Random Thoughts on Apparently Silly Ways to Do Math
Mar 20, 2014 [permalink]
I just noticed on facebook another rant about wacky ways of doing math and parental frustration that kids get marked down for getting right answers but not "the right way" (whereas other kids get full credit for getting wrong answers but having tried "the right way").
I've no kids and never seen these wacky math methods before -- and, full disclosure, am a math/computer science Ph.D. / professor sort of person -- but I do understand why one could be graded on whether you understood the process and not just if you got the right answer.
In the real world, you get to decide which tools to use to solve a problem. But first, somebody has to teach all the different tools you can use.
A non-math example would be in real life, you get to choose between hammering nails to hold two boards together vs. using a screwdriver and screws vs. glue, etc. But someone has to first teach you the pros and cons of nails vs. screws vs. glue.
If someone is teaching you how to properly hammer a nail, and as "homework" says "nail these two boards together," and you come back having glued them, you may be failing to learn how to use the hammer correctly.
Or, another example might be, your car won't start. You can (a) realize it's not a blown engine but just a dead battery and get a jump start from a friendly passerby or (b) have your car towed to a dealership where you buy a new car because you ignorantly think yours is completely broken and let the nice car dealers talk you into a purchase. :) If you skipped the "lessons" in life about knowing when your battery is dead and what to do about it, you might make a very costly decision to buy a new car when you didn't need to. In that case, getting the "right answer" (i.e. driving home in a car) isn't the only thing that matters; understanding the method (how to jump start a car) does matter.
The purpose of a given math homework problem might be to understand a certain way of doing something, so that later in life you can decide to use that tool (or a different one).
I do think getting the right answer is also extremely important, and that needs to be stressed too. My hunch is teachers and kids don't necessarily understand that learning how to use a certain tool is sometimes the point of certain homework. (And sometimes getting the right answer using any tool is the goal of the homework.) I never learned this "number line" thing that this facebook post was about, part of something called the "common core", which I know nothing about. (No kids, remember?) :)
In analyzing this "number line" thingie, I can see how it works, and it turns out it's one way I've done math in my head for years. I use various methods in my head to do math, depending which I think will get me the answer the easiest. (I'm still slow at simple math. I probably should have tried harder in school to learn the methods.) :)
Maybe the homework/etc. needs to say, "The purpose of this question is to practice and understand the XYZ method" or "The purpose of this question is to get the right answer, use any method you want." Then both kid and parent would understand the motivation behind the question.
(There may also be a third purpose: Learning how to think. Learning the whole process of analyzing a problem, analyzing what tools you have to use, figuring out which approach best alone or in combination, etc.)
Getting the right answer is usually what matters in real life, but if you don't understand all the different tools at your disposal, and know how to reason things out, you may go through life trying to hit everything with a hammer. :)
System Changes I Hope You'll Like
Mar 17, 2014 [permalink]
I've been busy with the minions... I hope you like these upgrades:
Faster Network Connection
The old network connection from the world to the servers was getting saturated, so I've upgraded the connection. It was already at the max from the old provider, so I've switched to a Comcast Business connection. Lots faster! I hope you notice and enjoy the faster response time!
Let me know of any problems you notice.
New Comment System Added
Not the most exciting thing to announce, but I installed a new comment system on the blog here. It uses the Facebook comment system. Check it out and let me know if it's working okay for you!
What if Google Knew Who You Were Talking About... and Told Them?
Mar 17, 2014 [permalink]
Random musing of the day: Google knows a huge amount about what web sites you visit, when, and what you looked at. Would it be okay with you if Google also told the owner of those web sites who you are and each time you visited and what you did there?
Apparently LinkedIn does this.
Is it just me who thinks that's creepy? Would it be okay if Google did this?
It strikes me as very P.K.Dick-ian, and not in a pleasant way: "Hey, Pat, Google Mind Reader here, wanted to let you know that Sandy Smith was just thinking about you. Click here to see what they were thinking."
On Signing SFWA's Founder, and Other Goings on at Chez Aburt
Feb 26, 2014 [permalink]
W00t! Just signed! DAMON KNIGHT, founder of SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.), original "Futurian" with Asimov, Pohl, et al., co-founder of the Clarion writers workshop, namesake of SFWA's "Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award" — and author of scores of books and a gazillion short stories. We'll be publishing (almost) everything he wrote, and, hopefully, the anthologies he edited, such as the famous ORBIT series. Stay tuned!
