Friday, January 1, 2021

2020: The Year in Reading

 So, that was the year that was.

I started the year with high hopes, managed to hit the mark on reading long and short works, but overall feel like I did not make much progress. Most of what I read was titles read previously, given the year (both on a society-wide front and a family-focused front), much of what I read was more for comfort than to expand my horizons.

Long forms read? 66!

Short forms read? 434!

Graphic forms read? 2!

For 2021, I probably will reincorporate the graphic novel count back into the short form count.

Onward!

2021: The Year in Shorts

 Across the eons comes a tale of a time in a galaxy far, far away, when John DeNardo of SF Signal started tracking his short stories read as a way of trying to make a goal of reading one short work for each day of the year. I've managed, more often than not, to match that goal myself. While the tradition has faded at SF Signal, it continues here. The legend continues!

Number of Stories Read: 235 (out of 365) as of July 27, 2021.

Poul Anderson: The Technic Civilization 01—The Van Rijn Method. Made up of: Planets and Profits (Hank Davis); The Saturn Game; Introduction—Wings of Victory; Wings of Victory; Introduction—The Problem of Pain; The Problem of Pain; Introduction—Margin of Profit; Margin of Profit (1978 Revised Version); Introduction—How to be Ethnic in One Easy Lesson; How to be Ethnic in one Easy Lesson; Introduction—The Three-Cornered Wheel; The Three-Cornered Wheel; Introduction—A Sun Invisible; A Sun Invisible; Introduction—The Season of Forgiveness; The Season of Forgiveness; Introduction to The Man Who Counts; The Man Who Counts; Afterword to The Man Who Counts; Introduction to Esau; Esau; Introduction to Hiding Place; Hiding Place; A Chronology of Technic Civilization (Sandra Miesel); Appendix I—Original Version of Margin of Profit; Appendix II—The Man Who Counts and the Technic Civilization Series (26 stories; collection completed).

Poul Anderson;  The Technic Civilization 02—David Falkayn: Star Trader. Made up of: High Profits and High Adventure (Hank Davis); A Historical Reflection; Territory; Plus Ça Change Plus C'est La Même Chose; The Trouble Twisters; Introduction—Day of Burning; Day of Burning; The Master Key; Satan's World; Introduction—A Little Knowledge; A Little Knowledge; Introduction—Lodestar; Lodestar; Afterword—Lodestar; Chronology of Technic Civilization (Sandra Miesel) (0 stories, continuing to read).

Poul AndersonThe Technic Civilization 03—Rise of the Terran Empire. Made up of: The Rise of the Terran Empire (Hank Davis); Mirkheim; Wingless; Rescue on Avalon; The Star Plunderer; Sargasso of Lost Starships; The People of the Wind; A Chronology of Technic Civilization (Sandra Miesel) (0 stories, continuing to read).

Poul AndersonThe Technic Civilization 04—Young Flandry. Made up of: Enter a Hero, Somewhat Flawed (Hank Davis); Ensign Flandry; A Circus of Hells; The Rebel Worlds; Chronology of Technic Civilization (Sandra Miesel) (0 stories; continuing to read).

Poul AndersonThe Technic Civilization 05—Captain Flandry: Defender of the Terran Empire. Made up of: Enter an Adversary—Charismatic and Ruthless (Hank Davis); Outpost of Empire; The Day of Their Return; Tiger by the Tail; Honorable Enemies; The Game of Glory; A Message in Secret; Chronology of Technic Civilization (Sandra Miesel) (0 stories; continuing to read).

Poul Anderson;  The Technic Civilization 06—Sir Dominic Flandry: The Last Knight of Terra. Made up of: Enter Hero and Adversary, Accompanied by Alarms and Tumult (Hank Davis); The Plague of Masters; Hunters of the Sky Cave; The Warriors from Nowhere; A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows; Chronology of Technic Civilization (Sandra Miesel) (0 stories, continuing to read).

Poul Anderson;  The Technic Civilization 07—Flandry's Legacy: The Technic Civilization Saga. Made up of: The Wheel Turns (Hank Davis); A Stone in Heaven; The Game of Empire; A Tragedy of Errors; The Night Face; The Sharing of Flesh; Starfog; Chronology of Technic Civilization (Sandra Miesel) (0 stories; continuing to read).

Gregory Benford and David G. Hartwell (editor): The Best of Gregory Benford. Made up of: Nobody Lives on Burton Street; Doing Lennon; White Creatures; In Alien Flesh; Redeemer; Dark Sanctuary; Time Shards; Exposures; Relativistic Effects; Of Space/Time and the River (variant of Of Space-Time and the River); Time's Rub; Freezeframe; Proselytes; Matter's End; Mozart on Morphine; Centigrade 233; World Vast, World Various; In the Dark Backward (variant of The Dark Backward); A Desperate Calculus; Zoomers; Slow Symphonies of Mass and Time; A Dance to Strange Musics; Anomalies; Comes the Evolution; Twenty-Two Centimeters; A Life with a Semisent; Applied Mathematical Theology; Bow Shock; Reasons Not to Publish; The Champagne Award; Penumbra; Gravity's Whispers; Mercies; Grace Immaculate; Eagle; The Sigma Structure Symphony; Backscatter; Afterword (16 stories read; continuing to read).

Ben Bova: The Kinsman Saga. Made up of: Kinsman; Test in Orbit; The Weathermakers; Fifteen Miles; Zero Gee; Build Me a Mountain; The Lieutenant and the Folksinger; Millennium. (0 stories, continuing to read).

Lois McMaster Bujold: Winterfair Gifts (1 story, completed). The Flowers of Vashnoi (1 story, completed).

Lois McMaster Bujold: Proto Zoa. Made up of: Barter; Garage Sale; The Hole Truth; Dreamweaver's Dilemma; Aftermaths (5 stories, collection completed).

Becky Chambers: To Be Taught, If Fortunate (1 story).

L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt: The Complete Compleat Enchanter. Made up of: Preface (David Drake); The Roaring Trumpet; The Mathematics of Magic; The Castle of Iron; The Wall of Serpents; The Green Magician (6 entries, collection completed). 

Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan (editors): The New Space Opera 01. Made up of: Introduction (Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan); Saving Tiamat (Gwyneth Jones); Verthandi's Ring (Ian McDonald); Hatch (Robert Reed); Winning Peace (Paul J. McAuley); Glory (Greg Egan); Maelstrom (Kage Baker); Blessed by an Angel (Peter F. Hamilton); Who's Afraid of Wolf 359? (Ken MacLeod); The Valley of the Gardens (Tony Daniel); Dividing the Sustain (Patrick Kelly); Minla's Flowers (Alastair Reynolds); Splinters of Glass (Mary Rosenblum); Remembrance (Stephen Baxter); The Emperor and the Maula (Robert Silverberg); The Worm Turns (Gregory Benford); Send Them Flowers (Walter Jon Williams); Art of War (Nancy Kress); Muse of Fire (Dan Simmons) (4 stories, continuing to read).

Richard Feynman: The Meaning of It All. Made up of: The Uncertainty of Science; The Uncertainty of Values; This Unscientific Age (3 essays, collection completed.)

William Gibson: Burning Chrome. Made up of: Introduction; Johnny Mnemonic; The Gernsback Continuum; Fragments of a Hologram Rose; The Belonging Kind; Hinterlands; Red Star, Winter Orbit; New Rose Hotel; The Winter Market; Dogfight; Burning Chrome (11 stories, collection completed).

Jack Graham: Eclipse Phase/El Destino Verde 01—El Destino Verde. Eclipse Phase/El Destino Verde 02—Nostrum. Eclipse Phase/El Destino Verde 03—Termites in the Framework (3 stories, completed).

Robert A. Heinlein: Revolt in 2100. Made up of: "If This Goes On—"; Coventry; Misfit; Concerning Stories Never Written—Postscript (4 stories; collection completed). 

M.R. James: Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories. Made up of: Introduction (S.T. Joshi); Suggestions for Further Reading; A Note on the Text; Canon Alberic's Scrap-book; Lost Hearts; The Mezzotint; The Ash-Tree; Number 13; Count Magnus; "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad"; The Treasure of Abbot Thomas; A School Story; The Rose Garden; The Tractate Middoth; Casting the Runes; The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral; Martin's Close; Mr. Humphreys and His Inheritance; Appendix: Ghost Stories; A Night in King's College Chapel; Preface to Ghost-Stories of an Antiquary; Preface to More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary; Explanatory Notes (7 stories, continuing to read).

C.L. Moore: Jirel of Joiry. Made up of: Black God's Kiss; Black God's Shadow; Jirel Meets Magic; The Dark Land; Hellsgarde; Quest of the Starstone (3 stories read, continuing to read).

C.L. Moore: The Best of C.L. Moore. Made up of: Shambleau; Black Thirst; The Bright Illusion; Black God's Kiss; Tryst in Time; Greater Than Gods; Fruit of Knowledge; No Woman born; Daemon; Vintage Season; Afterword—Footnote to "Shambleau"...and Others (0 stories read).

Tim Powers: Artificial Light (1 story, completed).

Robert Silverberg (editor): The Science Fiction Hall of Fame—Volume 01. Made up of: Introduction (Robert Silverberg); The Martian Odyssey (Stanley G. Weinbaum); Twilight (John W. Campbell, Jr. as Don A. Stuart); Helen O'Loy (Lester del Rey); The Roads Must Roll (Robert A. Heinlein); Microcosmic God (Theodore Sturgeon); Nightfall (Isaac Asimov); The Weapon Shop (A.E. van Vogt); Mimsy Were the Borogoves (Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore as Lewis Padgett); Huddling Place (Clifford D. Simak); Arena (Frederic Brown); First Contact (Murray Leinster); That Only a Mother (Judith Merril); Scanners Live in Vain (Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger as Cordwainer Smith); Mars is Heaven! (Ray Bradbury); The Little Black Bag (C.M. Kornbluth); Born of Man and Woman (Richard Matheson); Coming Attraction (Fritz Leiber); The Quest for Saint Aquin (Anthony Boucher); Surface Tension (James Blish); The Nine Billion Names of God (Arthur C. Clarke); It's a Good Life (Jerome Bixby); The Cold Equations (Tom Godwin); Fondly Fahrenheit (Alfred Bester); The Country of the Kind (Damon Knight); Flowers for Alternon (Daniel Keys); A Rose for Ecclesiastes (Roger Zelazny). (20 stories; continuing to read).

Clifford D. Simak: City. Made up of: Introduction; Notes on the First Tale; City; Notes on the Second Tale; Huddling Place; Notes on the Third Tale; Census; Notes on the Fourth Tale; Desertion; Notes on the Fifth Tale; Paradise; Notes on the Sixth Tale; Hobbies; Notes on the Seventh Tale; Aesop; Notes on the Eighth Tale; The Simple Way; Introduction to EpilogEpilog (19 stories, collection completed).

