Month: March 2017

Portrayal of Women in Science Fiction

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Have you noticed how the supporting females roles in science fiction television and movies have been portrayed, especially over the last 60 years? I found myself wondering what was going on. Female characters like T’Pol in Star Trek: Enterprise, and Seven of Nine in Star Trek: Voyager were rendered as highly sexualized but with limited emotional range. T’Pol was a member of the famously emotionally controlled Vulcans, and Seven of Nine had her human emotions stripped away by the Borg. It seems that science fiction liked to portray females as nearly unattainable beauties with limited gender socialization.

This treatment, of female characters, has existed since the early days. In the movie Forbidden Planet (1956), the alluring Altaira is naive and inexperienced with gender relationships. She does not know what a kiss is, and must be taught by the male crew of the spaceship. Mission Stardust (1967), introduced the story of Perry Rhodan, a long-running science fiction series of books from Germany. Having sold approximately two billion copies of the books, in novella format, worldwide, it is the most successful science fiction book series ever written. In the book and movie, Thora is an advanced alien female who becomes the love interest for Perry Rhodan. She is, at first, cold and distant, with no thought of romantic connection to a primitive Earth being. Perry must show her what primitive relations are like. These type of portrayals continued over the following decades on TV and in movies.

I delayed writing my thoughts down about what I had noticed. I thought it was a social trait of the past, and less likely to be found in the future. But, 2016 saw the Suicide Squad movie, and Harley Quinn. She is shown at the beginning to be dressed in conservative clothing, with librarian glasses, and a hair bun. Afterwards, she will do anything, dressed as male fetish eye-candy, all for love of Joker. And don’t get me started on Enchantress! She shares a gorgeous model body with an innocent scientist, controlled by love. The Enchantress is controlled because her heart, is literally locked in a box. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) has a character Jadis, the White Witch who is beautiful, but is only evil and enslaves others. She turns people into statues in her palace of ice.

I think we have not seen the end of these alien ice princesses. We will see what happens with The Major’s role in Ghost in the Shell this year. I suspect a gorgeous cyborg woman will have similar traits to those I’ve discussed above. While I enjoyed all the shows I’ve mentioned, it is finally time to explore more rounded roles for females in science fiction, and we have to encourage the writers, directors, and producers to insist on them.

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Umbrae Blog Tour: Character Interview

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((So, to help with this blog tour, I’d volunteered to host a character interview. However, I have a hard time asking questions, myself. So, I got one of my characters to do it. Also, due to my affinity for primates, the character I chose to go with was a chimp named Ian. So without further ado…))

Travis walked through the zoo, his tail flicking lightly behind him. He’d gotten a few weird looks from some of those visiting. It was like they’d never seen a half-monkey guy before. Granted, he took no measures to hide his opposable toes or prehensile tail. He wasn’t even walking on two legs, choosing a gait not unlike that of many primates. He’d stopped off to ask a few of those working there where he could find someone he’d been hoping to speak to. Word had gotten out about there being…

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Hawaiian Pidgin: Hawaii’s Creole Language

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What language do modern Hawaiians speak? The answer, as Dan Nosowitz of Atlas Obscura points out, is not nearly as simple as you might think. There are several languages co-existing on the Hawaiian islands: Hawaiian, the Polynesian language of the original Hawaiians that’s experienced a renaissance of late; English, brought to the archipelago by Americans; the various languages brought by immigrant workers, including Japanese, Filipino, Portuguese, and Spanish; and something which is now called Hawaiian Pidgin.

A pidgin, which is not capitalized, is a form of communication that arises when multiple groups of people need to talk with each other but do not have a language in common, and for whatever reason choose not to, or are not able to, teach each other their native languages. They are not considered full languages, in that they generally have limited and simplified grammar…

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Interview with Finny from Umbrae

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Finny Interview

Welcome, Finny to my page.

Thank you I’m happy to be here.

Tell us something about yourself, Finny.

Well as you can see I’m a very fetching sandy and white cat. My fur is the perfect combination for a feline living in the city of Safed. I blend seamlessly to my surroundings. Of course once upon a time I had a human form too, but today I prefer living as a cat, far less complicated.

How did you meet Miri?

I met Miri on the day she arrived in Safed. She was lost and needed a wise cat like me to show her around.

Why are you so willing to help Miri, on her quest?

Love is important. I’ve seen so many of my family and friends destroyed over the years. Miri will never forgive herself if she believes she can help Danny and lets it go. So I’m helping her as much as I can.

How do you feel about the Rabbi, Rav Shmuel? You spend time at his compound, but he seems strict.

Thankfully as a cat I don’t have to follow all the restrictions that Rav Shmuel lays down for his family, but still I try to be respectful. I feel though he should trust Rifka more and give all his children a bit more freedom.

Aren’t you scared to go into Umbrae?

I don’t like it. Every time I visit Umbrae I lose a little of my lifeforce and I’ve been traveling in and out of the shadows for a long time. As I said I don’t like it, but sometimes it’s necessary.

What’s the most surprising, or frightening thing you’ve seen in Umbrae?

The Tegs sisters – Stella and Morgana. I really should stay away, but it’s fun to rile them up sometimes. Still when I first came across them it was scary. I nearly was trapped. They are very devious, almost as devious as a cat …

It’s great you get to travel around the world, sometimes on your adventures. What is the most interesting land you’ve traveled to?

I think my favorite place is Aswan in southern Egypt. That’s where the P.A.W.S. Institute of the Middle East sits. I love this area of the Nile and one day I’m going to smuggle myself onto one the Nile riverboats (or feluccas) and go on an adventure.

What future adventures can we expect to hear about?

I’ve always wanted to go to London and visit the P.A.W.S. Institute over there. I’ve heard there’s an old mage over there with very ancient magic. It would be interesting to meet him and pick his brains.

Umbrae by Debbie Manber Kupfer

Umbrae is the third book in the series about P.A.W.S. and Miri’s learning her powers and fitting in with the other creatures and beings who  are different and special. I have read all three in the series, so far, and rate them five stars. I highly recommend these books.


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