Your Mid-June Pimp Thread
Posted on June 15, 2009 Posted by John Scalzi 212 Comments
How long has it been since I’ve put up a pimp thread here on Whatever? Oh, probably too long. And I’ll be busy today typing in places you can’t see (which sounds dirtier than it is), so: I declare this an open pimp thread.
For those of you who do not know what this means, it’s simple: In the comment thread, promote something you think people should know about. Could be a new book, album, piece of art, blog, whatever. Promote your yourself, promote your friends, promote people you don’t know personally but who you think are, like, doing supercool stuff. It’s all good. And the site here get 40k or so readers daily — there are worse places to tell people about what you think is new and cool.
A reminder about links: Feel free to put them in (it’s kind of the point), but remember that I have my moderation limit set to three links per comment, and sometimes, for reasons known only to WordPress, the moderation thing gets triggered even before then. If you post a comment and it doesn’t show up immediately, don’t panic (and don’t think I hate you). I’ll be along to free moderated messages. One way to avoid this is to simply do one link per comment. Multiple comments are encouraged in this case.
Happy to oblige.
If you like crossword puzzles, take a looksee here:
(Just to amend my above comment — you can get some free crosswords at that link, as well as read about a new puzzle project I’ve got cooking.)
I have an old friend, Janne Aubrey, who is a marvelous photographer. Her specialty is western outdoor land & city-scapes. Her website is http://jannehoganaubreyphoto.com
I don’t THINK you hate me. I KNOW you hate me.
Sins and Shadows, new urban fantasy by my friend Lyn Benedict. Exciting read. Available through Amazon and any major bookseller.
I’ve just started a new site for posting writing samples. My first piece is a few pages of an original comic script that I’m working on. My plan is to put something up once or twice per week; it could be a comic script piece like this, a short story, a piece of sketch comedy, anything.
My friend Seanan has a book coming out in September, and is giving away ARCs on her blog.
free rpg stuff…its free, free is good.
and I’m an idiot
Is it OK to pimp my belief that Illinoisians should contact their state legislator to support an increase in the state income tax? We just got word that without the increase, Illinois is cutting human service programs, including the 1.4 million to prevent homelessness. Cause, you know, no one is going homeless now, what with the recession and foreclosure crisis.
Well, I’d love to pimp Primeval as a UK sci-fi series that actually had a consistent approach to time travel. Sadly though, despite high ratings it’s just been axed this morning. Damn. Watch it anyway, it’s fun, it’s good, it’s (reasonably) intelligent and has a fantastically sarcastic guy in it.
Oh and check out Misfile a great webcomic that has a proper storyline and strong characters and doesn’t rely on a gag a day.
Urban homesteading, science fiction, occasional surfage, brah
I’m working on a piece of adaptive fiction (a mystery novel with reader interaction) called “Fission Chips” The voting on chapter 7 indicates our hero is going to assault someone with bundt cake. Join in and make my life even stranger, please!
For unique and classy letterpress greeting cards, check out DudeAndChick’s collection:
Thank you kindly for the thread, sir!
I have a new little ebook out via Drollerie Press and would be honored if anyone would like to come by and check it out. It’s an urban fantasy called Faerie Blood, about a young woman who finds out she’s half-Seelie when her immortal kin come to town to try to kill her.
I’m aiming for a lighter-hearted urban fantasy here, so if you like Tanya Huff’s Keeper books or maybe Esther Friesner, you might hopefully like my book too. :)
An excerpt is available here, and you can buy the book here.
I’ll pimp my employer, United Cerebral Palsy. Donate money, Help those in need. Don’t make me cry.
I just discovered Cassandra Chan’s mysteries. Maybe I just don’t hang out in mystery circles enough, but I enjoyed them so much I was sort of offended that I’d never heard of them before, you know?
Her series begins with The Young Widow and follows Phillip Bethancourt, wealthy bored London guy, and his best friend Jack Gibbons, homicide detective. The books have all the atmosphere of Dorothy Sayers’s Wimsey mysteries and all the wacky hijinks of modern crimes (CCTV cameras play a large role in the third book).
If you know where to get cheap back issues of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, let me know, because I’d love to track down the early short stories in this series while I wait for the next book!
I want to pimp my podcast – Geek Survival Guide. I’ve been putting out short comedy/satirical pieces for a couple of years now, on how to survive everything from zomibes to werewolves to Bigfoot to The Thing (think John Carpenter, not Ben Grimm). You can find it at http://www.geeksurvivalguide.org.
Traffic at my blog has been building steadily. Most popular series of posts this past month — this one about giving sexual harassment prevention training to the employees (including cops) of a small city.
If you’re anywhere near Pittsburgh, PA then make plans to come to Confluence in July. John Scalzi is the Guest of Honor. Hurry, membership rates go up and the room block closes after July 3!
My new Mystery novel comes out later this month – Null_Pointer. It’s about a programmer who must figure out why the members of his web development team are being killed and who is behind the murders, before he becomes the next victim.
You can read the entire text on Scribd right now, or wait until the paperback comes out and order it from your local independent bookseller.
I’ll take the opportunity to pimp Animal Rescue. Specifically, Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Maryland.
We went there for Volunteer orientation this weekend. It seems a very impressive organization to me:
Pictures do not do justice to how badly some of these animals have suffered.
Steampunk Tales is a resurrection of the pulp/penny-dreadful for the digital age. It’s a new iPhone/iPod Touch application featuring short stories from Jay Lake, Catherynne Valente, G.D. Falksen and others. It’s only $2, people!
That’s right – ten amazing, adventure-filled, tantalizing short stories for your iPod Touch or iPhone, all for Two Dollars!
Seriously! What’s not to love?
Here’s a project a friend of mine is involved in setting up: “This little Piggy”. Food so traceable you’ll have snaps of your sausage as a piglet.
There’s nothing much on the website yet, but you can follow their progress on Twitter in the meantime:
I’ll be happy to promote my podcast here: The Labyrinth Library Podcast, in which I review books once a week. There’s usually no pattern to which books I do, though I sometimes cluster around themes – like the Apocalypse Trifecta that included The Stand, Swan Song and Day of the Triffids. I just talk about books I enjoy, on the basis that other people might enjoy them as well.
It’s usually somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes long, perfect for whatever activity you enjoy that lasts between 10 and 15 minutes. I also leave a clue at the end of each episode regarding the identity of the following week’s review, on the basis that engaging with the listeners is a Good Idea. So far my brother is the king of the guessers, though I encourage people to unseat him.
Here’s a link to the podcast, and just to suck up a little, here’s the review I did of The Android’s Dream.
It’s something I look forward to doing every Wednesday night, which is pretty good, I think. Come on over, give it a listen and let me know what you think!
