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Mark Adlard: Interface

Brian W. Aldiss: Barefoot in the Head; The Long Afternoon of Earth; Cryptozoic!; Earthworks

Isaac Asimov: Foundation

J.G. Ballard: The Terminal Beach; High Rise

William Barton: When Heaven Fell

William Barton and Michael Capobianco: Iris; Fellow Traveller

Alfred Bester: The Demolished Man

John Brunner: Stand On Zanzibar; The Jagged Orbit; The Sheep Look Up: The Shockwave Rider; The Traveler in Black

Algis Budrys: Who?

Terry Carr (editor): Universe 1

Philip K. Dick: The Man in the High Castle; Ubik; Martian Time Slip; Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said; We Can Build You; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?; Now Wait For Last Year; A Scanner Darkly ; Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After The Bomb; The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch    

Paul DiFillippo: Ribofunk

Harlan Ellison: The Beast that Shouted Love at the Heart of the World; Approaching Oblivion; Deathbird Stories; Strange Wine; Shatterday; Dangerous Visions (editor)

William Gibson: Neuromancer; Count Zero; Mona Lisa Overdrive; Burning Chrome; Virtual Light; Idoru

William Gibson with Bruce Sterling: The Difference Engine

Mira Grant: Deadline

Joe Haldeman: All My Sins Remembered; The Forever War

Harry Harrison: The Stainless Steel Rat; The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge; The Stainless Steel Rat Saves The World; The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted: Deathworld; Deathworld 2

K.W. Jeter: Dr. Adder; The Glass Hammer; Farewell Horizontal

Stephen King: Night Shift

Kathe Koja: The Cypher; Bad Brains

Fritz  Leiber: Swords and Deviltry; Swords Against Death; Swords in the Mist; The Big Time

Frank Belknap Long: Mars Is My Destination

Ken MacLeod: The Cassini Division

China Mieville: Embassytown

Michael Moorcock: Elric: Elric of Melnibone; The Sailor on the Seas of Fate; The Weird of the White Wolf; The Vanishing Tower; The Bane of the Black Sword; Stormbringer; The Fortress of the Pearl; Corum: The Knight of the Swords; The Queen of the Swords; The King of the Swords; The Bull and the Spear; The Oak and the Ram; The Sword and the Stallion; Dorian Hawkmoon: The Jewel in the Skull; The Mad God's Amulet; The Sword of the Dawn; The Runestaff; Count Brass; The Champion of Garathorm; The Quest for Tanelorn; Jerry Cornelius: The Final Programme; A Cure for Cancer; The Condition of Muzak; Oswald Bastable: The Warlord of the Air; The Land Leviathan; The Steel Tsar; Other: The Eternal Champion; The Silver Warriors (AKA Phoenix in Obsidian); Breakfast in the Ruins; Best SF Stories from New Worlds 2 (editor)

Frederik Pohl: The Merchants' War; The Cool War; Gateway; Beyond the Blue Event Horizon; The Siege of Eternity; The Far Shore of Time; The Best of Frederik Pohl; The Age of the Pussyfoot; Drunkard's Walk

Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth: The Space Merchants

Robert Sheckley: Immortality, Inc.

Robert Silverberg: Hawksbill Station; The Second Trip; The World Inside; Born with the Dead; Nightwings; Dying Inside

John Shirley: Eclipse; Eclipse Penumbra; Eclipse Corona; Wetbones; Heatseeker; (most of) New Noir

Dan Simmons: Hyperion; The Fall of Hyperion

Neal Stephenson: Snow Crash; The Diamond Age; Cryptonomicon

John Sladek: The Muller-Fokker Effect

Bruce Sterling: Crystal Express; A Good Old Fashioned Future; Islands in the Net; Heavy Weather; Mirrorshades (editor); Holy Fire

Michael Swanwick: Vacuum Flowers

Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse-five

David Wingrove: Chung Kuo: The Middle Kingdom

Gene Wolfe: Endangered Species

Roger Zelazny: Nine Princes in Amber; The Guns of Avalon

Doctor Who novelizations: Please keep in mind that these some 81 [!] books are the ones I actually remember reading and may not be a complete accounting of the ones I've actually read.)

