…in all of its direct-to-DVD glory.
We had an interesting, if brief, discussion at lunch today. Trent mentioned how it was about time to re-read the Dune novels again. I asked why, when there are plenty of other things to read?
My comment stemmed from my recollection of re-reading Dune specifically. I enjoyed it immensely the first time, but the second time (which I did as a precursor to finally reading the sequels) was a much less enjoyable experience. I think in the case of Dune I derived pleasure from the plot details and surprises which were still vividly remembered on the re-read, thus resulting in a less enjoyable re-read.
It depends on the book, I suppose. I still want to go back and re-read The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis. But there is an incredible backlog of books that I haven’t read yet want to. Seems like there is less reason to re-read old books when there are new ones to discover.
What about you? Do you like re-reading books? Which ones and how often?
Just a quick note to sat that I’m blogging at AMC TV’s SciFi Scanner again this week.
My posting there will be light as this is a very busy week at work. (I do have a day job, tidbit monkeys.)
For now, you can check out my posts thus far:
Volume 2, Issue 6 (April 2008) of Jim Baen’s Universe has been posted. Here are the contents:
Science Fiction Stories:
- “Manumission” by Tobias S. Buckell
- “Virtually, A Cat” by Jody Lynn Nye
- “Indomitable” by Jack McDevitt
- “Honorable Enemies: A Jake Masters Mystery” by Mike Resnick
- “Scraps of Fog” by Sarah A. Hoyt
- “The Witch of Waxahachie” by Lou Antonelli
- “Knight of Coins” by Margaret Ronald
- “Countdown to Armageddon, Episode Four” by Edward M. Lerner
- “Fish Story, Episode Twelve” by Eric Flint, Dave Freer and Andrew Dennis
- Becoming Stewards of Our World: The Great Theme of the 21st Century, Part Two, Editing the Sun: A Way Out Way Out by Gregory Benford
- Earth’s Next Schism by Stephen Euin Cobb
- “Red Tape and Cold Iron, or A Proposal for the Reintroduction of the Faery Folk to the United Kingdom” by Lucy Bond
- “Extreme Reservations” by R. J. Ortega
- “Born of the Sun” by Jack Williamson
- Attending Worldcon by Mike Resnick
- A Matter of Symbiosis by Eric Flint
- The Matrix and the Star Maker by Mike Resnick
- The Toy Shop by Barry N. Malzberg
- April 2008, What’s New in The Future And You by Stephen Euin Cobb
Editor Ellen Datlow has posted the contents of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: Twenty-first Annual Collection, the anthology she coedits with Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant:
- “The Cambist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale of Economics” by Daniel Abraham
- “The Gray Boy’s Work” by M.T. Anderson
- “Troll” by (poem) Nathalie Anderson
- “The Monsters of Heaven” by Nathan Ballingrud
- “The Forest” by Laird Barron
- “Reversal of Fortune” by Holly Black
- “The House of Mechanical Pain” by Chaz Brenchley
- “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate” by Ted Chiang
- “Scenes of Hell” by (poem) Billy Collins
- “Toother” by Terry Dowling
- “The Drowned Life” by Jeffrey Ford
- “The Last Worders” by Karen Joy Fowler
- “Monkey” by (poem) Eliza Griswold
- “Up the Fire Road” by Eileen Gunn
- “Winter’s Wife” by Elizabeth Hand
- “A Perfect and Unmappable Grace” by Jack Haringa
- “The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change” by Kij Johnson
- “The Boulder” by Lucy Kemnitzer
- “The Hill” by Tanith Lee
- “The Ape Man” by Alexander MacBride
- “Lovers (Jafaar the Winged)” by (poem) Khaled Mattawa
- “Hum Drum” by Gary McMahon
- “A Thing Forbidden” by Donald Mead
- “England and Nowhere” by Tim Nickels
- “Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz Go to War Again” by Garth Nix
- “Valentine, July Heat Wave” by Joyce Carol Oates
- “Mr. Poo Poo” by Reggie Oliver
- “Fragrant Goddess” by Paul Park
- “Holiday” by M. Rickert
- “Vampires in the Lemon Grove” by Karen Russell
- “Rats” by Veronica Schanoes
- “The Fiddler of Bayou Teche” by Delia Sherman
- “Village Smart” by (poem) Maggie Smith
- “The Tenth Muse” by William Browning Spencer
- “Follow Me Home” by Sonya Taaffe
- “The Swing” by Don Tumasonis
- “Closet Dreams” by Lisa Tuttle
- “The Seven Devils of Central California” by Catherynne M. Valente
- “Splitfoot” by Paul Walther
- “The Hide” by Liz Williams
Rudy Rucker has posted the contents of Flurb #5:
- “Tangiers Routines” by Rudy Rucker
- “Black Glass Samples” by John Shirley
- “We’re awake, let’s talk.” by Nathaniel Hellerstein
- “Cathedrals” by Alex Hardison
- “Captain Ordinary” by Terry Bisson
- “Uganda” by Lavie Tidhar
- “The Masonic Dream Engine” by Thom Metzger
- “Donald A$$hole and Los Elementos de Rock ” by Brendan Byrne
REVIEW SUMMARY: An eye candy extravaganza.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A showcase of contemporary sf/fantasy art.
