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No News...

...Is no news, period. T'ain't much going on here, I must say. Saw the ending to The X-Men the other day, thank goodness. Went to see What Lies Beneath (which is much more Pfeiffer's show than Ford's, by the way), and after it was over we just went next door and found a couple empty seats. Ah, closure. I continue to buy books at a too-rapid pace. Most recent purchases are the NESFA edition of The Compleat Boucher, Gene Wolfe's The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories (no, that isn't a misprint), and Mike Resnick's Will the Last Person to Leave the Planet Please Shut Off the Sun? About a third of the way through the Boucher collection, and I'm finding it very interesting. The stories all date back to the 40's and 50's, and reading them is like looking back at a simpler time for writers. Martians and Venusians are pretty common aliens, be they tentacled BEMs or no. Nowadays thanks to NASA we're pretty sure there's no one else in the immediate vicinity, so any aliens needed for plot purposes have to travel a lot farther to get here. Therefore, they'd better have a damn good reason...