Archive for July, 2012

Hey, Everybody!  Well, I am back from Readercon… had a most awesome time hanging with a bunch of my home-boys and home-girls. Will try to write a more complete report later, if time permits. I do want to follow up and say that I was not awarded the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novella for which I was nominated (for “Displacement”). That award rightly went to Elizabeth Hand (for “Near Zennor”), whom I had the pleasure of finally meeting at the con after years of admiring her work. The mighty cool thing about being a Shirley Jackson Award nominee is that, while other awards give nominees official letters or certificates, The Shirley Jackson Awards give you… a STONE! Yes, a little mineral-based reminder not only of Jackson’s “The Lottery”, but also (to me, any way) of The Haunting of Hill House, and the stones that fell on Eleanor Vance’s home when she was a child. How freakin’ cool is THAT?

Here it is! Pretty cool, huh? It has a place of honor in my living room. I’m gonna name him “Pollock,” ‘cuz I always wanted a Jackson Pollock in my house. (Sorry…)

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Hey, everyone! I will be reading from The Diaspora, the upcoming sequel to Dawn Song, Saturday, July 14 at 11:00 AM at Readercon along with other ChiZine Publications authors Gemma Files, Nicholas KaufmanNick Mamatas, Yves Meynard and Paul Tremblay. Please stop by! Thanks!!

A long time ago, in 1972, Bob Lewis, co-founder of DEVO, wrote in LA Staff Magazine about just what exactly DEVO stood for. He wrote: “What we seek then, is that transcendent state most fully engendered by Fred Flintstone — technologically sophisticated cave-man.”

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the apotheosis of that noble sentiment.