April 11th, 2009

20111112, Marilee

Rain

Rather watery in all, since I have the birdfeeder in the dishwasher. It's made of milk jugs and I can run it in there to be completely clean. The seed in the feeder was fine, but the feeder itself was starting to get fungus, so the seed is on the porch and Shiva is avidly watching the mourning doves from the castle. The males are courting the females, which involves pecking their necks.

lizzibabe dropped by yesterday evening to use a "cup of internet" now that she lives at the other end of the county but still works here. She ended up with some extra time so we talked while she knitted and I beaded.

Then at 11pm I toasted Mike Ford with cranberry juice and had a few dark-chocolate-covered ginger chunks. I sure miss him.
20111112, Marilee

Primeval - Scifi

This is a British show now on SciFi at 10pm ET Fridays. The premier was last night. A scientist's wife (also a scientist) has disappeared with a lot of wreckage, but no evidence of what happened. Then the scientist finds a time portal into the dino period and goes in. He finds his wife has been there. The first ep wasn't too bad so I'll watch again next week. There's better characters than most US shows, but lesser animation.
20111112, Marilee

Galactic Empires

One of the stories in this SFBC exclusive is nominated for Hugo and I offered to loan the book to a friend. I can't drive until Monday, so I decided to read the book myself before I send it.

There's six big stories about space empires in here. Five of the authors (Peter Hamilton, Neal Asher, Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Baxter, Ian McDonald) are British and Robert Reed is American. The stories from Hamilton (Confederation), Reed (Great Ship), and Baxter (Xeelee) are written for existing series.

I generally think of SF as having two directions: ideas, where the author has come us with science-like ideas and hangs characters and spaces onto them; and stories, where the author comes up with the narrative and then adds science. I found Ian McDonald's "Tear," which is nominated for Hugo, to be strongly idea-related and I liked it the least. On the other hand, I haven't read Peter Hamilton since Night's Dawn because I didn't like it, but I liked his "The Demon Trap" best. I liked the other four as well.

I recommend this book for those who like space opera and war.