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[links] Link salad could be another Lincoln

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Tolkien — Daniel Larison is very unhappy with Peter Jackson. I pretty much agree with his points, though I am perhaps less vociferous in my articulation thereof.

Literary self-loathing: How Jonathan Franzen, Elizabeth Gilbert and more keep it at bay — Really? Yeah, maybe for them, but I’m with Scalzi on this one. Doubts are one thing, we all have those, but if you do struggle with genuine self-loathing, see a doctor, get that fixed, and write more. If you don’t struggle with genuine self-loathing, quit posing and write more.

Just in time for Santa!

Taxidermy mouse chess set — For all your gift giving needs. (Via [info]lillypond, a/k/a my sister.)

Repent now. Geographers map 7 deadly sins. — Mmm, lust. (Via [info]lillypond, a/k/a my sister.)

New attack steals e-mail decryption keys by capturing computer soundsScientists use smartphone to extract secret key of nearby PC running PGP app. (Via David Goldman.)

Full-size car made of 500,000 Legos really drives — Whee!

Video shows stunning penguin ‘traveling wave’ — Simulating penguins? (Via David Goldman.)

DNA from Neanderthal toe links ancestors to inbreeding — Headline of the week.

Possible Planet in Nearby Brown Dwarf System

The Big SqueezeWhat happens if you crush an organic substance between diamond anvils? Researchers are finding out, with ramifications for our knowledge of Earth’s core. (Via my Dad.)

A quantum revolution against Feynman diagramsWe all love Richard Feynman, but his diagrams may have to go.

Did Rock Weathering Trigger ‘Snowball Earth’?

The Gangs of Chicago — Ta-Nehisi Coates about being black on the street. Sigh,

Tolerating ChristiansThere’s a persistent, pernicious sentiment from certain Christian conservatives that they’re being persecuted or oppressed for their religious beliefs. It’s a very comforting and self-valorizing perspective that doesn’t need to be rooted in reality to feel real to the people who hold. Rather like pretty much every conservative position I could name. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Pope Francis and the Naked Christ

Good Grief and Great Tits” Sitting Down to Read Sarah Palin’s Christmas Book While I Bake Christmas Cookies for My FamilyModern conservatives have made “merry Christmas” toxic by associating it with Christian fundamentalism, religious intolerance, and the politics of imagined persecution. Yep. This exactly. I never say it any more, because I don’t want someone to accidentally think I’m a Christianist asshole. Unlike so many Bible-believing Christian conservatives, I actually think it’s important to love my neighbor rather than hate them. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Hobby Lobby is fine with forced abortions and mandatory contraception in China, but balks at voluntary contraception for American women — To which I say, which part of “religious conservative” do you not understand? The term is literally and irretrievably synonymous with sanctimonious hypocrisy. Smug Republican Jesus wouldn’t have it any other way, after all.

My abstinence-only educationI was 17 before I found an adult who told me the simple truth about sex. Until then, I heard some crazy things. But abstinence education makes smug Republican Jesus smile! And that’s way more important than protecting and enabling our kids to live in the reality-based world. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Is Edward Snowden a modern Martin Luther? — There’s an angle I never thought of.

GOP Rep Hartzler has flag moved so that it blocks Obama portrait — Now imagine if you will for a moment the reaction if some moderate Democrat had done such a thing during the Bush administration. I mean, I know hypocrisy is more natural to conservatives than breathing, but just think about the firestorm in Your Liberal Media. Versus this chuckling little story.

The death of the American Dream in a single image — Burgeoning income inequality, shrinking social mobility. All a very logical outcome of decades of Republican economy policy. We’re living in conservative paradise.

?otD: Got MRI?


12/19/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 237.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block falsifying climate change data: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[movies] Frozen and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

In the past week, I have managed to see both Frozenimdb ] and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaugimdb ].

