Tuesday, January 15, 2019

All the Feels


Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is of IC 1805 and IC 1871, more commonly known as the Heart Nebula and the Soul Nebula.

Borges Borges Borges


Your guide to the Infinite Library is ready for you.

Cover Art: Paul Lehr


This was the cover art for John Boyd's The Last Starship from Earth. The art was done by Paul Lehr. I'd be hard pressed to guess how many books I have owned with art by Lehr; he was used by Ace Books, Pyramid, the Science Fiction Book Club and other houses from the 1960's and well into the 1970's.

The covers never had much to do with the books, but they were very "lookable" and I often studied them and copied them. Often they were dominated by some sort of central figure (be it a person, monster, mountain, city or...giant head) and were dominated by one color. There was a collection of Lehr's works several years ago, alas, out of print.

I have not read this book in many years. It was a quirky tale of a dystopian society (very much in the mode of a lot of science fiction in the late 1960's to the late 1970's). As I recall, it involved space travel, time travel, religious and political oppression and even (gasp) some very vague sex.

Cover Art: Chris Foss (02)


Here's another example of the work of Chris Foss. This paperback (dating from ) is probably the first book I bought (look at that price!) with his artwork on it. It's a very atmospheric cover, full of mystery and (once again) has nothing to do with the plot of the book. Unlike the previous book, this is a pretty decent read, so I did not mind the disconnect as much.

Cover Art: Chris Foss (01)


I'll freely admit that often a book is sold by the cover. In fact there are a number of paperbacks that I have kept in my collection, even if I have the hardcover or eBook edition, because I love the cover so much.

DAW Books was always immediately identifiable on the shelves in the 1970's onwards because of the yellow spine of the book. A second identifier was the cover art: Kelly Freas, early stuff by Dave Mattingly, Jack Gaughan and even Chris Foss. The cover above was done by Foss for Barrington J. Bayley's Collison Course. All I can remember from the book is that the cover had nothing to do with the plot, but what a cover. A city in a bottle in space! No, two cities in two bottles in space!

Gurney Halleck


Gurney Halleck is a wise man.

Gaming War at Scale

I was asked (along with several other people) to tag a game that I was a fan of that was "big". It got me wondering: what is big?

Are we talking one division? If so, here's a big one. A classic from SPI. Probably "out of favor", but I always had a soft spot for both SPI and for armor games. In addition to this one (and one title below), I also collected a series of SPI (and later company) titles that broke the European theater up into a series of smaller games that could be linked up to make one massive game (see also GDW's The Third World War and GMT's Next War games). This game had some interesting leadership mechanics and fed into (I think) GDW's miniatures series, Command Decision.

How about one theater? Here's one that definitely resonates with me. The Next War is another SPI "monster" (or, I just learned "soapbox") game. Ah, the Third World War. Maybe not as much cardboard was spilled over the plains of Europe as, say, the Second World War, but it has to be close.

Speaking of the Second World War, here's a relatively recent acquisition on that subject, again, one theater. In this case, the Pacific Theater. Designed by somebody who has become an automatic purchase (see the title listed above!). I've got Mark Herman's other Pacific title on preorder (and own two related games) from GMT Games and hope to see that sometime this year.

Next up, linked games! How about the Second World War and a real monster? I don't have the entire run, but the Europa Series is a "grail" acquisition. Someday, someday. (More recently, lead designer Frank Chadwick has started a new series with Thunder in the East. Will this replace my desire to go all Europa?) I don't know, those stacks and stacks and stacks of chits are pretty attractive!

Sticking with Europe (are we sensing a theme in my area of interests), but moving back to that hypothetical Third World War, we have GDW's The Third World War. Not quite as many maps or many counters as Europa, but a monster nonetheless. I haven't pre-ordered the remake/updated version yet, but someday!

Stepping down in scale (in terms of units), we have another GDW series, Assault. I loved these games so much that I can count them as one of the reasons I eventually became a armored crewman myself.

So, how big is big when it comes to gaming? One theater? One ocean? The number of counters or maps? How about...one galaxy?

Finally, the StarForce Trilogy from SPI. I owned the three games individually in flat-packs, as the flat-pack trilogy, as a box of the first title, and as a soapbox of the trilogy (I still have all of these but the original individual flat-packs). StarForce concentrated on one part of our relatively local space, StarSoldier was set on one planet, but OutReach? About one-third of the galaxy. Now, that's a monster game!


Reading History: Out of the Gulf


Over at the Modern War Institute (a great resource both for articles and a podcast!), Major Ryan Leach looks at a number of books that (mostly) came out of the (first) Gulf War and how it applies to today's military. I read most of the titles listed and while you may find nuggets therein, I think that we need to take one or two steps back: books written with a greater passage of time reflecting on these people and that conflict, and books written by those not directly involved (and more likely to be less involved emotionally and more able to incorporate a wider number of sources) might be more worth your time.

Monday, January 14, 2019

In the Heights


Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows a moment of triumph (and the flash of a fiery end) on Mount Tschirgant in the Alps.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

So Falls Wichita Falls


Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day combines rivers above and below as the Milky Way seems to flow into a creek and waterfall in Chile.

Friday, January 11, 2019

The Dragon and the Sun


Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows a partial eclipse of the Sun in the skies of Beijing. There will be three solar eclipses and two lunar eclipses in 2019. Will you be in the path of totality for one of them?

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Shocked Awe


Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the Vela Supernova Remnant. 11,000 years ago a star exploded; the effects of this are still rippling through this complex of dust and gas, creating this beautiful and deceptively peaceful image.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

From the Forgotten Quadrant


Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the Quadrantids, spreading out from the radiant. This regular meteor shower is named for a constellation that has fallen out of favor (Quadrans Muralis). I did not spot any falling stars on the morning dog walk, but get out there and see Venus (very bright) and Jupiter (not quite as bright) in the eastern sky. An additional treat was a pass of the International Space Station (which lasted nearly the entire journey through my sky).

The Practical Man


Over at Physics Today, a look at the notebooks of Richard Feynman, and a mention of a series of books that helped him to conquer calculus. The book series Mathematics for the Practical Man or Mathematics for Self-Study by J.E. Thompson was a five-volume set mentioned by Feynman in some of his autobiographical writing. I was lucky enough to find a hardcover set several years ago. This is the sort of thing that is out of copyright, out of print, probably is better than many current texts, so ought to be brought back into print (in paper and electronic formats). Good stuff!

(The author also wrote a book about the venerable slide rule!)

