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This is a 10,000-year rabbit hole!

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) was designed to store radioactive waste in Nevada. The storage area would not be safe to enter until 10,000 years had passed. Several groups of smart people came together to design warning messages that could outlive our civilization and protect future explorers. These designers knew they couldn't rely on any current language surviving that long, so they worked on landscape designs that project "this is toxic waste, don't mess!" audio/text background and four fanfics )

One of the forbidding-landscape proposals is incorporated into California, a meh dystopian novel published by a non-genre writer in 2014. If the WIPP project follows up on the experts' suggestions, elements of those proposal should be showing up in pop culture for millennia.

The WIPP-fic tag: http://archiveofourown.org/tags/Expert%20Judgment%20on%20Markers%20to%20Deter%20Inadvertent%20Human%20Intrusion*d*dd%20-%20Sandia%20Labs/works WIPP Discussions on Metafilter: )

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Found three nifty resources as I was preparing for my WisCon panel (NEXT WEEK!)

Beyond the Fix or How Do I Live this F*ing Life?
10am Saturday in C5 second floor
virtually #BeyondTheFix on Twitter

I’m thrilled about these rockstar panelists:
Elena Tabachnick (M), Kate Carey, Shayla Dunn, and Lenore Jean Jones1

Full WisCon Schedule: https://account.wiscon.net/grid?search=&view=list

check out Jess Jacobs, Insickness Podcast, and Fully Sick )
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Out on the Wire by Jessica Abel - 4 of 5 stars

review )

IRMINA by Barbara Yelin 5 of 5 stars

more inside )

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui - 4 of 5 stars

read why it's great )

Diabetes and Me by Challoner & Bertozzi - 2 of 5 stars

a disappointment )

A Chinese Life by Li Kunwu & Phillipe Otié - 5 of 5 stars

great book and personally meaningful )

VISION (volumes 1 & 2) by Tom King / Gabriel Hernandez Walta / Jordie Bellaire - 4 of 5 stars

Pure pleasure )

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Transcendent: the Year's Best Transgender Speculative Fiction ed. by K.M. Szpara 5 of 5 stars )

Trish Trash Roller Girl of Mars, vol 1 by Jessica Abel (4 of 5 stars) )

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We streamed the first 12 episodes on HULU [eta: Netflix], and they've ordered another season. This is a Canadian SF series about time travel, created by the indefatigable Brad Wright (3 Stargates, Continuum)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5651844/

While it doesn't avoid all time travel theme clichés, this mashup of Varley's Millennium and Quantum Leap provides some unique thrills. The team traveling back from a terrible future sends their souls into bodies seconds away from their recorded death. Unusually, the team members still have to cope with the lives they've overtaken.

Five members in the team )

The see-saw between the terrifying events they seek to short-circuit through super-hero methods and the mundanities of baby-sitting and football practice deflates the pomposity attendant on most SF tv.

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Not simply a browser dump, these links have been filtered through the spongy portions of my brain with artisanal care:

The CASTLE actors who play Esposito and Ryan made a trailer for a goofy movie with a serious message about racism and frankly I don't know if there ever will be a movie, but the trailer was excellent (Vimeo link, no captions, loud music)

Interested in Sherlock BBC fanfic? It just so happens I've been reading almost nothing else for a year and a half. I've been diligently annotating my reading, so if you visit the Archive of Our Own with this link, you'll find at least 44 fics with several paragraphs on each as to why it must be read.

As one Me-Fite put it, This is like some crazy almost unbelievable novel. The CIA, the Cold war, the Nazis, Tolstoy, the Soviets, Kissinger, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Chinese communists and the Kuomintang. What's that you say? You already knew about Countess Tolstoy helping thousands of Mongols ( Werhmacht veterans all) to immigrate to New Jersey? I bet this fabulous MetaFilter article tells you even more.

Final one is out-of-plumb in several dimensions. I'm usually all about the social model and how impairment + social discrimination = disability. I'm also hesitant about video documentary: there's too much bandwidth on the subtext channel for me to judge the accuracy. Yet, there's a couple women of color making a documentary about what ails me*, and it seems like they're off on the right foot. What do you think? (Click to start video, captioned.)


* Myalgic Encephalomyelitis aka Myalgic Encephalopathy aka Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
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I was delighted by the remarkable story in the NYTimes today about modular/prefab bridge building. A steel-concrete bridge that customarily required two years of road and rail closures was fixed in a weekend.
link to story and video )

Our lovely Madison-based book group, [community profile] beer_marmalade, recently read China Miéville's YA book, Un Lun Dun. I was disappointed. )

Luckily for me, [personal profile] kestrell recommended a perfect palate cleanser: Boris Starling's VISIBILITY. Highly recommended! )
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I've been feeling particularly loathesome lately. Details if you dare )

Meantime I've been laying around reading SGA fanfic.
Two enthusiastic, short recs await )
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FOGcon 2011: Your Favorite Book No One’s Ever Heard Of
moderated by Lisa Eckstein & Jesse the K

An enthusiastic group spent 75 minutes sharing recommendations for great books that haven't received great attention. We briefly discussed on-line searching strategies when seeking out-of-print books.

For searching library holdings, the Worldcat union catalog is very handy. Create an account there, and the search results automatically show the nearest library holding that book. In addition to print books, Worldcat shows ebooks, net resources, non-English translations, braille and audio editions, and distinguishes among various publishers. It also provides Amazon and Alibris links and displays GoodReads comments.

