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20,000 leagues

Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:48 am
by tbaker2500
So I've got this friend who I'm introducing to the DC. She's never heard of speculative fiction before, did listen to "The Man who Drew Cats" at my suggestion. She wonders if Jules Verne would fall into spec-fic. 20k leagues being one of her favorite books.

That got me thinking. I'd posit that he would be one of the pioneers of spec-fic. What DC episodes would fall into the same space as good old Jules? What are your thoughts?

Re: 20,000 leagues

Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:56 am
by Algernon Sydney is Dead
I always thought it was just like "spec" as used in construction... You build the project without having a buyer or tenant lined up.

This is opposed to how the big pro writers and celebrities do it. Get the $bazillions payment up-front, crank out your typical boiler plate stuff, and then laugh at "creative" people all the way to the bank. </cynic>

(PS: I'm not sure a </cynic> tag can ever be trusted. :mrgreen: )

Re: 20,000 leagues

Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:45 pm
by strawman
Algernon Sydney is Dead wrote: </cynic>
(PS: I'm not sure a </cynic> tag can ever be trusted. :mrgreen: )
~You're familiar with the expression "Fart with a lump"?

Spec refers to the author speculating: to think about something and make guesses about it : to form ideas or theories about something usually when there are many things not known about it. To imagine.

I don't recall reading Verne. It seems public schools didn't put scifi in the curriculum, lest kids get hooked and start reading in their spare time. Not wise to assume the movie(s) I saw reflect his style. So it's awful difficult to speculate about the DC episodes. Wouldn't it be better if your friend told us which episodes were most like Verne?

Re: 20,000 leagues

Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 2:03 pm
by Varda
Y'know, with Verne, a few Escape Pod episodes came to mind immediately (EP# 400 - "Rescue Party" in particular), but I'll have to think about DC. Verne as I recall is adventure SF - exciting, fast-paced, optimistic, exploring interesting locales. Depending on her tolerance for horror, the "Mongoose" series hits most of those buttons except maybe not "optimistic". How'd she like "The Man Who Drew Cats"?

Re: 20,000 leagues

Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:41 pm
by tbaker2500
Yea, Mongoose popped to mind also.
She liked it, but asked if I drew (Tall Tom).

Re: 20,000 leagues

Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:04 pm
by Varda
If this is your SLP friend, you should have her check out "Vestigial Girl" on Escape Pod, as it's an actual SF take on a speech disorder. :D I think everyone gets excited when their own little corner of science gets fictionalized.

I'm all about foisting Tim Pratt anything on podcast newbies too, so when in doubt, there's always "Annabelle's Alphabet"!

Re: 20,000 leagues

Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:56 pm
by strawman
Babel Probe