Monday, January 7, 2019

Transients


Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows some transients. Several Geminids flash through the constellation of Taurus. At a slightly more leisurely pace, Comet 46P/Wirtanen is also moving through the field of view. Or course, if we move the scale up further, the stars visible here are also transient: they are moving and they are aging.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Shooting the Stars


While today's Astronomy Picture of the Day might look like we're trying to take out alien invaders, it's a tool used to measure distortion in the atmosphere in order to "sharpen" the images returned. This is one of several methods and instruments that have developed to help keep ground-based astronomy able to more than compete with space-based astronomy (for those wavelengths that can be observed in our soupy atmosphere!)

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Farside Rabbit


Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is the Yutu 2 (Jade Rabbit 2) rover as imaged by the Chang'e-4 lander. China's second successful lunar landing, this one is to the lunar farside in the von Kaman crater at the south lunar pole's Aitken impact basin. Communications are being handled thanks to  third vehicle, the Queqiao relay satellite, in lunar orbit.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Far Rotator


Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is a a combination of images of 2014 MU69, courtesy of New Horizons 2015. A tantalizing glimpse, and one that will have to suffice (for now): the vehicle will be obscured by the Sun for about a week; it will then start downloading data (and take around twenty months to do so!).

Thursday, January 3, 2019

First Look


Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day brings us a glimpse (much more to come!) of MU69 (nicknamed "Ultima Thule") courtesy of New Horizons 2015.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Current Reads

I'll try this as an experiment, and we'll see if I can maintain it. If I keep updating it, I will keep it on the blog, ahead of the list of links that includes the various Year in Books, Year in Shorts and Year in Graphics entries.

I'm listing these as aBooks (audio), eBooks (elecronic, 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 magazine or comics racks (current as of January 5, 2019):

Brian Aldiss: Hell's Cartographers (eBook).

Poul Anderson: The Star Fox (eBook). Tau Zero (eBook). The Complete Psychoechnic League 01 (eBook). Harvest of Stars 01—Harvest of Stars (eBook). Fire Time (eBook). Brain Wave (eBook).

Isaac Asimov: Foundation 02—Foundation and Empire (eBook). Foundation 03—Second Foundation (eBook).

Isaac Asimov (editor): The Hugo Winners Volumes 01 and 02 Omnibus (pBook).

William Atheling (James Blish): The Issue at Hand (eBook).

Rick Atkinson: The Liberation Trilogy 01—An Army at Dawn (eBook and aBook).

Iain M. Banks: Culture 01—Consider Phlebas (aBook). Culture 02—Use of Weapons (aBook).

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

Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds: The Medusa Chronicles (eBook and aBook).

Gregory Benford: Anomalies (eBook). The Stars in Shroud (eBook). Against Infinity (eBook). 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).

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

Robert Jackson Bennett: American Elsewhere (eBook).

Michael Benson: Space Odyssey (eBook).

Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward: All the President's Men (eBook).

Stephen Blackmoore: Eric Carter 01—Dead Things (eBook).

James Blish: Cities in Flight Omnibus: They Shall Have Stars; A Life for the Stars; Earthman, Come Home; The Triumph of Time  (eBook).

Larry Bond: Red Phoenix (eBook). The Jerry Mitchell Series Omnibus: Dangerous Ground; Cold Choices; Eit Plan; Shattered Tridnt; Fatal Thunder (eBook).

Jose Luis Borges: Ficciones (eBook). Collected Fictions (pBook).

Ben Bova and Les Johnson: Rescue Mode (eBook).

Mark Bowden: Hue 1968 (eBook).

Fredric Brown: The Lights in the Sky are Stars (eBook).

John Brunner: Stand on Zanzibar (eBook and aBook). The Sheep Look Up (aBook).

Lois McMaster Bujold: The Vorkosigan Saga 03—The Warrior's Apprentice (aBook).

Karen Burnham: Greg Egan (eBook).

James Branch Cabell: Figures of Earth (aBook).

Pat Cadigan: Synners (eBook).

Julius Caesar: The Conquest of Gaul (eBook).

John W. Campbell, Jr.: The Planeteers (eBook). Cloak of Aesir (eBook).

Rebecca Campbell: The High Lonesome Frontier (eBook).

Rajiv Chandrasekaran: Imperial Life in the Emerald City (eBook).

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

G.K. Chesterton: The Man Who Was Thursday (eBook).

Ted Chiang: Stories of Your Life and Others (eBook).

Tom Clancy: Jack Ryan 01—Patriot Games (eBook). Jack Ryan 03—The Hunt for Red October (aBook).

Arthur C. Clarke: 2001—A Space Odyssey (eBook and aBook). The Lost Worlds of 2001 (eBook).

Hal Clement: Still River (eBook). Small Changes (eBook). Needle 01—Needle (eBook). Needle 02—Through the Eye of the Needle (eBook). Hot Planet (eBook). Cycle of Fire (eBook and eBook). Heavy Planet Omnibus: Mission of Gravity; Star Light; associated short stories (eBook). Iceworld (eBook).

J.D. Coleman: Air–Cav—History of the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam, 1965–1969 (eBook).

Myke Cole: The Armored Saint (eBook).

Glen Cook: Dread Brass Shadows (eBook).

James S.A. Corey: Expanse 01—Leviathan Wakes (eBook and aBook).

Dante: Circles of Hell (eBook).

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).

Lester Del Rey: Nerves (eBook).

John M. Del Vecchio: The Vietnam Trilogy: The 13th Valley; For the Sake of All Living Things; Carry Me Home (eBook and aBook for first volume only).

Gordon R. Dickson: Lost Dorsai (eBooks). Soldier, Ask Not (eBook). The Final Encyclopedia (eBook).

Gardner Dozois (editor): The Year's Best Science Fiction—First Annual Collection (eBook). The Year's Best Science Fiction—Thirty–Third Annual Collection (eBook). The Year's Best Science Fiction—Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection (eBook). The Year's Best Science Fiction—Thirty–Fifth Annual Collection (eBook).

Mike Duncan: The Storm Before the Storm (eBook).

George Alec Effinger: The Budayeene Cycle Omnibus: When Gravity Fails; A Fire in the Sun; The Exiles Kiss (eBook).

Greg Egan: The Nearest (short story) (eBook).

Warren Ellis: Brave New Now (eBook).

Harlan Ellison: Ellison Wonderland (eBook). Can & Can'tankerous (eBook). Under the Volcano (eBook). The Essential Ellison (pBook).

Harlan Ellison (editor): Dangerous Visions (eBook). Again, Dangerous Visions (eBook).

Eric Flint (editor): Ring of Fire (eBook). Grantville Gazette Volume 01 (eBook). Grantville Gazette Issue 01 (eBook).

Jeffrey Ford: The Twilight Pariah (eBook).

Bob Forrest–Webb: Chieftains (eBook).

