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Science, Fiction, and points in between
Monday 12 March 2001

§ Claude Shannon, mathematician and information theorist, died at age 84. He had the misfortune to be brilliant and influential in fields not acknowledged by the Nobel Prizes.

§ Salman Rushdie goes to the movies (in LA!).

§ This year's Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, finalists here announced, include a new category for mystery/thriller. (But not one for SF.)

§ The problem with the Los Angeles Times Book Review is, it's irrelevant.

§ Is it possible to know what the bestselling e-book is?

Slate

§ Literary critics' shame: the classics they've never read.

Slate

§ How authors respond to bad reviews.

Salon

§ Book review by Steven Johnson of Pekka Himanen's The Hacker Ethic: a philosopher examines the difference between good and bad hackers.

§ Have webzines fizzled?

§ The allure of used bookstores (in Washington DC).

§ Long article/review of books -- by Michael Behe, Philip Johnson, etc. -- that assault evolution.

Salon


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