Pixel Scroll 10/29/19 Neither Wind Nor Fire Nor Darkness Shall Prevent The Pixels From Scrolling

(1) WOKE 100. Essence has named two well-known sff authors to its 2019 Woke 100.

This year’s list includes women who exemplify the true meaning of being change agents and power players. Working in areas from social justice to politics to entertainment, they inspire not only us here but also others around the world….

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Tananarive Due

American Book Award winner Due is a leading voice in American Black speculative fiction. The author, professor and filmmaker teaches Black Horror and Afrofuturism at UCLA….

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N.K. Jemisin

One of the best fantasy writers in the world is a Black woman. The three-time Hugo Award winner is the author of ten novels, and her latest How Long ’til Black Future Month?, which has been hailed as “marvelous and wide-ranging” by the Los Angeles Times.

(2) ‘THRONES’ PRODUCERS LEAVE STAR WARS. Deadline says the duo will be devoting their waking hours to Netflix programs: “‘Star Wars’ Setback: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Duo David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Exit Trilogy”.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the duo who in 2011 launched the singular screen sensation known as Game of Thrones, have walked away from their much-publicized deal with Disney’s Lucasfilm to launch a feature film trilogy in 2022.

Benioff and Weiss were supposed to usher in the post-Skywalker era of the Star Wars brand with a 2022 new-start story that would stake out a new frontier for the era-defining cinema brand created by George Lucas. The Emmy-winning pair cited their historic deal with Netflix. They said their enthusiasm for Star Wars remains boundless but, regrettably, their schedule is full.

…Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has plenty of other Star Wars projects in the hopper — The Rise of Skywalker on December 20, The Mandalorian in 15 days on Disney+ and the ramping up of the Ewan McGregor series, to name just three — so it’s unclear how much of a setback the now-nixed trilogy presents. There’s also no shortage of upcoming collaborators lined up, among them Rian Johnson and Kevin Feige.

…“There are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects,” the GoT pair said in a statement to Deadline. “So we are regretfully stepping away.”

(3) THRONES PREQUEL AXED. In an move reminiscent of the show’s own unexpected deaths, Deadline also reports HBO has killed one of its several Game of Thrones projects: “‘Game Of Thrones’ Prequel Pilot Starring Naomi Watts Not Going Forward At HBO”.

HBO has more Game of Thrones in the pipeline, but the prequel written by Jane Goldman and starring Naomi Watts is no longer happening.

Showrunner Goldman has been emailing the cast and crew of the project to tell them that the pilot is dead, we hear. The development has not been confirmed by HBO.

The prequel, created by the Kingsman scribe and George R. R. Martin, takes place thousands of years before the wars, romances and dragons of the Emilia Clarke- and Kit Harington-led GoT, which wrapped up its blockbuster eight-season run in May. Weaving in issues of race, power, intrigue and White Walkers, the Goldman-run prequel was given the pilot green light back in June 2018.

HBO hastened to publicize one of the surviving projects:

House Of The Dragon, a Game of Thrones prequel is coming to HBO.

The series is co-created by George RR Martin and Ryan Condal. Miguel Sapochnik will partner with Condal as showrunner and will direct the pilot and additional episodes. Condal will be writing the series.

(4) THROWING, ER, PASSING THE TORCH. Norman Spinrad’s peppery “On Books” column in the current issue of Asimov’s opines about Astounding, by Alec Nevala-Lee, and Nebula Awards Showcase 2018, edited by Jane Yolen, and Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson. [Note: Link has been updated to Pastebin, following Asimov’s removal of the column, with a statement to follow.]

Spinrad finds much to admire about the historianship of Nevala-Lee, but his positive critique is followed by the author’s own ideas about “how it really was.”  

…Nevala-Lee’s Astounding reads somewhat strangely to someone like me, who was involved with the main characters toward the ends of their literary stories and the beginning of mine, and probably would to anyone involved with the fannish history of science fiction, let alone readers of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine. Which is to say, to an insider one way or another. Nevala-Lee, at least to judge by what he has written, is not.

This has its strengths and its weaknesses. His research is admirably academically exhaustive, except when it comes to Hubbard—a notorious bullshit artist and outright liar—and on such a level is about as definitive as a full complex history of science fiction history up until the 1960s can get.

