February 25th, 2009


Apex World of SF

Apex Publishing has announced plans to release THE APEX BOOK OF WORLD SF, an anthology of genre short stories from around the world. Edited by Lavie Tidhar, the book focuses on Asian and European writers, including stories from China, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Croatia, France, and the Netherlands.

“This is an exciting opportunity to showcase some of the tremendous talent in the field from all around the world,” Apex publisher Jason Sizemore says. “We think this is a milestone publication in a field where, historically, genre fiction from outside the English-speaking world has been almost invisible. Tidhar has put together a unique line-up of stories.”

The anthology is book-ended by World Fantasy Award winners S.P. Somtow and Zoran Živković, while other included authors have variously won China’s Galaxy Award, Israel’s Geffen Award, France’s Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, and Australia’s Ditmar and Aurealis awards.

THE APEX BOOK OF WORLD SF exhibits once again Apex Book Company's commitment to publishing the best in speculative fiction in all its diversity. The anthology is scheduled for release in late 2009, and is intended as the first in a series of World SF collections.

APEX PUBLICATIONS (www.apexbookcompany.com) is a small press dedicated to publishing exemplary works of dark science fiction and horror. Owned and operated by Jason B. Sizemore, Apex publishes the critically acclaimed Apex Magazine. In 2006, Apex Publishing branched into producing novellas, collections, and anthologies, earning a Bram Stoker Award nomination for the Aegri Somnia anthology in 2007.

S.P. Somtow, The Bird Catcher (11500), Thailand, Museum of Horrors anthology
Jetse de Vries, Transcendence Express (4200), The Netherlands, Hub
Guy Hasson, The Levantine Experiments (4600), Israel
Han Song, The Wheel of Samsara (2400), China
Kaaron Warren, Ghost Jail (5700), Australia/Fiji, 2012 Anthology
Yang Ping, Wizard World (7400), China
Dean Francis Alfar, L’Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars) (3500), Philippines, Strange Horizons
Nir Yaniv, Cinderers (3500), Israel
Jamil Nasir, The Allah Stairs (3000), Palestine, Tales of the Unanticipated
Tunku Halim, Biggest Baddest Bomoh (2600), Malaysia, The Rape of Martha Teoh and Other Chilling Stories
Aliette de Bodard, The Lost Xuyan Bride (10000), France, Interzone
Kristin Mandigma, Excerpt from a Letter by a Social-realist Aswang (1200), Philippines, Clarkesworld
Aleksandar Žiljak, An Evening In The City Coffehouse, With Lydia On My Mind (6500), Croatia
Anil Menon, Into the Night (5000), India, Interzone
Mélanie Fazi, Elegy (3000), France, F&SF (translated by Christopher Priest)
Zoran Živković, Compartments (15000), Serbia, Postscripts (translated by Alice Copple-Tošić)


*shakes head*

Rupert Murdoch apologised for the NY post Chimp cartoon: http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE51N38O20090224?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

New York Post Chairman Rupert Murdoch apologized in print on Tuesday for a cartoon that ignited protests from readers who saw it as a racist depiction of President Barack Obama as a chimpanzee.

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"Today I want to personally apologize to any reader who felt offended, and even insulted," said Murdoch, head of the media giant News Corp, which owns the Post.

"We all hold the readers of the New York Post in high regard and I promise you that we will seek to be more attuned to the sensitivities of our community," Murdoch wrote.

The cartoon of a policeman shooting an ape played on the real shooting of a pet chimpanzee in Connecticut. A police officer in the cartoon says, "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill."

The cartoon ran a day after Obama signed into law the $787 billion economic stimulus that he had strongly promoted, and the connection offended those who likened it to the racist, historic comparison of blacks to lower primates.

We will seek to be more attuned to the sensitivities of our community? What the freaking fuck??? I'm not IN your community dude and that was totally insulting!

I found myself explaining something the other day to someone who spoke for me but never asked me what I thought first - intent doesn't always count. It's like saying "I didn't mean to be racist/sexist/hurtful". Does that mean that I'm not supposed to then feel hurt - because it wasn't meant that way? or because you didn't understand how that could be hurtful? Or you made a bunch of assumptions from your perspective and never considered what the view looks like from mine? So often today people would like to have you believe that it's trying that counts, that it's the thought that counts. I disagree with that - I think it's the result, the outcome that counts.

And I'm scratching my head trying to figure out how that cartoon was not depicting Obama as a monkey that needed to be put down, like all misbehaving apes.

