Pixel Scroll 9/25 Slate Outta Dogpound

(1) Here are three science fiction and fantasy birthdays to celebrate on September 25.

Born 1951: Mark Hamill

Born 1930: Shel Silverstein

Born 1952: Christopher Reeve

(2) Plans are afoot to launch a San Juan in 2017 NASFiC bid at DeepSouthCon, which will be held next weekend. Source: committee member Warren Buff, who is working on the facilities. The website is mostly private at the moment.

(3) “NASA to Announce Mars Mystery Solved” on September 28, promises the press release.

NASA will detail a major science finding from the agency’s ongoing exploration of Mars during a news briefing at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, Sept. 28 at the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Taking part in the news conference will be Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA Headquarters; Michael Meyer, lead scientist for the Mars Exploration Program at NASA Headquarters; graduate student Lujendra Ojha of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta; Mary Beth Wilhelm of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California and the Georgia Institute of Technology; and Alfred McEwen, principal investigator for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

I don’t see Mark Watney’s name in there anywhere…

(4) On April 7, 2016, LASFS will welcome Hugo, Nebula, and Aurora winning author Robert J. Sawyer who will read from his new novel, Quantum Night. The book will be published by Ace Books on March 1. Kudos to President Matthew B. Tepper for lining up the engagement.

(5) Today in History

September 25, 1959 Hammer Films’ take on The Mummy premieres in England.

(6) The Nerdist alerts fans to updates in German artist Dirk Löchel’s online poster featuring hundreds of science fictional star ships ranging from Star Trek to Mass Effect.

A high-res version can be downloaded from the artist’s Deviant Art site, where he also discusses the updates in detail including such frequently asked questions as…

Q: Why isn’t the Death Star/CSO Carrier/V’Ger/other large ship on the chart?

A: For reasons of image quality and chart organisation, only ships between a minimum of 100 meters and 24000 meters are applicable for this chart, sorry. Arbitrary? Yes! But I had to draw the line somewhere.

Q: And where’s TARDIS?

A: It’s both too large and too small for the chart.

(7) J. C. Carlton in “How To Create Your Own Monsters” appeals for people to sympathize with Vox Day, linking to a long list of insulting things people have said about Vox over the years. Because, Carlton thinks, what Vox has orchestrated with the Hugo Awards is all their fault.

The puppy kickers had every opportunity to put a hand out and create some sort of consensus with Larry and the rest of the Sad Puppies.  They could have listened to what the puppies were saying and taken a more even handed stance.  Above all they could have avoided the fiasco of no awarding the Hugo Awards.   Instead they treated the puppies with abuse and disparagement, conducting yet another campaign of destruction.  But they aren’t hitting Vox the Count working against them.  All they have managed to do is create yet more Counts and hasten their own destruction.

(8) Al Harron explains why he is now a former contributor to The Cimmerian blog in “Matters of Importance” on A Wilderness of Peace.

[Leo Grin on The Cimmerian] “The Cimmerian Blog has been defunct for half a decade, but now that one of our former bloggers has been exposed as an SJW, we feel impelled to rise from our slumber to declare that we stand 100% against SJWs and their travelling freakshow of interlocking fetishes and predatory abuses.

As a now-confirmed SJW, Barbara Barrett is hereby EXPELLED from this blog. We have struck her prose from every post, and her face from every picture. Let her name be unheard and unspoken among us, erased from the memory of our august fellowship, for all time. So let it be written. So let it be done.“

Barbara Barrett is a friend, a colleague, and an erudite scholar. I wrote to Leo stating, in no uncertain terms, that if anyone on The Cimmerian was to be expelled, their prose struck, their faces scored out, their very names unheard and unspoken, for the “crime” of criticism, then they must do exactly the same to me.

