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The Hugo Project: 1983 – Foundation’s Edge

Previously on the Hugo ProjectGrime

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. In spite of the Teaching Year from Hell, I am slowly making progress, and we return to Isaac Asimov’s Foundation universe for the 30th official edition of The Hugo Project!

76683Foundation’s Edge

Isaac Asimov
published in 1982

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The war between the First and Second Foundations is over, but both sides suspect that there are still other forces at work in the galaxy. The First Foundation searches for the Second, the Second Foundation searches for a mysterious third party, and both find their search drawing them towards the mythical planet Gaia…

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Warning! Mild spoilers ahead!

Oh, good, more of this nonsense.

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Posted by on 4.1.2016 in Life

 

THP Supplemental: The Foundation Trilogy

This is a THP first (though it shall soon be repeated) – a Hugo winner that is not the first book of its series. The 1983 Hugo Award for Best Novel went to Isaac Asimov’s Foundation’s Edge, the 4th (publication order) and/or 6th (internal chronology) in his Foundation¬†series. So before we can get to the 30th official edition of The Hugo Project, we first have to read the original Foundation trilogy…

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Foundation
Foundation and Empire
Second Foundation

Isaac Asimov
stories published in Astounding Magazine, 1942 – 1950
published as novels in 1951, 1952, and 1953

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Warning! Spoilers ahead!

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Posted by on 14.9.2015 in Books

 

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FO: Toddler Tubies

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Pattern: N/A
Yarn: Loops & Threads Woolike in Mauve
Made for: Joy House

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FO: College Camden

Project Page: College Camden
Pattern: Camden by Ashley Adams Moncrief
Yarn: Knit Picks Andean Treasure in Ember Heather
Made for: me

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Posted by on 29.8.2015 in Knitting

 

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FO: Kelpie Wrap

Project Page: Kelpie Wrap
Pattern: RittenhouseTown Wrap by Jocelyn Tunney
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Handpaint in Sea Monster
Made for: me

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Posted by on 21.8.2015 in Crafts, Knitting

 

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THP Supplemental: After Downbelow

C. J. Cherryh is a prolific writer, and depending on how you count, has published anywhere from 6 to 26 other novels related to¬†Downbelow Station, including another Hugo winner. Despite my mixed reaction to Downbelow, I soldiered through four more novels for this week’s edition of The Hugo Project.

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Merchanter’s Luck
Rimrunners
Tripoint
Finity’s End

C. J. Cherryh
published in 1982, 1989, 1994, and 1997

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Warning! Spoilers ahead!

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Posted by on 17.8.2015 in Books

 

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Impressionable

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Pattern: Impressionist Socks by Closca de nou
Yarn: Regia Mosaik Colour
Made for: Savitri

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Posted by on 14.8.2015 in Crafts, Knitting

 

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Once More unto the Breach

You may have noticed it’s been rather quiet here at STK for the past year. And then suddenly…posts again!

This past year was my first year teaching. I had three courses (Calculus, Physics, and a PLTW Engineering course) and five sections, plus the 7th Grade study hall from hell. Did I mention that I was basically inventing my own Physics curriculum (with no lab equipment), and working with extremely questionable Calc and Engineering curricula?

Basically I was lucky if I had enough energy to drive myself home at the end of the day.

So that’s why things have been quiet. Between preparing for, somehow surviving, and then recovering from all of that, I didn’t exactly have a lot of energy to put towards blogging. I have still been active on Tumblr, but 98% of that is reblogs.

I officially (discounting two weeks of training and the meetings I’ve already had) go back to work tomorrow, although school doesn’t start for another three weeks. This year I will be teaching four courses (Precalc, Physics, and two different Engineering courses) and six sections, but minus the study hall from hell (so help me if they try to give me a supervision during my lone prep hour…). For those of you keeping score, that’s an increase of one course and one section from last year – plus two of the courses are brand-new to me. Most of my sections will be bigger, too.

So yes, this year is looking to be even more discombobulating than last year. BUT because I finally found a little bit of energy here at the beginning of August, I am going to try to keep STK updating a bit this year. I honestly don’t know if I’ll be able to keep it up, but I have posts queued for the rest of the month and material through September.

Don’t expect to see a lot about my work here; I’ve decided that (aside from some ranting on tumblr) it’s best to keep my professional and fan life separate, to the degree possible. This is not a Teacher Blog and I don’t intend to make it one. That being said, there will be the occasional mention of teacherly things since that is approximately 95% of what I think about during the school year. (Which is part of the impetus behind blogging again; trying to keep myself sane by switching mental gears every now and again. And demonstrating to myself that I am more than the person struggling to find ways to keep her students occupied each day.)

THE PLAN:

Alternating Mondays: The Hugo Project. Yes, it lives! #29 went up last week, and we’ll have some supplemental stuff on the 17th and 31st. In September we get to Asimov’s Foundation-verse, and boy howdy do I have some thoughts on that…

Fridays: FO Fridays, as long as I have something to post. I have a backlog of finished objects from the past year as I’ve been trying to decrease my number of WIPs. Also, if I ever get around to actually framing them, cross stitch from the past couple of years.

At random times: Possibly some other stuff. I’d love to say that I’m going to get around to publishing patterns or finally hanging the art in my room or whatever, but let’s be honest: I have no idea when or if I’ll get around to anything else.

So…if you like pretty knitted things and me yelling and (primarily) white male authors from the 20th century…stay tuned!

And keep me in your thoughts as I attempt to survive the coming year…

 
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Posted by on 11.8.2015 in Education and Teaching, Life

 

FO: Bloody Impresions

Project Page: Bloody Impressions
Pattern: Impressionist Socks by Closca de nou
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Heritage Paints, colorway 9926
Made for: me

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Posted by on 7.8.2015 in Crafts, Knitting

 

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The Hugo Project: 1982 – Downbelow Station

Previously (lo, those many moons ago!) on the Hugo ProjectLovely ladies and wonderful worldbuilding

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. After a 13-month haitus as I prepped for, some how survived, and then recovered from my first year teaching, THP is back in action with a visit to Pell’s World and its accompanying station. Sixty-odd posts of science fiction, speculation and social justice continue!

Downbelow Station

C. J. Cherryh
published in 1981

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Orbiting one of the few habitable worlds discovered by humankind, Pell Station – better known as Downbelow – rests uneasily at the boundary between Earth Company space and Union Alliance space. As war between the two factions heats up, Pell and its in habitants, human and Hisa, find themselves caught in the crossfire.

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Warning! Mild spoilers ahead!

The Hugo Project makes its triumphant return!

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Posted by on 3.8.2015 in Books

 

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