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Future, Life, and Love: LOOK AGAIN AT THAT DOT. THAT'S HERE. THAT'S HOME. THAT'S US. ON IT EVERYONE YOU LOVE, EVERYONE YOU KNOW, EVERYONE YOU EVER HEARD OF, EVERY HUMAN BEING WHO EVER WAS, LIVED OUT THEIR LIVES. THE AGGREGATE OF OUR JOY AND SUFFERING THOUSANDS OF CONFIDENT RELIGIONS, IDEOLOGIES, AND ECONOMIC DOCTRINES, EVERY HUNTER AND FORAGER, EVERY HERO AND COWARD, EVERY CREATOR AND DESTROYER OF CIVILIZATION, EVERY KING AND PEASANT, EVERY YOUNG COUPLE IN LOVE, EVERY MOTHER AND FATHER, HOPEFUL CHILD, INVENTOR AND EXPLORER, EVERY TEACHER OF MORALS EVERY CORRUPT POLITICIAN, EVERY "SUPERSTAR, EVERY "SUPREME LEADER, EVERY SAINT AND SINNER IN THE HISTORY OF OUR SPECIES LIVED THERE--ON A MOTE OF DUST SUSPENDED IN A SUNBEAM THE EARTH IS A VERY SMALL STAGE IN A VAST COSMIC ARENA. THINK OF THE RIVERS OF BLOOD SPILLED BY ALL THOSE GENERALS AND EMPERORS SO THAT, IN GLORY ε TRIUMPH THEY COULD BECOME THE MOMENTARY MASTERS OF A FRACTION OF A DOT. THINK OF THE ENDLESS CRUELTIES VISITED BY THE INHABITANTS OF ONE CORNER OF THIS PIXEL ON THE SCARCELY DISTINGUISHABLE INHABITANTS OF SOME OTHER CORNER, HOW FREQUENT THEIR MISUNDERSTANDINGS, HOW EAGER THEY ARE TO KILL ONE ANOTHER, HOW FERVENT THEIR HATREDS OUR POSTURINGS, OUR IMAGINED SELF-IMPORTANCE, THE DELUSION THAT WE HAVE SOME PRIVILEGED POSITION IN THE UNIVERSE, ARE CHALLENGED BY THIS POINT OF PALE LIGHT OUR PLANET IS A LONELY SPECK IN THE GREAT ENVELOPING COSMIC DARK. IN OUR OBSCURITY, IN ALL THIS VASTNESS, THERE IS NO HINT THAT HELP WILL COME FROM ELSEWHERE TO SAVE US FROM OURSELVES THE EARTH IS THE ONLY WORLD KNOWN SO FAR TO HARBOR LIFE. THERE IS NOWHERE ELSE, AT LEAST IN THE NEAR FUTURE, TO WHICH OUR SPECIES COULD MIGRATE. VISIT, YES SETTLE, NOT YET. LIKE IT OR NOT, FOR THE MOMENT THE EARTH IS WHERE WE MAKE OUR STAND IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT ASTRONOMY IS A HUMBLING AND CHARACTER-BUILDING EXPERIENCE. THERE IS PERHAPS NO BETTER DEMONSTRATION OF THE FOLLY OF HUMAN CONCEITS THAN THIS DISTANT IMAGE OF OUR TINY WORLD. TO ME, IT UNDERSCORES OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO DEAL MORE KINDLY WITH ONE ANOTHER, AND TO PRESERVE AND CHERISH THE PALE BLUE DOT, THE ONLY HOME WE'VE EVER KNOWN -CARL SAGAN, PALE BLUE DOT, 1994 spacevisuals:Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan [1x1px]

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Advice, Anaconda, and Asian: STEAMPUNK &other genres thewritingcaf <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://nimblesnotebook.tumblr.com/post/61794170451">nimblesnotebook</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><em>Guide to Writing Steampunk</em></p> <p><strong>BASICS</strong></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Punk Genres:</strong><span> </span><em>most common genres are in italics</em></p> </blockquote> <div> <ul><li> <em><strong>Atomicpunk</strong></em><span>: Optimistic retro science fiction based on the Space Age. Think <em>The Jetsons</em>.</span> </li> <li> <em><strong>Biopunk</strong></em><span>: </span><span>This genre is about altering genetics and DNA. These stories often take place in the near-future in which humans have been altered or in which human experimentation is common.</span> </li> <li> <strong>Candlepunk</strong><span>: Similar to clockpunk, but darker and with less technology.</span> </li> <li> <strong>Clockpunk</strong><span>: </span><span>Think Da Vinci’s inventions, but more advanced while. This genre follows the aesthetics and technology of Western civilization during the mid to late middle ages, though sometimes it’s set in the Victorian era.</span> </li> <li> <em><strong>Cyberpunk</strong></em><span>: Has advanced technology and often focuses on artificial intelligence and the cyber world. The setting is often near-future rather than far-future. Blade Runner is an example.</span> </li> <li> <strong>Dieselpunk</strong><span>: Based on aesthetics and technology between World War I and World War II, sometimes up until the Cold War.