Inhuman Swill : Page 92
Why is my blog called Inhuman Swill? Because you can unscramble the pieces to make William Shunn.

Almost snuck that one past, eh?

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What is wrong with the following sentence (from a New York Times article by Manohla Dargis)?

Still, it proved that a studio division could make money, win awards, attract talent and excite the audience, which is why Miramax and all it helped wrought is one of the best things to happen to Hollywood since the end of the old studio system.
Or am I, like Jennifer Garner trying to tell Conan O'Brien that snuck is not a word, stumbling over some once-bad English that quietly gained acceptance while grammarians' heads were turned?
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Didn't he ramble!

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Part Two of Amy Brozio-Andrews's interview with yours truly is now available at Absolute Write! This time around we discuss genre, conventions, and technology.

Part One of the interview, which focuses more on writing, revision, and inspiration, is still available as well.

Absolute Write says they don't usually break their interviews into two parts, but apparently I rambled unstoppably way past their word limit!

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This is not a lament—it's a honest question. Where are they? Which ones do you know that I don't?

A friend wrote to ask me what shops in Manhattan have a good large selection of new SF. I had to cop out and tell her the Barnes & Noble at Union Square. For independents, I said I know that St. Mark's Bookshop usually has a decent and interesting if not huge selection of SF. I had to resist the temptation to go on at length about all the great shops that have met their demise here in the past decade, or that have pretty much abandoned the goal of keeping a good supply of SF in stock. (Forbidden Planet, I'm talking to you!)

So, where do you go for SF in book form in Manhattan?

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A very merry Christmas

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A very merry Christmas

When a Christmas gift arrives late, even through no fault of the giver, it really should be, well, this. I have the best brother-in-law ever.

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Self-portrait (with human)

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Self-portrait (with human)

Ella doesn't quite understand the concept of looking at the camera. Not that I'm complaining!

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January's CD mixes of the month

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My main contribution to today's CD Mix of the Month Club for January, which returns to The Magician on the Lower East Side, is Four Letter Words, with Scenes in the Country added as a slightly tardy Martin Luther King Day bonus mix.

The Magician is the bar where [info]crabwalk convened the New York CDMOM reunion that spawned all the madness of these past two and half years. Last time I visited The Magician, the mix disc I gave the bartender was still available in the jukebox. Check it out if you're ever down in that neighborhood.

(The story so far.)

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How is it possible that I have only just now discovered the indispensable Steely Dan Dictionary?

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Save the last Vance for me

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Asimov's associate managing editor Brian Bieniowski has a delightful guest editorial in the most recent issue, on the subject of SF Grandmaster Jack Vance. Read it, read it, do.

Brian's piece dovetails nicely with Robert Silverberg's "Reflections" column, as well, which is on the subject of rereading Vance's Dying Earth.


UPDATE:  Congratulations, Brian!
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Free SF stories!

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The good folks at Asimov's have released their 2006 preliminary Nebula Award ballot entries online for free.

This means you can now read my novella "Inclination" at their site for free, in its entirety.

But that's not all! Read Paul Melko's excellent novella "The Walls of the Universe" as well, not to mention Daryl Gregory's moving novelette "Second Person, Present Tense." I highly recommend them both.

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ShunnCast #34

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Epidode #34 of "ShunnCast" is now available, in which Bill finds his privacy violated by a heinous and despicable criminal act on the part of his mission president, only to head out on split-offs with Elder Finn and discover even darker and more shocking revelations. Plus, they shot Joseph Smith?!

http://www.shunn.net/podcast?id=34

See also [info]shunncast.

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