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  • #31
    Originally posted by Jan View Post
    It was the second readilng where I realized that very short paragraphs, usually at the end of a chapter were where the emotion was. I think anything but the strictly reportarial tone might have been just too difficult for me to read.

    Question: "...comic book collection being inherited"?? You mean what his father did?
    I mean when he first receives a large stash of comics for free, I think when they stop at a gas station?

    I remain a bit unsure about the tone / writing style, somehow I miss something like a hook or a personal connection to the characters. I still feel very divorced from the narrative. Might be the audiobook experience. I must admit I am fairly new to audiobooks, I rend to read, but I was gifted the audiobook. I think it is improving as it goes.
    Captain John Sheridan: I really *hate* it when you do that.

    Kosh: Good!

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    • #32
      I've only listened to a bit of the audio book so far. I did need to speed up the reading to 1.25 or I'd've gone crazy waiting for the next word. What little I've heard, I think fits the reportorial style JMS went with. I'm waiting for one particular line before judging the emotional content of Peter's reading.
      "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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      • #33
        As somw of you know about 6 years ago I surrendered a well paying job and moved to finland to live on rougly 20% of what i used to be paid. here in finlnd thres a mandatory deposit return on plastic soda/pop bottles. Half litres get 20 cents, anything bigger gets 40 and cans get 15. Many of the undergraduate students i was with were on student grants, covering 90% of their rent and also a weekly allowance from KELA, the state social welfare department. Uniesity itself is of course, almost totally free. Thanks to subsidsed student meals a hot dinner can be had for a little under 2 euro. these well funded sutdents would often leave the emplty plastic bottles lying around the computer lab. I can rcall on more than one ocassion collecting these , especially towards the end of the month, so i could buy dinner.
        So Joe's stories of collcting bottles "dumpster diving" really brought tht hme to me.
        "There are no good wars. War is always the worst possible way to resolve differences. It degenerates and corrupts both sides to ever more sordid levels of existence, in their need to gain an advantage over the enemy. Those actively involved in combat are almost always damaged goods for the rest of their lives. If their bodies don't bear scars, their minds do, ofttimes both. Many have said it before, but it can't be said to enough, war is hell. "

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        • #34
          Some of the stories from "Becoming Superman" told in JMS' own voice. Interview with the BBC series Outlook:

          https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3csz37y
          "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Jan View Post
            Some of the stories from "Becoming Superman" told in JMS' own voice. Interview with the BBC series Outlook:
            https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3csz37y

            Great!
            Thank You, Jan


            --
            "Without empathy there's nothing, up to and including civilization itself."
            [Straczynski tweet, July 5, 2019]

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            • #36
              A discussion about the autobiography on the Babylon Podcast. Some spoilers in the 'cast.
              https://www.babylonpodcast.com/2019/...FWOEQlwr5XQsYk

              "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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              • #37
                "Becoming Superman" has been nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Related Work.
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                "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Jan View Post
                  "Becoming Superman" has been nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Related Work.
                  Great!

                  B5-Stefan - Crossing fingers


                  --
                  President Clark to Ivanova: "Your commanding officer, Commander Sinclair, will not returning to Babylon5. He is being reassigned. Permanently." [Points of Departure - filmed but not published]

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                  • #39
                    For those who can vote for the Hugos, JMS posted a reminder that voting is coming up;

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                    • #40
                      Looks like the paperback has done away with the 'distressed' cover and gone with a clean look. I miss the subtitle in the front and the boots on the back, though.

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                      • #41
                        "Becoming Superman" is up for a Hugo Award for Best Related Work. The ceremony is Aug 1 at 11:00 New Zealand time which translates to 7:00 PM Eastern here in the US Friday night. I think we may be able to watch it here:
                        https://watch.thefantasy.network/the...1W8wtCZoh0P6NE
                        Last edited by Jan; 07-30-2020, 02:18 PM.
                        "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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                        • #42
                          Sadly, JMS didn't get the Hugo.
                          "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by Jan View Post
                            Sadly, JMS didn't get the Hugo.
                            But...
                            think about the warm apple tartlet

                            B5-Stefan

                            --
                            Lyssa Deradi : "Did they live happily every after?"
                            [Babylon5, In the Beginning]

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by B5-Stefan View Post

                              But...
                              think about the warm apple tartlet

                              B5-Stefan
                              I did love that post. For those looking on...

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Jan View Post
                                Sadly, JMS didn't get the Hugo.
                                A few more details for all those who didn't watch the stream.

                                Votes for "HUGO Related Work" - positioning:

                                1. "2019 John W. Campbell Award Acceptance Speech" by Jeannette Ng

                                2. "Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin", produced and directed by Arwen Curry

                                3. "The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick" by Mallory O’Meara (Hanover Square)

                                4. "Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood" by J. Michael Straczynski (Harper Voyager US)

                                5. "The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein" by Farah Mendlesohn (Unbound)

                                6. "Joanna Russ" by Gwyneth Jones (University of Illinois Press)


                                B5-Stefan

                                --
                                "You can't fool me. I knew Kosh. I worked with Kosh. Kosh was my friend. You are no Kosh."
                                [JMS, 06-23-1994]

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