Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Big Idea: Brenda Cooper

With a title like Mayan December, you would rightfully guess that something about Brenda Cooper’s new novel involves the fabled Mayan calendar and touches on the hoopla which surrounds its termination at the end of 2012. But Cooper’s book isn’t about that — rather, it uses it as a device to explore something else entirely, […]

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If Herman Li Made Hot Sweet Love to Nyan Cat

This would be the result: For those who need context: Here, and then here. Also, I apologize for putting the image of Herman Li making hot sweet love to Nyan Cat in your brain. That was so wrong of me.

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You Will Never In Your Life See Anyone As Happy To Win An Award As Chris Garcia Was to Win a Hugo

Watch this segment of this year’s Hugo ceremony for proof. Yes, you may have to sit through a brief commercial. Trust me, it’s going to be worth it.

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Heading Home

Sitting in the Reno airport now, waiting for the plane for Denver, and thence to home. Renovation was pretty darn good, I have to say, and now as I sit here I can’t help but notice most of the people at the gates seem to look like bleary-eyed conventioneers. I’ll have more notes on that […]

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Alive in Reno

Just so you know. Not fallen down a well or eaten by grues or anything. Reno is fun. Hope where you are in the world is fun too.

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The Big Idea: Lev Grossman

In the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit I was partying with Lev Grossman last night. He’s here in Reno for this year’s Worldcon, and last night he threw a book party for The Magician King, the sequel to his best-selling fantasy novel The Magicians. As an author, he had a fair amount to celebrate: not only was […]

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The Big Idea: T.C. McCarthy

Author T.C. McCarthy, whose debut novel Germline recently found itself with a coveted starred review from Publishers Weekly, is the first to admit that his book isn’t a happy romp through the daisies: With its war setting and grim plot points, there’s a lot of dark ground to cover. But as McCarthy explains in this […]

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The Hugo Odds on Cinematic Greatness

It’s that time of year again at FilmCritic.com, when I look at the Best Novel nominees for the Hugo Award and try to guess the chances that each book will make its way to the silver screen. What challenges do this year’s nominees face for cinematic glory? I have my predictions and comments waiting for […]

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Worth Promoting to Its Own Post: Notes on Arguing

Here’s a comment I made in a thread, which I am promoting to its own post (with some edits for context) because I think it says something relevant about discussions here, especially (but not limited to) political ones: 1. One is entitled to one’s own opinions, but not one’s own facts. Commensurately, anecdote may be fact […]

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And Now, the View From the Hotel Window

They finally let me into my room, which was nice of them, so here’s the view out the window, which isn’t bad and gets nicer the further out you get. I think that this is my first time in Reno in close to 30 years, which means that it’s really my first time here since […]

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In Reno

But don’t have my room yet, so I’m loitering in the second floor lounge-y area at the Atlantis. So no picture from my hotel room yet, for obvious reasons. The Atlantis hotel is slot-tastic, but then, gas stations here are slot-tastic, so. The convention center is nice and a bit of a hike from the […]

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The Big Idea: Ernest Cline

At this point in your life, you have either lived through the 80s, or lived through enough 80s nostalgia to make you feel like you lived through the 80s. But now comes Ready Player One, a novel that takes nostalgia for the Cosby Era to perhaps its ultimate expression. For author Ernest Cline, the book […]

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Today’s Context-Free Bellow of Mad Scientist-Like Laughter

BWA HA HA HA HAH HA HA HAH HA! And what was that about? Oh, you’ll find out. Yes you will. But not today. Carry on.

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This Week in Whatever

As many of you know, tomorrow I am off to Renovation, this year’s Worldcon, where I will sit on panels and talk about science fiction, lead SFWA’s business meeting, attend the Hugos and many other parties, and hang out in the bar with friends. That’s a packed schedule of Being Busy in the Real World, […]

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The Only Time the Conservative Politicians Ignore Warren Buffett

It’s when he tells them it’s okay to tax the rich more, as he does in this New York Times opinion piece. Indeed, Buffett is not only saying that it’s okay to tax the rich, but that the rich ought to be taxed more, because they are disproportionately shielded from the “shared sacrifice” that the […]

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Apparently Sundays Are For Not Being Here Either

Although in the case of this particular Sunday, it is mostly about me being asleep most of the day. Damn it, I better not be coming down with something, I have to go to Worldcon in two days. I wish not to be this year’s Worldcon Vector of Infection. I think I’ll go lay down […]

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Saturdays Are For Not Being Here

Or at least this Saturday is. Later!

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Politics and Comment Threads: You Should Read

Allow me to put on my “community manager and mallet owner” hat for a second: Guys, I’m getting to the point where I’m dreading posting just about anything here because there is a small class of commenters for whom everything is fertile ground for politics, and an additional, overlapping class of people for whom any […]

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Iowa Debate Discussion Thread

So, last night, I watched as a group of unpleasant people, which included a token black man and a woman, bickered and argued and went after each other, occasionally banding together against a common enemy, but otherwise remaining fractious and annoying the entire time I watched them. Which is to say I watched Predators on […]

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McKean’s Inversion

For no particular reason, I thought of an observation that lexicographer (and old college pal) Erin McKean had about the word “classy,” the gist of which was that if someone used the word to describe themselves, it was often quite obvious that they were in fact the opposite. Someone else calls you “classy”? Maybe you […]

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