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Archive for May, 2011

I’m at the Monterey Fish Market today, buying shrimp, decked out in my Esoteric Order of Dagon hoodie — nice big graphic on the back, restrained “EOD, Innsmouth Chapter” on the front. 
While the fish guy’s bagging my shrimp, he asks, What’s EOD?
It’s a HP Lovecraft thing, I tell him. 
So we talk about HP for a bit, he rings me up, and the total is $6.66.
He points to the scale and raises one eyebrow.
Hey, plate of shrinp, I say.
Yep, he says.  We conclude the transaction and I’m out of there, grinning like a fool.

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This is in the Binding Energy collection.  I’d completely forgotten that it’s posted here as well.

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Got a box of advance review copies of  “Crack” this weekend.  The cover loooks great.  I will be sending them out to the usual suspects over the next few days.   We’re looking at 9/1 for a launch date.  Stay tuned for readings and signings announcements.  As this publisher did with Burn Rate, when we launch we will be releasing a free e-book under a Creative Commons license and selling copies made of atoms from Amazon, B&N, and indie bookstores.

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I was surprised and saddened to hear that Joanna Russ passed away at 74.  I haven’t thought about her work for awhile, but the field is a different and better place for her influence — a tremendous and lasting gift to writers and readers, men and women.  It’s worth reiterating what people familiar with her work already know — she was a kickass writer.  When It Changed is still with me, some 35 years after reading it. (“Katy drives like a maniac.”)  Picnic On Paradise was the first s.f. book I ever read with a strong, smart, competent, interesting female lead. As a young reader and fledgling writer, as a guy, this was a huge deal.

Goodbye, Joanna — grace and peace.

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