Filed under: news | Tags: books, compton crook award, jim c. hines, john scalzi, kate elliott, lois mcmaster bujold, LOL, news, rhetorics of fantasy, urban fantasy
First off, Realms of Speculative Fiction, where one of my blog buddies (Thrinidir/Uros) resides, has put together an awesome list of SF-related blogs and included me along with a whole host of excellent bloggers (I feel a little odd being included with them). I even found some I hadn’t yet stumbled upon! Clearly he has superior blogging taste, and is very nice besides. I highly endorse his blog, which has multiple reviewers and other cool things.
But without any further ado, lots of interesting things out there the past couple of days, so this might run a little longer than usual…
- Fantasy Book Critic reviews & interviews Lois McMaster Bujold and Kate Elliott (aka Alis A. Rasmussen). I urge you to read both of the excellent interviews, and then the books of these excellent writers.
- Juno Editor Paula Guran posted her notes for a panel on urban fantasy that she didn’t get to. It’s a very good look at urban fantasy in the context of its cross-genre nature and points out some tendencies. My only wish it that it was in a more chronological format, as it tends to jump around a little without putting things into context time-wise, but if I really wanted I suppose I could edit it. Unfortunately, I’m unabashedly lazy (via Dark Parables).
- This is why I hesitate to fully embrace eBooks–so much potential for paper-bound beauty! Take a look at Jordan Crane’s Cover Art for a Michael Chabon essay collection (via Making Light). It makes me drool a little.
- John Scalzi on book remaindering and The Android’s Dream. Which is, by the way, a great piece of comedic SF and satire, and I encourage purchasing of the remaindered books, so keep your eyes peeled in the near future if you want a copy.
- Jim C. Hines’ LOL Books. I highly endorse LOLing in general, and LOLSF is even better! I’m particularly be-snickered by the missing forehead one…
- A new book by Farah Mendelsohn called Rhetorics of Fantasy is a work with scholarly slant that tries to categorise fantasy in a new way. Instead of looking at content specifically, she analyses how characters relate to the world they are in (via SF Scope). I’d be very interested to have a read of this volume, and I’ll have to see if she’s published any articles.
- And the newest Compton Crook Award finalists have been announced. There’s only one I haven’t seen a significant amount of buzz about: Baen’s Mark L. Van Name volume One Jump Ahead (via SF Scope).
With that, I am off to pillage and rampage across countryside from the comfort of my home. I love computers 😉
Filed under: news | Tags: enduring romance, guest blog, news, world in a satin bag
Today I guest blogged about the Ancient Civilization in speculative fiction over at The World in the Satin Bag. Head on over and check out the rest of the blog as well if you have a chance. In other guest-type news I will be doing a guest review of Grimspace by Ann Aguirre for Kimber An at Enduring Romance sometime next month. I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while, so I’m looking forward to it! Enduring Romance does romance, but also a wide smattering of other genre, so hop on over and have a read there as well.
Here’s some other cool things:
- I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved the orrery from The Dark Crystal. So I was very excited to have a look at The Clock of the Long Now, where a group of people are trying to build a 10,000 year clock, and built an orrery as well. I’m waiting for when they start selling personal orrerys…
- The Secret Origin of the Ray Gun in Science Fiction isn’t so secret anymore over at io9!
- Over at the New York Times, The Fuzzier Crystal Ball looks at who will fill Clarke’s void. Though to be fair, I wonder if that isn’t a little silly. It’s not like we need to go out and replace the man; I doubt anyone really could, and I think the idea devalues SF writers in general. But that’s just my two cents. (via the Book Swede)
- Are you handy? You can always enter the Make A Cylon Contest…
- You’ve probably already heard that the Hugo ballot for 2008 is posted. Personally I’ve never followed the whole award thing very closely, but here’s the list for your perusing pleasure.
And with that, I am off to scrounge sustenance.
Filed under: news | Tags: dun lady's jess, free ebooks, frustration, jeff vandermeer, neil gaiman, news, tanya huff
In light of the computer recently spitting me out of writing my review of Dun Lady’s Jess, managing to erase the entire thing, and turning the screen into vertical green & black lines, I now resort to a news tidbits post *grin*
This stuff is just so cool! Everyone knows that neurons don’t grow back, but a group of researchers has been using microchips to try and regenerate nerve cells. And if you ever wanted the chance to explore the International Space Station, have a look around.
And after Dun Lady’s Jess, I’m looking to review Airs and Graces by Toby Bishop (another horse-related fantasy), and more of the Jani Kilian books.
Filed under: news | Tags: brown girl in the ring, canada reads 2008, elizabeth moon, king kieri, nalo hopkinson, news, paksenarrion, Reviews
Anyone who’s been following my entries probably knows I’ve been waiting in anticipation for any Elizabeth Moon news since I heard tell that she’d be returning to the Paks universe, and The Swivet had this little gem about the sale of the new books:
Elizabeth Moon’s KING KIERI, set directly in the aftermath of the author’s “Deed of Paksenarrion” series, describing the struggles of a new king to reunite a land torn asunder by war and riven by resurgent conflict between elves and man, to Liz Scheier at Del Rey, in a significant deal, in a three-book deal (for a likely trilogy), for publication in October 2009, by Joshua Bilmes at JABberwocky Literary Agency (NA).
Haven’t seen much mention of this anywhere else online yet, including Moon’s own site. La Gringa also mentioned that A. Lee Martinez’ In the Company of Ogres (see my review here) has had film rights optioned to the same people involved in The Simpson’s Movie and Futurama. The story could make for a truly excellent movie, depending on how they interpret it… (see The Swivet’s full post here).
Also, for those keeping up with Canada Reads 2008 sadly Nalo Hopkinson‘s Brown Girl in the Ring did not win out. However, congrats to Paul Quarrington’s King Leary, which is apparently a humourous read, if not a speculative one.
OF Blog of the Fallen makes some interesting points about reviews that I don’t fully agree with, but are good to think about nonetheless. The comments are also thought-provoking. I’m thinking about writing more about why I do reviews and how I think about them at a later date. Which brings me to the fact that I’m always open to constructive criticism–I may not follow it, but I certainly appreciate when people give me feedback on the reviews and writing itself, so go to if you feel inclined. (I promise I won’t be too hurt, I might just lick my wounds for a few days before responding 😉 )
And in other news via the CBC, robots equally effective as dogs in curbing loneliness and spotlight on Pseudomonas-infected snow.