</span> </li> <li> <strong>Decopunk</strong><span>: Ranges from the aesthetics of the 1920’s to the 1950’s. Decopunk aesthetic is heavily based on modernism. Less gritty than dieselpunk.</span> </li> <li> <strong>Elfpunk</strong><span>: Basically urban fantasy, but with common high or epic fantasy creatures put in an urban setting rather than vampires and werewolves.</span> </li> <li> <strong>Nanopunk</strong><span>: Similar to biopunk, but biotechnology is less available and nanotechnology is common.</span> </li> <li> <strong>Sandalpunk</strong><span>: Set in ancient worlds, such as Rome, but with advanced technology.</span> </li> <li> <strong>Splatterpunk</strong><span>: Extremely graphic and contains a lot of gore.</span> </li> <li> <em><strong>Steampunk</strong></em><span>: This genre gets its name from the heavy steam-powered technology involved. Aesthetics are based on the Victorian and industrial eras of the Western world, though other cultural elements may be used.</span> </li> <li> <strong>Western Steampunk</strong><span>: Similar to steampunk, but with Western (as in Wild West) aesthetics and settings.</span> </li> </ul><span>So why are there so many sub genres? For starters, they help agents and publishers get an idea of what they’re in for if you’re going through the traditional publishing route. While bookstores usually just put these genres within science fiction or fantasy, you can still market your book through sub genres to reach a specific group of people who are looking for these genres.</span><br/><span> </span><br/><span>However, there are a lot of sub genres, most of which many have not heard of. If you’ve written one of these genres and intend to publish it, the best would be to put it under another name (with the exception of steampunk, cyberpunk, and biopunk). For example, if you have written a candlepunk story, you can propose it as fantasy, alternate historical fiction, or any other genre it may fit in. While atomicpunk is quite common, it’s not well known by that name. If you have written an atompunk story, the best way to market it would be to call it retro science fiction.</span><br/><span> </span><br/><span>But what’s the difference between punk genres and historical fiction? The technology is a big difference. It’s usually more advanced for the time it’s modeled after.</span> </div> <div><span> </span></div> <div><strong><span>TECHNOLOGY</span></strong></div> <blockquote> <div><span>The technology is one of the defining aspects of steampunk. It’s the basis for the world you’re writing in. For the typical steampunk story, technology will be (of course) steam powered.</span></div> <div><span> </span></div> </blockquote> <div> <ul><li><a href="http://ageofsteam.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/a-guide-to-steampunk-gadgets-and-technology/">A Guide to Steampunk Gadgets and Technology</a></li> <li><a href="http://steampunk.wikia.com/wiki/Airship">Airship</a></li> <li><a href="http://pinterest.com/steamcircus/steampunk-airships-submarines/">Steampunk Airships Inspiration</a></li> <li><a href="http://science.howstuffworks.com/transport/flight/classic/steampunk-blimp-pictures.htm#page=0">Steampunk Blimps</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-technology/channel-steampunk/">Technology Steampunk Instructables</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pinterest.com/jdh2812/steampunk-technology/">Steampunk Technology Inspiration</a></li> <li><a href="http://people.howstuffworks.com/steampunk.htm">How Steampunk Works</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pinterest.com/jouhaan/steampunk-gadgets/">Steampunk Gadgets</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.trendhunter.com/slideshow/steampunk-gadgets">100 Functional Steampunk Gadgets</a></li> </ul></div> <div><strong><span>CHARACTERS &amp; FASHION</span></strong></div> <blockquote> <div>Another defining feature of steampunk is the aesthetics and the characters. Steampunk takes the latter part of the word (punk) to mean the opposition of the mainstream, though that’s not always necessary in your story.