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  • Israel Doubles Down on Criticism of Obama Administration: ‘Ben Rhodes is an Expert at Fiction’

    12/27/2016 10:42:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 26, 2016 | 7:23 PM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. on Monday contemptuously dismissed White House deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes’ denials that the Obama administration played a key behind-the-scenes role in getting a resolution condemning Israel through the U.N. Security Council, describing him as an “expert at fiction.” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s government says it has “iron-clad” information indicating that the Obama administration had a role in the crafting and passage of the resolution that passed Friday in the absence of a U.S. veto. Ambassador Ron Dermer told MSNBC the Israeli government had proof that it would share that evidence with the incoming...
  • Why Thomas Hardy, Not Jane Austen, Is a Better Guide to Love

    02/16/2017 6:09:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Accultured ^ | February 14, 2017 | Sarah Gustafson
    Valentine’s Day is here, and with it, the usual slew of literary and pop culture reminders of what love does to us. Pick your poison—Jane Austen, Nicholas Sparks, the Brontes, Old Hollywood, 90s rom coms, BBC bodice rippers—we are saturated by reminders that a rewarding life includes a worthy, rewarding and, above all, romantic relationship. I don’t hate the romantic canon. But I want to convince you that we should broaden it by reviving an underrated masterpiece: Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd. (The novel has also been made into a beautiful movie, although, full disclosure, I’ve not seen...
  • 'Words can't describe how excited I am about the new Philip Pullman books': [tr]

    02/15/2017 6:26:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 15, 2017 | Keiligh Baker
    His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman has announced he will release the long-awaited follow-up to the popular trilogy - sparking an online frenzy from his delighted fans. The next trilogy of books, which the Cambridge-based writer describes as an 'equel' rather than a prequel or sequel, begins with The Book Of Dust which will be published on October 19 by Penguin Random House Children's and David Fickling Books.
  • PizzaGate Resauranteur Sexually Assaulted Employee, 2008..?

    01/22/2017 3:03:33 PM PST · by gaijin · 65 replies
    Reddit ^ | January 21, 2017 | me
    A disturbing Reddit thread claims that in 2008 the ex-business partner of James Alefantis, DC chef and restauranteur Carole Greenwood, caught Alefantis in the act of sexually battering her then 17 year-old son. Subsequent internet postings identified the location of the alleged crime scene as being Comet Ping Pong Pizza, a DC ping pong-themed pizzaria featuring live music acts. Citing a "family emergency", Greenwood abruptly terminated her business dealings with Alefantis and disappeared, finally surfacing as Executive Chef at Bethesda's Food & Wine Co. An anonymous poster to the thread, presumably Alefantis, objects to the dark story: "Why wouldn't I...
  • Book returned to San Francisco library 100 years late

    01/16/2017 4:15:35 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    A book of short stories titled “Forty Minutes Late” has been returned to a San Francisco library -- 100 years late. ... Johnson’s great grandmother had checked it out from the city’s old Fillmore branch in 1917. She passed away a week before the due date, and the Fillmore branch is no longer around. Johnson found the 1909 book, by F. Hopkinson Smith, in an old steamer trunk in 1996. He assumed the library wouldn’t want it back, but a recently announced “fine forgiveness program” that runs through Feb. 14 inspired him to return it.
  • A New York Story (Ashes of Fiery Weather)

    01/01/2017 1:48:28 PM PST · by OddLane
    American Rattlesnake ^ | December 25, 2016 | Gerard Perry
    Most of you will probably remember Kathleen Donohoe, an Irish-American writer and New Yorker-and full disclosure, my cousin-from previous posts on this website. This year saw the publication of her debut novel, Ashes Of Fiery Weather. The title is taken from a poem by Wallace Stevens, Our Stars Come From Ireland, which celebrates the importance of place as a facet of memory. It’s a fitting entry point to this book, which explores how geography-both in New York City and Ireland-contours our worldview. Ashes also recognizes the importance of history, both on a collective and individual level, which-as the son of...
  • Fictional Character Quoted as Authoritative on Second Amendment

