Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Let’s eat all of these people!” — Venom

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Monday, March 4, 2013

When Fiction Starts to Become Reality

A few decades ago, John Varley wrote a science fiction short story called "The Barbie Murders". The case was set in a Lunar colony where all of the inhabitants had themselves surgically altered to look like Barbie.

So it was not just a little creepy to find out that some clown has actually done just that. And that she hasn't been the only one that has tried, just the one that has come closest.

There are times that the planet-killing asteroid doesn't sound so bad...


The New York Crank said...
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The New York Crank said...

Sorry for taking down the previous post. It was infested by typos. I'll try to type it again more carefully:

Over a dozen years ago I wrote a book proposal for a work of fiction – suggesting a plot in which Barbie and Ken – yes, the actual dolls – get into a huge fight and end up getting divorced. Ken's career is ruined while Barbie keeps making a fortune.

No publisher would come near the story. Seems they feared getting sued by Mattel for copyright and trademark infringement. My agent agreed that they would get sued, but insisted that the resulting publicity would help sell a zillion books. Some agent! He failed to mention that I would probably get sued, too, and that, up against the Mattel legal machine, I'd go bankrupt, while he collected 15% of the author's royalties.

So if you ask me, this little girl with the plastic face job is in big danger of getting busted for patent, copyright and trademark Infringement in the first degree. That would give Mattel the right to confiscate her, shred her, and melt down the shreds.

The truth is, being a Barbie Girl in a Barbie World is just too damn dangerous.

Very crankily yours,
The New York Crank

bearsense said...

It certainly is creepy looking..........

Comrade Misfit said...

Except that she is Ukranian and in the Ukraine and Mother Russia, IP theft is where they live...

(As in "intellectual property", not the computer term.)

Comrade Misfit said...

Oh, and on defense work, lawyers get paid hourly. Your guy in NYC probably charges at least four times an hour what I charge.