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March 14, 2008


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Doug M.

You know, I was going to surprise you with a subscription to Asimov's for your birthday.

On second thought, maybe not.

Doug M.

Nich Hills

Carlos quoting Kevin cameron and John Britten:

* * * *

It looks most like a tree trunk.

"Yes!" he had said then with sudden heat. "I propose that idea to people in the industry, to journalists, but get back nothing but polite nods. Things have shapes for real reasons. A tree..."

* * * *

Forms possess the highest and most fundamental kind of reality?

Plato. It's all in Plato. What are they teaching in schools these days?

But well done Cycle World for having a columnist with such glorious prose and such a passion for good design.


Would you mind recommending some fiction that does, in your opinion, show a lively mind at work?


I probably should have written a "please" or "thanks" in in my last comment, shouldn't I?

Dennis Brennan

Hemingway used to write fishing articles for Sports Illustrated.

Will Baird

Hey Carlos,

I have another Boneyard carnival hosting coming up (next sat). Any chance I can get that cycad toxicity post?

Charlie Stross

Doug: Asimov's SF is dying, slowly. Too many earnest MFA grads counting coup, not enough vision, never mind insight.


Hmmm. You know, Carlos - not to sound bitchy or anything - this is the fifth or sixth time I've asked you for a book recommendation, and the fifth or sixth time I have received no response. Am I doing something wrong, is it just a coincidence, or is there something more to it? Would you please let me know - this isn't doing my paranoia any good.


Doug, you are a mensch for thinking about that on *YOUR* birthday. (I put up some less intimidating suggestions in the usual place. I, on the other hand, am crass.)

Nich, the strange thing is, Cycle World has two columnists that good. Peter Egan is the other one.

Will, sorry, busy week coming. I do have some Russian/Ukrainian stuff I was planning on posting for you though.

Charlie, um. As Doug is fond of saying, Hell has many circles. The insularity of SF written by fans is pretty far down there. It takes some doing to make earnest MFA grads look expansive and innovative, but y'all have managed it.

KW, um. I don't know you, I have no idea what your tastes are like, and it's the weekend. You know?

Just a general note. I write here because it's my pleasure. If it becomes a chore, or if people start thinking I am here to amuse them or spoon-feed them... well. I don't have to write here at all.


I understand what you're saying, but I've being asking about your tastes, rather than aiming to satisfy mine. I'm sorry I haven't been making that clear, and if you think answering would accomplish nothing, or you simply don't want to say, I have no problem with that.

Rest assured I don't see it as your job to amuse me - I was simply interested, that is all.

Noel Maurer

I apologize, but I have to ask this.

Charlie, assuming that you are, in fact, reading this: do you watch the Wire?

If not, what did you think Carlos's videoclip was trying to say?


This is what he serves those subliterate motorheads and gear freaks.

Hey! Not *all* of us are subliterate!

(Cameron really is a treasure. He did some work for the New York Times a while back, but that seems to have been a flash in the pan.)

Robert P.

For some reason, the quote from Cameron reminded me of Peter Galison's book _Einstein's Clocks, Poincare's Maps_ - a tour de force of historical synthesis that completely changed my perspective on late-19th and early-20th century physics.

Will Baird

Bummer about the paleochem, Carlos, but I am looking forward to the Russian/Ukrainian post.

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