the Epic of Gilgamesh in Summerian

May. 22nd, 2017 06:35 pm
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 WE don't really have any idea of how Summerian was pronounced or sung, but I love the sound of this recreation.


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 Book View Cafe's Mindy Klasky has edited an anthology, Nevertheless, She Persisted. Here's the Table of Contents (with my historical fantasy story about Dona Gracia Nasi). Release date is August 8, 2017.

 

What an amazing lineup!

 

“Daughter of Necessity” by Marie Brennan

“Sisters” by Leah Cutter

“Unmasking the Ancient Light” by Deborah J. Ross

“Alea Iacta Est” by Marissa Doyle

“How Best to Serve” from A Call to Arms by P.G. Nagle

“After Eden” by Gillian Polack

“Reset” by Sara Stamey

“A Very, Wary Christmas” by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel

“Making Love” by Brenda Clough

“Den of Iniquity” by Irene Radford

“Digger Lady” by Amy Sterling Casil

“Tumbling Blocks” by Mindy Klasky

“The Purge” by Jennifer Stevenson

“If It Ain’t Broke” by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

“Chataqua” by Nancy Jane Moore

“Bearing Shadows” by Dave Smeds

“In Search of Laria” by Doranna Durgin

“Tax Season” by Judith Tarr

“Little Faces” by Vonda N. McIntyre

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By delightful coincidence Claudie Arseneault's book Viral Airwaves is not only a November 2016 release (for the 2nd edition) but will be on sale this week. Check Claudie's blog for details.

Henry Schmitt wants nothing more than a quiet life and a daily ration of instant noodles. At least until he learns the terrible secret that drove his father away—the Plague that killed his mother and ravaged his country was created by those now in power. He has one chance to help expose the conspiracy: a ragtag band of rebels needs a pilot for their hot air balloon, where they can launch a broadcast revealing the truth. If Henry accepts, he can experience his dream of flight. But he would have to leave his safe, tranquil life behind … and bring the wrath of a corrupt government upon his head.


I'm always delighted when I have an opportunity to promote the work of writers who are also fans of the Alpennia books. Claudie featured the series several month ago in her occasional twitter series #indiemanche (it's a bilingual pun) that promotes the work of indie authors and creators. She has also created a database for science fiction and fantasy with characters on the asexual and aromantic spectrums.

The Great November Book Release Re-Boot is a blog series talking about November 2016 releases that--like the third Alpennia novel, Mother of Souls--may have been overshadowed by unfortunate political events.

Moving on down

May. 22nd, 2017 09:47 am
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Over the weekend our desks at work were moved from the 15th floor to the 7th floor. This is part of a long term plan to consolidate most of our space on the 7th and 8th floor of the building, so we weren't specifically chosen for this as such.

There are good things and bad things about my new space. The bad is that it's even smaller than my old cube up on 15, and that wasn't too spacious to begin with. The good is that I actually have access to natural daylight! Because of the orientation of the desk, my chair isn't facing a window but it's out there at about 7:00 over my shoulder! Natural daylight! I haven't had access to natural daylight at my desk in several years!

And now begins a few hours of unpacking my crates and making sure that I have some place to put everything.

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May. 22nd, 2017 08:01 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

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The Vampire and the M.D. J.P.Bowie
Gay - Paranormal Romance
File Size: 1332 KB
Print Length: 173 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: MLR Press (April 19, 2017)
Publication Date: April 19, 2017
Amazon: The Vampire and the M.D. (The Vampire and #3) J.P.Bowie

When Dr. Blake Farnon hits a shadowy figure with his car, he is astounded when the man almost instantaneously recovers from the accident. But Daniel Vale is no ordinary man, as Blake soon discovers. Daniel is Vampire, and not only that, works for the US government in a secret department of the FBI.

At first wary of the undeniably handsome vampire, Blake cannot resist Daniel's allure for long. From the moment Daniel shows up at Blake's apartment with a poisoned silver sword imbedded in his side, Blake is hurled into an adventure he never dreamed he would be a part of.

