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Vote early and once!

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Richard Bowes's short story "There's a Hole in the City" was very likely the best work of short fiction published on the Web in 2005. It's currently in the running, with nine other stories, for the Million Writers Award for Fiction.

Never heard of this prestigious award? Neither had I. But you can still help Rick's story win! All you have to do is vote. Few enough people have voted that your ballot will make a difference. But only vote once! The award administrators are very cranky.

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Discussion topic

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I was browsing Amazon and came across the following assertion in a customer review of Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century (Orson Scott Card, ed.):

Early science fiction (pre-1960s, let's say) is almost inherently more worthwhile than most later science fiction.
Discuss.
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Weekend update

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I keep meaning to post a quick overview of what we've done since the start of the weekend, but as I put it off the list of things to mention becomes longer and the task of reporting more daunting. I'll just plunge in, like a dog into April snow.

Friday evening, as I mentioned before, Laura and I went to a stage production of Fahrenheit 451. At the theater bar before the show, Laura ran into an old coworker of hers and her new husband, who were there to see the same play. (There are three theaters at 59E59.) A lovely time was had catching up, and everyone in the impromptu party seemed to enjoy the show immensely.

Saturday Laura and I braved the wilds of New Jersey to call on [info]asphalteden and his multiadjectivial bride. (Don't worry! They're all appealing and impressive adjectives.) The evening's debauchery has been ably touched on elsewhere (WWMD, indeed!), but let me add that Laura and I were so full by the time we left we could barely walk. Good thing there are trains.

Sunday was a whale of a day. It went well for Laura, but for me it was one step forward, two steps back. We had a perfectly delightful time with Ella at Astoria Park in the morning, but in the early afternoon, while Laura was out and I was trying to get my Fahrenheit 451 review written, there was a colossal misunderstanding with the bathroom fixtures, and a rather unappealing tide began encroaching on the hallway. The worst part was, just as I was slapping down a towel to keep the foul brew from engulfing the pantry, the toilet gave a satisfied gurgle and suddenly the contents all drained away. It was as if the porcelain god were flipping me the bird.

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Laura and I attended the Godlight Theatre Company's production of Fahrenheit 451 this past Friday evening at 59E59. What did we think? Laura loved it and urges all you New Yorkers to go see it. As for me, my review is now up at Science Fiction Weekly.

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The left is for sale

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A new old story has gone online for purchase and downloading at Fictionwise this morning: "From Our Point of View We Had Moved to the Left."

This isn't just my first published story; it's probably the most political story I've written, and forgive me if I consider it also to be my most prescient. It made The New York Review of Science Fiction's recommended reading list for 1993, and the good folks there called it "a political fable about near-future America as odd as its perfectly appropriate title."

It's on sale for 15% off the already low price of 76ยข, so grab a virtual copy now!

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Badly drawn boys

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I'm afraid I'm compelled to filch the link to this news brief from the redoubtable [info]asphalteden:

Science-Fiction Novel Posits Future Where Characters Are Hastily Sketched

That's our issue!

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More new old stuff for sale

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Two more older stories have gone on sale at Fictionwise.com this week, by the way: "Colin and Ishmael in the Dark" and "Divided by Time." Get 'em! They're cheap!

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ShunnCast #12

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Epidode #12 of "ShunnCast" is now available, in which I fly to Canada for my first day of service as a Mormon missionary, but before departing perform amazing feats of transubstantiation upon an ordinary chewing gum wrapper.

http://www.shunn.net/podcast?id=12

ShunnCast #11 was accessed over 1,300 times after the BoingBoing link, producing a 30 Gb bandwidth spike. My monthly bandwidth limit is 40 Gb, so I'm very anxious to see how many of those listeners continue on as regular subscribers. File under "Getting what you ask for."

See also [info]shunncast.

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ShunnCast #11

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Epidode #11 of "ShunnCast" is now available, in which I begin the audio serialization of my memoir The Accidental Terrorist, and God commands me to confess exactly which bits are embellished.

http://www.shunn.net/podcast?id=11

See also [info]shunncast.


Update:  Hey! We have a link from Boing Boing!
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Here's to deadlines

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