    12/27/2016 3:42:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 December, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    West Wing Character Toby Ziegler Having observed debates about the Second Amendment for 50 years, it is surprising to find something new. Tosten Burks, writing at good.is, uses a quote from a fictional character as an authoritative source on the Second Amendment. From good.is: The Constitution’s most controversial amendment reads: “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” The NRA has spent much of the past 40 years broadening the interpretation to expand the gun market. The original intent, however, is...
  • Upcoming Hospital Stay - Need Book Recommendation (Vanity)

    12/06/2016 6:28:58 PM PST · by Veggie Todd · 159 replies
    Me | Today | Me
    After surgery, I'll be in the hospital for about five days. Not sure how much lucid time I'll have, but I want to take a good book. I like Nonfiction, History, Autobiographies, and of course, America.
  • Need help for my story

    11/11/2016 2:31:30 PM PST · by Springfield Reformer · 63 replies
    N/A | 11/11/2016 | self
    Hi everyone. I've been away for a while, and had a lot of time to get my sci-fi romance adventure novel going full steam ahead. I'm at a point in the story where my main character is backpacking her way across Europe on a shoestring, while trying to elude a number of suspicious characters. I spent some time quasi-backpacking overseas a few decades ago, but not along the route my character is taking, which includes England, France, Switzerland and Italy. If anyone has any direct personal experience with these places and is willing to share those experiences in this thread...
  • 10 Science Fiction Books about Politics

    11/08/2016 5:41:56 PM PST · by EveningStar · 49 replies
    SFFWorld ^ | November 8, 2016 | Mark Yon
    In this collection of potential reading, Mark Yon suggests books that you may appreciate whilst considering your vote. It may have escaped your attention that during this week there are elections in the US. Whilst we do not endorse any particular candidate or party at SFFWorld (and the person mainly writing this is non-US anyway!)  but on behalf of SFFWorld we thought we would compile a list of ten SF books that use politics as an important part of their world. Be warned – not all of these are future visions you may like…
  • GOP braces for Trump loss, roiled by refusal to accept election results

    10/20/2016 8:51:19 PM PDT · by upchuck · 114 replies
    Wash COMPOST ^ | Oct 20, 2016 | Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
    A wave of apprehension and anguish swept the Republican Party on Thursday, with many GOP leaders alarmed by Donald Trump’s refusal to accept the outcome of the election and concluding that it is probably too late to salvage his flailing presidential campaign. As the Republican nominee reeled from a turbulent performance in the final debate here in Las Vegas, his party’s embattled senators and House members scrambled to protect their seats and preserve the GOP’s congressional majorities against what Republicans privately acknowledge could be a landslide victory for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. With 19 days until the election, the Republican...
  • The Strange Reason Nearly Every Film Ends by Saying It's Fiction (You Guessed It: Rasputin!)

    08/27/2016 2:41:49 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    Slate ^ | August 26, 2016 | Duncan Fyfe
    Virtually every film in modern memory ends with some variation of the same disclaimer: "This is a work of fiction. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events, is purely coincidental." The cut-and-paste legal rider must be the most boring thing in every movie that features it. Who knew its origins were so lurid? For that bit of boilerplate, we can indirectly thank none other than Grigori Rasputin, the famously hard-to-assassinate Russian mystic and intimate of the last, doomed Romanovs. It all started when an exiled Russian prince sued MGM in 1933 over the studio's Rasputin biopic,...
  • Revisiting A Crazy Conspiracy Novel: Behold A Pale Horse

    07/11/2016 6:43:49 PM PDT · by PingPongChampion · 22 replies
    Poletical ^ | July 2nd, 2016 | T. Carter
    A neighbor of mine, who once considered himself a Bernie supporter, handed me a copy of the book after I expressed some curiosity and told him that I read some of it online. The book talks about everything from government engineered diseases to extraterrestrial conspiracies, most of which is complete nonsense, but some that also rings eerily accurate in 2016. I'm not willing to do more than brush Cooper's book off as coincidental rubbish – which I really think it is – but I find myself compelled to share the passages and moments from the book that struck me the...
  • "Liberty's Last Stand"

