May 21st, 2007

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the to-read pile

In a mildly distressing but all-too-predictable development, recently I've been accumulating reading material more quickly than I've been reading it. There are two things that I'm currently in the middle of reading:

1) The June 2007 issue of Asimov's. I just finished Jack Skillingstead's Scrawl Daddy story, which I didn't really get, and have left two short stories (including one by Neal Asher, who some of you may recall), plus a book review column and a poem by Greg Beatty.

2) The Diana Burgin/Katherine Tiernan O'Connor translation of Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita. This is the second translation of this book I've read; it is the more complete of the two, but the other one is a far more enjoyable translation. So it goes.

Those will keep me occupied for a little while, but once I'm done with them what should I read next?

Here are the options:

I have six unread science fiction anthologies, so I could do another Anthology Deathmatch.
John Brunner's "Muddle Earth" (276 pages). A lateish Brunner (1993), but possibly one with a sense of humor.
Vernor Vinge's "Rainbows End" (381 pages). Hugo-nominated, I believe.
Connie Willis's "Uncharted Territory" (149 pages).
Ken Macleod's "Cosmonaut Keep" (336 pages).
Keiichi Sigsawa's "Kino No Tabi: Book One of The Beautiful World" (205 pages). I love the anime series "Kino's Journey" which I believe is based on this series.
Joe Haldeman's "Camouflage" (289 pages).
Rudy Rucker's "Mad Professor" (301 pages). A collection of stories.
I have accumulated about a dozen issues of The Economist that I could start trying to work my way through.
The July 2007 issue of Asimov's, with stories by Nancy Kress, Brian Stableford, Chris Roberson, John Schoffstall, Robert Reed, and Michael Swanwick. (141 pages)

If you have questions or comments about any of these options, comment away!
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Conservapedia revisited

Having seen the latest versions of the conservapedia pages for Homo sapiens [in the discussion for that page we see: 'Can we add the creationist view on "Homo Sapiens?"'/'Yes, but keep it neutral.'] and the page for dinosaurs , I am a little sad that conservapedia hasn't discovered trilobites yet. (They're benthic and vagile, you know.)

(I started clicking around Conservapedia again after stumbling across uncyclopedia's article on it.)