The strength of this is that Nevala-Lee writes all this from a certain emotional and neutral distance, as one might write a similar history of the nineteenth-century American union movement or the early twentieth-century history of the Hollywood film industry if these events occurred before you were born. The book would be entirely from the record. Nevala-Lee therefore has no personal axes to grind and sticks to the facts….

Then, Spinrad deconstructs the latest SFWA Nebula Awards anthology, doubting the benefit of excerpting novels and novellas, finding fault with many of the winners and runners-up represented in the book, and above all, expressing profoundly unhappy feelings about the condition of the genre:

So what does Nebula Awards Showcase 2018 tell us about the state of what the membership of SFWA is writing, and what is the state of their art in the present and likely into the future?

It tells us that fantasy has long since come to dominate SF. It tells us that many or perhaps even a majority of these SF writers do not have the education or indeed the inclination to learn the difference between science fiction and fantasy and to dish the result out to a populace that has more than enough confusion about the difference between reality and magic already.

(5) INDISTINGUISHABLE. Having encountered Spinrad’s column and Mark Lawrence’s recent post “The magic of science” on the same day, I wished for a panel discussion between the two writers — that would be highly interesting,

I’ve blogged several times on the dead and over-beaten horse of science vs magic. Today, rather than point out yet again that these two things are in fact the same, I’m going to point out an important difference.

This is not to contradict my earlier thoughts. Magic truly is science – but it’s generally presented in a manner that means it is radically different to the kind of science we encounter in the real world.

This difference has political echoes and doubtless would have political consequences if we were to encounter the most commonly imagined forms of “magic”.

In short, magic is typically presented in much the same way that superheroes are. To use magic you need to be specially gifted.

(6) TODAY IN HISTORY.

…A graduate student named Charley Kline sat at an ITT Teletype terminal and sent the first digital data transmission to Bill Duvall, a scientist who was sitting at another computer at the Stanford Research Institute (now known as SRI International) on the other side of California. It was the beginning of ARPANET, the small network of academic computers that was the precursor to the internet.

  • October 29, 2012  — In Canada, Primeval: New World first aired. A spin-off of Primeval, it starred Niall Matter (Zane Donovan on Eureka) and Sara Canning. It was canceled after the first season of thirteen episodes. 

(7) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.

[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]

  • Born October 29, 1926 Margaret Sheridan. She’s best remembered as Nikki Nicholson in The Thing from Another World. It was her first acting role and she’d be done acting a little over a decade later in the early Sixties. (Died 1982.)
  • Born October 29, 1928 Jack Donner. He’s no doubt best known for his role of Romulan Subcommander Tal in the Trek episode “The Enterprise Incident”. He would later return as a Vulcan priest in the “Kir’Shara” and “Home” episodes on Enterprise. He’d also show up in other genre shows including The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mission Impossible (eleven episodes which is the most by any guest star) and The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle. (Died 2019.)
  • Born October 29, 1928 Benjamin F. Chapman, Jr. He play the Gill-man in the land takes in Creature from the Black Lagoon. Ricou Browning did the water takes. His only other genre appearance was in Jungle Moon Men, a Johnny Weissmuller film. (Died 2008.)
  • Born October 29, 1935 ?Sheila Finch, 84. She’s best known for her stories about the Guild of Xenolinguists which are quite excellent. The Golden Gryphon collection The Guild of Xenolinguists is well worth seeking out.
  • Born October 29, 1938 Ralph Bakshi, 81. Started as low level worker at Terrytoons, studio of characters such as Heckle and Jeckle and Mighty Mouse. His first major break would be on CBS as creative director of Mighty Mouse and the Mighty Heroes. Fast forwarding to Fritz the Cat which may or may not be genre but it’s got a talking cat.  Genre wise, I’d say War Wizards which features voice work by Mark Hamill and whose final name was Wizards so it wouldn’t be confused with you know what film. Next up was The Lord of the Rings, a very odd affair. That was followed by Fire and Ice, a collaboration with Frank Frazetta. Then came what I considered his finest work, the Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures series!  Then there’s Cool World
  • Born October 29, 1941 Hal W. Hall, 78. Bibliographer responsible for the Science Fiction Book Review Index (1970 – 1985) and the Science Fiction Research Index (1981 – 1922). He also did a number of reviews including three of H. Beam Piper’s Fuzzy books showing he had excellent taste in fiction.
  • Born October 29, 1947 Richard Dreyfuss, 72. Roy Neary in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. And The Player in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Not to mention the voice of Mister Centipede in James and the Giant Peach
  • Born October 29, 1971 Winona Ryder, 48. Beetlejuice of course but also Edward Scissorhands and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Not to mention Alien Resurrection and Star Trek. Which brings me to Being John Malkovich which might be the coolest genre film of all time. 
  • Born October 29, 1979 Andrew Lee Potts, 40. He is best known as Connor Temple on Primeval and the spinoff Primeval: New World. He was also Tim Larson in Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, a British crime drama series. Yes, it’s that Stan Lee.

