April 08, 2014

March News Roundup

* Overheard in the Cafe:
"I guess you could say my happy place is filled with big red Beelzebub bunnies."
"Okay, great, now you have me wondering what a puffin would taste like."

* Nominees for the 2013 Nebula Awards have been announced.  In the Best Novel category, the nominees are:
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Marian Wood)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman (Morrow; Headline Review)
Fire with Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)
Hild, Nicola Griffith (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Red: First Light, Linda Nagata (Mythic Island)
A Stranger in Olondria, Sofia Samatar (Small Beer)
The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker (Harper)

The awards will be be presented the weekend of May 17th -18th in San Jose, and Borderlands will be on hand that weekend selling books.  See the complete list of nominees here: http://www.sfwa.org/2014/02/2013-nebula-nominees-announced/

* In the "fashion that just might drive you mad and consume your soul" department, Cthulhu leggings!: http://blackmilkclothing.com/collections/leggings/products/cthulhu-leggings

* Well, why NOT build a kangaroo robot? http://io9.com/somebody-built-a-kangaroo-robot-because-why-the-hell-no-1559391177

* Amazing graphic chronology of science fiction from Ward Shelley: http://www.wardshelley.com/  (Click on "History of Science Fiction" link, left.)

* We were shocked and sorry to hear of the death of author Michael Shea.  He was a brilliant writer and a gentleman in the old-fashioned sense.  Locus magazine's print edition published some lovely and moving remembrances from his friends, including this one from Laird Barron: http://lairdbarron.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/a-light-goes-out/ .  I strongly recommend you pick up the issue to read the others as well.

* We sincerely regret to report the death of the larger-than-life storyteller Lucius Shepard.  Lucius was an exceptionally talented author and a true character, and we will miss him.  Remembrance by Michael Swanwick: http://floggingbabel.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/lucius.html and also Jeremy Lassen: http://viewfromcorona.blogspot.com/2014/03/lucius-story-teller.html .

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