Lenora Rose (lenora_rose) wrote,
Lenora Rose

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The only thing really to say on the news front is that I did get to meet forodwaith yesterday. Interesting  -- not the dreaded Chinese curse interesting, or the trying to be tactful interesting, but the way it always is meeting an online acquaintance for the first time in person. She was about the right age once I looked close, but my first impression was someone more youthful and vivid than I expected. That probably doesn't sound quite as I meant it, hopefully she'll forgive me the description.
A - Accent: Prairie Canadian, but I've been told I have a bit of British burr in there, sometimes. Maybe it's because I sometimes over-enunciate to make up for the other verbal stutters, one person said it's what he gets told for no other reason than having a good vocabulary. Or maybe just watching too much of the wrong tv as a kid.
B - Breakfast Item: Trail Bar
C - Chore you hate: hand-washing dishes.
D - Dad's Name: George
E - Essential everyday item: backpack
F - Flavor of Ice cream: cookie dough
G - Gold or Silver?: Silver
H - Hometown: From birth or by inclination? The former, Edmonton, the latter, Winnipeg
I - Insomnia: Not really
J - Job Title: Office Clerk
K - Kids: No, and ambivalent about changing that  (Which is not necessarily the same as against the idea)
L - Living arrangements: slightly worn 2 story house near downtown
M - Mom's birthplace: Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
N - Number of significant others you've ever had: 9
O - Overnight hospital stays: Not that I recall this moment.
P - Phobia: roaches, large spiders (realistically large. 8-foot movie monsters less bad than tarantulas)
Q - Queer?: I favour men but do not exclude women
R - Religious Affiliation: Christian
S - Siblings: One older brother. Besides that, a Stepbrother I don't see often, a kind of "sister", and maybe a little brother (IE, <lj user="big_hairy_viking">, if I saw you once in a while, I might not put the maybe in...)
T - Time you wake up: Um. At 7:00 I stagger downstairs, feed the cats, go back to bed. Then I wake up again at whatever time I need to be up for whatever I'm doing that day - range is from 8:00 to Noon.
U - Unnatural hair colors you've worn: None.
V - Vegetable you refuse to eat: Brussels Sprouts
W - Worst habit: Running slightly late for everything.
X - X-rays you've had: dental and one foot.
Y - Yummy: most desserts with the word cappucino in them. Fresh strawberries. Johnny Depp.
Z - Zodiac sign: Cancer

Officially, this is only supposed to be "Bold the ones you've read," but as ever, i felt the need for other conditionals thrown in. Yes or no questions? Like Charlie Petit, my eternal answer shall be "It depends."

A lot of this fits what I expected. I was late coming to Science Fiction (I think I've read more of it in the last 6 years than in all the time preceding), and when i did, it was mostly by relatively current works, so my knowledge of the genre "classics" is embarrassingly shaky. Except for Bester. Codes:

Quit partway through

Believe me or not, but it's on the to-read list somewhere

HUGO: Alfred Bester, The Demolished Man

HUGO: Mark Clifton, They'd Rather Be Right

HUGO: Robert Heinlein, Double Star

HUGO: Fritz Leiber, The Big Time

HUGO: James Blish, A Case of Conscience

HUGO: Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers

HUGO: Walter Miller, Jr., A Canticle for Leibowitz

I've been told several times I *should* put this on the to-read list.

HUGO: Robert Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

HUGO: Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle

HUGO: Clifford Simak, Way Station

HUGO: Fritz Leiber, The Wanderer
NEBULA: Frank Herbert, Dune

HUGO: Roger Zelazny, ...And Call Me Conrad
HUGO: Frank Herbert, Dune
NEBULA: Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon
NEBULA: Samuel R. Delany, Babel-17

HUGO: Robert Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
NEBULA: Samuel R. Delany, The Einstein Intersection

HUGO: Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light
NEBULA: Alexei Panshin, Rite of Passage

HUGO: John Brunner, Stand on Zanzibar
NEBULA: Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness
But only 2 years ago..

HUGO: Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness
NEBULA: Larry Niven, Ringworld
I've read some Niven. not interested in reading more.

HUGO: Larry Niven, Ringworld
NEBULA: Robert Silverberg, A Time of Changes

HUGO: Philip Jose Farmer, To Your Scattered Bodies Go
NEBULA: Isaac Asimov, The Gods Themselves

HUGO: Isaac Asimov, The Gods Themselves
NEBULA: Arthur C. Clarke, Rendezvous With Rama

HUGO: Arthur C. Clarke, Rendezvous With Rama
NEBULA: Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed

HUGO: Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed
NEBULA: Joe Haldeman, The Forever War
WFA: Patricia McKillip, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

HUGO: Joe Haldeman, The Forever War
NEBULA: Frederik Pohl, Man Plus
WFA: Richard Matheson, Bid Time Return

And this, of course, is where I was born.

