Monthly Archives: April 2011

End of April wandering around the blog-o-verse

What I’ve been reading around the writing and publishing and entertainment blogosphere in April, part the second. If I have any personal commentary,  I’ve added it in parenthesis and in italics. The Periodic Table of Storytelling. I found this through … Continue reading

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Awards and such: BSFA, Philip K. Dick, and Hugo

In recent speculative fiction news, the British Science Fiction Association announced it’s award winners at Eastercon/Illustrious (with thanks to Science Fiction Award Watch, where I found this information): Novel: The Dervish House, Ian McDonald (Gollancz) Short Fiction: – “The Shipmaker,” Aliette … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Meeee! On a Pale Star’s 1st Blog Birthday. Now with giveaways!

On a Pale Star turns one this week, and in honor of my making it through the first year of blogging and reviewing, I’m hosting a giveaway. There are three prizes: One (1) trade paperback of Twilight Forever Rising by … Continue reading

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Review: Dark and Stormy Knights, edited by P.N. Elrod (part I)

Let me preface my review by saying that I’ve not read any of these authors before. I have some of their novels on my shelves, waiting to be read, and all of them have works on my TBR list, but I’m coming into these stories as a complete novice to the larger stories they might be related to. Just so you know. Continue reading

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Mid-April Been ’round the blogosphere again…

What I’ve been reading around the writing and publishing blogosphere so far this month:  Stephen Hunt on the BBC, during World Book Night, completely shunning SFF as a genre: “Imagine a world where those in charge of broadcast programming have … Continue reading

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Review: The Company Man, by Robert Jackson Bennett

While I wasn’t sure about the slowish start, and I had to ponder the ending for a few days before I wrote up the review, I’d gladly recommend the story to my friends. This is a little bit mystery, horror, steampunk, and sci-fi, and all those elements work to make a great story. Continue reading

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Coming Soon: The April Releases I’m Curious About

I say all that and yet there are three new releases I find intriguing this month, and all three are the first books in a new series. Now the internal dialogue begins: do I jump in and buy as soon as they come out? Wait until the library has them? Hold out a few years until the rest of the series is published or close to finishing? Continue reading

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Prometheus Award Finalists Announced

If you’re interested in such things, the Libertarian Futurist Society has announced the 2011 finalists for the Prometheus Award. Continue reading

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Beyond Banned…

This week my mom pointed me to a NPR article, Beyond Banned, that I thought was worth sharing. I take huge, gigantic issue with censorship and banning of books, so even though this isn’t strictly related to speculative fiction, I … Continue reading

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