Monthly Archives: June 2009

Lilah

If you’re at all interested in where the current sub-head comes from, it comes here: The song is originally from Don Henley’s first solo album, I Can’t Stand Still.

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The God Engines ARC Contest Winners

First off: There were over 600 entries, which is pretty awesome. Thank you. Second: Bill and I couldn’t choose between our two favorites, so we picked them both. Because we can. So there. Remember the contest was: Alternate titles of books that could use the artwork for The God Engines. Here are the winners, with […]

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Quick Note Re: God Engines Contest

We have winners, which I will announce sometime after I hit my writing quota for the day — and have a few moments to play with Photoshop. Patience!

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Sobbable Science Fiction

There aren’t very many science fiction films that can make me cry — there are just three of them, in fact. I tell you which ones they are and why over at AMC today. If there are science fiction films that make you cry too — besides in the “man, this is so painful it […]

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New Hampshire

Now allowing same-sex marriage (or will be as of January 1). People started e-mailing me about it when it passed the legislature, but I was waiting for it to be signed into law. It’s been signed. Andrew Sullivan comments on the New Hampshire governor asking for (and getting) wording that exempts religious groups and clergy […]

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Five-Peat

For the fifth consecutive year, Athena’s been awarded the Creative Writing Award at the end of the school year ceremonies, and as you can see she’s rather demurely pleased about the accomplishment. I’ve warned her not to get cocky. She told me to take a seat, old man. Kids these days. Thus concludes another school […]

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Today’s Subject For Discussion While I’m Off Writing, 6/3/09

It took the Beatles five years to go from “Love Me Do” to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Discuss.

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A Lunch Fit For a Pathetic Shut-In

Today’s lunch: Three cut up hot dogs and two slices of American cheese, nuked in the microwave for two minutes. I think it’s obvious that in some very fundamental ways I’m still twelve years old.

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Housekeeping Notes, 6/2/09

I made my daily writing quota on the project I’m working on — go me — so herewith a couple of housekeeping notes for the day. 1. I don’t generally ban people from commenting on the site, but when I do, it’s generally because they’ve made it clear they’re not fit to play with the […]

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The Big Idea: John Joseph Adams

It’s not just authors who have Big Ideas: Editors sometimes get them, too. For example, John Joseph Adams, who has been recently been making a name for himself in speculative fiction by editing a string of compelling anthologies, including the best selling zombie anthology The Living Dead. His latest anthology, Federations, aims to evoke the […]

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Harlan Ellison: Dreams With Sharp Teeth

Watched Dreams With Sharp Teeth this evening, which I had recorded on the DVD a few days back when it premiered on Sundance Channel. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a documentary about Harlan Ellison, and if you don’t know who Harlan Ellison is, please drown yourself now. I liked the film, although […]

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GM, Bankrupt

Dan Neil, The Los Angeles Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning car reviewer, says basically all that need be said about GM’s path to bankruptcy in this article, so I encourage you to read it and think on it. My own not-particularly-well-informed opinion on the bankruptcy is that it’s sad it’s come to this, and also very probably […]

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New Project Underway

Quick note to Whatever readers: I’m starting a new project today and it figures to be fairly time intensive, and I expect that for June at least I’m likely to devote most of my writing budget to it. Indeed, the plan is that from 9am to 4pm (or so) each day I’ll be yanking the […]

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METAtropolis Booklist Review, Plus Hugo Thoughts

METAtropolis, which has you may recall is nominated for a Hugo this year in Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, has gotten the first review for its book form, from Booklist, and it is excellent: Scalzi and his contributors/collaborators have created a fascinating shared urban future that each of them evokes with his or her particular […]

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