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The Weird Universe explores a human and natural cosmos that is not only stranger than we imagine, but stranger than we can imagine. The usual suspects are Paul Di Filippo; Alex Boese, curator of the Museum of Hoaxes; and Chuck Shepherd, purveyor of News of the Weird.

Recent posts:

  • Anti-Vaxxers
    Picture one is a child with measles. Picture two is a child with smallpox. The only study to vilify vaccines has been completely debunked and yet supposedly loving and intelligent parents are denying their children the protection of vaccinations. These people also put others at risk with this irresponsible choice. The scientific community is at a loss as to how to reverse this dangerous trend. Meanwhile pop culture icons weigh in on a subject they have no expertise about and influence decisions that damage society as a whole and children especially. Government needs to step in for public safety before these diseases take hold in the general population unnecessarily. Parents are being threatened with having their children taken away for letting them walk to the park unaccompanied yet refusing the protection of vaccinations is being allowed. We are down the rabbit hole on this issue.
  • Sheep Onesie Protest
    Alison Casey, who serves on the city council in Plymouth, Devon, feels that she's being treated like the "black sheep" of the council by her fellow councillors. To protest this, she's decided to tour her ward dressed in a sheep onesie. At least she's treating politics with the dignity it deserves. More info here and here. Also check out her Twitter feed, which features more pics of her in the onesie.
  • Digging in the Dirt as Art
    Escape 130206.001 Raerd from Leanne Wijnsma on Vimeo. This woman does not intend to plant a shrub. It's her art. Read the whole account here.
  • Free Ride
    An amazing picture of a weasel riding on a woodpecker in flight. Flying for free and no TSA, lucky beast!
  • Spring Ahead 2015
    Heart attacks increase 25% the Monday after spring ahead and decrease by 21% the Monday after fall behind.
  • Radar Scanner Hat
    British fashion from 1951.

The Inferior 4+1 is a Livejournal community maintained by Paul, lizhand, Paul Witcover, lucius-t and ljgoldstein.

Recent posts:

  • Bowery Boys Pulps March 3, 2015
  • New Review at LOCUS ONLINE March 2, 2015
    Interested in some Fielding-style steampunk?http://www.locusmag.com/Reviews/2015/03/paul-di-filippo-reviews-ian-weir/
  • New Review at the B&NR February 24, 2015
    A look at Reif Larsen's new novel:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/review/i-am-radar
  • New Review at LOCUS ONLINE February 22, 2015
    I look at the new novel by Tom McCarthy:http://www.locusmag.com/Reviews/2015/02/paul-di-filippo-reviews-tom-mccarthy/
  • Borderlands Books Is Staying Open! February 21, 2015
    For a while it looked as if Borderlands Books in San Francisco was going to close, which would have been a terribly sad thing.  Now, though, they've come up with a program of sponsorships and it apprears they might stay open after all.  So if you have a spare $100 and like great bookstores, here's a good thing you can do with it.I wrote the following post before they figured out how they might stay in business, so it has an elegiac feel to it.  I'm still posting it, though, because it was one of the strangest things that ever happened to me, and anyway I liked writing it.  So there.Despite the fact that I get my most of my books at Dark Carnival, which is closer, I always liked heading out to Borderlands for a signing or just to see if they had something new.  Their staff is extremely helpful and enthusiastic, and they don't seem to have succumbed to cynicism or just plain exhaustion when dealing with customers.  (Believe me, I've worked at many bookstores and know whereof I speak.  There's the customer who says, "Hey, I'm glad this is out -- now I can order it from Amazon."  Or, "I can't remember the title, but it's a mystery and it has a red cover."  Or…)  And they always seemed to have the book I was looking for, even if I didn't know I was looking for it when I got there.My strongest memory of Borderlands, though, is of leaving the store one night after some event.  I remembered I'd left my car on Hazel Street, two streets over, and I set off to find it.  But, weirdly, there was no Hazel Street when I got there.  Maybe, I thought, it was really three blocks over, or two blocks and then a left turn…After I'd searched a while I headed back to the store, feeling puzzled.  Jude Feldman was just closing up, but she stopped what she was doing and took out a map of San Francisco.  And -- there was no street in the entire city called Hazel Street.I went back to where I thought I'd left the car and walked around some more.  Then, footsore and bedraggled, I headed back to Borderlands.  Jude was really closing up this time, no fooling, but she very graciously let me use their phone to call Doug so he could pick me up.  "Go home and go to sleep," she said.  "You'll probably remember where you parked in the morning."And of course she was right.  I woke up during the night and remembered pulling over two lanes to snag a parking space (parking is very tight in the area), so I had to have parked on a main street.  We headed back the next morning, and drove around, and there it was, on Guerrero Street.Only -- what was Hazel Street?  I have no idea.  I am terrifically talented at getting lost -- I've been lost in Venice and Jerusalem, and once I went up what I was convinced was the World Trade Center's Tower A only to come back down and realize that it was Tower B.  (I actually spent some time staring up at the towers, looking for a bridge between the two, which was the only way I could explain it.)  But I'd never invented an entire street before.Perhaps the store created a kind of weirdness black hole, that drew strange things into its gravitational field?  It makes as much sense as anything else.  Anyway, I was very grateful for Jude's kindness, and the welcoming atmosphere at Borderlands.
  • New Review at LOCUS ONLINE February 19, 2015
    Here's my take on a fine debut novel:http://www.locusmag.com/Reviews/2015/02/paul-di-filippo-reviews-judd-trichter/