The last time I flew to Montreal, I was seated beside a guy reading a science fiction novel.  The cover caught my eye and I made a mental note to check out the author the next time I found myself in a bookstore.  A little over a week later, I was on a flight back to Vancouver when I happened to glance across the aisle and notice a woman reading an SF title – different book, but same author.  What were the chances?  THIS, I decided, was fate – just like that time I got Autumn in New York as the in-flight movie in back to back trips which made me realize I was destined to re-marry Winona Ryder.  Or vacation in New York.  Anyway, I made a second mental note to remember my first mental note to check out the author the next time I found myself in a bookstore.  Fastforward several months to last week when I received a package in the mail.  Elated, I tore it open to discover, not the expected return correspondence from Winona, but a little something from my buddy, editor Lou Anders, over at PYR.  It was the latest book by THE SAME AUTHOR!  Seriously, what are the chances? 

Anyway, I dropped the author an email and asked her if she might be interested in doing a little Q&A in support of her book.  Turns out she’d be delighted to participate.  And so, it gives me great pleasure to announce January’s Book of the Month Club selection…

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Diving into the Wreck, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

From the publisher: “Boss loves to dive historical ships, derelict spacecraft found adrift in the blackness between the stars. Sometimes she salvages for money, but mostly she’s an active historian. She wants to know about the past–to experience it firsthand. Once she’s dived the ship, she’ll either leave it for others to find or file a claim so that she can bring tourists to dive it as well. It’s a good life for a tough loner, with more interest in artifacts than people.

Then one day, Boss finds the claim of a lifetime: an enormous spacecraft, incredibly old, and apparently Earth-made. It’s impossible for something so old, built in the days before Faster Than Light travel, to have journeyed this far from Earth. It shouldn’t be here. It can’t be here. And yet, it is. Boss’s curiosity is up, and she’s determined to investigate. She hires a group of divers to explore the wreck with her, the best team she can assemble. But some secrets are best kept hidden, and the past won t give up its treasures without exacting a price in blood.

What Boss finds could rewrite history, cost lives, and start an intergalactic war.”

“Tense and gripping…. The endlessly enjoyable terror of dark, alien, empty spaces brimming with unknowable danger and impenetrable mystery should keep fans of the genre hooked.” —Internet Review of Science Fiction

“Rusch takes the dangers inherent in deep sea diving and memorably puts them into the deep dark vacuum of space, making the exploration of the hulk a much more complicated issue than tends to be the case in the SF.” —Best SF Reviews

It’s an intriguing synopsis, the reviews are great, you have plenty of time to read the book, AND, to top it off, the author also happens to be a Stargate fan.  So, when the time comes, in addition to asking her about the novel and whether or not she can introduce us to Winona Ryder, you can also get her SF expert take on things SG-1, Atlantis and/or Universe. 

Discussion the week of January 11, 2010 – with author Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

A gentle reminder (please, don’t make me resort to a not-so-gentle reminder that will involve my taking a hickory switch to your bare calf) to finish up this month’s BOTMC pick, Emissaries from the Dead, by Adam-Troy Castro, as it will be up for discussion next week.  Also, remember to pick up December BOTMC selection, The Misenchanted Sword, by Lawrence Watt-Evans, well in advance of its discussion on the week of December 8th. 

On the SGU front: a third day down and another story broken.  We are zipping along!  I figure that at this rate, we should have season 2 and most of season 3 broken by the time I’m Tokyo-bound.

Tune in tomorrow for my thoughts on the stretch-run to the mid-season break.

Today’s entry is dedicated to Arctic Goddess.

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mamasue9
mamasue9

AG…..sorry to hear about Tigger. See you in LA.

Patricia Lee
Patricia Lee

@ Arctic Goddess…
I too am sorry to hear about Tigger! I too love cats and hope your heart heals somewhat soon! Did your son make it home in time to say good bye to him? I hope so!
Take care!

