Archive for March, 2009

MidSouthCon–Part 1

Jeff VanderMeer • March 24th, 2009 • Culture

Would you buy a book or listen to a presentation from these two goofs? Well, the folks at MidSouthCon did. Due to a, well, just a mistake I forgot to pack my more formal clothes and wound up giving my part of our Booklife workshop in a hoodie and a t-shirt that read “Nyet!”. Matt Staggs at least had on the mimic’s version of a professor’s uniform. But you couldn’t have more of a contrast. Matt’s thoughts on the con can be found here.

Me, I’m still formulating my thoughts, but here are a few pre-con observations, in the context of having had a good time and the con people treating us just wonderfully well.

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Graceland, MidSouthCon, Etc.

Jeff VanderMeer • March 22nd, 2009 • Photos

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In transit tomorrow, but just a couple of photo albums of possible interest. (And above a photo I think got left out of the Memphis photo set I posted earlier.)

MidSouth

Graceland

Had a lovely time but will be happy to be home. Met many wonderful people. And C.J. Cherryh is seriously amazing. She should do a book on writing.

Jeff

Clarion South Interview at Tor.com

Jeff VanderMeer • March 20th, 2009 • Uncategorized

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(“crit pit meat” slogan from student angela slatter)

I recently assisted Matt Staggs with an interview with Clarion South’s founders, Robert Hoge and Kate Eltham, that’s now up at Tor.com. Go check it out.

Clarion South is currently having a fund drive to over unexpected costs. You can donate to this worthy cause at this link.

Weird Tales & Da Hugo, Memphis, and SF/F Markets

Jeff VanderMeer • March 20th, 2009 • Culture

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(Ann couldn’t pick up this huge billiard ball, but I’m sure she could pick up a Hugo…)

First up, thrilled for Ann (and Stephen Segal) that Weird Tales is up for a Hugo for the first time in its history. I hope it wins. I also think Ann should’ve been up for best editor given not just WT but also the anthos she co-edited last year, but so it goes. Let’s not be greedy, shall we? (Congrats to all the nominees–limited internets here in Memphis, so no link, but I’m sure you can find it.)

Second up, Memphis photos, including metal lizard shell thingee and much more.

Third up, Sean Wallace has a break down of the percentage of new writers in several prominent genre magazines in 2008, which is worth reproducing here:

F&SF: 5%
Analog: 5%
Asimov’s: 20%
Baen’s Universe: 21%
Intergalactic Medicine Show: 32%
Interzone: 40%
Realms of Fantasy: 51%
Clarkesworld: 61%
Strange Horizons: 68%
Weird Tales: 72%
Chizine: 78%
Fantasy Magazine: 88%

If I were a new writer, this would probably make me consider focusing my efforts on Asimov’s and Weird Tales in addition to mostly online sources. Consider also that the main reason to get into Asimov’s or F&SF beyond trad prestige factors would be their virtual stranglehold on the Hugos and Nebulas. But the Hugos in particular tend not reward new writers. (Am I wrong? Tell me if so.)

Dear readers: The world is shifting. Are you shifting with it?

Which of these subjects do you want to discuss? I don’t care. Surprise me.

What’s Your Favorite Book Moment on TV?

Jeff VanderMeer • March 19th, 2009 • Uncategorized

Here’s one of mine. What’s yours?
Jeff

Another Raucous SF Signal Mind Meld

Jeff VanderMeer • March 18th, 2009 • Uncategorized

this time on taboos in the field.

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Situation Detail, Eric Orchard

Jeff VanderMeer • March 18th, 2009 • Uncategorized

As he continues to work on “converting” The Situation into image, Eric Orchard’s been posting some examples from his efforts–including the detail above. Check out his blog over the next few months for more.

MidSouthCon

Jeff VanderMeer • March 18th, 2009 • News

Today’s mostly travel to MidSouthCon in Memphis. Ann’s the editor guest of honor. Hope to see some of you at the convention!

In the meantime, here’s our short piece on fantastical Prague.

Most Depressing Songs Ever?

Jeff VanderMeer • March 17th, 2009 • Music Reviews


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So I was exercising with my ipod on shuffle and a cool little Eels song came up. Oh, what a cool little Eels song, thought I with the innocence of an ex-marmot. Then I started actually listening to the lyrics. Not only is the song depressing in a casual, general way…it’s kind of gross. (See below.)

Curious as to what you’d describe as the most depressing songs ever? Examples of lyrics, please. (BTW–when searching for appropriate image, this is too funny.)

Jeff

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“Predecessor” in Conjunctions: Betwixt the Between

Jeff VanderMeer • March 17th, 2009 • News

I’m thrilled to say that Conjunctions just took my rather nightmarish story “Predecessor” for their latest volume, which editors Bradford Morrow and Brian Evenson describe as “Postfantasy fictions that begin with the premise that the unfamiliar or liminal really constitutes a solid ground on which to walk.” You can pre-order it now. Other contributors include:

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