Daily Archives: November 4, 2010

If You’re Feeling Charitable Today

I have three things for you to think about giving some money to.

One, Strange Horizons, the fabulous online science fiction magazine that published my very first science fiction story oh-so-many years ago, is in the midst of its annual fund drive.

You’ll remember last year that Whatever folks took them over the top with their fund raising, so if you still value the work they do — and the work they publish — consider sending a few more dollars their way this year as well. Remember also that Strange Horizons is a non-profit organization, and your donations are tax deductible (and if you work for a cool job, may also qualify for matching gifts from your employer). This is, I think, the last week of their fund drive, so get in there.

Two, today I got this note from Epic SF author Peter F. Hamilton:

I agreed to auction off a character name in the next book for Autistica, a UK charity working for autistic kids.

http://members.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?viewUserPage&userid=autistica_charity

I know you get some UK traffic through your site, so I wondered if you’d consider giving it a mention.

Consider it mentioned! I’ll note that other UK authors are also auctioning off character names, but you know what? A Tuckerization in a Hamilton novel would be especially sweet.

Three, How to Teach Physics to Your Dog author Chad Orzel is doing his annual charity drive for education charity Donors Choose, and this year he’s also planning on selling off naming rights for one of his upcoming books. The twist? Chad explains:

I will name two animals in the book-in-progress after the pets of people who donate to the Challege: one for the largest individual donation, and one to a donor chosen at random.

My new dog Daisy is already so very excited about this. Here are all the details. Chad’s charity drives runs through next Tuesday, so hurry if you want to make your pet famous.

The Stupidest Thing an Editor With Three Decades of Experience Has Said About the Web Today

It is, in a response to a writer complaining that the editor’s magazine stole something she wrote on the Internet and used it without compensation:

But honestly Monica, the web is considered “public domain” and you should be happy we just didn’t “lift” your whole article and put someone else’s name on it!

Get the whole story, from the writer of the piece, here.

And then get Nick Mamatas’ take on it, here.

And then go look at the Facebook page of the magazine and see how people are gently correcting the editor in question, here. That is, while you can, as I have no doubt either the page or the comments will be taken down soon, although, of course, screen caps, text cut-and-paste, and good ol’ Google cache will keep the spirit of dissent alive forever!

And kids, remember: Writing on Teh IntarWeebs can has copyright! Even the newbiest of newbie editors should know that.

Oh, and to add to the Google Search weight this incident will have, the magazine in question is Cooks Source. That’s “Cooks Source,” with a “c.” Once again, Cooks Source.

There, my work is done.