Monday, January 25, 2016

On Finding Yourself and Dinosaurs!

"You didn't find any trace of her?" asked d'Arnot.

"Tarzan shook his head. "None. In the jungle, I could have found her; but here–in civilization, a man cannot even find himself."

From Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan and the Forbidden City

Why am I reading this fodder? If there are no dinosaurs in this lost city I'm going to be angry. There was one on the cover of the New English Library edition.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016

A Seven-Word Summary of Every Jeeves & Wooster Story

Witty Jeeves unties Bertie's unfortunate knot, again.

Or, possibly...

Wise butler withholds assistance pending apparel change.

P. G. Wodehouse, [Insert Jeeves Pun as title]

Sunday, January 17, 2016

On Relativity and The Draft

"The collapsar Stargate was a perfect sphere about three kilometers in radius. It was suspended forever in a state of gravitational collapse that should have meant its surface was dropping toward its center at nearly the speed of light. Relativity propped it up, at least gave it the illusion of being there…the way all reality becomes illusory and observer-oriented when you study general relativity. Or Buddhism. Or get drafted."

From Joe Haldeman, The Forever War 

Friday, January 15, 2016

A Seven-Word Summary for City?

Dogs and robots inherit everything humans abandon.

I was just thinking out loud. It's a bit of flash fiction or maybe just a thesis/aphorism inspired by Simak's City, which I read so long ago that the above is all that remains in my memory.

Saturday, January 9, 2016