Monthly Archives: September 2011

Strange Horizons Annual Fund Drive

Strange Horizons, the wonderful, free, online speculative fiction magazine (that published my story “Peerless,” this summer, God bless them) is having its annual fund drive.  I can say without hesitation that they are a terrific magazine to publish with, and that they publish great stuff.

Here’s where you can donate to the fund drive.  They’re shooting for $8K.

Here’s where you can see what prizes you could win for giving. (Note: signed copy of Ursula K. Le Guin novel, donated by Herself!)

Prizes continue to come in…I’m hoping to donate a copy of Alden Bell’s awesome zombie coming-of-age novel The Reapers are the Angels, which, if you haven’t read it yet, you should read now.  I never thought I’d say that about a zombie coming-of-age novel, but there you go.  If you donate, maybe you’ll get your very own copy to love.




Catalina Caper

ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE (teaser) from Nick Lyon on Vimeo.

Oh, Ving Rhames.  I’d been wondering about you.

My love for The Reapers are the Angels aside, I am not a big zombie fan.  This trailer tickles me, though, both for the fact that the post-apocalyptic haven is in…Catalina?  And for the intense verticality of several of these folks’ hair.

There is some awesome hair here, folks.

Kickstart the Street Books project

If you’re a Portland reader (or a reader anywhere who thinks people should have books to read) consider kicking a few bucks to the Street Books project.

Street Books is a free mobile (bicycle-powered) library for people who live outside.  It was started by Laura Moulton, a local artist, writer, teacher, and activist.  She used a RACC grant to get the show on the road (so to speak) and is now Kickstarting it so it can continue to grow past the term of the grant.  She’s had a huge amount of interest and popular support, probably because this is an awesome project that does something good in the world.

If literature, empathy, and community can’t save us, I don’t know what will.


Amazon ruins everything

Well, not everything.  I’m loading up on a bunch of free Kindle classics, and just grabbed a single of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.  You may know it.  If you don’t, don’t read the rest of this post.  Here’s a picture instead, to prevent your getting spoiled.

Civil War soldier portraitUnidentified soldier in Union sack coat in front of American flag, courtesy Library of Congress.

Anyway, here’s what the Amazon put for the story review:

Short story by Ambrose Bierce, published in 1891 in Tales of Soldiers and Civilians, a collection that in 1898 was revised, enlarged, and retitled In the Midst of Life. The narrative concerns the final thoughts of a Southern planter as he is being hanged by Union soldiers. In the brief period between the tightening of the noose and the actual breaking of his neck, the man imagines his escape.

Also, Bruce Willis is a ghost.