* Not exactly but almost a "last call": if you'd like a holiday card from me, please reply here. Thanks so much!
* Free goodness! Night Shade Books is giving away three fantasy eBooks away to anyone who asks. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and you’ll receive an auto response with a username, password, and link to their download site where you’ll be able to download the .epub or .mobi files of some terrific titles, including Agatha H and the Airship City by Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio, Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht, and The Emperor's Knife by Mazarkis Williams.
* In far sadder genre news, R.I.P., Boris Strugatsky (1933–2012). With his brother, the late Arkady, he wrote Roadside Picnic (1972) and other classics of science fiction.
* My article "Deadly Colonialist Fables: What Dueling Origin Myths from the 19th Century Tell Us About Ourselves," which ran earlier this month in the hard-copy version of Reason, is now online here.
Now I'm off to watch The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society's film adaptation of The Whisperer in Darkness... Have a great one!