</div> <div></div> <div>Research jobs common in the Victorian age and add steam to it. Your characters will revolve around their setting and their clothing may be a part of that too.</div> </blockquote> <div> <ul><li><a href="http://www.tor.com/blogs/2010/10/steampunk-archetypes"><span>Steampunk Archetypes</span></a></li> <li><a href="http://art-and-sterf.tumblr.com/tagged/Steam%20punk"><span>Steampunk Clothing References</span></a></li> <li><a href="http://steampunkscholar.blogspot.com/p/aesthetic-101.html"><span>Steampunk as Aesthetic</span></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pinterest.com/steamcircus/steampunk-characters/?page=4"><span>Steampunk Character Inspiration</span></a></li> <li><a href="http://ageofsteam.wordpress.com/tag/steampunk-character-building/"><span>Steampunk Character Building</span></a></li> <li><a href="http://doctorfantastiques.com/2012/07/starting-out-steampunk-characters-personas-and-personalities-oh-my/"><span>Characters, Personalities, and Personas</span></a></li> </ul></div> <div><strong><span>READING</span></strong></div> <div> <ul><li><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/618.Best_Steampunk_Books">Best Steampunk Books</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/14814.Steampunk">Steampunk</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/3760.Best_Steampunk_and_Gaslight_Works">Best Steampunk and Gaslight</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/14754.Favourite_Steampunk_Alt_History_Novels">Favorite Steampunk/Alt History</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/24607.Best_Fantasy_Steampunk_Science_Fiction_BDSM">Best Fantasy, Steampunk, and Science Fiction BDSM</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/24307.Oriental_Steampunk">Asian Steampunk</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/39600.Buttkicking_Female_Steampunk">Buttkicking Female Steampunk</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/40382.Best_Steam_Punk_YA_Books">Best Steampunk YA Books</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/14836.Best_Unknown_Steampunk_">Best Unknown Steampunk</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/18197.Steampunk_Adventures">Steampunk Adventures</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/10817.Gay_Steampunk">Gay Steampunk</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/14557.Best_vampire_steampunk_novel">Best Vampire Steampunk</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/30669.Steam_Punk_Novels_and_Short_Storys">Steampunk Novels and Short Stories</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/487.Best_of_Cyberpunk">Best of Cyberpunk</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/486.Best_cyberpunk_books">Best Cyberpunk Books</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/14119.Books_With_Cyberpunk_Themes">Books with Cyberpunk Themes</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/19921.Books_About_Video_Games_and_Virtual_Reality">Books About Video Games and Virtual Reality</a></li> </ul></div> <p><strong>MORE</strong></p> <ul><li><a href="http://keyboardsmashwriters.tumblr.com/post/48381026387/researching-steampunk">Researching Steampunk</a></li> <li><a href="http://daily-steampunk.com/steampunk-blog/a-brief-introduction-to-steampunk/">A Brief Introduction to Steampunk</a></li> <li><a href="http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SteamPunk">Steampunk Tropes</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.ministryofpeculiaroccurrences.com/what-is-steampunk/">What is Steampunk?