Monday, April 4, 2016

A to Z Challenge – Cyberspace and Dystopia! Plus Question of the Month, Monday Music, and Ninja News

My theme - Origins of Science Fiction Terms and More! The term, its meaning (definitions from Technovelgy), and first book appearance / a movie that features this term / a blogger buddy who reminds me of that term.

I’m also the guinea pig for an experiment – A to Z Lite. I get between 100-170 comments per post in April during the Challenge. And it has just become too much to return that many every day, six days a week. The other A to Z Admins agreed to an A to Z Lite trial run. A to Z Lite means I will just be posting a handful of times this month and multiple letters at a time. I also won’t be visiting every single person every single day, although I will return all comments. Hope everyone understands.


Cyberspace
A computer technology that allowed people to see a computer network as an internal experience

Cyberspace originally appeared in William Gibson’s short story, Burning Chrome, in 1982. Yes, it’s a fairly recent term, and it caught on fast.



You can’t discuss cyberspace without including The Matrix. Now that’s cyberspace on a massive scale! Released in 1999, it introduced the world to amazing bullet time effects and starred Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburn, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Hugo Weaving.

Spacerguy at Star Trek - Sci Fi Blog knows a lot about cyberspace. He lives there! If you want the latest on Star Trek and other cyberspace realms, you better follow him…


Dystopia


First used by Thomas More for his work of political philosophy in 1516 and again in a speech by John Stuart Mill in 1868.

A somber look at dystopia is shown in the movie Equilibrium. Staring Christian Bale, Sean Bean, William Fichtner, and Taye Diggs, it portrays a Fascist future where feelings are illegal.

Murees Dupé sees our world a little bit differently, but it’s a good thing. We might do well to share her vision!



Question of the month

Hosted by Michael at A Life Examined.

“What’s your favourite thing that begins with C?”

I really like the letter C since my last name begins with a C.
Plus all three of my Cassa series books begin with a C – CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm.
My favorite though would be Christ, my Lord and Savior.

Monday’s Music Moves Me

Hosted by Xmas Dolly.

Today I’m going with a video with cool animation from the latest Megadeth album. And the song fits so well – Dystopia!


Ninja News

Don’t forget Wednesday is post day for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. We also have a newsletter now and you can sign up HERE.

Volume 1.4 of Six Strings is now available!

Pick up your copy at the Six Strings site.




And special thanks to Michelle Wallace - she featured one of my books for her C post!


Did you know where cyberspace and dystopia came from? Ever seen Equilibrium? Following Spacerguy and Murees? What music moves you today? And what is your favorite thing that begins with a C?

130 comments:

msmariah said...

Alex-- I am always amazed at how you visit and comment on so many blogs. If anyone deserves to slow down a bit it's you. I think everyone will totally understand. You're awesome.

I'm on a mini-unannounced hiatus. I am taking master's level classes and I'm in the midst of finals right now. So real life has taken over for a while. This time of year is always so busy for me. I'm really looking forward to the summer.

Michelle Wallace said...

Thanks for the shout out, Alex!
Dystopia is a sci-fi related concept? I would never have thought.
But then, what do I know about sci-fi? Not much. I'm learning, though...
I know Murees. She's from my neck of the woods!

Francis Lee said...

I love Equilibrium, especially the gun-ka!

Ann V. Friend said...

Great post Alex! You are rocking the A to Z Lite (smile) Blessings and enjoy your day!

kaykuala said...

Heard a lot of cyberspace and matrrix but not dystopia. But it is good to know of their origins just the same. Took a peek at Spacerguy. Real hard stuff on Spock and the rest apparently!

Hank

Nicola said...

I love to read Dystopian novels. My favourite thing beginning with C must be chocolate or even better chocolate cake AND of course coffee. Trust me to be thinking about my stomach first thing on a Monday morning when I am supposedly on a healthy eating program :) Have a great day and thanks for the super post.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I made the top ten! Hi Alex. Cyber space is definitely something to be explored. Something I took a look at with my incomplete manuscript Circa. Still plan to finish it someday and seek a publisher. Dystopia is one of my favorite reading genres with Hunger Games and Divergent. The former translated well to movies as well. Equilibrium was a really good example of why we need to feel as human beings. Christ is your fave C word? Way to go deeper than the rest of us Alex. A to Z Lite is going pretty well. :)

Nilanjana Bose said...

