November 10th, 2015

marcus 2013

Quick fantasy / SF question

I'm looking for examples of books where a work or a series, which was apparently complete, is followed up by more works after some time.

What I don't want is sequels by other hands, share cropping, "based on an idea by," continuing series, etc.

Examples I have so far are the later Earthsea books and Hal Clement's "Needle" and "Through the Eye of a Needle"

Can anyone suggest more examples?
marcus 2013

What genre is this passage?

A small literary experiment:

I've edited a passage slightly to remove some identifying features. If you don't recognize it please say in comments what genre you think it is, when you think it was written, and what you think happens next. If you do recognize it please comment to say you recognize it, but don't otherwise comment.
Dried grasses and leaves gave under him, then remoulded about his body, and the fine scent of them filled his nostrils as he fell asleep easily. He did not dream at all.

When he awoke, the door of the big room stood ajar and from that direction he heard the call of birds. Still rubbing sleep from his eyes, T_______ rolled out of the bunk. The fire on the hearth was out and there was no one else in the room. But the clean smell of a new day in the Wild drew him out on the ledge, to stand looking down into the valley of the lake.

Something rose and fell with a regular stroke not far from the shore, and he realized he was watching a swimmer. A series of steps cut in the rock led down from the ledge, and T_______ followed them. Then a loose sleeping robe draped over a bush beckoned him on and he shed his own in turn, testing the temperature of the water with his toes, plunging into it in a clumsy dive before he could change his mind because of that chill greeting.

T_______ floundered along the shore, being no expert as was that other now heading, with clean arm sweeps and effortless kicks, back from the centre. His threshing disturbed mats of floating blossoms shed by trees bordering a rill that fed the lake at this point, and the bruised petals patterned his wet skin as he found sandy footing and stood up, shivering.

'Storm cold,' he commented as R_______ waded in.

The other stopped to wring water from his braided hair knot and then, surveying T_______'s dappled body, he laughed.

'A new refinement -- flower baths?'

I'll post more on this in a day or two.
marcus 2013

Having said I wouldn't buy speakers for the iMac...

...I've bought speakers for the iMac.

I went into a "computer market" place today and almost the first stall I saw had a couple of the original 15" G4s, one of them with the speakers, and the vendor let me have the speakers cheap because they were untested and he thought the plug looked a bit loose (which it is). But they work perfectly, and even have the front grille things which are as rare as hen's teeth, I just need to add a bit of sleeving on the cable. VERY pleased!
marcus 2013

Another duplexing colour laser

Ebuyer are currently selling a slightly later model of the Ricoh duplexing network colour laser I got a couple of years ago. This one has WiFi as well as LAN connection and USB, for £99.99
I think this price is only for today, not sure what they usually charge.

My experience with its predecessor has been good, it supports Mac and Windows, and iPad/iPhone with Rico's driver app. The main things I can say against it are that the cartridges that come with it are low capacity, that the manual sheet feed only takes a single page, that it does a warm up cycle every few hours which will slowly use up your toner if you leave it switched on but don't use it a lot, and that I was never able to figure out how to get it to work with Linux. But for my purposes it's pretty good.