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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-01-07 05:23
Subject: [links] Link salad was waiting on the pad, all systems were go
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Don't miss the announcement of JayCon X [ | LiveJournal ] — My 10th annual 37th birthday party, plus my end-of-chemo celebration, next July.

Something weird this way comes — Rick Klaw with a piece on the New Weird, in which I am briefly mentioned.

A reader reacts to The New Weird — Including comments on my Dark Towns story, "The Lizard of Ooze."

The new issue of Locus has a very interesting and thoughtful Paul Witcover review of my recent novel, Madness of Flowers — Review isn't on the site, unfortunately. Must see the dead tree edition.

Interzone 226 is out, with my story "Human Error"

Beware of Science Fiction — Christian fundamentalist views of our field. My favorite: Heinlein was a nudist and practiced "polyandry." Um... (Via @pyr_books.)

A Bad Attitude — Cancer blogger Amy on the perils of positive thinking. And Freakonomics on the ROI of cancer spending. Now here's a touchy subject.

Jonah Goldberg reveals George Lucas is either prescient or has a time machine — Criticizing the political messaging of Avatar, the prominent conservative said, "There are dozens of movies that have taken shots at Bush, starting with 'Star Wars' movies." Star Wars: 1977. George W. Bush: 2001. Ahem. (Note: ericjamesstone objected seriously to my characterization of this on Twitter yesterday, when I edited the Goldberg quote for length.)

?otD: Why me? There must be a thousand other guys.

Body movement: 30 minute ride on stationary bike
Hours slept: 6.0
This morning's weigh-in: 230.6
Currently reading: (between books)

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User: nick_kaufmann
Date: 2010-01-07 13:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I believe Jonah Goldberg might be referring to Anakin's "If you're not with me, you're against me" speech in Revenge of the Sith.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-01-07 13:56 (UTC)
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I know what he meant, but it's sure as hell not what he said...
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User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2010-01-07 14:58 (UTC)
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Even granting that he was referring to the newer films, those writing of those started up (let alone being released) in the late '90s, if not the mid 70s, so prescience/time machine fits. Or rather that certain modern ideas are consonantwith old and highly questionable ones. To be sure, the later films could be influenced by Bush's first term, but at the very least the broad strokes had been laid down years or decades before. The realization that the Sith's attitude and their plan to destroy a free society from within in favor of a twisted idea of "Order" might echo current policies ought to give one pause and be at least cause for reflection. That may be asking too much.
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User: cypherindigo
Date: 2010-01-07 13:42 (UTC)
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"Beware of Science Fiction — Christian fundamentalist views of our field. My favorite: Heinlein was a nudist and practiced "polyandry." Um... (Via @pyr_books.)"

That's funny, I thought he was WAY more interested in girls, esp. of the Redhaired variety....big tits didn't hurt either. [Sorry I had to go there]. ;-P

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User: etcet
Date: 2010-01-07 15:48 (UTC)
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Well, Jay, to be fair... the Ewoks didn't come out in the first movie. RotJ was at least in the 80's.

Unless Goldberg is complaining about Bush being Greedo (who shot first, and then was summarily PWNT).

Because if he is trying to claim that GWB is the Emporor, or Vader... his delusions of grandeur approach his inability to read a fucking calendar.
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Steve: Hal 9000 (2001)
User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2010-01-07 19:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
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I would pay significant cash monies to see either Dr. Sagan or Dr. Asimov's response... maybe even more for Dr. Asimov, given that I suspect he wrote a lot more (and more deeply) about the Bible than Rev. Tubthumper ever has or will.

-- Steve really should get around to reading Asimov's Guide to the Bible someday, though at 1300 pages it'd take more than a weekend.
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User: fledgist
Date: 2010-01-08 01:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Asimov, who was a biochemist,came close.
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wyld_dandelyon: Kitty by biohazard_blade
User: wyld_dandelyon
Date: 2010-01-07 16:35 (UTC)
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Polyandry! good one! (this here writer with anthropology training will be laughing about that all day)
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User: fledgist
Date: 2010-01-08 01:09 (UTC)
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Given that Heinlein wrote a short story about a character who changed sexes this is not without its charming aspects.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-01-07 19:12 (UTC)
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Well, Jonah Goldberg never was long on brains. And the only thing his mom, Lucienne Goldber, is still really known for is blowing LBJ.

Plus, that link for the religious fundamentalist commenting on our field is about what I would expect from a mouthbreather who believes a Martian monkey-god watches over us all.
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The Empress of Ice Cream
User: icecreamempress
Date: 2010-01-07 20:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If Heinlein had practiced polyandry, he might have been a better writer! (In either respect--if he had been one of several husbands, or if he had several husbands for himself.)
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