It’s come to my attention recently that God will kill a kitten each day I don’t update my blog. Why didn’t anyone tell me about this sooner? I shall endeavor to keep the kittens alive from now on. And in an effort to make up for past misdeeds, I’m going to make several posts today. Perhaps God will ressurect some of those poor bastards.
Oh, and I recently saw
Shaun of the Dead. It’s quite brilliant; go see it immediately.
If you’re a lucky American with one of those DVD players than can play
out-of-region DVDs (or a Brit with a regular DVD player), you can get it on DVD
now; if not, you’ll have to traipse out to the theater to see it, but I can
assure you it’s well worth it.
to see Sky Captain and
the World of Tomorrow, which was much much better than I thought it
would be. Not a stunning achievement, but visually beautiful and a fun film,
quite enjoyable overall. Lots of good humor and action.
Good old-fashioned pulpy goodness. And zeppelins!
Currently grateful for movie theaters where you can lift
the arm rests between the seats.
Tobias Buckell is auctioning off some cool stuff with the proceeds going toward Grenada Relief in the wake of Hurricane Ivan. So help the Grenadans out and bid on a book or two.
There are 4 copies of the WOTF XVI anthology with my story ‘In Orbite Mediavali.’
There is 1 copy of ‘Whispers From The Cotton Tree Root,’ with ‘Spurn Babylon’ in it, edited by Nalo Hopkinson
There are 3 copies of ‘Analog’ the June/July 2002 issue with my alternate history ‘A Green Thumb’ therein.
There is 1 copy of the latest anthology, ‘So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial SF&F’ with my story ‘Necahual’ in there, edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan.
See Toby’s blog for more details.
example, and Andy Cox from The 3rd Alternative offers us this brilliant
Let your voice be heard!
Dave Gross of Amazing has posted a call for letters of comment. He says:
“Due to the surprising dearth of letters of comment, we’re without a full “Dispatches” for issue 606 and looking into the abyss of the deadline. Help! Send us your thoughts on issue 604, on Amazing Stories in general, or a recent book, movie, comic, or audiobook you’ve enjoyed–or hated.
“You’ll be glad you did, and we’ll be evuh so grateful.
“And you can send those to email@example.com. Don’t forget to include your city & state.”
P.S. Be sure to say you loved those audiobook reviews! ;)
Has anyone seen the new issue of Chronicle (formerly Science Fiction Chronicle)? I’m not sure what the month on the issue is, but it’s got a picture of Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson on the cover (and an interview with them inside). Anyway, I was with Gordon at the post office on Friday when it arrived and he looked at it and said that Brian Herbert looks like John C. Reilly. Which wouldn’t necessarily be bad, but what he really looks like is the reanimated corpse of John C. Reilly. Really, it’s quite a ghastly photo, definitely worth checking out.
If anyone can find an image of it for me online, please post it as a comment so everyone can see it. I looked for it, but couldn’t find it (DNA’s Chronicle website has the current issue listed as December 2003). In other DNA news, Warren’s new KISS magazine showed up the other day too, in which at least half of the articles are written by one Warren Lapine. Seemed kind of odd to see a table of contents with so many articles written by the same person. But the magazine overall looks much better than most of the DNA magazines, in terms of its production values.
Here’s that cover image, courtesy of Jon Hansen.
If this cover had word balloons, they would read:
Brian Herbert: "Brains!"
Kevin J. Anderson: "I’m going to kick some ass with my
I’m off to Worldcon tomorrow morning, so if you notice a delay in slush response times or in response to emails, that’s why.
Here are my responses to
Cultural Index. My choices are bold; questions I abstained from
answering have been italicized. Enjoy:
- USB 2.0 or Firewire
- The Smurfs or the Snorks
- Fraggle Rock or the Muppet Show
- Kerouac or Ginsberg
- Kansas or Boston
- Sally Mann or Diane Arbus
- Soul Coughing or Weezer
- Penny Arcade or PvP
- Orbital or Fatboy Slim
- Unreal Tournament or some WII crap
- BoingBoing or Metafilter
- Pirate or Ninja
- Beethoven or Bach
- Asimov’s or Analog
- Slacks or jeans
- Dandelions or carnations
- catfish or salmon
- Discordian or SubGenius
- D20 or GURPS
- BitTorrent or Kazaa
- Suicide Girls or Playboy
- Slashdot or Kuro5hin
- Tick animated or Tick live action
- Family Guy or King of the Hill
- Firefly or Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- highway or city (driving)
- Saturn or Kia
- Donnie Darko or The Matrix
- NTFS or FAT32
- drive-in theatre or cineplex
- Greek gods or Roman gods
- painful death by fire ants or 7th grade
- Warren Ellis or Grant Morrison
- Jugglers or clowns
- train or bus
- Movable Type or LiveJournal
- PHP or Perl
- School House Rocks or After School Special
- Transformers or Go-Bots
- Roger Zelazny or Neil Gaiman
- E.O. Wilson or Stephen Jay Gould
- Lake Monsters or Bigfoot
- Pajamas with feet or pajamas without feet
- The Iron Giant or Toy Story
- The Legend of Zelda or Super Mario Brothers
- saturday morning cartoons or after school cartoons
- VH1 or MTV
- BiPolar Disorder or Schitzophrenia
- credit unions or banks
- ecology or molecular biology