Weekend Link Round Up

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  • Caroline Furlong, prompted by a comment from the illustrious Timothy Zahn, has a great discussion on character deaths in fiction and whether they’re necessary. Anyone that knows me knows how I feel about the Macross franchise, but one aspect of it is becoming a bit trite: character deaths. The original series boldly killed an ace pilot, in a way that was stupid but in character for him, and it acted as a catalyst for the protagonist’s growth. Sequels have seen other ace pilots die, sometimes satisfyingly, sometimes unsatsifyingly, but in the the most recent installment, it felt just… like a box to be ticked off. Because it is; it’s not about the horrors of war, or character growth; it was just a Macross thing. And Macross, when it’s at its best, is being bonkers and creative, not ticking off boxes.
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Joshua M. Young lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, son, and two more feral cats than the optimal number of feral cats. (That is, zero.) He holds a Master of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary, and yes, he's quite aware that writing this kind of stuff isn't exactly what you'd expect from a trained theologian. A life long lover of science fiction and fantasy, one of his earliest memories involves some confusion with a Klingon Bird of Prey and an X-Wing in the middle of a theater showing The Search for Spock, and, once upon a time, he could select the desired Robotech novel from his bookshelf, in the dark, by the feel of its spine. (Don't ask why that was a necessary skill. He couldn't tell you.) He has been published in numerous anthologies, including Planetary: Mercury, Planetary: Venus, and Tales of the Once and Future King.

4 Comments on Weekend Link Round Up

  1. Hi Josh,

    I run a small YouTube channel. My videos consist of my own thoughts on culture and politics, performances of classic poems, and discussions I host of those classic poems. I’ve had several guests on for those discussions, including your fellow superversives Ben Zwycky, Jagi Lamplighter, and Tom Simon. I was wondering whether you’d consider joining us for one of those talks. It doesn’t require any specialized knowledge of poetry, just reading over it a few times and bringing something interesting to say.


  2. I could have sworn I made a comment here earlier, but now it’s gone. Did I misremember that? Did I make some kind of faux pas which disappeared my comment?

  3. No Faux Pas, the spam filter’s just a tad aggressive. You have to have a previously approved comment in order for your comment to appear right off the bat 🙂

    I’d be pleased to join you some time!

  4. Cool. My email is zaklog at yahoo. Drop me a line and we’ll get to work on the details. I’ve got a lot of poems I’ve already done to choose from, and a few recent ones I’ve yet to cover. We’ll see what we can do.

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