Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Einstein's Monsters

I ordinarily save up my reading recommendations for a year-end summary, but (a) these aren't ordinary times and (2) the book I finished last night was most noteworthy.

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The book? Einstein's Monsters: The Life and Times of Black Holes (2018), by Brit astronomer and science popularizer Chris Impey. It integrates a wealth of fascinating material about general relativity, black holes large and small, cosmology, assorted multiverse theories, gravitational-wave observatories, and astronomy in general. And if your appetite ends up whetted, the book provides copious pointers to further reading.

So ...  you're in the market for distraction as you shelter in place from COVID-19 -- especially if physics, astronomy, or the Really Big Picture is your cup of tea -- you might want to check out (here's an Amazon link) Einstein's Monsters: The Life and Times of Black Holes

Monday, March 2, 2020

Sherlock #4: The Final Problem

Grantville Gazette readers ... did you enjoy January's "The Adventure of the Meat Interpreter"? (A rhetorical question, of course. That said, I'm always happy -- should anyone feel so inclined -- to get feedback.)


Presuming that you answered yes, you'll be interested to know that "Sherlock" returns in TGG's March issue in his most challenging case yet: "The Final Problem."

 It turns out that I posted eight years ago, in a very different context, about Conan Doyles's own "The Final Problem." Have a look at that mention -- if you're curious -- in "Tell, Don't Show?"

Monday, February 24, 2020

It's the End Times ...

of publisher February promotions on a goodly portion -- six of twenty -- Edward M. Lerner books.

This is a (blatantly) commercial post; you have been advised. But if you've been curious about my writing -- or if you are familiar, and might want to read more -- this ebook-only promotion is a fine opportunity. Your choices:

Muses and Musings: A Science Fiction Collection. It's exactly what the subtitle says. And you can name your price.

Technothrillers, Fools' Experiments and Small Miracles, for only $1.99 each. 

Near-future (Energized) and farther-future (Dark Secret) space adventures, likewise for a mere $1.99 each.

But wait! There's more! (And it's way better than a Veg-O-Matic.)

In the nonfiction category, Trope-ing the Light Fantastic: The Science Behind the Fiction is just $2.99.

Not as long as electrons last (but way longer than free neutrons do)! And only on the publisher's website.)

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Better than Punxsutawney Phil not seeing his shadow

Over at Phoenix Pick, the featured ebook for February's promotion/deal/steal is Muses & Musings: A Science Fiction Collection by ... Yr. Humble Blogger. Said promo being accompanied by deep (and likewise temporary) ebook discounts on several other Lerner titles. Just sayin'

Check it out at https://www.publisherspick.com/

(And if Phil was mistaken, and you find yourself snowed in? All the more reason to want a good book or three on hand.)

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Latest review of Muses & Musings

Excerpt from a review of my 2019 collection, Muses & Musings, upon which I just stumbled:

He is science fiction down to the bone, but he very often takes the "serious" stuff not so seriously. Or he does, but he still squeezes a modicum of wit and whimsy into his subjects. He can catch a salient point in a couple of pages or explore a well-trodden road like AI with new insight.

"He" and "him," in this context, being me.

The full review, for anyone curious, can be found at http://www.galaxysedge.com/. Once there (cuz the review page is for some reason not accessible via a direct link) click on "Recommended Books".

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Sherlock #3

Perhaps you met my AI PI in "A Case of Identity," in the December 2015 Analog. Maybe you encountered this futuristic detective in his second outing, "The Satellites of Damocles," in Future Science Fiction Digest 3 (June 2019).


Either way,  I expect you'll be happy to know that "Sherlock" confronts his third mystery in "The Adventure of the Meat Interpreter." That story just debuted in the January/February 2020 issue of The Grantville Gazette (in the zine's Universe Annex).

And if you aren't familiar with the two earlier stories in this series? No problemo. As with more conventional Sherlock stories, you can dive in at any point. 

It's a lovely way, IMO, to start the year. (For me, certainly, and I like to believe you; not so much for the eponymous interpreter.)

Friday, January 3, 2020

To everything there is a season ...

The new year, traditionally, is a time to take stock. And this being an SFnal blog, a certain Philip K. Dick quote comes to mind. To wit:

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."

What reality should be recognized in this new year? That after more than eleven years and 655 posts, my enthusiasm for blogging has ebbed. That whereas my practice has long been to post more or less weekly, this schedule in recent months has -- being honest with myself -- too often been more of a chore than a joy. (Also, of late, a target increasingly missed.) Which, I'd venture to guess, doesn't always make for the most gripping material when I do post.

I'm not apt to stop altogether. Things I read, see, and think will, from time to time, doubtless inspire me to opine. And -- my most viewed posts, year after year, relating to my books, stories, and articles -- I anticipate that publication-centric news will appear here every now and again.

Bottom-lining it: you can expect SF and Nonsense to become less active than it's traditionally been and that, when I do post, my topic will often be promotional. At shorter lengths, and perhaps more often than here, I'll show up on Facebook (where my authorial page, unsurprisingly, is https://www.facebook.com/EdwardMLerner/); I invite you to follow my FB page. 

And who knows? Perhaps -- as in many a Philip K. Dick story -- reality will shift in unexpected ways, and the urge to blog will return.