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Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Science fiction this summer….
 
I always look forward to the USA’s summer series The Dead Zone. Now they’ve added another science fiction series for the summer: The 4400. I don’t know why they don’t just show these programs on the SciFi Channel, which they own, but both shows are good. (NBC now owns USA Networks, so USA and SciFi Channel programs are benefiting from extra publicity.)
 
Read about Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure in two blogs this week: AMERICAblog and the gay travel/entertainment blog towleroad
 

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

More about gay marriage, multiculturalism, and/or the anti-gay constitutional amendment.

The Battle Over Same-Sex Marriage 'Wedge issue' isn't grabbing conservatives
Black religious leaders and activists rally in support of gay marriage
The National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Organization
The Two-Spirit Tradition in Native American Experience
Equality Center California
National Black Justice Coalition
AMERICAblog
Holding Me Together: Essays and Poems
Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure

A related excerpt from Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure follows.

Her gray eyes sparkled like no eyes Hachen had ever seen. Actually, she had broken the law by secretly telling him that her eyes were light brown, but, unlike his gifted spouse, he couldn’t see in color. He couldn’t even see the redness of her skin, though he knew from history class that most people on Valchondria have red, brown, or black skin, and some of the people who had once lived there had yellow or white skin. To him, everyone simply looked white or black.

During history classes, before the Maintainers expunged certain anti-glory facts from the school curriculum, Hachen had learned about how white-skinned people and yellow-skinned people faded from existence. After the Supreme Science Council realized that those two races contracted certain illnesses that no one else contracted, they worked with the Maintainers to pass a constitutional amendment, banning any two members of those races from marrying. The measure supposedly protected Valchondria’s families and stability. Within three generations, both races ceased to exist; only the red, black, and brown races remained obvious, or some mixture of the three.

That time in Valchondria’s history brought outcries of shame, and the government vowed to never again use the law to promote bigotry. But then, little more than a hundred years later, the SSC found that obesity caused many illnesses, adding to increased national healthcare costs. So another constitutional amendment passed, this one allowing the Maintainers to fine people for not keeping a healthy height-to-weight ratio.

And after the virus came, the Maintainers and the SSC passed yet another constitutional amendment that promoted discrimination. That one made the ridiculous assertion that discussing colorsightedness posed a heavy hazard threat to traditional values, and that claiming to be colorsighted was nothing more than a plea for so-called “special rights.” It amazed Hachen that a civilized culture could keep taking away people’s civil rights. It also hurt him, because the woman he loved was the target of that bigotry.

And the new forms of bigotry kept emerging. Next came legally permitted language, initially called “socially recommended rhetoric,” creeping slowly into schools and the media and then into the law. And then Maintainer cameras came. And freedom left. All in the names of preserving traditional Valchondrian values. All suffocating Valchondrian creativity, thought, and progress.

Copyright 2004 Duane Simolke. Excerpt used by permission.