I campaign for Scottish independence. I took great pride in our movement’s peaceful, positive message in the face of immense opposition. That opposition had the might of the entire UK Establishment at its back, seeking to crush anything that could threaten their dominion over these isles and their resources. Everyone in the movement has a story about being intimidated, being abused, being threatened. My mother has been physically assaulted three times in the past few years. The car was trashed, the windshield cracked, property vandalised and stolen. Grown men and women have screamed obscenities in my face, my mother’s, the children in my family. I have been called every name under the sun: “Nazi,” “Fascist,” “Taliban,” “Racist,” “Scum,” “Evil.” I do not need to have my name associated with the likes of Vox Day.

Yet I put up with the intimidation and abuse and threats, because some things are worth the struggle. Some things are that important. And frankly, I had spent too long being silent on the matters of Gamergate and Rabid Puppies, because I didn’t feel it was my place. I didn’t want to stick my neck out. But after three years campaigning for independence and facing down all the power of Westminster, I find myself completely unafraid and resolutely unphased by the schisms of fandoms – and it makes choosing sides a lot easier. What fear, what power, could they hold over me, given what I have just experienced?

So, to remove any doubt: I advocate the cause of social justice. I denounce the activities of Vox Day and his supporters. And I publicly express my support, unequivocally and without reservation, for my friend and fellow Robert E. Howard scholar, Barbara Barrett.

(9) Steve Davidson has posted “The 1941 Retro Hugo Awards (Part 7 Novels)” at Amazing Stories.

Final Blackout is generally considered both a golden age classic and perhaps the best story Hubbard turned out.  Typewriter In the Sky is an early example of alternate realities and the “author as god” concept.

Absent the reading I still need to do, I think the stand-outs in this list are Slan, Gray Lensman and If This Goes On… (though I’ve only read that in the fix-up Revolt in 2100).

(10) Bravo to Lauowolf for the impromptu filk “Filers of London”

I saw a Filer with a Kindle in his hand

Walking through the West End in the rain.
He was looking for a place called the Odeon Leicester Square.
Gonna go see The Martian on screen.
Filers of London!
Aaoooooo! (Repeat)

If you see him reading on a train,
Better not ask its name.
Little old lady downloaded a jillion ebooks in shame.
Filers of London again.
Filers of London!
Aaoooooo! (Repeat)

He’s bleary-eyed alright, cause he’s blogging all the night.
And lately he’s been reading in the shower.
Better stay away from him
Or he’ll list some more books, Jim
But look at that tbr tower!
Filers of London!
Aaoooooo! (Repeat)

(11) First a Hugo rocket, now a LEGO astronaut – see what’s floating in the window now at the International Space Station.

(12) The cast of Agent Carter promote the show with some Hayley Atwell and Dominic Cooper pranks.



(13) At Fast Company — “Take A Long Look At The Amazing Nic Cages/Tim Burton Superman That Almost Was”. (They say that like missing it was a bad thing…)

It’s a plot worthy of a comic book. In some alternative universe, Nicolas Cage might have have been Superman.

Back in the ’90s, Warner Bros had greenlit Superman Lives, a moodier take on the Man of Steel mythos to be produced by Jon Peters, directed by Tim Burton, and starring Cage, then hot off an Oscar win for Leaving Las Vegas. The team caught the fascination of the comic zeitgeist, until an unfortunately-timed shot of a droopy-eyed Cage in superhero garb leaked and fan support soured. Two years, three scriptwriters, and a slew of concept art and costume tests later, the project was dead.

(14) J. W. Ocker, curator of OddThingsIveSeen.com, knows the harvest season is at hand, and that File 770 believes in “All Bradbury all the time.” Check out “Strange Stuff From My Study, Episode 4: Ray Bradbury’s Halloween Decorations”.

For this fourth episode of Strange Stuff From My Study, I dig into my collection to show you a pair of extremely special and extremely relevant-to-the-season items: Halloween decorations that once belonged to the Great Scribe of Halloween himself, Ray Bradbury.


