Category: Books

SECRET LUNAR WARS: update #1

SECRET LUNAR WARS: update #1

| June 13, 2019 | Reply

A few stories have come in, and I’m quite pleased with them. I think this is going to be a great, entertaining anthology. In the meantime, someone posted this item over on FB, and I suspect some of you could work it into your stories: The fastest object ever launched was a manhole cover — […]

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Call for submissions: THE SECRET LUNAR WARS (anthology)

Call for submissions: THE SECRET LUNAR WARS (anthology)

| May 3, 2019 | Reply

The myth of the US-USSR space race was that it was done for scientific prestige. Behind that is the deeper myth that it was done for nuclear superiority and counterbalance. The truth is that it was done to save humanity. Immortal Works (editor Bruce F. Webster) hereby calls for submission for an anthology of SPACE-THEMED […]

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The Vance Integral Edition: A (New) Review

The Vance Integral Edition: A (New) Review

| February 8, 2019 | Reply

Back in 2006, I started what was intended to be a review of all 44 volumes of the Vance Integral Edition. I didn’t get beyond my introductory post, which I have largely reproduced below, with some updates. Over the past year, I have re-read (for the third time, now) all 44 volumes, and I intended […]

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“Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign”: a brief review (w/spoilers)

“Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign”: a brief review (w/spoilers)

| April 22, 2017 | Reply

In architecting a new system, all the important mistakes are made in the first day. — Spinrad (1998) This book is destined to be a classic in American political literature. As has been reported already, the authors — Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes — made an early arrangement with dozens of sources inside and outside […]

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Whither this blog?

Whither this blog?

| January 8, 2013 | Reply

OK, so I was (and am still) dismayed by the outcome of the elections, and all that has happened during the two months since has done little to alleviate my concern. Given that plenty of other blogs continue to fight the political fight, I am taking a hiatus from that fight myself. Except, of course, […]

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New series at bfwa.com: “Readings in Software Engineering”

New series at bfwa.com: “Readings in Software Engineering”

| May 21, 2012 | Reply

Over at bfwa.com, I’ve started a new series of posts that will present brief reviews of and excerpts from my library of software engineering and IT project management texts. Here’s the introduction to the series; and here’s the first post, covering Jerry Weinberg’s The Psychology of Computer Programming.  ..bruce..

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Robert Parker, RIP

Robert Parker, RIP

| January 19, 2010 | Reply

One of my favorite modern authors, Robert B. Parker, died at home, literally while writing his next Spenser novel. I have read the whole Spenser series several times over the years and buy each new one as soon as it comes out in paperback. I wonder if he has tucked away in his files a […]

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<i>Atlas Shrugged</i>: a brief review w/spoilers

Atlas Shrugged: a brief review w/spoilers

| April 17, 2009 | 8 Replies

“Mr. Rearden,” said Francisco, his voice solemnly calm, “if you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling, but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater […]

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Monday in the dark

Monday in the dark

| March 30, 2009 | Reply

OVERNIGHT LINKS ITEM: Hey! Al Gore and I both celebrated Earth Hour with our lights on! We’re buds now! As for Kentucky, heck, they celebrated a whole Earth Week not long ago! ITEM: Creeping socialism/fascism alert: Obama tells GM CEO to hit the road. For firms and organizations still considering taking government money, there’s a […]

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Thursday’s child . . .

Thursday’s child . . .

| March 19, 2009 | Reply

AFTERNOON UPDATES: ITEM: NASA Scientist and Moonbat Warmist James Hansen says that “The democratic process doesn’t quite seem to be working” with regards to climate change and is calling for protests and direct action (Wikipedia: “Direct action can include nonviolent and violent activities which target persons, groups, or property deemed offensive to the direct action […]

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