Matrix is a favourite with the family, they've watched it several times I think, I've watched it once. As you know, I remain clueless about Cyberspace and also Dystopia :) though I have read some Dystopian novels, the Handmaid's Tale among them, pretty chilling.

Too many C-words to pick a favourite, right now top-of-mind are conversation, which is what commenting is, cover (of a book), coffee, cake, contrasts, cerulean as well.

Elephant's Child said...

I am so impressed with the work you put into all of your posts, and your supportive (and wideranging) presence in the blogosphere.
Favourite C? Cool weather.

Mason Canyon said...

Alex, your post are always so informative and entertaining - even when you're doing a lite version. I like your favorite Cs.

Medeia Sharif said...

The word cyberspace sounds so intriguing. It seems like a very real thing, and not just a bunch of wires and transmissions. My favorite c word is probably cake.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I'd no idea that the origins of dystopia reached back so far. Great topic for A-Z!

I'll have to check Equilibrium out. Never heard of it!

Just Keepin It Real, Folks! said...

Alex I answered the question the same as you on Jax's blog this morning. My favorite thing that starts with "C" is my last name. My maiden name stated with a "U" and no one could pronounce it or spell it. Church is so much easier. Although some people still do say, "spell that please". My canned response is, "just like the place you go on Sundays". LOL

Kala Ravi said...

Cyberspace is where currently most of the world is currently hanging out and our world is getting dystopic! Loved learning more about these terms! Matrix is still mind-boggling for me btw!
Cheers
@KalaRavi16 from
Relax-N-Rave

Natalie Aguirre said...

I never knew dystopia was a science fiction term. I thought it was a new YA genre. Little do I know.

Truedessa said...

Happy Monday to you Alex,

The Matrix - Now, that series was really about thinking outside the box or would that be inside the corridors of the mind which to me is limitless.

Dystopia - seems to be the theme to many movies and books.

I watched the video - interesting...thanks for sharing...

I am not surprised by your favorite word associated with "C" - as he lives within your heart.

Sandra Almazan said...

Long before dystopian fiction became a hot trend, I came across "dystopia" in the dictionary. It was the last word for D, and the definition simply said, "A place of utter wretchedness." The phrase stuck with me ever since.

Jeremy Hawkins said...

It's funny I thought you might be doing your books, as you should... I am thrilled for the shout out for SIX STRINGS... I will need to give big virtual hug! Kidding!

Have a great day, and all I can say is... eenie meenie miney moe!

Welcome in the letter "C"... thank you!
Jeremy [Retro]
AtoZ Challenge Co-Host [2016]

Stop over and find a free "SIX STRINGS: BLOGGING AtoZ CHALLENGE" Here: http://www.jmhdigital.com/

HOLLYWOOD NUTS!
You know you want to know if me or Hollywood... is Nuts?

Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, Alex!

I enjoyed learning the earliest use of the word dystopia and hearing the melodic metal and guitar virtuosity on Megadeth's "Dystopia" song.

C you next time, good buddy!

mshatch said...

Ah, the Matrix. I think I've watched that movie dozens of times and I still pick up new things. And in answer to your question...cake! I love cake :)

S.A. Larsenッ said...

I definitely learned something today about dystopia. Really interesting. I've always wondered about the term, it's origins, and how different people interpret it through expression. I'm still curious, so I'll probably (finally) research it a bit. Great post and theme!

Lan said...

I can't believe you respond to so many comments. I often get fewer than a handful and don't have the time to respond! Whatever you're doing you deserve a break and I don't think anyone would begrudge you for that.

D for Dystopia is killing me this month as I try to finish my dystopian series for Camp NaNo!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

MsMariah, good luck with finals!

Michelle, thanks for featuring my book!

Nicola, what about chocolate coffee cake?

Sheena-kay, I had to go deep with the truth.

Deb, how can anyone not know how to spell church???

Sandra, that's a harsh definition.

