John Dupuis

Sorry about that, but posts and articles about climate change fiction seem especially prone to bad puns… In any case, climate change fiction (or “cli-fi” to use the rather ugly short form) is fiction — either speculative or realistic — that takes as it’s basis the fact that the earth’s climate is changing and jumps…

Ah, News Biscuit. You’ve nailed this one. What’s next? Homeopathic dishwasher detergent? In any case, enjoy a taste but make sure you read the whole thing. It’s very funny! McAfee unveils first homeopathic antivirus software “Our customers are increasingly demanding Anti-Virus software that has no discernible effect on the performance of their laptops and other…

Only rarely in my life as a reviewer do I get books that seem to be absolutely perfectly suited for me. This is certainly the case with Charles L. Adler’s Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction, a book that combines my love for science and my love for science…

It seems that the American Association for the Advancement of Science has just announced the new publisher of it’s flagship family of Science journals: AAAS CEO Alan I. Leshner today announced the appointment of Kent Anderson, a past president of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SPP), to serve as Publisher of the Science family of…

In a recent post on his Whatever blog, science fiction writer John Scalzi makes some very fine points related to the ongoing controversy surrounding the way Amazon treats various publishers and how this affects authors. He makes great points throughout the post and with a little tweaking we can very easily apply his remarks to…

I have some theories about both children’s books and about science-themed graphic works. There are basically two kinds of children’s books: those that are designed to please children versus those that are designed to attract the adults that buy most children’s books. There are also basically two kinds of science-themed graphic works: those that are…

The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats Facebook’s massive psychology experiment likely illegal Facebook and Engineering the Public College graduates earn more, but that doesn’t prove college is worth it Mirrortocracy: The next thing Silicon Valley needs to disrupt big time: its own culture Google’s latest empire-building tactic: cheap phones How Crowdworkers Became the Ghosts…

I’m always interested in the present and future of libraries. There’s a steady stream of reports from various organizations that are broadly relevant to the (mostly academic) library biz but they can be tough to keep track of. I thought I’d aggregate some of those here. Of course I’ve very likely missed a few, so…

There’s been a lot around the intertubes the last few months about journal pricing and who pays what and why and reactions all around. I thought I’d gather a bit of that here for posterity, starting with the Timothy Gowers post on the UK Elsevier Big Deal numbers up to the most recent item in…

There are two very strong competing emotions at work here in this post: delight versus depression. Depression that the government-funded research landscape here in Canada can sink so low that the premier freshwater research facility likely in the world is reduced to putting its hand out and asking for spare change just to fund its…

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