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Which makes for less scary bedtime reading? The first Dexter novel? Or debate articles?

Which makes for less scary bedtime reading? The first Dexter novel? Or debate articles?

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Dave Winer: Less Facebook is OK

Dave Winer: Less Facebook is OK Dave is my blogging spirit animal. I like blogging, and I like sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, and Medium. Of those platforms, I get the most return from Facebook. But blogging AND sharing … Continue reading

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“These Are the Voyages”

I’ve been reading “These Are the Voyages,” an obsessively detailed history of Star Trek. I don’t mean it’s a history of the fictional universe of the Federation — I mean it’s a history of the classic 1960s TV show. It’s … Continue reading

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Ulysses vs. Scrivener

In a brief Reddit discussion, users of both writing apps ding Ulysses for relying on Markdown for formatting, while Scrivener uses rich text. That surprises me. I find Markdown quite natural, which goes a long way to explaining why I … Continue reading

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Today’s creative writing: 778 words on “The Reluctant Magician”

866 words total. I’m just getting started. Rather, I’m just getting started for the third time. I made a couple of false starts. Then I read this essay from Michael Moorcock on how to write an adventure novel in three … Continue reading

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Book review: “The First 15 Lives of Harry August.”

“The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August” is a thrilling, thoughtful, and well-written science fiction novel that explores moral responsibility and the 20th Century. I hope you love it as much as Julie and I did. Continue reading

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Science fiction writer Jerry Pournelle is possibly the first author to write a novel on a word processor

Word processing has transformed the way writers work, a transition from typewriters to electronic writing that happened in a  few short years, starting in the mid-70s and ending by 1984 and 1985. The transition has been largely overlooked by literary … Continue reading

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Weird futurism

Madeline Ashby’s new novel, Company Town, starts out like your average futuristic novel about a ninja bodyguard hired to protect unionized sex workers on a city-sized oil drilling platform off the coast of Canada. Then it starts getting weird. I’m talking … Continue reading

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If you want to keep using your pre-2012 Kindle, you need to update it right away

The new update is required for pre-2012 devices that haven’t connected to the Internet since Oct. 5 2015. Do it by Tuesday. Failure to do so, the company warns, and you won’t be able to connect to Amazon’s Cloud, access … Continue reading

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“When I finish reading an ebook”

Via algorithmic4 on Reddit

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“Dungeons & Dragons Saved My Life”

Jon Michaud in The New Yorker provides a brief history of the game Dungeons & Dragons, and his own history with it. D&D changed the pop cultural landscape, and the way games were created and enjoyed. Instead of pieces or … Continue reading

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How to reset the furthest page read on your Kindle

Go to the Manage Your Kindle page on the web, and navigate to the list of your books. Find the book you want to reset. Click the icon with three dots next to the book title. Select “Clear furthest page … Continue reading

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L. Frank Baum’s great-grandson is continuing to write Oz books. Also, new Oz movie out

Roger S. Baum, 76, is a banker turned author. There’s a new movie Oz out – “The Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return,” an animated feature opening widely Friday. The new movie, set shortly after Dorothy returns from her first visit … Continue reading

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How Paperbacks Transformed the Way Americans Read

How Paperbacks Transformed the Way Americans Read Starting in 1939, paperback publishers revolutionized publishing. They slashed costs by ramping up volume, selling in bus stations and newsstands. And they splashed covers with bold, sometimes lurid art. If paperbacks were going … Continue reading

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My 3 favorite gadgets of 2011

iPad 1: We got ours the day they came out, and we’ve used them for hours every day since. Primarily I use mine for reading Web articles through a variety of interfaces, mainly the Web browser, Instapaper, and Reeder. I … Continue reading

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The Foundation as the villains of the Foundation Trilogy

Non-violence is one of the biggest themes of The Foundation Trilogy. Other space operas are filled with space battles and thrilling hand-to-hand combat. There’s very little violence onstage in The Foundation Trilogy. Mostly, the novels consist of people sitting around … Continue reading

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Re-Reading Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation Trilogy”

I just started listening to the audiobook of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy, which I last read when I was a teen-ager. I got a bug in my ear to re-read it after a review by Jo Walton. First impressions, based … Continue reading

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