angry planet

Greetings, Geeks! Welcome to The Geek Embassy Reads! In this episode, we discuss Becky Chambers’ novel, “The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.” * Book Description Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space — and one adventurous, young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe — in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star. Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, andRead More →

Welcome back, Geeks! I missed you. And I missed talking about the implications of our advancing technology when it comes to copying, uploading, or transferring our human consciousness into alternate receptacles. (No idea what I’m talking about? Well, then you shouldn’t show up at the last article in a 4-part series without reading The Introduction, Variation One, and Variation Two first. Go ahead and go check those out. We’ll wait.) Back? Good. Now, for those of you who haven’t been sleeping through class up until this point, we’re onto the final variation of Alternate Consciousness. The same rules as the previous articles apply: there areRead More →

When W. M. Marston created Wonder Woman he wanted her to possess universality so that women could see their potential in her and men could see the power of women in her. This is part of her appeal — her ability to morph, transform, and flex. This is also the appeal of modern day Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman. In each issue different writers, artists, colorists, and letterers create unique incarnations of The Amazing Amazon. In Amy Chu’s “Rescue Angel,” the reader follows Lieutenant Angel Santiago on her first mission in a modern war (Chu). Her partner tells her about earning his military nickname andRead More →

There are a few different religions that occupy the world in Game of Thrones. But unless we’re in for a major plot twist, the worship of R’hllor (also known as the Lord of Light), seems to be the most significant — it even has its own theme music. Most of the details about this religion come from the Song of Ice and Fire books. In case you haven’t read them, here’s a quick background on it as it relates specifically to the television show. Who Worships the Lord of Light? The Lord of Light is the most commonly worshipped god in Essos, the continent whereRead More →

A nerd, a wrestler, a lagomorph, and a heavy machine gunner get together for a game of poker… No, this isn’t the setup to a weird joke. This is the backdrop for one of the wackiest, weirdest, and best game studios active today: Telltale Games. Sam and Max, The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead, Homestar Runner, Bone, Monkey Island, and on and on. These properties and more have been remade and/or presented by Telltale into some of the best ever narrative games. From character writing to storytelling, adaptations to new series, Telltale’s pedigree is noticeable and not to be taken lightly. And many of their games stillRead More →

altered carbon

Hey, Fellow Geeks. Welcome back. If you’re new to the party, you’ve stumbled right into the middle of a multi-article discussion. Specifically, I recently binge-watched Altered Carbon for your benefit, and now we’re discussing the technology the show is based around. (i.e., immortality through a recorded/uploadable memory stack implanted when a human hits 1 year old). More specifically, I’ve been discussing the different ways that idea has been used in science fiction, and the benefits or implications of each. If you haven’t already, you should probably check out The Introduction Article and The First Variation Article, because we’re about to talk about Variation Two (whichRead More →

melisandre

“The night is dark and full of terrors.” Though far from the most common, that sentence is uttered a number of times in Game of Thrones, most of which are stated by Melisandre. She has gone through a pretty big transformation in the past two seasons, which makes her one of the most interesting minor characters. Her History Unlike many characters in Game of Thrones, we know little about Melisandre’s history. The tidbits we’re given include that she was once a slave and is from a city called Asshai. Asshai is a city in Essos, the same continent as Mereen and the Vaes Dothrak. ThoughRead More →

golden age

In December 1942 Wonder Woman was asked to star in a feature film. Initially, she suggests hiring an actress to play her part. But after hearing that Steve Trevor would be in Los Angeles she changes her mind. (Note: This contradicts previous stories where Wonder Woman is uninterested in Trevor. However, her alter-ego Diana Prince is in love with him). Interestingly, she insists on two conditions. First, Diana Prince must be sent along as her secretary and second that Etta Candy and her girls must have roles in the movie. This story has all of the classic Golden Age elements: bondage, hidden identities, and Baroness PaulaRead More →

black panther

Greetings, Geeks, and welcome to the latest episode of The Geek Embassy Watches! This week we watch Black Panther, the latest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a top contender for the most socially significant movie this year. And it’s only February! Black Panther Plot Recap After the death of King T’Chaka during the events of Captain America: Civil War, Prince T’Challa returns home to Wakanda, a secluded nation in eastern Africa that presents itself as a third-world country but in reality is the most technologically advanced nation in the world thanks to their monopoly on the metal called vibranium.  After being coronated as theRead More →

Do me a favor and take a look at this screen for a second. No tricks, promise. What do you see? A fancy banner for the site, a couple other linked articles, maybe a picture. Ok, fair enough. But what else do you see, covering most of the page? Words. Sometimes it’s hard to stop and notice them. A stop sign is recognized by the red octagon, a company by its mascot, a bar by the neon and cigarette smoke. Words often get overlooked, even when their presence is important. Lyrics are drowned out by a song’s overpowering beat, a book gets adapted into aRead More →