Gilder’s Roll Call

Joe M. – Vancouver, Canada
Gilder – Texas, USA
PBMom – Texas, USA
Susan the Tartan Turtle – Perthshire, Scotland
SG-1lover – Scotland
dasNdanger – New Jersey, USA
Charlie’s Angel – Southern USA
Pastrygirl – Arizona, USA
Montrealer – Montreal, Canada
Rose/OhioAnne – Ohio, USA?
Sparrow_Hawk – Midwest USA
deeinsouthafrica – South Africa
Elminster – Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
2cats – New Jersey (shore), USA
Thornyrose – Virginia, USA
chevron7 (chev) – Melbourne, Australia
Maddog316 – Ft. Myers, FL, USA
Shiningwit – Cornwall, England
Berry – Las Vegas, NV
Shirt’n’Tie – Tipperary, Ireland
Suziesbluefeather – Virginia, USA
cherluvya – Utah USA
Gracey – Connecticut, USA
Shia – Virginia, USA
Andria (AKA Sis) – Montreal, Canada
maggiemayday – Utah, USA
Major D. Davis – East coast USA
Anne Teldy – Evansville, Indiana, USA
Bella&Bilo – Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada
Deni – Gainesville, FL, USA
Jennifer – Orlando, FL, USA
poundpuppy29 (Erika) – Massachusetts, USA
Laura – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
jeffoconnor – St. Petersburg, FL, USA
Fargate One – Québec, Canada
JES – Green Bay, WI, USA
Sylvia – Chicagoland, USA
TammyDixon – MS, USA
Morjana – Sacramento, CA, USA
Ponytail – Texas, USA
Lou Zucaro – Schaumburg (Chicago-ish), IL, USA
Shiloh – Culver City, California, USA
Patricia Lee – Kent, Washington

EternalDensity
EternalDensity

Ship diving… that’s an interesting side of SF I hadn’t considered. Nifty.

Here’s to Season 3!
(not a typo :P)

Gilder
Gilder

Josephmallozzi’s Weblog Roll Call

Anyone can play, lurkers and newbies welcome!. Just copy this post to your post, then add your namelocation. Will we make 100 by next week? 300 in two weeks? Maybe even 500 individual names & locations??

Joe M. – Vancouver, Canada
Gilder – Texas, USA
PBMom – Texas, USA
Susan the Tartan Turtle – Perthshire, Scotland
SG-1lover – Scotland
dasNdanger – New Jersey, USA
Charlie’s Angel – Southern USA
Pastrygirl – Arizona, USA
Montrealer – Montreal, Canada
Rose/OhioAnne – Ohio, USA?
Sparrow_Hawk – Midwest USA
deeinsouthafrica – South Africa
Elminster – Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
2cats – New Jersey (shore), USA
Thornyrose – Virginia, USA
chevron7 (chev) – Melbourne, Australia
Maddog316 – Ft. Myers, FL, USA
Shiningwit – Cornwall, England
Berry – Las Vegas, NV
Shirt’n’Tie – Tipperary, Ireland
Suziesbluefeather – Virginia, USA
cherluvya – Utah USA
Gracey – Connecticut, USA
Shia – Virginia, USA
Andria (AKA Sis) – Montreal, Canada
maggiemayday – Utah, USA
Major D. Davis – East coast USA
Anne Teldy – Evansville, Indiana, USA
Bella&Bilo – Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada
Deni – Gainesville, FL, USA
Jennifer – Orlando, FL, USA
poundpuppy29 (Erika) – Massachusetts, USA
Laura – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
jeffoconnor – St. Petersburg, FL, USA
Fargate One – Québec, Canada
JES – Green Bay, WI, USA
Sylvia – Chicagoland, USA
TammyDixon – MS, USA
Morjana – Sacramento, CA, USA
Ponytail – Texas, USA
Lou Zucaro – Schaumburg (Chicago-ish), IL, USA
Shiloh – Culver City, California, USA
Patricia Lee – Kent, Washington

iamjohn
iamjohn

Sadly the book wasn’t available via amazon kindle (yay for the iPod version!), but I was able to get it through interlibrary loan. Hopefully I’ll be there to comment in January.

Montrealer
Montrealer

@Arctic Goddess

Sorry to hear about Tigger. Brings back sad memories of our departed dog.

