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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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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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Save the last Vance for me

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Asimov's 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!
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Free SF stories!

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The good folks at Asimov's have released their 2006 preliminary Nebula Award ballot entries online for free.

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.

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ShunnCast #34

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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?!

http://www.shunn.net/podcast?id=34

See also [info]shunncast.

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Nebula Award nomination #2?

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The 2006 preliminary Nebula Award ballot has just been announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). My novella "Inclination" is up there in the novella category.

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.)

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No, I'm not getting a kickback

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Show and Tell and Other Stories, by Greg van Eekhout
I love to read, but I'm not the sort of reader who is willing, like some, to walk down a street or subway platform absorbed in a book or magazine. Greg van Eekhout, though, has forced me into that mold twice in the past 24 hours, the bastard.

I've been reading his chapbook Show and Tell and Other Stories in bites and nibbles over the past couple of days*. Both last night, on my way to meet friends for drinks in Brooklyn, and this morning, on my way to work, I arrived at my subway destination and had to finish the story I was reading on the hoof. I couldn't put the chapbook down.

Each of the six stories is odd, surprising, and moving in its own way. There's a good reason that Gardner Dozois chose the book's one original story to reprint in his upcoming Year's Best Science Fiction. You should get a copy of Show and Tell yourself, for only $7.00 including shipping.

This makes me all the more eager for a full-length van Eekhout collection, and a novel.


*Yes, I've had the chapbook since WorldCon in August and should have read it sooner, but I am a notoriously slow reader and, more to the point, an absent-minded and disorganized shelver of books.

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ShunnCast #33

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Epidode #33 of "ShunnCast" is now available, in which the link between Mormonism and Masonry is explored, while Bill and his companion strike living gold in the last happy days they'll be destined to share.

http://www.shunn.net/podcast?id=33

See also [info]shunncast.

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Attention, Asimov's readers!

Voting for the 2006 Asimov's Readers' Awards is now underway, with a convenient online form for your polling ease.

Please remember that my story "Inclination" is up for consideration in the novella category. If you wanted to rank [info]paulmelko's novella "The Walls of the Universe" somewhere up there too, that would be okay by me.

Also remember [info]gregvaneekhout's excellent and exciting short story "The Osteomancer's Son," Tim Pratt's short story "Impossible Dreams," [info]beth_bernobich's novelette "A Flight of Numbers Fantastique Strange," Kris Rusch's novelette "Except the Music," and anything published by Jack Skillingstead in 2006.

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