The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

“He Was A Very Nice Boy…He Used To Write Science Fiction”

– by Wombat-socho I am speaking, of course, about Neal Stephenson, who after two unsuccessful novels broke out with the wildly successful Snow Crash, a wild tale about hackers, feudal corporatism, an Aleutian with a nuke, and a girl and her dog. He followed that up with the even more complex and fascinating The Diamond […]

Brain Candy

– by Wombat-socho Many years ago, when I was still an APAhacker, one of my fellow Stipple-APA members introduced me to a term I’d never seen before: “brain candy”. He used it much like “eye candy”, only he was talking about SF novels which didn’t have any hifalutin’ messages, intersectionalism, or any of that other […]

Birthday Week And The Admiral Of The Ocean Sea

– Wombat-socho This week all three of us that run this here blog celebrate our birthdays, and in fact today’s my 55th birthday. As Mickey Mantle once said, “If I’d known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.” All that aside, since I can’t afford to buy […]

The American Spectator Folds Like A Cheap Tent, And Other Signs Of The End Times

– compiled by Wombat-socho One of the more disagreeable things I saw on Facebook this week (and, having a number of acquaintances who report crap from ThinkProgress and similar founts of stupidity, that’s saying something) was this post by Ken White at Popehat pointing out that the American Spectator had surrendered, horse and foot, to […]

A Princess, A Dragon, And A Qwerkywriter

– by Wombat-socho Finally scraped enough Amazon gift certificates together to order S.M. Stirling’s The Golden Princess, which is the latest in the series of “Change” novels that began with Dies the Fire. It’s the sequel to The Given Sacrifice, in which Mike Havel’s bastard son Rudi Mackenzie (a/k/a the High King of Montival) dies […]

Labor Day Miscellaneous Linkagery & Open Thread

– by Wombat-socho Nature abhors a vacuum, and blogs without posts cause readers to get bored and drift away, so here’s a few things you may find of interest: Pic somewhat relevant: I’ll Bet That Vladimir Putin Is Scared Now! over at First Street Journal. The International Lord of Hate fisked one of the Grauniad’s […]

Shoot It. Shoot It In The Head.

– by Wombat-socho I’ve been kind of slack about hitting the library lately, having been busy with Ingress; what I’ve been re-reading as a bedtime book is the David Drake & S.M. Stirling collections Warlord and Conqueror, which between them contain the first five Raj Whitehall novels. For those unfamiliar with the series, Whitehall is […]

Off The Shelf

– by Wombat-socho This week we have something old (but repackaged) something new (but also repackaged) and something else new that isn’t repackaged, all from the shelves of the Fairfax County Library. Let’s start with the oldest of the three, A.E. van Vogt’s Transgalactic, which is interesting for a number of reasons. First, van Vogt […]

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