RIP Realms of Fantasy…Again
@Irene I will miss that, too. That was always impressive. @Tony I go back and forth myself. Sometimes I just want a song, sometimes I want the whole thing. The idea of a magazine one story at a time, or a story here and there? Not sure what I think of that. Part of me gets excited at the idea, part of me wants to sit in a corner and hold onto print copies of EV.
Clementine by Cherie Priest
Megaduck, Kiolia, and Mike J. I will say that I feel that Clementine is a stronger book than Boneshaker as it's more focused in the story it's telling. In particular, it's the two main characters that made this story so compelling for me. That said, I don't expect everyone to enjoy every book I like. I mean, that would be a pretty boring world if everyone liked the same thing. Mike J. I liked the structure of your post. I often suffer from the same issue where something is so hyped that it couldn't possibly hope to live up to it. I invariably see/read these things (it happens more often for me with movies) and find myself disappointed with something that I suspect I would have enjoyed had I discovered on my own with the taint of expectation.
Designing the covers for Dan Wells’ John Wayne Cleaver trilogy
Incredible stuff. I always like seeing the inner workings of design, particularly Pete's work.
Asimov’s Science Fiction Accepting Electronic Submissions
@1 It should be the norm. In some ways it's too bad that this is big news in the field. @2 You are correct that the other two don't, and one of them shares an office with Asimov's! @3 That could be interesting, but I doubt it would ever happen. Nemonynous does exactly that. They don't have the profile of the "big three" sf magazines, however.
Jim C. Hines First Novel Survey
Once again, I find myself agreeing completely with Nick. The two--short stories vs. novels--are such different storytelling media that to expect someone to practice one by doing the other is ludicrous. And I've been telling people to do it for years. People need to write what feels comfortable to them. Of course, many people can't tell how long a particular idea should be, but that's a whole different animal. I, for one, will no longer advise people to start out writing short stories. I'll tell them to write what they want to write, but to thoroughly investigate that area first. So, if you want to write short fiction, READ short fiction.
Polyphony Anthology Series
arachnejericho, you're right. I think that positive approach doesn't get tried very often and would likely work better. Having been a similar situation, I think the reality of it can be so overwhelming that being positive is difficult and the publisher/editor opts to try being honest about their feelings. But, you can also be honest about how awesome something is and work that way to get interest drummed up. In my own experience I've found the positive version of news always plays better than doom and gloom. But there's a good end to this! Although it looks like they didn't quite hit their numbers, Deb Layne has decided to go ahead and publish Polyphony 7: Polyphony 7 Announcement
Polyphony Anthology Series
You're absolutely right, Nick. I think your "New Howard Waldrop story!" is a perfect example of how you could sell this. There are people, like me, who will buy anything that has new Waldrop in it. There are a lot of authors in the anthology that have fans from all over the place.
Dreams of Decadence to Re-launch
@Jedikalos thanks for the catch; my fingers wanted to put that extra 'n' in there @Warren thanks for the info, I look forward to seeing what you guys do with the change in content/theme. Do you see any potential conflict with Realms of Fantasy?
2010 Hugo Awards Open for Nominations
@JM yeah, I definitely feel you. I can nominate due to my membership from last year, but I honestly don't think I have the budget for $50 this year to vote, which makes me kind of sad. @Vincent I've updated the date in the main post, it looks like my either my fingers transposed the date or my brain just ran things to the end of the month. @jere7my although Mr. Langford has won his share of Hugos... :) @JaniceG I understand what you're saying. The point isn't to create a popular award. I can only speak for myself here, but Worldcon is my least favorite convention. The only reason I buy a membership is so I can vote on the Hugos. I don't read the progress reports or the final program. So for me, the Hugo Awards are the only thing I take out of joining Worldcon every year.
Don’t Panic: Magazine Closings
Death to them all! Soon Johnny, it'll just be me and you in your backyard, running around and whooping it up with your kids in a giant three-story playfort made of skulls!
Man, my kids would love a fort. Let me know when you're coming, we'll bake you a pie.