Jeremy, you're welcome!

Shady, Megadeth returned strong with that album.

Rhonda Albom said...

I had no idea dystopia has been around so long. As for cyberspace - I have seen the Matrix. And my favorite thing that begins with C would have to be chocolate (sorry, I am not as deep as you are today).

Jo said...

Yes, I knew where dystopia came from but I still don't really know what it means. Cyberspace just seemed such a natural word I never really thought about its origin.

Great that Michelle is featuring one of your books.

Kathryn McKendry said...

I had no idea dystopia was used so long ago! Loved the Matrix. And wow, the guitar in Megadeth's Dystopia was rockin'! I'm going to have to show that song to my son. He'll love it.

Karen Lange said...

I totally understand your posting schedule. It's hard to keep up with all of that. :) The music moving me today- a Bethel Music song entitled No Longer Slaves.

Ella said...

I think Captain might be my favorite C word and color~ lol

So, many great ideas here and now I am craving popcorn, a Matrix marathon and some Red Hot Tamales licorice.

Thank you, Captain...and yes, your Cassa series is definitely a favorite C~

T. Powell Coltrin said...

When you speak Cyberspace, I have to think of the Matrix. Kind of what sci-fi, fantasy and bad dreams are made of. :) I used to be a Techie at the school district. I often heard our users say they'd lost this file or that email in Cyberspace.

T

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I never realized the origin of the word "dystopia" - interesting! And I already follow Murees. :)

M.J. Fifield said...

We would do very well to share Murees's vision. :)

And The Matrix is a perfect example of Cyberspace.

Christine Rains said...

I know both of those wonderful bloggers! :) C is one of my favorite letters. Cookies, chocolate, cake... mmmmm.

Yolanda Renee said...

I figured that Cyberspace was relatively new and thought the same for Dystopia, but, I was wrong, way wrong. Wow!

Today's my birthday, I'm celebrating. Hubby made breakfast and gave me a bouquet of pink carnations. He knows the way to my heart! LOL

Happy April 4th!

Pat Hatt said...

Equilibrium was a good one. I figured Cyberspace was new. Dystopian probably even goes back further, whether it was used or not, as humans always tend to go toward those stories.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jo, cyberspace is just so common now.

Kathryn, awesome!

Thanks, Ella!

Teresa, I wonder if we'll find all those again one day?

Yolanda, happy birthday!!

Joanne said...

Cake!! That's a good C thing. Sir Thomas More was a brilliant man - he did lean toward discussing the worst of man and life.

Shell Flower said...

William Gibson is awesome. Very cool that he coined the term cyberspace. I love the dystopian genre and enjoyed Equilibrium. Lately the music I'm most into is Modest Mouse, XTC and Pink Floyd. My favorite things that start with a C are my son, Caleb, and our cat! I'm enjoying the challenge lite.

Bish Denham said...

I immediately thought of Orwell's 1984 as a classic dystopian novel. I knew it was an old term. I didn't know cyberspace first appeared in Burning Chrome. Hubby and I just got the book but haven't read it yet.

As for a favorite C word... how about Caribbean?

Mary Aalgaard said...

I didn't know that Dystopia was a term that dates back that far! Great answer to the Q of the Month.
This A-Z-ing is going pretty well so far.
Mary at Play off the Page

Stephanie Faris said...

I love the A to Z Lite idea...I've seen someone else doing that, as well, although I can't remember who it was. I'm finally accepting the fact that replying to comments is probably going to have to go this month. I'd rather put that time into visiting as many blogs as I can.

Sandra Cox said...

Favorite things that start with the letter C. Hmmmm, lets see.....Cats. Ha! Well right after Cavanaugh:)

Sarah Foster said...

I like the A to Z lite idea! Hopefully it makes things less crazy for you.
It's interesting how old a term dystopia is considering how popular dystopian stories are today!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Favorite thing that begins with c -- chocolate (of course!). And today the music that moves me is almost anything from Adele's last two albums.

Crystal Collier said...

I like the LIGHT approach. A to Z can totally wear you out. I'm popping back into cyber space for a few minutes today, and it feels like it's been forever.

C is for Cheese

Heather M. Gardner said...

