Alexander Jablokov


I'm a writer, mostly of science fiction, with a new novel, Brain Thief.

The name is pronounced Yablokov, and the legal name is Jablokow.  My best friends can't spell or pronounce it, so you shouldn't worry about it either.

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"How Sere Picked Up Her Laundry", Asimov's Science Fiction July/August 2017(out now)

"The Forgotten Taste of Honey", Asimov's Science Fiction, October/November 2016

"The Return of Black Murray", Asimov's Science Fiction, April/May 2016

"The Instructive Tale of the Archeologist and His Wife", Asimov's Science Fiction, July 2014

"Bad Day on Boscobel", The Other Half of the Sky.

"Feral Moon", novella, Asimov's Science Fiction, March 2013

"Since You Seem to Need a Certain Amount of Guidance", Daily Science Fiction, November 6, 2012

"The Comfort of Strangers", short story, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, January/February 2012

"Blind Cat Dance" reprinted in Gardner Dozois's Best Science Fiction of the Year 28

"The Day the Wires Came Down", novelette, Asimov's Science Fiction, April/May 2011

"Plinth Without Figure", short story, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, November/December 2010

"Warning Label", short story, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine August 2010

"Blind Cat Dance", short story, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine March 2010

Brain Thief, a novel, Tor Books, January 2010


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Why do recommendation algorithms suggest other movies with the same actor?

Isn't that like recommending other books printed in the same font?

Reader Comments (2)

Well, in an ideal (actor's) world, maybe that would be true. But actors are and have been typecast, they tend to work with the same directors, and they are better at certain types of roles than others.

Example: I will at least consider going to see any movie with Johnny Depp in it. He picks odd projects, he can get away with playing odd characters, and he seems to pick movies that are interesting to work on, rather than what will pull the biggest paycheck. (Mostly.)

Whereas I find Shia LeBoeuf makes my flesh crawl in every part I've seen him in since he was a kid in _Holes_. His agent has steered him into projects like Transformers and the fourth Indiana Jones movie.

(The principle may hold more for comedians and action stars than for other actors -- comics tend to have a stock persona no matter what the script and the director say, and action stars tend to fall into the same mode.)

The shining exception to all of this is Nicholas Cage. When he's in a movie I have no goddamned idea what to expect. It could be good, it could be bad, it could be wonderfully bad.

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCambias

Depends on the actor. If they always play themselves or are talentless, yes. If they sink underneath the surface of their characters, different story.

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAthena Andreadis

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