Subway Books

Nov. 30th, 2015 06:21 am[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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 Brazil is encouraging people to read by treating books as subway tickets.  Surely someone must be doing this in Terramagne!
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A close relative is currently stranded in Albequerque due to the car dying on a long trip. So [personal profile] dialecticdreamer offered to help by writing ficlets in exchange for donations to the car fund. Well, one donor asked for something from Love Is For Children, so I'm filling this prompt for Zelofheda. If any other fans of this series would like to express their appreciation, by all means chip in a few bucks with a note that it's from me and the Pay It Forward project. This story also fills the "emotional overload" square in my 11-3-15 card for the Disaster Bingo fest and the "hurt/comfort" square in my 10-1-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest.

This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," "If They Could Just Stay Little," "Anahata," "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Building Towers," and "Coming in from the Cold: Sunday: Shaking Foundations," and "Coming in from the Cold: Monday: Memorial Day."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Natasha Romanova, Betty Ross, Bruce Banner, Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, JARVIS.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Minor mishaps. Lingering symptoms of past abuse and neglect. Current environment is safe.
Summary: The Avengers enjoy game night. Clint and Bruce wind up playing together for much of it. Bruce gets upset easily.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family of choice. Team as family. Fluff and angst. Toys and games. Emotional overload. Coping skills. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Nonsexual intimacy. Caregiving. Competence. Gentleness. Trust. Creativity. Friendship. Cuddling. #coulsonlives

A note on feedback: While it's not necessary to comment on every post I make, remember that I don't know who reads/likes things if nobody says anything. Particularly on long stories, I've discovered that I get antsy if there's nothing but crickets chirping for several posts. So it helps to give me feedback at least once, even if it's just "I like this" or "This one doesn't grab me." First and last episodes are ideal if you rarely feel inspired to comment in the middle.

I also have a list of favorite photogenic scenes from the whole series for fanartists to consider, partly compiled from audience requests.

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Nov. 29th, 2015 06:55 pm[personal profile] penlessej
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What drives you to write? Is it work, pleasure...something else? I think that I write because I often have something to say (I am a very opinionated person). I also like to write to engage people who help to inform my own worldview. I am that annoying person who can craft an argument for the sake of argument and then switch sides. I actually enjoy when a person changes my own opinion, and I find writing to be the best vehicle.

I haven't been too active on this blog (and that is a shame to be honest) but I do have another blog that I have been managing for some time: Crown, Rod & Mace. Chances are the topic will not interest you because it is essentially all about the Parliament of Canada. I am enjoying the feedback that I am getting from people about being able to read about parliament. I really only started that blog because I would research all of this stuff on my own, and decided that sharing it wasn't a bad idea. Up until this point, the blog has loosely been following real-world events (the election, swearing-in ceremony, etc) but I think that I am going to start to move away from that model and just start writing on random topics.

I'll end with my original question: what drives you to write?

Foam Blocks for Babies

Nov. 29th, 2015 05:11 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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 This pattern shows how to make stacking sensory blocks with a fabric cover and foam core.  You could, of course, use the same concept to make other styles of dice than a d6 if you can find or make a suitable core.


Nov. 29th, 2015 05:29 pm[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
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Teaming the barely-in-control of his powers blaster with a dream-girl who wants to help humanity get back in touch with their primal fears seems to be veering towards super-villainy faster than I expected.

Inclusive Lego Project

Nov. 29th, 2015 03:47 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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 This project aims to make Legos more inclusive with a holiday-and-magic themed set including minifigs in wheelchairs.
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Here is a mix of free and on-holiday-sale literature with seasonal queer themes. Don we now our gay apparel!  \o/

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Rough week physically, so-so mentally. As for the physical, I can do no better than to quote from Tuesday's notes:

Clumsy bear got into a fight with a wet manhole cover and a sidewalk. The manhole cover tripped me and the sidewalk hit me in the face. Lost the fight, but got away quickly enough to escape serious injury. (Slipped, and would probably have recovered except that I tripped over the curb and did a faceplant.)

Hand apparently broke the fall pretty well, but I have some abrasions on knee and forehead, and a fair amount of bruising and a cut on the bridge of my nose. Grump. Ouch. Glasses had their nosepiece bent a little but nothing scratched or broken. Could have been *much* worse.

