September 19th, 2007


[links] Arrrrr!!! It be Link Salad for ye today, mateys!

Arrrrrrr!!! It be Talk Like a Pyrate Daye. For all yer piratin' needs, I gives you this link, me sweet guavas. Otherwise, sheathe yer cutlasses and feast yer glowin' undead orbs on these here links. Arrrrrrrr!!!

New "View" Co-Host Sherri Shepherd Doesn't Know If World Is Flat — Wow. Just wow.

Fish in space help studies of balance disorders — Everybody say it with me, in a portentous voice. "Fish in spaaaaaace!" Ganked from rcloenen_ruiz.

World’s Languages Dying Off Rapidly — Not exactly shocking news, but still sad. How critical to the human experience are indigenous languages? Is this, as the article implies, a tragedy on a par with the extinction of species? We wouldn't have Shakespeare if Norman French had not displaced Old English.

World Clock — A dashboard for the planet. Thanks to sheelangig.

Wesley Snipes Archive — Language silliness, courtesy of goulo.

Migration Reshapes Iraq’s Sectarian Landscape

Back to Books: 1940

[writing] Alternate alternate histories

I had dinner with garyomaha and elusivem tonight. Among other things, we were talking about "America, Such as She Is", my current work in progress. I was describing the backstory, a United States defeated in WWII by joint German and Japanese atomic bombings intended to force surrender ahead of a very costly invasion. garyomaha asked what was science fictional about it.

He has a point, I realized after a moment's thought. To me, Alternate History is science fiction because everyone knows AH is SF. I've written a fair number of AH shorts ("The Cleansing Fire of God," "The Righteous Path", "Our Lady of American Sorrows"). I've always thought of them as SF, but I've never thought carefully about why they're SF.

In other words, I don't have a more rigorous realization than "because." Why couldn't AH simply be it's own genre? Is it inherently science fictional?