HUGO: Kate Wilhelm, Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
NEBULA: Frederik Pohl, Gateway
WFA: William Kotzwinkle, Doctor Rat

HUGO: Frederik Pohl, Gateway
NEBULA: Vonda N. McIntyre, Dreamsnake
WFA: Fritz Leiber, Our Lady of Darkness

HUGO: Vonda N. McIntyre, Dreamsnake
NEBULA: Arthur C. Clarke, The Fountains of Paradise
WFA: Michael Moorcock, Gloriana

HUGO: Arthur C. Clarke, The Fountains of Paradise
NEBULA: Gregory Benford, Timescape
WFA: Elizabeth A. Lynn, Watchtower

HUGO: Joan D. Vinge, The Snow Queen
NEBULA: Gene Wolfe, The Claw of the Conciliator
WFA: Gene Wolfe, The Shadow of the Torturer

DICK: Rudy Rucker, Software
HUGO: C. J. Cherryh, Downbelow Station
NEBULA: Michael Bishop, No Enemy But Time
WFA: John Crowley, Little Big
I mean to retry this sometime, as I was a teenager the first time.

DICK: Tim Powers, The Anubis Gates
HUGO: Isaac Asimov, Foundation's Edge
NEBULA: David Brin, Startide Rising
WFA: Michael Shea, Nifft the Lean

DICK: William Gibson, Neuromancer
HUGO: David Brin, Startide Rising
NEBULA: William Gibson, Neuromancer
WFA: John M. Ford, The Dragon Waiting

DICK: Tim Powers, Dinner at Deviant's Palace
HUGO: William Gibson, Neuromancer
NEBULA: Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
WFA: Barry Hughart, The Bridge of Birds
WFA: Robert Holdstock, Mythago Wood

DICK: James P. Blaylock, Homunculus
HUGO: Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
NEBULA: Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead
WFA: Dan Simmons, Song of Kali

CLARKE: Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
DICK: Patricia Geary, Strange Toys
HUGO: Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead
NEBULA: Pat Murphy, The Falling Woman
STOKER: Stephen King, Misery
STOKER: Robert R. McCammon, Swan Song
WFA: Patrick Suskind, Perfume

CLARKE: George Turner, The Sea and Summer
DICK: Rudy Rucker, Wetware
HUGO: David Brin, The Uplift War
NEBULA: Lois McMaster Bujold, Falling Free
STOKER: Thomas Harris, The Silence of the Lambs
Nothing wrong with this, but I started the first chapter at an inopportunte time, got distracted by life and then by other books, and just never got back to it.
WFA: Ken Grimwood, Replay

CLARKE: Rachel Pollack, Unquenchable Fire
DICK: Richard Paul Russo, Subterranean Gallery
HUGO: C. J. Cherryh, Cyteen
NEBULA: Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, The Healer's War
I think I read everything else she wrote before about 1999, and some after, just not her award-winner.
STOKER: Dan Simmons, Carrion Comfort
WFA: Peter Straub, Koko

The plot sounds right, but I truly don't remember 100% for sure if I read this one.

CLARKE: Geoff Ryman, The Child Garden
DICK: Pat Murphy, Points of Departure
HUGO: Dan Simmons, Hyperion
NEBULA: Ursula K. Le Guin, Tehanu
STOKER: Robert R. McCammon, Mine
WFA: Jack Vance, Madouc

CLARKE: Colin Greenland, Take Back Plenty
DICK: Ian McDonald, King of Morning, Queen of Day
HUGO: Lois McMaster Bujold, The Vor Game
NEBULA: Michael Swanwick, Stations of the Tide
STOKER: Robert R. McCammon, Boy's Life
TIPTREE: Eleanor Arnason, A Woman of the Iron People
TIPTREE: Gwyneth Jones, The White Queen
WFA: James Morrow, Only Begotten Daughter
WFA: Ellen Kushner, Thomas the Rhymer

CLARKE: Pat Cadigan, Synners
DICK: Richard Grant, Through the Heart
HUGO: Lois McMaster Bujold, Barrayar
NEBULA: Connie Willis, Doomsday Book
STOKER: Thomas F. Monteleone, Blood of the Lamb
TIPTREE: Maureen McHugh, China Mountain Zhang
WFA: Robert R. McCammon, Boy's Life

CLARKE: Marge Piercy, Body of Glass
DICK: Jack Womack, Elvissey
DICK: John M. Ford, Growing Up Weightless
HUGO: Connie Willis, Doomsday Book
HUGO: Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon the Deep
NEBULA: Kim Stanley Robinson, Red Mars
De gustibus, but you'll notice I *didn't* read the two award-winning sequels. i gave it to a friend who'd appreciate it more.
STOKER: Peter Straub, The Throat
TIPTREE: Nicola Griffith, Ammonite
WFA: Tim Powers, Last Call

