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Lucy Skywalker, Prince Lee, and Hannah Solo

We watched the Star Wars trilogy again this weekend, and I commented to Robin that of course Luke figures out straight away that his sister must be Leia: she’s the only actual woman in the universe. (In the first film there’s Aunt Beru, and the second and third films have …

The best time and place in history

This week we had a little competition at work: a bottle of wine for the best answer to the question posed by an article in Intelligent Life magazine: what was the best time and place to be alive? The article clarified the question in the standfirst: if you could travel …

Names, gender and identity

I was surprised at how disappointed (and disturbed) I was to discover that the title character in The Sword of Rhiannon was, in fact, male. And not only male, but a male evil god accidentally released from his prison. (This isn’t a spoiler: you find out who he is by …

The Sword of Me

I can’t now remember why Robin and I decided to run an egosearch on Google Images. I think it might have been something to do with a discussion on the relative popularity of our names. In any case, Robin doesn’t seem to have very much of a net presence. A …