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In Which Myriad Decides to Ignore Her Perfectionism

Dear Internet,

I am, ostensibly, on vacation. I have had internet and technology problems up the wazoo. I have hauled boxes and crates and bags and sorted shit and sold shit and hauled more shit and inhaled more dust than I would have thought humanly possible.

Actual footage of Myriad, taken sometime between Wednesday and today.

I have not done a lot of reading, or writing, or knitting, or writing up of the books I have not been reading. And I will be without internet for the next week or so. Any internet I may happen to acquire will be devoted to trying to keep up-to-date with the scheduling kerfuffle at work (did I mention I have work? Like real, I-will-be-in-charge-of-teaching-teenagers-in-a-classroom-of-my-own work? GO ME!).

So I am ignoring the fact that the Hugo Project is woefully delayed yet again. I am not going to post anything for THP until the vacation (and the move – did I mention I’m moving?) is done. So on the 29th we will talk about Downbelow Station and perhaps even have a super-special C J Cherryh week.

Until then, I am going to the lake and actually relaxing for a few days. I hope.

Actual footage of Myriad to be taken soon…we hope.

‘Chu out!

 
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Posted by on 14.7.2014 in Life

 

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THP Supplemental: The Snow Queen Cycle

This extremely late edition of The Hugo Project is brought to you by various and sundry Adulthood endeavors, illnesses both physical and mental, and an extremely long book. But we’re back on track this week with the three additional books Vinge has written in her Snow Queen universe.

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World’s End
The Summer Queen
Tangled up in Blue

Joan D. Vinge
published in 1984, 1991 and 2000

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Warning! Spoilers ahead!

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Posted by on 30.6.2014 in Books

 

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The Hugo Project: 1981 – The Snow Queen

Previously on the Hugo ProjectUnderwhelming.

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 journey through the Black Gate to visit the planet of Tiamat. Sixty-odd posts of science fiction, speculation and social justice continue!

The Snow Queen

Joan D. Vinge
published in 1980

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The planet Tiamat’s unusual orbit is bringing it closer to the 100-year-long summer, and the end of the 150-year-long winter. At the time of this change, all offworlders will leave the planet, taking their technology with them, and the Snow Queen Arianrhod must give up her throne. The slaughter of the mer for their anti-agapic blood will cease and the Summer people will rule as the planet slides back into technological ignorance. But Arianrhod has a plan…a clone

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Warning! Mild spoilers ahead!

My best friend has a very particular way of saying “interesting” when she’s not quite sure what to make of something. So I say unto you: innnnnnteresting.

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Posted by on 9.6.2014 in Books

 

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The Hugo Project: 1980 – The Fountains of Paradise

Previously on the Hugo ProjectA beautiful little book.

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.  I hope you’re all up for a bit of mountain climbing as we trek to the best Earthly location for a space elevator this week. Sixty-odd posts of science fiction, speculation and social justice continue!

The Fountains of Paradise

Arthur C. Clarke
published in 1979

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Dr. Vannevar Morgan is the world’s greatest bridge builder. Having spanned the Strait of Gibralter, he sets his eye on an even larger bridge: one between the heavens and the Earth. The problem? The only gravitationally stable place on the planet to which he might anchor his bridge is the site of a sacred monastery in the equatorial country of Taprobane. Not to mention the fact that most people find the idea of a space elevator completely insane. But Morgan is determined to see his greatest bridge built.

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Warning! Mild spoilers ahead!

I…don’t get it.

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Posted by on 26.5.2014 in Books

 

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WisCon 38: A Schedule, of Sorts

WisCon is this weekend! I am super-excited because Savitri is coming with me, and the Feminist Batwoman and her boyfriend will be there, and I’ll get to see lots of cool peeps from tumblr. Also I think someone I met through Ravelry, oddly enough. If you will also be at WisCon, hooray! Come find me! Here is my schedule so far as I know it, with the following handy-dandy coding:

  • Places I will definitely be
  • Places I will almost definitely be
  • Places I would like to be
  • there are lots of gaps in the schedule because I know better than to try to plan out where I’ll be for each and every timeslot. Suffice to say I will probably be at a lot of panels. And crashing hard in the con suite.

