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April

Well, I'm pleased to report that I'm back in good form. I haven't written a lot of new essays, but the ones I have written are all nice and solid. Mostly I was thinking about memetics.

What Would Memetics Look Like?
Memetic Engineering

I also managed to finish three of the twelve incomplete essays. At that rate I should be done with the rest by July? The thing that slows me down is that I don't like to work on an essay unless I'm feeling inspired on the particular subject. Several of the remaining incomplete essays look promising, though; we'll see what happens.

Finally, in what is the first technical change in quite a while, I set it up so that some of the works have direct associations to other works.

There are actually two kinds of direct association. The first kind indicate component relationships, i.e., connect component works to their parents and vice versa. Most component relationships are already reflected in the table of contents, of course; associations are displayed only when the components are numbered (e.g., A New Hope) or have more than one parent (e.g., War Beneath the Tree).

Direct associations of the second kind indicate various other relationships between works, such as when one work is based on another (e.g., Blade Runner), or is a sequel to another. It's probably worth pointing out that when I consider some books to be a single work, I don't also consider them to be sequels to one another. Five books by Gene Wolfe provide a good example. The first four form a single work, The Book of the New Sun, to which the fifth is a sequel.

 

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