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[links] Link salad asked him which was the way back home

Cars, Cards & Carbines – Multi-Genre Fiction Anthology — A Kickstarter for a project in which I have a story.

The Lord of the Rings personality type chart — Snerk.

When I Finally Realized What I Was Seeing, This Was The Coolest Thing Ever. Look Closer. — Mmm. Cars. (Via [info]danjite.)

Space Weathering: The Mars Connection

Scientists Confirm Existence of Moon — The headline is pretty funny, but also a tad misleading. Science! It works, bitches. (Via David Goldman.)

Elk vs. Photographer | Great Smoky Mountains National Park — Funny, but yow! (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Shark jumps out of aquarium into swimming poolA shark managed to jump out of its aquarium on to a water slide at a hotel swimming pool used by guests. The ending of the story is not so funny as the headline. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

People who don’t forget can still be tricked with false memoriesPeople with highly superior autobiographical memory also form fake memories.

A Cold War Fought by Women — Hmm.

Majority of red-state Americans believe climate change is real, study showsStudy suggests far-reaching acceptance of climate change in traditionally Republican states such as Texas and Oklahoma. Huh. You sure couldn’t tell it by who they elect to Congress. (Via [info]madwriter.)

Anti-LGBT activist slams church over ‘effeminate’ Jesus: ‘He smelled bad… He was a man’s man’ — Amazing how often God’s inviolate Word and eternal plan for Man so often coincides with each individual believer’s bigotries and prejudices.

Why Black Folks Tend to Shout — Ta-Nehisi Coates on George Zimmerman’s repeated violence.

Up in ArmsThe battle lines of today’s debates over gun control, stand-your-ground laws, and other violence-related issues were drawn centuries ago by America’s early settlers. (Via Ellen Eades.)

Special Report: The Pentagon’s doctored ledgers conceal epic waste — (Via BBB.)

Rep. Trey Radel charged with cocaine possessionRep. Trey Radel, a freshman Republican from Florida, was arrested on Oct. 29 for possession of cocaine in the District of Columbia, according to D.C. Superior Court documents. This is why the GOP is so popular: law and order, dedication to moral principle, and Christian values.

State Rep. Uses Sledgehammer To Destroy Homeless People’s PossessionsStay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best. I stand corrected, thanks to [info]nicosian. Apparently this violent loon is a Democrat. My confusion is understandable but inappropriate. My apologies.

?otD: Do you take a right at the light and go straight on until night? At what point are you on your own?


11/20/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 241.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing down donut shops: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[publishing] 2013 Bibliography

I may have missed one or two things, but here is my 2013 fiction bibliography, for your information, and by request, for award consideration. As my illness slows me down, this grows ever thinner of course. I will amend this list as needed.

Novels

Kalimpura, Tor Books, 2013 — Book three of the Green trilogy

Novellas

Hook Agonistes”, with Seanan McGuire, Subterranean Online, Fall, 2013 — A collaborative story of future human enslavement and an unlikely messiah

Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh, Prime Books — Horror or contemporary dark fantasy, depending on your perspective

“Rock of Ages”, METAtropolis: Green Space, ed. Jay Lake and Ken Scholes, Audible.com — Selected by editor Gardner Dozois for Year’s Best Science Fiction 31

Novelettes

“You Will Attend Until Beauty Awakens”, Clockwork Fairy Tales, ed. Stephen L. Antczak and James C. Bassett, ROC — A retelling of “Sleeping Beauty”

A Stranger Comes to Kalimpura”, Subterranean Online, Spring, 2013 — A Green story set long after the events of the novels

Short Stories

“King of the Kingless”, Hex in the City, ed. Kerrie L. Hughes, Fiction River — One of my Portland wizards stories

“Spendthrift”, Coins of Chaos, ed. Jennifer Brozek, EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing — WWII and zombies in New Guinea

“Monsters in the Mountains at the Edge of the World”, That Is Not Dead: Historical Lovecraft, ed. Darrell Schweitzer, PS Publishing — Romans vs Chinese vs Cthulhoid horrors in ancient Samarkand

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[sale] “Rock of Ages” to Year’s Best Science Fiction 31

I am pleased to announce that this past week editor Gardner Dozois acquired my novella “Rock of Ages” for Year’s Best Science Fiction 31. The piece original appeared in METAtropolis: Green Space, published by Audible.com and edited by Ken Scholes and myself. It follows on my stories in the first two volumes, and intertwines with Ken’s stories from this volume and the previous one. Oddly, this should be the first print appearance for the novella, as original publication was in an audio format.