Appropriate for any season is the author’s Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe:

My latest book is Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe, in which I visited every Poe site on the East Coast and across the Atlantic, meeting and talking to those men and women who are upholding the dark poet’s physical legacy. It’s a weird book, but it won the 2015 Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biography.

Poe Land cover

(15) And while we’re in this eldritch neighborhood, The Last Witch Hunter trailer looks fairly horrifying.

(16) Did Ridley Scott just pull the rug out from under Neill Blomkamp’s Alien sequel? A September 24 news report says Scott just revealed the title of Prometheus 2 to reporters – and it’s not Prometheus 2.

During an interview with HeyUGuys, the 77-year-old filmmaker – and director of the original ground-breaking ‘Alien’ movie – revealed the rather surprising title.

“Actually, really it’s going to be called Alien: Paradise Lost,” he said. “So Prometheus 2 is not really what it’s going to be… it’s going to be Alien: Paradise Lost.”

Alien: Paradise Lost heads to cinemas on May 30 2017.

(17) A 7-minute video, To Scale: The Solar System, shows how “On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in the universe.”

[Thanks to J.W. Ocker, JJ, Mark-with-no-last-name, and John King Tarpinian for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Will R.]

354 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 9/25 Slate Outta Dogpound

  1. Grin not bearing it?

    When I try to go to his site now, I get “Error establishing a database connection.” Has he said to hell with it and wiped the whole thing?

  2. Darren Garrison on September 26, 2015 at 1:20 pm said:

    Grin not bearing it?

    When I try to go to his site now, I get “Error establishing a database connection.” Has he said to hell with it and wiped the whole thing?

    More likely it’s gotten slashdotted as a result of his shenanigans. As the old saying goes; “Troll in haste, suffer the server costs.”

  3. Ok re the 1984 appendix, but I always took it as something external to the novel, Orwell’s notes on what he had invented, being an expansion of the concept, in case someone wanted to grok the thought he had put into it more completely. It wouldn’t do to explain Newspeak in Newspeak, so there had to be somewhere to wiggle to. Maybe Switzerland.
    I.e., not OF the novel. In that, there are no survivors.
    Your takeaway can be different of course. I don’t see the butterfly announcing springtime.

  4. I agree. The suggested reading of the appendix turns on the idea that it is an in-story document, and so its being in the past tense implies that Ingsoc has collapsed. But as far as I can see it is simply an essay-style narrative by Orwell, addressed to his readers, and is in the past tense because fiction is normally in the past tense. Note that the A vocabulary is said to be composed largely of words that we already possess – i.e. the point of view of the essay is that of Orwell’s own time.

    The fact that some ideas can’t be translated into Newspeak isn’t a failure of Newspeak; it’s the point. By making it impossible to express these ideas it makes them inconceivable.

  5. The number of Dumas is three. You are remembering pere and fils, and utterly forgetting grandpere, the Black Count, without whom we don’t have the other two.

  6. @Al the Herronian: well, not only have I been impressed with your handling of all this Cimmerian nonsense, I also am tickled to hear you work for Scottish independence. Keep trying. Suas Alba.

    That situation is so perfectly Stalin as to be astounding (and amazing, and an analog) (sorry, I’ll go out and come in again). Something which has been defunct and untouched for a decade suddenly must be purified and things have to be disappeared. It’s just like the awkward photo-editing when Comrade Whoever became a non-person and got sent to Siberia (if lucky; bullets if not). Nobody cared about that photo, but a decade later, Comrade Whoever MUST be edited out of it.

    To be fair to Carlton Not Your Doorman, it’s true that I’ve never read “The Count of Monte Christo“, which I guess is a rip-off of Dumas that makes Dantes guilty to begin with and confuses Puppies. And I’m sure it has the lesbians removed.

    However, like everyone else here, I’ve read “The Count of Monte Cristo” (and have also eaten many Monte Cristo sandwiches) and thus see no relevance. I also liked the Musketeers better, both as books and film.

