My friend Felicia has pneumonia, and wasn’t enthused by the idea of watching the Oscars. Instead, we decided to watch Daybreakers on Netflix instead…
Another non fiction book, this time tackling the most famous woman in history.
In my recent entry on why I like Fantasy and SF, I ended with a tease: I had a theory on why Fantasy is currently ascendant over SF.
And here it is…
This is a reaction to the Steve Davidson (Crochety Old Fan) blog post on Grasping for the Wind. A continuing conversation of sorts on the SF Signal community (http://www.community.sfsignal.com) has convinced me that while he and I have some things in common, in some respects, we are not fellow travelers.
To keep it positive, rather than getting pugnacious about the matter, I am going to keep it positive and tell you why I like both SF and fantasy.
Via tor.com, the 2010 Nebula Award Nominees.
“Arvies,” Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed 8/10)
“How Interesting: A Tiny Man,” Harlan Ellison® (Realms of Fantasy 2/10)
“Ponies,” Kij Johnson (Tor.com 1/17/10)
“I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You in Reno,” Vylar Kaftan (Lightspeed 6/10)
“The Green Book,” Amal El-Mohtar (Apex 11/1/10)
“Ghosts of New York,” Jennifer Pelland (Dark Faith)
“Conditional Love,” Felicity Shoulders (Asimov’s 1/10)
“Map of Seventeen,” Christopher Barzak (The Beastly Bride)
“The Jaguar House, in Shadow,” Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s 7/10)
“That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made,” Eric James Stone (Analog 9/10)
“Plus or Minus,” James Patrick Kelly (Asimov’s 12/10)
“Pishaach,” Shweta Narayan (The Beastly Bride)
“The Fortuitous Meeting of Gerard van Oost and Oludara,” Christopher Kastensmidt (Realms of Fantasy 4/10)
“Stone Wall Truth,” Caroline M. Yoachim (Asimov’s 2/10)
The Alchemist, Paolo Bacigalupi (Audible; Subterranean)
“Iron Shoes,” J. Kathleen Cheney (Alembical 2)
The Lifecycle of Software Objects, Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
“The Sultan of the Clouds,” Geoffrey A. Landis (Asimov’s 9/10)
“Ghosts Doing the Orange Dance,” Paul Park (F&SF 1-2/10)
“The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen’s Window,” Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Summer 2010)
The Native Star, M.K. Hobson (Spectra)
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit UK; Orbit US)
Shades of Milk and Honey, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
Echo, Jack McDevitt (Ace)
Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor (DAW)
Blackout / All Clear, Connie Willis (Spectra)
Ray Bradbury Award
Despicable Me, Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud (directors), Ken Daurio & Cinco Paul (screenplay), Sergio Pablos (story) (Illumination Entertainment)
Doctor Who: “Vincent and the Doctor,” Richard Curtis (writer)
How to Train Your Dragon, Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders (directors), William Davies, Dean DeBlois, & Chris Sanders (screenplay) (DreamWorks Animation)
Inception, Christopher Nolan (director), Christopher Nolan (screenplay) (Warner)
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, Edgar Wright (director), Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright (screenplay) (Universal)
Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich (director), Michael Arndt (screenplay), John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, & Lee Unkrich (story) (Pixar/Disney)
Andre Norton Award
Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown)
White Cat, Holly Black (McElderry)
Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press; Scholastic UK)
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, Barry Deutsch (Amulet)
I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett (Gollancz; Harper)
The Boy from Ilysies, Pearl North (Tor Teen)
A Conspiracy of Kings, Megan Whalen Turner (Greenwillow)
Behemoth, Scott Westerfield (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK)
This building, today’s picture, makes a subtle political point.
This is the brand new Jay Cooke State Park Visitor Center. The old building was in dire need of maintenance, and so a new building was built for one of the underappreciated gems of the Minnesota State Park system.
And, if the axe-swinging Republicans now in charge had had their way a couple of years ago, this beautiful building would never have been built.