As this is one of the last two stories I wrote before chemo and cancer shut down my writing brain for good, I feel an extra bit of pride here. (The other is my collaborative novella with Seanan McGuire, “Hook Agonistes”, in case you’re wondering.)

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[links] Link salad knows the cider’s laced with acid

Report: 1 in 3 adults aren’t screened for colorectal cancer — I’m here to tell you, if you’re one of those unscreened adults, get your ass into the doctor. A colonoscopy may be annoying, embarrassing or expensive, but dying of colon cancer as I am now doing is far, far worse.

Drug Combination Therapy Causes Cancer Cells to ‘Eat Themselves’ — Interesting. A story about a combination therapy involving my current primary cancer medication, Regorafenib. (Via Dennis Keim.)

BOOK REVIEW: The Year’s Best Science Fiction #30 Edited by Gardner DozoisSF Signal with a very favorable mention of my award-nominated novella, “The Stars Do Not Lie”.

Sci-Fi Fans Gather at OryCon 35 — Check out the photo…

Just the two of us — As my tipster says, is it still cosplay when you’re at home? These are pretty cool photos. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

The Women and the Thrones — A fascinating essay on Game of Thrones (both the book and series), somewhat marred by the ‘bringing fire to the natives’ tone of a mainstream reviewer smiling tolerantly at the ghetto of fantasy. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Sneaky Burger Wrapper Lets Women Eat with Their Mouths Open — This is just creepy. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

The Internet Killed Distance. Mobile Computing Brought It Back. Here’s why location matters again in e-commerce.

Google’s nod to industrial designer Raymond Loewy

Pinchcliffe Grand Prix — I want to see this film.

Chinese used ice-path sleds to move Forbidden City’s stonesIce slides moved more mass per man than any other method available at the time.

Life might have Evolved in Clay, Researchers Find

Earth-Sized Planets in Habitable Zone Common — Warp nine, ensign.

No, We Are NOT in a Climate “Pause” — Debunking another zombie lie from the angry white men party.

Do NOT Clench Your Buttocks in Deming, New Mexico — This story would be almost funny if it were not a horrible example of law enforcement gone badly out of control.

“Burka Avenger”: Pakistan’s Middle Class Gets a Feminist Cartoon — Ok, this is cool. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Who Wants a Christian America?Republicans tend to be Second Amendment absolutists. That whole First Amendment establishment clause, on the other hand, is just so much liberal garbage. Ask any Republican.

Libertarians, ‘moralism’ and the ‘Corrosive Politics of Virtue’Moralism is about drawing lines and assigning blame. It’s about separating the “deserving” from the “undeserving.” And, above all, it’s about identifying the immoral Other who can be blamed for all the ills of society. (This is what distinguishes moral-ism from simple morality. Morality is concerned with justice and fairness. Moralism is concerned with blame and punishment and self-congratulation.)

How “ObamaCare Cancelled Your Plan” is really an Insurance Co Scam to Rip You Off — Not that this will make any difference to the low-information, FOX News crowd that consistently votes against their own interests by being loyal Republicans. (Via David Goldman.)

Can expanding Social Security solve the retirement crisis? asked a financial services executive recently how our retirement saving system can be considered a success, considering that all but the highest-income households are approaching retirement with next to nothing saved. His reply: “They don’t have any money while they’re working, so why would they have any money in retirement?” That, America, is your Republican party’s politicians, major donors and pundits, in a nutshell. Too bad for you. That’s what every angry white man who’s been conned into voting to protect his guns from Kenyan Muslim socialists is really voting for. Makes you proud, doesn’t it?

Boehner says his anti-gay bigotry isn’t “new.” It is however getting old.So Speaker Boehner is wrong when he says that “this” is covered by existing law. It’s not. It is however a handy talking point for reinforcing the public’s existing confusion about the law. And as I always say, Republicans learned long ago that the truth usually doesn’t win them many fights. So they tend to embrace the alternative. Are you proud of your Republican party standing firm to deny civil rights to your fellow Americans?

?otD: Is that the Holy Spirit crying ‘Where’s the beef?’


11/6/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: n/a (traveling)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing children to learn critical thinking skills: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad knows that love is just a kiss away

Reading: METAtropolis: Green Space — A reader reacts positively to my novella, “Rock of Ages”.

Love, The Weak and FragileLove, to me, is like an emaciated refugee that shows up at your door in the middle of the night during a storm. You’re not sure how she had the strength to get here, but here she is regardless, her thumb on your doorbell until you let her in. (Via [info]rekre8.)

