September 2004 Archives
September 30, 2004
September 29, 2004
(where holiday == vacation if you speak American).
But back now!
Had a nice time in France. Read all the Hugo nominee short stories. Watched StarGate SG-1 and Smallville every week day, which is a bit sad but also funny because my French isn't good enough to understand what is going on. When you don't understand the dialogue you watch the acting a lot more. I've noticed that Clark and Lana have lots of meaningful, staring at each other chats, but I have no idea what the result was.
Got back to lots of comment spam (which sucks), a comment from Neal Asher (cool) and my new copy of Interzone (hurrah).
The new Interzone is very cool, definitely a 21st century magazine, great production, design , artwork, non-fiction and of course fiction.
It may take me a few days to get back up to full blogging speed....so more posts soon.
September 9, 2004
Wired has a short article about worldcon and how Hugo's can help break anauthor into the mainstream. Including quotes from Nick Sagan.
September 8, 2004
Actor Simon Callow is to appear in the BBC's revival of Dr Who as author Charles Dickens. [Via BBC]
I wonder if there will be any other historical figures?
CommingSoon.net has a feature on The Making of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. There seems to be a lot of fuss about this film and the amount of CGI that it uses. However surely the Star Wars prequels have been using these vast amounts of blue screen only filming? Maybe it was done so well that nobody noticed?!
Anyway, the trailers for Sky Captain look very cool , but I don't know when it's released in the UK.
Bruce Sterling gets pessimistic about the Singularity in Wired 12.09 "Instead of spiritual supercomputers for brains, we've got a spam-choked Internet."
September 6, 2004
The Hugos were presented this weekend. Locus has the list of winners. These include
- NOVEL Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold (Eos)
"The Cookie Monster", Vernor Vinge (Analog Oct 2003)
"Legions in Time", Michael Swanwick (Asimov's Apr 2003)
- SHORT STORY
"A Study in Emerald", Neil Gaiman (Shadows Over Baker Street)
I'm currently working my way through the short stories, novellettes and novellas so I'll give you my reactions when I've finished them.
September 3, 2004
Iain M. Banks is touring in the UK to promote The Algebraist.
Dates confirmed so far...
- - Forbidden Planet 4/10
- - Ottakar's Wood Green 5/10
- - Border's Oxford Street 5/10
- - Books Etc Canary Wharf 7/10
- - Books Etc London Wall 7/10
- Norwich - Ottakar's 6/10
- Oxford - Border's 7/10
- Glasgow - Waterstone's Sauchiehall Street 11/10
- Edinburgh - Waterstone's East End 12/10
- Brighton - Waterstone's 13/10
- Portsmouth - Ottakar's 13/10
- Coventry - Waterstone's 14/10
- Birmingham - Waterstone's 14/10
- Nottingham - Waterstone's Bridlesmith 15/10
- Sheffield - Waterstone's Orchard Sq 15/10
- Leeds - Waterstone's Albion St 20/10
- Manchester - Waterstone's Deansgate 21/10
- Liverpool - Blackwell's University TBC