Michelle M. Welch




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Michelle M. Welch

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Reader, writer, librarian, finder of random stuff, reluctant cat person, sometime musician, generalist.

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Confidence Game

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The Bright and The Dark

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Chasing Fire

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Refuge: an underground city built to save people from an apocalyptic world. But how will its people save themselves? Read the stories in any order, or start with the introduction at part 1.

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All Systems Red by Martha Wells
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I really enjoyed this quick-reading novella. The familiar premise of evil companies mining a distant planet sounded dull to me at first, but the sentient android narrator's voice is so engaging that I was happy to go along with it.
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Endurance by Scott    Kelly
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I like to say that if the quantum theory people are right about parallel universes and there's an alternate world out there with an alternate me in it, I hope I'm an astronaut. Kelly's book is not only a detailed look at living and working on the ISS ...more
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An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King
An Excess Male
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A near-future exploration of how China's one-child policy - meant to deal with the social problems of overpopulation - could create even more serious problems that lead to even more drastic government control. A slowish start and some rough writing e ...more
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When the English Fall by David           Williams
When the English Fall
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This is the kind of storytelling I love: combining ideas that aren't frequently found together, such as this postapocalyptic tale where the collapse of modern society meets an Amish community, and the Amish narrator uses the crisis as a meditation on ...more
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The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman
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Reading Neil Gaiman always gives me a sense of wistfulness and nostalgia - for a time when an imaginative writer could really be imaginative, and when a writer could get well known simply for his writing rather than being the fad of the day.
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75 Books: Silver's 75 for 2011 41 30 Jan 07, 2012 08:18PM  
Lee Smith
“Finally I had made that necessary imaginative leap - which is a real necessity, since most of us writers can't be out there living like crazy all the time. These days, very few are the writers whose book jackets list things like bush pilot, big game hunter, or exotic dancer. No, more often we are English teachers. We have children, we have mortgages, we have bills to pay. So we have to stop writing strictly about what we know, which is what they always told us to do in creative writing classes. Instead, we have to write about what we can learn, and what we can imagine, and thus we come to experience that great pleasure Anne Tyler noted when somebody asked her why she writes, and she answered, "I write because I want more than one life.”
Lee Smith, Dimestore: A Writer's Life

Ursula K. Le Guin
“[H.G. Wells said] that his method was "to trick his reader into an unwary concession to some plausible assumption and get on with his story while the illusion holds." Such prestidigitation is a characteristic ploy of science fiction: to make a nonexistent entity or impossible premise acceptable (often by scientific-sounding terms such as telepathy, extraterrestrial, cavorite, FTL speed) and then follow through with a genuinely realistic, logically coherent description of the effects and implications.

Of course the accurate narrative description of the nonexistent is a basic device of all fiction. The extension to the impossible is proper to fantasy, but since we seldom know with certainty what is or is not possible, it is a legitimate element of science fiction too. What if? is a question asked by both science fiction and experimental science, and they share their method of answering it: make a postulate and then carefully observe its consequences.

- Words Are My Matter by Ursula K. Le Guin
Ursula K. Le Guin

Lindy West
“I used to try to be cool. I said things that I didn't believe about other people, and celebrities, and myself; I wrote mean jokes for cheap, "edgy" laughs; I neglected good friendships for shallow ones; I insisted I wasn't a feminist; I nodded along with casual misogyny in hopes that shitty dudes would like me.

I thought I was immune to its woo-woo power, but if it hadn't been for menses tent, how long would it have taken me to understand that I get to choose what kind of person to be? Open or closed? Generous or cruel? Spirit jaguar or clinging ghost? A lazy writer (it's easy to hate things) or a versatile one? I don't believe in an afterlife. We live and then we stop living. We exist and then we stop existing. That means I only get one chance to do a good job. I want to do a good job.”
Lindy West, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman




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