Jumpdrives & Cantrips

McLinky Linkerton
March 27, 2008, 1910
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Today is a slow day: things seem to just drag by. Winter is also dragging by, and I’m waiting for the snow to finally melt for good. Neither the melt nor I got much of consequence accomplished today, but that’s ok. I have the sneaking suspicion that tomorrow will try to bowl me over in exchange (fingers crossed that the melt does, too). In any case, I’m reading the third Jani Kilian book and having trouble deciding what to read beyond that. I’m not quite sure what I’m in the mood for, so if you have a suggestion feel free to ante up. With that, here’s some linkage:

  • I know I said that I’m not usually big on the whole awards thing, but I just have to plug the Prix Aurora Award’s nominations this year since they’ll be held here in Winnipeg this May at Keycon (via SF Scope).
  • Fantasy Debut‘s Tia wrote a piece about Character Development Novels. I love that she mentions Elizabeth Moon’s The Deed of Paksenarrion as a book that really focuses on the character’s development.
  • Here’s a look at cover art choices for science fiction and fantasy by the art director for Tor/Forge, followed by John Scalzi’s take on things. Have to say, I think things have simultaneously gotten both better and worse: there are some truly amazing covers for major publishing houses, but never have there been so many utterly depressing CG covers for eBooks that just make me roll my eyes–and some for very good books that are now being e-published as reprints.
  • Religion in science fiction and how various important sorts answer the question of whether science fiction is antithetical to religion get discussed on SF Signal’s Mindmeld (via Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist). I have one word for you: Scientology. 🙂
  • Aiden from A Dribble of Ink drew my attention to Papercuts’ The Seven Deadly Words of Book Reviewing. Which I would like to think I’m not horribly embarrassed by, but suspect otherwise.

Lots of interesting and occasionally weighty discussions recently! On a lighter note, in honour of the fact that my husband hoodwinked me into watching the entire MacGyver television run piece by piece (now midway through season 5), I found this. And giggled. It’s, um, priceless.