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Andrei Baltakmens
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For the week in free speech
This week has furnished us with two object lessons in the debate over free speech in the US. On the one hand, NFL athletes kneel in protest during the national anthem in protest at the deaths of black American at police hands, and the minority president him...
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Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
My water-damaged, crumpled copy of Ernest Cline's geek friendly science-fiction adventure Ready Player One certainly now looks like a vacation read, and as an entertaining ride that ultimately offers few challenges to the reader, a vacation read is probably...
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Really impressed with Stellar Adventures. Simple rules supporting a whole range of sci-fi options.
But... there's a calculation error in the Roll over SKILL option (p. 18) that also occurs in the print AFF 2E book. The total for success on the roll-over option for a test of SKILL should be greater than or equal to 14, not 15.

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The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafón
There could hardly be a better snippet of dust-jacket praise than this to capture this reader's attention: "Gabriel García Márquez meets Umberto Eco meets Jorge Luis Borges for a sprawling magic show." -  The New York Times Book Review  And, to some extent,...
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Writing/cloud
From time to time one reads about how word-processors transformed writing, breaking writers from the slow and considered process of writing and re-writing tethered to pen and paper, then typewriter and paper. This mythic writer of old taps out a manuscript,...
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Why study creative writing?
It's been a few months since I've posted, one of the reasons being that at the end of February I completed the dissertation for a PhD in Creative Writing that I've pursued part-time, with many gaps and hiatuses, at The University of Queensland. Reflecting o...
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