The Bujold Nexus

April 2008

Subject: new stuff round-up - StarTrib & DearAuthor
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2008

Some of these links were already posted on the List, but herewith a round-up:

I returned today from my book tour for Passage, and found this nice profile, by books-page editor Sally Williams, in the Sunday paper. It's very extensive; in the dead tree version, I sprawl all over both the front and back pages of the Arts & Entertainment section.

The Star Trib website has this reading, too, which I went downtown to record for them just before I took off on the book tour. It includes a snippet from the novella "Labyrinth" and a short passage from Passage.

Folks who missed my readings at the tour stops, through being geographically challenged or whatever, can at least get a taste.

The reporter got a little mixed up on my book-count -- it's actually only 22 -- but close enough.

I've already had an e-mail from a newspaper reader who shares my early experience of Eleanor Cameron, so the article seems to be getting around.

As for the photo, well, during the interview week-before-last it would doubtless have been hard to get a shot where I didn't have my mouth open, talking. They also got in some nice color cover shots of Passage, Beguilement, and Miles, Mutants and Microbes.

Also this went up in my absence:

The website is also supposed to have a review of Passage shortly.

Bed soon...

Ta, L.

Subject: Passage book tour reminder -- this week!
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2008

Seattle this Wednesday, San Diego this Thursday, San Francisco this Saturday, details below. Plus my home events in Minneapolis, bracketing same. Pass the word, tell your friends (and anyone else who might be interested), strike up the band, etc.

(N.B., the Seattle event is downtown at the Science Fiction Museum, not at the U. Bookstore this time.)

Ta, L.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008
06:30 PM
912 W. Lake St. Minneapolis, MN 55408

Wednesday, April 23, 2008
07:00 PM
JBL Theater at EMP/SFM 323 Fifth AVE Seattle, WA 98109

Thursday, April 24, 2008
07:00 PM
#302 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd San Diego, CA 92111

Saturday, April 26, 2008
03:00 PM
866 Valencia St San Francisco, CA 94110

Saturday, May 03, 2008
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
2864 Chicago Avenue S Minneapolis, MN 55407

Subject: (Chat) Just watched...
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2008

... a 2007 historical documentary titled Ancient Discoveries, courtesy Netflix as usual. Studies ancient technology through 6 1-hour episodes. Each episode picks out one man or a few and explores a technological area through the surviving writings and artifacts. So far we have Archimedes (clocks and sophisticated mechanical astronomical calendars) , Galen (medicine -- sports medicine takes on a whole new twist when the sport is the gladiatorial games), and Heron of Alexandria, which last was a phenomenal eye-opener -- besides almost inventing the steam engine, he invented a sort of proto mechanical programming. Highly recommended.

Ta, L.

(The opening is marred by a trailer for some Dan Brown utter drivel, which was very off-putting, though it can be fast-forwarded, but the actual shows that followed were quite fine.)

Subject: Passage review and interview up at Fantasy Book Critic website
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2008

Not too spoilerific. Here you go. Spread it around...

Ta, L.

Subject: (chat) Just read...
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2008

... The Coming Convergence, by Stanley Schmidt, the long-time editor of Analog Magazine who, among other things, nurtured my career in its very early stages by buying some of my stories and serializing my novels. It's a brief round-up (non-fiction) of all the trends that have been common conversation in SF circles -- converging technologies and their assorted effects, including biotech, computers, and nanotech -- but a nice, clean, readable introduction to the concepts for all one's less-informed mundane friends, for which gifting purpose I can strongly recommend it.

Prometheus Books, 2008 ISBN 978-1-59102-613-6

Subject: (chat) De Waal, again
Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2008


...the lecture by Frans De Waal out at the Minnesota Zoo this evening was just delightful. I felt very privileged to attend, and I need to hunt down whoever turned me on to it -- I think it was over on my blog -- and thank them. (And James N., here, of course, who first recommended the books.)

The lecture was basically a presentation of much the same material as may be found in Our Inner Ape, but with more photos and film clips, and a Q&A afterward. So you need not feel too deprived, because your local library or Amazon can doubtless supply this:

Lucid, unpretentious, with a high proportion of data to agenda, and recommended.

Ta, L.

Subject: (chat) Durrell -- the good one...
Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2008

Ah ha --

I just found Masterpiece Theater/WGBH had done a dramatization of naturalist Gerald Durrell's little classic My Family And Other Animals, a memoir of his pre-WWII sojourn on Crete in his early teens. A favorite book of my youth -- it's survived I don't know how many moves. The adaptation, obtained (as usual) via Netflix, was delightful. Recommended.

The sunshine looked darned fine, too, sigh. Now I shall have to dig out the book and read it again.

Ta, L.

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