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Let's play a game.

Let's play a game.

I post a paragraph, and you tell me which novel it’s from. When he left the aircraft with the other passengers he had resigned himself to the notorious purgatory of the US Health, Immigration and Customs machinery. At least an hour, he thought, of overheated, drab-green rooms smelling of last year’s air and stale sweat and guilt and fear that hangs round all frontiers, fear of those closed doors marked PRIVATE that hide the careful men, the files, the teleprinters…

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Quit chugging that blue Kool-Aid!

Quit chugging that blue Kool-Aid!

Say it with me now: “Avatar is not the Second Coming of Christ.” Granted, other viewers have articulated this same sentiment from a variety of angles. Peter liked the film as an experience but not as a story, and Scalzi explains why that experience works. And both Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz have mined the film from a post-colonial perspective. And still, I see thread after thread of comments declaring the film as the best of the year, the…

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ready, steady, go!

ready, steady, go!

I’m going away to finish this book. I have a lot of work to do. Luckily, as of this morning I feel energized to do it. For too long I had been languishing, fretting, freaking. Then I spent yesterday with a rather large cephalopod watching Fullmetal Alchemist. (Because that’s our life: we write and read all day and then break for eight-hour marathon viewings of good anime. It’s a good life. A great life. I suspect what people want when…

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Autumnal Pork Tenderloin

Autumnal Pork Tenderloin

I am blogging this dish because I want to remember it. And also because you should make it. Tomorrow. Inspiration for this dish came from the pears and cranberries which colour it and lend it sweetness. They showed up in my (university-organized!) CSA box, and I had no idea what to do with them. Mike and his partner Lorna suggested a chutney. Dave said I should stuff a chicken with them. In the end, I wussed out and reached for…

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"Summer Wars" probably awesome, opens 1 August

"Summer Wars" probably awesome, opens 1 August

This movie has everything: Nosebleeds Onsen Pop-art aliens/toys/avatars/Kami-knows-what TEENAGE RELATIONSHIPS FRAUGHT WITH ANGST Character designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto A plot the studio doesn’t want us to know about I can’t think of a better antidote to the summer heat than walking into a chilly movie theatre and watching this with your current crush. Damn it, Tokyo, why you gotta be so far away?

My Worldcon schedule

My Worldcon schedule

With the exception of Squid, everyone I know has put up their Anticipation schedules up, already. So I guess that means it’s my turn: When: Fri 10:00 Location: P-524C Title: How to get what you want out of a local workshop Session ID: 763 All Participants: Alexander Jablokov, Madeline Ashby, Steven Popkes, Eileen Gunn Moderator: Alexander Jablokov Description: Verterans of local workshops talk about what to look for in a local group. Should it be a critique group? A creative…

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The Family

The Family

Further to Mr. Stross’ point about the future collapsing wave-like into the present, this evening I used Google Video Chat to talk to Boston for free, at which point my interlocutor said, slowly drawing his spoon free of his mouth, “You know, every day, we’re waking up in the world we read about in books as children.” “That’s true, we are.” “I want to cover this wall in screens. I want to talk to everyone in those screens.” “Like The…

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