I still have some things from London I want to talk about (including some musical theatre that I saw,, live on purpose, who am I any more, I don’t know), but in the meantime, some things have happened writing-wise and I wanted to round them up in one place!
First of all, I’m thrilled to announce that “Things to Know about Being Dead”, published last year in the Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling anthology Teeth, is a Shirley Jackson Award nominee, in excellent company, including Nathan Ballingrud’s story in Teeth! The whole ballot looks like a lot of fun, and I’ll be at Readercon applauding the winners and nursing a huge cup of coffee to stay awake.
Also this weekend, The Toronto Star asked fifteen SF authors to brainstorm some solutions to climate change! I wasted no time ejecting humanity from the planet; many of the others had more feasible options, and all of them are interesting and thought-provoking. Check them out at Toronto.com!
And in reprint news this week, I got my contributor copies of ROBOTS: The Recent AI in the mail! “The Nearest Thing” is reprinted here, alongside some truly awesome AI stories.
And speaking of AI, I’m going to make a brief crossover from my Tumblr, where I have already made a picspam about how much I love this Weyland Industries ad for David 8:
Put aside the fact that Michael Fassbender does more acting in this three-minute spot than many actors do in an entire film. The framing of everything, the hilariously “human” activities, the pitch-perfect ad VO, the beautiful meta-branding in the final moments, is all just great; movie-wise, I am hoping for the best but steeling myself for the worst), but this makes me hopeful that the core antagonist of the Alien franchise is alive and well here.