March 24th, 2010

SF/Travel to Distant Worlds

A Narration, A Challenge, and Awards News

Happy early birthday wishes to bellatook and thepirateship. May you both enjoy many happy returns of the day!

* My unabridged narration of Karen Joy Fowler's wonderful short story "Always" is now available to stream or download on the latest episode of StarShipSofa. If you listen, I hope you enjoy!

* Becky's Book Reviews is sponsoring the "It's The End of The World (As We Know It)" Reading Challenge for apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction. Find out more here.

* Geeky Clean's website is back, and the store has more new soaps available. Personally, I'm pining after the Browncoat Field Ration.

* The Libertarian Futurist Society has released the finalists for this year’s Prometheus Awards. (Last year's Best Novel winner was Cory Doctorow's Little Brother, and the Hall of Fame winner was J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings). They are as follows:

Best Novel
Hidden Empire, Orson Scott Card (TOR Books)
Makers, Cory Doctorow (TOR Books)
The Unincorporated Man, Dani and Eytan Kollin (TOR Books)
Liberating Atlantis, Harry Turtledove (ROC/Penguin Books)
The United States of Atlantis, Harry Turtledove (ROC/Penguin Books)

Hall of Fame
“As Easy as A.B.C.,” a story by Rudyard Kipling (1912) (available online here)
Cryptonomicon, a novel by Neal Stephenson (1999)
“No Truce with Kings,” a story by Poul Anderson (1964)
“‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman,” a story by Harlan Ellison (1965)

Full details are available on the LFS press release page.

* Speaking of Doctorow's Makers, he is now offering the audiobook DRM-free for purchase at his website.

"A little madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King."
- Emily Dickenson, # 103
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