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Our buddy Blind Lemming Chiffon is in a bit of a rough patch right now. To help get through it, he has a bunch of nifty collectible books available on eBay. Won't you help?
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Great sadness. Elmore Leonard has passed away at the age of 87. He wrote remarkable works, vivid and exciting, many of which were translated to film.

I will never forget the first time I saw Get Shorty. There's this remarkable moment with John Travolta and Dennis Farina, where Farina -- oh, just watch:



I was about to go crazy when Farina incorrectly used "e.g.", and Travolta corrected him, and I loved this movie and everything about it, and especially I loved Elmore Leonard.

Rest well, sir, and thanks.
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The current Humble Bundle is a jaw-droppingly cool collection of eBooks by such luminaries as Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean, Cory Doctorow, Randall Munroe, and Wil Wheaton. The deluxe edition of The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle, Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold....

The Humble Weekly Sale that just started is also superb: There's a famous series of old, old, old-school RPGs set in a world called Avernum. They're not awfully expensive, but pricey enough that, in these days of damn near cinematic experiences, they may not seem very enticing. Well, now you can get them STUPID CHEAP. Literally, right now the average to get all of 'em and unlock the two extra games is $3.93. So, kick in four bucks, get EIGHT adventure games for PC, Mac, or Linux.

Any other cool online deals we should know about (besides, of course, the current 5th anniversary sale at the Apple App Store, Giveaway Of The Day, and Kindle Buffet)?
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Great sadness -- one of the legends has fallen. Richard Matheson has passed away at the age of 87.

It isn't really possible to overstate Matheson's influence on the genres of fantasy and science fiction. His works include:
  • I Am Legend (adapted to film at least three times, starring the minor, unimportant actors Vincent Price, Charlton Heston, and Will Smith)
  • The Shrinking Man (also adapted to film, another minor, unimportant Effing Classic of horror)
  • Bid Time Return (you might have seen the film adaptation of this -- Somewhere In Time with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour)
  • Hell House (adapted to film as The Legend of Hell House)
  • a bunch of classic Twilight Zone episodes (and when I say classic, I mean "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" classic).
He wrote the short story "Duel", which Spielberg adapted to film, and the screenplays for The Night Stalker, The Martian Chronicles, and the excellent Jack Palance TV adaptation of Dracula. His short story "Button, Button" was adapted (not to his liking) on The New Twilight Zone, and also into the movie The Box.

He wrote the screenplays for three of Corman's Poe movies, including The Pit and the Pendulum and The Raven, fer cryin' out loud.

I will never forget one of his Night Gallery scripts (from his own short story), "Big Surprise". You can watch it here. Such a simple story, such a great payoff.

The upshot of which is: Go down his list of works, and you will find a lot of things you know and love.

Rest well, sir, and thank you so much.
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So many things we celebrate on Geek Pride Day!

First, of course, it's the Glorious 25th of May, for all you Discworld fans.

It's also the 36th anniversary of the release of the original, non-Episode IV Star Wars. We weren't completely unprepared -- technically, Jaws was the first "blockbuster" -- but, besides being the coolest thing most of us had ever seen up to that point, Star Wars was absolutely transformative in how films were both created and marketed. Along with Star Trek, it can be considered one of the foundations of modern mythology.

And, celebrating another of those foundations, it's Towel Day, celebrating the life and writings of author Douglas Adams, creator of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Here's hoping that, someday, we'll all have a proper edition of that mind-bogglingly useful book.

And, on top of all that, it's the birthday of such geek legends as Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803), Sir Ian McKellen (1939), Frank Oz (1944), Barry Windsor-Smith (1949), and Stan Sakai (1953).

How are you celebrating Geek Pride Day? I'm at Up In The Aether Con in Dearborn, MI, where the place has already been going crazy since yesterday morning. Wonderful folks, superb cosplay, Victorian mad science, gorgeous women in corsets, fun fun fun.
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Okay, so here's an attempt to lighten the mood. Isn't this gorgeous?

There are actually three Oz comics coming out at about the same time (here's a look at the other two), but the one is a straight-up adaptation of Book 6, while the other is, to be charitable, just a touch slutty. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Said the guy who has Alan Moore's Lost Girls in the big-ass slipcase edition.

What's your favorite song from The Wizard of Oz? Okay, fine, the whole soundtrack, not a clinker in the bunch (thank goodness the "Jitterbug" scene was cut). But if we ever do an In Concert version at OVFF or somethin', I'd love to play the Cowardly Lion, so I could sing "If I Were King Of The Forest".

And "... Da NOIVE."
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Incredible sadness -- we have lost a member of the fannish Family. Writer Nick Pollotta has succumbed to the cancer he's been fighting for some time now. Condolences and hugs and gentle songs and strength to his lovely wife Melissa.

Nick and I didn't see each other much, but we counted each other as friends. We were silly at each other, we talked about books and comics and Just Stuff, and he was a sharp and funny guy with a lot of stories in him.

