Impossible Dreams

01.13.02 - Mark

I love Escape Pod and with the exception of a 3 or 4 episode backlog (that I'll have cleared by Saturday) I've listened to every show since episode 1, and while I've got some favorites, I was blown away by EP105 - Impossible Dreams. I don't know that it's my favorite recording, but it's easily my favorite Escape Pod story to date. I'm not a movie buff like the characters, but I relate, and while listening to it I found myself empathizing with them far more than I do in most fiction. It's been a long time since I've been pulled into a story in the same way as Impossible Dreams (which is a 2007 hugo award nominee ) did, and that easily is worth donating some money to Escape Pod.

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Six words - filled with strange tales

23.54.06 - Mark

I've been having some fun flipping though Wired's collection of six word stories. It's a pretty simple task, so some are bland, but some of those stories open up neat worlds, even if I have visited some of them before. While I'd almost like to see some of them flshed out, I know they would lose their charm.

In a way it reminds me of when I was sucking down a Phillip K. Dick short story anthology a few weeks ago and thinking that so many of them would make great movies, then getting to Paycheck and Minority Report and realizing how horribly Hollywood has butchered those stories.

However here's one for the pile
Heaven Closed. Bankrupt. No more Kharma.

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Backyard Biowar

00.46.16 - Mark

Every time I see an article on how the basement geneticist is on the horizon or I see something about biowar I think back to one of my favorite short stories, Gene Wars by Paul J. McAuley. It was written back in 1991, and I probably read it around 1996 in Hackers an anthology of cyberpunk and hard science scifi.

The reason I bring it up again is this really neat piece on Biowar for Dummies. I'm not going to say scary, I'm not terrorized by this, but its something to chew on.

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Cycling in Comfort

09.23.21 - Mark

I love tales like the couch bike. Smiles and wanderlust all around.

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