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  • Capt. Xerox 10:09 am on January 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    Cinema Blend offers a list of sci-fi movies that it believes deserved Best Picture Oscar nominations. Do yo uagree? http://t.co/xppxgKqv9h

  • Capt. Xerox 2:33 pm on October 3, 2014 Permalink
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    Could Interstellar be the first sci-fi Best Picture Oscar winner, asks Metro. Without even seeing it, I doubt it. http://t.co/Ofc3899LgS

  • Capt. Xerox 2:12 pm on September 16, 2014 Permalink
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    William Gibson and Spider and Jeane Robinson are the first inductees to the Canadian SF&F Hall of Fame http://t.co/g8ObtumP6o

    • Lazarus 3:18 pm on September 30, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The prior ‘lifetime achievement awards were the following:
      A.E. van Vogt (1980)
      Susan Wood (1981)
      Phyllis Gotlieb (1982)
      Judith Merril (1983 and 1986)
      Dennis Mullin (2008)
      Robert J. Sawyer (2013)

      So who are Susan Wood and Dennis Mullen? Never heard of them.

      While I don’t dispute Spider’s inclusion, including his late wife seems more like gesture for Spider than something based on merit. There are a few examples of others that would seem obviously more deserving of the honour.

  • Capt. Xerox 3:30 pm on August 20, 2014 Permalink
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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
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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 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 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 10:10 am on March 4, 2014 Permalink
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    So is Gravity the first sci-fi film to ever win a Best Director Oscar or is it not even sci-fi, as some argue? http://t.co/xdWWL6aMM5

  • Lazarus 7:36 am on February 26, 2014 Permalink
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    The Nebula nominees for 2013 have been announced. Each year I recognize fewer and fewer writers. This year I only recognize 3 names, and of those I’ve only read books by two.



  • Capt. Xerox 9:42 am on December 10, 2013 Permalink
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    Samuel R. Delany is this year’s Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award winner. Can’t say I’m a big fan of his. http://ow.ly/rusn3 

  • Capt. Xerox 1:25 pm on October 11, 2013 Permalink
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    #scifi movies don’t traditionally do very well come Oscar time, but could Gravity change that? http://ow.ly/pJsif

  • Capt. Xerox 9:37 am on September 23, 2013 Permalink
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    Nice to see that Robert J. Sawyer is getting a lifetime achievement Aurora at this year’s Can-Con. Only the 4th ever. http://ow.ly/p4b8V

    • Lazarus 10:44 am on September 23, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Needless to say, I’ll be there. Any chance that the Cap will make an appearance? Without Con*cept, this is the next best local con. The can*con site has a prelim schedule up.

      • Capt. Xerox 9:30 pm on September 23, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Sadly, I don’t think I’ll be able to make it. It conflicts with the kids’ hockey schedules so it will be hard to get away. Nice to see the convention continues to grow. I don’t expect Montreal will see a replacement for Con*Cept any time soon.

  • Capt. Xerox 10:41 pm on May 20, 2013 Permalink
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    Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312 has won the Nebula. I’m actually reading it right now. I’m waiting for it to get better. http://t.co/OW4Gu6u2yE

  • Capt. Xerox 2:09 pm on May 3, 2013 Permalink
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    The Guardian has a nice write-up on the winner of the Arthur Clarke award. http://t.co/lqD2qPLcWR

  • Capt. Xerox 11:31 am on April 5, 2013 Permalink
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    Clarke award shortlist is taking some heat for its all-male nominees list. Wouldn’t bother me if it was all-femae. http://t.co/75AGMrvWGX

  • Capt. Xerox 5:56 pm on April 1, 2013 Permalink
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    Seanan McGuire, aka Mira Grant, garnered 5 Hugo nominations this year. Perhaps she’ll even win one. http://t.co/yuFUnESDHj

    • Lazarus 2:00 pm on April 3, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Harry Potter win (and I believe there were other HP books nominated in other years but did not win) has always really bothered me. While I agree that some works straddle the SF/Fantasy fence, these are clearly Fantasy and should have only been considered for such awards.

      I think the real problem is that when you look at it closely there are only a few thousand fans that actively participate in the nomination and final voting process that you can’t get away from these questionable works getting into the mix.

    • Lazarus 1:17 pm on April 2, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That is quite a feat regardless if she is the ‘real deal’ (Future grand master?) or just on some writing streak. I hate to bring it up but with the open submission process there is always the possibility that there was some orchestrated and organized effort by her fans. But I’m pretty sure we are all already aware of the pitfalls and vagaries of Hugo voting.

      I’m more concerned about the Captain’s other post regarding this year’s lineup for best novel. I agree with everything he has to say notwithstanding the personal assessments as I have not read any (as usual). I was hoping that Scalzi’s novel fared better in his eyes, but even I consider Scalzi hit or miss. Oh well.

