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William H. “Bill” Patterson Jr., author of the Hugo-nominated Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue With His Century, Vol. 1 (1907-1948): Learning Curve, died April 22, only a month before the second and final volume of the biography will be released.
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Setting: Steel City, a city much like Detroit on one of the Great Lakes, in the Concord setting (an old homegrown campaign from the 1980s). The city hasn't had a sanctioned team of supers in a generation but happily a mass Origin is going to give the city a chance to address that lack.

Rather unfortunately from the point of view of the government, the Origin happened at an Occupy Steel City rally, so the mix of characters is going to be broader than the government might prefer.
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Schedule conflicts mean yet more long gaps between sessions so our 13th Age campaign is shutting down.
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Ibid has worked out how to get up to the top shelf of the book case in my bedroom and from there to the top of the door, just as Fig did months ago.

What he can't do is get back down....
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Under Ontario's Liquor Control Act, Brewers Retail is the only retailer permitted to sell beer for off-site consumption, except for stores on the site of a brewery, locations of the provincial government-owned Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), and LCBO-authorized agency stores in certain smaller communities.[...] The act and the company's articles of incorporation further stipulate that Brewers Retail cannot sell "hard liquor" (spirits), or consumer goods (like groceries).

Reaction has not been 100% favourable.
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regarding new editions of old books?
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(Picture is a link)

In what fellow FASS member Mark Jackson-Brown charmingly refers to as "the Before Times [1]", book distribution in Ontario was pretty patchy and while I remember that word of mouth on rec.arts.sf-lovers was very positive about The Steerswoman, I didn't manage to find a copy of it for my own until 1993, four years after it was published. I can tell this because when I look at the back of my copy it has a sticker from A Second Look Books dated 1993. Which I guess means the author didn't make any money off me so let's move quickly on to the next paragraph.

These books are what SF should aspire to be; it is a shame they are not more widely known.

There will be some spoilers. Read more... )
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Baen Books found a new author on the sales level of a Weber, Bujold or a Moon?
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The winners were as follows:

Best Article: John Garth, “Tolkien and the boy who didn’t believe in fairies“

Best Artwork: Jenny Dolfen, “Eärendil the Mariner“

Best Book: Paul Simpson and Brian Robb, Middle-Earth Envisioned

Best Novel: J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Fall of Arthur

Best Website: Emil Johansson, LOTR Project

Outstanding Contribution Award: Christopher Tolkien

Total F   M   mu   F/T
 6    1   5        17%
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Not terribly surprising: The ratios of box office outside the US to box office sales inside the US for three movies:

Pacific Rim: 3
Iron Man 3: 2
Ender's Game: 1
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How do you turn spell check back on? I seem to have inadvertently turned it off.
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The older he gets, the easier it is to provoke a tantrum from Groucho [1]. He objects in particular to me getting out of bed in the morning because it means he has to move. Sometimes this involved biting me to try to get me to stop moving. Today it involved growling and hissing.

As soon as he growled at me, Ophelia came over to groom him and as soon as they saw what she was doing, Ibid and Fig came to help. "Not wanting to move" won out over "this is an affront to my dignity" but only just.

1: He has always has a very short fuse. He goes from angry to happy just as fast, which would be weird if he had not been like this the whole time I have owned him.
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The 2014 Prometheus Best Novel Award Finalists were announced and either I missed it or I forgot noticing it.

Best Novel finalists:

Homeland, by Cory Doctorow (TOR Books)
A Few Good Men, by Sarah Hoyt (Baen Books)
Crux, by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot Books)
Nexus, by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot Books)
Brilliance, by Marcus Sakey (Thomas & Mercer)

Here are the 2014 finalists (in chronological order) for the Prometheus Hall of Fame award for Best Classic Fiction:

"As Easy as A.B.C.," a short story (1912) by Rudyard Kipling
"Sam Hall," a short story (1953) by Poul Anderson
"'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman," a short story (1965) by Harlan Ellison
Falling Free, a novel (1988) by Lois McMaster Bujold
Courtship Rite, a novel (1982) by Donald M. Kingsbury

It's kind of sad I've read all the ones in the Hall of Fame list and none of the contemporary ones. I will say this isn't the first time I've run across Naam's name in the last month or so.

Award             T    F   M   Mu  F/T
Best Novel        5    1   4        .2
Hall of Fame      5    1   4        .2
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*do* people care about the results of?

Feel free to link to their sites.
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What would a modern attempt to emulate the Lensman series, this time with better prose, look like? Assume "it would have better prose" is covered.
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They are reported to be:

Gareth L. Powell’s ACK-ACK MACAQUE

Short Story:
Nina Allen, “Spin.”

Joey HiFi, with the art for DREAM LONDON.

Jeff Vandermeer, WONDERBOOK

I will tidy this up I get home.
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Scalzi tries to put as nice a face on the current situation, which I guess he has to because it was the normalization of blatant self-promotion that got us here and he played a significant role in making it acceptable.

Anyway, since we're stuck in a situation where organized slates enjoy an advantage (at least as far as nominations go), the next step would seem to be formal parties, each offering a different slate of candidates. How many of those do you think are viable in a system like the Hugos?


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