May. 2nd, 2017

YASID: Mali

May. 2nd, 2017 05:34 pm
stoutfellow: Joker (Joker)
Back when I was in my tweens, I read a *lot* of science fiction, much of it by not-so-famous authors. I have a vague memory of enjoying a couple of books by someone whose name may have been Mary Lightner, but probably wasn't. I read a number of stories by Alan Nourse, as I recall; I only have one, The Mercy Men, in my current library. There were... there were others, which hover on the edge of memory.

At any rate: today something reminded me of a book which featured an interstellar power known as the Hegemony of Mali (and much else, but that's all I remember). I remember being confused, because I was already aware of the other two Malis - the current republic, and the old empire. Anyway, that name has stuck with me across the decades, and suddenly I want to know what book it was. It may have been by Nourse, or perhaps James White. Does it ring a bell with anyone?
stoutfellow: Joker (Joker)
Fifty years ago, the Beatles released Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Forty years ago, the movie then known as Star Wars (no Roman numeral, no nothing) hit the big screen.

Today, they are conjoined, in Princess Leia's Stolen Death Star Plans. Every track from the record is commandeered in the service of the movie. It is great. Check it out.

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