      As for my CBIP: “Different Seasons” by Stephen King. Four novellas, including “The Body” (filmed as “Stand By Me”), “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” (need I say more), and “Apt Pupil” which was another one made into a movie that even I did not know about. I’m a bit late coming to the game, but I must say that I’m certainly enjoying and appreciating King more and more.

      • Capt. Xerox 8:24 am on April 3, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’ve often wondered if there were organized campaigns to get writers nominated. Lois McMaster Bujold seems to be nominated without fail and how did a Harry Potter book ever win the Hugo?

        More worrying to me is that only three short stories were nominated because no other stories received enough votes. Is that a comment on the state of the short-fiction market?

  • Capt. Xerox 5:51 pm on April 1, 2013 Permalink
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    I am not inspired by the nominated novels for the 2013 Hugos. Perhaps my opinion will change once I read them all. http://t.co/bsV5wmjSWa

    • Capt. Xerox 10:04 pm on April 1, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ugh. I am not impressed by the list of Hugo nominees for best novel this year.

      Blackout by Mira Grant is book three of a trilogy in which I was unable to finish the first two because I was too bored by them. Can we move on from zombies already?

      Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance is book umpteen by Lois McMaster Bujold in her Vorkosigan series. I’ve fallen out of touch with the series so have no clue if it can be read as a standalone.

      2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson scares me as everything I’ve read by him was turgid and this one looks like a brick.

      Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed is a fantasy novel. I’m not normally a great fan of fantasy books, but will give this one a try.

      Redshirts by John Scalzi is the only one of the books that I have already read and don’t really know what the fuss is about. It was entertaining, but fairly forgettable.

  • Capt. Xerox 1:54 am on March 1, 2013 Permalink
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    This year’s Nebula nominees are out, but I always find it hard to get excited by them. I prefer Hugo winners. http://t.co/ppw56lxY96

  • Capt. Xerox 2:18 am on February 22, 2013 Permalink
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    I am a bad fan. I haven’t seen a single one of the movies nominated for best #scifi for the Saturn Awards. http://t.co/5LL3TAdVsE

  • Capt. Xerox 1:28 pm on October 24, 2012 Permalink
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    Time to nominate your favourite #scifi or #fantasy #tv show for the People’s Choice Awards. I’m picking Doctor Who. http://t.co/N3Gmu6aS

  • Capt. Xerox 1:32 am on September 4, 2012 Permalink
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    I wasn’t online to see the livestreamed Hugo ceremony, but it sounds like a lot of people tried, but got booted off. http://t.co/r2z02yRs

    • Lazarus 1:20 pm on September 4, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      On the bright side, I believe that the entire show will be available for viewing at some point. I always found it odd that every time I went there were noticable professional camera crews filming these awards and could never find the video even for sale afterwards. I would really like to watch the 2003 show which had a very good speech by Spider Robinson. There were film crews at some of the more notable panels in L.A. as well. I clearly remember the Harlan Ellison ‘show’ being filmed and pretty sure the cameras were rolling for Bradbury. I hope these surface some day.

  • Lazarus 2:34 pm on September 3, 2012 Permalink
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    Congratulations to Jo Walton and all the other Hugo winners:
  • Capt. Xerox 8:36 pm on August 25, 2012 Permalink
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    Once again this year, I endeavoured to read the Hugo nominees for best novel. I was mostly successful, although I skipped one book because it was book 5 of a series and another book I couldn’t finish. Here are my capsule reviews:

    EMBASSYTOWN by China Mieville
    China Mieville novels are not easy reading, but they are stories that will stay with you for a long time and Embassytown is one of those.

    On one of mankind’s most distant worlds sits a group of ambassadors who are our race’s only means of communication with an alien species which is one of the most alien ever imagined.

    These aliens have a language which is almost beyond human comprehension. It requires two humans to speak simultaneously, with each making different sounds in order for the words to be heard and understood. Ambassadors are twinned with each other at an early age so they can perfect this speech and live together as if the two are sharing one brain and thinking simultaneously.

    The story is told through the eyes of a woman who grows up in Embassytown, but leaves to be a star-faring space pilot, only to return years later with a lover who is a linguist fascinated by the language of the aliens.

    As the story unfolds, it seems that the aliens are addicted to the words and concepts that they hear and learn from the humans they speak with. Things go bad when one faction begins to break away from their addiction and clashes with those who remain hooked.

    It’s really a hard book to explain which is probably why you’d have to read it for yourself to grasp its complexities.