First Doctor: The Daleks; The Crusaders The Zarbi; The Tenth Planet; The Dalek Invasion of Earth; The Keys of Marinus; An Unearthly Child; The Aztecs; Marco Polo  Second Doctor: The Abominable Snowmen; The Cybermen; The Ice Warriors; The Web of Fear; The Tomb of the Cybermen; The War Games; The Enemy of the World; The Dominators; The Mind Robber; The Wheel in Space  Third Doctor: The Auton Invasion; The Cave Monsters; Day of the Daleks*; The Doomsday Weapon*; The Daemons; The Sea Devils; The Curse of Peladon; Terror of the Autons; The Green Death; Planet of the Spiders; The Three Doctors; The Invasion of the Dinosaurs; The Space War; Planet of the Daleks; The Carnival of Monsters; The Claws of Axos; The Mutants; The Time Warrior; Death to the Daleks; The Monster of Peladon Fourth Doctor: The Giant Robot; The Loch Ness Monster*; Revenge of the Cybermen*; Genesis of the Daleks*; The Pyramids of Mars; The Seeds of Doom; The Ark in Space; The Brain of Morbius; The Planet of Evil; The Deadly Assassin; The Talons of Weng-Chiang; The Masque of Mandragora; The Face of Evil; The Horror of Fang Rock; The Android Invasion; The Sontaran Experiment; The Hand of Fear; The Invisible Enemy; The Robots of Death; Image of the Fendahl; The Invasion of Time; The Armageddon Factor; The Nightmare of Eden; The Creature from the Pit; The State of Decay; The Keeper of Traken; The Leisure Hive; Logopolis; The Sunmakers  Fifth Doctor:The Visitation; Time Flight; Castrovalva; Four to Doomsday; Earthshock; Terminus; Arc of Infinity; The Five Doctors; Mawdryn Undead; Kinda; Snakedance; Enlightenment; Warriors of the Deep

So. A bunch of guys got together, voted as a bloc and...

Ah, skip the intro, already. This has been detailed by so many people in the fannish community in so many different ways that it's not funny, but then again, it really shouldn't be. Why? Mainly due to two reasons which I'll go into in mercifully brief detail:

1) Like most people who happen to read these odd, antiquated things called "books" as a form of entertainment, I have a finite amount of both time and/or money to spend on those books. That means that I pretty much read what I want to. The one thing that will not convince me to read a book is having someone engage in the online equivalent of screaming at the top of their lungs with a bullhorn outside my window at 3 in the morning about how "YOU'RE BEING A LITERARY ELITIST/SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIOR/CRAPTACULAR JUDGE OF SCIENCE FICTION FOR NOT READING MY BOOK INSTEAD THE ONE YOU'RE CURRENTLY ENJOYING, DAMNIT!!!"

That's pretty much what the entire Sad/Rabid Puppies crowd did with the 2015 Hugos. A number of more deserving nominees probably got knocked off the ballot as a result of all this, which directly leads to this observation:

2) All of this wouldn't be nearly as grating on my nerves except for the following: although there was nothing particularly illegal in terms of  Hugo nomination rules in what the SRPs did, they don't realize how accurate the truism is that you just because you can doesn't mean that you should. Tactics like this would piss me off regardless of who engages in them, but the fact that the organizers of the SRP campaign are all quite far to the right of my own political views is merely icing on an already overlarge cake. I have a saying that if you scratch an Objectivist you'll find a Stalinist underneath. I think it's been more than adequately proven in this case.

Also, consider their online belligerence: if they hadn't ratcheted up the "you better listen to us because we're really angry or we'll call you names if you don't" element of their campaign, I wouldn't have cared all that much about this mess. Since they did, my response is this: if the SRPs' only way to present an argument is to engage in personal attacks against other pros in the field (such as here, here and here), they've pretty much lost my interest in either reading anything they publish or even in taking them all that seriously in the first place. Not only is it a complete non-starter in term of debating tactics, but it makes them look like a bunch of - pardon my language, here - emotionally challenged dipshits. That's not a particularly pleasant turn of phase, mind you, but I calls 'em as I sees 'em and what I see from the SRPs are a bunch of supposedly grown men acting like anything but.

