General · science fiction

Bestseller for 54 Weeks So Far: Fifty Shades of Grey

I scroll down the New York Times combined print & e-book fiction bestseller list and I see:


Fifty Shades of Grey has been on the list for 54 weeks. I have never read this book and I knew it had been around for a long time, but I didn’t imagine 1.03 years.

I didn’t know it was possible to stay on the bestseller lists for years on end. Being 11 on the countdown in a year seems pretty good to me.

Maybe I should read it. Clearly, there is something about innocent college student falling in love with a man with particular taste for sexual torture that I am missing.

Edited to add: yes, yes, I was thinking months for some reason. Not weeks. It’s a little over a year. Still surprised.

reading · Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday: The Hammer

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by

You just post two sentences from whatever you are reading.

Do you swear to act with impartial justice, excluding all tainted Data Entry, exercising only the Authorized Codes, deviating not from the subroutines of Correct Evaluation?

– The Hammer by David Drake and SM Sterling.

Still cracking up . . .

reading · science fiction · Writing

Prayer to the Computer Gods

I am reading a science fiction book where the prayers go something like this:

Computer Angel

Code not our sins; let them be erased and not ROMed in Thy disks.

As we believe and act in righteousness, so shall we be boosted into the Orbit of fulfillment.

Deliver us from the Crash; from the Hard Rads; spare us.

As we believe, so let us Thy Holy Federation be restored in our time, O Spirit of the of the Stars; and if the burden of a faithless generation’s sin be to great, may our souls be received into the Net. Endfile.

It is hilarious. Instructive, too, because this is an author who has turned prayer into exposition. Clearly, at some point in past there was a serious computer Crash that caused the people to turn computers into gods and the internet into heaven.

But so funny! Not to the characters, because religion is a serious business. But I am just cracking up at the mental picture of my computer as an angel. LOL

Also, the Endfile at the end of the file. Funny! LOL

flash friday · Writing

Friday Flash: Muse Wanted

So . . . inspired by a comment on Twitter.


Sonia Lal is recruiting.

Sonia is seeking a top-notch muse, familiar with all classical works and everything in the science fiction/fantasy genre. Must be focused on author needs, up to and including providing such pleasure as can inspire and relax.

She has a number of ideas in development. Hours may be long. Rewards will include a fraction of all payment from products sold.

Please apply at