Lewis Thomas: The Lives of a Cell—Notes of a Biology Watcher. Made up of: The Lives of a Cell; Thoughts for a Countdown; On Societies as Organisms; A Fear of Pheromones; The Music of This Sphere; An Earnest Proposal; The Technology of Medicine; Vibes; Ceti; The Long Habit; Antaeus in Manhattan; The MBL; Autonomy; Organelles as Organisms; Germs; Your Very Good Health; Social Talk; Information; Death in the Open; Natural Science; Natural Man; The Iks; Computers; The Planning of Science; Some Biomythology; On Various Words; Living Language; On Probability and Possibility; The World's Biggest Membrane (29 essays read; collection completed).

Lewis Thomas: The Youngest Science—Notes of a Medicine Watcher. Made up of: Amity Street; House Calls; 1911 Medicine; 1933 Medicine; 1937 Internship; Leech Leech, Et Cetera; Nurses; Neurology; Guam and Okinawa; Itinerary; NYU Pathology; NYU Bellevue Medicine; The Board of Health; Endotoxin; Cambridge; The Governance of a University; Rheumatoid Arthritis and Mycoplasmas; MSKCC—The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Olfaction and the Tracking Mouse; Illness; Scabies, Scrapie; Essays and Gaia; Appendix (0 essays read; continuing to read).

Lewis Thomas: The Medusa and the Snail—More Notes of a Biology Watcher. Made up of: The Medusa and the Snail; The Tucson Zoo; The Youngest and Brightest; One Magic in Medicine; The Wonderful Mistake; Ponds; To Err is Human; The Selves; The Health-Care System; On Cloning a Human Being; On Etymons and Hybrids; The Hazards of Science; On Warts; On Transcendental Metaworry (TMM); An Apology; On Disease; On Natural Death; A Trip Abroad; On Meddling; On Committees; The Scrambler in the Mind; Notes on Punctuation; The Deacon's Masterpiece; How to Fix the Premedical Curriculum; A Brief Historical Notes on Medical Economics; Why Montaigne in Not a Bore; On Thinking About Thinking; On Embryology; Medical Lessons from History (29 essays read; collection completed).

Lewis Thomas: Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony. Made up of: The Unforgettable Fire; The Corner of the Eye; Making Science Work; Alchemy; Clever Animals; On Smell; My Magical Metronome; On Speaking of Speaking; Seven Wonders; An Artificial Heart; Things Unflattened by Science; Basic Science and the Pentagon; Science and "Science"; On the Need for Asylums; Altruism; Falsity and Failure; On Medicine and the Bomb; The Problem of Dementia; The Lie Detector; Some Scientific Advice; The Attic of the Brain; Humanities and Science; On Matters of Doubt; Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony; Notes (24 essays read, collection completed).

Lewis Thomas: The Fragile Species. Made up of: Foreword (Kenneth S. Warren); Fifty Years Out; Becoming a Doctor; The Art and Craft of Memoir; The Life in the Mind; In Time of Plague; AIDS and Drug Abuse; The Odds of Normal Aging; Obligations; Comprehending My Cat Jeoffrey; Science and the Health of the Earth; Sermon at St. John the Divine, June 1984; Cooperation; Communication; Connections (0 essays read, continuing to read).

Vernor Vinge: Fast Times at Fairmont High (1 story, completed).

Martha Wells: The Murderbot Diaries 00—Compulsory (1 story, completed). Home—Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory (1 story, completed).

Periodicals:

None yet.

Graphic Novels:

Saladin Ahmed, Sami Kivela & Company: Abbott 001-005 (5 issues, story completed). Abbott 1973 001-005 (5 issues, story completed). 

Divers Hands: Star Wars (original Marvel run) 001-010 (10 issues, continuing to read).

2021: The Year in Books

Here is a list of books (long form works) that I have read for the year. Books will come in many formats: paper (pBooks), audio (aBooks), electronic (eBooks) and possibly even serialized in magazines.

Number of books read (as of July 27, 2021): 074.

Books read (alphabetical by author, then chronological within author):

Ben Aaronovitch: Peter Grant 01—Rivers of London/Midnight Riot (eBook) (March). Peter Grant 02—Moon Over Soho (aBook) (April).

Poul Anderson: Technic Civilization 01—The Van Rijn Method (contains one novel and parts of three anthologies; counted as two entries) (aBook) (June).

Elliot Ackerman & James G. Stavridis: 2034—A Novel of the Next World War (eBook) (March).

Gregory Benford: Galactic Center 01—In the Ocean of Night (aBook) (April). 

Larry Bond: Red Phoenix (aBook) (January).

Lois McMaster Bujold: The Vorkosigan Saga 13—A Civil Campaign (aBook) (January). The Vorkosigan Saga 14—Diplomatic Immunity (aBook) (January). The Vorkosigan Saga 15—Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (aBook) (January). The Vorkosigan Saga 17—Cryoburn (aBook) (January). The Vorkosigan Saga 18—Gentleman Joele and the Red Queen (aBook) (January). Proto Zoa (aBook) (January).

Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler: Fail-Safe (aBook) (January).

Arthur C. Clarke: Against the Fall of Night (eBook) (April).

Hal Clement (G. Harry Stubbs): Cycle of Fire (aBook) (May).

Glen Cook: The Black Company 05—Shadow Games (aBook) (January).

Lindsey Davis: Marcus Didius Falco 01—The Silver Pigs (aBook) (April).

L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt: The Complete Compleat Enchanter (aBook) (May).

Richard Feynman: The Meaning of It All (eBook) (June).

Philip Glass: Words Without Music (aBook) (April).

Robert A. Heinlein: Revolt in 2100 (eBook) (June). Methuselah's Children (eBook) (June). Orphan's of the Sky/Universe (eBook) (June).  

Stanley Karnow: Vietnam—A History (pBook) (May).

Philip Keith: Blackhorse Riders—A Desperate Last Stand, An Extraordinary Rescue Mission, and the Vietnam Battle America Forgot (aBook) (July).

John Le Carre: George Smiley 01—Call for the Dead (aBook) (January). George Smiley 02—A Murder of Quality (aBook) (January). George Smiley 03—The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (aBook) (January). George Smiley 04—The Looking Glass War (aBook) (January). George Smiley 05—Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (aBook) (May). George Smiley 06—The Honourable Schoolboy (aBook) (June). George Smiley 07—Smiley's People (aBook) (June). George Smiley 08—The Secret Pilgrim (aBook) (June). George Smiley 09—A Legacy of Spies (aBook) (July).

Barbara Mertz (as Elizabeth Peters): Amelia Peabody 001—Crocodile on the Sandbank (aBook).

Mike Mignola & Company: Hellboy Omnibus 01—Seed of Destruction (eBook) (March). Hellboy Omnibus 02—Strange Places (eBook) (March). Hellboy Omnibus 03—The Wild Hunt (eBook) (March). Hellboy Omnibus 04—Hellboy in Hell (eBook) (March). Hellboy—The Complete Short Stories 01 (eBook) (April). 

Tim O'Brien: The Things They Carried (aBook) (May).

Megan O'Keefe: Protectorate 01—Velocity Weapon (aBook) (July).

Ellis Peters: Brother Cadfael 07—The Sanctuary Sparrow (eBook) (January). Brother Cadfael 08—The Devil's Novice (eBook) (February). Brother Cadfael 09—Dead Man's Ransom (eBook) (February). Brother Cadfael 10—The Pilgrim of Hate (eBook) (February).Brother Cadfael 11—An Excellent Mystery (eBook) (March). Brother Cadfael 12—The Raven in the Foregate (eBook) (March). Brother Cadfael 13—The Rose Rent (eBook) (March). Brother Cadfael 14—The Hermit of Eyton Forest (eBook) (March). Brother Cadfael 15—The Confession of Brother Haluin (eBook) (March). Brother Cadfael 16—The Heretic's Apprentice (eBook) (April). Brother Cadfael 17—The Potter's Field (eBook) (June).

Frederik Pohl: Gateway 01—Gateway (aBook) (May). Gateway 02—Beyond the Blue Event Horizon (aBook) (May). 

Tim Powers: Vickery and Castine 01—Alternate Routes (aBook) (June).

Kim Stanley Robinson: Mars 01—Red Mars (aBook) (June).

Neil Sheehan: A Bright Shining Lie—John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam (aBook) (May).

Clifford D. Simak: The Goblin Reservation (aBook) (May). Project Pope (aBook) (May). City (aBook) (May). Way Station (aBook) (June).

Lewis Thomas: The Lives of a Cell—Notes of a Biology Watcher (aBook) (February). The Medusa and the Snail (aBook) (February). Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony (aBook) (June). 

Vernor Vinge: Rainbows End (eBook) (July).

Martha Wells: The Murderbot Diaries 01—All Systems Red (eBook) (June). The Murderbot Diaries 02—Artificial Condition (eBook) (June). The Murderbot Diaries 03—Rogue Protocol (eBook) (June). The Murderbot Diaries 04—Exit Strategy (eBook) (June). The Murderbot Diaries 05—Network Effect (eBook) (June). The Murderbot Diaries 06—Fugitive Telemetry (eBook) (June). 

Gene Wolfe: The Book of the New Sun 01—The Shadow of the Torturer (pBook) (April).

