Response to Jessie Gender’s Video on (Lack of) Risk in SNW Season 2

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Oh world, I was going to embed this excellent video for y’all, but between my watching it and looking it up just now, it apparently got tossed (is that still a term?) from YouTube for copyright infringement, which is absurd: it’s commentary; it’s protected. Anyway, I can only link to her post about the dispute.

This is the comment I made on Jessie’s (now effectively censored) video. (Yeah, I bombed YouTube with a whole essay. I know Jessie has better things to do than read it, but I addressed it to her anyway, as it’s a response to her arguments and observations.)

The Comment

This video is amazing: research, argument, production, emotional range are all fantastic, and I think you correctly diagnose the cowardice of season 2 of SNW. Your video clarified for me why I found this season “meh.” I’ll offer a somewhat different take below, and please know that while I may not always agree with every point you make, I always respect and admire your work. (tl;dr: allegory is a limited and insufficient tool.) Read more… )

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Arwen Spicer
Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer is a science fiction writer and writing teacher raised in the San Fransciso Bay Area, and Northern California will hold her heart forever, even if it turns into a desert. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on ecology in utopian science fiction and is an educator on the concept of workable utopias. Her novel The Hour before Morning was hailed as “A carefully paced, rewarding sci-fi debut” by Kirkus Indie.

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Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer is a science fiction writer and writing teacher raised in the San Fransciso Bay Area, and Northern California will hold her heart forever, even if it turns into a desert. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on ecology in utopian science fiction and is an educator on the concept of workable utopias. Her novel The Hour before Morning was hailed as “A carefully paced, rewarding sci-fi debut” by Kirkus Indie.

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