Sunday, May 19, 2013

Just Checking the Facts, Ma'am, for My Book

I was about to mail off printed copies of The Fool's Illusion bookmarks to my friend Emerian Rich, of for her to distribute at BayCon in Santa Clara. However, the con is next weekend and so I didn't think they would reach her in time. Emerian was nice enough to offer to put them out on the free literature table at the con. So if you're reading this, Emerian, I apologise for not being able to mail them to you but I really appreciate the offer and will definitely let you know when Fool's Illusion is out. And it's getting closer to its release, everybody! I apologise for not being able to give specifics at this time, but once it's ready for release I'll let you know.

I'm in the fact checking stage of my introduction to the book. I was working on that for nearly half the day today, sitting in a Starbuck's burning my brains out researching information for the accuracy of the details of my subject which is harder than a lot of people would think. You want to make sure you check credible sources but the problem with Internet, unlike with most libraries, is that there are a lot of unreliable resources out there in cyberspace written by any pea brained dork. And it take's a hell of a lot more time weeding through all the crap resources in order to get to the credible ones. But then what do you expect? It's the Internet, which is an entire universe within itself and one that is expanding like our own outer universe (material as opposed to virtual) has been said to be. It's kind of funny because the very research I was doing today covers the subject of the unreliability of resources though not so much in the sense of academic research but more in the sense of popular media.

Sacramento's May the Fourth Be With  You Star Wars mini celebration went by really good. Both organizations from the general community as well as fans were there and the event reflected the universality of the Star Wars myth because of that. You can read more about it in my article at

I finally rented and watched the 2012 movie, Argo. It's based on the late '70s/early '80s hostage crisis in Iran, and shows how a CIA member helped six hostages escape through a film shoot front. The film: a Star Wars knock-off called "Argo". As historical based as the movie is, it has some great meta-theatrical, particularly meta-cinematic, themes playing in it. The popular culture of the 1970s is depicted really well in it unlike with the majority of 20th century period films. The main characters were realistically portrayed. However, there were some flaws, one of the biggest being that the conflict between the U.S. and Iran was depicted too simplistically to a point where an anti-Semitic/anti-Islamic message seemed to be implied. However, as a film that depicts the pop culture of an era and conveys the power of B-rated movie making used in a real life crisis, I thought the movie worked well. The basic historical facts were presented convincingly enough. But then again, it is Hollywood, so watch out.

Here's a particularly good, well thought out review of Argo by film critic Lisa Kennedy of the Denver Post.

I'll leave you with that for now.

Until next time . . .

--Steven Rose, Jr.

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