Excellent post, Ninja Captain! Wait! You forgot C for Captain!
:)

I do love the Matrix. Not the others so much, but the original. Why didn't I take the blue pill????

Hi Murees! Hi Spacerguy!

Hi Alex!

Heather

Elizabeth said...

I hope A to Z Lite is working out well for you, I always appreciate your comments on my page!

Christ is an excellent C word, without Him and the cross, nothing else would matter.

I did enjoy the Matrix and CassaStar, Equilibrium has been on my watch list for a while as the rest of your CassaSeries has been on my TBR list :)

cleemckenzie said...

I like the Lite Version. Glad you're testing it out. Thanks for the info on the word, dystrophia. I had no idea it was coined by Sir Thomas More.

Love Michelle's theme this year. Very nice way to support authors and be interesting at the same time.

Jeffrey Scott said...

Yes, I follow Spacerguy. He's got a great Star Trek blog.
I'm surprised the word never appeared in the film Tron. But that film certainly was a cyberspace movie too. I wonder if it finally appeared in Tron Legacy. Another film I've been wanting to watch. Which is stupid, because I own the DVD. LOL

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Cyberspace came out in 1982 - wow! Loved the 'Matrix.'

Thank you for stopping by all of my blogs! You're a champ!


@dcrelief from
remove the rose colored glasses
anartfulblogger
dcrelief - Battle of the Bands

Andrew Leon said...

When we all live in cyberspace, will that be dystopia?

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I have often thought that Hollywood should have made more movie adaptations of Gibson's brilliant novels. What a visionary he is/was.

Jess said...

I loooove Dystopia!! It's awesome knowing about where that came from!! And this has been confusing me for a long time, what are the Kargrandes!? I want to know, but I have no idea where to find out!!!

Marie Moody said...

Okay Cyberspace I know that one... but your next word that's new to me... Dystopia... that's definitely new to me. Lovin' your video ooooooo my goodness is that what he's sayin? Dystopia... hahaha I didn't recognize it until the middle of the song. hahahaha Thanks again for joinin' us today for Monday's Music Moves Me. You're always a delight to see what you have to Post. So happy you love music as much as we do! HUGS & have a rockin' week and I'll see you for E & F :)

L.G. Keltner said...

Thanks for featuring two more great terms and bloggers! Spacerguy is always fun to visit.

Jean Baldridge Yates said...

Well there's utopia, and then there's dystopia. It isn't too surprising these days that dystopia is being used in daily parlance more commonly. However, we can always hope!
Jean

I love music!

Al Penwasser said...

I had dystopia once. But, I took some Pepto and was right as rain.

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Cyberspace being a recent term makes sense, but it is still more recent than I thought it would be... interesting!

@TarkabarkaHolgy from
The Multicolored Diary
MopDog

Sherry Ellis said...

The Matrix is a great movie. I think the first one was the best.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Bish, now you know what to expect when you read it.

Stephanie, Lite has allowed me to do both, and for the first time in years...

Thanks, Sandra!

Crystal, we've missed you!

Heather, I stand corrected.

Elizabeth, Amen! And thanks.

Jeffrey, that's a good point about Tron.

Dixie, I'm trying!

Jess, you have to read my book, Dragon of the Stars, to find out...

Marie, see you Wednesday!

Al, funny!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I thought dystopia was a new word. I could use some Beach Boys music today because it's so cold here and I need some warm thoughts.
Susan Says

Libby said...

Didn't the word cyberspace come from William Gibson? I feel like I just read that somewhere. :)

Robin said...

I had no idea the history of either word!

I have seen the movie Equilibrium. It's one of my favorites.

I totally forgot about the IWSG what with the A to Z. Please don't boot me off the list. I'll be back on top of it next month!

Carrie-Anne said...

It seems like a lot of people these days have forgotten a dystopia is supposed to be a utopia gone creepily wrong.

Since I have such a sweet tooth, some of my favorite C words are cake and cookies.

Kathe W. said...

how do you keep up all the energy required in A to Z month? I am in awe!

Juneta Key said...

Great post. Loved the Matrix when it came out.
Happy A to Z
Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

nashvillecats2 said...

