2. Speaking of local foods, our CSA for the past 2 weeks has been full of mushrooms. This on top of the entirely non-local dried porcini and preserved truffles that showed up for the holidays. There has been mushroom quiche, and mushroom pasta, and cow-share steak with porcini butter. And I still have to find something to do with the last truffle and a bag of shitakes. This is not a hardship.
3. I just read Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel. Fairies in Dust-Bowl-era Kansas, magic based on folk and blues and swing and jazz music, and honest explorations of racial politics. Many thanks to mrissa for the recommendation.
4. I am now reading Ascension: A Tangled Axon Novel by Jacqueline Koyanagi. This appears to be Firefly fanfic with the serial numbers heavily filed off and replaced by better world-building. And set in a universe where the unmarked state is dark-skinned lesbian. If you wanted a novel like that--and don't pretend you didn't--this is totally the novel that you wanted.
5. This item is self-referential.
And at last, at long last, the Kickstarter is open for Sundown: Whispers of Ragnorak. CD, DVD, and full-on costumed opera. Go, listen to the samples, and sacrifice some silver to Loki.
( Debt: The First 5000 Years )( Pattern Recognition, by William Gibson )
( Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, by Lois McMaster Bujold )
( Permanence, by Karl Schroeder )
( Online Fiction: Methods of Rationality and Shadow Unit )
( Music: Talis Kimberley's Queen of Spindles )
New Media Created: Little bits on both novels: My Obsession With the Field Museum Let Me Show You It and Transhuman Starving Artists Raise a Family (note: not real titles). Also a short story written in one evening on a prompt from aspenwolf. As of January 1st, I am back on the Novel in 90 discipline and making some serious progress on My Obsession With the Field Museum.
I sold two sestinas in 2012. "Pantheon" is out in the January issue of Starline. (And for my few readers who will know what this means, this is officially the first published bit from the Changewinds universe. Apparently no context is necessary to appreciate it, though.)
Stats for the year:
Books Read: 52--busy year in many other ways. Nine non-fiction, and three fiction that weren't SF or fantasy (assuming you count the Gibson). Thirteen rereads. Nine new-to-me authors, of which Tim Pratt is far and away my favorite discovery. Three books thrown against the wall. Only one book marked as failing the Bechdel test all year (the intensely disappointing Wicked Gentlemen). Either I'm getting better at picking out books with girls in, or skilled authors are more likely these days to avoid that particular failure mode.
Music: 4 new albums. Genres include modern classical, folk rock, whatever the hell Grey Eye Glances are, and activist filk.
Movies: Apparently... zero.
TV: A little bit of Doctor Who and Criminal Minds.
Other: A reading party for Love's Labours Lost, and a slightly dubious production of Cymbeline, which is a slightly dubious play to begin with.
S and I are both on on panels this year. Not only that, but we conflict! On Monday morning--when everyone is exhausted and kind of punchy--you can either watch me talk about serious socioeconomic issues or... well, see below.
Science Fiction on Broadway Sat, 10:00–11:15 am Room 623
Moderator: Jeanne Gomoll. Ruthanna Emrys, Chip Hitchcock, Bill Humphries, Dorian Victor Lorre Jensen
Andrea Hairston is both a novelist and a playwright. Let's talk about what science fiction stories we'd like to see made into stageplays. What characteristics make a story a good candidate for a play? What kind of stories don't have what it takes? Broadway has produced some fantasy plays, mostly from Disney or comic books, but perhaps there are gems hidden among SF short stories, ripe for stage productions.
Writing the Singularity Sun, 10:00–11:15 am Room 623
Moderator: David D. Levine. Ruthanna Emrys, James Frenkel, Lettie Prell, Talks-with-wind
How do we write stories about life when people are no longer human? What would your characters be like? What would their conflicts be? What would their needs (if any) be? Can you write an agglomerated personality? What about a personality that had never been a biological human? Writers already have difficulty keeping up with current technologies (cell phones, for example). Will writing become even harder as technological advances continue accelerating?
Not Everyone Lives in the Future Mon, 10:00–11:15 am Room 623
Moderator: Carrie L. Ferguson. K. Tempest Bradford, Ruthanna Emrys, Jesse the K, Na'amen Gobert Tilahun
Technology has an undeniably transformative effect on our lives and it is worth examining who has access to those effects. Geeks are generally very engaged with technology and it is easy to assume that the Internet, cell phones, computers, etc. are a given in everyone's lives. However, there are large communities where technological access is not at the level that geeks take for granted. How does lack of access to technology impede communities' ability to prosper? How can geeks help to make technology more available to communities that may benefit from them? Are these transformative effects even desirable? What are good examples of SF that highlight or problematize this issue?
The Pregnancy Trope in SF TV Shows Fri, 4:00–5:15 pm Conference 5
Moderator: Jenny Sessions. Sarah Emrys, Beth Friedman, Katherine Olson/Kayjayoh
Over the past year it seems that many SF/F TV shows have used a main character's pregnancy as a device. It's never about having a baby; it's something to move the plot forward. It's either sped up (Fringe) or happening somewhere else (Doctor Who). Also, the kid either dies, grows up rapidly, or is whisked away and does not become a character in the show. What's up with this? What does it say about our culture and how we view women, motherhood, and small children?
MUPPETS!!! Mon, 10:00–11:15 am Room 634
Moderator: Christopher Davis. Sarah Emrys, Jackie Gross, Joanna Lowenstein, David J. Schwartz
What's been your life experience of The Muppets? Does your age group make a difference in how you feel about them? Did you meet them through Sesame Street, Tales from Muppetland, The Muppet Show, commercials, movies? What did you think of the 2011 film? Can the Muppets be a vehicle for social change?
Why do I have the feeling that S will have a much larger audience than me on Monday morning?
Neil Gaiman reports that that the House on the Rock is planning an anniversary party for American Gods. At which, they say, "We are working on a way to allow a limited number of guests to ride the carousel." I strongly suspect that "way" will involve more money than I have to spend, but want.
And on a different note, I have sold a short story to Timelines: Stories Inspired by H. G. Wells' The Time Machine. (page_of_swords , this is the story in which I used your expert advice before you gave it to me. It could only be more appropriate to the topic if I'd managed to publish it before writing it.)