    06/21/2016 9:59:02 AM PDT · by OregonRancher · 19 replies
    Regnery Publishing ^ | 2016 | Stepen Coonts
    Islamic terrorists lit the fuse… …but a treacherous president planted the bomb. And that’s only the beginning, in the most daring and exciting thriller ever from the pen of sixteen-time New York Times bestselling author Stephen Coonts. With the nation in shock over the latest Islamist outrage, the president imposes martial law, cancels the imminent presidential election, and suspends the Constitution. In response, Texas secedes—and what follows is the bloodiest, most harrowing internal insurrection since the Civil War. In the center of the action are former CIA director Jake Grafton and former CIA operative Tommy Carmellini with a mission unlike...
  • People you don't mess with, Leroy Brown, Jim Thompson,Jack Bauer,DJT

    05/22/2016 3:43:23 PM PDT · by eastforker · 159 replies
    eastforker ^ | 05/22/16 | eastforker
    Would like to hear who you think not to mess with.
  • Roots: The Groundbreaking Series Reimagined

    05/18/2016 9:52:29 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 62 replies
    History Channel ^ | May 17, 2016
    HISTORY® premieres "Roots" on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30, it was announced today by Paul Buccieri, President of A&E and HISTORY. The four-night, eight-hour event series developed by HISTORY, from A+E Studios, is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship.
  • 100 books to change your life

    04/29/2016 9:05:38 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 40 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 28 Apr, 2016 | Martin Chilton
    e all have memories of books that have ignited our imaginations but is there one special book that has changed your life? That's the premise behind a fascinating new collection of essays featuring contributions from writers, politicians and actors, who discuss the book that holds a special place in their hearts. Among the contributors are Sofia Coppola, Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers and Jodi Picoult. The entry I particularly liked was from the country music singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash, who seemed to capture what Marcel Proust said about there being no days of our childhood we live so fully as...
  • Book: Torn Asunder-The Second American Civil War

    03/27/2016 1:14:37 PM PDT · by rstrahan · 22 replies
    Vanity | 03/27/2016 | Roger D. Strahan
    There has been a reoccurring thought- that POTUS would declare martial law if he saw his legacy about to go down the drain. So, I wrote a book along this line. Essentially, I believe that there would be a schism, with much of the south and midwest declaring their allegiance to the Constitution and resisting the Washington dictates. Some states would sit it out, others, like California, would support martial law. If interested, the book is out there on Amazon Unlimited. Those that have read it think it is a good read.
  • Deposition sheds troubling new light on the #RICO20/DOJ “potential investigation of climate deniers”

    03/12/2016 8:56:34 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | March 10, 2016 | Guest essay by Chris Horner
    Guest Blogger / 2 days ago March 10, 2016 14 of the RICO20Jagadish Shukla, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, Edward Maibach, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, Paul Dirmeyer, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, Barry Klinger, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, Paul Schopf, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, David Straus, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, Edward Sarachik, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Michael Wallace, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Alan Robock, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, Eugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, William Lau, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, (not shown) Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO , T.N. Krishnamurti, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, Vasu Misra,...
  • Roots miniseries remake gets intense first trailer

    02/12/2016 8:47:12 AM PST · by rktman · 52 replies
    ew.com ^ | 2/11/2016 | James Hibberd
    The all-star remake of the iconic miniseries Roots has an intense first trailer.
  • Upon the Rock, a short story

    11/24/2015 4:53:42 PM PST · by tbw2
    Hubpages ^ | 11/23/2015 | Tamara Wilhite
    A story written imagining what happens if we don't fight the world-wide wave of Jihad but continue to appease and retreat.
  • The Fiction of 'Truth'

    11/12/2015 4:25:28 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 11/12/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    We live in a weary age of fable. The latest Hollywood mythology is entitled "Truth." But the film is actually a fictionalized story about how CBS News super-anchor Dan Rather and his "60 Minutes" producer supposedly were railroaded by corporate and right-wing interests into resigning. In reality, an internal investigation by CBS found that Rather and his "60 Minutes" team -- just weeks before the 2004 election -- had failed to properly vet documents of dubious authenticity asserting that a young George W. Bush had shirked his duty as a Texas Air National Guard pilot. The fabulist movie comes on...
  • The Time Traveler, by Dan Simmons

