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Bookworm 2013: Crunchy Collections

Much as Strahan’s collection of short stories was a hit-and-miss affair, leaving an overall sour taste (the hits came early, the misses later, for a downward spiral effect), Anne C. Perry’s The Lowest Heaven collection of stories set around the Solar System was, for the most part, absolutely brilliant. The stories are arrayed in a more-or-less linear […]

Bookworm 2013: Even Quieter Wars

It’s really hard to write about Paul McAuley’s Gardens of the Sun as a singular book, since it is, effectively, the second part of a novel that was split into a duology – or at least that’s the impression I got from reading it. The first book does kinda wrap things up,  but the story is really […]

Dive

[flickr]photo:7638109824[/flickr] The transition was sudden. One moment, she was floating across the patchy tapestry of the surface, shifting hourly from sunlight to shadow and shadow to sunlight, circling along an ever tightening spiral. Her initial velocity was decreasing, sapped steadily with the ponderous, rhythmic beating of the thistledown superconducting wing meshes against the roiling lines of […]

From the Shrinking Moon to the Cold Hard Truths

[flickr]photo:4910219321[/flickr] So, the Moon is shrinking! Granted, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter images indicate it is by a mere 100 meters of diameter in something like 100-1000 million years. The damn thing is actually cooling off on the inside and getting scrunched up on the surface. Fascinating, isn’t it? However, what might turn out to be […]

Still Not Quite

[flickr]photo:4831145124[/flickr] Surgery did throw me off rhythm for a while, but I can’t really blame the first-person encounter with stomach lacerations without anesthesia for the long silence. It has a lot more to do with the twin devils of work and procrastination, the main reasons why I’m not exercising regularly, eating healthy, completing that damn […]

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    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time
    Pilgermann
    The Ophiuchi Hotline
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
    Green Eyes
    Crackpot Palace: Stories
    Acceptance
    Echopraxia
    Jagannath
    The Fractal Prince
    The Fecund's Melancholy Daughter


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