As it turned out, I had two small breaks in my nose; they showed up on the CAT scan. At this point everything but the nose and the abrasion on my knee have stopped hurting even a little. I got off easy.

Mentally, my current meds appear to be doing their job. I'm worried about Ticia, though. She hasn't been eating much, and has lost weight since we got her. (She was overweight, but still; I don't like it.) She is also still getting into fights with the other cats. On the other hand, she's also endearingly cuddly, especially with me.

The other biggish news is that we got the HELOC to cover the overrun on the remodel. Colleen and I went and signed for it yesterday. Of course, it makes me worry more about finances.

I've done a little practicing; need to do more, especially on the stuff I'm likely to be playing at and around Mom's birthday party.

Lots of links, as usual.

raw notes, with links )

Sunday Picnic With the Squirrels

Nov. 29th, 2015 11:27 am[personal profile] poetree_admin posting in [community profile] poetree
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Sunday, every Sunday, let's have a community picnic. It's probably been a long week, and it's lovely to have a few minutes to sit back and relax and enjoy some good conversation in a less formal space. Feel free to bring something for the Picnic Basket - a poem you liked this week, a thought you had or something you experienced, or even something completely unrelated to poetry whatsoever that you just feel like sharing. Just take a moment to say hello, and maybe have a bite to eat; no one is going anywhere fast, and the shade promises some relief from the everyday heat. Let’s get to know each other a bit better, here under the branches of the poet’s tree.
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Back in Time for Dinner, which is a series of hour-long episodes featuring an English family eating their way to the present from the 1950s, one year a day.

It's worth watching.

Things I noticed:

1. The 1950s kitchen appears to have a measuring cup! From all the talk talk talk about how annoying it is to convert American recipes I assumed measuring cups had fallen out of favor in England a lot earlier than 1950.

2. This is how you use that style can opener. I looked at it and went "Nope", but - unlike my counterparts in the 1950s - I can google that sort of thing.

3. The mom in this family really got a raw deal. The kids and dad could leave the house every day to go to school and work, and her 1950s counterpart would have had other housewives to talk to, but she was really stuck.

4. Loving the clothes, though, especially that purple apron. Also, I noticed around when the girls switched from pigtails to ponytails, the kids' clothing seemed to modernize a lot faster than the grown-up clothing. Which of course makes sense - your kids can't wear what they wore 10 years ago, but you can, and even if you make careful use of hand-me-downs the clothes children wear doesn't actually last forever.

5. Is it okay in England to use the flag as a tablecloth? Was it okay in the 50s? In the US it's definitely a violation of the Flag Code, and even I think it's a little tacky (and I definitely don't revere the flag or anything like that!)

6. What's with the shelf between the burners and the oven on her stove?

7. For all her talk about how if she'd married a GI and been a war bride she'd at least have an electric mixer, she may be wrong. I grew up with a rotary eggbeater as our only way to beat anything - actually, we have one now. Both our electric beaters broke, and we were tired of using a spoon or a whisk.


Nov. 28th, 2015 08:20 pm[personal profile] conuly
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Eva doesn't like me listening in on her chorus rehearsals, so I usually only catch the last 10 minutes or so.

Those minutes are spent on Sleigh Ride. I'd like to slay Leroy Anderson by now. I have three lines from the song running through my head on permanent loop. Not the whole song, naturally, which would be bearable. No, just from "pass around the coffee and the pumpkin pie" to "these wonderful things are the things we remember all through our lives".

The performance is on Tuesday. It's gonna be great, actually - the kids really are on tune, and they're doing their songs in parts and all that. But I want that song out of my head!


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A brief history of USB, what it replaced, and what has failed to replace it

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How Railroad History Shaped Internet History

The Black Female Mathematicians Who Sent Astronauts to Space

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Saving a School on the Blackfeet Reservation

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Future of human gene editing to be decided at landmark summit

Drug driving suit mimics taking the wheel stoned

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The New, Ugly Surge in Violence and Threats Against Abortion Providers

The rich are less generous when they think there’s high economic inequality

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Since I’ve gotten quite a bit of surprising action this weekend on the Faerie Blood and Bone Walker sale, here’s an official post about that. And a big shoutout and thanks to userinfoandpuff, Tanya Huff, for signal boosting me! If you’re visiting my site because of her RT’ing me on Twitter, hi there and thank you for coming by!

