Book fifty of 2019: Conjure Wife, by Fritz Leiber. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1944 Retro Hugo Best Novel I enjoyed this one more than I expected when I started it. There’s an entertaining story in here, you just have to deal with the very mid-40s gender stereotypes.

Today, on my dad’s birthday, I’ll be seeing the 40th anniversary theatrical screening of Star Trek: TMP. Two-year-old me sat on his lap watching TOS, exclaiming “speesh!” and pointing somewhere over my shoulder as the Enterprise whooshed across the screen…. 🖖

It: Chapter Two: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Not bad, but not nearly as strong as the first. Good character building and creepy scares became too much CGI and too many jump scares. In the end, the creepyness of part one becomes just another collection of loud noises and CG monsters in part two.

Book forty-nine of 2019: Star Trek: The Official Guide to the Animated Series, by Aaron Harvey and Rich Schepis. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ TAS finally gets its behind-the-scenes episode-by-episode review. Artwork, trivia, and memories from those involved make this a must for TAS fans. 🖖

Book forty-eight of 2019: How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems, by Randall Munroe ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Smart people over-thinking things to the point of absurdity” has been many of my favorite conversations with friends, and this is that, in book form.

Book forty-seven of 2019: Starfleet Academy, by Diane Carey ⭐️⭐️⭐️ A quick and simple bit of fluff, based on an early CD-ROM game. As such, not exactly the most complex or demanding of novels, even among Trek books, but that’s about what I expected, so no disappointment.

Book forty-six of 2019: Dead Wake, by Erik Larson. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Fascinating account of the sinking of the Lusitania, and the many factors that led to the tradgedy. Larson’s historical non-fiction work is great — perfect reading while taking a pleasure cruise vacation!

Book forty-five of 2019: Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1962 Hugo Best Novel Good story, and this was very likely one of my earliest introductions to any sort of consensual non-monogamy ideas, but gender role and sexuality issues bother me.

The announcement of the 2019 Hugo Awards winners means that I’ve had to readjust my progress on my Hugo “best novel” reading project, and am now at only 21.33% of the way through. As I said when I started, this is a marathon, not a sprint.