PROS: Every page is stuffed with sense of wonder; a variety of styles to suit any taste; excellent book production.
CONS: Some styles might not appeal to some tastes.
BOTTOM LINE: Highly recommended to anyone who has a love for sf/fantasy art.
I confess. I’m a science fiction and fantasy art junkie. Yes, I have bought books based solely on book cover art. Some book covers stoke my fire as much as the books they illustrate; sometimes more so. Therefore, an art book like Spectrum 14, the 2007 edition of the annual showcase of contemporary sf/fantasy art, is like a drug for someone like me. Every single page is brimming with the fantastic and imaginative by a variety of artists producing work in various sectors: advertising, books, comics, concept art, three-dimensional, editorial, and institutional. Even the previously unpublished works show outstanding talent.
The winners of the Bram Stoker Awards (for superior achievement in horror) have been announced:
- NOVEL: The Missing by Sarah Langan
- FIRST NOVEL: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
- LONG FICTION: “Afterward, There Will Be a Hallway” by Gary Braunbeck
- SHORT FICTION: “The Gentle Brush of Wings” by David Niall Wilson
- ANTHOLOGY: Five Strokes to Midnight edited by Gary Braunbeck & Hank Schwaeble
- COLLECTION (Tie): Proverbs for Monsters by Michael A. Arnzen and 5 Stories by Peter Straub
- NON-FICTION: The Cryptopedia: A Dictionary of the Weird, Strange & Downright Bizarre edited by Jonathan Maberry & David F. Kramer
- POETRY (Tie): Being Full of Light, Insubstantial by Linda Addison and Vectors: A Week in the Death of a Planet by Charlee Jacob & Marge B. Simon
Congratulations to all the winners!
List of nominees
[via Locus Online]
Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.
Who is your favorite Captain of the Enterprise?
Only one vote for Pike? If he read SF Signal, he’d be beeping in anger like there’s no tomorrow.
A couple of comments this week:
“What about Capt Janeway?” – David
[And the John sez: I’m not a Trek expert, but wasn’t she the Captain of the Voyager?]
“Hmmm, that was a tough decision. I voted for Belushi since I feel Star Trek always needed a little more humor Why not add Kevin Pollack to the list since he does an excellent James Kirk imitation.” – Tim
[John sez: Good idea!]
“Hey! What about Decker, Spock, Harriman, Riker, Jellico… (do I know a little too much about Star Trek?). Props to Jellico for being a bad-ass, but there’s something appealing about Harriman’s “Tuesday”.” – Ian Randal Strock
[John sez: OK, you’re obviously a Trek expert. I decided to keep it to the mainstays. Besides, everyone knows that Spock’s stint as captain was the result of affirmative action pressure…]
“I just know I would get ragged on for suggesting that Jonathan Archer is the best Captain of the Enterprise, but the obvious favorite Jean-Luc Picard was just too cerebral for me. Jean-Luc never made any mistakes, even when he did, while Jonathan Archer seems more real. Besides if he can set of enough things right in time, he can finally make the leap home.” – Richard
[John sez: Hiyo!]
“To a point it is like comparing apples and oranges. Different overarching missions and ships call for different skill sets and abilities. Overall, though, there is only one and he drinks Earl Gray, Hot.” – General X
[John sez: I hope by “hot” you mean the tea!]
Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll about the cancellation of Flash Gordon!
The Film Society of Lincoln Center sent us word that Harlan Ellison will be attending the April 8th 7:00 PM premiere screening of Dreams with Sharp Teeth, the documentary that follows the legendary author’s life and career.
From the press release:
Erik Nelson’s engaging portrait of Ellison catches the 70-something author in his full cantankerous glory, offering his thoughts and opinions on a dizzying array of subjects. It also shows us the other, lesser known sides of Ellison–from his political activism in the Civil Rights era to altercations with Barbra Streisand and pelvis shattering battles with network executives. Younger writers discuss Ellison’s influence on their work, and even actor Robin Williams is on hand to offer his tribute to Ellison. Director Erik Nelson and Harlan Ellison are expected to attend this screening.