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In 2010-2011 I read A New Human. It describes the discovery of the first new human species from skeletal remains since Java Man 150 years ago. Homo floresiensis was a small human apparently descended from Homo erectus or some even more primitive human. They lived in isolation from about 800,000 years ago to as recently as 12,000 years ago, on the small island of Flores in Indonesia. They may have been wiped out by a volcanic eruption nearby. You can read about them here:

Since then, some DNA in finger bones has been said to represent a different human species, but I can't get very excited about that.

Another new human species was discovered in 2013 and announced in 2015. This one is known from thousands of bone fragments of many individuals at an apparent burial site. They have been given the name Homo naledi. Read more here:

Books read in 2019
* The Life-changing Manga of Tidying up by Marie Kondo
* By Murder's Bright Light (The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan) by Paul Harding (Paul Doherty)
* Hatchet, by Gary Paulson
* Convergence and Emergence by C. J. Cherryh
* Blue Horses (poetry) and Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver
* Blood Maidens [re-read], The Magistrates of Hell [re-read], The Kindred of Darkness, Darkness on his Bones, and Pale Guardian by Barbara Hambly
* Channel of Peace: Stranded in Gander on 9/11 by Kevin Tuerff
* The Day the World Came to Town: Gander on 9/11 by Jim Defede
* Harry's Trees by Jon Cohen
* Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying up by Marie Kondo
* Sleep and His Brother (Inspector Pibble Mystery) and King and Joker by Peter Dickinson
* Blue Moon, Obsidian Butterfly, Narcissus in Chains, Cerulean Sins, Incubus Dreams, Micah, Danse Macabre, The Harlequin, Blood Noir, Skin Trade, Flirt, Bullet, Hit List, Kiss the Dead, Affliction, Jason, Dead Ice, Crimson Death, Strange Candy (stories), and Serpentine by Laurell K. Hamilton
* Out of this World (stories) edited by J. D. Robb
* A Little Book of Gargoyles by Mike Harding
* Strange Brew (stories) edited by P. N. Elrod
* Touch the Dark and Claimed by Shadow by Karen Chance

Books read in 2018
* Moonheart by Charles de Lint
* The 45% Hangover by Stuart MacBride
* The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction, 50th Anniversary Edition, edited by Edward L. Ferman

Books read in 2016
* The Fast & Furious Five-step Organizing Solution by Susan Pinsky
* Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD by Susan Pinsky

Books read in 2015
* The Limehouse Text (A Barker & Llewellyn mystery) by Will Thomas
* The Hellfire Conspiracy (A Barker & Llewellyn mystery) by Will Thomas
* The Black Hand (A Barker & Llewellyn mystery) by Will Thomas
* Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
* Sourcery by Terry Pratchett
* The Truth by Terry Pratchett
* The Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
* Making Money by Terry Pratchett
* Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
* Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett
* Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
* The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
* Jingo by Terry Pratchett
* Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
* Thud! by Terry Pratchett
* Snuff by Terry Pratchett
* Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
* The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
* Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett
* The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld by Terry Pratchett
* The Folklore of Discworld by Terry Pratchett
* A Blink of the Screen by Terry Pratchett
* The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
* Memory and Dream by Charles De Lint
* Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett
* The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett
* An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor
* Skin Game by Jim Butcher
* Holding Wonder by Zenna Henderson [re-read]
* Lord Peter Views the Body by Dorothy Sayers [re-read]
* Striding Folly by Dorothy Sayers [re-read]
* Five Red Herrings by Dorothy Sayers [re-read]
* Voyagers in Time, edited by Robert Silverberg
* The State of the Art by Iain M. Banks
* Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
* In the Frame by Dick Francis [re-read]
* To Sail the Century Sea by G. C. Edmonson
* Island in the Sea of Time (Nantucket 1) by S.M. Stirling [re-read]
* The Wee Free Men (Tiffany Aching 1) by Terry Pratchett [re-read]
* A Hat Full of Sky (Tiffany Aching 2) by Terry Pratchett
* Wintersmith (Tiffany Aching 3) by Terry Pratchett
* I Shall Wear Midnight (Tiffany Aching 4) by Terry Pratchett
* Against the Tide of Years (Nantucket 2) by S.M. Stirling
* On the Oceans of Eternity (Nantucket 3) by S.M. Stirling
* Dies the Fire (Emberverse 1) by S.M. Stirling
* Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD, 2nd Edition by Susan Pinsky
* The Quiller Memorandum by Adam Hall

