What I’ve Been Watching

It’s been a month or so since I posted, mostly because of Nanowrimo. But the novel I wrote in November has turned out very well and I am deep in the first round of editing. I still like the story (a hard SF adventure story within the solar system) and the characters, so I think that’s a good sign.

I’ll write more about it later, but I wanted to talk about some of the tv and film I’ve seen lately (and mostly enjoyed). Some of them are recent releases, others not so much.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I had few expectations going into Fantastic Beasts. I’m a fairly committed Harry Potter fan (I’ve read all the books multiple times, I’ve seen all the movies multiple times, I have a Voldemort figure on my key chain…), but I didn’t get invested in this film. I liked the premise — using the Fantastic Beasts ‘text book’ that was released for charity a number of years ago (I bought that when it first came out) — but I didn’t give it much thought.

So, I was very pleasantly surprised by this film. It was lovely and I don’t mean that in a snarky way. The visuals were spectacular and the use of 3D was amazing — too many films, even very big budget ones, don’t fully utilize the possibilities of 3D, but Fantastic Beasts certainly does. Continue reading

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Can-Con 2016: My Day 3

So, I guess it is just as well that Can-Con was only three days, for as long as it has taken me to get to writing this post. (Sigh. Can-Con was in early September.)

(My posts on Day 1 and Day 2, if you missed them.)

Sunday morning! I was at the convention at 10am for “Designing Habitats for the Clouds of Venus” with Eric Choi, Jean-Louis Trudel, Gillian Clinton, and Brent Nichols, with Andrew Barton moderating. (There were a whole bunch of other people there, too.  It was very well attended for something so early.)

This was such a good discussion, with so much knowledge shared by the panelists. It began with Andrew posing the question of why Venus, given it’s hostile environment, and the attachment to Mars as a location for colonization. The discussion then moved on to the details of what a settlement for Venus might consider (NASA has concept work on this – High Altitude Venus Operational Concept (HAVOC) — available). Continue reading

Can-Con 2016: My Day 2

Finally getting back to this (my comments on Friday are here). On Saturday, I went to six panels. It was a long day, but so worth it!

First off on Saturday morning was a panel called Brave New Baby with Anatoly Belilovski, Angela Stone, Lesley Donaldson, Julie Czerneda, and moderated by Hayden Trenholm on the topic of new and emerging medical treatments, procedures, etc surrounding reproduction, birth, and the early years. The conversation wandered a bit from that specific area, which was totally fine because it was so interesting and so well informed. I particularly am interested in the ideas around what happens when you design (or whatever) the ‘perfect baby’ but it isn’t what they want later and the issues surrounding pre- and post-natal consent. Continue reading