Monthly Archives: August 2015

Summer’s End

Life with horses forces even the most sedentary or distracted human out of the house and into the barn, and hence, into nature–the great outdoors, with weather and climate and times of day and changes of season. This spring and … Continue reading

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Schrödinger’s Sasquan—Part 3

It takes a good sense of humor to attend a worldcon. Last year, at Loncon, we procrastinated too long in getting a place to stay, and we wound up camping on a sailboat moored somewhere off the Thames. This year, … Continue reading

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Parenting in an Evolutionary World

(Picture from here.) Tomorrow we take our son to college. Yes, it’s an emotional. We’re taking someone we’ve known for 18+ years, who has essentially been the center of our lives for all that time and putting them in an … Continue reading

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Story Excerpt Sunday: From The Ariadne Connection by Sara Stamey

The Ariadne Connection

The Ariadne Connection by Sara Stamey [Editor’s note: Book View Café offers a $2 discount on Sara Stamey ebooks through October 20:  The Ariadne Connection, a Cygnus Award winner for speculative fiction, and Islands, a ForeWord Book of the Year … Continue reading

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Sad Sad Puppies Affair—Sasquan Roundup, Part 2

During the lead-up to the worldcon and the Hugo Awards, there was a good deal of commotion about the attempt by the Sad Puppies coalition (consisting largely, but not entirely, of conservative white male writers), joined by the more toxic … Continue reading

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Hugos, literary merit, and the cool bits

Okay, the Hugos are over, which most of the world has not noticed, but in the always-boiling teapot of SF and F, it’s been a long, tense year. The only mention of Sad Puppies (and not-sad puppies) is right here, … Continue reading

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Smokycon—er, Sasquan—Roundup, Part 1

We’ve returned home at last from Sasquan, the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention. It was a wonderful worldcon, though for much of the time the air in Spokane was borderline unbreathable due to wildfire smoke. Here are a few photos … Continue reading

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Adventures at Sasquan

Little Sisters

Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, was definitely a Book View Café Event. Nineteen of us – more than a third of the co-op – showed up. BVC’s own Vonda N. McIntyre was a guest of honor, which gave … Continue reading

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BVC Eats: Bob’s Sausage and Beans Rustica

New Member Cynthia Felice has the best of both worlds. Her husband cooks. They used to own a hotel and he made cookies. He still collects cookie recipes. Can we clone him? Here’s a favorite everyday recipe from Bob Felice. … Continue reading

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Cataract Journey 1: Diagnosis

For some years now, maybe a decade, I’ve complained about my “old eyes.” I’ve never had good vision without corrective lenses. I think I started wearing glasses in 3rd grade. I remember getting contact lenses in 1960. They were hard … Continue reading

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