The Other McCain

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

The Hugo Packet: The Novels and Related Works

— by Wombat-socho It’s been a while since I did a book post, since most of the time when I was on the road I was either driving, recovering from driving, or hanging out with friends and relatives, but I hope this makes up for it. As most of you are aware, the Kulturkampf between […]

Cincinnatus and the Giant

— by Wombat-socho Wrapping up the leftovers from last week…Charles Gannon’s Trial by Fire has plenty of action to suit combat SF readers, and a healthy helping of interstellar intrigue, diplomacy and skulduggery to boot. Don’t want to spoil the book for anyone, but Gannon’s humans do a good job of faking the aliens (and […]

Meanwhile, At The Library

— by Wombat-socho Two weeks until the movers come and drag off all my boxes of stuff, but I still have time to read. This week’s book post is a little lean, because I actually did spend most of my time last week packing or catching up with friends, but there’s interesting news that may […]

Magic And Other Enormities

— by Wombat-socho Now that the tax season is over, and all I need to work on is getting rid of dirtiness and mess (mind you keep your storage locker and yourself just so) before the move to Las Vegas later this month, I actually have the time and inclination to get some reading done. […]

With The Master Of The Hounds:
The Hugo Nominees

— by Wombat-socho It’s been highly amusing reading Brad Torgersen’s blog lately, what with the recent public meltdown of Sasquan GoH David Gerrold, Arthur Chu “helping” NPR with a hamfisted report on the goings-on, and other hilarity. Looming in the background, of course, is the steady increase in supporting memberships resulting from #GamerGate taking notice […]

Of Strange Worlds and Heroic Adventure

— compiled by Wombat-socho For once, the New York Times Magazine got something right: when they profiled Jack Vance in 2009, they described him as “one of American literature’s most distinctive and undervalued voices”. This verges on understatement. Vance was equally at home in fantasy, mystery and SF, winning awards in all three genres, and […]

The Riot Ideology in Ferguson

Ginning up racial strife is bad for business: Fusion, a Website that’s an, err fusion between Univision and ABC/Disney is shocked that Ferguson real estate prices are “Down nearly 50 percent since Michael Brown’s death.” There’s more than a hint of bias in that subhead, as the cause wasn’t Brown’s death after he slugged a […]

Space Battleship Yamato
And Other Disasters

— by Wombat-socho It’s been a couple months since the last book post, I think, and with tax season being the usual pain in the butt that it is, I haven’t had time to do much reading – at least not of anything new. Let’s start at the beginning and work forward, shall we? I […]

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