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melannen ([personal profile] melannen) wrote2017-07-11 10:45 pm

FMK #16: Psi-fi

Sorry for dropping off the face of the internet - life has been coming at me pretty hard the last couple of weeks, and part of that is having to find entirely different scraps of time to use for writing internet posts.

Anyway, I have read Juniper Time and am mostly through writing a review of it, so that should go up soon. I also read Always Coming Home because it was becoming increasingly clear that in order to talk about the sort of stories I want to, I needed to have read it. I'm not sure what I think of it as a novel, but as worldbuilding it is amazing and still haunting me (also I now want to go "forget sedoretu AU just give me Kesh AUs of everything", of course.) I have also made progress on reading both Melusine (not sure if I actually like it, but finding it compulsively readable, also not nearly enough snake-women so far) and Discount Armageddon (like it okay, but not finding it compulsively readable, a++ on snake-woman though.)

I also saw Spider-Man and have to say I enjoyed it more than most of the other recent Marvel movies I've watched (partly, I think, because the stakes were lower and it could just be fun.) I am mostly in it for Karen, to probably nobody's shock, although I am way too invested in Michelle because she is basically 100% me in high school (I'm white, and we weren't a well-funded magnet school so we didn't go to the academic quiz championship because the advisor got arrested for dealing crack halfway through the year and the paperwork got screwed up. But other than that, spot on. So I am terrified they will ruin her for me of course. Also I mostly just want the YW crossover where Michelle and Murph and Vision team up to help Karen with her Ordeal.)

This week's theme is Psi-Fi, for no particular reason except that it's getting harder to patch together themes from what's left. :P

How FMK works, short version: I am trying to clear out my unreads. So there is a poll, in which you get to pick F, M, or K. F means I should spend a night of wild passion with the book ASAP, and then decide whether to keep it or not. M means I should continue to commit to a long-term relationship of sharing my bedroom with it. K means it should go away immediately. Anyone can vote, you don't have to actually know anything about the books.

I pick a winner on Friday night (although won't actually close the poll, people can still vote,) and report results/ post the new poll on the following Tuesday, and write a response to the F winner sometime in the next week.

Link to long version of explanation (on first poll)


Poll #18572 FMK #14: SF In Translation
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 27


Pebble in the Sky by Isaac Asimov (1950)

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F
8 (47.1%)

M
1 (5.9%)

K
8 (47.1%)

Cyteen by C. J. Cherryh (1988)

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F
10 (45.5%)

M
12 (54.5%)

K
0 (0.0%)

The Alien Way by Gordon R. Dickson (1965)

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F
5 (45.5%)

M
1 (9.1%)

K
5 (45.5%)

Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Engdahl (1970)

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F
11 (68.8%)

M
4 (25.0%)

K
1 (6.2%)

Mindflight by Stephen Goldin (1978)

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F
3 (33.3%)

M
0 (0.0%)

K
6 (66.7%)

Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman (1993)

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F
5 (50.0%)

M
1 (10.0%)

K
4 (40.0%)

Telempath by Spider Robinson (1976)

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F
9 (52.9%)

M
1 (5.9%)

K
7 (41.2%)

Triplanetary by E. E. Smith (1948)

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F
7 (50.0%)

M
2 (14.3%)

K
5 (35.7%)

A Wizard and a Warlord by Christopher Stasheff (2000)

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F
5 (38.5%)

M
1 (7.7%)

K
7 (53.8%)

Today We Choose Faces by Roger Zelazny (1988)

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F
9 (75.0%)

M
2 (16.7%)

K
1 (8.3%)



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