Kenneth F. Gantz: Not in Solitude (eBook).

Henry Gee (editor): Nature Futures 01 (eBook). Nature Futures 02 (eBook).

William Gibson: Bridge 01—Virtual Light (eBook). The Peripheral (aBook).

Terry Gilliam: Gilliamesue—A Pre-Posthumous Memoir (eBook).

Alexis A. Gilliland: The Rosinante Trilogy 01—The Revolution from Rosinante (eBook).

Graham Greene: The Quiet American (eBook).

Kerry Greenwood: Phryne Fisher 01—Cocaine Blues (eBook).

Heinz Guderian: Panzer Leader (eBook).

James Gunn: Star–Begotten—A Life Lived in Science Fiction (eBook).

Joe Haldeman: Worlds 01—Worlds (eBook). Worlds 02—Worlds Apart (eBook). Worlds 03—Worlds Enough and Time (eBook). All My Sins Remembered (eBook). Mindbridge (eBook).

Peter F. Hamilton: Salvation (eBook). The Night's Dawn 01—The Reality Dysfunction (eBook and aBook).

David G. Hartwell (editor): Year's Best Science Fiction 01—The Year's Best SF (eBook).

Robert A. Heinlein: The Star Beast (eBook). Time for the Stars (eBook). Destination Moon and Shooting Destination Moon (eBook).

Frank Herbert: Dune 01—Dune (eBook and aBook).

Herodotus and Tom Holland (translator): The Histories (eBook).

Thor Heyerdahl: Kon-Tiki (eBook).

William Hope Hodgson: The Collection Fiction 01—Boats of Glen Carrig & Other Nautical Stories (eBook).

Homer & Robert Fagles (translator): The Iliad (eBook). The Odyssey (eBook).

Douglas R. Hofstadter: Metamagical Themas (eBook).

Robert E. Howard: The Bloody Crown of Conan (eBook).

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

Raymond F. Jones: This Island Earth (eBook).

Donald Kagan: New History of the Peloponnesian War Omnibus (eBook and pBook). The Peloponnesian War (aBook and pBook).

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

John Keegan: The First World War (eBook).

David Keener (editor): Worlds Enough—Fantastic Defenders (eBook).

Caitlin R Kiernan: Agents of Dreamland (eBook).

Paul Kincaid: Iain M. Banks (eBook).

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

Damon Knight: In Search of Wonder (eBook).

Mary Robinette Kowal: The Calculating Stars (eBook). The Fated Sky (eBook). The Lady Astronaut of Mars (short story) (eBook).

Jacqueline Koyanagi: Ascension (eBook).

Volker Kutscher: Babylon Berlin (eBook).

Jay Lake: The Specific Gravity of Grief (eBook).

Michael Lee Lanning: Tours of Duty—Vietnam War Stories (eBook).

Rich Larson: Meat and Salt and Sparks (eBook).

Robin D. Laws: Hamlet's Hit Points (eBook).

John LeCarre: A Small Town in Germany (eBook).

Ann Leckie: Ancillary Justice (eBook).

Yoon Ha Lee: Ninefox Gambit (eBook).

Fritz Leiber: Smoke Ghost (eBook). Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser 02—Swords Against Death (eBook). The Ghost Light (aBook).

Ursula K. LeGuin: The Ones Who Walk Away from the Omelas (short story) (eBook).

Madeline L'Engle: A Wrinkle in Time (eBook).

Brian Lumley: The Burrowers Beneath (eBook). The Transition of Titus Crow (eBook).

Sir Thomas Mallory and Peter Ackroyd (translator): The Death of King Arthur (eBook).

Sir Thomas Mallory and John Steinbeck: The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights (eBook).

Barry N. Malzberg: Breakfast in the Ruins (eBook).

George R. R. Martin: Night-Flyers and Other Stories (eBook).

Michael J. Martinez: MJ-12—Shadows (eBook).

Hope Mirrlees: Lud-in-the-Mist (eBook).

Michael Moorcock: Elric—Stealer of Souls (eBook). London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction (eBook).

Alan Moore & Others: Spirits of Place (eBook).

Harold G. Moore: We Were Soldiers Once...And Young (eBook).

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

Andy Murray: Into the Unknown—The Fantastic Life of Nigel Kneale (eBook).

Ramez Naam: Nexus (eBook).

Andre Norton: Time Traders 01+02: The Time Traders and Galactic Derelict (omnibus, eBook). Solar Queen 03—Voodoo Planet (eBook). The Search for the Star Stones Omnibus: Zero Stone; Uncharted Stars (eBook). Warlock Omnibus: Storm Over Warlock; Ordeal in Otherwhere; Forerunner Foray (eBook). Forerunner Factor Omnibus: Forerunner; Forerunner—The Second Venture (eBook).

Alan E. Nourse: Raiders from the Rings (eBook).

Patrick O'Brian: Aubrey–Maturin 01—Master and Commander (eBook and aBook).

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

Malka Older: Centenal Cycle 01—Infomocracy (eBook).

(The) Open University: The Library of Alexandria (eBook).

Ellis Peters: Cadfael 00—A Rare Benedictine (eBook). Cadfael 01—A Morbid Taste for Bones (eBook).

Gareth L. Powell: Embers of War (eBook).

Tim Powers: Alternate Routes (eBook and aBook). Medusa's Web (eBook). Declare (aBook). Last Call (aBook). The Anubis Gates (aBook).

Terry Pratchett: Unseen Academicals (eBook).

Thomas Pynchon: Gravity's Rainbow (eBook and aBook). The Crying of Lot 49 (aBook).

Hannu Rajaniemi: Jean le Flambeur 01—The Quantum Thief (eBook).

Alastair Reynolds: Slow Bullets (eBook and aBook). Beyond the Aquila Rift (eBook). Deep Navigation (eBook). Revenger (aBook). Beyond the Aquila Rift (short story) (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).

John Ringo: Live Free or Die (eBook).

Kim Stanley Robinson: Forty Signs of Rain (eBook and aBook). Escape from Kathmandu (eBook). Fifty Degrees Below (eBook). Sixty Days and Counting (eBook). Mars 01—Red Mars (Book).

Spider Robinson and Jeanne Robinson: Stardance (short story) (eBook).

Joanna Russ: How to Supress Women's Writing (eBook).

Paul M. Sammon: Future Noir—The Making of Blade Runner (eBook).

William Shakespeare: Hamlet (eBook). A Midsummer Night's Dream (eBook).

Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell: Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany (eBook).

Nate Silver: The Signal and the Noise (eBook and aBook).

Robert Silverberg: To Be Continued (eBook).

Robert Silverberg (editor): The Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume 01 (eBook).

