Razib Khan One-stop-shopping for all of my content

August 21, 2012

Harry Harrison, R.I.P.

Filed under: Culture,Fiction,Harry Harrison — Razib Khan @ 6:43 pm

The New York Times has an obit. Found out via Fred Pohl. I read some of Harrison’s work, but probably most memorable to me was the series which began with Hammer and Cross series in particular captured my imagination. With hindsight it’s pretty obviously an inversion of Christian fantasy in more than just the plain sense. Where in much of Christian fantasy the revelation of the religious truths bleed into the story through a process of unfolding, Harrison’s rather conventional anti-Christianity is firmed up by an alternative and utopian vision of the early Middle Ages.

March 29, 2012

How Game of Thrones Should Have Ended

Filed under: Culture,Fiction — Razib Khan @ 10:04 pm

I haven’t watched most of the films (or video games, or T.V. shows) being parodied by How It Should Have Ended. But I have read A Game of Thrones. So I’m confused as to why this struck me as rather unfunny, in comparison to most of the others where I have to educate myself on what’s being parodied….

April 21, 2011

Is “Game of Thrones” racist? Not even wrong….

Filed under: Culture,Fantasy,Fiction,Racism — Razib Khan @ 12:53 pm

One of the aspects of fiction is that it serves as a Rorschach test. Over at Slate Nina Shen Rastogi has a post up, Is “Game of Thrones” Racist?:

The Dothraki are dark, with long hair they wear in dreadlocks or in matted braids. They sport very little clothing, bedeck themselves in blue paint, and, as depicted in the premiere episode, their weddings are riotous affairs full of thumping drums, ululations, orgiastic public sex, passionate throat-slitting, and fly-ridden baskets full of delicious, bloody animal hearts. A man in a turban presents the new khaleesi with an inlaid box full of hissing snakes. After their nuptials, the immense Khal Drogo takes Daenerys to a seaside cliff at twilight and then, against her muted pleas, takes her doggie-style.

They are, in short, barbarians of the most stereotypical, un-PC sort. As I watched, I kept thinking, “Are they still allowed to do that?”

I wasn’t the only viewer who found the depiction of the Dothraki uncomfortable, to say the least. Time’s TV critic James Poniewozik, noting that the Dothraki seem to be made up of a “grabbag of exotic/dark/savage signifiers,” wondered if it was “possible to be racist toward a race that does not ...

January 3, 2011

Genres and regions

Filed under: Culture,Fiction,Genres — Razib Khan @ 8:58 am

China = science fiction novel

India = fantasy novel

Europe = historical romance

Powered by WordPress