Posts Tagged With: Science fiction

It Is A Truth Universally Acknowledged That When One Is In Need Of A New Pair Of Pants No Store Within A 300 Mile Radius Will Have A Single, Solitary Pair In Your Size…

By Kiki Keane

Ugh! I’ve dropped several dress sizes this year, which means that I have to do the thing I dread the most: Shop. I hate shopping. I really, really do. I thought I would love it. I thought things would be easier. Sad truth is, it still takes going to every store within a 300 miles radius to find a single pair of jeans in my size! Where did they all go? Everything below an 8 that does not show one’s ass-crack or cut off one’s circulation have disappeared from the shelves of New Mexican stores. Also, size 6 shoes. They have all vanished. I suspect everyone has been replaced by body snatching pod-people with large feet. Or maybe (Gulp!) I’m the pod-person…

Okay. Enough grumbling.

I really wish that I had something interesting to write about, but my life is currently uneventful. (I know. I know. Enjoy it while I can!) One would think with all this downtime, I would find something productive to do. I have not. I have not studied Arabic. I have not read more than 30 pages in a book. I have not read my book club selection. I have not exercised. Mostly, I just move from my bed to my Papasan and back with a few trips to the kitchen. Okay. That’s a bit of an exaggeration. I’ve made some trips to the library for books I most likely won’t read. I have also gone on a wild book hunt for used mass market copies of my favorite noir novels. (I can handle anything except an extended period without my hardboiled private dicks and femmes fatales.)  I came up mostly empty. I can find them in trade and ebook form online, but trade are big and sometimes heavy and I just can’t carry all that with me on my travels. And there is just something repulsive about reading classic noir on a kindle. However, I did find my favorite Science Fiction novel, Invasion Of the Body Snatchers, in a first edition Dell mass market. It’s a little musty and little worse for wear, but at least I’ll be able to take it with me! I’ll also be able to have my favorite spy (007) with me.

Needless to say, all this moving from bed to chair to bed has left little time for news gathering. I am not proud. However, I have been paying some attention. Here and here are the latest from Richard Engel who is still in Syria.

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We Will All Be Billionaires But It Won’t Matter Because We Will All Owe A Billion Dollars…

By Kiki Keane

Apparently unemployment makes me lazy. What have I done this week? Ummmm. Well, I’ve almost finished my book club book, watched Raiders of the Lost Ark, watched bad weather related movies on Syfy and played catch-the-string with my cat. What an exciting life I lead! Also, coconut Jelly Bellies are more addictive than cocaine.

Unemployment also gives one lots of time to serf the Web. Here are some awesome and, hopefully, interesting things I’ve found.


1) So in 70 years, if I’m reading this right, we will all be billionaires and natural gas will be free, or nearly free by 2015. The bad news is our (the US) officially assessed natural gas reserves will be dry by 2025 and by 2030, China will be using all the oil, leaving nothing for the US or Europe. Also, while we all will be billionaires we will also all owe a billion dollars…

2) The NuStar mission will “will pierce the dust and gas shrouding sources of high-energy X-rays, revealing many secrets they have long managed to conceal, scientists say.”

3) Hubble spies ‘UFO’ Galaxy

4) Here are Life Science’s Best Science Photos of the Week

5) Could Pandora exist? Here is an article, which discusses popular sci-fi concepts, including a planet like Pandora

6) Hey look! A giant space head!

Culture and Books:

1) Christopher Priest blasts 5 of 6 Arthur C Clarke award shortlisters and thinks the award should be suspended and judges forced to resign.

2) And here is a letter one of the judges sent to the guardian in response to Priest’s “tantrum.”

Personally, I agree with Priest (not about the suspension or about the judges), but about the books on the lists.

3) The Fall of the Roman Empire and the Rise of Islam: A historical meets sci-fi geek out!

4) Here is a question I debated more than 10 years ago when I was in high school. It was a Speculative Fiction (it’s what self-conscious writers call sci-fi/fantasy) writing class that I attended once a week after classes let out.

5) Here is an old post about the 1000 novels you should read. I’m still working my way through the list to see what I’ve read and what I might like to read (and it’s only part 1).


1) Okay. This isn’t news, but it is interesting and Richard Engel is a journalist.

2) Mali rebels advance. It’s only a few minutes at the start of the broadcast. This coup is really interesting stuff. Sanctions to start on Monday

3) Muslim Brotherhood names presidential candidate

4) Burma votes and Aung San Suu Kyi takes part


1) A Physicist at large: Richard Feynman’s journey to Tuva

Rachel and I will be blogging tomorrow and she should post some stuff on her retreat.

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A Bitch about Vanity Plates And An Ode Cheesy Sci-Fi Ala Edgar Rice Burroughs

By Kiki Keane and Rachel Womek

Rachel: What’s the deal with Vanity Plates? I guess they are called “Vanity” because not only do they stroke the possessors’ ego, but the owner is also the only one who enjoys the damned thing let alone understands it. On the drive over we saw one that said: “AK” and “TheSol1” (whatever that’s supposed to mean).

Kiki: May I just say how much I love cheesy Sci-Fi? I mean, how can one not love a story about an ageless Virginian who is winds up on Mars, becomes a Warlord, spends his days trying to save the planet’s inhabitants and marries a Martian Princess? There’s loads of adventure and romance (both romantic romance and the old school version romance of the idealized adventurous lifestyle). There are aliens and self-sacrifice and “resurrections.”

I’m scared that Disney is going to destroy one of my favorite childhood stories in their new movie John Carter.

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