    09/01/2015 4:11:21 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 15 replies
    Dan Simmon's Home Page ^ | 04/01/2006 | Dan Simmons
    A time traveler from the future offers a history lesson on the "Long War" with Islam that he is still fighting.
  • We just got a deafening sign that the next US jobs report will be a monster

    07/23/2015 8:13:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/23/2015 | AKIN OYEDELE
    The July jobs report could be a monster. On Thursday, the Department of Labor reported that initial claims for unemployment insurance plunged by 26,000 to 255,000, the lowest level since November 24, 1973. That's nearly 42 years ago, or when Richard Nixon was US president, or before Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras was born. The important thing, however, is that this data came during the week that the Bureau of Labor Statistics conducts the survey for the monthly jobs report, which we'll get in just over two weeks on Friday, August 7. In July, the economy added 223,000 jobs and...
  • Finding Humanity in Gone With the Wind

    07/18/2015 3:27:50 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 69 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 16, 2015 | Cass R. Sunstein
    When Americans think about the Confederacy, they often think about Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 classic, Gone With the Wind. Inspired by recent debates over the Confederate flag, I decided to give the book a try. I confess that I did not have high hopes. I expected to be appalled by its politics and racism, and to be bored by the melodrama. (Scarlett O’Hara, Rhett Butler, and Ashley Wilkes? Really?) About twenty pages, I thought, would be enough. I could not have been more wrong. The book is enthralling, and it casts a spell. Does it make a plausible argument for continuing...
  • IN DEFENSE OF ATTICUS FINCH

    07/15/2015 9:19:03 AM PDT · by shortstop · 15 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 07/15/15 | Bob Lonsberry
    Don’t throw away your copy of “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Atticus Finch didn’t betray you. Your childhood admiration was not misplaced, and your hero is not fallen. Be still, gentle reader, and let me explain. Atticus Finch is a fictional character. He was created to communicate a message on behalf of his creator, Harper Lee. You met him on the pages of Mockingbird. And some think they have re-met him this week in the unfortunate publication of an early effort titled “Go Set A Watchman.” The new Atticus, instead of being a paragon of fairness and equality, is one more...
  • Disgraced NBC Anchorman Moves to MSNBC [semi-satire]

    06/19/2015 3:53:30 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 22 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 June 2015 | John Semmens
    Dismissed from his post at NBC's Nightly News for making up stories, Brian Williams has been reassigned to the company's floundering cable channel where he has vowed "to reclaim my reputation, one viewer at a time." Whether Williams will be able to accomplish was thrown into doubt by his stubborn insistence that his on-the-air fabrications "weren't intended to mislead people." "Fiction isn't inherently untrue," Williams observed. "Many novels and movies portray deeper truths via fictional characters and events. We don't deride Mark Twain or Steven Spielberg for making up stuff. While I don't claim to be as good at it...
  • 10 best books set in Orange County. Did we get it right?

    06/07/2015 1:40:59 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | June 6, 2015 | Peter Larsen
    ... These Orange County stories could be fact but in this case they’re fiction, plots from a few of our list of the top 10 novels or short story collections set in Orange County ...
  • Anthony Horowitz, Conan Doyle, Ian Fleming and me

    05/16/2015 2:22:04 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 3 replies
    ABC - Australia ^ | Friday 15 May 2015 10:26AM
    Anthony Horowitz writes adult novels, teenage spy thrillers, children’s books, TV series, films, plays, journalism as well as fiction-in-the-style of other great writers. He has written in the ‘voice’ of Conan Doyle and Ian Fleming. He is also responsible for the widespread belief that there is a murderer behind every bush in a place called Midsomer in England, not to mention creating Foyle's War.
  • George Washington and most of Jamestown had gay sex... and John Wilkes Booth was one of Abraham [tr]

    04/15/2015 1:43:09 PM PDT · by C19fan · 216 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 15, 2015 | Alexandra Klaunser
    Abraham Lincoln and George Washington were gay, says a new book by a gay activist and award winning writer. Larry Kramer, 79, says he believes what's written in his history book is true though he is selling it as fiction to avoid legal troubles. In Volume One of his two part book 'The American People,' Kramer says that Abraham Lincoln was gay and his killer John Wilkes Booth was actually Lincoln's spurned gay lover. 'We know that Abraham Lincoln was gay,' Kramer told CBS in an interview about the book which came out this month.
  • Is 'Social Justice Warrior' a Pejorative?