    Hayley Atwell and her “Agent Carter” castmates are always delightful on social media. Their epic dub battle with the Agents of SHIELD was hysterical.


  7. I don’t care what y’all say, I will watch Vin Diesel’s torso in anything.

    ..the role of the Face of Boe will be played by Vin Diesel’s torso…

  8. The idea that you good folks don’t read had me howling with laughter. Since I started lurking here, my gotta-read-this-someday list has grown by roughly five items per day.

  9. I think I’ve read four Dumas novels:

    The Count of Monte Cristo
    The Man in the Iron Mask
    The Three Musketeers
    Twenty Years After

    Of those, I think the first Musketeers novel is rousing fun, but Monte Cristo is the better story. I don’t think it’s a terribly good analogy to Beale, though, since it misses the “I was a crackpot lunatic before you people made me look bad by not agreeing with me and obeying me” before the “so I’ll now have, uh, yet another try at my revenge over not being treated like the smartest guy in the room when I said dumb stuff ten years ago!”

    Ultimately, that doesn’t even match up to the Joker or Lex Luthor, much as Beale might like to imagine it. It’s more like the really early Fabian Stankowitz stories, when he’d show up in his tinpot armor to get his revenge on the Avengers and they’d try to figure out who he is.

    But even those progressed by Fabian seeing the error of his ways and becoming a good guy, not insisting that because the Avengers didn’t just fall over at his approach, they’ve forced him to pretend he’s really Doctor Doom now.

  10. Lis Carey on September 26, 2015 at 2:25 pm said:
    The number of Dumas is three. You are remembering pere and fils, and utterly forgetting grandpere, the Black Count, without whom we don’t have the other two.

    That’s right, my bad!

    But they are still outnumbered by the hordes of dumbasses.
    Even if you go on to do the But Wait, There’s More run at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dumas, it’s still only a few.

    Though, gee, imagine a world in which there were only a handful of dumbasses, but we were knee-deep in assorted Dumases.
    I forget the name, but there was, I think a woman comedian, who was saying to imagine a world in which everyone grew up to succeed at their childhood ambition
    So it was astronauts and ballerinas and superheros and such all the way down.
    Like that, only with additional French novelists.

  11. Lisa Goldstein on September 26, 2015 at 10:19 am said:
    Of course we read Dumas. We only read books by writers of color, because affirmative action. [sarcasm, if that wasn’t clear]

    Django unchained had many faults, but is redeemed by that scene in which the German dentist tells the Francophile slaver with A Thing For Dumas that Dumas was black. (Well, technically mixed race but it would have counted as black in America.)

  12. lurkertype on September 26, 2015 at 2:37 pm said:

    …To be fair to Carlton Not Your Doorman, it’s true that I’ve never read “The Count of Monte Christo“, which I guess is a rip-off of Dumas that makes Dantes guilty to begin with and confuses Puppies. And I’m sure it has the lesbians removed.

    However, like everyone else here, I’ve read “The Count of Monte Cristo” (and have also eaten many Monte Cristo sandwiches) and thus see no relevance. I also liked the Musketeers better, both as books and film.

    At least he didn’t say Count of Monte Crisco.

  13. I finally finished watching Jonathon Strange and Mr Norrell – it’s an excellent program that I would nominate for a Hugo in the dramatic category.

    The story was complex and visually it was intriguing with a more naturalistic view of magic that was less CGI and more atmosphere. Highly recommended.

  14. Shambles on September 26, 2015 at 3:43 pm said:
    I finally finished watching Jonathon Strange and Mr Norrell – it’s an excellent program that I would nominate for a Hugo in the dramatic category.

    The story was complex and visually it was intriguing with a more naturalistic view of magic that was less CGI and more atmosphere. Highly recommended.

    I will have to track it down now.
    Tend to become irritated by CGI.

