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.
Why is my blog called Inhuman Swill? Because you can unscramble the pieces to make William Shunn.
Ella doesn't quite understand the concept of looking at the camera. Not that I'm complaining!
The Magician is the bar where 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.
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!
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.
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?!
See also shunncast.
Holy shit, it was snowing when I got out of the subway!
Of course, by the time I got to the office I could see blue sky and the snow had almost petered out.
And now the sun is shining through my office window.
All in ten minutes.
The preliminary ballot is essentially the Nebula longlist. SFWA members will now vote to narrow the ballot down to five nominees in each category. The resulting final ballot (a/k/a shortlist) will then be voted on in March, with the awards ceremony to be held the weekend of May 11-13 in New York City.
What? What's that you say? There are only four works on the preliminary ballot in the novella category? Well, don't that beat all? I guess that means those stories all advance automatically to the final ballot. Which would make me...
Holy shit! I'm a Nebula nominee again! (Er, somewhat unofficially.)
From a Times article about the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees:
The members of Van Halen to be inducted are the brothers Alex and Eddie Van Halen; the bassist Michael Anthony; and David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar, who have replaced one another as the band's lead singer more than once. Gary Cherone, who sang with the group in the late 1990s between Mr. Roth's second stint and Mr. Hagar's, was not recognized. [full article]Ouch, Gary. But I guess Extreme still has its shot at Hall of Fame-dom.