    04/14/2015 12:17:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    I was reading a post-mortem on the delicious Sad Puppies/Hugo nominations imbroglio last week when an interesting point came up. George R.R. Martin, the "Game of Thrones" chappie, wrote on his Not a Blog that Sad Puppies commenters on his blog should lose the Social Justice Warrior, or SJW moniker. Because courtesy. >>>Let's not throw around insults, or charges of misogyny and racism, please. And Puppies, sad or happy, if any of you feel inclined to reply, please avoid the term "Social Justice Warriors" or SJWs. I am happy to call you Sad Puppies since you named yourself that, but...
  • " St. Patrick Was a Baptist"

    03/16/2015 8:16:21 AM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 118 replies
    Don Boys "Common Sense for Today News" ^ | March 14, 2015 | Don Boys
    Our Catholic friends won’t like this revelation but facts are facts. Patrick (original name was Sucat) was born in Scotland about 375 AD and lived about 85 years dying in 460. As a teen he was captured by marauding raiders and taken to Ireland where he was sold to Milcho, a Druid chieftain and held in slavery for six years. Patrick said that he was hungry and naked during that time. He eventually walked 200 miles to the Irish coast to escape and to find his way back to Scotland. It is my desire to dispel the myths, delusions, superstitions...
  • Ishmael's New Testament: Salvation in Moby Dick

    12/28/2003 4:02:24 PM PST · by Cvengr · 2 replies · 1,264+ views
    http://pages.cthome.net/jbair/mobydick.htm ^ | 8/19/98 11:38:49 PM | James Bair
    Moby Dick is full of allusions to the Bible. A major theme in the Bible is salvation and (in the New Testament) new birth. This essay will summarize what the Bible says on the subject and then show ways in which this applies to Moby Dick. Moby Dick depends a lot on the Old Testament. Job and Jonah, Ahab and Noah stalk its pages. (Originally I had thought of doing a paper contrasting Melville's Ahab with Job, but I was overwhelmed at the magnitude of references and allusions--anyone willing to stake me for a two-year sabbatical?). Moby Dick does also...
  • The Wachowskis’ Expensive ‘Jupiter Ascending': What The Hell Happened?

    02/11/2015 10:04:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 56 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | February 9, 2015 | Anthony D'Alessandro
    While this year’s domestic box office is off to a great start with $1.2B, it’s also produced too many bombs. Following Universal/Legendary’s Blackhat ($70M cost, $16.6M global B.O.) and Lionsgate’s Mortdecai ($60M cost, $19.1M global B.O.), this weekend brought Jupiter Ascending from Warner Bros./Village Roadshow (estimated cost $205-$210M) and Seventh Son (estimated cost $105M-$110M) from Universal/Legendary.
  • ‘Jupiter Ascending’ Debuts to Muted Crowd at Sundance

    01/29/2015 5:55:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Variety ^ | January 27, 2015 | Ramin Setoodeh
    The Sundance Film Festival isn’t a typical launchpad for studio blockbusters, but Warner Bros. surprised theater-goers on Tuesday night by unveiling the Wachowski siblings’ “Jupiter Ascending” at a “secret screening.” The invitation-only event, which was not billed as a premiere, was the first time “Jupiter Ascending” was shown to the public. Variety broke news of the screening on Tuesday afternoon, but there were other clues the audience wasn’t about to see a typical Sundance indie. When attendees with tickets arrived at the Egyptian Theater in Park City, they were handed 3D glasses. Despite the hype of a secret screening, clusters...
  • Hillary novel: Bows out of 2016 race, Rachel Maddow wins presidency

    12/16/2014 1:31:58 PM PST · by God'sgrrl · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | DECEMBER 15, 2014 | BY PAUL BEDARD
    It was just a matter of time. After living in the spotlight for 22 years and inching toward another presidential bid, Hillary Clinton is finally the subject of a full-length novel.
  • Starship Troopers: One of the Most Misunderstood Movies Ever

