I Suspect That Tori Amos Was Somehow an Inspiration For This

This being that.

But does Tori deserve credit or blame? Well, I think your answer here will tell you more about you than it will about Tori Amos (or Emm Gryner, who is the actual artist performing the work).

(Linked to from here.)


You Don’t Have to Be an Ohio SF/F Person to Wear This Shirt, But If You’re Not It Will Be a Lie

Look what I got from the ever-fabulous Catherynne Valente, whist at Penguicon:

The last line prompted someone to say to me, “isn’t that grammatically incorrect?” To which I said, “Dude, colloquial use on a t-shirt.” Just in case anyone’s still suspecting I’m hopelessly prescriptivist. And anyway, content-wise, it’s entirely correct; Ohio has a surprising number of sf/f folks. We sneak up on you, we do. Like ninjas. In scarlet and gray.

You say to yourself, “Hey, I love science fiction/fantasy and live in Ohio (or wish I did) — what horrible and terrifying initiation rites do I have to undergo to get a t-shirt such as this?” As much as I would like to regale you with tales of ritual scarification, or the sacred trampling of the University of Michigan logo to prove your Ohio-osity, in fact all you have to do is lay your money down. Here’s the link to the basic t-shirt, and there’s also one cut for women.

These would, naturally, be the perfect attire for Ohio Is Coming to Kick Your Ass With Science Fiction Day, which is August 19, 2008 (on account of Zoe’s Tale and Toby Buckell’s Sly Mongoose being released on that very same day), and for wearing to the OICTKYAWSF regional tour, which — yes! — will be happening. We’re still firming up dates, and Toby and I will be making a more formal announcement about that sometime in the reasonably near future. Keep your eyes glued to your computer monitor for more details. Only, you know. Not literally glued to your monitor. Because that would be icky.


The Surprise Award No One Told Me About

Apparently over the weekend The Last Colony received the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of 2007. I learn this from reliable sources in my comment thread — including two people who were at the Romantic Times Booklovers’ Convention in Pittsburgh, where the awards were announced and saw the awards list — and I have no reason to doubt them.

So, if everything I am told is accurate: Go, TLC! This is really neat. For those of you who don’t know, Romantic Times does an excellent job reviewing science fiction — the reviewers there really know the field — and given that and the fact that the field of nominees (which this year included Allen Steele, Jo Walton, Kage Baker and Kristine Kathryn Rusch) was genuinely fabulous, this is an award win that makes me feel shiny. It’s also a nice way to start the week.

Update: Natalie Luhrs, Romantic Times reviewer, notes in the comments: “In addition to TLC winning best SF novel, best fantasy novel was A Companion to Wolves by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette and best epic fantasy novel was The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.” Excellent choices all the way around, and congratulations to Sarah, Bear, and Pat.

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