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December 30th, 2006
09:41 pm


Saturday December 30, 2006. Late night thought: Cat tv shows, starting with Fluffy the Vampire Slayer.

***"Unwilling or unable to fully explore the novel’s singular premise, and overly inclined to drift into more familiar territory, the multiple screenwriters of Children of Men have failed to create a film about an awful dystopian future without children; instead, it is simply another film about an awful dystopian future...."

Either it's possible to write (and film) non-awful dystopian fiction, or "awful dystopian" is redundant. The first alternative is more interesting.

Unfortunately, my imagination isn't up to the task of designing such a future. It's easy enough to think of futures which would be dystopian for some other people, but which I wouldn't find awful -- but then they wouldn't be dystopias for me. Futures which would be dystopian for me, but not awful to their originators are easy enough to find; but that doesn't satisfy the requirements either.

Only thing I can think of is dystopias which are going to change very soon.

***On the newsgroup alt.comp.freeware, someone asked where he could find a free crappy-looking font. One recommendation was the "Cheap Ink Killed My Printer" font. I would say it fits the purpose. It can be seen, among other places, here: http://www.1001fonts.com/font_details.html?font_id=1817
Writing: The Blending of Starport One -- took out what I'd last added. Added a bit more.

Selfhelp information:
Decluttering: Dishes washed. Trash bagged. Trash out.

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Date:December 31st, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
The problem with Children of Men is that it just took every bad thing in today's newspaper headlines and made it worse. Authoritarian governments, rebels that are worse than what they're rebelling against, scary Muslims... even the original infertility plot now feels like an extrapolation of all the European demographic worries. That might give the film real-world resonance, but doesn't make a very interesting vision of the future.
Date:December 31st, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link to the Locus review. I've been debating whether or not I wanted to see "Children of Men" in theatres, since the trailer actually did look somewhat interesting to me. I think I'll just wait until I can rent it instead.

There was a story in a recent issue of F&SF in which the main character was a cop and part of his duties was to find and arrest women who chose to stop taking rejuvenation treatments so they could have children, and to kill the children. I wasn't entirely satisfied with it, but it seems to be a bit more of an "awful dystopia" than "Children of Men" is.
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Date:January 1st, 2007 06:54 am (UTC)
non-awful dystopian fiction

Brave New World may quality. The great majority of people were perfectly happy there, but few of us today would be.

-- Steve was seriously creeped out by that novel in high school.
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Date:January 1st, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)

i would think that america, circa 2006, qualifies as a non-awful dystopia.
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