Saturday, June 11, 2011

Weekly Geeks: 2011-19: Quotables

This week's weekly geek topic is all about quotes. So I thought I'd share some of my favorite Babylon 5 quotes!

"My father always told me: 'The best way to understand someone is to fight him, make him angry. That's when you see the real person.'"
-- Sinclair to Ivanova in Babylon 5:"Midnight on the Firing Line"

"I know a lot of guys who came out of the war changed. Some came out better, some came out worse. A lot of them had this problem. The war gave them definition, direction, purpose. Without it they don't know how to fit in anymore, so they keep looking for ways to go out in a blaze of glory. Some people call that being a hero, maybe so. I don't know, I've never been one. Me, I think they're looking for something worth dying for because it's easier than finding something worth living for."
"Finished?"
"Yeah. I guess that covers it."
"Michael. I don't have an answer for you. And .. I think maybe I should. Thanks."
-- Garibaldi and Sinclair in Babylon 5:"Infection"


"I'm thinking of thinking of calling her right after my afternoon nap. I'm thinking of thinking of sending her flowers right after Bonnie gets back. So many fishies left in the sea. So many fishies, but no one for meee.. I'm thinking of thinking of hooking a love soon after supper is done."
-- G'Kar's song in Babylon 5:"The Parliament of Dreams"

"Love? Pah. Overrated. Here, look, these are my three wives: Pestilence, Famine and Death. Do you think I married them for their personalities? Their personalities could shatter entire planets! Arranged marriages, every one, but they worked out. They inspired me. Knowing that they were waiting at home for me is what keeps me here -- 75 lights years away."
-- Londo to Vir in Babylon 5:"The War Prayer"


"Understanding is a three-edged sword."
-- Kosh to Talia Winters in Babylon 5:"Deathwalker"



"The universe is run by the complex interweaving of three elements: energy, matter, and enlightened self-interest."
-- G'Kar to Garibaldi in Babylon 5:"Survivors"


"Sleep well?"
"Sleeping is not the problem. Waking up.. that is a problem. I've always had hard time getting up when it's dark outside."
"But in space it's always dark."
"I know, I know."
-- Sinclair and Ivanova in Babylon 5:"Signs and Portents"

"See yourself for what you are, not what others try to make you."
-- Aldous Gajic to Jinxo in Babylon 5:"Grail"

"I would suggest that there is a difference between being unreasonable and being angry. Ambassador G'Kar is angry most of the time, but even the greatest anger fades with time."
"My dear ambassador Delenn, I'm sure that for you this is true, but for G'Kar and his people; they will do all that they can to destroy us, until the universe itself decays and collapses. If the Narns all stood together in one place and hated, all at the same time, that hatred could fly across dozens of light-years and reduce Centauri Prime to a ball of ash. That's how much they hate us."
-- Delenn and Londo in Babylon 5:"A Voice in the Wilderness #1"
"You don't have to respond in kind."
"Of course we do. There's a natural law. Physics tells us that for every action there must be an equal and opposite reaction. They hate us, we hate them, they hate us back. And so, here we are: victims of mathematics."
-- Sinclair and Londo in Babylon 5:"A Voice in the Wilderness #1"


"And just one more thing. On your trip back I'd like you to take the time to learn the Babylon 5 mantra: 'Ivanova is always right. I will listen to Ivanova. I will not ignore Ivanova's recommendations. Ivanova is God. And if this ever happens again, Ivanova will personally rip your lungs out.' Babylon Control out. .. Civilians! [Looks up] I was just kidding about the God part -- no offense."
-- Ivanova in Babylon 5:"A Voice in the Wilderness #1"



"Much apologizing. Mathematics not Zathras' skill."
-- Zathras to Major Krantz in Babylon 5:"Babylon Squared"



"Reading is no substitute for experience."
-- Londo to Lennier in Babylon 5:"The Quality of Mercy"


"There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you'll ever be. Then you accept it .. or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking into mirrors. No, nothing can be changed."
-- Londo to Morden in Babylon 5:"Chrysalis"



"Vir, do you believe in fate?"
"Well, actually, I believe there are currents in the Universe. Eddies and tides that pull us one way or the other. Some we have to fight, some we have to embrace. Unfortunately, the currents that we have to fight look exactly like the currents we have to embrace. The currents that we think are the one that's gonna make us stronger, they are the ones that are going to destroy us. And the ones that we think are going to destroy us, they are the ones that are going to make us stronger. Now, the other current--"
"Vir! Yes or no?"
"Yes! You know, somewhat, why?"
-- Londo and Vir in Babylon 5:"The Geometry of Shadows"



"The Universe doesn't give you any points for doing things that are easy."
-- Sheridan to Garibaldi in Babylon 5:"The Geometry of Shadows"



"10 pounds?"
"Well, a 10-pound gain isn't too bad, but you could afford to lose it. Here's a list of foods I want you to avoid. No meat, low fat. Lots of vegetables."
"Rabbit food."
"Well, it's only for a little while, Captain. We'll get those 10 pounds off in no time."
"Who's 'we'?"
"Well, a doctor and his patient are a team, Captain, don't you agree?"
"Sure. And since we're a team, why don't you do the diet part."
-- Sheridan and Franklin in Babylon 5:"A Distant Star"



"Universe puts us in places where we can learn. They are never easy places, but they are right. Wherever we are, it's the right place .. and the right time. Pain that sometimes comes is part of the process of constantly being born."
-- Delenn to Sheridan in Babylon 5:"A Distant Star"



