Apparently I'm not the only one who's hit a whole new pandemic wall these past couple of weeks. Doctors are explaining how patterns of adrenaline and cortisol in our brains are making this twelfth month even more difficult, but when that knowledge doesn't quite cut it, I like to dive into weird, niche, fascinating creations like these.
This week's double shot of content greatness comes to us from Steyer writer and project manager and Doppio editor, Chloe Olewitz. That's me! Enjoy:
First, Street Writer, the Street Fighter adaptation I could not have seen coming. Revisiting the visual style and sound effects from this classic 80s video game would probably have dosed my brain with nostalgia aplenty, but the updated cast of writer-fighters and "bookish backdrops" does something special to my dark-humored soul. It feels a little goofy to play, but the giggles are real.
Next, The Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction, which traces the genre's impact on our common lexicon. Words like "warp speed" and "deep space" first appeared in the early 1950s, not in Star Trek, for example. Beyond dating many of the terms' debuts much earlier than previously thought, the database also does the tough work of defining them. "When you're talking about nonexistent things, the precise way they operate is often hand-waved away."
Foam from our last Doppio: National Youth Poet Anthology and the glory that is Patatap.