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Apr. 23rd, 2014

12:46 am - Slow Clap

BadParking

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Apr. 22nd, 2014

10:41 pm - A slow loris being brushed



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12:53 pm - What are the Hugo rules

regarding new editions of old books?

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11:34 am - The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein



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In what fellow FASS member Mark Jackson-Brown charmingly refers to as "the Before Times [1]", book distribution in Ontario was pretty patchy and while I remember that word of mouth on rec.arts.sf-lovers was very positive about The Steerswoman, I didn't manage to find a copy of it for my own until 1993, four years after it was published. I can tell this because when I look at the back of my copy it has a sticker from A Second Look Books dated 1993. Which I guess means the author didn't make any money off me so let's move quickly on to the next paragraph.

These books are what SF should aspire to be; it is a shame they are not more widely known.

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09:44 am - When was the most recent time

Baen Books found a new author on the sales level of a Weber, Bujold or a Moon?

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Apr. 21st, 2014

05:06 pm - Inaugural Tolkien Society Award Winners

The winners were as follows:


Best Article: John Garth, “Tolkien and the boy who didn’t believe in fairies“

Best Artwork: Jenny Dolfen, “Eärendil the Mariner“

Best Book: Paul Simpson and Brian Robb, Middle-Earth Envisioned

Best Novel: J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Fall of Arthur

Best Website: Emil Johansson, LOTR Project

Outstanding Contribution Award: Christopher Tolkien

Total F   M   mu   F/T
 6    1   5        17%

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04:51 pm - Today's factoid

Not terribly surprising: The ratios of box office outside the US to box office sales inside the US for three movies:

Pacific Rim: 3
Iron Man 3: 2
Ender's Game: 1

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02:55 pm - In open office

How do you turn spell check back on? I seem to have inadvertently turned it off.

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12:30 pm - Not the result he was hoping for

The older he gets, the easier it is to provoke a tantrum from Groucho [1]. He objects in particular to me getting out of bed in the morning because it means he has to move. Sometimes this involved biting me to try to get me to stop moving. Today it involved growling and hissing.

As soon as he growled at me, Ophelia came over to groom him and as soon as they saw what she was doing, Ibid and Fig came to help. "Not wanting to move" won out over "this is an affront to my dignity" but only just.

1: He has always has a very short fuse. He goes from angry to happy just as fast, which would be weird if he had not been like this the whole time I have owned him.

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12:13 pm - Speaking of awards

The 2014 Prometheus Best Novel Award Finalists were announced and either I missed it or I forgot noticing it.

Best Novel finalists:

Homeland, by Cory Doctorow (TOR Books)
A Few Good Men, by Sarah Hoyt (Baen Books)
Crux, by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot Books)
Nexus, by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot Books)
Brilliance, by Marcus Sakey (Thomas & Mercer)

Here are the 2014 finalists (in chronological order) for the Prometheus Hall of Fame award for Best Classic Fiction:

"As Easy as A.B.C.," a short story (1912) by Rudyard Kipling
"Sam Hall," a short story (1953) by Poul Anderson
"'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman," a short story (1965) by Harlan Ellison
Falling Free, a novel (1988) by Lois McMaster Bujold
Courtship Rite, a novel (1982) by Donald M. Kingsbury

It's kind of sad I've read all the ones in the Hall of Fame list and none of the contemporary ones. I will say this isn't the first time I've run across Naam's name in the last month or so.


Award             T    F   M   Mu  F/T
Best Novel        5    1   4        .2
Hall of Fame      5    1   4        .2

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12:02 pm - Which F&SF awards

*do* people care about the results of?

Feel free to link to their sites.

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11:43 am - Because nothing fixes all the problems better than a total universal reboot.

Another total universal reboot, I mean.

