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April 25, 2014

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Published on April 25, 2014 05:12 • 11 views

April 21, 2014

This isn’t going to be another Hugo post. But I won’t say that the Hugo announcement didn’t get me thinking more a bit about this. This stuff had been on my mind for a while now. For one reason I recently read Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice, a book some folks are claiming is the best/most ground-breaking novel they’ve read in recent years. A claim I don’t at all agree with. My reaction’s similar to this one. In a nutshell I thought it bland. It would have been better if it had had 50 – 100 pa...

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Published on April 21, 2014 00:27 • 22 views

April 3, 2014


If you like pictures like these, and who wouldn’t, you might want to check out Saladin Ahmed’s tumblr where he’s been posting stuff he’s dug up from the Digital Comics Museum. Go there. Check it out!

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Published on April 03, 2014 00:04 • 13 views

March 30, 2014

001 full sea On Such A Full Sea – Chang-Rae Lee (2014)

Lit-author does dystopian SF about a future USA where Chinese migrants toil for privileged Charters and the young Chinese immigrant woman who begins to change this system. There are some brilliant flashes in the story, most dealing with social commentary and group/individual dynamics, but there’s a collapse at the end and that’s disappointing. Maybe it was meant to be post-modern or something like we can’t have nice things because nice things are a ge...

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Published on March 30, 2014 05:49 • 23 views

March 17, 2014


A Radium Age reprint first published in 1927 by Virginia and Leonard Woolf,The Man With Six Senses was one of the first science fiction novels to explore ESP. It’s an enjoyable read, the characters frail and human enough to be recognizable, and as a mixed-up mutant story it predates Olaf Stapledon’sOdd John by about a decade.

The narrator, Ralph Standring, is an Edwardian gentleman whose hopes of marrying Hilda, his childhood sweetheart, are complicated when she becomes involved with Michael,...

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Published on March 17, 2014 00:28 • 9 views

March 13, 2014

I was going to comment on that Toni Weisskopf piece on Heinlein, but realized I already had here

and here

and here

and here

and here.

Read books. Don’t form clubs.

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Published on March 13, 2014 05:45 • 13 views

March 12, 2014

20140312_200850(1)“Hey guy, look in the back. I’ve got some primo molluscs swimming around back there.”

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Published on March 12, 2014 05:46 • 10 views

March 10, 2014

hyegyeongThis is a fascinating book.

Lady Hyegyong was an 18th century Crown Princess in Korea’s Cho’son dynasty. Her husband was the “infamous” Prince Sado.

What’s known about Prince Sado is that he was put to death by his parents the King and Queen. Since no one could harm a royal person, Sado was ordered to climb into a rice chest, where he was locked until he suffocated to death after eight days. The reason the King and Queen ordered this was because Sado was “mad” and considered a risk to the dynas...

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Published on March 10, 2014 05:02 • 11 views

March 7, 2014

Sarah Rees Brennan has a longish post on having been a fan fiction writer.

When someone is traditionally published after writing fanfiction, they get treated like trash, both by people who think fanfiction is weird rubbish and by people who themselves like to write and read fanfiction.

You can read it here. I post it for my own edification mostly, since my fascination for fan fiction remains ongoing.

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Published on March 07, 2014 02:11 • 17 views

March 2, 2014

Hot TempleLocal tteokbokki chain.

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Published on March 02, 2014 00:27 • 33 views