Special Deal just for me bloggy friends!Just for listening to me babble on—and in honor of Jerry Sohl getting named on the Writers Guild of America's list for 101 Best Written TV Series(!)—get his science fiction horror mystery thriller NIGHT SLAVES ebook for just 99 cents! Good now through Feb. 28th. Use coupon code "blog214" in the ReAnimus Press store. (Enter the code before clicking Add to Cart.) Enjoy!
Jerry Sohl wrote over two dozen books (from major publishers) and a slew of episodes of Star Trek, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He's less known today (having passed away), but his books are still fun to read, and I'm glad ReAnimus gets to bring them all back.
Congrats to the Nebula Award Critterfolk!
I haven't tallied up how many, but I see a whole bunch of Critterfolk among the list of Nebula Award finalists. Congratulations!!!
Preditors & Editors
As you may recall, I've taken the reins of the Preditors & Editors site, after the death of P&E's founder, Dave Kuzminski. I've been working to update the site, in terms of content (lots of new warnings and such), features (improved on a system to help authors promote their new books that Dave was working on), communications (added a couple email lists to send out updates), and look (not that this new look is the best ever, but I hope you'll agree it's an improvement over the old look). :) I hope you find it all useful!
Four More Ben Bova books published!Four more Ben Bova ebooks you'll want to read because he writes such good stuff. All are $3.99:
MAXWELL'S DEMONS by Ben Bova Science fiction and science fact, humor and adventure, all await when you enter the unpredictable world of... MAXWELL'S DEMONS Grab it from... ReAnimus Press Store | Amazon
This brings us up to a whopping 20 books from Ben!
The Science of Middle EarthTHE SCIENCE OF MIDDLE EARTH - Just released in paperback!
You won't be able to put this one down—it's a must read if you're a Tolkien fan. By Nature editor Dr. Henry Gee, a wonderful book explaining things like, how did Frodo's mithril coat ward off the fatal blow of an orc? How was Legolas able to count the number of riders crossing the plains of Rohan from five leagues away? Could Balrogs fly?
Grab it from... Amazon
The Gilded BasiliskYou should definitely read THE GILDED BASILISK, because basilisks and dragons are cool. :) Chet is also a SFWA pro author, so he's proven to the galactic elite that he can string words together in a most pleasing way. And he's a nice guy. Mainly, you should read it because it's a good book. Lots of Amazon reviewers agree with that. I know you'll enjoy it. :) Grab it from... ReAnimus Press Store | Amazon
Chet was also interviewed in the newspaper. Go Chet!
Edward BryantWe've just finished releasing all of (multiple Nebula Award winner) Ed Bryant's books. If you've been waiting, the wait is over!
Because of Ed's financial needs, almost all the profits from this book go directly to Ed. Donations to help with Ed's medical and other financial needs are also most appreciated via www.FriendsOfEd.org. Thank you!
The final batch includes:
Ed Bryant's stories from the anthology Night Visions 4: Hardshell featuring all original stories by Dean R. Koontz, Robert R. McCammon, and Edward Bryant.
The "Author Introductions" before each story are themselves a work of art and not to be missed.
And LOTS more
Read about all our other cool new releases, because we've got a whole bunch of stuff you'll enjoy reading. (Plus you'll find another coupon code there for another book!) :)
How Many Spaces After the Period, Take Two
Mar 17, 2014 [permalink]
So, I blogged before about switching to one space after the period. I'd read an article (noted therein) that said, in essence, "it's the eeeevil typewriter that switched everyone to two spaces after the period, because of its dastardly monospaced font; so we should all be using the One True Space after the period now that we're not using typewriters. Everybody who's anybody in typesetting knows it should be one. And you look like a moron if you use one." (Okay, that's not a quote, but it's pretty much the sentiment expressed.)
It sounded persuasive to me. I switched. Took me a couple months, but I broke the two space habit.
Yay! Amazon KDP Adds Payments and Foreign Exchange Report
Feb 3, 2014 [permalink]
I just got email and see on the site: Amazon's KDP system added a payments report. Yay! I'd asked them for this a couple months ago. I have no idea if it was my request or if I was a drop in a downpour, but I'm very glad for it.
