[links] Link salad goes for a walk

Hugos 2009 — Adam Roberts on sf short lists. (Snurched from Scrivener’s Error.)

More on cringe words — I love this stuff.

Pepsi Concorde — (Snurched from Dark Roasted Blend.)

Jupiter whacked — And a new black spot is born, at least temporarily.

Signs of an Alzheimer’s Vaccine

Teen pregnancy and disease rates rose sharply during Bush years, agency finds — Yep, that abstinence education policy is really paying off. Too bad conservative thinking isn’t reality-based. (As proudly proclaimed by the Bush White House.)

?otD: Fog? What fog?


7/21/2009
Body movement: 60 minute urban walk (Twin Peaks)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (forgot)
Currently reading: Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold; Stupid Quest by C.S. Inman

3 thoughts on “[links] Link salad goes for a walk

  1. Whenever I see a review or article by Adam Roberts, I now have a conditioned reflex to bite my tongue.

    This is probably a waste of bandwidth, but I’d advise anyone else on this year’s Hugo shortlist to follow my example.

  2. tetar says:

    And how predictable is it that I agree with Mr. Roberts on almost every particular? It’s because British and American publishing differ strongly on what’s “good”. Middle part of the Bell curve is “good” to Yanks because that’s where the steady money is. They don’t want cutting edge, new-and-different stuff. The Brits, the Yanks theorize, with far less to gamble and thus to lose, can afford to hope for the narrow edge pay-offs and big hits. World take note: Harry Potter was British. LOL

  3. Cora says:

    Whenever I see some conservative religious person call the US “the most sexualized culture in world history”, I wonder what parallel universe they’re living in.

    As for the Hugos, I do disagree with some works on the shortlist but not for the reasons Adam Roberts cites. Plus, some of the supposedly more worthy works he lists fail in any aspect but experimentation. Mainly it seems we are dealing with a case of American versus British taste in SF here with a sideorder of disdain against YA, which seems to be particularly strong in the British SF community.

    And can anybody tell me why any SFF work dealing even remotely with the subject of sex is automatically tagged as “adolescent”? I’ve heard of the greying of fandom, but surely the SF community can’t have greyed so much that they cannot imagine that anyone who is not teenagers with raging hormones might have an interested in sex.

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