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  1. I was never curious enough to find out. I just assumed that he was at some point affiliated with the contest by name or funding, and it just, as you say, continues. I have no doubt that it helps the marketing. His name is in type larger that the title's. I have always considered him something of an oddity, because of the scientology thing, and left to myself, I'd never have read it. But it was given to me, gratis, so I read it. I was impressed by this story.
  2. This is the Writers of the Future anthology, an "L. Ron Hubbard presents" from Galaxy Press, vol 23 2007, containing the winners from the contest. Kim Zimring wrote the story.
  3. If you are looking at how authors choose to structure their fictional societies, the Pern books of McCaffrey and the Darkover books of Bradley are interesting if somewhat simplistic. The former uses a kind of 'alpha male/alpha female' approach to the Dragonriders' wyer society. The Darkover books contain several different societies, depending on planet location. All of those should be available in any library. The first book of the In Her Name trilogy deals with an alien society structure and is quite good. Unfortunately, it kinda goes downhill from there. I found it at Kindle books for $.99. Asimov wrote several books dealing with what a robot-dependent human society would be like. But then you probably knew about that. He also wrote this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strikebreaker_(short_story) - really good I thought. "Ripping Caravella" was a very good SS in the New Authors anthology L.Ron Hubbard put out about 4-5 years ago. In that society, people could be stripped of their unique talents by rich people who envied them...
  4. Yea for the lolcat bible! I just finished The Parasol Protectorate: Soulless, Blameless, Changeless, and Heartless and enjoyed them very much. Very light, well written farce, set in an alternate Victorian England where werewolves and vampires have helped make the Empire Great *lol*. It's not everyone's cup of tea, (pun intended) but very good beach reading.
  5. I read his Anathem, and was like "Hhmm...ok...so?" Usually when that happens, I put it away and read it again in a couple of years. Sometimes it improves with age.
  6. I admire his courage. I sincerely hope that all Norway will follow his example and remain firm in this resolve. The way our political leaders immediately jumped to use the post9-11 shock and turmoil to seize more power for themselves was appalling, frightening, and shameful. I will keep Norway in my prayers.
  7. *lolez* News flash for anyone who owns a Kindle and is interested in trying Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Amazon is selling it for 99 cents (or 71 pence).
  8. Cindy, I think you are right about that, and as soon as I started to read that last bit about how the readers had to read the story in pieces spread out over 19 months I immediately thought about WoT too! Except we have had to wait 19+ years...
  9. Me too, and though I don't miss the extremely long, convoluted sentences, I think they did play a part in training my working memory and concentration. And you are right; they were eloquent in a way that few modern writers are.
  10. No Kivam, I don't think rewriting his own stories counts. Thank you Artara! No, they aren't modern retellings of the same old stories, which is what we started off talking about. But it is interesting how many ways authors use characters and creatures from myths, legends, and religions in their new stories, which is kinda what this thread has become. And that is just as interesting if not more so.
  11. I had to Google that! I had never heard of Taliesin before! I luv finding out new stuff!
  12. Ahmoondah, I didn't know that about the Mississippi! Red, it's between Baton Rouge and Lafayette. The actual Wilderness Preserve is just a small part of it. From the highway you just see lots of trees, water, and other vegetation, but that's as close as I want to get. The TV show "Swamp Hunters" plays in the States on the History Channel. Not a job I would ever want.
  13. Red, the Atchafalaya area I spoke of is in Louisiana. As Ahmoondah says, I-10 Interstate goes through it, certainly a tribute to highway engineering. It spans miles of alligator and snake infested swamp *shudders*, but it is beautiful in its wildness. It is home to the Cajun alligator hunters that I have seen on TV, too. Wow! Arc, I have never seen that picture. I know only a bit about the Anasazi/Pueblo Indians, but that particular example really does look like it could be Cold Rocks Hold. Awesome!
  14. *lol* That was my favorite song when it first came out... played it so much I made everyone in my family sick of it. "Where women glow and men plunder" *giggles* Alabama the Beautiful! Well, it is if you like fishing or golf. And pine trees. And tree frogs. And kudzu. Sadly, since the tornadoes, it's a little less beautiful than it was.
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