Sci-Friday 2

Welcome to day 2 of Sci-Friday. Hey, it’s always Friday somewhere. Or… let’s just go with that.

For we antipodeans, it’s also Pokemon X and Y release day. I had a two hour round trip this morning to pick up my copy of X. And my gosh, it’s so much fun. I can’t decide what to do first. Super training, or battling, or exploring, or collecting, or just getting through as much of the game as soon as possible? Loooooving it.

But that’s neither here nor there. Today we’re celebrating all things modern sci fi. There are stacks of links to different things, some fantastic short fiction (Clarity is completely addicting, be warned), music, art, cocktails, and even a very strange visual novel. While you’re around, be sure to enter the contest to win a bundle of classic sci-fi books, and remember! The future is always one second from now. Reach for it at your leisure.

In the meantime, enjoy.

Jukebox:

While I do have a few playlists planned as well, make sure you listen to this particular track first, to make sure your head is firmly in the stars and your feet firmly in the 80s.

You may not have heard of any of the following series, let alone the music produced for them. But there is no better when settling into some cyberpunk/ modern science fiction.

First, the wonderful piece used as giant mech battle drama Neon Genesis: Evangelion’s ending theme, a cover of the Frank Sinatra version: Fly Me to the Moon.

Second, the super suave space opera Cowboy Bebop’s soundtrack is some hella catchy jazz.

Lastly, the original soundtrack for the cyberpunk story which brought anime to the West: Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040.

If you’re still hungry for more, why not try playing Skrillex and Aural Vampire at the same time? Or simply using a drill to remove your earwax.

Cocktail party!

It’s the end of the world. Society is collapsing in on itself. The sun is about to hit another sun. Everybody you ever loved is dead, and the only thing keeping you from joining them is your desperate, desperate thirst, a pitcher of ice, and unlimited access to a liquor store (don’t mind the broken glass on the floor). What can you do, but party?

Not all of these drinks have apocalyptic names, but I promise, they’re good.

Robot:

1/2 pint whisky
1/8 pint vodka
2 drops grenadine syrup
Combine whisky, vodka and grenadine in a highball glass. Mix well, add ice, and serve.

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse:

1 oz peppermint schnapps
3/4 oz vodka
1/2 oz coffee liqueur
1/2 oz bourbon whisky
1 oz white creme de menthe
3/4 oz peach liqueur
2 oz hot chocolate
Combine alcohol in a coffee mug. Fill with hot chocolate. Garnish with whipped cream.
*Note: you can make a tasty non-alcoholic version of this by combining all the alcohol in coffee mug, then tipping it down the sink and enjoying a hot chocolate.
Motor Oil:
1 oz Jagermeister
1/2 oz peppermint schnapps
1/2 oz cinnamon schnapps
1/2 oz coconut rum
Pour Jagermeister into a triple shot glass. Add, in order; peppermint schnapps, cinnamon schnapps, and coconut rum.
Funnily enough, I reckon this would taste exactly like motor oil. My bad memories of Jagermesiter have prohibited me testing this for fact.
Mojito Diablo:
1 1/2 oz white tequila
1/2 oz creme de cassis
2 lime wedges
12 fresh mint leaves
3 – 6 oz lemonade
1 tbsp brown sugar
Muddle sugar, mint and squeezed lime wedges in mixing tin until mixture smells like spearmint gum. Fill with ice, add tequila and cassis, shake until the tin is icey to the touch. Pour into a collins glass, top with lemonade and garnish with a sugarcane stick and fresh mint.
Midori sour:
1 oz (Midori) melon liqueur
1 oz whisky sour mix
2 oz lemonade
2 cherries
Fill a highball glass with ice. Add the melon liqueur, sour mix and lemonade, give a quick stir, and add cherries.
Still thirsty?
If you’re lacking general ingredients, try this old favourite: take a glass. Take whatever spirits you have in the house. Pour a shot into the glass. Add soft drink or juice of whatever fruit you can find. Add ice. Clean up mess made my not adding ice before liquid.
For a non-alcoholic version of this every-android’s cocktail, follow above steps, but omit alcohol, and try to make the ice the first thing in the glass.

Now it’s time for our grand feature for this evening – the fiction.

Sci fi has come a long way since the Golden Age, with our Cold War fears fading away to be replaced by the seeming fright of our own neighbours, and especially our kids, which ushered in the cyberpunk era. As Robocop brought the punks under control, we looked to our governments, and distrusted them instead.

But even our skepticism of the government has faded over the last decade. It’s not that we like the government any better, not that we trust them; it’s simply that even the most powerful world governments are very rapidly becoming the smaller fish in the pond. The big fish? Why, that would be the corporations, of course. Their weapon? Advertising.

As the list of corporations whose revenue shadows that of countries grows by the year, science fiction, modern and otherwise, threatens to become less fiction, and far more reality.

Building on exactly that is Muad’Libs, with a short but intense jaunt into the very near future – Viral Marketing.

Sparr0ww’s short story could almost be the prequel to Viral Marketing, although it touches on a whole different range of questions – AMB3R.

And prepare yourself to be addicted: Anna Herlihy’s weekly serial promises to be a future classic – Clarity.

Our last feature for today is an interactive novel called Dreamspace. It won’t take you long to go through, but take the time to do it. Dreamspace is part Matrix, part Blood Dragon, part Contra. Navigate the story by clicking. And warning! It’s a little intense.

That’s it from me today. Join us again tomorrow for the last day in the feature, where we’ll be examining the hardened heart of science fiction – that is, hard sci fi. Cue music.

And art.

Artist unknown

Artist unknown

😉 and me today, too;

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Oh boy! I can’t wait to get to those mild themes. 😀

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About Anneque D. Machelle

Anneque "Dangerpus" Machelle (rhymes with ranger wuss) is a rebel and a rogue from way out west. Strictly banned from interactions with other human beings, she spends her days amongst molluscs, dogs and lizards, whom she counts as her closest friends.

Posted on October 12, 2013, in Art and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Just a point but the CBB opening is called “Tank” by Yoko Kano and yes it’s a good one.

    If you want something more heavy try,
    This will be the day (RWBY Opening)
    Go to the top (MUVLUV OP)
    Namae no nai Kaibutsu (Psycho Pass)
    Got to knock a little harder
    Ask DNA
    Chase the world (Accel World op)

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