A Girl and Her Room: Portraits of Teenage Girls’ Inner Worlds Through Their Bedroom Interiors — (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

The Acrobat Sublime — Some gorgeous photos of acrobats in unusual settings. NSFW in a very arty way. (Via [info]martang.)

Around 50% of people can ‘see in the dark,’ study shows

What is the craziest thing you have ever said to your boss, with or without getting fired? — (Via David Goldman.)

East Meets West: An Infographic PortraitGerman punctuality, Western ego and how to stand in line like a Chinese. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

I Noticed This Tiny Thing On Google Maps. And When I Zoomed In… Well, Nothing Could Prepare Me. — Wow. This is amazing, intense, and sad. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Telescopes as Time Machines — This has been obvious to me since I was a kid, and I’m pretty sure is clear enough to most SF readers and fans. It’s still a cool topic.

GOP Deeply Divided Over Climate Change — Polling about climate change is like polling about gravity. You can hold any ideology you want, but in the reality-based world shit still falls down.

More Passengers Are Trying To Board Planes With GunsThe most common explanation passengers give officers when they get caught is, “I forgot it was there.” Man, I feel so much safer when responsible citizens exercise their Second Amendment rights. So do the 30,000 people killed every year in this country by firearms, I’m just certain of it.

?otD: Gimme shelter?


11/4/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 9.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: n/a (traveling)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing children to learn critical thinking skills: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad is busy, checks in anyway

A reader reviews my single title novella Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh[This] is a kind of existential horror story. It has great power. I’m not sure it’s in any way entertaining, but it certainly provokes thought and, in these superficial times, that’s high praise.

Rune Charms for Warriors & for Peace — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Airline passengers look forward to using gadgets gate to gate

Other people’s divisionsAmerica’s states labelled by an Australian who’s never been there and knows nothing about its geography. This is funny.

Images from the glorious world around us that we never seeNikon’s microscopy image contest gives us a different view of our world’s beauty.

How to build a digital robot dinosaur — What could possibly go wrong!?

Chimpanzee retirements put on hold because of federal budget mess — Huh, and here I thought I was nasty about the GOP congressional delegation. No, wait, they meant real chimpanzees, not the inarticulate, poo-flinging vandals in the conservative movement.

Pacific Ocean warming 15 times faster than before Some parts of the Pacific Ocean have warmed 15 times faster in the last 60 years than they did during the previous 10,000 years. Climate change is a liberal hoax. Do not be confused by these so-called reality-based “facts” and “data”, not when there is good conservative ideology to guide you.

A Decade of WaterNearly a decade of observations from the twin GRACE satellites shows that some parts of the United States could face hard times in coming years. This map shows how water supplies have changed between 2003 and 2012. I am sure Rush Limbaugh can tell us how Al Gore stole all this water, as the problem cannot possibly be climate change.

The American Health Care System Sucks

Obamacare is a mess, and liberals need to fix it As policy and P.R., the ACA is in trouble. Democrats need to acknowledge that, and make it work for everyone.

‘Winners And Losers From Obamacare’ — The numbers don’t lie. Unlike Republicans.

Perhaps Love Bakes a CakeSuppose that the headlines read “Atheist Baker Refuses Wedding Cake to Christian Couple.” The uproar would be deafening. Every conservative Christian and political news outlet would be outraged. If it happens to us, we want to call it persecution. But when we do it to others, we want to call it “religious liberty.” We can’t have it both ways, and I find these fear-mongering cries of persecution to be simply dishonest. Yup. This. Welcome to conservative America, where the hypocrisy is bone deep beneath a self-valorizing veneer of smug Republican Jesus. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

The Dow hits another record high. Where are all the jobs?Much as in other areas of scientific debate, conservatives have plainly lost this argument in the realm of fact, and have resorted to restating ideological opinions in the hope that repetition will become accepted truth. The difference is that the media have finally begun to accept and report that climate change and evolution are incontrovertible facts, while Young Earth creationism and climate denialism are fiction undeserving of publication. The same standard should be applied to the obvious fiction of supply-side economics. Something else I’ve been saying for the past three decades.

Officials bash rumors that Alamo, other missions will be run by U.N. — Why do conservatives have any cultural credibility at all, when willfully ignorant bullshit like this is their bread-and-butter?

On Telling President Obama to Go Back to Africa — Ah, the measured, rational discourse of the conservative mind.