Clifford D. Simak: New Folks' Home (eBook). Project Pope (eBook). No Life of Their Own (eBook). A Death in the House (eBook). Earth for Inspiration (eBook). Good Night, Mr. James (eBook). The Ghost of a Model T (eBook). Dusty Zebra (eBook). The Shipshape Miracle (eBook).

P.W. Singer & August Cole: Ghost Fleet (eBook).

Clark Ashton Smith: The Collected Fantasies 01—The End of the Story (eBook and aBook).

Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge: Exordium 01—The Phoenix in Flight (eBook and aBook).

Greg Stafford: King of Sartar (eBook).

Olaf Stapledon: Star Maker (eBook and aBook).

Neal Stephenson: Reamde (eBook and aBook).

Mary Stewart: Legacy Omnibus: Crystal Cave; The Hollow Hills; The Last Enchantmnt; The Wicked Day (eBook).

Bram Stoker: Dracula Unredacted (eBook).

Jonathan Strahan (editor): The Best Science Fiction of the Year 01 (eBook). The Best Science Fiction of the Year 11 (eBook). Eclipse 01 (eBook). The Best Science Fiction of the Year 12 (eBook).

Charles Stross: The Laundry Files 05—Rhesus Chart (eBook and aBook). Halting State 01—Halting State (eBook).

Ted Sturgeon: The Ultimate Egoist (eBook).

Michael Swanwick: Not So Much Said the Cat (eBook).

Thucydides: The Landmark Thucydides (eBook).

Lavie Tidhar: Central Station (eBook).

E.C. Tubb: Dumarest 02—Derai (eBook). Dumarest 03—Toyman (eBook).

Barbara Tuchman: The Guns of August (eBook).

Unknown: Beowulf (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 EarthThe 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).

Brian VanDeMark: Road to Disaster (eBook).

Jeff VanderMeer: Wonderbook (eBook).

A.E. van Vogt: The War Against the Rull (eBook). The Voyage of the Space Beagle (eBook). The World of Null-A (eBook). The House That Stood Still (eBook). Slan (eBook).

John Varley: The Ophiuchi Hotline (eBook). The John Varley Reader (eBook). Blue Champagne (eBook).

Various: New American Bible, Revised Edition (eBook).

Vernor Vinge: Zones of Thought 02—A Fire Upon the Deep (aBook).

Vernor Vinge and Jim Frankel (editor): True Names and the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier (eBook).

Matt Wallace: Sin du Jour—The First Course (eBook).

Evangeline Walton: The Mabinogion Tetraology: The Island of the Mighty; The Children of Llyr; The Song of Rhiannon; Prince of Annwn (eBook).

Jo Walton: An Informal History of the Hugos (eBook).

David Weber: Honor Harrington 02—The Honor of the Queen (eBook and aBook).

David Weber and Eric Flint: 1633 (eBook and aBook).

Edward Whittemore: The Jerusalem Quartet; Sinai Tapestry; Jerusalem Poker; Nile Shadows; Jericho Mosaic (eBook).

(The) Wild Card Trust: Wild Cards 01 (eBook).

Kate Wilhelm: Storyteller (eBook).

Walter Jon Williams: Hardwired 01—Hardwired (eBook).

Loren Wiseman (author) and Marc W. Miller (editor): Grognard (eBook).

Gary K. Wolfe: How Great Science Fiction Works (aBook).

Gene Wolfe: The Fifth Head of Cerberus (eBook). The Shadow of the Torturer (pBook, eBook and aBook). Endangered Species (eBook). Storeys from the Old Hotel (eBook). Castle of Days (eBook). The Best of Gene Wolfe (eBook). The Book of the New Sun 01—The Shadow of the Torturer (eBook, aBook and pBook). The Book of the New Sun 02—The Claw of the Conciliator (eBook, aBook and pBook). The Book of the New Sun 00—The Castle of the Otter (pBook).

Bob Woodward: Fear (eBook).

Joe Zieja: Epic Failure 01—Mechanical Failure (eBook).

A Deep Look Into Orion


Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is a deep look, thanks to the orbiting WISE observatory, of Messier 42, the Great Nebula of Orion.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019: 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 January 15, 2019): 015.

John Allison, Lissa Treiman and Max Sarin: Giant Days 001-009, Holiday Special 001 (13 issues, continuing to read)

Howard Tayler: Schlock Mercenary 016—Big Dumb Objects. Schlock Mercenary 017—A Little Immortality. (2 volumes, continuing to read).

2019: 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: 009 (out of 365) as of January 14, 2019.

(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:

Poul Anderson: The Complete Psychotechnic League (Volume 01). Made up of: (read in 2018) Preface (David Afsharirad); Marius; (read in 2019) Un-Man; The Sensitive Man; The Big Rain; Interstitial Material (Sandra Miesel) (3 entries in 2018, continuing to read).

Isaac Asimov (editor): The Hugo Winners (Volumes 01 and 02). Made up of: (read in 2016) Introduction (Isaac Asimov); The Darfsteller (Walter M. Miller, Jr.); Allamagoosa (Eric Frank Russell); Exploration Team (Murray Leinster); The Star (Arthur C. Clarke); Or All the Seas with Oysters (Avram Davidson); (read in 2019) The Big Front Yard (Clifford D. Simak); The Hell-Bound Train (Robert Bloch); Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes); The Longest Voyage (Poul Anderson); Postscript (Isaac Asimov); Appendix (Uncredited); Here I Am Again (Isaac Asimov); The Dragon Masters (Jack Vance); No Truce With Kings (Poul Anderson); Soldier, Ask Not (Gordon R. Dickson); "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman (Harlan Ellison); The Last Castle (Jack Vance); Neutron Star (Larry Niven); Weyr Search (Anne McCaffrey); Riders of the Purple Wage (Philip José Farmer); Gonna Roll the Bones (Fritz Leiber); I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream (Harlan Ellison); Nightwings (Robert Silverberg); The Sharing of Flesh (Poul Anderson); The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World (Harlan Ellison); Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones (Samuel R. Delany); Appendix: Hugo Awards 1962-1970 (6 stories in 2016, 0 stories in 2017, 0 stories in 2018, continuing to read).