    12/02/2014 7:02:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 77 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 7, 2013 | Calum Marsh
    When Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers hit theaters 16 years ago today, most American critics slammed it. In the New York Times, Janet Maslin panned the “crazed, lurid spectacle,” as featuring “raunchiness tailor-made for teen-age boys.” Jeff Vice, in the Deseret News, called it “a nonstop splatterfest so devoid of taste and logic that it makes even the most brainless summer blockbuster look intelligent.” Roger Ebert, who had praised the “pointed social satire” of Verhoeven’s Robocop, found the film “one-dimensional,” a trivial nothing “pitched at 11-year-old science-fiction fans.” But those critics had missed the point. Starship Troopers is satire, a ruthlessly...
  • [Vanity] Suggestions on reading Ulysses

    11/30/2014 3:59:51 PM PST · by re_nortex · 100 replies
    NOV-30-2014 | Self
    I'm well into my 70s and checking off an item on my bucket list is finally getting around to reading Ulysses by James Joyce. It was never assigned reading in high school or college (I went to a Christian school, which may be one of the reasons). So, at my advanced age, I'm attempting at long last to tackle this work.I have a long attention span and am not easily bored nor discouraged. I've read long, involved books and have found most of them gripping, such as The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann, Faust by Goethe and Crime and Punishment...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "The Virginian"(1929)

    11/30/2014 12:31:28 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 18 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1929 | Victor Fleming
  • Victoria - a Novel of 4th Generation War

    11/22/2014 7:51:18 AM PST · by Yashcheritsiy · 36 replies
    Traditional Right ^ | 2014 | "Thomas Hobbes"
    On April 30, 1995, William S. Lind published an op ed in The Washington Post that foresaw a future breakup of the United States, driven by multiculturalism. The piece described not only America’s second civil war, but also a recovery of our traditional, Western, Christian culture. That cultural and moral recovery was led by a new country located in the northeast, which named itself Victoria because it had returned to Victorian values. Mr. Lind’s op ed has since been turned into a book, Victoria: A Novel of Fourth Generation War, by “Thomas Hobbes,” the well-known theorist of the state and...
  • The World’s Best Living Catholic Author of Fiction

    11/08/2014 1:51:50 PM PST · by millegan · 23 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Michael Saltis
    Are you looking for a spellbinding novel with deeply Catholic themes, compelling characters, and exquisite prose? Well, if you’ve been confining your search to Barnes and Noble’s family-friendly Christian fiction shelf, I’m here to tell you that you’re missing out. As a reader, you have probably heard of Dean Koontz. He has sold 450 million copies of his books in 38 languages, making him one of the most successful writers in the world. And while his stories have been categorized as science fiction, fantasy, thriller, and horror, he’s also considered by many readers to be the world’s best Catholic author...
  • The Sci-Fi Book Classics You Need to Read Before You Die

    09/12/2014 5:32:37 PM PDT · by Fzob · 201 replies
    Popsugar ^ | 09/06/2014 | NICOLE NGUYEN
    Happy National Read a Book Day! Celebrate with these essential sci-fi classics. Space, dystopian futures, robots, technology, aliens . . . what is there not to love about science fiction, a genre that stretches the imagination and offers a glimpse into what lies in a galaxy and time far, far away? Now that you've indulged on the most compelling, classic epic fantasy series, it's time to switch gears. Onward, futurists! We recruited our own POPSUGAR editors to help compile the ultimate list of geeky reads. And this week, we're showcasing the best sci-fi narratives, with all the traditional elements of...
  • VICTORIA (a pretty good read IMHO. Free to read at the site)

    08/24/2014 5:36:06 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 6 replies
    TraditionalRight.com ^ | 2014 | “Thomas Hobbes"
    Was the dissolution of the United States inevitable? Probably, once all the “diversity” and “multiculturalism” crap got started. Right up to the end the coins carried the motto, E Pluribus Unum, just as the last dreadnought of the Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Navy was the Viribus Unitis. But the reality for both was Ex Uno, Plura. It’s odd how clearly the American century is marked: 1865 to 1965. As the 20th century historian Shelby Foote noted, the first Civil War made us one nation. In 1860, we wrote, “the United States are.” By the end of the war, the verb...
  • UKRAINE: Results for August 18 'From Bad & To Good'

