December 19th, 2010


[links] Link salad remembers eating lamb yesterday

SF Signal with the table of contents for The Year's Best Science Fiction #28, edited by Gardner Dozois — By my rough count, 10 of the 33 titles are from online venues. Remember when submitting your fiction to online markets was considered by many to be a radical and ill-advised career move?

In Yogi Bear, Jellystone Park is District 9 (for bears) — Best. Movie. Review. EVAR.

Google Ngram ExperimentsInformation Is Beautiful plays with Google's new culturomics machinery.

Tin Bider Crater, Algeria — Satellite photo of one of the Earth's many owies.

Fighter planes in convoy, Great Britain, 1944 — A very strange photo from x planes.

The Revision History of Democracy — A geek's analysis of our system of government and a serious bug therein. This is cool reading, I think, whatever your political leanings, because it provokes a new (at least to me) way of thinking about politics and governance. (Thanks to danjite.)

'Don't ask' is repealed in historic vote — Finally, something is done right in the highly dysfunctional Senate. And Ta-Nehisi Coates really puts the smack on Senator John McCain on this one, in response to McCain's concerted efforts to ensure that conservatism is on the wrong side of history on this one. (As usual.)

?otD: What's the weirdest meat you've ever eaten?

Writing time yesterday: 2.00 hours (2,100 words to finish novella, plus some WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 248.8
Currently reading: Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban


[sale] Novelette "A Long Walk Home" to Subterranean Online

This morning, Subterranean Online has accepted my novelette, "A Long Walk Home". I am mos def pleased.

This is another piece of the Sunspin continuity. It's also a story idea that came to me in the late stages of chemo, when I could barely sign my name, let alone write fiction. So call this a bit of a personal victory on more levels than the usual headrush of selling a story.

Anent the Sunspin shorts, here's a list of them so far, with a little bit of commentary.

TitleCommentsPublication information

"Permanent Fatal Errors"About 1,200 years before the narrative present; concerns the Before Macaria St. MaduabuchiIs Anybody Out There?, ed. Nick Gevers and Marty Halpern, DAW, June, 2010

"A Long Walk Home"About 1,100 years before the narrative present; concerns the Before Aeschylus SforzaSubterranean Online, forthcoming

"To This Their Late Escape"About 850 years before the narrative present; concerns the Before Skanderia Knaak and the Before Raisa SiddiqThe Sky That Wraps, Subterranean Press, August, 2010

"To Raise a Mutiny Betwixt Yourselves"About 700 years before the narrative present; concerns the Before Michaela Cannon, the Before Raisa Siddiq, and the shipmind PolyphemusThe New Space Opera 2, ed. Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan, Eos, June, 2009

"The Weight of History, the Lightness of the Future"Immediately before the narrative present; concerns the Before Michaela Cannon, Lieutenant Shinka, and the shipmind Third RectificationTo be announced

"Torquing Vacuum"In the narrative present; concerns Domitian Spanich, the Imperial Household, and the shipmind Mare IbriumClarkesworld, February, 2010