nelc: (Default)
I think I've decided to go to Novacon 40. Friday night, anyway. Maybe they'll have figured out the programme for the rest of the weekend by then.

Iain Banks will be there, with his M, along with a bunch of other fabulous sci-fi peeps, so I guess the other days will be worth going to, even if they just pile everybody together in one room and don't let them out.
nelc: (Default)
Long list here.

Highlights:

  • Best Novel: TIE: The City & The City, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK); The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)
  • Best Novella: “Palimpsest”, Charles Stross (Wireless; Ace, Orbit)
  • Best Novelette: “The Island”, Peter Watts (The New Space Opera 2; Eos)
  • Best Graphic Story: Girl Genius, Volume 9: Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm Written by Kaja and Phil Foglio; Art by Phil Foglio; Colours by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
  • Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Moon Screenplay by Nathan Parker; Story by Duncan Jones; Directed by Duncan Jones (Liberty Films)
  • Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Doctor Who: “The Waters of Mars” Written by Russell T Davies & Phil Ford; Directed by Graeme Harper (BBC Wales)
  • Best Fan Writer: Frederik Pohl
nelc: (Default)
An unusually rich dream this morning. It seemed to be an alternative sequel to Alien. In this version, the Nostromo survived and drifted, along with Ripley's lifeboat, to a landing on a colony world. Ripley wakes up, finds she's in the middle of a wilderness and tries to hike to the nearest settlement. On the way she finds the Nostromo, and while attempting to get in, she encounters Gorman from Aliens (probably not the same character, but I recognised the actor). They argue a bit about salvage rights, then enter the ship, where they find...

...it full of sightseers. They've come from the colony, and there's even a few off-worlders who happened to be passing by, including a documentary film crew, and a weird spaceship-spotting geek. The colonists have rigged up an alternative power source for the lighting, which gives out at dramatic moments (of course).

Ripley tries to warn everyone of the danger, but she's ignored (of course). Face-hugging hi-jinks ensue. (In this version, the alien never makes it aboard the lifeboat, I guess, and transitions to female, laying her eggs in strategic areas of the ship.) Probably there's limited egress out of the ship, or the aliens haven't figured out they're on a planet, or something, so Ripley not only has to survive, but has to prevent the aliens from getting out and spreading to the local biosphere. Maybe she doesn't succeed, and the next threat is trying to prevent the aliens from over-running Earth.

Hmm, they probably find a dead alien in the ship, so everyone relaxes, not realising that aliens have a more polymorphous approach to gender than humans. Maybe we need an android to start dissecting it and suddenly realise the truth. Maybe Gorman's the android.
nelc: (Default)
Doc Smith Fashion
Clio stared. It was starkly, utterly unbelievable, but Miss Kendron -- she of the (probably) artificially golden hair and (possibly) enhanced figure -- was wearing the *precise same outfit* as Clio herself. And the brazen hussy was headed RIGHT FOR CONWAY!

Her eyes narrowed. All right, she thought. Bribed my dressmaker, did you? We'll see what you've got. Not for nothing had she been raised in the whirl of society, learning the arts of verbal thrust and counter-thrust, mastering the tilt of the head that could bring strong men to their knees. Her mother had well known what dangers lurked in the glittering, deceptive beauty of corporate social life, and her daughter's eyes narrowed before opening once more into the limpid pools of innocence that concealed the lethal combatant within.
nelc: (Default)
Caught from [livejournal.com profile] ffutures & [livejournal.com profile] james_nicoll

The usual rules apply: bold the ones you've read. Strike the ones you've read that you don't think belong on this list. Post a peeved comment about stories you think should have been on this list but weren't (Extra credit for complaining about the lack of inclusion of stories published after this list was compiled).


