September 6th, 2008

20111112, Marilee

Hannah Slinks By

It wasn't too bad here. Nothing blew away that I can see and although the rain hit the inner corner of the porch, which is unusual, it didn't cause any problems. It was raining and still very windy when I went out to get the papers but it's stopped raining and the wind is much calmer so I opened the windows. I had to go out on the porch and open a route for the downspout water to the drain under the porch again; it was blocked by mulch as usual. Then the mailguy came while I was still wet, so I got the mail.

Shiva was scrabbling at the inside of the sliding glass doors at the inner porch corner so I went to see what he was so excited about and couldn't see anything until I opened the screen door and a male house finch chirped madly at me and flew away. I had to apologize to Shiva for taking away his entertainment, although he always likes it when the windows are open and he can smell the outdoors.

Otherwise I'm just doing laundry. Last night I got the rest of Luke's CDs onto the player and added three jazz CDs of mine and the player's 3/4 full. If he doesn't like mine, I can take them off. I'll see him tomorrow.
20111112, Marilee

Asimov's October/November 2008

I actually finished this Thursday night but forgot to bring it out to the desk so I'd remember to review it. This is one of the double issues and I found double the stories to like. The beginning material: Sheila talks about the 2008 Dell Magazines award, Silverberg talks about beaming energy to the Earth, and Jim Kelly talks about Alternate History on the web. The last page material, besides telling about future stories, warns us of the new format for the December issue.

The stories I liked:

1. The Erdmann Nexus by Nancy Kress -- what if the planet gets enough folk over 80 that they make a higher group intellect?

2. Listening for Submarines by Peter Higgins -- A WWII listening post finds something odd out there.

3. Money is No Object by Leslie What -- a hilarious short short about the problem of always having money.

4. Cat in the Rain by Jack Skillingstead -- a reverie on when you can't tell mental illness from aliens.

5. Truth by Robert Reed -- a man comes from the future and is interrogated. How do we know what to believe? (This has an ending I didn't see coming, which is unusual.)