Monthly Archives: February 2008

Greetings, Gentlebeings!

I doubt I’m the first person who has noticed the inherent LOL potential of everyone’s favorite SFWA election-related greeting, but I’m pretty sure I’m the first person to set up a Flickr Group on the subject. The pool is free for anyone to join. Note that just to be on the safe side I have […]

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Brutally Slaughtering Two Birds With One Stone

Thanks to the ascendancy of John McCain, conservative Christians may be looking for a third-party candidate. I’ve got just the guy. Have fun, you crazy kids.

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On the OMW Free eBook Release

Today Tor sent out the e-mails with links to the eBook version of Old Man’s War, which is available to the folks who signed up at Tor.com in pdf, html, and mobi versions (so all you folks who hate pdf and whined about it last week — look! Tor listens!). So those of you who […]

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The 2008 Nebula Awards Ballot

Hey, look: It’s a big year for Caribbean-themed science fiction! THE 2008 NEBULA AWARDS BALLOT Novels Odyssey – McDevitt, Jack (Ace, Nov06) The Accidental Time Machine – Haldeman, Joe (Ace, Aug07) The Yiddish Policemen’s Union – Chabon, Michael (HarperCollins, May07) The New Moon’s Arms – Hopkinson, Nalo (Warner Books, Feb07) Ragamuffin – Buckell, Tobias (Tor, […]

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Before Even More People Send it to Me

Yes, I’ve seen Translation from Aburt-speak to English of selected portions of his SFWA presidential platform, over at sillybean. It’s very amusing, and also, very much like the Andrew Burt campaign posters, an indication of how electing Burt will not do wonders for SFWA’s relations with the public, or its potential future membership. And here […]

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Novella Drawing for the Dewey Donation System

Question from the gallery: Your Zoe’s Tale auction moved out of my price range early. Could you do another auction? And let me win? Heh. Well, no. For two reasons: One, I have no control over how the auctions go. People bid what they bid. Two, I think the reasons the auctions work is because […]

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Your Last Minute Hugo Nominations

The window for voting for Hugo nominations is closing at the end of the month, and there are several thousand eligible nominators (basically, anyone who was at last year’s Worldcon in Japan or who has registered for this year’s, in Denver) — and yet there are relatively few people who nominate. I think this is […]

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Adding to the Auction Pot

The auction of the Zoe’s Tale pre-publication edition to benefit the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust has been pretty quiet for the last couple of days, so I thought I would kick in a little something to give it a boost, to wit: A copy of the now very rare Subterranean Press hardcover edition […]

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Various and Sundry 2/21/08

Some stuff: * For those of you interested in the future of SFWA, current presidential candidate Russell Davis has popped into the comment thread of the “Gut Check for SFWA” entry and is ready to answer questions you might have about his candidacy and SFWA. Indeed he’s already answered at least one. So feel free […]

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Shaky Eclipse

Tried to get a picture of the lunar eclipse tonight; this is the best I got: Note to self: The next time I come into pointlessly large sums of money, buy tons of crap for night photography. Hope you’re actually seeing the eclipse tonight. You know, with your eyes. Because it’s spectacular.

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Poor Zeus

He’s back from the vet, about two navy beans lighter. And he’s still more than a little doped up, as you can see. He’ll get over it. For now, though, he’s all about the nap.

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Ultimate Blogrolls

Over at GalleyCat, MediaBistro’s publishing blog, Ron Hogan has posted his “ultimate blogroll” — the five blogs he can’t live without — and he was nice enough to list Whatever as one of them. See, folks: Bribery works! He’s also soliciting ultimate blogrolls from other folks, and since you’re other folks, you can participate. Head […]

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The Big Idea: Jami Attenberg

For her debut novel The Kept Man, writer Jami Attenberg fashioned a nice, big challenge for herself: having her main character unravel a mystery about her husband’s life — a husband who was not dead, but in a coma for six years. It’s easy to create a character who is a widow; examples abound in […]

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I Am Guilty, God Help Me

Xkcd, naturally. Krissy used to worry that I got too wrapped up in absolutley pointless Internet slugfests until the day she realized that the reason I did it was because I was having fun, not because I was massively emotionally invested. I might stay up to thump on someone online, but once I step away […]

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What? Another Snow Day?

Around these here parts, February is also known as “the month what the youngin’s don’t get edumacated because it’s all snowified.” Which is to say there hasn’t been a week this month where at least one day has been canceled due to snow — sometimes when there was hardly any snow at all. At least […]

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Meet the New Bosses

On one hand, their spelling is atrocious. On the other hand, they have really good ideas for action scenes, as long as you ignore their suggestion that every such scene should end with a disemboweling. Also, they won’t tell me what they did with Patrick Nielsen Hayden. I think Teresa may want to look through […]

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Another Book Done!

Well, sort of. I just delivered to Tor the revised edition of Agent to the Stars, which will have its trade paperback debut in late ’08. The revisions were mostly to update the timeframe of events; the original version of the book has timely pop culture references that are no longer timely, because the book […]

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Not a Sunset. Not a Sunrise

This is what I saw at sunrise this morning: The interesting catch: This is the western horizon. Generally speaking, the western horizon is not the one you expect to have sunrise-like qualities to it, so I naturally found it interesting and snapped a photo. My expectation is that the haze in the air caught the […]

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Things I Want to Pimp Today: A List (Plus an Open Pimp Thread)

Here are the things I want to get pimplicious about at the moment: 1. Schuyler’s Monster, by Robert Rummel-Hudson: Rob and I go waaaaaay back; he and I are part of a small group of people who have been keeping blogs since the Cretaceous Period of the internet (when blogs were known as “online diaries” […]

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“Zoe’s Tale” Auction Update

Because I know you were wondering, the current bid for the pre-publication bound manuscript version of Zoe’s Tale, proceeds to benefit the Disabled American Veteran’s Charitable Service Trust, stands at $2,025.01. Which I think is pretty damn awesome. Thank you everyone who has bid so far. And yes, there is still time to bid. For […]

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