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Weimer’s Dictionary: Apocalyptic Libertarian

Apocalyptic Libertarian, Apocalyptic Libertarianism
Apocalyptic Libertarian (noun):
1. A Libertarian (see: Libertarian) convinced of the belief that his or her society is in imminent brink of collapse, either minor or major. Apocalyptic Libertarians contend that only people such as they, and those who hold libertarian beliefs, are best suited to survive and weather such a collapse, or build a better society from it. The expected causes of such a collapse in the Apocalyptic Libertarian view are the actions of non-Libertarians, labeled as collectivists, Marxists or Communists despite any self-identification on the part of the members of such groups to the contrary.

Meme: I surrender

Here’s how it works:
1. Comment to this post with “I surrender!” and I’ll assign you the basis of some TV show idea. (post-apocalyptic scifi-fi drama, fantasy, noir gumshoe pulp, criminal procedure…IN SPACE, historical drama WITH WEREWOLVES, etc.).
2. Create a cast of characters, including the actors who’d play them.
3. Add in any actor photos, character bios, and show synopsis that you want.
4. Post to your own journal.
Via Harry Connolly at Twenty Palaces
He gave me:
WW2 setting, classic Universal monsters vs. Nazis.
The Monster Squad
In a world where the Universal monsters are secretly real, during a USO tour, the Universal Monsters and their Army handlers discover that they are as good fighting the Nazis as they are entertaining the troops. Now, under double cover of being actors playing the monsters on a USO tour, the Monster Squad is set to punch Adolf in the jaw.
Hugo Weaving as Dracula.
Sam Worthington as The Wolfman.
Michael Clarke Duncan as Frankenstein. In a nod to Brittle Innings, it turns out he has been playing Negro league baseball in the U.S. prior to joining up with Universal.
Arnold Vosloo as The Mummy.
Thandie Newton as Annie Andrews (Ankh-es-en-amon). Its strongly implied that she was responsible for bringing the Mummy to life…
and Clancy Brown as their handler, British Major Abraham Van Helsing. He has secrets of his own, or else why does Dracula insist on reminiscing on the good old days when he and Van Helsing clashed in the 1880’s. Van Helsing can’t be *that* old, can he?

MEME: Gollancz SF Masterworks

Via Worlds in a Grain of Sand. Which Gollancz SF Masterworks have I read?
Bolded I have read, Italicized ones I own and mean to read.
I – Dune – Frank Herbert
II – The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin
III – The Man in the High Castle – Philip K. Dick
IV – The Stars My Destination – Alfred Bester
V – A Canticle for Leibowitz – Walter M. Miller, Jr.
VI – Childhood’s End – Arthur C. Clarke
VII – The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress – Robert A. Heinlein
VIII – Ringworld – Larry Niven
IX – The Forever War – Joe Haldeman

X – The Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
1 – The Forever War – Joe Haldeman
2 – I Am Legend – Richard Matheson
3 – Cities in Flight – James Blish

4 – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick
5 – The Stars My Destination – Alfred Bester
6 – Babel-17 – Samuel R. Delany
7 – Lord of Light – Roger Zelazny
8 – The Fifth Head of Cerberus – Gene Wolfe
9 – Gateway – Frederik Pohl
10 – The Rediscovery of Man – Cordwainer Smith
11 – Last and First Men – Olaf Stapledon
12 – Earth Abides – George R. Stewart

13 – Martian Time-Slip – Philip K. Dick
14 – The Demolished Man – Alfred Bester
15 – Stand on Zanzibar – John Brunner
16 – The Dispossessed – Ursula K. Le Guin
17 – The Drowned World – J. G. Ballard
18 – The Sirens of Titan – Kurt Vonnegut
19 – Emphyrio – Jack Vance
20 – A Scanner Darkly – Philip K. Dick
21 – Star Maker – Olaf Stapledon
22 – Behold the Man – Michael Moorcock
23 – The Book of Skulls – Robert Silverberg
24 – The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells
25 – Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes

