Friday, October 15, 2010

Dark Futures in Fiction; My Amazon Lists

I'm unveiling a little project I've been working on recently on the side. Take a look at what my TV screen and bookshelf has been up to lately!

Dark Futures in Fiction, Part 1
Dark Futures in Fiction, Part 2


Spencer

7 comments:

olde.fashioned said...

Yayz!

You've got the only sci-fi movies that I actually LIKE on that list...BSG, Equilibrium, Terminator Salvation, Book of Eli, Blade Runner...and then JERICHO which I miss!!! And Batman Beyond, too, mwahaha!

Jonas said...

Some good ones here! Metropolis is a particular favourite of mine, so are V for Vendetta and the Matrix movies. I can understand that you found A Clockwork Orange hard to watch but I really like that one too, and the really interesting parts lie far beyond the 15 minutes you watched.

Two books I'd add are "Oryx&Crake" and "The Year of the Flood". I'm not sure if you'd stomach the language and some of the content (there's a lot of foul language, not to mention quite depraved characters), but if you would, they are really good, and could apply well to your worries for the future, I think.

The Warrior said...

Some good ones here!

Thanks, man!

the really interesting parts lie far beyond the 15 minutes you watched.

That's what I've heard since, but that was quite enough for me!

And thanks for the recommendations, I'll add them to my investigate list. :-D

It seems like we have differing favorites in some aspects, but I'm so glad to see that you liked the list. :-D

Jonas said...

There's a certain strange irony in the fact that I who advocate total pacifism and non-violence can stand so much more of graphic violence and depravity on screen and in books, don't you think? :P

And for the record, what A Clockwork Orange really is about (minor spoiler alert) is how the authorities try to make a model citizen out of a convicted murderer (the protagonist, who ends up in jail after a while), putting him in a sort of therapy that results in him feeling physically ill everytime he feels angry or sexually aroused (and thereby eliminating his chance of ever doing any moral choices - being physically forced to do the "right thing" - as a priest set to observe it all protests)

The Warrior said...

Re: Clockwork Orange: Ah, I get it now. Interesting point.

Perhaps I missed it, perhaps you never mentioned it, but I never realized you were a TOTAL pacifist.

Therefore, I do have a question for you....

How do you tolerate me? :-O

Jonas said...

"How do you tolerate me? :-O"

Haha, good question ;)

I guess it's due to my outlook on life and other human beings. I believe that all humans want to be and do good (and let's just settle with the word good without delving too deep into possible meanings of it for now). Then again circumstances vary and all that...

Bottom line is, I don't think you advocate military operations or dislike LGBT-persons (to name two issues I have with your outlook on life) out of any wickedness, but because you honestly think that's the right thing to do - and that I respect. I may not agree but I dearly want to understand, because I think understanding is one of the most important things in dealing with other humans.

Then again, you are of course much easier than many to understand since you have a professed strive for good in your life, while on the other hand a lot of people are just plain scary (at first sight). I do my best to love and understand those too though.

I guess it all comes down to the fact that I can really only be responsible for myself, to live as good a life as I can, and thereby by my acts and deeds show my fellow humans what a world I wish for, and hope than some of them will walk that path with me. I can't force anyone to do that.

Maybe I could sum it up in this quote by Etty Hillesum:

"All disasters stem from us. Why is there war? Perhaps because now and then I might be inclined to snap at my neighbour. Because I and my neighbour and everyone else do not have enough love. Yet we could fight war and all its excrescences by releasing, each day, the love that is shackled inside us, and giving it a chance to live. And I believe that I will never be able to hate any human being for his so-called wickedness, that I shall only hate the evil that is within me, though hate is perhaps putting it too strongly even then. In any case, we cannot be lax enough in what we demand of others and strict enough in what we demand of ourselves."

The Warrior said...

LOL, thanks, that was interesting (and entertaining--in a good way, I mean, lol).

But I gotta say, I don't dislike homosexual "persons"--it's what they do. (You can believe it or not, but just speaking of a few bisexual/lesbian girls that I've known that, if picked on, I'd go instantaneously mad on the aggressor. :-D )

And the quote (while, being honest, I don't entirely agree) reminds me that I have no higher standard than the one I hold myself to. I'd say, 1, that's a good thing, and 2, that I'm still too soft, on myself and in action....