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[contests] We have a winner

The latest caption contest voting poll has produced a winner, Kyle Cassidy. His winning entry, with a runaway 20% of the vote:

Nov 26 2009

Mr Lake, the implants will work as we discussed, but it’s my personal belief that no one will take you seriously as a supervillan in that hat

Photo © 2009 M. Lake, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Kyle, you have scored an ARC of Pinion and a fresh-off-the-press copy of Death of a Starship.

[books] All you do is eat the pages…

On a Day Jobbe break, headed for the post office and mailed out about 40 Pinion ARCs. Receipt is longer than I am tall, totalling well over $100. Came home with a box to find I now have a big pile of Death of a Starship. The total count of volumes here at Nuevo Rancho Lake does not seem to have been reduced.

Is the universe balancing its books?

[awards] A largely complete 2009 bibliography, as it is Nebula time

With the new Nebula Awards rules in place, nominating season is upon us. I thought I’d mention my works this year, highlighting my own favorites, for those interested in considering them. My favorite picks are in bold with *.

2009 Published Science Fiction:

* “On the Human Plan; Lone Star Stories; February, 2009 [short story]
* “Rolling Steel: A Pre-Apocalyptic Love Story (with Shannon Page); Clarkesworld; April, 2009 [short story]
* “To Raise a Mutiny Betwixt Yourselves”; The New Space Opera 2, ed. Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan, Eos, April, 2009 [novelette] [in Sunspin continuity]
Leopard“; Jim Baen’s Universe, June, 2009 [short story]
“Black Heart, White Mourning”; Grant’s Pass, ed. Jennifer Brozek and Amanda Pillar, Morrigan Books; August, 2009 [short story]
* “Chain of Stars; Subterranean, October, 2009 – [novella] [In Mainspring continuity]
“Last Drink Bird Head”; Last Drink Bird Head, ed. Jeff vanderMeer; Ministry of Whimsy Press, October, 2009 [flash]
* Death of a Starship; MonkeyBrain Books, November, 2009 [novel]

2009 Forthcoming Science Fiction:

“Bringing the Future Home”; Global Warming Aftermaths, ed. Eric T. Reynolds, Hadley Rille Books; Fall, 2009 [short story]
“Looking for Truth in a Wild Blue Yonder” (with Ken Scholes); Tor.com, Fall, 2009 [short story]
“The Starship Mechanic” (with Ken Scholes); Tor.com, Fall, 2009 [short story]

2009 Published Fantasy:

* “Golden Pepper; Flash Fiction Online; February, 2009 [flash]
“The True Secret of Magic”, as Joe Edwards; Crime Spells, ed. Martin H. Greenberg and Loren Coleman, DAW; February, 2009 [short story]
“Witness to the Fall”; Crime Spells, ed. Martin H. Greenberg and Loren Coleman, DAW; February, 2009 [short story]
To Stone” (with Shannon Page); Morrigan eZine, May, 2009 [short story]
* Green; Tor Books, June, 2009 [novel]
People of Leaf and Branch“; Fantasy; June, 2009 [short story] [in Green continuity]
“Tale of the Poet and the Dog”; Japanese Dreams, ed. Sean Wallace, Prime Books; Summer, 2009 [short story]
“An Elderly Pirate Recalls the Death of Love”; Electric Velocipede Issue 17/18 [short story]
* “Red Dirt Kingdoms”; Realms of Fantasy, October, 2009 [short story]
Madness of Flowers; Night Shade Books, November, 2009 [novel]

2009 Forthcoming Fantasy:

“Bone Island” (with Shannon Page); Interzone, Fall, 2009 [novelette]
“In the Emperor’s Garden” (with Shannon Page); Fantasy, Fall, 2009 [short story]
“The Passion of Mother Vajpai” (with Shannon Page); Subterranean, Fall, 2009 [novelette] [in GREEN continuity]
“Shedding Skin; Or How the World Came to Be”; Shimmer (Clockwork Jungle Issue), Fall, 2009 [short story]

[publishing] My 2009 bibliography, first cut

Here’s a tentative update to my bibliography for 2009. This may not be completely exhaustive, and obviously, forthcoming work may slip into 2010 in some cases.

Published:

