Empire Games in the UK!

Jan. 20th, 2017 07:02 pm
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Posted by Charlie Stross

Empire Games

Empire Games, the first installment in my new Empire Games trilogy, launches in Thursdy 26th in the UK!

If you're in Edinburgh, I'm going to be reading from and signing copies of Empire Games at the launch event at Blackwells Bookshop, at 6:30pm on Wednesday the 25th; it's a ticketed event but tickets are free and can be booked here.

Unlike the USA, where it's a hardcover, Tor UK have chosen to publish in trade paperback. (This led to some hitches with supplier databases which choked on the last-minute update, but it should all be straightened out now.)

You can buy it in bookstores, but here are some handly links to ebook formats and mail-order outlets:

[Amazon.co.uk Trade Paperback][Waterstones Trade Paperback]Amazon Kindle ebook][Kobo ebook]

Signed copies can be ordered from Transreal Fiction and Blackwells Bookshop (Edinburgh); email for details.

To celebrate—or maybe promote—the book launch I've been putting myself about shamelessly all over the internet: here I am, on Tor.com, with a list of five books about espionage and codebreaking—non-fiction research that was all grist for the mill when I was writing Empire Games. Meanwhile, at Tor UK, I answer five questions about Empire Games; and on io9, I felt the need to talk about why near-future SF is still relevant today.

[More Joy Day] Taking prompts!

Jan. 20th, 2017 08:35 am
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I think we could all use More Joy today!

I'm going to be on the train for a few hours today heading to the protest in DC, so drop me fic prompts in this post and I will try and write a bunch of them while traveling! Any fandom/pairing I have written. I will pick a handful of prompts that spark me and write as many as I can until I run out of time. (This may turn out to be one prompt if it runs away with me, fair warning!)

Please no politics-related prompts though. I am absolutely practicing escapism in my fannish life.

(And if you want to give ME more joy, you could toss me some Geralt/Emhyr prompts. ;)
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Posted by Fred Clark

We've all seen bad movies in which the plot doesn't make sense because they haven't provided a valid reason why the heroes don't just go to the police. This is that movie. Except here it's worse because the hero is a policeman and he won't even go to himself.
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Posted by Fred Clark

David Dark on James Lawson, being awesome. Willie James Jennings on the "tormented deployment" of a deformed idea of "reconciliation." Nikole Hannah-Jones on segregationism in 21st-century America. Kristin Du Mez on "Donald Trump and Militant Evangelical Masculinity."

Witcher: Incomplete (Geralt/Emhyr)

Jan. 19th, 2017 04:11 pm
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Whee, the torrent continues!

Incomplete (24354 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Wiedźmin | The Witcher (Video Game), Witcher 3 - Fandom
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Geralt of Rivia/Emhyr var Emreis
Characters: Jaskier | Dandelion, Geralt z Rivii | Geralt of Rivia, Emhyr var Emreis, Zoltan Chivay
Additional Tags: Music, Crones of Crookback Bog
Series: Part 3 of Witcher works

I had often wished for the chance to meet His Imperial Majesty, of course, but hardly under these circumstances. I’d really envisioned something more along the lines of a command performance for the court, or perhaps a ceremony of decoration as a Master of the Arts.

If you want a taste of Dandelion before you read this one, this video has basically no spoilers for anything else in the game and is also pretty hilarious. :P


Chapter 6, Page 11

Jan. 19th, 2017 04:30 pm
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Posted by Blue


Page 11. Sleep.

O Human Star Volume 2 is now available to purchase and read on Comixology!  Go ahead and check it out – I’d also appreciate if you give it a rating!

Thank you, and thanks to those of you who support me on Patreon and drop in during my livestreams. You’re helping make this comic possible one page at a time.

And certainly misused

Jan. 18th, 2017 09:24 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

It's beyond creepy to learn that one of the biggest names in evangelical philanthropy is one tiny step removed from the biggest name in paramilitary profiteering and mercenary massacres. And why is this family of right-wing billionaires so obsessed with shooting bears? Also: The very, very bad inaugural poem that gives Scots one more reason to hate Donald Trump; mercy seasons justice; and a closer look at American Nazis' conflicted views on Israel.

Reading Romans 8 at a funeral

Jan. 17th, 2017 08:26 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

Romans 8 contains both a passage of beautiful comfort that should always be read at funerals and a sorely abused passage that has been twisted into a cruelly glib slogan that should never, ever, be read at funerals. Please don't get those two passages confused.

Strangers in Their Own Land

Jan. 17th, 2017 04:26 pm
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Arlie Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land: I got this from the library just before the election, then couldn’t bear to read it for a while, then couldn’t bear to review it for a while.  mad as hell and not going to take it any more )
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You put on some new pants. I put
on some sunlight. I put on a coyote. You
put on a bigger coyote. You put on all
of the coyotes! You put on the sand as it flies
beneath your incredible little paws. I put on
rain not reaching the desert. You put on how we
feel sad after this. You put on the sadness. You
put on methods for dealing with it. The sadness tries
to put you on but you say No! You wrestle
the sadness to the ground. You are big and need
large wings. You put on the large wings. You are still
a coyote. You put on the howling. You put on
things that howl back. There is nothing
you won’t put on. You put on the darkness.
You put on some stars and even what
is between them. You put on the moon. The moon
that shines! You put on how we want
to stay here! You put on how we forget where
we were before. You put on the earth how
it cracks. You put on its face when it sees us.


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