December 4th, 2008

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"in the shade cold returns"

Happy Thursday, everyone! I have a few links to share:

* Voters wanted! StarShipSofa: The Audio Science Fiction Magazine has just celebrated its first anniversary. To mark this occasion, StarShipSofa is running its very first awards: The Sofanauts!

Nominations can be made on this online voting poll. I am eligible in two categories, Best Fact Article Contributor (for the Amy H. Sturgis "History of the Genre" segments) and Best Narrator, as are a number of worthy contributors. There are categories for Best Main Fiction, Best Flash Fiction, and Best Poetry, as well. A list of all of my segments and narrations is available here with links for downloading. To those of you who listen and/or vote, thank you so much for your kind support!

* Sci-Fi Fan Letter has a helpful "Christmas Fantasy and Sci-Fi Reading List" for holiday-themed genre literature. (I also would recommend Kage Baker's In the Garden of Iden; although it's not a holiday story, much of the climactic action centers around the holiday season, which Baker details beautifully.)

* io9 has a wonderful list of "The 10 Best Apocalypse Novels of Pre-Golden Age SF (1904-33)." With the exception of People of the Ruins, which I plan to read soon for the first time, I recommend all of these terrific books. I was especially pleased to see that Arthur Conan Doyle's The Poison Belt, a favorite of mine, made the cut. The "Also of Interest" section includes some great suggestions for reading, as well.

* And speaking of personal favorites, one of the short stories I love most, Tom Godwin's "The Cold Equations" (from the August 1954 issue of Astounding Science Fiction), is now online here at

"The vineyard country, russet, reddish, carmine-brown in this season.
A blue outline of hills above a fertile valley.
It's warm as long as the sun does not set, in the shade cold returns.
A strong sauna and then swimming in a pool surrounded by trees.
Dark redwoods, transparent pale-leved birches.
In their delicate network, a sliver of the moon.
I describe this for I have learned to doubt philosophy
And the visible world is all that remains."
- Czeslaw Milosz, December 1st