I was reading an interesting article on Slate earlier today, about how Facebook is no longer sending visitors to them. Apparently Facebook has started to prioritize sites that its own users think are trusted. Hah, what could go wrong with that feedback loop? As you might expect, it turns out mostly to be Fox News that Facebook users consider a trusted site for their news. Yikes. Under this updated news feed algorithm, a left-leaning news chat site like Slate must be purged.

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2000 AD - issue 117

I am on a bit of a nostalgia trip, reading an old comic book from my youth, and I have been for a while now. The one I’m reading is called 2000 AD, and I’ve reached issue 117. The cover is drawn by Ron Smith, who is an artist I have started to appreciate more and more since starting to read these ancient publications again. This is a wonderful image that captures some of the action from one of the stories inside the comic this issue, and allows Smith to show off his skill at rendering shiny, futuristic vehicles.

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I just gave up on reading Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer. It took me a while to work out what the author’s intentions are, with this book, and the attractive but vanilla sci-fi cover is no help. This looks, from the cover, like a slice of space opera, but it is very much not. Right from the get go, it is obsessed with religion, and not in a good way.

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2000 AD - issue 116

If you are a comic book collector, preserving your comic books in slabs of plastic, then you may want to rethink. It’s actually very rare for a comic to retain its value, much less go up in price, but don’t worry that doesn’t mean you should throw your comic books away. You can keep them, and one day read them all over again. This makes a lot of sense for some titles that really lend themselves to being reread.

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I’m listening to a podcast in the background again as I carry on with my day job. Today I have mostly been listening to Lexicon Valley, and I chose this one because my work - both day job and writing sci-fi novels – is bound up with language. As a writer especially (or should that be specially?), I figure it makes sense to learn as much as possible about language.

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I was just doing some boring, day-job work and needed something to put on in the background and listen to, to help me get through it, and I found a podcast that is entertaining and full of sci-fi goodness. It is called Metis in Space and it sells itself as indigenous, female, and nerdy. The episode that particularly caught my attention was about Dune, and I hit play immediately I saw that sci-fi classic mentioned.

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In preparation for Nightflyers the upcoming TV show I am doing my homework and reading the novella it is based on. The novella starts with an inverted timeline of a future that measures itself from the starting point of “Jesus of Nazareth” which was a little jarringly religious for a sci-fi story. But a recounting of the historic events that follow, such as something known as the “Fire Wars” does a good job of giving the feeling that this is all happening in the far, far future.

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Brett Fitzpatrick

I am an author writing sci-fi novels, blog posts, and a bunch of other stuff.

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