On this auspicious occasion, I’m very pleased to host Joshua David Bellin, author of the young adult science fiction novel Survival Colony 9, which releases today! Josh is a funny and insightful guy, and I’ve been a fan of his blog since it started last year. He’s written plenty of books, mostly about monsters, but this is his first novel. If you haven’t checked out his blog already, you should–it’s full of fun stuff about Survival Colony 9, interviews with great young adult authors, and some truly fantastic reviews and analyses. Seriously–he’s so smart and witty, it’s scary. And after you do that, you should find yourself a copy of Survival Colony 9, because I know it’s going to rock.
Read on for a look at Josh’s book, including an excerpt!
Ever since I discovered Buffy the Vampire Slayer at age thirteen, I’ve harbored a deep and lasting love for well-made serialized television dramas. You know–the ones where there isn’t a reset button at the end of each episode, where characters develop over time, where there’s a storyline of some kind that progresses throughout the season or series. They’re the kind of series that require (and reward) dedicated viewing.
They’re also the kind of series you’ll keep watching even if they get stupid, because it’s much harder to abandon a serialized narrative than one with self-contained stories in each episode (at least for me.) That’s what happened to me with Lost, which I think had a lot of potential in earlier seasons, but squandered it toward the end. (I made a post about it a while ago.)
Once Upon a Time could have gone the way of Lost for me, too–the shows even share a writer or two. But while it’s far from perfect, and I watched some of the episodes perfunctorily, I think Once Upon a Time is the far better series. Why? Well, so far, most of the plotlines and mysteries it raised have been resolved. It has not stretched things out to the point of absurdity for the sake of drama and tension, and it has not been afraid to develop its characters progressively, instead of circling back to previous characterization because Status Quo is God. It’s not the best TV series I’ve ever seen–not by far–but it does have one of my favorite characters in fiction: Regina Mills.
It snowed yesterday in my hometown–the last full day I’ll spend at my parents’ house before starting my journey north, to college. It doesn’t snow that often here anymore, and when I got up, my mother said, “It snowed for you!” I couldn’t help but think it did.
I’ve lived most of my life in the Patagonian steppe, with its howling winds, wide-open skies, and scrubby vegetation. I love seeing huge swathes of the sky, whether it’s sunny, cloudy, or full of stars. My Patagonia is a place of more subdued beauty than others–no intense and varied colors, no lush greenery, no gorgeous historical buildings. But to me it’s beautiful anyway.