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Primo Levi & SF [Feb. 12th, 2007|12:53 pm]
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In response to elfs post regarding Primo Levi in The New Yorker:

SF is generally expected to be heavy on technology, or occur in a post-apocalyptic world, or otherwise be very much tech-influenced. On the other hand, Anne McCaffrey's Pern series is generally billed as fantasy, even though (to me) it's obviously SF. I mean, c'mon, genetic engineering of the dragons, AIs, starships—gotta be SF, right? Part of this is because SF is essentially assumed (in the US, at least...I wouldn't know about other parts of the world) to be speculative fiction, with a technological/scientific basis.

I would argue that Levi's work is essentially metaphor on a grand scale (so long as grand scale is under about 20k words, anyway...); he uses science as the basis for the metaphor, obviously, but, to my (admittedly limited) knowledge, he used the current state of scientific knowledge, instead of extrapolating to functional artificial intelligences, faster than light travel, stasis, cryogenic storage of people, and assorted other 'scientific' principles that were essentially invented for various novels, and such. It could be argued that Levi's work is science fiction while not being speculative fiction, but the line between the two is so blurred as to be practically nonexistent, and, as such, I must agree that it's not a good idea to describe Levi's work as science fiction. I suspect that Levi would be amused by the ambiguity of the language used to describe his work, especially given his predilection for precision in descriptions.

There's an interview with the translator that seems to be where the 'this story is science fiction' bit came from:
The second part of "Lilít" is entitled "Futuro Anteriore," or "Future Perfect." The stories here are a sort of science fiction—I'm not a reader of science fiction, I'm not very interested in it—but they're usually based in a real world, and then there's one element that takes them into another realm and makes them not real.
Being as the translator is also an editor for The New Yorker, I'm not surprised that it was billed as SF. Unhappy with the categorization, yes—fiction is by definition "not real"—but not surprised. She does make some good points about Levi's work in the interview, though, including his use of precise language in descriptions. Personally, I find his style to be quite enjoyable; the content, not so much. Must be the engineer in me. *grin*
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QOTD [Apr. 23rd, 2006|11:15 am]
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"It's level three and four, which is zero."
—Bryan
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QOTD [Apr. 21st, 2006|05:50 pm]
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"Of course it's documented. It's documented with lies or sourcecode. Or both."
and
"Oooh, quantum documentation!"
-- Game development meeting, referring to Torque
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(no subject) [Feb. 18th, 2006|11:58 am]
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It's currently crunch time...we usually wind up with interesting quotes. I'll post any others that come up.

Phil: "There are no pacifist game developers."
Bryan: "So that's why video games are so violent."
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QOTD [Jan. 31st, 2006|02:35 pm]
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When people are watching movies and having sex, they're not going to worry about what's going on in Congress.
—said during Science & Fiction in the Twentieth Century today.
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Obligatory WoW, I'm addicted to World of Warcrack post [Nov. 15th, 2005|01:06 am]
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So I've had WoW installed for about 24 hours now. I have 8.5 hours of playtime on one character, 2.6 on another, and just created a third, but should go to bed. I'm on day two of the guest pass now, so I'll be ordering a copy of the game for myself later today, I think.

At the moment, all of my characters are on Khaz'goroth:
Kellesara is a level 9 NE Rogue, working as a Skinner and Leatherworker.
Meghan is a level 6 Human Mage, likely going to wark as a tailor/enchantress
Lauranne is a (new) level 1 NE Rogue, likely going to work as an herbalist/alchemist

I'm also planning on creating a miner/engineer, probably a dwarven hunter, though I haven't decided yet. May as well play the characters I have to the limit.

I tend to play rogues, and similar classes. When I have the option, I also play fighter/mages.
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(no subject) [Oct. 30th, 2005|09:09 pm]
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Stolen from nonnycat:

If you had me alone... locked up in your room and I had to do whatever you wanted me to, what would you do with me? (Seriously, ANYTHING goes, and you won't get in trouble.)

All comments will be screened, and nothing you write will be held against you.

Reply and then repost this in your journal. You might be surprised with the responses you get. They could make you laugh, smile, or something altogether different. Or perhaps not...
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(no subject) [Oct. 27th, 2005|02:01 pm]
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Ok, so I haven't been posting much...I shall attempt to remedy that.

I played Guild Wars rather too much last night. It's probably going to happen again tonight, though I need to study some. I'll probably hit up one of the suitemates for a guest pass to WoW, as well, though I have a feeling that that will wait until late next week sometime, in the interest of getting as much time as possible out of it.

I've been listening to more classical music lately, which is good. I'm thinking about doing something Fantasia-esque to Mozart, but it'd be a major undertaking. On the other hand, it'd also be a lot of fun...I'll have to sit with a sketchbook and the music, and see how things go. Biggest problem with the music is copyright issues, if I'm planning on releasing anything, though there may be a couple of ways to deal with that...I'll have to look.
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Quote of the Day [Oct. 25th, 2005|08:57 am]
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"Welcome to the adult world. There are more things you wish to buy than you can afford. You don't see me purchasing Russia...it's a bit out of my price range." -- Phil
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Quote of the Day [Sep. 14th, 2005|08:30 pm]
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I have come to the realization that MATLAB is a lot like Catholicism: if you don't do everything just right and exactly as MATLAB prescribes, there will be h*ll to pay.
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