A couple of notes:
* Serious stuff first: There’s an online initiative called 100 Stories for Haiti, in which writer Greg McQueen is hoping to very quickly gather up that number of short short stories (1,000 words or less) and put them together in a flash e-book anthology, all of the proceeds of which will go to the Red Cross for assistance in Haiti. My pal, bestselling author Nick Harkaway (The Gone-Away World), is penning a story and an intro. This is an all-volunteer effort (i.e., no one’s getting paid for the work), but it’s a good cause, so that’s worth a one-time pass from me. If you’re interested in contributing a story, they’d be interested in seeing what you have.
That said, there is a catch: The deadline is hella close — as in, today. BUT, McQueen, hoping to harness the awesome might of Whatever, sends along this note:
Please feel free to say that if someone puts SUBMISSION JOHN S in the subject line of their submission, we’ll accept them as late as Wed/Thursday this week.
So there, I scored you an extension. Because I love you, man. So if you’ve got the urge to write something short and to help out Haiti, now you know where to send your stuff.
* There, that’s done, now let’s talk about me. Zoe’s Tale received a nice accolade on Friday when the American Library Association’s Amelia Bloomer list for 2010 was announced, and Zoe was on it. The Bloomer list, for those of you who don’t know, is “an annual booklist of the best feminist books for young readers, ages birth through 18,” and Zoe was of course written with younger readers in mind, even if it wasn’t marketed directly as YA. I’m delighted Zoe’s on the list; maybe she will pick up some more young readers as a result. I would be happy with that.
* Over in the UK, SciFiNow is listing its picks for “SF novels destined for the silver screen,” with Old Man’s War leading that pack, along with novels by Richard Morgan, Carrie Ryan, Terry Brooks and China Mieville. I can’t criticize any of their selections; I’d like to see the movies of each of those (and, you know, would mind OMW getting up there, too). There is that minor point that someone with access to millions of dollars and a film studio also has to want to see that movie. But really, that’s just fiddly detail, now, isn’t it.
* New review of The God Engines over at SF Site: “His writing is as good as ever, the tale moves along briskly, sex, violence and spaceship battles are featured. The story becomes darker with each revelatory twist, and ends up very dark and bloody indeed.” Yes. Yes it does.
* Apropos to absolutely nothing at all, and especially not the last note there, Aussiecon 4 sent me a press release yesterday noting that those of you who want to nominate works for the Hugo this year but are not yet Worldcon members this year have until January 31st to register. If you don’t register by then, you’ll be too late to have your nominations count (although if you are registered by that date, you can nominate works through March 13). So, you know. Register. Remember that even if you don’t plan to schlep yourselves to the Land Down Under for this year’s Worldcon, you can still become a Supporting Member for $50, which allows you Hugo voting rights and other neat goodies.
And there you have it.