Monthly Archives: May 2010

Author Pokes Fanfic Hive! Film at 11!

The author in question being Diana Gabaldon. Naturally, Fandom Wank has the most interesting wrap-up of the tizzy, with its patented snarklicious comment threads. Also of interest: Kate Nepveu’s open letter to professionally-published authors who despise fanfic of their own works. This is a lovely excuse for me to link once more to my own […]

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2010 Hugo Voters Packet and AussieCon4 Online Registration Now Live

I’m delighted to tell you that the folks at AussieCon4 have told me that the 2010 Hugo Voter’s Packet is now live, and with it the ability to get a membership for AussieCon4 online. First thing first: This year’s Hugo Voter’s Packet is the most complete ever, to help every AussieCon4 member make an informed […]

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Signed First Editions of The God Engines Available

For as long as it takes for people to buy them all. They’re here. Update: All gone! Unsigned copies still available. The story of how they were discovered: Prior to John Scalziā€™s stealth appearance at a local sf con, Tim once again took up his rucksack and ventured into the Stygian darkness that is SubPress […]

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Surprise Shower

See this picture? Pretty much ten minutes earlier, nothing but blue sky. The Midwest. Weather wise, it’s a little wacky. But as the girls will tell you, the wind was fun: At least until the wall of rain hit. But by then we were all inside. Except the dog, whose chose that moment to go […]

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Input This

As part of the continual and obsessive updating about my office, please see for your own pleasure the new input devices: A Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000, which takes care of my need for keys that are not so sticky and clunky, and a Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch tablet, which I am testing as […]

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The Big Idea: Jeri Smith-Ready

What does astronomy — a field full of logic, physics and (in reference to human time spans) permanence — have to do with the metaphysical and supernatural nature of ghosts? In Shade, the new YA novel by Jeri Smith-Ready, quite a lot, including the need, from a writing point of view, to frame the supernatural […]

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One Of Those Small Ironies

It is: After being exiled from my office for the last couple of months and consequently doing most of my work on laptops or my netbook, I find that the full-size keyboard I’ve been using for my desktop computer feels really clunky and difficult to use. Part of that is that my fingers have gotten […]

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Back Home

And you say, wha? I thought you were home! Indeed not — whilst you were not looking, the missus and I snuck into Michigan and attended Penguicon, at which a whole bunch of my friends just happened to be in attendance. We spent the weekend hanging out and chatting and eating and sleeping in late […]

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