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Why Did Teela Brown Need To Get To The Ringworld?

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Ringworld ultimately declares that the purpose of the expedition - indeed, the whole novel - was simply to get Teela Brown from here to there. This begs the question “Why was it so all-fired important for Teela to get there?” Niven acknowledges this, but the reasons we’re given in the book aren’t entirely satisfying. Probably they’re correct, but as with so many other aspects of this novel, there’s probably quite a bit more going on below the page, which only appears if we think about it.

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Sexism in the Ringworld

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The Kzinti are arguably the most archetypical uber-sexists in the history of speculative fiction. They are fierce meat-eating predators, they all act like alpha males, the females of their species are non-sapient sex kittens, and their government is--by definition--an Old Boys’ Club that they have the temerity to openly call “The Patriarchy.” They’re just as bold as brass about it. When one takes people such as these, and drops them in a vaguely yonically-shaped place like the Ringworld, it’s just an automatic recipe for sexisim, isn’t it? 1

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BABYLON 5: Legend of the Rangers: So what would have happened if it had gone to series?

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We haven’t engaged in any irresponsible, groundless speculation about Babylon 5 in a while - really since before I interviewed Joe Straczynski ( http://www.republibot.com/content/interview-joe-straczynski ), and since my POP 3 server (Whatever that is) won’t let me check my Email, this seems a fine time to start. Added to which, I’m feeling much less sick than I have over the last 10 days, but still not well enough to do anything useful, so, here we go:

My question is: “What Was Legend of the Rangers” all about? What would have happened if it had gone to series?

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SPECULATION: I think I get the whole "Flash Sideways" thing on Lost

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Sorry to bug all you guys with a haiku-length post, but it just suddenly occured to me what's up with this whole "Flash Sideways" thing they've been doing this season: The purpose of that timeline is to show us what their fates would be if they hadn't crashed, and hence weren't there to save the world.

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Gentlemen, place your bets: How will Galactica end?

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I’ll be back later tonight to give a spoiler-filled review of the new Galactica episode, now that the Sci Fi Channel has finally deigned to run the last batch. To fill your time before it comes on, however, we here at Republibot think it's an appropriate time for us to place our bets on how it'll end, and what the series is all about.

First question: will the finale and the ultimate fate of the protagonists be happy or sad?

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