No Limit to Paranoia

From the NY Times, anent Russian opinions about what happened to the the Malaysian airliner:

"One such theory holds that whoever shot down the plane was actually gunning for Mr. Putin, whose plane was over Eastern Europe at the time, returning from Latin America, for example.
Another argues that the bodies were actually from the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared four months ago — dumped only now to make the separatists look bad.
'In Russia, no one thinks that Russia is guilty,' said Olga Kryshtanovskaya, a sociologist who specializes in studying Russia’s political elite."


Thanks to all for the suggestions and in advance for further/future ones.  Several years' worth of reading there (for me; others swallow books far faster than I do).

ANother info request for my good readers

A student at Yale of African descent asks for new or recent SF/F books or authors dealing with diversity, gender politics, race, migration (not necessarily to US) and related issues.  She's read Octafvia Butler and that generation of SF writiers --but what's on now?

The future is the new past

"As he unlocked his office door, his superior, Police Inspector Harry Bryant, jug-eared and redheaded, sloppily dressed but wise-eyed and conscious of nearly everything of any importance, hailed him. 'Meet me at nine-thirty in Dave Holden’s office.' Inspector Bryant, as he spoke, flicked briefly through a clipboard of onionskin typed sheets."

It's 2019, in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?  I read this and tried to think how I would describe the meaning, derivation, and use of "onionskin typed sheets."   For SF of a certain age, it's the past that needs to be explained, not the future.

ANother Another Earth

What was the previous iteration (1970s?) of the idea behind Michael Cahill's "Another Earth" -- a planet in synchronous orbit with earth, and hidden behind the sun -- so exactly the same size and distance that it (somehow...) cancels out and can't be discovered through Newtonian mechanics?

May. 23rd, 2014

Though edX aimed to reach the world, its initial courses were designed for the people professors at MIT and Ivy-caliber partners know best—the ultraqualified students they’re accustomed to teaching in their hallowed halls.

A Lost Letter

Well, not lost but just found onthe computer. likely among the earliest still preserved there -- January 26, 1990, to Lou Aronica, then publisher at Bantam.  The New York Review imentioned s "Of Scence Fiction" not  "Of Books".  Full text:

Dear Lou:
Here is the reprint I promised (long ago) of the article in the New York Review.
The first part of LOVE & SLEEP which I also promised (long ago) is being delayed due to a really interesting revision-cum-detour that has made, or will make, it a better book.  What's always amazing to me about my own way of working is that consistently the most wondrous--fantastical--magic elements or connections occur to me last rather than first, almost as an afterthought, though a necessary one.
When are you going to reprint LITTLE, BIG?  Hundreds of fans (well, more than one) have ben pestering me about how they can get a copy.
Did you know that I will be the Guest of Honor at something called "Readercon" in Lowell, Massachusetts, on April Fool's Day this year?
I remain--
John Crowley

Talk guys

From the Sunday Times article by Adam Liptak on party-line divisions in the Supreme Court:

Like the rest of the country, the justices increasingly rely on sources of information that reinforce their views.
“We just get The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Times,” Justice Scalia told New York magazine in September. He canceled his subscription to The Washington Post, he said, because it was “slanted and often nasty” and “shrilly liberal.” He said he did not read The New York Times either.
“I get most of my news, probably, driving back and forth to work, on the radio,” he said. “Talk guys, usually.”


I believe I asked this befoere and it was answered but it's hard to lacoate in the archives:  WHat is the name of the story by Stanislaw Lem in which characters ponder the possibility that mathematical parameters could be written for a field such that mathematical entities inhabiting that field would take it fdor having properties of time and space, even though it is actually dimensionless?  (Kicker being of course that yes they can and the inhabitants are us.)  Help?

Not a new grammar whiz

Start/finish this clip from a magazine article any way you wish:

"designed for the people professors at MIT"