August 6th, 2008

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five cool links make a post (or a great poker hand)

You Might Be A Writer If... (from Murder by 4 blog, via lilithsaintcrow). So true, so true, especially (for me) Number 7.

Doctor Ronald Chevalier, acclaimed author of science fiction novels (via the_flea_king). Yes, that is Jemaine Clement from "Flight of the Conchords" (and I loves me the "Flight of the Conchords").

"Interview with a Steam Rat" from the clockpunk site of Dr. Julius T. Roundbottom. I've never been much of a steampunk person, but JT's site is changing my level of interest tremendously.

Sci-FI DVD Blowout Sale at Amazon. It's not everything, but I'm sure one can find something that one "needs".

WATCHMEN posters with the actors from the movies. Oh man - I have the original poster set from the graphic novel, it looks even cooler with real people in it, and I am so jonesing for this movie.

Bonus political link (not necessarily cool):

The Media Debunk McCain Smears, Then Promote Them (by Jamison Foser, at Media Matters). The first time I read this I thought "well, that's just silly" but then I paid more attention to the TVs at the fitness center and I realized "oh my god, he's right." I don't think it's specifically malicious, but just done because the sound bite and the controversy and the scandal is what the media believes the viewing public want. Are they right? Quite possibly. Look at the number of "reality" shows on TV every night. Sigh. It just makes me sad.
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My Bittercon schedule

Since I'm not going to Worldcon, I'm participating in bittercon . In fact, I'll be hosting a few panels. Here's the schedule of what I'll host, and I'll participate in other panels as time, workload, and the Olympics permit.

What's the Purpose of Speculative Fiction Anyway?
Why do we read, edit, write this stuff? What purpose does it serve? Does it do any good? What's it for?

Can "Sci-Fi" and Spec Fic ever get along?
These two kissing cousins don't seem to like each other very much. Is there a path to familial reconciliation?

Where Did All The YAs Go?
YA speculative fiction is huge, Huge, HUGE. Is there any effect on adult speculative fiction? If not, why? What happened to all those kids reading Harry Potter over the last seven years?

Open Day, though I might host a post-Hugos discussion along the lines of "here's how *I* voted, or would have voted, and why".

Stop on by the bittercon and have a blast!