Jorge Luis Borges: Collected Fictions. Made up of: A Universal History of Iniquity (1935): Preface to the First Edition; Preface to the 1954 Edition; The Cruel Redeemer Lazarus Morell; The Improbable Impostor Tom Castro; The Widow Ching – Pirate; Monk Eastman, Purveyor of Iniquities; The Disinterested Killer Bill Harrigan; The Uncivil Teacher of Court Etiquette Kôtsuké no Suké; Hakim, the Masked Dyer of Merv; Man on Pink Corner; Et cetera; Index of Sources. Fictions (1944): The Garden of Forking Paths (1941): Foreword; Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius; The Approach to Al-Mu’tasim; Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote; The Circular Ruins; The Lottery in Babylon; A Survey of the Works of Herbert Quain; The Library of Babel; The Garden of Forking Paths. Artifices (1944): Foreword; Funes, His Memory; The Shape of the Sword; The Theme of the Traitor and the Hero; Death and the Compass; The Secret Miracle; Three Versions of Judas; The End; The Cult of the Phoenix; The South. The Aleph (1949): The Immortal; The Dead Man; The Theologians; Story of the Warrior and the Captive Maiden; A Biography of Tadeo Isidoro Cruz (1829-1874); Emma Zunz; The House of Asterion; The Other Death; Deutsches Requiem; Avveroës’ Search; The Zahir; The Writing of the God; Ibn-Hakam al-Bokhari, Murdered in His Labyrinth; The Two Kings and the Two Labyrinths; The Wait; The Man on the Threshold; The Aleph; Afterword. The Maker (1960): Foreword: For Leopoldo Lugones; The Maker; Dreamtigers; A Dialog About a Dialog; Toenails; Covered Mirrors; Argumentum Ornithologicum; The Captive; The Mountebank; Delia Elena San Marco; A Dialog Between Dead Men; The Plot; A Problem; The Yellow Rose; The Witness; Martin Fierro; Mutations; Parable of Cervantes and the Quixote; Paradiso, XXXI, 108; Parable of the Palace; Everything and Nothing; Ragnarök; Inferno, I, 32; Borges and I. Museum: On Exactitude in Science; In Memoriam, J.F.K.; Afterword. In Praise of Darkness (1969): Foreword; The Ethnographer; Pedro Salvadores; Legend; A Prayer; His End and His Beginning. Brodie’s Report (1970): Foreword; The Interloper; Unworthy; The Story from Rosendo Juárez; The Encounter; Juan Muraña; The Elderly Lady; The Duel; The Other Duel; Guayaquil; The Gospel According to Mark; Brodie’s Report. The Book of Sand (1975): The Other; Ulrikke; The Congress; There Are More Things; The Sect of the Thirty; The Night of the Gifts; The Mirror and the Mask; “Undr”; A Weary Man’s Utopia; The Bribe; Avelino Arredondo; The Disk; The Book of Sand; Afterword. Shakespeare’s Memory (1983): August 25, 1983; Blue Tigers; The Rose of Paracelsus; Shakespeare’s Memory. A Note on the Translation; Acknowledgments; Notes to the Fictions. (4 stories in 2017, continuing to read.)

Ted Chiang: Stories of Your Life and Others. Made up of: (read in 2017) Tower of Babylon; Understand; Division by Zero; Story of Your life; Seventy-Two Letters; The Evolution of Human Science; Hell is the Absence of God; Liking What you See: A Documentary; Story Notes (Stories of Your Life and Others) (3 stories in 2017, continuing to read).

Gardner Dozois (editor): The Year's Best Science Fiction (First Annual Collection). Made up of: (read n 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); Full Chicken Richness (Avram Davidson); 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, continuing to read).

Harlan Ellison (author) and Terry Dowling (editor): The Essential Ellison. Made up of: (read in 2017) Introduction: Sublime Rebel (Terry Dowling); The Beginnings; The Sword of Parmagon; The Gloconda; (read in 2019) 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, continuing to read).

Harlan Ellison: Ellison Wonderland. Made up of: (read in 2018) Introduction: The Man On the Mushroom; Commuter's Problem; Do-It-Yourself (with Joe L. Hensley); The Silver Corridor; All the Sounds of Fear; Gnomebody; The Sky Is Burning; Mealtime; The Very Last Day of a Good Woman; Battlefield; Deal from the Bottom; The Wind Beyond the Mountains; Back to the Drawing Boards; Nothing for My Noon Meal; Hadj; Rain, Rain, Go Away; In Lonely Lands (3 stories in 2018, continuing to read).

Harlan Ellison (editor): Dangerous Visions. Made up of: (read in 2018) Foreword 1—The Second Revolution (Isaac Asimov); Foreword 2—Harlan and I (Isaac Asimov); Thirty-Two Soothsayers (Harlan Ellison); Evensong (Lester del Rey); Flies (Robert Silverberg); The Day After the Day the Martians Came (Frederik Pohl); Riders of the Purple Wage (Philip José Farmer); The Malley System (Miriam Allen deFord); A Toy for Juliette (Robert Bloch); The Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World (Harlan Ellison); The Night That All Time Broke Out (Brian W. Aldiss); The Man Who Went to the Moon—Twice (Howard Rodman); Faith of Our Fathers (Philip K. Dick); The Jigsaw Man (Larry Niven); Gonna Roll the Bones (Fritz Leiber); Lord Randy, My Son (Joe L. Hensley); Eutopia (Poul Anderson); Incident in Moderan (David R. Bunch); The Escaping (David R. Bunch); The Doll-House (James Cross); Sex and/or Mr. Morrison (Carol Emshwiller); Shall the Dust Praise Thee? (Damon Knight); If All Men Were Brothers, Would You Let One Marry Your Sister? (Theodore Sturgeon); What Happened to Auguste Clarot? (Larry Eisenberg); Ersatz (Henry Slesar); Go, Go, Go, Said the Bird (Sonya Dorman); The Happy Breed (John Sladek); Encounter with a Hick (Jonathan Brand); From the Government Printing Office (Kris Neville); Land of the Great Horses (R.A. Lafferty); The Recognition (J.G. Ballard); Judas (John Brunner); Test to Destruction (Keith Laumer); Carcinoma Angels (Norman Spinrad); Auto-da-Fé (Roger Zelazny); Aye, and Gomorrah... (Samuel R. Delany) (7 entries in 2018, 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); 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, continuing to read).

William Hope Hodgson: The Collected Fiction of William Hope Hodgson—The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" and Other Nautical Adventures. Made up of: (read in 2017) Unreality and the Borderlands of Human Existence (Jeremy Lassen); The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" (novel); From the Tideless Sea, Part One; From the Tideless Sea Part Two--Further News of the Homebird; The Mystery of the Derelict; The Thing in the Weeds; The Finding of the Graiken; The Call in the Dawn; Contraband of War; The Diamond Spy; The Red Herring; The Case of the Chinese Curio Dealer; From Information Received; The German Spy; The Problem of the Pearls; The Painted Lady; The Adventure of the Garter; My Lady's Jewels; Trading with the Enemy; The Plans of the Reefing; The Island of the Ud; The Adventure of the Headland; The Bells of the Laughing Sally; The Adventure with the Claim Jumpers; A Note on the Texts (Jeremy Lassen) (1 story in 2017, continuing to read).

