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  1. The Man Who Never Was - Ewen Montagu
  2. Hi momac, I have had Station 11 on my TBR for some time, but the pile isn't going down very fast. I also have the First Fifteen Lives of Harry August which sounds a worry, I have enough trouble keeping one life under control
  3. This announcement was made on 8 April 2015. This Award is the most prestigious Science Fiction award in Britain and is highly acclaimed and considered to be one where careful selection and diversity is respected. 2015 Shortlist Announced 29th ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED The six shortlisted books for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel of the year published in 2014 are: The Girl With All The Gifts - M.R. Carey (Orbit) The Book Of Strange New Things - Michel Faber (Canongate) Europe In Autumn - Dave Hutchinson (Solaris) Memory Of Water - Emmi Itäranta (HarperVoyager) The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August - Claire North (Orbit) Station Eleven - Emily St John Mandel (Picador) The 6 shortlisted titles were selected from a list of 107 individual eligible submissions, put forward by 36 different publishing houses and imprints. Award Director Tom Hunter said: “This is a quintessentially Clarke Award kind of a shortlist of exactly the sort that we’ve become known for over the years and always love to celebrate. Congratulations to all of our shortlisted authors, their publishing teams and, of course, a big thank you to everyone on our judging panel this year. “We’ve got six authors who have never been nominated for the Clarke Award before and while the subject matter may often be dark, when we think about what this list says about the strength of science fiction literature itself, I see a future that’s full of confidence, creativity and diversity of imagination.” The judging panel for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2015 are: Duncan Lawie, British Science Fiction Association Nicholas Whyte, British Science Fiction Association Sarah Brown, Science Fiction Foundation Lesley Hall, Science Fiction Foundation Leila Abu El Hawa, SCI-FI-LONDON film festival Andrew M. Butler represents the Arthur C. Clarke Award in a non-voting role as the Chair of the Judges. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 6th May at an exclusive award ceremony held at Foyles Bookshop, London, and taking place as part of the activities leading up to the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival. The winner will be presented with a cheque for £2015.00 and the award itself, a commemorative engraved bookend.
  4. Today the world lost Sir Terry Pratchett and I would like to share two of my favourite memories with the fantasy lovers of BGO: The cameo from Going Postal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUfLVVhODHc and a particular conversation from Hogfather between DEATH and his granddaughter Susan Sto Helit : _ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4oxrTSRkC0 Because that is a long conversation, here it is in prose
  5. The Pumpkin Patch Parable - Liz Curtis Higgs
  6. My apologies for very little contribution lately. My house and I both need maintenance and it is very time consuming and annoying and keeping me from important things like reading and BGO. I drop in when I can and try to read on my phone in the mornings with my wake up coffee. Good wishes to everyone and belated birthday greetings to lunapapa (what a lovely name ) I am so glad he had such a good day. That is a lot of travelling, Binker, hope it is not all too tiring and has a successful outcome for your son. When I was at uni the profs and undergrads always wore their gowns in the winter as poor students found they were the best way to keep warm indoors and out.
  7. So very sad that Sir Terry Pratchett has died even though we knew it was near. His wit and wisdom is a great loss, at least he has left us many books to find it in. He taught me to view from many different perspectives and to question accepted attitudes.
  8. For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
  9. I am hoping to see the first ever solar powered aircraft star a Round the World flight any time now. if you are online do join me I want it to work so badly as I am great RE enthusiast and supporter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eq7wdyp_Xvw#t=987 ETA Well, there have been so many delays it's not happened yet It was meant to take off at 2.30 GMT but as you are asleep in UK I will keep watching and let you know if it happens, it is now just about 3.00GMT ETA It took off finally and it is now 3.24 GMT . If you check the link from now on don't bother with the long lead up. but go straight to about 1.46.30 on the timeline and you will see the last few minutes. I am very fond of aircraft as well as clean energy, please forgive this crazy post, this is such a hopeful step towards the future and I am so glad it is happening.. If you want to be in the cockpit with the pilot during the flight the link is here http://www.solarimpulse.com/leg-1-from-Abu_Dhabi-to-Muscat and you should be able to follow the whole RTW journey until they return to Abu Dhabi some time in June, if all goes to plan.
  10. River Stay Away From My Door - Frank Sinatra
  11. MM I used to jump down hard on split infinitives, until "To Boldly Go" made it clear that they could be justified and improve the flow of a sentence, so am now thoroughly mellowed. With the book in hand perhaps you could rally support and petition for the prayer to be changed back to the original sometime?
  12. Cool Dry Place - Traveling Wilburys
  13. The Republic of Thieves- Scott Lynch
  14. MM, thank you for that great review. I love the sound of that book and may well order and read a little at a time as it deserves good concentration. Is it very long ? Reading up on it elsewhere I came across this article by Steve Pinker which is probably a precis of some part of the book. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/aug/15/steven-pinker-10-grammar-rules-break It is a marvellous explanation of so many of the old grammar rules and how they are no longer relevant or valid. The article itself also demonstrates perfectly how the use of wide vocabulary can be successful without it seeming archaic or unnecessary. To make our language clear, less formal and easier to understand can only be good. In the 1970's most official correspondence here had to be written in the passive tense or with no personalisation of any kind. It was a deliberate policy to deflect direct responsibility. For example "Your letter of the 16th inst, concerning XXXXX, has been received. The (relevant department) feels/believes/etc that...... " and so on all the way through. That style was drummed in so hard that I was shocked to find I was beginning to speak like that sometimes. Sir Humphrey Appleby would have been proud. Thankfully, a few years later Plain English and a more personal approach was finally adopted.
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