Book Recommendation: Science Fictions by Stuart Ritchie
Web Recommendation: Digital Collections at Yale's Beinecke Library
Autumn is almost here! My favorite season! Pumpkins galore and more pumpkin spice than you can shake a stick at!
FarleyCon was a blast! This was our first time at FarleyCon, and I hope it won't be our last! We had so much fun seeing people again. We ran into some old friends and made some new ones. It was a long day, but it was a great one. We sold some books and some leather and had a grand old time. There was a good group there without being TOO crowded. We hope to be back next year!
We have a brief break this month, then we have two cons coming up in October: Next Chapter in Dalton, GA on October 2nd, and HallowCon on Halloween Weekend! If you attend either, please drop by and say hi. Remember, if you have purchased a paperback from us anywhere else and want it signed, just bring it by. We will happily sign it for you!
Next Chapter Con (NCCX) is on October 2nd from 10 AM to 6 PM in Dalton, GA. NCCX has grown since its inception and has moved over to the Dalton Convention Center!
Tickets for ages 13+ are only $7.00 in advance
(online and at least 2 weeks in advance) and $10.00 at the door. Kids 12
and under are free. Two dollars of the admission fee will be donated to
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They will be following COVID protocols just like last year. Please note that the pandemic situation is fluid. Things are always changing! So please keep checking the web site in the time leading up to the con to check for any updates. So far, we're on!
HallowConis scheduled for Halloween Weekend (October 29 - 31st) at the usual lair, the Econolodge in Dalton, GA, just off I-75. Joe has a lot of great things in store for us this year, with a great new theme: Gambler's Nightmare! They are making plans to keep everyone safe & healthy during the convention. We had a great time with the virtual convention last year, and we are ready to see each other live and in person this year! Twin Cedars Ranch will have a table there as well as our regularly scheduled shenanigans. If you're going, please keep checking the web site for updates on pandemic protocols.
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Writing science fiction often entails reading about science! I found this book while doing my research for The Nemo Paradox. Science Fictions is a non-fiction book that covers that current state of scientific research. If you've read any articles on scientific studies -- they appear constantly in the news -- and wondered if they were on the level, then this book is for you. This is not about a specific science, but about the practice of science itself and how bias interferes with the practice of "pure" science.
Powerful but easy to read, the text is very accessible even if you don't have a degree in science. The author covers the field's biases and problems and explains why you shouldn't automatically believe every "study" that pops up in the news. I listened to this in the audio version, read by the author in a glorious Scottish accent, and I really enjoyed it. It gave me a lot to think about, especially right now when we are living "science" real-time. It's not so much as disbelieving in science as having a healthy dose of skepticism when someone makes an extraordinary scientific claim without extraordinary proof. In the spirit of our mission of helping people read and think deeply, I highly recommend this book.
It's not as difficult to travel now as it was last year, but visiting distant museums still isn't easy. If you're hankering for a little brain stiumlation, you can still visit quite a few online museums from the comfort of home.
Libraries often act as museums, and Yale's famous Beinecke Library is no exception. Their archives conserve and display many famous manuscripts, many of which have been fully digitized. More than a million images are available online, and more are open to the public and free to view.
The collection is searchable, including by MS (manuscript) number. For example, the mysterious Voynich Manuscript (also known as the Cipher Manuscript), which requires an appointment to view in person, is MS 408. (Editor's note: I found this site whilst searching for online editions of the Voynich!) Illuminated manuscripts, Books of Hours, incunabula (books printed in Europe before 1500), various authors' papers and letters (like Rachel Carson's archives), and all sorts of other book-related goodies are available.
The site also offers digital exhibitions that simulate curated exhibitions on specific topics, such as "Publication & Prejudice", which contains the 20 versions of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice in the library's collection. These exhibits are more than just images; the history of the book and its author and many essays that swirl around the Austen phenomenon put the manuscripts in context. Another interesting one is "Medical Astrology: Science, Art, and Influence in Early-Modern Europe". A wide variety of other exhibitions are available for your viewing pleasure.
I hope we will all be able to move freely and visit these wonders in person soon. Until then, take care of yourselves, wash your paws, and invigorate your brain.
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
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