The Other McCain

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

Holy Guacamole, A Decent Sequel!

– by Wombat-socho I did manage to sneak in some reading before getting buried under the deluge of work that is the Death March to April 15, and they’re very different kinds of books. Leaving aside all the various subgenres of science fiction, it strikes me that there are two basic attitudes expressed in SF: […]

This Is Not A Bolo Combat Unit. This Is Not The Concordiat.

– by Wombat-socho Just about everybody familiar with the combat SF subgenre knows about Keith Laumer’s Bolos, which evolved over a number of short stories from moderately advanced main battle tanks into cybernetic war machines utterly loyal to their human commanders and their comrades of the Dinochrome Brigade. Whether in the era of the Concordiat […]

Picking Up The Signal

– by Wombat-socho A pox on Verizon for taking nearly a week to repair/replace the stone knives and bearskins that deliver the Intertubes to my humble burrow in the Virginia suburbs, after said high-tech devices were blown down during the windstorms last week. (As an aside, what kind of crappy 21st century infrastructure gets blown […]

Yale Girls Are Sluts

On an elevator in the lobby of the Gaylord National Convention Center during CPAC, I spotted a smiling girl wearing a T-shirt that indicated she was a volunteer for the event. She was carrying a stack of books, and when I commented about this, she explained that she had received them as freebies, distributed in […]

Something For The Evangelical Atheists To Contemplate

– by Wombat-socho One of the most annoying things about the new crop of evangelical atheists – the people who not only don’t believe in God but are insistent that you shouldn’t either – is their ingrained belief that no intelligent person could possibly believe in God, and therefore anybody who does is stupid. This […]

Meanwhile, Elsewhere In The Culture War…

– compiled by Wombat-socho While Stacy is off trying to pound sense into the thick skulls of young Marxist wannabees, I feel compelled to help fill the content gap, and since I’ve actually been able to get some reading in between stints in the tax mines, I have a few things I’d like to recommend. […]

The Dahlia Lithwick Theory Fails

“Pick up the nearest book to you, turn to page 45. The first sentence explains your love life.” Does that make any sense at all? Of course not. She writes for Slate. OK, so the nearest book — atop a stack of books on my desk, to the right of my laptop — was Fred […]

A Death In Bedford Falls

– Wombat-socho Once in a while you trip over a book that normally you wouldn’t look twice at, and so far this month I’ve found two of them. The first is a peculiar beast: It’s A Wonderful Death is a noir sequel to Frank Capra’s classic Christmas movie It’s A Wonderful Life, starring former New […]

Blood, Horror, And Other Things I Found At The Library

– Wombat-socho Unusually, we don’t have any leftover recommendations from the comments the last book post two weeks ago, although for those of you who missed it, there’s some words from Tom Kratman in the comments. Worth looking at. Going to start off with something from the Damning With Faint Praise file. Scrapyard Ship by […]

Veterans: The Next Generation

– Wombat-socho There’s never been any shortage of military vets among SF writers, the most obvious example being Robert Heinlein. More recently, David Drake and Joe Haldeman have sold a fair amount of books informed by their experiences in Vietnam, and between the Gulf Wars and Afghanistan, it should surprise nobody that we have a […]

‘Silence of the Conservative Lambs’

Baron Bodissey at Gates of Vienna employs that evocative phrase for the unwillingness of many people to weigh in on the controversy surrounding Diana West’s American Betrayal. He has written a quite literary and erudite examination of the problem, tending toward a conclusion that I am reluctant to endorse, i.e.: Are exaggerated fears of anti-Semitism […]

‘A Long Twilight Struggle’

That phrase from John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address came to mind this morning as I was reading an e-mail from a friend lamenting the continuation of the war against Diana West and her book, American Betrayal. Busy with other matters, I had forgotten about the unfortunate internecine conflict that developed after Ron Radosh and David […]

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