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THP Supplemental: Further Adventures with the Heechee

Despite my ambivalent reaction to Gateway, I decided to continue on with it. Damned if Pohl didn’t make me curious! I made it through the next three books, which aren’t exactly a sequilogy but which I am going to call one since I don’t get enough excuses to use my made-up word. The Hugo Project continues…

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Beyond the Blue Event Horizon
Heechee Rendezvous
The Annals of the Heechee

Frederik Pohl
published in 1980, 1984, and 1987

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Warning! Spoilers ahead!

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Posted by on 21.4.2014 in Books

 

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300!!!!!!!!!!

This is the 300th post of STK! Woohoo!!! In celebration, I have created a short photo essay to take you the behind-the-scenes at Star Ten Thousand Studios, AKA Myriad’s Bed. I hope you enjoy this sneak peak at all the hard work that goes in to the making of a blog!

A Day in the Life of a Blogger

All right, time to write a post! Let’s fire up that internet, load the WP editor, and…

There's a cat in the way.

…there’s a cat in the way. Rosie, could you just – no? – are you sure? – all right, just let me wiggle my hand under here – there we go.

*type type type type type*

Sharing secrets

Hey, are you going to yell at old white dudes in this one?

Of course I am.

I loves mah baby

Oh man, can you believe what they made Sting wear in Dune?

I loves her so...

Are you sure I should recommend this yarn? The colors are amazing but the pooling is just awful.

It tasted fine to me. But I like the slippery stuff better; it doesn’t stick to my claws.

...except when she sticks her butt in my face.

I swear to Bast, if you rewrite that paragraph one more time, I am sticking my butt in your face and leaving. All this indecision is getting in the way of human-kitty nap time.

#JudgingYou

Oh good, the dudebros have found us. #JudgingYou

Your intrepid blogging team

Oh gods another entry posted what if the internet hates it and comes to kill me in my sleep?

Shut up and pretend like you enjoy this. Nobody reads it, anyway.

As you can see, we are a well-oiled machine of impressive efficiency. And cat hair. Lots and lots of cat hair.

Here’s to the next 300 posts!

 
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Posted by on 20.4.2014 in Cats, Writing

 

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The Hugo Project: 1978 – Gateway

Previously on the Hugo ProjectSome thoughts on thinking

I’ve decided I’m just crazy enough to try to read every book that’s ever won the Hugo Award for Best Novel…and, of course, that I want to share this insane experience with all of you.  This week we take off into space again, aiming for the inner Solar System and the Gateway station left behind by the mysterious Heechee. Sixty-odd posts of science fiction, speculation and social justice continue!

Gateway

Frederik Pohl
serialized in Galaxy in 1977

published in 1977

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Nobody knows who the Heechee were, what they were like, or why they left. But they did leave a lot behind, including the artificial habitat known as Gateway, from which their abandoned ships may travel to unknown locations apparently of interest to the disappeared aliens. Most of these missions end in failure, but the lure of Heechee artifacts and technology – maybe even an encounter with the Heechee themselves – keeps prospectors gambling with their lives and their sanity on the chance of striking lucky. Robinette Broadhead was one of the lucky ones – maybe…

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Warning! Mild spoilers ahead!

Sometimes I think white dudes should just be banned from writing their own novels.

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Posted by on 14.4.2014 in Books

 

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FO: Midnight Traveler

Project Page: Midnight Traveler
Pattern: Traveler by Janel Laidman (from The Enchanted Sole)
Yarn: Kangaroo Dyer Franklin Hand Dyed in Midnight
Made for: J’s Birthday

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Posted by on 4.4.2014 in Knitting

 

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The Hugo Project: 1977 – Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang

Previously on the Hugo Projectaccessing alienation via relativity.

I’ve decided I’m just crazy enough to try to read every book that’s ever won the Hugo Award for Best Novel…and, of course, that I want to share this insane experience with all of you. Kindly restrain expressions of individuality at our next stop; the clones find it unsettling. Sixty-odd posts of science fiction, speculation and social justice continue!

Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang

Kate Wilhelm
published in 1975

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Environmental problems caused by pollution and nuclear fallout threaten humanity with sterilization and extinction. A small group manages to survive, hoarding resources in a secluded valley and cloning themselves to assure the survival of the species. The human species dies out, but the clones survive, creating their own culture and their own seemingly idyllic society. But resources, including technical equipment vital to clone growth and production, are running low, and some must be sent out of the valley to salvage what they can from the ruined cities. The first expedition returns with something far more dangerous – individuality…

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Warning! Mild spoilers ahead!

