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Monday, June 29th, 2009

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Reviewer Smile for "The Far End of History"
My latest Golden Oecumene short story appears in New Space Opera 2 (now out in paperback!) The Fantasy Book Critic (Liviu Suciu) is kind enough to give it several stars and a plus sign, not to mention double exclamation points. Here is the salient paragraph:
  • “The Far End of History”, John C. Wright

(LS) *****+

This is just awesome, especially if you are a big time fan (like me) of the author's Golden Age debut trilogy. Here there are encounters with Atkins, the Lords of the Silent Oecumene and much more, but the opening line:

"Once there was a world who loved a forest-girl"

should hook you; the back-story is explained well enough so no need for reading the Golden Age novels before to enjoy this story, but everyone who loves it should try those superb novels. I really hope Mr. Wright will get back to the Oecumene milieu and write more novels about it!!
Life Unworthy of Life
An article from Inside Catholic. If it may be permitted me, I will quote the whole thing, without comment. It speaks for itself.

Praying with the Kaisers
by John Zmirak
As I'm writing this column at the tail end of my first trip to Vienna, some of you who've read me before might expect a bittersweet love note to the Habsburgs -- a tear-stained column that splutters about Blessed Karl and "good Kaiser Franz Josef," calls this a "pilgrimage" like my 2008 trip to the Vatican, and celebrates the dynasty that for centuries, with almost perfect consistency, upheld the material interests and political teachings of the Church, until by 1914 it was the only important government in the world on which the embattled Pope Pius X could rely for solid support. Then I'd rant for a while about how the Empire was purposely targeted by the messianic maniac Woodrow Wilson, whose Social Gospel was the prototype for the poison that drips today from the White House onto the dome of Notre Dame.
And you would be right. That's exactly what I plan to say -- so dyed-in-the-wool Americanists who regard the whole of the Catholic political past as a dark prelude to the blazing sun that was John Courtenay Murray (or John F. Kennedy) might as well close their eyes for the next 1,500 words -- as they have to the past 1,500 years.
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