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I have to wonder if - with today's installment of Candorville - Lemont (and series author Darrin Bell) isn't being a tad too optimistic with panel five about the indigenous peoples of North America if the American Revolution hadn't come off as it did in reality. We'd still have people who thought like Sir John A. Macdonald and Duncan Campbell Scott and Philip Sheridan did, although the specific people in power enforcing such atrocities as settlers' law would likely be different.

As for the rest of it?
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Ashby, like Spider Robinson and others since his arrival, is an ex-American (or in her case, in the process of becoming so). I've been paying some degree of attention to her opinion columns in the Ottawa Citizen, particularly in the last few months.

This column is one of the root causes of my worry about "annexation or blitzkrieg?".

And then there's this one about how we use - and react to how others use - the Internet.

You may want to look at some of her other columns.
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So I've been fiddling in Adobe Illustrator tonight. Half-tempted to revert back to CorelDRAW instead for this sort of thing, but never mind that for the moment.

This afternoon and evening, I spent part of the time fiddling with that Helicarrier tech art from the Marvel Universe Handbook from 1983. The working assumption being, if its length was about the same as a Nimitz-class CVN, what should its internal structures be expected to look like?

Screengrabs after the cut! )
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Some of you might be interested in this. James Daily and Ryan Davidson are co-authoring a weblog on the depiction of legal issues in pop culture in general, science fiction and fantasy in particular. Today, their eyes focused on one of Canada's better-known recent TV exports in that field, Orphan Black.

http://lawandthemultiverse.com/2014/05/01/orphan-black/
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ms_danson, we've been alerted to some possible acquisitions in real estate for certain organizations of interest to consider setting up recreational shop in.

Needless to say, our surveillance division will be watching real estate developments fairly closely from here onward.
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For anyone with an interest in spec-fic planning to visit Ottawa during the first weekend in October...

http://www.can-con.org/2013/
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] dewline at Ottawa SF Society on Meetup.com
Thought those of you reading this might be interested: the Ottawa SF Society now has a "room" over at meetup.com! If you're interested, whether you've an account over there right now or not, feel free to drop in!
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Seems like this notice ought to be spread far and wide across Ottawa-Gatineau...

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] popelaksmi at New CAN-CON Meeting and Social
Our final CAN•CON 2012 meeting and social will be held this coming Saturday October 13th at the Colonnade Restaurant on Metcalfe St. at 6 pm. We will also begin preliminary discussions about hopes, desires and expectations for CAN•CON 2013. Since we will be hosting Canvention 33 (and as a result host the Aurora awards ceremony) we think it'll be a bit different from CAN•CON 2012.

One thing we are hoping to do is gather a few new people to do volunteeer work over the next year as we prepare for CAN•CON 2013. More people means the tasks are spread out and no one person is doing too much. There is a great range of jobs to be done and any amount of time offered is appreciated.

Here are some examples of job we are hoping to find people for:

Most urgent: Marketing person

Con-Suite/ Hospitality person
Volunteer Coordinator
Writers (for blog content, social media, restaurant guide)
Events liaison
Signage
and more!

Please come join us for some food and good conversation:

Colonnade Pizza & Restaurant‎
280 Metcalfe Street Ottawa, ON K2P 2P6‎
(613) 237-3179
colonnadepizza.com
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There's a lot of stuff going on at this year's edition beyond anything I'm doing. You're going to want to partake of some of it if you're expecting to be there for anything that [livejournal.com profile] leahbobet or [livejournal.com profile] ttallan are up to, to name but two examples. And for the CBC fans, there's lots of stuff that Alan Neal, our Media Guest of Honour this year, will be involved with as well!

Here's the schedule!
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Again, if you're interested: http://can-con.org/

Hoping to see some of you there over the weekend.

And if not this year, perhaps the next?
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There's only one panel I'll be sitting on at this year's edition: The Future of Urban Design. Sunday, September 23rd at 10 AM.

With me will be [livejournal.com profile] leahbobet and [livejournal.com profile] duncanmac. For more details on the rest of CAN-CON, go have a gander over here!

Looking forward to seeing and hearing from you!
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Which is going to get the attention of [livejournal.com profile] mdg1, [livejournal.com profile] fajrdrako, [livejournal.com profile] shanejayell and a few others reading this regularly. There's already been some discussion re: which characters are going to get the nod as part of the core cast for this pilot movie...which many of us want to see get the "ongoing series" nod from ABC(Disney) already and never mind all the hemming and hawing.

(Also, for [livejournal.com profile] fajrdrako: here's the improved version of my SHIELD LJ icon. Use it in good health so long as you don't sully the reputations of the Directorate, the UN Security Council, Marvel, ABC or Disney...)

Ahem.

Okay, casting.

I have no inside sources. No scoops. Forget it. I'm speculating wildly here just like the rest of youse.

I can't see them springing for Jackson to play Fury half a year every year for the next five to seven. Not unless some serious horse-trading happens. Also, Jackson's got work outside of the Marvel movies to keep doing, if only to keep from going crazy from boredom. He's a hardcore comic book fan, but he and his agent(s) have to be well aware of the perils of burning out on too much of a good thing. So there's that.

Smulders, playing Maria Hill as Fury's right hand...is perhaps more likely. They might even use that recently-released clip of Hill's after-action report to the "World Security Council" on the Battle of Manhattan as a plot springboard. Her regular TV gig may be about to go into its final season, in which case Smulders might be looking for a change of scenery medium to long-term. And playing an action heroine soldier-spy would certainly be a change from her serial soap-comedy gig on How I Met Your Mother.

