April 11th, 2008


Friday afternoon

Well, fantastically I had booked in for a body massage/facial special for this afternoon where I have been. MMm.... nice way to relax, destress, take stock and think about things.

And then ... came back and got hit with the kind of email you never want to get - the one bringing bad news. So if I seem down or I don't get back to your emails as quickly as usual, you know why.

How come we can't just go smooth sailing? Just for a little while? I'd even take 6 months right now.

Ted Chiang!!!!!!!!

Thanks to Jonathan over at Coode Street:

You can download the podcast of Ted Chiang's "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" here.

If you've heard me talk at all about LSS you will know that I think this was the best story to be published last year. And several Year's Bests agree. Download it, enjoy it - *I* think its SF but I've heard it called fantasy.

If nothing else, you'll know what kind of stuff *I* am looking for in the LSS pursuit for the best 2008 story!