Category Archives: sci fi

Mellow birthday

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Mellow birthday ~

Slept in. Read a clever Matthew Hughes story about thieves and wizards from Fantasy & SciFi Mag, a disturbing Robert Reed sci-fi story from the Robots anthology, an enjoyable short story by Lucia Perillo (hey, I can give a different short story genre a chance), and then half of Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down, by Rosecrans Baldwin. That one had me laughing out loud many times, a welcome diversion. Maybe it’s because I too was once that person working in a foreign country not being able to understand a damn thing anyone said for the first several weeks (I was in Madrid, he was in Paris. I was an au pair, he had an actual job—the comparison ends there).

This evening we managed to go out to dinner as a family to our favorite haunt with all the vegan options. Here’s a pic of my birthday dessert {Bonta Vegan Chocolate Sorbetto with Jem Chocolate’s warm Hazelnut Chocolate Sauce}. And when we got home, we had my favorite—carrot cake made by my step-daughter. It was incredible.

Bonta Vegan Chocolate Sorbetto

Bonta Vegan Chocolate Sorbetto (Broken Top Bottle Shop)

But will there be robots?

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Fantasy & Science Fiction, July / August 2012

But will there be robots?

Funny that this showed up on my Kindle today—I looked for it last night and it wasn’t there yet. Stories by:

~ Kate Wilhelm
~ Matthew Hughes
~ Matthew Johnson
~ Rachel Pollack
~ Albert E. Cowdrey
~ Eleanor Arnason
~ Jeffrey Ford
~ Michaele Jordan
~ Ken Liu

On my reading list… Robots!

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Robots: The Recent A.I.

Robots: The Recent A.I. edited by Rich Horton & Sean Wallace

There’s nothing like some extra sci-fi stories to keep me going between Fantasy & Science Fiction editions.

Funny, I see a short story anthology and I sigh, even if it’s by an author whose novels I love.

But there’s something about sci-fi short stories that just clicks with me.

Robots!

It’s Fantasy & Science Fiction time again

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Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine May/June 2012

The new Fantasy & Science Fiction issue is here! Thank the gods, because I’ve had nothing good to read lately and have been morosely picking through the back issues on my Kindle.

Now, if only I could read it in the bath. 

Hmm, I do have that older Kindle and some gallon zip bags

Hunger Games, naps, feeling old, job apps, and draw something

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I wish I was at The Hunger Games right now. I got into the series a while back when my yoga-librarian-book club friends were reading them. Then recently, with all the hype, the kids started reading them. We’re all really looking forward to the movie; I would have loved to be the first to take the kids. But I’m still not feeling that hot and standing out in the cold somewhere for hours, when it’s a school night for the kids, did not sound very enticing. So, I’m sure they’ll go see it this weekend at their mom’s and I’ll just have to be content to see it on the 2nd go-around. I feel old.

Today, I had a nap in the morning after dropping the kids off {this is getting old, and again with the feeling old}, and then submitted another job app this afternoon. This evening, I met my co-host at the studio to work on cutting a very wordy but interesting interview that is way too long. After all of this time, it’s still hard to cut good content, even when it makes a tighter interview!

I also downloaded this new game, Draw Something, on my Kindle Fire. ‘Cause I’m trendy like that. {Not an early adopter though, as apparently the game has been out for 6 weeks already.} Since I can’t draw, I imagine I will suck at the game. But there’s only one way to find out.

Thursday Nextisms are Inflectious

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Today was another day of rest, so I finished One of Our Thursdays Is Missing. Some of my favorites:

  • “The taxi was the usual yellow-and-check variety and could either run on wheels in the conventional manner or fly using advanced Technobabble™ vectored gravitational inversion thrusters.”
  • “Technobabble™ Swivelmatic vectored-ion plasma drive.”
  • “Verb-Ease™ for troublesome irregularity.”
  • Malapropism: “The average working life of a Mrs. Malaprop in The Rivals was barely fifty readings. The unrelenting comedic misuse of words eventually caused them to suffer postsyntax stress disorder, and once their speech became irreversibly abstruse, they were simply replaced. Most ‘retired’ Mrs. Malaprops were released into the BookWorld, where they turned ferrule…”
  • “‘Now, then,’ I said, using an oxymoron for scolding effect, ‘it is totally unproven that malapropism is inflectious, and what did we say about tolerating those less fortunate than ourselves?”
  • “Large sections of dramatic irony were hacked from the books and boiled down to extract the raw metaphor, rendering once-fine novels mere husks suitable only for scrapping.”
  • TransGenre Taxi {every time I see this, my brain first thinks TransGender taxi}
  • Dark Reading Matter (DRM). “The hypothetical last resting place of books never published, ideas never penned and poems held only in the heart by poets who died without passing them on.”
  • Metamyth
  • Narrative Clunker Unit (NCU)
  • “Distilling metaphor out of raw euphemism was wasteful and expensive, and the euphemism-producing genres on the island were always squeezing the market. Besides, the by-product of metaphor using the Cracked Euphemism Process liberates irony-238 and dangerous quantities of alliteration, which are associated with downright dangerous disposal difficulties. – Bradshaw’s BookWorld Companion (9th edition).”
  • “Don’t anyone move… I think we’ve driven into a mimefield.”
  • “I was reminded of Clark’s Second Law of Egodynamics: ‘For every expert there is an equal and opposite expert.’”
  • “Plot 9 (Human Drama) revolved around a protagonist returning to a dying parent to seek reconciliation for past strife and then finding new meaning to his or her life. If you live anywhere but HumDram, ‘go do a Plot 9’ was considered a serious insult, the Outlander equivalent of being told to ‘go screw yourself.’ – Bradshaw’s BookWorld Companion (3rd edition).”
  • Antikern: “What this does is remove the white spaces entirely – within an instant this entire boat and everyone in it will implode into nothing more than an oily puddle of ink floating on the river.”

Also, I learned a new idiom—“Wheels within Wheels”:

“Complex interacting processes, agents, or motives, as in It’s difficult to find out just which government agency is responsible; there are wheels within wheels. This term, which now evokes the complex interaction of gears, may derive from a scene in the Bible (Ezekiel 1:16): ‘Their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.’ [c. 1600]”

and a new word—Epizeuxis

“Repetition of words with no others between, for vehemence or emphasis.” Example: “O horror, horror, horror.” (Macbeth)