Books read (in chronological order, master list): 001: Shadow Games (Cook). 002: Call for the Dead (Le Carre). 003: A Murder of Quality (Le Carre). 004: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Le Carre). 005: The Looking Glass War (Le Carre). 006: Red Phoenix (Bond). 007: Fail-Safe (Burdick and Wheeler). 008: A Civil Campaign (Bujold). 009: Diplomatic Immunity (Bujold). 010: Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (Bujold). 011: Cryoburn (Bujold). 012: Gentleman Joele and the Red Queen (Bujold). 013: The Sanctuary Sparrow (Peters). 014: Proto Zoa (Bujold). 015: The Devil's Novice (Peters). 016: The Lives of a Cell (Thomas). 017: The Medusa and the Snail (Thomas). 018: Dead Man's Ransom (Peters). 019: The Pilgrim of Hate (Peters). 020: An Excellent Mystery (Peters). 021: The Raven in the Foregate (Peters). 022: The Rose Rent (Peters). 023: The Hermit of Eyton Forest (Peters).  024: 2034—A Novel of the Next War (Ackerman & Stavridis). 025: The Confession of Brother Haluin (Peters). 026: Seed of Destruction (Mignola & Co.). 027: Strange Places (Mignola & Co.). 028: The Wild Hunt (Mignola & Co.). 029: Rivers of London/Midnight Riot (Aaronovitch). 030: Hellboy in Hell (Mignola & Co.). 031: Moon Over Soho (Aaronovitch). 032: Against the Fall of Night (Clarke). 033: The Heretic's Apprentice (Peters). 034: The Silver Pigs (Davis). 035: In the Ocean of Night (Benford).  036: The Shadow of the Torturer (Wolfe). 037: Hellboy—The Complete Short Stories 01 (Mignola & Co.). 038: Words Without Music (Glass). 039: A Bright Shining Lie—John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam (Sheehan). 040: Cycle of Fire (Clement). 041: Gateway (Pohl). 042: Beyond the Blue Event Horizon (Pohl). 043: Vietnam—A History (Karnow). 044: The Things They Carried (O'Brien). 045: The Goblin Reservation (Simak). 046: Project Pope (Simak). 047: City (Simak). 048: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Le Carre). 049: The Complete Compleat Enchanter (de Camp and Pratt). 050 and 051: The Van Rijn Method (Anderson). 052: Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony (Thomas). 053: The Meaning of It All (Feynman). 054: The Honourable Schoolboy (Le Carre). 055: Smiley's People (Le Carre). 056: Revolt in 2100 (Heinlein). 057: All Systems Red (Wells). 058: The Potter's Field (Peters) 059: Alternate Routes (Powers). 060: Way Station (Simak). 061: Artificial Condition (Wells). 062: Rogue Protocol (Wells). 063: Red Mars (Robinson). 064: Exit Strategy (Wells). 065: Network Effect (Wells). 066: Fugitive Telemetry (Wells). 067: The Secret Pilgrim (Le Carre). 068: Methuselah's Children (Heinlein). 069: Orphan's of the Sky (Heinlein). 070: Crocodile on the Sandbank (Mertz as Peters). 071: Blackhorse Riders (Keith). 072: Velocity Weapon (O'Keefe). 073: A Legacy of Spies (Le Carre). 074: Rainbows End (Vinge).

Paper Books: 002. 

Electronic Books: 029.

Audiobooks: 043 (one omnibus counting as two).

Sometimes I have swapped between formats, so the totals of those three formats may not equal the total for books read in a year.

Current Reads (2021)

 I'm listing these as aBooks (audio), eBooks (electronic, various formats) and pBook (paper, various sizes). In some cases you'll see more than one format listed, this is usually where I have both the electronic and audio formats and they can be synchronized. In many cases, I have both the eBook and the pBook, but you can't synchronize those two!

In the Current Reads folder of my Kindle, on the nightstand in paper form, on the phone as an audiobook, on the magazine or comics racks (current as of July 27, 2021):

Ben Aaronovitch: Peter Grant 01—Rivers of London/Midnight Riot (eBook). Peter Grant 02—Moon Over Soho (eBook). Peter Grant 03—Whispers Under Ground (eBook). Peter Grant 04—Broken Homes (eBook). Peter Grant 05—Foxglove Summer (eBook). Peter Grant 05a—What Abigail Did That Summer (novella) (eBook). Peter Grant 06—The Hanging Tree (eBook).  Peter Grant 06a—The Furthest Station (novella) (eBook).  Peter Grant 07—Lies Sleeping (eBook). Peter Grant 07a—The October Man (novella) (eBook). Peter Grant 08—False Value (eBook). 

Elliot Ackerman & James G. Stavridis: 2034—A Novel of the Next World War (eBook).

William Albracht: Abandoned in Hell—The Fight for Vietnam's Firebase Kate (eBook). 

Poul Anderson: The Technic Civilization 01—The Van Rijn Method (aBook). The Technic Civilization 02—David Falkayn: Star Trader (aBook). The Technic Civilization 03—Rise of the Terran Empire (aBook). The Technic Civilization 04—Young Flandry (aBook). The Technic Civilization 05—Captain Flandry: Defender of the Terran Empire (aBook). The Technic Civilization 06—Sir Dominic Flandry: The Last Knight of Terra (aBook). The Technic Civilization 07—Flandry's Legacy: The Technic Civilization Saga (aBook) (all the preceding are omnibus editions, made up of novels and short stories). The Complete Psychotechnic League 01 (eBook). The Complete Psychotechnic League 02 (eBook). The Complete Psychotechnic League 03 (eBook). 

Rick Atkinson: The Liberation Trilogy 01—An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942–1943 (eBook).

Iain M. Banks: Culture 01—Consider Phlebas (aBook). Culture 02—The Player of Games (eBook). Culture 03—Use of Weapons (aBook). Culture 04—The State of the Art (pBook). Culture 05—Excession (eBook). Culture 06—Inversions (eBook). Culture 07—Look to Windward (eBook). Culture 08—Matter (eBook). Culture 09—Surface Detail (eBook). Culture 10—Hydrogen Sonata (eBook). Transition (eBook). The Algebraist (pBook). Against a Dark Background (pBook).

Stephen Baxter: Xeelee Omnibus (pBook). Vacuum Diagrams (eBook).

Gregory Benford: Galactic Center 00—A Hunger for the Infinite (aBook). Galactic Center 01—In the Ocean of Night (aBook). Galactic Center 02—Across the Sea of Suns (aBook). Galactic Center 03—Great Sky River (aBook). Galactic Center 04—Tides of Light (aBook). Galactic Center 05—Furious Gulf (aBook). Galactic Center 06—Sailing Bright Eternity (aBook). Anomalies (eBook). Against Infinity (eBook). The Stars in Shroud (eBook). The Best of Gregory Benford (eBook).

Gregory Benford and Gordon Eklund: If the Stars are Gods (eBook).

Larry Bond: Red Phoenix (aBook).

Peter Bryant: Red Alert (eBook).

John Brunner: Stand on Zanzibar (eBook and aBook). The Sheep Look Up (aBook). The Jagged Orbit (eBook). The Squares of the City (eBook).

Lois McMaster Bujold: The Vorkosigan Saga 13—A Civil Campaign (aBook). The Vorkosigan Saga 14—Winterfair Gifts (aBook). The Vorkosigan Saga 15—Diplomatic Immunity (aBook). The Vorkosigan Saga 17—Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (aBook). The Vorkosigan Saga 16—The Flowers of Vashnoi (eBook). The Vorkosigan Saga 18—Cryoburn (aBook). The Vorkosigan Saga 19—Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (aBook). Proto Zoa (aBook).

Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler: Fail-Safe (aBook).

Becker Chambers: Wayfarers 01—The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (eBook). Wayfarers 02—A Closed and Common Orbit (eBook). Wayfarers 03—Records of a Spaceborn Few (eBook). Wayfarers 04—The Galaxy, and the Ground Within (eBook). 

A. Bertram Chandler: Grimes 01—To the Galactic Rim (omnibus of The Road to the Rim, To Prime the Pump, The Hard Way Up, The Broken Cycle) (eBook)

C.J. Cherryh: Company Wars 01—Downbelow Station (eBook and aBook). The Hinder Stars 01—Alliance Rising (eBook).

Hal Clement: Cycle of Fire (eBook). Mesklin 01—Mission of Gravity (eBook). Mesklin 02—Star Light (eBook).

Arthur C. Clarke: Against the Fall of Night (eBook).

Glen Cook: Chronicles of the Black Company 05—Shadow Games (aBook). Chronicles of the Black Company 06—Dreams of Steel (aBook). Chronicles of the Black Company 07—The Silver Spike (aBook).

Lindsey Davis: The Marcus Didius Falco Series: Falco 01—The Silver Pigs (aBook and eBook); Falco 02—Shadows in Bronze (aBook and eBook); Falco 03—Venus in Copper (aBook and eBook); Falco 04—The Iron Hand of Mars (aBook and eBook); Falco 05—Poseidon's Gold; Falco 06—Last Act in Palmyra; Falco 07—Time to Depart; Falco 08—A Dying Light in Corduba; Falco 09—Three Hands in the Fountain; Falco 10—Two for the Lions; Falco 11—One Virgin Too Many; Falco 12—Ode to a Banker; Falco 13—A Body in the Bath House; Falco 14—The Jupiter Myth; Falco 15—The Accusers; Falco 16—Scandal Takes a Holiday; Falco 17—See Delphi and Die; Falco 18—Saturnalia; Falco 19—Alexandria; Falco 20—Nemesis. The Flavia Albia Series: Flavia 01—The Ides of April; Flavia 02—Enemies at Home; Flavia 03—Deadly Election; Flavia 04—The Graveyard of the Hesperides; Flavia 05—The Third Nero; Flavia 06—Pandora's Boy; Flavia 07—A Capitol Death; Flavia 08—The Grove of the Caesar's; Flavia 09—A Comedy of Terrors. Related: The Spook Who Spoke Again (novella); Vesuvius by Night (novella); Invitation to Die (novella).

L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt: The Complete Compleat Enchanter (aBook). 

Samuel R. Delany: Dhalgren (eBook and aBook). The Atheist in the Attic (eBook). About Writing (eBook). In Search of Silence (eBook). Trouble on Triton (eBook). Babel-17 (aBook). Letters from Amherst—Five Narrative Letters (eBook). A, B, C: Three Short Novels (eBook).

George Alec Effinger: The Budayeen Cycle Omnibus: When Gravity Fails; A Fire in the Sun; The Exiles Kiss (eBook and separate aBooks). Budayeen Nights (eBook).

Richard Feynman: The Meaning of It All (aBook).

William Gibson: Sprawl 00—Burning Chrome (aBook). Sprawl 01—Neuromancer (aBook). Sprawl 02—Count Zero (aBook). Sprawl 03—Mona Lisa Overdrive (aBook). Bridge 01—Virtual Light (eBook). Bridge 02—Idoru (aBook). Bridge 03—All Tomorrow's Parties (aBook). Blue Ant 01—Pattern Recognition (aBook). Blue Ant 02—Spook Country (aBook). Blue Ant—Zero History (aBook).

Philip Glass: Words Without Music (aBook).

David Halberstam: The Best and the Brightest (aBook).

Peter F. Hamilton: Salvation 01—Salvation (aBook). Salvation 02—Salvation Lost (aBook). Salvation 03—Saints of Salvation (aBook). The Night's Dawn 01—The Reality Dysfunction (aBook). The Night's Dawn 02—The Neutronium Alchemist (aBook). The Night's Dawn 03—The Naked God (aBook). A Confederation Handbook (eBook). A Second Chance at Eden (eBook). Commonwealth 01—Pandora's Star (aBook). Commonwealth 02—Judas Unchained (aBook). Void 01—The Dreaming Void (aBook). Void 02—The Temporal Void (aBook). Void 03—The Evolutionary Void (aBook). The Chronicle of the Fallers 01—The Abyss Beyond Dreams (aBook). The Chronicle of the Fallers 02—Night Without Stars (aBook). Fallen Dragon (aBook). Great North Road (aBook) .