"Jeffty Is Five", Harlan Ellison (1977)
"'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman", Harlan Ellison (1965)
"The Star", Arthur C. Clarke (1955)
"I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream", Harlan Ellison (1967)
"'All You Zombies—'", Robert A. Heinlein (1959)
"The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas", Ursula K. Le Guin (1973)
"The Game of Rat and Dragon", Cordwainer Smith (1955)
"The Nine Billion Names of God", Arthur C. Clarke (1953)
"A Sound of Thunder", Ray Bradbury (1952)
"The Green Hills of Earth", Robert A. Heinlein (1947)
"Day Million", Frederik Pohl (1966)
"It's a Good Life", Jerome Bixby (1953)
"Aye, and Gomorrah…", Samuel R. Delany (1967)
"Light of Other Days", Bob Shaw (1966)
"The Last Question", Isaac Asimov (1956)

"There Will Come Soft Rains", Ray Bradbury (1950)*
"Or All the Seas with Oysters", Avram Davidson (1958)
"Requiem", Robert A. Heinlein (1940)
"Air Raid", Herb Boehm (John Varley)(1977)

"That Hell-Bound Train", Robert Bloch (1958)
"The Lottery", Shirley Jackson (1948)
"The Country of the Kind", Damon Knight (1956)*
"The Liberation of Earth", William Tenn (1953)
"Harrison Bergeron", Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1961)
"Sundance", Robert Silverberg (1969)
"When It Changed", Joanna Russ (1972)
"Love is the Plan the Plan is Death", James Tiptree, Jr. (1973)

"The Third Expedition" ("Mars Is Heaven!"), Ray Bradbury (1948)
"Passengers", Robert Silverberg (1968)*
"Cassandra", C. J. Cherryh (1978)
"Helen O'Loy", Lester del Rey (1938)
"The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories", Gene Wolfe (1970)
"The Long Watch", Robert A. Heinlein (1949)

"Space-Time for Springers", Fritz Leiber (1958)
"Speech Sounds", Octavia E. Butler (1983)
"The Way of Cross and Dragon", George R. R. Martin (1979)
"Corridors", Barry N. Malzberg (1982)
"Out of All Them Bright Stars", Nancy Kress (1985)
"Robbie", Isaac Asimov (1940)
"Narrow Valley", R. A. Lafferty (1966)
"The Hole Man", Larry Niven (1974)
"The Pusher", John Varley (1981)

"That Only a Mother", Judith Merril (1948)*

*Might have read, the title sounds vaguely familiar....
nelc: (Default)
Caught from [livejournal.com profile] ffutures & [livejournal.com profile] james_nicoll

The usual rules apply: bold the ones you've read. Strike the ones you've read that you don't think belong on this list. Post a peeved comment about stories you think should have been on this list but weren't (Extra credit for complaining about the lack of inclusion of stories published after this list was compiled).


"Jeffty Is Five", Harlan Ellison (1977)
"'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman", Harlan Ellison (1965)
"The Star", Arthur C. Clarke (1955)
"I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream", Harlan Ellison (1967)
"'All You Zombies—'", Robert A. Heinlein (1959)
"The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas", Ursula K. Le Guin (1973)
"The Game of Rat and Dragon", Cordwainer Smith (1955)
"The Nine Billion Names of God", Arthur C. Clarke (1953)
"A Sound of Thunder", Ray Bradbury (1952)
"The Green Hills of Earth", Robert A. Heinlein (1947)
"Day Million", Frederik Pohl (1966)
"It's a Good Life", Jerome Bixby (1953)
"Aye, and Gomorrah…", Samuel R. Delany (1967)
"Light of Other Days", Bob Shaw (1966)
"The Last Question", Isaac Asimov (1956)

"There Will Come Soft Rains", Ray Bradbury (1950)*
"Or All the Seas with Oysters", Avram Davidson (1958)
"Requiem", Robert A. Heinlein (1940)
"Air Raid", Herb Boehm (John Varley)(1977)

"That Hell-Bound Train", Robert Bloch (1958)
"The Lottery", Shirley Jackson (1948)
"The Country of the Kind", Damon Knight (1956)*
"The Liberation of Earth", William Tenn (1953)
"Harrison Bergeron", Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1961)
"Sundance", Robert Silverberg (1969)
"When It Changed", Joanna Russ (1972)
"Love is the Plan the Plan is Death", James Tiptree, Jr. (1973)

