I am Currently at Furry Migration 2016

Hello everybody! I just wanted to inform you that today is day one of me visiting Furry Migration 2016, a furry convention held annually at the wonderful Hyatt in Minneapolis. Today, I’ll be visiting fellow furry writers, including the artistic Ursula Vernon, author of the Hugo award-winning “Digger” webcomic, and the talented Kyell Gold, author of “Waterways” and countless other books!. I hope to give you photos, advice for writers and artists, tales of what I’d been up to, etc. I can’t guarantee I’ll give consistent updates, but I do hope to share my experience at my second furry convention!

Have a wonderful day, and I’ll give you updates soon! 🙂

 

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Thoughts on ‘The Boy and the Beast’

For anyone who doesn’t know the name Mamoru Hosoda, he’s a critically acclaimed Japanese director whose written and made recent but wonderful anime classics such as “Wolf Children”, “Summer Wars”, and the wonderfully titled and well-known anime film “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”, all three of which I have seen and hold dearly to my heart. “Wolf Children” is a touching story of family and coming of age (as well as a fan-favorite for furries such as yours truly), “Summer Wars” is a science fiction adventure great for watching on July evenings, and “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” is a cult classic for time-travel stories. And later last year, Hosoda released another potentially timeless classic for anime fans called “The Boy and the Beast”.

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Review: ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ by Douglas Adams

‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ is a novel that really surprises me the more I look at it. For those who’ve never heard of it, ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ is the first book in a ‘trilogy’ (actually comprised of five books) by famed British science fiction author Douglas Adams. The book started off as a comedic radio series and then adapted into novel format. The book became an immediate hit, and has garnered a massive following over the decades, almost as much as the Star Trek fandom and even comparing to Harry Potter.

So what’s the story? Arthur Dent is an average human that lives on planet Earth. After his house is set to be demolished for construction of a bypass, Arthur’s best friend named Ford Prefect reveals that he is in fact an alien sent to study Earth for a universal encyclopedia coincidentally named ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’. Before Arthur can make sense of this, an alien race named the Vogons come to destroy Earth in order to make a space-bypass (get the irony?). Luckily, our two heroes are rescued and go through a series of events that lead to them meeting Zaphod Beeblebrox, President of the galaxy and Ford’s distant cousin. Along with some other memorable sidekicks, like a hilariously depressed robot named Marvin, and a human female that named herself Trillian, the book follows our characters as they try to survive the dangers of the galaxy.

The first thing I should probably talk about is the universe in this. Back in 1979, the date this novel was published, this was an extremely unique take on science fiction and extraterrestrial fiction. Most stories involving space travel presented the aliens as villains who want to conquer earth and destroy all life. Sure ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide’ involved a bit of that, but it mostly showed the universe as a higher civilization than even Earth. To make more sense, the universe here almost reminds me of Futurama (in fact, Futurama even references several things from ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide’ in a few episodes).

But unlike Futurama, the humor in ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide’ doesn’t rely on sexual innuendo or swearing for its humor, which makes the book pretty unique even to this day. It is still timeless, and yet some of the jokes hit very well. There’s even a whole chapter of this dedicated to how dolphins are in fact smarter than humans, knew about Earth’s impending doom from the start, and tried to warn humans via performances you saw at SeaWorld. Probably one of my most favorite jokes of the book involves what Ford wrote for Earth in his version of ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide’ after all the years he spent on the planet. I won’t give it away for those who haven’t read it yet, but honestly, it is very funny.

There may be one problem with ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide’ though. Going in, I wasn’t expecting what to make of it. Whenever someone thinks of a science fiction novel, they never think of Futurama or Star Trek; they think more of a serious read with deep messages and presented morality like an Arthur Clarke book. If you take it too seriously, then ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide’ will seem too zany and a real annoyance. I thought so at first, then decided to turn my analytical mind off and enjoy it for what it is: a funny read.

Overall, ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ is fun. Some might not see the ingenious humor written in its pages, and some will, but everyone cannot deny that this had a huge impact on science fiction. Everyone on the Internet knows the humorous characters, the timeless jokes, the endless worlds, and even how clever Douglas Adams was. My best guess is that if you have the time for a funny read, give it a try. It may not even be my most favorite book to read, but I appreciate the clever writing and jokes enough to read.

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If you have any questions or already have an opinion on the novel, feel free to leave any comments. Thanks!