CLARKE: Jeff Noon, Vurt
DICK: Robert Charles Wilson, Mysterium
HUGO: Kim Stanley Robinson, Green Mars
NEBULA: Greg Bear, Moving Mars
STOKER: Nancy Holder, Dead in the Water
TIPTREE: Nancy Springer, Larque on the Wing
I never knew this was an award winner. I always thought of it as that book I really liked that seemed to; disappear from the shelves so fast I assumed I was the only one and it was an unfortunate flop. (Her books since then, aside from Fair Peril, have been damned hard to find. Her books before then seemed at least to show up on the shelves.)
WFA: Lewis Shiner, Glimpses

CLARKE: Pat Cadigan, Fools
DICK: Bruce Bethke, Headcrash
HUGO: Lois McMaster Bujold, Mirror Dance
NEBULA: Robert J. Sawyer, The Terminal Experiment
STOKER: Joyce Carol Oates, Zombie
TIPTREE: Elizabeth Hand, Waking the Moon
TIPTREE: Theodore Roszak, The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein
WFA: James Morrow, Towing Jehovah

CLARKE: Paul J. McAuley, Fairyland
DICK: Stephen Baxter, The Time Ships
HUGO: Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age
NEBULA: Nicola Griffith, Slow River
STOKER: Stephen King, The Green Mile
TIPTREE: Mary Doria Russell, The Sparrow
WFA: Christopher Priest, The Prestige

CLARKE: Amitav Ghosh, The Calcutta Chromosome
DICK: Stepan Chapman, The Troika
HUGO: Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
NEBULA: Vonda N. McIntyre, The Moon and the Sun
STOKER: Janet Berliner and George Guthridge, Children of the Dusk
TIPTREE: Candas Jane Dorsey, Black Wine
WFA: Rachel Pollack, Godmother Night

CLARKE: Mary Doria Russell, The Sparrow
DICK: Geoff Ryman, 253: The Print Remix
HUGO: Joe Haldeman, Forever Peace
NEBULA: Joe Haldeman, Forever Peace
STOKER: Stephen King, Bag of Bones
TIPTREE: [a short story by Raphael Carter]
WFA: Jeffrey Ford, The Physiognomy

CLARKE: Tricia Sullivan, Dreaming in Smoke
DICK: Stephen Baxter, Vacuum Diagrams: Stories of the Xeelee Sequence
HUGO: Connie Willis, To Say Nothing of the Dog
NEBULA: Octavia Butler, Parable of the Talents
STOKER: Peter Straub, Mr. X
TIPTREE: Suzy McKee Charnas, The Conqueror's Child
WFA: Louise Erdrich, The Antelope Wife

CLARKE: Bruce Sterling, Distraction
DICK: Michael Marshall Smith, Only Forward
HUGO: Vernor Vinge, A Deepness in the Sky
NEBULA: Greg Bear, Darwin's Radio
STOKER: Richard Laymon, The Traveling Vampire Show
TIPTREE: Molly Gloss, Wild Life
WFA: Martin Scott, Thraxas

CLARKE: China Miéville, Perdido Street Station
DICK: Richard Paul Russo, Ship of Fools
HUGO: J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
NEBULA: Catherine Asaro, The Quantum Rose
STOKER: Neil Gaiman, American Gods
TIPTREE: Hiromi Goto, The Kappa Child
WFA: Tim Powers, Declare
WFA: Sean Stewart, Galveston

CLARKE: Gwyneth Jones, Bold as Love
DICK: Carol Emshwiller, The Mount
HUGO: Neil Gaiman, American Gods
NEBULA: Neil Gaiman, American Gods
STOKER: Thomas Piccirilli, The Night Class
TIPTREE: M. John Harrison, Light
WFA: Ursula K. Le Guin, The Other Wind

CLARKE: Christopher Priest, The Separation
DICK: Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon
HUGO: Robert J. Sawyer, Hominids
NEBULA: Elizabeth Moon, Speed of Dark
STOKER: Peter Straub, lost boy lost girl
TIPTREE: Matt Ruff, Set This House in Order
WFA: Graham Joyce, The Facts of Life
WFA: Patricia A. McKillip, Ombria in Shadow

CLARKE: Neal Stephenson, Quicksilver
DICK: Gwyneth Jones, Life
HUGO: Lois McMaster Bujold, Paladin of Souls
NEBULA: Lois McMaster Bujold, Paladin of Souls
STOKER: Peter Straub, In the Night Room
TIPTREE: Joe Haldeman, Camouflage
TIPTREE: Johanna Sinisalo, Not Before Sundown (US title, Troll: A Love Story)
WFA: Jo Walton, Tooth and Claw

CLARKE: China Miéville, Iron Council
HUGO: Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
WFA: Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
(I admit, there's also a part of me screaming, "What, Pratchett never won a WFA?")

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