Log in

No account? Create an account
16 most recent entries

Date:2006-11-19 19:01
Subject:anime hour
Mood: cheerful

A couple of weeks ago I watched Memories, an anime three-parter directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, who also directed Akira. Each of the stories have apocalyptic elements that I love, from 1984ish faceless combat in Cannon Fodder and a wonderfully comedic presentation of an accident in biological weaponry in Stink Bomb to a profound, black hole like, spacefaring, mindbending odyssey/ghost story in Magnetic Rose that reminded me of the movie Event Horizon. Not kiddy, cutsey anime (well, maybe Cannon Fodder a little bit so), and highly recommended.

post a comment

Date:2006-11-15 20:45
Subject:I'm not dead yet!
Mood: chipper

Hello everyone,

I have been a BAD VERY BAD maintainer. I so sorry. I resolved not to let it happen, and look where my puny human resolutions have taken us. Don't worry, though, no explanations or excuses, just a healthy dose of self-derision here. Now, let's try to kick this post-apoc borne zombie in the ass and see if it can still run, or at least jog for some brains.

I'm going to get more people to join. Anyone know any READERS out there? Displaced philosophers? Borg? Get them hooked. I will be making some posts to related communities such as cyberpunk, futuretech, mad_scientist, and such to recruit.

Below is a NEW SCHEDULE of reading! In case you don't remember the rules, anyone can make the first post to open discussion towards the end of the month of the designated reading, and that's the beginning of the book discussion. Everyone can add their two cents!

For DECEMBER I'm going to open a general discussion on the three dystopian classics of the modern age - WE by Yevgeni Zamyatin, 1984 by Orwell, and Brave New World by Huxley. Since this stuff is the foundation of what this community is about, this will be the keystone of many of our discussions and I hope we can bring in as many comparisons, contrasts, and points of reference as we can so we have a lot to work with for future discussions.

For JANUARY we go back to the Classics. Foundation by none other than Isaac Asimov! Tasty.

For FEBRUARY we read something MODERN (wowee!) so some of you out there don't get bored (though I need this too because I tend to hide in the closet with my dusty old books too much). Mortal Engines (of The Hungry City Chronicles) by Philip Reeve.

For MARCH we are going to read The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula le Guin, who is such a good writer that it makes me all green-eyed and bitter.

So. To review:

DECEMBER- We by Yevgeni Zamyatin, 1984 by George Orwell, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

JANUARY- Foundation by Isaac Asimov

FEBRUARY- Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

MARCH- The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula le Guin

Sound like fun?

post a comment

Date:2006-06-13 10:39
Subject:updated book per month list coming!

I will be adding books to the book per month list very very soon. So soon. Since the Leibowitz sequel was so bad I really want to go to the library and flip through the options before I make a final decision. So...look for the new list after the weekend. And as always, suggestions are encouraged! I will have to check out these Sagan books. :]

1 comment | post a comment

Date:2006-06-09 17:40
Subject:Now reading/viewing

I am currently reading Nick Sagan's (yep, Carl's son) series. Just finished the first book, Idlewild, and will be moving along to Edenborn later this evening. Everfree is the third, just released on May 16th. Idlewild owes much to the basic concepts of The Matrix, and was a good, quick read.

I will also be seeing Luc Besson's (Fifth Element) latest project, District B-13, again tonight - second time! The action is amazing, the story is good - Paris in 2010, the government has walled off the ghetto and it is now overrun by gangs and thugs - and I found it really entertaining. It didn't hurt that the two leading men were easy on the eyes, and the little sister character was a charming badass. :) The action is based on the French sport of "parkour", which is brother to what we call "free running" on this side of the pond. They make it look fluid and effortless, just jaw-dropping. Highly recommended.

1 comment | post a comment

Date:2006-06-09 17:39
Subject:Canticle discussion
Mood: contemplative

So I'm discussing the May book in June, deal with it. :)

Dale says, "I think Canticle is, overall, a marvelous portrayal of the best and worst in humankind, of hope as man's greatest asset as well as his greatest liability, and of knowledge as power and power's tendency to corrupt."

