Because I read speculative fiction, I spent the weekend wondering how Justice Thomas' dissent would read if the petitioners were Christians seeking to have their "religious ceremony" legally recognized as a binding contract before an honestly secular government. [My fixes edits are bolded.] ...Whether we define “liberty” as locomotion or freedom from governmental action more … Continue reading Justice Thomas Dissents, but I Fixed It for You
Courtesy of Slate, the Justice Scalia insult generator. Add it to links, alongside the Shakespeare insult generator. Fun for the whole family! One would think that MintWitch's silly extravagances are black-robed jiggery pokery. Whatever that means. OR Thou saucy malmsey-nosed barnacle!
CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT No. 14–556. Argued April 28, 2015—Decided June 26, 2015 Excerpts: The history of marriage is one of both continuity and change.Changes, such as the decline of arranged marriages and the abandonment of the law of coverture,have worked deep transformations in the structure of … Continue reading 14-556 OBERGEFELL ET AL . v . HODGES, DIRECTOR, OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, ET AL .
Last Friday, I took a hiatus from SFF to read cozy mysteries. I was feeling burned out. None of the books on my Kindle app tempted me. Every book I started seemed dull, or trite, or just somehow wrong. Reading for the Hugo awards ground me down, this year, when usually it's a delight, full … Continue reading All Your Base Are Belong to Us
Jim Shepard is what is known as a "writer's writer." That is, he's not well known by the larger reading public, and you won't find his books in supermarkets. That will probably change with The Book of Aron (Knopf, May 2015), his latest novel. Aron is a young Polish boy whose family is driven from … Continue reading And Now For Something Completely Different
Science Fiction and Fantasy is all about "What if?" What if aliens landed on the White House lawn, tomorrow? Or, what if they landed in a small, mid-Western town, and blended in perfectly? What if the Colonial armies had lost their bid for independence? What if Countess Lovelace had built Babbage's Difference Engine? That last … Continue reading What If?
Over the past two weeks or so, several people have mentioned Donna Andrews' Meg Langslow series of mystery novels. As I'm a bit burnt out from the Hugo reading, and I quite like mysteries, I checked out the first two from my local library on Saturday. Maybe Friday? No, it had to be Saturday, because … Continue reading Bird is the Word