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Foundation and Chaos Review: Part 3
This is the final part of my book review and somewhat overdue. 
To recap, the story of Foundation and Chaos is a suppliment to the works of Isaac Asimov by author Greg Bear. For me I find it builds wonderfully on the themes and ideas that Asimov touched upon. More than that, it's a fascinating subversion of the trope of the hero's journey. 
Foundation and chaos has always been about the actions of community. Community is a thing which all characters in the book need; whether they're robots seeking out others of their kind or human beings seeking companionship of like minded individuals. But it goes deeper than that. A central theme of the book is the idea that deeper bonds and being closer to one another is a good thing. It's easy for science fiction to laud the heroic individual who can bend the galaxy to his or her will. However it's harder to make a narrative lauding the community and the way it can bend the will of the galaxy. 
As we've covered in previous parts of t
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Steven Phantasm: The Prologue
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AUTHOR'S NOTE: I shouldn't make this, but I'm obsessed. 
The thin, pale woman and the short Latin woman observed the child before them. Tear streaked face and puffy red eyed looked up at them, breaking their hearts. “First she took my mom, then my dad and now she’s taken Garnet.” the boy sniffed and wiped his nose with the back of his hand.
The pale woman looked at the boy on the verge of tears herself; concern etched over every part of her bird like face. She began to wipe the boy’s face with a kerchief as the thicker, shorter woman began to hug the boy. Behind them, the fire cast warmth and light over the living room; yet it could not banish the chill in the air, could not diminish the malaise that had fallen over the household.
“Steven,” said the dark skinned woman, “That tall lady, that Yellow Diamond person didn’t take Garnet away. Garnet died in a car wreck.”
“Amethyst i
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Coping with Failure
So today I had something that was very important to me; a physical exam for a job that I'm trying really hard to get. I failed the Physical exam and I'm kind of taking it hard. 
The thing is, I've never really taken the time to think about how I cope with failure and prepare for success. Being the favorite son who my father was grooming to live all of his failed dreams, being prepared for success meant doing just whatever the hell he wanted me to without any input or thought on my part. I hated what I did and I truly did it to gain various treats and rewards; I was truly Pavlov's dog. 
Now I'm doing things for myself and for my own reasons and I find that in hindsight, I'm not doing all that I can to prepare for success. I'm working hard but I'm not really focused and I'm kind of aimless. 
I think on some weird karmic level, I needed to fail at this in order to know that I wasn't doing something right. And it's not a great mystery to me, the instructor told me point blan
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Remembrance Day Wakeup Call
Today is Remembrance Day in Canada, Veterans Day in the USA. While it's tempting to fall into the comfort of routine, I have to urge people to ask what the fuck is going on. 
I was walking through town the other day and I saw something I hadn't noticed before. It was a memorial for the Afghan War. Canadians spent from 2001 to 2013 battling it out in the mountain Country of Afghanistan. 
And I just want to scream. My urge is not to salute to fallen patriots but is to freak out and wonder why the hell we all lost our minds and got ourselves dragged into that hell of a war? 
Think about it, Canadians and other allies spent over thirteen years in Afghanistan, more than twice as long as the Second World War. 
Going back to it, Afghanistan and by extension Iraq were a dogfuck of a war started by the incompetence of an American stooge President and his puppeteer, Darth Cheney. 
For so long, the war in Afghanistan was just a fact of life. There was no end in sight, the
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How to Write Dark Things: Grimdark Done right
    For as long as I've been aware, I've always had a passion for things which were dark in their themes or their execution. Whether it was the works of Don Bluth the cartoonist; traditionally darker and more adult than similar Walt Disney properties, or it was watching my father's R rated action movies when I was still a child I've always been fascinated by the violent, the macabre and the morbid. 
    In the context of this story, let us take "dark" to refer to things which are adult, controversial or morbid in nature. If we are talking about cannibalism, sexual assault or pedophilia as a theme then we are talking about dark subject matter. We're not talking about things which are exploitative or made for shock value. Think of it less as a crude shock gag on Family Guy versus Schindler's List in its handling of the Holocaust and the Warsaw Ghetto. Dark Matter may be funny but it's always in a way that makes you feel less comfortable rather than co
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I saw some art today and it scared me
I don't know what the author's intent is, I'm scared. 
It's disgusting and I can't look away
It's not even bad art, they're lines and pen are second to none
I don't think they want to shock, but I am
I'm deeply disgusted and disturbed
I'm upset but I wanted this, 
I want the growth and strength that comes from discomfort
Discomfort is the word for what I'm feeling
The feeling will pass and I'll move on and forget it
But I badly want to disgust and disturb others
And also I want to find people who love the macabre as I do
In the art I can see my own human weakness and fragility
I don't want to be fragil, but I want to be a hero
And so it's good that I don't follow my first impulse
There's no prize for being the edgiest asshole out there
The only goodness is to be me, to love myself and love art
It's good to have Clive Barkers in the world, and it's good to have Bronte and Austen
There will be other disturbing art, other art that brings out
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This is the final part of my book review and somewhat overdue. 

To recap, the story of Foundation and Chaos is a suppliment to the works of Isaac Asimov by author Greg Bear. For me I find it builds wonderfully on the themes and ideas that Asimov touched upon. More than that, it's a fascinating subversion of the trope of the hero's journey. 