Great post Alex, must be short got much catching up to do.
Yes I am back.
Yvonne.

Ann Bennett said...

Man, I need to check in early to comment first!

C is a good letter for all of us. Christ is our truth and light.

So much to explore. I'm going to read all week and pick one. Take care kid.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

How do you visit and comment on so many blogs. You must multiple you's lurking in cyberspace!! I am honored to be in this issue of SIX STRINGS. Pace yourself, my friend!

Charles Gramlich said...

cyberspace is a word with so much resonance.

farawayeyes said...

Wow! I think your A to Z Lite is a good idea. Had I know I might have jumped in...well, probably not, but it sure does make it easier all around.

I'll try to be back on Wednesday for the IWSG. See ya then.

Ann Best said...

For you, Alex, the Lite is essential! You have always amazed me with your seemingly boundless blogging energy. But we all have our limits ....

On this post my eyes paused on Equilibrium. I want to look this one up on Netflix, or Amazon (my daughter and I only have streaming; I won't cave to the expensive of TV). I have greatly enjoyed William Fichtner on Crossing Lines, sad when his character got killed. And so many others also. Sigh. Because of these "deaths" I feel no desire to watch it anymore. But I want to see more of Fichtner! You've just spurred me on with this blurb.

Rebecca Green Gasper said...

I'm amazed at how many blogs you visit and how you never seem to forget me in the mix. I am really enjoying your ato z topic. I love sci-fi. Thanks for your enthusiasm with blogging and all you contribute to the blogging community.

The Cynical Sailor said...

The movie Equilibrium sounds good - I'll have to look that one up.

I have two favorite C things - cats and cookies. They go well together.

Thanks for having taken the time to pop by my blog, especially knowing how many comments you get. Commenting must be practically a full-time job for you.

Cheers - Ellen | http://thecynicalsailor.blogspot.com/2016/04/c-is-for-catamaran-nancy-drew.html

D.G. Hudson said...

Well I have a C name too, but it's not well known since I use an avatar. I also like coffee which begins with C and one of my daughters is a C name: Christine.

And dystopia - it appeals to readers as they like to imagine how they would fare in such a world gone wrong (by our modern standards. . .) I like the Origins of science fiction terms you are presenting!

J.H. Moncrieff said...

I think I knew about cyberspace, but not dystopia.

When it comes to C, I'm with Crystal...cheese. :)

J E Oneil said...

I guess cyberspace is so recent because computers and the internet are! Dystopia is probably my favorite D word, though :)

Melanie Schulz said...

I have no idea how you do all you do, Alex, but I know I appreciate it!

Cynthia said...

Equilibrium sounds like a movie I might like to see.

Stephen Hayes said...

My favorite thing that begins with a "C?" Our son CJ, whose name is actually Colin.

Alina K. Field said...

I love this! SciFi is not my genre, and I'm SO ignorant of the terms. What a great idea for the A to Z.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

SciFi is relatively new to me. I don't write it, have seen a few movies, and I'm glad you're making the terms more meaningful to me. Now, I'll have an idea what others are talking about. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

My favorite C? Christ

Jemi Fraser said...

I like your Lite idea!!
Dystopia makes for great novels and movies - so many excellent examples abound!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Robin, I'll email you...

Kathe, lots of energy drinks...

Ann, Amen!

Roland, you are? That's awesome!!!

Ann, go find a movie of his where he doesn't die, like Contact.

Rebecca, thank you!

Ellen, some days it is...

DG, glad you're enjoying it!

Stephen, of course!

Beverly, glad to help, and Amen!

Catherine Stine said...

The Megadeath Dystopia video is cool. A favorite C? Well, my name starts with C... but um, cats, cars, cyberpunk.

Michele Truhlik said...

I use the term Cyberspace a lot but probably don't use it correctly, as in its intended definition. Never heard of Dystopia. That Megadeth video is some bloody animation! Good song. Thanks for the introduction.

Michele at Angels Bark

T. Drecker said...

Dystopia is an older term than I would have thought. Wow to IWSG on Wednesday--they always sneak up on me.

Fundy Blue said...

