Pixel Scroll 9/11/17 Can He Bake A Pixel Pie, Charming Mikey?

(1) AFTER THE STORM. Yahoo! Lifestyle has collected tweets with photos of hurricane damage at DisneyWorld – and while there is some, it’s not too heavy.

(2) BABYSITTING ORION. Let NPR tell you what it’s like “Riding Out Irma On Florida’s Space Coast — And Keeping An Eye On The Spacecraft”.

Every time a major storm hits the Space Coast, the ride-out crew members pack their toothbrushes and nonperishable food and settle in to spend the duration of the storm inside the Launch Control Center. Helms is riding out his second hurricane at the center, along with firefighters, security officers, building experts and contractors responsible for the hardware itself.

The most sensitive equipment is secured in climate-controlled spaces. The challenge is to make sure that no matter what happens outside, nothing changes inside.

“Humidity and temperature — those are the big two that affect the spacecraft,” Helms says. For most people, if you rode out a hurricane and just lost air conditioning for a few days, it’d be a victory. For the Space Center, that’s the worst-case scenario, Helms says.

(3) TOP COMICS ARTISTS SINCE 1992. SfFy presents, in no order, “The 25 greatest comic book artists from the last 25 years”.

To celebrate the last 25 years in comics, we’re looking back at the greatest comic book artists from the last quarter-century. Before anyone cries outrage on why George Perez or Walt Simonson are not on this list, please remember that we’re just talking about the last 25 years, and the legendary works we are highlighting only go back to 1992. Our criteria is based on a balance of unique creativity, distinct and influential style, longevity, and impact, as opposed to quantity or how big the profile was of said project(s). Their interior artwork had to be their biggest contribution (even though their cover art may be depicted below) during this era, and it must inspire, evoke emotion and/or transport the reader to a far off vivid world and keep the reader dreaming when they close the book. Now, without further ado…

1. Mike Allred

Notable works: Madman, Red Rocket, The Atomics, Sandman, X-Force/X-Statix, Silver Surfer, Wednesday Comics, iZOMBIE, Fantastic Four, Batman ’66

(4) CROWDSOURCED SCHEDULE. James Davis Nicoll calls on you to help decide “What 12 Dianne Wynne Jones books should I review in 2018?”

This is a work in progress. Open to suggestions. In 2015 and 2016, I devoted Fridays to Norton and Lee, respectively. That led to a certain level of fatigue towards the end of the projects. In 2017, I focused on authors from Waterloo Region, which side-stepped the fatigue issue at the cost of causing problems with the gender ratio of authors reviewed1. In 2018, my idea is to

Focus on four primary authors, three women and one man: Dianna Wynne Jones, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Carrie Vaughn. A rotating roster avoids fatigue and with women outnumbering men three to one, I shouldn’t have the same problem maintaining my desired women to men ratio.

(5) EIGHTIES REBOOT. According to Deadline, “‘The Greatest American Hero’ Reboot With Female Lead Gets Big ABC Commitment”.

A re-imagining of Steven J. Cannell’s 1981 cult classic The Greatest American Hero is flying back to development with a new creative team, a big new commitment and a big twist.

ABC has given a put pilot commitment to the half-hour single-camera project. In it, the unlikely (super)hero at the center — Ralph Hinkley (played by William Katt) in the original series — is Meera, an Indian-American woman. The Greatest American Hero comes from Fresh Off  the Boat writer-producer Rachna Fruchbom and Nahnatchka Khan’s Fierce Baby. 20th Century Fox TV, where Fierce Baby is based and Fruchbom recently signed an overall deal, will co-produce with ABC Studios.

(6) MANIC MONDAY. And another manic Chuck Wendig / John Scalzi thread.

(7) DISCOVERY CREW. In a Cnet video, cast members of the upcoming series discuss their characters and how they each fit into the Trek universe

(8) MONSTERS FROM THE ID. How much can you say about Forbidden Planet before you’ve said it all? A lot! In “Creating Our Own Final Frontier: Forbidden Planet”, Centauri Dreams’ guest blogger, Larry Klaes, discusses the film in great detail (19,383 words). Greg Hullender sent the link with a comment explaining, “Centauri Dreams is usually about science, not SF, so this is a little unusual for them, but Klaes does a pretty good job of tying the movie to our modern understanding of reality.”

