November 10th, 2013


[links] Link salad for an Orycon Sunday

Lisa Costello with more on current events in our lives from her perspective

SETI, METI, and Existential Risk — Interesting. Some very skiffy stuff here, for you writers.

Pig-Like Beast Leads Way to Ancient Cave Drawings
— Mmm. Neolithic bacon.

Babies’ eyes may hold early clues about autismIn babies that would go on to develop autism, eye contact became less frequent.

In pictures: Tacloban in ruins — The typhoon in the Philippines is a horrific example of what climate change will bring to the whole world. I sorrow for the people there.

Race and Gender in… Angry Birds?

KKK Imperial Wizard Hates to See Kids in Klan Costumes: 'There's No Respect'"Nowadays we're ostracized … [the way people treat us now] is no different than the way people used to treat African Americans years ago," he said. No different, that is, than the way people like the Ku Klux Klan treated African Americans. Ladies and gentlemen, your Republican party’s voting base. Self-valorizing paranoia and a blissful absence of facts or evidence-based thinking, plus a healthy dose of toxic insensitivity.

Something Really Insane Just Happened In Congress, And You Probably Haven't Heard A Word About It — (Via David Goldman.)

?otD: Going to see my movie here today?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: n/a (away from home)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing children to learn critical thinking skills: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)


[conventions] Orycon, day two

Had quite a nice day here at Orycon yesterday. Good breakfast with my dear friend [info]bravado111. Did a panel on political systems in SF (and fantasy) which was ably moderated by Brenda Cooper. Enjoyed a lovely lunch with con com chair Lea Rush and Jacob E—. Spent my afternoon visiting in the lobby bar and crashing out in my room, with an eventual touch of the party circuit. About the speed I move at these days, so it all worked out well. Saw lots of old friends and new, and got some nice one-on-one time with a few folks.

Today, the Lakeside movie is showing, then I have a panel on reprints. Lisa Costello is coming to fetch me about 2:30 so we can load out, then we're off to the Powell's Authorfest at the Cedar Hills store.

See some, all or none of you around the joint today.

[sale] "Rock of Ages" to Year's Best Science Fiction 31

I am pleased to announce that this past week editor Gardner Dozois acquired my novella "Rock of Ages" for Year's Best Science Fiction 31. The piece original appeared in METAtropolis: Green Space, published by and edited by Ken Scholes and myself. It follows on my stories in the first two volumes, and intertwines with Ken's stories from this volume and the previous one. Oddly, this should be the first print appearance for the novella, as original publication was in an audio format.

As this is one of the last two stories I wrote before chemo and cancer shut down my writing brain for good, I feel an extra bit of pride here. (The other is my collaborative novella with Seanan McGuire, "Hook Agonistes", in case you're wondering.)