Monthly Archives: July 2016

Please Enjoy This Cat Picture On a Lazy Sunday

And look, it’s of Zeus. The Scamperbeasts are the new hotness, but Zeus is old school cool. Hope your weekend’s going off well.

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ERMAHGERD IT’S JERBY

Most of you will recall that I have a soft spot for the band Journey, whose album Escape I adored insensibly when I was thirteen, and whose general Album Oriented Rock stylings are my musical equivalent to comfort food. I saw the band on the Raised on Radio tour back in high school, but since that […]

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New Books and ARCs, 7/29/16

Let’s close out the month of July with this fine stack of books and ARCs. What here is something you’d want on your own reading list? Tell me in the comments.

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Notes, re: August/September Big Idea Requests

They are: 1. I’m behind, sorry. Life, etc. 2. I’ll be catching up on 2nd half of August/all of September Big Idea requests over the weekend. 3. Also I’ve had some drops for the first half of August and will probably be contacting some people on the waiting list for those slots. Those are the […]

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Clinton and the Convention and Where We Go From Here

As I did last week with the Republican National Convention and Trump, some thoughts today on the Democratic National Convention and Clinton: 1. At the beginning the DNC certainly looked like it had all the fixin’s for an RNC-level shitshow, what with the Dead-End Berners and e-mails and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s career imploding in […]

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Hillary Clinton, Considered in Herself

So, before Hillary Clinton puts a cap on the DNC convention with her appearance tonight, let me talk a little about what I think of her as a presidential nominee, (mostly) independent of the fact of Donald Trump as her opponent for the office. And to talk about her as a presidential nominee, I need […]

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Reminder: Vote for the Hugos

MidAmeriCon II members, this is your timely reminder that voting for the Hugo Awards this year ends on Sunday, July 31, 2016, 11:59 PM PDT, so you have just a few days left to vote in all the categories. There is a lot of excellent work on the ballot, and also some mischief from a few […]

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Exiles of Embermark (and Me)

So here’s news that’s kind of been an open secret for a while. Many of you know I’m part of the team that is putting together Midnight Star: Renegade, the sequel to last year’s mobile shooter game Midnight Star (it’s coming! Soon!). What you may not have known is that for the last several months […]

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Big News From Tor Books

Involving my editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden and others. Allow me to reprint the press release: Patrick Nielsen Hayden has been named Associate Publisher of Tor Books, effective immediately. This award-winning 28-year veteran of Tor has brought numerous prestigious and bestselling authors to the list, including John Scalzi, Cory Doctorow and Charlie Jane Anders, to name […]

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Quick Political Open Thread 7/26/16

Allow me to preface it by having an imaginary Q&A: Q: NOOOOOOOOOOOO TRUMP IS EVEN OR AHEAD OF CLINTON IN THE POLLS A: That’s not actually a question. Q: WHYYYYYYY IS TRUMP EVEN OR AHEAD OF CLINTON IN THE POLLS A: Because he got a bit of a convention bounce, it looks like. Q: WE’RE […]

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Tech With Value

I am a nerd, and I have disposable income, and those two things mean that I end up buying a lot of technology. I buy some for utility and some just because it’s shiny and I have relatively few defenses against shiny. This has recently led me to consider, out of all the tech that […]

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New Books and ARCs, 7/22/16

Look at these books and ARCs. Just look at them. See anything you would like to see the inside of? Tell me in the comments!

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A Brief Review of Star Trek Beyond

It was pretty decent! With the exit of Abrams, Kurtzman and Orci as director and screenwriters, respectively, the series appears to have made the executive decision that they don’t need to rehash previous plotlines. They’ve written a new one for this film, gave Simon Pegg co-screenwriting duties and let Justin Lin (previously of the Fast and […]

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Trump and the Convention and Where We Go From Here

Some thoughts on Trump, and the GOP convention: 1. The convention, generally, was the worst-run major political convention in a generation, and that should scare you. How is Trump going to manage an entire country when he can’t even put on a four-day show? (The answer, as we found out this week, is that he […]

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The Big Idea: Melissa F. Olson

In today’s Big Idea, Melissa F. Olson considers vampires, not through the lens of sparkly teenagers, but through the one that involves waking, getting coffee, and going on with your life. How does that work, and how does it work in her novel Nightshades? Let’s find out. MELISSA F. OLSON: When people learn that I […]

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A Note On a Jackass Getting Booted From Twitter

Milo Yiannopoulos, aka Nero aka some real basic garbage in human form, got the boot from Twitter last night as a result of encouraging his racist and/or sexist and/or alt-right pals to go after actress Leslie Jones, who starred in the new Ghostbusters, aka the film sexist manboys wailed was ruining their childhood. Jones was […]

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A Short Review of Ghostbusters and A Longer Pummel of Manboys

What I thought of the new Ghostbusters: I liked it, and would happily rewatch it. It’s definitely the second-best Ghostbusters movie, and much closer to the original in terms of enjoyment than the willfully forgotten Ghostbusters 2. There are legitimate criticisms to make of it: the plot is rote to the point of being slapdash, the action […]

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New Books and ARCs, 7/15/16

Hey, you look like someone who could use some reading ideas going into the weekend. Here’s this week’s stack of new books and ARCs. What looks like you want to dig into it? Tell us in the comments!

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Clouds to the South

I think the one at the top looks a bit like a “z”.

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