Rest well, my friend, and thanks.
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AVAST, ye scuppers! It's been awhile since we've done anything nautical around these parts, and I've been wantin' ta tell ya's of a new book by a swab name o' Eric Geary.

Free Pirates For Hire: Setting Sail is the tale of a fair young maiden, Dawnya, who happens t'be the grand niece of the former Infamous Pirate Derith. He leaves her his piratical legacy, including the good ship Sea Dryad.

Now this is the kinda Young Adult fic I can get behind. It's a crackin' read -- ye can try a sample here -- and ye can buy it in pretty much any format, including an actual book, from a variety o' semi-reputable online purveyors o' stuff.

NOW THEN, ye lubbers -- anything ye needs to boost the signal on fer your own selves? ARRR!
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Woulda hyped this sooner, if I'd seen it. [personal profile] madfilkentist is trying to fund a book called Files That Last, evangelizing and explaining digital preservation to a wide range of computer users. Thing is, it's only got about 8 hours left. If you like the idea, won't you help?
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If all you gaming geeks and art collectors want a bad-ass hardcover collection of the art of Larry Elmore, you have less than three hours to kick in. Stretch goals have already expanded the package quite a lot (the basic $49 Fan Package now includes the 336-page hardcover book [up from the original 256], a 64-page softcover sketchbook, six 8x10" prints of Larry's D&D and Dragonlance box covers, and a ticket for a motorcycle ride with him down in Kentucky), so it's a hell of a deal.

WindyCon

Nov. 9th, 2012 09:47 am
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Oh yeah. Seanan, Amy, Evil Stevie, and the whole Chicago gang. I still have forty million things to do; I'll try to finish at least eighteen of 'em this afternoon. I have a concert Saturday afternoon, a set at the Masquerade, and I'm running Whose Line Is It Anyway? on Sunday.

Les and I will be there today -- who else?
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My vote for best current web series is The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Simple idea: a retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, in the present day... as a video blog.

I can't recommend this one enough. The script is great, the performers are wonderful, and the episodes are only about four or five minutes long, so you can catch up at your leisure. (They just got to the point where Darcy SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER Lizzie.)

What other web series, past and present, do we need to see? If at all possible, make sure they're on YouTube or some other service that doesn't require signing in 'n' stuff. (Hulu just ticks me off.)
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A collection of six excellent electronic books in various formats. The sale is for charity; the price is pay-what-you-want. If you exceed the average (currently $13.98), you get seven more books unlocked.

This is going for only two more days, so hey.
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Prompted by [profile] shsilver:

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
A tale of a great house war
Harkonnen and Atriedes,
With lots of blood and gore.

The Duke was a mighty nobleman,
The Baron gross and huge,
For Arrakis they set sail that day,
Expecting subterfuge...
But not a Harkonnen stooge.

Imperial troops were in disguise,
The Duke was double-crossed,
If not for the warning of the traitor Yueh,
His family would be lost,
His family would be lost.

They hide away with the Fremen and they hope for freedom soon,
With Jessica...
And Maud'Dib too...
His friend Stilgar...
And his wife...
St. Alia...
Guerney Halleck and Irulan,
Here on water-starved Dune!
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Indeed, congrats and hugs and Huzzahs! to all the winners, but especially to our friend [profile] ursulav (Best Graphic Novel, Digger), our own [personal profile] jimhines (Best Fan Writer), our dear loves [personal profile] matociquala and [personal profile] seanan_mcguire (members of the team that won Best Fancast, SF Squeecast), and especially [community profile] papersky (Best Novel, Among Others)!
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He would've been 92 today. In his honor, NASA officially designated the Curiosity Rover landing site Bradbury Landing.
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Great sadness, as another giant has passed. Author Harry Harrison has passed away at the age of 87. Condolences to his family and friends.

Harrison gave us the now-universally-known Soylent Green in Make Room! Make Room! He created Slippery Jim DeGriz (The Stainless Steel Rat) and Bill the Galactic Hero. He wrote an excellent early steampunk novel (A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!). He wrote of Eden and Deathworld and much, much more. He cranked out a hell of a lot of work, and it was all damn good fun. Thank you, sir -- you will be missed.

If you'd like to leave a memorial, click here.
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End of an era, really. Gore Vidal has passed away at the age of 86.

Calling him a writer, a wit, seems so small. He was a literary force of nature, a modern Oscar Wilde, with all the good and bad that entailed. Hell of a personality, one who did not suffer fools (and, to him, there were a lot of fools). Like him or not, his influence was profound, and there simply aren't many like him left. Rest well, sir.
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Tomorrow, I take care of good ol' Garnet in Columbus, then spend most of the rest of the week working on music and Tom Smith Online, which has been sadly neglected for a couple of months now. There will also be watchings of episodes of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, which is a pretty damn fine show.

And what's your week look like?

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