Tor.com Excerpt and OMG Physical ARCs

I have two pieces of business to share, and they are both awesome. Tor.com, the website and blog for genre fiction powerhouse Tor Books, has posted Chapter Two of Geekomancy to help spread the word: http://www.tor.com/stories/2012/07/geekomancy-excerpt   And secondly, this Tuesday I got a box from Simon & Schuster containing an awesome surprise:    …

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Save The World With Gaming [TED]

There’s quite a Theory — Praxis gap here, but her group has already taken steps along the path she proposes, and it’s a good thing for culture-makers, game-designers, and policy-makers to keep in mind. [ted id=799] I find it especially amusing that the "Social Fabric" she discusses runs along the same lines as the descriptions…

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Viva La Wavolucion

I’ve found my way onto Google Wave and am very excited about its potential as a communication/collaboration tool, especially for geeky things.  And by this I’m mostly talking about Role-Playing Games. Not much of this blog’s content ends up being about RPGs, despite the fact that my M.A. thesis was on tabletop RPGs and I’ve…

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Whither The Whedon?

Here we see an open letter to Joss Whedon from The  TV Addict – http://thetvaddict.com/2009/10/22/an-open-letter-to-joss-whedon/ Rumors from last year have already presented the possibility that Whedon could give up TV and return to an internet-based model as seen in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Dollhouse has been assured a full 13-episode run for the season, but…

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“I Remember When SF Was All About Straight Men Doing Stuff.”

At least, that’s my paraphrase of this essay from “The Spearhead” http://www.the-spearhead.com/2009/10/09/the-war-on-science-fiction-and-marvin-minsky/ Have you read that?  No?  Go back and check it out.  Take a walk or go sparring to work out your righteous fury, then come back to read. Done?  Ok. The essay in question is both 1) infuriating and 2) about genre fiction…

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Someone doesn’t know how fair use works…

Boingboing.net has been served a DMCA takedown notice for what is (to me) clearly an instance of fair use for criticism. What makes this all the better is that the picture in question is a horrid abomination.  Behold! http://www.boingboing.net/2009/10/06/the-criticism-that-r.html Just because you’re a big company doesn’t mean you can intimidate journalists into not criticizing your…

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