May 11th, 2013


[links] Link salad is hopelessly devoted to you

In which it is announced that I am a Sturgeon Award finalist — For my Sunspin novella, "The Weight of History, the Lightness of the Future", published by Subterranean Online.

Joss Whedon’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Will Bring Marvel Universe to TV

Big-Bird BrainChildren watching clips of Sesame Street inside fMRI scanners yield unprecedented insights into the functioning of their brains.

Side-By-Side Photos Illustrate Inequality in America — Wow. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Portland, Ore., is magnet for gay couples wanting babies — I am so proud of us.

Oregon Insurers vying to lower premiums because of Obamacare — What do you know? Obamacare is enabling market forces by forcing carriers to compete on a level playing field.

Climate Milestone: Earth’s CO2 Level Passes 400 ppmGreenhouse gas highest since the Pliocene, when sea levels were higher and the Earth was warmer. Nothing to see here, citizen, move along. Just some more liberal "facts" and "data", no cause for alarm.

No Need to Worry About Global Warming, Folks: More Carbon Dioxide Will Be Awesome

Global Warming: We are halfway to a mass extinction event — We could try to do something about this. Or we could just stifle the science and political discourse on the topic. Which course has Your Republican Party chosen?

Proposed bill that would regulate NSF research funding faces backlashScientists not amused, bill's backers appear confused. Republicans confused about science? Really? The party of Creationism and climate change denial? Also, this just in: water is wet, sky is blue.

IRS targeted conservative groups, official saysOrganizations seeking nonprofit status were improperly singled out for extra scrutiny, a top agency official says. This is seriously wrong. Infuriatingly, it's also a rare piece of validation that further fuels the endless bizarre conspiracy thinking on the Right. Sigh.

QotD?: Ever seen Grease?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (WRPA, editing METAtropolis: Green Space)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 251.8 (!)
Number of FEMA troops on my block digging for fossils in the yards of God-fearing Republicans: 0
Currently reading: Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett


[awards] Sturgeon Award nomination, also, "When shall we three meet again?"

I am quite pleased to note that my Sunspin novella, The Weight of History, the Lightness of the Future", originally published at Subterranean Online, is a finalist for the 2013 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.

I am quite amused to note that of the four major awards I have been nominated for this year, all in the novella category, I share the nomination in all four cases with Aliette de Bodard and Nancy Kress. Clearly we three shall need to meet at dawn upon a field of honor. Perhaps fountain pen nibs at ten paces. Nancy and I have been teasing one another about it since the Hugo nominations came out.

Aliette, we're coming for you.

The lists, which make for interesting consideration:

Nebula Award finalists, Best Novella [ source ]
  • On a Red Station, Drifting, Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)

  • After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress (Tachyon)

  • “The Stars Do Not Lie,” Jay Lake (Asimov’s 10-11/12)

  • “All the Flavors,” Ken Liu (GigaNotoSaurus 2/1/12)

  • “Katabasis,” Robert Reed (F&SF 11-12/12)

  • “Barry’s Tale,” Lawrence M. Schoen (Buffalito Buffet)

Hugo Award finalists, Best Novella [ source ]
  • After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress (Tachyon Publications)

  • The Emperor’s Soul, Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications)

  • On a Red Station, Drifting, Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)

  • San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats, Mira Grant (Orbit)

  • “The Stars Do Not Lie”, Jay Lake (Asimov’s, Oct-Nov 2012)

Locus Award finalists, Best Novella [ source ]
  • “In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns”, Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s 1/12)

  • On a Red Station, Drifting, Aliette de Bodard (Immersion)

  • After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress (Tachyon)

  • “The Stars Do Not Lie”, Jay Lake (Asimov’s 10-11/12)

  • The Boolean Gate, Walter Jon Williams (Subterranean)

Sturgeon Award finalists[ source ]
  • “Things Greater Than Love”, Kate Bachus (Strange Horizons 3/19/12)

  • “Immersion”, Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 6/12)

  • “Scattered Along the River of Heaven”, Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 1/12)

  • “The Grinnell Method”, Molly Gloss (Strange Horizons 9/3/12 & 9/10/12)

  • After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress (Taychon)

  • “The Weight of History, the Lightness of the Future”, Jay Lake (Subterranean Spring 2012)

  • “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species”, Ken Liu (Lightspeed 8/12)

  • “Mono No Aware”, Ken Liu (The Future Is Japanese)

  • “Nahiiku West”, Linda Nagata (Analog 10/12)

  • Eater of Bone, Robert Reed (PS Publishing)

  • “The Peak of Eternal Light”, Bruce Sterling (Edge of Infinity)

  • “(To See the Other) Whole Against the Sky”, E. Catherine Tobler (Clarkesworld 11/12)

You can read my two nominated novellas online:

"The Stars Do Not Lie"
"The Weight of History, the Lightness of the Future"


[cancer] Field notes from Cancerland, weekend addendum

Forward Planning Redux

The crew for this morning's disability planning meeting has grown. Six of us are meeting for breakfast to go over a number of financial and care issues. I'm not pulling the trigger right now, but I am trying to get all my ducks in a row so that when the time comes, we just push a few buttons (so to speak) and launch the process. The crew is Lisa Costello (my primary caregiver) my dad (who as a retired senior Federal official has been handling a lot of my paperwork for a while), [info]lillypond (a/k/a my sister, who is also my executor), and Team E— (both of whom have extensive experience in social services, disability issues and end-of-life care). I am very lucky to have these people around me.

Happy Cancerversary

The somewhat postponed cancerversary party for family and close friends is tonight. It has acquired a deeply ironic spin, given that when I scheduled it we knew nothing of the new diagnosis. Still, we will be celebrating five years of survival. Regardless of what comes next, what we've already accomplished is amazing.

Back on the Horse

As of yesterday, I'd bounced back far enough from my 'splat' to both do some writing (well, editing, but that counts) and clear some more of the backlog of ongoing paperwork in the house. So that's good, yes?

Seeing the Doctor (again)

Yesterday morning, Lisa Costello, Dad and I met with my primary care physician. We reviewed the likely course of liver failure, discussed late life and end-of-life treatment options and care decisions, and they referred me to a palliative care specialist for further preparatory discussions. We didn't really learn anything major and new, but we confirmed much of what we'd thought and put a better framework on it.

Seeing the Oncology Nutritionist

We also met with the oncology nutritionist to discuss how best to eat during liver failure. Much of it is common sense, though the two elements that were new to me were a strong recommendation to multiple small meals, which I have certainly heard in other contexts; and a recommendation to rebalance to less protein and more carbohydrates. They also recommended cheese. Mmm, cheese.

My Mental and Emotional State

I continue to process all this in dribs and drabs. I don't suppose I'll ever finish that effort, I'll just die somewhere along the way. As I've said before, no matter how much you expect something like this, it is still a shock when it comes. And there is so much to do. All that "to do" is good for me, it gives me a focus and some purpose. But I can't help seeing that not only is there no light at the end of the tunnel, the tunnel simply ends not too far ahead of me.