the mail brings nostalgia
December 15, 2011
I got back from my trip (I went to Oregon for a baby shower. . .my neice/nephew should arrive in just a few weeks now), and I found a couple of awesome packages waiting for me.
On the left: the audiobook version of the first Wild Cards book. I’m not a big fan of audiobooks generally, but I’m totally going to give this one a spin, because it’s one of my favorite all-time books, and has been since I first read it circa 1989. Only this isn’t the original first volume — it’s the revamped one, that includes my story “Ghost Girl Takes Manhattan,” which makes it even more awesome. The streams converge! That this thing exists makes me ridiculously happy.
And then there’s the official DVD release of Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future. Holy crap, people, this thing shouldn’t even exist, yet here it is. This is a half-hour TV show that ran for exactly one season (1987-88) and then vanished, to the point that people I tried to talk to about it thought I was making it up. But it was my favorite show when I was 14, and was (in retrospect) a pretty big influence on me creatively. It had an ongoing storyline, complex characters, and a level of realism that was a bit shocking. It was about war — and people died. Anyway, over the years I managed to find other people who loved the show as much as I did, helped put together the 20th anniversary website, and dredged up copies of the show to reassure myself that a) it existed and b) it really was that good.
I love living in the future. When Captain Power first aired, I figured that would be it. A show like that — one season, not real popular — would fade into the ether, never to be seen or discussed again except maybe at science fiction conventions. But now — it doesn’t matter how obscure a show is, you can find it online, on DVD, whatever. Getting this DVD set 25 years after the show aired seems like a little bit of magic to me. (I’ve only had a chance to watch an episode, just to try it out, and the first thing I notice is how great the sound is. I’ve been watching rerecorded versions of this show for so long I’d forgotten what it was supposed to sound like.)
So, I am a happy camper.
Also last week: Tor.com posted Kitty’s Zombie New Year — because it’s a holiday story!