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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-07-02

Interviews & Profiles


Events & Event News

  • Alyssa Milano will appear at Barnes & Noble Tribeca on July 22, 2014 at 6PM to sign HACKTIVIST!
  • Ian Doescher will appear at Powell’s City of Books in Beaverton, OR on Saturday July 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm to sign William Shakespeare’s the Jedi Doth Return!

Crowd Funding

  • Zombie Apocalypse Versus Game Theory – ever wondered if Game Theory could be used to defeat or survive a Zombie apocalypse? A fantasy-based thought experiment that will be conducted within high-performance computing statistical models within both parallel R and OpenCL source code.
  • Ron Germain: Demon Hunter – an over-the-top action, horror, comedy film about about A REDNECK demon hunter who battles the forces of evil in Outer Space, Inner Space, Cyberspace and TIME!



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3 Comments on SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-07-02

  1. I’ve always thought the ST:TOS question “Why does a ship with a crew of 2,000 and magical replicators in every room have no toilets?” had a pretty simple answer: The replicators in every room have a “Reverse” setting that will un-create waste material. That waste material in turn provides the needed mass for when you want the replicator to provide a cup of Earl Grey or whatever.

    Has anyone ever written ST fiction where the replicators malfunction and break down as often as the transporters? (The Federation does seem to have a problem with quality control.)

  2. Splicer // July 2, 2014 at 4:59 am //

    The “death” of e-readers will be like the death of physical books — premature. Perhaps some people, those I deem idiots, might want to read books on the small screen of a phone. Hell, I’ve done that, which is why I prefer a larger screen that uses e-ink. The charge lasts a long time and it doesn’t hurt my eyes by glowing at me. Why do I prefer an iPod Classic? Because I currently have my entire music collection in a portable format with room to spare. I can listen to anything I want to listen to. Which smart phone offers the same thing?

    • Speaking as one of those idiots (you meant that in a nice way, right?), I use my battery-saver app to keep a 10% filter on the screen display. No problem with glare.

      Dedicated e-readers are nice, but they still have the same size disadvantage as carrying around a physical book. You either have to actually carry it and keep track of it, or use a purse, backpack or messenger bag to store it in. My smartphone either rides comfortably in a holster on my belt or fits into a shirt pocket. I used to, when shopping for casual pants, look for cargo pants/shorts with extra pockets large enough to carry a paperback in. (That’s still a useful trick, but it’s no longer a necessity.)

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