</a></li> <li><a href="http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/SoYouWantTo/WriteASteampunkStory">So You Want to: Write a Steampunk Story</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pinterest.com/hunteremkay/writing-steampunk/">Steampunk Inspiration</a></li> <li><a href="http://steampunk.wonderhowto.com/inspiration/8-tips-and-tricks-every-steampunk-writer-should-know-0139158/">8 Tips and Tricks Every Steampunk Writer Should Know</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.richardharland.net/worldshaker/WS.steampunk/steampunkwritingtips.htm">Writing Steampunk Fiction Tips</a></li> <li><a href="http://dailyfig.figment.com/2012/06/07/kady-cross-steampunk-advice/">Kady Cross Shares her Secrets to Writing Steampunk</a></li> <li><a href="http://carliemacullen.com/2011/12/06/the-automoton-writes-tips-for-successfully-creating-steampunk/">Tips for Successfully Creating Steampunk</a></li> <li><a href="http://steampunk.wikia.com/wiki/Steampunk_Wiki">Steampunk Wiki</a></li> <li><a href="http://ageofsteam.wordpress.com/writing-steampunk/">List of Writing Steampunk Resources</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.writing.com/main/view_item/item_id/1249132-SteamPunk-A-List-of-Themes">Steampunk: a List of Themes</a></li> <li><a href="http://kathrineroid.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/writing-steampunk/">How to Write Steampunk</a></li> <li><a href="http://thewritesisters.blogspot.com/2011/11/writing-steampunk.html">Writing Steampunk</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.thewriterschallenge.com/2011/11/tips-for-writing-steampunk.html">Tips for Writing Steampunk</a></li> </ul><p><strong>CYBERPUNK</strong></p> <ul><li><a href="http://web.mit.edu/m-i-t/science_fiction/jenkins/jenkins_5.html">Cyberpunk</a></li> <li><a href="http://theinternetcrashed.com/2011/02/technology-in-cyberpunk/">Technology in Cyberpunk</a></li> <li><a href="http://project.cyberpunk.ru/idb/technology.html">Cyberpunk Technology</a></li> <li><a href="http://project.cyberpunk.ru/idb/history.html">History of Cyberpunk</a></li> <li><a href="http://project.cyberpunk.ru/idb/essentials.html">Cyberpunk Esstentials</a></li> <li><a href="http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/what-happened-to-cyberpunk--2">What Happened to Cyberpunk?</a></li> <li> <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/scomick/cyberpunk-fashion/">Cyberpunk Fashion</a> (<a href="http://www.pinterest.com/stellotape/cyber-punk-fashion/">2</a>) (<a href="http://cyberfashion.tumblr.com/">3</a>) (<a href="http://project.cyberpunk.ru/idb/fashion.html">4</a>)</li> <li><a href="http://project.cyberpunk.ru/idb/attitude.html">Cyberpunk Attitude</a></li> </ul></blockquote>

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Amazon, Clothes, and Life: <p><a href="http://feels-by-the-foot.tumblr.com/post/167571404709/scifigrl47-flange5-zohbugg-the-amazons" class="tumblr_blog">feels-by-the-foot</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://scifigrl47.tumblr.com/post/167454815041/flange5-zohbugg-the-amazons-new" class="tumblr_blog">scifigrl47</a>:</p><blockquote> <p><a href="http://flange5.tumblr.com/post/167426485611/zohbugg-the-amazons-new-clothes-zack" class="tumblr_blog">flange5</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://zohbugg.tumblr.com/post/167425040665/the-amazons-new-clothes-zack-snyder-caused-an" class="tumblr_blog">zohbugg</a>:</p> <blockquote> <h2><a href="http://www.goldenlasso.net/the-amazons-new-clothes/"> The Amazons’ New Clothes </a></h2> <blockquote> <p>Zack Snyder caused an Amazonian uproar on social media when he started sharing pictures of Amazons from Justice League in leather bikinis.</p> <p>This abrupt change of direction is a shock and these outfits look like generic barbarian women from a game of Dungeons and Dragons. They completely lack the unique flavor of the Greco-Roman-inspired armor ensembles that <a href="http://www.core77.com/posts/67334/Breaking-Down-the-Design-of-the-Amazonian-Armor-in-Wonder-Woman">Lindy Hemming put so much thought and historical research into creating for Wonder Woman</a>. The Wonder Woman designs received acclaim from fans and costume fanatics alike. They were clearly inspired by the Amazon’s origins in the Mediterranean and were feminine but very functional. Why mess with perfection?