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My Favorite Things: “Kids on the Slope” and Watanabe’s canon

My Favorite Things: “Kids on the Slope” and Watanabe’s canon

Kids on the Slope is slice-of-life anime, and it’s also a rare case of director Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop; Samurai Champloo) adapting an existing work: a manga called Sakamichi no Apollon by Yuki Kodama. Wikipedia summarizes the plot like this: The beginning of summer, 1966. Because of his father’s job situation, freshman high school student Kaoru Nishimi moves by himself from Yokosuka to Kyushu to live with relatives. Until then, Kaoru was an honor roll student who tended to keep…

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The canonical “vN” review & interview post

The canonical “vN” review & interview post

For weeks, my mom has been asking for a central location where all of the reviews for vN can be housed. This will help facilitate her bragging. (You’re welcome, Mom. I’ll update this as I find more.) Note: Most of these reviews are already included at my publisher’s vN page. The blurbs are there, too. Or you could visit the Goodreads page on the subject. Or the Amazon page. vN has also been listed at Kirkus and Ranting Dragon as…

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More posts about women and robots

More posts about women and robots

So, I wrote a guest post for the Qwillery’s Debut Author Challenge, and it’s called Gynoid Trouble: The heroine’s journey is the transition from object to subject. More specifically, the gynoid heroine’s journey is the transition between “automaton” to “autonomous”. From a piece of consumer technology to one who can never be owned. As Rei Ayanami says, “Wastashi wa anatta no ningyo ja nai; watashi wa anatta ja nai mono.” I am not your puppet; I am not your thing….

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The Toronto Hackerspace Adventure Tour, 16 June

The Toronto Hackerspace Adventure Tour, 16 June

A while back, I gave a talk at the BorderTown Design Jam. It was held at ThingTank Lab, but most of the Border Town seminars I participated in last year were held at Site 3 CoLaboratory. The first evening of the jam, Alex Leitch (founder of Site 3) and I got to talking about all the labs and hackspaces across town, and how it would be awesome if you could get some sort of passport stamped for each one you’d…

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More on that whole New Aesthetic thing…

More on that whole New Aesthetic thing…

Rahel Aima has a new essay on the New Aesthetic, and I really enjoyed it. Not least because it quotes me. As my mom said: “Remember when you quoted other people in your own essays?” Well yes, of course I do. Mostly because I still do it. But it’s a nice feeling nontheless. It means that my rants occasionally make sense to other people. Aima’s whole essay is great, but here’s my favourite part: Advances in longevity technologies have cemented…

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I still think you should watch Madoka.

I still think you should watch Madoka.

A while back, I wrote a bit about why you should watch Puella Magi Madoka Magica. At the time, I had only watched four episodes. Now I’ve seen all twelve, and I still agree with that. Here’s why. Puella Magi Madoka Magica, currently streaming for free on Crunchyroll, is quite frankly one of the best anime I’ve seen in the past three years. (I’m also pretty much in love with Another and Kids on the Slope. But they are the…

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Bits and pieces

Bits and pieces

It’s been a crazy week. I wrapped up some stories for a client, snagged another contract, and ate delicious cake at a belated birthday celebration. (My birthday was last week. I turned 29.) Oh, and did my taxes. On time. Like a 29-year-old. I was also interviewed at Civilian Reader regarding vN. What’s something readers might be surprised to learn about you? I’m very short. Like, five feet. It’s the thing that tends to surprise people when they see me…

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Border Town Design Jam: one week to register!

Border Town Design Jam: one week to register!

The Border Town Design Jam is happening next weekend, and some spaces are still available. I will be there to give a little talk and maybe some advice, but the sweet filling at the core of the event will be the, er, jam itself. The theme of the weekend is “Everyone Must Pass…” and participants will receive a user experience problem related to crossing an international border. They’ll then work in teams to solve the problem, and present it to…

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¡Junior Numero Diez y Dos en Año de la Mejor Ciencia Ficción!

¡Junior Numero Diez y Dos en Año de la Mejor Ciencia Ficción!

Es verdad. My story “The Education of Junior Number 12” is in The Year’s Best Science Fiction 17, edited by Kathryn Cramer and David G. Hartwell. You can read the full table of contents here, at Kathryn’s site. This is really special, for me. First, it’s really cool to be in an anthology with my friend and classmate Karl Schroeder. Second, check out the other names on that list. I mean, damn. Those aren’t just good science fiction writers, they’re…

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Happy V-Day! Here’s a snippet of vN.

Happy V-Day! Here’s a snippet of vN.

Last week, I gave my first reading of vN for the fine people of the Chiaroscuro Reading Series, (AKA the ChiSeries to those in Toronto). I was really proud to be asked, because it’s one of my favourite regular events in the city. I was also happy that we went with a Valentine’s Day theme for the evening, because then all the pieces I selected could be about human/vN relationships. Here is another snippet, from the novel’s prologue, that is…

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