Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.Junot Díaz, “The Junot Díaz Episode" (18 November 2013) on Fan Bros, a podcast “for geek culture via people of colors” Dec 3, 2013
Space can teach us plenty about the rest of the universe. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth goes into exhaustive detail about how much time is spent on scientific observation and research, sometimes on the astronauts themselves. (Hadfield says he was “peeing for science … about 25 per cent of the time.”)
In this week’s column, I got to interview (and get a shameless photo with) a genuine spaceman.
Plus, as it turns out, Hadfield’s new memoir is good! I learned stuff.Nov 29, 2013
Almost every conception about space is a misconception. It’s like my conception of, I don’t know—what’s it like to be a professional fisherman? I don’t have a clue. I’ve held a rod, but I bet my information is 99% wrong. I’ve had people ask me the most ridiculous questions. ‘What do you do in between space flights?’ And ‘How do you get the shuttle back out of the ocean after it lands?’ And ‘How many times have you walked on the moon?’ When people ask me that, I think, Wow. What else don’t you know?An outtake from my interview with Chris Hadfield. Full column coming on Friday. Nov 25, 2013
Last week, Marty Chan posted the following message on Twitter: “All the dapper authors wear this at their book launches.” And let me say, right off the bat, that whatever you’re picturing right now, you’re wrong. Attached to Chan’s tweet was an image of a modified bowler hat, complete with miniature clocks, springs, a padlock, and two overlapping pairs of goggles that light up with the flick of a switch.
This week’s column is about Edmonton kids’ author Marty Chan, who’s got two new books out this fall. In one, a young Harry Houdini teams up with Nikola Tesla to fight time-travel crime; in the other, a sasquatch is ridiculed for possessing only normal-sized feet.Nov 22, 2013
Just found out that JFK, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley all died on the same day. Step your fucking game up, conspiracy theorists.Nov 22, 2013
The river is getting icier.
This is what my city looks like right now.
(via maybeedmonton)Nov 19, 2013