Foundation and chaos has always been about the actions of community. Community is a thing which all characters in the book need; whether they're robots seeking out others of their kind or human beings seeking companionship of like minded individuals. But it goes deeper than that. A central theme of the book is the idea that deeper bonds and being closer to one another is a good thing. It's easy for science fiction to laud the heroic individual who can bend the galaxy to his or her will. However it's harder to make a narrative lauding the community and the way it can bend the will of the galaxy. 

As we've covered in previous parts of the review, heroism has a role to play in the story but it does not matter historically. The most powerful, willful and well connected individuals can only sway the course of history perhaps a millionth of a degree. They are very much the product of their environment and not the other way around. The character Hari Seldon literally visits a prison for Tyrants as a matter of scientific investigation. This is a world for people like real world Pol Pot, Stalin or Hitler. By the standards of the novel these figures in the interviews they give are small minded, short sighted and reflexively cruel. By the view of Seldon's Psychohistory, they are mere flashes in the pan. The impact they have on their worlds is rapidly forgotten. Most of the time, their tyrannical and destructive tendencies come from the instinct of fear; please pay attention to that. 

But again, this book is not like the novel The Lord of the End Times or even like Rick and Morty; the tale of a nihilistic "man of science." The galaxy is larger than any one man or woman. Even the robot Daneel who has controlled the galaxy from the shadows knows that his time is at an end. His method of control is producing stagnation and slowing human evolution; more than that it is becoming harder and harder to dictate the fate of the galaxy with the Empire dying a slow death. 

There is one other character in the novel who perhaps is the largest refute of the heroic ubermensch. She by her physical description and mental powers recalls another Asimov character, the Mule; an immensely powerful psychic who conquered the Galaxy single handed and whose work was swept away like the ancient King Ozymandias. As it stands, she is a tormented individual, unable to bond with ordinary humans or with the growing and very much group oriented mentallics who will one day form the basis of the Second Foundation. Despite being a psychic of such power that she can crush the next most powerful psychic a thousand times over. 

This ties into the other major theme of the novel, that top down dictatorial change can't lead to anything good or lasting. Much like the tyrants on the prison world tried to impose top down order on their respective planets, so does she by the book's end where isolation causes a mental breakdown in her. She is assassinated by a robot freed of the three laws, but the book implies that she would have caused a destructive reign much like the tyrants had she been given free reign. 

By contrast, the goal of Daneel by the book's end, the goal of Hari Seldon and his second and First foundations it he ongoing evolution of the human race. Not in a forced, dictatorial sense but by a mutual growth; bottom up, horizontal change. Lasting change from the bottom. And while the most powerful man in the galaxy with the resources of millions of worlds at his beck and call can change the course of history a millionth of a degree, a community of a few hundred thousand people can save galactic civilization and build something greater and stronger than the old Empire ever could be. 

This leads into the final theme of the Novel. The rejection of fear. 

By story's end, a great catastrophe has been averted. The Galactic Empire will fall in four hundred years afterwards a better new Empire will rise in tandem with a growing and thriving population of psychics whose defining trait is their ability to empathize and feel what others feel. Nobody knows it happened, it's just business as usual for everyone from the greatest tyrant to the lowest labourer. The robots who served as the masters and caretakers of humanity will finally fade away; their purpose finished. In flavour and tone it's very much the opposite of the Warhammer 40,000 world; where a mutant with psychic abilities imposes a top down dictatorship in order to save mankind. Spoiler alert, he fails miserably and everything he builds goes to pot. 

I'm not suggesting that Warhammer and Foundation are in any way linked; the stories they tell are night and day, as are the purpose of either form of writing. But maybe it's worth reflecting that Foundation and Chaos is a more mature fantasy than that of Warhammer. Human beings need each other; we are simply a social animal. The strongest and most independent among us rely on constant help and aid from our fellow humans. As the book's final sequence touches on, we began as tiny mammals living under the shadow of the dinosaurs. On some level, that primal fear has never left us. What was useful as tiny rodents living in burrows may in fact be a liability to upright, intelligent mammals with access to technology. Getting away from that eternal fear is one of humanity's longest and most unattainable goals. We're working towards it as a species, not just in science fiction but in reality. For every failure and stumble we are only moving forward as a species. 

Someone once said that good science fiction should be able to teach us. I believe this book and the Foundation series in general can teach us; about ourselves more than any kind of technology. Teaches us that the power of community, built on empathy and understanding can build a better future. It is the ultimate refutation of nihilism, as the lack of any kind of heavenly centered morality is not a thing to despair or feel anomie over but a blank check to write the future on; a better, kinder, more free future. 

We're building it now. So go out and Read The Foundation Series, go out and read Foundation and Chaos. You won't be disappointed. 
Foundation and Chaos Review: Part 3
Last part of a long overdue book review. Read foundation and Chaos. It really is incredible. 
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Recently I suggested watching videos about swords and things to improve your ability to write a fight scene. I've found this to work for me, and on some level I just find this very very fun. In the following I have a list of videos which I think will stand out to anyone wanting to write fight scenes and really broaden your thinking about how a fight works. I hope you enjoy the selection. 

Here's a guy showing how to use medieval weapons against zombies. 



A guy talks about what kind of weapons that fairies could use to kill you



A guy reviews a major fight from game of Thrones



And lastly a German lunatic hatches a plan to murder Quiddich players

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