Books read in 2014
* Dinosaur Beach by Keith Laumer [re-read]
* Mort by Terry Pratchett
* Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
* Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
* Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
* Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
* Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
* Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
* Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett
* Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett
* Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
* The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
* The Fourth Omni Book of SF
* Lord Demon by Roger Zelazny, Jane Lindskold
* The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
* Maskerade by Terry Pratchett
* Jed the Dead by Alan Dean Foster
* Redwork by Michael Bedard
* Andromeda Breakthrough by Fred Hoyle, John Elliot
* Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
* The Curse of the Labrador Duck by Glen Chilton
* Someplace to be Flying by Charles De Lint (re-read)
* The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
* Side Jobs (stories) by Jim Butcher [re-read]
* Storm Front by Jim Butcher [re-read]
* Fool Moon by Jim Butcher [re-read]
* Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
* Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
* Death Masks by Jim Butcher
* Blood Rites by Jim Butcher
* Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
* Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher [re-read]
* White Night by Jim Butcher
* Small Favor by Jim Butcher
* Turn Coat by Jim Butcher
* Changes by Jim Butcher
* Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
* Cold Days by Jim Butcher
* The 30th Anniversary DAW Fantasy
* The Wild Ways by Tanya Huff
* To Kingdom Come (A Barker & Llewellyn mystery) by Will Thomas
* Blood Maidens by Barbara Hambly
* The Truth of Valor (Confederation 5) by Tanya Huff
* Blood Bank (stories & a screenplay) by Tanya Huff
* The Magistrates of Hell by Barbara Hambly
* Bloody Fabulous, edited by Ekaterina Sedia
* Some Danger Involved (A Barker & Llewellyn mystery)by Will Thomas
* Tamsin by Peter S. Beagle
* Lord Demon by Roger Zelazny, Jane Lindskold

Books read in 2013
* Pegasus in Flight by Anne McCaffrey
* The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury [re-read]
* The Architect of Sleep by Steven Boyett [re-read]
* Locked Rooms by Laurie R. Hamilton
* Year's Best SF 8 (stories) edited by David G. Hartwell (re-read)
* Gryphon by Crawford Kilian
* Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
* The Year's Best SF, 23rd Annual Collection (stories), edited by Gardner Dozois
* Side Jobs (stories) by Jim Butcher
* Storm Front by Jim Butcher
* Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
* Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
* Changes by Jim Butcher
* Chanur's Legacy by C. J. Cherryh
* The Fenris Device by Brian M. Stableford
* Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
* Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchet
* How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
* Island in the Sea of Time by S.M. Stirling

Books read in 2012
* The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (fantasy)
* Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn
* Grass for His Pillow by Lian Hearn
* The Harsh Cry of the Heron by Lian Hearn
* Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay (fantasy)
* A Play of Heresy by Margaret Fraser (mystery)
* In the Frame by Dick Francis (mystery) (re-read)
* Nerve by Dick Francis (mystery) (re-read)
* For Kicks by Dick Francis (mystery) (re-read)
* The Anything Box by Zenna Henderson (re-read)
* The People: No Different Flesh by Zenna Henderson (re-read)
* Betrayer (First Contact 11) by C. J. Cherryh (science fiction)
* Hawks and Owls by Chris G. Earley (nature)
* Old Man's War by John Scalzi (science fiction) [re-read]
* The Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler (science fiction) [re-read]
* Mind of my Mind by Octavia E. Butler (science fiction) [re-read]
* Bloodchild by Octavia E. Butler (science fiction)
* The Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler (science fiction)
* To Die in Italbar by Roger Zelazny (science fiction) [re-read]
* Hot Money by Dick Francis (mystery)
* A Naturalist Buys an Old Farm by Edwin Way Teale (nature)
* Rumpole a la Carte by John Mortimer (mystery) [re-read]

Books read in 2011
  • Proof by Dick Francis (mystery) (re-read)
  • The Evolution Man (humour)
  • Birds: 185 Families (nature)
  • Tales Before Tolkien (fantasy)
  • Longshot y Dick Francis (mystery) [re-read]
  • Shattered by Dick Francis (mystery) [re-read]
  • Deliverer (First Contact 9) by C. J. Cherryh (science fiction)
  • Conspirator (First Contact 10) by C. J. Cherryh (science fiction)

