Comments: John's Reading Report (August 2007)

There are quite a few books in the Magician universe at this point, and there are still more being writen by Feist- the Darkwar Saga. But besides the original Magician, I think I like the Empire Sequence the best, cowriten with Janny Wurts: Daughter of the Empire, Servant, Mistress. Much less extinction event level sorcery, much more political and personal stuff.

Posted by owlish at September 3, 2007 07:02 PM

Hi. Since this never happened:

at least I would like to spend the last 1/3rd of my life living like this:

But it's fake. And so is most Sci-Fi, except for Lucifer's Hammer. Do you live your life in drab faded greys, and then come home and cocoon in fake Sci-Fi mumblings?

Do you think that working at Google is like living in a future Sci-Fi world? What about working at some alt-space company? I think the problem with that is that they still come home to the same type of home-life that everybody else does. I hate knotted pine furniture.

Posted by Mid Life at September 5, 2007 11:20 PM

Hah. I've got decades of unread copies of Analog. Sometimes I wonder why I still keep buying it, as I never seem to get around to them!

Scalzi wrote one "chapbook" in the Colonial Union series, The Sagan Diary, which I posted. I'm a few chapters into The Last Colony. Good read so far.

I have the Ingalls series in a couple of older editions. Good stuff, but I've never had the space to set up a mirror grinding facility! One of the more fascinating bits about Clyde Tombaugh's life is that he did several telescopes, selling some to finance his own. He dug a cellar (in the blazing summer heat) on his parent's farm in order to have a steady-temperature place to do his mirror grinding.

(Oh yes. He also discovered a planet. Yes, IAU, a planet. Take that!)

Posted by P*l*anet Stories at September 6, 2007 02:25 PM