It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.
The Roman Empire declares war on Britain and the "excellent" Leonatus tries to have his wife murdered...
Our giant green knight with the green horse has a holly branch in one hand and a huge axe in the other - guess what colour the axe is?
Darwin had an internal conflict regarding precedence in relation to his species theory - he both wanted it and felt it was vain to want it. Hence he wrote to his close friends who already knew what he was working on about what to do when Wallace sent him an essay that closely resembled his own unpublished "sketch" of 1844. Said sketch had already been seen by some of Darwin's friends.
So...the Foretellers. Given people have psychic powers and the ansible means FTL communication is possible, predicting the future seems entirely plausible.
An "aghlich mayster" arrives at Arthur's Court. He is "oueral enker grene."
YAY! The Green Knight has arrived! His horse and clothes are all green, too - and he's the biggest man alive - half giant!
Darwin is going a bit crazy working on his book...little does he know that by now Wallace was independently developing a similar theory...
I've never seen a derivation of the equations of fluid mechanics from kinetic theory before. The algebra is hard. Don't come near this book without a thorough knowledge of tensor algebra and vector calculus and a willingness to drown in a sea of subscripts and calculus operators.
Arthur likes to hear marvellous tales or go jousting before feasting...little does he know that he will *witness* something amazing before the feast is over...
Gawain and his brother, both sons of the King of Orkney are sat next to each other. I wonder how far Camelot was from Orkney, considering just about everywhere in Britain claims to be "the seat of Camelot"?
Darwin was acutely aware that nobody had any clue how variations from one generation to the next actually arose, whilst being very disparaging of Lamarkian Inheritance - a phenomenon that turns out to be very rare and limited in scope.
City of Illusions
I liked this much more first time round, I think because it was the best Le Guin SF novel I had read at the time. Since then, Left Hand of Darkness and The Lathe of Heaven have completely overshadowed all these early works about the League of All Worlds. I'm not sure Le Guin has ever been all that comfortable with the technological trappings of SF or the pew! pew! of simplistic adventure/space opera stories. Her strengths lie in character and culture. The opportunity to imagine completely different societies is what SF&F gave her and when she shifted to play to her strengths her great works began to flow. Nevertheless, our protagonist's struggles when he arrives in the City of Illusions are still psychologically compelling to me and the description of a heavily depopulated North America are fun.
Monthly Finish by Year End update: 0.93 plays/month compared to 0.96/month on 1st Sept and 0.66 plays/month at year start. So I caught up a (tiny) bit! Under 40 sonnets + Various Poems.
Brutus founded the nation of Britain but its greatest King was Arthur who partied a lot at Christmas with his knights and ladies. Guinevere was the hottest in the court, though.