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I Have a Warmachine Army!

We have had a lot going on – lots of movies on the horizon, good video games season and replaying some games, all the fall shows… We’re going on vacation soon, so it adds a lot of urgency to it all, too. Two movies opening this weekend we have to watch – and a Doctor Who finale. Oh, and I still need to read Big Hero 6 for the LitFlix…

Well, amidst that I am also getting a chance to finally play Warmachine! And if I’m going to do that, I needed to finish getting my army together. I had my hardest models yet to construct. So far, I was here:

Vectors Built

As I showed last time, I was able to apply some similar construction techniques to get several of my mechs together. Lots of similar pieces and ideas, and lots of plastic – which holds together easier. I had pewter to go – and my leader, knick-named “Swiss Army Knife.” I have more pictures to share as I finished my Warmachine army!

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The Music of Life

I have written a whole series of posts on the Definition of Science Fiction, as quoted from Frank Herbert. However, in doing so, I have skipped the opening clause, but not intentionally. Let’s talk about that now.

Frank Herbert's Definition of Science Fiction

 

Poetry as the apex of human language. I’ve read some of Herbert’s poetry; and there’s of course some scattered throughout the Dune novels. However, how prevalent is poetry today? Do we have our cleverest folks penning the apex of human language?

I would argue that, while there is of course still poetry being written today, the main poetry of today is in song lyrics. That’s where our poets are going to work; it’s where they can make money and a living. So today I wanted to share thoughts on a few of my favorite concept albums, where the whole album is trying to tell a story – yet this still happens abstractly, poetically, and leaves me still often wondering what is going on, unpacking and learning more every time I listen.

 

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The Best of All Possible Worlds, Part 2

The other day, I introduced the question: if you could live in another time or place, would you? And where? Including, and perhaps especially, fictional worlds. I included a poll, so you, the readers, could consider and give input on the question as well. You can check out that post here.

Clockwork Angels AlbumI take the title, The Best of All Possible Worlds, from Clockwork Angels by Rush. In the novel – and by extension the album, I suppose – the goal of the Utopian project is to build the best of all possible worlds. In this, one of many possible worlds. I did a post about reading the novel here.

In other words, I have been building to this point for a while. Indeed, really, with my whole series on Science Fiction and Religion. Because to me, the whole purpose of these posts, this sort of thought, is that Science Fiction touches in some of the most important ways on Religion – exploring its future, exploring the things which might disprove it, exploring people who keep their faith even as humanity (or other species) expand out into the stars.

So join me as I consider the question just a bit further: Which is the best of all possible worlds?

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The Best of All Possible Worlds, Part 1

There are so many great fictional worlds out there – ones deep and rich, ones that capture our imagination. Ones we “geek out” over, cosplay in, role play in. The love of immersive video games is the love of escaping to a fictional world, is escapism from where we are here and now.

Of course, many worlds we create are best left to fiction. Just so with the dystopias, the falling worlds. I’m just fine not living in Westeros, thank you. The show actually enhances this thought. But even so, are there better worlds we’ve imagined, better worlds than ours?

This is not rhetorical, but is instead indeed my question for today. Especially with reading Clockwork Angels, I’ve been thinking about this question. So I thought I would ask you, with some of my thoughts on the more… Hospitable fictional worlds. Or maybe just fan favorites?

I have more thoughts on the topic, but I’ve decided that’s the stuff for another post, so expect that next week. For now, give it some thought, and give it some votes. Which one of these fictional worlds would you like to live in? Or do you like it here? Vote and comment away!

In This One of Many Possible Worlds – A Review of Clockwork Angels

I recently finished reading Clockwork Angels, written by Kevin J. Anderson, based on lyrics by Neil Peart of Rush. I first saw this book sitting on the shelf about a year and a half ago, and was excited to find both that Rush had a new album out, and that someone had finally written a book based on some of the excellent mythologies and stories Rush has produced.

So I listened to the album for quite a while before reading the book finally, which is maybe how it should work with this. With a solid backing in the music – which is, as I understand it, the first total-album concept album by Rush – I then turned to the book. I had some preconceptions, based on the album, based on Rush and their Libertarian leanings, and maybe based a bit on what I was expecting to write about it in the blog once we reached the point where that was a thing.

I see there’s a concert album coming out next month – going to have to get that! They released one of the songs, so let me share that with you:

There will be spoilers to come about this book, but then, it’s based on an album, so in some ways, spoilers were the name of the game. However, if you never planned on reading this anyway, definitely read on to see what they created by combining these two artforms! Especially if you like what you hear in the concert video!

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