(thanks for the promo space!)
Totally pimping my short story, “If Wishes Were Horses,” up at Strange Horizons here:
(It’s not too long, so take a shot!) woot!
Todd- it is okay to pimp that. It is not, however, okay to pimp out your girlfriend.
I’ve been making hand-turned pens as a hobby for a couple of years. I just recently decided to start trying to sell them.
…and while I’m here I might as well do a bit of shamless self-promotion and recommend people take a look at my photostream on Flickr. I think it’s great! But I’d love it to be better so any comments are welcome.
Perfect! My new project just went public last week – http://www.webwars.com/weblings/
Neat use of toolbar technology to make casual games. We are taking signups for focus/beta testers if it looks at all interesting to you!
For those who are interested in the life and works of Robert A. Heinlein, check out http://www.nitrosyncretic.com/NewNitroForum/ .
NitroForum is hosted by James Gifford, author of the Hugo nominee _Robert A. Heinlein: A Reader’s Companion_. Other prominent participants include Bill Patterson, who’s long awaited biography of Heinlein is, well, long-awaited (It was authorized by Virginia Heinlein, and Patterson had full access to the Heinlein archives at UC Santa Cruz, even the “sealed” correspondence. It is slowly working its way through the editorial process.), and many of the organizers of the Heinlein Centennial.
It tries to be the home of intelligent, informed discussion about RAH and his writings (sort of the anti-alt.fan.heinlein . . . .).
The Iranian election was just blatantly stolen by the current thugs in power. The country is about to explode, hopefully something will change this time. Andrew Sullivan has been up to date all weekend long here:
It is a shame the msm does not see fit to cover this moment in history.
You can never go wrong with a good zombie opera. http://www.zombieopera.net
If you’re in the Portland, OR area, come and check it out!!!
My wife’s time-traveling to 1955 for the year. Halfway through now, and she’s got a hell of a blog about it with a nice community of time-trippin’ housewives gabbing in the comments.
Terribly Twisted Tales, the latest anthology to feature one of my short stories, the Snow-White-as-Norse-horror “Once They Were Seven.”
Well, if you insist . . .
Issue 12 of Intergalactic Medicine Show, featuring my story “The Multiplicity Has Arrived,” is now available. A mere $2.50 buys the whole issue.
Find it at http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com.
Here endeth my pimpage.
I am pimping out my friend:
He has written two excellent satires that take place in space. Full of humor, adventure, and hot aliens!
Check him out, only $4.00 each for ebook downloads!
I just finished reading a lovely novel (not science fiction, just plain-ole-modern literary stuff) called Six-Hundred Hours of a Life. I highly recommend it to anybody.
You can see my more detailed review here.
I’ve tallied the war handwavium score for a few movies now:
The movie “300” got 600 points. “The Matrix” got about 100 points.
My company, Ohm Force, makes creative audio plugins for your homestudio at attractive prices.
A list of acronyms :
– VST, AudioUnits, Protools, Mac OS, Windows
A list of (happy) artists :
– Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, Kruder and Dorfmeister and Rick Wakeman.
A twitter username : @ohmforce
A weblink : http://www.ohmforce.com/
A friend of mine has a novel about vampires in WWII coming out in October: The Midnight Guardian by Sarah Jane Stratford. Preorder now and feel good for supporting a new writer.
Since I’m up at what for me is an obscenely early hour, I’ll play along. In Ashes Lie, sequel to Midnight Never Come, is in US stores now and UK stores (I think) next week. Historical faerie fantasies, with politics and backstabbing and (in the case of Ashes) most of London burning to the ground. Boom!
Wow. Your wife has really gone to town on that blog! I’ve bookmarked and will have to set aside a weekend to catch up.
I actually read that story a little while back and loved it. I just couldn’t for the life of me figure out where Strange Horizons hides the comments section.
Okay, now for my shameless self pimpery:
I am currently writing some short fantasy stories all set in the same world that I want to grow into a much larger world, but haven’t so far because I know I just plain need to be a better writer.
They can be found here.
If you like Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files novels, wait until September rolls around for Child Of Fire by Harry Connolloy. I managed to grab an ARC, and it really wowed me. It’s an impressive first novel – lots of noir themes, a good anti-hero protagonist, and a really interesting set of villains.
Or you could pre-order one. It’s mass market, so it’ll be inexpensive.
A friend of mine has recently started a new business selling burlesque hats and clothing for women.
The cyberfunded novel project John linked to on Thursday, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, went live this morning and is at:
It’s free to read, pay only what you think the work is worth.
Hi, my name is Guy Thomas Wade, and I run the blog Cranking Plot at http://crankingplot.wordpress.com where I talk about my progress toward getting published, and interesting things I learn along the way. Soon I’ll be reviewing books and hopefully interviewing authors about how they crank plot.
I’ve just rebooted my old movie review website, Moviegeekz, and I’m really trying to put some effort into the reviews I’m writing there. My review of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button just went live an hour or so ago. I’d love for people to drop by and see what they think.
Also — and not that this really needs pimping but I’m gonna pimp it anyway — the company I work for, Harmonix Music Systems, will be releasing The Beatles: Rock Band on September 9 and please believe me when I say it’s going to be absolutely amazing.
Okay. For you Kindle owners, my e-novel, Dancing In the Dark, is available for $1.49 before the Amazon discount at the Kindle store.
For you SF fans, check out The Human Disguise by James O’Neal.
For you MG/YA folks, check out Magickeepers by Erica Kirov.
For you comedy-ish/chick-lit readers, check out Freudian Slip by Erica Orloff (same person as Erica Kirov).
If you like humorous fantasy, you really should be reading Pewfell by Chuck Whelon. It’s a comic both on the web and in print. It’s about a slacker wizard, his loser friends, and his entirely competent wife. Nice lines, beautiful colors, and a cynical yet light hearted sense of humor.
He has hundreds of strips in his archive and several trade paperbacks (or graphic novels if you want to sound hip).
And while you’re at it, Chuck Whelon and friends have a community blog with half a dozen great artists and a ton of strips between them. It’s at Wizards of Ur (or is it Wizards o Fur?)
I’ve been enjoying the Skeptic’s Dictionary for years, http://www.skepdic.com/
The Skeptic’s Dictionary is a website and a book. Each features definitions, arguments, and essays on topics ranging from acupuncture to zombies, and provides a lively, commonsense trove of detailed information on things supernatural, paranormal, and pseudoscientific.
Dozens of topics in logic, perception, science, and philosophy are also covered to help explain the appeal and popularity of occult beliefs and to provide a guide for critical thinking.