(8) COMICS SECTION.

  • Off the Mark shows why computer dating is out of the question for these fantastic beings.
  • Grant Snider’s Incidental Comic for Halloween. (Apologies for a duplication of one panel – WordPress insists on showing pairs of tweets when they are internal to the thread.)

(9) MARVEL’S QUESADA. The Society of Illustrators is hosting “Highlights from The Marvel Art of Joe Quesada: Selected by Joe Quesada” through November 23. They’re located at 128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY.

Featuring a one-of-a-kind selection of rare original Joe Quesada drawings assembled from the personal collection of award-winning artist and Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada.

Before becoming Marvel’s Editor-in Chief in 2000 and the company’s Chief Creative Officer in 2010, Joe Quesada made his mark as one of the most accomplished artists working in the comics medium. His groundbreaking work on series like Marvel’s X-FACTOR, DC’s THE RAY, Valiant’s NINJAK, and his own creation, ASH led to critical acclaim and an offer from Marvel to co-found the MARVEL KNIGHTS imprint. That line was an immediate success thanks to Quesada’s standout work on DAREDEVIL (with writer Kevin Smith) and later projects like WOLVERINE: ORIGIN and DAREDEVIL: FATHER (which he also wrote), cementing his reputation as one of the most important illustrators of his generation. Drawn from the pages of the career retrospective book, THE MARVEL ART OF JOE QUESADA, this exhibit features key pieces from all of those series as well as a number unique media inspired images created by Quesada during his tenure as Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer.

(10) BIG NAMES HELM FILM BASED ON STAÅLENHAG ART. ScreenRant reports “Endgame Writers Confirm Electric State Movie is Still Happening”

Avengers: Endgame writers confirm The Electric State movie is still happening. It’s no easy task following up a hit as big as this summer’s Avengers: Endgame, but it appears that the writing team of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely is more than willing to try.

AMC Theatres has tweeted out an image from a panel confirming The Electric State will be the next project from the blockbuster duo. The film is based on an art book by Swedish author/illustrator Simon Stålenhag, which utilized a successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2017 to get it off the ground. Previous reports have stated that Markus and McFeely would be working to adapt the project, with IT director Andy Muschietti on board to direct.

The Verge adds:

That film isn’t the only project based on Stålenhag’s works. Amazon Prime Video picked up Tales from the Loop for a TV series, which the artist confirmed was currently in production.

(11) WESTEROS FOR THE REST OF US. Despite Inverse’s headline — “Newly surfaced GRRM interview has a promising ‘Winds of Winter’ update” – while you learn several interesting things about what George R.R. Martin is working on, you come out knowing very little more about Winds of Winter than you knew going in.

His most interesting tidbit on Winds came in an update on his long-running series of Dunk & Egg short stories that take place within the world of Westeros. When asked if we may see more of the titular characters soon, Martin offered something of a tentative publication schedule for the next few Westeros titles.

“But first I have this book The Winds of Winter,” he said. “I have to finish that, and then I can write another Dunk and Egg story, and then I write A Dream of Spring, and then I write another Dunk and Egg story. At some point in there, I have to write the second part of Fire and Blood, so I have my work cut out for me.”

(12) JEOPARDY! Andrew Porter witnessed tonight’s Jeopardy! contestants getting stumped again.

