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Archive for November 6, 2008

The Grapevine, part 1

Here I’ll be trying to keep track of those that share the love (or hate) of the SHINE anthology. I’ve got a bit of catching up to do after World Fantasy, so here we go:

  • Futurismic was one of the first to pick it up, and shares the love: ”
    I’m happy to say that, while we’re not involved in any material way, Futurismic is proud to stand behind Jetse and Solaris on this project, and we’ll be giving it whatever support we can; I hope some other science fiction venues will see the merit in supporting people who are trying something new, even if it doesn’t necessarily line up with their own personal tastes.” as Paul Raven said. Thanks, Paul.
  • Ralan Conley is always on top of things, listing SHINE in his Webstravaganza (under anthology markets, obviously);
  • io9 took note, just as they were asking themselves “when this dreary dystopian fad was going to wear off“. Lauren Davis said: “We’ve been plagued with so many movies and books that paint the future as a big, bad place to live that I’ve started to wonder if I should build a bomb shelter or just stock up on antidepressants.” and mentioned that SHINE would “provide an oasis in this dystopian desert”. Charlie Jane Anders said (in the ‘when this dreary dystopian fad…’ post): “Fifth — and this may be the most important — support books and comics that are bright and optimistic.” I can hardly ask for better moral support. Thanks, ladies!
  • SFScope may have been the first to pick up the news, validating its name.
  • At SFSignal, John DeNardo rarely, if ever, misses a good scoop.
  • 42 Blips was also fast on the uptake.
  • Lou Anders is so happy with this project that he might be even more chuffed about than I. Lou’s a true friend.
  • Jason Stoddard calls it ‘Time to Shine‘. He said: “There’s nothing like taking two kinds of impossible. And winning.” Jason’s a kindred spirit, to say the least.

STOP PRESSES: the official Solaris Books Press Release has gone out here!

This list is far from complete: there will be more. So far: thanks for the mentions and support!

Congratulations with President Barack Obama: change will come!

A short post to congratulate everybody in the USA with your new President-elect Barack Obama. I think it’s no exaggeration that the rest of the world is cheering you on. Even though — as John Scalzi carefully observes — he is no superman, but a human being who will make mistakes, this is a historical moment, and marks the beginning of change in the USA.


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