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

Hugo nominating ballot

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I keep meaning to remind eligible Hugo nominators (i.e., members of this year's or last year's Worldcon) to keep "Inclination" in mind in the novella category. Asimov's, April/May 2006.

(Hey, [info]paulmelko's novella from the same issue, "The Walls of the Universe," isn't bad either, if you must nominate something else.)

What else did I nominate? Let's see...

Novels: Crystal Rain by Tobias S. Buckell, Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge, Red Lightning by John Varley, The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

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Rollick this

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If I never again hear the word "rollicking" employed to describe a novel, it will be too soon.

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The description of today's Woot! is very funny. I am on the twelfth floor.

[permanent product link]

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ShunnCast #35

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Epidode #35 of "ShunnCast" is now available, in which Bill, against his better judgment, accompanies a runaway Elder Finn to the airport, where he experiments with phrases you must never use whilst frequenting such establishments. In other words, this is the episode you've been waiting for!

http://www.shunn.net/podcast?id=35

See also [info]shunncast.

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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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The Accidental Terrorist 30th Anniversary Sale

Signed editions
that even a
missionary
could afford.

Order yours now!

William Shunn

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