Monthly Archives: February 2018

February Books

Non-fiction: 5 (YTD 8) Europe Reset, by Richard Youngs Who Is The Doctor, by Graeme Burk and Robert Smith? A Preface to Paradise Lost, by C.S. Lewis Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, by Edith Hamilton (first 100 pages) … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:56: Emma Bonino: Italy’s pro-Europe, pro-immigrant conscience https://t.co/Mggawk8is9 Go @emmabonino!!! Tue, 15:41: RT @V_Andriukaitis: Today happy to demonstrate difference between #useby & #bestbefore #labelling in practice. Breakfast menu: ✅a yogurt l… Tue, 16:05: Awww!!! https://t.co/c5S2WjX7EY Tue, 18:11: Gone With … Continue reading

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Who are the leading Hispanic writers of science fiction?

I was a bit surprised the other day to discover someone who describes himself as "The Leading Hispanic Voice in Science Fiction". How could that possibly be quantified, I wondered? It is probably not too difficult to be *A* Leading … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell

Second paragraph of third chapter: She [Scarlett’s mother, Ellen O’Hara] would have been a strikingly beautiful woman had there been any glow in her eyes, any responsive warmth in her smile or any spontaneity in her voice that fell with … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:17: RT @bbclaurak: Here it is – ‘Labour would seek to negotiate a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union to ensure that there are no tariffs wit… Mon, 12:56: ‘Black Panther’ Is Not the Movie We Deserve https://t.co/84ACAD4lmE Spoilers, of … Continue reading

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Monday reading

Current Planesrunner by Ian McDonald The Rift, by Nina Allan Last books finished Toast, by Charles Stross Grand Canyon, by Vita Sackville-West From Wildthyme with Love, by Paul Magrs Dreams Before the Start of Time, by Anne Charnock Seventeen Equations … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:56: The Much Better Movie Hiding In ‘Titanic’ https://t.co/EyTpWhOMDo I have not actually seen the film but this almost makes me want to. Sun, 13:53: Black Panther! (at @Kinepolis in Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant) https://t.co/eaqPEWzdma Sun, 15:56: The Universe Between, by … Continue reading

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The Universe Between, by Alan E. Nourse

Second paragraph of third chapter: The young man shook his head impatiently. “Not ‘Doctor,’ please. Around here that means either an M.D. or a psychiatrist. I’m neither; just a research psychologist.” Ed Benedict picked up the ball and examined it … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:07: RT @SJAMcBride: The emerging DUP-Sinn Féin deal collapsed as DUP members’ phones were “red hot” with calls from unprepared supporters, some… Sat, 12:56: BBC Books confirm Target novels’ return https://t.co/FkvZOustCm Hooray! Sat, 15:23: Outrageous Tales from the Old … Continue reading

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Outrageous Tales from the Old Testament

Second frame with dialogue of third chapter (for context, Moses has didactically asked the Israelites what it is that he does not want to see when he gets back from answering God’s phone call; this particular story is by Alan … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:00: ‘Mad Max’ Brexit and other dystopian visions for leaving the EU https://t.co/Vabar63ayG via @financialtimes Fri, 12:40: RT @BelgiumMFA: Watch Minister of Foreign Affairs @DReynders as he addresses the closing plenary #CEPSlab18 on ´ The Way Forward’ #The… Fri, … Continue reading

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1943 Retro Hugo for Best Related Work: C.S. Lewis on Paradise Lost, Hamilton’s Mythology

This year is the sixth time that Retro Hugos have been awarded, following 1996 (for 1946), 2001 (for 1951), 2004 (for 1954), 2014 (for 1939) and 2016 (for 1941). However, only once has the category of Best Related Work attracted … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:01: Noord-Iers jongetje schrijft brief aan Rode Duivels en krijgt antwoord https://t.co/ASeN2IIH5q This is a lovely story. Thu, 12:56: The Karabakh Conflict as “Project Minimum” https://t.co/vmhToluN5Z Gloomy but accurate from @Tom_deWaal. Thu, 13:11: At CEPS Ideas Lab! #CEPSlab18 (at … Continue reading

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A Tangle Of Fates, by Leslie Ann Moore

Second paragraph of third chapter: Two hours had passed since Ledesme had nearly met his death in the jaws of the kymera. Night had fallen, ushering its own distinctive chorus of nocturnal performers onto the stage of ruins surrounding the … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:56: Who Benefits from the Collapse of Power Sharing? https://t.co/k1UajH66qr @gerrylynch works it out. Wed, 16:05: GDP per Capita in Europe in 1890 (in 2017 $) https://t.co/aspdN9Kcl5 Another Brilliant Map. Wed, 18:13: Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen, by Douglas … Continue reading

