March 7th, 2003

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From www.scalzi.com (courtesy of herbaliser)

Goddamn, this guy preaches some gospel.

We like to think the peasant revolt currently underway at the UN is simply a matter of formerly-significant states trying to stack up on top of each other, Transformer-like, to create a single powerful-but-evanescent entity to thwart the US for fun and future Iraqi oil revenues. But it has just as much to do with an absolute distaste for Dubya and his administration's methods. Let's be honest enough with ourselves to admit it takes a special kind of stupid to drive otherwise largely rational allies to prefer to be seen to side with a gleefully genocidal murderer than with you. I fear for the fact that the Bush administration wants to promote the development of hydrogen engines; if it goes about promoting the program like it's handling Iraq, we'll be stuck sucking oil out of the Arabian peninsula for another three centuries.
(Incidentally, for those of you who didn't know this already, I've been fanatically preaching the benefits of hydrogen combustion motors for well over a decade now. They are CRUCIAL to our environmental future, and no, electric vehicles are NOT a viable alternative - which is precisely why Big Oil likes them.)
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Quite good - a shareware novel. Or possibly novella?

While at John Scalzi's website reading his take on the whole Dubya situation referenced in the last post, I noticed that he had a link to a novel that he had written, and dubbed "a shareware novel". It's called Agent to the Stars, and it's really quite good - a lighthearted character-driven science fiction story, quite funny and even quite touching in spots.

Definitely an enjoyable way to while away a few hours.
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