While the makers of FP no doubt knew better than to outright criticize their government and country’s agenda against its Cold War adversaries, they did find in Dr. Morbius (just say his name out loud for the proper effect) a symbol for representing their fears of a field and its practitioners who were increasingly being seen as amoral if not directly malevolent as well as appointing themselves as the single-point arbiters of what was best for the rest of humanity. This is exactly what Morbius did with the incredibly powerful and deadly Krell technology he encountered and subsequently obsessed upon as he cut himself off from the rest of his species over the next twenty years, the very same technology that had wiped out an entire civilization in one swift blow many centuries before. The captain of the C-57D was not just following protocol when he attempted to radio home for further orders once he began to realize the full extent of what he was dealing with on Altair 4: Adams was hoping to get a wider consensus on the alien power he had come upon beyond the words and actions of a single self-appointed authority figure in the guise of the scientist Morbius.

(9) TODAY IN HISTORY

  • September 11, 1976 Ark II made its television premiere.

(10) COMICS SECTION.

If you know Wonder Woman, you’ll laugh at today’s Off the Mark.

(11) SATISFIED CUSTOMER. Code Blue. Code Blue…..

(12) THEATER IN THE GROUND. Unbound Productions presents Wicked Lit 2017 between September 29-November 11:

Wicked Lit has been staged at Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena where audiences walk through the hallways of the mausoleum and among the headstones in the cemetery as our plays are staged all around.

Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery, 2300 N. Marengo Ave. Altadena.

(13) TRANSLATION: WHY HE THINKS YOU SHOULD BUY HIS BOOK. At Slate, Lawrence Krauss answers the rhetorical question: “Why Science-Fiction Writers Couldn’t Imagine the Internet”.

What I find most remarkable of all is that the imagination of nature far exceeds that of human imagination. If you had locked a group of theoretical physicists in a room 50 years ago and asked them to predict what we now know about the universe, they would have missed almost all the key discoveries we have made since, from the discovery of dark energy and dark matter to the ability to detect gravitational waves. That is because we need the guidance of experiment to move forward in science. How we hope nature will behave or how we think it should behave is irrelevant. Experiment determines what we must build our theories on, not a priori prejudice about elegance or beauty, or even what seems like common sense. Quantum mechanics defies common sense—so much so that Einstein never really accepted it. But as experiments today, from entanglement to quantum teleportation, demonstrate, quantum mechanics does describe the universe at fundamental scales.

That’s why science fiction—though it can inspire human imagination, as Stephen Hawking said in the preface of my book The Physics of Star Trek—is fundamentally limited. It is based on human imagination and past experience. That is a great thing. But it doesn’t mean the science-fiction future will resemble our own.

(14) JUST PUCKER UP AND BLOW. “Dr. Rufus Henry Gilbert’s Plan for an NYC Transit System Powered By Air”The Daily Beast remembers.

In fact, he was beat over a century and a half ago by a former Civil War surgeon named Dr. Rufus Henry Gilbert who came up with the idea for a public transportation system for New York City that would have established an elevated pneumatic tube system in place of the underground subway that New Yorkers love to hate today.

Gilbert may have seemed like an unlikely candidate to invent such an innovative solution for New York City’s transportation woes, but his idea was rooted in his original profession.

It all started before the Civil War when the doctor went on a tour of Europe following the death of his wife. There, a grieving Gilbert was gripped by the terrible conditions in the slums, and he became convinced that the overcrowded and dirty environment was to blame for the high rates of disease and death among the poor. If only they could escape the cramped conditions of the inner city and live out in the fresh air, he thought, all their health problems would be solved….

His technological ideas were impressive and cutting-edge for his day—and even for our day—but he also conceived of a look for the system that was downright beautiful. Elaborate, Gothic metal arches would top the streets of New York, extending out of sleek columns secured to the sidewalk at regular intervals. Plenty of scrolls, flourishes, and metal detailing decorated each arch, and they were all capped by two large tubes that would serve as the conduit for passengers to get around the city.

(15) KEEPING THE CAN’T IN REPLICANT. How the actor prepared — “Blade Runner 2049: Jared Leto made himself ‘partially blind’ for role”

Preparing for Blade Runner 2049, Leto went full method actor again, apparently partially blinding himself by wearing sight-limiting contact lenses.

