Jumpdrives & Cantrips

The Ides, the Ides…
March 15, 2008, 1149
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 Ok, I know we’ve changed calendar systems at least twice since the whole Julius Caesar ides-thing “occurred”, but it doesn’t make it any less amusing to me. Still working on Airs & Graces, which is a little slower read than I was expecting. In the meantime, wile your ides away with these:

  • Patrick Nielson Hayden reveals more about Tor’s website plans on Making Light. It sounds a little exciting, but I remain somewhat skeptical about the social networking end of things. And to be honest, while free eBooks are nice with the incentive mail-outs, I’ve owned all but one of them, and that one is certainly in the local library. Anyhow, I do hope that things turn out nicely and it works as a novel little marketing system.
  • Terry Pratchett, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease, has pledged $1 million to support the UK Alzheimer’s Research Trust. Grasping for the Wind also has a post about this, including a link to a facebook group for fans supporting the cause if you are interested in supporting it. Knowing a little of how donated money gets broken down, I really hope that it gets used in a good way, because that’s one heckuva disease to live with, and one that is sadly common.
  • Also, check out i09’s Bad Movie Physics report card. These are things that I perpetually notice in science fiction movies and have a vague sense of “What the…?!” about, but they generally don’t ruin my movie going experience on the whole. Keep in mind I enjoyed The Core, which is a dearth of horrible (but extremely amusing!) science in and of itself… But really, half the fun is making fun of these types of things.
  • In the realm of amusement and silliness, check out No More Abandoned Shopping Carts to see some cart whispering. The area where I grew up sure needed a cart-whisperer. It’s renowned as a shopping cart graveyard.

Shadow Unit & Other Stuff
February 19, 2008, 2043
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Unfortunately I’m a little under the weather today, but I’ve got a review of Emma Bull’s Territory in the works, and a couple others. Here are some interesting things to check out in the meantime:

Emma Bull & co. have started a fanfic site for a TV show that… doesn’t exist? It’s called Shadow Unit, and the first novella by Emma Bull is now up. Other collaborators include Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette, and Will Shetterly. If you’re curious how the idea came about, check here for an explanation.

Did you sign up for the free eBooks from Tor yet? Apparently the site will also have social networking, and potential to purchase original short fiction from writers, accompanied by original artwork. I’m curious to see how Tor works the site, and what kinds of costs will be associated with the for-purchase items… See info at Bloggasm. (Thanks for passing this on to me, Flaede!)

Mike Shepherd now has contracts for books #7-9 in the Kris Longknife series, which I suppose must be selling well given the sheer number of books due to populate the series. I’m really hoping the next book takes the series somewhere new, and it’s nice to see that if it’s good, it’ll at least be three more books of good. This news amongst other book wheelings and dealings at The Swivet.

Last but not least, please check out Grasping for the Wind for more book review love–if you haven’t already. Its proprietor has been lovely enough to urge visitors to come and visit, which is very kind and much appreciated.