The trick to being "more attune with sensitivities of your community" is ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS don't be an arsehole.


Snapshot 2009

Can you believe it's nearly time to think about the next Snapshot of the Aussie Specfic scene? We were thinking of hosting the 2009 Snapshot leading up to the Natcon in June. And in the hopes of it not being nearly as crazy to run as in 2007, yet cover as many or more members, we thought we'd work with a generous lead up time. So if you have suggestions on who we might include, please feel free to leave a comment here and we will look through and compile the list and the interview questions over the next couple of months.

The 2007 Snapshot is archived at ASif here

The 2005 Snapshot is archived at Tabula Rasa here


On me and dating

I haven't been blogging much about my personal life here of late but that doesn't mean it's been dull. Mostly I've been living in the moment, cause that's something I'm working on doing more of. But I've also been trying to work on living a lot of what I think I have learned recently about love, and life, and me.

And it's brought me to an interesting crossroads. A point where I think I finally have to lay it all on the line, and pick a direction and just ... GO!

I mentioned in the last post on my upcoming birthday about how I had been thinking that my life was less worthy because I am single. And how I have come to a point of realisation about happiness - which, as it happens, comes from within and that noone else, no matter how shiny and good looking, can give you. It's not actually an item that you can buy or that you can get gifted to you. It's something you have to find or create for yourself. And then nurture. It's not something to take for granted and it can't be sold or traded.

So too, once I found this elusive "happiness", I discovered something else - I like myself more when I am happy. Making myself happy makes me a person that I like, that I am proud to be. And in so doing, the two feed on each other - the more I like myself, the happier I am, and the more happy I make myself, the more I like myself. And the real clincher in all of this, was in giving myself permission to see myself truthfully, and as well as to not like the bits about me that I don't like, to equally allow myself to like, enjoy and be proud of the things that I do. And gosh that was a hard one to get past. But I think I finally did.

And where that has now lead me is to here - I am a worthwhile person who deserves happiness. I don't need to beg for it from others, and I don't need to wait for someone to bring it to me. I am a 21st Century woman, and I go get these things for myself. And I am successful just the way I am, right now, in this moment.

So where is here exactly? Here is where, for the first time ever, I declined an invitation for coffee from a man. Now, I discussed it a bit with a few friends first - some were pro and some were con. The pros included I should get out, it's just coffee, I never know who I might meet, I can never have too many friends, it's about saying I am out there and available etc etc. The cons included really important things such as I am not sure I know him well enough to want to go out for coffee with him, what I do know is fairly ordinary, I'm not excited about it, and he seems rather concerned that his partner not appear slovenly yet his own profile pic has him looking pretty bedraggled to me.

The date proposed was over my birthday weekend and I didn't really want to be giving some of my time to someone new, who hadn't really interested me that much yet, on a weekend that I had already set aside for me. Which kinda points to - why go out with someone just for the sake of it? Aren't you really just wasting everyone's time?

The answer to this question was most upsetting - I feel like I have to say yes to every opportunity because otherwise the universe may stop providing them. That means that I don't think enough of myself to be able to decide for me whether I want to go out with someone. I don't value what I want and how I feel. It's like, I don't think what I want is important in the ... finding someone thing ... and this harks back to that fitting myself into the mold that other people want me to look like: I can be anything you want baybee.

Yesterday I decided that actually? No ... I can't be anything you want baybee. I'm ME and I look like THIS and I want certain things from life and I will choose what and who and when. I don't have to make decisions about my love life that are about other people and how they feel about my lovelife. I realised that in this quest, I have to take ownership, I have to drive and I have to choose. And more than that, I'm good and worthy enough to pick and choose without fear that that was the last gas station before Texas.

And further, being ok with it even if that was the last offer I ever get, because actually I didn't want it. And I don't have to settle for less. It's ok to want to be happy. And I happen to know from experience that settling doesn't bring me that. And neither does being in a relationship for the sake of it.


Did I do anything today?

Yay! We finally got rain!!

1. Sorted my bday cake for morning tea tomorrow
2. Started up a spreadsheet for Snapshot 2009
3. Left work drinks when *I* wanted to
4. Edited Sharp Shooter
5. Edited A Piece of Ice in Miss Windermere's Heart


Still editing

Watching Life

Chief: I want you back in meetings. 90 meetings. 90 days. 90 and 90.
Detective: Copy that
Chief: I thought we were doing so well
Detective: We were. Thought I'd screw up.
Chief: Copy that

GJ: Copy that.