Books Read to Date, July 8,2011

It’s just past the halfway point of the year. Let’s see how I am doing
26. Engineering Infinity Jonathan Strahan Science Fiction
25. Sword of Fire and Sea Erin Hoffman Fantasy
24. Story Engineering Larry Brooks Nonfiction
23. The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack Mark Hodder Science Fiction
22. Shadow’s Son Jon Sprunk Fantasy
21. Golden Reflections Fred Saberhagen Science Fiction
20. Cowboy Angels Paul McAuley Science Fiction
19. Embassytown China Mieville Science Fiction
18. With this Ring I thee Bed Alison Tyler Fiction
17. Winds of Khalakovo Bradley Beaulieu Fantasy
16. Wolfsangel M D Lachlan Fantasy
15. Dragon Virus Laura Anne Gilman Science Fiction
14. Hounded Kevin Hearne Fantasy
13. Creative Lighting Harold Davis Nonfiction
12. The Fallen Blade Jon Courtnenay Grimwood Fantasy
11. The Cloud Roads Martha Wells Fantasy
10. Hellhole Kevin J Anderson and Brian Herbert SF
9. The Alchemist in the Shadows Pierre Pavel Fantasy
8. The Quantum Thief Hanno Rajanemi SF
7.The Iron Khan Liz Williams Fantasy
6.The Unremembered Peter Orullan Fantasy
5. Cleopatra Stacy Schiff Nonfiction
4. The Hidden Reality Brian Greene Nonfiction
3. God’s War Kameron Hurley Fantasy
2. Hard Magic Laura Anne Gilman Fantasy
1. Hell and Earth Elizabeth Bear Fantasy
So, 26 books:
13 Fantasy
8 Science Fiction
1 Fiction
4 Non Fiction
17 Male authors
9 Female authors

A Harry Connolly type hypothetical

On his blog, author Harry Connolly poses intriguing hypothetical questions
(Here is an example: http://www.harryjconnolly.com/blog/?p=5011)
I thought of one today…
A device is perfected to give you the memory of a two-week vacation, anywhere and anywhen. You want the memory of a two week trip to Ancient Rome, circa 100 AD? You got it. Hawaii, 100 B.C. and you the only human there? Done! It would be accurate and real.
The trick is, you don’t have any physical proofs of your visit, and there is a 1/1000 chance of permanent and irreparable brain damage. Because of that, you can only do it *once*.
Do you do it? And where would you pick to go?

Compromise and Politics

I am pissed off that the Minnesota government is shut down over negotiating failures in St. Paul. The debt ceiling joust in Washington is a bird of a feather.
Look, I will use an analogy to show what I perceive Republicans are doing, both in Minnesota and in Washington.
Roger and Daniel are trying to figure out how to divide a bowl of 100 M&Ms.
Daniel: “How about you get 50 blue M&Ms, and I get fifty green M&Ms?”
Roger: “NO! We are eating too many M&Ms. I will get 50 blue M&Ms. You get none. You eat too many.”
Daniel: “That’s not fair. If we don’t come to an agreement, Mom will take the entire bowl away.”
Roger: “You’re right. Okay. I will get 45 blue M&M’s. You get none. You eat too many.”
Daniel: “How is that fair?”
Roger: “I am getting less than I want. I’m compromising!”
Daniel: “How about I get 10 green M&M’s and you get 40 blue M&Ms?”
Roger: “We’re going to run out of M&Ms that way. I get 40 blue M&Ms. You get none.”