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Friday Fiction: Big Planet

 

Big Planet
Vance
1957

Big Planet is home some of the rejects and ne’er do wells floating around the galaxy. Very earthlike, but much larger, hence the name Big Planet. Good guy Claude Glystra and his team are going to finally clean up and stop the slave trade and arms importing on the planet. Of course, they run into trouble and have to make their way back to the Earth Enclave, the safest point. This means having to deal with some petty tyrants and other folks who want them gone. Like a Star Trek landing party, they run into some interesting societies and customs along the way.

Vance had an expansive career and died last May at age 96.  He had quite the career. You can read the Wikipedia article here.

Mary

More Science Fiction:

Fight for Life

Stress Pattern

Time Pivot (don’t miss the cover art!)

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Books About the Interwebz

Submitter: I live in [Canada] and was just recently hired at a high school in order to get their library up and running once again. The collection has not been touched for many years and most of the books were donations from when the school started in 2000. As I was weeding through the collection I came across many books on how to use the internet-most of which are from the early 90s. I laughed as I realized that Netscape does not even exist anymore and how the book on the middle-right is about a program for Windows 95. It’s okay to have some books on computers for a library but there’s no way these books would be helping anybody! These are definitely being weeded!

Holly: Unless you’re running an archive, which most high schools are not, these are useless to your library. You just cleared half a shelf of space in one fell swoop!

More Bleeding Edge Internet Books:

Gay and Lesbian Online

When the Computer Overlords Run the World

Old School Computer Crime

It’s a Wang!

Salmon Jell-o Anyone?

 

Serve it Cold!
A cookbook of delicious cold dishes
Crosby &  Bateman
1969

Naturally, the warm summer is a perfect time to break out the cold food. As you can guess, one of the stars of this cookbook is our old friend gelatin. I believe that appetizing fish dish on the cover is salmon in aspic. As a Midwesterner, I can appreciate versions of jello like no one else. I will have marshmallows and fruit cocktail in mine, please. However, this aspic/fish combo seems to be everywhere in cookbooks from this era. I don’t get it and I don’t remember ever seeing it when I was a kid. Perhaps this type of cooking was too sophisticated for my delicate central Illinois upbringing.

Of course cookbooks are a favorite here at ALB and I do think that public libraries should pay attention to food fashions. I can’t imagine this book flying off the shelf anytime soon.

Mary

More food:

It’s Congealed!

Sandwiches from Hell

Be Bold with Bananas!  (This is an all time favorite, if you haven’t seen this, prepare yourself)

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