For those who missed the news, I also have a story forthcoming in the next volume of the series, though I’ve no idea when that’s coming out…
Though I did find it nice not to be the only one who’s never read Dune.
However, I wanted to draw attention to the bid Starship Sofa is making for Best Fanzine nomination. This isn’t just a case of pimping — apparently a change in the wording of the rules for nominating Hugo candidates makes it possible for podcasts to be nominated (as discussed here) but not everyone realizes it’s possible, or that podcasts could be eligible for such prizes. And well they should be: podcasts are an important venue emerging on the SF/F fiction scene, and Starship Sofa is a regular kickass fanzine party, deserving of the recognition.
To hear more about why Starship Sofa ought to win (or at least be nominated for) a Hugo, check out this MP3, recorded by Matthew Sanborn Smith. I agree with him: the Sofa is like a big huge pirate ship that picks up willing joiners at every harbour — and having ridden it occasionally myself as a contributor, I have to say it’s a jolly good crew they have, who couldn’t wish for a finer captain. So… nominate The Sofa, folks. I will be…
The discussion ranges from Nebula Award winners and Locus Award shortlist to The Singularity, gaming as literature, and sentimentality about Heinlein “juveniles.” It’s the first time I’ve done anything like this, and I’m appropriately confused and scattered at points — I’m not much of a gamer and not so into Heinlein, after all — but it was a fun chat, and you can check it out here.
(I also do a little outro on the background for the story.)
There’s also poetry by Bruce Boston, and some fact pieces I’m sure are interesting — I’ve just gotten home and must got to bed, so I’m saving the full podcast for my morning hike. (But of course I’m listening to it now. How can I resist. Is it good? Of course it’s good. Aww. You can’t see me smiling, can you?)
I hope Tony and Skeet don’t mind my grabbing the image to present the link to the post with the podcast.