Monthly Archives: August 2011

Since Everyone Is Doing It

I might as well too.
NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy novels – ones in bold face type I have read:

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
3. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert – I have read the Trilogy
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
6. 1984, by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
22. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
25. The Stand, by Stephen King
26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
28. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne
38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys
39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells
40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson
44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
49. Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke
50. Contact, by Carl Sagan
51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
54. World War Z, by Max Brooks
55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson
59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote In God’s Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind
63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
70. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
74. Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
77. The Kushiel’s Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher
87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury
92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
96. Lucifer’s Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis

Thank goodness there was only 1 Peter Beagle in there.

I had dinner with Neal Stephenson (and probably 15 other people at the same table, but he sat just about across from me) once – interesting fellow.


Warehouse 13 Was Right

Dogs own us, not the other way around.

Navy SEAL’s dog sits with him one last time



H/T to Unc.





Evidently We *Do* Blacklist Some Blogs

Gun Blog Blacklist

Must get my name on there…


UPDATE: Made it! Yah me!

Flash Mob Done Right

I’m Glad I Am Not Both Of These Things

Search term used by someone to find this blog last week:  “misanthropic and single”.

I *own* being misanthropic – I freely admit that I hate people and prefer the company of my dogs and cats.  But single? I was never good at it and spent waaayyyy too much time in bad realtionships to avoid it.

Now, of course, my lovely Dr. wife is the most important thing in my life (we just passed the 10 year mark this week, and it’s better now then it was the first year) and without her I’m pretty sure I am borderline functional at best and more likely a disaster waiting to happen.



I Don’t *Think* We Blacklist Anyone…

Robert over at TTAG says they are being deliberately not linked to by some gunbloggers (ooohhhh – a link!). Much drama ensues. Any of the 12 people who read me have probably seen it all over the gunbloggosphere already.

A: Gunbloggers (of which I am, sort of, sometimes) are not organized in any fashion. Even the ones who chat in GBC don’t often agree on whether water is wet from what I see.

B: Whining. No one likes it.

C: My blog – my rules.

TTAG is in my RSS feed. Some posts are informative, some are entertaining, some I find foolish and some make me want the 30 seconds I used to read them back. Like pretty much EVERY blog I read, at some point or another.

Plus ça change

N’est-ce pas?

While watching Gangs of New York (an entertaining film, even if it gets so much of the history wrong I want to openly weep (Bill Tweed says things like “I’m talking about civic duty; things we owe to the people…”? My a&%)…they don’t even get the squalor right – do an image search for New York tenements to get an idea. But I digress…

…I’m reminded of the fact that, despite much hand-wringing lately about the incivility in political rhetoric these days (supposedly almost entirely by Republicans and their Tea Party co-conspirators *ack ptooey*, if the MSM has it right *g*), politics hasn’t changed much in the last 225 years and if anything is less hate-filled and violent. To whit:

“…that you could as soon scrub the blackamoor white, as to change the principles of a professed Democrat; and that he will leave nothing unattempted to overturn the Government of this Country.” George Washington

“Elect Lincoln and the Black Republican Ticket: You will bring on Negro equality, more debt, harder times, another DRAFT! Universal anarchy and ultimate ruin” George C. McClellan 1864 campaign poster.

Thomas Jefferson called “…a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father.” by John Adams’ campaign.

Jefferson calls Adams a “…hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman.”

Makes what we see these days seem kind of tame. But then, we also haven’t had a good to-the-death duel between a sitting Vice-President and a former Secretary of the Treasury or a sitting member of Congress beat another one half to death with a cane on the Senate floor in a good long time. Anyone who thinks today’s climate is worse than it has ever been simply isn’t well read in history.