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ShunnCast #29

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Epidode #29 of "ShunnCast" is now available, in which Bill reads his unpublished Mormons-in-space novelette "Not of This Fold," while the World Fantasy Convention in Austin remains pointedly undiscussed.

http://www.shunn.net/podcast?id=29

See also [info]shunncast.

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Nice things

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In Rich Horton's roundup of Asimov's for the year, he has kind things to say about "Inclination." I see at least three other Blue Heaveners mentioned, including [info]paulmelko, [info]tim_pratt, and [info]gregvaneekhout. Did I miss anyone?

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ShunnCast #28

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Epidode #28 of "ShunnCast" is now available, in which Bill likens himself to Luke Skywalker of old, returning to the Death Star that is Calgary to do battle with Darth Vader and the Emperor, striving mightily not to be turned to the Dark Side of the Force.

http://www.shunn.net/podcast?id=28

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ShunnCast #27

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Epidode #27 of "ShunnCast" is now available, live from the breakfast table, in which the fugitive Bill makes good his border crossing, but runs afoul of unexpected complications in a bus station men's room.

http://www.shunn.net/podcast?id=27

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So plans for the chapbook from Spilt Milk Press are proceeding. John Klima and I are hashing out the table of contents, but the tentative plan is that the little book will collect six of my near-future SF stories—four previously published, two new.

Publication date: May 2007? Stay tuned!

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ShunnCast #26

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Epidode #26 of "ShunnCast" is now available, live from the Delaware shore, in which Bill makes good stage one of his escape, whilst plagued by memories of blood oaths in a granite temple. Plus, special guest commentary by Paul Fischer.

http://www.shunn.net/podcast?id=26

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It's a black and white world

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My review of the new French animated film Renaissance (opening today in selected U.S. cities) is available now at Sci Fi Weekly.

(Also, you should check out the English and original French versions of the movie web site. I like the French version of the trailer better, even though I don't understand most of it.)

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ShunnCast #25

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Epidode #25 of "ShunnCast" is now available, in which a cold, lonely Christmas comes to the Alberta plains, telephonic miscommunication ensues, and Bill executes a daring missionary escape plan. Plus, an observance of September 11th.

http://www.shunn.net/podcast?id=25

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Idiocracy found ... sort of

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Remember when I was trying to track down screening locations for the new Mike Judge film, Idiocracy? Darel Jevens of the Chicago Sun-Times found one, liked the movie, and says this:

About 20 people were in the theater when I saw "Idiocracy." Just being able to track down the movie despite its stealthy release makes them more nimble-minded than every 26th century clod in the movie, as well as the Fox geniuses so certain that it couldn't be sold....

Chicago is one of only seven cities where "Idiocracy" can be seen. Fox execs are hoping you will skip it, so they can justify their certainty that it was doomed to failure and pat themselves on the back for burying it.

But you're too smart for that.  [full article]

Too bad New York still doesn't seem to be one of the cities on the list. I'd kind of like to buy a ticket to a Chicago screening just to protest the movie's marketing.

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Worldcon Saturday and Sunday

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Laura rolled out of bed remarkably early to go for a 17-mile run along the ocean shore, starting at Huntington Beach (part of her marathon training regimen). I took my sweet time getting up, making it down to Starbuck's by maybe 9:30. I sat and chatted with Jim Minz there for a few minutes, then with Brian and Trevor.

Road construction and detours thwarted Laura's attempts to drive back from the beach, but she did make it back in one piece. (And as someone who probably couldn't run half a mile even if a bear were chasing me, I have to say that I am constantly amazed by her ability to run long distances, and proud of her dedication to her training, and I can't wait to see her run the Chicago Marathon.) After a panel or two, we met Cory Doctorow for lunch, and though Alice was unfortunately stuck in traffic and couldn't join us, we had a delightful time of it.

Another panel or two in the afternoon, then a nap, and it was time to join Jim Minz's dinner expedition to Thai Nakorn in Garden Grove. Boy, does Jim have an unerring sense of direction toward excellent Thai food! Our group (and sadly I will leave out a couple of people whose names I've forgotten) included, besides Jim, Laura and I, [info]jlassen and Jason Williams of Night Shade Books, Chris Cohen, and Craig Engler. I intended to eat a very mild plate thanks to some stomach problems, but the cornucopia of great dishes that descended upon the table quickly overcame my resolution not to join in the general sharing. Jeremy and I swapped stories of our harrowing encounters with various North American governments. It was a great time.

Laura and I cut out of dinner a little early with Chris and Craig and sped back to the convention center for the Hugos. We were a little late to the ceremony, arriving just as the Seiun Award presentation was beginning. There were some nice surprises during the ceremony, including David Hartwell's win for best profession editor, and Robert Charles Wilson's win for best novel for Spin (which you should still read immediately if you haven't yet). Disappointing that Cory's "I, Robot" didn't win for best novelette, but one couldn't really argue with an award for Peter S. Beagle.

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