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BVC Announces Contact Imminent by Kristine Smith

Contact Imminent by Kristine Smith

Human-idomeni relations. Never smooth. Worsening by the day. Continue reading

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Bicentennial Man: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough This movie came out in 1999, and I am sorry to report that I only saw it last fall. It is fairly faithfully based upon the award-winning novella from 1976 that we probably all have read, … Continue reading

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TOO LIKE THE LIGHTNING, and the Enchantment of Narrative Digression

                    I was recently rereading Maria Edgeworth’s two famous Irish novels, Castle Rackrent,  and The Absentee. Castle Rackrent was her first novel, and her shortest—and some consider it her best. The … Continue reading

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Fear Not the Skynet

(Picture from here.) I’ve been hearing for a long time the perils of strong AI— a general purpose implementation of artificial intelligence. It will bootstrap itself to become so much more intelligent to the maximum of its resources. It will … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Law of Survival by Kristine Smith

Jani Kilian finally has her life under control. Discharged from the Service, she’s become an important player in negotiations with the alien idomeni.

But when a classified report containing revelations about past crimes comes to light, Jani realizes that old enemies still seek to destroy her. Continue reading

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A Weekend With Donna Haraway

Donna Haraway

My best time at FOGcon came on the first night. First I listened to a riveting interview Brad Lyau conducted with Science Guest of Honor Donna Haraway. Then I participated in a panel on the economic singularity, which went well. … Continue reading

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My genre is growing up

Someone I know is writing an article about aspects of science fiction, and has been looking at the evolution of the genre in addition to parallel readings of various kinds. So a lot of our conversations have been about science … Continue reading

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Great Reads for a Rainy Winter Day

Girl reading with dog

The redwoods have been getting their fair share of the rain, and I’ve been holed up with a pile of wonderful books. Some of these came from my gigantic “To Be Read” bookshelf and others fall under the category of … Continue reading

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BVC Announces “The Unpleasantness at Baskerville Hall” by Chris Dolley

The Unpleasantness at Baskerville Hall

The Unpleasantness at Baskerville Hall Reeves & Worcester Steampunk Mysteries 4 by Chris Dolley An escaped cannibal, a family curse … and Reginald Worcester turning up on the doorstep. Could things get any worse for the Baskerville-Smythe family? As the … Continue reading

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A Tale for the Time Being

A Tale for the Time Being

I seem to be reading more good literary novels of late. They seem to fall into two categories: realistic stories and ones that incorporate elements from fantasy, science fiction, or both. The realistic ones that I’ve enjoyed have been detailed … Continue reading

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