Monthly Archives: January 2018

Ursula Le Guin: Be Always Coming Home

Ursula Le Guin published Always Coming Home in 1980. It was, from an experimental writer and a leading voice in speculative fiction and feminism, an experiment. It was Le Guin, the “anthropologist’s daughter” (as she sometimes named herself) playing with … Continue reading

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L16; The Camera of the Future is Not Quite Ready for Prime Time

I saw the Light camera L16 profiled on a local news show (it was invented in Silicon Valley after all). I was fascinated. Of course I knew it would be expensive, and of course I thought I wanted one. Wired’s … Continue reading

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Counterpart: Checkpoint Charlie Still Leads to the Other Side.

Starz premiered a new speculative fiction series on Sunday. It’s called Counterpart, starring Oscar-winning character actor J.K. Simmons as both nice guy Howard Silk, and lying tough guy Howard (Silk) Prime, in a cold-war-flavored dystopian Berlin, where a secret tunnel … Continue reading

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Women’s March, January 20, 2018

The Sebastopol Women’s March of 2018 was supposed to start at 12:00 on Saturday, January 20. I thought that meant the march, which was really more of a walk, since we were only to go a block, started then. It … Continue reading

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Not a Guild War, Just a Guild Spat

Ninety percent of what I know about guilds comes from the Wikipedia article I read a few minutes ago. Keep that in mind as I write about a Twitter kerfluffle from this week and what I think about it. Or … Continue reading

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To Go or Not To Go

I haven’t decided if I want to go to WorldCon 76. This is kind of silly. Last year I took an airplane halfway around the globe to attend. This year, it’s driving distance (San Jose), and I’m hesitating. The truth … Continue reading

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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Cancelled.

BBC America has cancelled Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. The wrap-up episode (with an obligatory cliffhanger regarding the characters of Bart and Ken) of the second season is now the final episode of the show. I’m not surprised, and I’m … Continue reading

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Update: The Rule of Five, the Rule of Four

In mid-December I posted a column on my physical health and some possible changes. It was a different kind of post for me, since it’s the kind of thing I don’t usually talk about publicly. Anyway, I think it’s time … Continue reading

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In the Redwoods

“Is that crow on the stump?” I said. I stood by the narrow six-paned window next to the wood stove in the sitting room. I had been looking at the cluster of sea-rounded stones, bits of driftwood and one crab … Continue reading

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