- Expanded Collated Contents of the Year’s Bests (2017 Stories, Links). Added the linked contents of Paula Guran’s Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2018.
- The History Blog » Ancient tablet of Odyssey found in Olympia. This isn’t lost literature but, still, finding ancient texts of any kind is very exciting.
- Scientists capture breaking of glacier in Greenland: Event points to forces behind global sea-level rise — ScienceDaily. One thing I don’t like about this article is that it depicts this as an example of natural disaster which, in context, it is. But this sort of thing has always happened and should always happen. Just not so much and often and drastically overall. Still, interesting stuff, particularly regarding the “better modeling.” Scientists’ reliance on “this is not a pipe” modeling is almost as big a problem as “beauty.” The obfuscated link to the video goes to a “googledrive.”
- Plasma-spewing quasar shines light on universe’s youth, early galaxy formation: Found: Quasar with the brightest radio emission ever observed in the early universe — ScienceDaily. More baby pictures and more superweapons. Pretty cool though and, again, the more calibrating tools we can get, the better.
- Milky Weigh: New Method Pins Down Our Galaxy’s Mass. I’d link to this just for the title but it also implies that, while we sit here complacently, something as massive as a trillion suns is barreling down on us at almost 250,000 miles an hour. Look out! There’s not much time!
- Method of making oxygen from water in zero gravity raises hope for long-distance space travel. “I bought some dehydrated water but I don’t know what to add.” Water ain’t exactly light itself – more potable than portable. Still, every little bit helps.
Doing something different with the birthdays. Rather than discuss the birthdays of the past week, I’ll be doing a heads-up on those of the coming week. So this week is a double shot of both.
- 1907-07-07 Robert A. Heinlein
- 1913-07-11 Cordwainer Smith
- 1923-07-12 James E. Gunn
- 1779-07-15 Clement C. Moore
- 1944-07-17 Thomas A. Easton
- 1971-07-17 Cory Doctorow
What can you say about the giant that is Heinlein? Cordwainer Smith, on the other hand, has given his name to a “Rediscovery” award. If you don’t know him, discover him for yourself! Start with The Best of Cordwainer Smith or some other comprehensive collection of his weird and wild stories. I’m regrettably unfamiliar with Gunn directly, but I know he’s contributed much as an author, editor, critic, scholar, and more. (I have many books from several of those categories I need to read Real Soon Now.) And, yes, that is that Clement C. Moore: Twas the night before, etc. Easton reviewed for Analog for many years and, for instance, has just recently co-edited a pretty good anthology. And I don’t know that I’d love everything Doctorow‘s done but I loved “The Man Who Sold the Moon.” Okay, so it’s not the most original title but it’s good.
First up is a video. Second is an audio file. I couldn’t find it on utoob (gasp) so I had to find it at archive.org and figure out how to embed it.
Cowbell – “Tallulah”
Thee Invaders – “The Blah” (archive.org has more, including “I Wanna Eat Your Brain”)