Saturday, July 25, 2020
Pandemic Journal, Part 11
Monday, July 20, 2020
2020 Hugo Ballot, Part Two: Related Work, Dramatic Presentations, and Fan Writer
Sunday, July 19, 2020
2020 Hugo Ballot, Part One: Novel, Novella, Novelette, and Short Story
Militarism and Metaphysics: The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley
Friday, July 17, 2020
Portals and Puppies: The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
Alix E. Harrow's The Ten Thousand Doors of January is a beautifully written portal fantasy with some interesting ideas, but it's light on world building for my tastes (don't expect to learn much about the worlds to which those portals lead). I picked this up because it's a Hugo nominee for Best Novel. So far Arkady Martine's A Memory Called Empire is by a pretty wide margin my #1 pick, but this one might be a distant second.
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Necromancers in Space: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Hugo Reading 2020: Short Stories
Monday, July 13, 2020
Dark Tower Re-Read, Book 3: The Waste Lands
Sunday, July 5, 2020
Hugo Reading 2020: Novelettes
Friday, July 3, 2020
Independence Day for Conflicted Americans
|Janelle Monáe and friends performing "Americans"|
Here's something I shared on social media:
Spending part of July 3 bringing lunches to poor people in the projects and homeless people in tent cities in the wealthiest country on Earth in the middle of a grossly mismanaged response to a pandemic makes me really excited about Independence Day this year.
(Just in case you missed it, yes, that is sarcasm.) Don’t get me wrong, I’m really, really glad to help, and I'm thankful for my friend who got me involved in the team. If people are suffering, one should help them. But it’s hard to get excited about a country that has the wealth to totally eliminate poverty, but has continued to choose not to do so year after year while the problems are in some cases actually getting worse. MLK made this point in the 1960’s. Others made it before him. There is no excuse.