The Casual Vacancy released - are you going to read it?
Giveaway from ages ago - copy of Showtime goes to Terry Frost for Joshua York from George R R Martin's Fevre Dream
New Giveaway for Kaaron Warren’s Through Splintered Walls. Tweet, comment, email or Facebook us about your favourite Australian ghost story OR your favourite female vampire.
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What Culture Have we Consumed?
Alisa: Soft Apocalypse, Will McIntosh, SportsNight (& Newsroom)
Tansy: Sea Hearts, Margo Lanagan; Marvel Heralds; Outer Alliance Episode 24 Changing the Conversation with Julia Rios, Nnedi Okorafor, Jim C Hines & Sofia Samatar.
Alex: Battleship (http://randomalex.net/2012/09/27/battleship/); The Forever War, Joe Haldemann; City of Illusions, Ursula le Guin (http://randomalex.net/2012/09/27/city-of-illusions/); The Shapes of their Hearts, Melissa Scott (http://randomalex.net/2012/09/27/the-shapes-of-their-hearts/); Nova, Samuel Delaney
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For the giveaway: Jody from Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore. Hands down. Because she’s a real woman more or less, not some fiend, not some vamp, just a woman in over her head. It kind of personalizes the conflict. Also, she’s incredibly funny in her reactions. It’s a pity the other two novels in the series completely ruined the relationship and forced the character into a state of decay, because seeing her come to terms with her identity and keep herself despite being a member of the undead was one of the sweetest stories I’ve read to date.
Delany has done a lot of wonderful stuff. If you want something close to Nova, try Empire Star (not the graphic novel of a similar name, Empire), Babel-17 and some of the short works.
For a fantastic autobiography, try The Motion of Light In Water. He’s done a few other autobiographical or semi-autobiographical works such as Heavenly Breakfast and 1984, but YMMV. I enjoyed 1984, almost as much as Motion of Light.
Fred, thanks for the tip on Empire Star! I’ve actually just finished reading Babel-17, which was even more fantastic than Nova, so I’m definitely now a fangirl! I’m not usually much of an autobiography reader, but this is one I might make an exception for…