Conservative Attorney Larry Klayman Calls For Coup Against Obama — Because nothing embodies the justly famed conservative respect for the Constitution like calls for sedition and rebellion against a duly elected president.

The Tea Party, Now and ForeverThe ones who remain will not be chastened by what just happened, nor when their numbers decrease. As there is after every Republican defeat, there’s talk now amongst the base about the need for more “true conservatives.” But if you look at the people who decided to end the crisis, they aren’t that different in their policy beliefs from the Tea Partiers. Mitch McConnell would genuinely like to repeal the ACA, and outlaw abortion, and slash food stamps. This isn’t even a dispute about tactics, because that would mean the Tea Partiers have some kind of coherent set of tactics in mind, beyond “Fight, fight, fight!” It’s about the apocalyptic worldview that animates the Tea Partiers. From the very beginning, the Tea Party never was anything but Republican astroturf, bigots posing as being concerned about the deficit so they could claim not to be racist. Now it has become the GOP. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

If They Violate Your Privacy in the Woods, Do You Make a Sound? — Some breathtaking stupidity from the chair of the House Intelligence Committee.

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[links] Link salad wakes up from a bad night

Metastasis: An Anthology to Support Cancer Research — In which I have a reprint piece.

Polemic: how readers will discover books in future — Charlie Stross is as usual smart and funny.

Mark Forsyth’s top 10 lost wordsFrom snollygoster to wamblecropt, these forgotten words just might come handy, says the author of The Horologicon. (Via AH.)

Check Out the 1,500-Bottle Multnomah Whiskey Library — Huh. This is pretty cool. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Memory Is Inherently Fallible, And That’s a Good Thing

Mothers Pass Depression to Kids, Study Finds

A Strange Lonely Planet Found Without a StarAn international team of astronomers has discovered an exotic young planet that is not orbiting a star. This free-floating planet, dubbed PSO J318.5-22, is just 80 light-years away from Earth and has a mass only six times that of Jupiter. The planet formed a mere 12 million years ago — a newborn in planet lifetimes. Centauri Dreams with more on this. (Via Ellen Eades.)

Measuring a superconducting qubit by manipulating its environmentPutting microwaves in the environment lets researchers track a qubit’s evolution.

The mathematician’s defense of Bitcoin: It’s just another option

An Open Letter to the Editors of the Los Angeles Times — Yup. This. Climate change denialism has all the intellectual credibility of Flat Earthism (itself once Biblical position) and evolution denial (also a claim with exactly the same scientific authority as Flat Earthism). Cherished biases are not facts, no matter how desperate the true believer is to convince everyone around them otherwise.

Red Dawn delusions and an unmet longing for real community“The data suggests to us that outrage-based programming offers fans a satisfying political experience,” they write in the journal Poetics. “These venues offer flattering, reassuring environments that make audience members feel good. Fans experience them as safe havens from the tense exchanges that they associate with cross-cutting political talk they may encounter with neighbors, colleagues, and community members.” This is fascinating.

Bachmann: Obama Funding Al-Qaeda Proves ‘We Are in God’s End Times’ — Ah, the measured, rational discourse of your Republican party. If you’re Republican, this is what you vote for. Because if there really are reasonable Republicans in Congress, they certainly don’t do a damned thing to curb this vile insanity in the party. (Via David Goldman.)

What the Shutdown Has AchievedPost-Bush Republicans have managed to achieve what I thought couldn’t be done–they have made their party even more unattractive to the country than it was at the lowest ebb of Bush’s last years in office. I hope this finally means more voters are seeing the GOP for what it really is, but I am very dubious of such a happy outcome.

7 things @ 9 o’clock (10.10)Slacktivist Fred Clark is on fire with a series of links to interesting reporting on the ethics, morality and racist impulses behind the Tea Party-inspired GOP government shutdown.

“A Federal Budget Crisis Months In The Planning” — It’s very emotionally convenient for conservatives to blame Obama for the shutdown, but the shutdown is an extraordinary event which only happened because conservatives drove toward that goal in defiance of over two centuries of Constitutional process, parliamentary procedure, and traditions of the House and Senate. Obama wasn’t the one gleefully planning this months in advance. Republicans were.

?otD: Got cramps?


10/10/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (badly interrupted)
Body movement: 30 minutes (stationary bike)
Weight: n/a (scale broken)
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing laws passed under the Constitutional process and fully subjected to judicial review: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad’s father was quite surprised to find it in the county jail with the working girls

Oregon authors’ creativity shines in science fiction, fantasy books — Hey! It’s us! (Via @ahsimlibrarian.)

