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  • Capt. Xerox 3:10 pm on August 26, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    >Would you worry if your child only rereads science fiction and fantasy books? As long as they’re reading, who cares? http://t.co/Jas4GhV3uT

     
  • Capt. Xerox 3:30 pm on August 20, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    I didn't realize that Ancillary Justice is the first science fiction book to win the Hugo, Nebula and Clarke in the same year. I’m just glad the Wheel of Time series didn’t win the Hugo. http://t.co/jZ3IIsbj7v

     
    • Lazarus 1:06 am on August 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      1) “Assess” not “Access”. ;)
      2) Let me know on you’ve read it.
      I know that it’s what publishers (and probably authors as well) want and are demanding these days. I just don’t like it.
      P.S.: Betcha the law of diminishing returns applies as the series moves along. Can you name a planned trilogy which got better from one book to the next? Most start strong and then start fading.

    • Capt. Xerox 8:28 pm on August 25, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s the reality of the book-publishing industry. Authors are expected to have books that can spin into multi-volume series if the first book is successful. It’s a lot easier to sell something with which people are already familiar. How many first books of new writers would you be willing to buy? Probably not very many because we are drawn to familiar names and series because we think it will lessen our disappointment.

      I will probably get around to reading this one since it has won so many awards, but I sometimes wonder if that is herd mentality. I guess I will have to read it to find out for myself if it lives up to the hype!

    • Lazarus 9:03 am on August 25, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The coveted Triple Crown of SF. But I hate the fact that this is only the first installment of a trilogy. Can’t anyone just write a novel anymore? I hate being tied into a series when we don’t even know if the followups will be any good. Been burned before and I won’t even consider reading this one until I can access the whole series. By then I’ll probably even have forgotten about this. Unless the rest of the books get as much acclaim.

  • Capt. Xerox 12:12 am on August 16, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Science fiction eaders are rediscovering the secret genius of R.A. Lafferty. He was truly a unique voice in the genre. http://t.co/FVFJzzeFQt

     
  • Capt. Xerox 12:12 am on August 16, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    I heartily endorse the winner of the 1939 Retro Hugo Award for best novel, but am dreading this year’s winner. http://t.co/sQfjK1DbxK

     
  • Capt. Xerox 1:14 pm on July 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    You might not believe, but there was a time that science fiction stories were optimistic. http://t.co/APnTclzLp7

     
  • Capt. Xerox 10:05 pm on July 20, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Poul Anderson's hilarious The High Crusade by giving it a read or a re-read. http://t.co/WB3n3LjoUR

     
  • Capt. Xerox 11:51 am on July 14, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    If you like scif-fi ebooks and charities, take a chance on the Humble Sci-Fi eBook Bundle. It's for a good cause. http://t.co/4SPIRFEz36

     
  • Capt. Xerox 12:53 pm on June 19, 2014 Permalink  

    Just read that Daniel Keyes, author of scifi classic "Flowers For Algernon" has died. Classic one-hit wonder. http://t.co/FHz4pioDFW

     
    • Lazarus 8:50 am on June 26, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I remember being assigned to read it as part of a college English class. Took me a moment to realize “This is Charlie!”. Great classic.

      As it so happens, my CBIP is from another Keyes (no relation, but the possibility came to mind):
      Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm by Greg Keyes. It’s a novel bridging Rise and Dawn.

  • Capt. Xerox 3:37 pm on June 17, 2014 Permalink  

    There was a time that scifi wasn't mainstream. This author pays hommage to those wacky books of yore. http://t.co/HvYIQrYiat

     
  • Capt. Xerox 11:38 am on June 10, 2014 Permalink
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    Robert Charles Wilson's Spin was a great book, but I wonder how it will translate as a TV series. http://t.co/Hbka5sFzLj

     
    • Lazarus 9:00 am on June 13, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think some aspects could translate well to film but I have my doubts it. These days I just wait for the reviews (and IMDB ratings) to settle and THEN decide if I want to watch it. Too many other things to watch already. Just got all but season 3 of Galactica the other day and I’v only completed the first season of Lost. Mostly watching movies these days. Been buying hundreds of DVDs from someone at work ($1.5 apiece!)

  • Capt. Xerox 3:18 pm on June 5, 2014 Permalink
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    HBO will adapt Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam Trilogy for the small screen. That may be sci-fi TV worth watching. http://t.co/5Vi29G3JkJ

     
  • Capt. Xerox 5:50 pm on June 2, 2014 Permalink
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    For some reason, publishers want to release an unfinished draft of Douglas Adams' Life, The Universe and Everything. http://t.co/kYoiBamX4h

     
  • Capt. Xerox 3:12 pm on June 2, 2014 Permalink  

    In this article, sci-fi authors remember the first genre books they read. Can you remember yours? I can't. http://t.co/SFLHG6ck5k

     
    • Lazarus 9:32 am on June 3, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Star Beast by Robert Heinlein.

      Now who are these sci-fi authors listing their first reads? All strangers to me.

      • Lazarus 9:32 am on June 3, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        PS: It was also the first ‘real’ book I bought.

        • Capt. Xerox 11:48 am on June 3, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I had a similar thought. I couldn’t recognize many of the names in the list.

          As for my first sci-fi books, I remember reading a Scholastic title in the 70s called Stranger from the Depths about some kind of amphibious alien that some kids find so that could be my first official science fiction book that I read.

