‘Don’t ever change now baby and thank you’

‘Don’t ever change now baby and thank you’ December 18, 2012

The last question was asked for the first time, half in jest, on May 21, 2061, at a time when humanity first stepped into the light.”

“Are we more likely to encourage helping behavior by highlighting stories where people act heroically or where they fail to do so?

“But what if the woman is smarter than the man? Wouldn’t God want the one that He made smarter to be in charge?”

“It’s just a reflexive way of expressing either conscious or subconscious outrage that someone who isn’t white, straight and/or male is being given the spotlight.”

“I find it hard to understand why people would live life with such constant resentment of others and sense of competition with the world; I am only sure that it’s worth significant effort to avoid them.”

Once upon a time, after the glaciers receded and men spread out among all the fresh green valleys of the world, freedom loving people of the North founded an enchanted Kingdom which can be still be found on any map of the world, where the Skagergatt meets the Kattergat.”

We neither condone nor tolerate in our name imprisonment, persecution or any violence to any group or individual no matter their faith or sexual orientation.”

“I believe with every cell in my body that if Jesus were here in the flesh today, he would reach out to love and appreciate and enfold people who are LGBT — without condition.”

From 1905 until 1977, epileptics were forbidden to marry in Minnesota.”

“Public acceptance of same-sex marriage can serve as a timely reminder to conservative religious leaders that their traditions have always adapted to changing social norms.”

“Quite literally, the opposition to gay marriage is dying. It’s old people.”

“Ultimately the love songs exist to fill, with language, the silence between ourselves and God, to decrease the distance between the temporal and the divine.”

“The biggest difference was that instead of writing for millions of readers, Wheatley was writing for just one.”

“This is all the time I will get in this universe, and I’m going to spend it how I see fit, and this does not generally include writing for free for people who are not me.”

“All wishes of ‘Merry Christmas’ offered upon this blog in comments by individuals other than the blog’s author, whether addressed to its author or to other readers, are understood to subscribe to these articles unless otherwise specified.”

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  • R Daneel Olivaw

    The was such an optimist, that Asimov.

  • “The Last Question” is one of my favorites. :)

  • Carstonio

    I loved the Shattersnipe entry on privilege in fantasy and science fiction. Meadows missed only one aspect of these readers’ complaints. Some of these straight white men may see the stories the same way that Reginald Barclay saw the holodeck, as an ego-stroking type of escapism. Many of them probably resent having to deal with non-whites and women as equals in their workplaces or as superiors, so the stories they prefer cut these people down to size or ignore them entirely. When non-whites and women turn up as historically accurate characters, it’s like the shorter Riker and sex kitten Troi turning into the real versions that don’t pander to Barclay’s self-image.

  • Tricksterson

    Let me add Keith Hartman’s Drew Parke books to the list of “unconventioal” fictional chracters.  he’s a streetwise, wisecracking, cynical and tough PI in the mold of Marlowe, Spade and Hammer living in a near fiture Atlanta…who just happens to be gay.

  • Michael Pullmann

    Go John Scalzi!

  • Lori

    I am entirely in favor of people standing up and saying “Not in my name” to horrible things like the Uganda anti-gay law. Still, the sentence just preceding the one Fred quoted in the link is as fine an example of No True Scotsman as I’ve seen in a while and I really can’t get behind that.

    As a conservative evangelical, I can say without hesitation that
    evangelicals unanimously oppose the very idea of persecuting people for
    their sexual identity or practices.  This is an essential gospel truth.  

    I mean really, on what planet do “evangelicals unanimously oppose the very idea of persecuting people for
    their sexual identity or practices”? The only way to make that sentence true is by defining away the evangelicals who enthusiastically persecute people for their sexual identity and practices, including the ones who have been pushing the Uganda legislation. That’s really convenient for someone who doesn’t want to have to deal with the fact that plenty of people who self-identify as he does hold views he finds abhorrent, but it’s not actually helpful.

  • Tricksterson

    Not apropos for a  Both hilarious and educationalht this was neat.  Both hilarious and educational


  • JustoneK

    missing some spaces there, and/or disqus is eating your post.

  • Jessica_R

    Getting close to end our Heifer International fundraising, 160 bucks so far, again, you guys are wonderful, http://teamheifer.heifer.org/slacktivites

  • Here’s a link worth checking out: http://www.scifiwright.com/2012/12/the-theodicy-of-hell/#more-6863

  • ProfWombat

    Freeman Dyson points out that gravity and quantum fluctuations as we now understand them will prevent the ‘heat death’ of the Second Law of Thermodynamics…

  • Kaoru Negisa

    Thank you for starting by quoting my favorite Asimov story. There’s a reason you’re my favorite blogger: good taste.

  • Kaoru Negisa

    I thought that it must be a joke. While not all evangelicals feel tgat way, clearly many do or, more often, simply don’t care enough to stop it.

  • Darkrose

    From now on, I’m going to tell my wife that I’m gay coming home and ask if she wants me to gay stop at the grocery store on the way and pick up something for our gay dinner.

  • EllieMurasaki

    I have got to track down that one Teen Wolf fanfic. Title was something like “Five Things Stiles Did While Bisexual”. Four things with no sexual content or referenced sexuality whatsoever and one group porn viewing/discussion.

  • Nicanthiel

    After reading the fairytale of Mette-Marit, I seem to have found something stuck in my eye…

  • I love that story by Asimov! Thanks for all the links. I’m still going through them, but so far, they’ve given me things to think about. The one by Mark Silk pointed out something both (a) important and (b) obvious, but the comments section made me rather upset due to several people completely missing the point.

  • Consumer Unit 5012

     Objection: very little scifiwright has to say is ‘worth checking out’ for any reason other than morbid curiosity, and I see no evidence this even merits that much.

  • Holy crapcakes, that link? Is like, ten herds of teal deer stampeding across the landscape. :O