August 2008

So says AP (yet another hat tip to AmP with coverage here). It’s a gutsy move, I’ll give him that. If nothing else, it’s going to generate a lot more discussion and media attention today than if he had gone with Romney, say. For shifting the topic of discussion from the DNC convention and Obama’s […]

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SDG here with hat tips to American Papist and Get Religion for highlighting Rachel Zoll’s excellent Associated Press story on this week’s fallout over Nancy Pelosi’s disingenuous comments on Meet the Press about abortion and the history of Catholic thought. Kudos to Zoll for excellence in reporting on the notoriously oft-misrepresented intersection of religion and […]

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(AP Photo) Tim Jones, here. This whole idea of a Wall of Separation between Church and State is malarkey, especially in the way it is understood to mean "religion has no place in government" – but let’s pretend for a moment that it really is something enshrined (though mysteriously not mentioned) in the Constitution. Why […]

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Both organizations are racing to make new vice-presidential picks after it was discovered late last night that they were both about to name the same running mate. "This is worse than when Laura Bush and three other ladies wore the same Oscar de La Renta gown to a White House function" said an anonymous inside […]

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A reader writes: As a recent businessman in the buying and selling of items on eBay, I have taken interest in the practice of buying low, selling high, and making profits.  Okay, well, as a reseller, you wouldn’t be much of a businessman if you didn’t make a profit by selling higher than what you […]

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SDG here (not Jimmy). This weekend John McCain and Barack Obama were each interviewed by that Purpose Driven Life guy. I watched about ninety seconds of Obama before I had to read to my kids, and later I watched, I don’t know, maybe ten minutes of McCain before getting involved in something else. At any […]

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SDG here with what’s wrong with the new big-screen Brideshead Revisited — as well as what’s right with Evelyn Waugh’s novel. (I don’t get into the 1981 ITV Brideshead miniseries in the review, but if you’re a Register subscriber you can read about it in this week’s DVD Picks & Passes column — yes, subscription […]

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There is no gap whatsoever between the stories of Xenocide and its successor, Children of the Mind. The latter picks up the story exactly where the former left off. But between the books there was a five-year lag in the real world. Xenocide came out in 1991 and Children of the Mind in 1996. Why […]

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Xenocide

by Jimmy Akin

in Science Fiction

After Speaker for the Dead, we do not take another 3,000 year jump before the next sequel, only a 20-or-so year jump. Why that long? Because that’s how long it takes for the fleet of planetkilling starships to reach Lusitania at sub-light speeds. Oh, yeah . . . Speaker for the Dead ended with a […]

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You might think that the sequel to Ender’s Game would be set shortly after the events of that novel. Nope. Instead, Speaker for the Dead is set 3,000 years later, yet it still continues the story of Ender Wiggin. How does that work? Is he an immortal being? Has medical technology banished death? Or perhaps […]

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