Morning Cuppa – 02/02/13 – Birdemic! Short fiction contest! Tobias Buckell!

It’s a beautiful Saturday morning and the blue jays are screeching like a couple of meth heads fighting over an old hat. I’m going to ease you into your weekend with a couple of sad stories, but I won’t leave you there, I promise. We’ll end on the highest of high notes, with the boys at Rifftrax.

  • Jay Lake got his identity stolen this week and got staples out after his recent surgery. Wishing you well Jay, and a pox on the person who attempted to rip you off. 
  • Wil Wheaton received a touching email from a family who watched all of Tabletop while the father was sick in the hospital. Sadly, he passed away, but they said that the show introduced them to games that brought them all closer together as they struggled through a difficult time.
  • LitReactor opened the gates on a short fiction competition called Teleport Us. Check out the link for the full details, winners will get a chance to be critiqued by Chuck Wendig, Adam Christopher, Kat Howard and Joseph Nassise, among others.
  • Tobias Buckell announced that he sold a couple of YA novels to Tor/Starscape, congrats Tobias!
  • Finally the Rifftrax Live recording for Birdemic went on sale this week. I didn’t get a chance to catch it in the theater when it was live, but now I can finally watch all of the horrid, horrid glory that is this:


Acts of Whimsy for Jay Lake fundraiser

Morning everyone, hope that you’re having a pleasant Friday! Just a brief note this morning to check out the Sequence a Science Fiction Writer fundraiser  and please donate if you can.jaylake

The skinny: Jay Lake, novelist, short story writer and frequent anthologist, is suffering from colon cancer. After numerous rounds of chemo, the cancer is still active and spreading to his lung and his liver.

There is a chance though, that by sequencing Jay’s genome that his doctors may be able to figure out a novel treatment that hadn’t been apparent. Unfortunately doing so is quite expensive.

Thankfully, Jay Lake has a posse, and some great friends who are willing to do some ridiculous things to help him out. For each dollar goal that the fundraiser achieves, a different author will perfrom an Act of Whimsy. These range from Mary Robinette Kowal reading selections of beloved classics as phone sex (video here) to John Scalzi performing a Bob Dylan song, to Tobias S. Buckell unleashing a potentially awful short story written by his 14-year-old self.

The goal was to hit $20,000 and it was achieved in less than a day. It’s inspiring to see how the sci-fi community really can act like a community sometimes. Below Jay Lake himself expresses it much better though…

Please take a minute to donate, even though the initial goal has been met, there are some stretch goals and I’m sure the extra money would help Jay to defray his medical costs. Please donate if you are able.