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Dan Goodman's prediction and politics journal.

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Tuesday August 26, 2003. Sick. Did just about nothing till evening.

Pamela Dean (who livejournals as pameladean) gave a pointer to an interview:
http://members.tripod.com/~geek_world/fantasy_interview_dyer_bennet.htm It includes lists of books which influenced her at various stages of her life.

There's a comment on her journal from someone whose early influential reading list matched Pamela's 100%. Some dialog on explanations for the similarity.

An explanation flashed into my mind, which I decided not to post there: a Boys From Brazil scenario. Except that the female dictator is in our future, rather than our past. [Insert technobabble on why it's easier to go into the past to our present, and then into the future, than to go directly into their future.] And, thanks to sufficiently advanced genetic technology, the knockoffs of the world dictator don't need to look anything like her or like each other. It's only necessary to duplicate the genes which make for the essential mental characteristics.

As a technothriller premise, it's no sillier than most.

Minneapolis Star Tribune: A new type of theme bar, called a Radio Bar. They're licensing the name of KFAN, a local sports, sports talk, and talk station. The intention is to open radio bars elsewhere, taking their names from similar local stations owned by Clear Channel. http://www.startribune.com/stories/456/4061355.html

USA Today's state news items included one from Naked Island in Alaska.

Mail: De Profundis 368, September 2003. LASFS (Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society) newsletter. Minutes of July club meetings. Minutes of a Board of Directors meeting. Announcements of events, LASFS-related and otherwise. De Profundis, c/o The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, 11513 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

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