Category: Gargoyles

Answer: Paisley Abbey in Scotland added a new gargoyle likely inspired by this 1979 horror film.

No one got the question, “What is Alien?”

(13) HAUNTED HOME ECONOMICS. The Washington Post’s Emily Heil says nothing says Halloween like a hearty round of “feetloaf.”  It’s meatloaf–but shaped like feet!  With onions for bones and Brazil nuts for toenails.  It’s also known as “Feet of Meat.” — “It’s almost Halloween, and ‘feetloaf’ is already giving us nightmares”.

… Perhaps you have stopped reading right here and are clicking around somewhere else looking for videos of baby animals in the hopes of purging this image from your mind’s eye. No one could blame you. This is grade-A sickening stuff….

(14) STOLEN ROBOT CLOTHES RETURNED. Gabrielle Russon, in “NBA player Robin Lopez unknowingly bought stolen Disney World items, records show” in the Orlando Sentinel, says that police are investigating rare Disney items acquired by Milwaukee Bucks player Robin Lopez, including Buzzy, an animatronic robot that was part of the Cranium Command exhibit retired from Epcot in 2007.  Police say Lopez is a victim or a crime ring operated by former Disney employee Patrick Spikes, who they charge with an accomplice routinely stole retired Disney exhibits and then sold them through intermediaries to high-dollar Disney collectors.

Milwaukee Bucks player Robin Lopez confirmed Tuesday he gave back the clothes from Buzzy, a Disney World animatronic that authorities said had been stolen before they were sent to the company’s archives in California….

(15) FRESH BITES. A trailer for BBC’s Dracula, which also will stream on BBC’s iPlayer.

From the makers of Sherlock, Claes Bang stars as Dracula in this brand new mini-series inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic novel.

[Thanks to Hampus Eckerman, John King Tarpinian, Mike Kennedy, Martin Morse Wooster, Cat Eldridge, Chip Hitchcock, JJ, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day bookworm1398.]

34 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 10/29/19 Neither Wind Nor Fire Nor Darkness Shall Prevent The Pixels From Scrolling

  1. (7) I didn’t get to many movies when I was a kid, unless they were movies my folks wanted to see – but I did get to see Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings (by myself) before I saw Star Wars (didn’t see it until the ’79 rerelease). I was so much into LotR then (I read the Silmarillon, listened to the LP of Tolkien singing the songs from the book, etc. etc.) and so delighted to see the outside world acknowledging something I loved, that I enjoyed the movie

  2. (7) As treasurer of my university’s student TV service, I have very fond memories of Fritz the Cat ! We used to show movies on Sunday evenings to raise funds to keep us going, and I remember banking £196 the following morning, one Monday in 1978, from 30p admissions – we were forced by public demand to put on a third showing though it was a hassle arranging to pay the film hirers for the extra showing. However, it was the most profitable film we put on all year 🙂

  3. 4) One thing I agree with Spinrad about is his dislike for the Nebula Awards Showcase practice of publishing excerpts from novels and long stories. I have no interest in reading part but not all of a story. Many pages of these anthologies are therefore wasted space as far as I’m concerned.

  4. @7: reports of the Bakshi LotR were so bad (e.g., creepy rotoscoping) that I never saw it; Wizards OTOH let him flaunt his weird.

    @8: any chance we can have the punchline? It’s clipped both here and in the link….

    @13: then there’s the airline checkin desk that we used on Halloween a few years ago; it was decorated as a house — complete with a couple of feet on loudly-stockinged legs coming out of one side of the base.

  5. @Chiip
    I found it by clicking on the image in the actual tweet (get there from the timestamp). The punchline is
    “It was a haunted home.”

  6. (4) Spinrad points to the known laws of mass and energy as a touchstone for science fiction. Does, The Lord of the Rings (specifically not counting Silmarillion, appendices or The Hobbit) break the laws of mass and energy?

    The ring can make you invisible and that’s stretching things and there is much that is manifestly fantastical but how much is physically impossible with the caveat that we aren’t told or shown how the technology might function? The ring can be tracked. Gandalf can set things on fire. He has a fast horse. The palantir are very chunky mobile phones. Aragorn knows some very effective herbal remedies.

