Links: 2019-07-28

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Apollo 11 at Space.com

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They’re BACK! (Or half of them are, anyway. 2.5/4, maybe.) These are the first two singles from the upcoming album. Both songs are fantastic but, while I don’t usually pay much attention to the non-auditory stuff, the second (from July 17th) has a really striking, artsy video. Congrats to the amazing performers.

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Links: 2019-07-04

Welcome to a special “Independence Day” edition of the “Links” posts. This has all the usual goodies plus a large dose of independent political reading.

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This should make all Americans uncomfortable (to say the least):

These are some articles which may make the Right uncomfortable (even though one comes from the Right).

These may make the Left uncomfortable (even though one comes from the Left).

Here are some more which may make the Left uncomfortable (again, with one from the Left). These are on Harris’ supposed “victorious” attack on Biden and very connected to the previous section.

These may make the “New Left” uncomfortable and would make me very happy (as a fervent supporter of the First Amendment for all) if I could only believe the second one. (Again, the irony is striking – it used to be that the Right attempted to limit speech and now it’s the Left.)

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And now for a few tunes. The first is in honor of the first history article. (With one of the best openers of all-time.)

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Links: 2019-06-06

D-Day

Just a string of anniversaries lately. Seventy-five years and we’re in danger of losing what they fought for but we honor them for that fight and those great years we’ve received.

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Goo-d music…

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Another Date Which Will Live in Infamy

The next installment of the Mueller report coverage (which describes a staggering amount of asphyxiating smoke yet claims to be unable to find a fire) is available if you wish to see it but there’s some interesting timing as I made an extremely rare political post and yet am compelled to do so again the very next day. This one gets closer to the topic of science fiction in that I mentioned awhile ago possibly blogging about the connections between China and SF. I wish all the people who buy Chinese fiction (which is emitted from a state of dictatorship and censorship) and all those Western SF writers who go to writing “camps” sponsored by the Chinese corporation/government (writers who should count themselves lucky not to be sent to China’s other “camps”) would rethink their “engagement” with China. As Wu’er Kaixi, a surviving protester living in Taiwan says at the top of the NewsHour (not included in the clip below), “We lost and the Western world adopted this China policy – they call it ‘engagement’ – I just call it ‘appeasement.'”

(I’d hope it would go without saying but, just in case, I want to make clear that my issue is only with the current dictatorial regimes of Russia and China and obviously not with the Russian or Chinese people, as such.)

Links: 2019-05-07

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Here on Featured Futures, I’ve updated “Collated Contents of the Year’s Bests (2018 Stories, Links)” with the contents of Horton’s annual [edit: and Guran’s]. Elsewhere:

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Calvin and Hobbes. (If you’ve missed them, don’t forget to check out all the things that have been reprinted since the last “Links” post, including the great insect collection project. the hiccup incident, and moments with Spaceman Spiff and Stupendous Man!)

Calvin and Hobbes Comic Strip for April 10, 2019

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Links: 2019-03-15

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Birthdays

Apologies to Al Jaffee – I edited the ISFDB to reflect his birthday and then ironically neglected to put him on this list last week.

  • 1921-03-13 Al Jaffee
  • 1939-03-15 Joseph D. Olander
  • 1946-03-16 Chris Foss
  • 1948-03-17 William Gibson
  • 1842-03-18 Stéphane Mallarmé
  • 1946-03-19 John Gribbin
  • -0043-03-20 Ovid
  • 1932-03-20 Jack Cady

The data in this section is from the ISFDB. ISFDB entries usually have SFE and/or Wikipedia links for biographies. For free works of older authors online, try sites like FreeSFOnline, Archive.org, Gutenberg, or PoemHunter.com.

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