Category Archives: Science fiction

After the hacking

Jonathan Strahan
Jonathan Strahan

Well, as is clear from the previous post and my social media, this blog was hacked by some nice people who used a bot of some sort to crack an old FTP password, delete everything and inject cruft into the database.

These things happen and it’s taken a bit of time to get the whole thing going again. It’ll take a good while for me to go through and clean up the fifteen or so years worth of posts here so I have to decide if that’s worth the time, so my apologies for odd characters in older posts.  I’m also going to give some thought to what place, if any, a blog has in the modern world. It probably should be some kind of personal sales thing, but that doesn’t sound a lot of fun, really.

Episode 474: Ten Minutes with Jane Yolen

Ten minutes with… is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they’re reading right now and what’s getting them through these difficult times.

Legendary Grand Master Jane Yolen shares with Gary some delightful personal news, as well as her advice to aspiring authors on how the lockdown can be seen as a gift to writers, the pleasures of “munchie” writing like Cat Valente or Gregory Maguire, the short stories of Theodora Goss, and Linda Barnes’s Carlotta Carlyle mysteries.

Books mentioned include:

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Episode 394: Ten Minutes with Sofia Samatar

Ten minutes with… is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they’re reading right now and what’s getting them through these difficult times.

Today Gary chats with World Fantasy Award-winning Sofia Samatar about the great German writer W.G. Sebald, returning to formative books in times of stress, the literary prehistory of robots as explored in her wonderful story “Fairy Tales for Robots”, and her upcoming story “The New Book of the Dead” in Philosophy Through Science Fiction Stories.

Books mentioned include:

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Weekending

What a busy weekend! A pleasant couple of hours at The Flying Scotsman with KJ turned into an even more pleasant evening at home. Saturday was all about getting daughter to WAAP and then meeting up at Stefen’s Books for a terrific Cat Valente signing (with additional reading from Space Opera by Cat and Heath Miller). I’m guessing there are still signed copies of Cat’s books, so get in touch!

Sunday and the now traditional Coffeepool Karaoke where Miss 19 and I (joined this week by Miss 18) headed out to Yahava in the Swan Valley to pick up coffee and spend time singing loudly in the car on the way there and back, before Miss 18 and I met up with Cat for lunch at Clancy’s Fish Pub. A great time, and Cat managed to completely turn Miss 18s world on its end regarding Antigone. Great stuff.

And then back to the world. No reading done and lots to do. Busy!