Brenda Cooper

Archive for November, 2008

Reading Recommendation: Lamentation, by Ken Scholes

I just finished Ken Scholes’s first novel, Lamentation.  This book has been getting a lot of buzz, and so I asked Ken for a copy.  It actually took awhile, since the copies have been going out to regular reviewers (I don’t review; I recommmend what I like, partly as a way to show what a […]

On Terrorism

I’m not very happy to be addressing Terrorism on Thanksgiving.  But I spent part of yesterday near the Internet and TV, watching the horrible events in Mumbai.   I’d like to reflect a little on the way the Clinton administration handled terrorism vs. the way we’ve handled it under Bush.  What I’ve got to say is […]

Energy Economics

This post is a result of post-panel musings from Orycon 30, the Oregon Science Fiction convention I just attended.  I was actually on two panels discussing energy futures – What Happens if the Oil Runs Out? and Alternative Energies. Often a discussion gets you thinking about something you already know.  There was some discussion of the […]

The Silver Ship and the Sea wins the Endeavor Award

This weekend at Orycon, I was given the Endeavor Award for The Silver Ship and the Sea.  I’ve been thinking about how to blog about it in a more meaningful way than just posting the press release or talking about how excited I am that the book was chosen when all of the other writers […]

Obama’s Search for a CTO

No, I don’t normally blog directly on technology and politics.  But I am a CIO (for the City of Kirkland, WA) and this discussion has fascinated me.  Here is how it has gone. I first heard Obama was going to appoint a CIO after lunch with a friend who is a CIO for a major […]

Reading Recommendation: The Terror, by Dan Simmons

Dan Simmons writes about the doomed Franklin expedition, a trip into the arctic that resulted in the two expedition boats, Erebus and Terror, being stuck in ice for two full years.  Some of the reasons I liked it, from concrete to less concrete: It’s historical fantasy.  Dan Simmons did his homework well, and there is a […]

Some signs of hope on the horizon

I went out for coffee this afternoon, and in the rainy fall bluster, the Tully’s I found was nearly full.  I ended up sharing a seat with a gentleman who was dressed entirely too well for a Veteran’s Day holiday, so I asked him about it.  Turns out the black suit was all about a […]

I’m Back Home

It feels like I’ve gone through some m-brane universe back to an America I’m familiar with.  I know this long uncomfortable time isn’t even over until January 20th.  But still, today I don’t feel like a foreigner in my own country.  I really like that. I grew up believing in elections.  Not only that the […]