My Fifty Ninth book of the year takes us back to my slow and patient attempt to make it through the Discworld oeuvre, and so, we find ourselves with Mr. Pratchett in “Interesting Times”
Our next book up is another Charles Stross, the combination of two novellas, the Hugo award winning The Concrete Jungle and the titular earlier one, The Atrocity Archives.
Via SF Signal
A website for the movie version of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass is now live.
Longtime readers of this blog will remember that I read TGC in October of last year, and finished the series this year. And with Nicole Kidman cast as Mrs Coulter, I have some hopes that the movie might have a decent cast and done well.
As Elizabeth Bear has said, “All knowledge is contained in LJ” (or Blogs, as the case might be).
And so I am going to give this a shot. I am looking for a story I read at least 15 years ago, whose author and story name I can’t remember, but I remember chunks of the plot. I think I read it in an anthology of other stories but I can’t be sure.
Have you read this story? Who wrote, what is its name and where can I find it?
Variety.com – Comcast cabler gets ‘Spaceballs’
Via SfSignal, news that there is going to be an animated series based on the Mel Brooks Star Wars parody Spaceballs.
Brooks will do two of the voices of the characters he played in the movie, President Skroob, and, yes, Yogurt.
While I liked the movie, I am disappointed and disheartened that, once again, this is more proof that remakes, rehashes and retreads seem to rule the day in popular media. Does anyone know of Juvenal complaining of the same thing, two millenia ago?
My fortieth book of the year is the second of the “Dread Empire” novels by Walter Jon Williams, The Sundering.
Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners
Winners of the 2006 Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced at a ceremony this evening at L.A. Con IV, the 64th World Science Fiction Convention in Anaheim, California.
And the winners are:
Two more books onto the review pile.
This time we have an anthology, The World Turned Upside Down, edited by David Drake, Eric Flint and (the late) Jim Baen
and we have
Hallowed Hunt, by Lois McMaster Bujold.
Dark Matter Exists | Cosmic Variance
No doubt you have seen the news above, that there is now experimental evidence for the existence of dark matter. We still don’t know what its made out of, but the astronomical evidence is now pretty conclusive.
Most of the universe is made up of stuff that we can’t see. I’m reminded of Baxter’s Xeelee universe and the photino birds, myself.
Ray Bradbury – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Something wicked this way comes, since today is the birthday of Ray Bradbury.
While I might have preferred Asimov and Heinlein to Bradbury overall, The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, and The October Country, among others, will always have a place in the library of my mind.
And I found out a few weeks ago, in a show about John Huston, that Bradbury wrote the screenplay to the 1956 adaptation that Huston did of Moby Dick.