Monthly Archives: November 2015


(Spoiler disclaimer, etc.) Nostalgia is unfair. Our fondness for the things of our past often leads to the overlooking of faults and the elevation of mediocrities while worthier art languishes. And that dynamic has affected the western reception of Final … Continue reading

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A (moral) NaNo victory

A few days ago, at around the 25,000 word mark, I completed the first Part/Book/Act of my NaNoWriMo novel. I stopped writing a couple of pages after that. This was partly because my schedule was getting tight, but also because … Continue reading

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It’s not exactly Heinlein, but…

The main criticism directed towards Ridley Scott’s The Martian is that it is a series of hard sci-fi/engineering problems strung together on a thin plot with minimal characterization. This is true, but I’m not sure it qualifies as a criticism. … Continue reading

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Aegloga Vndecima

But nowe sadde Winter welked hath the day, And Phoebus weary of his yerely take, Ystabled hath his steedes in lowlye laye, And taken vp his ynne in Fishes haske… -From “Nouember” in Edmund Spenser’s Shepheardes Calender So it turns … Continue reading

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