Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

SF Book Club’s list of The 50 Most Significant SF & Fantasy Books

“Behold, the SF Book Club’s list of The 50 Most Significant SF & Fantasy Books, 1953-2002. And no list like that can go without someone somewhere turning it into a meme. Shocking, this internet.

So, the rules: Bold the ones you have read, strike through the ones you read and hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put a star next to the ones you love.”

Follow me below the cut . . .

Let’s make this at least marginally interesting. Any books here I haven’t read which you consider an absolute MUST?

  1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
  3. Dune, Frank Herbert
  4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
  5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
  6. Neuromancer, William Gibson
  7. Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke
  8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
  9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
  10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
  12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
  14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
  15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
  16. *The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
  17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
  18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
  19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
  20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany — I read and loved Nova; does that count?
  21. *Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
  22. Enders' Game, Orson Scott Card
  23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
  24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
  25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
  26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,J.K. Rowling
  27. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
  29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
  30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
  31. Little, Big, John Crowley
  32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
  33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
  34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
  35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
  36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
  37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
  38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
  39. Ringworld, Larry Niven
  40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
  41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
  42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
  43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson — Listen to Reason.
  44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
  45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
  46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
  47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
  48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
  49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
  50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer
I think that one of the reasons that I have not read many of these is that they are from a long time ago. Many are from before I am born and when I started to read Sci-Fi they were not about anything that I wanted to read. Not all books stand up to the test of time.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Thanksgiving prep

I have been cleaning and decluttering my house. My parents are coming and everything must be clean. Dude I let things get a little to far. It took all day to get my craft room cleared enough to get the beds set up in there.

While cleaning the kitchen I set the oven to self clean. This worked and my kitchen smelled bad for a while. The cleaning cycle finishes and the oven should unlock. It doesn't. I end up Sunday taking the back off the over and taking things apart to get the oven door to open. I currently have the door switch covered with a piece of duck tape. The oven works but I think that I will start to look for a new one.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

the questionnaire

This makes the forth or fifth time I have tried to post this.

The Questionnaire:
Are you allergic to any fibers?

What are your favorite colors?
Purple, green, blue, jewel tones

Are you a new mitt knitter?
Yes, I have only made one pair of fingerless gloves.

Do you prefer solid or multicolored yarn? Multicolored

What fibers do you prefer in mitten yarn?
Superwash Wool

Where do you usually knit mittens?
One the couch or in the DrÂ’s office

How do you usually carry/store small projects?
In a small bag I made.

What are your favorite mitten patterns?
Right now I have only made one so I do not know.

What are your favorite mitten knitting techniques?
Magic loop, finger down.

What new techniques would you like to try?

What are your favorite needles for knitting mittens?
Knitpick Circulars

What are some of your favorite yarns?
Blue Moon yarn, Socks that Rock, Black Bunny Fiber, Lorna's Lace

What yarn do you totally covet?
None right now

Any pattern you would love to make if money and time were no object?
Convertible gloves

Favorite kind of needles (brand, materials, straights or circs, etc)?

If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would you be?
I have no idea.

Do you have a favorite candy or mail-able snack?
Good dark Chocolate, and cookies

WhatÂ’s your favorite animal?

Would you prefer super warm mittens or something more like fingerless mitts?
Warm, it gets cold here.

If you were a color what color would you be?

What is your most inspiring image, flower, or object in nature?
The beach or Pikes Peak mountain

Do you have a wish list?
Not right now.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


I voted yesterday, for me it was only a 40 minute wait. Half of it was a wait for the precinct and then the rest for the voting. Three precincts vote in the same place. I did get to do over 10 rows of of the sock I am making. It is just a good Idea to have a cheat sheet when you go vote. some people were spending over 20 minutes reading and then voting. There was so much to vote on. I voted so I get to complain now.

Monday, November 06, 2006

International Scarf Exchange

I got it!!! Mind you I am not sure who it is from. All I know is that is from The Woolly Workshop. I can not read the signature. I love the colors of the scarf.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

November Goals

What I finished in October, knitting wise

Fingerless gloves for my sister, one pair of socks for my niece, finished one of knee high socks for me, and a felted bag.

November Knitting Goals

1. Finish other knee high sock for me
2. Hat to charity
3. modus scarf
4. A scarf for Sheri

November House goals

1. Clean up trees in the backyard
2. Do touch up paint on house
3. Clean house
4. Organize garage