All-Century Science Fiction/Fantasy Novels


Locus Online is hosting, during the month of November 2012, a poll for the best novels and short fiction of the 20th and 21st centuries. Here are my Top Ten for each century:

20th Century

1. Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
2. Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
3. Phillip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass
4. William Gibson, Neuromancer
5. Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
6. Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, Good Omens
7. Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince
8. Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash
9. J.R.R. Tolkein, The Hobbit
10. George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

21st Century

1. Neil Gaiman, Coraline
2. Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife
3. Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men
4. Neal Stephenson, Anathem
5. Richard Kadrey, Sandman Slim
6. Neil Gaiman, American Gods
7. John Scalzi, The Last Colony
8. Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
9. Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
10. Cory Doctorow, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

She sure knew her devotionals

She sure knew her devotionals

There are bigger issues here. There are questions of real consequence, such as why the F.B.I. got so thoroughly involved in what has been vaguely described as a case of e-mail harassment, whether the bureau waited too long to tell lawmakers and White House officials about the investigation, and how much classified information Broadwell, by dint of her relationship with Petraeus, was privy to. The answers matter.

Her “expressive green eyes” (The Daily Beast) and “tight shirts” and “form-fitting clothes” (The Washington Post) don’t.


Frank Bruni nails it. Why the hell are we talking about what Broadwell looks like?

(BTW, Glenn Greenwald agrees.)

“Ohio really did go to President Obama last night. And he really did win. And he really was born in Hawaii. And he really is legitimately President of the United States. Again. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not make up a fake unemployment rate last month. And the Congressional Research Service really can find no evidence that cutting taxes on rich people grows the economy. And the polls were not skewed to oversample Democrats. And Nate Silver was not making up fake projections about the election to make conservatives feel bad. Nate Silver was doing math. And climate change is real. And rape really does cause pregnancy sometimes. And evolution is a thing! And Benghazi was an attack ON us, it was not a scandal BY us. And nobody is taking away anyone’s guns. And taxes have not gone up. And the deficit is dropping, actually. And Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction. And the moon landing was real. And FEMA is not building concentration camps. And UN election observers are not taking over Texas. And moderate reforms of the regulations on the insurance industry and the financial services industry in this country are not the same thing as Communism.”

Rachel Maddow. Truth.
I grow old, I grow old…

I grow old, I grow old…

Halloween Playlist 2012


Motley Crue, “Shout at the Devil”
The Cramps, “TV Set”
Blue Oyster Cult, “Don’t Fear the Reaper”
Mike Oldfield, “Tubular Bells”
The Specials, “Ghost Town”
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, “Little Red Riding Hood”
The Clash, “Straight to Hell”
Bauhaus, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”
Charlie Daniels Band, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”
Oingo Boingo, “Dead Man’s Party”
AC/DC, “Highway to Hell”
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, “I Put a Spell on You”
INXS, “Devil Inside”
Van Halen, “Runnin’ With the Devil”
Rockwell, “Somebody’s Watching Me”
Donovan, “Season of the Witch”
Danny Elfman, “This Is Halloween”
White Zombie, “I’m Your Boogie Man”
The Who, “Boris the Spider”
Ray Parker Jr., “Ghostbusters”
Ministry, “Every Day Is Halloween”

Halloween!!!

Halloween!!!

“Romo didn’t get lucky with a gutsy pitch. That pitch, in that situation, was unhittable. Romo set Cabrera up with five sliders — a pitch that rivals Mariano Rivera’s cutter as a singular weapon — and then threw the one pitch that Cabrera had no chance of hitting.”

THIS. The whole “the Giants lucked into a victory” narrative is pissing me off. This is a really good team that Sabean built this way ON PURPOSE.

Just because no one east of Sacramento expected them to win doesn’t make their victory a fluke, it just means no one was paying attention.