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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



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 24th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
“‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman,” is one of my all-time favorite short stories. Jellybeans, I say!
Mar. 25th, 2010 11:30 am (UTC)
Well said! :)
Mar. 24th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
I look forward to hearing you read again... Friday is normally my day for POD People...
Mar. 25th, 2010 11:34 am (UTC)
They're here! They're here! You're next!
... Oh, not that kind of pod people.

Thanks very much! This is one of my much older narrations - I probably recorded this more than a year ago - but the story's really stayed with me. I don't recall that I did much in the way of special voices (as I did in "Bridesicle" or Nancy Kress's ""The Flowers of Aulit Prison"), but I remember really enjoying the story itself. I hope you enjoy it.
Mar. 25th, 2010 11:35 am (UTC)
Shame for the special voices! Oh, well, I'll just have to appreciate it as it is...
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Mar. 30th, 2010 07:17 am (UTC)
What is this "IF you listen" business? :) "Always"... as in I "always" listen and enjoy! Except it always takes me a while to get around to it.

That soap is somethin.

Love the music selection!
Apr. 1st, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you!

Someone with truly superior taste must've given that music to me. :)

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