This week we continue our journey with Star-begotten by H.G. Wells. Compared to the previous chapters, this week’s chapters take the ridiculous theory of Martianization and turn it into one that the characters more seriously explore and gather data on. However, amidst the serious inquiry, we see a mirror held up to three of humanity’s flaws: our bias based on what we know, our tendency to draw conclusions from unscientific methods, and our tendency to see what we want to see. As per usual, the following post is simply my own opinions, and you’re welcome to draw different conclusions.
Continuing on with “Star-begotten” by H.G. Wells, this week I made it through chapters 2, 3, and 4. Within these chapters, we begin to see the descent of Joseph Davis into what is potentially madness. However, the story is weaved incredibly well, making the entire scenario feel all too possible despite how ludicrous Martian cosmic rays sound. Thus, this week, I feel it is imperative to discuss how the story establishes authority to create believability, and also what the events mean for our modern day. As per usual, the following is just my own opinion on the story.
This week I decided to start a longer length story to examine for my Friday posts for a while. As such, my analyses for these will be a bit different than the usual short story ones. Some posts may be theories, some may be an analysis on how elements are executed, and some will be the usual talk about what it all means. However, hopefully you will still enjoy hearing my thoughts on them.
I start my journey off with Chapter 1 of Star-begotten. Written by H.G. Wells, the story describes itself as a tale about a man who begins to believe that aliens are invading human life in some manner. Much of Chapter 1 is spent exploring the protagonist’s, Joseph Davis, character. However, within this chapter we see a brilliant execution that allows for one to believe both that Joseph is innocently blind, maliciously blind, and the only one not blind to events around him. As per usual, the following are simply my own thoughts and just one opinion of many.
SPOILERS AHEAD FOR VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER SEASON 7.
As per usual, I am a bit behind everyone else and only just finished Season 7 of Voltron: Legendary Defender this week. By far I think this is the best season of the show, but this is not what I wish to talk about today. I’ve reviewed the show in general, and while that was a few seasons ago, nothing has occurred that’s changed my opinion from that review. Instead, however, I wish to analyze the show from a different perspective: what we can learn about writing from it. Specifically, I want to talk about the climax and what it teaches us about plot twists and how executing them can go awry. Obviously, you should beware some hefty spoilers for the end of the season.
“The Story of the Inexperienced Ghost” by H.G. Wells is best described as a tale within a tale. On the surface level, it is an excellent ghost story that has just that little nagging sense of creepiness to get even the most ardent of sceptics. Underneath this, though, the story has an interesting metaphor for ghosts and people. As per usual, the following is my own interpretation of the piece and just an opinion.
When farming simulator Stardew Valley came out in 2016, it caused quite the stir in the gaming community. For some, it was a much wanted Harvest Moon clone game on PC. For others, it was different from the current trends and offered an addictive, relaxing experience. Regardless of why people fell in love with the game, the fact of the matter is it became a beloved game rather quickly. However, there was one feature that people demanded fairly early on: multiplayer. While single player games still have their place (despite what AAA companies seem to believe), many fans also do crave a multiplayer experience. So, whether it was already in the plans or the fans’ plea was heard, this month multiplayer was added to the game.
Yet, after having played it, I have to ask one thing: was it a worthwhile addition or not? In my opinion, the answer is rather mixed.
Colonization is often a red button issue for many. There is no denying that atrocities have occurred in the name of colonization, but it is equally hard to deny the fact that the world as we know it would not exist if it didn’t happen. Regardless of which side you fall on, there is no question that colonization will continue to happen as humanity stretches its wings into space. “Impact” by Irving Cox is one such story that tackles the topic, and through the story we learn a stark lesson about one of humanity’s more negative features. As per usual, the following interpretation is my own, and you should form your own opinions about the story.
There is no question that getting old kind of sucks. While some are able to greet it with a rather jovial perspective, others become grumpy or depressed at their own mortality. The subject of getting old is at the heart of today’s analysis. “The Road from Colonus” by E.M. Forster is a tale that reminds us getting old does not have to leave us mentally depressed, but also reminds us that we cannot escape the physical reality of aging. As per usual, the following is my own interpretation, and I encourage you to draw your own conclusions.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE FIRST TWO SEASONS OF THE HANDMAID’S TALE!
Though like usual I’m late to the game, I decided to check out The Handmaid’s Tale. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the show, and finally decided I would take a look. Besides knowing the basic premise, I didn’t really know what to expect. Below are my thoughts on the show. If you’re reading this from the future, this review will only cover the first two seasons, as that’s what’s out at the time of writing this. Also, a usual reminder that the following review is my own opinion. You should draw your own conclusions and not hinge on my words.