Thursday, February 2, 2012

Locus Magazine released their “2011 Recommended Reading List” in the February 2012 issue, and yesterday they posted the list online.

I was thrilled awestruck to see my own “Absinthe Fish” included as a recommendation. Lois Tilton has been a strong advocate of the story, but according to Locus’ own description, the list “is a consensus by Locus editors and reviewers... for short fiction, Jonathan Strahan, Ellen Datlow, Gardner Dozois, David G. Hartwell, Rich Horton, Lois Tilton, and others.” A consensus generally means that more than one person liked it, and that makes me giddy.

As of a few minutes ago, the “Fiction” section has been updated to include ePub, Mobi, and PDF versions of the story.

“Absinthe Fish” artwork by Mike Gallagher

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Last night we had Chinese.

Or, more accurately, last night my wife had Chinese, and I had Thai. It’s one of those Americans-assume-all-this-Asian-food-belongs-together places, which isn’t the most culturally sensitive way to market cuisine, but the hosts are always friendly and the food is good. And after every meal, you get a fortune cookie (which, by happenstance, is of Japanese origin!), regardless of which way your palate swings.

I love the taste of fortune cookies. The hint of lemon, the barely-perceptible traces of vanilla... and then there is the fun little slip of paper inside.

What I don’t love is the fact that more often than not, the “fortune” is more of a “platitude.” I dig that it’s easier to produce a pile of platitudes — all you need to do is shake a few greeting cards — and the occasional pseudo-mystic predictions that make it out of the cookie factory are so generalized that they require a high degree of interpretation and an exceptionally open mind to bear even the faintest whiff of relevancy.

All the same, I am a science fiction writer. How could I not love a fortune like this one?

An alien of some sort will be appearing to you shortly!

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Welcome to the new website!

What? This is a new website?

Well, yes. has already been around for several years, as email and such. Now I’ve stumbled into the position of needing a web presence, other than simply via social media or blog contributions... so over the past week, this place was assembled.

You’ll notice that a few pages are still sort of, er, empty. As in, bereft of content, save for a subtle declaration of “what will be.” Give me a little rope, though... and if it doesn’t form a noose, I’ll keep adding stuff.

For now, in accordance with international law (as set forth by the Scalzi Statutes), this new entity shall be inaugurated with a picture of my cat sunning herself by the doorway.

Okay, that’s not exactly true. My cat died, over a year ago, and this is the closest thing I could find on short notice. It’s a picture of my daughter’s kitty hat, lying in the sun by our front door.

Yes, it sorta looks like a demented raccoon. She swears it’s a kitty, though.

kitty hat

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