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

Bill's novella "Inclination" is available now in the April/May double issue of Asimov's Science Fiction. Locus calls it "outstanding ... a fascinating future," while Tangent says, "It would not surprise me if this tale eventually finds a place in someone's year's best science fiction anthology." Find Asimov's now on a newsstand near you!

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My theme song

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Meme courtesy [info]holyoutlaw. It's also, pathologically, the theme for the office where I work!

Your Theme Song:

"The Sounds Of Silence", Simon & Garfunkel

'What is your theme song?' at QuizGalaxy.com

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My business card

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Meme courtesy [info]holyoutlaw. Burn, Angelina, burn!


William Shunn

Arsonist to the stars

'What will your business card say?' at QuizGalaxy.com

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Here's to deadlines

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What's new fictionwise

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By the way, I've had a couple of stories go live at Fictionwise.com this week, which means they're available now for purchase, downloading, and reading in a variety of formats on a variety of devices. Just click here:

http://www.fictionwise.com/eBooks/WilliamShunneBooks.htm

Since both stories are new to Fictionwise, they're discounted 15% off the already reasonable price of well under a dollar! And I have it on good authority that a dozen or so other stories will go live in the near to foreseeable future.

(Obviously I'm working hard on this novel.)

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Kindly inclined reviews

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One of these days I will be through obsessively posting about "Inclination," but not yet, not yet. I took a little time out from noveling today (200 pages due to the workshop tonight, and I just might make it!) to visit the Borders at Park & 57th. Lo and behold! The March Locus.

Both Locus's short-fiction reviewers wrote up the April/May Asimov's, and to make a long story short, both reviewers placed "Inclination" on their recommended reading lists for the month. Paul Melko, whose fine novella "The Walls of the Universe" anchors the other end of the issue, pulled off the same feat.

To quote from the reviews themselves:

Among all the plot options available to SF writers, there's something to be said for the one that launches the protagonist, with few bothersome preliminaries, into a dizzying succession of new territories, disorientation and wonderment combining in a dance of conceptual vertigo.... There are many fine examples of this narrative tactic in the literature, and Paul Melko's novella in the April/May double issue of Asimov's, "The Walls of the Universe," is an honorable addition to their ranks.... If SF is unable often to break new ground, it can always re-interpret and enrich its staples, and "The Walls of the Universe" add ingenious maturity to its long-established subgenre.
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All this for one low price!

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At the Asimov's web site, you can now find not only an excerpt from my novella "Inclination" but also an excerpt from Paul Melko's fine and fast-paced novella "The Walls of the Universe," not to mention the entirety of our own [info]asphalteden's excellent essay on electronic music, "A Possible Planet." (There is also an accompanying podcast, featuring many of the musicians Brian mentions in his article, which is well worth listening to.)

And don't forget, you can also hear an excerpt from "Inclination" in the latest episode of my podcast.

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Too much information

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Meanwhile, I have accomplished a different weeks-old goal by not even focusing on it. Moments ago I passed a kidney stone, my first ever. I suppose it's like that Douglas Adams bit, where the way to learn to fly is to throw yourself at the ground and miss, which you can only accomplish by not thinking about it.

This means my distracted, irritable, insensitive, curmudgeonly days are even closer to being past than expected. Good news, some of you will no doubt think to yourselves.

That unexpected clink! will be forever engraved upon my memory.

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Netherheim death march

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So, as a requirement of the workshop I'm attending in May, I must turn in 200 pages of a novel on March 15th. That's Wednesday. I have 45 pages still to go. I did 35 total last weekend, but that was a four-day weekend where I took Monday and Tuesday off from work. I did 13 yesterday. I have to maintain close to that pace every day through Wednesday to make it. Will I make that same total today? Certainly not if I don't stop fucking around on LiveJournal!

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Google me a memory

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A meme via [info]curmudgeon:

The Rule is that you take the best picture you like from the first page of Google Images results.

1. The city and state of the town you grew up, no quotation marks.
http://home.comcast.net/~utahauras/trevorspider1a.jpg

2. The town where you currently reside. [Sorry, had to pick two, tempted by three!]
http://www.ohfs.org/images/PictureGallery/2004/2004NewYork7.jpg
http://www.wirednewyork.com/parks/astoria_park/astoria_park_pool.jpg

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