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Light sci-fi viewing on Netflix: The ARQ

I enjoyed it. A time-loop movie that is fairly clever about the loop and how to end the film.

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Past Life (film) by Avi Nesher

Went with S. to see this Israeli movie.  Quite a good drama (OK verging on melodrama).  But since it is about holocaust survivors and their secrets, the melodramatic is actually real.  Some really awful things happened.  The film is self-conscious … Continue reading

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Science fiction illuminating key ideas in social science: Two examples

I was reading The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach, and realized is is a good example of the concept of persistence in economic development.  In this case, the emperor sets thousands of worlds on a persistent path of economic activity … Continue reading

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A few more sci-fi short stories and novellas – Reed, Egan, Le Guin, Chiang, MacLeod

I checked out Gardner Dozois “The Year’s Best Science Fiction” (16th annual, including stories published in 1998).  A smattering of really good reads, but this was one of the first volumes in this series where I was disappointed.  Among the … Continue reading

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All about the human condition: Recent stories in The New Yorker

Deborah Treisman (the fiction editor at The New Yorker) basically only seems to want to publish stories about the small, emotion-laden, identity crises of people whose choices involve their feelings.  Should I feel good about that person, or bad about … Continue reading

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Recent leisure reading

Windup Girl Tana French

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“Deaf and Blind” by Lara Vapnyar

“Deaf and Blind” by Lara Vapnyar, short story in April 24, 2017 The New Yorker.  As usual, the blog Mookse and the Gripes has great comments with reader reactions to the story.  I found it very readable though a little … Continue reading

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