The other day, I caught up on the Hugo nominees for Best Short Story. Yesterday, I checked out the stories in the running for Best Novelette. Paolo Bacigalupi does a masterful job of conveying the sense of utter despair that pervades his protagonist’s world in Yellow Card Man. Michael Flynn’s Dawn, Sunset and the Colours of the Earth is a compelling account of regular lives turned upside-down by a mysterious incident. In Pol Pot’s Beautiful Daughter, Geoff Ryman offers up a creepy tale about retribution and the power of lost souls. Mike Resnick’s All the Things You Are is reminiscent of those classic scifi stories of old, while the title of Ian McDonald’s novelette, The Djinn’s Wife, only hints at what awaits readers of this highly unusual narrative.
And, again, if you like what you read, maybe think about picking up further readings by the respective authors (I’ve included some suggestions):
Paolo Bacigalupi’s “Yellow Card Man” –
Pick up: The Fluted Girl (Great Science Fiction Stories), Fast Forward 1: Future Fiction from the Cutting Edge.
Michael F. Flynn’s “Dawn, Sunset and the Colours of the Earth” –
Pick up: Eifelheim, Rogue Star, The Wreck of the River of Stars, In the Country of the Blind, Lodestar, Falling Stars.
Ian McDonald‘s “The Djinn‘s Wife“ –
Pick up: Brasyl, River of Gods, Ares Express.
Mike Resnick‘s: “All the Things You Are” –
Pick up: Santiago, The Outpost, The Widowmaker Trilogy, Mutiny.
Geoff Ryman: “Pol Pot’s Beautiful Daughter” –
Pick up: Air: Or, Have Not Have, Was, 253: A Novel, The Child Garden.
Steve Eramo dropped by the offices today to conduct some interviews. He was on hand when Ben Browder staggered in, on lunch break from shooting Ark of Truth. Clearly, he’s having a bad day. I hear Director Robert Cooper can be a bit of a taskmaster.
Hey, look at what showed up on my desk yesterday. It’s the second part of the mid-season two-parter compliments of Marty G. I predict it will vie for the title of Season Four Fan Favorite Episode. We’ll see if the title sticks.
By the way, check out the two new additions to my office: the fearsome Apocalypse and the, well, colorful-looking Kraven the Hunter in his skin-tight leopard-print pants, sandals, and partially exposed chest. “Hey!”marveled Ivon upon noticing the statue. “It’s Freddy Mercury!”
Tried to read a book for my scifi book club and was only able to get some 75 pages in before setting it aside. I am now faced with a choice of three other titles from my scifi book club (Quicksilver, The Handmaid’s Tale, or Revelation Space), two books that Playback Supervisor Krista McLean dropped off (Blindness, and Haroun and the Sea of Stories), or some of the wildcard selections I’ve been wanting to get around to (Nine Princes in Amber, Blindsight, Before They Are Hanged). Suggestions?
Questions? Sure you do.
Kristen writes: “What kind of ethnic foods do you like? Have you eatin any vegetarian food, or tofu?”
Answer: I’m a fairly adventurous eater and do enjoy most any food – although I’m not wild about vegetarian food, and tofu in particular.
Cindee writes: “I’m reading John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War right now. I bought The Androids Dream and The Last Colony. Between the two, which one should I read first or does it matter.”
Answer: Old Man’s War was his first, I believe, so that’s the one I would start with.
Neep writes: “Would you consider yourself more of a polar bear or a penguin?”
Answer: Definitely more penguin than polar bear.
Anonymous #1 writes: “Are you familiar with egullet.com?”
Answer: Yup. That’s where I used to post all of my restaurant reviews.
Anonymous #2 writes: “Any ideas on what type of novel you would write?”
Answer: It would be scifi. I have an idea in mind and some characters in mind.
KaziWren writes: “Can you suggest new things I could introduce into my diet that will make me enjoy meals again?”
Answer: Well, I don’t want to make an recommendations that could screw up the diet plan your trainer has come up for you. I found that what worked for me was a good breakfast and generally healthy choices, supplemented by between meal snacks (a power bar, almonds, maybe some cottage cheese with fruit). I never ate late (past 7:00 p.m.) but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the occasional dessert.
GrapesofWraith writes: “How do your personal cooking skills compare to places you eat at?”
Anonymous #3 writes: “Intresting article in CNN about ratings. http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/05/09/tv.missingviewers.ap/index.html?eref=ew”
Answer: Yeah, I saw that. Very interesting.