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Destiny's Shield, David Drake and Eric Flint 11 April 2021

1999 alternate-history war story, third of six books. Belisarius takes an army to help the Persians throw the invading Malwa out of Mesopotamia; his wife Antonina suppresses civil unrest in Alexandria.

Cultural Artifacts, MaryAnn Johanson 10 April 2021

2021 SF, fantasy and horror anthology, 30 very short stories.

Returning to Barbecues 09 April 2021 - 5 comments

I've been thinking about what it'll take to start running barbecues again.

Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 5 April 2021 08 April 2021

This Meetup-based boardgames group remains on-line for the moment; as usual we got together on Jitsi and then played some games on BGA.

Perl Weekly Challenge 107: Self-Descriptive Methods 07 April 2021

I’ve been doing the Perl Weekly Challenges. The latest involved several sorts of introspection. (Note that this is open until 11 April 2021.)

The Space Between Worlds, Micaiah Johnson 06 April 2021

2020 SF. Humanity can travel to parallel worlds! But only pretty close parallels; and the only people who can do it are people whose other-world counterparts have died. Which means that the high-tech city has a use for people from the warlord-run town next door…

Murder on Cold Street, Sherry Thomas 05 April 2021 - 3 comments

2020 mystery story, fifth of the Lady Sherlock series. Inspector Treadles, the Lestrade of this parallel Sherlock setup, is found in a room with two dead men, one of them the supposed lover of his wife. Everyone assumes he did it, and he won't speak up in his defence. Charlotte Holmes to the rescue!

Roko's Basilisk is Pascal's Wager 04 April 2021 - 1 comment

Only without the mathematical literacy.

Boardgames in Isolation: March (part 2) 03 April 2021

More boardgames played from home.

Finder, Suzanne Palmer 02 April 2021

2019 SF, first of a series. Fergus is a finder, a probably-reformed thief turned repo man for (in this case) a stolen starship.

March 2021 Trailers 01 April 2021 - 6 comments

Some trailers I've seen recently, and my thoughts on them. (Links are to youtube. Opinions are thoroughly personal.)

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