“He entered the room, and he could not see at all,” director Denis Villeneuve told the SWJ magazine in a profile piece about Leto.

“He was walking with an assistant, very slowly. It was like seeing Jesus walking into a temple. Everybody became super silent, and there was a kind of sacred moment. Everyone was in awe. It was so beautiful and powerful — I was moved to tears. And that was just a camera test!”

(16) THIS SPACE INTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK. Thanks to people who have sent me links to Jon Del Arroz, or to posts reacting to Jon Del Arroz.

(17) THIS SPACE UNINTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK. Camestros Felapton, in “Just One Last Note on ex-Kerfuffles”, says the dog park of the internet has allowed its domain to expire.

As I already have one whateverhappenedtoo post up about those unhappy hounds of Hugo hostility, I’ll leave one more snippet: the domain name ownership of “sadpuppies4.org” has expired. The website that hosted the fourth iteration of distempered doggedness…

(18) TIPPING POINT? The BBC’s report “Offshore wind power cheaper than new nuclear” may be specific to the UK, but might also be a signpost to changes elsewhere.

Energy from offshore wind in the UK will be cheaper than electricity from new nuclear power for the first time.

The cost of subsidies for new offshore wind farms has halved since the last 2015 auction for clean energy projects

Two firms said they were willing to build offshore wind farms for a guaranteed price of £57.50 per megawatt hour for 2022-23.

This compares with the new Hinkley Point C nuclear plant securing subsidies of £92.50 per megawatt hour.

(19) MISSION ENDS FRIDAY. Cassini: Saturn probe to set up death plunge: “Cassini: Saturn probe turns towards its death plunge”.

The international Cassini spacecraft at Saturn has executed the course correction that will send it to destruction at the end of the week.

The probe flew within 120,000km of the giant moon Titan on Monday – an encounter that bent its trajectory just enough to put it on a collision path with the ringed planet.

Nothing can now stop the death plunge in Saturn’s atmosphere on Friday.

[Thanks to Cat Eldridge, Carl Slaughter, Martin Morse Wooster, JJ, Alan Baumler, Chip Hitchcock, and John King Tarpinian for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day ULTRAGOTHA.]

85 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 9/11/17 Can He Bake A Pixel Pie, Charming Mikey?

  1. Particularly thinking about the 1957 Best Short Story non-Award, following a conversation with a friend about Omnilingual.

    It wasn’t a non-Award, it was just that the Hugos from 1957 didn’t have a Best Short Story category (or any other fiction categories for that matter).

    To be eligible to hold Retro Hugos, a year must have: (a) Had a Worldcon, and (b) had no Hugo awards at all – and even if every category was “No Awarded”, that year still counts as having had Hugo awards. The key disqualifying element is that there must have been a Hugo vote in that year.

    There is also a time factor – you can only hold a Retro Hugo in a year that takes place 50, 75, or 100 years after a year that meets both (a) and (b)

  2. Just finished River of Teeth and I liked the setting and the characters but found it a bit short on story-a lot of buildup for a short finale. But Ill start the sequel, once it finished downloading. So River of Teeth was entertaining enough.

  3. @Xtifr: what specific predictions do you think Brunner got? There’s something of the spirit of first-world times getting worse (albeit most obviously in the US, with which he had a … difficult … artistic relationship), but most of the advances and most of the specific chaos haven’t happened. (Examples: frequent terrorism in the US and mass-fatality ~insanity worldwide, eugenic restrictions, AI, city dome(s?), commercial marijuana (not just stores, but nationwide brands), widespread rail transit, mergers of African countries, ….)
    PS: the book is forty-nine years old this month.

  4. 13) and 18) – another successful prediction:-

    “We, the Action Committee of Concerned Individuals to Disrupt Electrical Nuisance Towers, are calling to tell you we’ve just pulled down and burnt the generating plant in Forage Park…. If they think they can put a dangerous windmill right here, where it could blow down and electrocute us and our children….”

    – “Scenes from Rural Life”, by John Sladek.

    Poor Mr. Sladek. He thought he was joking.

  5. “Everybody became super silent” …

    … many of them thinking “oh, god, how long is the shooting schedule again?”