I do a radio show called Geeky Pleasures on Friday nights. Every week, I discuss something geek that has caught my attention during the week. I also interview some pretty cool geeks. Two of the cool geeks I have interviewed on my show are Wil Wheaton and Dr. Phil Plait. You can listen to those interviews at http://sugarjules.blogspot.com
Warning: The interview with Wil has some colourful language from the both of us and the interview with Phil I drop the “s” bomb a couple of times. So I give the interviews a PG13 rating.
This falls to the category of “don’t know personally, but is doing supercool stuff”:
There’s a new novel by J.C. Hutchins and Jordan Weisman out called Personal Effects: Dark Art. It’s a very nice thriller, and as a new twist it comes with a double handful of related effects: birth and death certificates, a credit card (nonfunctional — sigh), letters, photographs and so on, plus hints of a dozen or so related websites.
This is my blog dealing with SFF books, movies, the genre
in general and other related news/opinions.
I wrote an piece about incentivizing the Kindle that was promoted by Wil Wheaton last week.
I’d appreciate people providing some comments or adding to the discussion.
Must pimp my local record store. http://www.electricfetus.com/
They have negotiated there own licensing agreements for music downloads. So you can get high quality DRM free mp3 files and support a (my) independent record store.
I’m selling an e-collection of short stories to compete with my wife’s work bonus to send our family to Disney World.
$.99 available as PDF or for the Amazon Kindle.
Self-pimpage: I started an art blog, which mostly covers my own works in progress and how I paint ’em, but also sometimes covers other people’s art as well.
I hate to pimp, but you said it was okay! The writing of me and some friends…
I am pimping the fanfilm “The Hunt For Gollum”. This is a short independent film that was made for under $5K that has a look and feel very reminiscent of the Peter Jackson films. I was very impressed with the quality of the acting and the overall project. It’s available in HD, too. Check it out at: http://www.thehuntforgollum.com
I self-released a cd last may under the pseudonym The Next Big Disaster. The record is called “So Sly.” Glam rock with a pinch of prog. If you have Rhapsody, you can stream the whole thing for free. It’s also available on iTunes and CD Baby. Or you can visit Myspace.com/thenextbigdisaster.
My story “Machine” appears in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine issue #38. For a limited time, you can buy this issue of the wonderful Australian SF/F magazine as a PDF.
Limited time, because yesterday ASIM paid me for “In The Blink Of An Eye” which will appear shortly in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine issue #39 — and when they get the PDF of issue #39 up in probably a few weeks, you’ll have missed issue #38’s PDF. (grin)
Of course you can always subscribe to the print version of ASIM and help support their excellent efforts. I’ve been a fan of theirs long before they bought any of my stories.
My cousin has this concert site that is like twitter for music. it links you with others going to the same shows. pretty cool. http://gigbot.com/
I just released A Penny For My Thoughts, the story-telling game I’ve been working on for too long now. Preview materials are up at The Orphic Institute for Advanced Studies.
For sci-fi fantasy readers with the bifocals and money to burn, I have my debut sci-fi fantasy novels coming out in 2010:
Whoosh: In the Slipstream of a Weather God
Edited by Arlene Prunkl, book design by Fiona Raven.
I’m self-publishing them through Lightning Press under Bolt Publishing, hoping to gain some local attention in Vancouver, Canada. I love living in the same city as William Gibson and Douglas Coupland.
Stay tuned for more details . . .
PS Thanks for the read Cat.
My friend Aaron Vanek writes about cocktails for the Los Angeles Examiner. Being a beer drinker, I don’t care that much about cocktails, but Aaron’s columns are often about more than just drinks. He brings a real sense of place and character to his descriptions of the nostalgic, entrepreneurial, sometimes steam-punky LA cocktail scene. Along with the recipes and bar reviews, there’s some fine local writing and history.
Well, crap, there’s goes my productivity for the day as I click on all these interesting links.
But just to add my bit – this is how we spent our Saturday, so I heartily recommend seat belts.
(And yes, everyone walked away just fine, and ours was slightly different because rather than 40mph into an unmoving wall, it was 50mph into the side of a Prius which most definitely moved.)
So seat belts people. It’s the 21st century, don’t be stupid. You may drive safe, but the teenager who thinks it’s a 4 way stop when it most definitely isn’t will get ya every time.
(And I’ll try to have something less obvious for whenever the next pimp thread is. Promise.)
Retro reviews of swedish roleplaying magazine “Sinkadus” from the 80s.
Written in swedish … but hey, Google Translate? And you can allways look at the pretty pictures.
The guests of honor this year at Capclave, the science fiction convention produced by the Washington (DC) Science Fiction Association (WSFA) are author Harry Turtledove and Asimov’s editor Sheila Williams.
The con is being held October 16-18, 2009 at the WashigntonDC-Rockville Hilton Executuve Meeting Center, which is just across the parking lot from the Twinbrook station of the metro red line.
Other program participants include Catherine Asaro, James Morrow, Scott Edelman, David Louis Edelman, Bud Sparhawk, Peter Heck, John G. Hemry (Jack Campbell), Virginia DeMarce, Edmund Schubert, Hildy Silverman and Lawrene Watt-Evans, as well as many others.
This years workshops include a writers workshop taught by Allen Wold, a reviewers workshop taught by Peter Heck, a contracts workshop taught by Jane Jewell and a podcasting workshop.
We have a special rate for students, military and wounded veterans: $20 for Saturday only, $25 for the whole weekend.
Memberships are currently $45 for the whole weekend, but the price goes up July 1st, so get your membership now.
Go to our website for more information – http://www.capclave.org
I’m just a blogger looking for more comments on my page. I’m also a Speculative Fiction writer trying to get stories published.
My page is http://ultrahip.blogspot.com/.
Check it out.
i also hate to pimp, which is why i’m a starving (but excellent) photographer, but it’s for a good cause: http://www.flickr.com/photos/49503099186@N01/sets/72157617749881047/detail/ is where i keep my unique/original poster photography and fractography. i’m looking for a marketing genius to take me out of the cubicles of everyday life and put me years closer to retiring. for the next month, your first print order received that says the magick phrase “scalzi sent me” will pay no sales tax and no postage\handling. for the master himself, he can order as often as he wants and receive the same benefit :)
if you have a pithy (short) quote that needs matching with a great photo, i can customize.
because of previous hassles, i can deliver to North America only… sorry, world.
First my web site: http://www.robertmitchellevans.com
There you can find free SF and Horror short stories. Micro-reviews of books and movies and of course a blog. I am unpublished nationally but I have placed as honorable mention three times with the Writers Of The Future contest.
Second look up http://www.gailcarriger.com she a friend of mine and about to hit the publishing world this October with her first book, Souless. Which combine paranormal with steampunk in Victorian London. The ARC has been getting really good notices in the industry.