I'm really enjoying your theme, Alex! The C word coming to my mind is chocolate! My mind is drawing a blank after Cassa and Christ. I'm going to have to track down some of these books and movies. Sean Bean and Hugo Weaving are two of my favorite actors. IWSG is Wednesday???!!! I can't believe it, but I'm flying on yet another IWSG day! I'll be burning the midnight oil tonight! LOL Stay rested and strong!

Spacerguy said...

I suppose I do live live in space. We all live in outer planet. It takes a big leap into the unown, I'll be out there with my tricorder on my starship scaning unkowns. Who whos what we've find out there is the galax of deep space.You just never now!

Birgit said...

I am learning about where these terms come from...I never knew. The Matrix is a great o e to show cyberspace. I Had no clue dystopia was this old. I love Christmas, chocolate, cats, Cougars, Charlie Chaplin:)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I loved all three of the Matrix movies.

Dystopia is becoming an overplayed theme these days.

Cathrina Constantine said...

My favorite C word is Cookie

Matrix Rocks!

Sorchia DuBois said...

I love the A-Z Lite idea! The challenge is a bunch of fun, but boy does it take time away from those little things like writing and revising. I enjoyed the post and your theme.
@SorchiaDuBois from
Sorchia’s Universe

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Alex,

No, I didn't know the origins of Cyberspace and Dystopia...

Never saw Equilibrium. Yes, following Murees!

As for music, still love my classical and Jazz... I also totally enjoy the soundtracks from all the HP movies and Christmas carols.

CHRISTMAS is my favorite C word.

Michael G D'Agostino said...

Dystopia is such an evocative word, I love it. Also love your favourite thing answer :)

Toinette Thomas said...

The origins of cyberspace and dystopia were new to me, but I have seen all the Matrix movies and Equilibrium (it was pretty good).
I decided that today my favorite 'c' is chocolate.

Patricia Lynne said...

I'm older than the word cyberspace. o.o!!

Tyrean Martinson said...

I liked Equilibrium, as well. It took a serious look at a dystopian society.

And yay for Murees Dupe!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

My favorite C word is cauliflour. Just kidding, of course.

Ronel Janse van Vuuren said...

Great words for the challenge. The Matrix and Equilibrium were just weird enough for me to watch :-) Favourite "C" - coffee. Good luck with the rest of the challenge.

Helena said...

Word nerd that I am, I love your explanations of the origins of these sci fi words. Guess I never really understood the word cyberspace--just kind of took it for granted. But dystopia I know is an old concept, but isn't it wild how so many dystopian movies and shows (Walking Dead, etc.) are so popular now? A dark reflection of our fears, perhaps.

D Biswas said...

A to Z lite seems to be working out very well! All the best for the rest of the posts: I'm struggling to make visits back too !Damyanti, AZ cohost 2016

Rachna Chhabria said...

I had no idea where the two terms cyberspace and dystopia came from. Nice to know more about them. My favourite thing that begins with C is Chocolate Cake :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Michele, you should pick up the album.

Fundy, you are always on the go!

Sorchia, it takes time away from everything.

Patricia, that's either a good or a bad thing.

Robyn, I hope so!

Helena, perhaps.

Damy, so far so good.

The Mommies Reviews said...

I didn't know there was a "LITE" Version but
receiving that many comments is so awesome.
As I would be honored to just get 20 comments.

Stephen Tremp said...

Right now my favorite thing that begins with C is coffee. It;s 5:24 am here.

Deborah R. Hawkins said...

The Matrix is one of my favorite movies! Cyberspace indeed!

I've never seen Equilibrium. I'll have to check it out.

Beth said...

I love Thomas Moore! Interesting that you're covering two letters at a time. That might be a good idea for next year.

Sandra Cox said...

I toddled over to Michelle's. Great review.

Misha Gericke said...

I knew with dystopia came from, but not cyberspace.

There's this song called Excuse Me by Nothing but Thieves that I keep playing, because it reminds me of my new War of Six Crowns book, which I'm busy revising. :-)

Tamara Narayan said...

