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For example, I had no idea Australopithicus had anything to do with Australia.

The awesomest part was he was explaining it to a girl who took the same class. I need to remember the tone she used replying, because I am 80% sure if someone uses that specific tone it means "I am too polite to correct you but you should stop talking."
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This link leads to my review of Elements: A Collection of Speculative Fiction — Suzanne Church

This is the third review of a work by one of the five authors who will be at Saturday's KW Science Fiction and Fantasy event. I don't expect I will manage reviews of works by either Marcy Italiano or Jane Anne MacLachlan but only because I don't happen to own anything by either that I am aware of. My apologies to them; it is not intended as a snub.
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As posted here:
I've been going through a stack of Andre Norton novels that weren't Witch World or Time Trades, and thinking about their appeal to me. Read more... )
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But this caught my eye:

Brightman is slated to become the eighth paying passenger to travel to the station, a $100 billion US research complex that flies about 418 kilometres above Earth.

Surprisingly, the I in ISS isn't for Imperialist but International (although I imagine the US paid the lion's share because the US is rich and it's not like they have to reserve funds for an American NHS). A list of participating nations: Read more... )
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“What girl can I be?” Cassie asked, digging through the game pieces.

“I don’t think there are any girls, sweetie,” I said, anger building in me. Cause really, DC & Wonder Forge? WTF? You know it’s 2014, right?

Cassie put down the game pieces. “I don’t want to play this, then.” She turned and moved to leave the room, and it broke my heart. In part for her, and in part because I love superheroes, and this should be something we can share.
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Let's see if this format works better:
Between our time and that of 17-year-old Noria Kaitio is the Twilight Century, a period of climate-change-driven chaos left the world a much poorer place. Noria lives in the Scandinavian Union, which in turn takes its direction from New Qian. Democracy is a thing of the past, as it generally is in stories like this, and government is very much top down. A sensible person in these circumstances either tries to exploit a dying system for ephemeral personal power or they try to avoid attracting the attention of ambitious people. Noria rejects one and fails at the other.

The rest of the review can be found here.
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Dodge and weave 2/3rds of the way across Charles St, lose confidence and race back through traffic. There may be some sort of lesson there.

(It's a fairly major road, this bit is near the bus station and there was a lot of traffic)

I also got to watch a squirrel follow someone onto a bus, stand on hind legs looking at the passengers and then leave. My guess is it did not have exact change for the fare. The driver did not seem fazed, which makes me wonder if this has happened before.
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The first science fiction author connected with the University of Waterloo I know for a fact I met is James Alan Gardner, whose work I heard first on radio in the 1970s, who I met in person thanks to FASS, the University of Waterloo’s longest-operating amateur theatre group, and who gives me a ride to gaming every week.

Festina Ramos is a member of the glorious Explorer Corps, that chosen elite who get to go down to the surface of unexplored worlds once the probes have hit their limit of usefulness to see what exciting new ways each new world has of killing people like Festina. That process of discovery is often called going Oh Shit because those are usually the last words heard over the explorers’ radios.
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Do all of the reviews I do for James Davis Nicoll count as paid or just the sponsored ones?
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Decided to search the local used bookstores in person, rather than calling them to ask about a particular book.


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Walter Jon Williams wastes no time establishing his world in this mid-1990s science fantasy novel:

A burning woman stalks along the streets. Ten stories tall, naked body a whirling holocaust of fire. Terrified people on Bursary Street crumple into carbon at her passing, leaving behind only black char curled into fetal shapes. The heat she radiates is so powerful that structures burst into flame as she passes. A storm of paper, sucked out of buildings by uncontrolled drafts, spiral toward her and are consumed. Uncontrolled rivers of flame pour from her fingertips. Windows blast inward at her keening, at the eerie, nerve-scraping wail that pours from her insubstantial, fiery throat. In a city that girdles the world, all-devouring fire is the worst thing imaginable.
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Nicked from nwhyte

These days, everyone is talking about the Scottish Independence Referendum, especially when they’re not talking about ISIS. But sadly nobody has managed so far to explain this complicated topic in an easy to understand manner. So we commissioned a panel of Western Middle East experts and asked them to apply their unique approach to the subject with their customary disregard for cumbersome nuance and the stifling requirements of accuracy. The result is this fascinating article. - See more at: http://www.karlremarks.com/2014/09/we-give-scottish-independence.html#sthash.JIvxOJgH.dpuf


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