It's been a real pain to manually figure out the exchange rate for foreign sales, and to match up bank deposits in dollars to email notices in Euros or Pounds.
Now, if they can figure out where some missing sales went, we'll be all good. (A small deposit in dollars was so far off the amount listed on the sales report that there had to be an error--but there is no report showing returns or other explanations. I asked, and they're [slooooowly] looking into it, they say.)
But, hey, the new report is a step in the right direction.
As my father-in-law used to say, "You don't get anything unless you ask for it!"
Enter to Win a FREE KINDLE!
Dec 18, 2013 [permalink]
ReAnimus Press is having a drawing for a **free Kindle**! Just visit www.ReAnimus.com to enter the drawing. Odds are waaaay better than Powerball, and free to enter! :)
Also, Ebooks of Henry Gee's amazing SIGIL TRILOGY are on sale for the Solstice! Book one is FREE, Books 2-3 are 50% off - www.ReAnimus.com/sigil .
Happy holidays everyone!
Henry Gee's amazing SIGIL TRILOGY is on sale for the Solstice! Book One is FREE!
Dec 17, 2013 [permalink]
Ebooks of Henry Gee's amazing SIGIL TRILOGY are on sale for the Solstice! Book one is FREE, Books 2-3 are half off at $4.99, and the omnibus vol1-3 edition is $9.99! http://ReAnimus.com/sigil --Greg Bear, Michael Moorcock, Nancy Kress, Kim Stanley Robinson and tons of others love it--you will too!
This is through Jan 1st, just for the solstice--read the book and you'll understand why!
[Also available in paperback for great stocking stuffers!]
Micro-rant: Irritations of Paperless Billing
Mar 17, 2014 [permalink]
Okay, I've gone paperless for a few years now on a number of my accounts and bills—and I absolutely hate the process. It's not that I hate web interfaces—on the contrary, I'm CEO of a tech company that designs large systems, spent over 20 years as a computer science professor, and am a web pioneer, having founded the first Internet Service Provider—so I love doing things digitally—rather, it's that I absolutely can't stand how most companies have implemented e-statements.
I know they want to save on postage, but why can't they please make it more convenient for customers?
25% OFF Cybermonday and LOTS OF NEW RELEASES at ReAnimus Press!
Mar 16, 2014 [permalink]
25% OFF ALL EBOOKS with Cybermonday coupon code "cybmon13" in the ReAnimus Press store: http://ReAnimus.com . (Only valid on ebooks.)
W00t! Announcing a cool Steampunk collection and a cool hard-SF collection from the award-winning Sean McMullen. (His "Souls in the Great Machine" is one of my personal favorites.) And they are:
GHOSTS OF ENGINES PAST (Steampunk)
Balloons were the only way to fly in 1840, and air safety standards were the stuff of science fiction...
A modern day librarian in London is about to reserve a book for a Regency serial killer...
When you think about it, they had the skills and materials to build a steam engine in 1449...
Some people just don't appreciate art, but a two mile long metal dragon with a serious attitude problem can do more than just sneer...
COLOURS OF THE SOUL (hard SF)
Why are cheetahs the most perfect of creatures? Besides because they're cats, that is...
These are both new, never before published collections (I'm tickled that ReAnimus Press gets to do them!!), and both are in ebook ($3.99) and paperback ($14.99).
Two wonderful new histories from ReAnimus Press, in ebook and paperback:
THE BOX: AN ORAL HISTORY OF TELEVISION, 1920-1961
YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS: AN ORAL HISTORY OF MANHATTAN FROM THE 1890s to WWII
"Indispensable... great fun to read." --The New York Times With dozens of photos. Fascinating stories.
XENOSTORM: RISING by Brian Clegg - $3.99
With a journalist for a father and a scientist mother, family life has always been nomadic: France, South America and now, London. Coming home from school, he collapses in the street. More pain than he'd ever thought possible... a brain haemorrhage? Is he dying? He staggers home. Surely his parents can help? But they're gone. The flat's empty. He's alone.
And then the voice in his head starts talking.
Davy finds himself facing a powerful underground group who have lived for hundreds of years--and want to see him dead. The future of human existence is in the balance...
Brian Clegg is an author of popular science books, including The God Effect, A Brief History of Infinity, How to Build a Time Machine and Inflight Science. He has written for many publications from The Wall Street Journal and the Times to Playboy and Nature. He lives in Wiltshire, England with his wife, twin daughters and golden retriever.