My capsule reviews…

Frozen: Does for Nordic culture what Brave did for Celtic culture.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: The Starship Troopers of fantasy movies. A feature film made from 2.5 chapters of a completely different book. Fun, though.

Slightly more detailed thoughts…

Unlike almost every other recent animated film nominally targeted at the children’s demographic, Frozen really did not have an adult layer. A handful of specific jokes and lyrics, perhaps, but that’s about it. This film relentlessly targets the ‘Disney Princess’ demographic. Also, as [info]elusivem pointed out to me, it was clearly written to become a Broadway show. The first half of the movie is almost nothing but show tunes numbers, and the voice cast are largely Broadway stars. As a movie-goer, I resent this with the same low-grade irritation that I resent movie scenes clearly intended to fuel the forthcoming video game. I want to watch a movie that was intended to make sense as a movie, not go see part of a multimedia, multichannel marketing vehicle.

As for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, yay Peter Jackson for having the money and the sponsorship to make eight or nine hours of Lord of the Rings fanfic. When I think about the book, these movies are such an utter waste of potential. (This is very nearly the opposite of my feelings about Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, mind you.) When I take them on their own terms, these movies are more entertaining than my complaint implies, though the second one is much better than the first. And it’s mildly weird to see Legolas look decidedly middle-aged after his youthful appearance in a movie set decades later. You’d think Weta could have done something about that. Otherwise, I stand by my capsule review. This one is fun if you leave your memory of the book at home.

[links] Link salad is the keeper of the keys, it will put your mind at ease

Nelson Mandela, hero of South Africa, dies at 95 — Sic transit gloria mundi.

United States, Israel opposed Mandela, supported ApartheidThe attempt to make Nelson Mandela respectable is an ongoing effort of Western government spokesmen and the Western media. He wasn’t respectable in the business circles of twentieth-century New York or Atlanta, or inside the Beltway of Washington, D.C. He wasn’t respectable for many of the allies of the United States in the Cold War, including Britain and Israel. And yet he prevailed anyway, and we were wrong.

‘Tis More Blessed – Week 1 — In which I am part of a holiday raffle. (Well, one of my books is.)

Typists who clear 70 wpm can’t even say where the keys areWe don’t have much explicit knowledge of our good friend, the QWERTY keyboard.

What the English alphabet used to look like — Cool.

The Coolest Music in the World: Listen to Siberian Ice Drummers Use Frozen Lake Baikal as an Incredible Musical Instrument — Wow. (Via David Goldman.)

China’s first lunar probe ‘Chang’e-3’ enters Moon’s orbit

23andMe Puts Health Reports on Hold Personal genetics company 23andMe will only sell ancestry reports and raw data as controversy with regulators continues.

10 Things Traditional Christians Got Terribly WrongAlthough progressive Christians have been at the forefront of social justice, conservative Christians are often on the wrong side of history. I’m pretty sure “often on the wrong side of history” is far too kind. Every one of these things was a cherished religious belief, a Biblical injunction which must be obeyed by all of society, not just the believers in question. Every one of these things was once the eternal and inviolate word of God. Every one of these things by happy coincidence sustained the prejudices of the Christians of the time. Every one of these things is now considered wrong. How do you suppose the current Christianist views on the prosperity gospel, evolution, climate change, homosexuality and abortion will hold up over time? (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Of Myths and ModestyFeminist Mormon Housewives on whether or not to wear a bikini top. That intelligent adults of faith can be consumed by questions like this is one very good reason I am an atheist.

Confederates Look To Win ‘Second Battle Of Olustee’ In Florida — I will never understand the conservative need to support and defend their profoundly racist rebellion against their allegedly beloved Constitution.

Fox’s Latest Christmas Scare Deemed A “Vicious Dissemination Of Untrue Information” — That would pretty much describe everything that ever is said on FOX about any subject, insofar as I can tell. Your Liberal Media, hard at work sustaining the conservative narrative since forever.

