Archive for the ‘Time Travel’ Category
Three weeks in a sultry August, anything could happen.
And it does, over and over and over again.
Starring Okarin, a college student who styles (and LARPs) himself a mad scientist, his hacker buddy Daru, his childhood friend Mayushi, and the rest of their growing circle of friends, Steins;Gate was the sleeper hit of the summer. Bursting at the seams with Otaku jokes and on-purpose cliches, this is a show that took apart all the expected and overdone anime tropes and rewove them into something ground breaking.
This is my third post on Steins;Gate, so feel free to get yourself caught up by reading my first reactions to the show, and my mid season post. Really, go read them, as this post may not make much sense otherwise.
but now, after 24 episodes, Steins;Gate is over. Over three sultry weeks one August, a time machine was created, used, abused, and a choice regarding it’s uncreation had to be made. Okarin and his friends used the time machine to create the lives they wanted. Feyris used it to spend more time with her father, Ruka uses it to be born a little different. Suzuha tries to use it to find her father. Everyone takes a turn to change something from their past.
But everytime the time machine is used, the world line, our dimension, shifts a little. The city and the people who live in it change a little. Not as much as you’d notice, but an avalanche starts with one snowflake. Everyone gets what they wanted, but no one wins. And only Okarin can stop what’s happening.
then I discovered Steins;Gate. Available to stream through Crunchyroll, and viewable through Roku boxes everywhere, you can buy a subscription and stream it live, or be a cheap ass like me and watch one or two episodes behind.
I got hooked on Steins;Gate a few months ago, and I can easily say it is the best anime I have seen in years.
to put it another way: Steins;Gate is the best thing that happened to me since the original Fullmetal Alchemist.
if you’re at all into anime, you owe it to yourself to track this show down.
I’m going to jump right into what’s going on at this point in the season, so you might want to read this article on the first 8 or so episodes. Consider yourself warned, there be spoilers ahead.
Time Travelers Never Die, by Jack McDevitt
published in 2009
where I got it: purchased new
why I read it: this was the July book for my local SF book club
Shortly after physicist Michael Shelborne disappears, his son, Adrian Shelborne (he goes by Shel) discovers that his father created a time machine. Bringing his best friend Dave in on the secret, they experiment with the hand held machines and through trial and error, learn how they work. Hoping to find Shel’s father and bring him home, the two friends travel to times and places they think Michael would have been most interested in.
What I found most funny is that Shel and Dave act like completely normal people. They have no interest in changing history, or being superheroes. For much of the middle of the book, they are chrononaut sightseers, visiting times, meeting people, occasionally snapping some photos, and generally just having a good time. Sure, they are ultimately looking for Shel’s father, but when you’ve got a time machine, you’ve got all the time in the world, right?
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