Books meme

I’ve been blog-tagged by PK at Jetson Green.

My assignment, tell about the books in my life.   I’ve actually been planning on writing a book-recommendation blog for some time.

I’m currently reading:

Against the Gods: The remarkable story of Risk, by Peter L. Bernstein.  The first couple chapters were very interesting to me, because I kept on coming across names I had heard in math classes, but didn’t know a lot about.  Now I’m getting bogged down in the history of statistics, which I’m already familiar with.  I’ll probably skip ahead a few chapters…

I’ve already talked about Suroweiki’s The Wisdom of Crowds.

I think everyone who will ever get a paycheck should understand Suse Orman’s The Laws of Money.  I think of her content as Money 101.  It’s a prerequisite for getting into the financial markets.

A book I’ve been meaning to read 

I’m looking forward to reading Travis Bradford’s Solar Revolution.  I heard him speak at Solar 2006 about the silicon industry.  He seemed quite intelligent.

 Book that changed my life:

Elizabeth Moon’s Deed of Paksenarrion.  What can I say, it was the right book at the right time in my life.  Mostly, it’s a great fantasy adventure, but it helped form my ideas of what true courage is. 

Elizabeth Moon is one of the most successful graduates of the Austin, TX based Slugtribe, which I was an active participant in from 1999 to 2002 or so (Elizabeth was a member long before I showed up.  She didn’t attend Slug meetings anymore, but she was in Austin often, so now I have a signed copy of the Deed of Paksenarrion.)  I wanted to be a science fiction writer, and they helped me develop the skills.  Along the way I realized that I had wanted to write in order to have written.  My favorite part of the meetings was helping other members with their stories, and seeing them come back with better stories that incorporated my suggestions.

A book that I wish had been written:

Dead Cat Bounce, a Sci-Fi adventure of the future’s equivalent of a commodities trader (she traded orbital slots in a crowded system) in a world where a lot of people have been mentally modified to have forms of Asberger’s Syndrome and Tourette’s which make them serf labor who are either biological computers or super-warriors.)  That was the novel I was working on when I stopped writing SF.

So I’ll blog-tag Wendy Wheeler, the unofficial SlugTribe organizer, and the reason (Along with Jennifer Evans) that it has lasted almost 20 years now, Jayme Lynn Blashke, whom I’ve lost touch with, so it will be interesting to see what he has to say, and Tim, who is thinking about ways to profit from unmasking untruths in the market.

(I totally messed up this meme… going off on my own tangents.  If my tag-ees want to get it back on track, here’s a link to the original post that started it all). 

1 Comment

  1. ken said

    i would just love to receive the book.

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