"The Third Expedition" ("Mars Is Heaven!"), Ray Bradbury (1948)
"Passengers", Robert Silverberg (1968)*
"Cassandra", C. J. Cherryh (1978)
"Helen O'Loy", Lester del Rey (1938)
"The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories", Gene Wolfe (1970)
"The Long Watch", Robert A. Heinlein (1949)

"Space-Time for Springers", Fritz Leiber (1958)
"Speech Sounds", Octavia E. Butler (1983)
"The Way of Cross and Dragon", George R. R. Martin (1979)
"Corridors", Barry N. Malzberg (1982)
"Out of All Them Bright Stars", Nancy Kress (1985)
"Robbie", Isaac Asimov (1940)
"Narrow Valley", R. A. Lafferty (1966)
"The Hole Man", Larry Niven (1974)
"The Pusher", John Varley (1981)

"That Only a Mother", Judith Merril (1948)*

*Might have read, the title sounds vaguely familiar....
nelc: (Default)
Infected by ffutures.

The following is a list of Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Award winning novels (not including retro-Hugos)
Bold the ones you’ve finished
Italicise the ones you’ve started but not finished
Underline the ones were you’ve seen the film/tv show

...And Call Me Conrad (aka: This Immortal) by Roger Zelazny
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
A Case of Conscience by James Blish
A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
American Gods by Neil Gaiman

The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich
Ash: A Secret History by Mary Gentle
Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson
The Big Time by Fritz Leiber
Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

Boy’s Life by Robert R. McCammon
Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart
The Children’s War by J. N. Stroyar
Collaborator by Murray Davies
Cyteen by C. J. Cherryh
Declare by Tim Powers
The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

Doctor Rat by William Kotzwinkle
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein
Downbelow Station by C. J. Cherryh
The Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford
Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre
Dune by Frank Herbert
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

The Facts of Life by Graham Joyce
The Family Trade, The Hidden Family and The Clan Corporate by Charles Stross
Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip
Foundation’s Edge by Isaac Asimov
The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke

Galveston by Sean Stewart
Gateway by Frederik Pohl
Glimpses by Lewis Shiner
Gloriana by Michael Moorcock
Godmother Night by Rachel Pollack
The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Here Gather the Stars (aka: Way Station) by Clifford D. Simak
Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer
How Few Remain by Harry Turtledove
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Koko by Peter Straub
Last Call by Tim Powers
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Little, Big by John Crowley
Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny

Lyonesse: Madouc by Jack Vance
Making History by Stephen Fry
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Nifft the Lean by Michael Shea
Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip
Only Begotten Daughter by James Morrow
The Other Wind by Ursula K. Le Guin
Our Lady of Darkness by Fritz Leiber
Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
Pasquale’s Angel by Paul J. McAuley
Perfume by Patrick Suskind
The Physiognomy by Jeffrey Ford
The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
The Prestige by Christopher Priest
Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge
Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

Replay by Ken Grimwood
Resurrection Day by Brendan DuBois
Ringworld by Larry Niven
Ruled Britannia by Harry Turtledove
The Severed Wing by Martin J. Gidron
The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe
The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
Soldier of Sidon by Gene Wolfe

Song of Kali by Dan Simmons
Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
Startide Rising by David Brin
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

The Summer Isles by Ian R. MacLeod
They’d Rather Be Right (aka: The Forever Machine) by Mark Clifton and Frank Riley
Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner
Thraxas by Martin Scott
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip José Farmer

Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton
Towing Jehovah by James Morrow
The Uplift War by David Brin
The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold
Voyage by Stephen Baxter
The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber
Watchtower by Elizabeth A. Lynn
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm


Overall, a satisfying amount of bold. Some big gaps from not being a great fantasy fan, I think. Couple of books on the list that are actually on my to-read pile (The Prestige & Song of Kali), and a few books on my imaginary books-I-really-should-get-round-to-reading-one-day pile (Lyonesse, Mythago Wood, Declare, Kafka On The Shore, anything by Lois McMaster Bujold).

