Tag Archives: alternative worlds

The Old Way

Picture yourself holding your mother’s hand, as she holds her mother’s hand and each foremother is a link in a human chain. My grandmother died before I was born so my mother is the only link I have to her. … Continue reading

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What does a “person” look like?

Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi. A world where genetic engineering has spilled out of control, and the companies that produce and market foods are trying to stay one step ahead of the next mutated disease of plant or people.Into this … Continue reading

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Stargate: a Sci Fi myth for our times.

Some of my favourite books are in our storage locker in California, since we sold our house and became nomads. Will I ever have a place to have them available again? One favourite, T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets is at youngest … Continue reading

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Mythic novels.

Jeanette Winterson’s book Weight is on the list of modern myths, along with Margaret Atwood’s Penelopiad. I haven’t found a copy yet so I read The Stone Gods, by Winterson and found strong elements of myth in it. Robbie Crusoe … Continue reading

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The Fifth Elephant

Do we need gas badly enough to frack? When I fill the tank I sometimes say, “Here goes another dead dinosaur,” though you don’t need to tell me the deposits were laid down by forests as that doesn’t sound nearly … Continue reading

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I quoted from Puddleglum in a recent blog entry, so I found myself re-reading The Silver Chair, in which Puddleglum is by far the most loveable character. Why, when I find Lewis’ children so 1940s, his slang so dated, his … Continue reading

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I have spent many uncomfortable hours in airports and on planes. Many of my family will be suffering the same this week as they converge on this spot in California for a once in a lifetime family gathering for Bud’s … Continue reading

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