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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 SpaceWesterns.com.

"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


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 4th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
Voters wanted!

Done! :-)
Dec. 4th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
Many thanks! :)
Dec. 4th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
I listen. I voted. Pleae keep the fact/genre suggestion articles coming!
Dec. 5th, 2008 12:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I greatly appreciate your kind feedback and support. I've got my next segment in for December, and I'm planning a two-parter for the new year. :)
Dec. 5th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
What a coincidence, I just ordered The Night Land (and The Boats of the Glen Carrig) today. I was inspired to after reading the pastiche collection "472 Cheyne Walk" (OK, but only worth the exorbitant Ash Tree Press prices if you're a Carnacki fanatic. After all, WHH isn't writing any more of them...)

I voted for you, of course. Thank God for "Find", what a long list!
Dec. 5th, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

Yay for WHH! I didn't know about the Carnacki pastiche. How cool is that? I only recently discovered Ash Tree Press when searching for the Flaxman Low stories; they seem to have some great (if pricey) collections.
Dec. 5th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
I got a Bookins nibble the other day, but I have 48 hours to print out the shipping label, and then another 48 hrs to post the book or I get charged for the postage? WFT!!? Too much like work.
Dec. 5th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
Awwww! You have 48 hours to respond to the nibble, or they move on to someone else as the potential supplier of the book. So you don't have to pay shipping in that case. You're only asked to ship within 48 hours IF you've committed to sending it. That way, people aren't left waiting for a month or more for their book. But if it's too much of a hassle to deal with at the time, you can just ignore the nibble and there's no penalty at all.

I must say, it does mean you get books rather quickly.
Dec. 5th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
Ash Tree have an annual holiday sale on some of their items, check their website as the Solstice approaches.
Dec. 5th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's fantastic news! Thanks so much for letting me know. I've had my eye on a couple of their books. I'll definitely check back to see about holiday sales. Thanks!
Dec. 5th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
Carnacki's backstory
This steampunk RPG site has a very well-thought out history of Carnacki. I like a lot of the case histories better than the Kidd and Kennett ones in 472 Cheyne Walk.

Dec. 8th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
Re: Carnacki's backstory
Oooh, thanks a million for the link!
Dec. 5th, 2008 05:41 am (UTC)
Vote! Vote! Like a baby stoat! How *exciting*! Good luck!
Dec. 5th, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)
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