November 18th, 2006

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Pointless Wastes of Time - #413 in a series of warnings

I recently picked up a compendium of Joe Haldeman's Forever War, Forever Free and Forever Peace. I loved The Forever War when I first came across it - a very neat riposte to military SF of the Starship Troopers mold, and picking up both the sequel and the thematic counterpart in one volume for £7 was too good to pass up.

Sadly, Forever Free turned out to be _completely_ pointless. It offered a few hints at interesting things in the background, started off in an interesting direction, and then fell apart into a complete mess, before finishing with the most ridiculous deus ex machina I've ever read.

Forever Peace won a Hugo, so I'm hoping it's better. If anyone can tell me I missed something in Forever Free that makes it all make sense I'd appreciate it. As it is, it looks like either a bad practical joke or a serious case of Heinleinitis.
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The joys of Wikipedia

I'm sure I'm not alone in being amused that Steven Berkoff's work on Star Trek: Deep Space 9 and Gerry Anderson's UFO are mentioned before his stage writing/acting/directing in his Wikipedia entry.

I have to say that when I think of Berkoff it's his appearance in James Bond and Rambo: First Blood Part II that spring to mind :->
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Two random thoughts

1) Shaving after a shower always means doing it in a foggy mirror, wearing foggy glasses, which means there is _always_ a small patch somewhere I miss. Frequently it's a tiny line on the tip of my chin, where the downstroke from the lips and the upstroke from the adam's apple clearly don't quite meet.

2) The packet of fish fingers I bought has fourteen fish fingers in it. Seven is clearly too many to eat at once, which leaves me wondering how they intend me to divide them up - two meals involving five fish fingers, and a mini-meal of four? Three lots of four and a midnight snack of two? A big pile of fish-fingers in the middle of the table, spread between those who are fast enough with a fork? Or is it just a cunning ploy to make me buy another packet when I get down to four, so that I can get one out of it and have a reasonable number again?