ytimynona
ytimynona

Gilder’s Roll Call

Joe M. – Vancouver, Canada
Gilder – Texas, USA
PBMom – Texas, USA
Susan the Tartan Turtle – Perthshire, Scotland
SG-1lover – Scotland
dasNdanger – New Jersey, USA
Charlie’s Angel – Southern USA
Pastrygirl – Arizona, USA
Montrealer – Montreal, Canada
Rose/OhioAnne – Ohio, USA?
Sparrow_Hawk – Midwest USA
deeinsouthafrica – South Africa
Elminster – Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
2cats – New Jersey (shore), USA
Thornyrose – Virginia, USA
chevron7 (chev) – Melbourne, Australia
Maddog316 – Ft. Myers, FL, USA
Shiningwit – Cornwall, England
Berry – Las Vegas, NV
Shirt’n’Tie – Tipperary, Ireland
Suziesbluefeather – Virginia, USA
cherluvya – Utah USA
Gracey – Connecticut, USA
Shia – Virginia, USA
Andria (AKA Sis) – Montreal, Canada
maggiemayday – Utah, USA
Major D. Davis – East coast USA
Anne Teldy – Evansville, Indiana, USA
Bella&Bilo – Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada
Deni – Gainesville, FL, USA
Jennifer – Orlando, FL, USA
poundpuppy29 (Erika) – Massachusetts, USA
Laura – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
jeffoconnor – St. Petersburg, FL, USA
Fargate One – Québec, Canada
JES – Green Bay, WI, USA
Sylvia – Chicagoland, USA
TammyDixon – MS, USA
Morjana – Sacramento, CA, USA
Ponytail – Texas, USA
Lou Zucaro – Schaumburg (Chicago-ish), IL, USA
Shiloh – Culver City, California, USA
Patricia Lee – Kent, Washington
Debra Lynn–Scranton, USA

ytimynona
ytimynona

Oooh! January’s BotM sounds like something from the world of Firefly! So psyched! I think I’ll as for it for Christmas…

@Arctic Goddess: I’m so sorry. sad

Whoa there… wait until y’all get feedback from Season 1 before you go finalizing season 2!!! You might need to think of a way to bring back a character you decide to kill! wink

cherluvya

Hey Joe,

Sweet dedication. Pets quickly become members of the family. When my son was young, he had gerbils that he named after characters in my book. But we had Pedee the cat who loved to just sit and watch the gerbils. They were safely tucked inside a covered fish tank. Pretty much cat proof.

I heard crying upstairs one day and went to Chris’ room. There he was pointing at a very guilty looking Pedee and saying “We don’t eat family members!” Pedee had successfully pushed the tank to the floor and the gerbils went scurrying. One obviously not so fast. It was Tuk. Chris loved Tuk and Pedee. But his sweet lecture in trying to teach a cat…warmed my heart and I knew that Chris would grow up to be a good man.

Best to you Joe,
Cheryl smile

P.S. Sorry for the story, you inspired me.

Phil
Phil

sad

I left a big reply with my thoughts on your thoughts for yesterday’s blog and it hasn’t appeared! sad

Don’t you love my thoughts? sad

Keenan Mock
Keenan Mock

So… dumb question: You are discussing breaking stories for season two, and just mentioned season three. As I am assuming you have not yet been renewed for number two, much less number three, are you just that excited to break new stories? I guess my question is what do showrunners do when they/you are not… you know… running a show?

curiositykitty
curiositykitty

howdy! im new to your blog (i found it through sgu of course), but i just had to comment. as a longtime sci fi fan albeit a newbie to the stargate franchise i just wanted to let you know that i think sgu is one of the best shows on tv right now. contrary to what others may have said here or elsewhere previously i think everyone has done a spectacular job on the show. i was sucked into the story and the characters from the first few minutes and the writing and acting has only gotten better as the episodes have gone by. fridays now can never come soon enough for me and i have to say im dying for the next episode. *****SPOILER WARNING******* i do have a couple questions for you as well if youre game to answer them. i found another board out there that discusses sgu and happily found that i was not the only one who thought there was something going on between tj and young. i really gotta say those two did a marvelous job as actors of capturing the subtlety of the interactions between two people who have an intimate past. theres just a certain way two people relate to each other physically and otherwise when theyve “gone there” either physically or emotionally. i was wondering if you were thinking of doing q&a’s with the actors with some of our questions. id love to ask louis in particular (loooove him!!!) what he was thinking as young during the scene in light where he was playing with his wedding ring and crying. his wife? tj? the muddled situation with them both? or perhaps he doesnt work method like that. also im curious to know what if any discussion was had in the writers room regarding tj and young. im quite curious about behind the scenes story process. and another thing ive heard on other boards is that the actress who plays tj, im sorry ive forgotten her name, is expecting a baby. first off congrats to her, but second, might the destiny be hearing the pitter patter of little feet in the future be they tj’s or no? surely they didnt pack contraceptives in their emergency gear or at least not enough to last long. i think the pregnancy question is an interesting one considering their circumstances on the destiny and i do hope that such long-term survival issues such as having children to re-populate is addressed in some manner in sgu. any discussions on that one in the writers room? also just to let you know even though im sure you may already be expecting it, theres predictions of a crapstorm of controversy expected round the boards regarding the next ep, earth, and the young/telford body swapping issue with regards to young’s wife, so gird yourself. first off, kudos to you guys for going there (if you actually do and the rumors are true) and addressing whats clearly an obvious possible use… Read more »

David
David

Sound like a interesting book you chosen this time, will have to see if I can fine it at the local Library or buy it online.

