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Cover Me 140

posted on February 27, 2021

A perfect rainy Saturday morning cover.

Match to Flame 143

posted on February 26, 2021

One of the early examples of this change was the retirement of my football coach Jack Stropp (yeah, I know, dumb name . . . although, I think I’ve already established that names aren’t my strong suit). In the November 17, 1996, strip, where he dwells on his regrets, and, in the November 23, 1996, strip, where he reflects on his coaching life as we see him turning out the lights on an extinguished (intended) career. And then he’s gone. Forever. Well, okay, maybe not quite forever because he does show up in a couple of brief two-off turns as a Foot Locker shoe salesclerk and life insurance salesman . . . but, then after that, forever . . . I think.

From The Complete Funky Winkerbean Volume 9

Robots and Empire

posted on February 23, 2021

Continuing what he started in The Robots of Dawn, Asimov ramps things up to eleven as he drops-in even more Easter eggs to tie together his earlier empire novels. This time the backfilling is even more momentous and slick as far as its impact on those earlier works. It’s also makes this one of the best robot books so far in terms of showing us how the robot stories tie in with Asimov’s galactic vision. Top that of with a particularly nice mystery,  and you’ve got yourself a really good read. That’s about all I can say without invoking the infamous spoiler warning, something I’m trying to avoid here.

Instead, I’ll press on to the the first empire novel The Stars Like Dust.

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