Our constant attempts to live in the past provoke laughter in older generations, given that we’re all under the age of 35.
In this episode of YA Rewind, I talk about the great Lloyd Alexander and The Illyrian Adventure, the first of his books to feature intrepid orphan Vesper Holly. On the Casting Couch, I pick out my ideal cast for a Vesper Holly movie and discuss some upcoming YA adaptations, and in the new Book Jacket Theatre segment I perform a melodramatic reading of a book summary from the ‘paranormal teen romance’ section of Amazon.
Just a few days before science fiction pioneer Ray Bradbury passed away, I found a quote – the epigraph to The Martian Chronicles – that fit perfectly into a graphic design I’d been tinkering with for weeks, a design that incorporated spaceships from scifi film and television around the words ‘space travel.’ When I found the quote, it seemed like kismet.
“Space travel has again made children of us all.”
Every year at the start of December, as predictably as finding pieces of chocolate behind the cardboard windows of an Advent calendar, I dream that my family forgets to celebrate Christmas.
Last Thursday’s episode of Community, “Advanced Dungeons and Dragons,” really brought back some memories for me. I’m not a skilled table-top gamer, but for a brief period in the ’90s, I gave it a whirl. Dungeons & Dragons was not actually the first RPG to come to my summer camp – that distinction belongs to a game called Everway. Not Everquest, the computer-based fantasy RPG that became popular a few…
“I come from the Net–through systems, peoples, and cities–to this place: MAINFRAME. My format: Guardian. To mend and defend–to defend my new found friends, their hopes and dreams, and to defend them from their enemies.” -Bob Take a trip with me back in time. Before Toy Story, before Clone Wars, to 1994 and an ABC Saturday morning cartoon. Though, of course, ReBoot was so much more than a cartoon. If you follow me…