July 12th, 2020


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March 2007 books

The Northern Ireland Assembly had an election in March 2007, the last one for which I did not do TV commentary, though I went over a few days later in the wake of P-Con and delivered a lecture about voting (powerpoint preserved here):

Apart from that, I had a day-trip to the Hague, and a longer trip to Vienna and Prishtina, all for work.

Only 14 books this month:

Non-fiction 3 (YTD 19)
Independent Diplomat: Dispatches from an Unaccountable Elite, by Carne Ross
Diplomacy Lessons: Realism for an Unloved Superpower, by John Brady Kiesling

1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, by James Shapiro

SF 4 (YTD 17)
Glorifying Terrorism, ed. Farah Mendlesohn
Master of Earth and Water, by Diana L. Paxson and Adrienne Martine-Barnes
Living Next Door to the God of Love, by Justina Robson
Spin Control, by Chris Moriarty

Comics 1 (YTD 6)
Blankets, by Craig Thompson

Doctor Who 6 (YTD 11)
Doctor Who - The Massacre, by John Lucarotti
Doctor Who - The Ark, by Paul Erickson
Doctor Who - The Celestial Toymaker, by Gerry Davis and Alison Bingeman
Doctor Who - The Gunfighters, by Donald Cotton
Doctor Who - The Savages, by Ian Stuart Black
Doctor Who - The War Machines, by Ian Stuart Black

4,000 pages (YTD 18,400)
5/14 by women (YTD 17/59)
None by PoC (YTD 2/59)

The two best of these were the excellent graphic novel Blankets, which you can get here, and Shapiro's look at Shakespeare in 1599, which you can get here. I do not particularly recommend the novelisation of problematic Doctor Who story The Celestial Toymaker, but you can get it here anyway (at a price).


1945 Retro Hugo finalists and 2020 Hugo finalists in the Artist categories

I don't know much about art, but I know what I like. Here are my favourite pieces from the artists on this year's Hugo and Retro Hugo ballots - for 1945 artists, I'm giving two full pieces each, and for 2020 artists, it'll be a part of one favourite work,

1945 Retro Hugo finalists, Best Professional Artist

Earle K. Bergey - specialises in impressively cleavaged ladies being defended from horror by dynamic chaps.

Margaret Brundage: her only work this year was in the May 1944 Weird Tales, cover and some internal art.

Boris Dolgov: also mostly Weird Tales, quite atmospheric, nothing in colour this year as far as I can see.

Matt Fox: a bit more into the eldritch horrors.

Paul Orban: more thoughtful perhaps.

William Timmins: seems to have done the only planetscapes I have found (maybe I didn't look hard enough).

2020 Best Professional Artist

Tommy Arnold
Rovina Cai
Galen Dara
John Picacio
Yuko Shimizu
Alyssa Winans

2020 Best Fan Artist
Iain Clark
Sara Felix
Grace P. Fong
Meg Frank
Ariela Housman
Elise Matthesen

All lovely stuff; ranking "No Award" 7th in all three categories.