Thursday, January 24, 2013

New and Noteworthy: (Self-Publishing, Stross on the Presidential Election, The Hydrogen Sonata)

In today's edition:

* Ian Sales on the experience of self-publishing, and in particular the travails of marketing a self-published science fiction novel - a much, much tougher game than the hype surrounding Amanda Hocking and company would have you believe.

* Charles Stross on the U.S. presidential election, about which he is predictably sardonic - not least in regard to journalists' attempt to find some interest in what appears a rather tepid affair.

* And finally at io9, Annalee Newitz offers a review of Iain Banks' latest Culture novel, the lyrically named The Hydrogen Sonata. Her conclusion: "by the time you reach the final notes of the novel, you'll feel like the tone of this long-running series has gone from a kind of crazed, bloody hope for the future, to a resigned pessimism about it." (Given that the Culture novels, or at any rate, the early ones, were one of the examples I had in mind when arguing that a "new Star Trek" was possible earlier this year, I'm not sure what to think of that.")

New and Noteworthy (Star Trek)
New and Noteworthy (Empress of Eternity, 2000 A.D., William Gibson)
New and Noteworthy (Ian Sales and the Hugos, SHIELD TV series, "Geeks" on Big Bang)
Now in the Kindle Library . . .
New and Noteworthy (Indie Publishing, Galactica, Eureka)
On Star Trek Bashing

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