On a visit to Borders today I found some interesting things related to fandom and copyright.
The first was in the introduction to a book about "mashup literature" such as "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" . It followed the trend of combining classic figures and grotesque monsters. If I can remember the title and find it on Amazon one of these days, I'll link you. The important part is that the editor talked about fan fiction and doujinshi, and how lax copyright laws in countries such as Japan and Germany allow the arts to flourish as compared to places with stronger copyright laws (such as America). Citation needed, but, still. Interesting.
The novel How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe contains a scene where Linus Skywalker, son of Luke, goes back in time to try to kill his father. He's tired of always existing in Luke's shadow. (Keep in mind that this is in no way a Star Wars novel. I'm pretty sure it also never uses Luke's full name.) The author advises Linus to change his name.
I think this would be much more interesting than what's currently going on with Ben Skywalker in Fate of the Jedi.
I picked up Invasion by Mercedes Lackey (and someone else) because it a picture of a giant bird on it. Next thing I know I'm reading the little blurb on the cover, which unfortunately does not exist on the Amazon edition. The blurb said, "Inspired by the MMORPG City of Heroes". I flip through to the introduction and find that the characters are based on the authors' characters in the game. I don't know enough about the world to be able to tell how close to the novel it is.
But think about that for a second. This woman is such a successful author that publishers will sell the stuff she writes about her RPG characters. I'm sure it's just as good as her other stuff. But still.
In unrelated news, Club Jade reports that Drew Karpyshyn is going to pen a TOR-tie-in called Revan. It will be of course about our favorite player character from KoTOR. The Exile will also appear. Especially after Jaden Kor was established as a rather dull human male, I'm not all that excited about canon even touching other player characters. That and Karpyshyn writes some really notably unremarkable Mass Effect novels.
On a less bitter note, I'm currently playing Portal 2 and it is wonderful. A full review will probably come later when I finish it. Until then, I leave you with "Without the imminent threat of death, is it even science?"