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Mar 2 2014
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Me three. It's not perfect, but it was compulsively readable (so was the Cuckoo's Calling) and I enjoyed the hell out of that truly vicious observing eye Rowling has for pettiness, hypocrisy and self-delusion (which is there in Harry Potter too) really getting to go to town.

Feb 22 2014
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I had forgotten about Nepal's weirdly adorable 3/4 isolate time zone.

Feb 21 2014
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The strange, lopsided, weeping white ball with legs thing is kind of lovely.

Feb 18 2014
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I was going for a bit of casual aw-shucks modesty before the tortured stream-of-consciousness thing, but ok. I'm actually pretty confident about the efficacy of what I do :-)

Feb 18 2014
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If I knew, I would have done it already. I don't know the details of your activism enough to criticize it - feel free to share if you want. I've done a lot of hard peering at mine over the years, and i've appreciated it when others have dropped their two cents in, even if it was idiotic sometimes. I don't think Read more

Feb 18 2014
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This isn't how you get it. This is the artistic equivalent of putting your head in the sand.

Feb 18 2014
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I don't think it's a question of aesthetics - it's a question of politics. When a work of science fiction or fantasy imagines a perfect, flawless, human-condition-free future (or alternate world) is it making a more effective political statement than one that examines the political problems of those very flaws. Read more

Feb 18 2014
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I don't think it's a question of aesthetics - it's a question of politics. When a work of science fiction or fantasy imagines a perfect, flawless, human-condition-free future (or alternate world) is it making a more effective political statement than one that examines the political problems of those very flaws. Read more

Feb 18 2014
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The longing, alienation, grief and weariness in your post are terribly, terribly human, however :-) Read more

Feb 18 2014
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I've only read Ancillary Justice of those, but I guess I didn't really see it as being much of a gender-interesting book. It had a few twists, but nothing really conceptually challenging in that sense. Tying into what Corpore Metal is saying in another column here (this is no way to have a conversation!) I think Read more

Feb 18 2014
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I'm actually not a huge fan of Monae - no good reason, I just can't get into her music, even as I admire what she's doing - but it's really cool to see an award just casually branching out this way because it makes sense, compared to the ossified way the Hugos have been going, for example.

Feb 15 2014
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Spoken? By a person? With wet, flappy, mouth-bits? A little overly intimate, don't you think? If I wanted to be reminded there are flesh and blood humans on the other end of the internet, I might as well go outside.

Feb 14 2014
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Andromeda became a different show in Season 3. After that it was just weirdness piled atop badness piled atop weirdness. The first two seasons are pretty good - better than Firefly, for my money, in terms of doing a bit of subversion to the usual 90's Star Trek space opera format. Maybe, at its best, up there with Read more

Feb 14 2014
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"The paper indicates that women's choices in underwear are determined by factors such as our ways of thinking, up-bringing, taste and status in society Read more

Feb 10 2014
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The categorization of the rich into better and worse types like they're highschool cliques has to be a complex recursive parody of the anti-solidarity, consumerist mentality that allowed them to come into being in the first place, right?

Feb 8 2014
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I dunno where it's actually from, but nothing suggest "central Moscow" either. It could easily be an edge-of-town road in any town anywhere in the USSR.