Some assorted news items from the speculative fiction world:
- The 2004 Nebula Awards Final Ballot has been released. The most exciting thing about it from my perspective is that Greg van Eekhout's SH story "In the Late December" is on the ballot! Congratulations, Greg!
- I'm also pleased to see a bunch of the other stories that are on the final ballot. (Follow the story-title links to read the stories for free online.) For example: Ben Rosenbaum's "Embracing-the-New"; Eileen Gunn's "Coming to Terms" (from her collection Stable Strategies and Others); Christopher Rowe's "The Voluntary State"; Ellen Klages's "Basement Magic"; Lois Tilton's "The Gladiator's War: A Dialogue"; Walter Jon Williams's "The Green Leopard Plague" (which I wrote about last year). I am very disappointed to see that Gregory Feeley's "Arabian Wine," my favorite novella last year, didn't make the final ballot, while some other novellas that I wasn't terribly fond of did. Alas.
- In much sadder news, Jack L. Chalker died last week. I hadn't read his recent work, but I have fond memories of the Well of Souls books.
- I seem to have failed to note that Tangent Online has relaunched, with nice clean site design and no server errors, and with Eugie Foster as Managing Editor. I'm cautiously optimistic.
Enough for now. I'm still sick, but feeling somewhat better than yesterday (and much more clear-headed) despite only intermittent sleep last night. So I'm gonna go in to work today, so I should get going.