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Guest Post by Author Sechin Tower

Posted in Author, Science Fiction with tags , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2012 by darcytown
Sechin Tower

Author Sechin Tower

My guest blogger today is Sechin Tower (SechinTower.com).  He is the author of Mad Science Institute: A Novel of Creatures, Calamities, and College Matriculation.  Today he’s writing about a favorite topic of mine…

Red Dwarf Changed My Smegging Life

Red Dwarf changed my life. Well, not in a huge way: I mean, I didn’t move to Fiji, get a sheep and a cow and breed horses. But it really opened my mind to what science fiction can be.

For those of you who don’t know about this show, do yourself a favor and put the first five or six seasons into your Netflix queue right away. Watch it before you read any further. It’s okay, I’ll wait right here for you to get back.

Okay, now that we got rid of the noobs, let’s get personal. The first time I saw Red Dwarf I was 15 years old and prior to that the only science fiction I had experienced were space epics. Star wars. Star Trek. Star Search. Okay, not the last one, but you get the idea.

What made Red Dwarf different? It was funny. And it was science fiction. At the same time. Mind: Blown.

Science Fiction + Comedy = Awesome

Aside from Spaceballs and maybe one or two other endeavors, science fiction and comedy had never mixed prior to Lister’s 3-million-year-detour. Sure, space epics have their funny bits, like when C-3PO says “let the wookie win” or when Spock cocks a deadpan eyebrow at human illogicality, but they were just little bits and afterthoughts. Red Dwarf, on the other hand, takes visionary sci-fi ideas and turns them into knee-slapping hilarity, like dating a version of yourself from a parallel universe, or having your fashion sense sucked out by a GELF (Genetically Engineered Life Form), or experimenting with fun accessories for your android’s groin socket.

The secret to Red Dwarf’s success is the characters. It wasn’t about mystical cosmic knights or highly trained astronauts: this show was different because it was about the OTHER guys. The normal joes. The fuck-ups. It foresaw a time in the future when anyone could go into space, even a slob like Lister or a smeg-head like Rimmer, and they seem real because they’re just like people we know, and maybe even ourselves.

Bring a Smeghead to Work Day

July 11th is the birthday of Craig Charles, so in honor the actor who played Lister I’d like to declare it “Bring a Smeghead to Work Day.” I’d like to declare that, but I don’t have to: there are already plenty of smegheads where I work. So instead I’m just going to eat some curry and watch a few episodes of the boys from the Dwarf doing what they do best.

Red Dwarf Series X has been filmed (in front of a live audience) and will air in September in the UK. Their last reunion show, Back to Earth, was—how do I say this politely?—a pile of crap. Nevertheless, I’m going to hope this new season quickly gets picked up by someone in the states (I’m looking at you, PBS!). Lister, Rimmer, Cat, Kryten, and Holly were—and still can be—more fun than a bucket full of emo-hawks.

–Sechin Tower

Author of Mad Science Institute: A Novel

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Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on December 29, 2011 by darcytown

And Red Dwarf’s Cat is still up there as top 3 in things that people come to the site for.  Per Googly-Woogly search engine stats.

I totally get it, he’s way cool.  But that’s funny…  🙂

Go Cat!  You’re rad!

The Cat…A Truly Awesome Space Cat

Posted in Science Fiction, Space Cats with tags , on March 17, 2011 by darcytown

He might not be the first Space Cat I ever encountered.

But he is one of the best.

“Cat”

The Cat on Red Dwarf is in my list of Top Five Space Cats.  He’s self-centered, very into sex with the lady kitties (if he could find some), absorbed with food (fish!), but mostly he’s into himself.  His idea of a perfect partner is a copy of him (Camille episode if I’m not mistaken).  He’s thoughtless, has no remorse, and his greatest fears are being ugly or getting dirty.  Besides that, there’s the clothes, the spangles, the gold, the rhinestones.

So Cat definitely gets first mention on my Space Cats list.  Probably an indication that I might have watched too much Red Dwarf as a kid.   But why not, it was great!  Kids mixed with British Humor is a win-win, seriously.

Anyways in case you’re sadly not familiar with him, here are a few lovely quotes.

  • “Let’s put on some jet-powered-rocket pants and Junior Birdman the hell outta here!”
  • “How I’m lookin’? Good! I’m lookin’ nice, My hair is nice; My suit is nice; I’m just nice period.”

    And of course…

  • Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish!

    If you haven’t seen Red Dwarf do yourself a major favor and watch them.

    Quotes are from BBC, and the Red Dwarf Wiki.