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hangovers, tuesday edition (updated)

If you've sent me an email in the last day or so and gotten no response, mea culpa. I'm buried and will try and respond tonight.

A few things, quickly:

1. Little Toy Robot points out that Justina Robson's Natural History is out in the U.S. this month. Read her. Immediately.

2. Maccers visits an Ashram and makes it sound like a very, very funny (from a Bette Midler-sized distance) incarnation of hell.

3. Coffee and Ink's favorite books of the year, full of excellent and diverse selections.

4. Write letters to your characters (via Peacock Harpy). I think mine would be pretty standard.

Dear Character X,

I'm really, really sorry for the things that are about to happen to you.

Love, G.

5. Laura Lippman on the idea of transcending genre(via everyone's favorite Tingle). I'll point to Samuel Delany's thoughts from Black Clock, which I typed in here awhile back. Also, check out what Sarah has to say.

6. Will Eisner is dead. The rest of us are poorer. (Via all over the place.)

7. Wow-worthy photo of TBR shelves (via Scott Esposito).(Although, there's a bunch of people who would argue on Red Mars not being an outstanding book!) I'm definitely getting a flickr account.

8. Mr. McLaren goes bookshopping. I love reading about other people's bookshopping expeditions.

That is all. Go about your various businesses.

UPDATED: Had to go search out a link for the best news of the day: Mr. Rowe's "The Voluntary State" is on the preliminary Nebula ballot for Best Novelette. Yay!


  • At 4:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Natural History is great. Roll on next autumn for the prequel, I say. And in february you're getting Steph Swainston's The Year of Our War--well worth checking out.

    -- Niall

  • At 4:54 PM , Blogger Rob said...

    Christophers got a damn good shot. Is that an extra trip for you all? :)

  • At 5:19 PM , Blogger gwenda said...

    Well, even if he just lands on the final ballot, we'll probably go to Chicago (and yeah, that'd be an extra trip for us this year). At any rate, it's cool that the story got enough noms to land on the prelim ballot.

    Hey Niall, thanks for the heads up -- Justina is fantastic!

  • At 5:33 PM , Blogger Christopher said...

    Oh yeah, Justina Robson is A#1, both as a person and a writer. We were at Clarion West together X number of years ago (our teachers were Terry Bisson, Pat Cadigan, Jack Womack, Geoff Ryman, Ellen Datlow and Rachel Pollack--yeah, I know). Don't wait for the US editions of Justina's books. 'em then compare the US editions as they come out. That's our plan.


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