Monthly Archives: April 2010

Just Arrived, 4/11/10

Well, they didn’t arrive today. It’s Sunday. The mail doesn’t work. But they did come in the last week or so: * How it Ends: From You to the Universe, by Chris Impey (Norton): This pop-sci book does what it says on the cover: It tells you how everything from you to the whole damn […]

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Your Deep Thought For a Saturday

Perspective matters. You may be annoyed with your dog for drinking out of your toilet, but think how your dog feels about you pooping in her water bowl.

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eARCs: Big Fat PublicityFail

So, Eos sent me a couple of these cards, which are for electronic ARCs of upcoming books; what you do is scratch off the silver lottery-card like thing to get a code, sign in to the Harper Collins site, and then type in the code to download the ARC. This pretty much assures I won’t […]

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By Request

Ghlaghghee, photographed by Athena, who remarked, “the camera just loves her.” Well, yes. Yes it does.

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Speaking of Little Fuzzies

A picture of Lopsided Cat, taken by Athena, who is quite handy with the Nikon.

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The Big Idea: Heather Tomlinson

And now, a Big Idea that will warm the hearts of big sisters everywhere — as well as examine the assumptions built into generations worth of fairy tales. For her latest YA novel, Toads and Diamonds, author Heather Tomlinson went back to to fairy tale from her youth and started asking questions about it. The […]

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Quick Fuzzy Nation Addendum

It has been the droll observation of several that in writing Fuzzy Nation, what I’ve really done is write H. Beam Piper fan fiction. My thought on that: Well, it is fiction, I am a fan, and I did write for my own amusement in a universe for which I didn’t have clearance in at […]

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The Super Secret Thing That I Cannot Tell You About, Revealed: Introducing Fuzzy Nation

So, that Super Secret Thing That I Cannot Tell You About? I can tell you about it now. It’s a novel, and it’s called Fuzzy Nation, and it’s a reboot of the Hugo-nominated 1962 science fiction novel Little Fuzzy, by H. Beam Piper. And now, your questions: Uh, “reboot”? Don’t you mean a sequel? Nope, […]

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On How Many Times I Should Get Paid For a Book (By Readers)

Randy Cohen, who writes the “Ethicist” column at the New York Times, caused a minor fracas this week when he told someone who had purchased a hardcover copy of Stephen King’s Under the Dome and then also downloaded a pirated electronic copy for travel purposes, that they were ethically in the clear for the illegal […]

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Film’s Most Successful SF Writer

Over at Filmcritic.com today I’m asked who film’s most successful science fiction writer might be. The answer comes in two flavors: The most successful recent writer (as in, the last 50 years) and all time. The answer to at least one of these may annoy purists! Go on over and feel free to kvetch in […]

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No, I Don’t Have One

E-mail from a reader on a couple of topics, one of them which was the iPad, his comment about which I will now excerpt (with permission): I’m a little surprised you don’t have the iPad already. It seems like something you would want to have. It’s not that surprising, actually. As I noted in January, […]

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Yes, This

Conservative senator tells constituents to read widely and not just rely on media with their own biases: [Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom] Coburn urged audience members to widen their points of view by reading and watching different media outlets, not just the ones they agree with. “Don’t just watch Fox News or CNN, watch them both,” […]

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State of Me

First: A nice spring picture, featuring Kodi: Second: A status report on the events in my house: I’m delighted to say that with one major exception, the house renovations are done: All of the house has new carpets and flooring. This was necessary because prior to this all the carpet in the house was the […]

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The Big Idea: Susan Beth Pfeffer

Say you’re an author and you want your publishers to do something they have no intention of doing. How do you get them to do it — and think it was their bright idea to begin with? Susan Beth Pfeffer explains how, using her latest novel, This World We Live in. Take notes, folks. But […]

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Hugo Thoughts, 2010

Do I have thoughts on this year’s Hugo nomination slate? Boy, do I! * First, of course, hugely thrilled that The God Engines made the ballot in the novella category. This is the first fiction nomination for me outside of the novel category, and it is really very gratifying. The fact of the matter is […]

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2010 Hugo Nominees

Here’s the list. I’m happy to say The God Engines made the cut for novella. I’ll have more thoughts later, but for now congratulations to all the nominees! BEST NOVEL (699 nominating ballots) Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (Tor) The City & The City by China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK) Julian Comstock: A Story of […]

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Happy Easter

Off today with family. Will be back briefly this afternoon to list the Hugo nods when they are announced, because I know you will want to know, you crazy geeks, you. But otherwise, don’t expect to see me until tonight at the earliest. Enjoy your day. (P.S. live webcast of the Hugo nomination announcements will […]

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What? We Can’t Use Slave Labor and Call It an Internship?!?

Why, that’s positively unAmerican: Convinced that many unpaid internships violate minimum wage laws, officials in Oregon, California and other states have begun investigations and fined employers. Last year, M. Patricia Smith, then New York’s labor commissioner, ordered investigations into several firms’ internships. Now, as the federal Labor Department’s top law enforcement official, she and the […]

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Reminder: SG:U is Back! Tonight! At Nine! On Syfy!

Or, if you want to be Canadian about it: SG:U is back! Tonight! At Nine! On Space! Either way, don’t want to miss out on all the science fictional goodness. And aliens! Because there will be aliens. Oh, yes. And they will be alien — none of that “oh look, we have a head ridge, […]

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The Big Idea: Jetse de Vries

Is there reason to believe the future will be a better place than the present? It’s certainly possible, but often science fiction writers skip over that part because, let’s face it, writing dystopias and world threatening problems is fun. But editor Jetse de Vries wasn’t satisfied with that, and brought a challenge to writers: Write […]

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