Some Recs!

Jun. 9th, 2012 11:07 am
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1. Twings has a new Avengers story and it is GREAT!

[personal profile] thingswithwings: Stark, A.E., and Banner, R. Bruce. (2013). "Biodosimetric Tools for Measuring Induced Isomeric Transition in Inverted Paired States." International Journal of Radiation Biology 89.9, 43-85.

Tony Stark/Bruce Banner/(The Hulk)

What I especially love about this story is that Bruce is coming to terms with himself-as-the-Hulk through his relationship with Tony. There is a line where he says:

"I just never thought I would want to be him. The Hulk. I never thought I would turn into him willingly. I always thought I needed a cure."

This is the theme of a lot of activist movements I'm part of: learning to appreciate the parts of yourself you didn't use to like.

The science geekery in this story is also amazing.

2. What it means to be well read and how SF helped me stop caring about it

This blog post made me cheer in agreement. YES.

3. All the stuff lately at [community profile] vidrecs has been great, but this one especially:

Terminator Salvation: A Perfect Lie by meivocis.

I watched this movie because I love the Terminator franchise, and I did like most of the movie, but the ending ruined it. The poster at vidrecs says another ending was originally proposed for the movie, and the vid seems to reinforce that:

genusshrike says: What the end reminds me of is something I read about the original Terminator Salvation script – that apparently, rather than Marcus's heart being given to John Connor, John Connor's face is grafted onto Marcus's body, and Marcus then carries on the revolution ... which is an altogether creepier, more intriguing idea. And I always think of it when I watch this.

In the movie, Marcus sacrifices himself and gives his heart to John Connor. Which is silly and unrealistic from a medical perspective, and has simplistic moral overtones. Marcus is a part-cyborg whom people don't trust, and to prove his humanity he must die? We are supposed to identify with Marcus through the film's plot, and then not mourn his death? I had no problem ever believing he was human, partly because Marcus believed himself to be. This alternate ending is much better, much more complex, and allows Marcus to be both human and not. It also argues that John Connor is just a figure head, just a symbol, which I think is true.

Date: 2012-06-09 10:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bibliofile
Yeah, that post on being "well read" pretty much sums it up. And yay for people who DON'T do that but instead ask for recs.

Date: 2012-06-09 11:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] luinied

That is perhaps the best fic title I've ever encountered.


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