The Firefly LARP yesterday was a blast! I got to NPC a booby-trapped corpse, several townsfolk, an explosive-wielding safe-cracking thug, and a cultist whose four-year-old daughter was appropriated by one of the PCs. Shiny!
The next event is in December: Firefly LARP Bay Area
“So which misfit crew is [Joss] Whedon’s favorite?
‘You know, I love all my raggedy children,’ he said. ‘But if I could be anywhere, I’d be on board Serenity.'”
–Noelene Clark. “‘Avengers’: Joss Whedon Talks Sequel, ‘Buffy’, and ‘X-Men’ Parallels.” Hero Complex, Los Angeles Times May 15, 2012. Web.
“Joss [Whedon] gave me a great deal over the last ten years but his most important gifts were the very same gifts we have all been given. His stories, populated with emotional hills and valleys, which never end. Sisyphus pushes the stone up the mountain and it rolls back down and he must push it up again. Joss helped me understand that there is greatness in every part of Sisyphus’s task, and knowing this I will always look for greatness in all things. I can laugh and expect that the rock will always fall down when I reach the top of the hill, just as Serenity breaks after giving the world truth. And this makes us mighty.”
–Loni Peristere. “Mutant Enemy U.” Serenity Found. Ed. Jane Espenson. Dallas: BenBella Books, 2007. Quote on page 128.
“But the highest goal of science fiction is to tell us the truth about ourselves. We find it in every sci-fi work that ever tried to say: “This is how it is. Don’t pretend, don’t turn away, don’t lie. This is who you are. This is what we are.” Seeking truth is the strongest and bravest course, the hardest fiction to write, the most difficult to fall in love with, because it holds an honest mirror to humanity. We never want to look that clearly at our own reflections. Is that a blemish coming on? Does this dress make me look like the privileged product of a globally exploitative oligarchy? Why, yes, actually, it does. Turn that mirror to face the wall.”
–Maggie Burns. “Mars Need Women: How a Dress, a Cake, and a Goofy Hat Will Save Science Fiction.” Serenity Found. Ed. Jane Espenson. Dallas: BenBella Books, 2007. 15-24. Quote on page 16.