The Magician and The Fool nominated for a 2009 Spectrum Award

The Winners and Recommended Short List for the 2009 Gaylactic Spectrum Awards will be announced at Gaylaxicon 2009 in October 2009 in Minneapolis. (Which I will be attending!)

Here's the full awesome list of novel nominations (buddies and/or books I read are in bold):

Adijan and Her Genie by L-J Baker (Bedazzled Ink)
All The Windwracked Stars by Elizabeth Bear (Tor)
Alliance in Blood by Ariel Tachna (Dreamspinner Press)
The Archer's Heart by Astrid Amara (Blind Eye Books)
Blood Magic by Matthew Cook (Juno)
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (McElderry)
Covenant in Blood by Ariel Tachna (Dreamspinner Press)
Dragon & Fenyx: Called By Power by Auburnimp & Michael Barnette (Shadowfire Press)
Dragon & Fenyx 2: Swordbrothers by Auburnimp & Michael Barnette (Shadowfire Press)
Face Your Fears by Jeffrey L Stoddard (PD Publishing)
Half A Crown by Jo Walton (Tor)
Havemercy by Jaida Jones & Danielle Bennett (Bantam Spectra)
Hell and Earth by Elizabeth Bear (Roc)
Ink and Steel by Elizabeth Bear (Roc)

Jawk, Tales of the Chosen by Kayelle Allen (Liquid Silver Books)
The Love We Share Without Knowing by Christopher Barzak (Bantam)
The Magician and the Fool by Barth Anderson (Bantam)
My Hero by Tristram Burden (Rebel Satori Press)
Nights of Sin by Matthew Cook (Juno)
On Azrael's Wings by D. Jordan Redhawk (PD Publishing)
Santa Claus Conquers the Homophobes by Robert Devereaux (Booklocker)
Seti's Heart by Kiernan Kelly (Torquere)
Shadow's Return by Lynn Flewelling (Bantam Spectra)
Turnskin by Nicole Kimberling (Blind Eye Books)

Link to Gaylactic Spectrum site


The Glorious Wiscon Schedule of Barth

Writing in the Recession   Senate A
4:00 - 5:15 pm

Post–Oil Economy Food   Conference
2:30 - 3:45 pm

Shadow over Powderhorn (Reading; see post below this one)
Room of One's Oen Bookstore
2:30 - 3:45 pm

The SignOut   Capitol/Wisconsin
11:30 - 12:45 pm

Maybe Counselor Troi was Lynndie England?

From Slate

There Are Four Lights!
Revisiting Star Trek: The Next Generation's eerily prescient torture episode

I'm not sure how eerily prescient that episode was. Some issues surrounding torture are described effectively, I suppose, and those issues are now swirling around a far more complicated and disturbing situation, namely, that the "good guys" not only tortured, but they did so as amatter of policy, the policy was defended publicly by the Vice President and others, the media and average citizens defended the practice, too, and, worst of all, the highest officials who ordered this policy, seemingly, weren't and won't be prosecuted.

TNG's depiction of these issues are actually too neat and gentrified to really capture the horror of where we are. Now, if a new, Vulcan-like leader of the Federation had learned that Picard was stacking Cardassians in naked human pyramids under orders, and then that wise, progressive leader turned a blind eye to the Federation policy compelling the Captain to do so -- well, that would have been prescient.