Monthly Archives: August 2013

Doctor Who on Jerry Springer


Sometimes I like to watch seasons five and six of Doctor Who and imagine all of them on Jerry Springer. Don’t get me wrong. Moffat Doctor Who has been my favorite seasons of Doctor Who (and that’s saying a lot since I’m a classic girl), and it is a lot of fun to watch the episodes, BUT it is even more fun if you think of it like a daytime talk show. (For you Brits, imagine Jeremy Kyle).

Imagine it! Before a commercial break, you hear “If you, or anyone you know, got married before they were even born, please call Jerry Springer at 1-888-SPRINGER.”

Come on! The blurbs that would show up beneath the characters alone would be worth it.

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The possibilities are endless, especially when it comes to the subtitles you always see on the show that explain the situation. mydaughterandiarethesameageitriedtoseducemysoninlawimarriedmychildbride ididn'tknowiwaspregnantHonestly. The only thing I like more than imagining this as Jerry Springer is if they made Rory and Amy go on Maury for a paternity test (read: the best Maury episodes).

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And because I can, enjoy a you’re-not-the-father dance compilation:


Ray Bradbury is Retroactively Cliche


So! While I was away, trying to live a life outside of being a sci-fi nerd/shut-in, I picked up a collection of Bradbury short stories at a book sale.

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Since, dear readers, I believe you to be wonderful people who don’t judge, I’m going to assume that no one is going point out the irony in the fact that, while attempting to live a “normal life”, I bought a book of mostly sci-fi short stories.

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As I was reading the stories, I kept having heretical thoughts like “Bradbury isn’t all he’s cracked up to be!” and “I’ve so heard this one before!” and “I can predict the ending and I’m only a paragraph in!”

Then I would have to remind myself that the man wrote Fahrenheit 451 and try and get over myself.

But I couldn’t, and I now realize why. Bradbury is so influential on the science fiction that I grew up with that it’s only natural I feel that everything he’s written has already been said. Because in my weird wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey way of existing as a science fiction fan, it already has.

My first sci-fi wasn’t The Martian Chronicles, or even Asimov’s I, Robot. It was Star Trek, which drew on themes put forth in classic sci-fi stories. My sci-fi was Star Wars, andSliders. It was everything but the old stuff (or so I thought).

Thus, when I started reading Bradbury (and if I’m honest, I feel the same way about Phillip K. Dick), I find myself bored at times because I feel like it’s been done before.

Which it has. It just that these stories were the before. The problem, then, is that for me, it’s not the first time I’m reading about this idea. I then struggle to find enjoyment because I’m not surprised or intrigued by any of it.

I wonder if anyone else has had similar problems, or if my timeline is really that wonky.