If you were a voting member of the World Science Fiction Convention in 2017, or are registered as a voting member for the upcoming conventions in 2018 or 2019, you are eligible to nominate for the Hugo Awards; the Locus List is a great way to jog your memory about your favorite works from last year — and may I humbly remind you that my novel Walkaway is eligible for your nomination?
The Literary Review has cancelled its Bad Sex in Fiction Award for 2020 because "the public had been subjected to too many bad things this year to justify exposing it to bad sex as well," according to the organizers. From The Guardian: The prize was set up in 1993 by Auberon Waugh, with the intention… READ THE REST
This has been a good year for reading, and Drawn & Quarterly was the source of several books I loved in 2020, including Adrian Tomine's bestselling memoir The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist (on Kirkus and PW best ofs), Tom Gauld's Department of Mind-Blowing Theories, Sophie Yanow's queer coming-of-age autofiction The Contradictions, and Michel Rabagliati's Paul at Home. Check 'em all out here. READ THE REST
Ernest Cline's long-awaited sequel to Ready Player One is out this week! My copy of Ready Player Two just arrived and I can't wait to dive back into the Oasis. Above Ernie's Spotify "soundtrack" for the book. And below, here's a bit from an interview with Ernie in Entertainment Weekly: ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So when did… READ THE REST
Back in the infancy of Amazon, third party sellers were just a tiny facet of the company's growing eCommerce power. In fact, those small retailers affiliated with Amazon only accounted for 3% of their sales back in 1999. Of course, the company's growth and the emergence of more FBA (Fulfilled by Amazon) businesses brought thousands… READ THE REST
Just like the Lightning cable that came before it, manufacturers are now chasing Apple's latest step in ever-evolving charging technology, the MagSafe. If you haven't purchased an iPhone 12 yet, then you should know it can be charged with that old trusty Lightning connector like past models, or with the use of the new wireless… READ THE REST
Look, we're gonna level with you…you may have already blown Christmas. The problem is, is you haven't purchased gifts already AND if they aren't already en route, there's a decent chance they won't get there in time for the big day. And with the high volume and COVID delays happening…well, there's no guarantee anything is… READ THE REST