How a Frustrated Blogger Made Expanding Social Security a Respectable Idea — Yup. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

What would the Union Jack look like if the Scottish bit were removed? — Huh. (Via my brother.)

California GOP defends its fake health insurance web site — When you can’t win on your ideas, lie. The GOP’s core mantra is proven over and over and over again.

?otD: When did Johnny strike up the band?


12/6/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (very fitful)
Body movement: n/a (traveling)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad really doesn’t mind if you sit this one out

Heroines in an ancient film called the flame of the west — How it all looks lately from the point of view of Lisa Costello.

How I Thank God[info]theferrett on illness, faith and science.

The Strength of Wild Horses — A Kickstarter by Sandra Tayler. Check it out.

25 Everyday Things You Never Knew Had Names — I knew about half of these. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Bend’s First Fire Engine Will Be Home For Christmas — A little bit of Oregon history.

Moving Stars: The Shkadov Thruster

What scared H. P. Lovecraft — Charlie Stross is (as usual) clever and cool.

2D or Not 2D — Facial art. Wow. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

The Front of This House Is Sliding Onto the Street — I love public art. (Thanks to Lezli Robyn.)

Winners of the Dance Your PhD Competition Revealed — Hahah. (Via David Goldman.)

Solving the neural code conundrum: digital or analogue?Physicists have developed a technique that can tell which parts of the brain rely on analogue signals and which rely in digital signals.

Tracking Fecal TransplantsA long-term study confirms transplants of stool microbes from healthy donors can successfully clear recurrent Clostridium difficile infections.

Modern life ‘turning people off sex’ — Hmm.

Restaurants may seat guests according to looks. Surprise, surprise

Google Earth spies unreported fish traps, study reveals — Satellite surveillance from your armchair.

US Working Overtime Behind The Scenes To Kill UN Plan To Protect Online Privacy From Snooping — Because security, you commie. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

48% of U.S. Schoolchildren Live in Poverty — A rising tide lifts only yachts.

Pope Denounces Trickle-Down Economics ‘Which Has Never Been Confirmed By The Facts’ — Wow. That’s a big old ‘fuck you’ to the GOP-Church axis in America. A great smackdown to the smug Republican Jesus who dominates the public face of religion in America.

Slacktivist Fred Clark on (among other things) Senate politicsDistrict court nominations by white presidents filibustered in U.S. Senate in all of American history: 3. District court nominations by black presidents filibustered in U.S. Senate: 20. Senate filibusters of executive nominees by white presidents since World War II: 20. Senate filibusters of executive nominees by black presidents since World War II: 54 From the department of painfully true things you will never, ever hear any conservative admit. Tell me again about that unprecedented Democratic power grab in the Senate?

?otD: Do my words make you whisper?


11/27/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 241.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing down donut shops: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad had a snake the size of a sewer pipe livin’ in its rib cage

FDA orders personal genetics company 23andMe to stop selling testsClaims company ignored repeated efforts to get safety data and approval. Hmmm.

Mushrooms ‘Make Wind’ to Spread Spores — Fungus farts? Really?

How cool is the airplane of the future? — I miss the stratoliner.

Redefining the habitable zone: where should we look for life?Desert planets, hydrogen-heavy giants, and hydrocarbon-rich worlds considered.

The Star as StarshipMoving entire stars rather than building spaceships would have certain benefits as a way of traveling through the galaxy. After all, it would mean taking your local environment with you on a millennial journey. Some have suggested it might therefore be an observable sign of highly advanced civilizations at work. But how would you move a star in the first place?

Costco apologizes for labeling Bibles ‘fiction’ — Sometimes the jokes just write themselves. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Pope Francis calls for power to move away from VaticanPope Francis has called for power in the Catholic Church to be devolved away from the Vatican, in the first major work he has written in the role. Huh. Not that church internal politics is any of my atheist business, but this is interesting. I wonder how this dovetails into the conservative political radicalism of the US Catholic bishops, who have become nothing but Republican shills these past decade.

