May 9th, 2013


[links] Link salad wakes up in a different, shorter world

2013 Locus Awards Finalists — My Nebula- and Hugo-nominated novella, "The Stars Do Not Lie", is also a finalist for the Locus Awards as well. I am quite pleased

A reader reacts to Escapement — They didn't like it so much.

Ultraconserved words? Really??Language Log responds to the recent "ultraconserved words" story.

Sky Crane — A gorgeous photo of the construction of One World Trade Center.

Ridge could be piece of Pangaea — Speaking of ultraconserved.

First Quantum-Enhanced Images of a Living Cell

San Francisco gives up on cell phone warning stickersReuters' reporting makes a hash of the science.

Changing U.S. Racial Demographics — This one pretty much explains itself.

Heritage: We Have Nothing To Do With Racial Immigration Study — This is the quality of conservative intellectual discourse. These are the people who produce it.

A former religious extremist explains how radicalization happens {plus, a theory of how suspected Boston Marathon bombers were radicalized}The enemy is fundamentalism because fundamentalism is very attractive to people looking for Definitive Answers. Extremist religion provides a rigid, black-and-white framework for understanding the world. Much the same could be said of contemporary conservatism. Conservatives proudly "don't do nuance", and have explicitly rejected critical thinking and sneered at the reality based community. How different is that from religious extremism with its comfortingly simple answers? (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

On gun fatalities and terrorist fatalitiesIn the last 30 years, there have been 30,000 to 40,000 gun deaths in the United States per year, more than 900,000 people. In the last 40 years since 1970, there have been about 3,400 terror-related deaths. What would the response of a rational society be? Here in America, we will never know. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

10 Things You Can't Do and Become President

QotD?: Are you going to do something wonderful today?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (stress)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 246.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block digging for fossils in the yards of God-fearing Republicans: 0
Currently reading: The Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett


[awards] 2013 Locus Awards Finalists

Our friends at Locus have posted their list of 2013 Locus Awards Finalists. Congratulations and good luck to all the finalists, including the many friends of mine who are on the list.

I am pleased and proud to note that my Asimov's novella, "The Stars Do Not Lie", is on this ballot. That makes the third award nomination for this work, as it is already on the final ballot for both the Nebula and Hugo awards for Best Novella. If you've not yet read the piece, Asimov's is currently hosting it as a free download here.

By many measures, this has been my most successful piece of fiction ever. It has received multiple Year's Best reprints, a fair amount of positive critical attention, and now a trifecta of award nominations. Like most writers, I am always surprised at which piece of my work do well, but this is a story I like a great deal, and so seeing it succeed in the world beyond even my high expectations is a great deal of fun.

Though I'd love to take home an award (or three), the magic has already happened. Given the trajectory of my life and health, I'm lucky to see this year of recognition for my work. I'll be at the Nebula Awards Weekend, I'll be at the Locus Awards Weekend, and health permitting, I'll be at Worldcon in San Antonio for the Hugo Awards Ceremony.

So thank you. Thank you for reading the story, thank you for writing it, and thank you for supporting it. It doesn't matter what happens at the ceremonies. I've already won the prize that counts.