January 4, 2018

Books I Read in 2017: "I have no life, and I must read."
Today’s blog is only partly related to table tennis – skip ahead if you have no interests in my book-reading proclivities. Below is a listing of the 58 books I read in 2017, which includes three books on table tennis, and another on coaching. It includes 21 novels by Mike Resnick; I’ve now read 43 of his books, 41 of them science fiction novels, the other two books on writing. I also read biographies of the first ten U.S. presidents (partly in preparation for a SF novel I might write), and lots of other stuff.


  1. How to Coach Table Tennis, by David Hewitt (1990)
  2. History of U.S. Table Tennis: Vol. 19, 1991-92, by Tim Boggan
  3. History of U.S. Table Tennis: Vol. 20, 1992-93, by Tim Boggan
  4. Successful Coaching, by Rainer Martens
  5. Zen in the Art of Writing, by Ray Bradbury
  6. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil De Grasse Tyson
  7. How to Build a Time Machine, by Paul Davies
  8. The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal, by Jared Diamond
  9. A Concise History of China, by J.A.G. Roberts
  10. On Tyranny, by Timothy Snyder
  11. The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus: The Mathematics of Christmas, by Dr. Hannah Fry and Dr. Thomas Evans
  12. Encyclopedia of Presidents: George Washington, by Brendan January
  13. Encyclopedia of Presidents: John Adams, by Barbara Feinberg
  14. Encyclopedia of Presidents: Thomas Jefferson, by Jim Hargrove
  15. Encyclopedia of Presidents: James Madison, by Brendan January
  16. Encyclopedia of Presidents: James Monroe, by Andrew Santella
  17. Encyclopedia of Presidents: John Quincy Adams, by Sean McCollum
  18. Encyclopedia of Presidents: Andrew Jackson, by Kieran Doherty
  19. Encyclopedia of Presidents: Martin Van Buren, by Lesli J. Favor
  20. Encyclopedia of Presidents: William Henry Harrison, by Steven Otfinoski
  21. Encyclopedia of Presidents: John Tyler, by Dee Lillegard

FICTION not by Mike Resnick (16)

  1. Buying Time, by Joe Haldeman
  2. The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas
  3. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  4. Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie   
  5. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J.K. Rowling
  6. The Ice Dragon, by George R.R. Martin
  7. Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
  8. Barry’s Deal, by Lawrence Schoen
  9. The Genius Plague, by David Walton
  10. Supersymmetry, by David Walton
  11. All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders
  12. Staked, by Kevin Hearne
  13. Zombies and Calculus, by Colin Adams
  14. H.G. Wells, Secret Agent, by Alex Shvartsman
  15. Funny Horror, edited by Alex Shvartsman
  16. Alternative Truths, edited by Bob Brown

FICTION by Mike Resnick (21)

  1. Gods of Sagittarius, by Mike Resnick and Eric Flint
  2. Soothsayer, by Mike Resnick
  3. Oracle, by Mike Resnick
  4. Prophet, by Mike Resnick
  5. Kilimanjaro, by Mike Resnick
  6. The Castle in Cassiopeia, by Mike Resnick
  7. Stalking the Unicorn by Mike Resnick
  8. Resnick’s Menagerie by Mike Resnick
  9. Sideshow, Galactic Midway #1, by Mike Resnick
  10. The Three-Legged Hootch Dancer, Galactic Midway #2, by Mike Resnick
  11. The Wild Alien Tamer, Galactic Midway #3, by Mike Resnick
  12. The Best Rootin'Shootin' Gunslinger, Galactic Midway #4, by Mike Resnick
  13. The Buntline Special (A Weird West Tale, Volume 1) by Mike Resnick
  14. The Doctor and the Kid (A Weird West Tale, Volume 2) by Mike Resnick
  15. The Doctor and the Rough Rider (A Weird West Tale, Volume 3) by Mike Resnick
  16. The Doctor and the Dinosaurs (A Weird West Tale, Volume 4) by Mike Resnick
  17. Walpurgis III, by Mike Resnick
  18. The Return of Santiago, by Mike Resnick
  19. The Other Teddy Roosevelts, by Mike Resnick
  20. Sideshow, by Mike Resnick
  21. Masters of the Galaxy, by Mike Resnick

Wanted – the 1989 Hall of Fame Banquet Program Booklet
There have been 34 USATT Hall of Fame Induction Banquets, from 1979 to 2017, and 34 Hall of Fame Program Booklets. (Here are the Hall of Fame Profiles.) I’m putting all of them online, scanning all the old ones. But there’s a problem – I’m missing the one from the Ninth Hall of Fame Induction, in 1989, when George Brathwaite and John Read were inducted at the USA Nationals. I’ve checked with George, but he doesn’t have one, and John died years ago. So . . . do any of you have a copy? If so, please contact me or comment below!!! (I was actually at the induction, but somehow misplaced my copy of the program, and nobody I’ve checked with seems to have a copy.)

Sidespin Serve – Tips and Tactics
Here’s the article and video (8:24) by Tom Lodziak.

How Can Having Targets on a Table Can Uplift Your Game
Here’s the article by Eli Baraty.

How to Do the Reverse Pendulum Serve
Here’s the article (lots of pictures) from EmRatThich.

The Complete List of Table Tennis Resolutions for 2018
Here’s the article by Coach Jon.

2018 Projects Ovtcharov to World Number 1
Here’s the USATT article by Ray Huang.

The Best Points of Lin Gaoyuan
Here’s the video (4:22).

Smart Phone Chopping
Here’s the video (22 sec) of Rory Scott – personally, I’m rooting for Hodges!!! (No relation.)

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