Daily Archives: July 21, 2008

Things I Forgot to Remember, Monday Edition

Some stuff I probably should have mentioned before:

* As you know, Tor.Com is live and is featuring my new short story “After the Coup,” which takes place in the OMW universe. What I neglected to mention was that in addition to writing it, I also read it aloud, and the audio track is available both to listen online and to download. Just go to the story link, and click on the “Listen” link over there to the left side of the page, and there you’ll have an hour’s worth of me reading into a microphone. Have fun!

* Speaking of audio, last week I did an interview for the Geekly Weekly podcast, in which I discussed various subjects, including (yes) bacon and pets. It’s available here — I come in at around the five minute mark and talk for about a half hour, I think. The rest of the podcast is also a lot of fun.

* The fabulous Mary Robinette Kowal has pointed out that the KGB Reading Series — a fabulous monthly gathering in NYC where speculative fiction fans and writers meet and mingle and read work aloud — is having a raffle to raise funds to keep the reading series going. For the price of a $1 raffle ticket, you could win neat prizes ranging from having your name in a story to a story critique by an editor to signed copies of excellent books. It’s cheap, it’s a great cause, and it’s fun. So get a ticket, why don’t you.

* We’re about a week away from the official release of the mass market paperback version of The Last Colony, which means you might actually start seeing it in the stores in the next few days. If you prefer to buy online, Tor has thoughtfully provided you this page with links to several different online retailers. But I won’t mind if you choose to support your local booksellers.

The imminent release of the paperback also means that if you were planning to pick up the hardcover edition of the book, you might want to do that sometime relatively soon, otherwise they will disappear on you and you’ll have to get a used copy on eBay, which does me no good. Also, Tor was pretty spot on in guessing how many hardcovers to print for TLC, so there’s not likely to be too many remainders.

* Finally, Jeff Carlson has a ginchy book trailer for his upcoming book Plague War available here. It’s quite spooky.

I think that’s everything I forgot to remember, but you know what? I may have forgotten to remember other things I’ve forgot. It happens.

Two Small Observations

They are:

1. People who don’t know what they’re talking about don’t like to have that fact pointed about, especially if you use the word “ignorant” in context to the fact.

2. People like to confuse “pointing out the fact you don’t know what you’re talking about” with “being hostile,” because it makes them feel better about themselves. It’s generally not worth arguing to them that it’s not necessarily hostile to point out when someone doesn’t know what they’re taking about, but inasmuch as many people who don’t know what they’re talking about are invested in appearing like they do know what they’re talking about, and in the process of trying to make it seem like they do know what they’re talking about will make more statements that show their lack of knowledge, thus necessitating further pointing out that they don’t know what they’re talking about, it’s certainly understandable that they would regard it as hostile. And of course, eventually one may indeed become hostile toward people determined to continue to not know what they are talking about.

Discuss.