Mar. 18th, 2009 09:10 am
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For those who missed it last night: the 2009 Arthur C Clarke Award shortlist.
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At the weekend, concern was expressed that I hadn't run a GOOD or BAD poll for a while. There was a fear that people might have gotten out of the habit of making arbitrary judgements. Hence: a new year treat for you all! Don't think, just click.

[Poll #1325707]
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But for this, I will make an exception.

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Following on from a mutually surprising discussion last weekend:

[Poll #1229575]

Justification in the comments welcomed.
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To be clear: I have not watched "Journey's End" yet, because [ profile] bibliolicious is out at a gig this evening. But I wouldn't wish to deprive anyone of poll-clicking fun, and anyway I'm planning to pretty much avoid the internet for the next 24 hours, so:

[Poll #1218259]

Feel free to link to your Who posts in the comments. Actually, that would be really helpful, because by the time I get around to watching the episode any relevant posts will probably be buried at about skip=300, and thus difficult to find.


Jun. 16th, 2008 07:13 pm
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It has been brought to my attention that some of my friends are wrongheads on the matter of M. Night Shyamalan's films. Hence:

[Poll #1205761]

EDIT: Martin has the summary poll.


Jun. 14th, 2008 07:54 pm
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RTD wrote a good episode!
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It's that time of year again: Strange Horizons' annual fund drive is on! As you know, Bob, Strange Horizons is a weekly online magazine of and about speculative fiction. It's been going for nearly eight years now, staffed entirely by volunteers (including me) but paying professional rates to contributors, and is dependent on donations from its readers to keep going. Check out some of the fiction, columns, poetry, artwork, and of course reviews to see what the site is about, if you don't already know.

This year there's a shiny new SH blog to track the fund drive progress -- for which you can add the RSS feed or livejournal feed. Exciting revelations so far include the fact that this year there aren't just prizes for donating, but prizes for mentioning (and linking to) the fund drive. Each week, one person who's linked to the fund drive will win a special prize; the first prize is a set of Ellen Datlow/Terri Windling-edited fairy tale anthologies. So, go forth and spread the word!

Who cares?

May. 20th, 2008 06:58 pm
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I eschew the Doctor Who news everyone's posted a bajillion times anyway, in favour of a poll about Battlestar Galactica, inspired by a courageously positive view of the show (relative to almost everyone else I've spoken to about it, anyway) seen on my friendslist.

[Poll #1191037]
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(Since I'm sure you're all dying to know...)

The winner of the 2008 Arthur C Clarke Award is Black Man by Richard Morgan. So you should all go and read it.

I have some photos from the party and ceremony up here.
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This is it. Today is the last day of my duties as an Arthur C Clarke Award judge. Once I've posted this, I'll head off to London to sit down with the other judges and decide this year's winner. And then that will be that!

As a reminder, that shortlist in full:
The Red Men by Matthew de Abaitua
The H-Bomb Girl by Stephen Baxter
The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
The Execution Channel by Ken MacLeod
Black Man by Richard Morgan

I've been collecting reviews of all the books, and other relevant links, here, but I'd particuarly direct your attention to:

Go, read, argue, enjoy!

(Alternatively, look what the postman delivered to Nic this morning. I fully expect there to be more comments about that than about the Clarke.)
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[Poll #1169715]

Inspiration here; I suspect I'm being atypical again.

In other news: British people! ITV are showing the first episode of Pushing Daises tomorrow evening at 9pm. (At least, according to Front Row they are; I haven't checked an actual schedule.) You should watch this. It is much better than Doctor Who, I promise.
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Different bit of publicity material, but the same book as last time, with an exciting new way to mis-spell the title, and:

"Good female SF writers are hard to find -- this is sure to be included on many SF awards shortlists"
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Item one: the difference in spelling between the front cover and spine.

Item two: "Female SF writers are a rarity; good ones even scarcer!"

If anyone wants to play guess-the-publisher before clicking through to the photos, feel free. That said, I'm still looking forward to reading it.

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