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October 2nd, 2011

06:50 pm: Almost Ready to Come Back

I'm having less pain, although after the driving, walking, and bending on Friday, I spent most of yesterday on narcotics. I'm not going to watch "A Person of Interest" again -- I'm just not into that much violence; I'm going to give "A Gifted Man" at least one more viewing -- it turns out to be rather real. I'm pleased I can record two different shows and at least watch something already recorded with DISH. I'm going to keep the better VCR/DVR attached because I still have some personal tapes to watch. I should probably go through those, though.

While I was trying to subscribe to DISH online, I found a page that didn't make sense to me, so I called to subscribe. I wonder if they asked so much online. She insisted I give her my social security number or I would have to give a large deposit because they couldn't check my fiscal situation. The other odd thing was that she really didn't know some things related to her business, and she also said "Perfect!" as almost every answer to me. Because of my fiscal situation, I didn't have to pay for installation and a couple of other things. My monthly payment will be 37.40 for this year and 57.40 next year. That last is still $9/month less than Comcast, and DISH does a lot more. In any case, the DISH installer comes between 12pm and 5pm on Tuesday. I expect he'll install it on the west end of our roof. Then Wednesday the handyman is coming and finally, the vet is coming Thursday or Friday, but she hasn't answered me which.

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07:33 pm: Outies by J.R. Pournelle

This is an approved sequel of King David's Spaceship, The Mote in God's Eye, and The Gripping Hand. The J. is Jennifer, daughter of Jerry. I hadn't heard of the publisher -- New Brookland Press -- it has only Outies in its listings, and the domain has domainsbyproxy, which is a scam. I think this means it's self-published and that makes sense because it could use editing. You guys know this kind of stuff bothers me, so you get to know about it, too. On the other hand, there's an Appendix, from Asach Quinn's work, for 32 pages. On the gripping hand, I suppose, is the fact that the cover should have a coherent laser depiction, which it doesn't.

But what about the story? Well, New Utah is trying to keep from being a colony of the Empire of Man, but not everybody there agrees. An intelligent young man -- Asach Quinn -- who also is good at getting things the way he wants, and is genderless*, starts the story going. The beginning has a lot of setting up and I was starting to be disappointed, but then the story really picked up and made sense. You see, the Swenson's Apes, found on first exploration, turn out to be Moties, and we don't know why. The book mixes a lot of organizations, religions, and races in order to get their last chance to be a Commissioned Planet.

This book clearly calls for a sequel, and I'd like to see the results of an editor when I read it.

*The genderlessness was actually useless in this book; maybe the sequel will have more use for it.

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