* marthawells has begun posting The Element of Fire -- her first book, long out of print -- on her blog. Go forth and happy reading!
* Happy birthday to the late, great H.G. Wells, one of the fathers of modern science fiction, author of such classics as The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, and my favorite, The Time Machine.
In his honor, a quote from The Discovery of the Future:
The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is or has been is but the twilight of the dawn.
And from his The Salvaging of Civilization :
A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not stake their own.