Don’t Panic: Magazine Closings
@SaneraMcDonald You're absolutely right. And I do appreciate the support that you've shown me over the years. But on the same token, I know I see more submissions than I see subscribers. If I'm getting 400 different submissions/month, less than 1% of those subscribe or buy an issue. 10% of them subscribing or buying an issue would make a huge difference for a lot of these publications. Of course, as @pablodefendini points out, do you support just to support, or do you support because you'd actually buy it in the first place? In my mind, if it's good enough to publish your fiction, it should be good enough to purchase and put on your shelf, shouldn't it?
What books haven’t you read?
I almost never put down a book that I've started, but here are some big ones that I tried and eventually did put down, oh how I tried: 1. Dhalgren I just couldn't get into it. I think there was something happening in a time and place that I was not a part of and therefore the novel just sort of passed me by. 2. Gormenghast just moved too slowly for me. I kept finding myself looking at the walls and other stuff around rather than the book in my lap.
Zoetrope Guest Designers
Irene, I actually just ordered a book that Chip Kidd put together of Thomas Allen's work this morning. How strange the synchronicity of it all. JK
The Ten Most Influential Science Fiction & Fantasy Anthologies/Anthology Series
@everyone I've ordered a copy of Adventures in Time and Space, and I'll report back when I've had a chance to read it.
Eros, Philia, Agape
I've been very proud to publish work from Rachel. I'm looking forward to seeing what she does next.
Self-Serve Books
@22 I prefer to work with impatience and excitement myself. With the margins, I'd have to assume they scanned the books and were printing images onto the page in the OEM, rather than scanning the text, which could be formatted into any layout proportions. It takes a lot of time and effort to do good OCR on old texts, so it's just easier to make a high-quality image. At least that's what we did when I worked in book scanning.
Weekend Getaway: The Shortest of Fictions
@7 I agree; the ones I like tend to sound like writing prompts. Maybe that will be the first Thaumatrope antho (virtual or print), take the best posts and use them as prompts for other people to finish. There's your assignment. Now go write!
Literature in Translation: From Russia with Light and Dark
@1 Lem is on the horizon! @6 I'll have to check out Pekhov, can you send some recommendations to editor[at]electricvelocipede[dot]com? Anyone have any other suggestions of people to discuss for lit in trans, as far as genre's concerned?
Mamatas In Translation
Agreed that a talented translator would render any concerns moot. And today I see that: is online. Well, it's essentially a parked page, but you can go sign up to be informed when it goes completely live!
Good Bye Realms of Fantasy
And I completely forgot to mention Fantasy Magazine, another great online magazine. @ 6 The big thing that the online magazines need, as you point out, is something to generate a revenue stream. Both Fantasy and Clarkesworld publish books as well as the online fiction.
Good Bye Realms of Fantasy
@ 9 The main reason for Jim Baen's Universe lack of mention in this article is that I was looking for places that publish predominantly fantasy or speculative fiction. That might be splitting hairs when I include F&SF in my write-up, but Baen's Universe publishes a higher number of science fiction stories to fantasy/speculative stories. I just don't see the stories that were getting published in RoF having any interest for the editors of Baen's Universe.
Good Bye Realms of Fantasy
@ 5 I completely agree with you. Often the Folk Roots column was worth the price of admission for the magazine. Perhaps some enterprising publishing folk will collect them together for a folk studies/mythology text for academic work.
A Year Without a Year’s Best?
@5 when most of the people I know own fewer than 20 books, 79 anthologies is a lot. I realize among the readers of 79 anthologies may not be very many, but I'd be curious to hear how many people own. @10 Jonathan, thank you for bringing those points up. I know that I bought the book every year, but I'm only one person. It's the type of thing where you don't lend support because it is such a institution and you assume someone is supporting it. I tried to address your second point in writing my post, but couldn't wrap my words around in as clear a way as you have.
Gene Wolfe Book Club
@8 The reason for creating the book club rather than joining in on the conversation on was to give some structure to reading all 12 books. I don't feel it would be fair to sign up for and then take over the discussion with a group of people who were reading the books from start to finish. This way, we have something that the members of can take part in if they want (I contacted the people who run it and tried to make an announcement, but it failed so I'm checking into why I couldn't post to the group) but the e-mail list doesn't HAVE to feel like they should take part. They can continue their ongoing conversation about the book and we can have our book club. This isn't a replacement of the amazing things they've done at, but rather an enhancement of it or outgrowth of it.