Edit: Not truly obvious what's bold and what's not in reversed-out Verdana. I'll try a different font.... There, that list should show up in Georgia or Times now. Edit2: No, it doesn't. I probably have to do something to the stylesheet, if only I could remember where it is, and what I should do to it....
nelc: (Default)
Infected by ffutures.

The following is a list of Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Award winning novels (not including retro-Hugos)
Bold the ones you’ve finished
Italicise the ones you’ve started but not finished
Underline the ones were you’ve seen the film/tv show

...And Call Me Conrad (aka: This Immortal) by Roger Zelazny
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
A Case of Conscience by James Blish
A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
American Gods by Neil Gaiman

The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich
Ash: A Secret History by Mary Gentle
Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson
The Big Time by Fritz Leiber
Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

Boy’s Life by Robert R. McCammon
Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart
The Children’s War by J. N. Stroyar
Collaborator by Murray Davies
Cyteen by C. J. Cherryh
Declare by Tim Powers
The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

Doctor Rat by William Kotzwinkle
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein
Downbelow Station by C. J. Cherryh
The Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford
Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre
Dune by Frank Herbert
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

The Facts of Life by Graham Joyce
The Family Trade, The Hidden Family and The Clan Corporate by Charles Stross
Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip
Foundation’s Edge by Isaac Asimov
The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke

Galveston by Sean Stewart
Gateway by Frederik Pohl
Glimpses by Lewis Shiner
Gloriana by Michael Moorcock
Godmother Night by Rachel Pollack
The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Here Gather the Stars (aka: Way Station) by Clifford D. Simak
Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer
How Few Remain by Harry Turtledove
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Koko by Peter Straub
Last Call by Tim Powers
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Little, Big by John Crowley
Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny

Lyonesse: Madouc by Jack Vance
Making History by Stephen Fry
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Nifft the Lean by Michael Shea
Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip
Only Begotten Daughter by James Morrow
The Other Wind by Ursula K. Le Guin
Our Lady of Darkness by Fritz Leiber
Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
Pasquale’s Angel by Paul J. McAuley
Perfume by Patrick Suskind
The Physiognomy by Jeffrey Ford
The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
The Prestige by Christopher Priest
Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge
Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

Replay by Ken Grimwood
Resurrection Day by Brendan DuBois
Ringworld by Larry Niven
Ruled Britannia by Harry Turtledove
The Severed Wing by Martin J. Gidron
The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe
The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
Soldier of Sidon by Gene Wolfe

Song of Kali by Dan Simmons
Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
Startide Rising by David Brin
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

The Summer Isles by Ian R. MacLeod
They’d Rather Be Right (aka: The Forever Machine) by Mark Clifton and Frank Riley
Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner
Thraxas by Martin Scott
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip José Farmer

Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton
Towing Jehovah by James Morrow
The Uplift War by David Brin
The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold
Voyage by Stephen Baxter
The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber
Watchtower by Elizabeth A. Lynn
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm


Overall, a satisfying amount of bold. Some big gaps from not being a great fantasy fan, I think. Couple of books on the list that are actually on my to-read pile (The Prestige & Song of Kali), and a few books on my imaginary books-I-really-should-get-round-to-reading-one-day pile (Lyonesse, Mythago Wood, Declare, Kafka On The Shore, anything by Lois McMaster Bujold).

Edit: Not truly obvious what's bold and what's not in reversed-out Verdana. I'll try a different font.... There, that list should show up in Georgia or Times now. Edit2: No, it doesn't. I probably have to do something to the stylesheet, if only I could remember where it is, and what I should do to it....

Profile

nelc: (Default)
nelc

April 2017

S M T W T F S
      1
2 34 5678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30      

Syndicate

RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags