The Science Fiction Writers of America have announced that the 2008 Nebula Awards will be in Austin, Texas on April 24-27.
That’s a measly 2 and a half hours from Houston. I’ve made that run before. Not that I drive 180 miles to troll Half Price Books stores in other cities or anything. [Looks up and to the left.] I think I see a blog road trip in our (distant) future. Yeah, that’s it. I’m doing it for the good of the blog.
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Matrix Magazine is the news magazine of the British Science Fiction Association. The latest issue contains some good reads. Here are some of them:
[Links via Big Dumb Object]
This is the weekend of the Boskone 43 in Boston, a science fiction convention focusing on literature, art, music, and gaming.
Headlining guests include are Ken MacLeod and Cory Doctorow. Among the panelists for discussions and readings are James Patrick Kelly, George R. R. Martin, Charles Stross, Mike Resnick, John Scalzi, Tobias S. Buckell, David G. Hartwell, Allen Steele, Karl Schroeder, Michael A. Burstein, Paul Levinson, Sharon Lee, Steve Miller, John M. Ford, Melissa Scott, Walter H. Hunt, Bob Eggleton, Wen Spencer, Sarah Monette, Elizabeth Bear, Jeffrey A. Carver, Paul Park, Michael F. Flynn, Bruce Coville, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Steven Popkes, James Cambias, and Geoffrey A. Landis.
That’s quite an impressive array of names. It makes me wish I was going to be in the Boston area this weekend. I’ve never been to a sf convention before but the Boskone schedule looks darned interesting. Well…except for Filksinging.
Before podcasts were cool, radio was da bomb.
DataJunkie points to classic radio dramas Dimension X and X Minus 1 which featured radio adaptations of classic science fiction stories. A chronological log of the X Minus 1 broadcasts gives this description of the show:
X MINUS ONE was an NBC science fiction series that was an extension,
or revival, of NBC’s earlier science fiction series, DIMENSION X.
which ran from Apr. 8, 1950 through Sept. 29, 1951. Both are
remembered for bringing really first rate science fiction to the air.
The first X MINUS ONE shows used scripts from DIMENSION X, but soon
created new shows from storied from the pages of Galaxy Magazine. A
total of 125 programs were broadcast, some repeats or remakes, until
the last show of Jan. 9, 1958.
DataJunkie points to MP3 downloads of these shows:
Now that’s Retro-cool!
But wait, there’s more! Internet archive also collects 50+ episodes of X Minus 1 including adaptations of “The Cold Equations” by Tom Godwin and Heinlein’s “The Roads Must Roll“. RadioLovers has another collection of 44 episodes of X Minus 1. (Unfortunately, the numbered labels are not very helpful.) You can also buy the episodes in CD.
UPDATE: Thanks to Daniel at Tonal Motion who also submitted this link on the missing PKD robot.
Tenser blog has an interesting post about Amazon’s new search feature which looks for Statistically Improbable Phrases (SIPs), defined by Amazon as “the most distinctive phrases in the text of books in the Search Inside! program”.
The interesting thing about the Tenser post is that they went back to a list of Hugo Winning Books and documented all the corresponding SIPs by trolling Amazon. Sadly, most of the Hugo books are not searchable by Amazon, but the ones that are yield some curious results. It’s kinda fun to see if the resulting phrases trigger any memories of the book.
| Wednesday, February 15th, 2006 at
Not that I want to steal John’s thunder (or anything else for that matter..)
- The folks over at PointlessWasteofTime (not completely worksafe) have posted an article about The Top 10 Sci-Fi Films that never happened (worksafe).
- From the life imitates SF department, some Olympic skiers have been wearing a new bodysuit that hardens on impact to offer a bit more protection to these atheletes. Yes, we take one step closer to active body armor…
- And Uwe Boll has announced in an interview he will not be making any more video game movies after he finishes butchering Far Cry. My guess is that with the new laws on the books in Germany have more to do with this versus some altruistic decision.
