I’ve been playing!
As mentioned in the previous post, I have published a new story, Things That Make You Go Woof, on Medium. After that, I’ve published nine more stories there (old ones), and today, I’ve posted the first part of an article talking about what inspired me to write those ten stories. The next (and the last) part will be published on Friday; it’s already written and in the “Drafts” section, so you can count on it actually appearing in two days.
I’ve been playing with photos, too, and uploading them to Unsplash. You can check my account here; so far, there are 10 photos because of the uploading limits, but there will be more. One of the photos is the same one you see at the top of this post; the rest are dogs, cats, sunsets, snow in the playground… Since they’re on Unsplash, you can use them as you like, totally free.
What else is new? I’ve attended Japanizam (now called “Balkan Asia Convention”), and had a great time at various panels, and surrounded by cosplayers.
And finally, I had the opportunity (and happily used it!) to watch Ederlezi Rising, a Serbian Sci-Fi drama (it’s in English, so you won’t need subtitles or a translator). Right now, it’s going from festival to festival; if you get a chance to see it, and if you’re in the mood for a movie about a relationship between a human and an android, I recommend it.
Wait, a relationship between a human and a robot? Well, yes, Sort of. Here’s the official description:
Ederlezi Rising is an exciting science fiction story set in near future about the pioneering space mission to Alpha Centauri undertaken by the multinational Ederlezi Corporation.
Ederlezi recruits Milutin, a Slav cosmonaut trained in the newly reformed futuristic Soviet Union, and accompanies him with Nimani, a female android programmed to fulfill whatever Milutin desires. Bored by an endless succession of different sexual games and pre-programmed behaviors, Milutin decides to reboot Nimani and make her work only based on custom settings generated from her experiences with him. That way he turns her into something closest to a person that an android can ever become. However, upon becoming a person, Nimani gets depressed and destructive. Milutin realizes that Nimani may not only jeopardize their mission but also lead to self-destruction.
The thing is, Milutin refuses to acknowledge that Nimani is an android, not a human being, and that she can’t possibly become a “real woman”. Instead, we get an android who is pissed off because its operative system and a huge chunk of the data it needs to fulfill its task (to keep Milutin stable and fit for his job) were removed, and a man who keeps telling himself that he has “made a real woman out of an android” and “liberated her”. And that is a very interesting relationship, with the human unable to truly understand the android, and the android unable to truly understand the man it’s designed to help.
Do watch it, if you get a chance.