Don’t look now, but it’s another female author! TWO whole women out of nineteen authors thus far! THREE books out of twenty-four! And we haven’t even made it to the 80s!

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Posted by on 31.3.2014 in Books

 

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FO: Read out Loud

Project Page: Read out Loud
Pattern: Chubby Chirps by Rebecca Danger
Yarn: Jo-Ann Sensations Angel Glitz, plus scraps from the never-ending bin of acrylic yarn
Made for: Monona Library Summer Reading Program

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Posted by on 28.3.2014 in Knitting

 

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THP Supplemental: Forever Free

The Forever War has two sequels, ish. The thematic sequel, Forever Peace, was published in 1997, and won the 1998 Hugo…so we’ll get to that in a few decades. Meanwhile, the second sequel is called Forever Free, and did not win a Hugo, so we’re tackling it now – just as well, since it’s the direct sequel to TFW. If you’re not confused yet, you clearly haven’t been paying attention. The Hugo Project continues…

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Forever Free

Joe Haldeman
published in 1999

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Warning! Spoilers ahead!

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Posted by on 17.3.2014 in Books

 

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The Hugo Project: 1976 – The Forever War

Previously on the Hugo ProjectAmbiguous Anarchy.

I’ve decided I’m just crazy enough to try to read every book that’s ever won the Hugo Award for Best Novel…and, of course, that I want to share this insane experience with all of you. This week we take a journey of a thousand years, or perhaps only ten, objective, as the human race fights in a relativistic furball with the mysterious alien Taurans. Sixty-odd posts of science fiction, speculation and social justice continue!

The Forever War

Joe Haldeman
published in 1975

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At the end of the 20th century, physics teacher William Mandella is drafted to be part of an elite fighting force battling the first extraterrestrial life encountered by the human race – the Taurans. While William spends his youth traveling at relativistic velocities between engagements with the enemy, the human civilization he leaves behind advances centuries. The Taurans might be strange and alien – but from William’s perspective, the rest of human kind is becoming increasingly alien as well…

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Warning! Mild spoilers ahead!

I don’t read a lot of military SF; aside from the lovably campy Lensmen series and the first two Honor Harrington novels, Starship Troopers was my only real exposure prior to this. It’s hard for me to say, then, whether the parallels (and anti-parallels, so to speak) between The Forever War and Starship Troopers are deliberate, or simply reflections of the genre.

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Posted by on 10.3.2014 in Books

 

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FO: Bifrost

Project Page: Bifrost
Pattern: Hitchhiker by Martina Behm
Yarn: Three Irish Girls Springvale Sock in Bromance
Made for: Winter Holiday of Mitu‘s Choice, 2013

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Posted by on 28.2.2014 in Knitting

 

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The Hugo Project: 1975 – The Dispossessed

Previously on the Hugo ProjectBig Dumb Object the Second.

I’ve decided I’m just crazy enough to try to read every book that’s ever won the Hugo Award for Best Novel…and, of course, that I want to share this insane experience with all of you.  This week we explore the dual planets of Urras and Anarres in Ursula K Le Guin’s second Hugo-winner. Sixty-odd posts of science fiction, speculation and social justice continue!


The Dispossessed

Ursula K Le Guin
published in 1974

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The twin worlds of Urras and Anarres could not be more different – one, a fertile planet teeming with life, dominated by the capitalist nation A-Io; the other, a desert world on which a society of anarchists scrape out their existence in seeming harmony. Each planet looms large in the skies of the other, but there has been virtually no communication between the two in centuries. Until a frustrated temporal physicist from Anarres crosses boundaries of space and ideology in his quest for a grand temporal theory, and maybe – just maybe – a real utopia…

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Warning! Mild spoilers ahead!

Another stealth novel from Le Guin. I wish I hadn’t gotten so behind on my reading – I’d like some more time to let the ideas integrate into my brain before writing this review. As it is, I’ve mostly got a lot of “Hey! I remember that from Religion 202/Modern European History/etc!” – the detritus of a liberal arts education. Anyway, I’ll do the best I can.

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Posted by on 24.2.2014 in Books

 

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