And my seventeenth book of the year is the first half of Gene Wolfe’s Wizard Knight duology, The Knight.
Elemental The Tsunami Relief Anthology
I’ve heard of this for some months now, but now since its coming out in a few weeks, I thought I would mention it.
Its a F and SF original anthology whose purpose is to raise money for the victims of the 2004 anthology. It’s coming out simultaneous and hardcover versions.
They have a pretty good lineup of authors, making it well worth the purchase even if it wasn’t for a good cause:
Brian W. Aldiss, Kevin J. Anderson, Jacqueline Carey, William C. Dietz, Shane Dix, David Drake, Lynn Flewelling, Esther M. Friesner, David Gerrold, Joe Haldeman, Brian Herbert, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Tim Lebbon, Kinley MacGregor, Juliet Marillier, Syne Mitchell, Larry Niven, Eric S. Nylund, Stel Pavlou, Adam Roberts, Sharon Shinn, Michael Marshall Smith, Martha Wells, Sean Williams, Janny Wurts
I’m going to buy a copy. Are you?
One book up on deck to talk about right now, A Civil Campaign by Lois M Bujold.
Meat-Eating Dinosaur Was Bigger Than T. Rex
Dionsaur hunter Rodolfo Coria, professor at the Carmen Funes Museum in Plaza Huincul, Argentina has found fossils of a species dubbed Mapusaurus roseae, a carnivorous dinosaur that is estimated to be more than 40 feet long and with a longer skull than T-Rex.
LGBT families wait all night for Easter Egg Roll tix, White House shuts them out of opening ceremonies at Pandagon
Intolerance is disgusting. Especially on a major holiday.
Treat children of parents of families who aren’t the cookie cutter norm like unwanted lepers, AND please the fundamentalist, intolerant political base at the same time. Mission Accomplished, Mr President!
in the Shadow of Greatness: What kind of Amber PCs do you play?
So what kind of characters do I play? Maybe you can spot the theme…
Arref asks, as hooked from the Masters’ Council:
Dan Simmons – Author’s Official Web Site
I don’t know what to make of this.
April Fool’s Joke? Satire? Serious Polemic?
Fifty-Two Pick Up!
An idea I wish that *I* had thought of, Jim Groves has started a LJ devoted to a organized effort at reading his way through the marvelous world of House of Cards.
Since my reading of the HOC stuff has been sometimes scattershot, I intend to follow along in this manner, too. And the comments have mainly been from the horse’s mouth, the HOC players, themselves. Check it out.
One big fat book amongst this trio has slowed me down, but I have an interesting and diverse trilogy of books this time.
Deadhouse Gates, by Steven Erikson (His second Malazan novel)
Spin, by Robert Charles Wilson
Lords and Ladies, Terry Pratchett
Science & Technology at Scientific American.com: Newfound Fossil Is Transitional between Fish and Landlubbers
Tiktaalik roseae is a wonderful new transitional fossil found recently in the Canadian Arctic. It fits in perfectly, as far as we can tell, in the understood evolutionary history between fish and the early land tetrapods.
Take *that*, “Where are the transitional fossils?” Creationists!
More info is available on the University of Chicago’s site on Titktaalik (whose name amuses me, it sounds like the name of one of the Emperor’s in Steven Brust’s Dragaera novels)