My local science fiction bookstore, Mysterious Galaxy, also does online sales. Considering the challenges faced by indy bookstores, not to mention genre bookstores, they’re doing well. And I hope they keep doing well, so next time you’re planning to buy a book online from a massive corporate behemoth, maybe consider buying it instead from a tiny business that cares about books, especially science fiction, fantasy, and mystery.
My brother Cristian promotes a part of his toys collection , comprised mainly , but not only, from romanian toys .
A friend has a geek t-shirt biz… clever originals… nice lady…
My recent illustration “Steampunk Tortoise and Hare” has been included in the premier annual digital art book, Exposé 7 from Ballistic Publishing! It’s quite an honor to be presented among “The finest digital art in the known Universe” along with so many artists that I admire.
The book can be purchased here: http://www.ballisticpublishing.com/books/expose/expose_7/ (and certainly at Amazon or even your local bookstore)
“Steampunk Tortoise and Hare” can be seen here: http://www.jeffzugale.com/artblog/2009/01/steampunk-challenge-final-submission.html
And finally I’m selling 8.5×11 prints of the illustration here:http://www.jeffzugale.com/store/cart.php?target=product&product_id=288
My new favorite novel is a Gothic Victorian ghost story by Leanna Renee Hieber: The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker. Greek mythology, alchemists, mysterious academies, secret societies, ghosts, demons, and Jack the Ripper. What’s not to love?
Release date: late August
And it’s kind of fitting. After 6 years writing a blog about books, comics, movies and life in general, i decided that it was more like a mirror of my old self, after so many changes in the last couple years. So i created a new one, which i intend to use as a tool for my various projects as well as a place to speak about whatever thing comes to mind. And somehow, the design of this blog inspired me in creating the new one (i discovered delicious here, thanks!).
So come and visit http://www.losotrosplanes.com (the Other Plans). I started oficcially last week, and so long i have a funny video with the outtakes from the last short film i’ve been working on and a review of a conference by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neil.
And tough it’s in spanish, i included the translation widget, so it would be interesting to see if it makes inteligible translations. And the video is almost entirely in english, so give it a look!
An acquaintance has recently made her delicious, delicious chocolates available via Etsy.
My very good friend Pux has put together several awesome trailers for an Avatar AU fan-project we’re working on:
– Lightning at Sea Teaser-Trailer, which is a lying sack of whore like most teaser-trailers
– Lightning at Sea Trailer, which is more truthful
She is always open to polite critique.
Copied from another thread, but maybe it will get a few more hits here:
This is the Yes on 8 ad featuring Newsom’s speech…
In my outrage over that ad, I had previously overlooked something of some significance. The ad features a law professor named Richard Peterson, who suggests that people will be “sued over personal beliefs,” “churches could lose their tax exemption,” and “gay marriage [will be] taught in public schools.” These claims are outrageously dishonest. It’s one thing when they are made from ignorance. It is quite another when they are made by a law professor who, I strongly suspect, knows better. And his status as a law professor lends credibility to those watching the ad who do not know better. And that, frankly, is offensive.
Here is a link to Mr. Peterson’s bio at Pepperdine Law…
Mr. Peterson’s email address is included. He might be interested to hear some of your thoughts and feelings on this topic. (Keep it thoughtful and respectful, please).
For an outstanding legal analysis debunking the claims Mr. Peterson makes in the ad, please see:
While the points Mr. Thurston makes are common sense to any competent lawyer, he does a great job of articulating them here, and also has apparently done a fair amount of research regarding the cases the Prop 8 liars refer to in the context of these arguments, showing that those cases in fact have nothing to do with gay marriage, and certainly don’t support the claims being made.
A new writers community site with lots of different styles and authors submitting, check it out at http://writenow.ning.com/
I wrote May We Die in the Forest: A Role-Playing Game of Discovery and Adventure, which is basically a game for kids about fantasy boy scouts, based on a Penny Arcade comic.
Currently trying to find a group of kids of elementary-school age who would be interested in playtesting it.
The organization I volunteer for, the DC Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, is having its annual fundraiser, Ripple, this Saturday (which is also International Surfing Day). It’s a show of ocean-related art, with free alcohol and people wearing tuxes with boardshorts. Fun!
As always, The music of S.J. Tucker, who will be musical guest of honor at Arisia 2010. where you should go, if you’re within transit range of Cambridge, MA (near Boston, for those of you who don’t know MA) January 15-18 – a four day con!
@71 # Greg van Eekhouton
I second this. I live in San Diego and only by my genre books from Patrick at Myterious Galaxy. They are great people, have lots of authors in store, and realy love book readers.
Well if you insist… I run a book review blog mainly focused on Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Come by and check out what I have to say about some of the latest reads. Most recently I’ve interviewed S.M. Peters author of the great steampunk book Whitechapel Gods and the just released Ghost Ocean. I also run contests and host author guest posts from time to time.
Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf & Book Review
I asked some of my friends why they love chemistry.
I liked their answers.
Has anyone mentioned Dave Freer yet? I think he’s one of the best “undiscovered” authors and deserves a wider audience.
(Alternative site: http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Dave-Freer )
Self-pimpage on my latest book, IN KEISHA’S SHADOW, a YA novel:
Dumped by her high school sweetheart for not being out and proud, bi-racial Tori Kahl struggles with college life, her demanding mother, and the legacy of her dead sister Keisha. Her only escapes are riding her horse, drinking, and cutting herself. Then Ashley, the brash and flirty new boarder, shows up at the stables and not only challenges Tori’s top rider status, but shakes her world of self-pity as they cope with the pains of growing up.
My wife then takes my charcuterie and uses it for dinner:
It’s summer and if you haven’t thought about a vacation yet or feel you just can’t afford it; then try:
It may just change your mind.
I talk about the charcuterie here:
And John if the multiple posts do show up feel quite free to pull them.
Hey, thanks for this.
I’d like to point to some friends of mine who have a nice little publishing house, Blaft (http://www.blaft.com) based in Chennai, India. They started last year with the very interesting Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction, and have gone on to publish a diverse and eclectic series of books.
The one that’s dearest to me is the one I worked on, of course :). I translated a Hindi pulp thriller – The 65 Lakh Heist – into English for them, which they’re working on bringing to the US as we speak. It’s about a safecracker planning his last big job, which goes awry when a don from the Punjabi underworld gets wind of the loot.
