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BOOK REVIEW: “The Last Colony” by John Scalzi (2007)

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I’ve read five of John Scalzi’s novels now, and there hasn’t been a one of ’em I didn’t like. Granted the previous book in this series - “The Ghost Bigades,” reviewed here http://www.republibot.com/content/book-review-%E2%80%9C-ghost-brigades%E...
- was probably the weakest of the bunch, but he’s still batting above .750, and he hasn’t struck out yet. He’s earned my faith.

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EFFORTLESSLY INTERESTING: A Time Lapse Animation Of Ocean Currents

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Welcome to "Effortlessly Interesting," the feature in which we've got space to fill, but we're clearly not trying too hard. I mean, come on, it's three days 'til New Years, right? We're busy. Anyway...

This time out all we've got for you is this link, which leads to a fascinating model of the earth's ocean currents, as observed from the ISS, weather satellites, and assorted orbital bric-a-brac. Yeah, yeah, I know it doesn't sound all that interesting, but it is, in fact, pretty cool, and it does, in fact, look something like a Van Gogh painting, as the article itself suggests.

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ORIGINAL FICTION: "Sloe Eyes" by Republibot 3.0

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“She sure is ugly!” The orderly said.
She was just standing there like a manequin. The girl was possessed of looks that at first seemed modely and desirable: tall, thin, leggy, curvey, blank expression, short, but very thick tussled hair, pouting mouth, and most striking of all, large, dark, almond-shaped eyes. Then the eye settled in a bit, and started noticing details missed on the first pass: she was too tall, and too thin, her head was a little bit too big, her mouth was a bit too small, her hair appeared to be painted on and her eyes, her unblinking eyes, were far, far, far too large.

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EFFORTLESSLY INTERESTING: I doubt it'll ever fly, but this is what the Orion will be doing if it does

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Welcome to "Effortlessly Interesting," our low-impact feature that we throw up to fill space when there's something kinda' snazzy out there that's worth sharing, but at the same time we're not really invested in it.

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