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Hey folks, for people who have been "upgraded" to the new version of G+, you may still be able to switch back to classic. There should be a "Back to Classic" link in the lower left corner of the screen.

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Hey RPG people circling me from some share or another: that's cool, right on, happy to talk gaming. But if you are posting racist, Islamophobic, homophobic, transphobic or anti-Semetic shit?

Do not circle me. Fuck right the hell off.

Looking at some of YOU, recent circlers.

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You know whose art is frickin' awesome?

Remedios Varo (http://www.wikiart.org/en/remedios-varo). She has some wonderful Surrealist paintings; my favorite is La Llamada (http://www.nmwa.org/works/la-llamada-call).

Looking at her work, I can see a bit of Erol Otus and John Blanche (or rather, I can see her work in theirs), so I suppose it's no surprise that her work strongly appeals to me.

Suggested background music: some Hawkwind (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3W7ch0oLeA)

Hey folks, I have had an eye injury and will be away from G+ for a few days. Particular apologies if you are waiting on a response from me. 

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Looks like Subterranean Press is having a major sale on its ebooks until tomorrow: 
http://subterraneanpress.com/news/subpress_ebooks_discounted_to_.99_and_2.99

The user interface on Gumroad is insanely frustrating (and you have to keep scrolling to see all the titles), but the prices are good. 

+Chris Kutalik I think a lot of these fulfill your Kindle price threshold!

Of note:

Barry Hughart's Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox (!!)
Jack Vance Treasury
This Thomas Ligotti fellow everyone keeps mentioning 
Other books I can't list because the interface is locking up (I told you it was frustrating)

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I never met Mr Allston, but his work was always a great joy to read. He will be missed.
Novelist and game designer Aaron Allston has died in Branson, Missouri, age 53. Cause of death is currently unknown, but Aaron suffered a major heart attack in March 2009 and bouts of poor health thereafter. Aaron was an endlessly inventive creator, one of the best roleplaying gamemasters ever, a mordant authority on bad films, and a rare wit.

Though he later became well known for his many licensed tie-in novels for Star Wars, Terminator, and other franchises, Aaron started in the plantation fields of gaming, editing Space Gamer magazine for Steve Jackson Games. He achieved early stardom in roleplaying games with his standout work for Champions and the Hero System; his Lands of Mystery lost-worlds supplement for Justice Inc. pioneered the idea of tailoring rules and setting to match genre conventions. Aaron's Strike Force remains, after decades, one of the best works on the development and maintenance of a long-term campaign. He wrote from experience, having spent years refereeing three separate Hero campaigns that had months-long waiting lists.

Equally well known for his extensive contributions to BECMI-series Dungeons & Dragons, Aaron wrote hugely for the Known World, (later renamed "Mystara"), and he edited the fondly remembered Rules Cyclopedia. His AD&D Dungeon Master's Design Kit was an amazing toolbox, one of the first of its kind, and his Complete Fighter's Handbook set the tone for the long-running AD&D 2e "Player's Handbook Reference" series.

Aaron also contributed to many computer RPGs from Origin Systems, including the "Worlds of Ultima" games Savage Empire and the primordial steampunk precursor Martian Dreams. He brought his highly developed sense of genre conventions to a company known best for open-ended worlds. The combination was an artistic success but a financial disappointment; though he worked intermittently in computer games throughout the '90s, Aaron seldom played them himself and never really warmed to the field.

In the 1980s Aaron turned to novels with Web of Danger, a tie-in for TSR's Top Secret S.I. RPG line. He started writing for the Star Wars X-Wing novel line almost by accident. His X-Wing predecessor, Michael A. Stackpole, recommended Aaron to his Bantam book editor as a likely candidate to continue writing the series. After Mike and the Bantam editor both left the line, the next editor saw Aaron's name and assumed he had already been chosen. Months later the new editor called Aaron's agent and asked "How's Aaron coming along on the new X-Wing book?" Huh, whah? In two days Aaron put together an outline for a new novel, Wraith Squadron, and then wrote the book on a tremendously tight deadline. He went on to write a dozen more.

Aaron enjoyed a high reputation among connoisseurs of Star Wars fiction. He once told me he seemed to be everyone's third-favorite Star Wars author -- every reader had one or two top faves, always different, but they all had Aaron in the #3 spot.

Aaron's non-licensed books include Galatea in 2-D and a delightful pulp-faerie mashup, Doc Sidhe. (The sequel is Sidhe Devil.) In recent years Aaron had turned to short fiction and was excited with the success he'd found contributing to several high-profile small-press anthologies.

A lifelong lover of genre film, Aaron made a foray into screenwriting and directing in 2005 with the zombie rom-com Deadbacks. He assembled dozens of friends and local actors as a full-on low-budget indie production company, and they filmed for a couple of months of weekends on a friend's farmland in Lockhart, Texas. He completed filming, but the project died in editing. It would be nice to think that fun and funny film, like its ever-hopeful undead farmhand characters, might rise again. It is so sad Aaron won't.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Allston

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Today we pause in our normal routines and reflect on the contributions of those who lost their lives trying to take our nation farther into space. On our annual Day of Remembrance, please join us in giving thanks for the legacy of the STS-107 Columbia crew; the STS-51L Challenger crew; the Apollo 1 crew; and Mike Adams, the first in-flight fatality of the space program as he piloted the X-15 No. 3 on a research flight.
 
These men and women were our friends, family and colleagues, and we will never forget their lives and passion to push us farther and achieve more.  They have our everlasting love, respect and gratitude.
 
Today, their legacy lives on as the International Space Station fulfills its promise to help us learn to live and work in space and move farther into the solar system. We see our lost friends in the strivings of so many missions to take humans to new destinations and to unlock the secrets of our universe. And we honor them by making our dreams of a better tomorrow reality and by acting to improve life for all of humanity.
 
Let us join together as one NASA Family, along with the entire world, in paying our respects, and honoring the memories of our dear friends. They are with us still on this grand journey.

Learn more:  http://go.nasa.gov/1b5Oh9I

Image credit: NASA
#NASARemembers #Tribute #Honor #FallenHeros #FallenHero #Heros #Space #NASA #Science #Discovery #Challenger #Apollo #Columbia #Explorers
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Thank you all for the many birthday wishes I received. 

I've been feeling a little bit alone and down recently, so they were very welcome. I'm an extremely lucky person to have such awesome folks as you in my life.

Thank you guys. :)

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UI note re: new G+ interface, via +Michael Moscrip . If you look at your viewing circles up top and select "More", the bottom of the menu has two options for stream layout, grid and line. 

Selecting "line" makes G+ return to something more like what we've been using in terms of readability.
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