February 20th, 2010


Sorting through back issues of Locus Magazine

I woke up early and spent most of the morning sorting my collection of Locus Magazine into the issues I really want to keep and those I can live without. Even though the historian in me wants to keep all of them they take up quite a lot of space and... I can let go of some things, I can.

The copies I'm keeping mostly involve coverage of events I attended or people who are dear to me. Some even involve me, from my first appearance in the Noreascon write-up and photo review in October of 2004 to the February 2010 mention of Brian's and my TAFF win. I met some of the Locus staff in 2004, almost 6 years ago now, and took to them instantly. It has been nice running into them at events ever since. Two of the issues I just have to keep have the retrospectives about Charles Brown in them. Ah, memories.

It has been very interesting walking back through the past 6 years, scanning Cory Doctorow's old columns, and in some cases reading (or re-reading) essays, interviews, obits, and conversations. It's fun watching young Amelia Beamer develop her own sense of personal style over the years, and even younger Teddy Buchanan shows signs of doing so as well.

I thought I would highlight just a few of the written pieces that really stood out in review, in some cases because they feature authors I've taken an interest in:
  • October 2005 Benjamin Rosenbaum: God's Really Weird - "science fiction shows a tension between the literature of alienation, where you're really cracking somebody's head open, and the literature of familiarity. In a way it's reassuring to see Horatio Hornblower in space, or people from now in space. The people in the great old science fiction that I love, from the Foundation books or Time Enough for Love to The Dispossessed and Dune and The Forever War, are far more similar to us than Jane Austen's characters are, in terms of their values. And that seems weird to me. We are very much shaped by the technological and cultural niche we live in; we're not going to retain the same values and anxieties and taboos and preoccupations as the world changes wildly around us." (further excerpts)
  • June 2006 Jay Lake: Feathers and Tails (excerpts here).
  • A conversation with Bruce Sterling, "Globalhead", October 2007, "I think there's something mentally healthy about seeing the world of your parents just collapse on its face. 'All right, we'll do it then. We'll see." (Excerpts. Also links to http://www.worldchanging.com/, which looks interesting.)
  • December 2007: Nnedi Okorafor: Between Cultures (Excerpts. I met Nnedi in 2009 at Wiscon and have since read her first novel and started following her at http://twitter.com/nnedi)
  • A talk with Ekaterina (Kathy) Sedia: Secret History. April 2009. "In the secret history of Moscow I write a lot about birds, and birds do define the city." (further excerpts)
  • June 2009, Kay Kenyon, No Apologies. (excerpts)
  • August 2009, Mary Robinette Kowal, Puppetmaster. Mary just rocks, and the parallels between puppetry and writing SF are interesting. (excerpts)

In the end, I've decided to keep perhaps a third of my collection. The rest I'm ready to give away. Would you like any of them? Even a single issue of Locus would be of use, I believe, to any aspiring writer or publishing enthusiast for the industry news section alone. Here are the issues I'm giving away:

2004: August, September.
2005: March, May, August, September, October, November, December.
2006: January, March, May, June, July, September.
2007: Everything except January and August.
2008: January through May, and July through September
2009: January, March through July, November, December
2010: January

(Vy, you're in the December 2009 issue. Do you have a copy?)

This offer is good through March 8.
Brian and Anne

zer_netmouse tweets of the day

  • 11:54 Spent some time this morning improving the article about nurse and activist Lillian Ward at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lillian_Wald #
  • 11:57 Ward: one of NYT's "12 greatest living American women" in 1922 - this exhibit on her is great: jwa.org/exhibits/wov/wald/index.html #
  • 13:23 @uriel1998 uh, where did you learn to speak like a wombat? Your accent is terrible! #
  • 13:25 Trying to stay off nausea meds today. Seems like every time I stand up I decide I want to eat or drink or go to the bathroom, or both. #
  • 13:26 On the plus side the vertigo is down to a dull sense of pressure in my ears. #
  • 13:42 Great post and discussion about teen sex: heyteenager.blogspot.com/2010/01/in-which-steph-talks-about-teen-sex.html #
  • 15:45 New blog post: Giving away back issues of Locus Magazine netmouse.livejournal.com/679015.html #
  • 15:46 @EAMain That's funny that you say that because I've been singing a bunch of music from CATS lately. :) #
  • 15:48 @jer_ congrats on not dying! Couldn't get me to plunge into freezing cold water for charity today... I'm pretty impressed, actually. #
  • 20:51 @uriel1998 not your fault - I hadn't sorted them when you were here before. get some next time! #
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