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  1. And in non-reading news, I finish binging on The Expanse, the 23rd century of the show is far more realistic than Star Trek, but quite a bit depressing as well. It's a good Sci-Fi TV show, on par with Babylon 5 in its epic scope and characters, plus it has 2000's Battlestar Galactica's bleak outlook. Still there's a few elements of "wonder" that reminds me of classic Star Trek: Next Generation, which is surprising since there's so few alien species humanity encountered in 200 years and the one encountered is so far advanced than us, they're more akin to Lovecraft's cosmic entities than Trek's Klingons, Romulans, or even the Borg. Essentially, the show inspires and it also humbles humanity in comparison to our petty struggles; the universe is far older an its occupants far more alien than us.

    I'm interested now in buying the book series The Expanse is based on to read,  probably will take me most of the holidays, but that's my next major reading. The show inspires and humbles, great science fiction should do that.

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    2. Ron


      I'm on my second watch of The Expanse series all the way through (only a few episodes to go), but I have watched the earlier shows more than twice when catching up for a newer season. James Holden (Steven Strait) is a delight to look at... er, I mean watch. ;) As is Amos Burton (Wes Chatham) pleasant to watch but the character is complex. Really, it's a fascinating series with strong characters and a great cast -- they make show a compelling, watchable series. Kudos to Amazon for another great series!

    3. W_L


      @Zombie are you nerding out with me :) While I can appreciate TOS, especially episodes like the City on the Edge of Forever, the emphasis when encountering aliens was that they were very human-like to make the social commentary. It made sense and even advanced aliens seemed human-like in their childish games/tests.

      The difference between Star Trek with the Expanse's more human conflicts and an alien civilization that is far more alien than us, with technology that is unique. The human tech is sort of steam-punk chic for the Belters, Soviet styled cold industrial for Mars, and a modernist sterile compartmentalized for Earth. We're still using missiles and railguns in 23rd century, no phasers. Our future tech is aesthetically human, when compared to "living matter" technology of an advanced alien species that can bend space/time, extract consciousness/souls, and create/destroy star systems. Star Trek makes human beings seem like we've grown up among peers, the Expanse makes us look like 4 year olds fighting over swing sets and water fountains, when adults can launch nukes and bio-weapons.

    4. W_L


      @Ron Completely agree on the easy to watch characters :) Amos is easily the most interesting scarred sociopathic killer man-child that you want to both cuddle up to and run away screaming from :o Jim is easy to watch as an every-man character. Of course my favorite character is Chripian, she's ruthless and egotistical, but her reasons are usually benign and her ideals are pure.

  2. Question for authors: How do writers experiment with other genre of stories, i.e. Romance, Sports, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, History, and so on? For me, technical speculative fiction and science fiction were and still are my chief interests in writing. I'll be experimenting with a modern fiction soon, remote from my prior writing style. A down to earth drama about corruption and power, centered around a semi-fictional version of Boston, my current city of residence. Reason why I am doing this is due to the need to write with an anchor to what I know and what exists around me as points of context, while I experiment with a new genre. It's not difficult to write this story. I thought there may be many other approaches to experimenting with genres that are not your not natural storytelling interest, maybe we can share it with one another. My way is to create anchors of reality.
  3. For parents or young LGBT readers, if you are a fan of Greco-Roman themed mainstream fantasy with a LGBT lead character, I highly recommend Rick Riordan's Trial of Apollo series, a sequel to Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series. I've followed the book series for decades and despite changes in the world, I still enjoy this world like visiting an old friend, who always has good cup of tea or coffee and a story to share with you.

    The series has just completed with the Tower of Nero and I've just finished it.

    For a young adult mainstream series, the idea of having a 1st person narrator with bisexual interests would have been unlikely in my teen years in the early 2000's. Stories like that I had to look around on places like here on GA, fictionpress, and nifty. Many of us, most prominently if you look at old fan-fiction stories, dreamed of a day when our voices could be heard and expressed. While many of our stories were fantasy of shipping/pairings same sex characters in unlikely situations, I think beneath all the window dressing of sexual orientation, all of us yearned to be heard and made...real, like a proof of existence through our words.


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    2. Page Scrawler

      Page Scrawler

      @Timothy M. Alex Fierro is my favorite person in Magnus Chase. I had never heard about Apollo and Hyacinthus until I picked up The Trials. 

    3. W_L


      @Timothy M. Thanks, I'll probably switch over to the Norse Pantheon stories soon, I know the series is centered in Boston after all, so it goes to reason :)

    4. Timothy M.

      Timothy M.

      @Page Scrawler  Yeah, Alex is a lot of fun and also very clever. I like the dynamic between them and Magnus.