  15. Fabian Stankowitz… :stirs memory: Wasn’t he defeated by David Letterman in his first appearance?

  16. Anna: Dumas pere was 1/4 African, which certainly would have made him black in America at that time. (And even in France he got some snark about it) Particularly amongst the villains of “Django Unchained”, who counted people who were 1/16th or even 1/32nd African as black and had that codified into law.

    The life and career of Dumas granpere is an amazing story.

  17. Fabian Stankowitz… :stirs memory: Wasn’t he defeated by David Letterman in his first appearance?

    Fourth appearance. But yeah, that’s the guy.

  18. @Buwaya That’s interesting about sermons. I agree: almost everything he wrote was message first with story built to support. (CS Lewis apparently didn’t mind with Animal Farm, believing that the story element was better serviced there.) But we’ve heard a lot this year about the supposed evils of putting message first. What do you think? Do you forgive Orwell for it? Does it disprove any of the theses floating around?

  19. I suspect Dumas has been the victim as many bad translations as Verne has been.

    Which reminds me of two items …..

    Stanislaw Lem’s The Invincible. Publish in Poland in 1964. Translated into German in 1967. The German text translated into English in 1973 by Wendayne Ackerman.

    And this …..The Gist by Michael Marshall Smith:

    “Michael Marshall Smith’s original novelette was then translated into French by Benoît Domis, before being rendered back into English by Nicholas Royle —who had no access to the original text or author during the process.

    All three versions are presented in this edition. The idea is to discover what happened during the process, how much the story changed while passing through two other minds and another language…” See http://subterraneanpress.com/store/product_detail/the_gist

  20. I prefer The Three Musketeers to The Count of Monte Cristo (which I haven’t read in years. hmm.) I once found a 40-volume set of Dumas’ historical novels in a used bookstore. I had to stretch the budget a little (ok, maybe a lot), but it was worth every penny. I am also quite fond of La Dame de Monsoreau (aka Chicot the Jester) and of Ascanio, a minor work featuring a fictionalized Benvenuto Cellini chewing the scenery and having na haglcvpny sbe Qhznf unccvyl-rire-nsgre raqvat sbe gur gjb lbhat ybiref va gur cybg.

  21. The best one, of course, is The Count of Monte Hall, where the revelation that the first door is not the way to freedom changes the odds in ways that people have a hard time accepting. 🙂

  22. @Will McLean:

    ..the role of the Face of Boe will be played by Vin Diesel’s torso…

    I like Vin Deisel’s torso just fine, but that sounds so delightfully creepy that I’d watch the hell out of it.

  23. OK, I am hereby opening up nominations for the 21st Century Sci Fi Bracket! Please make all your nominations in this thread. I’ll leave nominations open for at least 24 hours, probably longer. I am aiming to get a list of 64 books together; I would really prefer not to start with more than that this time around …

    Some do’s and don’t’s:

    DO: Nominate science fiction novels first published between 2000 and 2014, inclusive.

    DON’T: Nominate books published before 2000 or after 2014, or entire series, or omnibus editions which combine several separately published novels, or unconnected collections of short stories (books of short stories which are all highly connected are allowed).

    DO: Nominate as many books as you would like, or as few books as you would like. It’s fine if you just have a few favorites you really want to get in, or even just one, or if you have a longer list.

    DON’T: Feel bad about all the books you haven’t read yet. And remember nominating the ones you have read will help get them on!

    DO: Feel free to name books others have already mentioned — in fact, please do, if you like them! In fact, if someone mentions a book you forgot about and should have nominated in the first place, go ahead and say so!

    DON’T: Nominate works anywhere other than this thread, the sole exception being JJ, who sent me an extensive list in advance. JJ, I’m going to link to your list in a post or two, so people can look at it if they want to use it as a jumping off point. I will also post my own list here shortly.

