Morning Cuppa – 04/06/13 – Short Fiction Saturday

Hope you all have a wonderful Saturday, enjoy these little treats as you head into your weekend.

  • Tor.com shares Backscatter by Gregory Benford
    • She was cold, hurt, and doomed, but otherwise reasonably cheery.
      Erma said, Your suit indices are nominal but declining.
      “Seems a bit nippy out,” Claire said. She could feel the metabolism booster rippling through her, keeping pain at bay. Maybe it would help with the cold, too.
      Her helmet spotlight swept over the rough rock and the deep black glittered with tiny minerals. She killed the spot and looked up the steep incline. A frosty splendor of stars glimmered, outlining the peak she was climbing. Her breath huffed as she said, “Twenty-five meters to go.”
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies released a new issue on Thursday, here’s The Crows Her Dragon’s Gate by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
    • Before the end there would be love-songs to a passion so fierce that the offspring of my body turned into suns; tales of our courtship a wildfire that scorched the world.
      The annals of heavens may not always be trusted. They were texts carefully edited, passed to chosen scholars; it did well to remind the warlords—and once empire dreams had come true, the monarchs calling themselves heaven’s sons—that above them reigned paradise, and above paradise an everlasting emperor.
      Much was elided and confused. But in the beginning, it was mostly that I was young.
  • Likewise, Apex Magazine also released a new issue this week. Here’s Dawn and the Maiden by Sofia Samatar.
    • My love is a river. My love is a brink. My love is the brink of an underground river. My love’s arms ripple like rivers in the moonlight when he unlocks the garden gate. He lifts the great beam and sets it in place. He bows to the Lady’s guests. These are three men, filthy with travel. Each has only one eye.
      My love has eyes of brown agate, eyes that flicker like hanging crystal. In the dark they are black, but their brownness glints when he stands beneath the lantern in the garden. My love waits for me beneath the lantern. He waits while I serve wine to the Lady’s guests. On my way to join him, I leave an offering of bracelets at the entrance to the Lady’s corridor.

Morning Cuppa – 03/06/13 – Fake Geeks! Superman shelved! Princess Leia!

I go on a rant today, put on your leather helmets, chaps!

  • This article from Apex Magazine felt especially relevant to me, especially considering the podcast that I run. It’s about casual fandom and the obnoxious trope of the “fake geek girl”. It’s written by Kelly McCullough about he and his wife. Kelly is the author of the WebMage and Fallen Blade series, his full time job is writing scifi and fantasy. He’s also a third generation scifi fan whose mother and grandmother received a personalized thank you from the original Star Trek cast for helping to run a letter writing campaign to save the show.
    That being said, he professes that while he and his wife would both consider themselves to be fans and geeks for various long-standing shows like Star Trek or Firefly, they’re not Browncoats or Trekkies. They’ve even been known to cosplay in fandoms that they don’t have encyclopedic knowledge on. Shocking, right?
    It’s a very relatable article from someone who, “prefer[s] to arrange my fandoms around my life rather than my life around my fandoms.”
    There are some areas of geekery that I’m more informed on than others. Does that give me the right to be a dick when I see people getting excited about something that I discern they know less about? Absolutely not. As he quotes Lynne Thomas in the article don’t, “harsh their squee.” I look forward to discussing this more in the future and hopefully will get to talk about it (or even interview Kelly about it) on the aforementioned podcast.
  • According to the Huffington Post, Chris Sprouse, who was scheduled as the artist for the Superman comic book that was being penned by Orson Scott Card has pulled out, citing the controversy as the reason. The project is shelved for the moment until they can convince a new artist to come on board.
  • Carrie Fisher confirmed in a brief interview with Palm Beach Illustrated that she’ll be reprising her role as Princess Leia in the forthcoming Episode 7 of the new Star Wars!

Morning Cuppa – 03/02/13 – Short Fiction Saturday

This week’s short fiction features a trio of stories, sci-fi and horror, full steam ahead. So grab a cuppa something warm and prepare to be delighted!

  • The Memory Coder by Jessica Brody from Tor.com’s free fiction this week.
    • When a security breach is detected, the Memory Restoration Department is called upon to do what they do best: make you forget. But with every memory that’s taken out, a new one must be installed in its place. It’s a job that requires skill, artistry, discretion, and flawless proficiency in the language of memories. That’s why only the best programmers in the world are recruited to work for the department. But diving too far into another person’s memories is a dangerous endeavor. And for some, the temptation is just too strong.
  • Nightmare Magazine pulls one from the crypt with Norman Partridge’s Blackbirds
    • On an August morning in the summer of 1960, a man dressed in black shattered the kitchen window at the Peterson home. The house was empty.
      Major Peterson was at the base, writing a report on the importance of preparedness in the peacetime army. Mrs. Peterson was shopping for groceries. Their daughter Tracy was doing volunteer work at the local hospital.
  • Zebulon Vance Sings the Alphabet Songs of Love by Merrie Haskell is up to peruse from the fine folks at Apex Magazine
    • The noon show is the three-hour 1858 Booth production. The most fashionable historical war remains the First American Civil. Whenever FACfans discover that Lincoln’s assassin played Horatio, they simply must come and gawk at this titillating replica of their favorite villain playing no one’s favorite character.

Shared: The Crows and the Witches and the Window | Apex Magazine

Fun, seasonal poem from Apex mag:

The Crows and the Witches and the Window

by Rachel Swirsky

I’m probably going to die

at midnight.

Don’t worry—

I’ll set the timer on the coffee pot

before I go.

The crows will be up with me

and the witches.

I’ll watch them through the window

and they’ll watch me back.

I’ll crack the window

so I can smell

stew simmering in cauldrons.

I’ll give some thought

to how it might taste—

boiled lizard eyes

& toad brains

& fingernails of newt.

Read the rest here: The Crows and the Witches and the Window | Apex Magazine.

Shared: New issue of Apex Magazine

The Hugo-nominated Apex Magazine has released their 40th issue available here: http://apex-magazine.com/tag/issue-40/

Unfortunately they were bested by Locus who managed their 22nd Hugo Award this year. Doubtless Locus is deserving but after so many wins, perhaps it’s time to retire them from competition? Just a thought.

If you’re unfamiliar with Apex, you can read some stories at the link above and if you like it, you can buy a single copy in a variety of electronic formats or even a subscription.