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Neil Gaiman: so good.
franzkrafkdinner said: Is there much of a point in reading books that you're just going to forget as soon as you finish it? Answer: I don’t know. Is there any point in having a life that you’re just...
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I'll be interested to see what kind of conspiracy theory the Sad / Rabid Puppies mob come up with to explain this. (Scalzi is their arch enemy).
Mr. Scalzi’s books include a series known as the “Old Man’s War” and “Redshirts,” a Hugo award winner about characters on the original “Star Trek.”
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Maybe Vox Beale will offer John C Wright a bigger deal in response :-p
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Just finished reading this terrific book, The Vital Question by Nick Lane. Right at the edge of my ability to understand the technical details, but beautifully written. Lane looks at the evolution of life from the standpoint of energy requirements, and presents a very plausible scenario for the origin of cellular life. Interestingly, though he suggests that bacterial life should readily evolve in any suitable environment in the universe, the development of complex life on Earth was down to a highly improbable, one-off event and so is likely to be rare.

Highly recommended.
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It's possible that one instance of eukaryotic life blocked any others, but as Lane explains it, not likely. There are many examples of eukaryotes in niches where they compete with bacteria on a reasonably equal basis (so they can't be seen as overwhelmingly dominant or more efficient in those niches). But all such eukaryotes are clearly descendants of the first such cell. If others had evolved, you would expect to see them manage to survive in such niches.
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Yep.
 
You know the drill.
This year, the world will spend more on fossil fuel subsidies than all Governments will spend on health. Sign the petition to stop fossil fuel subsidies now.
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+Rightword Enterprises  is my business name.
Just as a reminder -- I am offering my services in typesetting, book design and ebook conversion to self-publishing authors. All at very reasonable cost. Drop me a line if I can help you out and you would like a quote.
 
Nearly completed work on laying out the paperback and preparing the ebooks of  _Boarding the Baby Boat_ by +Imogen Barnacle , a fascinating and very thorough book about the decision whether or not to have a baby. Even though I'm definitely not the target audience (being a 63-year old male!) I can tell that it's well written and very engaging.
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This is the photo I'm using for the background of my Reading Collection here, and I just thought it worth commenting on.

Given that it represents just the Du-Gr section of my fiction, it might give you some idea of the size of my library. Particularly since most of my old Dick Francis paperbacks have been replaced now by the ebook versions...
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Are you tempting me to photograpgh my office, so everyone can see that my bookshelves and not my desk are the centre piece of my office.  Might give you a run for your money! he hee.  Like the shot though!
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Episode 8 is out. We mostly talked about solar system exploration and astronomy. Panel were +Mike Bohler+James Garrison , +David Grigg , and +Nick Nielsen 
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I was pleased to be able to help Imogen put this book together by carrying out the interior design and ebook conversion. Since I'm obviously not the target audience (!) I can't really comment on the contents, but what I've seen makes me certain that it is well-written, very personal, and full of good advice.
 
If you are thinking about having children, but confused whether motherhood is right for you, then this book is worth a read.
Boarding the Baby Boat - A guide to the Baby Decision This book provides a perfect balance between factual and useful information and personal experience. In an era where we...
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What a horrible man we have in charge of our country.


(Courtesy of The Age)
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A truly vile little shit-fer-brains with narcissistic personality disorder DSM-5 & DSM-IV-TR    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_personality_disorder
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Here's the poster I designed for our choir's upcoming performance of the magnificent Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi (sometimes called "Verdi's Greatest Opera").

It's at the Melbourne Town Hall on Sunday 26 July at 2:30 pm. Tickets start at $40.

Should be a fantastic performance, with a choir of more than 180, a big orchestra and principal soloists from Opera Australia.
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It's certainly wonderful to sing.
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Finished Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie last night. It was OK, but nowhere near as good as Ancillary Justice , the first book in the trilogy. I'm hoping that the final book will get back up to that standard. This just felt a bit like 'a sagging middle'.

This criticism aside, Leckie still does a really good of depicting a society where gender is disregarded and the language does not distinguish between genders. Leckie does this by referring to everyone as 'she' and it's surprising how quickly you accept this. Although I thought that she had a difficulty when she started referring to someone's 'mother' but never mentioning the person's 'father', since Leckie would like us to assume that word does not exist. I'm not sure that works,, since presumably even in such a society there is a difference between the sperm provider and the individual who bears the child to term. Would 'mother' only be used for the latter, or for both?
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I read this on my Kobo Glo HD ereader, by the way, which I'm enjoying using. It's certainly doing what I hoped -- allowing me to read ebooks without being distracted.
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Editor, fiction writer, blogger, software developer, technophile, based in Melbourne, Australia.
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I live in Australia and I’m a husband, father (and now grandfather), short story writer, multimedia programmer, shareware publisher, one-time SF fan,  one-time fanzine editor, amateur 3D artist, amateur photographer, amateur choral singer… and probably a bunch of other stuff.

I recently returned to writing fiction after a gap of several decades, and it's what I intend to concentrate on from now on in my life. As a big part of this, I'm establishing a new web site called The Narratorium where I and a few others can feature our work.

I write a semi-regular blog on a variety of topics including what I have read and what I think about things. You can find it here.

I'm something of a latter-day Apple fanboy, after years of being a Microsoft adherent. It was the iPod, the iPhone and now the iPad which did the trick. I now do a large proportion of my reading on the iPad. But, on the other hand, I do own some 3000 "dead-tree" books, and I do love a beautifully produced hardcover edition.

I have several works now available in e-book format. These are all available through my web site.

I also now offer services to other authors such as editing, proof-reading, typography and layout for print, and ebook production.

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