Wherein Tom decides to spend $1,000 on an Alastair Reynolds book, Veronica decides to become an author, and we remember “that comedian”. It’s a chatty episode, a little longer than some have been, but we hope you find it chock full of goodness.
The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (3rd Edition) goes live
Agatha H and the Airship City: Girl Genius book is a cross between a comic and a prose novel
Cover art for BLUE REMEMBERED EARTH by Alastair Reynolds — Tom’s excited about this series
SF Authors Predict Computing’s Future
Oct. 18 2011
Aloha from Hell, Richard Kadrey (Harper Voyager)
Zone One by Colson Whitehead
Oct. 20 2011
The Iron Jackal by Chris Wooding
Oct. 25 2011
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Oct. 27 2011
The Kingdom of Gods, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
Initiate’s Trial by Janny Wurts
Nov. 8 2011
The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel by Brandon Sanderson
Stands a Shadow by Col Buchanan
Endurance, Jay Lake (Tor)
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Tom and Veronica,
Every once in a while Tom mentions that he’s always looking for books. I’ve also come to the conclusion from a few subtle hints that have been dropped here and there that he’s a baseball fan. So I’d like to add the following to Tom’s reading/listening queue (as the Audible version of this is a fine performance: Summerland by Michael Chabon, winner of both a Hugo and a Pulitzer (not too shabby and a thoroughly uncommon combination). YA fantasy (though as a middle-aged geek, I enjoyed the heck out of it as well) about trans-dimensional travel, elves, dwarves, magic, good, evil, and baseball. Not just baseball, but baseball as a metaphor for life.
Who knows, it might even be an excellent selection for S&L.
Love the podcast, even though I can’t always keep up on the reading.
Yours in geekdom,
George Van Wagner, occasionally known as GVDub in various places on teh intarwebs.
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