Demons, ancient gods and a vindictive goddess determined to tear apart the fragile fabric of world peace after the Middle East War, can only be stopped by other supernatural beings--vampires. And Blake finds himself caught up in the fight, whether he wants to be or not. Can his fledging relationship with Daniel possibly survive? He'd thought it crazy enough he'd fallen for a vampire, but the rest of it? What would his mother say?
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Evan Sent J.P.Bowie
Gay - Erotic Romance
File Size: 3207 KB
Print Length: 198 pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing (May 30, 2017)
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Amazon: Evan Sent J.P.Bowie

Fiction and reality become intertwined when a young movie actor playing the role of a detective finds himself in a real-life drama that threatens to bring a sudden end to his career.

Evan Ericson is young and beautiful, a former fashion model and a gifted actor. When he is offered the role of a detective in a new film noir indie movie, he jumps at the chance, certain that this is his opportunity to leave behind the notoriety of appearing in porn movies and his dependence on drugs.

Mark Henderson is an out-of-work actor searching for his big break. When, by sheer chance, he lands a part in a new indie movie, he can’t believe his luck. Nor can he believe it when he meets Evan Ericson. Sparks fly at their first encounter. When rehearsing their roles, Mark’s world is rocked by Evan’s kiss and a new Hollywood romance is born.

But things thought long buried in the past have a nasty habit of rearing their ugly heads, and being stalked and threatened by a manic drug dealer is not something either Evan or Mark envisaged in their future together. Will Hollywood magic be enough to keep them safe or will Evan’s bad-boy reputation tear them apart?
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Rigo Rider Jacobs
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Series: Rigo's Cartel (Book 1)
Paperback: 106 pages
Publisher: Independently published (March 15, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1520701829
ISBN-13: 978-1520701820
Amazon: Rigo Rider Jacobs

They say if you live by the gun, you die by it. I say that is for the slow and weak. I shot my first person when I was ten. My uncle knew then he had found an heir to his cocaine empire. In this life family is everything, My uncle was determined I was a piranha in a sea of goldfish.
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Silver Moon (A wolves of Wolf’s Point Novel) Catherine Lundoff
Lesbian - Fantasy
File Size: 1497 KB
Print Length: 271 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Queen of Swords Press; 2 edition (May 15, 2017)
Publication Date: May 15, 2017
Amazon: Silver Moon (A wolves of Wolf’s Point Novel) Catherine Lundoff

Becca Thornton, divorced, middle-aged and trying to embrace a quiet life, discovers that there are still plenty of surprises to be had when her menopause kicks in with bonus lycanthropy. And she’s not the only one. The seemingly peaceful and dull town of Wolf’s Point has its own all-female werewolf pack and Becca has just become its newest member. But it’s not all protecting Wolf’s Point, midnight meetings at the Women’s Club and monthly runs through the woods. There are werewolf hunters in town and now they've got Becca and the Wolf’s Point Pack in their sights.

As if that wasn’t enough, Becca’s cute lesbian werewolf neighbor, Erin, is starting to haunt her dreams as well as her doorstep. What’s a newbie werewolf to do, between the hot flashes and the unexpected physical transformations? Can Becca overcome her fears and help the werewolves defeat their greatest enemy?
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The Church Commissioners for England announced today publication of their 2016 financial results and annual report. Their press release is copied below the fold. You can download the 2016 report here. There are also reports for earlier years and an...

UK Election and the environment

May. 21st, 2017 06:23 pm
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 Forget Brexit and the current economy.  Look further ahead.  

The planet is currently projected to be 3-4 degrees warmer by the end of the century.  Some recently estimates put it as high as 7C over pre-industrial levels by then (new positive feedback loops)

I've just been comparing manifestos.

(Don't take my word for it, look here - https://www.carbonbrief.org/election-2017-what-minfestos-say-energy-climate-change )

In essence, the Conservatives want to get every last bit of oil out of the North sea, frack for shale gas, expand airports (while claiming to lead the world in fighting climate change...)  Note that our emissions have only fallen in recent years because we effectively export our carbon emissions by importing carbon-intensive products. When imports are added in, our emissions are still rising.  They won't allow any onshore wind power, apart from on Scottish islands.  No mention of carbon capture and storage.

Labour - ban fracking, want to have a lot more renewables, mention CCS, want to work onzsero-carbon heating for houses, but they still want to use North Sea oil and expand airports.

Lib Dems - want Cabinet position for Sustainability and have specific legislation intentions for green stuff.  Would reduce energy bills by improving insulation rather than capping prices. No fracking, restore subsidies for renewables.  Support CCS and want zero-carbon new homes.  Help establish new industries in areas where oil is a major employer.  Will not increase net number of runways in UK (I sense some weasel wording there)

Greens - what you'd expect.   But most of us won't have a Green candidate with a decent chance.

