May. 31st, 2012

maverick_weirdo: (Spiral Stairs Quadic)
This morning we got the call that my grandfather passed away. This was not a huge shock, he had been declining in health for about month now. His digestive and renal organs were slowly shutting down. The family got nearly a week's notice so we were able to contact people so they could come say goodby. He was still fully lucid up until the end (although he was sleeping a lot). He was 92 and had lived a full life. He was a printer and woodworker. He is survived by five children and their spouses, eleven grandchildren (of which I am the oldest), and four great-grandchildren.

May Media

May. 31st, 2012 10:15 pm
maverick_weirdo: (Book Love)

Books Read in May

  1. May 07: Robots The Recent A.I. Edited by Rich Horton & Sean Wallace; 2012, Prime Books, SF [N]
      A powerful collection, with 2 Hugo winning stories, 2 stories previously nominated for Hugos, and 2 stories currently nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards.
  2. May 13: Soulbound by Heather Brewer (Legacy of Tril #1) 2012, Dial (Penguin Group), YA Fantasy/Romance [ARC]
      I can excuse "broad strokes" storytelling, but the lazy worldbuilding ruined it for me
  3. May 21: Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey, 2011, Orbit (Hachette), Space Opera [H]
      Heir to Downbelow Station
  4. Hugo Stories 2011 [H]
    • May 22: The Homecoming by Mike Resnick, Short Story, Asimov's, SF,
      Son's choices are very different from his father

Podcasts in May

  1. Writing Excuses (Season 7) by Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, & Dan Wells; Panel, NonFiction (F/SF); In Progress
      I just like to listen to writers talking about writing
  2. The Points Between by Christopher Wright, read by author, Fantasy; In Progress
      In the style of old time radio thrillers
  3. I Should be Writing by Mur Lafferty, NonFiction; In Progress
      The podcast for wanna-be fiction writers
  4. SF SqueeCast (Season #2) by Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente, Panel, NonFiction (F/SF); Complete
      A fun fannish interest panel, suffers a bit from remote connectivity format
  5. The Roundtable Podcast by Dave Robison & Brion Humphrey (Season #1), Speculative Fiction Story Workshop; In Progress;
      A chance to learn about writing from the mistakes of others

Vlogs in May

  1. MHS Hysteria Log: Season 2 by "Stagethane", Full Cast, Steampunk/Time Travel SF; In Progress
      A series of short (4-8 minute) tongue-in-cheek vignettes.

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