April 28th, 2008


[books] Escapement gets starred review in PW

I am extremely pleased to report that this week's issue of Publisher's Weekly has a starred review of Escapement Amazon ].

I'm not sure if I can reproduce the whole thing here, but I'll quote my favorite bits:
This lively and thought-provoking sequel to 2007's Mainspring expands Lake's alternate 19th-century world of baroque politics and gothic clockwork. ... Lake effectively anneals steampunk with geo-mechanical magic in an allegorical matrix of empire building and Victorian natural science.

(Thanks to arcaedia for the original tip, and thanks to another benefactor for forwarding the review itself.)

[links] Link salad for a Monday

Chasing Ray reviews Escapement Amazon ] — She liked it.

Matt Hughes is SF's best-kept secret — Je suis d'accord.

Roly poly fish heads continue at Nuevo Rancho Lake — Still working on that salmon head soup...

Where Are They?Technology Review on SETI and exoplanets. Includes the cool concept of a "probability barrier", but there's a lot of assumptions (and some glancing blows at science) in this article with which I am uncomfortable. Interesting reading, nonetheless.

Hubble telescope captures crashing galaxies — (Thanks to lt260.)

Dry spell almost killed off race — How close did the human race come to a personal ELE? (Thanks to tetar.)

Let's Say You Want to Date a Hog Farmer — Online dating for Objectivists... (Thanks to my dad.)

Gin, Television, and Social Surplus — A fascinating article about the cognitive cost of television to society as a whole. Money shot: "the critical technology, for the early phase of the industrial revolution, was gin." Lots to argue with here, lots to think about. (Thanks to danjite.)

John McCain on American occupation of foreign countries — "For us to get into nation-building, law and order, etc, I think is a tragic and terrible mistake. But the argument that somehow the United States would suffer a loss to our prestige and our viability, as far as the No. 1 superpower in the world, I think, is baloney. The fact is, what can hurt our prestige, Mr. President, I'll tell you what can hurt our viability, as the world's superpower, and that is, if we enmesh ourselves in a drawn-out situation, which entails the loss of American lives, more debacles like the one we saw with the failed mission to capture Aidid's lieutenants, using American forces, and that then will be what hurts our prestige." Of course, that was when Clinton was president, and so everything was completely different.

Time in saddle: 20 minutes
Last night's weigh-out: n/a
This morning's weigh-in: 273.8
Currently reading: The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia Amazon ]