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02:17 pm - Easter, North Korea, and more

Every year a common image meme appears declaring that Easter is somehow related to Ishtar. This is demonstrably untrue. Easter is named after the month and the Germanic pagan goddess Ēostre, Easter eggs (a particularly Christian symbol) date from at least the 17th century, and the rabbit the carrier of the eggs. So whilst I grimaced somewhet when the speaker at the Unitarian service started the address by mentioning the Ishtar myth, I was pleased that the reading included a selection from an excellent humanist interpretation of the Christian Easter myth: Good Friday is for every good-hearted person who has ever been tortured or murdered or beaten down by the relentless forces of human oppression.

Saturday night's Isocracy meeting at Trades Hall could have had a better turnout, punished by both the Comedy Festival and tramworks leading to a parking disaster. Nevertheless Nick Langdon gave one of the most scholarly and nuanced accounts of human rights and international relations in North Korea, noting in particular how the regime exists on a cult-like propaganda machine (which is why sanctions and economic punishment is ineffectual and indeed, counter-productive). Importantly, Nick pointed out that the North Korean system is incapable of reform, only collapse. Which does raise, of course, the question of what comes afterwards. In all probability it would be a South Korean takeover of some sort which would lead to the uncomfortable situation of US troops on the Chinese border. In my opinion any sort of reunification in order to be successful would also require a substantial demilitarisation of the penisula, and, especially in a transition to social and liberal democratic governance, an expansion in the South Korean welfare system - which is difficult given the GDP etc differences between the two countries.

In other activities ran a session of Pendragon on Thursday night which concluded with contacting the Ten Saints of Britain who are now reciting a common prayer for a year to end the Waste Land. Sunday afternoon played Hacker with the usual suspects which, despite its age and some changes in contemporary technology, is actually a surprisingly good simulation of computer hacking. Perhaps a new edition is in order? On Friday afternoon attended a social gathering hosted by Anthony L., with excellent political, cultural, and technical discussions and some great food. Saturday afternoon convened the LUV Beginners Workshop which had Terry Kemp speaking on GNOME3 and particularly the GNOME Tweak Tool (slides available). Yes, that does mean for the entire Easter long-weekend, this is the first day I've had free.

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Apr. 20th, 2014

04:56 pm - While granting up front such things are likely to end tears

What would a modern attempt to emulate the Lensman series, this time with better prose, look like? Assume "it would have better prose" is covered.

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03:13 pm - BSFA Award Winners

They are reported to be:

Novel:
Ann Leckie’s ANCILLARY JUSTICE
Gareth L. Powell’s ACK-ACK MACAQUE

Short Story:
Nina Allen, “Spin.”

Art:
Joey HiFi, with the art for DREAM LONDON.

Nonfiction:
Jeff Vandermeer, WONDERBOOK

I will tidy this up I get home.

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02:07 pm - The logical next step

Scalzi tries to put as nice a face on the current situation, which I guess he has to because it was the normalization of blatant self-promotion that got us here and he played a significant role in making it acceptable.

Anyway, since we're stuck in a situation where organized slates enjoy an advantage (at least as far as nominations go), the next step would seem to be formal parties, each offering a different slate of candidates. How many of those do you think are viable in a system like the Hugos?

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12:13 pm - Two questions


What none of that clade has ever answered is the question of why nearly all separatist utopian fantasies — e.g. those of Charnas, Tepper, LeGuin etc — begin built upon mountains of corpses. Nearly all of the systems that they have extolled (many of them vastly harsher to males than anything in Glory Season) seem to have derived from apocalyptic downfalls of a previous (presumably unjust and oppressive) civilization.


A: Which LeGuin is Brin referring to here?

B: Aren't piles of polished skulls somewhere in the background a common feature in utopias of all kinds? I can think of examples where utopianification was a gradual process - I believe that's how it worked in Looking Backward: 2000 - 1887 by Edward Bellamy - but clearing off the Old Order with some kind of grand calamity is a great time saver.

