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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

Barth on the Hunt
LIGHTBREAKER by Mark Teppo, found in the wilds of DreamHaven Books, Minneapolis.

NORSE CODE by Greg van Eekhout, captured at Uncle Hugo's, Minneapolis.

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

Wiscon Reading
Sunday, May 24
Room of One's Own
307 W. Johnson St.
Madison, WI

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Bahia de Banderas News review of The Patron Saint of Plagues
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"The future world painted by Anderson is a believable extension on the current state of affairs between the U.S. and Mexico: the shared border disintegrates into anarchy; governments turn tyrannically corrupt; cultural and racial tensions escalate to a fevered pitch."  --Bahia de Banderas News (Puerta Vallarta)

Barth on Doug Lain's Diet Soap Podcast
Doug Lain is a fun interviewer and I thoroughly enjoyed talking to him on his podcast for Diet Soap. Check it out. We talk about swine flu, tarot, and I rip the veil off Doug Lain's canard about his having "children."

Meanwhile, in H1N1 news, a new study suggests that Mexicans of mixed ancestry (roughly 80% of population) may have genetic predisposition for killer flu.

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Husband of US flu victim considers wrongful death suit against Giant Pig Farm (TM).

The suit could spur a more aggressive epidemiological investigation. It also presupposes a source for the H1N1 outbreak, which is not helpful for such an investigation. An intriguing development, nonetheless.

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.

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Why won't Doug Lain call me??