God I hate Chicago

Jul. 26th, 2016 12:44 pm
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I fucking knew it. I just knew this would happen--I made plans to stay in Chicago for a week after Vividcon to see Sebastian Stan at Wizard World, something I’ve never done before (I’m not usually an actor-con type person), but I figured I was in the city anyway and he’ll never come out here to the Northwest. Guess who just cancelled?

And now I’m stuck there with a nonrefundable plane ticket and the costs of all these goddamn hotels, and there’s literally no one I give a shit about seeing there other than meeting up with my friends who were also going to see Sebastian. They didn’t even say whether the refund means the entire cost of admission, or if I’ll have to buy an actual pass for the fucking con, a con I really have no interest in attending. I have always hated Chicago--every time I go there something shitty happens, last year was the only year I’ve gone where it was actually a relatively pleasant trip and no disasters. I should have known.

I am so bummed. I didn’t really care about the autographs, but I was looking forward to actually seeing his pretty face in person and he's always such an entertaining panelist.

Just 3 days to CON.TXT!

Jul. 26th, 2016 03:22 pm
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Are you ready for the con? Here's some handy links for you:

* Want to start planning out your con weekend? Here's the schedule. If there's something you don't see on the schedule that you want to talk about, think about planning a DIY panel!

* Check out the ride sharing post and the room sharing post.

* If you make art or crafts, or have other fannish or geeky items you'd like to sell (or if know someone who does!), there's still time to sign up for a table at the Fan Fair!

* Donate items for the CON.TXT Raffle to support Planned Parenthood!

* Want to announce a room party (or movie theatre outing) or you're looking for one to go to? Check out the Room Party Post.

Also, if you didn't purchase a CON.TXT membership, there are still ways to attend the con!

• Buy a full CON.TXT weekend membership at the door for $120.
• Buy a day membership for $60 per day.
• Attend Disco Duck (and/or visit our Game Room) on Saturday night for $20 at the door. (Dance and Games start at 8PM.)

See you soon!
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On the Edge of the Devil's Backbone (233831 words) by bedlamsbard
Chapters: 20/?
Fandom: Star Wars: Rebels, Star Wars - All Media Types
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Kanan Jarrus/Hera Syndulla
Characters: Hera Syndulla, Kanan Jarrus, Sabine Wren, Garazeb "Zeb" Orrelios, C1-10P | Chopper, Ezra Bridger, Cham Syndulla, Barriss Offee, Kallus | ISB-021, Darth Vader, Ahsoka Tano, The Inquisitor (Star Wars), The Seventh Sister, The Fifth Brother
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, Canon-Typical Violence

Ten years after she vanished during an Imperial raid on a Twi'lek colony, Cham Syndulla sees his daughter Hera for the first time in a hologram -- now wearing the uniform of an Imperial agent and apparently working closely with a human Inquisitor. All Cham wants to do is to bring his long-missing child home to what remains of her family, but he soon finds that Hera Syndulla is only interested in two things: her duty to the Empire and her loyalty to her crew, a mismatched collection of outcasts brought together by Hera and her pet Inquisitor.

With Cham and the Rebel agent known as Fulcrum in pursuit, a new mission takes Hera and the crew of the Ghost to the planet Lothal, where a chance meeting with a Force-sensitive teenager awakens something long buried in the Inquisitor once known as Kanan Jarrus...and has dire consequences for Hera, their crew, the Empire, and the fledgling Rebel Alliance.


Preview: Haunt )
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Another of those pieces about getting a jump on the next day by eating into the day you're actually in -

- which sounds a bit Carrollian, though I'm not sure whether it's the Red Queen running to stay in the same spot, or the White Queen crying out before she was hurt -

- Get Started On Tomorrow Tonight If You Want Any Hope of Getting Ahead.

Maybe it's just me, but I think there's a distinction between having your clothes laid out ready for the morning and your bag packed ready for whatever you're going to need in the course of the day, and spending part of your presumably non-work, leisure hours fretting over work.

I suppose this does depend a bit on what sort of a job you do, but in some cases I would anticipate that starting thinking about the morrow would be likely to cause massive insomnia, which would surely be counter-productive.

Watchers of the Dark, Lloyd Biggle Jr

Jul. 26th, 2016 06:42 pm
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This book says it was published in 1968, so I was ready to be unimpressed by it.
And the 'twist' ending I did indeed see coming a mile away. I mean, it didn't set up any alternatives, it just did the thing where we could see it and relied on us not seeing it. Seeing it from nearly the beginning made the plot a bit tedious.
But it had some fun layers. Read more... )

I'm not sad to have spent time reading it, but I'm very on the fence about giving it shelf space in the future. It doesn't suck, but it doesn't rock. If I run out of shelving again (hah, when, when I run out of shelving again) I think this'll be front of the queue to get gone.


Jul. 26th, 2016 01:16 pm
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Posted by Ming_Fei



Words: 537, Chapters: 1/3, Language: 中文

Missed opportunity

Jul. 26th, 2016 12:28 pm
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Oh, one more thing I wish had been true about Star Trek: Beyond:

spoiler )
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With the delay of Inhumans and the upcoming Doctor Strange, Agents of SHIELD has a much wider world to work in. In a press roundtable after their Comic-Con panel, we talked to executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen about what those things meant for the future of the show.


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Posted by Maddie Stone on Gizmodo, shared by Adam Clark Estes to io9

In a landmark revelation that’s about twenty years late, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formally declared that greenhouse gas emissions from jet engines endanger the health of humans and the environment by contributing to climate change.


