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My SF book group today came up with three ideas for things that we agreed we would read the heck out of (and our ratings for The Fifth Season were 8-10 out of 10, so clearly we collectively have very good taste):

1. Donna mentioned Soldier of the Mist and I said I longed to read a fanfic from the point of view of the AI in Person of Interest, in the period when she is figuring out how to circumvent the protocol that wipes her memory every day.

2. I mentioned Station Eleven and Jacqie said she had an aversion to post-apocalyptic traveling theater troupes doing Shakespeare, so we talked about what we'd like to see a post-apocalyptic traveling theater troupe do: they have an orchestra, why not Gilbert and Sullivan? But the most approval went to the suggestion of post-apocalyptic Rocky Horror Picture Show. There was some discussion of how the audience participation could work when you would not throw any rice or toilet paper you happened to have.

3. Someone said they were reading a book about Helen of Sparta, that is, Helen of Troy before she ran away with Paris. Stephen said he thought it was going to be a book about Helen of Troy as a Spartan warrior. Stephen says that Spartans let women train like warriors.

Date: 2017-08-11 10:47 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] redbird
I did like that, in Station Eleven, the actors wanted a more varied repertory.

W.r.t. Rocky Horror Show, it is very much of its time, in terms of what felt transgressive, and the audience-participation schtick requires a repeating audience. I suspect science fiction might not be what that post-apocalyptic audience was looking for.

The show worked live when I saw it staged on Broadway in 2000, but I think relied on the audience's familiarity with the movie and with its references to previous movies.

Date: 2017-08-11 11:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrissa
Are you familiar with Mister Burns? It's a play wherein people, in various levels of formality, attempt to reconstruct Simpsons episodes after an apocalypse. It is beautiful as well as clever. I laughed, as you might expect, but I also wept several times. If they bring it to where you are, I highly recommend it.

Date: 2017-08-11 03:29 pm (UTC)
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Came here just to mention it. It was good, but also... disturbing and sad.

Date: 2017-08-11 05:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] conuly
Sounds disturbing, but in a good way?

Date: 2017-08-12 05:15 pm (UTC)
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