Apr. 28th, 2010

starlady: (but it does move)
Baker, Kage. In the Garden of Iden. New York: Harcourt, 1997.

I think Mendoza is even more sarcastic than I am, which is really saying something.

This is the first of the late Kage Baker's novels of The Company, a mysterious 24th-century outfit which discovered backwards-only time travel as well as functional immortality and combined them to create an entire workforce of operatives stranded in time, working to find and preserve anything and everything the 24th century could want from the ravages of time and humanity until they finally age forward into the terrestrial paradise. Mendoza is a young Catholic girl in early 16th century Spain saved from the clutches of the Inquisition by Company operative Joseph; fifteen years later she and Joseph undertake a mission to England in 1553, to find and preserve a certain rare species of holly that grows in aged knight Sir William Iden's garden.

Confessions of a cyborg )
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Baker, Kage. In the Garden of Iden. New York: Harcourt, 1997.

I think Mendoza is even more sarcastic than I am, which is really saying something.

This is the first of the late Kage Baker's novels of The Company, a mysterious 24th-century outfit which discovered backwards-only time travel as well as functional immortality and combined them to create an entire workforce of operatives stranded in time, working to find and preserve anything and everything the 24th century could want from the ravages of time and humanity until they finally age forward into the terrestrial paradise. Mendoza is a young Catholic girl in early 16th century Spain saved from the clutches of the Inquisition by Company operative Joseph; fifteen years later she and Joseph undertake a mission to England in 1553, to find and preserve a certain rare species of holly that grows in aged knight Sir William Iden's garden.

Confessions of a cyborg )

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starlady: (revisionist historian)
This is a post about Philly and New Jersey, or more precisely, about how they're all going to hell in a handbasket.

The news this evening that The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Daily News have been sold to their creditors in bankruptcy auction is, quite frankly, a huge blow to the region--The Inquirer has 180 years of history in the area, and The Daily News is actually doing okay despite print journalism's woes, but none of those will matter a damn to the creditors and hedge funds in on the deal. I can't pretend that I actually really read The Inquirer anymore, because it's gone to hell in the last 10 years and only recently started getting better under Brian Tierney and company, and I've never really been in The Daily News demographics, but it seems a very real possibility that the region could lose one or both papers--and if The Inquirer goes, south Jersey will be entirely bereft of a paper even halfway deserving of the name. Both papers perform important investigative and public watchdog functions, and civil society will suffer without them.

This is a policy rant. )

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