Alibris.com and ABEbooks.com both offer a marketplace for independent sellers, at lower prices than Amazon. Professional used-book sellers are more likely to be found there; on a quick check I saw almost no duplication of holdings between them.

On to the books!

♥ Lisa Eckstein

Matt Ruff You may be familiar with his Tiptree-winning Set This House in Order, but his earlier works are worth finding:
The Fool on the Hill
A fantasy set at Cornell University (Ithaca NY, USA), featuring a cast of humans, sprites, dogs and cats. Story is about storytelling and the battle against evil forces.
Sewer Gas & Electric
While it's set in a future where a plague has killed off all Black people, it's somehow still a zany adventure about a Black father & daughter who somehow survived and now pilot a submarine with a motley crew of ecoterrorists.

♥ Anita

Jack London
Call of the Wild
Adventure story told from the dog's point-of-view, gives a new perspective about life.
Since it's in the public domain, it's available all over the net; there's this HTML version in chapters as well as audio versions in a variety of file formats.

Christopher Paolini
Eragon: the Inheritance Cycle
Hero finds a magic stone which enables him to catch dragons. The writer was only 15 when he published the books!

♥ Mike Higashi

Barry Hughart
Bridge of Birds
Fantasy set in ancient China, with lots of humor. Picaresque journey of #10 Ox (younger son) to find out what catastrophic fate awaits his village. Mike explained this series was cruelly unsupported by its publisher, but WorldCat shows there are indeed two other books, published with Birds in an omnibus as The chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox -- once in 1998 by Stars Our Destination Press and republished again in 2008 by Subterranean Press.

Michaela Roessner
Two volumes:
The Stars Dispose
The Stars Compel
Set in early 1500s Florence, this fantasy includes some historical characters (Catherine de Medici, Leonardo da Vinci). Central, fictional character is youngest of a long line of gifted cooks; he combines that learning with artistic urges to create edible art and navigate supernatural dangers. Includes recipes at the end!

♥ Lauren Schmidt

Daniel Abraham
The Long Price Quartet, comprising:
A Shadow in Summer
A Betrayal in Winter
An Autumn War
The Price of Spring
An epic fantasy series where poets are magicians, summoning things to into existence by mentioning them in poetry. Magic is not the principal focus: Lauren liked watching the complex character developments as they interact and age. Also handy to bridge the George R R Martin drought.

John Christopher
Tripods series comprising
When the Tripods Came
The White Mountains
The City of Gold and Lead
The Pool of Fire

Alien/robots control the mind of everyone past puberty, leaving the kids to save the world in this young adult series from the 1960s.

♥ Micah Joel

Sid Jacobson & Ernie Colón

The 9/11 Commission Report: A Graphic Adaptation

It doesn't get more gripping or true-to-life than this. The Commission's report makes page-turning reading on its own; when combined with the informative graphics, it's a winner. A good way to remember (or be introduced to) the time Before.

♥ España Sherriff

Kirsten Bakis
Lives of the Monster Dogs

In a near-future, steampunkly New York, a tale of uplifted humanoid dogs. Told after the fact by a human, it evokes the societal changes Before & After 9/11. The human narrator is also a kind of liaison/PR agent for the dogs, whose origin is tragic and whose end is imminent.

♥ Mary Holland

Leslie Barninger
Shy Leopardess

The final book of a 1940s trilogy, the first two are terrible and not recommended. This volume follows a 12-year-old as she grows into the power of her Duchy, along the way falling in love with two of her squires in a setting somewhat like Medieval France.

♥ Naomi (Copperjet)

Suzanne M Beck & Okasha Skat'ski
The Growing

Lesbian romance set in a post-apocalyptic South Dakota, with suspense, sex, Androids and Native Americans. Addresses issues of feminism and Native spirituality while evoking a beautiful landscape.

♥ Jesse the K

William Horwood
Skallagrigg

Two tales collide: indefinite past young boy fighting a horrific monster while present (1980s) girl programs a text adventure game about how to fight the monster. Book plays with memory, history, and legend as boy & girl meet in the present. Both have cerebral palsy; the past boy is institutionalized; the present girl is able to live at home thanks to improved attitudes & assistive technology. One of the few SFF books which explores the horrors of institutionalization; it captures the thrilling possibilities of early 1980s computers.
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Think & Smell )
The air can fail us along several dimensions. In addition to being stinky, it can have lumpy bits—such as dust and particles––or toxic bits—such as poisons or radioactivity. In addition to a super-sensitive sniffer, I have reactive airways. Any bits make me cough and prevent me from breathing. Unfortunately, we're having an ORANGE particle alert tomorrow in my part of the world. I'm glad I can stay home. As is probably the case all around the U.S., and certainly in Mexico, the worst air conditions are experienced by workers waiting outside for public transportation.

Intro to Decent Home Training via The New Basic Black )

read Marina she's amazing )
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I've relentlessly pimped Due South to [livejournal.com profile] sasha_feather in person, so here's the recs post I promised.

This took so long because I fail at resisting the urge to read 100 new fics just in case they need reccing as well

due South fandom is almost 15 years old, enough time for all the cliches to have been explored. The packed fanon base layer supports writers exploring new techniques, new insights, new joys & sorrows. At the end, links point back to a decade's worth of great recs from the first decade. Here I'll trend to newer writers, 100% RayK/Fraser, 80% slash.

eighteen fic recs behind the cut )

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