Friday, August 21, 2015
Comic Cuts - 21 August 2015
Apart from that... well, there was no apart from that. That's all I've had time to do. Using old newspapers as source material meant OCR was impossible (I tried it, and the results were unusable); with no digital solution available, I had to use my actual digits, and hand-type those 34,000 words over a period of five days. That doesn't leave much time for anything else, hence falling back on some scrapbook entries for Bear Alley and e-mails taking forever to respond to.
Catching up on tomato news, we've now had 136 between the three plants and still no end in sight. Still only two cucumbers. I thought the plant must be dead as the leaves were browning, but a flower opened up last weekend which is now developing into a reasonably sized fruit. Yes, it's a fruit.
Random scans. I picked up this trilogy of novels by Canadian SF writer Robert J. Sawyer some while back. Known as the Neanderthal Parallax, it concerns an alternate version of Earth where neanderthals became dominant and how it impacts our world when a connection opens up between the two parallel universes.
The first novel in the series won the Hugo Award in 2003; Humans was a Hugo finalist the following year. This seems an apt time to celebrate the award, which is being handed out at the World SF Convention being held this weekend, the winners to be announced on Monday.
Sawyer was also responsible for Flashforward, adapted as a TV series that ended frustratingly after only one season, and Mindscan, which won the John W. Campbell award, amongst many others.