Sticky post: Welcome to my DW/LJ

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My journal is primarily friends-only, but I'm open to making new friends, so please say hi (especially if we've met in meat-space) and I may let down the drawbridge.

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Can-Con 2012 update

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It looks like something lit a fire under the Can-Con organizers; the site still looks like a refugee from the '90s (at least to me) and there remain a couple of dead guys, but the content has been beefed up, including an actual registration page!

The price is $30 for now, and will probably go up soon, so get yours if you think you may want to attend! I've got mine.

Comment here or comment there; comments welcome anywhere. /Seuss

Corgecstasy

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Originally posted by prezzey at More SF for the rest of us (boost the signal!)
Hello everyone,

I'm prezzey - I'm a Hungarian Jewish woman currently living in Hungary. I help run Expanded Horizons, the magazine focusing on underrepresented groups in SF, so some of you might know me from there. I have a separate project that's thematically related, and I'd really appreciate it if you all helped me spread the word. :]

I'm reviewing recent English-language SF stories on my website (there is also a LJ feed of recent entries: prezzey_public). I finally got my act together and organized the content somewhat, so there is now a way to browse stories by topic and by relative ranking (the best first!).

There are two focus points:

* fiction available for free online - I live in the Second World, so this is always a plus ;]
* fiction related to underrepresented groups - ethnic, sexual, cognitive minorities, people of color, women, authors from outside the Anglosphere, disabled people, etc.

If you visit the tags page, you are able to find, say, stories by Chinese-American authors, or stories featuring Russian characters with one click - all free and pre-sorted by me!

This is not one of those "donate to my dog" posts. I'm not asking for money, I'm asking for the following:

* let your friends know - crosspost this post with the button below and I'll be very happy! If you only do this, that's more than enough. I just want to make sure I reach the people who would be interested

* recommend me stories to review, especially stories by underrepresented authors which might go under the radar otherwise (I'm currently reviewing stuff eligible for the 2012 Hugos)

* add my RSS or LJ feed (prezzey_public) and follow the updates!

Have fun and may we all have a year filled with great SF :]

announcing 2012 Con or Bust auction

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Originally posted by kate_nepveu at announcing 2012 Con or Bust auction

I am pleased to announce this year's auction to support Con or Bust, which helps fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF conventions. Bidding starts Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 12:01 a.m. EST (GMT -5) and ends Sunday, February 25, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST. You may post auction offers and make donations now.



For more details, please see these updated posts explaining how to:





As a reminder, Con or Bust is now helping fans attend all cons of their own choosing, not just WisCon as in the past. (Requests for assistance to attend cons in April, May, and June 2012 will be taken from February 15 through 25; see the "request assistance" link for more details.) Because the demand for assistance is greater than before, please spread the word widely!



More information about Con or Bust.



Books in 2011

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Fiction
53. Jonathan Maberry, Patient Zero
52. Brian K. Vaugh, Pia Guerra, et al., Y, The Last Man [4] - Safeword
51. Mike Carey, Peter Gross, et al., The Unwritten [3] - Dead Man's Knock
50. Mike Carey, Peter Gross, et al., The Unwritten [2] - Inside Man
49. Mike Carey, Peter Gross, et al., The Unwritten [1] - Tommy Taylor and the Secret Identity
48. Tony Burgess, Pontypool Changes Everything
47. Jeff Lemire, Sweet Tooth [3] - Animal Armies
46. Jeff Lemire, Sweet Tooth [2] - In Captivity
45. Jeff Lemire, Sweet Tooth [1] - Out of the Woods
44. Seanan McGuire, One Salt Sea
43. Seanan McGuire, Late Eclipses
42. George R.R. Martin, Ben Avery, et al., The Hedge Knight
41. Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson, et al., Transmetropolitan [2] - Lust for Life
40. Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie Wars
39. Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, et al., Fables [3] - Storybook Love
38. Dan Wells, I Am Not A Serial Killer
37. Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson, et al., Transmetropolitan [1] - Back on the Street
36. Ellen Datlow & Nick Mamatas, eds., Haunted Legends
35. Caitlin R. Kiernan, Silk
34. Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, et al., The Walking Dead [13] - Too Far Gone
33. Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, et al., The Walking Dead [12] - Life Among Them
32. Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, et al., The Walking Dead [11] - Fear the Hunters
31. Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, et al., The Walking Dead [10] - What We Become
30. Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, et al., The Walking Dead [9] - Here We Remain
29. Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, et al., The Walking Dead [8] - Made to Suffer
28. Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, et al., The Walking Dead [7] - The Calm Before
27. Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, et al., The Walking Dead [6] - This Sorrowful Life
26. Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, et al., The Walking Dead [5] - The Best Defense
25. Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, et al., The Walking Dead [4] - The Heart's Desire
24. Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, et al., The Walking Dead [3] - Life Behind Bars
23. Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, et al., The Walking Dead [2] - Miles Behind Us
22. Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Fall of Light
21. Brian K. Vaugh, Pia Guerra, et al., Y, The Last Man [3] - One Small Step
20. Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, et al., Fables [2] - Animal Farm
19. Mira Grant, Deadline
18. Mira Grant, Feed
17. Bill Willingham, Lan Medina, et al., Fables [1] - Legends in Exile
16. Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle
15. Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, et al., Y, The Last Man [2]- Cycles
14. Robert Kirkman & Tony Moore, The Walking Dead [1] - Days Gone Bye
13. N.K. Jemisin, The Broken Kingdoms
12. Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, et al., Y, The Last Man [1]- Unmanned
11. L. Jagi Lamplighter, Prospero Lost
10. Amanda Downum, The Bone Palace
9. Barbara Hambly, Blood Maidens
8. Barbara Hambly, Traveling With the Dead
7. Sarah A. Hoyt, Darkship Thieves
6. Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, et al., Invincible, Ultimate Collection, Vol. 2
5. Freda Warrington, Elfland
4. Terry Pratchett, Small Gods
3. N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
2. Caitlin R. Kiernan, The Red Tree
1. John Scalzi, The Last Colony