    It’s clearly not a book for someone seeking escapist entertainment, but if you’re looking to have your mind expanded and give your brain a workout, Embassytown is worth a read

    LEVIATHAN WAKES by James Corey
    The best way to describe this book is that it is a film noir space opera.

    With the backdrop of a war that spans the solar system, a weary, street-savvy detective from one of the asteroid colonies attempts to get to the root of the cause of the conflict and maybe save the Earth in the process.

    It is a time when Mars, the asteroids and moons of our solar system’s outer planets are colonized and there is as a thriving trade between them all, accompanied by the rivalries that come along with that as each vies for advantage over their economic competitors.

    Our hero works security on an asteroid colony and gets word that an heiress has gone missing and may be involved with a revolutionary group of nogoodniks. He sets out to find her and ship her back to Earth.

    During the investigation, he discovers a body that has been transformed beyond recognition by some sort of pathogen that may be powerful enough to destroy humanity if allowed to spread across the colonies.

    In a separate story line, a salvage crew discovers a lifeless spaceship near a tiny asteroid and board it to investigate. They find evidence that it may have been attacked by Mars’ navy. They are themselves attacked and manage to escape on a smaller, armed pinnace. They broadcast their findings to the solar system and nations start blaming each other and it quickly escalates into war.

    Meanwhile, back to our detective friend. He does some digging and finds a link with our disappeared heiress to the pinnace that was used by the crew in our other story line to escape. He tracks them down to whatever space rock they are hiding at and the two groups link up.

    What is the link between the war, the disappeared heiress and the deadly pathogen? That is the mystery that they set out to solve and that keeps the reader glued to their book as they watch them have one obstacle after another thrown in their path.

    I found Leviathan Wakes immensely satisfying as a good, old-fashioned science fiction novel. In some ways, the style and content reminded me of a book like Richard Morgan’s Altered Carbon, but that’s a good thing since that was an excellent novel.

    AMONG OTHERS by Jo Walton
    This year’s Nebula Winner by Montreal-resident Jo Walton was a surprise because it was a lot better than I expected.

    It’s the first book of hers that I have read and found it hard to put down.

    It is a fantasy story set in Wales, Walton’s homeland, about a teenage girl who sees fairies. She is sent off to England to study at a boarding school. Because she’s Welsh, has a handicap from a car accident that hinders her walking and is a big reader of science fiction, I couldn’t help but wonder how autobiographical a story it is consdiring Walton is Welsh, walks with the help of a cane and is a frequent and excellent critic of science fiction.

    The book is written in a first-person, diary form and is set in 1979-1980. It recounts how our diarist is sent away after her sister dies in the car accident which leaves the writer with her disability.

    The two of them would frequently see and interact with fairy-like creatures that lived in the Welsh countryside, mostly found near the abandoned structures of mines.

    After the accident, the girl is sent off to a boarding school. Her tuition is paid for the aunts of her father, who she has never met since her parents split up a long time ago and now takes a more active role in her life. They bond because both are science fiction fans.

    One of the amusing parts of the story is the ongoing book reviews that the girl jots down in her diary of the different science fiction titles she reads over the months she’s at school. If you isolated just that part of the book, you’d be left with Jo Walton’s canonical list of science fiction!

    Because it is written as a diary, the story is very episodic and it may not appear to have a clear plot. As you read it, the story mostly deals with the day-to-day life of a schoolgirl with the usual concerns about friends, rivals and boys.

    The only difference is there are sporadic references to the fairies and magic being used by her mother against her.

    Considering that her sister has died, you start to wonder if these fairies are real or some sort of illusion created by her sick mind. For me, that ended up being the plot. Is this girl crazy or does she really see fairies? Finding the answer to that question was enough to keep me reading.

    DEADLINE by Mira Grant
    I y learned that this was book 2 of a trilogy, so set off to read the first book, Feed, which was nominated for a Hugo last year.

    Sadly, I could not finish it. It’s yet another zombie apocalypse book which I found too self-conscious to be interesting. I got about a third of the way through and said “who cares?”

    I’m sure it is beloved by many, but it was not my cup of tea and it’s extremley rare that I bail on a For the most part, I will slog through a book, no matter how dull or poorly written.

    A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin
    Having not read the previous 4 Game of Thrones books, I wasn’t going to plow through those just to read this book. I am sure it is a worthy title for nomination, but fear that it’s only here because of the success of the Game of Thrones mini-series. My bigger fear is that the name recognition is enough to propel this book to victory.

    • Capt. Xerox 9:11 pm on September 3, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m a bit surprised that Jo Walton’s Among Others won the Hugo, but am pleased. I really liked the book. It wasn’t my first choice, but if I was voting, it would have been second on my ballot. I liked Leviathan Wakes best. I suppose the fact that it won’t the Nebula might have pushed it over the top.

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