Notes/First Impressions: Thomas Olde Heuvelt – The Day the World Turned Upside Down (trs. Lia Belt)

The Day The World Turned Upside Down at Lightspeed Magazine. 10367 Words, so a really quick read. Don’t take me at my word—read it yourself. Another one that I thought was clearly very good but didn’t have any particular resonance with me. The macro/micro/nanocosm conceit is clever and I could see where the author was […]

Ibeyi – Ibeyi

It is entirely possible that Ibeyi are the best newcomers in pop music this year. At least if you ignore that they had an EP out in 2014, but the linked album is their full-length debut. It is also entirely possible that I am the last person to find this out as there’s been a […]

Notes/First Impressions: Liu Cixin – The Three-Body Problem

Wow. This was a good read. The one significant flaw of The Three-Body Problem is a somewhat workmanlike, translator-ish stylie that actually comes from it being translated from the Chinese. Translator Ken Liu has a postscript explaining his approach and as a translator myself, I can’t fault it, and I can overlook that it doesn’t […]

A few random thought that may or may not amount to anything

I’m on vacation, and one of the things I’m doing, in addition to picking up my drawing tools and my guitar, is thinking about future projects. A few thoughts keep creeping up: I have an encyclopedic recollection of the science fiction I read in my youth, and could probably find any specific quote from at […]

Notes/First impressions: Katherine Addison – The Goblin Emperor

Review and synopsis of The Goblin Emperor by Martin Wisse. I liked this, but not as much as Martin did. For me, something was missing. I found the relentless focus on the protagonist, for a novel written in the third person featuring court intrigue, did not work for me. Because I also had a hard […]

Albums bought January-April 2015

The pace of my record-buying slowed down in the first trimester of 2015 as I focused on putting back more money to pay down my mortgage. Alsom I went on a physical media fast after I put my CD collection and my books into storage in preparation for a move. However, the budget did allow […]

Reading for the Hugos

Following this year’s bullshit surrounding the Hugo Award nominations, I’ve decided to get involved. I got a supporting membership for Worldcon 2015, which should give me the right to vote and possibly an electronic kit that contains parts of, some, or all of the nominated works, depending on how this year’s rights negotiations go. In […]