The final instalment of the science fiction history series. In which we journey from the 1980s to the present and then wonder about the future. Plus I attempt an extended metaphor which is just can’t be a good idea. Introduction: http://ift.tt/Twp6Yc Part 1: http://ift.tt/1mpAOz4 Part 2: http://ift.tt/1o9eWGa Part 3: http://ift.tt/1w11p6u Part 4: http://ift.tt/1naQjwj Works mentioned: Neuromancer by William Gibson. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Prey by Michael Crichton. The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. I’ll be putting up a bloopers video sometime during the weekend. :) Where else to find me: Goodreads - http://ift.tt/18fIDPW Twitter - http://ift.tt/18fIGeB Tumblr - http://ift.tt/10vbGr9 Instagram - http://ift.tt/1hVFd6n New video up every Wednesday. By the way, my new logo design was done by Luke Oram - http://lukeoram.com/ who was a marvellous human to work with and I recommend him for all your design needs.

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Part the fourth of the Science Fiction History series. In which we dance our way from 1939 to 1974 in an ever-weirder selection of costumes whilst learning about how science fiction saved the world and squabbled with itself.

Introduction: http://ift.tt/Twp6Yc

Part 1: http://ift.tt/1mpAOz4

Part 2: http://ift.tt/1o9eWGa

Part 3: http://ift.tt/1w11p6u

Books mentioned and further resources:

Astounding Science Fiction began life as Astounding Stories in 1930 but changed to Astounding Science Fiction in 1938 under John W. Campbell. It’s changed names a whole bunch of times since then but technically is still published to this day and is currently called Analog Science Fiction and Fact. http://ift.tt/1iWhx98

Deadline by Cleve Cartmill.

A Logic Named Joe by Murray Leinster.

The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester.

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut.

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin.

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman.

The next video in this series will be about cyberpunk, contemporary SF and the future. It’ll be the last in the series (though there will be a bloopers video) and should be up next Wednesday. If you’ve got any suggestions for books, authors or ridiculous costumes to be included then let me know in the comments or on twitter!

By the way, my new logo design was done by Luke Oram - http://lukeoram.com/ who was a marvellous human to work with and I recommend him for all your design needs.

Where else to find me:

Goodreads - http://ift.tt/18fIDPW

Twitter - http://ift.tt/18fIGeB

Instagram - http://ift.tt/1hVFd6n

New video up every Wednesday.

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Anonymous asked:

u take a lot of selfies. do u think ur pretty or smoething? ur not

Books and Pieces Answer:

fluffy-moose:

sarahisnotonice:

7mins-in-heaven-w-dean:

hi there, anon. i didn’t realize i took a lot of selfies. thanks for the info. so, your question was whether i think i’m pretty. you already answered that no, i am not. 

and i have to agree, anon. i don’t think i’m pretty bc i’m not.

i’m fat.

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i always have a double chin.

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i constantly look like i haven’t slept in a week bc of my dark circles

and, i always look sunburnt. idfk why

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i have this white line across my nose that makeup can’t cover up 

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i have tons of wrinkles on my forehead. like what the hell? i’m 25

also, it’s the size of fucking texas

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i still don’t know how to smile in pictures bc i hate my fucking teeth

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my feet are flat. my hips are huge. my boobs are weird. i am covered in stretch marks. my voice is grating. my ears stick out two miles from my head. i am always fucking sweating and i’ve been asked if i was pregnant more times than i can count. 

so, you’re right. i’m not pretty. i can’t stand the way i look.

which is why it’s so fucking important that i post “a lot” of selfies. bc, anon, you’d better fucking believe that if i look in the mirror that day and don’t cringe, i’m gonna take a fucking picture to save that tiny little second. and GOD FORBID i show the world that i posses a little self love every once in a fucking while. 

TO ANYONE READING THIS: DON’T EVER LET SOMEONE MAKE YOU FEEL ASHAMED FOR LIKING THE WAY YOU LOOK—EVEN IF IT’S JUST FOR A SECOND. IF YOU LOOK NICE, YOU TAKE THAT FUCKING SELFIE AND YOU SHOW IT TO THE GOD DAMN WORLD BC THEY DESERVE TO SEE THE GOD/GODDESS YOU ARE!

that beard finally coming in? go ahead, bro. take a selfie.

you finally got that piercing you’ve been wanting? not really my style, but you’re fucking rocking it. take a selfie.

your boobs look awesome in that shirt? take a selfie.

you finally lose or gain that weight you’ve been working on? take a selfie.

your eyeliner look awesome? your new sunglasses make you look like  a celebrity avoiding the paparazzi? you killing that tux? you feel a tiny, rare level of self love? you always on a high level of self love? you just like your face? 

TAKE A MOTHAFUCKING SELFIE!

thanks for the question, anon. this one’s for you.

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i thinks shes beautiful in my opinion 

This girl is my hero.

This, motherfucking this. 

Part the third of the Science Fiction History series. In which I travel around the early 20th century and wear some extremely dubious facial hair whilst telling you about the time that sci-fi went all pulp fiction. Cue the music.

Introduction: http://ift.tt/Twp6Yc

Part 1: http://ift.tt/1mpAOz4

Part 2: http://ift.tt/1o9eWGa

Books mentioned and further resources: The Sultana’s Dream by Begum Rokeya.

Outside the Earth by Konstantin Tsiolkovsky.

Red Star by Alexander Bogdanov.

The World Set Free by H.G. Wells.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

Professor Challenger works include: The Lost World and The Disintegration Machine by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Edgar Rice Burroughs science fiction series: Barsoom series, Venus series, Pellucidar series, Caspak series, The Moon Maid.

Amazing Stories was published from 1926 until 2005 with some publication breaks. It’s a long and tangled history.

The Hugo Awards - For more information you can check out their webiste http://ift.tt/vSsy6e and I’ve also done a video about SFF awards here http://ift.tt/1pxSXdm and I’m currently reading this year’s Hugo nominees - http://ift.tt/1iWhA4M

Astounding Science Fiction began life as Astounding Stories in 1930 but changed to Astounding Science Fiction in 1938 under John W. Campbell. It’s changed names a whole bunch of times since then but technically is still published to this day and is currently called Analog Science Fiction and Fact. http://ift.tt/1iWhx98

The next video in this series will be about the Golden Age of Science Fiction (approx 1939-1960s) and should be up next Wednesday. If you’ve got any suggestions for books, authors or ridiculous costumes to be included then let me know in the comments or on twitter!

By the way, my new logo design was done by Luke Oram - http://lukeoram.com/ who was a marvellous human to work with and I recommend him for all your design needs.

Where else to find me:

Goodreads - http://ift.tt/18fIDPW

Twitter - http://ift.tt/18fIGeB

New video up every Wednesday.

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Bedtime Stories duvet cover. Actual perfect thing! 

‘Bedtime Stories’ proposes a different take on reading in bed which will please book and cuddle-lovers alike. ‘Bedtime Stories’ is a duvet cover that literally reads like a book!

Each page adds or removes a layer of comfort to each side of the bed. More pages make you warmer and comfier, guiding you (and your partner) into a pleasant night…

From thebedtimestories shop on ebay!

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