Robert A. Heinlein: Revolt in 2100; Methuselah's ChildrenOrphan's of the Sky; Destination Moon; Double Star; Friday; Glory Road; The Moon is a Harsh Mistress; The Number of the Beast; The Pursuit of the Pankera; Red Planet; Starship Troopers; Stranger in a Strange Land; Time Enough for Love; Time for the Stars; Variable Star; The Star Beast; Citizen of the Galaxy; Tunnel in the Sky; The Door Into Summer

P.C. Hodgell: Chronicles of the Kencyrath 01-02: The God Stalker Chronicles (made up of God Stalk and Dark of the Moon) (eBook).

M.R. James: Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories (eBook).

Philip Keith: Blackhorse Riders—A Desperate Last Stand, An Extraordinary Rescue Mission, and the Vietnam Battle America Forgot (aBook). Firebase Illingworth (aBook). 

Stanley Karnow: Vietnam—A History (aBook and pBook).

Stephen King: Danse Macabre (eBook and aBook). On Writing (eBook and aBook).

Henry Kuttner: The Best of Henry Kuttner (eBook). The Keeps 01—Clash by Night (eBook). The Keeps 02—Fury (eBook). 

John Le Carre: George Smiley 01—Call for the Dead (aBook). George Smiley 02—A Murder of Quality (aBook). George Smiley 03—The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (aBook). George Smiley 04—The Looking Glass War (aBook). George Smiley 05—Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (aBook). George Smiley 06—The Honorable Schoolboy (aBook). George Smiley 07—Smiley's People (aBook). George Smiley 08—The Secret Pilgrim (aBook). George Smiley 09—A Legacy of Spies (aBook).

Megan O'Keefe: Protectorate 01—Velocity Weapon (aBook). Protectorate 02—Chaos Vector (aBook). Protectorate 03—Catalyst Gate (aBook). 

John McPhee: Annals of the Former World 02—In Suspect Terrain (aBook); Annals of the Former World 03—Rising from the Plains (aBook); Annals of the Former World 04—Assembling California (aBook); Annals of the Former World 05—Crossing the Craton (aBook). Coming into the Country (aBook) (link to omnibus edition of Annals of the Former World) (link to Coming into the Country).

Barbara Mertz (as Elizabeth Peters): Amelia Peabody 001—Crocodile on the Sandbank (aBook); Amelia Peabody 002—The Curse of the Pharaohs; Amelia Peabody 003—The Mummy Case; Amelia Peabody 004—Lost in the Valley; Amelia Peabody 005—The Deeds of the Disturber; Amelia Peabody 006—The Last Camel Died at Noon; Amelia Peabody 007—The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog; Amelia Peabody 008—The Hippopotamus Pool; Amelia Peabody 009—Seeing a Large Cat; Amelia Peabody 010—The Ape Who Guards the Balance; Amelia Peabody 011—The Falcon at the Portal; Amelia Peabody 012—He Shall Thunder in the Sky; Amelia Peabody 013—Lord of the Silent; Amelia Peabody 014—The Golden One; Amelia Peabody 015—Children of the Storm; Amelia Peabody 016—Guardian of the Horizon; Amelia Peabody 017—The Serpent on the Crown; Amelia Peabody 018—Tomb of the Golden Bird; Amelia Peabody 019—A River in the Sky; Amelia Peabody 020—The Painted Queen; Amelia Peabody's Egypt—A Compendium (associational) (pBook).

Mike Mignola & Company: Hellboy Omnibus 01—Seed of Destruction (eBook). Hellboy Omnibus 02—Strange Places (eBook). Hellboy Omnibus 03—The Wild Hunt (eBook). Hellboy Omnibus 04—Hellboy in Hell (eBook). Hellboy—The Complete Short Stories 01 (eBook). Hellboy—The Complete Short Stories 02 (eBook). 

Richard K. Morgan: Takeshi Kovacs 01—Altered Carbon (eBook).

C.L. Moore: The Best of C.L. Moore (eBook). Black God's Kiss (eBook).

C.L. Moore and Henry Kuttner: The Best of C.L. Moore and Henry Kuttner (eBook). Earth's Last Citadel (eBook).

Tim O'Brien: The Things They Carried (aBook).

Megan O'Keefe: The Protectorate 01—Velocity Weapon (eBook). The Protectorate 02—Chaos Vector (eBook). The Protectorate 03—Catalyst Gate (eBook). 

Ellis Peters: Cadfael 07—The Sanctuary Sparrow (eBook); Brother Cadfael 08—The Devil's Novice (eBook); Brother Cadfael 09—Dead Man's Ransom (eBook); Brother Cadfael 10—The Pilgrim of Hate (eBook); Brother Cadfael 11—An Excellent Mystery (eBook); Brother Cadfael 12—The Raven in the Foregate (eBook); Brother Cadfael 13—The Rose Rent (eBook); Brother Cadfael 14—The Hermit of Eyton Forest (eBook); Brother Cadfael 15—The Confession of Brother Haluin (eBook); Brother Cadfael 16—The Heretic's Apprentice (eBook); Brother Cadfael 17—The Potter's Field (eBook); Brother Cadfael 18—The Summer of the Danes (eBooks); Brother Cadfael 19—The Holy Thief (eBook); Brother Cadfael 20—Brother Cadfael's Penance (eBook).

Frederik Pohl: Gateway 01—Gateway (aBook). Gateway 02—Beyond the Blue Event Horizon (aBook). Gateway 03—Heechee Rendezvous (aBook). Gateway 04—The Annals of the Heechee (eBook). Gateway 05—The Gateway Trip (pBook). Gateway 06—The Boy Who Would Live Forever (eBook).

Tim Powers: The Anubis Gates (aBook). Hide Me Among the Graves (aBook). Medusa's Web (aBook). Vickery and Castine 01—Alternate Routes (aBook). Vickery and Castine 02—Forced Perspectives (aBook). Fault Lines 01—Last Call (aBook). Fault Lines 02—Expiration Date (aBook). Fault Lines 03—Earthquake Weather (aBook). The Stress of Her Regard (aBook). On Stranger Tides (aBook). Declare (aBook). Three Days to Never (aBook). On Pirates (as by "William Ashlbless") (with James Blaylock) (eBook). 

Alastair Reynolds: Slow Bullets (eBook and aBook). Deep Navigation (eBook). Revenger (aBook). Troika (aBook). Poseidon's Children 01—Blue Remembered Earth (aBook). Poseidon's Children 02—On the Steel Breeze (aBook). Poseidon's Children 03—Poseidon's Wake (aBook). The Prefect 01—Elysium Fire (aBook). Revelation Space 00—Galactic North (aBook). Revelation Space 00—Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days (aBook). Revelation Space 01—Revelation Space (aBook). Revelation Space 02—Chasm City (aBook). Revelation Space 03—Redemption Ark (aBook). Revelation Space 04—Absolution Gap (aBook). Terminal World (aBook). House of Suns (aBook). Pushing Ice (aBook). Century Rain (aBook). Beyond the Aquila Rift—The Best of Alastair Reynolds (eBook). 

Kim Stanley Robinson: Escape from Kathmandu (eBook). Mars 01—Red Mars (aBook). Mars 02—Green Mars (aBook). Mars 03—Blue Mars (aBook). Mars 04—The Martians (eBook). Three Californias 01—The Wild Shore (aBook). Three Californias 02—The Gold Coast (aBook). Three Californias 03—Pacific Edge (aBook). Antarctica (aBook). The Years of Rice and Salt (aBook). Galileo's Dream (aBook). 2312 (aBook). Aurora (aBook). Shaman (aBook). New York 2140 (aBook). Red Moon (aBook). The Ministry of the Future (aBook). The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson (eBook). 

Robert Silverberg (editor): The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume 1 (eBook and aBook).

Clifford D. Simak: City (aBook). The Werewolf Principle (aBook). The Goblin Reservation (aBook). Project Pope (aBook). Time is the Simplest Thing (aBook). The Big Front Yard (aBook). The Ghost of a Model T (aBook). I Am Crying All Inside (aBook). Way Station (aBook). 

Neil Sheehan: A Bright Shining Lie—John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam (aBook).

Olaf Stapledon: Star Maker (eBook and aBook).

Lewis Thomas: The Lives of a Cell (aBook). The Youngest Science (aBook); The Medusa and the Snail (aBook); Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony (aBook); The Fragile Species (aBook).

Ian W. Toll: Pacific Crucible—War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941–1942 (eBook).

Jack Vance: Demon Princes Omnibus: The Star King; The Killing Machine; The Palace of Love; The Face; The Book of Dreams (eBook). Tales of the Dying Earth Omnibus: The Dying Earth; The Eyes of the Overworld; Cugel's Saga; Rhialto the Marvellous (eBook). Dying Earth 03—Cugel's Saga (aBook). Dying Earth 04—Rhialto the Marvellous (aBook). Tshai (omnibus of City of the ChaschServants of the Wankh/The WannekThe DirdirThe Pnume) (eBook). Alastor Cluster—Trullion (Alastor 2262) (eBook). Alastor Cluster—Marune (Alastor 933) (eBook). Alastor Cluster—Wyst (Alastor 1716) (eBook). The Cadwal Chronicles (omnibus of Araminta StationEcce and Old EarthThroy) (eBook). The Jack Vance Lexicon—The Coined Words of Jack Vance from Abiloid to Zygage (eBook). Ports of Call 02—Lurulu (eBook).

Vernor Vinge: Rainbows End (eBook).

Martha Wells: The Murderbot Diaries 00—Compulsory (eBook). The Murderbot Diaries 01—All Systems Red (eBook). The Murderbot Diaries 02—Artificial Condition (eBook). The Murderbot Diaries 03—Rogue Protocol (eBook). The Murderbot Diaries 04—Exit Strategy (eBook). The Murderbot Diaries 05—Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory (eBook). The Murderbot Diaries 06—Network Effect (eBook). The Murderbot Diaries 07—Fugitive Telemetry (eBook). 

Gene Wolfe: The Book of the New Sun 01—The Shadow of the Torturer (pBook). The Book of the New Sun 02—The Claw of the Conciliator (pBook). The Book of the New Sun 03—The Sword of the Lictor (pBook). The Book of the New Sun 04—The Citadel of the Autarch (pBook). The Book of the New Sun 05—The Urth of the New Sun (pBook).

Sunday, August 16, 2020

The Silent Tower

 

Barbara Hambley: The Windrose Chronicles 01—The Silent Tower (Del Rey Books, Open Road Media and others).

I first came across Barbara Hambly when she first started being published in the 1980's by Del Rey Books, as part of their fantasy line. With books such as the first of the Darwath books (The Time of the Dark) and the Sun Wolf sequence (The Ladies of Mandrigyn). They were fun fantasy novels, different from the usual Del Rey fare, quick reads and interesting reads as well. In 1986 came the first of the Windrose Chronicles, The Silent Tower, with elements of both our world and a fantasy world, with implications for both.

