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[links] Link salad gets reviewed

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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[links] Link salad awakens dreaming of nachos

Don’t forget the latest caption contest voting polls

Announcing METAtropolis: Cascadiajlake.com | LiveJournal ]

In which I am nominated for a Steamcon Airship Award — Cool!

Scholarly Work, Without All the Footnotes — As Scrivener’s Error says, “a fascinating article on plagiarism, attribution, and differing standards.”

The church and homosexuality — Some interesting discussion in the comments section of the blog of daveraines, where I pointed yesterday for comment.

Faithing the Facts — Some secularist snark. Hahahah. (Thanks to

Writing time yesterday: 1 hour
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (solid)
This morning’s weigh-in: 238.4
Yesterday’s chemo/post-op stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: The Exile Kiss by George Alec Effinger

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[books] Now it can be told: METAtropolis Cascadia

I’m pleased to announce that on November 16th, Audible.com will release METAtropolis: Cascadia. This is the sequel to METAtropolis, was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Audie Award (the top honor in the audiobook industry), as well as being published in print by both Subterranean Press and Tor.

This project was edited by me, with work from five other very fine writers. The intention was to focus on just one of the regions covered in the original METAtropolis. This audio anthology deals with the Pacific Northwest, and the successors to Cascadiopolis, subject of my story in the original volume, “In the Forests of the Night.” My own story is a direct sequel, some forty years after the first piece, which explores the direct consequences of the fate of Cascadiopolis. The others take different directions into this same future.

The line-up is:

Here’s the blurb for the anthology:

As the mid-21st Century approaches, the Pacific Northwest has been transformed — politically, economically, and ecologically — into the new reality of Cascadia. Conspiracies and secrets threaten the tenuous threads of society. The End of Days seems nearer than ever. And the legend of the mysterious Tygre Tygre looms large.

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[contests] METAtropolis contest winner

The winner of my part of the METAtropolis contest is T.E.P., with this submission.


As the Maltese Falcon first proved, there was a lot which modern technology could do to improve upon 19th century commercial sailing ships. But as the world was suddenly thrust into its second age of sail and those yards who still had the skills and materials scrabbled to put hulls in the water, the living fossils of that first age were much in demand. While in the early days they maintained those most delicate tendrils of physical contact between continents once more worlds apart, naval architects, shipwrights and mariners alike all sought to re-learn from those who’d gone before.

T.E.P. wins a copy of the Tor Books edition of METAtropolis, and a big smile from me. Check out the contest page itself for some awfully cool ideas from many other folks.

Bear’s contest here: here.

Toby’s contest here.

John’s contest here.

Karl’s contest here.

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[contests] METAtropolis contest closed, winner forthcoming

Check out the entries in my corner of the METAtropolis contest. Some great stuff there. I’ll be announcing a winner for my portion of the contest later today, after I’ve had some time to think it over. And of course, don’t forget the other four…

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[links] Link salad cherrypicks reviews

Don’t forget the METAtropolis contests — Today is the last day to enter.

A reader reacts to METAtropolis

Another Locus review of Is Anybody Out There? — In which my story “Permanent Fatal Errors” appears.

Bryan Thomas Schmidt reviews my novel Death of a Starship

How do they get to be that way? — Roger Ebert on racism. I grew up in Africa and Asia, but come from an old Southern family that’s white as Ivory soap, and have a multiracial family today. I know quite deeply how life experience can contradict cultural programming.

Dark Roasted Blend with Unusual and Marvelous Maps, Part 2

One Tablet per ChildOLPC may drop “$100 laptop” in an attempt to develop an innovative $75 tablet computer.

Jupiter Impacts Add Up — Hoovering the outer system so we don’t have to.

ETA: Did you miss the ?otD?

Writing time yesterday: n/a (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: Stationary bike ride to come
Hours slept: 8.5 (solid, with plentiful naps during the day)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (forgot)
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 9/10 (on the pump)
Currently (re)reading: Faust Eric by Terry Pratchett

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[links] Link salad tries to go lite, fails

celebrates YogurtFail 2010 with a caption contest

Book Love Affair reviews Metatropolis

Russians: The world’s hardest writers — An SF writer smackdown would last about 15 seconds in the ring with these guys.

Future perfect continuous passive?Language Log uncovers a new English verb tense.

On Crete, New Evidence of Very Ancient Mariners — Some cool deep prehistory here.

UnorthodoxCiliates like the paramecium have very unusual sex, a fact often unmentioned in high school biology class. Some strange biology neepery here. Good reading for you skiffy worldbuilding types.

‘Smart Dust’ and Solar Sails — Mmm, swarm spacecraft. I have a new favorite term, from this article: Microscale Infinite-Impulse (MII) spacecraft

Tea Party Movement Lights Fuse for Rebellion on Right — I’m starting to think it’s dangerous to look at these people as a laughable fringe. They’re wrong about virtually everything, both morally and on the simple face of the facts, but they have a lot of potential, and a very charismatic, gleefully know-nothing demagogue in Sarah Palin.

Bachmann Blasts Taxes, Spending And Debt Under Obama — Falsely Claims Bush Only Built Up $400 Billion In Debt — This is exactly the kind of GOP lie that runs unchallenged in the press, and gets approving nods from the pundits and the voters. Why is there never any consequences, never any accountability, when conservatives make shit up? Ronald Reagan’s “welfare queen” speech is still fixed in the conservative mind, and it’s long since been recognized that his speechwriters fabricated the story simply for the shock value.

Rich Lowry’s brain — Glenn Greenwald on Rich Lowry’s claim that “only an extremist says: the other side in the American political discussion, shares the same agenda as radical jihadidsts.” As someone who actually remembers the Bush years (unlike, apparently, Lowry), where conservatives quite literally claimed that secular Western liberals longed for the imposition of Shariate Law, I find this another bizarre example of conservative doublethink of the sort that would keep me from being able to tie my shoes in the morning out of sheer stupidity, should my brain work that way. Greenwald does a magnificent job of deconstruction. There’s no longer even a pretense of intellectual consistency on the Right, is there?

?otD: Tastes great or less filling?

Writing time yesterday: 90 minutes
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.5
This morning’s weigh-in: 229.6
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 2/10
Currently reading: [between books]

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[links] Link salad wakes up in its own bed for a change

The Global Sociology Blog reviews Metatropolis Audible.com | Powell’s | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Borders ] — A somewhat different perspective than the usual genre reviews.

English Electric Lightningx-planes with an impressive classic aviation photo, of an early jet fighter in flight.

this is the coolest picture you’ll see all day — Wil Wheaton (who certainly doesn’t need link love from little old me), has an awesome photo he ganked from Warren Ellis (who certainly doesn’t need link love from little old me, either). Mmm, Star Trek and cars.

And now, nerd news — Ben Goldacre at Bad Science about how junk science news propagates, while the real stories do not. Also serious faults in the medical research system.

Time Lens Speeds Optical Data — I don’t give damn what it actually does, I want a time lens. Everyone else who wants a time lens please form an orderly queue.

Don’t forget 1996The Talent Show reminds us that the last time the Olympics were in the US ETA: ahem, that when the Olympics were in Atlanta, a domestic right wing terrorist bombed them. Conservative America has not gotten any less crazy since then (no matter how much my conservative friends may be in denial about their own fellow travelers). The IOC surely had that in mind.

?otD: How badly do you want a time lens?

Body movement: 90 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.0
This morning’s weigh-in: 230.6
Currently reading: Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard P. Feynman

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