    08/18/2014 7:31:37 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 36 replies
    Brothers and sisters, following 18 August. FROM BAD: 1 When the output of REFUGEES from towns Hryaschuvate and Novosvitlivka in Lugansk MILITANTS launched a massive blow to this column with mortars and "Grad". The column moved under a WHITE FLAG, but it did not save from almost total destruction. KILLED DOZENS OF CIVILIANS, MANY CHILDREN. We are used to the fact that the militants are deliberately firing on homes of local residents, on the ambulances with the wounded, using civilians as human shields. But the present case - is the apotheosis of savagery and meanness. This - the very essence...
  • My Newest Novel is Out Today (Complete Vanity)

    07/20/2014 11:03:54 AM PDT · by Anitius Severinus Boethius · 25 replies
    ASB | 07/20/2014 | ASB
    This is nothing more or less than a complete vanity. My sixth book is out today and I am thrilled with it. I started my journey as a self-published writer just over two years ago and look forward to doing this as a career for the next few decades. My latest novel is called 'EMP': In a flash of searing light, the world changed. A massive solar flare has crippled the modern world and brought chaos and destruction. David Hartsman is stuck in the remote farm town of his youth on what was expected to be a short visit to...
  • Wachowskis' 'Jupiter Ascending' Abruptly Bumped From July to February 2015

    06/04/2014 10:16:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | June 3, 2014 | Pamela McClintock
    At the 11th hour, Lana and Andy Wachowski's sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending is being pushed back from July 18 to Feb. 6, 2015. As a result, Liam Neeson's action movie Run All Night will now need to find a different home. That film had been set to open Feb. 6; a new date has yet to be announced. Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow co-financed Jupiter Ascending, which stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. Insiders say the $150 million movie needed more special effects work.
  • Trick or truth! Can you even tell the difference?

    05/18/2014 3:08:34 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 19 replies
    Daily Inter Lake ^ | 2014 May 17 | Frank Miele
    What if everything you know is fake? That is a premise that was repeatedly explored by author Philip K. Dick in his science fiction novels. Some of his stories have been made into popular films such as “Total Recall,” where a blue collar worker in the far future doesn’t know whether he is really a secret agent or just pretending to be one as part of an implanted memory. In Dick’s novel “Time Out of Joint,” protagonist Ragle Gumm gets confirmation that something is terribly wrong with the world around him when he attempts to buy a beer at an...
  • Need Help Identifying Two Different Science Fiction Books.

    04/19/2014 1:04:17 PM PDT · by chaosagent · 17 replies
    Looking for two Science Fiction Books. Thanks.
  • Bundy Ranch: the "truth" shall make you . . . ?

    04/12/2014 12:33:10 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 17 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | April 12, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The reports, such as they are, from the Bundy Ranch have been confusing. The Feds have contributed to the dearth of verifiable information, suggesting that there are things it would be inconvenient for us to know.I don't know what's happening at the Bundy Ranch because, aside from conservative bloggers and occasionally Fox News, there is very little information, verifiable or otherwise. According to Mr. Bundy, on Friday he barely recognized the land during an airplane flyover earlier in the day."I flew down along the river here, and I'd seen a little herd of cows," he told a gathering of supporters....
  • Tales of Futures Past: Soviet Science Fiction of the Cold War

    03/16/2014 7:35:17 AM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Space.com ^ | March 14, 2014 | Jill Scharr,
    In 1898, British writer H. G. Wells wrote "The War of the Worlds," a science-fiction novel in which Martians invade the Earth and nearly decimate humanity. A decade later, in what was then the Russian Empire, writer and Marxist revolutionary Alexander Bogdanov wrote his novel "Red Star," also about Martians landing on Earth. But in Bogdanov's novel, the Martians are not violent or monstrous. Instead, they invite the main character, a young Russian student named Leonid, back to the Red Planet to see the Martians' civilization: a thriving, peaceful — and communist — utopia. The optimism of "Red Star" was...