Douglas Hofstadter: Metamagical Themas. Made up of: (read in 2017) Introduction. Section I: Snags and Snarls: On Self-Referential Sentences; Self-Referential Sentences: A Follow-Up; On Viral Sentences and Self-Replicating Structures; Nomic: A Self-Modifying Game Based on Reflexivity in Law. Section II: Sense and Society: World Views in Collision: The Skeptical Inquirer versus the National Enquirer; On Number Numbness; Changes in Default Words and Images, Engendered by Rising Consciousness; A Person Paper on Purity in Language. Section III: Sparking and Slipping: Pattern, Poetry, and Power in the Music of Frederic Chopin; Parquet Deformations: A Subtle, Intricate Art Form; Stuff and Nonsense; Variations on a Theme as the Crux of Creativity; Metafont, Metamathematics, and Metaphysics. Section IV: Structure and Strangeness: Magic Cubology; On Crossing the Rubicon; Mathematical Chaos and Strange Attractors; Lisp: Atoms and Lists; Lisp: Lists and Recursion; Lisp: Recursion and Generality; Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle and the Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. Section V: Spirit and Substrate: Review of Alan Turing—The Enigma; A Coffeehouse Conversation on the Turing Test; On the Seeming Paradox of Mechanizing Creativity; Analogies and Roles in Human and Machine Thinking; Who Shoves Whom Around Inside the Careenium?; Waking Up from the Boolean Dream, or, Subcognition as Computation. Section VI: Selection and Stability: The Genetic Code: Arbitrary?; Undercut, Flaunt, Pounce, and Mediocrity: Psychological Games with Numbers; The Prisoner's Dilemma Computer Tournaments and the Evolution of Cooperation. Section VII: Sanity and Survival: Dilemmas for Superrational Thinkers, Leading Up to a Luring Lottery; Irrationality Is the Square Root of All Evil; The Tale of Happiton; The Tumult of Inner Voices, or, What is the Meaning of the Word "I"?; Epilogue (3 essays in 2017, continuing to read).

Robert E. Howard: The Bloody Crown of Conan. Made up of: (read in 2018) Foreword (Gary Gianni); Introduction (Rusty Burke); The People of the Black Circle; The Hour of the Dragon (separate novel); A Witch Shall Be Born; The People of the Black Circle (synopsis); The Story Thus Far ...; Untitled Synopsis ("Amalric a son of a nobleman..."); Untitled Draft ("Three men squated beside the..."); The Hour of the Dragon (synopsis); Notes on "The Hour of the Dragon"; A Witch Shall Be Born (synopsis); Hyborian Genesis Part II: Notes on the Creation of the Conan Stories (Patrice Louinet); Notes on the Conan Typescripts and the Chronology (Patrice Louinet) (3 entries in 2018, continuing to read).

Damon Knight: In Search of Wonder. Made up of: (read in 2016) Introduction to the First Edition (Anthony Boucher); Author's Notes; Critics; The Classics; Chuckleheads; Campbell and his Decade; Cosmic Jerrybuilder: A. E. van Vogt; Half-Bad Writers; One Sane Man: Robert A. Heinlein; Asimov and Empire; More Chuckleheads; When I was in Kneepants: Ray Bradbury; The Vorpal Pen: Theodore Sturgeon; Anthologies; Half Loaves; Genius to Order: Kuttner and Moore; Kornbluth and the Silver Lexicon; The Jagged Blade: James Blish; Overalls on Parnassus: Fletcher Pratt; Microcosmic Moskowitz; Amphibians; New Stars; Curiosa; B-R-R-R!; Decadents; Britons; Pitfalls and Dead Ends; Symbolism; What Next?; Acknowledgements; Bibliography; Index. (6 entries in 2016, 0 entries in 2017, 0 entries in 2018, continuing to read.)

Fritz Leiber: Smoke Ghost and Other Apparitions. Made up of: (read in 2016) Introduction (Ramsey Campbell); Smoke Ghost; The Power of the Puppets; Cry Witch!; The Hill and the Hole; The Enormous Bedroom; Black Glass; I'm Looking for Jeff; The Eeriest Ruined Dawn World; Richmond, Late September, 1849; The House of Mrs. Delgato; The Black Ewe; Replacement for Wilmer: A Ghost Story; MS. Found in a Maelstrom; The Winter Flies; The Button Molder; Do You Know Dave Wenzel?; A Visitor from Back East; Dark Wings; Some Notes on the Texts (John Pelan and Steven Savile) (3 stories in 2016, 0 stories in 2017, 0 stories in 2018, continuing to read.).

Fritz Leiber: Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser—Swords Against Death. Made up of: The Circle Curse; The Jewels in the Forest; Thieves' House; The Bleak Shore; The Howling Tower; The Sunken Land; The Seven Black Priests; Claws from the Night; The Price of Pain-Ease; Bazaar of the Bizarre.  (7 stories in 2018, continuing to read).

Barry N. Malzberg: The Engines of the Night—Science Fiction in the Eighties. Made up of: (read in 2016) Introduction to the Ebook Edition; Introduction to the Original Edition; The Number of the Beast; L’État c’est moi; I Could Have Been a Contender, Part One; Anonymity & Empire; I Don’t Know How to Put It Love but I’ll Surely Surely Try; Memoir from Grub Street; The Fifties; The Fifties: Recapitulation and Coda; Ah Tempora! Ah Portions! Ah Mores! Ah Outlines!; Science Fiction and the Academy: Some Notes; At the Divining Edge; Some Notes Toward the True and the Terrible; Wrong Rabbit; John W. Campbell: June 8, 1910 to July 11, 1971; The Science Fiction of Science Fiction; I Don’t Want Her You Can Have Her—; Onward and Upward with the Arts, Part II;  Tell Me Doctor If You Can That It’s Not All Happening Again; The Richard Nixon-John B. Mitchell-Spiro Agnew Blues; Cornell George Hopley Woolrich: December 1903 to September 1968; A Few Hard Truths for the Troops; Onward and Upward with the Arts, Part III; Science Fiction As Picasso; Mark Clifton: 1906– 1963; September 1973: What I Did Last Summer; The Cutting Edge; Son of the True and Terrible; The All-Time, Prime-Time, Take-Me-to-Your-Leader Science Fiction Plot; Grandson of the True and the Terrible; Give Me That Old-Time Religion; SF Forever; What I Won’t Do Next Summer, I Guess; Come Fool, Follify; The Engines of the Night; Con Sordino; Corridors; L’Envoi; Son of L’Envoi (3 entries in 2016, 0 entries in 2017, 0 stories in 2018, continuing to read).