Joanna Sheraton is a programmer at a US government research center who comes across an intruder where none should be, in the heart of a 1980's supercomputer machine room...a man using...candles. No trace of the intruder is seen later until Joanna is drawn into another world when she is at a party of her somewhat flaky boyfriend. She teams up with Caris (guardian of and relative to Archmage Salteris) and Antryg (student of both Salteris and the so-called Darkmage Suraklin) to try and find out whether Suraklin has somehow managed to return from the dead and has taken Salteris prisoner between the worlds. 

Friends become enemies and vice versa (intentionally or not) as the trio try to unravel what exacttly is going on as they travel across the Earth-that-is-not-Earth and back to Earth at the ending (spoilers for a book that was first published in 1986) leading to a...cliffhanger.

Good thing I already have the second (first read in 1988, but repurchased as an eBook more recently)!

Like the briefer (and better) Tea with a Black Dragon (R.A. MacAvoy), The Silent Tower mixes our world and the world of our technology—the still nascent world of computer (at that point at least) with decent female characters and a interesting plot. Does it still hold up? I think Joanna gets into the trappings of the alternate Earth a tad fast (especially when it comes to clothing), but she definitely is a strong character and central to the (cliffhanger) resolution. The book held up on this re-reading (some decades later) and I will take up the sequels as well.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Doorways in the Sand


Doorways in the Sand by Roger Zelazny (Analog SF, 1975; Harpr & Row, 1976; Avon, 1977; Amber Ltd, 2020).

REVIEW SUMMARY: One of Zelazny's more standalone works that shows off his polished prose, humor and frantic pacing.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Fred Cassidy is doing his best to remain a student. However, after being robbed, staked out in the sun, "protected" by alien police and probed by an alien telepath, even graduating from college seems like a lesser evil.

MY REVIEW

PROS: An excellent display of Roger Zelazny's wordsmithing at its best. A mixture of polished prose, some literary experimentation, and a plot full of red herrings and MacGuffins worthy of an Alfred Hitchcock film.

CONS: Until Zelazny is recognized as a "literary" figure and gets enshrined on our shelves along with others (such as Philip K. Dick), you're probably going to have to scramble to find this and other gems.

BOTTOM LINE: In a single volume you get what was always the best about Roger Zelazny. The magic of the plot where you're never sure of what exactly is going on. The carefully chosen prose, honed down to the bare essentials. The occasional bit of literary experimentation. 181 pages, a single volume, no sequels, no padding, no fluff. Pure magic.

Fred Cassidy is doing his best to stay in school. Despite the efforts of multiple academic advisers (all of whom want to graduate him), he has managed to skip from major to major for thirteen years (he gets a stipend from his late Uncle Albert as long as he is not awarded a degree). But things get strange when one of his professors turns up to ransack his apartment and question him about a reproduction of an alien artifact known as the Star Stone. Fred goes Down Under and into the Outback to pursue a project for college only to be attacked and staked out in the sun to become a human raisin; he is "rescued" by two aliens (dressed as a wombat and a kangaroo) and taken into "protective" custody.

Not strange enough? How about the words he sees in the sky or in windows, or the voices that echo from dreams. Toss in the State Department, the United Nations, two alien telepaths that try to "help" (one is a cost accountant, so is not very good as a telepath), ex-academic advisers who turn up in odd places, friends of his uncle, associates of his uncle turned bad, more aliens, another alien artifact that can turn you inside out.

More? How about a predilection for climbing buildings. Reversed greasy-spoon hamburgers and fries that taste like the best meal you've eaten; reversed brandy that is the nectar of the gods. Cigarettes and booze, booze and cigarettes. An alien menace. A fight in the sky. A journey to the stars and the start of a new partnership.

And all this—I'll say again—in 180 pages.

There's something about writer's from a certain age—maybe it was using a typewriter and carbon paper or a need to get as much prose into the slicks, pulps and between the hard covers as possible or genetic imprinting from the old school—that caused them to write briefly but beautifully. Zelazny, like Arthur C. Clarke, Clifford D. Simak, and Alfred Bester packed a lot per page. Whereas somebody today would give you an infodump of several pages to explain how an alien object, for example, could reverse you, Zelazny tosses the idea off in a sentence or two, mixing it in with dozens of other bits and pieces throughout the book. Indeed, this book reminds me strongly of all those writers. Like Clarke, Zelazny packs more ideas into his pages than most other authors manage in the space of a career. Like Simak, he employs a sparse style and an economy of words as well as creating memorable aliens. Like Bester, he experiments with prose and typographical layout as well as making the ordinary extraordinary.

(This novel in particular reminds me of another genre craftsman: Spider Robinson, especially Robinson's tales of Callahan's Place. It would not have surprised me one bit to have Fred Cassidy, in visiting the several bars that appear in this book, stop in at Callahan's and tell of his story and find help from Jake and the others.)

I've lost track of the number of times I've read this book since I first read it as a serial in the pages of Analog in 1975. Every time I do read it, it manages to once again charm me, thrill me, and surprise me. As it did so again this evening, and as I hope it will do so for you.

(The edition most recently read was an eBook. Alas, the quality of proofreading when converting form the paper book to the electronic format seemed to become less careful the further into the book I got, resulting in a number of annoying typographical errors.)

(This review originally appeared on the late, lamented SF Signal website in 2009.)

(Addendum: A review by James Nicoll over at his site.)

At the Edge of the World


At the Edge of the World by Lord Dunsany (Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 8th Baron Dunsany) (edited by Lin Carter) (Ballantine Books, March 1970, cover art by Ray Cruz).

Made up of: About "At the Edge of the World" and Lord Dunsany: The Dreams of Mana-Yood-Sushai (Lin Carter); The Cave of Kai; Of the Gods of Averon (variant of The Sorrow of Search); Mlideen; The King That Was Not; The Men of Yarnith; In the Land of Time; Time and the Gods; The Opulence of Yahn (variant of Usury); The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth; Poltarnees, Beholder of Ocean; The Idle City; Bethmoora; Idle Days on the Yann; The Hashish Man; Carcassonne; In Zaccarath; The Dream of King Karna-Vootra; How the Enemy Came to Thlūnrāna?; The Distressing Tale of Thangobrind the Jeweller, and of the Doom That Befell Him; A Shop in Go-By Street; The Avenger of Perdóndaris; How the Dwarfs Rose Up in War (variant of A Pretty Quarrel); The Probable Adventure of the Three Literary Men; The Loot of Bombasharna; The Injudicious Prayers of Pombo the Idolater; The Bride of the Man-Horse; The Quest of the Queen's Tears; How One Came, as Was Foretold, to the City of Never; A Day at the Edge of the World (variant of The Long Porter's Tale); Erlathdronion (variant of A Tale of the Equator); Epilogue to "The Book of Wonder"; Afterword (Lin Carter).

Lord Dunsany influenced a number of writers, including (probably most famously) H.P. Lovecraft. These stories are from several of his collections, gathered by BAF series editor Lin Carter into one (loosely) associated collection. They are generally very short, both in length and the quality of the characters and are very burdened by Dunsany's orate style which may not sit well on the ears of the "modern" reader. However, there are some real gems here, such as The King Who Was Not (during which a king disbelieves the gods, only to have the gods disbelieve him, and thus his people wonder why there's a robe and crown in an empty room of that castle) or The Land of Time (in which a king and his armies attempt to fight time to save their bright civilization, only to learn the hard way the Time is always the winner).

As I said, the style may not have aged well. However, taken one or two a day, sitting in one's backyard on a cool summer day, under a flawless blue sky, one is transported beyond the fields we know and into the lands at the edge of the world.

(I'm starting an informal project of re-reading the books that were part of The Ballantine Adult Fantasy series from the late 1960's and the early 1970's. This is one of those books.)

Friday, April 24, 2020

Just Keep Moving


Wake up. Stick to the routine. Walk and feed the dog. Make coffee. Shower. Shave. Dress. Dress as if you were going to work. Talk to your wife who, like you, has been working 12 hours a day, seven days a week.

Boot up the work computer. Work. Work. Work. Don't talk to co-workers because you can't. E-mail isn't the same. Do more work. Get up. Walk around the house. Make more coffee. Drink it. Remember that the second cup is never as good as the first and your stomach seems to be bothering you more and more.

Work. Work. Work. Take a break.Walk the dog. Walk the dog again. Walk the dog so much that you have holes in one pair of shoes and the other pair has soles so thin that Same Vines would be comfortable wearing them. Go back to the house. Plan dinner. Make dinner in between work stints. Listen to the orange cheeto yell from the other room as your wife continues to work. When she finishes, your still working, she decompresses by telling you about the stupidity of the briefing. You take her stress onto you.

Finish work after twelve hours. Your glad to have the work. Work a four hour shift. Work an eight hour shift. Work a twelve hour shift. Take it while you can because on day it will end and there will be no more work. That day seems to be getting closer.

Go to sleep. Sleep in the living room because the arthritis has been so bad you hardly ever sleep. And, in the living room you are in touch with the ghosts of the dogs you lost, especially the most recent one, which is a comfort.

And you can't sleep because of the nightmares, but that's another story. At least the nightmares from 2001 are replaced by new nightmares.

Make meals. Make one big thing during the week and repurpose it. Repurpose it a second time. A third time. Scrape it to the bones and make stock from the bones. Waste nothing. Use everyhing. Go shopping. Put on gloves, mask, coat, sweat like crazy because you take nothing off. Find some things. Don't find others. Found PT this week not not TP. Never TP. Getting low on TP.

Listen to podcasts. Check Twitter. It's all I have energy for.

Stop and listen to a podcast about a man who had to bury his second wife, virtually, because no one is allowed to attend a service.

Break down in the aisle of the store while shopping because You. Just. Can't. Take. It. Any. More.

Work. Work. Work.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2020: The Year in Graphics

Previously, I've had these listed under the various Year in Shorts entries. Some people (hello!) feel this inflates my count of short works (not sure why this is a problem with those people, but it is the internet, so there's got to be somebody with a problem out there who wants to share it!). As an experiment, I'm going to split the graphic works off as a separate list. If nothing else, it might make it easier for me to keep track of what I've read.

Number of Titles Read (as of October 31, 2020): 002.

Gary B. Trudeau: 40—A Doonesbury Retrospective—Book 01 (70–79).

Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba: The Umbrella Academy Volume 01—Apocalypse Suite.

2020: The Year in Shorts

Across the eons comes a tale of a time in a galaxy far, far away, when John DeNardo of SF Signal started tracking his short stories read as a way of trying to make a goal of reading one short work for each day of the year. I've managed, more often than not, to match that goal myself. While the tradition has faded at SF Signal, it continues here. The legend continues!