"You've got a plan?"
"Try not to get killed."
"Brilliant."
-- Ivanova and Sheridan in Babylon 5:"The Long Dark"



"We believe that no race can be truly intelligent without laughter."
-- Delenn to Sheridan in Babylon 5:"A Race Through Dark Places"



"G'Kar, everyone in this room knows too well that the first casualty of war is always the truth."
-- Sheridan to G'Kar in Babylon 5:"Acts of Sacrifice"



"Ambassador, I have learned the hard way that governments deal in matters of convenience, not conscience. If they fall behind, it is up to the rest of us to make up the difference. If we don't, who will?"
-- Sheridan to Delenn in Babylon 5:"Acts of Sacrifice"



"I never forget the feeling of helplessness. I never thought there could be anything worse than being all alone in the night."
"But there is. Being all alone in a crowd."
-- Sheridan and Delenn in Babylon 5:"There All the Honor Lies"



   "Commander, everything in order?"
"Remarkably so. It is beginning to worry me."
"Do you always worry when things are going well?"
"I don't have time to worry about them when they are not."
-- Sheridan and Ivanova in Babylon 5:"Knives"

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

42 Challenge: February update

Over at Reading in Texas, I've been busy reading—and reporting on—science-fiction books which count toward this challenge. Recently, I reviewed The Gideon Trilogy, a SF series for young-adult readers. While I now have completed six of the target 42 items, I've only reviewed three of them. But I'll remedy that deficit fairly soon. The reading is no problem at all, but the reviewing is a challenge in and of itself.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Did you know?!

Today I "discovered" that you can watch The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy on Hulu.com. This is the BBC one, not the movie. It is in six episodes. You might also find something on their science fiction 'genre' page. I'd recommend, of course, Stargate SG-1!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

First Post, First Review

Escape Pod Logo 1) For the first of my 42 items, I decided to listen to one of the weekly podcasts published at Escape Pod. One of the recent items caught my eye: Christmas Wedding, written by Vylar Kaftan and read by Mur Lafferty. This short story, originally published in Warrior Wisewoman, was a sweet love story set in a time just after the disastrous eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano.

Review is posted at Reading in Texas.

One down, 41 to go!

 

Elsi

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Becky's 2010-2011 List of 42


1. Mind War (B5, season one)
2. The War Prayer (B5, season one)
3. And the Sky Full of Stars (B5, season one)
4. Signs and Portents (B5, season one)
5. TKO (B5, season one)
6. Eyes (B5, season one)
7. A Voice in the Wilderness, part one and two (B5, season one)
8. Babylon Squared (B5, season one)
9. The Quality of Mercy (B5, season one)
10. Chrysalis (B5, season one)
11. Points of Departure (B5, season two)
12. Revelations (B5, season two)
13. Air, part one, two, three (Stargate Universe, season one)
14. Darkness (Stargate Universe, season one)
15. Light (Stargate Universe, season one)
16. Water (Stargate Universe, season one)
17. Earth (Stargate Universe, season one)
18. Time (Stargate Universe, season one)
19. Life (Stargate Universe, season one)
20. Justice (Stargate Universe, season one)
21. The Geometry of Shadows (B5, Season two)
22. The Long Dark (B5, season two)
23. Space (Stargate Universe, season one)
24. Divided (Stargate Universe, season one)
25. Faith (Stargate Universe, season one)
26. Human (Stargate Universe, season one)
27. Lost (Stargate Universe, season one)
28. Sabotage (Stargate Universe, season one)
29. Incursion part one and two (Stargate Universe, season one)
30. A Spider in the Web (B5, season two)
31. Soul Mates (B5, season two)
32. A Race Through Dark Places (B5, season two)
33. The Coming of Shadows (B5, season two)
34. Gropos (B5, season two)
35. All Alone in the Night (B5, season two)
36. Acts of Sacrifice (B5, season two)
37. Hunter, Prey (B5, season two)
38. There All the Honor Lies (B5, season two)
39. And Now for a Word (B5, season two)
40. In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum (B5, season two)
41. Knives (B5, Season two)
42. Confessions and Lamentations (B5, season two)
43. Divided Loyalties (B5, Season two)
44. The Long, Twilight Struggle (B5, Season two)
45. Comes the Inquisitor (B5, Season two)
46. The Fall of Night (B5, Season two)
47. Backtracked. Pedro de Alcantara. (time travel)
48. Pathfinder. Orson Scott Card. (space adventure, time travel)
49. Divergent. Veronica Roth. (dystopia)
50. Delirium. Lauren Oliver. (dystopia)
51. Across the Universe. Beth Revis.
52. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
53. the dead & the gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
54. this world we live in by Susan Beth Pfeffer
55. Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083 by Andrea White
56. The Giver by Lois Lowry
57. Matched. Ally Condie.
58. XVI. Julia Karr.
59. Wither. Laura DeStefano.
60. Outside In. Maria V. Snyder.
61. The Pilgrimage: The Unforgettable SF Masterpiece of the Strangers Among Us: The First Book of The People. Zenna Henderson.
62. The People: No Different Flesh. (The New Chronicle of  THE PEOPLE) Zenna Henderson.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Made it to 33!

Here is a link to my 42 Challenge page. It's been great fun and I'm probably going to sign up for 2011.

Wrapping Up 2010

I know this is a little late, but I just wrote my wrap-up for the 2010 edition of the Challenge; it's posted on my blog here. Didn't quite make it to 42 events/experiences this year, but I definitely enjoyed trying. Thanks, Becky, for hosting this - it's been one of my favorites of all the many (too many) reading challenges I've been involved in.