My favorite c thing would probably be a cat. Hey, I mentioned the Matrix as well this week. What a great movie. (Not to mention my short story in Parallels is strongly influenced by it as well.) It's interesting to know what started the dystopia trend. Thanks for the info.

L.G. Smith said...

I read Gibson's cyberpunk novel Neuromancer out of a sense of obligation to knowing the SFF classics, but A LOT of it went over my head. I'll never be a techie.

Murees Dupé said...

Wow, Alex. Thank you! I'm honored to have been mentioned. You are very kind.

I actually enjoyed all The Matrix movies and Equilibrium. My favorite thing that starts with C would be Coca-Cola. Very unhealthy:) Thanks for explaining the above terms. I always wondered. All the best with the rest of your A-Z posts.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Stephen, I need an energy drink at that hour.

Beth, tomorrow I will cover four...

Thanks, Sandra!

Tamara, your story was great.

LG, neither will I.

Murees, you're welcome!

Donna Smith said...

Favorite C has to be the same as yours. No, not your last name.
I'm glad you are doubling up on letters, but I'm not sure it has slowed you down any!
Donna Smith
The A-to-Z Challenge and NaPoWriMo
Mainely Write

MckTchr said...

What does it say about society that dystopia is currently so popular? I've never seen Equilibrium but must add it to the growing list.

dolorah said...

OMG!?! The Ninja Captain/Clonist has limits. I actually thought you migrated to cyberspace, kinda like Stephen King's Lawn Mower Man. Don't worry about stopping by my blog, I'm still on break; be back for IWSG in May.

I suppose you'll be taking a few months off yourself if you survive April, lol. Have a great month Alex.

mike spain said...

Favorite things with C, Chinese Food, Cookies, cake and keeping with your Sci-Fi theme just add Cosmic before them

Nicki Elson said...

IWSG Lite - not THAT lite since you're still putting lots of time into each letter. But of course you can survive the overlap. You're the Ninja Master, remember?

Colette S said...

The A- Z lite is a good idea.
I too take awhile to return all comments. But I do.

Thanks for sharing.

Sandra Cox said...

You've probably typed the equivalent of a manuscript with the number of blog comments you do. Grin.

Spacerguy said...

I am the guy who wants to explore the depts of outerspace. Trouble is neil armstrong beat me to the name spaceguy, and lets face it. He did go up into outspace! Instead I have to satisfy myself with the name spacerguy. Suprise!!! Thats spaceguy with an R in the middle!

The Happy Whisk said...

You totally have to do what works for YOU. And that's just the way it should be. For me, I don't read blogs during the work week. That might change as my hours change but for now, it's reading blogs on the weekend because that's what works for me.

Big congrats for finding a way that works for YOU.

Happy weekend.

ediFanoB said...

Congratulations to another great post.

It is incredible how fast time pass. I read Neuromancer by William Gibson more than 30 years ago.

But I must say reading is something which let you forget your age.

I fancy post-apocalyptic novels instead of dystopian ones.

DMS said...

I had no idea about the origin of dystopia. I thought it was a newer word! Thanks for the information! :)
~Jess

indah nuria Savitri said...

I don't know what to say :)..many interesting new info indeed..thanks for that Alex..

Marie Moody said...

hahahahaha and you didn't forget Marvin the Martian! hahahaha way ta go Alex!!! I use to like that little dude in the cartoons. He always won in the end. LOL You have so much on your Post I kind of wonder what I should comment on. I'll tell you what I will comment on is your cartoon.... GROSSSSSSSS!!! I despise and loath blood and gore.... GROSSSS!!! Makes me wanna barf!!! I hate those kinds of movies much less cartoons. Sorry! Just not my cup of tea! ewwwwwwww I hope I don't have nightmares tonite. :(

The Happy Whisk said...

Too much music to mention. I love a good boogie.

joylene said...

The Matrix was outstanding, blew everyone out of the water. I wonder how many have tried to copy it? The dystopia origins was interesting.

Deniz Bevan said...

Yay, Megadeth! Sorry, I have nothing wittier to say. It's fun following Dave Mustaine on Twitter.

Decadent Kane said...

I enjoyed Both movies, my favorite thing that starts with C....If I say Cat would you believe me?