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Ditmar season

It’s Ditmar season! I know this because of the flurry of emails I’ve received from people reminding me of their eligibility. I had 2 short stories published last year, necessarily down from 6 in 2009 (the year A BOOK OF ENDINGS was published): No Going Home in SPRAWL and Home Turf …

The irony of writing: Joss Whedon

Not so shiny: Plenty of drama for Buffy creator Joss Whedon — Bernard Zuel, Sydney Morning Herald, August 25, 2010 More seriously, he says that the cancellation of Firefly not only made him “the sourest man alive” but had an unexpected and potentially devastating side effect. “I stopped having ideas, …

AA-ed

It was bittersweet being at the LAST Fantastic Queensland AA ceremony. Before FQ took over, I never even attended an AA event. But they made such a classy event out of it that eventually I found I couldn’t NOT attend. I’m looking forward to hearing which brave souls take up …

Ansible makes me laugh

From the latest Ansible: Ursula K. Le Guin laments the passing of the squid: ‘[L]ast night on the Lehrer news hour Margaret Atwood did not say she did not write science fiction because she did not write about talking squids, but said that she did not write science fiction because …

Covering up

OK, so I’m getting a little obsessed with cover art (ever since Nick Stathopoulos turned in the fabulous A Book of Endings cover!). Yesterday I spent a couple hours staring at these sites: http://www.thebookdesignreview.com http://shelvedbooks.blogspot.com http://henryseneyee.blogspot.com I also followed various links, finding myself in a world of cover debate. Including …

All growed up

Over at filomancer‘s blog, some interesting comments are being made about the apparent decline in SF readership. Sometimes I think that what’s happened is that sf has become too sophisticated for its core audience, which used to be teenage boys. Their attention span, and maybe yours and mine, isn’t going …

Twisted

The Lester Dent thing got some notice recently, & slithytove noted: 1) it mentions character almost not at all; 2) it emphasizes plot twists, which I rarely hear talked about. Interesting. Because plot, I thought, was more important to genre writers than mainstream writers. I mean, just anecdotally. Just going …

Ashbery to Ashbery

You are John Ashbery. People love your work buthave no idea why, really. You are respected byall kinds of scholars and poets. Even artistslike you. Which Famous Modern American Poet Are You Quizilla, etc. Ashbery’s works are characterized by a free-flowing, often disjunctive syntax, extensive linguistic play, often infused with …

Aw, crap

Atwood’s back in the gang. Literature is an uttering, or outering, of the human imagination. It lets the shadowy forms of thought and feeling – heaven, hell, monsters, angels and all – out into the light, where we can take a good look at them and perhaps come to a …

Sugar and spice

Ditmar results announced: congratulations to all who won & all who were nominated! What she sez: Yay, Justine Larbalestier, for poking holes in that whole ‘woe is me, it’s just not the same around here since the golden age ended’ rubbish some people go on with. Please. I hate that …

Genre #1: The Cocktail

“Whether it’s a sign of the declining quality of film or illustration in general, these days most movie posters just don’t inspire the same artistic awe.” [big snip] “Today, a lot of posters are put together on computers, but back in the day when posters were completely handmade, illustrators worked …

Peek Question Time

benpeek is asking Five Questions, & here are the answers to mine. Over on his journal, all week, is interview week. I am not over there, I am here, because I don’t have anything to pimp at the moment. I am just home, writing & watching TV. You should check …

Nebulous

Well, the Nebulas are up all over the place, & it makes me wonder: how on EARTH do you choose which is the better script out of these movies? 1. The Incredibles, by Brad Bird (Pixar, Nov 2004) 2. The Butterfly Effect, by J. Mackye Gruber and Eric Bress (New …