Non-fiction
6. Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis
5. Richard Preston, The Hot Zone
4. Lynne M. Thomas & Tara O'Shea, eds., Chicks Dig Time Lords
3. Dossie Easton & Janet W. Hardy, The Ethical Slut
2. Deborah Anapol, Polyamory in the 21st Century
1. Alison Bechdel, Fun Home


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Sharing a good thing

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Do you like to read prose that you can taste* while your eyes devour it? Do something nice for yourself (and/or someone else) and sign up for Catherynne M. Valente's Omikuji Project.

The Omikuji Project is an experiment in cyberfunded art. It is an old-fashioned approach to new-founded literature, the shortest path from author to reader. It is a secret and marvelous communication, a unique way for you to read stories unavailable in any other venue, in any other way. It is a network of tales, a community. It is whispering in the dark; it is a fireside confession.

On the fifteenth of the month, subscribers will receive either a PDF or a mailed letter containing one short story or poem not less than two-thousand words or 150 lines, and any other literary flotsam I can find to send you. These stories are not published elsewhere without permission of the community, except in the collected anthologies, which occur every two years.

The mailing is the heart of the project: printed on high quality paper, autographed, and sealed with a scarlet wax stamp, they are stunning collectible artifacts.

I will continue this project so long as a minimum number of subscribers are interested (approximately 100).

It's a luxury, but it's one that I'm happy to indulge in.


*Then again, that might be a special treat that my brain provides.


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When will you Rise?

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I am so very excited about the upcoming release of Deadline. Let me tell you all about it, won't you?

It's the second book in the Newsflesh trilogy by Seanan McGuire (writing as Mira Grant). The first book in the series, Feed, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, is one of the nominees for this year's Hugo award for best novel, and is currently available in ebook format for only $2.99. I think I'm going to have to get that for myself, because I keep giving away my paper copies.

A few people to whom I've recommended Feed have demurred because they're not interested in or have had a surfeit of zombies, but it's definitely not the usual zombie book. If anything, it's a political thriller with zombies. When a reviewer complained that it was about politics, and not zombies, Seanan said "It's a book about politics. It's also a book about zombies, virology, Internet culture, wireless technology, bad beer, brand loyalty, sunglasses, the CDC, and horses. But mostly, it's a book about politics. Politics, zombies, blogging, and how George Romero accidentally saved the world, which is why I tell people it's "The West Wing meets Transmetropolitan meets Night of the Living Dead."

Doesn't that sound like fun?

Deadline has already received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, but don't read it if you want to avoid spoilers for Feed, or you want to avoid hearing anything about what happens in Deadline. Seanan's counting down to release date with prequel snippets (set twenty years before the events of Feed) that make me shiver with anticipation. We're already at T-minus 19, but you'll want to start at T-minus 29.


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Originally posted by heeroluva at "Suspicious comments" and "Spam comments": LJ decision to 'block' spam is a big FAIL!
So I've been noticing in both my own journal and communities that I haven't been able to see some comments even thought it says there are more comments there than are actually showing up. Instead I'm getting a place holder that says (Spam comment) or (Suspicious comment).

Why are these showing up like this you may ask? In their rush to fight spam LJ has created a new filter that're AUTOMATICALLY TURNED ON in ALL journals and communities, which screens comments that are made with 'suspicious links' ie links that are not on their safe whitelist, so pretty much the majority of the internet. There is no noted way to add to the 'whitelist'.

What really gets me is that they didn't inform people that they were doing this until a week after it was done and that it was automatically turned on.

So how do I turn it off you might ask.

That's simple. Go to your Settings, click on the Privacy tab, and half way down where it says Spam Protection uncheck the box next to "Comments containing a link to a non-whitelisted domain will be marked as spam and moved to a special section." This applies to both personal journal and communities and the opinion has to be manually changed in each one.

While I understand how this could be a good idea, I think they went about it in a very backhanded way, and have implemented it poorly. There was no message to anyone that the link has been screened. It's automatically done. This went on for over a week before they said anything about it. There is still nothing in the FAQs about it even. The only way I found out about this way going through the support pages where people were reporting similar issues.

Please share this!



ETA: This links really illustrates the problems.

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A gem from the Russian side of LJ

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Wish I could get a poster of this!

Via justbeast (Originally posted by k_poli), the caption reads "Reading is not harmful. NOT reading is."