Lord of the Bots, Mattias Adolfsson
Mattias did the illustrations for a chapbook I published of William Shunn's short stories, An Alternate History of the 21st Century. If you click on the cover it opens a PDF of the full wraparound art.
Watchmen trailer, in Japanese
I'm trying to not get over excited about this. I've been very disappointed with superhero movies/comic book adaptations (in general). Even though what I've seen looks great, I can't shake the feeling that I'll be disappointed with this one, too.
Go Go Girls on The Road
Sorry for the silence folks, I decided to relax for the holidays and stay offline! @5 I agree, this would work better as a TV show. A movie would just have to cut a lot of stuff out. @2 & 3 I found the section (p.74 in the hardcover) and here are my thoughts: Like you, I can't believe this was done in error; I have to assume that McCarthy did this on purpose. This is a confusing paragraph. Why the first person? Who is the 'she' in the paragraph? The dog? The mother? Now, it's been a while since I read this book, so my thoughts won't be as clear as they would've been a year ago. The person speaking has to be the father, so why the switch from the narrator (the little boy? someone else?) to the father? As the people on Amazon note, I think the paragraph is part of the father remembering/thinking about things in a way he can justify so that he can continue to think of himself as a good father. However, I don't think this needed to be in the first person. I think the third person narration could have been used in this paragraph with the same effect. It's possible that McCarthy wanted to draw attention to this paragraph so that the reader would be forced to see how slippery the mindset of the father is. The change in narrative wasn't as disruptive for me as it was for you when I read it, but it bothers me now that it's been pointed out to me. It almost reads as a dream (which doesn't make sense) or the father talking out loud as if to a unknown third party (which only makes slightly more sense than a dream). Given the uniqueness of the narrative change, neither answer I give makes much sense; i.e., they make more sense if they happened more often. So, if he's trying to point out to the reader that the father is using the ends to justify the means, even if the means include lying to his son, switching to first-person narrative is a little extreme. Why not do it every time the father has a crisis of morality? And who is the she? People seem sold on the idea that it's the boy's mother, but this reads as a quick throw-off line...I would think the mother would be more important than that, unless there's something about her not being around that the father doesn't like to think about and therefore is conveniently glossing over it. Given the outcome of the book, I have to look at it as the father talking out loud since the narrator would not have access to the father's thoughts. And I can almost buy it as the father talking to himself as they bed down for the night. These two have been through some horrific times, and the father may be suffering from shock or some sort. In that light, talking to himself is almost understandable. But why only the one time? The more I feel I have a grasp on this paragraph, the more it slips out of my hands.
In Which I am Turning Into My Father
@13 LOL! OMG, I just realized why Moffat's name was so familiar to me! My wife and I LOVE Coupling. Ah, rats, maybe I'll have to try watching an episode or two.
Weekend Getaway: The Philippines
Man I would love to! If that ever comes to pass I will differently be in touch before I make plans.
In Which I am Turning Into My Father
I think it's human nature to want people to like the same things we like; or put slightly differently, when we like something, it's hard for many people to conceive of the fact that others don't like it, too. For example, I'm a very adventurous eater, and when I hear that someone doesn't like a particular food stuff, I say to myself, "they're just being lazy." This is unabashedly unfair. I'm the person always exhorting people to give something another try. But that's how I look at food. Unless something has made me sick (knock on wood, not yet) I often seek something out that I disliked previously to see if my tastes have changed, or if there's a different way to prepare the food that I might like. So I get the desire to tell/ask people to give something another go. For me, the big drawback is that my wife HATES genre media, so I'd have to watch stuff on my own. And there's so little time that I have to get stuff done, trying new things/trying something again is not high on my priority list when there are things I know I'll like that I have yet to see.
SF Scene: KGB Fantastic Fiction 11/19/08
I'm thankful for things that take you somewhere else, whether it's a child's car that takes you through a Phantom Tollbooth or a wardrobe that leads to another world.
Waiting for the Mail: Science Fiction World
Rick, I don't know if I've got the whole PM through Joomla down right, so you can e-mail me at editor [at] electricvelocipede [dot] com and give me some additional thoughts.
