A thread of optimistic science/fiction art.
First up, Bryan Larsen's joyful inspiration: https://www.bryanlarsen.com/gallery/
room for diversity
Now, getting there is another story. And power structures and oppression are a feature of society we are going to have to work around for the foreseeable future. There is a need for stories that talk about this too. N. K. Jemisin does an amazing and heartbreaking job of this, for example.
But how do we know what we are aiming for? Thank you, authors, for writing about it, and thank you friends for recommending books.
Last boost: Just read the whole thread: https://beach.city/@anne/103150413616642396
homophobia, aids, room for diversity
Some of it is by living. By being myself, and visibly so, I carve out a little room for transgender women. I have the honor of knowing a few non-binary people, building new spaces, and some neurodivergent folks doing the same.
But we are few. And what should a just society look like?
Fiction can be an answer. Fiction can paint a picture of what a society with room for us would look like. Fiction can teach us to think in terms of the real range of people. 2/?
The Expanse opening credits done in Kerbal Space Program. This is a good overlap of interests.
BREAKING: a federal judge has ruled that suspicionless searches of travelers’ cell phones, laptops, and other electronic devices when we cross the U.S. border are unconstitutional.
This is an enormous victory for privacy. https://www.eff.org/press/releases/federal-court-rules-suspicionless-searches-travelers-phones-and-laptops
Rant: Veterans Day, Boomers
America treats its veterans horribly.
How America gets veterans is 1000x worse.
Boomers have now sent three generations of people to die in an attempt to get the prestige their parents got for winning WWII.
All they've done is murder shitloads of innocent people, institutionalize outrageous military spending, and destabilize and radicalize people all over the world. (Including our own soldiers.)
It's the most Boomer of holidays.
This is my kind of ridiculous fun: Adding vectored thrust to the standard Estes model rockets, so you can do SpaceX-style vertical landing.
Yes, it's over the top, but would be so personally rewarding when you get it right!
Trouble with words. Writing Speculative Fiction, Exploration Non-Fiction. Pragmatic optimism.
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