Yes, its been a busy week for me at SF Signal. Not only did I have a RPPA column on Tekumel, and my post on stakes in fantasy novels, but I curated a Mind Meld that has gone live:
I asked a slice of the SF community about awards, including:
Laura Anne Gilman
Surely, all of you know by now that Presidential candidates, as well as elected Presidents and Vice Presidents, get Secret Service code names.
The code names for Santorum and Romney have been leaked out:
I like to think of Secret Service Code names as the modern equivalent of Roman cognomens, the “third part” of a tripartite Roman name. Cicero, for example, is really Marcus Tullius’ cognomen. Ceasar was Gaius Julius’ cognomen. Not everyone got one, or earned one. And after a while, the cognomen became formalized, and so a second cognomen, the agnomen, was created.
(example: Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus)
Anyway, what would *you* pick if you had the chance to get a Secret Service code name. For you writer types, what would your characters pick?
Me, personally, I’d either go classical and pick something Roman based (Cicero would not be a bad choice, really, he’s a hero to me) or something mythological. Griffin, possibly. 🙂
Stakes in Fantasy Novels: A Schemata of Classification
When is fantasy epic and when is it not? I share my thoughts at SF Signal:
Today’s picture, on a picture perfect St. Patrick’s Day afternoon is of the Stillwater Lift bridge and riverfront
A new RPPA column is up at SF Signal.
This time I look at the legacy of the recently died M.A.R. Barker: His unique world of Tekumel.
Today’s picture is an action shot I captured wandering along the shore of the St. Croix River in Stillwater on St. Patrick’s Day.
Today’s picture is of a St Urho statue near Park Rapids, Minnesota. March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day; March 16th is St. Urho’s.
A new book review from me, this time at the Functional Nerds.
The Straits of Galahesh, by Bradley Beaulieu. Find out why I call it a “Russian Bear” of a novel
Today’s picture, on the heels of yesterday, is of Lake Moraine and nearby mountains in Banff National Park, Canada.
Today’s picture for #waterfallwednesday are some cascades along a rockwall along the Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Canada