December 7th, 2011


[links] Link salad looks into tutelary dentistry

The Fathomless Abyss is now on sale for all your holiday reading needs — A shared world anthology from Mike Resnick & Brad R. Torgersen, Mel Odom, J.M. McDermott, Cat Rambo, and me, edited by New York Times best-selling author Philip Athans. More details here. Go check it out.

Jonathan Lethem on The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick...a fascinating new 1,000-page record of the iconic sci-fi author’s attempt to explain a series of mystical revelations that happened to him towards the end of his career.

Cancer cells poisoned with sugar — (Via both [info]e_bourne and [info] markbourne.)

Secrets of the asteroid belt: Vesta actually more like a planet

10 Creepiest Abandoned Water Parks on Earth — Urban decay. (Via [info]danjite.)

Rent-Free Religion in New York's Public Schools — Church planting does not strike me as a good thing, in the short or long run. I'm a big believer in the Establishment Clause, which oddly does not appeal to the strict constructionists on the Right. (Via [info]scarlettina.)

‘60 Minutes’ Shames Justice Dept. Over Wall Street

Where I stand on the Occupy movement — Roger Ebert is eloquent and measured, as usual.

Jon Huntsman Flip-Flops On Climate Change — And so the last rational GOP candidate surrenders to the Republican primary crazyfest.

?otd: Vandemar or Croup?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 10.25 (solid)
Weight: 210.8
Currently (re)reading: Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold


[cancer] Riding the sleep train, looking for my lucky stop

Yesterday was tough, thanks to that 1:30 am wakeup I never could go back to sleep from. So last night I took a Lorazepam at 5:30 and went lights out at 6:00 pm. Woke up about 4:30 this morning with a solid sleep behind me. The timing is, and feels, ridiculous, but it's quite clearly what my body needed. Otherwise I was on track for another miserable day.

The world wasn't particularly kind to me yesterday, either. I confirmed that my new MacBook Air got lost somewhere between the Apple shipping department and UPS. The missing package is now being 'investigated'. Meanwhile, I'm out $2,000 worth of hardware and nothing to show for it. It's not like Apple's going to ship me another one until they find out where the first one went. I get to pay the price for their process failure (or, I suppose, possibly warehouse theft). On the plus side, the MacBook Pro seems to be back in more or less working order.

At the same time, the heater guy who came by to do my annual maintenance informed me that the condensor is cracked in my heater, and the unit is too old to get parts for. Suddenly spending all that money on a new computer looks like a real bad idea. I'll be out another $2-3,000 in the next week or so. The joys of home ownership.

Having had a good night's sleep last night, I'm hoping for a bombshell-free day to go with it. Maybe all my bad luck got crammed into yesterday.


[awards] Obligatory story pimpage

I haven't published much short fiction this year, due to the effects of my cancer journey on both my productivity at the keyboard and on my focus on marketing. Such writing time as I've had has remained focused on my novels. Nonetheless, a few things have squeaked out into the marketplace.

For my own part, I think the best of these is my Sunspin novelette, "A Long Walk Home", which has been selected for Year's Best Science Fiction volume 29. If you're a Hugo or Nebula voter, I hope you'll give it consideration.

Anyway, here's the list.

Endurance (Green, volume 2), Tor Books

"A Long Walk Home", Subterranean Online
"The Decaying Mansions of Memory", Untold Adventures

Short Fiction
"The Blade of His Plow", Human for a Day, ed. Martin H. Greenberg and Jennifer Brozek
"A Critical Examination of Stigmata's Print Taking the Rats to Riga", The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities: Exhibits, Oddities, Images, and Stories from Top Authors and Artists, ed. Jeff and Ann VanderMeer
"'Hello,' Said the Gun", Daily Science Fiction
"A Place to Come Home To" (with Shannon Page), When the Hero Comes Home, ed. Gabrielle Harbowy and Ed Greenwood
"Unchambered Heart", ChiZine
"You Know What Hunts You", The Edge of Propinquity