Back in the late 80’s early 90’s a guy by the name of Daniel Keys Moran had a few books published in a series he called the Tales Of The Continuing Time
I had read them and remembered enjoying them but my copies were loaned out and never returned and once they were out of print I semi forgot about them. Then a friend I hadn’t seen in a while was home last year and we got to talking about books we had enjoyed. They came up in the conversation and he said he had recently reread them and that they were available free online. I tracked them down myself and reread them:
In order read
The Long Run
The Last Dancer
I loved them. They have it all – Time travelling demi-gods, cyberpunks, bioengineered telepaths, room temp superconductors, ultra tech of all shapes and styles. Storytelling on a mythic scale. How the hell did I forget them?
(I don’t know how accurate it is but in Dan’s wikipedia entry it says that in The Long Run as part of his “description of how a ubiquitously available Internet would affect society, he introduced the concept of Internet addiction disorder, which he called “data-starve”.)
He also has a blog
He hasn’t been too active on the blog recently due to personal and legal reasons (part of a long long story you can read about there if you want to) but they are mostly settled now and he is back blogging.
He plans to post the first half of the next novel in his Tales Of The Continuing Time, an unpublished sequel called The A.I. War, sometime soon on the blog or the host site at immunitysec since he recently regained the rights to it.
He has already posted some extensive excerpts from The A.I. War on the blog and the first three chapters can be found here:
(Kithrup.com was also home to David Brin until a few years ago when he managed to get a hold of his own domain name (finally) from a squatter….Dan keeps good company)
Why The A.I. War is unpublished has nothing to do with sales (which were actually pretty strong) or that the novels sucked….they don’t……personal reasons and part of the long long story.
Lets give him our support. I’d love to see him back in print (not to mention finish all the novels in his Tales….all 33 of them)
The crystal wind is the storm, the storm is the data, and the data is life.
— The Players Litany
So … I’ll be shameless and pimp my own blog, on SF and related topics:
I have nothing to pimp, but I must say I’m very miffed about the axing of Primeval. It was a fun show.
I shall pimp Can’t Stop the Serenity, a worldwide charity screening of the movie “Serenity” to raise funds for Equality Now. Dates vary by city, but they’re all happening soon. Many screenings will also include “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”. Find your nearest screening at http://www.cantstoptheserenity.com
I would be thrilled beyond the telling of it if a few fellow readers tossed a couple bucks at Maus and/or Elder Monster as they prepare for their third MS 150 Bike to the Bay to raise funds for the National MS Society. They ride the weekend of June 27 – 28th.
Elder Monster’s donation page.
Maus’ donation page.
I just landed a dream job (after getting pink slipped by my former employer), so I’m compelled to put in a plug for the new guys. The place is called The Editorial Department and they provide editorial services for both fiction and non-fiction writers. They also have an agent matchmaking program once an author has a manuscript ready to go. We just released our June “Between the Lines” (a writerly-themed e-zine), and the July one is going to have a SF/F focus. I’m in charge of assembling content, so comments and ideas are welcome!
For those who enjoy playing online pet sims, Canis Novus:
It is a dog breeding game with a strong focus on working dogs. Very fun, I have been hooked from my first day!
There is an application process, but it is reasonable enough, and there are previews etc available for viewing so that you can get an idea of what the game is like before applying.
Right now there is a LOT going on, all sorts of changes and additions, so it’s a great time to join.
Hope to see some of you there.
I do photography (http://darmfield.com/photos) and blog (mostly about books I read, classes I take (I’m a doctoral student), and family) at that domain as well.
This is an ASCII game in development by two dudes, one of whom does the programming.
It can procedurally generate an entire world with centuries of history for every citizen and creature, hundreds of miles across, detailed down to the level of a single dwarf cutting down a single tree, and the elves who get mad at him for it.
If a skeletal elk (skelk) attacks him, the elk might strike through his chest armor, shirt, hair layer, skin layer, fat layer, muscle layer, might or night not hit a rib or two, possibly damaging an individual organ. He can have a few specific teeth knocked out. If he’s tough he might pick the skelk up and toss it right over the edge of a cliff, shattering into peices on the rocks far below.
Construct and manage a fortress and deal with all its problems at the micro scale, along with the macro scale of civilization wars and trade. Or just play an adventurer scuttling around the world doing stuff.
And if you get bored with that world, make a new one. It takes about 5 minutes. Edit the parameters to make the world and anything in it act the way you want. One guy used the simple scripting language to make a furnace that smelted cows (stone goes in, cows come out).
When they finish this game and put a nice GUI on it, you won’t need to buy another RTS or RPG ever again.
Oh and it’s free.
Okay, last one:
Paul and Storm are terrific, funny musicians, who (like Jonathan Coulton, with whom they frequently perform) spread their music through Creative Commons and word of mouth. They’re also fans of John Scalzi. Over on Twitter this morning, they mentioned their difficulties in getting their music on Pandora. They submit their albums, only to have them rejected. If any Paul and Storm fans want to give them a hand (and thus benefit by having access to their music on Pandora), they suggest the following:
“Best bet is to suggest us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and maybe let @pandora_radio & @timwestergren know. BE NICE!”
I’ve been blogging about my jewelry-making as part of the Creative Wire Jewelry Year of Jewelry 2009. If you are interested in handmade jewelry or the creative processes behind it, I’d love for you to take a look.
Thanks! And thanks, John, for this thread.
Writers and others interested in creative research and finding useful and unusual sources of information might enjoy my blog:
Lisa Gold: Research Maven (http://lisagoldresearch.wordpress.com)
http://ram-s-calm.blogspot.com/ a blog I have just started & will toss something into about once or twice a week. just a funky bit-o-verbal expression
Duran Duran is playing a of bunch of shows on the West Coast, including Redmond, WA and San Francisco.
The novel I’ve been working on is one step closer to being inflicted on others. I continue to blog about the process of revising and other thoughts on writing.
(You can also click my name any time I comment here.)
Follow my 4 year plan to achieve political greatness.
That’s me, Sarah.
Pimping my blog: Items Of Interest, a collection of cool and interesting stuff I find via the internet, and the occasional book review
My friend Gari is organising a short film festival in Newcastle. If you want to submit your artwork, please go to
Twitter diary of the science officer on a lousy rustbucket ship:
I have a new book of fine art nude photography up at Blurb:
Search for Suspended by Angela N. Hunt
And as always, I sell my art through http://angelahunt.30art.com
Yay! Thank you, John!
My blog But the Third One was Great:
The blog that asks the question – just what happens when horror movies, the red-headed stepchildren of the film industry, spout red-headed direct-to-video stepchildren of their own?
Covered so far: Child’s Play, It’s Alive, Sleepaway Camp, Phantasm, and The Evil Dead. Up next: The Exorcist.
Pimping Nights of Villjamur by Mark Charan Newton, it’s trad fantasy with some very original details and is an amazing read!