Golden Pepper“; Flash Fiction Online; February, 2009
On the Human Plan“; Lone Star Stories; February, 2009
“Witness to the Fall”; Crime Spells, ed. Martin H. Greenberg and Loren Coleman, DAW; February, 2009
Escapement; Tor Books; April, 2009 [mass market paperback release]
Rolling Steel: A Pre-Apocalyptic Love Story” (with Shannon Page); Clarkesworld; April, 2009
To Stone” (with Shannon Page); Morrigan eZine, May, 2009
Green; Tor Books; June, 2009 [trade hardback release]
Leopard“; Jim Baen’s Universe, June, 2009
“To Raise a Mutiny Betwixt Yourselves”; The New Space Opera 2, ed. Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan, Eos Books; June, 2009 [Sunspin continuity]
People of Leaf and Branch“; Fantasy; June, 2009 [Green continuity]
“Black Heart, White Mourning”; Grant’s Pass, ed. Jennifer Brozek and Amanda Pillar, Morrigan Books; August, 2009
“In the Forests of the Night”; Metatropolis, ed. John Scalzi, Subterranean Press; August, 2009
“Tale of the Poet and the Dog”; Japanese Dreams, ed. Sean Wallace, Prime Books; Summer, 2009
“An Elderly Pirate Recalls the Death of Love”; Electric Velocipede Issue 17/18
“Red Dirt Kingdoms”; Realms of Fantasy, October, 2009
Madness of Flowers; Night Shade Books; October, 2009

Forthcoming:

“Bone Island” (with Shannon Page); Interzone
“Bringing the Future Home”; Global Warming Aftermaths, ed. Eric T. Reynolds, Hadley Rille Books
“Chain of Stars”; Subterranean [Mainspring continuity]
Death of a Starship; MonkeyBrain Books
“Human Error”; Interzone [prequel to “The Sky That Wraps the World Round, Past the Blue and Into the Black“]
“In the Emperor’s Garden” (with Shannon Page); Fantasy
“Last Drink Bird Head”; Last Drink Bird Head, ed. Jeff vanderMeer; Ministry of Whimsy Press
“Looking for Truth in a Wild Blue Yonder” (with Ken Scholes); Tor.com
“Shedding Skin; Or How the World Came to Be”; Shimmer (Clockwork Jungle Issue)
“The Starship Mechanic” (with Ken Scholes); Tor.com

[links] Link salad saddles up and heads for Omaha

More on Death of a Starship — From MonkeyBrain’s web site.

with a flash fiction contest — Note the category described as “MOST LIKELY TO BE JAY LAKE IN A BRILLIANT DISGUISE”.

This weekend’s cancer updates:
A Visit with the Oncologist: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]
The Edges in My Head: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

earns a purple heart — Or at least a purple toe…

Revolutionary Medicine — About the possible ongoing changes in healthcare.

?otD: Where in the world is Jay Lake?


6/15/2009
Body movement: n/a (travel day, airport walking)
This morning’s weigh-in: 219.0
Currently reading: The Human Disguise by James O’Neil

[links] Link salad, title free edition

The Green photo contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Green readings and signings: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Including Powell’s Cedar Hills here in the Portland area, tomorrow night.

SF Signal with a book cover smackdown including my own forthcoming Death of a Starship

1939 World’s Fair on San Francisco Bay — Some mighty fine poster art.

American Garage: 1943 — Mmmmm, trains. Now this is some steamy punk.

iPhone Hackers Get a BreakThe difficulty of running nonapproved code on the iPhone has turned off security researchers–until now. Um… Does this count as being unclear on the concept?

At Last, Facing Down Bullies (and Their Enablers) — Gosh, wouldn’t that be nice. I grew up in the 1970s, when the response to bullying boiled down to “Well, what did you do to antagonize him?” (Snurched from Scrivener’s Error.)

Teaching Children to Spot Terrorists — Um… (Thanks to .)

You weren’t excluded. You lost.The Edge of the American West on conservative rhetoric over the Tiller murder. The right’s mealy-mouthed response to that is another place where conservatism show not that it is simply wrong-headed, but intellectually and morally bankrupt.

?otD: What price glory? Show your work.


6/11/2009
Body movement: 60 minute workout at the gym, 10 minutes of stretching and meditation
This morning’s weigh-in: 215.4
Currently reading: The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold; A Long Line of Cells by Lewis Thomas

[personal] 2008 in review

Highlights of 2008

  • I beat cancer
  • I made the Locus bestseller list with Mainspring
  • I lost 65 pounds and 10 inches of waist size

Writing

Novels Published: Escapement thb, Mainspring mmpb

Novels Written: Green, Tourbillon

First Draft Fiction Written (including novels): 612,700 words

Blogging: 260,000 words

Emails: At least 20,000 emails sent and received

Original Short Fiction Submissions: 36

Original Short Fiction Rejections: 14

Original Short Fiction Sales: 21 (one collaborative)

Original Short Fiction Published on my Blog: 10

Reprint Short Fiction Submissions: 6

Reprint Short Fiction Rejections: 2

Reprint Short Fiction Sales: 4 (including two Year’s Best)

Nonfiction Sales: 10

Personal

Inches of Waistline Lost: 10

Pounds Lost: 65

Time Spent Exercising: 132 hours, 45 minutes

Goals for Next Year

Novels to be Published: Green thb, Escapement mmpb, Madness of Flowers tpb, Death of a Starship tpb

Novels to be Written: Sunspin (trilogy), several collaborative projects to be scheduled

Additional Inches of Waistline Lost: 2

Additional Pounds Lost: 10

Time Spent Exercising: 250 hours