COSTIGAN'S NEEDLE by Jerry Sohl - $3.99
http://ReAnimus.com/?i=1359 (also available in paperback)
We're just about finished releasing all of Star Trek and Twilight Zone writer Jerry Sohl's books, and many people say this one's their favorite.
Dr. Winfield Costigan had designed his "Needle" as a boon to medical research. But few men are able to let well enough alone, and when the Inland Electronics Company puts up a huge sum to finance the project, Costigan constructs a needle big enough to allow a man to step inside. At a secret testing, Glenn Basher of Inland Electronics draws the short straw and passes through the eye of the needle. Trouble is, he does not reappear.
"Jerry Sohl undoubtedly possesses one of the most imaginative minds of our day." --Houston Post
Jerry Sohl is the acclaimed writer for Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and scores more scripts and novels.
UNDERHANDED BRIDGE by Jerry Sohl -- also, UNDERHANDED CHESS
A hilarious handbook of devious diversions and stratagems for winning at bridge. Likewise for chess!
UNDERHANDED BRIDGE (ebook and paperback):
ROMANCE... We've got Romances!
First there's PASSING THROUGH THE FLAME by Norman Spinrad:
Hollywood... a jungle where a new set of predators is clawing savagely for domination. The great movie studios and stars still hold sway -- but the porno filmmakers on the one hand, and the record companies and rock stars on the other, are accumulating more and more power. Into this warfare comes Velva Leecock and Paul Conrad. Beautiful Velva, whose innocent sexuality may be her passkey to superstardom, and talented, ambitious Paul, whose honest may be his undoing.
"Comes off with a bang -- full of action and all varieties of sex!" -- Publishers Weekly
"PASSING THROUGH THE FLAME is perfect of it's kind. Sex, dope, violence, a complex plot, a huge cast... something of everything we want Hollywood to be! Norman Spinrad writes with unexpected compassion for his characters. I recommend it wholeheartedly!" -- Harper's Bookletter
We've also got Norman's semi-auto-biographical / romance, THE CHILDREN OF HAMELIN - http://ReAnimus.com/?i=1183
Then six romances by Jerry Sohl, written under pseudonyms "Roberta Jean Mountjoy" and "Nathan Butler". :)
Women would do anything for "Dr." Josh, and he would do _everything_ for them.
NIGHT WIND and sequel BLACK THUNDER
A wild novel of sex and beauty and what happens when they explode together.
ReAnimus Press Store: http://ReAnimus.com/?i=1368
She was young, and she was a lot of woman. Could she help it if she was also a lot of trouble?
ReAnimus Press Store: http://ReAnimus.com/?i=1367
Women were helpless against the stranger and his magnetic wiles...
ReAnimus Press Store: http://ReAnimus.com/?i=1365
Six ebook titles by Roby James!They range from science fiction and fantasy to historical and romance. All titles are $3.99. She's a great writer, a great person, and, considering some unfortunate recent events in her life (as chronicled in her newsgroup on sff.net), I'd really like to be able to show her some strong sales numbers. So we have:
Using her rare power over human minds, Ronica McBride vows to destroy the corruption tearing apart the interstellar empire.
Sir William Wallace, the Scots hero, left his daughter three things...
A executive woman who has never had time for love stumbles into a land of magic, 200 years in the past.
A monumental, richly romantic historical with a subtle touch of fantasy.
In the middle of the third dance, Margaret's world stopped for a heartbeat, then continued with the comfortable direction of her life completely changed...
And we have NEBULA AWARD winners!
THE CURE FOR EVERYTHING, a Nebula Award winner by Severna Park
ReAnimus Press Store: http://ReAnimus.com/?i=1354
PARTICLE THEORY, by multi-Nebula Award winner Edward Bryant
A collection of some of Ed's best stories. Ed is in dire financial need, so your help is appreciated. (Others of his titles are there too.)
ReAnimus Press Store: http://ReAnimus.com/?i=1270
Ben Bova's bestselling THE EXILES TRILOGY ebook is now just $3.99 for a limited time on Amazon and in the ReAnimus Press store!
When all the best of Earth's scientists are forced into exile to a space station to prevent their work from upsetting the status quo, they decide to embark on an even grander adventure to the stars.
