Science vs. Fantasy – Fight?

Science vs. Fantasy - Fight?

Today’s Blog For A Beer is a bit different.  I invited Mike Brotherton to expand and repost some commentary from his blog as a jumping off point for this week’s Fantasy Friday.  It’s an experiment, we’ll see how it goes.  The post is pretty interesting.

A conflict under these situations, pitting a logical scientific type against a wild-eyed believer, reason against belief, is a false conflict. Scientists are not dogmatic and their measurements, experiments, and observations can and do change their minds. Or not, in too many cases. How many times have you seen the skeptical scientist character in a story with fantastic elements mutter something like, “There must be a logical explanation,” and then go on to offer something feeble and likely stupid in face of the reality of the story? Let me illustrate this with some TV series that regularly pitted science against the fantastic.

The only real quibble I have with his thesis is the part about scientists not being dogmatic.  hahahahahahaha NO, I say.  Sure, Mike probably isn’t, but hoo boy, I have come across many dogmatics in my brief exposure to various types of sciences.  I think scientists are like any other group of people.  Some are prone to dogmatism and head in the sand behavior and some aren’t.  We’re all human (I hope), it comes with the territory.  And at least those type of scientists don’t tell me I’m going to hell.  That’s a step up!

Anyway, go read and comment, it’s sure to be an interesting discussion today.

Guess what’s on IAFAuctions today?

Why it’s a necklace based on my story. Woo! And it’s really, really beautiful. The artist is Deborah J. Brannon and, much to my surprise, she says it’s the first necklace she’s ever made. Way to come charging out of the gate there…

And Then She Flew

Deborah is the author of one of the most beautiful reviews of Black Feather, which she then incorporated into her artist statement:

…the story is a river: it fetches you in with intriguing shallows, soft eddies of water, refracting light as it swirls over half-obscured and winking stones. And then, once you’ve waded out so far, a strong current seizes you and pulls you under into terror and wonder and understanding.

!!  Okay, go bid.  You must.  I insist.  It’s so awesome!

(p.s. other awesomeness today includes a superfantasticohmygoditsamazing pendant from Elise.  Bid on that, too!)

Speaking of WisCon

Speaking of WisCon

I finally have parts for my button machine again and so I am willing to take orders/suggestions for buttons.  I’m even going to buy some color paper today to make the buttons stand out!  Exciting.

If you would like a button or some buttons, all you have to do is tell me what you’d like it/them to say in the comments.  Leave a real email so I can send you proofs.  You can pay me for them at WisCon.  ($1.50 each, a steal!)

I’m already making buttons that say “Get Punk Or Go Home” and also some of the phrases from this discussion.  I would do t-shirts, too, since I have a Zazzle account.  But the problem is that I am not so awesome with the t-shirt design skills.  I can do some text and all, but really making it POP?  I’m not so good at that.  But if anyone wants to design some shirts, too, I’m willing to put them on Zazzle and stuff.  As long as it’s by the middle of next week, WisCon is soon!