In even funnier news, the good folks over at SF Signal have invited me to another in their excellent Mind Meld series. This time the subject is world-building: what are my tricks, what do I hate to see, and whose worlds do I most admire?
You can read my answer here, as I sit around the SF round table with the likes of Marianne de Pierres, Ramez Naam and Judith Tarr.
I hate the idea of growing old. I’m not vain about it. It’s not the greying hair or the deepening of wrinkles that bother me. It’s the weakness. The infirmity. The slowness. The failing of body and spirit. I see it in myself now and I hate it with a passion. I have achieved nothing of note in my supposedly best years. what chanc of achievement when my mind and body are fragile, wasted shells?
All those stories where immortal people angst on about what they’ve lost and how terrible their extended lives are? Wah, wah, shut the fuck up.
Which is my introduction to this cartoon about a stair lift. Enjoy.
“What’s say we open this baby up and see what she can really do?”