- Magazines and Their Reviewers. Added The 1000 Year Plan.
- This post. Added final Downbelow Station discussion link in the SF section.
- Pun Of The Weak: Daffynitions #3 | Learn Fun Facts. En garde! Get ready for some wordplay.
- Is the Bitcoin network an oligarchy? Hidden owner communities and high-concentration of wealth distributed among a few people — ScienceDaily. To me, it’s pretty obvious that this is another weapon of the rich in their incessant and ever-bolder and more obvious war on the nation-states which, insofar as they are democracies (though those are a vanishing breed), are intended to serve the people. This is a form of currency independent of any particular nation-state.
- The History Blog » Pompeii fugitive wasn’t pinned after all. This is a follow-up to an item I linked to in “Links (2018-06-04).”
- The Splintered Mind: Will Future Generations Find Us Especially Morally Loathsome?. While this article has its own points to make (and I disagree with, or at least question, some of them, such as the idea that people of moral excellence would condemn, rather than seek to understand, the morality of others), it raises issues I’ve long wanted to articulate and which I think are especially pertinent in this era of disturbingly absolutist, holier-than-thou attitudes which bring to mind the “loathsome” eras of Puritans, Salem, Prohibitionists, etc. But if you’re not interested in my take, don’t let that discourage you from reading the excellent article for the author’s viewpoint and for your own.
- More clues that Earth-like exoplanets are indeed Earth-like: Research into spin dynamics suggests they have regular seasons and stable climates — ScienceDaily. Hey ho, let’s go. And here’s Centauri Dreams‘ take on it: “Probing Exoplanet Obliquity.” CD‘s rarely first with the news but it’s usually best and that’s what matters.
- Will an asteroid hit Earth? Your questions answered. | The Planetary Society. From File 770 comes this vital link, along with one to a “Kick Asteroid!” kickstarter where you can help save the world!
- It’s a Beautiful Baby Exoplanet! Historic Photo Shows Birth of Alien World. Sometimes I think being an astronomer is the modern version of being a haruspex but, if they’re interpreting it right, then cool!
- ‘Cataclysmic’ collision shaped Uranus’ evolution — ScienceDaily. Interesting piece on the system’s oddball, And, here again, is Centauri Dreams being interested in the same stuff I am: “Uranus: Orbital Tilt from a Cataclysmic Collision.”
- Most of Earth’s meteorites came from five or six ancient planets — ScienceDaily. One quote is on the money: if we’re going to be diverting or destroying these things when they threaten the Earth, we need to know exactly what they are.
- RIP, Harlan Ellison (1934-2018) | Adventures Fantastic. Another Grand Master falls. Alone Against Tomorrow, Deathbird Stories, and countless appearances in anthologies all made a major impact on me.
- How Do You Buy Your Science Fiction in 2018? – Auxiliary Memory. AM brings us another fascinating post, this time about the science fiction market. One stray observation he makes is that “classic SF is so little read that libraries discard them” but libraries discard everything so I don’t think it says anything about classic SF. One stray point I’d make is that slide 15 is incredibly disturbing because, according to it, Random Penguin makes up over half of the non-Handmaid’s Tale market all by itself. And. as he was, I was most struck by slide 35 and I may something about that (and answer the main question) in a later, dedicated post.
- “A Century Hence” | Learn Fun Facts. This is more interesting for its substance than its style but it’s a great find of a great perspective. Those were the days.
- The Space-Time Continuum: How a small-town Saskatchewan boy launched science fiction’s Golden Age – SuperversiveSF. An item which celebrates the Golden Age, traditionally dated from the July 1939 Astounding. It starts out being very Canada-centric (naturally, given the original source) but moves on to A. E. van Vogt’s SF career in more general terms. It’s certainly something Canada should be proud of.
- Black Gate » Black Gate Book Club, Downbelow Station, Final Discussion. One of these days (after Asimov and Heinlein and…) I’ll re-read all of Cherryh.
- 1900-06-29 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
- 1877-07-02 Hermann Hesse
- 1883-07-03 Franz Kafka
This week’s authors are, oddly, all non-English. I don’t really recall Saint-Exupery‘s The Little Prince, but who hasn’t read it? I haven’t read Hesse for years but things like Steppenwolf had their effects. I love Kafka‘s The Trial, which is a perfect metaphor for almost everything. He’s, of course, famous for “The Metamorphosis” as well, but I’ve read his complete stories and it was well worth it.
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