    DO: Mention it if there is a book or two on your list that you particularly want to see in the bracket!

  24. Okay, now nominations are open, so I jumped the gun before. Here we go:

    The Girl with All the Gifts, M.R. Carey
    Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
    The Steel Remains, Richard Morgan

  25. The Sad Puppies just got mentioned in a very negative way on one of the most watched Let’s Play gaming channels on YouTube, Game Grumps. This will be the first time the vast majority of their viewers will have heard about them.

    There are already a couple of Puppy supporters trying to run damage control, though the claim that “Sad Puppies are actually progressive!” was a new one on me.

    The mention is around 9:40 tucked between explosive language.

  26. The claim about “message” was one of the odder things floating around this year. SF has usually had a message, since Verne at least. H.G.Wells lived for “message”, much more evident in his less popular things – look for ” The Land Ironclads”.
    As I mentioned earlier, citing H. Beam Piper as an example, the Golden Age was stuffed with it, sometimes unconsciously, but often enough it was the whole point, not at all unlike today.
    The real problem of course is that one man’s message is another man’s propaganda, and US politics is extremely polarized.
    Conversely, the complaint that the Puppies were bringing politics into a non-political realm is also curious. Just a cursory examination of the works of the past reveals an intense political debate, much of the time.

  27. Oh, two more VERY IMPORTANT do’s and don’t’s —

    DO: Please only nominate one book per author.

    DON’T: Worry about vote-splitting. If there are nominations for multiple books by the same author, I will count them all as votes for getting that author on the ballot, and choose whichever book has gotten the most votes. You are NOT hurting an author’s chances by voting for a different book they have written; there is no need to rally behind a single book. Nominate your favorite.

  28. Here is my current list of nominations. To help those using these early lists as reminders, I have divided it into three sections — books/author which do not appear at all on JJ’s list; authors who do, but for whom I have nominated a different book; and books which duplicate ones on JJ’s list.

    Feed, M. T. Anderson
    The Girl in the Road, Monica Byrne
    Matched, Ally Condie
    A Paradigm of Earth, Candas Jane Dorsey
    The City of Ember, Jeanne DuPrau
    Solitaire, Kelley Eskridge
    The Lost Steersman, Rosemary Kirstein
    Adaptation, Malinda Lo
    Love Minus Eighty, Will McIntosh
    1Q84, Haruki Murakami
    The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness
    Mortal Engines, Philip Reeve
    Maul, Tricia Sullivan
    Uglies, Scott Westerfeld
    The Stone Gods, Jeanette Winterson
    How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe, Charles Yu

    Limit of Vision, Linda Nagata

    Oryx & Crake, Margaret Atwood
    Diplomatic Immunity, Lois McMaster Bujold
    Fledgling, Octavia E. Butler
    The Girl with All the Gifts, M. R. Carey
    The Three-Body Problem, Liu Cixin
    The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
    The Gone-Away World, Nick Harkaway
    God’s War, Kameron Hurley
    The Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson
    Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
    The Telling, Ursula K. Le Guin
    Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
    Nekropolis, Maureen F. McHugh
    The City and The City, China Miéville
    Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
    The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
    Air, Geoff Ryman
    The Machine, James Smythe
    Anathem, Neal Stephenson
    City of Pearl, Karen Traviss
    Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer
    Farthing, Jo Walton
    Passage, Connie Willis

  29. One of the more The Count Of Monte Cristo influenced SF novels was Spirit : The Princess Of Bois Dormant by Gwyneth Jones and very good it was too.

    My recent reading has included Luna: New Moon by Ian Mcdonald and Binti by Nnedi Okorafor. Both of which are pushing on to my nomination list for next year in their relevant categories.

