January 3rd, 2011


[links] Link salad goes back to work

My 2010 year in review post [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — In case you were off for the weekend.

Which Editor Hasn't Won a Hugo Award... and should? — Sean Wallace quite rightly points out that Asimov's editor Sheila Williams deserves serious consideration.

How to Stick to New Year's Resolutions — Hyperbolic discounting?

The Pogies: Best Tech Ideas of the Year — Cool tech bits. (Thanks to my dad.)

The Truth Wears OffIs there something wrong with the scientific method? Fascinating. (Thanks to JEB.)

?otD: Is there light at the end of the tunnel, or is that a burning locomotive?

Writing time yesterday: 3.0 hours (short fiction revisions, WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 5.0 hours (solid, once I got to sleep)
Weight: 248.6
Currently reading: Salamanca by Dean Francis Alfar


[awards] Nomination season is upon us

Nominations are open for the Nebula (through mid-February) and Hugo (through late March) awards.

For the record, here is a selected list of my own favorite work of this past year, should you be inclined to review it for award consideration in your own nominating process.

Pinion, Tor Books
Third volume in the Mainspring cycle, action-adventure in the clockwork Earth.

The Baby Killers, PS Publishing
Alternate history politics, magic and spycraft, wherein I try to address the steampunk aesthetic at all levels of the work.

"The Bull Dancers", Audible.com (audio presentation as part of METAtropolis: Cascadia)
Sequel to my piece in METAtropolis, about the ultimate fate of Green cities in a world beset by a soft apocalypse.

The Specific Gravity of Grief, Fairwood Press
My intensely personal study of a genre writer riddled with cancer. Arguably more appropriate for "Best Related Book".

"Coming for Green", The Sky That Wraps, Subterranean Press
An exploration of the Green universe from the perspective of a much put-upon secondary character.

Short Stories
"The Starship Mechanic" with Ken Scholes, tor.com
Our joint project from a writer-in-the-window session at Borderlands Books, about an alien lost on Earth.

"From the Countries of Her Dreams" with Shannon Page, Fantasy Magazine
A side tale from the Green universe from another perspective.

"The Speed of Time", tor.com
Structurally experimental view of the end of the universe.

"If This Were a Romance" with Shannon Page, Love and Rockets, DAW Books
Exactly what it says on the tin. A romance set on a generation ship.

"Torquing Vacuum", Clarkesworld
Backstory on three important characters from my Sunspin space opera project.

Best Related Book
The Specific Gravity of Grief, Fairwood Press
My intensely personal study of a genre writer riddled with cancer.

Also, I am eligible for nomination as Best Fan Writer for this blog, and as Best Editor, Short Form, for METAtropolis: Cascadia.

If you are a SFWA member, you have access to all these works at the appropriate SFWA forum topic.