Waiting for the Mail: Science Fiction World
@1 here are some additional thoughts and attempts at answers: 1) I'm pretty certain the demographic skews younger in China than it does here. There is certainly much more talk about 'graying readership' when it comes to SF magazines. Most young readers I know are novel readers (remember, I work in libraries so I have at lest some legitimate point of view). But to follow that up, why aren't these magazines trying get into the hands of younger readers? Certainly books are engaging younger readers, and there are a lot of genre books out there for younger readers. 2) I don't know about percentages, but the articles read indicated that certainly writing science fiction was encouraged by the government; and if writing is encouraged, it infers--in my mind--that reading is, too. 3) There is certainly a cost issue. Buying a magazine, going back to 1), fits within the budget of the readers better than a novel. 4) See 2). 5) Marketing is fairly internal. Meaning, marketing is done mostly within the existing market. I actually don't know how much advertising the bigger magazines do of themselves. I certainly see book publishers running ads, but I can't think of the last time I saw a magazine run an ad. Tying into your comment on WoW, I think the reason for this is primarily based on cost. Magazines make money by selling advertising. They typically (and this is all magazines, not just genre) don't advertise. I have no idea what it would cost to run ads on WoW sites or fansites. I think the logistics stifle a lot of magazines, too, since they are run by small staffs. My magazine is very small (there's me and a new assistant) and I don't have time to find out what sites are out there and what advertising costs, or if there's a simpler, easier way to advertise...I just don't know and I unfortunately don't have time to figure it out. I'm also not convinced that advertising in conjunction to WoW would lead to an influx of subscribers. Before you go off on that, let me lay a few things out. First, I do not play video games. In fact, I actively avoid video games. Therefore, my Venn diagram of video game players and genre readers is most likely wrong. I will be happy to admit that I have this completely backwards. Second, even if I'm right and there is only a small percentage of WoW players who actively read, a small percentage of 11 million is still a substantial number. 1% is still 110,000 people. And if 8% (which is the number that a REALLY good marketing campaign converts into sales) of those people bought a sample issue/subscription, that's still almost 9,000 people. And the number would likely be higher. And if I'm wrong...well. :) I can only speak for myself, but if I added 9,000 subscribers over the course of a month...yes, that would be a nightmare to deal with, but I'd deal with it and figure it out. And even for the bigger magazines, 9,000 additional subscribers would be a significant increase on their overall number. The trick is, does that increase outweigh the cost of obtaining them AND keeping them? As for the Google Adwords...I'm not sure how well those work either, similar numbers like above. It's something that can be tried out with a small initial investment. I agree with you that it's a missed opportunity. The one sponsored link you're seeing for 'science fiction magazine,' it's from Amazon. It's not even from a publisher. It's certainly something I should consider myself, and if I consider it bigger places should, too. Basically, Rick, you're right on target with your thinking. @2 You're absolutely correct. Optimism--as Jetse would be happy to hear--leads to people reading more science fiction. As you say, people like to read about the future when they want to move into that future. And I expect someone running a bigger magazine, or working full-time in publishing, to come along and help shoot holes in my arguments. :)
The Hub Around Which My Year Turns
@4 lol! sorry to jump to conclusions! I've never been a good convention goer, or someone with strong fan inclinations; which gives me an idea for another post...
The Hub Around Which My Year Turns
And I'm the opposite of that. If I never go to Worldcon again, it will be too soon. They're too busy, there are too many activities I don't want to be a part of, there's too many people, it's difficult to know who's there... I don't write, so I don't have fans to try to connect with, or more accurately, my fans are the people networking and trying to break into the field. So for my purposes, World Fantasy is a perfect convention. If I only go to one convention in a year, it's guaranteed to be World Fantasy.
Weekend Getaway: Theodora Goss
I'll have to ask her. I think she's likely creating her own mash of slightly related ideas. She teaches writing at Boston University (where she earned an M.A.).
The People in Your Neighborhood
@3 LOL! My bookshelves currently have no sports memorabilia on them. Yeah I don't know, I HAVE to have my books alphabetized. I don't know if it's the librarian in me or what. I'll have to post a follow-up photo of my current shelves.
Would You Like Some Coffee With Your Espresso?