Editor Kathryn Cramer has posted the contents of the upcoming Year’s Best Fantasy 6 anthology:
- “Eating Hearts” by Yoon Ha Lee
- “The Denial” by Bruce Sterling
- “The Fraud” by Esther Friesner
- “Sunbird” by Neil Gaiman
- “Shard of Glass” by Alaya Dawn Johnson
- “The Farmer’s Cat” by Jeff Vandermeer
- “Crab Apple” by Patrick Samphire
- “The Comber” by Gene Wolfe
- “Walpurgis Afternoon” by Deliah Sherman
- “Monster” by Kelly Link
- “Robots and Falling Hearts” by Tim Pratt & Greg van Eekhout
- “Still Life with Boobs” by Ann Harris
- “Heads Up, Thumbs Down” by Gavin J. Grant
- “Newbie Wrangler” by Timothy J. Anderson
- “Being Here” by Claude Lalumière
- “Mom and Mother Theresa” by Candas Jane Dorsey
- “The Imago Sequence” by Laird Barron
- “Magic in a Certain Slant of Light” by Deborah Coates
- “Single White Farmhouse” by Heather Shaw
- “Read It in the Headlines!” by Garth Nix
- “Niels Bohr and the Sleeping Dane” by Jonathon Sullivan
- “Mortegarde” by Liz Williams
- “Inside Job” by Connie Willis
By JP Frantz
| Tuesday, February 14th, 2006 at
Quiz Farm has this interesting poll running,
which sci-fi crew would you best fit in?
Me? Well, glad you asked. I got the following:
You scored as Moya (Farscape). You are surrounded by muppets. But that is okay because they are your friends and have shown many times that they can be trusted. Now if only you could stop being bothered about wormholes.
What’s interesting is that I never really watched Farscape and I certainly don’t like it as much as many other people do. I watched the first DVD of Season 1 and just didn’t get into it. Possibly it gets better, but I may never know.
I still don’t how I manged to be Moya. Although, come to think of it, being a sapient spaceship with muppets inside you can’t be all bad….
Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.
Which is the best original show on the SciFi Channel right now?
Be sure to vote in this week’s Battlestar Galactica character poll!
I was on the way to a late lunch with the family today and I suddenly sighted a used bookstore that I had never seen before. As I often frequent the local bookstores (and by “frequent” I mean “troll”), nobody was more shocked them I was to find that I missed one. What surprised me even more was that they were open on a Sunday! This is rare for the Mom & Pop used bookstore shops. I took it as a sign. I interrupted our family’s quest for edibles (though my wife will inaccurately tell you that I slammed on the brakes) and pulled into the parking lot of Book Corner.
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The “People and Publishing” section of the February 2006 issue of Locus Magazine mentions some noteworthy future genre titles:
- Allen Steele sold the Coyote novel Spindrift.
- Neal Asher sold 3 Polity universe novels: Polity Agent, Line War and Hilldiggers.
- Eric Flint and Dave Freer sold The Sorceress of Karres, another sequel to James H. Schmitz’s The Witches of Karres.
- John Ringo and scientist Travis S. Taylor sold a sequel to Ringo’s Into the Looking Glass.
- Gordon R. Dickson’s final Childe Cycle novel, The Antagonist, was completed by David Wixon and delivered to Tor publishing.
- Stephen Brust delivered his latest Vlad Taltos novel, Dzur.
- Jim Butcher turned in the third book of the Codex Hera series, Cursor’s Fury.
- Charles Stross turned in The Jennifer Morgue, sequel to The Atrocity Archives.
Emerald City brings word that the latest issue of Fast Forward has an interview with Kim Stanley Robinson.
I’m glad I stumbled across this tidbit because, although I’ve seen this site before, it fell off my radar. Now that I see they have news feeds for their news and interview podcasts, I’ll be more in-touch. Interviews are about 15 to 20 minutes long. A look back on just the last 12 months shows they have interviewed some big names:
Check it out!
Looks like Kevin might get his wish.
The film Night Watch is coming to Houston. The film is the first of a planned trilogy, to be followed by Day Watch and Dusk Watch.
Here’s the good news: passes are being given away for free for a 7PM, February 28th Houston screening.
[via Strider's SciFi Weblog]