Monthly Archives: August 2010

The Prime Drive-by: Sean Wallace

Sean Wallace is founder and editor of the World Fantasy Award-winning Prime Books, he is co-editor of Clarkesworld (a Hugo and World Fantasy nominee), and Fantasy Magazine. He’s also edited a variety of anthologies, including: Best New Fantasy, Fantasy, Horror: The Best
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Why, yes, I am having a little freak-out

It’s the day before I fly to Melbourne for WorldCon. Between me and the plane are several hours of work-related work, packing, writing-related work, reading practise, and general trying-not-to-forget-anythingness. So, this is me:

The Midnight Tuber Drive-by: Ben Payne

Ben Payne does stuff … lots of stuff. He writes, he edits, reads huge amounts of readable material, he critiques, he holds down a day job. Clearly, he has not enough to do.

He has been responsible for Dog versus Sandwich and Midnight Tuber, he has partaken in
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The Twelfth Planety Drive-by: Alisa Krasnostein

Alisa Krasnostein is the unsleeping powerhouse that is the engine of Twelfth Planet Press. Really, she doesn’t sleep – email her at any hour of the day or night and she’ll reply. Go ahead. Try it. See? Told ya.

TPP has produced
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Alastair Jamieson breaks my heart over at

Oxford English Dictionary ‘will not be printed again’

The next edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, the world’s most definitive work on the language, will never be printed because of the impact of the internet on book sales.

Sales of the third edition of the vast tome have fallen due to the increasing popularity of
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The Shadow Drive-by: Jeffrey Ford

Portrait by Gerard Wickham

In the dictionary under the word ‘prolific’ there is a picture of Jeffrey Ford. Under the word ‘ubiquitous’ it just says ‘see prolific’ … not coz they mean the same thing … but they both mean Jeffrey Ford. His awards include those of
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This week I am still struggling with … (contains spoilers)

… this book, which I really wanted to like.

I really wanted to like it because I have such wonderfully terrifying memories of the first time I read the original Dracula. I remember waking in a cold sweat from a dream
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In the mail last week …

… was this lovely trinket from Flinthart, currently deep in the jungles of Boreno … or at least in a Orangutan sanctuary at Sepilok. It’s so pretty, I thought the arrival should be noted.

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And again with the Christmas list

The Tardis disappears when you put in the hot coffee. How can that be bad??

Pumpkin Soup and a Theory

I am making pumpkin soup – or ‘punken zoup’ as it is known around here.

I am using a pumpkin which was home-grown on the farm by my Dad.

Pumpkins are hard to cut. It’s best my friendboy isn’t around at
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