“Population: 1,” A Punk History of the Late, Great USA

"If you don't remember the 80s, just imagine listening to Duran Duran's 'Hungry Like the Wolf' playing on a boom box that at any moment could explode, killing you and everyone you know."Population: 1 opens with basically a music video, in which a snaggle-toothed chanteuse wonders why nobody loves her, and then dies on a riverbank. She's glorious--just enough menace, just enough shriek--but what actually is going on here? We cut to an underground bunker where a scrawny degenerate is watching … [Read more...]

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Time Considered As a Helix of Grimy Fingernail Clippings: Samuel R. Delany’s Weirdly Prescient “Driftglass”

I just finished reading a collection of Samuel R. Delany's short stories and novellas from the mid- to late-'60s, Driftglass (link is to the copy I bought at BookMarx, with the ultra-cheesy fishman cover), and man, I always forget just how good his best work is. Here's a rundown of what's in this collection."The Star-Pit": The first story is by far the best--worth the price of admission for this alone. It's startlingly contemporary. It's a story about working-class men and their longing for … [Read more...]

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On Hot, Dry Ground: Octavia Butler’s “Parable of the Sower”

I've read Butler's phenomenal sci-fi short story collection Bloodchild, but this is the first time I've dived into one of her novels. It's about a California slowly being devastated by climate change, where society is breaking down daily, just slowly enough that people can stay in denial. A teenage girl in a relatively-privileged multiracial gated community is the only one who will admit that the future will be murder; she plans for emergencies and begins to craft a new religion whose … [Read more...]

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“10 Sexy Vintage Halloween Costumes”: I Can’t Believe

I have another opportunity to use my "eye-boobs" tag.see the calamities! (via Libresco) … [Read more...]

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Mutate, Rinse, Repeat: I watch the new “X-Men” movie

for AmSpec: I have seen the future, brother, and it is a real bummer.Ahhh, look, X-Men: Days of Future Past could be much worse than it is. The last two adventures of Marvel's Merry Mutants were execrable; this one is merely doughily pointless. X-Men: The Last Stand was like watching your big brother break your favorite toys. X-Men: First Class was more like watching somebody else's awful, sticky children have a slap fight in a sandbox, except with the Cuban Missile Crisis going on as … [Read more...]

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“10 Most Essential ’70s Conspiracy Thrillers”: Jesse Walker

with a list. I'm actually posting this mainly for the commenters who added Alien and Rosemary's Baby as sf/horror cousins of the '70s conspiracy genre (and I admit that I was surprised to read that Rosemary is actually from the late '60s--doesn't it feel '70s to you?). … [Read more...]

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From Yumiko Kurahashi, “The Adventures of Sumiyakist Q”

“Everything’s permitted here, you see. I suppose one could say with the theology instructor that if God does not exist then everything is permitted; but here it doesn’t matter if God exists or if he doesn’t, since one is free to do everything. The result of making use of this freedom is that the one freedom one does not have is that of knowing what is going on.” --it's a Japanese surrealist satire of Communism; check out Helen Rittelmeyer's review here … [Read more...]

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