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[links] Link salad for an Omaha Thursday

Don’t miss the upcoming Borderlands Books events in San Francisco on 7/18: [ | LiveJournal ]

In the same vein, there’s an open dinner in San Francisco next Monday: [ | LiveJournal ]

Trial of Flowers as a downloadable ebook from Night Shade Books — In case you were jonesing for a Jay Lake novel on ebook.

Publishing, ebooks, Madness of Flowers and Charles N. Brown and Rick Kleffel talk about publishing, including various discussions of my upcoming Night Shade Books release.

Steampunk Recommendations — A reasonably solid list from a reader.

The blog subtitle poll

The Genre ArtistThe New York Times on Jack Vance. (Thanks to .)

Invading the Vintage — A mash-up of old Swiss postcards and SF imagery. Heh. (Snurched from Drawn!.)

Postage Stamps From the Future — Another nifty feature from Dark Roasted Blend.

on time perception — Wow. (Thanks to both and .)

Why Titan is so exciting — (Nicked from .)

The Curious Link Between Parked Cars and Perched Birds — “Perch the bird in the Harvard yard” just doesn’t have the same ring to it, somehow. Still, interesting stuff.

?otD: Are mother rabbits hare-raising?

Body movement: 65 minute suburban walk (Big Papio Trail in Omaha), 10 minutes of stretching and meditation
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (travelling)
Currently reading: Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold

[links] Link salad wakes up with a clear head, finally

A reader reviewsRolling Steel” by and me — Specifically, she talks about the podcast version, read by Sean Farrell and Mur Lafferty.

The soda-pop map — I used to say “Coke” generically, these days I say “soda.” Where do you fall on this continuum? (Thanks to .)

Bridge to Nowhere: a Map of Golden Gate Jumpers — Another odd one from Strange Maps.

Solar for Dark Climates — I love the headline alone, but the article is interesting as well, about hybrid solar systems for northern latitudes. Mmm, Stirling engines.

Evidence based revenge — Ben Goldacre on revenge and bitterness. Money shot: Put very simply, if we desire it, does revenge work? People certainly believe in it, from modern thrillers such as Hamlet and Moby Dick, to classics like Kill Bill and Death Wish I-V.

Get Fuzzy on American political parties — Hahahahahahahahahaha.

?otD: Soda or pop?

Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike, 10 minutes of meditation and stretching
This morning’s weigh-in: 218.2
Currently reading: Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold

[links] Link salad crossed its old man back in Oregon

Rolling Steel: A Pre-Apocalyptic Love Story by and me is live at Clarkesworld comments here.

“Rolling Steel” in audio format, too

explains The Sounds of METAtropolis — Free For a Limited Time — Download the Hugo-nominated audiobook gratis.

with new guidelines for queries

Moses is Departing Egypt: A Facebook Haggadah — Hahahahahahah. (Thanks to .)

British Steam Car Loses Steam — Modern steampunk on wheels. (Thanks to .)

The cutting edge of retro tech — More pure genius from Dark Roasted Blend.

Implantable Telescope for the Eye — “Your clothes, give them to me! Now!”

?otD: Can you hear the evil crowd?

Body movement: 30 minute suburban walk
This morning’s weigh-in: 219.6
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville; Making Money by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad is same as it ever was

Don’t forget to vote in the latest contest for an ARC of Green Amazon ]

An audio version of my short story “Jesus and the Cowboys” is up at Starship Sofa

Neanderthal Genome UnraveledBut the researchers confirmed that the ancient hominid did share with us the only gene known to be implicated in speech and language, FoxP2… Wow.

Periodic Table of the Elephants — (Thanks to .)

PHOTO IN THE NEWS: Koala Rescued From Australia Fires — (Thanks to .)

The Pink Gorilla Suit — Or, why being a cop can suck. (Thanks to .)

From the 2009-02-12 Senate calendarAt 11:30am there will be a ceremony honoring the 200th anniversary of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln in the Capitol rotunda. Really? He was born there?

Obama’s Legislative Victory Comes at High Cost — Karl Rove on Obama’s governing style: House Republicans had the wisdom to continue to talk to the Obama White House. This made them look gracious, even as the president edged toward a “my way or the highway” attitude. Um… um… um… um… um…

?otD: My God…what have I done?

Body movement: 50 minute stationary bike ride
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

[awards] 2008 Pimpage

It’s time for the annual award pimpage post. (Well, the Nebulas work differently, but you know what I mean.) Here’s my list of my own favorites of my eligible work from 2008, for your consideration as you contemplate nominations for Hugos, Nebulas and World Fantasy Awards.


Escapement, Tor Books, June, 2008, ed. Beth Meacham


“America, Such as She Is”, Alembical, November, 2008, Paper Golem Press, ed. Lawrence M. Schoen and Arthur Dorrance

Short Story

The Sky That Wraps the World Round, Past the Blue and into the Black“, Clarkesworld, March, 2008

A Water Matter“,, October, 2008

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

METAtropolis,, October, 2008, ed. John Scalzi (audio book [iTunes], written by Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, John Scalzi and Karl Schroeder; read by Scott Brick, Michael Hogan, Alessandro Juliani, Kandyse McClure and Stefan Rudnicki)

Best Fan Writer

If you are interested in nominating me and my blog for this category, feel free. I don’t consider myself a Fan Writer in that sense, but I don’t feel a need to bow out of the category either.

ETA: Post edited to cope with a Hugo eligibility issue. Also, inexplicably, the first version of this post listed Mainspring when it should have read Escapement. My thanks to for the catch.

[links] Link salad for a chilly hump day

Starship Sofa with, among many other good things, a podcast of my flash piece “A Conspiracy of Dentists”

The Fix reviews The Best of Abyss & Apex

Amazon Aims at Content Delivery — Interesting future state stuff.

APOD with a photo of the smiling heavens

Polar opposites — Some coverage of the possibly imminent (in geological terms) flipping of the Earth’s magnetic field. (Thanks to lt260.)

And for LJ readers, because flist display of my posts continues intermittently borked, something which I’m told wasn’t visible to everyone the first time:

The writing career meme

If you’ve missed recent link salads, believe me, they’ve been there. Try this.

?otD: I want to know, have you ever seen the rain?

Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
This morning’s weigh-in: 223.2
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

[books] METAtropolis pre-order announced

I am pleased to announce that the audio-anthology METAtropolis is currently available for pre-order. Original fiction by Elizabeth Bear, Tobias Buckell, John Scalzi, Karl Schroeder and me. This means the list of readers is also out, a very start-studded cast indeed. Here’s the ToC:

1. “In the Forests of the Night” by Jay Lake, read by Michael Hogan (Col. Tigh on Battlestar Galactica)
2. “Stochasti-city” by Tobias Buckell, read by Scott Brick (2008 Audie Award winner, for Dune)
3. “The Red in the Sky is Our Blood” by Elizabeth Bear, read by Kandyse McClure ( Anastasia “Dee” Dualla on BSG)
4. “Utere Nihil Non Extra Quiritationem Suis” by John Scalzi, read by Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Felix Gaeta on BSG)
5. “To Hie From Far Cilenia” by Karl Schroeder, read by Stefan Rudnicki (reader of the Ender’s Game series)

Pretty damned squee, hey?

The anthology will be released on October 21st. If you pre-order now through Audible, they will give you my story as a teaser.