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Archive for April 8, 2009

The Week in Tweet, Week 12

Where @outshine experiences a hiccup, and more than makes up for lost items:

Monday March 16:

[Quote for the Monday] “Life is a short day; but it is a working day. Activity may lead to evil, but inactivity cannot lead to good.”

[Source] Attributed to Hannah More (1745 – 1833) / British writer and philanthropist.

[Ed] Submissions statistics, week 11: 26 submissions, 14 from males, 12 from females. 3 acceptances.

Tuesday March 17:

Porcupine Tree frontman’s solo début; no real surprises, but wide palette of sounds married to epic songwriting. Try listening in the dark.

[#SoundBytes] Insurgentes by STEVEN WILSON – / K-Scope Records – .

[Ed] *Exasparated sigh* Now I hope @PaulGrahamRaven ‘s review does *not* disappear in cybernirvana. I was sure I posted it yesterday.

Wednesday March 18:

Weapon factories filled with silence

withdrawal of desert violence

defense funds poured into education

brought a golden age to our nation.

[Bio] R. Schuyler Devin: a writer who prefers to walk halls of his own imagining rather than the dark alleys of his past. Join him @rsdevin

Thursday March 19:

[Ed] Attentive followers noticed there was no #Spitballs review March 5. Making amends with two reviews: one by Lucius, one by someone else.

[Ed] Two reviews of the same movie. To make things more interesting, I will reveal who was the reviewer of each review tomorrow. Enjoy…;-)

Flawed heroes investigate noir whodunit in alternate timeline 1985. Nuclear war looms. Graphic novel translated into smart slick sick flick.

This film plays like a half-ass tour of a wax museum devoted to the source material, with a lame soundtrack of Golden Oldies to match.

Friday March 20:

[#Spitballs] The first review was courtesy of Mercurio Rivera ( ), the second was a true Lucius Shepard Spitball.

[Quote for the Friday] “Good writing is like a bomb: it explodes in the face of the reader.”

[Source] Nuruddin Farah (1945 – )/ Somali novelist, playwright, and teacher/ Sardines.

[Quote for the Friday] “For a true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment.”


[Source] WhiteErnest Hemingway (1899 – 1961)/U.S. writer/Acceptance speech, Nobel Prize in literature.

Saturday March 21:

[Ed] To mark the beginning of Spring, a Saturday Night Special Extravaganza: Kierkegaard reversed, an abstract trilogy. Experience!

Living forwards with bigger memories—the past became too hard to understand, and so we opened out ourselves—in tomorrows of present purpose.

A suicide explodes, but this time the free world gave way to the open world.

Our future distributed the past among our presents openly, and enough for everyone, even for those longing to perfect the world.

[Bio] meika lives in Tasmania and no longer writes for humans. .

Sunday March 22:

A twisted and funny upending of X-Files styled alien conspiracy stories, with snappy writing, oddball characters, and cheerfully mean art.

[#ShineComics] GROOM LAKE #1, script by Chris Ryall, art by Ben Templesmith; IDW, 2009, $3.99 .

[Ed] And to make up for the lacking Quote for the Friday last week – I have been extremely busy – here are two on the eve of Spring.

Kindred Spirits, part 4

In recent weeks three projects were brought to my attention (OK: I knew about one quite a bit longer, but it’s only been made public early this year) that are either optimistic or try to be more inclusive of SF outside the western world, or both.


  • First of all, there’s The Apex Book of World SF, edited by Lavie Tidhar. Caveat: my story “Transcendence Express” (lead story in Hub #2 — the last print version — and reprinted online in Hub #44 and as a podcast on Escape Pod episode #122) will be reprinted there. Lavie approached me last year, so I knew about this project a while back. It’s full of stories both set in locales around the world, and written by writers from around the world (OK: predominantly from Europe and Asia/Oceania. I hope Lavie can do a second one that incorporates writers from Africa and Latin America). It’s slated for a September 1 release, but you can pre-order it here. Check it out!
  • Following that, on February 26, Lavie started the World SF News Blog. I’m not sure if Lavie is aware of the ‘Optimism in Literature around the World and SF in particular’ series I’m doing right here on the Shine blog (next installment will be posted tomorrow!), so I’ll inform him about it.
  • Ahmed A. Kahn — writer and editor of, amongst other things, SF Waxes Philosophical and A Mosque Amongst the Stars — has announced two new anthologies: Cheer Up, Universe and Fun Times in Strange Lands. The former looks for original SF/F that makes us feel good; the latter will be fully illustrated, and is aimed at pre-teens (“precocious kids between the ages of 10 – 12”).

I certainly don’t see the above projects as competition, but rather the contrary: that there is a growing undercurrent in SF that looks both for a truly more worldwide representation, and that looks for a more positive approach. Thanks to tireless people like Lavie Tidhar, Charles A. Tan — check out his mini-directory of SFF people on Twitter — Gord Sellar (check out his piece on Korean SF which I will post tomorrow), Fabio Fernandes and Jacques Barcia (and I realise I’m forgetting quite a few people here: apologies and do feel free to correct and/or inform me) non-Western SF is getting more attention. Also, as Matt Staggs noted earlier in the year, maybe the time has come for a post-snark era.