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BaQa'—or Is It Humbug? [Dec. 19th, 2010|09:18 am]
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[Current Location |Kronos]
[mood |amusedamused]

I think Mike would be very pleased that the WSJ has nice write-up on a St Paul theater group doing a Klingon version of a Christmas Carol. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703395904576025760797375264.html?mod=WSJ_newsreel_lifeStyle#articleTabs%3Darticle
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It's the silly things [Nov. 9th, 2010|01:10 am]
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[mood |awake]

I just pulled out a batch of older GURPS Traveler to look through. In the book was notes from Mike on a possible campaign. I would have liked to played in it.
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maybe you just had to be there, [Sep. 25th, 2010|08:31 am]
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but yesterday, Chip and I were: at the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex (which is in reality an hour-plus drive out of Canberra on twisty little roads through some of the most "interesting" driving country outside the Scottish Highlands, so the Complex can sit in a sheep-grazing vale sheltered by hills from all the nearby electromagnetic noise).

You can easily see it from the car park: DSS-46, relocated to Canberra when the Honeysuckle Creek station was shut down. The Dish that transmitted the first images of Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon.

Wow, did we both miss having Mike on that excursion.

It wasn't until we were through the Complex and back out to the car park, a couple of hours later, that we realized what the date was.



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John M. Ford gaming material in charity auction [May. 6th, 2010|09:30 pm]
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I've put some John M. Ford designed and inspired gaming material up for auction on debsliverlovers, a charity auction which is raising money to get Deb Mensinger a liver transplant.

The items (which are being offered in various combinatiosn) are:

  • Two copies of the Star Trek III boardgame set, which JMF co-designed (and which contains bits of uncollected JMF fiction).

  • The Klingons boxed set for the FASA Star Trek RPG, which JMF worked on while writing The Final Reflection>.

  • Struggle for the Throne, a FASA boardgame not designed by JMF but featuring his style of Klingons.

  • The Yellow Clearance Black Box Blues, his classic adventure for Paranoia.

  • Scared Stiffs, an adventure he co-wrote for the Ghostbusters RPG, set at a convention.

  • Two copies of Superhero '44/2044, the first superhero RPG, inspired by the games he ran an Indiana University.

You can see all four of my auctions here. There are plenty of other interesting things being offered by others, of course.
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Preflash, Heat of Fusion, and Chromatic Aberration [Apr. 14th, 2010|03:31 pm]
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I never knew JMF personally (I don't feel I can call him Mike because of that), but I wish I had, and I love love love his writing. I think I own every book he ever wrote, and I am trying to get all the short stories as well. I fell in love with his complex and erudite way of telling a story... however, sometimes this means I don't always understand what he's getting at.

For a while I've been wanting to do a reread of all his books in this community, and I kept putting it off. However, the recent post on Heat of Fusion and Other Stories made me think, hey, an easy way to start this, anyway, would be reading his short stories! Does anyone else want to discuss his books/short stories, and maybe help me to figure out what is going on? :)

Because of apostle_of_eris's post I thought I'd start with some of the stories in that book (not coincidentally, the ones that started to be discussed in that post). Here's what I think is going on; anyone want to append or correct me?

Spoilers, of course; for Preflash, Chromatic Aberration, and Heat of Fusion.Collapse )

What other books/stories would people like to discuss the most?
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Heat of Fusion and Other Stories [Apr. 12th, 2010|09:47 am]
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A title I hadn't known, from a source I hadn't known . . .
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Happy Birthday [Apr. 10th, 2010|08:38 pm]
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I've been thinking about him all day.

Happy Birthday Mike, where ever you are.
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books by Mike up for auction [Mar. 11th, 2010|01:06 am]
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Check out the two auctions here.
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Uncollected Ford stories being auctioned for charity [Oct. 10th, 2009|12:55 am]
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If anyone is interested, I am auctioning two magazines contained uncollected John M. Ford stories as part of care_faith_hope, a charity auction to pay for urgent medical expenses (for someone else, I should clarify). The auction is here. Of course there are many other things of interest in the auction, which ends Saturday October 10th at 11:59:59 PM Pacific time (I should have posted this earlier, I know).

In the interest of full disclosure, I should note that neither of the two stories is what I would call a major piece - they're fairly light - and one is available for free online. However, even minor Ford is well worth reading, and I at least still like having paper copies of things.
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To Give Away: Heat of Fusion and Other Stories [Sep. 26th, 2009|03:39 pm]
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I'm cleaning out my basement to make room for a new gaming group when I ran across two copies of Heat of Fusion. Other books that I have duplicates of see the extra copy going to a used book store.

But Mike is special.

As much as some random person in a used book store might stumble upon it and come to love Mike's work, I don't want to take that chance. I'd rather it go to someone that already loves Mike. Someone that's missing him today the way that I am.

So if you'd like a copy of this book let me know. It was nominated for the World Fantasy Award as a collection and includes "Winter Solstice, Camelot Station" for which he won the World Fantasy and Rhysling Award. It also includes "Erase/Record/Play," nominated for Nebula and Theodore Sturgeon Awards.
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