SCI FICTION tribute

Just in case anyone reading this has not already seen it:

The SCI FICTION website has been publishing excellent science fiction stories, both old and new, since 2000. It is to stop publishing at the end of this year, alas. Some of its fans have had the excellent idea of compiling a tribute, by asking for volunteers to write an appreciation for each of the 320-odd stories on the site.

The first few of these have been done already – Pete Tillman’s appreciation of the Nebula-winning “Goddesses”, by Linda Nagata, Ben Peek’s appreciation of “Jailwise”, by Lucius Shepard, Jay Lake’s substantial essay on “The Wages of Syntax”, by Ray Vukcevich, and Lois Tilton’s brief (but heartfelt) note on “The Horse of a Different Color (That You Rode In On)”, by Howard Waldrop. But there is still plenty of room for more. You could more or less pick any story and find you had something to say about it.

And if you just want to read the reviews as they come in, you can get them via .

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1 Response to SCI FICTION tribute

  1. matgb says:

    My Nokia is a touchscreen (not capacitive, mind, I was under the impression that was supposed to be better, not make things worse).

    And I’ve friends with iPhones that can use them regularly throughout the day without issue.

    My big issue with the battery life is the actual size of the battery in terms of power output compared to what’s going on. My Nokia allows me to, easily, turn everything off and stop all net connections.

    There are some apps on the Desire that Jennie has no interest in, does not want to use, and wants to block access to, but HTC customer services tell her it’s impossible to turn them off. She pays for a fair bit of bandwidth, but when she got the phone she was at home, and set it to use the Wifi network.

    Despite this, and despite being almost unable to leave the house, she’d used 3/4rs of her bandwidth allowance from her provided within two weeks.

    Much of that was wasted by apps she didn’t want, that was draining battery power and bandwidth.

    Seriously, there is no way I can consider a phone that insists on checking share prices online when I’m on a metered bandwidth contract.

    But the battery issue is doubly annoying as she could get a better, more powerful battery, one almost as good as a standard AA battery.

    She could take her Nokia to work, spend all day in the cellar on stock control, listening to music on Spotify and checking email regularly, and still be able to cycle home listening to podcasts.

    The Desire? No chance, at all. It’s got a less powerful battery in it than the 5800, but uses a lot more power, all the time, some of it for apps that simply aren’t needed, wanted or, well, desired.

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