@2 I think you're on the right track. Have the machine EDI interfaced with Bookscan to track sales and you're all set, right? @5 Absolutely, all the grunt work has been done, now we just let the machine chug away. @6 I would take you up on it, but I think @7 has you beat! Thanks for the offers!
Waiting for the Mail: Philip K. Dick
@12 I cannot bring myself to like ANYTHING that Tom Cruise is involved in. I can barely watch his movies. I feel the same way about Nicholas Cage. I thought Minority Report started strong, but it lost me about halfway through. I watched the film on fast speed just to see where it went. It just felt like too many disparate points being forced together. I like the concept, and I like that even knowing the 'future' that Cruise's character can't change enough things to avoid the prediction...but it just didn't hold together for me. As @13 states, it's hard to make a several decades old story into a modern film without changing it. I usually consider the two things as separate beasts or else I wouldn't be able to watch most film adaptations. So, it wasn't differences between the story and the movie that shot it down for me. It was mostly Cruise.
Getting My Hands Dirty
@Pablo, how does Irene put up with you? LOL @Fred, thanks for the clarification. I think I knew that, but was conveniently forgetting. :) I guess for me I just like doing the editing portion away from the computer. I feel like I can spread out the pages and have the ability to move back and forth in the piece quicker than I can electronically. Keep in mind, I've never tried editing electronically, so perhaps once I did it a few times I wouldn't have any issues.
Getting My Hands Dirty
I haven't. I've looked at it, but it always confuses me. :) I see what you're saying. That could be handy when doing proofreading/final layout. I don't know if I'll ever be able to edit electronically, though. I need to be able to put red ink to the page. I've done some work with people using the track changes function of MS Word, but that doesn't give you any space for notes or suggestions, it's just 'here's the changes, accept or reject them.' I'm totally under-utilizing InDesign's capabilities. I should be using styles, so I can have InDesign make my table of contents and such. Using styles also makes it so I can have a well-made XML structure under my document, which makes for easier exporting to the web. And so on and so on. :) I just don't have time right now to learn how to use everything and implement it.
Where My Brain Goes to Die
I couldn't lay out my magazine without them. When I show them to people starting a magazine, they're always amazed at their simplicity and usefulness. Of course, until you know how many words per page you average, you can't use the guides.
Waiting for the Mail: Philip K. Dick
@10 "Minority Report" ugh! I was so disgusted by that I wiped the memory of it from my mind. I was totally pleased with "A Scanner Darkly." I'm not sure that I want to watch all adaptations of PKD stuff...
Weekend Getaway: Avast and Arr and All That
It's the red cape. It truly marks him as a dread pirate.
In Memoriam: Brian M. Thomsen
wow, I was just thinking of Brian the other day. I hadn't seen him in years. In fact, the last time I saw him, we had gone to a Green Bay Packers pre-season game in Philadelphia. Even though Brian wasn't born there, I always thought of him as another WI editor. Genuinely enthusiastic about his books and his work. He always had a smile on his face. Damn.
Weekend Getaway: Avast and Arr and All That
Arr that Dread Pirate Cory trying to steal my booty! I'll keelhaul the lot of them! Remember, you can only shimmer yer timbers on Sept 19!
Preliminary Nebula Award Nominations
Ellen, that's what I thought. Like I said, this wasn't about shilling for nominations. I hope you get your Del Rey Book of SF&F stories on the final ballot, too. I personally don't consider any periodical an anthology no matter its length, but that's just me. :) Joe, it does seem early. I assume it's out to get people thinking about what they're reading the rest of the year in order to get nominations.
Reading Location
Last night was a strange situation in which I read while sitting on the couch at home. I got Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain from the library and read about four or five pages before I stopped and decided I should really read Heartsick first before I ruin that book for me. I read a little more than half of Heartsick yesterday, and I hope to finish it today. Yeah, I know, talking about a serial killer thriller on a science fiction and fantasy site... Who do I think I am? (but it's real good! go read it!)
John Joseph Adams: Anthologist
Yeah, I'm also looking forward to THE LIVING DEAD. I'll do a post about it when I get it. Some of you may know this already, but there's a cool Tor connection regarding the cover of THE LIVING DEAD that I'll talk about, too.
