If You Read One Thing Today, Make It This Canticle For Leibowitz Essay

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Canticle is one of my favorite SF novels.

See my review from March 2013.

If you want to skip the I09 recap of the New Yorker essay and just get right to it, follow this link:

A Science Fiction Classic Still Smoulders

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Why Millennials Are Avoiding Small-Town America | Fast Forward | OZY

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More death knells for small towns on America. I’m not a millennial – in fact I’m one of the last of the Baby Boomers – but I fled my small town just a bit.  Somewhat of a compromise – 20 miles from where I grew up (population then about 500 now abound 250) – to Lansing (population 11,000) and I work 35 miles away in KC metro (not sure of population stats for the area but probably over two million easy). I love access to culture activities but I miss dark skies.

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Book Review: Abyss Beyond Dreams by Hamilton (3.5 stars)

The Abyss Beyond Dreams
A Novel of the Commonwealth

by Peter F. Hamilton

3.5 out of 5 stars

Publisher’s Synopsis:

The wait is over. Bestselling science fiction master Peter F. Hamilton is back with the first of a new two-book saga set in his popular Commonwealth universe. Distinguished by deft plotting, a teeming cast of characters, dazzling scientific speculation, and imagination that brings the truly alien to life, The Abyss Beyond Dreams reveals Hamilton as a storyteller of astonishing ingenuity and power.

The year is 3326. Nigel Sheldon, one of the founders of the Commonwealth, receives a visit from the Raiel—self-appointed guardians of the Void, the enigmatic construct at the core of the galaxy that threatens the existence of all that lives. The Raiel convince Nigel to participate in a desperate scheme to infiltrate the Void.

Once inside, Nigel discovers that humans are not the only life-forms to have been sucked into the Void, where the laws of physics are subtly different and mental powers indistinguishable from magic are commonplace. The humans trapped there are afflicted by an alien species of biological mimics—the Fallers—that are intelligent but merciless killers.

Yet these same aliens may hold the key to destroying the threat of the Void forever—if Nigel can uncover their secrets. As the Fallers’ relentless attacks continue, and the fragile human society splinters into civil war, Nigel must uncover the secrets of the Fallers—before he is killed by the very people he has come to save.

My Thoughts:

After spending a month or two reading World War I fiction and non-fiction as well as a somewhat depressing post-apocalyptic dystopian novel, I needed something lighter and a bit more uplifting.  I switched to space opera.  I lucked into several ebooks available as pre-release eARCs via Netgalley, this being the third one I’ve read of the four I found (see my two previous reviews on The Chaplain’s War and A Call to Duty).

I enjoyed Hamilton’s writing style, but I must admit to being a bit confused or at least uninformed about his existing Commonwealth and Void universes.  This was my first Hamilton novel so I dived right in and either sank or swam by his efforts.  To his credit, even with limited world-building or recap exposition in the Prologue, I gleaned enough to make the read enjoyable.

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Don’t Get Too Excited – No One Has Cracked Nuclear Fusion Yet

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We are so close.  Maybe not in my lifetime but definitely in my grandkids.

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Amazing Faith

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Excerpt from Living in the Spirit, now available in print and ebook editions from your favorite book retailers.

Originally posted on As a Matter of Fancy:

Excerpt from Living in the Spirit, pages 46-49

“Jesus asked, ‘When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?’” (Luke 18:8). What kind of faith will he be looking for?

A Roman centurion asked Jesus to cure his servant (Matthew 8 and Luke 7). As with all such humble requests, Jesus agreed, even though most Jews wouldn’t even talk to an officer of that hated occupying empire. In fact, just to enter a Gentile’s house carried the probability of contamination, rendering Jesus ritually unclean. But “Jesus said to him, ‘I will come and heal him’” (Matthew 8:7).

The centurion’s response is memorable.

“Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes…

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Autumn Evening Colors, Pink Sunrises and Royal Blue Days

Last night after grabbing a quick dinner and running some errands, my husband and I made a quick trip through Mount Muncie Cemetery just before sunset.  I took several snapshots with my smartphone, and liked this one the best:

Fall colors at Muncie CemeteryThis morning, after commuting in the pre-dawn darkness and parking almost underground, I emerged to find this pink sunrise greeting me on this fabulous Friday morning:

20141017_072039And in honor of the World Series bound Royals (first game is here in Kansas City next Tuesday evening) enjoy this snapshot from one of my many lunch walks around the Country Club Plaza, where all the fountains are overflowing with Royal blue:

20141015_120842Have a great weekend everyone!

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Farewell Apollo and Godspeed

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Last photo take of Apollo (Sep. 29, 2014)

Apollo began his final adventure Monday afternoon. He’s off chasing Roxy now.

Rest in peace buddy and give Roxy our love.

 

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