Laughing at Cancer — Jim C. Hines talks about his new story in which I play a tangential role.

Matchstick-sized sensor can record your private chats — Oh, how nice. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Wrap Your Head Around These Gears — Mechanical weirdness. (Via David Goldman.)

Tower-High Channels Gouge Antarctic Ice

Ayn Rand Railed Against Government Benefits, But Grabbed Social Security and Medicare When She Needed Them — Just a little reminder that no one likes conservative policies when applied to them personally. Especially not conservatives, those paragons of intellectual consistency and public virtue.

American healthcare was already socialized by Reagan, we’re just fighting about how to pay for it — Luckily for the GOP and their shills in Your Liberal Media, no one in America remembers this.

Putting It Into PerspectiveUsing the government shutdown and the debt ceiling as leverage to force a minority favored outcome is not how our system is supposed to work. Democracy is not a process of hostage taking to get a outcome which cannot be achieved at the ballot box. It is if you’re the ultimate sore losers, as the GOP are.

Dear President Obama: don’t cave to the GOP’s extortion politicsUnless the GOP’s brand of extortion politics is thwarted, America’s democratic institutions will be so badly subverted that the nation will simply find itself in the position of staggering from one manufactured crisis to another with potentially both political parties threatening economic and political Armageddon if they don’t get their way. That is, quite simply, no way to run a democracy and it’s why the only option facing President Obama and the Democratic party is to win this showdown and force the GOP to concede defeat. From the Guardian. Yes, this.

?otD: Are you ever going back to your old school?


10/7/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: n/a (overslept)
Weight: 242.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing laws passed under the Constitutional process and fully subjected to judicial review: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[books] A new sale to Tor

I am pleased to announce that editor Beth Meacham of Tor Books has acquired my collection Last Plane to Heaven, via my agent Jennifer Jackson. Given the state of my health, this will almost certainly be my last trade collection of short fiction.

As I can no longer write due to my cancer treatments, the collection is entirely composed of reprints of recent work. Last Plane to Heaven is scheduled for release in the fall of 2014.

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[links] Link salad is sorry that it wrote that book

Magazine Monday: Subterranean Magazine, Fall 2013 — Terry Weyna, not so much with the liking of “Hook Agonistes” by [info]seanan_mcguire and me.

Married cancer patients are more likely to surviveMarried people are more likely to survive cancer than their single peers, study finds.

The Most Beautiful Dead: Photographs of Europe’s Jeweled Skeletons — Weird stuff. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Gingers of the World, Unite! — Red headed maps for the win.

Escape from Tomorrow Trailer — Ok, this is pretty weird. Guerilla film making in the Magic Kingdom. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Let’s Hear From the Lady Astronaut Who Taught Gravity‘s Sandra Bullock About Life in Outer Space — I met Colonel Coleman at Lonestarcon 3, and was quite impressed with her. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Mars hopper concept ‘is feasible’

Cyborg Astrobiologist Put Through its Paces in West Virginian Coalfields

Comet collisions increase chance of life across solar system, research suggestsFindings by astrobiologists from Britain and US suggest violent celestial impacts deliver building blocks for life to planets. (Via David Goldman.)

Theoretical physics: The origins of space and timeMany researchers believe that physics will not be complete until it can explain not just the behaviour of space and time, but where these entities come from. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Computer simulations suggest war drove the rise of civilizationsAgriculture and military technology make this model a good fit for real world data.

The Science of Stress, Orgasm and Creativity: How the Brain and the Vagina Conspire in Consciousness — (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

As Climate Change Report Draws Near, Deniers Raise Voices, Bury Heads Deeper

Disarm: A Mechanized Orchestra of Instruments Built from Decommissioned Weapons — Finally, a use for firearms. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

American gun use is out of control. Shouldn’t the world intervene?The death toll from firearms in the US suggests that the country is gripped by civil war. (Via [info]danjite.)

TN license offices deny name changes to same-sex couplesTN couples consider lawsuits after Supreme Court decision. Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best.

GOP demands we defund Obamacare to stop abortion provision that’s an urban mythYou’d think that, in a normal person, a normal political party, the fact that your most effective way of winning over public opinion isn’t the truth of your convictions, and of your positions, but rather a lie, would give them pause. But you’d be wrong.

?otD: Are you sorry for the things you took?


9/24/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 243.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block violating religious freedom by treating LGBTQ people like human beings: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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