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)
10/1/12
New and Noteworthy (Empress of Eternity, 2000 A.D., William Gibson)
9/22/12
New and Noteworthy (Ian Sales and the Hugos, SHIELD TV series, "Geeks" on Big Bang)
9/18/12
Now in the Kindle Library . . .
6/1/12
New and Noteworthy (Indie Publishing, Galactica, Eureka)
5/1/12
On Star Trek Bashing
3/23/12

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