The annual Westercon convention (the 62nd), aka FiestaCon, is taking place July 2-5 at the Tempe Mission Palms in Tempe, Arizona. Artist GoH is Todd Lockwood, Author GoH is Alan Dean Foster, Editor GoH is Stanley Schmidt, Fan GoHs are Jim and Doreen Webbert and Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden are serving as our Toastmasters. We’re also hosting the annual 1632 minicon with Eric Flint and other Grantville Gazette contributors. We’ve got many other authors and artists taking part including Diana Gabaldon, Janni Lee Simner, Susan Krinard, Jennifer Roberson, Dani & Eytan Kollin, Dennis McKiernan, and others. We’ve got lots of panels and presentations, a full filk schedule, two charity auctions (including a signed first edition auction) and lots more. Plus, we’ll have a great view of the July 4th fireworks in downtown Tempe. Full details including program schedule is at http://www.fiestacon.org.
I am currently trying to raise $4,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in memory of my Mother and to celebrate my 40th birthday in October. I am doing this by training to run the Marine Corps Marathon (which happens to fall on my 40th birthday weekend) through their Team in Training program. So if anyone out there in Whatever land is willing and able to help out, you can make an on-line donation here: http://pages.teamintraining.org/md/corps09/etucker Thanks in advance.
Please, if you are interested, do visit my web site. I am a Sf and Horror author. I have shorties for the reading in the Trunk and I have three times placed as an honorable mention in the Writers Of The Future contest.
That contest is well worth the time if you are trying to break into the industry.
Now available at Samhain Publishing, In Plain Sight.
In a choice between fight or flight, love makes the final decision. Want to read about shapeshifters, birds of prey, a woman done wrong, and a man trying to do right? To read more, click here
Thanks for the opportunity to “pimp,” John!
I am translating “Amadis of Gaul,” Europe’s first best-selling novel. Published in 1508, it’s a medieval masterpiece about chivalry, and it set off a century of sequels and spin-offs across Europe. These books made Don Quixote go mad and imagine himself a knight-errant like Amadis. I’m posting a new chapter each week. http://www.amadisofgaul.blogspot.com
I’m translating “Amadis of Gual,” Europe’s first best-selling novel. It’s a medieval masterpiece of chivalry that set off a century of sequels and spinoffs. These books were the ones that made Don Quixote go mad. I’m posting a new chapter every week: http://amadisofgaol.blogspot.com
I mean, http://amadisofgaul.blogspot.com
Web comic about a guy & his best friend, Moe the Monkey. Monkey House
My Acoustic Guitar music blog at http://delta-slider.blogspot.com
Lots of blues and John Fahey type of music.
Obscure and hard to find stuff.
Nothing in print is posted so no artisit is being screwed out of royalties.
Check it out.
I have recently co-founded a Geeky Fitness Website, and, while traffic is cool, I like bantering with our readers in the comments.
I was shocked and appalled by the most recent star trek movie, and on a whim, decided to see if a URL was available to express my feelings. To my surprise I was able to register http://www.ihatestartrek.com
which is like most of the other urls that I own in that I’m just surprised I was able to get it.
I’m pimping my friend’s company, Media Awaken – http://mediaawaken.com/. The idea is that through the use of social media (like a blog, for instance…), a company can expand beyond its current boundaries. That’s all I’m going to say, as she says it much better than I can!
Because dogs are awesome and there are always more that need a home:
I’ve got a rescued pup and she is amazing :)
Same link as always, because it’s still cool:
The webcomic HERO (http://applearmy.com/hero), which by now has reached over 200 of a planned 300-some pages. It’s been described as, if I remember correctly, The Little Prince set in a Final Fantasy-esque world, as it would be written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano.
I describe it as awesome, beautiful, and thought- and emotion-provoking. Go read.
i have a chapter in a new book called “Mothering and Blogging: The Radical Act of the Mommy Blog” through Demeter Press. (Mine is Chapter Four, under my regular name.) The other contributions in the book are worth a read as well.
You can find out more here:
This book has been featured at BlogHer and other conferences and is a product of the gender studies department of York University in Toronto, ON.
Bachata dancing. It’s from the Dominican Republic (unlike me), and it’s fun, sexy and makes the girlfriend, wife (or both) happy. If you can count to eight, you can bachata dance. It’s easy to learn, hard to master.
Look up the band Aventura to listen to the type of music it is. I highly recommend the song Un Beso.
EVE Online. It has been around since 2004 but it is one of the few MMOs that has consistently grown and evolved and it is more popular now that at anytime in it’s lifetime. If you want hardcore, gritty sci-fi spaceships in space shooting at each other, this is your game.
I have a t-shirt that needs support (essentially pre-buying) at the online shop Cameesa: http://cameesa.com/refer/thatrobert/224
For those who tend to forget that an excess of Order causes as many or more problems as an excess of Chaos, it’s time once again to remember the Holy Chao and honor the precepts of the Goddess Discordia.
You can find your own Discordian Coloring Book here:
Pimping my blog: stoa.stoism.net
I am pimping my blog, which is mostly memoir and could use comments.
It is only ten months old so please be kind :-)
Here’s a link to work by a great landscape artist and fine person (who once fed me Christmas dinner when no one else would).
And another link to an artist who’s been a friend of 20+ years thru thick and thin:
My books / music / photography / pop culture and media blog where I wield my word-fu: Vox Bomb.
Okay, I’ll chime in and pimp our small press, which publishes anthropomorphic (“furry”) SF, fantasy, and contemporary fiction. Our authors and publications just won another handful of awards for novels, short stories, graphic novels, and so on from the community (the Ursa Major Awards). So if you like good stories and you don’t mind animal-people characters, check out our stuff.
(And if you write good stories … drop us a line at email@example.com)
GAH! I think my brain is being overloaded with all the geeky goodness in these comments. Giving me way too much material than my poor brain can handle at the moment.
Thanks you John for this thread!
Wow. I actually have something to promote this time: A new interview about my play about Miles Davis, “7 Days;” it was produced this winter at the University of Iowa, and focuses on the week in his life when he went cold turkey from heroin in 1954.
I recently updated my look back at growing up a Star Wars fan and general nerd (surprise) in the 1980s – “Collect All 21!” – with a new cover by the ultra-talented Kirk Demarais and a foreword by webcomic creator, role-playing writer and astrophysics Ph.D. David Morgan-Mar, both of whose works I will happily pimp here as well: Kirk’s “Life of the Party: A Visual History of the S.S. Adams Company, Makers of Pranks & Magic for 100 Years” uncovers the mysteries of all those cheap gimmicky doodads advertised in comic books, and David’s Irregular Webcomic! is just a heck of an entertaining, multi-storied smart and funny webcomic.
