Monthly Archives: August 2009

Various and Sundry, 8/13/09

This and that: * E-mail asking me what my opinion about the current state of the health care debate is, and my response is: There’s a debate? Maybe I’m reading an archaic definition, but “debate” is not synonymous with “ignit bellowsacks at public meetings shouting stupidities to drown out discussion because doughy tearsquirter Glenn Beck […]

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METAtropolis and Hate Mail Notes

Some quick book news: Subterranean Press tells me that they are down to their last 150 copies of the print version of METAtropolis, which means it’s very possible it will be sold out on release date (!). There’s no plan at the moment to reprint the hardcover, and no deal in place for a softcover […]

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GI Joe and Awards (But Not Awards for GI Joe)

This week at my AMC column, I answer two questions about G.I. Joe and one question about the Hugos, and no questions about the existential nature of being. Because, really. That one’s hard to answer in an 800-word column, which is in itself ostensibly about science fiction film. It’s all about focus, people. Anyway, head […]

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Portrait of the Artist as an Eighth Grader

By way of my very dear friend Jackie Kahn, who was the secretary of my elementary school while I was there, two pictures of me when I was but a youngin’. The larger one is me in the eighth grade, when I attended Sandberg Middle School in Glendora, California; the smaller one is me in […]

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Hugo Geekery

And now, the Hugo post. * To begin, I can say with some authority that winning a Hugo feels as good the second time as it does the first. Will it feel the same the third, fourth or seventh time? I don’t know, but I am willing to find out. * Second, I am absolutely […]

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Anticipation From the Other Side

Now that this year’s Worldcon is in the books, so to speak, some thoughts on it, minus Hugo stat geekery, which I will address in another entry: * To begin, Montreal is just fabulous; no offense to the other cities of the other Worldcons I’ve been to, but so far Montreal is my favorite host […]

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Remind Me

It’s… Tuesday, right? The thing about six days at a science fiction convention is that it well and truly messes with your time sense, and I suspect it will take at least a couple of days to get back on Real Life Time. So: Tuesday? I’m pretty sure about this. I’m just asking for confirmation, […]

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Hello Hugo

Hey, look what I got: Yup, I won the Best Related Book Hugo for Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, and as you can imagine I think this is very seriously cool. Best novel went to Neil Gaiman for The Graveyard Book, which I think is an excellent choice, and Best Dramatic Presentation went to […]

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Checking in on Day Four of Anticipation

The good news is that I managed to get through three panels, a breakfast meeting and an interview all without falling flat on my face from exhaustion. The even better news was that all the panels were well attended and the breakfast meeting and the interview went well. Now I’m about to get suited up […]

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Checking in on Day Three of Anticipation

Ah, yes. Well, had a nice afternoon nap with the missus and will soon be getting ready for dinner, but before that it had been a fun day. It started with quite a nice-sized audience at 10am to hear me, Jon Courtney Grimwood and Peter Watts do a reading. All three of us  featured rather […]

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About Last Night

This is what I did with my evening: Hosted a singles meet and greet, because apparently I am Dr. Love; Got kicked out of the Asimov’s/Analog party (along with nearly everyone else) when the hotel security shut it down; Taught people how deaf people applaud; Showed Robert Silverberg how to Twitter; Rocked the Rock Band […]

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Checking in on Day Two of Anticipation

Aaaaand day two is also going peachy. The non-fiction reading went well, as three of my fellow nominees in the Best Related Book category and I read to a nice-sized crowd of folks, who seemed appreciative (if you’re wondering what I read, it was this). Then a break for lunch with the same fellow panelists […]

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Hugo Nominees as Movies

Hey folks — Made it alive to Montreal and will be doing all sorts of Worldcon-like things while I am here. To keep you amused, here’s this week’s AMC column, on which of this year’s Best Novel nominees could be made into a film (and hopefully one more faithful to the source material than Starship […]

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