Stone of Remembrance

June 30, 2006

Top Ten Shakespeare SF lines.

Filed under: Commentary — admin @ 14:35

From a group I subscribe to. Also found here: the Top Ten lines in SF, as written by the Bard.

10: “When thou art nine hundred years aged, thou wilt not look as dashing.”

9: “Would not an Atreides by any other name still be Muad’Dib?”

8: “Therefore shalt a robot not harmeth a human being; this being the first and most felicitous law….”

7: “Hie thee hither, anon — most alluringly doth the Dark Side beckon!”

6: “In the farthest aether, beyond the stars, no one canst hear thee scream.”

5: “Father, do not thou spurnest thy truest daughter, Maureen, nor sendeth her hence unfulfilled….”

4: “Prithee, faithful HAL, fling wide the portals of the conveyance!”
“Alack, good Sir Dave; I fear I cannot!”

3: “Space… the frontier that remaineth. Listen thee to the epic of the Starship Enterprise. Her blessed five year endeavor: to explore odd new Earths. To seeketh out new life and unknown societies. To bravely venture where no man hath ventured anon.”

2: “These be NOT the metal vassals ye seek!”

and the Number 1 Classic SF Line As Written by Shakespeare…

1: “Look upon yon fellow, with shirt of blazing red! I testify in truth, Jim, the poor wretch be quite dead!”

For a few more yuks, take a look at this :’s take on What Shakespeare Really Meant.


Filed under: Baseball — admin @ 07:18

I saw the catch and still can’t quite believe it – Coco Crisp diving through the air to grab a sure double away from David Wright with Carlos Beltran on the bases, representing the tying run. The previous half inning, the Red Sox did their ‘63 Dodgers impression: Crisp bunted for a base hit, stole second off LoDuca, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly. That was the difference in the game.

I’m pretty sure the Red Sox deserve to be leading the AL East, though I’m not sure they’re the best team in the American League. But they are better than the Yankees (Alex Rodriguez hit the first meaningful home run of his season off the Braves the other day, for example – they’re not playing like the evil clutch Bronx Bombers: they’re playing like, well, like we used to). What I do know is that they have a chance to go all the way, and if they don’t it won’t be because of destiny or mystique or some curse – it’ll be because they aren’t good enough.

June 29, 2006

Travel With A. (Quick note)

Filed under: Travel — admin @ 14:43

Sometimes timing is crucial, as evidenced by the Flood of 2006. A representative picture appears below:

This was taken near Cooperstown, NY, where A. and I were a week ago today. The New York State Thruway (somewhat north of where Cooperstown lies) was closed for awhile – it opened again just this afternoon. 200,000 people had to evacuate Wilkes-Barre and surrounding areas (we passed through there on Friday.)

We got home just fine, but I won’t complain about bad timing for a while to come. It looks like we just made it.

Jim Baen, Rest in Peace.

Filed under: Commentary, Writing — admin @ 11:33

Died yesterday at age 63, as noted in the Nielsen-Hayden blog. Also noted at Cory Doctorow’s blog.

Read David Drake’s article on him.

Jim Baen called me on the afternoon of June 11. He generally phoned on weekends, and we’d usually talk a couple more times in the course of a week; but this was the last time.

In the course of the conversation he said, “You’ve got to write my obituary, you know.” I laughed (I’ll get to that) and said, “Sure, if I’m around–but remember, I’m the one who rides the motorcycle.”

Jim had the advantage over some editors in that he knew what a story is. He had the advantage over most editors in being able to spot talent before somebody else had published it. (Lois Bujold, Eric Flint, John Ringo and Dave Weber were all Baen discoveries whom Jim promoted to stardom.)

The most important thing of all which Jim brought to his company was a personal vision. Baen Books didn’t try to be for everybody, but it was always true to itself. In that as in so many other ways, the company mirrored Jim himself.

I wasn’t one of Jim Baen’s proteges or in the Baen stable (The Dark Wing apparently reached his desk in 1996, but he didn’t buy it), but I have always respected his skill, his devotion and his contributions to our genre.

Rest in peace. You’ll be missed.

Well, this will be a problem

Filed under: Commentary — admin @ 10:42

According to this list of “strange sex laws”:

In Indiana, mustaches are illegal if the bearer has a “tendency to habitually kiss other humans.”

Another reason to avoid the Midwest :-)

It’s a funny site with lots of interesting content, though as observed on the Utterly Strange Sites page, “if you spend any amount of time on the Net, you quickly realize one thing: People have way too much free time. They’re out there creating scores of the most peculiar, odd, amusing sites you can imagine.”

I think all good content providers should strive to get themselves onto this list. What do you think? (Tip o’ the sporran to The Scotsman for the link.) And make sure you check out the pages of Monopoly® cards and rejected crayons, viz.:

Funny stuff.

June 28, 2006

Watch the Skies!

Filed under: Commentary — admin @ 14:32

During my recent trip to Harrisburg I crossed paths with Jeff Young, the facilitator for the Camp Hill (Pennsylvania) Barnes & Noble reading group and so-called “Chief Editorial Beast” for their newsletter. Jeff has been an unfailing and tireless advocate for science fiction in general and my books in particular; I’ve visited the Camp Hill store several times as a guest and recommend it to any bibliophile’s attention.

I’ve added the site to my links.

Poetry Site

Filed under: Commentary — admin @ 12:09

I have been remiss in adding this link, but let me point you at the new website of Ilona Hegedus, a talented science-fiction-themed poet from Hungary. She has been kind enough to add me to her links as well.

June 27, 2006

Donald Duck vs. the Axis of Evil

Filed under: Commentary — admin @ 18:02

The internet is for all intents and purposes of infinite size. This is one of the problems with this soi-disant journal of stuff: I can be witty and urbane as all get-out and you might never see it. (Don’t worry, the book publishing industry is the same way.)

So, I can’t even quite tell you how I came across this gem, but I thought it was quite entertaining. It’s a few years old, yet it’s still a fun read about the Disney cartoon effort in support of the war effort – in particular three animated shorts featuring that well-known duck in the sailor suit: “Spirit of ‘43″, “Commando Duck”, and “Der Fuehrer’s Face”.

Newly linked

Filed under: Commentary — admin @ 10:11

A blogger who was reading my books has been kind enough to add me to his links page. You’ll find some interesting stuff over there, so be sure to go take a look. (What has “Mr. X” been smoking? Inquiring minds want to know!)

Maybe Dark Sky Productions will want to take a whirl in the Dark Wing Universe.

Travel With A. (4)

Filed under: Travel — admin @ 08:08


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