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09:28 am - David Gemmel Legend Award Nominees

Legend Award
(Best novel)

The Daylight War by Peter V Brett (Harper Collins UK)
Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (Harper Collins UK)
The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch (Gollancz)
A Memory of Light by Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan (Tor/Forge)
War Master's Gate by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor UK)


Morningstar Award
(Best debut novel)

The Garden of Stones by Mark T Barnes (47 North)
Headtaker by David Guymer (Black Library)
Promise of Blood by Brian McLellan (Orbit)
The Path of Anger by Antoine Rouaud (Gollancz)
The Grim Company by Luke Scull (Head of Zeus)


Ravenheart Award
(Best cover art)

Benjamin Carre for the cover of The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch(Gollancz)
Jason Chan for the cover of Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (Harper Collins UK)
Cheol Joo Lee for the cover of Skarsnik by Guy Haley (Black Library)
Gene Mollica and Michael Frost for the cover of Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan (Orbit)
Rhett Podersoo for the cover of She Who Waits by Daniel
Polansky (Hodder)




Award                 T    F    M    F/T
Legend Award          5         5     0
Morningstar Award     5         5     0
Ravenheart Award      5         5     0
Total                15        15     0


Which by British standards is very inclusive.

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12:28 am - 2014 Hugo Nominees F/M

Boy, do I regret the fractional credit approach.

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Apr. 19th, 2014

05:44 pm - From Natalie Luhrs

Obligatory Hugo Nomination Reaction Post

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04:48 pm - 1939 Retro Hugo Nominees

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04:41 pm - Hugo nominees announced

List copied from Whatever
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02:12 pm - Watch the Hugo Nominee announcements

UStream feed here.

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01:06 pm - Jonathan Horner, Dave Waltham, F. Elliot' "The role of Jupiter in driving Earth's orbital evolution"


In coming years, the first truly Earth-like planets will be discovered orbiting other stars, and the search for signs of life on these worlds will begin. However, such observations will be hugely time-consuming and costly, and so it will be important to determine which of those planets represent the best prospects for life elsewhere. One of the key factors in such a decision will be the climate variability of the planet in question - too chaotic a climate might render a planet less promising as a target for our initial search for life elsewhere.
On the Earth, the climate of the last few million years has been dominated by a series of glacial and interglacial periods, driven by periodic variations in the Earth's orbital elements and axial tilt. These Milankovitch cycles are driven by the gravitational influence of the other planets, and as such are strongly dependent on the architecture of the Solar system.
Here, we present the first results of a study investigating the influence of the orbit of Jupiter on the Milankovitch cycles at Earth - a first step in developing a means to characterise the nature of periodic climate change on planets beyond our Solar system.

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11:39 am - I can see no way in which this could go horribly wrong


Should You Sue Your eBook Reviewers?


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10:02 am - Arcfinity f/m

Issue   T   F    M    Mu   F/T
1.1    15   2   13         .13
1.2    14   3   10     1   .21
1.3    13   2   11         .15
1.4    13   4    9         .31   
2.1     ?   ?    ?     ?    ?


I am sure the TOC for 2.1 must be on their webstie somewhere but I ran out of patience looking for it.

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09:07 am - Odd but interesting


Hokkyoku Nigo is part of a small subset in Japan with a fetish for wearing outfits called “zentai” — an abbreviation of “zenshintaitsu”, which means “full body suit” — who say they are seeking liberation by effacing the physical self.


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Apr. 18th, 2014

10:11 pm - From the vasty deep

"GLENDOWER
I can call spirits from the vasty deep.
HOTSPUR
Why, so can I, or so can any man;
But will they come when you do call for them?"

They do if you use the magic words David Brin Glory Season. Or one will, any, from the deeps of the interwebs.



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09:00 pm - Jim C. Hines demonstrates a skill Will Shetterly currently lacks

No, not "getting published by major publishers" or at least not just that.

Reading for content

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05:16 pm - corporate interests mastering same basic technology used in ICBMs

No word on villainous monologs. Picture is a link.




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