I agree with this. However, I think this book could well have taken place in a normal Medieval setting. The post-apocalyptic elements seemed tacked on, unnecessary to the story. I'm sure this was done partly on purpose, giving it a Chaucerian, Canterbury Tales-type feel, but I didn't like it. Also, as soon as I knew enough to develop empathy for one of the main characters, oops!, he died, making the flow of reading choppy and disjointed. I took the liberty of doing some side-reading of Miller's short stories, and I did like some of those, but Canticle didn't really catch and hold me.

I won't be reading Wild Horse Woman (I think I've read my quota of Miller for a while), but I'll start on the July book early instead.

1 comment | post a comment

Date:2006-05-26 14:41
Subject:May discussion - A Canticle for Leibowitz

It's about time to get this discussion revved up. Theocracy</lj> will probably have a lot of input, since he's a religion scholar. Please fire out some questions or comments to get us started because it was a couple months ago that I read it...

I think Canticle is, overall, a marvelous portrayal of the best and worst in humankind, of hope as man's greatest asset as well as his greatest liability, and of knowledge as power and power's tendency to corrupt. The apocalyptic images and concepts are pretty well developed and believable. The way everything ties together--with the diagram found at the beginning becoming a holy relic to ultimately being the key to once again unlocking nuclear holocaust--is well done. The moral issue of euthanasia is very well treated too: a good case is made for both arguments.

That's about it for now...I might add some more later after I flip through it again.

1 comment | post a comment

Date:2006-05-12 00:33

I just finished A Canticle for Leibowitz and am mildly confounded ... but will attempt to contribute to the discussion where pertinent.

1 comment | post a comment

Date:2006-04-21 08:23
Subject:a cool blog

I intend to open up discussions about the "big three" dystopian masterpieces of the modern age a bit later, as they are intimately bound up with the subject of apocalypse. They will certainly be on the reading list. These are, of course:

We by Yevgeni Zamyatin

1984 by George Orwell

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Below is an excerpt from the coolest blog ever. This isn't a political community BUT it would be a shame to leave reality out of the subject of (impending!) doom and destruction.

[Dec 8] The warnings of Orwell's 1984 have been ignored to the determent of the principles of the founding of this country. The puppetmasters behind W have used Orwell as a roadmap. This audio clip by Mike Malloy addresses some of the key ideas used by Karl Rove in the Bush speeches.

Also, look up "miserable failure" in google and see what the first thing is to come up. That's explained in the blog too. :]

1 comment | post a comment

Date:2006-04-18 13:52

I just watched THX 1138 and would highly recommend it. If for nothing else, you have to see the "chapels" ... great stuff!

Finished Yegevny Zamyatin's WE ... I guess it's one of the first dystopian novels. I didn't know what to make of it at first, but it's definately worth checking out. If you get the new Penguin Classics edition; it has a neat Metropolis-like cover.

Thats it ...
"Blessings of the State. Blessings of the masses."

2 comments | post a comment

Date:2006-04-10 20:14
Subject:The revolution will be sort of televised

Watching the Showtime post-apoc (plague kills all the grownups, now 15 years later) series "Jeremiah" right now, on disc 5 of 6. I'm not incredibly impressed - I guess I was hoping for more than what I'm getting. Anyone else see this series?

There's a pilot being produced for a new post-apoc series on CBS called "Jericho" (post-nuclear), and one in the works at ABC, "Resistance" (post-terrorists).

Relatedly, after I finish "Jeremiah", I have two newly-released movies in my rental queue, "The End of August at the Hotel Ozone" and "Natural City".

1 comment | post a comment

Date:2006-04-07 01:28


Nice site for some old skool apocalyptic literature. There are also some good links here.

post a comment

Date:2006-04-03 12:42

And because I refuse to allow this to be a stodgy, boring old community, take a look at THIS! This poor kid met his untimely end when his head got lodged in this Orobouros's...er, boa constrictor's...throat. Too bad it's probably not real but it's still fun to look at. If you just ate, though, I'd skip it.



post a comment

Date:2006-03-24 17:01
Subject:zombie movies/fiction

What do you think of the threat of zombies?