So here’s what you need to know: both of my two indie-published novels, Faerie Blood and Bone Walker, Books 1 and 2 of the Free Court of Seattle urban fantasy series, are currently on sale in ebook form for 99 cents each. This sale was launched in honor of Orycon, which I just attended, and is also in honor of general Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday/Please Everybody Buy Our Stuff Weekend. 😉

Both of these books are on sale on major ebook vending sites: Amazon, Nook, iTunes, Kobo, Google Play, and Smashwords. Note that on Smashwords in particular, the price is actually also “Reader Sets Price”, so while the suggested price there is currently 99 cents, you can actually set it to anything you like. (And a big shoutout and thanks to the reader who gave me five dollars for Faerie Blood, too!)

All the major links can be found on the Faerie Blood and Bone Walker pages. Look for the “Buy the Book” button in the top sections of each page.

You can also buy the ebooks directly from me at my Square storefront, where the 99 cent price is in effect as well.

Thanks to all who’ve spread the word, and if you’re a new reader picking up my stuff for the first time, thanks for your purchase and I hope you enjoy my stories!

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Nov. 28th, 2015 06:04 pm[personal profile] telophase
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It's been driving my mother-in-law so nuts that her boys won't eat anything more--she's been stuffing them with chocolate-covered peanuts and tangerine segments all afternoon--that she's now switched to me and has deposited a plate of shrimp with cocktail sauce next to me.

cut for pics )
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Here's a math problem for you, kids! If more than half of your magazine is taken up by a 2-star short novel, how likely is it that you'll still end up with a good issue?

Answer: not very.

I'm used to Fantasy & Science Fiction having a long table of contents page. This one (the December 1960 issue) comprises just ten entries, and all save the Asimov article are vignettes. I wonder if we'll be seeing a slew of larger stories now that Editor Mills has depleted his stock of tiny ones.

Anyway, it's quality, not quantity that counts. So how was the quality?

(find out at Galactic Journey!)

Alongside Everette, WA

Nov. 28th, 2015 02:22 pm[personal profile] penlessej
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Well, that lovely shore posting that was supposed to free up time for me to focus on completing my undergrad degree, spending more time with M and feeling somewhat like a human being has gone out of the window as of late. I have been attach posted to the good ship SASKATOON to assist her in accepting the new side-scan sonar payload for the RCN. I have always enjoyed doing side-scan sonar (how many people can say that they have seen the bottom of the ocean?), but this posting could not have come at a worse time. It has thrown a serious wrench into my school (good bye 4.0 average) and it is making commitments that I made while I was ashore much more difficult (and I hate not meeting my own commitments).

In what should be a plus side, the ship is alongside Everette, Washington right now to take advantage of Black Friday (weekend) sales. The crew has been having a tough go with early starts and late ends to the day, so the stop is nice. But I would rather be at home this weekend working on my course and spending time with M. And you know what you spend so much time stewing about something not being right that you miss a chance to maybe get work done…that is me always right now. I should probably fix that.

At any rate, you got a post of this. How is your American Thanksgiving weekend going?


Nov. 27th, 2015 03:55 pm[personal profile] conuly
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You can reject IQ as a measure of intelligence just because you dislike the Flynn effect. Or you can say that lower IQ scores among mothers prove that stupid people are outbreeding smart people. What you can't do is try to use both those arguments simultaneously. If you can't see why this is a bad idea, then you really need to excuse yourself from any conversation that even remotely touches on the subject of intelligence.


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Turning Bacon Into Bombs: The American Fat Salvage Committee

Researchers have written quantum code on a silicon chip for the first time

King Tutankhamun's tomb: Evidence grows for hidden chamber

Breakfast Cereal's Last Gasp

Scientists have figured out how to shock the salt out of seawater

Home possession of switchblade knives protected by the Second Amendment

Why the Economic Fates of America’s Cities Diverged

6 Creepy Things You Never Noticed About Famous Kids Cartoons

Call off the bee-pocalypse: U.S. honeybee colonies hit a 20-year high

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Supreme Court justice blocks Native Hawaiian vote count

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The Racist Legacy of Woodrow Wilson

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High-tech consumerism, a global catastrophe happening on our watch

Energy-rich Russia pays little attention to climate change

What's behind the rise of coccolithophores in the oceans?