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Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen, by Douglas Adams and James Goss

Second paragraph of third chapter: Sometimes the Doctor vanished loudly, with a comforting little yell as he fell into something. This is surely the last of the unpublished Douglas Adams scripts to surface. Back in 1976, Adams had actually submitted … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:56: ‘Painful’: Citizens count Brexit’s personal cost https://t.co/r1074Vmm71 For the record. Tue, 16:05: Cooking with Ursula K. Le Guin https://t.co/RrGkKOSAin Recipes of the planet Winter, including hot beer. Tue, 18:16: BSFA Best Artwork 2017 https://t.co/tqia5BAbtS #3 Tue, 20:48: RT … Continue reading

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Nebula nominees: Goodreads/LibraryThing stats

Full list is here. Not sure why there are seven Best Novel nominees? Well, for what it is worth, there is a clear front-runner! Goodreads LibraryThing owners av rating owners av rating The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin 39231 4.4 … Continue reading

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BSFA Best Artwork 2017

I may not know much about art, but I know what I like; and I found it fairly easy to rank the six shortlisted artworks for this year’s BSFA Awards. My top three and bottom two were all very close, … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:56: RT @JohnOBrennan2: Catholic elders wonders why the church is pushing people away. A few answers provided here. https://t.co/PZCZhPo0WP Mon, 15:34: RT @MSmithsonPB: Love this https://t.co/A0lylpFIRJ Mon, 16:05: RT @cstross: “No longer will you have to worry about your … Continue reading

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Monday reading

Some long travels during the week, followed by some short books over the weekend. Current Toast, by Charles Stross Seventeen Equations that Changed the World, by Ian Stewart Grand Canyon, by Vita Sackville-West Last books finished Who Is The Doctor, … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:56: RT @mrjamesob: My youngest has had my old phone for a couple of years. Just for games, which I download for her before disconnecting the in… Sun, 15:45: The Power of the Daleks – animated https://t.co/qx8saaPDUk Sun, 16:05: … Continue reading

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The Power of the Daleks – animated

A lot of the Doctor Who stories starring Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor were destroyed by the BBC in the 1970s, surviving only in audio taped by fans, photographs taken on set and a few clips that were preserved … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:15: BSFA short list: Goodreads/LibraryThing stats https://t.co/93iOdiI8M0 Sat, 12:56: RT @Davos: We’ve got no idea how much our world is changing. This is how far we’ve come https://t.co/Ogzd82XbNi https://t.co/HyUrrQi4yw Sat, 13:57: RT @lorddeben: Numbers take population into account and … Continue reading

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Rebecca (1940 film and 1936 novel)

Rebecca won the Academy Award for Outstanding Production of 1940, the last time the award had that name; I caught the end of The Great Dictator on TV once, but otherwise have not seen any of the other nominees. Rebecca … Continue reading

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BSFA short list: Goodreads/LibraryThing stats

The BSFA Award final ballot is now out! The 48 novels on the long-list have been winnowed down to four, two of which were in the top ten in the previous table and two of which were in the lower … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:56: What freedom of movement means to business https://t.co/q2z4sedB0u By American Express. #client Fri, 16:05: BSFA 2017 Awards https://t.co/ODS0THd4fk Final ballot now out! Fri, 17:32: RT @joshuabeatty: Super happy that the @TheHugoAwards from @worldcon75 are now up on YouTube … Continue reading

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The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield

Second paragraph of third chapter: But I resolved to put the words and the letter out of my head. I don't know how this ended up on my Amazon wishlist; but you can get it for a penny plus postage. … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:47: RT @EU2018BG: Minister @EZaharievaMFA welcomes @FedericaMog, fellow foreign ministers to National Palace of Culture for the #Gymnich mee… Thu, 12:56: Serbia must accept Kosovo independence to join EU: German foreign minister https://t.co/rCUCHpQcyO This is importan… https://t.co/pQ5XqZtRgP Thu, 16:05: … Continue reading

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A quirk in Slovakia

Researching a small project on what would happen if the 2014 European Parliament election had been carried out using the proposed new seat allocation for the 2019 election, I came across an interesting quirk of the electoral system in Slovakia. … Continue reading

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