  4. Actually, it's not a bad idea. I follow a few youtubers who used their channels to promote similar concepts that they in turn wrote books on later for health and nutrition in connection with various products. You can go in-depth on dynamics of shopping, brands, and product placement with the cost of products versus false marketing gimmicks, like the "Natural" vs "Organic" labels. I hope you do consider it
  5. Finished Tyack and Frayne Mysteries for now, waiting for next book (Damn you Harper Fox for that cliffhanger! :) ). From a nice mystery procedural to modern fantasy elements with fun Celtic references, it's very unique for a series with short novelette reading times of 90 or less minutes. Book 10 currently is making me uneasy, I won't spoil the plot, but it's a "what might have happened"/"Alternative Road" story type, which I love for sci-fi and fantasy, but I am emotionally invested in these characters and hate what has happened.  To top it off, I am left with a horrible cliffhanger and need to wait for the author

    So I am switching to a different genre, still LGBT fiction but more fantasy. starting the Alphabets series. I have never been into Shifter stories before, nor the interactions of "Alphas"/"Omegas", but I do like the premise and it reminds me of @Bill W Castaway Hotel in a fantasy premise.

    One thing I can say, I have been thoroughly exploring various LGBT genres of fiction during this Pandemic induced stay at home, I feel like that guy from Twillight Zone and Yes "There's time now". It has definitely gotten my muses running

    1. Zombie


      the road not taken...

  6. Reading a new novella series: Tyack & Frayne, a British LGBT mystery series set in the rugged area of Cornwall England. Pairing an obstinate small town constable and a empathetic psychic as they solve mysteries in the British countryside. It's very atmospheric and quite charming little romp at 2 hours a book, it's a simple sitting reading.

  7. My muse is talking to me, feel like writing something new in a direction I haven't tried yet. I'll test the waters with a short story/backdoor pilot story

  8. I have ended my diet as of today, stating from 222 pounds back in March 24th 2020, when Covid-19 forced me to work from home and begin dieting and working out methodically, to now September 12th 2020, I weigh 155 pounds.

    Basically, I am not a muscle bound guy, nor a pencil. It's going to take a while to get myself into the runner body type I prefer, high stamina/energy and lean muscle. I started my diet limiting my intake to 500 calories per day and walking 2.5 miles, now I am averaging 8 miles a day at jogging pace of 3.8 mph and eating around 1300 calories.

    Weight loss turns out to be the easy part, building your body to what you want is much harder. For those who have succeeded on this 1st step, I'd appreciate learning if you guys have ideas on how to get rid of excess skin.

    For those wondering how I did it? 6 months to lose 67 pounds isn't a miracle cure/diet plan/workout from some actor, it's just a lot of work. I have a google sheet to prove what happened and what I did.

    1. Page Scrawler

      Page Scrawler

      Great job, dude! Congrats, Teddy.   :hug: 

    2. Timothy M.

      Timothy M.

      Well done !

  9. Reading No Shame Series by Nora Phoenix, interesting story of vulnerable emotionally scarred gay guys with complex backstories and a close knit poly relationship between males. I was going to stop after chapter 1 of the 1st book, but as I continued to finish book 1, I found myself enjoying the complex characters and their backgrounds.

    This is a good series for the unconventional with a decent amount of m/m romance and spicy sexual details.

  10. Reading non-LGBT sci-fi series: Harry Turtledove Worldwar

    This is fun alternate history fiction series with the basic premise: what would happen if a 21st century equivalent alien civilization traveled to earth via controlled atomic fusion (relativistic speed) on a mission of conquest during World War II in year 1942? The alien technology is only a century ahead of WWII combatants and their invasion sparks a lot of interesting questions on the meaning of "humanity", persistence of prejudice and bigotry despite proof that humanity or "races" or "classes" among its populations are "divinely chosen", and so many more topics.

    Also, for heterosexual/bisexual audiences, there's a good amount of lurid sex scenes between male/females.

  11. Re-reading Harry Potter Series, Book 1-7, finished book 1 and am now in the middle of book 2

    I am wondering if Time Lords and Wizards co-existed in the same multi-verse; a Ford Anglia that can fit 8 people, luggage, broomsticks, and animals sounds pretty similar to a good Doctor :)


  12. May the Fourth Be With You!


  13. This is a really sweet story from one of the most recognized gay reporters in media. https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/30/media/anderson-cooper-father/index.html Hope he, his partner, and his new son Wyatt the best.
  14. I am attempting a new story, not sure if it will be Novella or Novel length. It's modern fantasy tale regarding the most famous traitor of all time, Judas Iscariot. The summary to describe the story: "The most infamous traitor in history, or was he? To all the world, Jude is just a mid-level thirty-something Accounting manager, trustworthy, honest, and loyal to a fault. A stranger with connections to his past will re-open old wounds that never healed over the last few thousand years." Some supernatural elements and mystery involved with modern twists Any interested editor please PM me and I'll send a draft of chapter 1 and 2.
  15. Agreed, an ending should fit a story and American sensibilities are more geared towards HEA ending at any costs sometimes hurting the story. I love the Wedding Planner like any romantic movie watcher, most of all, because the hero doesn't make it in time to the wedding and his love interest made the choice. Contrast that with an ending like The Graduate, the lover runs off with the bride to be in a somber and romantic ending, which is also really good too as I find "Nothing/Unresolved" endings good modern realism. I can imagine both a tragic ending and a happy ending for characters based on my mood when re-watching it.
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