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For the firefly fans August 15, 2008

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Check out this online Dark Horse comic by Jim Krueger and Will Conrad called Serenity: the other half. Also in the news, Shepherd Book gets a comic explaining his back story.

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SF & F News January 23, 2008

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Lot’s of Orbit news today. The publishing house has a few of my favourite authors including Marianne de Pierres, Iain M Banks, Sean Williams, etc.

  • Sean Williams’ Saturn Returns has been nominated for the Philip K Dick Award. Fantastic space opera, read my review.
  • Iain M Banks’ new culture novel Matter is due out in February, you can read an extract here. The extract didn’t really grab me, I’ll wait for the complete book.
  • Karen Miller apparently shot to the top of the UK charts for The Innocent Mage in 2007. This is a great series, looking forward to more from this author. I’ll be posting a review of the series shortly.

Aurealis Awards January 10, 2008

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The nominees for the Aurealis Awards (Australian sci fi and fasntasy writing awards) were announced back in December. If you’re looking for a reading list then this is a good one to start with.

The winners will be announced on 26 January.

A few of my fave books for 2007 were on there including Dark Space and Saturn Returns.

-David says- Hey Taryn, good to see you’re back. I’ve listed my own favourite books read here: http://icantstopreading.blogspot.com/

£1,000 ‘Ethical Futures’ Short Story Award May 17, 2007

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For non professional writers only apparently? From the news release:

Ethical Futures: £1,000 short story competition about the future of the human race
Imagine a world where people are able to choose from a menu of ‘enhancing’ techniques: IQ, strength, disease prevention, age extension. What would life be like in such a world? What ethical dilemmas might it raise?
Your story will be judged by Justina Robson, author of Quantum Gravity: Keeping it Real series. Dr Anjana Ahuja, Science Notebook columnist for The Times, Cory Doctorow, science fiction novelist.
Competition open to non professional writers and video producers. Entries should be no more than 2,000 words or 10 minutes in length. Closing date: 30 June 2007.

See http://www.theRSA.org/ethical

The Greatest Mystery: Making a Best Seller May 16, 2007

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Check out this article from the NY Times if you’re interested in book marketing, what books sell and why publishers bid for books.

It has some interesting quotes and examples from the US publising industry.

Also, apparently Romance Writers USA does demographics. I wonder if anyone is doing it for Sci-Fi/ Fantasy…

A Storm of Books! May 7, 2007

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We are reading our way through books left, right and centre!

The current reading is Conn Iggulden’s Emperor series, about the life of Julius Caesar. All four books.

We’ve already read through Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series (3 books) without mentioning it here, oops! The books are great – Hornblower with dragons, which suits me just fine. The sooner they make this into a series like Hornblower or Sharpe’s Rifles, the better.

After Conn Iggulden’s series, I might try to get Ellen to read some William Gibson – Pattern Recognition is a great book too.

The Next Book Club Books Are…. January 31, 2007

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The Risen Empire – Scott Westerfeld (from Taryn)

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke (from Ellen)

White Tiger – Kylie Chan (from David)

Since David took so long to read The Risen Empire, Kylie Chan’s Red Phoenix is added to the list!

LibaryThing is Cool December 9, 2006

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I found the LibararyThing through Miss Snark and I’ve been adding books steadily since then. The only issue I’m finding is actually selecting the editions that I have, since relying on Amazon searches to find a book is the not the best way to go. Other than that, very cool.

I will put books reviews up soon Taryn, promise!