    OK, there’s several ghosts and spectral beings and walking trees and stuff that just doesn’t exist but I can’t think of nything that fundamentally could not be.

  7. The pixels go on and on. Down from the Filers where it began. And I must scroll it if I can.

    Filers are Fans?

    15) Again? I don’t know. I kinda was intrigued by the Steampunky version they recently tried.

    4) I appear to need to get off of Mr. Spinrad’s lawn

  8. 2011 Spinrad:

    Q: Where do you think the perennial debate between what is literary fiction and what is genre is sited?

    NS: I think it’s a load of crap. See my latest column in Asimov’s, particularly re The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I detest the whole concept of genre. A piece of fiction is either a good story well told or it isn’t. The supposed dichotomy between “literary fiction” and “popular fiction” is ridiculous. Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Mailer, did not have serious literary intent? As writers of serious literary intent, they didn’t want to be “popular,” meaning sell a lot of books? They wanted to be unpopular and have terrible sales figures to prove they were “serious”?

    I say this is bullshit and I say the hell with it. “Genre,” if it means anything at all, is a restrictive commercial requirement. “Westerns” must be set in the Old West. “Mysteries” must have a detective solving a crime, usually murder. “Nurse Novels” must have a nurse. And so forth.

    In the strictly literary sense, neither science fiction nor fantasy are “genres.” They are anti-genres. They can be set anywhere and anywhen except in the mimetic here and now or a real historical period. They are the liberation of fiction from the constraints of “genre” in an absolute literary sense.

  9. 4: I have to wonder if this is the same Norman Spinrad who wrote ‘The Void Captain’s Tale’ and if so how “the known laws of mass and energy” deal with “reach hyperspace through female (presumably AFAB-only) orgasm”.

  10. I just can’t figure out why Spinrad thinks it’s so terrible if an author has “no idea at all of the difference between fantasy and science fiction, or if [they do, they just don’t] give a damn”.

    Admittedly speaking as one of the doesn’t-give-a-damners, I honestly cannot imagine what he thinks the problem is with that.

  11. Riffing on van Vogt: The right to scroll pixels is the right to be filed.

    (Surely that’s been suggested before?)

    And… in the context of making sure I remembered the original correctly, came across this perceptive quote from Philip K. Dick. discussing van Vogt’s work:

    “How frightened are you of chaos? And how happy are you with order?”

  12. If I recall correctly, Spinrad (who has done some great work that I love IMHO) has mostly written on the very soft SF side of things, which makes his line “fantasy over science fiction means decadent collapse of civilization as we know it” seem a little hypocritical.

  13. Spinrad’s early 1970s novella “The Lost Continent” features the Fuller Dome hovering over the remains of New York City, many miles in diameter, beautifully rendered. One of the two alternating first-person viewpoint characters (the pilot of the tour helicopter) mentions a few garbled facts he once heard about why it stays afloat, but of course he doesn’t actually know how the dome’s long-dead Space Age creators accomplished this. Under Spinrad’s current “known laws of mass and energy” argument, does the science fiction/fantasy boundary only apply to stories with third-person narration?

  14. If the “known laws of mass and energy” include general relativity, nothing with faster-than-light travel would qualify as science fiction. That’s a defensible position, I think, but it rules out a lot of what gets called science fiction, and even “hard science fiction.”

    “Nearly as fast as light” is also suspect, which is a shame–I was briefly enjoying a classification in which The Left Hand of Darkness has a better claim to be hard sf than most of Heinlein’s work: Tunnel in the Sky and Starman Jones not only contain FTL, they’re about things going wrong with the FTL systems, but those things mean people get badly lost, rather than the whole thing collapsing in a puff of logic.

    At least two Heinlein novels, Have Spacesuit Will Travel and Time Enough for Love, use the idea than an FTL drive is also a time machine. That’s alluded to in some of Le Guin’s late works as well, notably “The Shobies’ Story” and “A Fisherman of the Inland Sea.” [and now I’m off to look for crossover fanfic between those and Discworld, namely the idea of narrativium]

  15. gottacook says :Spinrad’s early 1970s novella “The Lost Continent” features the Fuller Dome hovering over the remains of New York City, many miles in diameter, beautifully rendered. One of the two alternating first-person viewpoint characters (the pilot of the tour helicopter) mentions a few garbled facts he once heard about why it stays afloat, but of course he doesn’t actually know how the dome’s long-dead Space Age creators accomplished this. Under Spinrad’s current “known laws of mass and energy” argument, does the science fiction/fantasy boundary only apply to stories with third-person narration?