A new poem everyday- all of them are contemporary work from a broad range of unknown poets. None get posted unless the editor/site admin likes it. It’s been an ongoing project out for almost a decade. A great starting place for new poets looking for a venue and for developing a voice.
If you need personalized note cards, may I suggest Some Paint?
And if you’re looking for a landscape designer in Dallas, please consider Zone 8 Landscapes.
My little sci-fi workplace romance dramedy comic? Lemme know if you like it so I can begin to guess who the heck my audience would be.
I went to the NASCAR race in Darlington, SC in May and took this panorama from my seat in turn 4.
This is a bit of a two-fer. First, I have a review of Nicola Griffith’s novel Ammonite. I point it out for two reasons. First, I thought it was a fantastic novel that should get some more attention. Second, it leads to the second link.
Nicola gave me permission to post the author’s note from Ammonite on my blog. It’s a powerful essay that looks at some of the reasons behind why she wrote the novel. It’s very much worth a look.
I’ll try again so I can get the l ink to work. Darlington, SC. NASCAR race. My panorama taken from high up in turn 4.
The only other bit of self-pimpery I wish to engage in is to point folks to my review of Kay Kenyon’s City Without End over at Fantasy Magazine.
That’s a damn fine science fiction series.
Well, there’s my webpage! I most recently blogged about how magic realism is genre fiction’s sneaky defeat of academia. I also make a funny joke about making tea with human sweat. (www.jensrushing.com)
A photograph site with a geolocation. If you have any interest in the British Isles and want to know what it’s like just here visit Geograph British Isles. I have had a lot of fun over the last few years wandering around Cornwall and Devon creating contributions to the site.
I just saw an excellent little Science Fiction film last weekend. It’s called “Moon.” The director is Duncan Jones, the son of David Bowie.
The film snuck into town (L.A.) with very little publicity, playing a very limited release, and I suspect it will sneak out to video just as quietly, but it’s worth catching if you can. The characterization is mature. The science is treated intelligently and it has a good plot.
The blurb: Sam Bell is a lone astronaut minding a helium 3 mining operation on the far side of the moon. He has 2 weeks to go of his three year stint. He’s feeling run down. He’s starting to hallucinate. Then he wakes up one morning to find a younger, fitter version of himself in the station.
You can see the trailer here
NOTE TO JOHN (Scalzi) you might want to pull some strings a get a reviewer’s copy of this movie.
I’m now the “computer virus examiner” for the San Francisco Examiner (a newspaper) website: http://www.examiner.com/x-13522-SF-Computer-Virus-Examiner
My introductory entry touches on the fact that you can screw up your computer by desperately wanting to know the lyrics of a Phish song. I’m currently working on a second entry that may be even more geekishly useful: it will show where to download, and how to use free Windows browser plug-ins that set access level limitations on what the browser can do. (When mean people plant a bomb in an Adobe PDF that your AV program doesn’t know about, it will still fizzle harmlessly.)
Great new fantasy book by Brandon Sanderson. I loved it and, even more important, my wife loved it.
Brandon Sanderson’s site
My friend Karen Roberts just got a story published on Futurismic. It’s about dreams, fractal nanodot infections and manners. Check it out.
If you’re interested in seeing how up on the current political discourse you happen to be, I recently put a 10-question quiz up on the Introduction to Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism – “Everything You Know About Fascism is Wrong.”
Since you asked so kindly John … I’m hosting a MICRO FICTION CHALLENGE all month at my blog:
I’m defining “micro fiction” as stories between 300 to 600 words.
The rules are simple … All ideas must be inspired by two randomly generated words or phrases and all works must be written in under 30 minutes. Visit the site for some submitted examples.
I WANT MORE SUBMISSIONS! Please send me some, folks! If nothing else, you’ll participate in an enjoyable writing exercise!
In addition to my regularly pimped Best Online High Schools, I have just in the last couple of days put up California Online High Schools, Washington Online High Schools, and Wisconsin Online High Schools.
Oh yeah, and I am working against deadline on the second edition of my “Complete Guide to Online High Schools” book.
I’m addicted to the television, and writing about it at http://kingoftv.net.
Follow me on Twitter and get your @fakerahmemanuel gear at http://cafepress.com/fakerahm
If you’re looking for a summer sci-fi con that’s smaller, friendlier, and a bit further south than Worldcon (or if you want to go to something else a few weeks after Worldcon, because you’re as con-crazy as I am), you really ought to check out http://www.pi-con.org.
This is a shameless promotion of my short story collection A GLIMPSE OF SPLENDOR AND OTHER STORIES. It’s from Yard Dog Press, and consists of all my “Splendor” stories from ANALOG, along with a new Splendor tale and several other adventures featuring my series characters Mike Christopher and Chanda Kasmira.
For more info and links to my blog, check out my website, http://www.davecreek.net. Or you can go directly to the Yard Dog site, http://www.yarddogpress.com/aglimpse.htm.
I’ll pimp the online in-browser nation simulation game I help moderate; http://www.nationstates.net/
We recently installed some shiny new forums, where we have a thriving roleplaying community, a very large political discussion community, and we’ve (very) recently installed some changes to the way the World Assembly is run. The game has been about since 2002 and is (still) the best online nation simulation game in all the series of tubes.
I have a talented musician friend. He is very good on the Ukulele. We went to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco to video him playing some tunes. We got sixteen songs out of that shoot. I like them all, but here is one (from Gilbert and Sullivan):
– Complete Best Novel listings for 10 SF/F awards
– Synopses and excerpts for over 1,200 books
– Detailed information for more than 480 authors and 230+ publishers
– Extensive Resources section with podcasts, magazines, conventions, eBooks etc.
Embracing this invitation to shameless self-promotion, I’d just like to say that I’ve posted the first chapter of my upcoming first original novel, The Calling, a modern-day supernatural thriller that will be published by Simon & Schuster in mid-July.
More excerpts will follow during the next couple of weeks. Enjoy!
Alright, so it’s not necessarily supercool or anything. But it’s my little personal corner of the ‘Net, and it’s the one place where I can pontificate about giant robots and high tech, with occasional side dishes of model kits, gaming and politics.
Pimping myself. I feel slightly unclean doing so, but hey, how else can I spread the word?
My Blog, Ramblings from New Zealand. I try and update every day, with musings on life and schooling, reviews of things, and other general rambles. Oh, and pictures of my cats, which are always important.
Two stories I wrote that were published recently:
All The Beautiful Girls
an awesome webcomic.
In an effort to get back into writing (after years of neglect), I started up a blog called, Cuban Nomad.
It’s about my attempts to balance my ultra nerdy technology side with my super artsy creative side, mixed in with discussions about writing itself.
