More free scifi ebooks from Tor

The current free book is Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest. Download your eBook in:

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This week’s new wallpapers are John Picacio’s cover art for Viewpoints Critical by L. E. Modesitt; and Bob Eggleton’s painting, “The Other Retro Rocket”, from his book Greetings from Earth: The Art of Bob Eggleton. Get them while you can.

You can still get a free copy ofSun of Suns by Karl Schroeder. Download your eBook in:

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Atheist and the Lochness Monster

Atheist and the Lochness Monster

An atheist was spending a quiet day fishing when suddenly his boat was attacked by the Loch Ness Monster. In one easy flip, the beast tossed him and his boat at least a hundred feet into the air. It then opened it’s mouth waiting below to swallow them both.

As the man sailed head over heels and started to fall towards the open jaws of the ferocious beast he cried out, “Oh, my God! Help me!”

Suddenly, the scene froze in place and as the atheist hung in midair a booming voice came out of the clouds and said, “I thought you didn’t believe in Me!”

“God, come on, give me a break!” the man pleaded, “Just seconds ago I didn’t believe in the Loch Ness Monster either!”

“Well,” said God, “now that you are a believer, you must understand that I won’t work miracles to snatch you from certain death in the jaws of the monster, but I can change hearts. What would you have me do?”

The atheist thinks for a minute then says, “God, please have the Loch Ness Monster believe in You also.

“God replies, “So be it.”

The scene starts in motion again with the atheist falling towards the ravenous jaws of the monster. The Loch Ness Monster folds his claws together and says, “Lord, bless this food You have so graciously provided . . .”

Free ebook: Reiffen’s Choice by S.C. Butler

Tor is offering another free ebook. This week it is Reiffen’s Choice by S.C. Butler. You can use the links below to download a copy.

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They also have a couple of new wallpapers. The snake-wheel symbol from Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series (designed by Matthew C. Nielsen); and Darrell K. Sweet‘s painting, The Dragon Reborn, for Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series. They will only be up for a few days so get them while you can …

Their ways are not our ways … therefore they are evil

I was reading a blog called “Masonic Musings” today. The “Old Webmaster” described a conversation that he had had with another Mason about “Esoteric Freemasonry”.  “Imagine: wave a magic want over your head or something and call yourself a Mason! I wonder how many people they sucker into THAT one….”

I couldn’t help but laugh. My thought was … imagine; just covering someones head with a hood and leading them around with a Cable Tow and calling them a Mason! I wonder how many people they sucker into THAT one.

Finally, it all boiled down to the same old argument of “my Masonry is better than your Masonry” and that something should be done about this bad/fake masonry. The reason for this intolerant view was based on some truths and some distortions about “Esoteric Freemasonry”. However; the fact that the reasons for this intolerance toward “Esoteric Freemasonry” comes from some distortions is not important. This type of mindset would express intolerance for any reason; age, sex, race, ext.. In all honesty, this type of intolerance needs no reason.

“Watch fobs, lapel badges, and other insignia do not make Masons; neither does the ritual ordain them. Masons are evolved through the self- conscious effort to live up to the highest ideals within themselves…” Manly P. Hall

I guess, in the minds of some brothers, one does not need to met a brother upon the level if you decide that he is not your brother. If he thinks, or looks, or acts differently from the majority is he still your brother? If he calls himself an esoteric master instead of a master mason is he still your brother? I have always believed that diversity improves the craft.

If we can not show tolerance to those who “met upon the level, acted on the plumb, and parted upon the square”  we dishonor ourselves and our ancient brothers.

Free ebook: The Disunited States of America by Harry Turtledove

The Disunited States of America by Harry Turtledove can be downloaded for free at …

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They also have some cool wallpapers for download. Shelly Wan’s winning entry for’s Last Man Standing II competition; and Scott M. Fischer’s personal painting, Choices. Get them while you can. I am using Fischer’s “Choices” now.

Earth-Friendly Gift … plantable cards


I thought that this was so darn cool. Plantable cards … you read them then plant them. They are embedded with seeds that will sprout.

Love the earth? Me too! My passion for primates led me to study them and in doing so, I learned of their precarious position on earth. So many are endangered because their habitat is being destroyed everyday. That’s why I make green gifts – like plantable paper.