Johansson and Renner as the Widow and Hawkeye...are, I suspect, similarly out of budgetary reach despite their depiction in the Marvel Movie'verse as SHIELD agents first, super-heroes second. If Marvel surprises us, so be it. But I'm not expecting that to happen.

Maximillio Hernandez as Jasper Sitwell? Probable. He's new to my knowledge and they can probably afford to nail him down for a few years if everything goes according to hope and plan.

Clark Gregg returning as Phil Coulson? Well, despite how Coulson made his exit from Avengers - and a well-staged exit it was, final or not - there are ways to get around that. Some of them already suggested in the movie itself as presented at the theatres. And the character's got a lot of goodwill built up with the audience.

So there's those considerations.

The next thing is this: three characters alone will not, I think, make for a successful series. SHIELD feels like it ought to be an ensemble show. So they're going to need to fill out the hand somewhat. And over the past half-century, a lot of characters have been created as SHIELD agents, or later became such after their creation. So Marvel and Whedon's production team have lots of options.

A poll on which characters are most likely to be used might be in order. Or, if you'd rather not wait for that, speculate away in the comments!
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Every so often, you come across a map that makes you stop, think, scratch your brain-casing for half a minute - or perhaps five minutes - and leaves you either more or less confused about your place in the worlds.

One such map came to my attention two days ago, by way of one of my acquaintances at the National Capital Freenet. Pointing to an article in the Tyee, that attention was drawn to a map done up for an author named Colin Woodward, so that he could present his case that North America from Mexico's southern border up to the Arctic Sea was not quite made up of three nations, but rather eleven cultural groups.

ElevenNationsMap
And this puts me back to discussions I've had with [livejournal.com profile] joe_szilagyi, [livejournal.com profile] james_nicoll and a couple of other people about the possible futures of North America in general, and of the USA and Canada in particular. Some of those discussions were echoes of the Ex Unum Pluribus project, others of the US of Canada/Jesusland map.

I'm not really convinced that either of those latter two options are going to happen. Certainly not as proposed. If the like happens, it'll be by a series of incidents and accidents will only look inevitable after the fact in the eyes of historians.

Still, it's useful on occasion to look at where you are, but through other people's eyes. Especially as a student of speculative fiction.  
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[livejournal.com profile] rfmcdpei just pointed out something that suggests I was in error about Russia's stance re: the UN Security Council Resolution re: the no-fly zone in Libya:

http://siberianlight.net/medvedev-rebukes-putin-over-libya/

No small attention-getter to see those two figures in Russian politics in particular have an open dispute over this of all things. The temptation to speculate over possible consequences is strong, although I admit to a lack of information that might help to shape those imaginings in a useful, constructive way.
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Someone asked a question about economic bubbles and where they might be popping up next...

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2010/08/what-is-the-next-bubble.html

Frankly, being - like many of the rest of you here - in a somewhat vulnerable state these days, I thought keeping an eye on that discussion was a prudent thing to do. Also, working - or trying to work - in both speculative fiction as either writer, artist or both, and in writing on urban infrastructure issues, there's a story idea mine percolating away there.

So...rather than clutter up [livejournal.com profile] antipope's space any faster than he can handle, setting up a branch discussion here on the same subject seems a good thing, too.

Where should we be watching like hawks? Or vultures, perhaps?
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Day one was busy enough, and definitely fun. The panel discussion on manuscript preparation was as educational for me as for almost anyone else in the room, in fact.

I'll be there this afternoon for the "Copyright and Ownership in Speculative Literature" discussion with Marie Bilodeau and Farrell McGovern. 3 PM, TraveLodge Hotel on Carling, across from the Westgate mall.
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How is it that I only see about 10 or 20 people signed up with that community?

I know of plenty of SpecFic fen across Canada, so there ought to be a bigger roster, no?
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I blame [livejournal.com profile] joe_szilagyi and for this.

Joe's been musing over the prospects of a break-up of the American Union of late. He's not the first and won't be the last to consider the prospect any time in the foreseeable. I've been guilty of the practice myself, whilst parochially considering the prospect of my own nation going to pieces out-of-bounds. I freely admit this chauvinism in spite of separatist movements that have been afoot from one end of Confederation to the other ever since I was old enough to understand a newscast on either TV or radio(particularly in the Prairie provinces, Québec and Newfoundland+Labrador).

Anyway.

Bought this book collecting and updating several dozen items from by Frank Jacobs yesterday, which reminded me of Matt Kirkland's Ex Unum, Pluribus! Some of the proposals are intriguing, others laughable. Which ones go in which columns? I'll leave that to you to debate, possibly at Mr. Kirkland's or Mr. Jacobs' websites more often than here.

Back to you...
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Three or four years back, I commented on Mark Waid's approach to Metropolis c. 3005 or so in his version of LSH. This, before I knew that it was going to become the Metropolis of 31st Century Earth-Prime per Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds.

Looking back at that discussion, some of you in the audience took that earlier bait and went off in several interesting directions with it. Took me with you, in fact.

[livejournal.com profile] itsokimasenator inspired me to go back to that earlier posting with today's commentary on LSH v.4 # 29. Got me thinking again about what that version of the planet looked like back then before all the chambers went BOOM.

I still feel that the aforementioned Lo3W mini-series is wider-ranging in its implications of which toys are available for play again than some might believe. Hoping I'm right about that.
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You probably figured I'd address this question eventually in the wake of 52. Or that I should have well before now.

This interview with Jerry Ordway on Newsarama implies some interesting possibilities for each of the fictional universes now under the DC umbrella. Granted, "Earth-Wildstorm" is playing with them in passing in its own way. Still, I have to admit to wondering what permutations on existing DCU-specific cities and nations Ordway and others following in his footsteps will establish for this new edition of "Earth-2"...

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