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Book Nerd – A Future Wrapped in Foil

In fire and winter, raiders and plague, that’s how the world ended in A Gift Upon the Shore, a 1990 novel by M. K. Wren. But when most post-apocalyptic stories at the time were about being hard and tough, about grit and guns, Wren’s tale is about being smart. In …

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Scott Adams, Great Man or Greatest Man?

Some noble soul on the internet has paid everyone a service, taking the nuggets of immortal wisdom from the blog of celebrated cartoonist Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, and placing them in Adams’ own comics. You can read them here: http://mradilbert.tumblr.com/ As a man, I have to celebrate Scott Adams. Without …

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Desert Bus vs. NaNoWriMo – Real Talk Edition

Earlier today Ryan wrote about what it’s like to lose a friend to the throes of Desert Bus for Hope and NaNoWriMo simultaneously. Let me tell you, the struggle between the desire to create and the desire to watch the stream is real. I managed to get a few writing sprints in early …

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Book Nerd: To the Moon

When I was almost finished Far Harbor, I needed a new book for this week’s post, so I grabbed Elizabeth Moon’s Lunar Activity and had no idea what to expect. Elizabeth Moon isn’t exactly an unheard of author, with both a Nebula award and the Robert A. Heinlein award to …

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Book Nerd – The Farthest of Harbours

Sometimes science fiction is a subtle exploration of contemporary issues written on far-off planets or in far-flung futures. It sneaks those issues in until you’re halfway through the book and it hits you that the themes of systemic oppression and marginalization of alien peoples is analogous to the way people …

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Book Nerd – The Red Magician

My uncle Pierre had a lot of books, which are now mine. He had a knack for picking books, but I tend to read them at random. Some of them are good, some of them are trash, but some of them are great. The Red Magician by Lisa Goldstein is …

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Book Nerd – Planet of the Wizard-Bros

My uncle Pierre had a huge library of science fiction and fantasy books, and now that it’s mine I’m spoiled for choice. I read them here, and sometimes the choice is a bit spoiled. By the fortieth page, I’d renamed Cynthia Felice’s 1991 novel The Khan’s Persuasion to Planet of the …

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Book Nerd – Brothers of Earth

My uncle Pierre was the first nerd I knew, and had a knack for picking the right book for the right person. Now that he’s gone, I have to pick my own. My selections are often suspect, but I intend to read them here. Brothers of Earth (1976) is prolific …

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