Federation is a collection of five of H. Beam Piper's short stories, curated and re-published by John F. Carr in an Ace Paperback edition in 1981. The book leads off with a preface by Jerry Pournelle, who knew Piper through science fiction fandom before Piper's suicide. Carr has an illuminating
The City of Illusions: Yankee Republic Book 4 [Amazon link] by Fenton Wood is Philo’s most fantastical adventure yet, as he traverses the Tower of the Bear, travels through time, and survives the challenges of the Obsidian Tower. As we are now four books into a five book series,
Emperor Norton at The Emperor Ponders describes for us the four kinds of text you can write: There are four broad categories of text you can write (exposition, narration, description, and dialogue,) and descriptions are what can give more problems to a fiction or genre writer. To sum up, description
I reviewed Janissaries [Amazon link] by Jerry Pournelle in 2011, but I am going to do so again in preparation for the fourth posthumously published volume in the series. This is another book that made a big impression on me, and I want to do it justice. First, the physical
With the popular success of the Amazon Originals series Good Omens, based upon the popular success of Neil Gaiman’s book of the same name, we also have popular Catholics pointing out that Neil Gaiman doesn’t exactly have a STD [Doctorate of Sacred Theology]. First, the Catholic Herald, Good
Posting has been light of late, my home PC needs a new power supply. The replacement should be here by Tuesday. When Correlation Is Not Causation, But Something Much More Screwy UCLA sociologist Gabriel Rossman explains how easy it is to fool yourself with the way you collect your data.
Wow, it has been a long time since I did a LinkFest, so here is one delayed 7 weeks. 48 Hours on the Dark Side of Vegas This reminds me of the hidden desperation in Tim Power's Last Call. Is the U.S. behind Fethullah Gulen? Not as newsworthy as