July 7th, 2006

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The Original Celebrated

Gahan Wilson has written a wonderful review of Alabaster for the August 2006 issue of Realms of Fantasy. Here's a short quote:

There’s no one quite like [Kiernan] in folding and unfolding characters in a sort of origami fashion so that they surprise you again and again, but always logically no matter how bizarrely; there are very few who can transport you via deft, strange spells from scene to scene as smoothly and gracefully, sliding open secret panels, turning reliable-seeming staircases into carnival slides, and dropping you suddenly through trap doors.

You may read the whole of the review here (click and scroll down).

Also, yesterday's mail brought my contributor's copies of Fantasy Magazine #2, which reprints "Madonna Littoralis" (from Sirenia Digest #1).

Not such a great writing day yesterday. I worked twice as hard for half as much. Only 688 words on "The Cryomancer's Daughter." I'd hoped to finish it today, but now that may not happen. I think the autobiographical elements I spoke of yesterday may, in part, be slowing me down on this one.

Some of the backstory for Joey LaFaye has finally begun to take shape in my head. I'm hoping to come back from New England in late August with all the broad strokes worked out.

I've not had much time lately for keeping up with science news, but here's a neat thing I came across yesterday: Mystery Object Found in Supernova's Heart. On an only somewhat related note, it has occurred to me that the Immaculate Order of the Falling Sky can't continue to refer to that time after the mass extinction of humanity via the Great Space Rock as the Neozoic, as that term has been employed previously as a (now antiquated) term for all time since the end of the Palaeozoic Era (Mesozoic + Cenozoic). I'm currently considering Postandrozoic (literally, "life after man") as its replacement.

That's about it for me this morning. Spooky still has a few auctions going, though they end today, so you may want to have a look. We'll be beginning the third round sometime this weekend. My thanks to everyone who's taken part in this past week or two.

Here are a couple of photos to wrap things up (behind the cut):

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Addendum: More science — Umoonasaurus.

A new plesiosaur, named Umoonasaurus, has been described from the Cretaceous rocks of Australia, a relatively small rhomaleosaurid measuring only about 2.4 meters in length. This unusual plesiosaur possessed elaborate crests on its skull and survived in relatively cold waters at a time when Australia was a Southern subpolar continent. Anyway, here's an artists reconstruction of the beast:


Copyright © 2006 by Josh Lee


Also, a new meme sort of thingy (behind the cut), snurched from oneirophrenia. It comes with the following rules: "Quick Rules: Put down the first thing that pops into your head. Don't Delete and try again. Stick to your first answer!"

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