Basically, if you want your children and grandchildren to have a world that is not  headed like an express train for environmental collapse, your best bet is to vote Lib Dem.  If you don't have a decent Lib Dem candidate, vote Labour.

We live in one of the richest countries in the world.  If we don't make serious attempts to slash carbon emissions, then how can we ask anyone else to?

There are some Conservative policies I support, but I have a granddaughter.  She will live in the world that we are a creating.  It's going to be hot - our only hope is to try and keep it to just 2C rise -1.5C is already a lost cause.




some big finish blake

May. 20th, 2017 09:37 pm
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i've been turning quite a bit of cash into games and a new wardrobe for new work (skinny jeans, converse, t-shirts - it's the civil service, but not as you know it! got to blend in) recently, which means i'm now trying to turn some of the blake stuff i don't need or want into cash. that means i have to work out that i don't want it - and that means i have to read or listen to it. and then write about it on the internet ...

you can probably see where all this is leading, but first - if you haven't already seen it, big finish announced on thursday that they'd recast dayna and were doing some more audios. on the one hand - hurrah, because they should always have re-cast dayna if josette wouldn't come back, and on the other none of the proposed writers really excite me. though i am amused (as i wrote on tumblr) that they've found another woman writer who has heard of blake's 7, which is also GREAT NEWS and her episode, at least at summary level, sounds like a classic avon's-latent-telepathy A/C fic. women, eh? i mean - go for it. it's what i'd do (by which i mean, if asked, i'd probably write BF some blake-avon where blake does a cool plan and avon saves his life while falling on him... from vila's POV).

i haven't pre-ordered yet, but i probably will.

here's some stuff i already ordered and consumed in some fashion.

Liberator Chronicles 11 )

Mediasphere )
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One of the awkward things about re-booting November books is that several of them have been clearly marketed for the December holiday season. I decided to slip this novella by Tansy Rayner Roberts in anyway and do a two-fer by also mentioning the novel it's linked to, Musketeer Space (even though that isn't a November release). Gender-swapped musketeers in space? If that sounds like your catnip, this was written for you.

It’s festival time on Paris Satellite: a seven day whirl of drunken bets, poor decision-making, religious contemplation and tinsel. But mostly, poor decision-making.

Porthos and Athos aren’t going to sleep together, no matter what Aramis says. Aramis isn’t going to marry her girlfriend, Minister Chevreuse, which probably means they’re breaking up. Athos is not prepared to be visited by the ghost of his dead husband. Oh, and the Duchess of Buckingham is totally not going to hook up with the Prince Consort thereby causing an interplanetary diplomatic disaster… right?

When a group of “festive terrorists” start inflicting traditions from a very different midwinter festival on the space station via nano-virus, the Musketeers and the Red Guard are expected to work together to protect Paris Satellite. This isn’t going to end well.

Joyeux is the prequel novella to Musketeer Space, an epic gender-swapped space opera retelling of The Three Musketeers.


And here's the blurb for Musketeer Space itself:

“I haven’t got a blade. I haven’t got a ship. I washed out of the Musketeers. If this is your idea of honour, put down the swords and I’ll take you on with my bare hands.” 

Dana D'Artagnan longs for a life of adventure as a Musketeer pilot in the Royal Fleet on Paris Satellite. When her dream crashes and burns, she gains a friendship she never expected, with three of the city's most infamous sword-fighting scoundrels: the Musketeers known as Athos, Porthos and Aramis.

Even as a mecha grunt, Dana has a knack for getting into trouble. She pushes her way into a dangerous political conspiracy involving royal scandals, disguised spaceships, a tailor who keeps getting himself kidnapped, and a seductive spy with far too many secrets.

With the Solar System on the brink of war, Dana is given a chance to prove herself once and for all. But is it worth becoming a Musketeer if she has to sacrifice her friends along the way?


Adventures and duels and intrigues and the long, complex process of disparate personalities coming together to form a bond that goes beyond friendship! That was one of the atmospheres I wanted to evoke when I began writing the Alpennia series. My women lean more heavily toward intellectual duels and philosophical challenges, but there are still a scattering of swordfights, daring rescues, and breathless escapes. In Mother of Souls the stakes go beyond battles of honor to put the fate of Europe in play. And who would think that a composer's hidden mystical talents would prove the key?

