(Closed) Sci-fi readings!

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Helper bee

I like these. Unfortunately, my knowledge of literary sci-fi is limited, so I can’t offer any advice, but I wanted to comment all the same. 🙂

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I wish I could find more sci-fi/nerdy readings for our wedding too. I’m in the same boat as you. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@dreamhazer:   I like the cobbled together quote you can, but it’s a little wanderings. 

 

I hate to post another site here, but Offbeat bride had a post on Light-hearted readings that included one by Neil Gaiman that’s sorta sci-fi themed. It’s wacky: 

“The Day the Saucers Came,” by Neil Gaiman

That day, the saucers landed. Hundreds of them, golden,
Silent, coming down from the sky like great snowflakes,
And the people of Earth stood and
stared as they descended,
Waiting, dry-mouthed, to find what waited inside for us
And none of us knowing if we would be here tomorrow
But you didn’t notice it because

 

That day, the day the saucers came, by some coincidence,
Was the day that the graves gave up their dead
And the zombies pushed up through soft earth
or erupted, shambling and dull-eyed, unstoppable,
Came towards us, the living, and we screamed and ran,
But you did not notice this because

On the saucer day, which was the zombie day, it was
Ragnarok also, and the television screens showed us
A ship built of dead-men’s nails, a serpent, a wolf,
All bigger than the mind could hold,
and the cameraman could
Not get far enough away, and then the Gods came out
But you did not see them coming because

On the saucer-zombie-battling-gods
day the floodgates broke
And each of us was engulfed by genies and sprites
Offering us wishes and wonders and eternities
And charm and cleverness and true
brave hearts and pots of gold
While giants feefofummed across
the land, and killer bees,
But you had no idea of any of this because

That day, the saucer day, the zombie day,
The Ragnarok and fairies day, the
day the great winds came
And snows, and the cities turned to crystal, the day
All plants died, plastics dissolved, the day the
Computers turned, the screens telling
us we would obey, the day
Angels, drunk and muddled, stumbled from the bars,
And all the bells of London were sounded, the day
Animals spoke to us in Assyrian, the Yeti day,
The fluttering capes and arrival of
the Time Machine day,
You didn’t notice any of this because
you were sitting in your room, not doing anything
not even reading, not really, just
looking at your telephone,
wondering if I was going to call.

 

Also there was one quoted from Douglas Adams (fantasy sci-fi?)

 

From Douglas Adams’ “So Long and Thanks for All the Fish”

There was a sort of gallery structure in the roof space which held a bed and also a bathroom which, Fenchurch explained, you could actually swing a cat in, “But,” she added, “only if it was a reasonably patient cat and didn’t mind a few nasty cracks about the head. So. Here you are.”

“Yes.”

They looked at each other for a moment.

The moment became a longer moment, and suddenly it was a very long moment, so long one could hardly tell where all the time was coming from.

For Arthur, who could usually contrive to feel self-conscious if left alone long enough with a Swiss cheese plant, the moment was one of sustained revelation. He felt on the sudden like a cramped and zoo-born animal who wakes one morning to find the door of his cage hanging quietly open and the savanna stretching gray and pink to the distant rising sun, while all around new sounds are waking.

He wondered what the new sounds were as he gazed at her openly wondering face and her eyes that smiled with a shared surprise.

He hadn’t realized that life speaks with a voice to you, a voice that brings you answers to the questions you continually ask of it, had never consciously detected it or recognized its tones until it now said something it had never said to him before, which was,

“yes.”

 

Just a few ideas, I’m more into fantasy than I am Sci-fi. 

 

 

From the hit show, Firefly or the movie Serenity: 

Serenity

You know what the first rule of flying is? … Love. You can learn all the math in the ‘verse, but you take a boat in the air you don’t love, she’ll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, tells you she’s hurting ‘fore she keens. Makes her a home.
 
 
 
 

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@dragonlover:  LOVE the Serenity quote.

 

@dreamhazer:  We had a Catholic ceremony so we didn’t have the option to use any sci-fi quotes.  But if we did, I would have wanted to do:

A reading from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy according to Douglas Adams:

“Don’t Panic.”

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@dreamhazer:  My Fiance and I are futurama fans, so we’re doing a binary “blessing” by Jerematic.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

@dragonlover:  Those made me tear up. If I thought half my family wouldn’t think I was some sort of Satan worshipper for talking about zombies during the wedding, I would totally use that Gaiman poem.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@EffieTrinket:  I like that one too, I feel like we’ll confuse everyone too much and I LOOOOVE Neil Gaiman

 

I may use that Serenity Quote, Thanks.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

I haven’t finalized anything yet. But as Fiance talked about Carl Sagan while he was proposing, there will definitely be some of that. A theme is emerging.

 

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@dreamhazer:  Oh man I LOOOOOVE the Bradbury quote. My SO is a HUGE Bradbury fan. In fact, one of the pictures on his dating profile was him & Ray. Do you happen to know the source of that quote? I think it would be perfect for our civil ceremony.

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@dreamhazer:  Ahhh thank you. And you’re right… even without the Bradbury connection I think I’d love that quote anyway. It reminds me a little of the Song of Songs. 

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Oh man, I might have to use that Firefly quote. Love it.

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