billable hours of a superhero

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tough gig, man, no-one understands

the paperwork’s a bitch when you shoot lightning from your hands

getting paid by angry clients is no easier it seems

and then there’s the spandex ‘cause it fits with people’s dreams


but you go home to the boyfriend

if not the same time every night

if you’re lucky, he understands

you have to fight and fight the good fight

(even though dating a lawyer or a cop

you’d think they’d know the drill

the bad guy don’t go home and shut up shop

just because your guy has needs to fulfill)


yeah, a gay superhero has it hard

but count it up at the end of the day

the grateful appreciation of the populace

and a mundane boyfriend with super-powered cuddles

go a long long long long way.

– Alex Ankarr, 2016

 

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What I’ve been reading – The Wolf of Ash and Fire by Graham McNeill

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m not much of a fan of self-consciously sparse, tight writing – no thanks – but this was a bit too elaborate in style for me.

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What I’ve been reading – The Street That Wasn’t There by Clifford D. Simak

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Very dry, flat style of writing, but still a very interesting idea and leads to the conclusion with a lot of apprehension and suspense.

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What I’ve been reading – Halloween In Space by Bealevon Nolan

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Halloween activities of the kids and their dads’ involvement was fun, and so was the involvement of the alien. (I felt a lot of sympathy for the alien, being dragged along by a bunch of hyped-up sugar-fuelled kids. No wonder it was apprehensive!) A fun light-hearted read.

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What I’ve been reading – The Moment by Lawrence M. Schoen

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a very densely and complexly written short story, so much so that I had a little trouble following it at times. It was much more about ideas than feelings, when I tend to favour the opposite weighting. But the Marx Brothers mention was very funny, and the closing lines quite poignant.

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What I’ve been reading – Press: Enter by John Varley

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Almost the greatest thing ever written. If you think that’s hyperbole then you haven’t read it yet. Three things in it to watch out for: i) the flawed and bittersweet love, ii) the completely justified paranoia and iii) the microwave. Jeepers.

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Goodreads reviews: what I’m reading lately

 

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Press EnterPress Enter by John Varley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Almost the greatest thing ever written. If you think that’s hyperbole then you haven’t read it yet. Three things in it to watch out for: i) the flawed and bittersweet love, ii) the completely justified paranoia and iii) the microwave. Jeepers.

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What I’m reading – Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs

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Finished ‘Fairy Gifts’ in this collection of short stories – the story of Thomas (vampire) & Margaret (fae) from the Mercy Thompson universe (Moon Called et al). The story is a vast improvement on ‘Silver’, Thomas in particular nicely characterized and believable. The twist in the tale is not very unexpected, but this still makes a satisfying story. The historical element is also realistic and interesting, and without the annoying ‘mythic’ quality of Silver. (I didn’t like Silver!)

 

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what I’ve read

Alex Ankarr is on page 228 of 544 of The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF:

Finished Ellen Klages’ ‘Time Gypsy’, and for once the critics are right – pretty awesome. The MCs are really likeable, their gradually developing romance is touching and believable. (I say gradually, but – well, read it and find out.) The actual sex is a little clunky and clichéd – I said clichéd, people, not cliché, that’s right – but the romance is lovely.

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But it’s not just a lovely lesbian romance with a little skipping up and down the decades thrown in. For a short story, it packs a lot of serious ideas and musings in there. How far the LGBTQ movement has come – and how far it hasn’t – in a few short decades. About time travel as a tool for plagiarism and stealing credit for other people’s ideas. About normalisation and minimisation of abuse of ‘other’ed and excluded groups. About the struggle of women to forge a place in the groves of academe, to be heard, to hack out a route through the hazing and silencing and double standards. About co-operation, solidarity, true friendship and fake collegiality.

It’s about time-travel itself, though, don’t forget that. And purely as a time-travel romp, it’s a ton of fun and lifts the heart, is joyful despite the seriousness of much of what’s discussed. If you love time-travel or you love (gay) love, this is a yes, this is a rec.

 

Image – public domain, photo by Bernard Spragg NZ of an artwork Passing Time by Auckland-based sculptor Anton Parsons.