May 29th, 2009

buzz

Hugo Awards for Best Non-Fiction / Best Related Book

Which of the following have you read (for values of "read" that you are satisfied with)?

2008 Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction, Jeff Prucher
0(0.0%)
2007 James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon, Julie Phillips
1(2.0%)
2006 Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers' Workshop, Kate Wilhelm
0(0.0%)
2005 The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction, Edward James & Farah Mendlesohn, eds.
1(2.0%)
2004 The Chesley Awards for Science Fiction & Fantasy Art: A Retrospective, John Grant & Elizabeth L. Humphrey with Pamela D. Scoville
0(0.0%)
2003 Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril, Judith Merril & Emily Pohl-Weary
0(0.0%)
2002 The Art of Chesley Bonestell, Ron Miller & Frederick C. Durant III, with Melvin H. Schuetz
0(0.0%)
2001 Greetings from Earth: The Art of Bob Eggleton, Bob Eggleton & Nigel Suckling
0(0.0%)
2000 Science Fiction of the 20th Century, Frank M. Robinson
0(0.0%)
1999 The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World, Thomas M. Disch
0(0.0%)
1998 The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, John Clute & John Grant, eds.
2(3.9%)
1997 Time & Chance: An Autobiography, L. Sprague de Camp
0(0.0%)
1996 Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia, John Clute
0(0.0%)
1995 I. Asimov: A Memoir, Isaac Asimov
1(2.0%)
1994 The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, John Clute & Peter Nicholls, eds.
1(2.0%)
1993 A Wealth of Fable: An Informal History of Science Fiction Fandom in the 1950s, Harry Warner, Jr.
0(0.0%)
1992 The World of Charles Addams, Charles Addams
1(2.0%)
1991 How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy, Orson Scott Card
1(2.0%)
1990 The World Beyond the Hill: Science Fiction and the Quest for Transcendence, Alexei Panshin & Cory Panshin
0(0.0%)
1989 The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village 1957-1965, Samuel R. Delany
1(2.0%)
1988 Michael Whelan's Works of Wonder, Michael Whelan
0(0.0%)
1987 Trillion Year Spree, Brian W. Aldiss with David Wingrove
0(0.0%)
1986 Science Made Stupid, Tom Weller
0(0.0%)
1985 Wonder's Child: My Life in Science Fiction, Jack Williamson
0(0.0%)
1984 The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Vol. 3, Donald H. Tuck
0(0.0%)
1983 Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction, James Gunn
0(0.0%)
1982 Danse Macabre, Stephen King
0(0.0%)
1981 Cosmos, Carl Sagan
1(2.0%)
1980 The Science Fiction Encyclopedia, Peter Nicholls, ed.
0(0.0%)

angry

Audible.com / METAtropolis

Browsing through the Hugo shortlists, I discovered that one of the Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form nominees is an audiobook anthology with stories by Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, John Scalzi, and Karl Schroeder, edited by Scalzi. Since I'm working to the end of the BBC Lord of the Rings at the moment, this seemed like a good bet for commuting over the next few weeks, conveniently before the Hugo deadline.

Turns out it's only available from Audible.com, which I didn't have an account on. Bah. Oh well, sign up for free, spend some more time downloading and installing the proprietary software. Shove in my Samsung YP-U2 to download the files.

No. It turns out that Audible.com doesn't support my MP3 player.

Well, too bad. I'm not buying a new MP3 player just to listen to METAtropolis. Instead I'm deleting the proprietary software, cancelling my audible.com account, and continuing to enjoy my DRM-free listening experience. And I have been made a little more of an activist in the process.
doctor who

Midnight

We rewatched Midnight last night. I wrote previously that I couldn't understand why this story didn't get a Hugo nomination this year; I am still baffled.

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Two further pieces of trivia from the BBC via Wikipedia: it is the first story since Genesis of the Daleks where the Tardis does not appear, and the only Who story where the villain is never named.

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eu

I am grateful to the Conservative Group for Europe...

...for putting into my office letterbox their well-argued briefings on why Tory MEPs should continue to sit with the EPP. I'm not sure if this was specifically because I have blogged on the topic or if it was a general mailshot to our building (most of whose occupants are media organisations, including the BBC and Associated Press). Either way, lads, feel free to knock on the door and scrounge a cup of tea next time. You will never get my vote but you may occasionally get my sympathy.
not happy

Kindly

Triggered by a business email I just sent and by various musings on my f-list:

I really hate people signing off emails or messages "With kind regards". It's not up to me to describe myself as being kind, it's up to the recipient of my supposed kindness to decide if I am getting it right.

I much prefer "With best regards" to someone I don't know, or "Best" to people I do know. I am better placed than anyone to judge if I am sending them my best. Sure, "best" has something of the value of "most favoured nation" about it, but that's still not bad.