About 8 years ago, I bought a knife similar to the one in the picture to the left, though mine didn’t have pliers, a saw, or scissors. Now I can’t find the bloody thing. I have a spare knife that doesn’t look quite as nice, but should still be usable. I guess that’s what I’ll use for a while.

I’d like to plug a book that got much less fanfare than it deserved. Neverness by David Zindell, which I read for the first time 8.5 years ago. It’s far-future science fiction, set ten thousand years from now. It’s rough and full of flaws, but it asks questions that deserve answers, like “What does it mean to be human?” and “What is the purpose of life?” It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but in my humble opinion, it’s a book that’s worth reading, mostly because it might make you think.

Fuzzball owes her real name to Neverness, as I was reading that book when I found her. The important female characters in that book were named Katherine, Moira, Justine, Kalinda, and Balusilusaltu. The last just didn’t work, “Katherine” was not a name I felt comfortable with, and neither “Justine” nor “Kalinda” felt right. So Fuzzball’s real name is “Moira”.

What else. . . not that much. For years, I had a tradition of reading Moby-Dick in August. I don’t think I’ll be able to do that this year, since I haven’t started it yet and it takes me at least a week to read that book. Oh well. . . .