I’m not necessarily a big fan of international days of any kind, but this is a nice occasion for some wishing and a link or two.
By now, almost everybody heard about Elizabeth Warren, a US senator (D) silenced by majority leader Mitch McConnell:
Well, these were pretty impressive words that had opposite effect to what their author intended.
She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.
Damn. It will probably be carved on her tombstone. And used as a rallying cry in her presidential campaign in 2020. Meanwhile, it’s a very nice phrase used by the smarter part of American public, and McConnell probably still doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about, even as it gets thrown in his face during Town Hall meetings.
A short text, just to share some great links. Not random links, mind you. There is a recurring theme in my posts, and that is historical realism. And there is something many of the books reviewed here share – war as a topic.
People I admire enough to recommend their creations today, approach the crossroads of genre fiction and history/theory of warfare from two different angles. The first one is more serious, and fairly common. History buffs judging the realism of various novels or movies are using tools like YouTube to spread the good word. Some of them are really good, and entertaining. The other one… here represented by one blog I lately read religiously, is even more entertaining, gives the appearance of fanfiction, but for an attentive reader provides a great learning opportunity.
So lets start with The Angry Staff Officer, a blog by a genuine active duty officer (US Army) with a penchant for history. And genre fiction. He wrote a series of Star Wars posts, but does not limit himself to science fiction. He retells our beloved stories as Stormtrooper’s officer’s reports, or describes the action of Wind in the Willows as an example of small unit warfare as seen by US Army doctrine. Sweet. It’s a joy for people like me, who know a little about it, but for newcomers it’s also a very educational. I wonder, how many of us thought about the logistic and maintenance problems of space warfare? Very cool stuff.
Or women’s, as it happens to be the case, but I simply love the phrase. One of the most distinguished British military commanders of the Second World War, Lord Wavell, published a popular selection of poems by no means limited to martial tropes. A very good and wide selection that I like to browse every now and then.
Here I’m referring to two very interesting posts, not poems, but worth a while nonetheless.
a) 10 Discworld Quotes You’ll Desperately Need for the Next Four Years
This is, of course, political. And not even that innovative, a selection of quotes recognizable to every Pratchett fan. Including some of my personal favourites.
A few look as if they were written especially to honour Mr Trump’s ascension:
Commander Vimes didn’t like the phrase “The innocent have nothing to fear,” believing the innocent had everything to fear, mostly from the guilty but in the longer term even more from those who say things like “The innocent have nothing to fear.” – Snuff
She was already learning that if you ignore the rules people will, half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don’t apply to you. – Equal Rites
And, while it was regarded as pretty good evidence of criminality to be living in a slum, for some reason owning a whole street of them merely got you invited to the very best social occasions. – Feet of Clay
It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone’s fault. If it was Us, what did that make Me? After all, I’m one of Us. I must be. I’ve certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We’re always one of Us. It’s Them that do the bad things. – Jingo
Today a book-related entry, courtesy of Giulia Zoavo:
You can view the enlarged individual characters on her page.
Tadam! Or something like that 😉 Our favorite space opera about big-eyed, hairy arthropods and even bigger-eyed, hairless anthropoids just won this years Arthur C. Clarke Award, the most prestigious of British SF awards. Details can be found here.
Well deserved! :).
And another cute Portia picture – I couldn’t resist ;).
Or will get one, in October, but it’s already decided.
Not a very important one, a Lifetime Achievement award, a bit like similar Oscar – a way to appreciate someone accomplished, who never got one, and is old enough he might never get a chance for regular one. Still.
A Brexit rant & graphic novel review. Today’s motto:
Law & Justice in Poland, Brexit in the UK, Trump… I don’t think that on Earth 2016 we can dismiss this possibility, it’s getting more and more crazy and disgusting. If the forces of evil score triple win, time will come to migrate from the planet…
And a sneak peek into aforementioned graphic novel:
The declining civilization is actually Carthage, about 300 million years in the future 😉