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    Hugo Nominations and Awards - Onwards to 2020

    I haven't read much new stuff so far, and have a horrible memory for short fiction. However, in novels: The Rosewater Redemption by Tade Thompson would be a great candidate. But suffers because it works best in conjunction with the 2 previous books in the trilogy (The Rosewater Insurrection is also eligible this year). The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley of course. There is a bunch more that I expect might come far, but haven't personally read yet.
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    Amazing Book Deals: The Third

    This is how you lose the time war by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone is currently on sale for €0.99 in Europe at least. and Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines is on sale for €2 + tax worldwide as far as I can tell.
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    Why cueing (MSV) is a poor way to teach children to read

    I did think it was a continuation of that discussion, so was skipping ahead to get to the new posts :p
  4. We don't know that article 50 is not fit. We just know that if the country invoking article 50 doesn't know what it actually wants it will be a mess. And the cool-down is a horrible idea from the point of view of the community. The whole point of pushing the UK to invoke article 50 quickly after the referendum was to end insecurity (hah!) and minimise leverage of the leaving country over the collective.
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    Amazing Book Deals: The Third

    For a short few hours more, a bunch of Gollanncz published novels available for 1 or 2. For most works the sale seems to be on in Europe at least. https://www.amazon.co.uk/stores/page/8079AB76-273B-4CBB-AC4F-F212344911F0
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    Horror - As the days get shorter

    I am generally not a horror reader, but do love the works of T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon). The Twisted Ones is definitely worth checking out. A book in the supernatural-world-is-out-there style horror.
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    The Simulation hypothesis

    That probability argument is very soft though. It does seem to ignore the odds that our universe was created 1 day ago, 1 week, any random time period ago at as fine a scale as one wants to. Generally I don't put much time in the simulation argument, it is a nice SF trope, but given the sheer amount of modelling involved seems to make it near impossible at any reasonable time ratio.
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    Workable Objectivism (Ayn Rand)

    This seems to indicate that you are not actually the target of this speech. Of course many of us are in no way directly attacked by the racists, nazis, etc, but that does not mean it makes sense to ignore the way their speech and ideology attacks and harms the intended targets. Many other people do have very good reasons to personally and directly fear the ideology behind that speech.
  9. In that context, a nice relevant twitter thread that came across my feed today: https://twitter.com/_alexrowland/status/1167951611366297605?s=20
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    My Podcast: Celtic Myths & Legends

    Lovely podcast again, no idea why people react badly to the happy way you act upon pronunciation uncertainty. It definitely adds to quality for me. I encountered the mysterious old british small dark people before in fiction, if only I could remember in which works.
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    u.s. politics: sundowning on the american empire

    Keep in mind the denizens of this forum are not limited to the USA, and US politics is still to the right of the overton window in large parts of the rest of the world.
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    u.s. politics: sundowning on the american empire

    Basically (if numbers are still consistent with the last time I checked) the percentage of households (that acknowledge) owning guns has been dropping for years. But the amount of guns the remaining gun-owning households own has been increasing.
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    u.s. politics: sundowning on the american empire

    Dropping of per capita gun suicides makes sense, considering gun ownership is dropping as well and suicide(by gun) is an impulsive action facilitated by access. This in contrast to mass shootings, which are planned.
  14. I will be at worldcon, no idea how scary I will feel anyone else is when I'm there though.
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    Cast in series

    No idea. Just tore through the second omnibus, read the first one some years ago. It is lovely no-stakes adventure worldbuilding fantasy so far for me.