Seriously, I would like to discuss the prevalence of zombies in apocalyptic scenarios. We all know where that comes from, right? Other than the obvious psychological explanations -- the fear of death and the fear of losing one's humanity. What I really love about the zombie craze is that it is such an obvious criticism of man as his own worst enemy -- he is his own death, disease, and decay. This is explored very well in the movie 28 Days Later, with the zombie that is chained up in the back of the military compound so that the survivors who have gathered there can see how long he will live. It's such a clever metaphor. I think my favorite zombie movie will always be Night of the Living Dead though.

In Norse Mythology, the army of the dead is destined to march out of Hel, led by Loki, the trickster god, once the Ragnarok, or the end of time, has come to pass. In Christianity, too, there is the second coming, and with it, the end of the world and the reclaiming of earthly bodies from the grave. Dante does a lovely thing with this in his potrayal of hell in The Inferno, when it is discovered that those who are in hell for committing suicide have become trees and when the end of time comes, their spirits will drag their earthly bodies back to those trees to be crucified for eternity.

Does anyone have any comments on the religious, psychological, or philosophical implications of ZOMBIE-dom? Also, please mention any zombie movies that you'd like to recommend or discuss.

2 comments | post a comment

Date:2006-03-24 16:51

We're going to do a movie list too. Please discuss movies that include apocalyptic themes as much as you like!

28 Days Later
The Day After Tomorrow
Night of the Living Dead
Night of the Comet
The Seventh Seal
The Mad Max movies
The Matrix movies
Prayer of the Rollerboys
2010: A Space Odyssey
12 Monkeys

1 comment | post a comment

Date:2006-03-24 10:45
Subject:reading list

These LJ communities seem to die off pretty predictably without a little form 'n structure, so since I want this to serve as a tool for the sharing of knowledge and perspectives, I'm going to put up a reading suggestion list for each month, starting in May. Of course, if you've already read the book and love it or hate it, even better, and if you don't get to read it, you can still contribute to the discussion if you're moved to do so.

This is how it will work: a book will be assigned to a month, and then it'll be discussed approximately one month later, although whoever finishes the book first or wants to begin the discussion can go ahead and make the first post. So for instance, A Canticle for Leibowitz will be the May book, and it will be discussed at roughly around the end of May / the beginning of June. And then in June we'll start the new book, etc. etc. If you make the first post, please put "[insert title here] discussion" as the subject. And that's all.

Here's the list for the next three months:

May '06- A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller, Jr.

June '06- Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman

July '06- Domain by Steve Alten.

So, like, go to the library. Or find an online library. Or give Amazon $0.50 and get some great books for nothing and save some trees. Because I know you all care so much about that.

2 comments | post a comment

Date:2006-03-23 23:33

This is the bibliography that existed on an older livejournal community that has been discontinued. By all means, please add your own suggestions.

"A Canticle for Leibowitz"
by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

"Alas, Babylon"
by Pat Frank.

"American Apocalypses : The Image of the End of the World in American Literature"
by Douglas Robinson

"Apocalypse and Science Fiction : A Dialectic of Religious and Secular Soteriologies"
by Frederick A. Kreuziger.

"Apocalypse Anthology"
by Louise M. Kawada (Editor)

by Steve Alten.

"Father Elijah : An Apocalypse"
by Michael O'Brien.

"Good Omens"
by Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, David Frampton (Illustrator).

"Nova Express"
by William S. Burroughs.

"The Apocalypse in African-American Fiction"
by Maxine Lavon Montgomery

"The Fifth Horseman : A Novel of Biological Disaster"
by Richard Sherbaniuk.

"The Four Horsemen of The Apocalypse"
by William S. Burroughs.

"The War of the Worlds"
by H.G. Wells.
Also available on Audio Cassette, and as a free E-Book!

"The Last Man"
by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

"Souls in the Great Machine"
by Sean McMullen.

"Symphony - Millennium Quartet, Bk. 1."
by Charles L. Grant

"Visionary Fictions : Apocalyptic Writing from Blake to the Modern Age"
by Edward J. Ahearn.

1 comment | post a comment

my journal