Wednesday, March 11, 2009

February-Early March Links and Things

These links are from my previous tweets over the past month. I've listed them here, all in one post, and with additional detail. I wanted to do this -- and will continue to do so in the future -- so that I have a somewhat permanent file of all these links. And hopefully you'll find something of interest here, especially if you're not following me on Twitter.

February 12: Self-Publishing Review interviews Tessa Dick, Philip K. Dick's last (fifth) wife, who has reworked and self-published The Owl in Daylight, the novel PKD was working on when he died. This is an honest interview, with comments about Tessa's relationship with her husband, how she wrote the book, and her experience with the New York publishing machine.

February 27: (courtesy of Herdict is a project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University; it is a browser plug-in that detects & reports net censorship.

February 27: " 'Blade Runner meets Casablanca written by Nelson Algren' would be the Hollywood pitch for Budayeen Nights, a collection of stories by the late George Alec Effinger. But there's much more to these hard-boiled, lemon-scented tales." A great io9 review of Budayeen Nights, which was recently released in trade paperback by Golden Gryphon Press. I worked with GAE on this book, but, sadly, he passed away before the book saw print.

February: Friend and author Bruce McAllister has published the McAllister Coaching newsletter: "Our goal is to provide information, advice and resources helpful to short story writers and novelists, non-fiction writers of all lengths (articles, columns and books), screenwriters, and poets." Check out the first issue, and then make your way to the "Bio" page and sign up.

March 1: The Hartford Courant in an article entitled "Independent Bands, Writers Perceived Differently", speaks to the "curious divide in the pop arts world over the do-it-yourself ethic and the different, and opposite, ways it applies to books and to music."

March 4: MSNBC reports that Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy has been awarded an honorary knighthood by Britain for his involvement in the long process that led to Northern Ireland's 1998 Good Friday peace accord. (Unlike British knights, however, he is not entitled to use the honorific "Sir" before his name.)

March 4: Random House unveiled the first five titles in its new Suvudu Free First Book Library. Designed to introduce new readers to popular and acclaimed science fiction and fantasy series, readers can download free digital copies of the first book in series by Naomi Novik, Robin Hobb, Harry Turtledove, Kim Stanley Robinson, and T. A. Pratt.

March 4: Headline: "National Endowment for the Arts Announces Research on Artist Unemployment Rates." The NEA, in a report entitled Artists in a Year of Recession: Impact on Jobs in 2008, reports that 6.6 percent of writers and authors are unemployed; and my response to that? What else is new?

March 6: (courtesy of MSNBC) is a real-time feed of people swearing on Twitter! The homepage ranks the Top 5 nasty words. Read 'em and weep tweet! [Note: Not appropriate for work!]

March 8: -- a sight about Twitter Tips -- posted an article entitled "Welcome to the Hive Mind; Learn How to Search Twitter" in which they cover these search operators: hashtag, minus sign, near, since, until. Plus, the article provides a link to Twitter's search help as well.

March 10: Realms of Fantasy magazine will not cease publication after its April issue as originally reported. According to SFScope, the magazine, currently owned by Sovereign Media, has been sold to Warren Lapine's Tir Na Nog Press. Publication should resume with the May issue. [March 11 Update: Warren Lapine's blog states that RoF will resume publication in July instead of May to ensure the magazine has a "triumphant return."]

And finally: NASA wants your help to name the International Space Station's Node 3 -- a connecting module and its cupola -- before the two segments travel to space and are installed on the orbiting laboratory. "The name should reflect the spirit of exploration and cooperation embodied by the space station, and follow in the tradition set by Node 1 -- Unity -- and Node 2 -- Harmony." Voting ends March 20! [My recommendation: Serenity.]

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