Daily Archives: November 30, 2004

Tom Ridge Resigns – Press Conference @ 2:45 EST

Fox News has just reported that Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has announced his resignation. There will be a press conference at 2:45 EST.

Update: He’s said his resignation is effective February 1, 2005 – sooner if a replacement is chosen and confirmed prior to that. Link.

More books to re-read

In reading through other bloggers’ lists, it seems that quite a few bloggers are C.S. Lewis fans.

I have a few more too, some from other’s lists (*) that I didn’t think about and a few others.

*Walter Miller’s A Canticle for Liebowitz
Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy, Red Mars, Green Mars and Blue Mars
*Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (New movie out May 6, 2005), The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Life the Universe and Everything, and the fourth book in the trilogy So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish.
Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn
*Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books (love The Luggage)
Michael Ende’s The Neverending Story (My copy [Doubleday, 1983] is printed in red and green ink. Red for Bastian’s part of the story and Green for The Neverending Story itself.)

More specific from my list of authors in the post below:

Katherine Kurtz’s The Deryni Chronicles
Mercedes Lackey’s Heralds of Valdemar, Vows and Honor, Halfblood Chronicles, The Mage Winds, and Bardic Voices
Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern, The Rowan, Freedom, Crystal, Acorna, The Ship who Sang
Robert Heinlein’s Time Enough for Love (Future History with Lazarus Long), The Number of the Beast, Starship Troopers, A Stranger in a Strange Land, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, etc.
Piers Anthony’s Incarnations of Immortality series and Xanth trilogy of 27 books (it’s 33 / three cubed) (He’s started the second trilogy with book # 28 – Currant Events)
Philip Jose Farmer’s Riverworld, Dayworld, Venus on the Half-Shell (as Kilgore Trout), A Barnstormer in Oz (Dorothy’s son goes to Oz), Tarzan Alive (what Edgar Rice Burroughs got wrong)
Father Andrew Greeley’s Blackie Ryan novels, Nuala Anne McGrail novels, the Angel series
Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series

Baen Books has a free library :

Introducing the Baen Free Library

by Eric Flint

Baen Books is now making available — for free — a number of its titles in electronic format. We’re calling it the Baen Free Library. Anyone who wishes can read these titles online — no conditions, no strings attached. (Later we may ask for an extremely simple, name & email only, registration. ) Or, if you prefer, you can download the books in one of several formats. Again, with no conditions or strings attached. (URLs to sites which offer the readers for these format are also listed. )

Why are we doing this? Well, for two reasons.

The first is what you might call a “matter of principle.” This all started as a byproduct of an online “virtual brawl” I got into with a number of people, some of them professional SF authors, over the issue of online piracy of copyrighted works and what to do about it.

There was a school of thought, which seemed to be picking up steam, that the way to handle the problem was with handcuffs and brass knucks. Enforcement! Regulation! New regulations! Tighter regulations! All out for the campaign against piracy! No quarter! Build more prisons! Harsher sentences!

Alles in ordnung!