BSFA Nominees announced

Although they are not the Golden Globes to the Oscars in terms of SF relevance, this is the shortlist for the British Science Fiction Awards:
Best Novel
Paolo Bacigalupi – The Windup Girl (Orbit)
Lauren Beukes – Zoo City (Angry Robot)
Ken Macleod – The Restoration Game (Orbit)
Ian McDonald – The Dervish House (Gollancz)
Tricia Sullivan – Lightborn (Orbit)
Best Short Fiction
Nina Allan – ‘Flying in the Face of God’ – Interzone 227, TTA Press.
Aliette de Bodard – ‘The Shipmaker’- Interzone 231, TTA Press.
Peter Watts – ‘The Things’ – Clarkesworld 40
Neil Williamson – ‘Arrhythmia’ – Music for Another World, Mutation Press
Best Non-Fiction
Paul Kincaid – Blogging the Hugos: Decline, Big Other
Abigail Nussbaum – Review, With Both Feet in the Clouds, Asking the Wrong Questions Blogspot
Adam Roberts – Review, Wheel of Time, Punkadiddle
Francis Spufford – Red Plenty (Faber and Faber)
Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe the Notes from Coode Street Podcast
Best Art
Andy Bigwood – cover for Conflicts (Newcon Press)
Charlie Harbour – cover for Fun With Rainbows by Gareth Owens (Immersion Press)
Dominic Harman – cover for The Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (Gollancz)
Joey Hi-Fi -cover for Zoo City, by Lauren Beukes (Angry Robot)
Ben Greene – ‘A Deafened Plea for Peace’, cover for Crossed Genres 21
Adam Tredowski – cover for Finch, by Jeff Vandermeer (Corvus)
The winners will be announced at Eastercon in April.

Picture of the Day


Grammophone
Originally uploaded by Jvstin

One of my personal highlights last year was the MPR Open House, getting to meet MPR people and get a full view of the building. Today’s picture is of an old style gramophone that I saw at the Open House. For extra emphasis, I did the picture to look like an old style sepia photograph, too…

Dream: The Magical Family

In this dream, I was not the family friend of My Friends the Olsons™, but instead a magically talented family who lived in a large Victorian house. The dream started in medias res ,with us trying to get to the nursery. Queen Mab (from Faerie) was trying to steal their baby, and had warded the usual routes to the nursery while she worked on the abduction. The patriarch of the family, his wife and I managed to get there by cutting holes in a window (which was magically locked by Mab) and crawling along a ledge to get into the Nursery and save the baby.
Once that was done, I headed downstairs to meet a Harold Bloom/Daniel Pinkwater sort of character. He was cooling his heels waiting for an interview, and wanted “3 books” to read while he waited. I finally took him into the depths of the house to interview my friends, and we passed by a bookcase. Inside that bookcase were all manner of (to our world) imaginary books, which stunned and surprised the literary expert. “The Complete Magical works of Shakespeare” was but one of the volumes that he lusted after, in the locked glass case. We also noticed that somehow, inside of the sealed case, water was dripping on the books, suggesting yet another attack, and so I was off again to warn my friends…
And then I woke up.

2010 NFL Season–Divisional Round

Deliriously happy with this week’s results!
No, I have not joined the Jets bandwagon and will not do so. However, the fact that the Jets knocked off the Patriots is a Good Thing. I no longer have any root-against teams that would spoil watching the Super Bowl.
From the perspective of My Friends The Olsons™, it was even better than that, as the Packers after a slow start dismantled the hapless Atlanta Falcons. With the Patriots gone, and only the Bears in their way, the Packers might now be the Super Bowl favorite. I certainly would rank them ahead of the Jets or the Steelers…
And I fully expect as per the Namath Curse, that the Jets will screw up the AFC Championship game again, and lose to Pittsburgh next week.

Picture of the Day: Paul and the Glacial Erratic


Paul and the Glacial Erratic
Originally uploaded by Jvstin

Today’s picture is one of the few in my oeuvre with myself in it. I am standing on the left hand of this boulder in Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park. What is special about this boulder and why I wanted a picture next to it, besides it size and its distinctive crack is that its a glacial erratic. During the last glaciation, this boulder was carried from the nearby Athabascan mountains to this spot down in the valley.