</p> <p>Oh, right. The all-male team of directors and executive directors wanted women to fight in bikinis.</p> </blockquote> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="332" data-orig-width="570"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/64a5daf0bf27696135634411c2cf56eb/tumblr_inline_ozbqfiqCut1qitlmc_540.png" data-orig-height="332" data-orig-width="570"/></figure><blockquote><p> Wonder Woman began filming in 2015, the year before Justice League started filming in 2016. The Amazons’  design was finalized and most of the costumes completed while Justice League was still in pre-production. That means that there were discussions about what the Amazons should wear into battle in Justice League and the epic designs from Wonder Woman were rejected in favor of leather bikinis. Let that sink in. They rejected already finished costumes to redesign and remake the armor so that more skin would be showing. <br/></p></blockquote> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="430" data-orig-width="527"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/d172189772b58e2d882d19dabac0fe0b/tumblr_inline_ozbqglLixP1qitlmc_540.png" data-orig-height="430" data-orig-width="527"/></figure></blockquote> <p>“To be absolutely clear, my issue is not with the lack of modesty. The Amazons in <a href="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C_7HrJaUQAACKYj.jpg">Wonder Woman wore sports-bra-like outfits</a> when they were not fighting and I think that is very realistic for a society that lives in a Mediterranean climate. My problem is a millennia-old military culture wearing bikinis into battle because they are women. My problem is a wise civilization that was created by the gods to protect the world thinking that soft leather is armor.</p> <p>I have a problem with a really great design being thrown out in favor of something that would excite the cis male gaze.”<br/></p> </blockquote> <p>Hahahahaha</p> <p>And there goes any desire i had to see this. I’ll wait for Diana and Aquaman on DVD.</p> </blockquote> <p>If you took any time to read into it, you’d find that many of the actresses enjoyed the change, as it allowed them to show off parts of themselves that some critique as being ‘masculine,’ in a very feminine way!</p><p><a href="http://comicbook.com/dc/2017/11/16/justice-league-box-office-thor-ragnarok-warner-brothers-competition/"></a><a href="http://comicbook.com/dc/2017/11/14/justice-league-amazon-costume-controversy/">http://comicbook.com/dc/2017/11/14/justice-league-amazon-costume-controversy/</a><br/></p><p><i> The costume actually gave Ence to show off her muscular physique, something she doesn’t get to do all the time. “I’m an athlete first, right? (Usually,) I can’t wear anything without someone commenting about my (muscular) body,” Ence said. “So for me, it was actually really cool to be able to show it and not immediately feel masculine, but still very feminine.” </i><br/></p><p><i>Also, ‘They aren’t wearing as much armor here because the film shows them fighting in a flashback which is thousands and thousands of yrs set before the Wonder Woman solo film.’ says a Twitter user. </i></p><p>Samantha Jo, who stars as the Amazon Euboea, shared a <a href="https://twitter.com/SamWJo/status/930557775633006592">lengthy response</a> to the controversy on Twitter. She praised director Snyder and costume designer Michael Wilkinson for making her feel “empowered”.</p><p>Referring to the more streamlined costumes, she wrote: “Amazonian fighting is a little more acrobatic and larger than life requiring armour that allows for that kind of articulation in the body.”</p><p>In fact, she went further and said she was “overjoyed” at the lack of body armour, which meant she avoided the “chafing, scrapes, pinched and bruised skin” she obtained while filming Wonder Woman.</p><p>Believe it or not, male directors aren’t inherently evil or sexist! Sometimes, it’s just armor! No one is out to turn these strong women into sex objects! </p></blockquote>

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