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October 2, 2011

Ron and I wrote a guest post for Charlie’s Diary, the blog of science fiction author Charles Stross, about education in space and other weighty stuff. Our friend, Professor Joan Slonczewski, titled it “Are Professors Obsolete?” but I think it’s more about wishing for a world where we could get a handheld Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Speaking of science fiction, Phoenix Pick’s free ebook for October is Jack L. Chalker’s Lilith: A Snake in the Grass. This is the first of four books in The Four Lords of the Diamond series.  The coupon code for October is 9991439 and will be good from October 2 to October 31.  The link, as usual, is at

And while we’re on the subject, have you seen SF Signal’s Flowchart for navigating the NPR best 100 SF and Fantasy?

9 Comments leave one →
  1. CSchu permalink
    October 2, 2011 9:03 am

    It is interesting that Joan gave your review this title, as I don’t think her book even suggests that professors might be obsolete. It suggests that the way professors conduct class may change, not surprising. But the professors in the book are really important to the intellectual growth of the main character, in a number of ways.

  2. October 2, 2011 9:30 am

    Well, blog posts are supposed to be provocative, even at a blog like Charlie’s where if you don’t get 40 comments by the next day, you’ve done something wrong.

    I haven’t reviewed Joan’s new book yet, The Highest Frontier. To tell the truth, I’m still making my way through the finished version. I got to read an early manuscript version, and so I’m not feeling much pull from the plot. It is fascinating to see what kinds of choices she made, and how much better she made the finished product.

  3. Jodie permalink
    October 3, 2011 10:26 am

    Wow, you got a lot of comments over there!

  4. October 3, 2011 10:32 am

    No kidding, and a lot of really intelligent responses. We would have replied more, but had some problems with the comment moderation in the time we had before and after Walker’s chess event in Columbus yesterday.

  5. October 3, 2011 11:48 am

    Wow I’ve read most of the sci fi recommendations and a fair number of the fantasy–that’s the bit that surprised me. I’d have thought I would hardly have read any of them.

    • October 3, 2011 6:28 pm

      So you’re better-read than you thought–and people were voting for many old favorites. I really had to wonder what books like The Time Traveler’s Wife were doing on the list.

  6. Joan Slonczewski permalink
    October 3, 2011 4:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing your post at Charlie’s–and the comments are still going!
    It’s taken a turn for botany–I had no idea how many botanists are out there on their computers. The botanists agree that it takes a real human to understand a plant.

    • October 3, 2011 6:29 pm

      All the turns are fascinating. I like the way you stepped in, and the way Charlie has stepped in a couple of times.

  7. October 4, 2011 8:23 am

    and 103 comments! Wow!

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