‘Earliest shrine’ uncovered at Buddha’s birthplace

Scottish government outlines case for independence — I have no basis for an informed opinion on this topic, but it is a fascinating piece of politics.

?otD: Who are you?


11/26/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 241.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing down donut shops: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad was out on the road today, saw a Black Flag sticker on a Cadillac

Milo Fowler is giving away a personalized copy of my new novella from Prime Books, Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh

Famous Novelists on Symbolism in Their Work and Whether It Was Intentional — Boy, do I have a lot to say about this. (Via Beverly Block.)

You, Me, and Every Word We Know — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the languages of labeling, in-groups and out-groups. Wise, as always this man.

Sculpting with Light — This is cool. (Via Scott Frey.)

Meet the flying machine that was inspired by a jellyfish

Brain region key to decision-making discovered

Bringing Back My Real Self With Hormones — Ah, the American healthcare system.

The Internet of Things, Unplugged and UntetheredA startup called Iotera wants to let you track your pets, your kids, or your belongings without relying on commercial wireless networks.

Printing BatteriesNew inks and tools allow 3-D printing of lithium-ion technology. That is just whack. Admirably, SFnally whack.

Gynecologists Run Afoul of Panel When Patient Is Male — Ok, this is deeply stupid. (Via [info]danjite.)

One third of all American women have an abortion in their lives. Are they all immoral? — Unlike opposition to gay marriage, which is pure and simple bigotry, usually clothed in religious privilege, I can readily see an intellectually consistent and upstanding moral opposition to abortion. I can even more readily see that almost no one from the conservative forced pregnancy movement is in fact following that intellectually consistent and moral position.

Christians have not been ‘reading the Bible this way for 2,000 years’ — The problem with being a Biblical literalist is that you have to be literally-minded well beyond the point of willful ignorance and deep into rank, knowing stupidity. Some people just need the comfort of certainty, no matter the cost to their souls or the lives of others.

Kentucky’s ACA rollout is a reminder of what can happen when the law isn’t being sabotaged — Even now, the jackbooted Socialist hordes of blah people are breaking down the doors of Sarah Palin’s Real Americans all across Kentucky.

On the second killing of Trayvon MartinSo deeply, bizarrely invested was she in the idea of Trayvon as thug that she could not distinguish between a fair-skinned man with tattoos, and a brown boy with no visible markings. Literally, they all look alike to her. And once again, a conservative movement which argues with airy assurance that American racism died long ago, disproves its thesis with its actions. The conservative movement: failing America and Americans every day in every way, all for the sake of generating enough angry white guys.

America’s angriest white men: Up close with racism, rage and Southern supremacy Up close with small-town white rage, with bitter, scary men who feel left behind by economic and cultural change. These are America’s core conservatives, the people who drive the agenda of Your Republican Party. These are the angry white men the GOP needs to keep generating in order to stay in power. Does it make you proud?

Town Forgets to Have Election Again — Ah, patriotic heartland values.

The Senate Did Not Really Abolish the Filibuster — Exactly what did happen in the Senate? Remember, the starting point for this isn’t some Democratic power grab. The starting point for this is Republican senators filibustering more of Obama’s executive and judicial nominees than all other presidents in history combined. A fact my conservative friends (as well as their enablers in Your Liberal Media) conveniently refuse to admit in their manufactured outrage at the Democrats carrying out a parliamentary maneuver first proposed by the GOP in 2005. (Via David Goldman.)

Cruz: Filibuster Rule Change ‘Will Poison The Atmosphere Of The Senate’ — Yeah, because up until now open-minded Republicans acting in the best interests of the nation as a whole had so carefully preserved Senate comity and cooperation rather than privileging their minority’s partisan agenda.

?otD: Can you ever turn back?


