Absurdly

 
Listening to an episode of The Philosopher's Zone this morning, The Sorites Paradox. I haven't listened to the whole episode yet but was struck by the guest Dominic Hyde's explanation of what a paradox is. All paradoxes are characterised by the following general set of features: that we proceed by apparently valid reasoning, that is, apparently good reasoning, from apparently true assumptions to an apparently absurd conclusion. This shed a lot of light for me, as I had previously believed that...

Currently Reading - Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

 
Act 2: Ami, Sailor Mercury I found this chapter a bit confusing to follow. I suppose it is appropriate to mention now that I am not habitually a reader of graphic fiction and perhaps do not have the reading tools to fully understand them. Especially, I tend to relatively ignore the images in favour of the text (I think of myself as a not very visual person). Think this is the first appearance of Queen Beryl? Or whatever her name turns out to actually be, as Jadeite only names himself. I do like...

Currently Reading - Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

 
Act 1: Usagi, Sailor Moon Picked this up from work a few days ago instead of shelving it. I recently watched with ami-angelwings the first episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal and the original series. The story there was surprisingly disappointing, in contrast to what I’d been hearing about the manga and about the new series compared against the old. In the old show, Usagi’s presentation seemed just enough more already heroic and engaged to be jarring and disappointing against the new. This surprised...

Recently Read - The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection

 
Has been a while now since I actually read this book and these stories. Long enough that my memory of them has faded somewhat. I meant to write up an index post with maybe some overall thoughts like this approximately at the time. But I've been busy with school and especially I've been lax in cross-posting these from Tumblr to elsewhere; I wanted to wait until I had locations to actually link to with this one. In retrospect I suppose I could have written this sometime in the past and held onto it, but I...

Currently Reading - Aunt Dimity and the Duke by Nancy Atherton

 
Started reading this on Tuesday afternoon before my shift. I borrowed it from my mother’s collection although I’m fairly sure this copy is previously unread, and I’ve no clue by what path it ended up there. I think I would not otherwise have picked this book up to read, but then broadening my horizons is precisely why I am interspersing her books into my reading. If I wanted to have fun with genre labelling, I might call this a paranormal romance. But I think this book both pre-dates and...

Currently Reading - The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection

 
27. “The Winter Market” by William Gibson So far the only stories of William Gibson’s I’ve read are the two published previously in this anthology series and I’ve yet to like any of them. This one might suffer from coming at the end of the anthology when I am especially weary of the battered, wired, struggling cyber-future of the US of A. Here we have a disabled, dying woman, her mental landscape of drive and suffering and determination, her hate for pity and charity, some of that...

Currently Reading - The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection

 
26. “The Gate of Ghosts” by Karen Joy Fowler I approached this story warily. On the one hand, Karen Joy Fowler has a strong reputation among people whose opinions on sf I respect. On the other, the only story of hers I’d read previously, “The Lake Was Full Of Artificial Things” in the third of these anthologies, did nothing for me. And on a third hand - if I may be so bold - the nature of her reputation suggests “The Lake Was Full Of Artificial Things” could be representative of her...

Currently Reading - The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection

 
25. “Snake Eyes” by Tom Maddox When you let the US military mess with your mind, you don’t get it back so easily. At the beginning of the story I felt like this was a Vietnam War metaphor. At the end I felt like it was the uncompleted opening to a novel. Although, I’ve trouble imagining where that could go without twisting away from the focus of the story so far. Thinking about it, perhaps the reason this feels unsatisfactorily incomplete is the AI and minions promising our test...