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Richard Abbott
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Living in London, enjoying family, writing about the ancient world
Living in London, enjoying family, writing about the ancient world

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Yesterday's walk from #Grasmere #Cumbria - clearing the valley mist half way up Silver How, then over to The Langdales in glorious weather, and a cheery encounter with a robin to finish off...
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18/11/2018
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I got tagged by a Facebook friend in one of these 7/7 chains... 7 lines from the 7th page or some such permutation, from my current WIP. As you know I write first for Kindle, so 7th line and all doesn't really mean much. However, in the spirit of things here is a short extract from near the start of The Liminal Zone.
Nina, the central character, is considering her plans as she approaches Pluto's moon Charon...
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It had all started with Manuel de Burgos, and the thesis which had earned him a position at the Venusian orbital university. It certainly wasn’t the kind of thing she generally read, and ordinarily she would never have paid any attention to the title, A Socio-Ethnic Exploration of Certain Epiphenomena on Charon. It was hardly catchy. In fact, she had only heard of it from a friend who tossed it off as a kind of merry in-joke in academic circles. It was the original draft of the paper which caused so much mirth: the one which had been rejected as being in need of extensive revision. After a diligent search, she had finally tracked it down in a recycling archive where de Burgos had been a student.

She pulled that first draft to the top of the stack.

“Everyone on Charon calls them selkies, though the name makes no sense. There can be no possible biological connection to seals, nor any of their relatives. Indeed, some have argued (see Rossi et al ’21 and references therein, especially Page ’18, with his elaborate electrical explanations) that they cannot be considered alive – still less intelligent – in the conventional ways we understand those terms. But the name has stuck, fuelled by the very fact that there are no officially authenticated sightings. This author will continue to use the term throughout. It has been argued (Sinclair ’22, #14-15) that this is because they fulfil ‘…the same liminal role as oceanic selkies… a collective transitional object reinterpreting the alien in terms of the familiar.’ Not that selkies are especially familiar to most of us, and Sinclair argues his case in a highly original manner that has been questioned by his peers.”
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This caught my notice earlier in the week and might entertain you all (note to UK readers... I don't normally read the Daily Mail but the Tolkien connection meant that it got flagged up...)
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-6383825/Lord-Rings-fans-live-like-hobbit-quirky-hand-crafted-holiday-let.html

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This week's blog post - the upcoming arrival of NASA's Insight probe on Mars, and an odd connection of location with Timing (Far from the Spaceports book 2), together with an extract.
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Last weekend's fireworks party at Lake View Country House, #Grasmere #Cumbria - the rain which had been almost continuous for Saturday and most of Sunday finally eased just in time for the festivities... Many thanks to the local RAOB group ("The Buffs") for helping marshall it so everyone kept safe!
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09/11/2018
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Today's blog post... Dawn, Death and Ion Drives... a commemoration of the Dawn probe which ran out of fuel last year and is now officially declared dead. Also, some thoughts about propulsion systems and how they affect storytelling in near future settings...
Dawn, death, and ion drives | Writing Slate
Dawn, death, and ion drives | Writing Slate
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It's autumn flower-display changeover time up in Grasmere... the summer begonias were wiped out by the first frosts, and here are the winter replacements... small as yet, and mostly leafy, but they should keep going through until the spring now
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06/11/2018
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This week's post - mostly about Ultima Thule, the next destination of the New Horizons probe, together with a very short extract from The Liminal Zone to remind us all about Pluto, and a brief reminder of this week's Kindle Countdown deals on Far from the Spaceports and Timing...
Ultima Thule | Writing Slate
Ultima Thule | Writing Slate
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That long-ago glance into the Palantir continued to work its sinister power in mysterious ways. Peregrin Took came to feel that the title of Thane was simply not sufficient for one who had fought in the War of the Ring...

(Actually, a quick snap that tickled my imagination at last weekend's Apple Day in Cambridge, a peculiarly English celebration of apples in all their varieties)
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This week's blog post - some upcoming changes, together with extracts from Far from the Spaceports and Timing, with details of Countdown deals on these two books over the next week...
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