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NYRSF reading, Tuesday, March 6th

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I will be guest-curating the New York Review of Science Fiction reading for Tuesday, March 6th. I'm very pleased that our readers that evening will be Lauren McLaughlin and Andrea Kail.

Lauren McLaughlin spent ten years in the film industry, writing the films Hypercube, Specimen, and Prisoner of Love and producing American Psycho, Buffalo '66 and several others. After a brief stint writing the flash animation series "Maatkara" and the award-wnning "Chi-Chian" for SciFi.com, she abandoned her screen ambitions to write fiction. Her first novel, Cycler, is due from Random House in the fall of 2008. Her short fiction has appeared in Interzone, Year's Best SF, Sybil's Garage and Salon. She is also at work on a science fiction musical about transhumanist love. Her website and blog are available at laurenmclaughlin.net.

A native New Yorker, Andrea Kail is a graduate of the Dramatic Writing Program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. She has spent 20 years working in New York's film and television industry and is currently the script coordinator at "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." Her first story is set to appear in Issue 6 of Fantasy Magazine, and she was recently named a first-place winner in the Writers of the Future contest with a story that Robert J. Sawyer has called "a knockout" and "Hugo-caliber." Andrea has been advised to say, should anyone ask, that, yes indeed, she is working on a novel.

The reading series is held at the South Street Seaport Museum's Melville Gallery, 213 Water Street in Manhattan. Doors open at 6:30 pm, reading begins at 7:00 pm. A $5.00 donation is suggested.

Should be a great evening. I can't wait! Please come!

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BuckellCast #1

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My friend SF writer Tobias Buckell has just launched a weekly video blog. Check out the first episode!

(Or go straight to YouTube.)

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Out of the dark

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It's always a lovely thing to find someone saying something nice about one of your stories, but when it's a story that was published thirteen and a half years ago it's even nicer. Part of [info]jamietr's very interesting project of reading through the full run of the late, lamented Science Fiction Age from the beginning.

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The shrinking habitat of the polar bear
Ella contemplates global warming:

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So, I think Laura and I have let know face-to-face most everyone we need to let know face-to-face: we're moving this summer. Gotham's been good to us in a myriad of ways, for 14 years in Laura's case and nearly 12 years in mine. Not to mention this is where the two of us met. But now it's time for the next adventure!

(If we overlooked you in our face-to-faces, it's because we are Distracted People and we apologize.)

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When colossi walked the earth

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Speaking of saxophone colossi, it turns out that one of Bret Primack's gigs these days is tagging along with Sonny Rollins and producing a monthly video podcast. Check this out, you jazz fans:

The Sonny Rollins Podcast
My somewhat cheeky "Sci-Fi Colossus" icon here is based on the cover of the classic 1956 Sonny Rollins album Saxophone Colossus. The man is now 76, and still going strong.
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Since I forgot to burn a promised DVD for David Bowie fan [info]steelbrassnwood before the episode vanished from our DVR, I went digging through YouTube to find this hilarious scene from the BBC/HBO series Extras. ([info]rajankhanna, I know you're a Bowie fan too). I knew it had to be there somewhere.

Do you watch Extras? If not, you should. To set the scene, Ricky Gervais plays the star of a popular new lowbrow sitcom, but he can't enjoy his success because he knows he sold out. He and his entourage have just had to leave the VIP area of a trendy club to make way for David Bowie:

This song has been stuck in our heads for weeks. (Pug, pug! Pug, pug!)

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Michael Brecker memorial

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[info]steelbrassnwood hipped me to a Michael Brecker memorial service taking place this evening at Town Hall in Manhattan from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Doors open at 5:15. All friends and fans are invited to attend.

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I won't be able to go myself, but I sure wish I could.

Clicking around following Brecker links this morning, I ran across a very nice tribute video at BirdLives.com, which happens to have been done by Bret Primack, a jazz journalist I used to work with back in the halcyon days of N2K. My first Web job in the big city! Can't believe it's been ten years since I took that job.

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ShunnCast #38

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Epidode #38 of "ShunnCast" is now available, in which Bill gets booked into Calgary's big downtown jail, encounters hardened criminals and guards, revises his opinion of both, and begins questioning some of his life's basic assumptions. Longest episode yet! (As if that's any reason for pride.)

http://www.shunn.net/podcast?id=38

See also [info]shunncast.

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Okay, Greg's news about Rush is pretty damn cool, but how about this?

The Police at Madison Square Garden

(Yes, I know, sounds like the Republican National Convention, but hey.)

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