Monthly Archives: February 2006

Ursine Wisdom

A bit of intelligence from Elizabeth Bear: “Feminism is never an excuse for laughably bad prose.” Indeed not. Feminism is never an excuse; neither, for that matter, is socialism, capitalism, libertarianism, objectivism, Catholicism, Marxism, racism, or any other sort of -ism you wish to think up of, up to and including the ones that don’t, […]

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NASA Becomes Marginally Less Stupid

Looks like NASA won’t have George Deutsch to kick around anymore after all: George C. Deutsch, the young presidential appointee at NASA who told public affairs workers to limit reporters’ access to a top climate scientist and told a Web designer to add the word “theory” at every mention of the Big Bang, resigned yesterday, […]

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Crystal Rain is Out!

Congratulations to Tobias Buckell, whose debut science fiction tome Crystal Rain is officially out today. The inside is as groovy as the cover art (look! Parrots!), but you don’t have to take my word for it, as Toby’s got the first third of the book up for you to check out for yourself. Toby’s been […]

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Free-Speech Jackassery Built Right Here in the US!

Update, 1:18pm: D’oh! This story is way stale — my fault for not checking the date. Please hold your free-expression outrage for a fresher target. Thank you. Lest anyone think it’s just those wacky Muslim fundamentalists who have a hard time grasping the basic concept of free speech: Saying the nation’s symbol “deserves more respect […]

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Iranian Free Expression, Such As It Is

In the “Totally Not Surprising” category: A prominent Iranian newspaper says it is going to hold a competition for cartoons on the Holocaust to test whether the West will apply the principle of freedom of expression to the Nazi genocide against Jews as it did to the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. A newspaper in […]

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Another Review, and a Link, Oh, and Another Link

First the link: The online cartoon Unshelved has an amusing cartoon about Scott Westerfeld’s Peeps. Yay! Comics celebrating literacy! Second, another review of The Ghost Brigades, from Bookslut, which finds the book good, not great: While The Ghost Brigades falls short in exploring its underlying philosophical and ethical themes, it delivers on its promise of […]

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SFRevu Review of The Ghost Brigades

SFRevu got a look at The Ghost Brigades and the reviewer seems pleased, calling it “An outstanding new work from an emergent author,” which is nice, aside from the fact that now I feel I should be fighting my way out of a cocoon or something. The other paragraph the Tor publicity department will no […]

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Prioritizing the Idiots

People in e-mail have been asking me what I think of the whole thing about fundamentalist Muslims getting stupid over a dozen cartoons of Muhammed, but aside from the rote observation that being a religious fundamentalist of any stripe means you are rather more liable to get stupid than not, I find I’m rather more […]

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Norwegian Wood

Athena wanted to sleep in the bathtub, for reasons that are opaque to anyone over the age of seven. We didn’t argue, although we did make her promise not to take a bath in her bed. So overall everybody got something out of it. How did the Great Bathtub Sleeping Experiment of 2006 go? About […]

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Hate Mail is Done!

Another one done: Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: Selected Writings from “Whatever,” 1998 – 2005 is off to the publisher. Here’s the (tentative) chapter listing for this one: Introduction: Decoding Hate Mail1.  Disclaimers and Declarations2.  Waiting for Athena3.  America’s Funniest Elections4.  Jesus Loves You, Some of His Followers Maybe Not So Much5.  Let’s Get […]

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Writing Blah Blah Blah, 2/3/06

Above: An impressionistic representation of the next 18 months (or so) of my life — all the contracts I’ve signed for the three-book deal I have with Tor, the topmost contract there being for The Last Colony, the third book in the OMW series. If you’re wondering why there are so many contracts, it’s because […]

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Music Pimpery

It was recently suggested that I should get back to recommending indie music, and while the comment was made sarcastically (harumph! harumph!), it’s not a terribly bad idea, and as it happens I have two prime bits of indie music right here at my fingertips. First, my pal and editor Joe Rybicki, aka the unstoppable […]

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Ook! Ook! Ook!

So, you know why I like doing the By The Way blog over at AOL? Among many other reasons, it allows me an excuse to do silly pictures like this one: The picture was created for this “Weekend Assignment” — which of course, I heartily suggest you participate in. Anyway, sometimes I can’t believe I […]

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I’ve Got a Boehner

How’s this for conflicted: My representative to Congress, John Boehner, is going to be the next House majority leader. So on one hand: Not really my first choice for my personal representative (not like I have much choice, mind you, since he’s running without any real opposition this election cycle), and I’m all for making […]

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Boskone Schedule

For those of you going to Boskone, here’s the schedule of panels and appearances I’ve got going for me. I have eight thingies going on, so, uh, you apparently won’t lack for opportunities to see me blather on. Eight events is a lot, but frankly, I’d rather be busy than not. Otherwise I’d just sleep, […]

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The Return of Beer in Space

Here’s a little blast from the past: “Beer in Space,” a three-panel science cartoon I made with my pal Richard Polt a number of years ago. I had the idea of doing an astronomy book illustrated by him (and featuring his characters Benny the Stick and Beniy the Spider) and this was a sample, based […]

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State of the Union

At the risk of getting myself kicked out of the “Dubya Hata Playa” club — you know what? I would have booted Cindy Sheehan from the State of the Union too. You know why? Because wearing a t-shirt to the State of the Union is tacky. Yes, yes, she was wanting to make a political […]

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