I also would just like to lend my support for little famous rant at fans who insult the characters or actors on SGU, I 100% agree with what you said.

Airelle
Airelle

Good day to you Joe, thanks for the videos on how they did it behind the scenes, always fun to see. Wondered about it, just thought it was magic or osmosis. How is Maximus? Do the other pups leave him alone to recoup? Enjoy your day!!
@articgoddess, sorry to hear about your kitty, it is never easy and they will always be with you.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Winona Ryder? Who do you think you are, mister? Johnny Depp?

Hey, maybe your destined to re-marry Lou Anders! grin

Have a beautiful day, sir!

das

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

@ Artic Goddess, my condolences. It’s a cruel twist of fate that our favored companions can only be with us a fraction of our lifetimes. It’s worse when you have to make the horrible decision to end their suffering.

January BotM club looks fantastic. For once, the big box book store came through and I’m starting on this month’s read. Even managed to get Stover’s third Caine novel. Now to get the second one so I can read them in order…
Newest household member had her first visit to the vet today, and has a staple to serve as a temporary souvenier. At least no more worries about hordes of squirming puppies in the future. Never knew a dog could look so miserable and make me feel so guilty before. She got her revenge during the night by leaving me sleeping in an awkward position, as I was unwilling to force her to move.
Thanks for the early heads up on the BotM club and good luck on the season two work.

Sparrow_hawk

Hah! I have finished this month’s BotM book and thereby dodged the hickory switch. Now if I can dodge the H1N1 flu…

kabra
kabra

Gilder’s Roll Call

Joe M. – Vancouver, Canada
Gilder – Texas, USA
PBMom – Texas, USA
Susan the Tartan Turtle – Perthshire, Scotland
SG-1lover – Scotland
dasNdanger – New Jersey, USA
Charlie’s Angel – Southern USA
Pastrygirl – Arizona, USA
Montrealer – Montreal, Canada
Rose/OhioAnne – Ohio, USA?
Sparrow_Hawk – Midwest USA
deeinsouthafrica – South Africa
Elminster – Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
2cats – New Jersey (shore), USA
Thornyrose – Virginia, USA
chevron7 (chev) – Melbourne, Australia
Maddog316 – Ft. Myers, FL, USA
Shiningwit – Cornwall, England
Berry – Las Vegas, NV
Shirt’n’Tie – Tipperary, Ireland
Suziesbluefeather – Virginia, USA
cherluvya – Utah USA
Gracey – Connecticut, USA
Shia – Virginia, USA
Andria (AKA Sis) – Montreal, Canada
maggiemayday – Utah, USA
Major D. Davis – East coast USA
Anne Teldy – Evansville, Indiana, USA
Bella&Bilo – Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada
Deni – Gainesville, FL, USA
Jennifer – Orlando, FL, USA
poundpuppy29 (Erika) – Massachusetts, USA
Laura – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
jeffoconnor – St. Petersburg, FL, USA
Fargate One – Québec, Canada
JES – Green Bay, WI, USA
Sylvia – Chicagoland, USA
TammyDixon – MS, USA
Morjana – Sacramento, CA, USA
Ponytail – Texas, USA
Lou Zucaro – Schaumburg (Chicago-ish), IL, USA
Shiloh – Culver City, California, USA
Patricia Lee – Kent, Washington
kabra – Jupiter,FL

Michael A. Burstein

Kristine Kathryn Rusch is an excellent writer and editor, and has been blogging about surviving as a freelancer at http://www.kriswrites.com. I encourage all to check it out, as it’s a fascinating look at the life of a writer.

