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... is a Kickstarter-funded project that's almost over. I'm so lucky to be able to fund it.

Uncanny Magazine -- whose editors have personal relationships to disability -- picked up the mantle of "create a wonderful anthology themed by marginal creators" from Lightspeed.

Even if you can't contribute money, Uncanny is posting free essays from SF writers about the connection between SF and disability. The essays are wonderful, and I've learned something from every one of them.

I kept meaning to post a highlight entry, and wowza [personal profile] beatrice_otter has done it for me!

So, go read this post and read wonderful essays
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I love many fics in the Sherlock BBC fandom. Check out the links in my left column for hundreds, as well as the few, the proud, the "must read."

I just reread the two parts of the Watches 'verse, and my it is tasty. details inside )
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I'll be at the Holiday Inn hotel from Thursday afternoon through Monday morning. I'm not planning on net access. I'd love to meet you -- text me on six zero eight six nine eight seven eight seven eight so we can plan.

ETA: I misremembered my own damn cel #

Maybe you're not a board games or karaoke person? Friday night you can come on down to the panel I'm co-modding with Lisa Eckstein:
Your Favorite Book No One’s Ever Heard Of
California Room

You get 60 seconds in front of the mike to talk about your favorite book no one’s ever heard of and why everyone should read it. If you try to do a book you wrote yourself, the moderator can throw a squid at you.

And I can say in all honesty that I arranged for a uniformed agent of the federal government to deliver my squid to my hotel room.

The rest of FOGcon is even more exciting, and there are tickets at the door, so any of you westerly folks ready for a warmish weekend in The City, we're there.
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WisCon 34 will feature an Apocalypse Jeopardy game, where teams of great minds will demonstrate their knowledge of end-of-the-world facts, minor and momentous.

I hope you'll take a few minutes to contribute your favorite apocalyptic morsel via the following poll. Anonymous posting is on, so be as outrageous as you're inclined. Answers are hidden so nobody will know you're the last dog on earth.

Poll #2791 Harvesting the End of the World
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 7

OK, there's this really cool

4 (57.1%)

short story
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0 (0.0%)

0 (0.0%)

0 (0.0%)

0 (0.0%)

2 (28.6%)

other, detailed in comments
1 (14.3%)


created by

where this happens:

(There's a parallel poll happening at my LiveJournal; answer wherever you please).
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Thanks to [ profile] pantryslut's post, I've put my mind through the blender of this discussion on Taboo Topics in SF/F Literature.

Found more reason to read Margo Lanagan, was enthralled by Anna Tambour's mediations:
Another observation, this one garnered from my recent trip to the asteroid *. The *ians are voracious readers. With their one taste-organ orifice, they consume books with a sound that, if you're not born there, takes some getting used to -- and they consume so many books so fast, that *ian authors must imbibe inspiration in some way inhumanly possible as they work without rest, coffee or praise -- for on asteroid * there is an inverse of the Earth ratio of fiction writers to readers. With nothing else to eat on *, fiction production isn't an aspirational profession, just as cooking isn't for the majority of people who end up doing the cooking on Earth. The most popular theme in *ian sf/f today is visits to Earth and interactions with the dominants there, uh, here: iron atoms. The plots of *ish books are fast and nutritious; but unlike power drinks on our planet, *ish books are packed full of everything delicious --plot, emotion, character -- betwixt *lings and these iron atom earthlings (with a smattering of other species they imagine on our planet, but I think some sort of taboo against featuring other species from their asteroid). I'm no reviewer, so I'll just say simply: I love these books. But *ian sf/f has some guidelines that might be universal today. No cats, no puns, and certainly no fluffy kittens. They've had those guidelines since the Pure Fiction Act of 1.9908 eons ago -- which means that Lewis Carroll is still banned on *.

and amused by Hal Duncan's forthright:
This is where you get all those claims you see that it's "gone too far", that the Draconian decrees of a "PC thought-police" are forcing the poor writer to self-censor, or even exerting a pressure that's tantamount to censorship in its own right.

