Friday, April 29, 2011

Parade of F**ktards Idiots

(Soapbox time...)

These people suck big donkey danglies.

Yes. I'm talking to you, Wendy and Shanette Apple . And to you, too, Deanna Stepp and Drew Hollenbech.

Are you serious?

You're telling her what she's allowed to do in her own personal time? Away from teaching?

You planning to run her life for her?

No.

No you don't.

Get stuffed and leave her the fuck alone.

Shame on you, WNEP16, for running this story.

And shame on the people of Snyder County, PA who side with the likes of Wendy Apple and Deanna Stepp and others like them.

"A pleasant place" to live?

Not for shit like this.

/soapbox

/rant

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Release Week Goodness Coming

Just a reminder--

May 2nd begins Release Week for KAT AND MOUSE, GUNS FOR HIRE.

Join us in the Release Day Buzz (click here to find out how you can help) and follow the blog during the week for lots of fun things afoot.

See you then!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cyberpunk Writers Do Dark Fantasy

Saw this over at io9: Why do so many former cyberpunk authors now write dark fantasy?

Much of the shift seems to be because cyberpunk has come true:
There's also no denying that many of cyberpunk's preoccupations have caught up with the present. And the idea of forming your identity in a virtual space no longer feels futuristic or science fictional. To some extent, cyberpunk has come true — and you have the choice of either writing about the present-day real world, or else moving into a world that feels further removed from our own.
Plus:
...fantasy lends itself to noir quite easily. Where cyberpunk borrowed from noir motifs to explore a dark, urban environment, urban fantasy (and some epic fantasy) now does the same thing, depicting characters with shades of gray, corrupt ruling systems, and copious amounts of weirdness that ordinary people can't see.
As a writer not only of SF/F pulp adventure but also of cyberpunk, I gotta say something.

What I quoted above might be true for the writers they mention in the article.

But me?

I'm drawn to the tech of cyberpunk. Tech that's a little beyond what's in our world now.

Fully-functional limb and organ implants, both meat and metal. Jacking into your computer. Implant chips for immediate knowledge and "I know Kung Fu" skillsets.

And the guns.

I likes me the guns.

Says Pat Cadigan in the article:
I am a servant to the story. When the story comes to me, it tells me what it is and I go with that.
This.

Also the guns.

I likes me the guns.

(artwork: Doug Anderson-Cyberpunk 2020 2nd Edition; JP Targete-Purifier/artwork mash-up: me)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"Hither Came Conan..."

Know, oh prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars...

Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the earth under his sandalled feet."
--The Nemedian Chronicles


The Conan reboot is due August 19th.

I seriously hope they do this right.

I had high hopes for The Last Airbender. Especially when Shyamalan was quoted as saying he was a big fan of the series.

And we all saw what happened.

TotalMovieFail.

With Conan, I grew up watching the original films with Ah-Nuld.

Entertaining, yes. I'm sure the Conan purist had something to say about those movies, but for me, they were fun romps with sword fights and evil sorcerers and mighty-thewed warriors and scantily-clad wimmens.

In college, I read four of the Ace paperbacks that included the pastiche stories by Carter and deCamp.

Then the various novels and the Marvel comic books and comic magazines.

Several years back, I came across the Del Rey trade paperbacks of the REH Conan stories and immediately had a new appreciation for the big lug, especially when "untainted" by the pastiche stories.

So.

I'm hoping this new movie doesn't crap all over the source material.

The outlook seems good. According to Mike Stackpole, who's writing the novel tie-in, he saw a rough-cut of the film and
The actors did a great job, and having their performances in my head made writing so much easier. This is especially true of Ron Perlman, who played Conan’s father.
I also thought, as far as the novelization was concerned, the following was a nice nod to REH:
Writing the novel was a lot of fun, even though I was working on a tight schedule. I would write a chapter, take a break and read a Howard story, write another chapter and so on. I kept reading Howard’s original work to make sure that I didn’t get too far away from his original rhythms or intent. When you read the Howard stories you realize that Conan is far from stupid; and can be very voluble at the right moments. I let that be my guide...
Yeah. Good outlook. Sounds promising.

For the book.

But I'm still wary about the movie.

Okay, Hollywood.

Don't fuck this up.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Countdown to Release Day

Yes.

We have added a countdown clock.

Soon, Friends and Neighbors.

It will be very soon.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Good Doctor

Late on this but I just stumbled across it.

Jamie Todd Rubin had a nice post on Isaac Asimov back on the 6th.

The Good Doctor was my first introduction to SF, way back in the 4th grade. I had just told my Dad I wanted to write science fiction. When he came home later that same day, he gave me a copy of Nightfall and Other Stories and said, "If you want to write science fiction, read science fiction. Here's a good one to start with."
I still have that same copy sitting on my bookshelf.

Back in college, while wandering the shelves of a used bookstore in Eureka, I came across the two volumes of his autobiography In Memory Yet Green and In Joy Still Felt and added those to my library.

Good stuff. Great stories. Especially about other SF authors who were his contemporaries.

I never had a chance to meet the man. I would've liked to.

More Blogroll

A few more folks added to the Blogroll so this is a "shout out" to them.
Go visit. They're good folks.

Friday, April 8, 2011

A Music Video!!!

Because the Voices said, "Post this today kthnxbai"



Rock on, Gang.