Michael Moorcock: Elric—The Stealer of Souls. Made up of: (read in 2016) Foreword (Alan Moore); Introduction; At the Beginning—Putting a Tag On It; The Dreaming City; 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) (7 stories in 2016, 0 stories in 2017, 0 stories in 2018, continuing to read).

Larry Niven:  Crashlander. Made up of: Ghost; Neutron Star; At the Core; Flatlander; Grendel; The Borderland of Sol; Procrustes.

Alastair Reynolds: Beyond the Aquila Rift—The Best of Alastair Reynolds (Made up of: (read in 2017) Great Wall of Mars; Weather; Beyond the Aquila Rift; Minla's Flowers; Zima Blue; 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, continuing to read).

Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell (editors): Stories For Chip—A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany. Made up of: (read in 2016) Introduction (Kim Stanley Robinson); Michael Swanwick and Samuel R. Delany at the Joyce Kilmer Service Area, March 2005 (Eileen Gunn); Billy Tumult (Nick Harkaway); Voice Prints (Devorah Major); Delany Encounters: Or, Another Reason Why I Study Race and Racism in Science Fiction (Isiah Lavender III; Clarity (Anil Menon); When Two Swordsmen Meet (Ellen Kushner); For Sale: Fantasy Coffin (Ababuo Need Not Apply) (Chesya Burke); Holding Hands with Monsters (Haralambi Markov); Song for the Asking (Carmelo Rafala); Kickenders (Kit Reed); Walking Science Fiction: Samuel Delany and Visionary Fiction (Walidah Imarisha); Heart of Brass (Alex Jennings); Empathy Evolving as a Quantum of Eight-Dimensional Perception (Claude Lalumière); Be Three (Jewelle Gomez); Guerrilla Mural of a Siren's Song (Ernest Hogan); An Idyll in Erewhyna (Hal Duncan); Real Mothers, a Faggot Uncle, and the Name of the Father: Samuel R. Delany's Feminist Revisions of the Story of SF (L. Timmel Duchamp); Nilda (Junot Díaz); The First Gate of Logic (Benjamin Rosenbaum); The Master of the Milford Altarpiece (Thomas M. Disch); River, Clap Your Hands (Sheree R. Thomas); Haunt-Type Experience (Roz Clarke); (read in 2018) Eleven Stations (Fábio Fernandes); «Légendaire.» (Kai Ashante Wilson); On My First Reading of The Einstein Intersection (Michael Swanwick); Characters in the Margins of a Lost Notebook (Kathryn Cramer); Hamlet's Ghost Sighted in Frontenac, KS (Vincent Czyz); Each Star a Sun to Invisible Planets (Tenea D. Johnson); Clones (Alex Smith); The Last Dying Man (Geetanjali Dighe); Capitalism in the 22nd Century or A.I.r. (Geoff Ryman); Jamaica Ginger (Nalo Hopkinson and Nisi Shawl); Festival (Christopher Brown). (23 stories in 2016, 0 stories in 2017, 0 stories in 2018, continuing to read.).

Clifford D. Simak and David W. Wixon (editor): The Ghost of a Model T and Other Stories. Made up of: Clifford D. Simak and "City": The Seal of Greatness (David W. Wixon); Leg. Forst.; Physician to the Universe; No More Hides and Tallow; Condition of Employment; City; Mirage; The Autumn Land; Founding Father; Byte Your Tongue!; The Street That Wasn't There (with Carl Jacobi); The Ghost of a Model T (0 entries, continuing to read).

Clifford D. Simak and David W. Wixon (editor): No Life of Their Own and Other Stories. Made up of: Introduction: Clifford Simak's Country (David W. Wixon); No Life of Their Own; Spaceship in a Flask; The Loot of Time; Huddling Place; To Walk a City's Street; Cactus Colts; Message From Mars; Party Line; A Hero Must Not Die; The Space-Beasts; Contraption; The Whistling Well (0 entries, continuing to read).

Clifford D. Simak and David W. Wixon (editor): New Folks' Home and Other Stories. Made up of: (read in 2018) Introduction: The Names in Simak (David W. Wixon); New Folks' Home; (read in 2019) The Questing of Foster Adams; Hermit of Mars; Worlds Without End; Barb Wire Brings Bullets!; Second Childhood; Beachhead; Sunspot Purge; Drop Dead; Worrywart (2 stories in 2018, 4 stories in 2019, continuing to read).

Clifford D. Simak and David W. Wixon (editor): A Death in the House and Other Stories. Made up of: Introduction: The Misunderstood "Hiatus" (David W. Wixon); Operation Stinky; Green Thumb; When It's Hangnoose Time in Hell; The Sitters; Tools; Target Generation; War Is Personal; Nine Lives; A Death in the House; The Birch Clump Cylinder (0 entries, continuing to read).

Clifford D. Simak and David W. Wixon (editor): Good Night, Mr. James and Other Stories. Made up of: Introduction: The Non-Fiction of Clifford D. Simak (David W. Wixon); Good Night, Mr. James; Brother; Senior Citizen; The Gunsmoke Drummer Sells A War; Kindergarten; Reunion on Ganymede; Galactic Chest; Death Scene; Census; Auk House (0 stories, continuing to read).

Clifford D. Simak and David W. Wixon (editor): Earth for Inspiration and Other Stories. Made up of: Introduction: The Simak Westerns (David W. Wixon); Earth for Inspiration; Idiot's Crusade; Hellhounds of the Cosmos; Honorable Opponent; Green Flight, Out!; Carbon Copy; The Asteroid of Gold; Good Nesters are Dead Nesters!; Desertion; The Golden Bugs; Full Cycle (0 stories, continuing to read).

Clifford D. Simak and David W. Wixon (editor): The Shipshape Miracle and Other Stories. Made up of: Introduction: Little Things: The Way Clifford D. Simak Wrote (David W. Wixon); The Money Tree; Shotgun Cure; Paradise; The Gravestone Rebels Ride by Night!; How-2; The Shipshape Miracle; Rim of the Deep; Eternity Lost; Immigrant (0 stories, continuing to read).

Clifford D. Simak and David W. Wixon (editor): Dusty Zebra and Other Stories. Made up of: Introduction: Clifford D. Simak : Opinions of a Reticent Author (David W. Wixon); Dusty Zebra; Hobbies; Guns on Guadalcanal; Courtesy; The Voice in the Void; Retrograde Evolution; Way for the Hangtown Rebel!; Final Gentleman; Project Mastodon (0 stories, continuing to read).

