Monthly Archives: June 2010
Canadians! They’re Everywhere!
Posted on June 30, 2010
In my FilmCritic.com column this week, I get a jump on Canada Day by saluting some of the Canadians who have made science fiction film so darn ginchy for the last few decades. Yes! There are Canadians in science fiction film! Shame on you for not knowing. The column will correct that for you, and […]
The Full-Time SF Novelist: Probably Not as Endangered as You Think
Posted on June 30, 2010 80 Comments
In e-mail, I’m asked if I have any comments about Robert J. Sawyer’s recent blog post, in which he worries that within a decade, it will be impossible to make a living solely as a science fiction novelist. As what follows here is comment on what’s written there, I suggest you click over and read […]
Summer Schedule + Upcoming Hiatus Announcement
Posted on June 30, 2010 25 Comments
Here’s the deal: Starting tomorrow I become President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and because what SFWA is doing on the board level doesn’t conveniently snip off when one board tenure ends and another begins, I and all the other new members of the board are jumping into the deep end […]
Just Arrived, 6/29/10
Posted on June 29, 2010 5 Comments
Speaking of the “Just Arrived” feature, I am totally behind on it, because a) first I was traveling, b) then I was catching up on work from travel and then c) I got distracted by shiny bits of foil. So the next couple of days will constitute catching up. Here’s the first installment. * Ancestor, […]
Why, Yes, I Still Actually Buy Books
Posted on June 29, 2010 36 Comments
Whilst out and about this morning, running errands, I stopped by Jay and Mary’s Book Center, because since I noted yesterday that they often had signed stock of mine, I figured I should go in and actually, you know, sign stock, just in case someone called and asked (it is now all signed, and they […]
The Big Idea: Larry Doyle
Posted on June 29, 2010 11 Comments
The 50s were an archetypal time, both for America and for science fiction, but more than half a century later, does that era have anything to say to our own? Larry Doyle was minding his own business when one day a couple of years ago someone said something that made him believe that in many […]
My Autographing Policy
Posted on June 28, 2010 37 Comments
I swear I already wrote something like this here, but I can’t seem to find it, so I’m doing one of those “write now for future reference” posts, spurred on by the fact that in the space of three days I’ve gotten, like, ten requests for autographed books, etc. My Autographing Policy Yes, I give […]
Green Giveaway: Act Quickly! (UPDATE: All Gone Now)
Posted on June 28, 2010 21 Comments
Edit, 12:45pm: Well, that was quick. All copies are taken. Thanks! And now, a message from Subterranean Press publisher Bill Schafer: As many of you know, our pal Jay Lake has been undergoing cancer treatment. The great news is that he just finished his last chemo infusion session. As a small example of our fondness […]
I’ll Tell You For the Last Time
Posted on June 28, 2010 12 Comments
Just a reminder for those of you with literary bents: 1. You have just two days (er, after today) to get in your Unicorn Pegasus Kitten fanfic. 2. You also have the same amount of time to get in your applications to this year’s Viable Paradise workshop. One suggestion: Do not use the first to […]
Scenes From a Summer Thunderstorm
Posted on June 27, 2010 13 Comments
Hay Bales: A Sunday Photo Essay
Posted on June 27, 2010 32 Comments
Because they were there. How was your Sunday?
The Android’s Dream Wins the Kurd Lasswitz Preis
Posted on June 27, 2010 19 Comments
This was a nice thing to have woken up to: The German translation of my novel The Android’s Dream has been awarded the Kurd Lasswitz Preis in the Best Foreign Novel category, a science fiction prize that is the German equivalent of the Nebula, in that it is voted on by science fiction professionals in […]
Posted on June 26, 2010 5 Comments
Thought I’d share this at the last minute: And now, on to Sunday.
What We’re Doing With Our Saturday
Posted on June 26, 2010 15 Comments
This: Also, this: In case you were wondering.
I Have Houseguests!
Posted on June 26, 2010 7 Comments
And they’re under the impression that because they are actually physically here, I should pay attention to them. I know! What nerve. Nevertheless, I will oblige them, this one time. See you all tomorrow.
The Fantasy of Modern Technology, and the Reality
Posted on June 25, 2010 20 Comments
I love the fact I live in a time where video teleconferencing exists. It makes me feel like I’m having a virtual meeting — on the moon! Oh, wait, that’s just server lag. Sigh. Never mind.
Back in MY Day, We Got One Blog Post a Day, and We Called It THE NEWSPAPER
Posted on June 24, 2010 48 Comments
Looked up from what I was doing today and discovered it was 6pm and thought, crap, I totally haven’t updated Whatever since this morning, and then was seized by guilt until I realized, hey, I’m doing this for free, and you get what you get. SO THERE. No, wait, don’t walk off like that. You […]
The Big Idea: Meg Gardiner
Posted on June 24, 2010 11 Comments
The American tradition of political paranoia isn’t new — just ask Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, circa 1800 — but that doesn’t mean the latest version of it can’t be annoying to those of us living through it. Meg Gardiner knows all about that feeling, as she explains in this Big Idea about The Liar’s […]
Spontaneously Appearing Cake: A Poll
Posted on June 23, 2010 75 Comments
Went out yesterday to pick up the new chaise lounge for the office, and when I returned cake had spontaneously appeared at my door. How did it happen? You tell me! The one alternate explanation is that my friend and neighbor Alisha sent it over in appreciation for getting Adam Savage’s autograph for her at […]
Unicorn Pegasus Kitten in Song Form
Posted on June 23, 2010 13 Comments
Science fiction balladeer John Anealio has written a song to go with the Unicorn Pegasus Kitten painting. You will go here now and listen to it. AND THEN YOU WILL DOWNLOAD IT AND TREASURE IT UNTIL THE END OF YOUR DAYS. That is all.
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