The Great November Book Release Re-Boot is a blog series talking about November 2016 releases that may have been overshadowed by unfortunate political events.

It's a good day

May. 21st, 2017 12:00 am
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When the body I find in the road is still living.

Nebula Winners Announced

May. 20th, 2017 10:38 pm
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THE RECIPIENTS OF THE 2016 NEBULA AWARDS

NOVEL

All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)


NOVELLA

Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)


NOVELETTE

“The Long Fall Up”, William Ledbetter (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction)


SHORT STORY

“Seasons of Glass and Iron”, Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood)


RAY BRADBURY AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING DRAMATIC PRESENTATION

Arrival, Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer, 21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films/Xenolinguistic


ANDRE NORTON AWARD FOR YOUNG ADULT SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY BOOK

Arabella of Mars, David D. Levine (Tor)


2017 DAMON KNIGHT GRAND MASTER AWARD

Jane Yolen


SOLSTICE AWARD

Peggy Rae Sapienza (Posthumous)
Toni Weisskopf


KEVIN O’DONNELL JR. SERVICE TO SFWA AWARD

Jim Fiscus

Nebula Award Recipients Announced

May. 21st, 2017 02:25 am
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The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. has announced the recipients of the Nebula Awards® for works published in 2016.

The Nebula Awards are voted on and presented by the active members of SFWA for outstanding science fiction and fantasy.

Novel
Winner: All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)

Other nominees:

  • Borderline by Mishell Baker (Saga)
  • The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK)
  • Everfair by Nisi Shawl (Tor)

Novella
Winner: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)

Other nominees:

  • Runtime by S.B. Divya (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle (Tor.com Publishing)
  • “The Liar” by John P. Murphy (F&SF 3-4/16)
  • A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com Publishing)

Novelette
Winner: ‘‘The Long Fall Up’’ by William Ledbetter (F&SF 5-6/16)

Other nominees:

  • ‘‘Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea’’ by Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed 2/16)
  • “The Orangery” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
  • ‘‘Blood Grains Speak Through Memories’’ by Jason Sanford (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/17/16)
  • The Jewel and Her Lapidary, by Fran Wilde (Tor.com Publishing)
  • ‘‘You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay’’ by Alyssa Wong (Uncanny 5-6/16)

Short Story
Winner: ‘‘Seasons of Glass and Iron’’ by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood)

Other nominees:

  • ‘‘Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies’’ by Brooke Bolander (Uncanny 11-12/16)
  • ‘‘Sabbath Wine’’ by Barbara Krasnoff (Clockwork Phoenix 5)
  • ‘‘Things With Beards’’ by Sam J. Miller (Clarkesworld 6/16)
  • ‘‘This Is Not a Wardrobe Door’’ by A. Merc Rustad (Fireside Magazine1/16)
  • ‘‘A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers’’ by Alyssa Wong (Tor.com 3/2/16)
  • ‘‘Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station│Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0’’ by Caroline M. Yoachim (Lightspeed 3/16)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
Winner: Arrival, Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer, 21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films/Xenolinguistics

Other nominees:

  • Doctor Strange, Directed by Scott Derrickson, Screenplay by Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill, Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures
  • Kubo and the Two Strings, Directed by Travis Knight, Screenplay by Mark Haimes & Chris Butler; Laika Entertainment
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Directed by Gareth Edwards, Written by Chris Weitz & Tony Gilroy; Lucusfilm/ Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures
  • Westworld: ‘‘The Bicameral Mind’’, Directed by Jonathan Nolan, Written by Lisa Joy & Jonathan Nolan; HBO
  • Zootopia, Directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore, & Jared Bush, Screenplay by Jared Bush & Phil Johnston; Walt Disney Pictures/Walt Disney Animation Studios

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
Winner: Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine (Tor)

Other nominees:

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin Young Readers)
  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (St. Martin’s)
  • The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan UK; Abrams)
  • Railhead by Philip Reeve (Oxford University Press; Switch)
  • Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar (Kathy Dawson Books)
  • The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman (Candlewick)
Additional awards presented:

2017 DAMON KNIGHT GRAND MASTER AWARD: Jane YolenSOLSTICE AWARD:  Peggy Rae Sapienza (Posthumous), Toni WeisskopfKEVIN O’DONNELL JR. SERVICE TO SFWA AWARD: Jim Fiscus

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