11/25/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 241.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing down donut shops: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad has one to beam up

How doctors dieWhen it comes to dying, doctors, of course, are ultimately no different from the rest of us. And their emotional and physical struggles are surely every bit as wrenching. But they have a clear advantage over many of us. They have seen death up close. They understand their choices, and they have access to the best that medicine has to offer. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Death, and Death in Science Fiction and Fantasy

How Many Deaths Are There in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire? This Many. — Hah! (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Star Wars: R2-D2 to appear in next movie outing — Beep.

Ancient Brown Dwarfs Discovered

Polish Concert Pianist Builds a ‘Viola Organista’ Based on a 500-Year-Old Leonardo Da Vinci Sketch — Wow… (Via [info]threeoutside.)

The 400-year-old love letter and the mummy

One Woman’s Struggle to Re-Use Her Penis Cake Pan — Hahahahahahah. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Men: we can start a movement to stop violence against womenBy challenging male conformity, we put the onus of ending abuse against women where it belongs – with men who perpetrate it. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars — About the history of the profound dishonesty of climate change denialism. One of the biggest markers of an untenable position is the shrillness of its defenders: this is true of almost every conservative viewpoint these days, but especially so of climate change denial.

Alabama posthumously pardons three Scottsboro Boys — Into every bastion of bigotry a little justice might eventually fall.

Tired of Hearing about Obamacare? Turn Off Fox. — Ah, Your Liberal Media.

The Party of ZilchThe Republican Party stands for nothing. As Barack Obama threatens to fumble away his presidency along with the Democratic Party’s reasons for existence—championing an active, efficient government—the GOP lurches into the leadership breach with … zilch. Rather than be the party of solutions in a gridlocked capital, appealing to a leadership-starved public, the GOP is the party of obstruction, ensuring that its putrid approval ratings nose-dive apace with Obama’s. The GOP has been obsessed with negative agendas since at least the days of Newt Gingrich being Speaker of the House. Why is this news now?

‘Willful Perversion’ — A former Republican Senate staffer on the change in the filibuster rules.

McConnell: For going nuclear before he was against itIn two sentences 2005 McConnell destroys all of 2013 McConnell’s arguments. Just like that. What a difference a Democratic president makes. Ah, the much vaunted principled consistency of conservatives is on display yet again.

?otD: Energize? Or synergize?


11/22/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 241.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing down donut shops: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad asked him which was the way back home

Cars, Cards & Carbines – Multi-Genre Fiction Anthology — A Kickstarter for a project in which I have a story.

The Lord of the Rings personality type chart — Snerk.

When I Finally Realized What I Was Seeing, This Was The Coolest Thing Ever. Look Closer. — Mmm. Cars. (Via [info]danjite.)

Space Weathering: The Mars Connection

Scientists Confirm Existence of Moon — The headline is pretty funny, but also a tad misleading. Science! It works, bitches. (Via David Goldman.)

Elk vs. Photographer | Great Smoky Mountains National Park — Funny, but yow! (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Shark jumps out of aquarium into swimming poolA shark managed to jump out of its aquarium on to a water slide at a hotel swimming pool used by guests. The ending of the story is not so funny as the headline. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

People who don’t forget can still be tricked with false memoriesPeople with highly superior autobiographical memory also form fake memories.

A Cold War Fought by Women — Hmm.

Majority of red-state Americans believe climate change is real, study showsStudy suggests far-reaching acceptance of climate change in traditionally Republican states such as Texas and Oklahoma. Huh. You sure couldn’t tell it by who they elect to Congress. (Via [info]madwriter.)

Anti-LGBT activist slams church over ‘effeminate’ Jesus: ‘He smelled bad… He was a man’s man’ — Amazing how often God’s inviolate Word and eternal plan for Man so often coincides with each individual believer’s bigotries and prejudices.

Why Black Folks Tend to Shout — Ta-Nehisi Coates on George Zimmerman’s repeated violence.

