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Confession: I have committed more than one of these sins.

Sin 1: Write a story set in the future or a fantasy world which you establish by leavening in garish ± cutesy slang and jargon.

Sin 1a: Make the terms resemble ours, e.g., 'frack' for 'fuck' or 'rels' for 'seconds'.

Sin 2: Write a story in the past, future, or a fantasy world in which people rely on short-lived current-day idiom. ("Groovy!" gushed Spock.)

Sin 3: Write a story set in the future in which half the characters lard their speech with references to past millennia and confuse the other half.

Sin 3a: Have the historical references amusingly wrong.

Sin 4: Have plant or animal species on another world be known by a prefix that inartfully suggests that they are reminiscent of but different from ours, e.g., neo-corn or pseudo-horse.

Sin 5: Forsooth and friends.

Any other writers' linguistic tics that exasperate you?
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I'm sure every science fiction writer is guilty of this at some point or another. :)
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This is an obvious (and good) idea. So why did it take them so long? Both were selected as astronaut candidates 18 years ago. And I'd think they'd get clearer data before Mark had had four spaceflights of his own.
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I applaud McDonald's for offering all Crimean employees jobs in non-invaded Ukraine at the same seniority and salary, covering their moving expenses, and kicking in three months' housing.
Russia's annexation of Crimea sees shutdown of fast-food chain and discontinuation of programme for drug users
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Wow! Way to go McDonald's
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Delighted to report that:
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Robert Gerber has passed away at age 51. He is the brother of a very close friend of mine. Robert lived in NJ, previously in the Boston area and Queens, and was active in East Coast fandom, the SCA, and photography. We're trying to get the word out to anyone who knew him that the funeral is tomorrow.

If your social circles overlap with his, please spread the news. Any questions, comments, or info should be directed to me. I'll pass along to the family.

The funeral will be tomorrow (Tuesday, March 25) at 1:00 PM at:

Platt Memorial Chapel
2001 Berlin Road (Route 561)
Cherry Hill, NJ

Phone numbers -- 856-428-9442 or 800-262-9442
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Thank you for sharing this - I am so sad to learn of his passing and I send my deepest sympathy to his family and everyone who loved him.

I messaged you last week on FB with a question about something related and was wondering if you'd gotten it or if FB is just being unreliable again. I hesitated to ask again (please forgive me if you did see it but haven't had a chance to reply) but as it's a little time-critical I decided to try a different means of reaching you. 
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Tonight's episode of the crime drama Bones (on Fox at 8 PM), "The Cold in the Case," is about cryonics, and more technically accurate than any other show I've seen that dealt with it.
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Rejoice! And just in time for spring! When every Sunday you'll see—
Tom Lehrer is considered one of the most influential figures in comedy — despite a body of work consisting of just 37 pitch-black songs and a career that stopped abruptly when the countercult...
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Arithmetic is useful but as much about what mathematicians do as spelling is about what writers do.

Spelling is a skill. Writing and literature are about creativity, about different ways to see the world, about expressing and communicating what you've seen. Kids are exposed to writing and literature alongside spelling. As with our newest SFWA Grandmaster, Chip Delany, they can grow up to be brilliant writers who still can't spell. Or avid readers who can't write.

Arithmetic is a skill. Mathematics is about creativity, about different ways to see the world, about expressing and communicating what you've seen. Kids have to slog through the tedium of arithmetic. Then they learn the rest of the K-12 math curriculum as a set of skills. Most never are exposed to mathematics as beauty and fun.

But they could have been. Just as there are wonderful books you can love for a lifetime long before you're up for Delany or Dostoyevsky, most kids could have a blast exploring math. If they have adults in their lives who get it.
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Did you ever notice how many 'insults' presume you share the values of the insulter? That your reaction will be to be insulted, as opposed to (say) thinking "Yes, I am. Thank you for noticing!" or "I wish!"
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I think you meant to pronounce that brilliant.
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