Dr. Ben Bova is a six-time Hugo Award winner, and author of over 125 futuristic novels and nonfiction books about science and technology.
Ben Bova's THE STAR CONQUERORS!
Majorly big announcement! Six-time Hugo winner BEN BOVA's most sought after and some say best novel, THE STAR CONQUERORS, is out from ReAnimus Press in *print* and ebook editions!
http://ReAnimus.com/?i=1128 It's so rare that used copies go for $500 and up. Until now! ReAnimus Press is pleased to announce the first ever reprinting and first ever trade paperback edition of THE STAR CONQUERORS in a Special Collectors' Edition.
To Explore New Worlds... and Resistance is Futile... all found their home here first with Star Watch Captain Geoffrey Knowland in what some say is a virtual blueprint for Star Trek.
This ReAnimus Special Collector's Edition features a special introductory essay from Ben Bova about the history of writing of the novel. (Not to mention, valuable advice to new writers on how to succeed.) As an extra treat this edition also includes the original Mel Hunter cover art in addition to new cover art from Clay Hagebusch.
THE STAR CONQUERORS is the first in the Watchmen series, followed by STAR WATCHMEN and THE DUELING MACHINE.
THE STAR CONQUERORS is a great story, far too long out of print. Available exclusively from ReAnimus Press, THE STAR CONQUERORS is a major publishing event you don't want to miss.
Resistance IS futile, so get your copy today!
ReAnimus Press has 20 of Ben Bova's books in all!--
THE STAR CONQUERORS, THE EXILES TRILOGY, COLONY, THE KINSMAN SAGA, THE DUELING MACHINE, THE WEATHERMAKERS, THE CRAFT OF WRITING SCIENCE FICTION THAT SELLS, STAR WATCHMEN, ESCAPE!, AS ON A DARKLING PLAIN, THE WINDS OF ALTAIR, THE MULTIPLE MAN, TEST OF FIRE, SPACE TRAVEL - A SCIENCE FICTION WRITER'S GUIDE, IMMORTALITY, THE STORY OF LIGHT
Coming soon: TWICE SEVEN, FORWARD IN TIME, MAXWELL'S DEMONS, THE ASTRAL MIRROR
MORE PAPERBACK NEW RELEASES: h4>
We just released paperback editions of two bestselling True Crime books:
A MOTHER'S TRIAL, by Nancy Wright
BAD KARMA: A True Story of Obsession and Murder, by Deborah Blum
The true crime thriller that explores the darkest regions of romantic infatuation, and a landmark Supreme Court case.
We've also published a fully illustrated edition of Mark Twain's INNOCENTS ABROAD. In short: Best. Travel. Book. Ever. It was his bestselling book during his life, and the book that made him famous. Still hilarious today, and (having visited many of the sites he writes about) still a highly accurate travel guide. We have both an ebook and paperback edition of this one:
If you enjoy history, you'll enjoy MEXICA, by (award-winning, 3-time SFWA-President) Norman Spinrad. (Ebook & print) It's a cool story, the tale of Cortes and Montezuma, as told by a conquistador who was there to witness it. And I'm tickled that ReAnimus Press is able to publish the first US print edition!
Indeed, I'm tickled to announce that ReAnimus Press is publishing *21* of Norman Spinrad's titles in paperback print edition! This includes his book on writing, STAYING ALIVE. Spinrad is a three-time SFWA President and award-winning author, so he knows his stuff. The book on writing is full of good, practical advice, and his fiction is always enjoyable. Many of these have been out of print for far too long so I'm glad we're the ones able to bring them back onto paper. We have several in ebook edition too. (Alas, someone else has the rest in ebook edition; though I think our covers are way cooler than theirs!) :)
So check out
STAYING ALIVE - A WRITER'S GUIDE (ebook & print), BUG JACK BARRON (ebook), THE LAST HURRAH OF THE GOLDEN HORDE (ebook & print), EXPERIMENT PERILOUS: THE 'BUG JACK BARRON' PAPERS (ebook & print), PASSING THROUGH THE FLAME (ebook & print), FRAGMENTS OF AMERICA (ebook & print), THE CHILDREN OF HAMELIN (ebook & print), MEXICA (ebook & print), THE IRON DREAM (print), THE VOID CAPTAIN'S TALE (print), CHILD OF FORTUNE (print), LITTLE HEROES (print), A WORLD BETWEEN (print), GREENHOUSE SUMMER (print), THE SOLARIANS (print), AGENT OF CHAOS (print), THE MEN FROM THE JUNGLE (print), SONGS FROM THE STARS (print), THE MIND GAME (print), RUSSIAN SPRING (print), PICTURES AT 11 (print), JOURNALS OF THE PLAUGE YEARS (print)
A special shoutout that ReAnimus Press will be publishing (Critter and SFWA pro) Chet Gottfried's fantasy novel, THE GILDED BASILISK. More news anon!
