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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-11-30 05:09
Subject: [links] Link salad gets reviewed
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Tags:books, calendula, cool, culture, interviews, links, metatropolis, personal, photos, politics, reviews, science, stories, sunspin, weird
Fantasy with an Artist Spotlight: Jay Lake and Shannon Page — A joint interview with calendula_witch and me.

shsilver on the forthcoming release of Love and Rockets — With fiction from calendula_witch and me.

A reader reacts to METAtropolis

SF Signal reviews Is Anybody Out There? — With four stars for my Sunspin story, "Permanent Fatal Errors".

Vintage ad: Arrow men's shirts, 1949 — Oh, man, the cultural messaging in this one...

A Supercell Thunderstorm Cloud Over Montana APOD with, um...wow. Just wow.

A firehose of global warming news, both good and bad — Much like evolution denialism, this is another of those conversations that a rational society would not even be having in the first place.

?otD: What's your favorite book review?

Writing time yesterday: 4.0 hours (10,600 new words on Kalimpura, to a first draft wrap at 106,300.)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 4/10 (peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: Between books

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User: jimvanpelt
Date: 2010-11-30 13:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My favorite personal book review was from a reviewer who thought my novel, Summer of the Apocalypse, was much better than Cormac McCarthy's The Road at http://www.fantasticreviews.com/road_summer_apocalypse.htm

On the other hand, I had a rejection once that consisted of a single scrawled line on my wrinkled first page, "Why don't you try telling a story next time?"

I also saw this review a couple of days ago about the April 2000 Analog (the reviewer seems to be a tad behind in her reading) that included my short story, "The Comeback." She said of my piece, "A baseball story. Extremely boring. The story is full of baseball trivia and depends on some details of the game. Couldn't care less."

"The Comeback" also garnered one of my favorite rejections. I'd sent it to F&SF. Gordon Van Gelder is a bit of a baseball fan, it seems, because he rejected my story of psychics being used in baseball to influence the placement of the defense by saying, "The league would never allow it."
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scarlettina: Science Geek
User: scarlettina
Date: 2010-11-30 13:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Science Geek
That APOD picture is absolutely awe-inspiring. It looks like a painting.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-11-30 15:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
the supercell was amazing
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Sherwood Smith
User: sartorias
Date: 2010-11-30 15:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That thundercloud photo is just jaw dropping. Wow!
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User: biomekanic
Date: 2010-11-30 21:26 (UTC)
Subject: Here's a question:
Much like evolution denialism, this is another of those conversations that a rational society would not even be having in the first place.

Has there ever been a rational society?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-12-01 01:55 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Here's a question:
Has there ever been a rational society?

Not that I'm aware of, but deliberately selecting self-destructive irrationality seems even more thoroughly silly than usual...
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