    I’m forever fascinating by Spinrad and others who think that over here is fantasy and over thisaway is sf.

    Are Niven’s transfer booths sf? Not really as there’s no proven science behind them yet, but they’re clearly presented as sf. Most of which is presented as sf is really fantasy in sf trappings. Dune certainly is to use a novel considered sf is as, well, is any novel with faster than light travel in it is. We accept that they are sf but that doesn’t make them sf.

  16. For my part, I’ve always drawn the boundary between sci-fi and fantasy based on how the speculative elements are presented. That is, if something isn’t scientifically plausible but is presented as the result of technology or as-yet-unknown natural laws, I generally consider it sci-fi. For example, Star Trek features FTL, various incorporeal energy beings, telepathy, and shapeshifters who tell the law of conservation of mass to sit down and shut up. But these are treated as the product of technology and/or the natural process of evolution, so I’m perfectly happy with the description of Star Trek as a sci-fi series. A Forgotten Realms novel in which a high-level wizard teleports, reads minds, and shapeshifts into a ginormous dragon by casting spells would be fantasy, even though the same physical laws are being violated.

    And of course, there are plenty of stories that blur the lines or which have both advanced technology and magic present.

  17. Jake: the same Norman Spinrad who wrote… “reach hyperspace through female (presumably AFAB-only) orgasm”

    Ugh, really? And he has the unbelievable nerve to criticize the legitimacy of anyone — literally anyone — else’s works as science fiction??? 🙄

  18. @Nina —

    For my part, I’ve always drawn the boundary between sci-fi and fantasy based on how the speculative elements are presented. That is, if something isn’t scientifically plausible but is presented as the result of technology or as-yet-unknown natural laws, I generally consider it sci-fi.

    Me too, mostly.

    If a character thinks that telepathy exists because of handwavy-handwavy-blah-blah-brainwaves (e.g. Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang), then I’ll accept it as sf even if I have to roll my eyes. And if a character thinks that telepathy exists because of magic, I’ll breathe a sigh of relief and call it f. The big difference for me is what the characters themselves believe. (Caveat for stories about devolved civilizations who believe tech is magic, because we the readers are clued in about the tech.)

  19. For my part, I’ve always drawn the boundary between sci-fi and fantasy based on how the speculative elements are presented.

    Exactly this: SF is a subgenre of fantasy that uses the trappings of science and technology to aid in suspension of belief and explore ideas. Nearly all SF stories can be redone as fantasy, and vice versa.

    I’m also a bit skeptical about Mark Lawrence’s commenting of the elitist vs egalitarian nature of magic vs science. While yes anyone can use technology (much as anyone can use a magic sword) and learn some science (like learning some folk charms) major high level tech and science has a similar elite quality to magical talent both in fiction, and to a lesser extent in real life.

  20. I have some sympathy for Spinard here, I too am disappointed that fantasy is more popular than science fiction and therefore wins a lot of the awards. I wish people would like sci-fi more. But that’s just the way it is and telling people not to like what they like is pointless.

  21. bookworm1398 says I have some sympathy for Spinard here, I too am disappointed that fantasy is more popular than science fiction and therefore wins a lot of the awards. I wish people would like sci-fi more. But that’s just the way it is and telling people not to like what they like is pointless.

    Well I’ll recommend Arkady Martine’s A Memory of Empire which is a splendid space opera that’s SF with no trappings of fantasy at all. A Desolation called Peace, the second in the series, is due in September of next year. Highly recommended!

  22. @ Cat Eldridge. I loved A Memory of Empire! The world building is terrific. And the plot keeps going in unexpected but not jarring new directions.
    Just to be clear, there are a number of fantasy books that I love also. It’s just the ratio that is off.

  23. @Contrarius: Fourthed, and I took a crack at replicating the violet-and-ginger cocktail from that one scene. (Then I found the author’s recipe on line, which is good too.)

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