September 16th, 2009


SF Signal's Mind-Meld: What Book Introduced You to Science Fiction?

The latest of SF Signal's "Mind-Meld" pieces is up, in which they ask several folks in the spec-fic field what book introduced them to the genre. Respondents include Mike Resnick, Nnedi Okorafor, Gary Gibson, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Ian Alexander Martin, James Bloomer, A.M. Dellamonica, James Wallace Harris, Jack Skillingstead, Brenda Cooper, Bluejack, and, uh, me. *grin*

Check it out!
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reviews of The Deathless and D'Argo's Trial

cbpotts has reviewed my 2007 Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel The Deathless for Smart Shoppers Secrets: A Book Blog with a Funny Name, and liked it a whole bunch.

Money quote:
DeCandido delivers a great tale. The Deathless particularly appealed to me because he drew on a lot of Russian mythology, particularly the Baba Yaga tale. The Buffy characters were ‘true to life’ from the show, yet the story itself (AFAIK) was never an episode. This is the ultimate “YES” for tie-in work; you feel like you’ve just watched a particular fantastic episode without ever having to flip on the set.

Also there are reviews out there for Farscape: D'Argo's Trial #2 by Andrea Speed of comiXtreme and Louis Johnson of Fandomania.
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    "Fingerprints" by Joan Osborne

Schott's Miscellany 15 September 2009

P.T. Barnum's elephant, Jumbo, was killed while crossing rail tracks; it was later stuffed and displayed (1885)


The Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant probably date to the congressional elections of 1874 and the work of German-born artist Thomas Nast--the father of U.S. caricature and cartoon (although some say that in the 1820s, Andrew Jackson was portrayed by cartoonists as a jackass). It seems that in 1874, the New York Herald ran a hoax about animals escaping the Central Park Zoo and scavenging for food. In a cartoon for Harper's Weekly, Nast combined the Herald's joke with Ulysses S. Grant's bid for reelection, depicting the Herald as a donkey disguised as a lion, trying to scare away a Republican elephant. (In 1877, Nast also depicted a Democratic tiger licking his chops while waiting for a Republican lamb.) Depending on your partisan persuasion, the donkey (an 18th-century euphemism for ass) represents either stubbornness and braying stupidity or cleverness, courage, and likeableness. (In biblical times, donkeys were thought suitable mounts for royalty in peacetime.) The elephant symbolizes either sturdiness, toughness, and a preternatural memory or blundering clumsiness and pachydermal insensitivity. Unlike the Republicans, the Democrats have never formally adopted their animal as a symbol.

Thunder is the voice of God, and, therefore, to be dreaded.
Increase Mather (1639-1723)
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    "Fallen Angel" by Robbie Robertson
heart of the dragon


Forgot to post this yesterday, but I'm up to 29,553 words on Heart of the Dragon. Hope to hit 35K today, at least.....
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    "Take It to the Limit" by the Eagles

meeting Nicholas Meyer

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    "Boo Time" by Moxy Fruvous
prague, tainted love

back in the Census saddle

Got a call this afternoon out of the blue from the U.S. Census Bureau, who want to hire me once again to do work for them on an eight-week project, which includes five full days of training next week.

I'm certainly not going to complain about something that provides more income. *grin* Did have to postpone a dentist appointment and a lunch, not to mention asking FenCon to get me home sooner (I was originally to fly home Monday morning, but now I have to be back Sunday night), but it's worth it.

Back to work........
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    "Donald, Where's Your Trousers?" by the Brobdignagian Bards

open thread

Haven't done one of these in a while...

This is a totally open thread. Say what you want, ask what you want, rave about something, rant about something else, bitch, moan, query, exult, postulate, prognosticate -- whatever.

Have at it!
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    "Don't Crash the Ambulance" by Mark Knopfler

"On Meeting Nicholas Meyer" by Glenn Greenberg

In this post, I linked to my friend Glenn Greenberg's account on Facebook of meeting Nicholas Meyer (The Seven Percent Solution, several Star Trek films) at a book signing.

However, several folks couldn't read it due to a) not being on FB or b) being on FB but not being a friend of Glenn's.

So Glenn has generously given me permission to reprint his story here.

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    "Testimony" by Robbie Robertson