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Nov. 28th, 2015 04:36 pm[personal profile] synecdochic
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Last chance on the Anniversaries; I'll be catching up the lists tonight and probably ordering tomorrow.


Nov. 28th, 2015 03:59 pm[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
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Stroking my beard is villainous and stroking my cats is villainous but stroking my beard with my cat isn't.

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The LP just came out!

Bit sad Arlo didn't end the set with This Land but singing the whole thing would probably get him on a no fly list.
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So far there are no prompts in the "Pay It Forward" project to help a stranded relative, which I described in more detail here.  I figured I'd try posting again when more people are likely to be awake, since this started lateish last night.

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

Nov. 28th, 2015 04:04 am[personal profile] weofodthignen
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The store survived so I still have a job, and the newbie managed on Tuesday night, so I am scheduled to have weekends again starting next week. And the bus was late so I managed not to miss it despite an end-of-shift scramble.
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Family of [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith are stranded with SEVERE car trouble FAR from home. I will fill prompts at a penny a word for those who donate to THEIR emergency fund-- all I need is a round number for the amount and a prompt from the individual donors.

Full details (and much clearer ones) are HERE and at Ysabetwordsmith's page HERE.

PLEASE, please consider boosting the signal if you don't have the suggested minimum $5. I will collect prompts at the above link, but feel free to PM me if you don't want to include even a vague financial reference (for word count purposes only!) Prompts will fill in chronological order beginning as soon as my first cup of tea on Sunday morning and going until the slate is cleared.
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has responded to our family mayhem by hosting a "Pay It Forward" prompt call to raise funds.  Anyone willing to donate $5 or more to the emergency fund can get a 500-word ficlet written to your prompt.  Since this is not for personal profit, fanfic (see the list of familiar fandoms on the prompt page) and my settings (Polychrome Heroics and Frankenstein's Family are especially apt) are open.  If you want our stranded relatives to know that this particular packet of help came by way our efforts, you can mention us and the Pay It Forward project.  

As the name implies, if you've ever been broke down in the middle of nowhere and benefited from the help of a kindly stranger, now's an opportunity to return the favor.  If you're broke too, you can still help by boosting the signal for the prompt call.  Thank you!

Happy belated Thanksgiving :)

Nov. 24th, 2015 08:46 pm[personal profile] conuly
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Today is the day we had our celebration. The day was beautiful, and in the low 60s (which, as it'd been in the low 50s and high 40s all last week, meant that just about every one of us felt comfortable and even warm with our coats off) so instead of trying to figure out how to seat 10 people around a kitchen table sized for 6, with nowhere near enough seats, we went to the park to eat! Picnic tables, and lots of space for the kids to run around, and it was glorious.

We had the customary too much food without it being TOO too much, and everybody was able to find some food that they wanted to eat, both with the meal and the dessert, and nobody fought, which is like some sort of holiday miracle. If the weather is this nice next year, we'll absolutely do it again. Global warming has to be good for something, after all.

Afterwards, we discussed world politics a little, and apparently Erdogan is not pronounced at all the way I'd assumed. Damn Turkish spelling conventions. Thank goodness Michele speaks the language.


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Family Mayhem

Nov. 27th, 2015 08:17 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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One of my relatives is stranded mid-trip.  :(  Signal boosts and donations are welcome.  See Our Voyage West on Facebook.

The car is officially dead. It needs a replacement engine. As that's not an expense we planned on, we could use some help. The mechanic is going to look around for used engines to put in, but realistically that's going to cost over $1,000 in labor, regardless of the cost of the engine.
At this moment we are in Del Norte, Colorado, still very far from home and far from any large city. If you would like to help, you can donate via PayPal (link: ). If you can't spare any change, you can share this post and ask others for their help.
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 Thanks to a couple links from [personal profile] thnidu there are two new verses in "Learning to See."  Annalee discovers others like herself.
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith has announced a Poetry Fishbowl for Tuesday, December 1, on the subject of weather (click for details).

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Nov. 27th, 2015 04:29 pm[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
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I made a small error at some point and added three to Locus' total reviews for 2014.