    It seems that even method actors who pull it off, like Daniel Day-Lewis, annoy a lot of their co-workers along the way. And Leto… OK, he convinced everyone on set he was the craziest Joker ever. The audience wasn’t so impressed.

  6. @) JamesDavis Nicoll
    That’s right, 3. Not the phone’s fault- chalk it up to enroaching senility.

    @Lynda Manning-Schwartz I would argue that Sana Takeda (X-23 and Monstress) is one of the greatest comic book/graphics novel artist of our time.

    I would not argue with that. I would also say the list is incomplete without Colleen Doran. Also, the unjustly obscure Meredith McClaren. Take a look at Hinges; her ability to convey emotionemotion and movement with still images is exquisite.

  7. @Chip Hitchcock: This passage from “Logic Named Joe” could refer to pornography (and is probably as close as a story published in its year could get to referring to it):

    “None of my kids are old enough to be int’rested, but Joe bypassed all censor-circuits because they hampered the service he figured logics should give humanity. So the kids an’ teen-agers who wanted to know what comes after the bees an’ flowers found out.”

    Note, also, that the “censor-circuits” are a prediction of Internet “nanny filters.”

  8. That was one of the two instances I was referring to; I thought Leinster was unclear whether it was purely clinical (remember, this was before what we call “sex education” was common in US schools) or erotic, and came down on the former side because who would have put outright erotica in the Tanks in the first place? (The other case was scholarly and limited to scholars.) Also, my read was that the filters were central rather than local — but it could be argued either way.

  9. @Chip: I see what you mean (I hadn’t thought about the distinction between global and local censor circuits, either; there may be a combination of global and local filters, so that no one gets information about committing perfect murders, even though the information is implicit in the tanks, while academic sites, but not households can get the video footage of not-safe-for-kids native ceremonies).

  10. In Clarke’s 1976 The Fountains of Paradise, there is mention of a game where the contestants go on the internet-prediction and race to answer complicated trivia question chains.

    And in The City and the Stars from 1949, the “young” people of Diaspar spend a lot of time playing immersive VR computer games in groups without leaving their bedrooms which is a prediction of teenage Groot.

  11. Chip Hitchcock on September 12, 2017 at 11:59 am said:

    @Xtifr: what specific predictions do you think Brunner got?

    Oh, he didn’t get many specific details right at all. But that still leaves plenty of room for him to be the best! 🙂 The competition is not very good, was my main point. Science Fiction is not about prediction.

    But just to pick one, there’s the whole phenomenon of “muckers”. Granted, he got all sorts of details wrong, but there’s no question that people going crazy and killing in public is sadly all-too-routine these days. It’s more of an American phenomenon than an Asian one, which is a bit he got wrong, and I’m sure he had no idea that it would become strongly associated with schools, of all things, but still. The book is full of, well, fairly obvious extrapolations like that, which, considered individually, aren’t particularly impressive, but there’s enough of them that the sum total actually is. Most writers don’t bother to throw in so many minor-but-interesting extrapolations because usually it doesn’t further the story. Brunner just happened to find a story where it did.

  12. I wrote:

    I see what you mean (I hadn’t thought about the distinction between global and local censor circuits, either; there may be a combination of global and local filters, so that no one gets information about committing perfect murders, even though the information is implicit in the tanks, while academic sites, but not households can get the video footage of not-safe-for-kids native ceremonies).

    Actually, I think what I’m describing above is “universal” versus “particular” censorship circuits, not “global” versus “local”; I agree that it looks like the censorship circuits are applied by the network (globally) rather than by individual logics (locally) – there’s no sign that anyone can set up their logic so that (for example), their kids can’t see information the parents don’t want them to see (but that other logics may allow through with no problem).

    @Niall McAuley

    In Clarke’s 1976 The Fountains of Paradise, there is mention of a game where the contestants go on the internet-prediction and race to answer complicated trivia question chains.

    Yeah, I thought that was a pretty good prediction of what kind of questions people can be challenged with, when the equivalent of “Google” makes the answer of every straightforward question available at a moment’s notice.