So if the SRPs were looking to win any points with a run-of-the-mill, not particularly SMOFish Joe Fan like me by doing this, they didn't. Quite the opposite, in fact. As to whether they realize that there's an actual lesson in that fact...

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The Malacia Tapestry by Brian W. Aldiss.

This is funny

Ah, Mike Pence. No sooner does he decide to make a splash in the 2016 GOP Presidential field by signing a certain controversial bill than he finds out that a whole lot of people don't really like it, including other public officials, the major newspaper in his capital, major business executives and even the NCAA.

It's really a test of your nerves to run for President these days - especially when some of the groups you're openly pandering to are just about as nutty as a fruitcake that accidentally fell into a peanut processing plant. But hey, Pence has a solution - it's called whining. Or failing that, blaming the other guy's laws.

And just as it's a test of your nerves to run for President, laws like this and the reasons they get passed are a test of my gag reflex. Air sickness bags to the fore!

There are no words... describe the barbarity of this:

Washiqur Rahman’s Facebook banner declares “#IamAvijit”, after the leading secular and humanist blogger, Avijit Roy, who was murdered a month ago in Bangladesh.

This morning Washiqur Rahman himself was killed in similar circumstances: a machete attack by assailants on the streets of Dhaka. The brutal attack took place close to Rahman’s home. Police have reportedly taken two men into custody who were detained at the scene.

This stands as proof that violent religious fundamentalists - regardless of their creed, race or upbringing - are good at three things: finding followers to manipulate, terrifying their opponents into silence and killing the ones who dare to continue to speak out. And it's seemingly getting worse all the time.

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Fueless Cluck of the Month candidate Andrea Shea King just doesn't get lynching analogies. She uses them, to be sure, but that doesn't disprove the fact that she doesn't get them:

“I would like to think that these guys could pay with their lives, hanging from a noose in front of the U.S. Capitol Building,” she said. “What they are doing is they are putting their own interests above that of America, and to me that is criminal.”

Uh huh. Sure.

Meanwhile, the Department of Justice added a bit of nuance to the debate about police conduct in Ferguson, Missouri by publishing a report that doesn't exactly state that the situation there is peachy-keen despite the lack of a case against former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown:

The City’s emphasis on revenue generation has a profound effect on FPD’s approach to law enforcement. Patrol assignments and schedules are geared toward aggressive enforcement of Ferguson’s municipal code, with insufficient thought given to whether enforcement strategies promote public safety or unnecessarily undermine community trust and cooperation. Officer evaluations and promotions depend to an inordinate degree on "productivity," meaning the number of citations issued. Partly as a consequence of City and FPD priorities, many officers appear to see some residents, especially those who live in Ferguson’s predominantly African-American neighborhoods, less as constituents to be protected than as potential offenders and sources of revenue.

This culture within FPD influences officer activities in all areas of policing, beyond just ticketing. Officers expect and demand compliance even when they lack legal authority. They are inclined to interpret the exercise of free-speech rights as unlawful disobedience, innocent movements as physical threats, indications of mental or physical illness as belligerence. Police supervisors and leadership do too little to ensure that officers act in accordance with law and policy, and rarely respond meaningfully to civilian complaints of officer misconduct. The result is a pattern of stops without reasonable suspicion and arrests without probable cause in violation of the Fourth Amendment; infringement on free expression, as well as retaliation for protected expression, in violation of the First Amendment, and excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

In other words,  the DoJ ruling found that Wilson didn't deserve to get charged, but let's face it - the Brown incident was a oversized fuse trying to find a bomb to set off. And unfortunately, it did.

Tragedy and stupidity, all at once

In the wake of  the mass murders at Charlie Hebdo, never let it be said that you can't find an American wingnut who remains completely incapable of separating his grimy fantasies from reality.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Bill Donohue.

Now take him away and put him somewhere far from civilized people.


Your computer wants your job - sort of

Granted, the article talks about mining previous published research as opposed to the still all-too-human work of actually undertaking it, but still - anyone starting to feel just a bit inadequate because of this?