Brad DeLong’s Semi-Daily Journal: What Is China?
Brad De Long links to an essay by Robert Reich (which I recall hearing on NPR some weeks ago) where he talks about the nature of China.
I remember a conversation with my brother just around the time of Tianamen Square massacre. His conviction was that China was on its way to a Democracy. I disagreed.
I could only wish that he were right and I were wrong, but time has seemingly proved me right. We’re still in the midst of the Mao Dynasty.
NPR : Man-Machine Merger Arriving Sooner Than You Think
Vernor Vinge and Cory Doctorow, talking on a NPR segment on the Singularity!
Augustus’ birthplace believed found – Yahoo! News
A team of archaeologists announced they have uncovered part of what they believe is the birthplace of Rome’s first emperor Augustus, up on the Palatine hill.
Never underestimate the power of insects
Never underestimate the power of insects, especially in Minnesota, where a mayfly hatching shows up on Doppler Radar. NOAA has more on it, and a larger animation of the radar.
My brother in a recent comment mentioned traversing the London Wall Walk with me a decade and a half ago, when we visited London together. A little Googling has found an online version of the booklet that we purchased and used to follow the route. We got as far as the Museum of London, in the Barbican.
One day, I want to do it again.
The Sky People
Although I haven’t read it yet, I mentioned back in January a quasi old school E.R.B. style SF novel that has recently come out called Paragaea.
Now, I’ve discovered, as seen in the link above, that S.M. Stirling is going to publish two novels set in an alternate world where Mars and Venus were terraformed by unknown forces and become the site of Cold War conflict a la A World of Difference.
The Venus-themed book is coming out first in the fall and will be called The Sky People. The other book in the duology will be called In the Halls of the Crimson Kings and will be set on Mars.
I really like Stirling’s stuff (The Island in the Sea of Time and Conquistador in specific), so I am quite interested in these forthcoming books.
Science Fiction Book Club: Do You Like Maps With Your Fantasy?
Via the SFBC’s blog, a discussion on a couple of sites about Maps in fantasy novels. On Strange Horizons, Johan Jonsson has come up with an anti-map essay, and over on Mumpsimus, a rebuttal.
As for me…
Continue reading Maps with my Fantasy, and please!
The third second book is a throwback by the Grand MasterJack Williamson, The Stonehenge Gate.
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The train bombings in Mumbai
The new “two front” conflict around Israel
North Korea saber rattling
The train wreck that is Iraq
The resurgent mess in Afghanistan
The blind eye or shoulder shrugging most of the world gives the genocide of Darfur.
And on, and on and on…
Maybe we can’t all get along.
Maybe we are just stupid, tribalistic smooth apes who can’t get their act together and are doomed to return to sad pools of warring civilizations, forever, to paraphrase Dan Simmons.