows up with even a mild case of TS (albeit undiagnoised then), there are two areas of endeavor that one would be wise to master: fighting and reading; the former for utilitarian reasons and the latter as a means of escape. Accordingly, I gravitated to escapist fare, mysteries and science fiction. I worship at the altar of the immortal Isaac Asimov. I think I’ve read every SF book he wrote along with some others of his work. I mentioned my favorite of his works in a short story I wrote.

    I wrote a long short story (about 11,000 words, about an hour’s reading time) that invokes a SF veneer simply to make the plot tenable and nothing more. It reads like mainstream fiction. It is intended to be very poignant and from several favorable reviews I received, I think I at least succeeded in that. It was published on a free access, nonpaying internet zine where it holds the record for most views and comments after over ten years now. The story is entitled “Pride’s Prison” and recounts the story of a Catholic school kid who is mercilessly bullied…:) I once thought about trying to be a professional writer but gave up early on as I realized that I lacked that spark of creativity that distinguishes the concert pianist from the perfect typist. If “Pride’s Prison” is at least decent, it is because it is plagiarized from life. The most important message of the story is to tell why even severely bullied kids so often try to hide it from their parents and friends. All too often anymore, bullied kids have chosen to take their own lives rather than ask for help. Therefore, their parents were in shock. They never saw it coming. I can relate. My parents actually believed I was popular; imagine that. Therefore, I can sympathize with such parents as they bear no blame for their profound tragedies.

    The story is the centerpiece of my most eclectic website. It deals with school bullying, Tourette’s and sundry unrelated topics. I’ve written a philosophical proof of a creator (at least of some kind, not necessarily God in the conventional sense) which is based upon Einstein’s relativity and the eternalism it implies. I don’t believe it can be refuted except by denying the validity of these two overt assumptions upon which it rests or of one other implicit assumption, the validity of material realism.

    Thanks again to Boreas for his kind assistance and welcome.


    Don Schneider
     
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