Miriam Seidel

Hi and welcome! This is where I explore stuff that invites us to see the world in a more expansive way. Check out my posts in these areas:

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  • Frozen PlanetGrieving for a whole planet From Princess Leia to Doris Lessing
    In Books, Climate Change, Science Fiction
    When I saw the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope, I couldn’t get past that moment when Princess Leia sees her home planet, Alderaan, blown up by the Empire. We didn’t even get to see her reaction shot—the first response to this planetary destruction is voiced by Obi Wan Kenobi, saying he feels a “great disturbance in the force.” How does Leia cope with this devastating loss? We never learn,  since after that she moves right into warrior mode. Star Wars is great popular entertainment, of course. And it’s part of a long line of sci-fi stories featuring a planet that explodes or is [...]