          Around that time, I remember my parents’ friend giving me a stack of SF books, the only titles of which I remember are M33 in Andromeda, an A.E. Van Vogt collection, and Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot.

          The first books I can remember buying were cheap, Airmont editions of The Rim of Space by A. Bertram Chandler, Invaders from Rigel by Fletcher Pratt and Tower of Zanid by L. Sprague de Camp.

          • Lazarus 3:29 pm on June 3, 2014 Permalink

            I also bought and read Stranger from the Depths!
            This one, right?
            http://www.rotatingcorpse.com/by_the_book/stranger-from-the-depths/8790.html

            I just checked my database to see if I still had it, but it appears I got rid of it at some point. Can’t remember anything about the story though. It would have been almost at the same time I bought that Heinlein book.

            I also got a Battle for the Planet of the Apes book from Scholastic. (The one where they use a photo from Conquest on the cover. Doh!)

        • Capt. Xerox 9:09 pm on June 5, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          That’s the one and it had that exact cover. I only have vague memories of some kids with an aquatic being, possibly alien, who helped them do something. Vague, but I was maybe 10 or 11 when I read it and that’s a long time ago.

  • Capt. Xerox 12:20 pm on May 28, 2014 Permalink
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    >For a mere $15,000, you could own a signed first-edition of Frank Herbert's Dune. Best of all, shipping is under $20. http://t.co/tK5PESADjZ

     
  • Capt. Xerox 9:46 pm on May 4, 2014 Permalink
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    This year's Hugo nominees are stirring up some controversy, which is nothing new, but it is even more than usual. http://t.co/AQtzL6wKXn

     
    • Lazarus 1:12 pm on May 7, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Fascinating read about what’s going on these days with the Hugos. A sad state of affairs.

      My first ‘huh?’ moment came years ago when the Harry Potter novels started appearing. My reaction was exactly what you said; “Don’t these belong on a World Fantasy ballot somewhere?”

      But even before that I’d figured out that favoritism rather than actual merit factored into the Hugos. It became evident as I got more familiar with the many classic novels I read over the years and then comparing those to the lists of former winners and nominees. While some books to time to blossom and being skipped over could be explained to the fact that these books just did not get a wide enough distribution at the time, other nomination lapses could not be so easily explained.

      I also remember smiling back at the 2009 Anticipation Worldcon when you boldly declared that Gaiman’s Graveyard book would win at the outset of the con. You were right of course and it was yet another nick in the credibility of the Hugos.

      But all this crap happening this year goes way beyond favoritism. Sounds like a war we’ve really already lost.

      Thanks for the link though.

    • Capt. Xerox 11:18 am on May 5, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I`ve been somewhat disappointed the past few years at some of the nominations for the Hugo Awards. I suspect certain fans are mobilizing to hijack the nomination process so that their favourites make it to the ballot. It`s nothing new, but social media is making it easier than ever.

      The idea that the entire Wheel of Time series can somehow make it to the best novels list just boggles my mind. And when I see volume 3 of some ongoing series get a nomination, I have to roll my eyes. Does the book stand alone or do you have to read the entire series before you can vote for it?

      I`ve also always had a pet peeve about the number of fantasy books that get nominated, but they do qualify within the rules. So why then are their World Fantasy Awards?

      Are the Hugos losing their relevancy?

  • Capt. Xerox 3:39 pm on May 2, 2014 Permalink
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    Will try to read this year's Hugo-nominated novels, although will pass on reading all of the Wheel of Time series! http://t.co/YhlaRxGeQn

     
  • Capt. Xerox 11:55 am on May 2, 2014 Permalink
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    Congrats to Ann Leckie for winning the Arthur C Clarke award with her debut novel Ancillary Justice. http://t.co/Rhf6yASqwc

     
  • Capt. Xerox 12:58 pm on April 29, 2014 Permalink
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    Now I've heard everything. Canadian music lenged Neil Young has written a #scifi novel he calls "f**king weird." http://t.co/8I4p42uZ2v

     
  • Capt. Xerox 12:37 pm on April 24, 2014 Permalink
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    USA Today offers an interesting discussion with science fiction author John Scalzi. http://t.co/7Ya5sohaMf

     
  • Capt. Xerox 9:34 am on April 15, 2014 Permalink
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    For only $25,000, you could own William Gibson's agent's copy of the corrected typescript of Neuromancer. http://t.co/asJtziPhPi

     
  • Capt. Xerox 10:18 pm on April 13, 2014 Permalink
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    If you like them, here are this month's science fiction book reviews from the Toronto Star. http://t.co/u55a89yNyi

     
  • Capt. Xerox 1:36 pm on April 1, 2014 Permalink
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    Don’t have time to read the 860,000 words of the 111 authors featured in the free 2014 Campbellian Anthology? http://t.co/tnVQpp4KeP

     
  • Capt. Xerox 12:39 pm on March 20, 2014 Permalink  

    George R.R. Martin has a cunning plan to keep ahead of the Games of Throne TV series. http://t.co/nXCkSFZb0e

     
  • Capt. Xerox 11:15 am on March 19, 2014 Permalink
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    How many of the 2014 nominees for the Arthur C. Clarke Award have you read? I have read zero and only know one name, Christopher Priest. http://t.co/zUg4vK0OC1

     
  • Capt. Xerox 10:58 am on March 17, 2014 Permalink  

    If you like to read the book before the movie, here are some sci-fi films coming that are based on novels. http://t.co/rUk14xwf90

     
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