The argument is bollocks. It's a straw man argument belied by the reality. Paedophilia is abhorrent. Fascism is abhorrent. But if you tackle those subjects you're more likely to be lauded for it than reviled for breaching the taboo -- assuming you're approaching them as topics rather than just expressing some fucked-up personal freakery. If you do find it harder to get some Nazi kiddy porn story published, it's going to be because of the ethics of advocacy, not a taboo that simply prescribes representation. It's about how you address those subjects, not whether you address them at all. People berating you for writing Magic Negroes or Mandingos, Castrating Bitches or Depraved Faggots -- that's not censorship. Not being able to find a buyer for Nazi kiddy porn bullshit is not a free speech issue. The imperative being applied here is to treat the subject well, not to avoid it completely. It's not about taboos.

Mmmm, sf/lit-crit smoothie!

ETA: Can't resist adding Jo Walton's meditations on explicit swearing in SF.
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PSA again (or how to justify wasting an afternoon noodling around the web).

As detailed at this Making Light post, TOR is planning on hosting a combination magazine-salon-blog-PR vehicle-vegetable dicer-dog walker-DRM-free digital freebie table sort of site. Something like io9 with intellectual participants and the world's best moderation. And social networking tools. Couldn't come at a better time for bitter LJ veterans, nu?

Right here you can sign up to be Among the First To Know and Test.
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Black Juice Margo Lanagan
Eos/Harper Collins 2005 USA
ISBN 0060743905

Ten exquisite short stories feature young, powerless narrators attempting life in a shattered, vaguely postapocalyptic society. Daily life is a mystery: some acquiesce, some battle, some leap into magic. Slotted as YA but don't let that stop you.

Disability angle: The characters' viewpoints are marginal and skewed and raw. The heroic saga of a troop of elephants finding a new home away from the zoo evoked my initial immersions in Deaf and blind cultures.

Bonus points: fun to read aloud -- stories are still delightful the third time through.

This is first in a series of rerun postings from a previous journal, I'm hoping to get in the habit of posting my reading so I can, at least, find the titles again.

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Post WisCon means 1000 new books on the reading list. But I'm still working on the list from previous cons.

This week:

Forced myself up to disk 5 of 11 on Harry Potter number 2. Just couldn't go forward. The narrator surpassed the material: he created vocal personas without drawing attention to it. A touchstone of modern SFF and I just bounced. Ah well.

Vigilant SF by James Alan Gardner. Fun strong heroine, nice alien interactions, little bit too grounded in early 21st century roles & slang, don't know what I make of the "Explorer Corps" staffed solely by disabled people. Short chapters make for perfect bedtime reading. May go back to the earlier works. I wish I could time travel back and exchange these for the Heinleins I inhaled ca 10 - 12. Not quite up to Rite of Passage, but in the same place for a young teen.

We Are On Our Own memoir by Miriam Katin. Holocaust stories--whether Hungary 1944 or Rwanda 1994 -- are better told through fiction, and increasingly better told through comix. The histories I've pored over supplied me with ample nightmares and details, but very little of the experience. The comix enable the reader to zoom in & out between the daily horror and the conflicted now. Katin alternates smudgy charcoal with Disneyesque colorful pencils. Hungarian Jewry was "lucky" as the Final Solution touched them very late; Katin makes clear the minimal difference between Nazi and Soviet invasions. Told principally through the eyes of a small child; an excellent bookend to Fateless, Imre Kertesz's uniquely adolescent viewpoint of the trip from Budapest to the Lager and back.

The other bookend (a triangular bookshelf! Would it hold more?) for Katin is Deogratias, Jean-Philippe Stassen's stunningly beautiful and deeply horrifying tone poem on Rwanda's autogenocide.

Time to leave the written word behind and step forward into the rainy day.

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