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January 20th, 2011

11:27 pm: An Old Friend

I got a phone call at bookgroup on Saturday, but didn't see it until later -- the group is way too loud to hear the phone -- and planned to call her back on Monday and forgot. Well, Arline called me again yesterday and we had a nice talk. I haven't seen her in about 15 years but she was the person who helped me so much with the two renal failures back in Arlington. She's 19 years older than I am and she and her husband have moved to a condo, too, and to a new church (that doesn't do modern services). We got caught up on a lot of things.

Last night I watched TV and most of the tapes I'd made and read the paper. I went to bed to read at 1:30am and stopped at 4am. I was still awake at 6am and came out to get the paper. Boy, the moon was wonderful. It looked like hammered pure silver on dark blue velvet. It was a gorgeous full moon. I went back to bed, still awake, and at 8am read the rest of the book. I was still awake at 10am and decided to stay in bed until the alarm went off at noon and see if I still thought I should go out.

I decided to take the trash & recycling out and then have lunch at Ruby Tuesday's. They sent a lot of people in their club the wrong birthday notice and in return, gave a free garden bar (normally $2.99 with entree) with an entree. I usually just have the garden bar or that and something smaller, so I brought most of the entree home. I'd had the Lobster Alfredo before and got the Chicken & Mushroom today, and there's lots of chicken in it -- much more protein than in the Lobster version -- enough for today and tomorrow's protein.

I got home at 2:30pm and planned to sleep until 5:15pm (when my phone alarm was set for the second batch of wellbutrin), but when the alarm went off, I took the meds and set the VCRs and went back to bed. I mostly woke up at 8:30pm and got up to scoop the litterboxes and then came online. I got colder and colder and realized I hadn't turned the temperature up when I got up and did that. Spirit went to bed after the condo warmed up. I'm getting sleepy again and hope to actually sleep tonight.

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11:41 pm: Redshift edited by Al Sarrantonio

Full name: Redshift: Extreme Visions of Speculative Fiction

Sarrantonio says from the beginning that this anthology is based on Harlan Ellison's Dangerous Visions and dedicates the the book to him. The title of the book uses "speculative fiction" but in all the introductions to stories, he uses SF or science fiction. The problem with this is that some of the stories aren't SF. One, for example, could replace the hovercrafts and hovercycles with cars and motorcycles and it would be exactly the same story. I expected more of what I consider specfic as well as science fiction.

There's 30 stories, 32 authors, and 11 female authors, the last being a much better percentage than usual.

I thought most of the stories were rather middling, but, and this will surprise those of you who know me, my favorite story in the book is "Black Tulip" by Harry Turtledove. It is an alternate world, but crisp and powerful. It's hard to recommend the book when I don't really like so many of them. I don't dislike that many of them, either. There just wasn't enough specfic.

(My first typing for the subject was Redshirt.)

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