Shiningwit
Shiningwit

@Arctic Goddess My thoughts are with you.

iamza
iamza

Gilder’s Roll Call

Joe M. – Vancouver, Canada
Gilder – Texas, USA
PBMom – Texas, USA
Susan the Tartan Turtle – Perthshire, Scotland
SG-1lover – Scotland
dasNdanger – New Jersey, USA
Charlie’s Angel – Southern USA
Pastrygirl – Arizona, USA
Montrealer – Montreal, Canada
Rose/OhioAnne – Ohio, USA?
Sparrow_Hawk – Midwest USA
deeinsouthafrica – South Africa
Elminster – Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
2cats – New Jersey (shore), USA
Thornyrose – Virginia, USA
chevron7 (chev) – Melbourne, Australia
Maddog316 – Ft. Myers, FL, USA
Shiningwit – Cornwall, England
Berry – Las Vegas, NV
Shirt’n’Tie – Tipperary, Ireland
Suziesbluefeather – Virginia, USA
cherluvya – Utah USA
Gracey – Connecticut, USA
Shia – Virginia, USA
Andria (AKA Sis) – Montreal, Canada
maggiemayday – Utah, USA
Major D. Davis – East coast USA
Anne Teldy – Evansville, Indiana, USA
Bella&Bilo – Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada
Deni – Gainesville, FL, USA
Jennifer – Orlando, FL, USA
poundpuppy29 (Erika) – Massachusetts, USA
Laura – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
jeffoconnor – St. Petersburg, FL, USA
Fargate One – Québec, Canada
JES – Green Bay, WI, USA
Sylvia – Chicagoland, USA
TammyDixon – MS, USA
Morjana – Sacramento, CA, USA
Ponytail – Texas, USA
Lou Zucaro – Schaumburg (Chicago-ish), IL, USA
Shiloh – Culver City, California, USA
Patricia Lee – Kent, Washington
Iamza — Texas, USA

DP
DP

Ooh, that book sounds good. Of course, my libraries don’t have it and another round of passed levies means an affordable Netflix for books won’t happen this year. razz

I’ll send them a note to pick it up, but I may just get desperate enough to buy it. I could afford it if I slash the vitamins from the budget and let my kids eat more vegetables, but then they might get spoiled and think they get fresh food every month.

Maybe Stranger in a Strange Land will keep me occupied until a library gets it.

artdogspot

Joe – the BOTMC selection for January sounds fantastic. Looking forward to reading it.

PBMom – Your post yesterday was sobering. You can’t defend yourself against people who can attack anonymously. So, I don’t see how they won given that underhanded advantage. I post semi-anonymously for reasons of protection – like many people do. But discussing politics openly in the US these days is a tough thing to do. You can leave yourself wide open to all sorts of stuff. I think you were incredibly brave to do it. Most people don’t have the ‘nads for that and it’s admirable that you do.

maggiemayday – go to Vancouver and check out the art scene and/or bars. Follow Joe’s culinary adventures if you can afford to. Victoria is very beautiful but it ain’t no Burning Man.

DP
DP

My libraries do have it. I was using Rusch as a title search. Since it’s larger in the text treatment on the cover, I thought that was the title.

DP
DP

Gilder’s Roll Call

Joe M. – Vancouver, Canada
Gilder – Texas, USA
PBMom – Texas, USA
Susan the Tartan Turtle – Perthshire, Scotland
SG-1lover – Scotland
dasNdanger – New Jersey, USA
Charlie’s Angel – Southern USA
Pastrygirl – Arizona, USA
Montrealer – Montreal, Canada
Rose/OhioAnne – Ohio, USA?
Sparrow_Hawk – Midwest USA
deeinsouthafrica – South Africa
Elminster – Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
2cats – New Jersey (shore), USA
Thornyrose – Virginia, USA
chevron7 (chev) – Melbourne, Australia
Maddog316 – Ft. Myers, FL, USA
Shiningwit – Cornwall, England
Berry – Las Vegas, NV
Shirt’n’Tie – Tipperary, Ireland
Suziesbluefeather – Virginia, USA
cherluvya – Utah USA
Gracey – Connecticut, USA
Shia – Virginia, USA
Andria (AKA Sis) – Montreal, Canada
maggiemayday – Utah, USA
Major D. Davis – East coast USA
Anne Teldy – Evansville, Indiana, USA
Bella&Bilo – Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada
Deni – Gainesville, FL, USA
Jennifer – Orlando, FL, USA
poundpuppy29 (Erika) – Massachusetts, USA
Laura – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
jeffoconnor – St. Petersburg, FL, USA
Fargate One – Québec, Canada
JES – Green Bay, WI, USA
Sylvia – Chicagoland, USA
TammyDixon – MS, USA
Morjana – Sacramento, CA, USA
Ponytail – Texas, USA
Lou Zucaro – Schaumburg (Chicago-ish), IL, USA
Shiloh – Culver City, California, USA
Patricia Lee – Kent, Washington
Iamza — Texas, USA
DP — Ohio, USA