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What an unbelievable joy to see Chan the Birdman and his...

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What an unbelievable joy to see Chan the Birdman and his gorgeous macaws at Dolores Park this weekend! I hadn’t seen him for at least 5 years and assumed he had left the area. There is nothing like seeing these gorgeous birds in flight.

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lelandpaul
39 days ago
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The Dolores Park macaws! I miss seeing these birds.
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Four book series that are shaping the future of science fiction on television

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If recent Hollywood deals are any indication, science fiction on TV is about to get even more interesting and complex. The trend started with the surprising announcement in late 2016 that Lin Manuel-Miranda's next project—after completing his run on Hamilton and writing the music for Moana—would be to adapt Patrick Rothfuss' cult fantasy series The Kingkiller Chronicle for TV and film. Just in the past two months, three more gamechanging options were announced: HBO will adapt Nnedi Okorafor's Who Fears Death, award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay is working on a TV adaptation of Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis trilogy, and TNT has snapped up N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy. All of these books represented major shifts for the science fiction genre and, until recently, would probably have been considered unfilmable.

To understand the magnitude of this change, consider the Xenogenesis trilogy. Octavia Butler published these cerebral alien invasion novels in the 1980s, shortly before she became the first science fiction author ever to win a prestigious MacArthur "genius grant." The books follow three generations of people after an advanced alien civilization of three-gendered, tentacle-covered creatures has created hybrid children with the dying, post-nuclear remnants of humanity. It's a multi-layered story about colonialism and survival, and it includes surreal scenes in which we enter the minds of aliens to experience their unique sensorium. Though critically acclaimed and widely read, the novels never made it to the screen.

The three novels in Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis series are being adapted by director Ava DuVernay (<em>A Wrinkle in Time</em> and <em>Selma</em>).

The three novels in Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis series are being adapted by director Ava DuVernay (A Wrinkle in Time and Selma).

One issue was pragmatic. Imagining these novels coming to life without a James Cameron-level budget is hard. Today, however, special effects are cheaper than ever. A clever combination of practical effects and CGI could render Butler's aliens and their biotech spaceships.

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lelandpaul
62 days ago
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So much cosign. I really hope all of these do, in fact, make their way to the screen. (I hasn't heard the news about Xenogenesis, either! Those books are *terrifying* on a deep, existential level.)
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jprodgers
61 days ago
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The Xenogenesis series is probably the most powerful sci-fi I've ever read. It's downright painful and thoroughly uncomfortable at times, but I can't recommend it enough. You will be a better person for having read it.
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So cool to see John Luther Adams’ walk-through percussion...

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So cool to see John Luther Adams’ walk-through percussion performance, “Inuksuit,” performed at Land’s End yesterday. It was put together by SF Jazz. More info: http://sfist.com/2017/07/28/go_do_this_thing_free_large-scale_j.php

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lelandpaul
82 days ago
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ooooh! I've heard this performed, but in a giant warehouse space in NYC; it's composed to be performed outside and I think it would have worked a lot better that way.
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lelandpaul
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jhamill
82 days ago
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Pay attention to me.
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23.017999°S, 15.288053°E Namib-Naukluft National Park, Erongo,...

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23.017999°S, 15.288053°E
Namib-Naukluft National Park, Erongo, Namibia

photo by Heidy R. Hort


On the 27th day of July
the randomizer gave to me
a vulture in a dead tree

And half a dozen steenboks and three ostriches and a couple more vultures

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lelandpaul
86 days ago
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Hey hey, I was just in the Namib-Naukkuft park the other week!
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Sutro in the distance from the Dipsea Trail, Mt. Tamalpais State...

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Sutro in the distance from the Dipsea Trail, Mt. Tamalpais State Park

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lelandpaul
98 days ago
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Heh — see my comment recent comment...
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