by Gideon Marcus
Are the times changing?
Summer threatens to change to Fall, and the kids are going off to high school and college. Is this just another turn of the wheel, or are we on the verge of something different, what Historian of Science Thomas Kuhn might call a new "paradigm?"
I had this feeling once before. In '53, right after Korea, and after Stalin died, America seemed poised on the edge of an unprecedented era of stability. Well, really stagnation. The pendulum had swung heavily in the direction of conservatism. Black soldiers had come home from the war and were being treated worse than ever. Ditto women, who had for a while gotten to enjoy some of the rights of men while they were off to war. The swing from the prior two decades had gotten overripe and shmaltzy, only somewhat mitigated by the western, blues, and latin music I was able to tune into on nights with clear reception. The one really bright spot was science fiction, which had been booming since the late '40s.
Then rock and roll hit, and boy was it a breath of fresh air. Sure, you couldn't hear Black songs on White stations, but there's no color bar on the airwaves. Fragile 78 records gave way to durable 45s. The vacuum tube started to step aside for the transistor. We were building the missiles that would soon blast us to orbit. At the same time, sf started to wane. We went from forty magazines to six over the course of the decade.
This, then, has been the recent paradigm. Here we are nine years later, but Elvis and the Everley Brothers still dominate the airwaves. A new President has asked us what we could do for our country, not what it could do for us; tasking us to go to the Moon before the decade is out, but Black men must still fight even for the right to go to school or ride a bus in much of the nation. There are now ten thousand Russian troops in Cuba and ten thousand American soldiers in South Vietnam, but are these transitory brush fires or the tip of a belligerent iceberg?
Are the 1960s going to be a continuation of the 1950s? Or are we overdue for a new epoch? You tell me. I'm no soothsayer.
I suppose in one way, the shift has already happened. The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction has become quite different since new editor Avram Davidson took over earlier this year. It's not bad, exactly, but it has meandered even further into the literary zone. This has rendered one of my favorite mags almost unreadable on occasion. The October 1962 issue does not have this problem, for the most part, but it's not great.
Enough dilly-dallying. Here's the review:
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes, Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Bruce Banner, Betty Ross, Peggy Carter, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Sharon Carter (Marvel), Georges Batroc
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - No Powers, Work In Progress, Alternate Universe - Romance Novel, Grief/Mourning, Second Chances
Sweet, shy Steve Rogers had had it! He now held the dubious title of oldest unmarried man in Oakdale — and a virgin, to boot. It was high time he shed his scholarly shell and unleashed the temptor within. Problem was, he didn't know the first thing about men, let alone seducing one….
Heartbreaker Bucky Barnes had been away for twelve years, and boy, had things changed! The innocent boy who once had tutored him in math now was a man in need of his help… to snare a man! He'd always admired Steve, but his stunning transformation was too much for any man to resist — even a sworn bachelor like him...
Adapted from The Oldest Virgin In Oakdale by Wendy Warren
Pairing/Characters: Oliver Queen/Felicity Smoak, past Oliver Queen/Laurel Lance, Sara Lance, Dinah Lance Quentin Lance, Moira Queen, Thea Queen, Tommy Merlyn
Summary: (Based on Society Page Seduction – Maureen Child)
Billionaire Oliver Queen’s bride to be left him standing at the altar and IT girl Felicity Smoak was dumbfounded when she was asked to fill in. Be Oliver’s bride. For a year. What better way to escape her situation than by marrying a gorgeous, powerful stranger?
Notes: Written for Unconventional Courtship 2017 Special thanks to aralias for allowing me to participate another year. This isn’t completely finished but I wanted to make sure I posted on my day.
Link: Read the First Chapter on AO3
i'll make the master list over the week and post here, including everyone who has posted.
Title: Sneaky Dee
Characters: Ryo, Dee.
Word Count: 543
Summary: After an enjoyable evening with his lover, Ryo should be heading home, but there’s a snag…
Content Notes: None needed.
Written For: Challenge # 203: Pair. Also for my genprompt_bingo square ‘Something Is Concealed’.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.
( Sneaky Dee... )
I had my last wisdom tooth pulled two weeks ago, so I haven't been swimming while I waited for my mouth to heal. I finally feel normal again so I will restart my routine on Monday.
I thought I would use the time out of the pool to write, but sadly, this post is the most writing I've done in weeks. Apparently, my muse went on vacation, an extended one. I'm now demanding that she (or he) get her/his butt in gear because my challenge is back in play and it would be beyond tacky to not have anything to post. Plus, I have to get back into the other challenges. Muse, please come back! I miss you terribly.
I hope not too many cousins were affected by Harvey and Irma. Unfortunately, my second home, ST. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, was slammed. Many of my friends there and a couple in the British Virgin Islands have lost all their possessions, but mercifully, almost everyone I know, including a friend with a 14 days old baby, is physically unharmed. However, there are three people whom no one has heard from yet. I'm hoping it's because they haven't been able to get to a place where their phones work. They don't have Verizon, which is the only phone service to have a consistent signal. Sometimes, you get what you pay for.
The weather here in NYC is beautiful this afternoon! Enjoy your weekend, everyone!
Characters: Ianto, Jack.
Word Count: 805
Summary: Jack asked Ianto a question that Ianto has no answer to.
Content Notes: None needed.
Written For: Challenge # 203: Pairs.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.
( Pairs... )
Here is an article from a place called Television Obscurities in which The Girl from UNCLE is reviewed. It includes a comment from David McCallum on the series and the reviews at the time it aired.
The Girl from UNCLE @ Television Obscurities