January 22nd, 2009

20111112, Marilee

News of the Day, plus older News

Older first: This was a tiny paragraph in the old WashPost I read last night, so I found a longer bit online -- a NASA contractor sold them a damaged part that could have killed Endeavour and the crew in the March mission if an inspector hadn't found the weld.

And today's WashPost: Obama orders Gitmo closed within a year although there will be problems with that.

The Obama staffers are finding the White House a technological mess.

130 tons of garbage were picked up off the Mall yesterday.

The NTSB says they found evidence of a bird strike in the right engine of the US Airways jet that ditched on the Hudson and that they've located the left engine in the Hudson.
20111112, Marilee

Warmer!

Yes, in the 40s today and the 50s tomorrow! But back to the 30s on Sunday. I took the first depakote four hours ago and haven't had any problems yet. Other than getting the mail and doing BFAC webstuff, I've just done laundry. Nice quiet day. Tomorrow, I plan to brave Home Depot.
20111112, Marilee

The Best of James H. Schmitz edited by Mark L. Olson with essay by Janet Kagan

There's a nice bibliography at the end, too. Schmitz has been dead long enough that I was just eager to read this book, but when it started with an essay on him and his stories by Janet Kagen, my heart dropped in memory of her.

This contains:

* Just Curious • (1968) • shortstory by James H. Schmitz
* The Custodians • (1968) • novelette by James H. Schmitz
* Goblin Night • (1965) • novelette by James H. Schmitz
* The Second Night of Summer • (1950) • novelette by James H. Schmitz
* Balanced Ecology • (1965) • shortstory by James H. Schmitz
* Novice • [Telzey Amberdon] • (1962) • novelette by James H. Schmitz
* Lion Loose • (1961) • novella by James H. Schmitz
* Sour Note on Palayata • (1956) • novelette by James H. Schmitz
* Grandpa • (1955) • novelette by James H. Schmitz
* Mischief in the Spaceways • essay by Janet Kagan
* Bibliography of James H. Schmitz • essay by Mark L. Olson

And yes, I grabbed those from ISFDB.org instead of typing them in, and it's not the order in the book.

These are really excellent stories. Two are Telzey stories and some are Hub stories (Olson has a graph in the bibliography that shows which of all of Schmitz's stories are in which subsets or contain which repeating characters) and they're all good. It's hard to believe they were written so long ago because there's nothing dated in them. In fact, "Sour Note on Palayata" foresees some current tech with "the communication device she wore as an earring." It's dense writing and every bit of it is necessary. Highly recommended