Nebula Nomination Period Open

A quick reminder to SFWA members and other authors, editors, publishers and etc: The nomination period for the Nebula Awards (and also the Bradbury and Norton Awards) is now open, and will continue through February 15, 2012. For all the details, including rules and eligibility criteria, please go here.

We had an excellent Nebula Awards slate last year, and 2011 has been a genuinely excellent year for science fiction and fantasy, so I’m looking forward to the eventual nominations for this year as well.

Magick 4 Terri

Writer, artist and editor Terri Windling has hit a bad patch recently, thanks to some health and legal issues, and her community of peers and fans are coming together to help her out with Magick 4 Terri, an online fundraising effort. If you’re a fan of fantasy and science fiction, you’ll find a lot of cool stuff for auction, from signed books and ARCs to personally dedicated poem and stories to being able to name a character in an upcoming story or novel. Artists and writers pitching in include Elizabeth Bear, Charles Vess, Brian Froud, Cherie Priest, Cory Doctorow and Tamora Pierce. This would probably be an excellent way to get (or give) a one-of-a-kind holiday gift.

If you are a writer/artist/creator and want to pitch in, this page will tell you how to put something up for auction.

Reminder: Chicon 7 Cyber Monday Sale

Hey, remember when I told you last week I would remind you today that Chicon 7, the 2012 Worldcon (of which I am the Toastmaster, don’t you know) was having a membership sale today? This is that reminder. Save up to $30 on your memberships! Spend that money on books! Or, you know. Whatever else you like.

Here are all the details on the sale, and other information on Chicon 7 memberships. See you in Chicago!


Experiencing a truly unique catastrophic system crash on my desktop computer, and I say that with the equanimity that only someone who is securely backed up (and has several other computers in the house) can have. Nevertheless, this will probably keep me busy for some time. Be back in a bit.

Update, 12:20pm: Major problem fixed and a new round of backups instigated. This is the second major sign of computer instability I’ve had over the last few days, which suggests to me that the desktop, after two and a half years of service, is about to off itself. Have to seriously consider, data aside, whether it will be worth it to replace.

Also, and unrelated, dog came in from the outside smelling of a manure pile. So while this was all going on, I had to instigate an emergency dog bath protocol as well. My day has been just packed, it has.