Author: Robert J. Sawyer
Original Publication Date: February 2003
$17.47 U.S. (hardcover)
$6.99 U.S. (paperback)
$9.99 Canadian (paperback)
In the second book of The Neanderthal Parallax, contact becomes commonplace between our earth and an alternate one where Neanderthals have established civilization.
The 50th Anniversary Hugo Awards Ceremony took place tonight at the 61st World Science Fiction Convention (Torcon 3) in Toronto, Ontario. MC Spider Robinson’s opening comments praising Science Fiction seemed at odds with the number of fantasy works which were nominated or which won.
The familiar rocket-statue was plated with gold this year, and set in carved maple representing the fury and flame of lift-off, stylized into a maple leaf.
So…. Who won?
The 61st Annual World Science Fiction Convention, “Torcon3”, opens August 28 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and runs until September 1.
Guests of Honour include George R.R. Martin, Frank Kelly Freas, Mike Glyer, and toastmasters Spider and Jeanne Robinson. A zillion guests and panellists will appear, including Suzy Charnas, Julie Czerneda,Tanya Huff, China Miéville, Larry Niven, Fred Pohl, Terry Pratchett, Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert Silverberg, Melinda Snodgrass, Caro Soles…. And (cough)Timeshredder, who will appear on an obscure Saturday morning panel.
Imagine science and technology came to Middle-Earth. Now imagine that it’s not Middle-Earth, but Bas-Lag, and in place of hobbits, orcs, elves, and ents, you have remade humans, amphibious vodyanoi, desert-born cactacae, and gargoyle-like wyvern. In place of epic heroism, imagine cross-motivated realpolitik. Mix SF, fantasy, steampunk, and urban drama, people the result with psychologically complex (and complexed) characters, and have an extraordinarily gifted writer tell the tale. The book is China Miéville’s Perdido Street Station, the mind-bending predecessor to this year’s Hugo-nominated The Scar.
Tired of films with few virtues beyond stuff blowin’ up good? Looking for a film that adds elements of the mythic to everyday life, instead of a bloated myth that add characters emotionally unlike anyone who ever existed? Check out Whale Rider, inspired by Witi Ihimaera’s novel (which may be purchased from Amazon.com or Amazon.ca)
I don’t even play console RPGs, and I found this funny. One of my nephews sent me the link to this list of RPG cliches.
We’re not talking your SF/Fantasy/Comic-Book/Anime stuff here. Those films get reviewed on a regular basis here at Bureau42. We’re talking about movies that put nerds, geeks, freaks, and the like—y’know, people like your friends—on camera.