  30. My favorite bit in The Count of Monte Cristo is when people at the opera decide he’s a vampire because Dantes looks just like Byron described them: “I’ll tell you,” answered the countess. “Byron had the most perfect belief in the existence of vampires, and even
    assured me that he had seen them. The description he gave me
    perfectly corresponds with the features and character of the man before us. Oh, he is the exact personification of what I have been led to expect! The coal-black hair, large bright, glittering eyes, in which a wild, unearthly fire seems burning, — the same ghastly paleness. Then observe, too,that the woman with him is altogether unlike all others of her sex. She is a foreigner — a stranger. Nobody knows who she is, or where she comes from. No doubt she belongs to the same horrible race he does, and is, like himself, a dealer in magical arts.” [ch. 34]

    To my dismay I discovered that The Vampire Count of Monte Cristo is a real book, which according to Amazon is popular with people who buy Correia’s Monster Hunter Nemesis.

  31. Bracket nominations:

    Implied Spaces, Walter Jon Williams (though This is Not a Game is a strong alt.)
    Rainbows End, Vernor Vinge
    Probability: Space, Nancy Kress
    The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, Michael Chabon
    A Civil Campaign, Lois McMaster Bujold (2000, just squeaks by)
    Omega, Jack McDevitt (several choices, but I love the aliens in this one)
    Halting State, Charles Stross
    Blackout/All Clear, Connie Willis

  32. 21st century SF:

    Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach
    The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    Probability Moon by Nancy Kress
    Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
    Warchild by Karin Lowachee
    Lock In by John Scalzi
    When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
    Farthing by Jo Walton

  33. > “A Civil Campaign, Lois McMaster Bujold (2000, just squeaks by)”

    I checked that one myself, I saw a publication date of September 1999 …

  34. Notes on some of the works that have been mentioned:

    Although “The Lifecycle of Software Objects” is technically a novella, I’m inclined to allow it if it gets enough votes; novellas which have been published as independent volumes have been allowed on the brackets in the past.

    I consider both “Mechanique” and “The Steel Remains” to be more fantasy than science fiction, but if enough people vote for them I will shrug and get over it. (There are books that are less borderline than those, however, that I would disallow.)

  35. (Doublechecking Civil Campaign) Darn, you’re right. And I just googled it too. Must have been looking at the wrong thing. *sigh*

    Ok, I guess, make my primary vote there be for Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance. I think prefer it to Diplomatic Immunity, slightly. (Though neither one is as good as Civil Campaign.)

  36. @Kyra

    Light by M. John Harrison (although you can transfer it to Nova Swing if you like)
    The Dervish House by Ian McDonald (but I could equally get behind Brasyl or River of Gods)
    Black Man by Richard Morgan (although I could get behind Altered Carbon)
    Finch by Jeff Vandermeer
    Osama by Lavie Tidhar
    Glasshouse by Charles Stross
    The Princess Of Bois Dormant by Gwyneth Jones
    Spin Control by Chris Moriarty

    +1 to JJ
    Oryx & Crake, Margaret Atwood
    Fledgling, Octavia E. Butler
    Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
    Nekropolis, Maureen F. McHugh
    The City and The City, China Miéville
    Air, Geoff Ryman
    In War Times – Ann Goonan, Kathleen
    Dark Eden – Beckett, Chris – 2012
    Kiln People – Brin, David – 2002
    Zendegi – Egan, Greg – 2010
    Eifelheim – Flynn, Michael F. – 2006
    Generation Loss – Hand, Elizabeth – 2008
    Europe in Autumn – Hutchinson, Dave – 2014
    Learning the World by Ken MacLeod
    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
    Song of Time by Ian R. MacLeod
    The Quiet War by Paul McAuley
    Speed Of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
    The Separation by Chris Priest
    Natural History by Robson, Justina
    Blindsight by Peter Watts

    +1 to Kyra’s suggestions
    The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness
    Maul, Tricia Sullivan

  37. Brackets!

    Connie Willis, Passage
    David Brin, Kiln People
    Ian McDonald, River of Gods
    Iain M. Banks, The Algebraist
    Charles Stross, Glasshouse
    Robert Charles Wilson, Spin
    Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union
    Michael F. Flynn, Eifelheim
    Neal Stephenson, Anathem
    China Miéville, The City & The City
    Ann Leckie, Ancillary Justice

    The Miéville would be my desert island pick.

