You would think writing the fight scenes would be the most fun. You would be wrong.
Just in case you've ever heard the often repeated line (at parties or where ever) that famous authors don't get edited as much as newbies, John Scalzi received his line-edits for Redshirts. Nobody escapes the red-pen of doom.
Mer Haskell (waves at Mer) continues to garner rave reviews for her book The Princess Curse.
Seanan McGuire on the digital divide and some of the issues surrounding the ebook hype. Libraries have always been my friends. So have second hand book stores. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Signs of Life and Tobias Buckell.
Why do have have foreign aid and assist other countries when disasters (natural and man-made) happen? Because that's what world powers do. The Chinese stretch out their force projection sea legs with humanitarian assistance. So, we give and help foreign countries (to the amount that is practically a rounding error on the entire federal budget) for the reasons listed at the bottom of that story. And because who do you want the world to look upon favorably; Russia, China, or the US?
Paul Krugman and the freedom to fuck off and die. Dear conservatives, when meany liberals call you heartless and just mean spirited, this is part of what we're talking about. (I'm pointing to this article as Paul does a good job explaining the actual exchange and doesn't put words in people's mouths). Say, have I mentioned emergency rooms are starting to feel the heat (again) of lower rates of health insurance (people losing jobs, jobs that no longer offer it, health insurance that's really under insurance, and that minority of people that just forego it all together). More people are coming in sicker and in need of more extreme measures, and their outcomes aren't as good. It saddens me that we have to learn this lesson again. (Grokked from Jay Lake)