Scalzi gives a fictional rundown of the worst holiday specials of all time, including a radio play by Ayn Rand (in which Santa "shrugs") and a lost Star Trek episode in which Santa is imprisoned by an evil computer. Written in an amusing, deadpan style that you can almost believe. Read the full story.
Victor Koman's Kings of the High Frontier shows us a world a few years in our future where a number of individuals, from billionaire Larry Poubelle to smuggler Marcus Grant, seek to shrug off the combined shackles of Earth's gravity and Earth's government to live among the stars.
Time sing my praises for Audible.com again. What can I say -- sometimes I hit their site, see all the great titles they've added, and go into geek ecstasy. I guess that's just what happens when a company's hitting its stride (gee, when was the last time you felt that way about your friendly neighborhood government bureaucracy?).
A rundown of what I'm reading in November 2004, including Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub, the latest issue of Wired, Robert Jordan's The Dragon Reborn, Alderac's The Pointman/Fixer Class Guide for Spycraft, and Expeditous Retreat's A Magical Society: Ecology & Culture.