Homeless Moon Review
Yeah, on that warning screen there is an option to continue to the page regardless. I tried it, and there's a red bar across the top of my screen asking if I want to report the site. I do wonder even more now if this is something that's part of Fire Fox 3.0?
Homeless Moon Review
Sorry about that folks. I obviously didn't check the links before I posted them. I also cannot get to the site, and I definitely was able to before. On the same computer and everything. The only thing that's new is that I'm now with FF 3.0 and I wasn't before. Is there some security setting FireFox that could be causing this?
Has Gonzo Gone Dodo?
@5 & @11 I can't believe I forgot about GREY, that book is crazy! I had great fun reading it, though. @14 I definitely would consider the Cornelius books as gonzo. And they're of the right time period, too. And I completely forgot to mention Steven Erikson's forthcoming REVOLVO from PS Publishing: the modern art world, train-jumping hobos, people transforming into insects, a murderous cro-magnon, octopoids, and more. It's, as the kids say, off the hook. Check it out here
A Homeless Moon in Print
I'm hoping to get the review up today. I was a total loser in getting this done on time. :(
Has Gonzo Gone Dodo?
Yeah! I knew there was something else recent I couldn't remember! I enjoyed all the parts of CROOKED LITTLE VEIN, but the story was a little uneven for me. That said, I'm certainly looking forward to more novels from him. Thanks for the reminder people!
Gordon Van Gelder Asks Some Questions
Marina, I don't really make a big deal about it, but I work full-time as a librarian. I also read a lot of books from the library. And I also still buy a lot of books. :) However, I don't think libraries are necessarily relevant to Gordon's questions and my answers. You'll find fewer and fewer libraries are carrying fiction magazines. If you want to read genre fiction magazine content these days, you have to either buy it, or read a place that is giving it away. I'm all for giving away content, but as a publisher of a small magazine, my concern is: if I give away the content, how do I support my expenses in providing the content? People don't give me stories for free. It isn't as simple as just doing it. It's different when Stross or Doctorow or Scalzi are giving away their books for free; in most of those cases they've already been paid for their book through the book's advance. On top of that, they're all exceptionally talented writers. As the publisher a magazine, I'm the one paying everyone. If I give it away... But, I've never tried. So I have no factual basis for my concerns. I don't know that giving away content for free will or won't drive sales. The one issue I've posted online in its entirety was done after the issue had already sold out. Perhaps it's time for me to try posting the issue online as it goes on sale. You're absolutely right, though. The process of obtaining electronic content needs to be simple. And there's no reason to charge $5 for an e-version of a print magazine. The print price is set based on covering the costs of production (an over-simplification, but for these purposes it works). An electronic version would lose most of those costs, and its price should be adjusted accordingly.
Farewell! Thou Art Too Dear For My Possessing
I've always wanted some sort of option wherein if you won something like Best Editor, Best Fanzine, Best Semiprozine, etc. you weren't eligible the next year for nomination. Akin to how the World Fantasy Awards do for their two Special Awards. Then at most you'd have people win every OTHER year. Or, you could cap the number of times you can win an award.
Reading Location
So what we're really saying is that people like American Standard and Kohler need to make toilets that are better suited to long sitting sessions for those of us who read there? Should we start a letter writing campaign?
Farewell! Thou Art Too Dear For My Possessing
Well Tim, I was trying to be more politic about it. :) I could also mention that the Best Magazine was gotten rid of since Harlan Ellison wanted to win a Hugo for editing and had no shot since he didn't edit a magazine, just a few kick-ass anthologies. And there was the long several decades of Gardner Dozois Best Editor-dom, which I'm sure was at least some of the reason for splitting the Editor award into two categories. Ironically enough, after Gardner left Asimov's. But I stand by my statement, and even if it was 99% created to stop Locus from winning Best Fanzine (by creating a new award for them to win nearly every year) it still was there at some level to recognize the magazines between a fanzine and professional magazine. Even if only recognizing them through being on the ballot versus actually winning. :)
Reading Location
@15 & 16 Hmmm, I was thinking of fiction reading versus online communities, journal articles, computer books, library science articles/books, etc.. I spend a lot of time reading off computer screens, but most of it is not fiction reading. A nice side benefit to working as a librarian, and being one of the few who knows anything about web technology, that my online reading, even, is considered 'research.' Of course, I also asked where you like to read, and I don't 'like' to read at my desk in front of a computer, either at home or at work. As I said, I do a lot of it. I definitely spend more time in front of a computer reading than I do reading a book or a magazine. And even if I include all my electronic fiction reading it still doesn't compete with the amount of time I spend in front of a computer reading RSS feeds, journal articles, user documents, etc. for work and other reasons.