    P.S. “See you me and Miles Vorkosigan
    Down by the Vorbarra Sultana”

  13. @Niall: the date isn’t quite right (“Against the Fall of Night” 1948, Against the Fall of Night 1953, The City and the Stars 1956 — only the last has the VR scene unless it was deeply buried in the earlier ones), but that’s a great cite that I have no excuse for forgetting. (tCatS is one of my favorites, enough that I used it the one time I taught SF.) Can anyone else think of a reference anywhere near that old to a net powerful enough to support VR rather than just flat faces?

    @Andrew: good point on particular-vs-local; I was also reading it as particular, but it’s not something the moderately-literate narrator goes into.

  14. Chip, wasn’t there addictively immersive VR in “The Lion of Comarre”, too? But maybe those folks were physically located with the computers, I forget.

    Comarre also had a nice prediction of a mobile phone service where you can divert annoying relatives to an answering machine.

  15. Mark on September 13, 2017 at 1:52 am said:

    @Xtifr

    I assumed Muckers were based on “running amok”

    Well …. the first time I came across the word mucker was as the title to the Edgar Rice Burroughs 1921 novel “The Mucker. The protagonist is described as ” a mucker, a hoodlum, a gangster, a thug, a tough.”

    However …the Wiktionary offers these as other meanings:

    “(Britain, slang, Southern England, Northern Ireland) friend, acquaintance
    Fancy a pint, me old mucker?

    (slang, British Army) Typically comrade in reference to other friendly, low-ranking soldiers in the same situation.
    Go talk to your mucker!”
    https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/mucker

    Note that Brunner spent two years in the Royal Air Force.

  16. Correct. (There’s even a discussion on the people who mistake it for a variation of “mugger”, not understanding that one usually survives an encounter with one but not the other.)

    There are a lot of authors who have described the sort of decayed-but-still-techy near-future that Brunner did; I wouldn’t like to try to pick one as being best (for whatever sense of the word may be chosen). However, ISTM that Brunner was one of the first (possibly the very first) SF writers to do this, and his 4-track mosaic realizes his world in greater detail (and depth?) than others I can think of. Later Gibson, WJ Williams’s Dagmar trilogy, and later Ian McDonald all give us detailed decayed worlds, but Brunner’s may feel more real simply because he throws more detail at us.

  17. There are a lot of authors who have described the sort of decayed-but-still-techy near-future that Brunner did

    But a lot of them described futures that are still in the future. Or which weren’t as far away as Brunner projected. To beat Brunner’s record of broad accuracy for 40+ years, a book would have to have been written before 1977–which excludes the whole cyberpunk movement, for example.

    I’m not saying Brunner’s record will stand much longer. But if there’s something else which has beaten it already, I’m not aware of it. Which, of course, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist…

    (The flip side to this is that I’m making a much narrower claim for Brunner than I think some people may have realized.) 🙂

  18. @John A Arkansawyer,
    That is the first OED definition: “A person who removes dung, esp. a cleaner of stables”

    Until this thread, I had not thought of a connection to amok/amuck.

  19. So this raises a very interesting question that I’d never before considered: Instead of Frank Herbert, should the next classic SF writer I read for the first time be John Brunner?

  20. @Xtifr: I’d still disagree with “broad accuracy”; I don’t think we’ve reached anywhere near the combination of tech advance and general decay that Brunner shows for the US. (For one thing, we don’t have the tech to contrast.) I don’t know enough to argue for or against his portraits elsewhere, e.g. The Squares of the City — although what I hear of cities in Africa, or of Rio around the Olympics, suggests something more like the size of that gap.

    @Arkansawyer: Brunner varies wildly; if you’ve never read him, pick carefully. IME his last good work came out before he was Worldcon GoH (1983), and he published a lot of pulpy stuff (and scattered good stuff) before SoZ (and its even darker (and arguably more simplistic) cohorts, The Jagged Orbit and The Sheep Look Up.) For me, SoZ, The Shockwave Rider, and The Stone That Never Came Down have not been touched by the Suck Fairy, but I don’t know what they’d be like to a first-time reader. I would say that Brunner cares more about people as people (rather than historical types) than Herbert does; this may be cause or effect of much of B’s best work being in the near future.

  21. Hmm. Tough call. Both have some very good books in their egg oeuvre. Both have some very mediocre ones.

    Herbert is best known for one work (and its sequels): Dune, which is an epic space opera. Brunner is best known for a couple: Stand on Zanzibar and Shockwave Rider. The latter is often described as proto-cyberpunk, and the former is quite similar in style, although less cyber-y. So your feelings on space opera vs cyberpunk should probably be a factor in your decision.

