Monthly Archives: February 2006

Answer to random query

A few weeks back (maybe even a few months back) someone asked me, or else I saw a question posed to the internet at large, about the World SF Writers Conference held by Harry Harrison in Ireland in 1978 and … Continue reading

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Octavia Butler

Along with everyone else, I am dismayed and saddened by the news of Octavia Butler’s death. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has a brilliant obituary. (Hat-tip to Bookslut.)

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February Books 12) 9Tail Fox

12) 9Tail Fox, by Jon Courtenay Grimwood I very much enjoyed Grimwood’s Ashraf Bey trilogy, though was a little less convinced by either his earlier redRobe or his more recent Stamping Butterflies. I’m glad to report (IMHO) a return to … Continue reading

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February Books 11) The Space Merchants

11) The Space Merchants, by Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth Classic sf, published in 1952, that had somehow passed me by – I thought I remembered a scene where advertising executives were reassuring young politicians that is is just about … Continue reading

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February Books 10) Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation

10) Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation 1838-1839, by Frances Anne Kemble Well, after my grumbling about her latest biography, I thought I should put my theory to the test and dowloaded the shorter of her two works … Continue reading

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Tree planting

What we did this morning.

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February Books 9) The Einstein Intersection

9) The Einstein Intersection, by Samuel R. Delany Nebula winner from way back. I quite liked this at first, with the re-telling of the Orpheus and other myths very reminiscent of Zelazny's This Immortal and of Anderson's "Goat Song" which … Continue reading

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Nebula final

List now out. I said what I thought of the short fiction in greater detail here. Novels Air, by Geoff Ryman Camouflage, by Joe Haldeman Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke Polaris, by … Continue reading

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Friday joke

After numerous rounds of “We don’t know if Osama is still alive”, Osama himself decided to send George Bush a letter in his own handwriting to let him know he was still in the game. Bush opened the letter and … Continue reading

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My Personal Dna Report

My Personal Dna Report

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job applicant correspondence

From: X Sent: 23 February 2006 12:12 To: Nicholas Whyte Subject: Application Director Mr. N. WHYTE, Please find attached my continued interest in your work: CV incl. letter. Yours sincerely, X From: “Nicholas Whyte” To: X Subject: RE: Application Date: Thu, 23 Feb … Continue reading

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Job application

As some of you know, I like to give out free career advice from time to time. (Often unsolicited; I hope not too often unwelcome.) I’m also in the position where I get a fair few people just emailing me … Continue reading

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February Books 8) Fanny Kemble: The Reluctant Celebrity

8) Fanny Kemble: The Reluctant Celebrity, by Rebecca Jenkins I got interested in Fanny Kemble after reading The Last Journey of William Huskisson last summer. In that rather clunky historical book, her uncluttered prose was a breath of fresh air. … Continue reading

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February Books 7) Little Women

7) Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott Well, it’s a step towards my reading resolutions. Good, wholesome stuff, so wholesome that I really really need to read some Lovecraft/Alcott crossover fiction. What eldritch lore was Mr Brooke so fascinated by? … Continue reading

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…and again

Doing BBC World live at 1730 British time (1830 European, dunno when in the US but in about an hour and a half anyway). Of course, the day I get to do a live TV interview is also the day … Continue reading

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Media

Hey, I got in today’s Guardian!

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Vienna Part 2

We finished our evening in Vienna at the residence of the ambassador of a small but friendly European country. As I entered the reception room I saw one bloke at the far end scowling at me. I had no idea … Continue reading

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Visit to Vienna

So, I thought I had it all worked out: land in Vienna at 1 pm, see Austrian diplomats at 2.30; my boss would also be landing at 3 pm, he had another meeting at 4 pm and we could see … Continue reading

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Blink, blink

Still waiting for confirmation on Mladic arrest – sounds a bit less likely than I’d hoped. Oh well. But we finalised the text of the long-brewing report on Cyprus, at last!!!!! And I’m off to Vienna for 24 hours tomorrow. … Continue reading

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Sinead

Happy birthday, !

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Mladic arrested?

I hear rumours that Ratko Mladic has been arrested! Fantastic news if it’s true.

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Dockeroo

has been watching old Doctor Who series: Second Doctor: The Ice Warriors Fourth Doctor: The Deadly Assassin [corrected!] Fifth Doctor: Arc of Infinity Seventh Doctor: The Curse of Fenric [Edited to add: Fourth Doctor: The Androids of Tara]

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Bektashi humour

In memory of the late Baba Tahir Emini, I’ve been reading up on his sect, the Bektashi. I was aware, from my conversations with him and with others, that they are of a mystical Sufist tradition, preach tolerance, love, and … Continue reading

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Little Great Old Ones

Has anyone out there ever tried writing crossover fics between the worlds of Little Women and H.P. Lovecraft? After all they share a New England setting, and are separated by only half a century. If there isn’t any already out … Continue reading

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Reviews by me

Old ones from the Ethnic Conflict Review Digest, 1998-2000: Making A New Nation, ed. by Danica Fink-Hafner & John R Robbins (about Slovenia) Fields of Wheat, Hills of Blood, by Anastasia N Karakasidou (about Greek Macedonia) Bosnia: Faking Democracy After … Continue reading

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A change is in the air

Classic from Dave Barry (f-locked because of copyright) When people ask me, ”Dave, what’s it like to have a newborn baby in the household?” I immediately answer: ”…” This is because I am sleeping. I spend a lot of my … Continue reading

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February Books 6) Europe and the Recognition of New States in Yugoslavia

6) Europe and the Recognition of New States in Yugoslavia, by Richard Caplan Richard Caplan has featured here before. This is a good, brief (but very expensive!) book on all aspects of the European Community’s recognition of the successor states … Continue reading

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Writing and reading

Having spent all week working on the Kosovo report (published yesterday) and another rather difficult draft, I come home at the weekend with three more writing assignments (including a review for ). Don’t feel in the mood right now. Meanwhile, … Continue reading

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Sad news from Tetovo

Baba Tahir Emini, head of the Bektashi community in Tetovo, Macedonia, has died of a sudden heart attack. He was among the most progressive Muslim leaders in the world. I met him (for the second time) back in August last … Continue reading

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Hmm, interesting…

I got a call out of the blue this morning from a head-hunter – an Italian woman, though based in Spain, looking to appoint someone to run a new “think-and-do tank” (sic) to run pan-European campaigns. I thought at first … Continue reading

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