Sunday, January 28, 2007

Ten, jenž přijímá vše nové

Here is the text of Robert Hýsek's Czech translation of "Embracing-the-New", from Martin Šust's anthology Trochu divné kusy 2, which looks to have a great table of contents. It also appeared, as a teaser for the anthology, in the magazine Pevnost. I repost it here with Mr. Šust's kind permission.

Apparently "Start the Clock" has already come out in the Czech F&SF (I had a long exchange with its translator Petr Kotrle), and "Droplet" is forthcoming.

This makes me especially happy as I've visited Prague several times, and I love that entrancing city.

In preparing for the anthology, Mr. Šust also asked me for "an original epilogue, at least 500 words about the creation of the story, about your work as an author of fantastic literature, about the connections to Czech Republic if you have some etc". I'll include what I sent him here after the break:

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

A flurry of writing announcements!

(Deep breath...)


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Monday, January 15, 2007

And if I did, you couldn’t handle it

Overheard from my children, regarding some altercation of theirs.

Aviva: Come on, Noah. It’s okay. You can tell me the truth.

Noah: I don’t have the truth.

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Daily Addictions, and other bookmarks

Daily Addictions (manageable bite-sized chunks of joy):

I like the idea, but I rarely actually end up reading:

Unbounded, unending time sinks I am severely weaning myself from, because I love them way too much:

Survival infrastructure:

Hey, this could be a meme.

Also: Chunks of Joy. Band name? Yes?

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Time for The House Beyond ***Your*** Sky!

After a brief period of exclusivity, the amazing editors of Strange Horizons have graciously allowed me to add a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike License to my story "The House Beyond Your Sky". (This story, I've mentioned before, has been picked up for the Doziois, Strahan, and Horton best-of-the-year anthologies, with very little bribery to my great astonishment).

This story is under a license that allows you to remix it. Now here is my plea: remix it! No one has done anything with "Start the Clock" yet, to my great disappointment. And I had such hopes!

Now, I'm not asking for full-fledged fan fiction here! But surely you could put some quote from the story on a t-shirt, or briefly and satirically allude the story in a webcomic, or something! Or a dramatic reading on YouTube? Coasters? Interpretive dance? A pr0n version? Come on, people!

It's a noncommercial creative commons license, but hey, if you want to write a prequel and sell it (and let's face it, with this story, pretty much any story you write would count as a prequel!), or whatever, I will almost certainly say "go with my blessing, my child", unless, you know, it's a film and your name is Spielberg, or something.

(...of course, just reading it is fine too.) :-)

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Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Happy New Year!

We had a sleepover-with-the-kids amidst a moderately tumultuous New Year's party. I woke Aviva up, by prior agreement, at ten to midnight, and she curled up on a soft chair until it was time to shout "10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1... Happy New Year!" And then she was groggily carried back to bed.

I wasn't sure how much she'd retain, but sure enough, she and Noah spent the next day running around counting backwards and yelling "Happy New Year!" and sometimes "Happy New York!" and otherwise ringing in the new.

I got a New Year's day present in the mail -- a contract from Gardner Dozois to reprint "The House Beyond Your Sky" in "The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fourth Annual Collection". Along with the Strahan and the Horton, that means that story is in three of the four SF years' bests reprinting 2006 stories (I'm looking at you, Cramer and Hartwell... :-) )

May your 2007 be splendid and peaceful!

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