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Memories of the 28th Century

Miscellaneous thoughts about miscellaneous matters

  1. Ten Books (plus a few)

    by , 03-29-2008 at 11:00 AM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I thank Antiquarian for posting this earlier.

    1. What is one book that changed your life: "Bored of the Rings" showed me that great literature can be hidden in something that looks silly.

    2. What is one book that you’ve read more than once: "Lord of.Light" by Roger Zelazny and "The Stones of Nomuru" by L. Sprague de Camp are two that I can read and enjoy every year. I feel compelled to reread The Ship That Sailed the Time Stream fairly often, ...

    Updated 10-09-2010 at 03:20 PM by PeterL (typo)

  2. Memory and cognition

    by , 12-03-2007 at 01:41 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    This morning, while driving, I heard a segment on NPR about memory, cognition, consciousness, and so on. Those are topics that interest me greatly. I was reminded on my blog about The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, which I have to reread. The person who had written the book that was being discussed seemed to be overly concerned with the style of expressing; although he saw the "footprint" of the structure of memory in various sorts of expression. I am still waiting for someone to decode ...
  3. How to Write a Thriller

    by , 10-20-2007 at 04:22 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I heard mention of the above mentioned essay by Ian Fleming earlier, and it sounded like it might be useful. I found it online, and it is a decent piece of advice on writing. There was an especially useful bit of advice about writing filling emotional holes in lives. I won't post the essay, but it is online at

    Alas, Ian Fleming's heirs ordered that it be taken from there, and I haven't been able to find any other ...

    Updated 08-12-2014 at 07:02 PM by PeterL

  4. On self Characterization

    by , 08-25-2007 at 10:16 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    The Editor's thread that asks"Who is your favorite literary character?" brought this blog back to mind, especially since I mentioned some of the same characters.

    I was thinking about people and how they describe themselves. Most people can't be counted on to accurately characterize themselves, although there are exceptions. I was rereading the Flashman chronicles because I got so annoyed at bad writing when I read Dan Simmons' Empyrion. Fraser had Flashman characterize himself, ...

    Updated 09-15-2011 at 11:12 AM by PeterL (sport)