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

Better than Heddatron

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Prepare yourself for envy, [info]markbourne.

Next month, Laura and I are going to see Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving in Hedda Gabler at BAM. Blanchett won Australia's 2005 Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor for this role, you know.

Brooklyn, baby.

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ShunnCast #9

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The ninth episode of ShunnCast is now available to subscribers. Or, to readers of this blog, directly from this URL:

The download is 12.9 Mb.

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Robots and empire

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A RealAudio stream of this morning's "World Update" is available from the BBC World Service Radio website. The segment on "Heddatron" starts at 18:27 and lasts about 4:15. You can fast-forward to it if you have the right version of Real Player.

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My review of C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America is now live online at Science Fiction Weekly:

I mentioned one commercial product from the movie in my original review that turned out to be too offensive to print. Curious what it was called? You'll have to see the film to find out.

Also, big thanks to [info]bobhowe, who saw C.S.A. with me and Laura, for the sentiment I shamelessly stole for the closing line of my review.

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Do you get BBC World Service Radio in your area? If so, tune in Tuesday morning to "World Update" to catch a feature story for which Bill was interviewed.

Over the weekend, Bill was interviewed by BBC reporter Tara Gadomski for a story about the play "Heddatron," running now in New York City. "Heddatron" is a postmodern twist on Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler," and it purports to be among the first plays to feature real robots in its cast.

The New York Times has been gushing all over "Heddatron," both in its review and in a feature article about the robots, but Bill was less than blown away by the play himself. He reviewed "Heddatron" for Science Fiction Weekly last week, and it was pretty much his dissenting opinion that brought the BBC around to talk to him for their story, in his capacity both as a science fiction writer and as a computer programmer.

Hear "World Update" in New York City on WNYC 820 AM, from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. For stations and times elsewhere worldwide, click here.

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The day I dread in Feb

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Happy President's Day (2004) from Loudon Wainwright III. If wishes were fishes...

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Bilmo 'n the Beeb

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It seems I will be interviewed this weekend by BBC World Service Radio for a feature story on the play "Heddatron," to air Monday or Tuesday. Loyal readers will recall that I wrote a not entirely complimentary review of said play a few days back for Science Fiction Weekly at It seems this is what attracted the Beeb's attention.

Along those lines, does anyone out there know offhand of 20th century plays besides R.U.R. that feature robots? Time to do a little cramming.

I will, of course, keep you abreast of all the details. Stiff upper lip and all that. What, ho!

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Stand back. Way back.

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I have a zit the size of Vesuvius growing on the side of my nose. Dogs snap and young children run in terror when they see it coming. If you don't want archæologists to find your perfectly-preserved, sebum-encased, fœtally-curled body 5,000 years from now in the ruins of Nyorksitty, for God's sake RUN NOW!

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Mr. Pibb + Red Vines = Crazy Delicious
I got the best Valentine's Day present from Laura. I couldn't wait to try it on and have her take a picture. (All I got her was a lousy iPod.)

If you don't know the provenance of this tasty truism, wake up, son, and smell the cupcakes.

Double true!

(Posted as promised to [info]asphalteden.)

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I spent a nastily pleasant evening out at Tribeca Cinemas last night, attending a screening of indie horror flick Headspace. My Science Fiction Weekly review is here:

Everyone I met last night before the show was very interesting to talk to: the film's New York publicist, the film's 26-year-old (!) director, the film's star's girlfriend working behind the publicity table, the friend and hanger-on to all the crewmembers. Nice bunch of people. I'm glad I enjoyed their movie.

(The film's star himself, Christopher Denham, was not there due to his role in Adam Rapp's Red Light Winter at the Barrow Street Theater. I've seen ads for this play all over in subway stations, but it was the friend and hanger-on [who might have been hitting on me but probably wasn't because I only ever figure out in retrospect that I've been hit on and this time I thought I was being hit on as it was happening] who pointed out that there are naked women subtly worked into the backgrounds of the Red Light Winter posters. I examined one this morning on the way to work. Sure enough.)

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