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Done, But Not Gone

Oort-Cloud.org began in 2007 as an experiment in Social Publishing and Open Lit that grew out of a thought-piece on Corante's "Many to Many" blog (Social Publishing). We hoped it would be a long-term project, but there was always going to be a day when we gave it a proper close. We’ve taken our time in making this final post, waiting to see if the community would transition into something else, but instead, the online world has moved on, and we could not be happier to see that.

Suggestion box!

Hello everyone.

It *has* been a little quiet around here lately, hasn't it? So I'm running with Sim's idea of putting up a post to ask any of you if you have ideas for freshening up the site.

Paul and I have talked over some ideas, but if there's something you would like to see, and it's something we can do, we'll be happy to give it a try.

Thoughts?

Charles Brown of Locus, R.I.P.

Sad news to report to those of you who read the science-fiction trade magazine Locus: its co-founder and editor, Charles Brown has died at the age of 72.

I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with him on a few occasions back in the 1990s when I was in the book trade, and he was always friendly and very committed to great books and stories. The world of science fiction will really miss him.

Welcome to Mars

I've been meaning to mention the podcast, Welcome to Mars. (It's also available in iTunes.)

It's a great twelve-part series by a Brit named Ken Hollings that looks at America in the 1940s/1950s from the perspective of pop culture, science-fiction movies, ufo sightings, and the Cold War.

I thought it was very entertaining, and is probably my favorite of the podcasts I've stumbled across in the past couple of years.

What 'fizzle'? (our science fiction future)

A recent piece on CNN asked why our future isn't more like Star Trek, with amazing devices like jet packs and flying cars.

Maybe it's just me, but this seems like a perfectly bizarre thing to say in a world with cellphones better than any Federation communicator (at least those in the first series), the internet, laptops, modern medicine, etc.

About Cougary

I'm sorry to say I've been putting off this post for weeks now, because it's one I wish I didn't have to write.

One Monday morning, a little over a month ago, Paul and I got an email from the family of Cougary, the author of 'The Last Hamlet' and many other fine and thoughtful contributions here at Oort Cloud.

Sadly, the email informed us that Cougary had passed away the previous weekend.

R.I.P. Arthur C. Clarke

The man had a long life, but it's still sad to see him go. Some details here.

Seems like a good time to pose the question: do you have a favorite Clarke story or novel?

And if you do, what do you like about it?

On to year two!

Hey everyone,

This weekend is Oort Cloud's first anniversary! One year ago Howard Rheingold blogged about us on his site, Smart Mobs, and the next day, Cory Doctorow did the same on BoingBoing. The site had been up for a few days by then, but Paul and I have always considered those two events to be the real birth of Oort Cloud.

Names!

You know, I recognize a lot of usernames, but it's not always clear about what actual names people like to go by.

So here's an easy one: what should we be calling you?

(e.g., I'm Rick)

Jumping Jack: Screwed Again, part 1

I had just knocked my last smoke off topside, right into the drink, when I saw the ship closing in. Even from a distance, I could see she was a honey. A fifty-footer, twenty across the beam. Twin engines for certain—I bet a thousand horse each. She had her foils out, that sleek hull teasing the waves with the barest kiss. She must have cost a fortune. Not that Jorgi would have paid it. He probably just plugged the owner and left him for shark bait. All so he could send that sweet heartbreaker after me. I guess I should have been flattered.

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