War for the Oaks — Emma Bull

Bull, Emma. War for the Oaks. Orb Books, 2001. ISBN: 978-0765300348 Buy from Amazon Buy for Kindle “Urban fantasy” is relatively new as a fantasy sub-genre. Certainly my first exposure to urban fantasy was via the deserved popularity of the Borderlands shared universe. Borderlands created a new genre space for…

Sunshine — Robin McKinley

McKinley, Robin. Sunshine. Berkley Trade, October 2008. ISBN: 0425224015 Buy from Amazon Amazon MP3 CD Audio Book It’s not that any of the Others are really popular, or that it had only been the vampires against us during the Wars. But a big point about vampires is that they are…

The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales — Patrick K. Ford

Ford, Patrick K. The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales. Berkley: University of California Press, 1977. February 2008, second edition. ISBN: 0520253964 Buy from Amazon The mabinogi, as the four branches are probably properly called, are a collection of four interrelated Welsh mythological tales. They consist, in order, of “Pwyll,…

When Truth is Stranger…

NOTE: SF writer Charlie Stross inadvertently broke a fairly major story online, so the links to his original post may only work intermittently, and the comments feature at Autopope may not work at all, for a bit. He’s expressed some difficulties serving the anomalous amount of traffic. But here’s the link to the relevant Hansard…

Amazing Yellowstone

Okay. I must confess, I’m a fan of apocalyptic-science, even though I realize that terms like “Super-volcano” are scientifically meaningless. But how cool is this? Once thought to be the dead remains of an extinct volcano or volcanic system, the Yellowstone Caldera is alive and well, sleeping just below our…

AfricaTown and the Last Slave Ship

Anthropology professor Neil Norman from the College of William & Mary has recently excavated sites in Plateau, Alabama, searching to reconstruct the lives and deaths of those early inhabitants of AfricaTown, according to this article at al.com. Dr. Norman has been working to reconstruct the everyday lives and history of AfricaTown’s…

The Tower Restored

Pisa’s famous leaning tower was reopened in 2001, but now the historic turret has been deemed stable, and its gradual tilt seems to be semi-permanently arrested for the first time since its construction more than 800 years ago. The Telegraph reports on the release of The Tower Restored, a 1000…

Because it serves us well to stop and remember…

We really are all in this together, like it or not.

Turtle Cookies

Now that I have reached my “Golden Years”, I look back on the years of raising my three children and one of the things I remember as being very special is being in the kitchen with my girls. They were always in the kitchen with me when I made meals…

“Marlboro Earth: Saving the Environment One Customer at a Time”

How do we best save the earth? By heroically decimating humanity, of course. From The Onion, that last bastion of parodic commentary so true it hurts, perpetually raising the bar in fearless journalistic  pursuit of answers: According to a press release from Philip Morris, the new environmentally friendly cigarettes work…

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