Clark Ashton Smith: The Collected Fantasies 01—The End of the Story. Made up of: (read in 2017) Introduction (Ramsey Campbell); A Note on the Texts (Scott Connors and Ron Hilger); To the Daemon; The Abominations of Yondo; Sadastor; The Ninth Skeleton; The Last Incantation; The End of the Story; The Phantoms of the Fire; A Night in Malneant; The Resurrection of the Rattlesnake; Thirteen Phantasms; The Venus of Azombeii; The Tale of Satampra Zeiros; The Monster of the Prophecy; The Metamorphosis of the World; The Epiphany of Death; A Murder in the Fourth Dimension; The Devotee of Evil; The Satyr; The Planet of the Dead; The Uncharted Isle; Marooned in Andromeda; The Root of Ampoi; The Necromantic Tale; The Immeasurable Horror; A Voyage to Sfnomoe; Appendix One—Story Notes; Appendix Two—"The Satyr" Alternate Conclusion; Appendix Three—From the Crypts of Memory; Appendix Four—Bibliography; About the Editors (4 stories in 2017, 0 stories in 2018, continuing to read).

Howard Tayler: No I'm Fine (1 story, completed).

John Varley: Blue Champagne. Made up of: The Pusher; Blue Champagne; Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo; Options; Lollipop and the Tar Baby; The Manhattan Phone Book; The Unprocessed Word; Press Enter [] (0 entries, only stories not in other collections read, continuing to read).

John Varley: The John Varley Reader. Made up of: Air Raid; Beatnik Bayou; Good Intentions; Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance; In Fading Suns and Dying Moons; In the Hall of the Martian Kings; Just Another Perfect Day; Options; Overdrawn at the Memory Bank; Picnic on Nearside; Press Enter []; Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo; The Barbie Murders; The Bellman; The Flying Dutchman; The Persistence of Vision; The Phantom of Kansas; The Pusher (0 entries, only stories not in other collections read, continuing to read).

(I have a plan to read all the Varley anthologies, than at least the "Eight Worlds" novels ahead of the final volume of much delayed third volume of his Metals Trilogy.)

Gene Wolfe: Storeys from the Old Hotel. Made up of: (read in 2018) An Introduction; The Green Rabbit from S'Rian; Beech Hill; Sightings at Twin Mounds; Continuing Westward; Slaves of Silver; The Rubber Bend; Westwind; Sonya, Crane Wessleman, and Kittee; The Packerhaus Method; Straw; The Marvelous Brass Chessplaying Automaton; To the Dark Tower Came; Parkroads—A Review; The Flag; Alphabet; A Criminal Proceeding; In Looking-Glass Castle; Cherry Jubilee; Redbeard; A Solar Labyrinth; Love, Among the Corridors; Checking Out; Morning-Glory; (read in 2018) Trip, Trap; From the Desk of Gilmer C. Merton; Civis Laputus Sum; The Recording; Last Day; Death of the Island Doctor; On the Train; In the Mountains; At the Volcano's Lip; In the Old Hotel; Choice of the Black Goddess (2 entries in 2018, continuing to read).

Gene Wolfe: Endangered Species. Made up of: (read in 2018) Introduction; A Cabin on the Coast; The Map; Kevin Malone; The Dark of the June; The Death of Hyle; From the Notebook of Dr. Stein; Thag; The Nebraskan and the Nereid; In the House of Gingerbread; The Headless Man; The Last Thrilling Wonder Story; (read in 2018) House of Ancestors; Our Neighbour by David Copperfield; When I Was Ming the Merciless; The God and His Man; The Cat; War Beneath the Tree; Eyebem; The HORARS of War; The Detective of Dreams; Peritonitis; The Woman Who Loved the Centaur Pholus; The Woman the Unicorn Loved; The Peace Spy; All the Hues of Hell; Procreation; Lukora; Suzanne Delage; Sweet Forest Maid; My Book; The Other Dead Man; The Most Beautiful Woman on the World; The Tale of the Rose and the Nightingale (And What Came of It); Silhouette (2 entries in 2018, continuing to read).

Gene Wolfe: Castle of Days. Made up of: Gene Wolfe's Book of Days; Date Due; How the Whip Came Back; Of Relays and Roses; Paul's Treehouse; St. Brandon (Excerpt from "Peace"); Beautyland; Car Sinister; The Blue Mouse; How I Lost the Second World War and Helped Turn Back the German Invasion; The Adopted Father; Forlesen; An Article About Hunting; The Changeling; Many Mansions; Against the Lafayette Escadrille; Three Million Square Miles; The War Beneath the Tree; La Befana; Melting; The Castle of the Otter; The Feast of Saint Catherine; Helioscope; Sun of Helioscope; Hands and Feet; Words Weird and Wonderful; Onomastics, The Study of Names; Cavalry in the Age of the Autarch; These Are the Jokes; The Rewards of Authorship; The Castle of the Otter; Beyond the Castle of the Otter; Lone Wolfe; Peace of My Mind; Algis Budrys I; Algis Budrys II; From a Letter to Nancy Kress, Dated September 21, 1987; Review of "The Outline of Sanity: A Biography of G. K. Chesterton" by Alzina Stone Dale; Explaining Nancy Kress; Introduction for "Episodes of the Argo"; From a Letter to Ron Antonucci, Dated June 22, 1983; From a Chain Letter to George R. R. Martin and Greg Benford, Dated July 10, 1982; Nebula Awards Speech, April 24, 1982; Vunce Around der Momma's Kitchen py Hans Katzenjammer; From the Desk of Gilmer C. Merton; Where I Get My Ideas; An Idea That...; From a Letter to Sharon Baker, Dated February 25, 1983; From a Letter to Patty Bowne, Dated Memorial Day, 1983; From a Letter to Sharon Butler, Dated November 11, 1983; From a Letter to Ellen Kushner, Dated April 2, 1985; Achieving Dramatic Scenes: The Cat in the Starfleet's Attic; The Writer's Tool Kit; A Few Points About Knife Throwing; The Right of Things to Come; The Ethos of Elfland; How Science Will Conquer the World for Fantasy; From a House on the Borderland; Secrets of the Greeks; Aussiecon Two Guest of Honor Speech; From a Letter to Larry McCaffery, Dated October 1, 1987; Kipling's Influence; Where Castle?; The Pirates of Florida and Other Implausibilities (0 entries, continuing to read).

Gene Wolfe: The Fifth Head of Cerberus. A novel in parts (three novellas), made up of: (rad in 2018) The Fifth Head of Cerberus; 'A Story', by John V Marsch; V.R.T. (1 entry in 2018, continuing to read).

Periodicals:

GDW: The Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society 001-004 (4 issues, continuing to read).