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Posted by Code-Name_Black_Widow (LadyYunaRose)


Steve nota lo sguardo tradito di Bucky e la confusione di Sam, poi segue lo sguardo di Sam verso la pila di frutta mezza mangiata nel bidone della spazzatura. Un’improvvisa comprensione gli appare in volto.

“Oh,” dice. “Bucky ha scoperto il fatto delle banane.”

La volta in cui viene compianta un’icona americana. Ma probabilmente non quella a cui state pensando voi.

Words: 1387, Chapters: 1/1, Language: Italiano

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Posted by Rob Bricken

Another Comic-Con has come to a close, after four days of bright lights, big news, and sublime cosplay. There were some amazing moments—and some that flopped, and flopped hard. Here’s our list of the biggest winners of San Diego Comic-Con 2016, and its biggest losers, too.


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Posted by George Dvorsky on Gizmodo, shared by Adam Clark Estes to io9

The ability to control fire brought our ancestors countless benefits, but as a new study by Australian researchers suggests, it may have also triggered the spread of one of the worst blights to afflict our species: tuberculosis.


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Posted by Bryan Menegus on Sploid, shared by Adam Clark Estes to io9

Take a good hard look at the weather we’ve been having lately: the Earth doesn’t want us here anymore. It’s been politely hinting we’ve overstayed our welcome for some time, and now it’s resorted to throwing plates. We did this to ourselves. It’s time to bow out gracefully.


Big News From Tor Books

Jul. 26th, 2016 03:45 pm
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Posted by John Scalzi

Involving my editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden and others. Allow me to reprint the press release:

Patrick Nielsen Hayden has been named Associate Publisher of Tor Books, effective immediately. This award-winning 28-year veteran of Tor has brought numerous prestigious and bestselling authors to the list, including John Scalzi, Cory Doctorow and Charlie Jane Anders, to name a few. His vision has been instrumental in the development of Tor.

Devi Pillai, who led the US division of Orbit to its position as Tor’s fastest-growing competitor, will be joining Tor, also as Associate Publisher. “I’ve watched Devi’s work with admiration for a long time now; her qualifications are outstanding, and she’ll be a great addition to our team,” said Tor Books publisher Tom Doherty. “As we continue our 35-year commitment to adult SF and fantasy, Devi and Patrick will work alongside each other to oversee our numerous editors who work primarily in these twin genres,” he continued.

In addition, Doherty has named Linda Quinton Publisher of Forge Books. Previously she was Associate Publisher and Vice President of marketing for Tor/Forge. Forge publishes many popular and bestselling authors, including William R. Forstchen, Eric Lustbader, Douglas Preston, Patrick Taylor and Bruce Cameron. The company will announce a new head of marketing and publicity in the near future to fill the role Quinton leaves behind.

Kathleen Doherty, Publisher of Tor Teen and Starscape, has spent 30 years growing our YA and middle-grade publishing, first through book clubs and book fairs, and then by developing our program into a pair of full-fledged, NYT-bestselling imprints full of excellent YA and middle-grade authors. Kathleen has also been responsible for the tremendous school, library, and educational market growth that our whole house has benefited from over the past three decades. The company intends to increase the marketing support we provide to her excellent team.

“At a time when so many of our competitors are cutting back, consolidating imprints, and reducing staff, it’s wonderful to know that Macmillan enthusiastically supports our plan for growth,” says Doherty.

“We will shortly be announcing further additions and promotions within our editorial staff. Here’s to an amazing team that it’s my privilege to lead into a great future.”

I am first hugely thrilled for Patrick, with whom I have worked for the entire length of my novel-writing career. Hugely thrilled but not in the least surprised. He’s been at Tor for nearly three decades and has had a very large role in making it the success it has been to date. He’s a natural hire here.

I’m also hugely thrilled for Devi Pillai, and for Tor that they have managed to convince her to join the team. She’s generally considered to be one of the smartest people in the field and she’s done fantastic work at Orbit, hands down. They couldn’t have picked better.

And I’m hugely thrilled for me, and other Tor writers, present and future. It is in fact a big deal that Macmillan is investing Tor rather than standing pat, or cutting back. It’s important for authors, no matter who they are or how they publish, that the total ecosystem for publishing is robust and offers a range of options to get their work out in the world. So whether you’re self-pubbed, small-pubbed or large-pubbed (or some combination of the three), one of the largest publishing companies in the world deciding to grow its science fiction and fantasy publisher is an unambiguously good thing. I’m glad to be a Tor author today and look forward to continuing to be one for some time to come.

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Does this zombie short have a fair amount of gore and violence? Yes. It also has the incredible image of a lone zombie doing some amazing dancing in the middle of all the carnage.


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Posted by Cheryl Eddy

Recently, Sigourney Weaver said that Neill Blomkamp’s still-in-the-ether Alien movie be a new sequel to Aliens, meaning, it would render the series’ existing third and fourth films redundant. Alien 3 may be the most maligned film in the franchise, but it would be a shame to erase Ripley’s adventure on Fury 161, and here’s why.


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Posted by Matt Novak on Paleofuture, shared by Adam Clark Estes to io9

For decades, Ray Kurzweil has consistently been wrong about the future. But people still listen to him for some reason. In fact, organizations reportedly pay him $50,000 per speech to hear him say inane things about the shiny, tech-utopian world of tomorrow. At one such speech he recently said that the world isn’t getting worse, it’s merely our perception. Allow me to humbly suggest that, at best, Ray Kurzweil is talking bullshit.



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