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November 15th, 2006

Sure, What the Heck...

This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club. Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved.

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The Science Fiction Book Club has some weird ideas about what counts as significant. Where's the Robert E. Howard? Where's the H.P. Lovecraft? Terry "Ditto Is My Middle Name" Brooks and J.K. Rowling are on this list, but the father of sword-and-sorcery isn't? Granted, Howard only wrote one Conan novel and it was at the end of his career, but Dangerous Visions is an anthology of short stories, surely the Ace/Bantam Conan books should count too.

I notice there isn't any Fritz Leiber, either. :P

-The Gneech

PS: Snagged from athelind.

EDIT: I realized on the way to work that the start date is 1953, so yeah, Howard and Lovecraft were too early for that. So they extended the list backward just enough to include Lord of the Rings. Pfui. That's like making a list of the most influential physicists in history, starting with Stephen Hawking.

This Stupid Building

I'm not really as cranky as I sound today, but not for the world's lack of trying. :P The building we work in here is a rotting shamble, a big Coke-bottle-green glass box built sometime in the late '80s or so with an eye towards making a lot of money fast and on the cheap. The locks don't work, the elevators have sent people to the hospital, the plumbing is nasty, and the floors are uneven. Just about the only recommendation it has had was a beautiful row of cherry trees lining the sidewalk out front.

Which are being chopped down even as I type.

So between that and yet another poor bird that bashed its brains in against the windows that it couldn't see this morning, I'd slap this building if I could. -.-

-The Gneech
Well, in yet another attempt to thwart our attempts to play DDR, one of our Red Octane pads is now randomly stuck in permanent "Push START" mode. This is after we bought a PS2 because to play the game 'cause the pads didn't work on the X-Box, if you recall.

So laurie_robey and I played "DDR Supernova" for an hour tonight by alternating which one of us was dancing (although for at least one, I just did the moves in the background without a pad while Laurie played).

A lot of thoughts went through my head as we played; the main one I remember now is, when the polygonal dancer in her super-short-shorts bent down and touched her toes, "Does it count as fanservice if I'm not her fan?"

The other I remember is a sketch idea; it's kind of complex and I don't know if I'll actually do it or not ... but I'm at least going to write it down in my list.

-The Gneech

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