Since HTML skills seem to elude me this late at night, I’ll go with the old classic – http://gabrielnovo.com
If you like to read, I like to write. Come check my site out at:
Excerpt from my short, Eye for an Eye-
A moment before he acts his eyes are drawn to his right hand, to ‘Justice’ tattooed in blue across his knuckles, the cross hairs across the first joint of his index finger, and with his last thought-
Huzzah, a pimp thread! My chum Peter and I turned our hands to “comedy” recently. This is one of the things we came up with:
Fair warning, one (numerals, 1) F-bomb, gratuitous silliness and some squirty blood. Oh, and terrible greenscreening but for a pillowcase stretched over a head it’s OK… ;)
Hope you enjoy. And apologies for my apalling pseudo-texan accent.
I’ll pimp myself. My writing blog is growing pretty fast, and I’ve started doing book reviews and how-to-write articles in between the short stories. My last was a review of William Gibson’s Spook Country: http://ruzkin.wordpress.com/2009/06/07/book-review-spook-country-by-william-gibson/
Shameless self promoting:
Parttime weird music with lazy pop attitudes and we may be naked on some pictures…
Praise his Scalziness!
Book! My book! *Salt and Silver*, from Tor Books. It’s technically shelved under paranormal romance, it gets called urban fantasy by a lot of folks, and there is a handy excerpt (the entire first chapter) here. If nothing else, that’s a lot of free words.
“This is not a long or a complicated story. There’s a Door to Hell in the basement of my diner, right next to where we stack the boxes from food deliveries.” …
Can Vitamin D Deficiency Cause of Autism? – http://www.mybabygeek.com/index.php/can-vitamin-d-deficiency-cause-autism/
A few new things published:
New short story, “Bruise for Bruise” in Weird Tales #353
An excerpt of my upcoming horror novella, Hiram Grange and the Digital Eucharist, in Shroud Magazine #5.
Thank you John. While I didn’t pimp anything out, I thoroughly enjoyed weeding through the pimps. I found some awesome sites in the process and added a few more bookmarks. Please do this again! :)
It might be fun to do categories too. Like “Pimp my book”, “Pimp my site/blog”… Thanks again!
Wow, there’s a lot of cool stuff here! Thanks, John.
Pimping my own site: I write a blog, zed equals zee, that focuses on the intersection of technology, culture and indie music. If this is up your alley, please get in touch – I’m always on the lookout for tips and for artists that are doing interesting things with technology.
I’d like to second Stephanie B (182); categorization means less accidental overlooking >.>
Pimping a few of my photographs, and doing so sheepishly.
I’d like to pimp my blog at http://www.misterwriter.com which currently features my take on David Letterman’s Imus like apology which was soooo wrong. The question is whether he should have apologized at all.
The most awsomest Kindle thing ever:
A site where we review books.
Come visit, leave a comment.
I just finished the third or so draft of my very first novel. If you enjoy cool espionage space opera goodness, come check it out. The first seven chapters are up so far.
Touching, courageous & beneficial:
I wrote an SF novel to see if I could, used a print-on-demand service to make a few copies to give friends at Christmastime, and found that some people actually bought it. To date, the amount of fan mail I have received pegs my popularity at about 10 nanotwilights. So, on with the pimping: Until Earthset! A twisted tale of murder, forbidden love and string theory.
And just so that I don’t come across as a total egomaniac — among everything else, I am also superb at deception and false modesty — I’ll note that my pal Jason Rosenhouse recently published a good book on the Monty Hall Problem, entitled The Monty Hall Problem.
A quick pimp for the 62nd Westercon; FiestaCon!
July 2-5 2009
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe, AZ.
Author Alan Dean Foster
Artist Todd Lockwood
Editor Stanley Schmidt
Please check it out!
June 23rd (Tuesday) is Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Day. Go show your appreciation by reading, buying, or pimping your favorite SFF fiction. Have fun with it!
I didn’t start it – neither did Constellation Books – we got the good word from Sharon Lee over at
I’m reviewing a book a day on Twitter! For a year, or until my head explodes, whichever comes first. You can follow me @booktweeting.
These are all new books and I’m reading them all, every word. So much for my social life.
If you like SF humor, check out these two pieces of mine in the Australian science magazine Cosmos:
Also, if anyone out there needs some tech writing, e-learning, or on-line help development work done, check out my business site at http://www.dnrcom.com. (Yes, DNR does stand for Do Not Resuscitate; I didn’t have high hopes for the company when founding it. But it’s been 10 years and DNR hasn’t needed life support yet.)
And a plug for my own project:
The Reader’s Repository, a linkhub for free online fiction from published authors. (Predictably, it is rather majoritied with SFF, but there’s a fair representation of other genres, and I’m working on it…)
Yes, I’m way late and no one is reading this anymore, but please enjoy my latest story at StarShipSofa, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Diplomat:
A friend of mine does excellent photography and makes awesome jewelry too. Check out her site http://www.unseeliedesigns.com/index.html
I’m still reading :D
Victorian costume and society adventure story
Chapter two of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is now online. If you haven’t read Chapter one, it’s there, as well as audio files of Cat Valente reading the chapters. Read, listen, and donate if you can.
i’d like to pimp cheese. the real sort that’s wrapped in waxy paper and smells of milk. mmm. like gruyere. i’d also like to pimp just staying up late and browsing the net. you can do that here.
oh, if i must do this properly; listen to belleruche. they are amazing (and cuddly).
@warwick – If you’re in NYC, visit Murray’s .
Kelsey Timmerman (author of Where Am I Wearing? and Big Idea author from last November) is doing an iPod giveaway. Check out the contest–it’s quite fun! http://whereamiwearing.com/ipod-promotion/
I just joined this forum and wanted to introduce myself. I look forward to learning and contributing.
What’s up, is there anybody else here?
If there’s anyone else here, let me know.
Oh, and yes I’m a real person LOL.
If you’re in South Africa and you’re pressed for time, I would simply go to Cape Town and visit the following: Table Mountain, Cape Point, The VA Waterfront and then also Kirstenbosch Gardens.
It’s probably the most beautiful part in an already beautiful South Africa, so be sure to take the time. You won’t regret it.
Windows Movie Maker doesn’t let me put videos from my digi cam because it’s in the wrong format so what converter can I use?
I want one that’s pretty decent quality, doesn’t cost anything, doesn’t stick the logo on my videos and it converts all of the video, not just half of it.
I used to have prism something but then my trial run ran out so yeah, I can’t use that >.<
And zamzar has a limit of 100MB :l
my name is Karen, London is capital of great britain
You very very veru nice and cute
I would like to raise attention about the increase of cerebral palsy in babies
I think people should know about mommy and me long island at http://bodyreformerspilates.com/momandbaby.html. You can take pre-natal yoga and much more. Check it out!