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Crossing The Pond

I’m enroute to Korea on a work trip today
| Aug 21, 2012 | No comments |

I’m enroute to Korea on a work trip today, which either means I’ll have more interesting things to write about next week, or I’ll be struggling with spicy food and signs that look like this:

In the meantime, take a look at this blog post by spec-fic writer Aliette de Bodard, a French-Vietnamese author whose stories often deal with multicultural issues, something I don’t think we’ve talked much about here. She’s also got a lot of mouth-watering pictures of Vietnamese cuisine. Enjoy.

Fred was born in Tacoma, Washington, but spent most of his formative years in California, where his parents pastored a couple of small churches. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1983, and spent 24 years in the Air Force as a bomber navigator, flight-test navigator, and military educator. He retired from the Air Force in 2007, and now works as a government contractor in eastern Kansas, providing computer simulation support for Army training.Fred has been married for 25 years to the girl who should have been his high school sweetheart, and has three kids, three dogs, and a mortgage. When he's not writing or reading, he enjoys running, hiking, birdwatching, stargazing, and playing around with computers.Writing has always been a big part of his life, but he kept it mostly private until a few years ago, when it occurred to him that if he was ever going to get published, he needed to get serious about it. Since then, he's written more than twenty short stories that have been published in a variety of print and online magazines, and a novel, The Muse, that debuted in November 2009 from Splashdown Books, which was a finalist for the 2010 American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award for book of the year in the speculative genre. Speculative fiction is his first love, but he writes the occasional bit of non-fiction or poetry, just to keep things interesting.

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Kessie Carroll
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Interesting article! It’s sad that as soon as she mentioned most of those gaffes, even I knew they were wrong. Like the Chinese people hunting and imprisoning dragons. Even I know the Chinese revered their dragons, and that’s just from what I learned in school.
 
The angle about the Daoist immortals being a good thing, so a bad guy obsessed with immortality wouldn’t be frowned upon, that’s really hugely interesting. Too bad the author didn’t play with it instead of forcing the character into the tired old redemption straitjacket. Far more interesting to pose the question, can someone still be saved even after achieving immortality? And is immortality that good of a thing at all?