Number of Stories Read: 434 (out of 365) as of December 28, 2020.

(Administrative Note: You'll see in a previous entry for this category that there are a number of anthologies/collections that I did not complete in 2015. Some of them even go back to 2014. I regard these as abandoned. Some will be started again—from the beginning. Others will not be visited again.)

Stories/Collections:

Ambrose Bierce: An Inhabitant of Carcosa (1 story, completed).

Lois McMaster Bujold: The Weatherman (1 story, completed).

Lois McMaster Bujold: The Borders of Infinity. Made up of: Framing Story; The Mountains of Mourning; Labyrinth; Borders of Infinity (4 stories, completed).

Robert W. Chambers: The Court of the Dragon (1 story, completed).

Tony Daniel: Revising the Map to Utopia (found in Beyond This Horizon by Robert A. Heinlein) (1 entry, completed).

Gardner Dozois (editor): The Year's Best Science Fiction (First Annual Collection). Made up of: (read in 2018) Introduction: Summation: 1983 (Gardner Dozois); Cicada Queen (Bruce Sterling); Beyond the Dead Reef (James Tiptree, Jr.); Slow Birds (Ian Watson); Vulcan's Forge (Poul Anderson); Man-Mountain Gentian (Howard Waldrop); Hardfought (Greg Bear); Manifest Destiny (Joe Haldeman); (read in 2019) Full Chicken Richness (Avram Davidson); (read in 2020) Multiples (Robert Silverberg); Cryptic (Jack McDevitt); The Sidon in the Mirror (Connie Willis); Golden Gate (R. A. Lafferty); Blind Shemmy (Jack Dann); In the Islands (Pat Murphy); Nunc Dimittis (Tanith Lee); Blood Music (Greg Bear); Her Furry Face (Leigh Kennedy); Knight of Shallows (Rand B. Lee); The Cat (Gene Wolfe); The Monkey Treatment (George R. R. Martin); Nearly Departed (Pat Cadigan); Hearts Do Not in Eyes Shine (John Kessel); Carrion Comfort (Dan Simmons); Gemstone (Vernor Vinge); Black Air (Kim Stanley Robinson); Honorable Mentions: 1983 (Gardner Dozois). (8 stories in 2018, 1 story in 2019, 0 stories in 2020, continuing to read).

Lord Dunsany (Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 8th Baron Dunsany): At the Edge of the World. Made up of: About "At the Edge of the World" and Lord Dunsany: The Dreams of Mana-Yood-Sushai (Lin Carter); The Cave of Kai; Of the Gods of Averon (variant of The Sorrow of Search); Mlideen; The King That Was Not; The Men of Yarnith; In the Land of Time; Time and the Gods; The Opulence of Yahn (variant of Usury); The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth; Poltarnees, Beholder of Ocean; The Idle City; Bethmoora; Idle Days on the Yann; The Hashish Man; Carcassonne; In Zaccarath; The Dream of King Karna-Vootra; How the Enemy Came to Thlūnrāna?; The Distressing Tale of Thangobrind the Jeweller, and of the Doom That Befell Him; A Shop in Go-By Street; The Avenger of Perdóndaris; How the Dwarfs Rose Up in War (variant of A Pretty Quarrel); The Probable Adventure of the Three Literary Men; The Loot of Bombasharna; The Injudicious Prayers of Pombo the Idolater; The Bride of the Man-Horse; The Quest of the Queen's Tears; How One Came, as Was Foretold, to the City of Never; A Day at the Edge of the World (variant of The Long Porter's Tale); Erlathdronion (variant of A Tale of the Equator); Epilogue to "The Book of Wonder"; Afterword (Lin Carter) (13 stories, continuing to read).

Harlan Ellison (author) and Terry Dowling (editor): The Essential Ellison. Made up of: (read in 2017) Introduction: Sublime Rebel (Terry Dowling) (re-read in 2019); The Beginnings (Terry Dowling) (re-read in 2019); The Sword of Parmagon (re-read in 2019); The Gloconda (re-read in 2019); (read in 2020) The Wilder One; The Saga of Machine Gun Joe; Glowworm; Life Hutch; S.R.O.; Worlds of Terror; Lonelyache; Punky & the Yale Men; A Prayer for No One's Enemy; Worlds of Love; In Lonely Lands; The Time of the Eye; Grail; That New Old-Time Religion; I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream; Corpse; The Whimper of Whipped Dogs; A Stab of Merriment; The Voice in the Garden; Erotophobia; Mom; Ecowareness; The Outpost Undiscovered by Tourists; Dept. of "What Was the Question?" Dept.; Dept. of "Trivial Pursuit" Dept.; Trouble With Women; The Very Last Day of a Good Woman; Valerie: A True Memoir; The Other Eye of Polyphemus; All the Birds Come Home to Roost; To the Mattresses With Mean Demons; The Tombs (Excerpt); "Our Little Miss"; A Love Song to Jerry Falwell; Telltale Tics and Tremors; True Love: Groping for the Holy Grail; Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54' N, Longitude 77° 00' 13" W; Rococco Technology; The Sky Is Burning; The Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World; Along the Scenic Route; The Song the Zombie Sang (with Robert Silverberg); Knox; Heart's Blood; From Alabamy, with Hate; My Father; My Mother; Tired Old Man; Gopher in the Gilly; Nights & Days in Good Old Hollyweird; Strange Wine; The Resurgence of Miss Ankle-Strap Wedgie; The Man on the Mushroom; Somehow, I Don't Think We're in Kansas, Toto; Face-Down in Gloria Swanson's Swimming Pool; Petards & Hangings; Soldier; The Night of Delicate Terrors; Shattered Like a Glass Goblin; At the Mouse Circus; Shadows from the Past; Free With This Box!; Final Shtick; One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty; Jeffty Is Five; Contracts on the Soul; Daniel White for the Greater Good; Neither Your Jenny nor Mine; Alive and Well and on a Friendless Voyage; The Classics; "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman; Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes; A Boy and His Dog; The Deathbird; Dark Liberation; The Thick Red Moment; The Man Who Was Heavily into Revenge; Driving in the Spikes; Afterword (4 entries in 2017; 4 entries in 2019; 0 stories in 2020, continuing to read).

James Frenkel (editor): True Names and the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier. Made up of: (read in 2018) Preface (James R. Frenkel); Introduction (Vernor Vinge); A Time of Transition/The Human Connection (Danny Hillis); True Nyms and Crypto Anarchy (Timothy C. May); (read in 2020) Eventful History: Version 1.x (John M. Ford); How is the NII Like a Prison? (Alan Wexelblat); Intelligent Software (Pattie Maes); The Right to Read (Richard M. Stallman); Cryptography and the Politics of One's True Name (Leonard N. Foner); The Lessons of Lucasfilm's Habitat (F. Randall Farmer and Chip Morningstar); Social Dimensions of Habitat's Citizenry (F. Randall Farmer); Habitat Anecdotes (F. Randall Farmer); True Magic (Mark Pesce); True Names (Vernor Vinge); Afterword (Marvin Minsky). (4 entries in 2018, 0 entries in 2020, continuing to read).

Henry Gee and Colin Sullivan (editors)Futures from Nature 02. Made up of: Introduction: When Destiny Calls (Colin Sullivan); A Pocket Full of Phlogiston (S. R. Algernon); The Chair (Madeline Ashby); Recoper (Neal Asher); The Cleverest Man in the World (Tony Ballantyne); Formic Gender Disorder (Barrington J. Bayley); Annie Webber (Elizabeth Bear); The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Panda (Jacey Bedford); Gifts of the Magi (Anatoly Belilovsky); Caveat Time Traveller (Gregory Benford); Eating with Integrity (David Berreby); Expectancy Theory (Ananyo Bhattacharya); To My Father (David G. Blake); War of the Roses (Polenth Blake); likeMe (Keith Brooke); In the Recovery Room (Eric Brown); The Universe Reef (Tobias S. Buckell); A Kiss Isn't Just a Kiss (Steve Carper); Life, Abundant and with Simple Joy (Sarah K. Castle); Reach for the Stars (Priya Chand); Tea with Jillian (Brenda Cooper); Squealer (Robert Nathan Correll); Acting Up (Elizabeth Counihan); You, in Emulation (Kathryn Cramer); Jenna's Clocks (T.F. Davenport); High on the Hog (Sean Davidson); Pop-ups (Robert Dawson); The Omniplus Ultra (Paul Di Filippo); The Gower Street Cuckoos (Joe Dunckley); Transmission Received (Peter J. Enyeart); A Perfect Drug (Dan Erlanson); Words and Music (Ronald D. Ferguson); Recursion (Simon Quellen Field); Non-Skid (John Frizell); Corrective Action (John Gilbey); Health Tips for Traveller (David W. Goldman); The Chess Players (Dan Gollub); Buzz Off (John Grant); Man of Steel (rpg); Midnight in the Cathedral of Time (Preston Grassmann); The Best of Us (Lee Hallison); Press '1' to Begin (Nye Joell Hardy); Fine-Tuning the Universe (Merrie Haskell); Me Am Petri (Martin Hayes); Event Horizon (Jeff Hecht); The Perfect Egg (Tania Hershman); The Ostracons of Europa (Ken Hinckley); Her Name Was Jane (Joses Ho); Midnight at the A&E (Taik Hobson);Trying to Let Go (Kerstin Hoppenhaus); World Wire Web (Gareth D. Jones); Ted Agonistes (Rahul Kanakia); Shoppers (James Patrick Kelly); The Problem of Junior (Swapna Kishore); Warez (David Langford); Stay Special (Susan Lanigan); Dead Yellow (Tanith Lee); A Good Time (Shelly Li); Mortar Flowers (Jessica May Lin); The Stuff We Don't Do (Marissa Lingen); Monkeys (Ken Liu); A Game of Self-Deceit (Clayton Locke); Succussion (Steve Longworth); After Experiment Seven (Michael W. Lucht); Escapism (Nick Mamatas); Hard Man to Surprise (David Marusek); Twitterspace (William Meikle); Picnic with Ants (Mark W. Moffett); Be Swift, My Darling (John Moran); Can of Wormholes (Neale Morison); George and Priti (Anand Odhav Naranbhai); Frog in a Bucket (Gareth Owens); For Your Information (Conor Powers-Smith); Invisible (João Ramalho-Santos); A Better Mousetrap (Mike Resnick); The Pair-Bond Imperative (Jennifer Rohn); Immeasurable (H.E. Roulo); The Rumination on What Isn't (Alex Shvartsman); Unglued (Amber D. Sistla); Out of the Blue (Mohamad Atif Slim); Steve Sepp, Tasty! Tasty! (Matthew Sanborn Smith); The Silver Bullet and the Golden Goose (Norman Spinrad); Dark They Were, and Strange Inside (Vaughan Stanger); Survivors and Saviours (Philip T. Starks); The Day We Made History (Ian Stewart); The Greatest Science-Fiction Story Ever Written (Eric James Stone); 1-9-4-Blue-3-7-2-6-Gamma-Tetrahedron (Ian Randal Strock); Extremes (Rachel Swirsky); White Lies (Grace Tang); Expatriate (Julian Tang); 21st-Century Girl (Adrian Tchaikovsky); A Sentence to Life (Igor Teper); Life in a Monastic Lab (Joost Uitdehaag); Let Slip the Dogs (William T. Vandemark); To All Sister Capsules (S.C. Virtes); Glass Future (Deborah Walker); The Drained World (Ian Watson); A Piratical Sabbatical (Ian Whates); The Front Line (Sylvia Spruck Wrigley); The Cambrian (George Zebrowski); Here Be Monsters (Stephanie Zvan) (101 stories read, collection completed).

