Just as I would urge you to subscribe to F&SF, Asimov’s, Interzone or any of the fiction magazines, I’d urge you to subscribe to Locus. I’ve worked on it for a while and read it for a lot longer and think it’s a worthwhile magazine. Mark has just fixed the online subscription form, so it’s pretty straightforward to do.
There’s an article about Anne Rice’s response to Amazon.com reader’s reviews over at the New York Times. In the piece she re-iterates her comments about editors and editing, saying “People who find fault and problems with my books tend to say, ‘She needs an editor,’ When a person writes with such care and goes over and over a manuscript and wants every word to be perfect, it’s very frustrating.” The point that most people seem to be missing is that she’s saying this is the best she can do. She’s worked hard on Blood Canticle and does not know how to make it any better. It’s a little sad, really, but rather plucky to admit to it when you think about it.
William Gibson started blogging back in 2003 to help promote his novel Pattern Recognition. At the end of the publicity tour, faced with beginning work on his next novel, he wrote that he was taking a hiatus from blogging while he was writing the new book.
Locus Online reports that yesterday he started blogging again. Anticipating the obvious question, he wrote: “Why? Because the United States currently has, as Jack Womack so succinctly puts it, a president who makes Richard Nixon look like Abraham Lincoln. And because, as the Spanish philosopher Unamuno said, ‘At times, to be silent is to lie.’”
Today is Princess Sophie’s birthday. She is three. Hip hip hooray, oh frabjous day!! Last night was spent assembling things, as parents do, in preparation for the big day. She was fast asleep when I left for work this morning, but hopefully she’s going to have the best birthday ever (till next time)!
The ABC has posted the transcript of the first half of “In Realms of Gold”, a documentary about Shirley de la Hunty.