  38. Daniel Abraham, either _A Shadow in Summer_ or _An Autumn War_ (since you don’t want us to nominate entire series).

    Another nomination for Jo Walton’s _Farthing_

    Le Guin, _Voices_

    [I am going to post this now, and if/when I think of things to add, I will.]

  39. Wow, I’m surprised by all the votes for Passage. It’s one of the _only_ Willis works I didn’t really care for. Guess it’s one of those love it/hate it things.

    andyl wrote:

    Black Man by Richard Morgan (although I could get behind Altered Carbon)

    This is probably unnecessary, but just in case, I want to point out that this was published as Th1rte3n in the US.

    Some great stuff being nominated so far. Things I could easily vote for, even if they didn’t quite make my list. And several instances of “ooh, someone’s recommending a book I don’t know by an author I like!”, which is probably my favorite part of this whole thing. 🙂

  40. Xtifr, I didn’t love Passage, exactly, but it absolutely fucking destroyed me at the time. It has stayed with me all these years, and think it deserves some acknowledgement for that.

    (Also, I hate hate hated Blackout/All Clear with a fiery vengeance and would prefer something else by Willis make the list.)

  41. Kyra,

    A list of eleven nominations, because it is one more than a top ten

    The Fresco – Tepper, Sheri S.
    For The Win – Cory Doctorow
    Regenesis – CJ Cherryh
    Abandon in Place – Jerry Oltion
    Jack Glass – Adam Roberts
    Descent – Ken MacLeod
    Degrees of Freedom – Simon Morden
    Natural History – Robson, Justina
    The Quiet Earth – Paul MacAuley (Something Coming Through is on my possibles for Hugo 2016)
    River of Gods – McDonald, Ian
    Paschazade – John Courtney Grimwood


    Guess what I just found in my Kindle ebooks still with a shiny grey ‘New’ tag on it. I must have picked up Anathem on sale at some point. I thought to check the iBooks library but forgot to look at Kindle app until I was trying to remember if I’d, you know, read literally anything in the 21st century. Brain, it not doing the memory thing today.

  43. Nominations

    Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
    The Speed of Dark, Elizabeth Moon
    Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
    Down and out in the Magic Kingdom, Cory Doctorow
    Kiss me Twice, Mary Robinette Kowel
    Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson

  44. Holy crapola, here we go. Thank you Kyra!

    Blindsight, Peter Watts
    Lock In, John Scalzi
    Fledgling, Octavia E. Butler
    Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
    Robopocalypse, Daniel H. Wilson
    Partials, Dan Wells
    Grimspace, Ann Aguirre
    Emissaries From the Dead, Adam-Troy Castro
    Survival, Julie E. Czerneda (Choosing just ONE of her books! Arggh!!!)
    Feed, Mira Grant
    Gabriel’s Ghost, Linnea Sinclair (from that DREADFUL [/sarcasm] category known as sci-fi romance)
    The 5th Wave, Rick Yancey
    Life As We Knew It, Susan Beth Pfeiffer
    Stardoc, S.L. Viehl
    The Quiet Invasion, Sarah Zettel
    These Broken Stars, Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
    The Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson
    Killer of Enemies, Joseph Bruchac
    The Prey, Andrew Fukuda

    (If I had to pick ONE I really want to see, it’d be Peter Watts’ Blindsight. That book punched me right in the gut. And Mira Grant’s Feed made me cry. And..and…I need to stop now.)

  45. First thoughts regarding the SF bracket:

    Empress of Mars
    Diplomatic Immunity
    River of Gods
    Highest Frontier
    Ruled Britannia
    Lock In

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