    Brunner was, I would say, the more literary of the two. Herbert, despite some controversial (for the time) themes, stuck to fairly traditional storytelling in his writing. Brunner was more willing to experiment–Stand on Zanzibar was heavily influenced by the non-genre Modernist writer John Dos Passos, for example.

    By modern standards, though, both probably seem a bit old-fashioned.

    Other than that, let’s see…Dune starts off slow (I bounced off it the first couple of times I tried), but picks up quickly. Stand on Zanzibar is more consistent, but that’s partly because it’s consistently a bit weird. 🙂

    Other than that, I’m not really sure what to advise.

    I slightly prefer Brunner myself, but only slightly, and you’re not me.

    ETA: Ninja’d. This was addressed to John A Arkansawyer.

  22. @Chip Hitchcock: I suspect people living in Detroit or Flint, MI, might disagree about the US’s relative level of decay. (Also, Stand on Zanzibar had a much less decayed society than several of his other works, like Jagged Orbit or The Sheep Look Up. Compared to those, it was downright optimistic.)

    But in any case, my claim was about relative accuracy. So if you want to counter it, you need examples of authors who did better. Examples of details Brunner got wrong (unsurprising, since he was writing over 40 years before the story was set) or cases where his extrapolations went a bit too far/not far enough don’t actually counter my claim.

    Most writers, especially at the time, tended to depict a future society much like their own, with only one or two story-driving changes. Brunner went all out, and extrapolated all sorts of trends, because he was writing a book about how technology and population pressure were likely to change society.

    His per-prediction accuracy wasn’t all that high compared to his contemporaries, but the sheer volume of predictions (including hits or near-hits as well as misses) is what sets him apart.

    If you have a counter-example, I’d love to hear (and read) it. But otherwise, I stand by my claim. Only a counter-example (from before 1977) can rebut my claim! 🙂

  23. Herbert also wrote The Godmakers, which is an interesting novel (and much shorter than Dune). I think it’s more interesting in some ways than Dune, but YMMV.

  24. So I decided instead to pick one off the shelf I’d not read yet, Melissa Scott’s Burning Bright. I’m not too far into it, maybe a quarter of the way, but I’m digging quite a bit now that I’ve acclimated to it. I have a bad feeling about how this will turn out for Burning Bright, but maybe I’m wrong.

  25. Well, that didn’t end up quite as I’d thought it might, but it was a very satisfying ending, and just the right thing for the month i which I have to finish cleaning out my folks’ old house or have what’s left in it thrown away. I’m hanging on far too tightly to what’s there. Perhaps I can follow a better example.

    ETA: I forgot to say that’s just plain one hell of a good book. I am happy to learn that Melissa Scott is also an Arkansawyer, born here in Little Rock. I think I knew that at one time, from when she was going to be at the Arkansas Literary Festival and I couldn’t make time to get there but wished I could, and now I wish it even more.

  26. If we’re going to talk about what Brunner to read, surely we have to mention The Traveller in Black, a classic of fantasy that is less well-known than it deserves.

  27. David Goldfarb: I have always liked Traveler in Black and have read it several times.

    Usually wind up rereading Zelazny’s Jack of Shadows before or after.

    Must say something about where I’m at when that happens….

  28. @Mike Glyer:

    Re: Traveler In Black/Jack of Shadows:

    I love both books but never even considered reading them at about the same time.

    Interesting. I’ve been meaning to re-read the Brunner. Now that I have e-books of both, I may just read them. Thanks for mentioning that.

    Here in 8157, nothing much ever happens.

  29. I’ll second the recommendation for the Traveller in Black stories. I’m not sure how I’d rank it compared to his other works, but I feel comfortable saying that it would be at least top five. And serves as an excellent demonstration of the fact that Brunner had range as a writer.

    Herbert has some good lesser-known works as well, although I’m not as confident giving specific recommendations there, because it’s been much longer since I’ve read any of them. There are a couple I do think I should re-read, though, to see how they hold up compared to my vague memories.

    But I can’t fault anyone for skipping both to go read some Melisa Scott, who is also well worth reading. 🙂

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