- RIP, Arthur C. Clarke. I know I've blogged about it before, but, dear Reader, if you haven't read his story "The Nine Billion Names of God," you absolutely must.
- I'm in the process of working my way through Cory Doctorow's entire
oeuvre, mostly in podcast form. A hat tip to the friend who first
recommended "When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth" — it's my favorite so far.
- Another friend sent me "Wikihistory" by Desmond Warzel, which has been making the rounds of the blogs. What if time travel were like Wikipedia? I'm still snickering.
- Somewhere I remember learning that the Library of Congress Classification doesn't have any classes starting with W, X, or Y because those letters have been set aside in case they ever need to add new subjects. Someday, I want to write a speculative fiction piece that starts off with a librarian in the not-too-far future cataloging something and assigning it a call number in the W's.
- Thing #508 that I like about life outside the English-professor track: I can admit to reading and enjoying genre fiction without immediately having to add that I'm only reading it because I'm doing Serious Research on it.
- As I appear to be getting into a science-fiction kick, and I'm still rather new to the genre, I'm still looking for recommendations. Anything you think I shouldn't miss? Comment away!