Various and Sundry, 8/31/14 + Open Comment Thread

Various and Sundry, 8/31/14 + Open Comment Thread

I’m home! For Two days! And so, a couple of things of interest:

One, here’s a power wall of science fictional art, here in my office:

From the left, that’s a black and white sketch of the French cover of Agent to the Stars by Paul Kidby (I also own the final color art), the John Harris art for the paperback versions of Old Man’s War, and the Donato Giancola art for the hardcover of the same…

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Today’s Reason I’m Happy With My Publisher

A full-page ad in today’s New York Times magazine. This is pretty nifty. On my home today.

Today’s Reason I’m Happy With My Publisher

A full-page ad in today’s New York Times magazine. This is pretty nifty. On my home today.

View From the Hotel Window, 8/30/14: Decatur, GA

The window overlooks an inner courtyard. The people you see in it are probably authors, here for the Decatur Book Festival.

View From the Hotel Window, 8/30/14: Decatur, GA

The window overlooks an inner courtyard. The people you see in it are probably authors, here for the Decatur Book Festival.

Lock In Through the Lens of Disability

Lock In Through the Lens of Disability

Over at Huffington Post, writer David M. Perry takes a look at Lock In, with special emphasis on how disability matters are handled in the book— because, after all, the protagonist is someone who is “locked in” and uses technology to interact with the world. “To my knowledge, this is the first science fiction novel based largely around the complexities of providing reasonable accommodations for…

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View From the Hotel Window, 8/29/14: Chapel Hill

View From the Hotel Window, 8/29/14: Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill is just a short jaunt from Raleigh, so I didn’t have to get in an airplane, I just got into a car and was driven. Hooray! Not that I don’t love air travel, mind you. But a nice little trip in a car is good, too.

Afternoon: Catching up with friends. This evening. Me at Flyleaf Books, at 7pm. If you’re in Chapel Hill, won’t you please come by? And bring everyone you know? It’ll be fun.…

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View From a Hotel Window, 8/28/14: Raleigh

Overlooking a mall. There are worse views. Event tonight at 7:30 at Quail Ridge Books, here in Raleigh; if you’re in the Raleigh area I hope to see you there.

View From a Hotel Window, 8/28/14: Raleigh

Overlooking a mall. There are worse views. Event tonight at 7:30 at Quail Ridge Books, here in Raleigh; if you’re in the Raleigh area I hope to see you there.

View From the Hotel Window, 8/27/14: Austin, TX

I am particularly pleased to have a view that overlooks newspaper offices, being a former newspaper person myself.

View From the Hotel Window, 8/27/14: Austin, TX

I am particularly pleased to have a view that overlooks newspaper offices, being a former newspaper person myself.

Today’s Thought Expressed on Twitter

Today’s Thought Expressed on Twitter

Saw a few more posts about the Hugos this year and was going to respond but then my brain went SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP, so I think I’m done.—
John Scalzi (@scalzi) August 27, 2014

Yeah. Moving on. I’m not saying you have to. Please, follow your bliss. But I’m already looking toward next year. Which should be very interesting because there are so many good sf/f books this year.

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View From the Hotel Window, 8/26/14: Houston

Hello, Houston!

The Tour Baggage This Time

The Tour Baggage This Time

The Lock In tour lasts for four weeks,but the good news is that Tor arranged the tour so that I come home about once a week for a day or two. Aside from being an awesome thing that will let me save my sanity by allowing me to see my family, and thus not turn into a gibbering, insensate lump two weeks into the tour, it also means that I can pack quite a bit lighter, secure in the knowledge that I…

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