Magic Mommas, Trembling Sisters, Puritans & Perverts. Joanna Russ talks about the sex wars in a series of punchy articles.
Memoirs of a Spacewoman. Naomi Mitchison. Odd communications expert. I wonder (again, I think) if G. Jones paid homage to this book in White Queen?
Love without Limits. Wow, but this sucked.
Asimov on Physics. I'm still halfway through - it's next to Asimov on Chemistry next to my bed as my nighttime "boring book" to put me to sleep. Last night I was vastly amused by an essay in the chemistry book that mentioned cryotrons, or superconductor replacements for transistors. ".. a giant computing machine of the future may well be desk-sized or less if it is entirely "cryotronized". The only catch is that for such a cryotronized computer to work, it must be dipped wholly into liquid helium. "
Since we'll need a fuckload of helium, we'll have to colonize Jupiter and mine its helium. Manifest destiny! To the stars... and beyond! Earth needs your helium! Asimov predicted that if the space program wasn't funded, civilization would collapse because of the lack of helium. And little kids wouldn't get to have floaty balloons, and no one would get to talk in a squeaky mickeymouse voice. Maybe they'd get the balloons but they'd have to use hydrogen and little kids would be exploding everywhere!
This had me giggling wildly around midnight.
Also read a couple of Carl Hiaasen novels -- why did I bother? And once I started, why did I continue? I had this one day of feeling crappy and lying in bed with cramps or something, and the books were free from Ep's garage sale. But they were SO UNBEARABLY BAD. Ew.
"Emotion and Focus" by H.F. N1ssenbaum. A random discarded book from McCoot's office overflow. It's neat! I'll say more about this later in detail.