The why can be expressed in one word, discouragement.
Going by my exprience people like me don’t handle discouragement well. Put up a barrier and I have problems. Bad equipment is a barrier, snotty attitudes are a barrier, lack of funding is a barrier. And people like me are not really equipped to deal with barriers and discouragement.
Then you have social workers who have no understanding of what you’re going through. A young man for instance who insists that your autism can’t be a problem because he is incapable of understanding how it could be a problem.
Folks, don’t discourage, encourage, it aint gonna kill you. The more people succeed at a beneficial task the better the world is going to be, and the better your world is going to be. Remember that the success of others in a task that brings benefits is no threat to you.
I am going to be so happy when I have wifi of my own. I’ll be getting it through AT&T and their program Access.
I’ll be paying $10 a month because I’m on SSI and living in California. And it means I’ll be able to stay on line without having to worry about some ass knocking me off, and that means I’ll be able to get more done. Production, what a concept.
I have come to the conclusion that the difference between science fiction and fantasy is that in science fiction matters can be understood, while in fantasy matters can not be understood.
Now the understanding need not be perfect, in fact any understanding is most likely to be imperfect, but at the least one can come rather close. But when understanding is not possible you’re pretty much stuck.
This of course has consequences. Such as when a story has science fictional trappings, but the reader has no real way to understand how things work. When such is the case the story is fantasy.
By the same token, when a story has fantasy trappings, but the reader can to some extent understand what is going on and how things work on a scientific basis, the tale is science fiction.
I mention this because after some reading and thinking I have come to the conclusion that the Ærth of Mythus is a science fiction setting in so far as it can be understood scientifically, even though it exhibits characteristics of fantasy.
I’ve got news for you, you have a responsibility for your own life, in as far as you can be responsible. Open your eyes and ears and pay attention, dammit. Above all, stop ignoring what’s going on around you. You don’t have to always interact with others, but you can keep on top of what’s going on.
“And what evidence would that be?” I can hear you ask.
That Ærth has steam engines.
The evidence is in an article in issue 2 of Journeys on page 39, and was written by one Ernest Grumbold—a nom de plume of Gary Gygax. Since that detail has been confirmed I now have an article to write for this blog, and I’m going to make it pay to read. It’s going to be a long one, folks.
But fret not, it’ll be just a couple of dollars—after all I’ll have a ton to cover, such as why a world with magick would need steam engines..