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22 October 2007 @ 01:25 pm
The Winner of the 2007 Gaylactic Spectrum Award for Best Novel was announced at Gaylaxicon 2007 on October 6th, along with a Short List of Recommended Works. Short Fiction and Other Work winners will be announced later in 2007.

2007 Best Novel Winner & Short List

Vellum - Hal Duncan (Del Rey)

Carnival - Elizabeth Bear (Bantam)
Dragon's Teeth - James Hetley (Ace)
The Growing - Susanne M. Beck & Okasha Skat'si (P.D. Publishing)
The Privilege Of The Sword - Ellen Kushner (Bantam Spectra)
Smoke and Ashes - Tanya Huff (DAW)
Snow - Wheeler Scott (Torquere)
Spin Control - Chris Moriarty (Bantam Spectra)
The Virtu - Sarah Monette (Ace)

I've bolded the ones I've read.
09 October 2007 @ 07:46 pm
About the upcoming movie adaptation of the Golden Compass, from the director's blog:

For the past three years I (and a gigantic cast and crew of fans of the books) have been working to adapt The Golden Compass (aka Northern Lights). As you can imagine, the process can be both exhausting and exhilarating, and full of both challenges and surprises. Sometimes you discover reasons to modify the chronology or narrative path of the books in a way that serves the movie and the trilogy better.Read more...Collapse )
08 September 2007 @ 07:25 pm
A NYT article about rejection letters that publisher Knopf sent to authors.

"In the summer of 1950, Alfred A. Knopf Inc. turned down the English-language rights to a Dutch manuscript after receiving a particularly harsh reader’s report. The work was “very dull,” the reader insisted, “a dreary record of typical family bickering, petty annoyances and adolescent emotions.” Sales would be small because the main characters were neither familiar to Americans nor especially appealing. “Even if the work had come to light five years ago, when the subject was timely,” the reader wrote, “I don’t see that there would have been a chance for it.”"

That was about The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Read more...Collapse )
19 July 2007 @ 03:40 pm
From SciFi Wire, info about the latest Ellen Datlow/Teri Windling edited anthology, Coyote Road: Trickster Tales. Read more...Collapse )
12 July 2007 @ 12:38 am
Finalists for the Mythopoeic Awards have been announced. Read more...Collapse )
18 June 2007 @ 12:42 pm
The Locus Award Winners have been announced. A partial list of finalists/winners, Read more...Collapse )
16 May 2007 @ 11:13 am
Susan Cooper's Dark Is Rising is being adapted into a movie due out in the fall. What Hollywood is changing via SciFi Wire: Read more...Collapse )
19 February 2007 @ 06:22 pm
Locus gives their list of 2006 Recommended Reading. A partial list Read more...Collapse )
30 January 2007 @ 12:14 am
John Scalzi writes about LKH wearing the Anne Rice crazy hat. Amusing.
28 January 2007 @ 09:37 pm
"I read fairy tales early on," Alice Hoffman wrote a while back in an article for The Washington Post. "They terrified, delighted, disgusted and amazed me. They were far more grown-up than any other children's books I read, scarily so at times. Like most children, I could feel the disturbing aspects of the stories even if I couldn't intellectually understand or articulate their underlying meanings. Still, I knew. I thrilled to them. I learned. Everything in them rang true: the unspoken sexuality (a woman loves a beast, a girl is nearly eaten by a wolf, a frog wishes to be the husband of a princess), the violence (bad mothers, absent fathers, foul murders), the greed (the house of candy, the cage of gold). I didn't realize it, of course, but the tales were allowing me to examine fear, anxiety, desire, sorrow. It was a dangerous world, but truer to reality than anything else we were allowed -- those safe books with their happy endings....

"Do people choose the art that inspires them -- do they think it over, decide they might prefer the fabulous to the real? For me, it was those early readings of fairy tales that made me who I was as a reader and, later on, as a storyteller."
~~Alice Hoffman