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We generally do not list here reviews of animal tall-tales or fictions ("The Stolen White Elephant", Ishmael, Freddy the Pig series) or creatures symbolic or animated (The Maltese Falcon, Donald's Ostrich) — although we hope you'll read or watch these items anyway. We do include, sparingly, some naturalistic novels and stories; and some science-fictional or fantastic representations of terrestrial or alien lifeforms if they seem to grow the definitional boundaries or enliven our philosophical speculations.

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Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia
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Isaac Asimov RW Franson
At Death's End James Blish RW Franson

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Brown Hawk Down
  Abilene, Texas
JK Thorp

Call Him Dead
  (Three to Conquer)
Eric Frank Russell RW Franson
Celebrated Jumping Frog
  of Calaveras County, The
Mark Twain RW Franson
Chip, the Dam Builder Jim Kjelgaard RW Franson
Chivalry on the Wing
  Medieval Falconry
S Farrell
Crazy Good
  The True Story of Dan Patch,
  the Most Famous Horse in America
Charles Leerhsen RW Franson
Custodians, The James H. Schmitz RW Franson

Darker Than You Think Jack Williamson WH Stoddard
Dead and Buried?
  The Horrible History of Bodysnatching
Norman Adams JM Franson
Death is Wrong Gennady Stolyarov II RW Franson
Death of a Lake Arthur W. Upfield RW Franson
Derby Day Hal Roach / Our Gang RW Franson
Descent of the Child, The
  Human Evolution from a New Perspective
Elaine Morgan RW Franson

Flower Power
  Save a Breath for Nature
SE Jordan
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Golden Cultivators
  or, The World Well Dug
RW Franson
Goldfish Bowl Robert A. Heinlein RW Franson
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Hobbyist Eric Frank Russell RW Franson
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Jon Krakauer RW Franson

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  A Green-Clean Solution
RW Franson

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  [and other essays]
Arthur W. Upfield RW Franson

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Eric Frank Russell RW Franson

Of Cats and Freaks K Spell
  Changing the Heart of a Nation
Ray Comfort SE Jordan
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  The Watch-Owl at Work
RW Franson

Plants Clear the Air
  An Inconvenient Meeting on Climate Change
SE Jordan

Redemption Cairn Stanley G. Weinbaum RW Franson

Role of Business and the Virtuous Cycle of Progress
  in Robert Heinlein's 'Methuselah's Children', The

G Stolyarov II

Santaroga Barrier, The Frank Herbert RW Franson
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RW Franson
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Is she as tall as me?


                            She is not, madam.


Didst hear her speak? Is she shrill-tongued or low?


Madam, I heard her speak. She is low-voiced.


That's not so good. He cannot like her long.


Like her? O Isis, 'tis impossible!


I think so, Charmian. Dull of tongue, and dwarfish.
What majesty is in her gait? Remember
If e'er thou looked'st on majesty.


                                        She creeps.
Her motion and her station are as one.
She shows a body rather than a life,
A statue than a breather.

William Shakespeare
Antony and Cleopatra, 3.3.11-21

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Taffy & Ranger on brick walk, 1960s

Bois Cotlette Estate
Dominica, West Indies

Cybernetic models of feedback loops seemed to [many ecologists] such beautiful conceptual tools that they hated to admit they didn't fit the facts. ...

Thus, rather than serving as a reality check on pop ecology, science remained to a large extent part of the problem. By 1990 the federal government controlled nearly all environmental research, and its various agencies retained an interest in the outcome of ecological debates. Most wildlife biologists worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other preservation agencies. Since state and federal governments owned a third of the country's land area and all its wildlife, few ecologists could do research without permission from appropriate authorities. And as study became more expensive, scholars relied increasingly on public sources of financial aid.

The growing popularity of biocentrism exacerbated this politicization, making partisanship seem respectable. Motivated by teleological beliefs in the stability of ecosystems, researchers regularly crossed the line between science and partisanship. ... Ecosystem assumptions remained built into nearly all policy-oriented environmental research. Forced to choose between their models and the data, many scientists opted fror the former, relying more heavily on computer modeling and less on real-world testing. And when their field studies failed to find projected equilibria, they took this as a sign that ecological catastrophe was imminent.

Alston Chase
In a Dark Wood
The Fight over Forests and the Rising Tyranny of Ecology  (1995)

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