Reading Location
I, too, have gotten strange looks after LONG bathroom breaks. :)
World Fantasy Award finalists
@ Irene I agree about the Dillons. There are so many books for me whose Dillon cover art is essentially tied to the contents. i.e., I couldn't think of those books with different covers. Wow! Very cool! Look at me go! Sorry to be so late responding to things, but I'm in Denver visiting family, not at Worldcon. :)
I Have a Confession to Make
I think there are always going to be inexcusable omissions in all but the most voracious reader's back catalog. And we're always going to fall short of reading all the books we want, or think we need, to read. But in a way that's sort of glorious, isn't it? There's so much out there to read. I'll never get to it all, which is sad, but I'll never run out of things left on my list.
Absolutely. And for me, I'd rather come up with lists like this than try to figure out a list of my favorites. So, which Bujold should I read first?
Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation Gap
@BlueTyson oh you did not just question a librarian's searching skills? LOL I should be more clear. I wanted an example of recent fiction that was available online, i.e., something from this century. Now, I was looking for Silverberg initially, and I was going to do Bear and Silverberg, however, none of the available Silverberg fiction online was from this century. And yes, I knew that would be limiting since some of the writers you mention were not alive in this century. And also limiting since many of the older generation of writers are not publishing at online magazines. This was partly done to give a recent example of fiction, i.e., what is the person doing now. That was part of what I wanted to get across in this post; while it's important to know what/how Robert Silverberg wrote in the 1950s and 1960s, it's possible more important--from the standpoint of a writer, which is what I'm talking about, not a reader--to know what he's doing now. How is Silverberg et al remaining relevant today? How do these people who have been writing for four or more decades keep themselves and the reader interested in their words? Some of that is writing talent, but there's something to be learned, I think, from seeing how an essentially canonical figure (you can insert Grandmaster here, if you like) keeps their writing skills up to date.
Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation Gap
@jaspax I think that segregation plays into the divide A LOT. It was not easy finding an example of online fiction from an older generation for my weekend getaway. So, if the younger generation of writers is also reading a lot online, as opposed to print venues, they would by necessity read younger writers.
Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation Gap
@neutronjockey No that's EXACTLY what I was talking about. You can't limit yourself with your reading if you want to be writer. You need to be exposed to as many different writing styles as you can. And if that means finding 16th and 17th century material, then read it! :)
Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation Gap
Cool. I wondered if using Silverberg was a bad example, since I've always suspected that he works at keeping up with things.
Finding old books with AbeBooks
I love ABE! I've been able to find all sorts of books through them that I coulnd't find elsewhere; like Shane Stevens' WAY UPTOWN IN ANOTHER WORLD and Patricia Geary's STRANGE TOYS. I used their 'Want' function to wait for a copy of the Stevens book that was in my price range.
Short Story Adaptation Poll: Results
Most sort stories have a lot of potential because they often need to be fleshed out when made into movies. Ultimately, adaptations change so much that they can make bad stories into good movies.
I think you make a really good point. Most stories could be adapted into interesting movies. So I guess the bigger question is which ones?
Short Story Adaptation Poll: Results
@ Jeffrey Ford I want them to adapt your NOVELS not your stories. But hell, if getting you that Hollywood money keeps you writing... And did you seriously just tell me to F off? That's just plain cold.
Market Acceptance
So if someone was going to provide electronic editions of their publication, is there ONE format that everyone would be happy with? Are there three or four formats that EVERYBODY would be happy with? In essence, what electronic formats would provide the greatest coverage for the widest range of people?
Market Acceptance
Oh I don't believe for a second that I'll ever be able to scan a book's barcode--one I own, one I took out from the library, one I borrowed from a friend, one I walked past in the bookstore, etc.--and load it onto my reader. It's just what I would like to have happen. And no, the Sony Reader cannot read Mobi files, I apologize for any consternation that caused for people.

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