Gerry Canavan

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Hugely Cool News for S.F. Fans

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Hugely cool news for S.F. fans: AMC (having already proved its chops with Mad Men) is planning a series based on the Kim Stanley Robinson novel Red Mars. There are a few more details at io9 and the Hollywood Reporter.

I’ve talked a little bit about KSR’s Mars novels before, but suffice it to say I think they’re just fantastic, and they’ve changed my thinking about politics, Utopia, and ecology in some pretty important ways. Let’s hope AMC can catch lightning in a bottle twice.

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October 4, 2008 at 2:18 pm

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Earthaven

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We’ll eventually be doing a full writeup for our Indy article on energy issues in the Triangle and North Carolina, but for now let me say that Earthaven Ecovillage near Asheville is easily one of the more interesting and inspiring places I’ve visited in six years in North Carolina. Nearly fifteen years old, and one of the largest communities of its kind in America, the project serves as a model for sustainable living and alternative, off-the-grid mode(s) of life.

I’m not going to lie to you: I was thinking about Mars the whole time we were there.

I’ve been up since six, so that’s about all the coherent thought I can manage at the moment. For a lot more useful background on Earthaven, check Think or Thwim’s report from a year or so ago. (There’s always the Washington Post, too.)

Lots and lots of photos—over a hundred!—at my Flickr site. Just a few favorites below…

One of the many signs greeting you as you enter the community.

A painting inside the community’s Council Hall.

A characteristically Ecotopian home.

Good advice.

Also good advice.

Delicious berries.

Delicious solar-powered golf cart.

Ducks.

Sometimes this happens. That’s part of it, too.

The name of the main thoroughfare in the community and a succinct expression of their mission statement—there really is one. And in fact, as our tour guide was quick to remind us, emphasizing the diversity of the community and the many approaches to sustainability to be found inside Earthaven, there’s not just another way, but other ways.

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August 7, 2008 at 4:29 am

Great Opening Sentences from Science Fiction

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io9’s playing with great opening sentences from science fiction. (More at MeFi.) Contrary to the aesthetics of io9’s list, it seems to me that the best are those which refuse to immediately announce themselves as science fiction. Here are just a few from favorite s.f. novels that I haven’t seen anywhere else (all links go to Amazon):

“We slept in what had once been the gymnasium.”
—Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

“Mars was empty before we came.”
—Kim Stanley Robinson, Red Mars

“On those cloudy days, Robert Neville was never sure when sunset came, and sometimes they were in the streets before he could get back.”
—Richard Matheson, I Am Legend

“What’s it going to be then, eh?”
—Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange

Though what can match the quiet elegance of Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed? “There was a wall.”

Unless of course it’s Octavia Butler in Dawn: “Alive!”

QUICK UPDATE: I realized too late that I’d omitted a book that should be on any list of this sort, Olaf Staledon’s Star Maker:

One night when I had tasted bitterness I went out on to the hill.

Mars Porn

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Having just this week finished my first trek through Kim Stanley Robinson’s seminal Mars trilogy, I can’t help but feel these pictures of the surface of Mars from the European Space Agency are a special shout-out just to me. A few more here. Via MeFi.

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July 17, 2008 at 2:34 pm

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