What's Gary Up To

Or: "He just looks like he's sleeping"

Page Last updated: January 23, 2005

I finished Neal Stephenson's novel Cryptonomicon and Brown's The daVinci Code-- pretty good! Cryptonomicon is a cross between Leon Uris's Armageddon and a history of cryptography. Excellent stories throughout, and I learned much from it (NOT science fiction, by the way). The daVinci Code was also excellent, and I finished it over 2 or 3 days.

I found the second of Mark Tiedemann's Asimov novels, Chimera. Not bad, though the sheer number of characters and fast pace kind of blurred everyone into two-dimensionality. But it's an interesting series, and I'll look for the last one, Aurora. I also picked up some other Asimov-related robot books by other authors, so we'll see how they turn out.

Still slowly working through Catherine Asaro's Primary Inversion Skolian series and James Michener's Space, which I read in the 80's and can't wait to read again.

Finished Brian Herbert's The Machine Crusade, and now waiting for the soft-cover of The Battle of Corrin. Brian's really done an excellent job with this post-Frank Herbert Dune series, though it does have echoes of the classic Colossus sci-fi series.

Spring 2004

We went to Turner Field in Atlanta to see the last Red Sox spring-training game. Nice park, nice city. It was especially fun watching Georgia Tech make a run at the NCAA championship -- Atlanta was hopping! Pictures:

Teri attacked by giant CNN letters.

Boston Globe sportswriter Dan Shaughnessy rides coach with us schlubs.

Hotel view of beautiful Atlanta highway system.

CNN Studio Tour.

Underground Atlanta (don't tell Teri's dad we went there).

Beautiful Turner Field.

Meeting complete strangers at the Hard Rock.

I bagged C.S. Lewis's Out of the Silent Planet series -- any sci-fi series pre-moon-landing is hard to take seriously (except for Colossus) -- and I bagged David Brin's Startide Rising -- Oh, God, the dolphins finally drove me over the edge. I physically tossed it in the garbage.

I finished re-reading Isaac Asimov's Foundation series, but I've stalled on Douglas Kingsbury sequel called Psychohistorical Crisis. Just couldn't make it through.

Here's what Gary WAS up to: What WAS Gary up to