Critters Writers Workshop member extraordinaire Robert Qualkinbush's
HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS *** 2ND EDITION ***
has just been released!!! Almost doubled in length, it has been expanded to include a treatment of opening hooks that you can't miss. This is in addition to his landmark analysis of story openings that comprised the first edition. This is a monumental, can't-be-missed work for all writers.
It's available in both paperback and ebook for all ebook readers, through:
(Those who already bought the ebook of the first edition from either ReAnimus Press directly or from Amazon can get the 2nd edition at no charge by simply downloading the current file.)
As ever, a portion of the proceeds from ReAnimus Press sales goes to the Critters Fund Drive, so you're getting great books -and- helping Critters keep going. With the fund drive barely inching forward, this is important.
Reminder about a really insightful book about short stories and anthologies, by Bud Webster. Great for readers and especially writers who want to understand the important anthology market better. Bud writes a regular column on anthologies for the SFWA Bulletin, and he's also a winner of the Service to SFWA Award, which shows the kind of dedication to his subjects he has. This book has over two dozen chapters covering the best anthologies and stories. Nobody knows anthos like Bud. It's called:
ANTHOPOLOGY 101: Reflections, Inspections and Dissections of SF Anthologies.
(Not a mis-spelling, Antho-pology.) :) It's at:
THE BAKU: TALES OF THE NUCLEAR AGE by two-time Nebula Award winner Edward Bryant
Three short stories and a teleplay (bought but never produced by The Twilight Zone) comprise this edition of Edward Bryant's The Baku: Tales of the Nuclear Age. Nightmares and ghosts haunt a former bomber pilot and head of a nuclear power company. With a great cover by Critter member Fran Eisemann!
Because of Ed's financial needs, almost all the profits from this and his other books go directly to Ed. Donations to help with Ed's medical and other financial needs are also most appreciated via www.FriendsOfEd.org. Thank you!
And Harlan Ellison!--
PHOENIX WITHOUT ASHES by Harlan Ellison and Edward Bryant
Written as a collaboration between the multi-Nebula Award winning Ed Bryant and Harlan Ellison, one of the Grand Masters of science fiction and a multiple Hugo-, Nebula-, and Edgar Award-winner, PHOENIX WITHOUT ASHES is the novel edition of Harlan's famous, award-winning teleplay. (Please note this book is the novel edition, not the graphic novel.)
The year is 2785, and Devon, a farmer banished for challenging his community's Elders, discovers a secret that changes everything he knew about the world, leading him on a quest to solve a mystery beyond his understanding before his entire world is destroyed in a cataclysm.
With a Harlanesque introduction by Harlan Ellison.
Harlan is very graciously donating his author's income to Ed for this book. THANK YOU, HARLAN!
Greg Bear has added his endorsement of THE SIGIL TRILOGY to those of Michael Moorcock, Nancy Kress, Kim Stanley Robinson, and many others. Greg says, "Henry Gee stakes his claim to excellence with these startling, beautifully written tales of cosmic adventure. Brisk, funny, triumphant--and utterly compelling." THE SIGIL TRILOGY is also getting some very positive signs regarding major award nominations.
All three volumes are available in ebook and print, as separate volumes and a combined omnibus edition at http://www.ReAnimus.com/sigil
THE PLANET MASTERS by bestselling author Allen L. Wold
On the isolated world of Seltique, where a ritual of legalized murder reinforces a complex and rigid class system, bionically augmented trouble-shooter Larson McCade sets out to find the Book of Aradka, repository of the ancient wisdom of an alien race. His search progressively unveils the hidden story of his own great-grandfather's flight from the mysterious upheavals which plunged once-great Seltique into a dark age of paranoia and xenophobia. (Kirkus Reviews)
Allen L. Wold is the bestselling author of nine science fiction novels: THE PLANET MASTERS, STAR GOD, THE EYE IN THE STONE, JEWELS OF THE DRAGON, CROWN OF THE SERPENT, LAIR OF THE CYCLOPS, and three novels in the _V_ (television tie-in) series.
