December 1st, 2006

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I feel crappy lately. I can't figure out exactly what's wrong but I'm just in a horrible malaise of pain alternating with coma-like states. I seem to be sleeping quite a bit more than usual and the really odd thing is that once I go off to dreamland, I tend to stay there. Even what should be short naps seem to knock me out for hours at a time. I'm also about as amotivational as it's possible to get, passing on just about anything that is optional. I think I've skipped the last few meetups now and a couple gamedays. I just feel...ragged.
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Sharing means Caring

Yes, I know I said I was going to go to bed, but it just didn't work out. Instead I wandered downstairs and watched a bit of tv instead. I got to see an absolutely disgusting method of making vinegar by hand in china, which makes me vaguely nauseous just to think of it, and then an episode of Murphy Brown. It's a good thing I loathe vinegar to begin with since I doubt I could consume it after seeing how they make the damn thing. Even if it's all mechanized now, that show has scarred me for life on the product.

I also caught a bit of news which informed me that today is World AIDS day. Spiffy. All too often in our lives we go through the day and never think about certain problems that impact the world. That's why it's valuable to have days like this set aside so we can all pause to reflect and try to do our part. I hope every one of you out there will go and give someone teh aids in honor of World AIDS day. Remember, Stabby the Virus says only you can help spread deadly diseases.
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Sci-fi and Fantasy

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.

1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
3. Dune, Frank Herbert
4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
6. Neuromancer, William Gibson
7. Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
22. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson *
24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
31. Little, Big, John Crowley
32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
39. Ringworld, Larry Niven
40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer

Eh, I'm not sure I agree with a lot of their choices. It's a wee bit too sci-fi topheavy for me. Not to mention the fact that the key is a bit piss poor. I mean, the only reason to not finish a series IMO is because you didn't like it. It's also sorta odd that for some of the entries they list the series and for others just the first book. It makes a huge difference since I often love a series but the leapoff first book is a bit lackluster. It often takes an author a while to find his groove for a world and the characters. A perfect example is Pratchett and Discworld. I liked The Color of Magic but it certainly wasn't my favorite by a longshot. It was, however, the beginning and deserves some credit for that sort of like how I loathed Tolkien's Lord of the Rings but don't go out of my way to bash it.

One good thing about this is list is that it reminds me I always meant to get around to giving Michael Moorcock a whirl. I've heard good things about him from various people and it's just fallen between the cracks. On a sidenote, I'll bet he had an absolutely fabulous childhood with a name like that. At least his parents didn't name him Richard or something. Going through childhood as Dicky Moorcock would probaly be quite an experience.