26 – Ubik – Philip K. Dick
27 – Timescape – Gregory Benford
28 – More Than Human – Theodore Sturgeon
29 – Man Plus – Frederik Pohl
30 – A Case of Conscience – James Blish
31 – The Centauri Device – M. John Harrison
32 – Dr. Bloodmoney – Philip K. Dick
33 – Non-Stop – Brian Aldiss
34 – The Fountains of Paradise – Arthur C. Clarke
35 – Pavane – Keith Roberts
36 – Now Wait for Last Year – Philip K. Dick
37 – Nova – Samuel R. Delany
38 – The First Men in the Moon – H. G. Wells
39 – The City and the Stars – Arthur C. Clarke
40 – Blood Music – Greg Bear
41 – Jem – Frederik Pohl
42 – Bring the Jubilee – Ward Moore
43 – VALIS – Philip K. Dick
44 – The Lathe of Heaven – Ursula K. Le Guin
45 – The Complete Roderick – John Sladek
46 – Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said – Philip K. Dick
47 – The Invisible Man – H. G. Wells
48 – Grass – Sheri S. Tepper
49 – A Fall of Moondust – Arthur C. Clarke
50 – Eon – Greg Bear
51 – The Shrinking Man – Richard Matheson
52 – The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch – Philip K. Dick
53 – The Dancers at the End of Time – Michael Moorcock
54 – The Space Merchants – Frederik Pohl and Cyril M. Kornbluth
55 – Time Out of Joint – Philip K. Dick

56 – Downward to the Earth – Robert Silverberg
57 – The Simulacra – Philip K. Dick
58 – The Penultimate Truth – Philip K. Dick
59 – Dying Inside – Robert Silverberg
60 – Ringworld – Larry Niven
61 – The Child Garden – Geoff Ryman
62 – Mission of Gravity – Hal Clement

63 – A Maze of Death – Philip K. Dick
64 – Tau Zero – Poul Anderson
65 – Rendezvous with Rama – Arthur C. Clarke

66 – Life During Wartime – Lucius Shepard
67 – Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang – Kate Wilhelm
68 – Roadside Picnic – Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
69 – Dark Benediction – Walter M. Miller, Jr.
70 – Mockingbird – Walter Tevis
71 – Dune – Frank Herbert
72 – The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress – Robert A. Heinlein
73 – The Man in the High Castle – Philip K. Dick

74 – Inverted World – Christopher Priest
75 – Kurt Vonnegut – Cat’s Cradle
76 – H.G. Wells – The Island of Dr. Moreau
77 – Arthur C. Clarke – Childhood’s End
78 – H.G. Wells – The Time Machine

79 – Samuel R. Delany – Dhalgren (July 2010)
80 – Brian Aldiss – Helliconia (August 2010)
81 – H.G. Wells – Food of the Gods (Sept. 2010)
82 – Jack Finney – The Body Snatchers (Oct. 2010)
83 – Joanna Russ – The Female Man (Nov. 2010)
84 – M.J. Engh – Arslan (Dec. 2010)

Book Habits Meme

Via Walker of Worlds blog
Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
I generally don’t eat when I read, unless I am reading at the dinner table.
What is your favorite drink while reading?
Iced tea.
Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
Marking my books horrifies me. 😉
How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?
I use a variety of bookmarks, ranging from a simple grocery receipt to fancier bookmarks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Fiction, nonfiction, or both?
I’d say 80-85% fiction, 15-20% non fiction.
Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?
I prefer to end on chapters, or at least at changes in POV or other breaks within a chapter.
Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?
I’ve been tempted with a few books to throw them, but I respect books too much to do so. Even the bad ones.
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?
If I can’t get it from context, I will look it up as soon as I am able.
What are you currently reading?
An Arc of “Dragon Haven” by Robin Hobb. Low Fantasy, with serpents re-evolving into Dragons.
What is the last book you bought?
Empire in Black and Gold, Adrian Tchaikovsky
Are you the type of person that reads one book at a time, or can you read more than one?
I prefer to read one book at a time.
Do you have a favorite time/place to read?
I used to read on the express bus on the way to work. Now, I use my lunch break at work to read.
Do you prefer series books or stand alones?
Most of the authors I read seem to do series, so I wind up reading series.
Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over?
A lot of authors come to mind. I try to tailor my recommendations to the person.
How do you organize your books? (by genre, title, author’s last name, etc.)
Organize books?? 😉

What am I reading now?

Via SF Signal and other places.
1. What Book Are You Reading Now?
2. Why did you choose it?
3. What’s the best thing about it?
4. What’s the worst thing about it?
1. Into the Looking Glass, John Ringo
2. I wanted to try Ringo again after a negative previous experience.
3. Competent protagonists that drive the narrative forward
4. The liberal-bashing politics is getting old, fast.

The Best Genre-Related Books/Films/Shows Consumed in 2009

Sf Signal has been asking luminaries in the SF field what they considered the best Genre Related books, films and shows they consumed in 2009. Note that the material does not necessarily need to have come out in 2009, they just have had to consume it.
Unlike Gaul, the Sfsignal article is divided into four parts:

Behind the cut, my own choices!

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