All except the _V_ books are coming soon from ReAnimus Press. (Can't get ahold of anyone at Warner Bros. to get the dang rights for those _V_ books. Would love to get THX1138 from them too. Anybody know anybody at Warner???) :)
For those who like mysteries, ReAnimus Press has just published all the volumes in the Kieran Lenahan mystery series by Conor Daly, starting with LOCAL KNOWLEDGE.
"A FAST-PACED MYSTERY" --THE NEW YORK TIMES
Set in the world of pro-am golf, Kieran Lenahan, golf pro at Milton Country Club in Westchester County, N.Y., has just earned a berth in a local PGA tournament when the police inform him that the body of one of his club's co-owners has been fished out of a water hazard. Lenahan, a former lawyer, is stunned to hear he has been named in the dead man's will and designated to evaluate a set of rare, legendary Blitzklubs clubs, the sale of which is the sole inheritance for the dead man's beautiful trophy wife. Then the clubs are stolen, and Lenahan's young shop assistant, a reforming juvenile delinquent, is arrested for the murder. Lenahan must find the real murderer to free his assistant, search for the clubs--and prepare to play his opening PGA round.
As Publisher's weekly says, "Even non-golfers will delight in Lenahan's love of the game and the fairway world."
"DALY SCORES A BIRDIE" --PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY
Also released are the others in the Kieran Lenahan series -- get them all at the $2.99 introductory price while it lasts. :)
Plus lots more -- check out the store at http://www.ReAnimus.com !
Nook Sales Fall Off Cliff and Other Irregularities - Big Problems at Barnes&Noble
Bestseller BAD KARMA: A True Story of Obsession and Murder by Deborah Blum, just released in paperback from ReAnimus Press
22 Norman Spinrad titles back in print from ReAnimus Press — including a first print release of MEXICA!
MEXICA, by Norman Spinrad - Hot off the presses!
Nano-rant... Argh! Why can't web browsers save your form posts if you accidentally close your window???
The Demise of our Car Culture? Not.
Random Musing of the Day: Annoyed at Target
FREE Weekend Special! - Download SIEGE OF STARS, Book 1 of THE SIGIL TRILOGY for Free
Harlan Ellison Helps Ed Bryant! Get their PHOENIX WITHOUT ASHES and you can too!
THE SIGIL TRILOGY has been nominated for Best Novel in the British Science Fiction Association awards
Why I Voted For Obama, and Think It's Better If He Wins
Hey, Target, What's With Selling So Much Expired and Nearly Expired Food? Ick.
Hey, Credit Card Companies etc. - Quit Bugging Me To "Go Paperless"
Survey time! How do you like your trilogies?
RAGE OF STARS - Michael Moorcock, Kim Stanley Robinson, Nancy Kress all love it!
Books at a steal for Talk Like A Pirate Day!
New Comment System - Beta Testers Wanted
UNDERHANDED CHESS - A hilarious handbook of devious diversions and stratagems for winning at chess
One of the Best Books I've Ever Read
Tired of the Doublespeak of "Cutting the Deficit"
W00T! Henry "Nature Futures" Gee's SIEGE OF STARS, Book 1 of The Sigil Trilogy, is now in ARC!
Fans of Print Remain Hopeful vs. Ebooks, Despite the Cold Equations
Olympics coverage in prime time: Booooooooringgggg.
THE MARS MONOPOLY - an original Ace Double by Star Trek master Jerry Sohl
Ben Bova's TEST OF FIRE from ReAnimus Press
Thoughts on Smashwords Finding That Higher Ebook Prices Are Better
Libraries and Ebooks - An Interesting Question
Something Wicked This Way Came
99 cent special on I, ALEPPO from Star Trek master writer Jerry Sohl
Beta Testers Needed
Ben Bova's ESCAPE!
I forgot - today is International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day again! Free book!
When Two is Not, Apparently, Better than One
Like a Newly Found Heinlein Book - POINT ULTIMATE by Jerry Sohl
A fun poem for writers - what a language we have!
DOJ Ebook / Apple / Publisher Lawsuit First Thoughts - Arrghhhhh!!!
