Giants Series

The original three books of the five book Giants series are a pretty good read. Unfortunately, the time lag between book three and four (ten years), and then the even greater lag between book four and five (fourteen years), make those last two books seem detached from the original trilogy. 

I purchased the books as ebooks, and they come as “The Two Moons ( Inherit the Stars and The Gentle Giants of Ganymede), The Two Worlds (Giant’s Star and Entoverse), and then the third/fifth is Mission to Minerva
Confusing when I went to buy. “Get all 3 books in this 5 book series!”

The first two books ( Inherit the Stars and The Gentle Giants of Ganymede) are the most enjoyable, as they are kind of told as scientific mysteries. Inherit the Stars, published in 1977, has this description: 

The man on the moon was dead. They called him Charlie. He had big eyes, abundant body hair, and fairly long nostrils. His skeletal body was found clad in a bright red spacesuit, hidden in a rocky grave. They didn’t know who he was, how he got there, or what had killed him. All they knew was that his corpse was fifty thousand years old — and that meant this man had somehow lived long before he ever could have existed.

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Favorite Questions and Answers from Fourth Quarter 2020

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Top Question:

The highest voted question was Where did the concept of a (fantasy-style) “dungeon” originate? asked by Mason Wheeler and answered  by FuzzyBoots. 


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Top Answer:

The highest voted answer was to the question Why is Sauron’s name similar to Greek/Latin word for “lizard”? asked by Enlico and answered  by Edlothiad. 


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Top Viewed:

The most viewed question, with 17657 views, was How does Darth Vader sleep with his suit? asked by RANSARA009 and answered  by A.bakker. 


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Bounties: 

A total of 30 bounties were awarded for 5025 rep. 

Controversial:

The most controversial post seems to be Valorum’s answer to Amok Time, as in “Run Amok”? with 11 up-votes and 7 down-votes. 

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Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange 10th Anniversary

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It may not be as prestigious as ” The First Annual Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence” but scifi.stackexchange.com is ten years old today. I was a late comer to the site, in that I joined 9 years and 10 months ago, instead of the full 10 years. 

Back at the beginning was a different time. Not just because it was in the “before times.” When new sites launched back then there were promotions and giveaways. You could get actual physical prizes for participation, from comic books to DVD and BluRay box sets, to New York Comic Con passes

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SFF Stack Exchange is starting topic challenges

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A new year is beginning, and 2021 brings new change to SFF Stack Exchange. The site turns one decade old this month, on 11 January 2021, and its eleventh year is being marked with a new program of monthly topic challenges.

First up is the famous sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov, the topic of the month for January 2021. SFF welcomes all (on-topic) questions about Asimov works during this month, and a list will be kept on meta. Bounties may be awarded at the end of the month.

For future months’ topics, a proposals thread is now open for suggestions on the meta site. Whichever answer gets most upvotes there by the end of January will become the February 2021 topic challenge.

All welcome to participate!

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