Books read in 2010:
  1. For Us, the Living by Robert A. Heinlein (science fiction)
  2. Real Mummies Don't Bleed by Susan Whitcher (children's)
  3. A Million Open Doors by John Barnes (science fiction)
  4. Gifts by Ursula K. Le Guin (science fiction)
  5." title=book>The Best of Eric Frank Russell (science fiction)
  6. The Graveyard by Neill Gaiman (children's)
  7. Someplace to be Flying by Charles De Lint (fantasy)
  8. Stephen Hawking's Universe (science) by John Boslough
  9. The Day of the Triffids (science fiction) by John Wyndham [re-read]
  10. The Kraken Wakes (science fiction) by John Wyndham [re-read]
  11. The Chrysalids (science fiction) by John Wyndham [re-read]
  12. Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse 1) (fantasy) by Charlaine Harris
  13. My Parents Are Sex Maniacs (young adult) by Robyn Harding
  14. The Pendragon Banner (Bone Pedlar 2) (historical fiction) by Silvian Hamilton
  15. No Room in the Ark (outdoor & nature) by Alan Moorehead
  16. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Books read in 2009:
  1. The English Gentleman's Wife by Douglas Sutherland (humor)
  2. When I Was Your Age by Joan Malerba-Foran (families & parenting)
  3. Old Man's War by John Scalzi (science fiction)
  4. Blood Bank by Tanya Huff (science fiction)
  5. Tracking by David R. Palmer (science fiction)
  6. Heart of Valor by Tanya Huff (science fiction)
  7. Year's Best SF 10 edited by David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer (science fiction) [re-read]
  8. ReVisions, edited by Julie E. Czerneda & Isaac Szpindel (science fiction) [re-read]
  9. The Del Rey Book of Fantasy and Science Fiction: 16 original stories (science fiction)
  10. Hunter of Worlds by C. J. Cherryh (science fiction) [re-read]
  11. Confessions of a French Baker by Peter Mayle & Gerard Auzet (cooking, food & wine)
  12. Universe 15 edited by Terry Carr (science fiction) [re-read]
  13. Wake by Robert J. Sawyer (science fiction)
  14. Best SF Stories from New Worlds 8 edited by Michael Moorcock (science fiction)
  15. The Collected Short Fiction of C. J. Cherryh by C. J. Cherryh (science fiction)
  16. Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clarke (science fiction)
  17. First Contacts by Murray Leinster (science fiction)
  18. Explorer (First Contact 6) by C. J. Cherryh (science fiction)
  19. Destroyer (First Contact 7) by C. J. Cherryh (science fiction)
  20." target="_blank">Dead Heat by Dick Francis & Felix Francis (mystery) [re-read]
  21." target="_blank">Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers (mystery) [re-read]
  22. Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler (science fiction)
  23. Isaac Asimov's Wonderful Worlds of Science Fiction 8: Monsters edited by Isaac Asimov (science fiction)
  24. Year's Best SF 3 edited by David G. Hartwell (science fiction)
  25." title="book, For Kicks, by Dick Francis">For Kicks (mystery) [re-read]
  26." title="book, Enquiry, by Dick Francis">Enquiry (mystery) [re-read]
  27." title="book, Catfantastic, various authors">Catfantastic: Nine Lives and Fifteen Tales (fantasy) [re-read]
  28. Isaac Asimov's Wonderful Worlds of Science Fiction: Curses edited by Isaac Asimov (science fiction)
  29. Man-Kzin Wars VI inspired by Larry Niven (science fiction)
  30. Pretender (First Contact 8) by C. J. Cherryh (science fiction)
  31. Rat Race by Dick Francis (mystery)
  32. The Flight of the Swan by Elizabeth Webster (romance)
  33. The Sleep Thieves by Stanley Coren (nonfiction)
  34. Flying Finish by Dick Francis [re-read] (mystery)
  35. Mind of My Mind by Octavia E. Butler (science fiction)
  36. Great Feuds in Medicine by Hal Hellman (science)
  37. Slay Ride by Dick Francis (mystery)
  38. Witch Repair (Children's)
  39. Climbing Mount Improbable: The Forty-fold Path to Vision by Richard Dawkins (science)
  40. The Lilac Bus (stories) by Maeve Binchy (fiction)
  41. Vampire Bugs: Stories Conjured from the Past by Sharon Dennis Wyeth (Children's)
  42. Tomorrow, the Stars (stories) edited by Robert A. Heinlein (science fiction)
  43. Past Imperfect (stories) edited by Martin H. Greenberg & Harry Seagriff (science fiction)
  44. Never Pick Up Hitchhikers! by Ellis Peters (mystery)
  45. A Teacup in a Storm: An Explorer's Guide to Life by Mike Conefrey (nonfiction)
  46. A Little Learning is a Dangerous Thing (quotations)
  47. Astounding (stories) edited by Harry Harrison (science fiction)
  48. Turning the Grain (science fiction)

These have been moved to my personal blog:

My current project is to read more by Carl Zimmer and finish collecting everything by Dick Francis.

Modern classics in fiction:

Enjoyable fiction books:

Modern classics in nonfiction:

Excellent nonfiction books:

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Favourite book review: The Beak of the Finch

A book might be available—if I can find it: many of my books are in boxes. If you see a "permanent collection" book that you want to trade for, perhaps I can help you to find a copy.

I am slow to mail things out. If you think I have forgotten, please send me an e-mail reminder.

In this list:
- (ed.) is editor
- (ill.) is illustrator
- (tr.) is translator
- (a) means autographed
- (f) means that I think it's a first edition
- z drops books about a specific technology (some of which I've written) to the end of its category, if you use alphabetical order

Story lengths in science fiction:
- Vignette is less than 4 pages or 1,000 words (abbreviation "vi")
- Short story is 4-20 pages or 1,000-7,499 words (abbreviation "ss")
- Novelette is 21-45 pages or 7,500-17,499 words (abbreviation "nv")
- Novella is 46-100 pages or 17,500-39,999 words (abbreviation "na")
- Novel is more than 100 pages or 40,000 words (abbreviation "n")

In non-fiction:
- A monograph is under 10,000 words.

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