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As an SF fan, I've heard a fair bit about Charles Fort. Heinlein mentions him, Spider Robinson mentions him, he's one of the high muckamucks of paranoid SF. When I found a copy of his Book of the Damned on Project Gutenberg, I downloaded it, and I finished reading it yesterday.

I was expecting, I dunno, maybe some Powers-quality secret history. Something entertaining, at least.

About a third of it was sophomoric bleating about the nature of knowledge, betraying a complete incomprehension of how science works. About a third was the recounting of various unusual events, mostly involving stuff falling from the sky. And about a third was wild-eyed hypothesizing, piled higher and deeper into something worthy of Madame Blavatsky or L. Ron Hubbard.

It was boring.

I think it's time for another Powers marathon.

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