THURSDAY:

  • I’d like to go to the readings but appear to have a school event at the same time. Because I teach astronomy.

FRIDAY:

  • 2:30 – 3:00 Irresistible: X-philia, Shipping, and the Joys of Requited Love
  • 3:00 – 3:45 The Women of Dr Who: Dr Who has 99 Problems and Stephen Moffat is All of Them
    Seeing as I know (or “know”) half of the panelists, I should really be there for the whole thing, but I NEED to hear the X-philes paper
  • 4:00 – 5:30 Green Room
  • 7:00 – 8:30 Opening Ceremonies
  • 8:30 – 10:45 Green Room

SATURDAY:

  • 1:00 – 2:15 Found Families in Speculative Fiction
    I should probably mention that I’m on this panel. So, you know, if you want to hear me blather about Tamora Pierce and my “sisters” and whatnot, this is the time and the place.
  • 7:30 – 9:00 Tiptree Auction
  • 9:00 – 10:15 The Case Against Steven Moffat
  • 10:30 – 11:45 “Lift With Your Legs, Not With Your Back”
  • After That: Haiku Earring Party

SUNDAY

  • 4:00 – 5:15 Towards a Female Gaze
    My second panel of the con. This seems to be the timeslot with EVERYTHING in it but I think we’re going to have a really good discussion so if you can tear yourself away from everything else, come by!
  • 7:30 – 8:30 Dessert Salon
  • 8:30 – 9:45 Guest of Honor Speeches

MONDAY:

  • 10:00 – 11:15 Tumblr Culture: Social Justice and Feels
  • 2:30 – 3:45 Post-Mortem

YAY WISCON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope to see you there!

 

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The Hugo Project: 1979 – Dreamsnake

Previously on the Hugo ProjectI hate you but the science is cool.

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 get back on track with our third lady author. Sixty-odd posts of science fiction, speculation and social justice continue!

Dreamsnake

Vonda McIntyre
published in 1978

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Snake is a healer, one of the few that has knowledge of genetics and medicine in a world that has slowly rebuilt itself after nuclear devastation. They work with a trio of serpents, a cobra, a rattlesnake, and a precious dreamsnake, to cure the ill and give comfort to the dying. But the number of healers grows fewer every year as they struggle to clone or mate enough dreamsnakes. When Snake’s own dreamsnake is killed by a fearful patient, she undertakes a journey to find another, and finds much more than she seeks…

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Warning! Mild spoilers ahead!

Thank the gods for women writers. After wrestling with Pohl for the past month, Dreamsnake was exactly what I needed.

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Posted by on 12.5.2014 in Books

 

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FO: Trigonometry

Project Page: Trigonometry
Pattern: 22.5 Degrees by Martina Behm
Yarn: Done Roving Yarns Frolicking Feet in Blue Jeans
Made for: Mrs. S

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Posted by on 9.5.2014 in Knitting

 

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FO: Poolar Vortex

Project Page: Poolar Vortex
Pattern: Polar Vortex by Valerie Wagoner
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll in Tidepool Heather
Made for: Mitu’s Birthday

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Posted by on 2.5.2014 in Knitting

 

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THP Supplemental: The Gateway Trip Forever

Well, ducklings, I made it. I have now read all the Gatewaybooks in existence. Actually, these last two were much more enjoyable and much less rage-inducing than the sequilogy or the original. Let’s bring the Gateway edition of The Hugo Project home!

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The Gateway Trip
The Boy Who Would Live Forever

Frederik Pohl
published in 1990 and 2004

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Warning! Spoilers ahead!

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Posted by on 28.4.2014 in Books

 

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FO: PicoPika

Project Page: PicoPika
Pattern: Mini Pikachu by Josephine Ruff-Sloan
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette in Semolina, plus a few other scraps
Made for: EVERYTHING NEEDS MOAR CHUS

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Posted by on 25.4.2014 in Geekery, Knitting

 

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