Venue	                    Reviews Reviewers   R/R
James Nicoll Reviews ('15)   299         1.    299
Locus	                     296	11.     26.9	                     271	33.      8.2
SFX	                     199	30.      6.6
James Nicoll Reviews ('14)   150         1.    150
Romantic Times	             127	21.      6.0
Strange Horizons	     115	46.      2.5
Interzone                     79        21.      3.8
io9	                      74	12.      6.2
F&SF	                      59	 5.     11.8
Vector	                      59	25.      2.4
Analog	                      58	 1.     58
Asimov's	              47	 3.     15.7
NYRSF	                      45	23.      1.4
Science Fiction Studies	      43	36.      1.2
Foundation	              29	19.      1.5
CSZ	                      22	18.      1.2
LARB.  	                      17	14.      1.2

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

Nov. 27th, 2015 07:08 am[personal profile] weofodthignen
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It was weird being off work. We walked the dog at midday; it was a pretty, chilly day with few people about. The big gingko trees have shed a lot of their leaves in the recent wind and rain; a lot of the other trees that change colors are in full flame after finally getting a proper drink.

Stone Age Chimps

Nov. 26th, 2015 11:53 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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 Chimpanzees are in the Stone Age.  Of course, Homo ergaster  did that for about a million years and it never went anywhere but the one rather awesome hand-axe.  You need a cluster of inventors, not just one ... which is hard because most inventors don't want to incarnate at that level of technology.

Giving Thanks

Nov. 26th, 2015 05:57 pm[personal profile] mdlbear
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It's Thanksgiving, which means that in addition to the traditional Thankful Thursday, I get to look back over the whole year to find things to be grateful for. But let's start with the week: Today I'm grateful for

  • Surviving my argument with a manhole cover and a sidewalk with nothing more serious than a slightly broken nose and some scrapes;
  • My family, with a special callout to Naomi for driving me to the ER to get checked out;
  • Cat therapy, with a special callout to Morticia;
  • Sound Credit Union, for approving the loan that will pay for the budget overrun on our garage remodel.

Now, for the year:

  • My family, again and always: Colleen, Emmy, Chaos, PocketNaomi, Ursa Minor, their kids g and j, and my Mom (whose 95th birthday party I'm flying east for two weeks from today);
  • Our wonderful home at Rainbow's End;
  • Our wonderful cats, and especially for the time -- far too short -- that we had with Curio;
  • Seattle weather;
  • An employer that appears to be much more understanding than I gave them credit for (though I'm still very worried);
  • Good Drugs, with special callouts to methocarbamol and bupropion;
  • Friends, coworkers, and health care providers too numerous to mention, but particularly Colleen's urologist and the three Anitas at UW;
  • Filk and folk music, with special mention of "The Mary Ellen Carter", a song that had a lot to do with our surviving what has been an extremely rough year for all of us.

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Nov. 26th, 2015 05:01 pm[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
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Mallworld is too late for a Tears review.
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Sometimes, I just don't get it.

The December 1960 Fantasy and Science Fiction is almost completely devoted to one short novel, Rogue Moon, by Algis Budrys. I like Budrys, and F&SF is generally my favorite magazine, so I've been looking forward to this book since it was advertised last month.

To all accounts, it is a masterpiece (and by "to all accounts", I mean according to the buzz in the local science fiction circles). The premise is certainly exciting: there is an alien structure on the moon, an amorphous multi-dimensional thing, that kills all who enter it. To facilitate its exploration, the navy utilizes a matter transporter that disassembles one's molecules in one place and reconstructs them elsewhere. Volunteers are sent from Earth to their certain death to push a few more feet into the deadly extraterrestrial maze.

Of course, the transporter doesn't actually send anyone anywhere; it destroys the original and creates a copy that thinks it is the original. In fact, it's possible to make multiple copies of a person, and that is what is done: one copy goes to the moon to die, while the other stays on Earth to live on. It turns out that the two copies have a limited degree of telepathic contact for a short time, so the Earthbound copy can report on what his moonbound copy experiences.

The project's main hurdle is that it takes a special kind of person to experience one's own death and not go insane. How, indeed, to find such a person to unlock the riddles of the maze?

(see the rest at Galactic Journey)

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