Prydain Pickups

June 12, 2019 Bushi 7

I live! If one can call existence without regular reading “living.” Ah, the demands on a startup pickle farmer! Despite my lack of disposable time, I’ve still been adding to my collection and building up a stock for my progeny. It’s yard sale season, and I’ve been hitting some up […]

Micro-SFF: Fair is Foul, Foul is Fair

April 26, 2019 Bushi 18

I recall at some point reading commentary by some Twitter peers to the effect of “we moderns have lost sight of the fact that sin takes a physical toll on the body.” This was probably accompanied by a picture of some hated politician. Now this isn’t to say that sinful […]

Micro-SFF: Quick Musing on Vance’s Characters

April 12, 2019 Bushi 2

Status: Alive I know no one cares about unjustly obscured SFF these days, but man Jack Vance’s stories would make for some awesome movies or TV shows, especially with the big budget productions we see so frequently today. I guess the real question is – who would be unwoke enough […]

Change of Focus

April 1, 2019 Bushi 7

I made an important announcement on Twitter the other day. It is with mingled joy, hope, and sorrow, that I have decided to pursue a career uniting two lifelong passions – pickling and peddling.   Yes, I have decided to leave the breakneck world of SFF. The consumption of science […]

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Frank Herbert on Message Fic and Dune

March 21, 2019 Bushi 3

Interviews with SFF masters of yore can be quite fascinating and insightful, and I like to watch or read them every now and then. The other day a couple clips of Frank Herbert interviews popped up in my recommended YouTube videos, and I just wanted to quickly share them.   […]

Star Trek: TNG on Courage and Moral/Cultural Relativism

March 18, 2019 Bushi 0

I’ve somewhat of a Star Trek casual, as scifi nerds go. Over the years, I’ve watched Voyager and Deep Space Nine all the way through; I’ve seen many episodes of the original series as scattered reruns on TV, and I’ve watched a lot of The Next Generation episodes. But I’ve […]

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The Moon Pool Has Merit

March 13, 2019 Bushi 3

I’m not sure what it is about The Moon Pool. I’ve been picking at it for weeks. I read a few pages before bed most nights, and it feels like I’ve been doing so forever. A. Merritt is an author of the old school, with every connotation the phrase brings. His […]

Killer AI: Final Thoughts on Brother Assassin

March 6, 2019 Bushi 5

I don’t have a lot more to say about Brother Assassin. The book is well-paced, broken up into three sequential story segments. Normally time travel stories can pretty easily develop into something of a tangled clusterfark, but I found Saberhagen’s approach quite engaging. In each part, the berserkers adjust their strategy […]

The Scifi Totally-Not-Galileo

March 5, 2019 Bushi 3

I’m almost done with Brother Assassin, but wanted to share this nugget. The third part of the book is about defending this indispensable historical figure from the berserkers, and this guy is Totally Not Galileo! I recently discovered that Saberhagen was a practicing Catholic. It also appears he was historically […]

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Colonized

March 4, 2019 Bushi 5

I was sick again at the end of last week. My son turns one this month, and to be honest I was a little surprised I hadn’t gotten sick more often this past year. I guess it’s catching up with me now. One thing I did while I was out […]