With birthday celebrations now receding into the past (no baked goods were harmed in the recording of this podcast), GaryÂ and I turn our attention once more to matters at hand. The Locus Awards nominees have been announced, so we discuss the usefulness of awards, how 2010 looks in retrospect, and how 2011 looks from here (with specific mention of China Mieville’s Embassytown, Greg Egan’s Clockwork Rocket, Michael Swanwick’s Dancing with Bears, Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch, and Jo Walton’s Among Others), and I set Gary a reviewing challenge. We hope you enjoy it, as always!
PS: Yes, we know it’s ridiculously long! Sorry. We’ll do better next time. Probably. No. Really. Well, possibly.
Early Saturday morning. I’m sitting here listening to a little Ron Sexsmith on the stereo while eldest daughter watches TV in the other room. If all goes to plan I should be recording a podcast this morning, and then it’s paperwork time. I’m so behind, and I need to get some time spent on it just to keep things moving.
The nice thing is that the weather in Perth is finally turning towards a convincing facsimile of autumn – cool mornings and cooler nights – which means I’m feeling more and more like reading. I’m beginning to get a little momentum on reading shorts and even reading a novel or two. While I’m making my way through the online stories at the moment, I’m also reading and enjoying James A. Corey’s Leviathan Wakes. It’s very much old school space opera, but it hits the spot right now.
There are a lot of things sitting in the background – proposals to write, taxes to do, oceans of home maintenance, and travel to plan (!) – but for this thirty minutes a little blogging and some Locus work is enough.