All Our Yesterdays

This past Sunday, Carol and I went to nearby Malestroit to catch the last day of the town’s annual Medieval Days celebration. When we lived in the US, my wife and I were big fans of medieval/Ren fairs. Unlike the States, though, which feature an unseemly dearth of thousand year old monuments, Europe is quiteContinue reading “All Our Yesterdays”

The Affair of the Abandoned Ukelele

Killer Nashville is over, and Schrödinger’s Cat didn’t win the SciFi category. And I don’t care. All right, I guess I care a bit. Okay, seriously, ouch. But still. I lost to a terrific book, Joss Walker’s Tomb of the Queen; and — however much of a cliché it may be — it really wasContinue reading “The Affair of the Abandoned Ukelele”

Space Opera

(Image credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), J. Bally/H. Drass et al.) Wowza. If you’re a space news junkie, you may already be familiar with this remarkable picture. It was assembled using imagery from ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array in Chile, and ESO, the European Southern Observatory. It was pictures like this that got me hooked onContinue reading “Space Opera”

Twilight in the Pacific

I just finished reading Twilight of the Gods, the third book of Ian Toll’s magisterial trilogy of World War II in the Pacific. Covering the final year of the war, the massive 944 page volume is monumental in both size and achievement. This is well-tilled ground, of course. Entire libraries of books have been writtenContinue reading “Twilight in the Pacific”