Author Archives: Laer Carroll

About Laer Carroll

I am an aerospace software and systems engineer recently retired to become a professional writer. My genres include sci fi and fantasy, young adult, and technical books.

ALMA DEUTSCHER – famous musical prodigy

Alma Deutscher learned to play the piano at 2, the violin at 3. She started to compose at 4, wrote her first piano sonata at 6. What’s extraordinary is not her playing and singing skill, though great. It’s her compositions … Continue reading

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A DAY IN THE OUTBACK – Elfhome short story

The terrific Elfhome series by Wen Spencer is one of my favorites. Each book actually improves on re-reading. Click on a book cover to read its first few chapters & to buy the book. Below is a short story I … Continue reading

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ELFHOME series by Wen Spencer – terrific

I just finished reading for the Nth time the Elfhome series by Wen Spencer. It’s made up of five enormously engaging books. A sixth is in the works. In a fictional multiverse in 2002 a Chinese space station activated a … Continue reading

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The fabulous TANGO VALS

The third of the three types of Argentine tango is in 3/4 time: the tango vals. It has a fast tempo, so tango dancers typically only step on the first of the ONE-two-three beats. They may add a step on … Continue reading

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Two fun TANGO MILONGAS

The Argentine tango comes in three varieties, each using most of the same musical instruments and dance steps. Scores for the music typically have four, three, or two beats per measure, written with 4/4, 3/4, or 2/4 time signatures. The … Continue reading

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Two great ARGENTINE TANGO videos

It’s been a while since I showcased some examples of a major obsession of mine: the Argentine tango. Here are two. All art forms evolve. The tango does too, both the music and the dance. The first music example is … Continue reading

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GIFTED – wonderful movie about a seven-year old genius

Stories about super-smart kids (or adults) all-too-often portray them unrealistically. As eccentric in some way: socially inept, physically awkward, or downright ugly. The truth is that they are typically pretty much like everyone else. And like most of us have … Continue reading

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Latest VORKOSIGAN SAGA book now in paperback

The 17th and latest volume of Lois McMaster Bujold‘s Vorkosigan Saga is now available in the conveniently sized mass market paperback: Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen. In this latest chapter of the Saga Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan, Vicereine of the … Continue reading

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THE BIG SICK engrossing film

My lady friend and I watched The Big Sick this weekend. She suggested it, I was mildly interested. But as I watched it I became really engrossed in the story and the people in it. There are no beautiful people … Continue reading

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WONDER WOMAN Blu-ray disc available & news

Wonder Woman director Parry Jenkins has been signed to direct the sequel (for a Dec 13th 2019 release). According to the Hollywood Reporter story she gets oodles of money upfront & box office gross (better than BO net, which with … Continue reading

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