Up in ArmsThe battle lines of today’s debates over gun control, stand-your-ground laws, and other violence-related issues were drawn centuries ago by America’s early settlers. (Via Ellen Eades.)

Special Report: The Pentagon’s doctored ledgers conceal epic waste — (Via BBB.)

Rep. Trey Radel charged with cocaine possessionRep. Trey Radel, a freshman Republican from Florida, was arrested on Oct. 29 for possession of cocaine in the District of Columbia, according to D.C. Superior Court documents. This is why the GOP is so popular: law and order, dedication to moral principle, and Christian values.

State Rep. Uses Sledgehammer To Destroy Homeless People’s PossessionsStay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best. I stand corrected, thanks to [info]nicosian. Apparently this violent loon is a Democrat. My confusion is understandable but inappropriate. My apologies.

?otD: Do you take a right at the light and go straight on until night? At what point are you on your own?


11/20/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 241.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing down donut shops: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[publishing] 2013 Bibliography

I may have missed one or two things, but here is my 2013 fiction bibliography, for your information, and by request, for award consideration. As my illness slows me down, this grows ever thinner of course. I will amend this list as needed.

Novels

Kalimpura, Tor Books, 2013 — Book three of the Green trilogy

Novellas

Hook Agonistes”, with Seanan McGuire, Subterranean Online, Fall, 2013 — A collaborative story of future human enslavement and an unlikely messiah

Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh, Prime Books — Horror or contemporary dark fantasy, depending on your perspective

“Rock of Ages”, METAtropolis: Green Space, ed. Jay Lake and Ken Scholes, Audible.com — Selected by editor Gardner Dozois for Year’s Best Science Fiction 31

Novelettes

“You Will Attend Until Beauty Awakens”, Clockwork Fairy Tales, ed. Stephen L. Antczak and James C. Bassett, ROC — A retelling of “Sleeping Beauty”

A Stranger Comes to Kalimpura”, Subterranean Online, Spring, 2013 — A Green story set long after the events of the novels

Short Stories

“King of the Kingless”, Hex in the City, ed. Kerrie L. Hughes, Fiction River — One of my Portland wizards stories

“Spendthrift”, Coins of Chaos, ed. Jennifer Brozek, EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing — WWII and zombies in New Guinea

“Monsters in the Mountains at the Edge of the World”, That Is Not Dead: Historical Lovecraft, ed. Darrell Schweitzer, PS Publishing — Romans vs Chinese vs Cthulhoid horrors in ancient Samarkand

[links] Link salad gets ready to go clean house

We Are All Strange — The final video edit.

The 2014 John Picacio Calendar — A Kickstarter for a project of which I am a small part.

14 Ways to Tick off a Writer — Because reasons.

Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin rules out sharing Westeros — (Via Scrivener’s Error.)

★What are some of the funniest and most clever advertisements? — Heh. (Via David Goldman.)

This Device Lets You Order A Pizza With The Push Of A Button — Mmmm. Pizza. (Thanks to [info]garyomaha.)

Someone Just Got $237,000 in Debt Forgiven! — Strike Debt does good, in the Biblical sense of Jubilee. (Thanks to [info]daveraines.)

British Railways Locomotives — This is cool. From 1948.

Wounded QR codes — Some serious geekery for you. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Meteorite impacts capture time capsules of the ecosystems they destroyBiological molecules from the site of impact get preserved by molten rock. I’ve been on dates like that.

Oldest signs of life on Earth foundScientists discover potentially oldest signs of life on Earth – 3.5 billion-year-old microbe traces in rocks in Australia.

It was hard to stomach David Cameron preaching austerity from a golden throneAs a waitress at the lord mayor’s banquet, the contrast between what Cameron was saying and where he was saying it felt particularly chilling. Scenes from the class war. (Via Lisa Costello.)

?otD: Where did you hide the silver?


11/14/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing children to learn critical thinking skills: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[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 Audible.com 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.)

[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.