Robert A. Heinlein: Future History 01—The Man Who Sold the Moon. Made up of: Introduction (William H. Paterson, Jr.); Introduction (John W. Campbell, Jr.); Preface (Robert A. Heinlein); Life-Line; "Let There Be Light—"; The Roads Must Roll; Blowups Happen; The Man Who Sold the Moon; Afterword (Mark L. van Name) (9 entries, collection completed). 

Robert A. Heinlein: Future History 02—The Green Hills of Earth. Made up of: Introduction (William H. Paterson, Jr.); Delilah and the Space-Rigger; Space Jockey; The Long Watch; Gentleman, Be Seated; The Black Pits of Luna; "It's Great to be Back"; "—We Also Walk Dogs"; Ordeal in Space; The Green Hills of Earth; Logic of Empire (11 stories, collection completed).

Robert A. Heinlein: The Menace from Earth. Made up of: The Year of the Jackpot; By His Bootstraps; Columbus Was a Dope; The Menace from Earth; Sky Lift; Goldfish Bowl; Project Nightmare; Water is for Washing; Afterword (Robert Buettner (9 stories, collection completed).

Robert A. Heinlein: Searchlight (from The Past Through Tomorrow) (1 story). A Tenderfoot in Space (form New Worlds to Conquer).

William Hope Hodgson: The Collected Fiction of William Hope Hodgson 02—The House on the Borderland and Other Mysterious Places. Made up of: (read in 2020) The Cosmic Circle of Wonder and Imagination (Jeremy Lassen); The House on the Borderland (novel); Carnacki, The Ghost-Breaker: The Thing Invisible; The Gateway of the Monster; The House Among the Laurels; The Whistling Room; The Searcher of the End House; The Horse of the Invisible; The Haunted Jarvee; The Find; The Hog; Other Hauntings: The Goddess of Death; Terror of the Water-Tank (variant of The Terror of the Water-Tank); Bullion; The Mystery of the Water-Logged Ship; The Ghosts of the Glen Doon; Mr. Jock Danplank; The Mystery of Captain Chappel; The Home-Coming of Captain Dan; Merciful Plunder; The Haunting of the Lady Shannon; The Heathen's Revenge; A Note on the Texts (essay by uncredited) (12 stories, continuing to read).

M.R. James: The Complete Ghost Stories of M.R. James, Volume One—Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories. Made up of: (read in 2020) Introduction (S.T. Joshi); Suggestions for Further Reading; A Note on the Text; Canon Alberic's Scrap-Book; Lost Hearts; The Mezzotint; The Ash-Tree; Number 13; Count magus; "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad"; The Treasure of Abbot Thomas; A School Story; The Rose Garden; The Tractate Middoth; Casting the Runes; The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral; Martin's Close; Mr. Humphreys and His Inheritance; Appendix; Ghost Stories; A Night in King's college Chapel; Preface to Ghost-Stories of an Antiquary; Preface to More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary. (5 entries, continuing to read).

Fritz Leiber: Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser 04—Swords Against Wizardry. Made up of: Introduction (Neil Gaiman); In the Witch's Tent; Stardock; The Two Best Thieves in Lankhmar; The Lords of Quarmall (5 stories, completed).

Michael Moorcock: Elric—The Stealer of Souls. Made up of: (read in 2019) Foreword (Alan Moore); Introduction; At the Beginning—Putting a Tag On It; The Dreaming City; (read in 2020) While the Gods Laugh; The Stealer of Souls; Kings in Darkness (with James Cawthorn); The Caravan of Forgotten Dreams (originally The Flame Bringers); Mission to Asno!; Origins (artwork); Dead God's Homecoming; Black Sword's Brothers; Sad Giant's Shield; Doomed Lord's Passing; Elric; The Secret Life of Elric of Menibone; Final Judgment (Alan Forrest); The Zenith Letter (Anthony Skene) (4 stories in 2019, 0 stories in 2020, continuing to read).

C.L. Moore: Northwest of Earth. Made up of: Shambleau; Black Thirst; The Tree of Life; Scarlet Dream; Dust of Gods; Lost Paradise; Julhi; The Cold Gray God; Yvala; Song in a Minor Key (10 stories, collection completed).

William Patterson: Introduction (found in Beyond This Horizon by Robert A. Heinlein) (1 entry, completed).

Ellis Peters: Brother Cadfael 00—A Rare Benedictine—The Advent of Brother Cadfael (4 stories, collection completed).

Tim Powers: Nobody's Home—An Anubis Gates Story (1 story, completed). The Properties of Rooftop Air—An Anubis Gates Story (1 story, completed).

Tim Powers: The Bible Repairman and Other Stories. Made up Of: Introduction; The Bible Repairman; A Soul in a Bottle; The Hour of Babel; Parallel Lines; A Journey of Only Two Paces; A Time to Cast Away Stones. (7 stories, collection completed).

Tim Powers: Down and out in Purgatory: The Collected Stories of Tim Powers. Made up of: Foreword: Paths Through Dark Woods (David Drake); Introduction: The Powers Effect (Tony Daniel); Salvage and Demolition; The Bible Repairman; Appointment at Sunset; The Better Boy (with James Blaylock); Pat Moore; The Way Down the Hill; Itinerary; A Journey of Only Two Paces; The Hour of Babel; Where They Are Hid; We Traverse Afar (with James Blaylock); Through and Through; Night Moves; Dispensation; A Soul in a Bottle; Parallel Lines; Fifty Cents (with James Blaylock); Nobody's Home; A Time to Cast Away Stones; Down and Out in Purgatory; Sufficient Unto the Day (stories not italicized were read recently in another anthology) (14 stories, collection completed).

Alastair Reynolds: Beyond the Aquila Rift—The Best of Alastair Reynolds (Made up of: (read in 2017) Great Wall of Mars; Weather; (read in 2019) Beyond the Aquila Rift; Minla's Flowers; Zima Blue; (read in 2020) Fury; The Star Surgeon's Apprentice; The Sledge-Maker's Daughter; Diamond Dogs; Thousandth Night; Troika; Sleepover; Vainglory; Trauma Pod; The Last Log of the Lachrimosa; The Water Thief; The Old Man and the Martian Sea; In Babelsberg; Story Notes for Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds (2 stories in 2017 0 stories in 2018, 3 stories in 2019, 0 stories in 2020, continuing to read).

Cordwainer Smith (Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger) and John J. Pierce (editor): The Best of Cordwainer Smith. Made up of: The Instrumentality of Mankind Timeline (John J. Pierce); Cordwainer Smith: The Shaper of Myths (John J. Pierce); Scanners Live in Vain; The Lady Who Sailed the Soul (with Genevieve Linebarger); The Game of Rat and Dragon; The Burning of the Brain; The Crime and the Glory of Commander Suzdal; Golden the Ship Was — Oh! Oh! Oh! (with Genevieve Linebarger); The Dead Lady of Clown Town; Under Old Earth; Mother Hitton's Littul Kittons; Alpha Ralpha Boulevard; The Ballad of Lost C'mell; A Planet Named Shayol (13 entries, completed).

Jonathan Strahan (editor): The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year (Volume 01). Made up of: (read in 2019) Introduction (Jonathan Strahan); How to Talk to Girls at Parties (Neil Gaiman); El Regalo (Peter S. Beagle); I, Row-Boat (Cory Doctorow); In the House of the Seven Librarians (Ellen Klages); (read in 2020) Another Word for Map Is Faith (Christopher Rowe); Under Hell, Over Heaven (Margo Lanagan); Incarnation Day (Walter Jon Williams); The Night Whiskey (Jeffrey Ford); A Siege of Cranes (Benjamin Rosenbaum); Halfway House (Frances Hardinge); The Bible Repairman (Tim Powers); Yellow Card Man (Paolo Bacigalupi); Pol Pot's Beautiful Daughter (Geoff Ryman); The American Dead (Jay Lake); The Cartesian Theater (Robert Charles Wilson); Journey Into the Kingdom (M. Rickert); Eight Episodes (Robert Reed); The Wizards of Perfil (Kelly Link); The Saffron Gatherers (Elizabeth Hand); D. A. (Connie Willis); Femaville 29 (Paul Di Filippo); Sob in the Silence (Gene Wolfe); The House Beyond Your Sky (Benjamin Rosenbaum); The Djinn's Wife (Ian McDonald) (5 stories in 2019, 0 stories in 2020, continuing to read).

Uncredited: Star Wars—From A Certain Point of View—A New Hope. Made up of: Raymus (Gary Whita); The Bucket (Christie Golden); The Sith of Datawork (Ken Liu); Stories in the Sand (Giffin McElroy); Reirin (Sabaa Tahir); The Red One (Rae Carson); Rites (John Jackson Miller); Master and Apprentice (Claudia Gray); Beru Whitesun Lars (Meg Cabot); The Luckless Rodian (Renee Ahdieh); Not for Nothing (Mur Lafferty);  We Don't Serve Their Kind Here (Chuck Wendig); The Kloo Horn Cantina Caper (Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction); Added Muscle (Paul Dini); You Owe Me a Ride (Zorai Cordova); The Secrets of Long Snoot (Delilah S. Dawson); Born in the Storm (Daniel Jose Older); Laina (Wil Wheaton); Fully Operational (Beth Revis); An Incident Report (Mallory Ortberg); Change of Heart (Elizabeth Wein); Eclipse (Madeleine Roux); Verge of Greatness (Pablo Hidalgo); Far Too Remote (Jeffrey Brown); The Trigger (Kieron Gillen); Of MSE-6 and Men (Glen Weldon); Bum (Ben Acker and Ben Blacker); End of Watch (Adam Christopher); The Baptist (Nnedi Okorafor); Time of Death (Cavan Scott); There Is Another (Gary D. Schmidt); Palpatine (Ian Doescher); Sparks (Paul S. Kemp); Duty Roster (Jason Fry); Desert Son (Pierce Brown); Grounded (Greg Rucka); Contintency Plan (Alexander Freed); The Angle (Charles Soule); By Whatever Sun (E.K. Johnston and Ashley Eckstein); Whills (Tom Angleberger) (8 stories, continuing to read).

