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Five Star Reviews: A Series of Steaks

So I was just innocently minding my own business, reading through the stories nominated for the Hugo awards this year, when I was accosted, wrestled to the floor, and tickled to death by “A Series of Steaks,” by Vina Jie-Min … Continue reading

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Five Star Book Reviews: Teranesia

Freaking Teranesia! Methalate my regulatory network, but is this a good book! Teranesia hit me squarely in the center of everything I like: speculative biology, psychological drama, and political machinations. It’s about trauma and recovery, about life going on, and … Continue reading

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Five Star Book Reviews: Factfulness

Today one of my students showed me the new English words she’d learned last week from Factfulness, which I’d recommended to her. Included on the list were: “devastatingly,” “mislead,” and “gag.” Damn good words! Factfulness is somewhere between a book … Continue reading

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Follycon notebook 4+5

(back to pages 2 and 3) Then I actually went to a Follycon panel! It was called (I think) “How to Put Science in your Fiction,” and that thing at the top is my wife’s snarky correction. The following are … Continue reading

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Follycon Notebook pages 2 + 3

Page 2 of my Follycon notebook is quite a bit blurrier than page 1, but don’t worry, I have some blurry memories to supplement it! Uh, so I think this is still from that first conversation with Georgina Kamsika, Sarah Dodd, and Micaiah Huw … Continue reading

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Follycon Notebook page 1

Yeah yeah, I know Eastercon Follycon was a month ago. It’s been a busy month, and I’m just now typing up my notes. I hope to get all of my follycon notes online, hopefully before I go to Worldcon in … Continue reading

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Five Star Reviews: Captivate

Vanessa Van Edwards confesses at the beginning of her book that she is by nature a shy and awkward person, crippled by her social anxiety and generally unsuccessful at networking events. Like all great nerds, however, she applied rigorous empiricism … Continue reading

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Five Star Reviews: Aggressor Six

Aggressor Six by Wil McCarthy I missed a nap for this book, dammit! I stayed up all afternoon after an exhausting trip to the children’s museum because otherwise how would I learn why the aliens blew up all those space … Continue reading

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Violet Evergarden

By my serifs and ligatures! I am really enjoying Violet Evergarden. Maybe it’s because it has a lovely constructed script (sort of Latin/Cyrillic/Georgian with distinct serif, sans-serif, cursive, and printed handwritten forms! USED PERHAPS TO WRITE A REAL CONSTRUCTED LANGUAGE?!?!?!111/?). Maybe … Continue reading

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Five Star Reviews: Story Genius

A few days ago I got an email from a friend who was having trouble with a story. He has an interesting world and characters and exciting things happening all the way up to an epic climax…which he can’t resolve. … Continue reading

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