Monthly Archives: May 2009

Today’s Unintentionally Terrifying Singer

It’s St. Vincent (who despite the name is female), in this video for her song “Actor Out of Work”: I tell you what, when she opens her mouth wide, it looks like her jaw dislocates and moves forward, like a snake. It really just scares the crap out of me, it does. I think I […]

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Why I So Very Much Dig My Stargate:Universe Creative Consulting Gig

Because where else am I going to be able to give my thoughts on hyperthermophilic micro-organisms, infection vectors, black tape, M4 carbines, delta sunspot groupings, various animal venoms and the qualitative difference between “partially decomposed” and “partially eaten,” all at the same time? And have people thank me for it? I swear, a lifetime of […]

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Five

You know the five here represents, I’d wager. My understanding is that six might happen very soon as well. That said, I think this is the time and place for supporters of same-sex marriage to remember that they’d not be smart in assuming there’s now runaway momentum for their side of things. First, without minimizing […]

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Feel Their Pain

Here’s a link to an LA Times piece in which a class of high school students tried going unplugged — no cell phones, no computers, no TV — for a week, and in the process made certain discoveries: Daniel Romero read a book for the first time this year. [Andres] Lopez actually communicated with an […]

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Zoe’s Tale French Cover

A reader in France pointed me to my French publisher’s page for Zoé, the French version of Zoe’s Tale, which includes this spectacular cover, by Didier Florentz: The creature with Zoë, in case you’re wondering, would be an Obin (although whether Hickory or Dickory I am unsure. There’s the second Obin visible in the corner; […]

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Various Book Plugs and Such, 5/5/09

A quick moment to plug some stuff worth plugging: 1. It’s Scott Westerfeld’s birthday today, and you know what would make his birthday go down so smooth? If you said, “why, picking up a copy of his novel Extras, now finally out in paperback form!” you would be absolutely correct. Really, it’s amazing how often […]

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The Big Idea: Edward Willett

As much as I like the title of this feature here, not all books originally spring from a big idea. Just ask Edward Willett, whose latest book, Terra Insegura, is part of a series that sprang originally from a quick and dirty writing exercise. But from that humble beginning, Willett’s done well: Marseguro, the first […]

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Ohioana Schedule

This Friday and Saturday I’m participating in the Ohioana Book Festival in Columbus — the festival itself is on Saturday but there are some specific events around town on Friday associated with it. So here’s where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing: FRIDAY: 2-3pm: Dublin Branch Library, Dublin OH — I’ll be doing an […]

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Oh, and, Mail:

I’m still catching up from the weekend, so if you sent me mail any time in the last four days and I haven’t responded yet, I probably will sometime today. Update, 10am: I’m caught up now. If you’ve been expecting a response and didn’t get one, go ahead and e-mail again.

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Oh Noes! It’s the Catpocalypse!

As the first of the hydrogen bombs go off the in the distance, Ghlaghghee idly wonders which of the humans the cats will eat first when the dark times come. Probably the balding one. He’s so pudgy and soft. The three cats could take him down easy. (It’s actually a sunset. Everyone know the Catpocalypse […]

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There Was Hardly Any Sodomy in My Pirate Humiliation!

This picture requires a bit of explanation. See, this year Wil Wheaton was one of the Guests of Honor at Penguicon, and there’s a little history there in that he’s been invited before but for various reasons was not able to make it. So I made a bet that this year, Wil would show, and […]

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Beauty and the Dork

If you have to guess which is which, then I am sorry, but there really is no help for you. Back a number of years ago when I first made friends with author Justine Larbalestier, I was showing her pictures of Krissy and me, and she having not met Krissy, she maintained that I didn’t […]

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Back Home

And will be updating about my weekend soon. In the meantime, I’ve been looking at my mail pile when I got home and I have one question: Which one of you all put my name on the GOP/Conservative issues mailing list? Because, seriously: if I get one more piece of mail that says “PRESIDENT OBAMA […]

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Still Alive

I’ve just been very busy at Penguicon. Which has been a ton of fun, especially the surprise birthday party my wife threw for me yesterday. Indeed, here’s a tip: if you want to throw a truly successful surprise birthday party for someone, throw it for them a week before their actual birthday. That way they’ll […]

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Holy Crap, It’s May

2009 is proceeding at an altogether alarming pace, I have to say. Today is a travel day for me as I head to Penguicon, so don’t expect lots here. I’ll probably check in on Twitter, though. Try not to get in trouble while I’m away. Because I will find you and hurt you if I […]

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