Jack Vance: Dying Earth 01—The Dying Earth. Made up of: Turjan of Miir; Mazirin the Magician; T'sais; Liane the Wayfarer; Ulan Dhor Ends a Dream; Guyal of Sfere (6 stories, completed). Dying Earth 02—The Eyes of the Overworld. Made up of: The Overworld; Cil; The Mountains of Magnatz; The Sorcerer Pharesm; The Pilgrims; The Cave in the Forest; The Manse of Iucounu (0 stories, continuing to read). Dying Earth 03—Cugel's Saga. Made up of: From Shanglestone Strand to Saskervoy (Flutic; The Inn of Blue Lamps); From Saskervoy to Tustvold Mud-Flats (Aboard the "Galante"; Lausicaa; The Ocean of Sighs); From Tustvold to Port Perdusz (The Columns; Faucelme); From Port Perdusz to Kaspara Vitatus (On the Docks; The Caravan); From Kaspara Vitatus to Cuirnif (The Seventeen Virgins; The Bagful of Dreams); From Cuirnif to Pergolo (The Four Wizards; Spatterlight) (0 stories, continuing to read). Dying Earth 04—Rhialto the Marvellous. Made up of: Foreword; Morreion; The Murthe; Fader's Waft (0 stories, continuing to read).

Periodicals:

Challenge: Issue 25 (counts as 12 entries).

The Excellent Travelling Volume: Issues 001-010 (counts as 40 entries).

The Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society: Issues 001-024 (counts as 96 entries).

Locus: March 2019, April 2019, May 2019, June 2019, July 2019, August 2019September 2019, October 2019November 2019, December 2019January 2020 (counts as 44 entries).



2020: The Year in Books

Here is a list of books (long form works) that I have read for the year. Books will come in many formats: paper (pBooks), audio (aBooks), electronic (eBooks) and possibly even serialized in magazines.

Number of books read (as of December 31, 2020): 066.

Books read (alphabetical by author, then chronological within author):

Iain M. Banks: The Culture 01—Consider Phlebas (aBook) (August).

M.A.R. Barker: The Empire of the Petal Throne—The World of Tekumel (pBook) (January). Swords & Glory, Volume 02—Tekumel Player's Handbook—The World of the Petal Throne (pBook) (January).

MAR Barker & Jeff Dee: Bethorm—The Plane of Tekumel (pBook) (January).

Albert A. Bell: The Notebooks of Pliny the Younger 01—All Roads Lead to Murder (eBook) (October).

Larry Bond and Chris Carlson: Jerry Mitchell 01—Dangerous Ground (eBook) (July).

Christopher Brown: Rule of Capture (eBook) (August).

John Brunner: The Shockwave Rider (aBook) (December).

Lois McMaster Bujold: Vorkosiverse 02—Shards of Honor (aBook) (March). Vorkosiverse 03—Barrayar (aBook) (March). Vorkosiverse 01—Falling Free (aBook and eBook) (April). Vorkosiverse 04—The Warrior's Apprentice (aBook) (April). Vorkosiverse 05—The Vor Game (aBook) (April). Vorkosiverse 06—Cetaganda (aBook) (May). Vorkosiverse 07—Ethan of Athos (aBook) (July). Vorkosiverse 08—Brothers in Arms (aBook) (July). Vorkosiverse 09—The Borders of Infinity (aBook) (July). Vorkosiverse 10—Mirror Dance (aBook) (December). Vorkosiverse 11—Memory (aBook) (December). Vorkosiverse 12—Komarr (aBook) (December).

Tom Clancy: Ryanverse 02—Patriot Games (eBook) (February).

Dean Engelhardt and Robin D. Laws: Absinthe in Carcosa (pBook) (January).

William Gibson: Stub 01—The Peripheral (eBook and aBook) (February).

Joe Haldeman: Worlds 01—Worlds (eBook) (June). Worlds 02—Worlds Apart (eBook) (July). Worlds 03—Worlds Enough and Time (eBook) (July).

Barbara Hambly: The Windrose Chronicles 01—The Silent Tower (eBook) (August).

John Harper: Blades in the Dark (pBook) (January).

Robert A. Heinlein: Beyond This Horizon (eBook) (July). Future History 01—The Man Who Sold the Moon (eBook) (December). Future History 02—The Green Hills of Earth (eBook) (December). The Menace from Earth (eBook) (December).

William Hope Hodgson: The House on the Borderlands (eBook and aBook) (May).

Robin D. Laws: The Yellow King Roleplaying Game 01: Paris. The Yellow King Roleplaying Game 02: The Wars. The Yellow King Roleplaying Game 03: Aftermath. The Yellow King Roleplaying Game 04: This is Normal Now (all pBooks) (all January).

Robin D. Laws, John Sead, Peter Freeman: The Dying Earth Roleplaying Game (pBook) (July).

Fritz Leiber: Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser 04—Swords Against Wizrardry (aBook) (October).

Nicholas Meyers: The Seven Percent Solution (eBook) (February).

C.L. Moore: Northwest of Earth (eBook) (December).

Patrick O'Brian: Aubrey–Maturin 01—Master & Commander (eBook and pBook) (September). Aubrey–Maturin 02—Post Captain (eBook and pBook) (October).

Steve Perrin, Greg Stafford & Co.: RuneQuest (Second Edition) (pBook) (January).

Ellis Peters: Brother Cadfael 00—A Rare Benedictine—The Advent of Brother Cadfael (eBook) (February). Brother Cadfael 01—A Morbid Taste for Bones (eBook) (February). Brother Cadfael 02—One Corpse Too Many (eBook) (February). Brother Cadfael 03—Monk's Hood (eBook) (November). Brother Cadfael 04—St. Peter's Fair (eBook) (November). Brother Cadfael 05—The Leper of Saint Giles (eBook) (December). Brother Cadfael 06—The Virgin in the Ice (eBook) (December).

Tim Powers: The Bible Repairman and Other Stories (eBook) (January). The Drawing of the Dark (eBook) (January). Down and Out in Purgatory: The Collected Stories of Tim Powers (eBook) (January).

Kim Stanley Robinson: Science in the Capital 01—Forty Signs of Rain (aBook) (November). Science in the Capital 02—Fifty Degrees Below (aBook) (December). Science in the Capital 03—Sixty Days and Counting (aBook) (December).

Cordwainer Smith: The Best of Cordwainer Smith (aBook) (November).

Neal Stephenson: The Baroque Cycle 01—Quicksilver (aBook) (October). (Note: The books in this series were originally published as a trilogy in hardcover. These editions are from the paperback edition, where each hardcover was split into multiple smaller volumes.)

Gary B. Trudeau: 40—A Doonesbury Retrospective—Book 01 (70–79) (eBook) (October).

Gene Wolfe: The Sorcerer's House (eBook) (July).

Jack Vance: Dying Earth 01—The Dying Earth (aBook) (April). Dying Earth 02—The Eyes of the Overworld (aBook) (September.)

A.E. van Vogt: The Voyage of the Space Beagle (eBook) (October).

Roger Zelazny: Doorways in the Sand (eBook) (June). A Night in the Lonesome October (pBook) (October).

Books read (in chronological order, master list): 001: The Bible Repairman and Other Stories (Powers). 002: The Drawing of the Dark (Powers). 003: Down and out in Purgatory: The Collected Stories of Tim Powers (Powers). 004: A Rare Benedictine (Peters). 005: A Morbid Taste for Bones (Peters). 006: The Peripheral (Gibson). 007: One Corpse Too Many (Peters). 008: The Seven Percent Solution (Meyers). 009: Patriot Games (Clancy). 010: Shards of Honor (Bujold). 011: Barrayar (Bujold). 012: Falling Free (Bujold). 013: The Dying Earth (Vance). 014: The Warrior's Apprentice (Bujold). 015: The Vor Game (Bujold). 016: Cetaganda (Bujold). 017: The House on the Borderlands (Hodgson). 018: Doorways in the Sand (Zelazny). 019: Worlds (Haldeman). 020: Worlds Apart (Haldeman). 021: The Sorcerer's House (Wolfe). 022: Ethan of Athos (Bujold). 023: Brothers in Arms (Bujold). 024: The Borders of Infinity (Bujold). 025: Worlds Enough and Time (Haldeman). 026: Beyond This Horizon (Heinlein). 027: Dangerous Ground (Bond and Carlson). 028: Rule of Capture (Brown). 029: The Silent Tower (Hambly). 030: Consider Phlebas (Banks). 031: Master & Commander (O'Brian). 032: The Eyes of the Overworld (Vance). 033: All Roads Lead to Murder (Bell). 034: Post Captain (O'Brian). 035: Quicksilver (Stephenson). 036: A Night in the Lonesome October (Zelazny). 037: Swords Against Wizrardry (Leiber). 038: 40—A Doonesbury Retrospective—Book 01 (70–79). (Trudeau). 039: Voyage of the Space Beagle (van Vogt). 040: The Best of Cordwainer Smith (Smith). 041: Forty Signs of Rain (Robinson). 042: Monk's Hood (Peters). 043: St. Peter's Fair (Peters).044: The Leper of Saint Giles (Peters). 045: The Man Who Sold the Moon (Heinlein). 046: The Virgin in the Ice (Peters). 047: The Green Hills of Earth (Heinlein). 048: Fifty Degrees Below (Robinson). 049: The Menace from Earth (Heinlein). 050: The Shockwave Rider (Brunner). 051: The Empire of the Petal Throne—The World of Tekumel (Barker). 052: Swords & Glory, Volume 02—Tekumel Player's Handbook—The World of the Petal Throne (Barker). 053: Bethorm—The Plane of Tekumel  (Barker & Dee). 054: Absinthe in Carcosa (Engelhardt and Laws). 055: Blades in the Dark (Harper). 056: Paris (Laws). 057: The Wars (Laws). 058: Aftermath (Laws). 059: This Is Normal Now (Laws). 060: The Dying Earth ( Laws, Sead and Freeman). 061: RuneQuest Second Edition (Perrin, Stafford & Co.). 062: Mirror Dance (Bujold). 063: Northwest of Earth (Moore). 064: Memory (Bujold). 065: Komarr (Bujold). 066: Sixty Days and Counting (Robinson).

Paper Books: 013.

Electronic Books: 030.

Audiobooks: 024.

Sometimes I have swapped between formats, so the totals of those three formats may not equal the total for books read in a year.