Thursday, January 07, 2010


Obey the fortune cookie.

Happy 2010, everybody!

During my formative years in the 1960s and 70s, I read my share of popular science fiction authors of the day--Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury. (That was before women sci-fi authors could get published; we've come a long way, baby!) Back then, the "Year 2000" and beyond seemed so, well, futuristic, for lack of a better word. Me, I'm just glad I'm still around to see it come to pass. As a species, we have quite a few pesky problems to lick, but today finds me optimistic for the future.

My family's annual Christmas Eve Chinese feast was great fun--even if a few of the usual suspects did have one too many and started singing Christmas carols at the table, which drew some strange looks from restaurant patrons. Now I love fortune cookies, but I know they are as transient a thing as snow on the valley floor (during normal circumstances, anyway)! You break it open, read the message, crunch, and it's gone. However, I particularly liked the fortune in my cookie. So much so that I decided to make it my motto for the new year.

You are a creative person. Let your colors show.

It just so happens that I have new yarns and lots of new colors planned for this year. Hey, who am I to argue with 3,000 years of Chinese wisdom?!


Hope Santa Claus was as good to you as he was to me! Look at the beautiful knitting books I got.

I also got other nice gifts and some spending money, with which I bought a whole lotta yarn. I have a metric ton of new projects on the needles. Most of them have managed to escape the jaws of Toki, unfortunately some did not and are now in that place where all UFO's trashed by puppies go. I want to show you what I'm working on, however something is wonky in Blogger and I can't move photos around! So I guess I'll have to post again later today or tomorrow with lots more pics.

look at those GAWJUS books!
Excellent presents and Happy New Year to you too!

(yeah, it's hilarious that the world of Blade Runner is 9 short years away. The future just ain't what it used to be. ;-)
Check out Ursula K. LeGuin for your ancient female sci-fi. There's a book that she wrote set in Portland, Lathe of Heaven, a classic.)
oh yes, I forgot Ms. LeGuin, she was the only female sci-fi author I know of to be published back in the dark ages...I read Left Hand of Darkness. Brilliant. Would also recommend Sheri Tepper and Connie Willis...especially Willis' short stories.

These authors brought rich diversity to the genre...now there are many subgenres, such as hard sci-fi, cyberpunk, and speculative fiction.
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