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Archive for April 7, 2009

The Week in Tweet, Week 11

Where @outshine falters a bit:

Monday March 9:

[Quote for the Monday] “If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true there would be little hope of advance.”

[Source] Orville Wright (1871 – 1848)/American inventor and aviation pioneer.

[Ed] Outshine slush stats: 28 subs in week 10; 14 by men, 14 by women. 2 acceptances. Humour slot filling up nice, prose poems needed!

Tuesday March 10:

Jazz drums, poppy vocal melodies, layers of post-rock sonic texture, immigrant culture, neuroscience. Love or hate; indifference impossible.

[#SoundBytes] Sholi by SHOLI – Touch & Go Records – ./

Wednesday March 11:

She dissipated the past. Footsteps walking reclaimed beaches. Grinned as seagulls abandoned all worship of trash to instead hunt fish.

[Bio] Jason Sanford writes SF/F. His fiction and essays can be found at .

Thursday March 12:

Genetically inappropriate lovers bring new meaning to “it hurts so good” in this noir-ish romance, one of the best recent scifi films.

[#Spitballs] Code 46/Directed by Michael Winterbottom/ .

Saturday March 14:


“—over there!” He said, “Don’t believe me?

I’ll prove it the teleporter works.

Look for me—”

[Bio] Greg Beatty ( lives in Washington with his wife Kathy, where the biggest challenge is staying dry.

Sunday March 15:

So far the best of Marvel’s pulp-universe “Noir” minis, with atmospheric art and a grim, clever story that smartly redefines the characters.

[#ShineComics] X-MEN NOIR (four issues), script by Fred Van Lente, art by Dennis Calero; Marvel comics, 2009, $3.99 each.

The Grapevine, part 7

As with other posts, I have gotten quite a bit behind. So some things mentioned here are already (relatively) old news, but for the sake of clarity, here we go:

First of all, Solaris Books has been put up for sale. Mentioned — among many others — on, SF Scope, A Dribble of Ink and Locus online (and thanks to David Anthony Durham for mental support).

Official press release via SF Scope (again) or via Jacques Barcia.

To the best of my knowledge, Mark Chadbourn mentioned it first on the internet. Christian Dunn (Solaris Books acquisition editor) told me that with regards to the Shine anthology, things are still ‘business as usual’. So I’m going ahead with it as planned.

I hope to see Christian (and George Mann and Mark Newton) at EasterCon, so more news if and when I get it.

Other talk on teh intarwebs:

And more when I get it!

The Week in Tweet, Week 10

I realise it’s been very quiet here in the last couple of weeks. Lots of catching up to come from today onwards. First a few overdue Outshine posts.

Monday March 2:

[Quote for the Monday] “We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.”

[Source] R. Buckminster Fuller (1895 – 1983)/20th century engineer, mathematician, and architect.

[Ed] Outshine slush: 28 subs in week 9; 16 by men, 12 by women. 2 acceptances. Humourous slot filling up OK: intelligent, upbeat SF needed!

Optimism in literature around the World, and SF in Particular, part 2: The Philippines: (thanks Charles Tan!)

Tuesday March 3:

Loud & proggy Potsdam 3-piece blend post-hardcore and echo-soaked alt-rock to great effect. Shoe-gazi? Honest, vibrant, original, good.

[#SoundBytes] Crushed Neocons by The Antikaroshi/ / Exile on Mainstream Records: / Hat-tip to @ko123 !

Wednesday March 4:

Thoughts like gladiators in the arena of time, Fight to create the new paradigm. Thumbs down it will suck, Thumbs up it will SHINE.

[Bio] Inspiring author, aspiring Bohemian, babyboomer, rock chick raver, laughing babushka .

Friday March 6:

[Quote for the Friday] If with water you fill up your glasses/You’ll never write anything wise/For ale is the horse of Parnassus/Which hurries a bard to the skies.

[Source] Thomas Moore (1779-1852)/English writer.

Saturday March 7:

Rusty tracks mark the path of her tears. He wipes her cheeks with an oil-damp cloth. Penance for making her cry.

[Bio] Rhonda loves to write. She can be found at .

Sunday March 8:

A delightful off-kilter book whose pinstripe-wearing title Magician will make some think of Doctor Who. Humor, plus fun art and characters.

[#ShineComics] MYSTERIUS THE UNFATHOMABLE #1 & #2, script by Jeff Parker, Art by Tom Fowler; Wildstorm, 2009, 32pp, $2.99.