Sprung

I cannot believe it’s the middle of May. My friends: what happened to this spring? I mean, I know what happened — my book came out, I traveled around a bit, I wrote another giant dissertation chapter, I started the next novel (just a wee bit), I started yet another dissertation chapter. But despite all…

Signed copy of ‘Alcestis’

I’m offering a signed copy of Alcestis in the Con or Bust auction being run by the Carl Brandon Society. The money raised in this auction is available to fans of color who request assistance in order to attend Wiscon, the feminist SF convention held annually in Madison, Wisconsin. (I’ll be going for the first…

More on co-authors

As a followup to the Patterson post, here’s a post at the Christian Science Monitor about reader reactions to co-authoring. I just left a comment about the “genre books are so formulaic” bit because I’m apparently unable to let that slide, but it’s an interesting post, especially given the popularity of multi-author pseudonymous series for…

Needs more giant babies

Elements of Moon I had already seen/read/encountered: Solaris (the book; haven’t seen either movie version yet) 2001: A Space Odyssey (I’ll admit it: I’ve never seen the whole thing) Never Let Me Go ETA: and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?/Blade Runner, of course. Non-spoilery things about Moon I actually liked: The silly “turning on…

National Coming Out Day

Today is National Coming Out Day. When I was a Smith student, this was celebrated by lots of supportive chalking all over campus (“Come out, come out, whoever you are”) and by an outdoor celebration at night. All the houses set up tables and handed out fliers and candy and stickers — my house made…

Wow

The New York Times (Magazine, in this case) produces a sweet, celebratory, nicely written piece about a genre writer that takes the writer’s work seriously. Not a single mention of “transcending genre,” just a brief portrait of Jack Vance and the writers who admire him. I was really happy to see this.