Useful New Features from the Post Office - and More They Could Do
Staying Alive - New Ebook on the Business of Writing from Norman Spinrad
Special 99 cent Deal on Ben Bova's EXILES TRILOGY
How To Improve Your Speculative Fiction Openings - Amazing Research
ReAnimus Press Updates: 30+ New Books from Ben Bova, Norman Spinrad, Jerry Sohl, Wil McCarthy!
Solved! How to keep your facebook sorted by "Recent Stories First"
Ben Bova's THE CRAFT OF WRITING SCIENCE FICTION THAT SELLS is out from ReAnimus Press
What could B&N, Smashwords, etc. do better? Share your ideas...
Five review copies of A Private Mutiny and Side Effects available - email me if you're interested
A Private Mutiny, Ben Bova's Latest Ebook, and Amazon
Meet Biff America
20% off Bova, Silverberg, Spinrad - everything in the ReAnimus Store
Are We Beginning to Enter a Post-Capitalism Era?
Eek! Heads up: Facebook Hides Messages You May Not Know About
How the 1% Could Set a Good Example
99 cent Special on Ben Bova's THE WEATHERMAKERS on Amazon from ReAnimus Press
A GUIDE TO BARSOOM from ReAnimus Press - Just went live!
Analyzing the Amazon Lending Library
Recycle Your Money
New tool for Smashwords authors
What Greedy CEOs Need to Understand (it's not that difficult)
So, Where do you buy your ebooks, and Why?
Ebooks and Bridging the Digital Divide
Survey Says: People Really Like Ebook Readers
If Amazon is Clogged With Spam Ebooks, Who is Buying Them?
Eternity is a Loooong Time
Caveat Emptor - Aburt and the $5 Epic Fail Site
It's Freebie Friday in the Critter Members' Bookstore! http://critique.org/c/store
I'm still here, but the Rapture took my cable modem
It's Freebie Friday in the Critters Members Store!
A paper-like screen you can roll up and crumple...
Fascinating characterization article about the science of Good and Evil
A mischievous thought on HarperCollins' limiting libraries to 26 loans of an ebook...
Musings on the State of Space and Time and Travel therein
Nooks now got Apps
Nooks for under $75!
New eBookstore - http://critique.org/c/store
Milestone: AAP reports ebooks are now the #1 book format
The Evolution of the Golden Ratio
The end of Rejection Dejection?
Bill & Ted's new movie title, my suggestion
Kindle - What price for ads would you pay?
Dear American Idol: About those critiques...
Ebook Sales Continue Massive Growth, Numbers as Projected
Nearing the breakeven point selling your own ebooks
Free ebook: Use coupon code NZ24U to read "A Sailor on the Sea of Humanity" at http://bit.ly/hfuAlL
Publisher to limit number of ebook library checkouts
We're living in a Simulated Universe? Are you sure?
B&N eliminates their dividend, Stock falls 16%
Making an Ebook for Kindles and iPads and Nooks, Oh My!
Email Blog Alerts
Ebook Sales Cannibalizing Print
Survey on book earnings
If you made a movie out of the worst book ever written, would it be the worst movie ever made?
Borders Declares Bankruptcy -- While Amazon Sells More Ebooks than Paper
Tip of the Day: A Quick Way to Minimize Pain
Displaying What You Read With Ebooks?
What Do Ereaders Need To Improve?
Signs, Portents, Omens; and the Future of Selling "Physical" Ebooks
Saving Moolah with Media Mail for Manuscripts
2011 - The Year of the Ebook?
Ebook sales -- Comparing Apples to Apples, and Besides, it's Not the 10% Today, it's the "If This Goes On..." Tomorrow
Evidence Found of First Internet, Early 1900s
What's the best price for an ebook? -- A Survey
What Can Publishers Do For Authors in a Mostly-ebook World?
How to Sign an Ebook
Refinancing -- How to tell what's good: http://tech-soft.com/loancompare
Digital paper demonstrated — cool!
The TSA Has Gone Too Far
Why DRM is bad, reason #732
Critters is 15 today!
New Feature -- Credit Sharing Among Workshops
Unveiling — Workshops for Everyone!
First impressions: Pandigital Novel ebook reader review
Tweaking the site
Are you prepared for The Big One?
Stephen King now reads half digitally
.epub and .mobi Files for Manuscripts