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Subject: seeking good home for ST:TNG guide
Date Posted: 1/30/2009 1:26 AM ET
Member Since: 1/4/2009
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Hello sf  readers! I'm a newbie to the Swap. I've been enjoying reading your threads, especially the one on hard sf. My husband is into the hard stuff: he misses the olden golden days (like the '70s) when John Campbell was at the helm of _Analog_. I remember how Campbell used the phrase "nuts and bolts" to refer not to an abstract concept, but rather to actual metal nuts and actual metal bolts that hold a spaceship together. <laugh> For myself, I think the cover paintings back then--endless variations on pale spacecraft against dark starry space--were breathtaking.

Anyway, here's my contribution to the hard sf recommendations: I bought my husband the fat anthology The Hard SF Renaissance, edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. He gave it an A-minus, and especially liked getting tips for new authors to explore. 


You must be wondering why I'm talking about hard sf and not what I put in the header. OK, here's the deal: some time ago, a publisher sent me The Nitpicker's Guide for Next Generation Trekkers, Vol. 1 by Phil Farrand, hoping that I would write a book review and promote it. You guys are probably quite familiar with the Nitpicker's Guide series, and with Phil Farrand's style. I think he's hilarious, and strangely laidback for someone who picks nits on a professional level. 

The copy I have is shiny and new, hardly been opened. It's languishing on my Bookshelf because I don't have any other sf. People go to my book list for other things, and they never notice this one lone Star Trek book. I just want this book to find a good home where it can fulfill its destiny of bringing pleasure to Trekkers. So if you're interested, either for yourself or as a gift for a Trekker friend, go to my Bookshelf and snap it up. <grin>

                                       --live long and prosper,



P.S. Anyone got any leads for hard sf books in which the main characters are AI's that live, and move about, within vast regions of cyberspace? or other books where the story lines concern intra-computer self-aware entities that get into tangled-up situations with each other and with humans?

Date Posted: 1/30/2009 1:32 AM ET
Member Since: 1/4/2009
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Sheesh, what a barrage I unleashed into my posting when I did a little cut and paste from Amazon! Sorry about that, y'all.


fireman57 - ,
Date Posted: 2/7/2009 8:00 PM ET
Member Since: 4/15/2008
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I have a copy of that book, and actually got credited for a nit I contributed!