musings, thoughts, and writings of Barbara W. Klaser

July 31, 2022

Book Review: Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem

I recently read the 2014 Kindle edition of Solaris by Stanislaw Lem. (See cover art for the Kindle edition on the left, below, and for the currently available paperback in the center, below.) I’m not sure why I don’t recall ever hearing of this book before my recent introduction to it. It’s apparently considered a science fiction classic. I found a mention of it a few weeks ago, in an older book by John Gardner, and that mention intrigued me, so I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did. It was originally published in 1961 (original cover art shown on the right, below).

— Barbara @ rudimentary 12:00 pm PST, 07/31/22

July 19, 2022

Comic-Con San Diego 2022

I confess I’ve never been to a Comic-Con, even though they take place in my home town, but I am a Star Trek fan from childhood, when the original series first aired (yes, I’m that old), and perhaps some of my readers are as well. So here are some tidbits about the event:

The Official Star Trek Universe Guide to San Diego Comic-Con 2022

Paramount+ Bringing Star Trek Back To Comic-Con With Hall H Panel Promising “Reveals And Surprises”

Don’t forget to bring verification of vaccination or a negative COVID test, and to wear a mask.

Comic-Con Requiring Attendees Show “Health Pass,” Wear Masks At All Times; Security Staff Will “Support Adherence To The Policy”

“In case there’s any doubt in year three of the pandemic what an approved face covering looks like, the organizers add the following: “Face coverings should completely cover the nose and mouth, fit snugly against the sides of the face, and not have any gaps.”

“All attendees are also required to provide verification that they are fully vaccinated — two shots — or provide proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours.”

— Barbara @ rudimentary 12:15 pm PST, 07/19/22

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