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ottenki_serogo — reposted by ognenna on August 28 2014, 05:16

Московский международный автосалон 2014

Я вернулся из недавнего будущего. Шины без воздуха, автомобили без дверей, сплюснутые по бокам машины и электрические внедорожники можно увидеть в столице только на ММАС-2014. Спешу с вами поделиться.

Это салон самого мощного серийного Range Rover за всю историю модели.

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kradical August 28 2014, 02:10

off to Dragon Con

Well, actually, I'm off to bed, and then getting up at 2am and we're driving to Atlanta. We'll take turns driving and sleeping on the 13-15-hour trip, and we should get in around early evening tomorrow.

If you're going to Dragon Con, this is my schedule. Please come find me. If you're not going to Dragon Con, have a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Given the insanity of my schedule, I suspect there won't be much by way of online updating aside from the occasional Facebook post and/or Tweet. For one thing, I want to try to make sure that I get a picture of my audience for each of my program items......

rleebyers August 27 2014, 19:38

MURDER IN CORVIS comes out next month

Not sure if I've mentioned this previously, but what the hell. Even if I have, it bears mentioning again. Privateer Press is bringing out my "Iron Kingdoms" novella Murder in Corvis in September, 2014. The story stars the adventuring group the Black River Irregulars, whom you may know if you've played the Iron Kingdoms RPG.

gina_stormgrant August 27 2014, 16:05

My tweets

kradical August 27 2014, 13:15

stuff I'll have for sale at Dragon Con

We're off to Dragon Con tomorrow, and I will have a ton of books with me for sale. I will have all of them with me at my three autographings (Saturday at noon and Monday at 10.30 at the SFWA table in the Hyatt, Saturday at 2.30 in the International Hall in the Marriott), my reading (Saturday at 1 in Vinings in the Hyatt), and my self-defense workshop (Friday at 2.30 also in Vinings), and appropriate stuff for my panels (e.g., the Farscape graphic novel at the Farscape panel Sunday at 11.30, the Trek stuff at my two Trek panels Friday at 7pm and Monday at 11.30am in Athens in the Sheraton).

I regret to say that Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution is not back from the printer yet, so I won't have any copies of that, though I will have bookmarks.

Here's the full list of what I'll have:

TV tie-ins:

Star Trek

The Klingon Art of War
Klingon Empire: A Burning House
A Time for War, a Time for Peace
Q & A
Corps of Engineers: Out of the Cocoon
Gateways: What Lay Beyond
New Worlds & New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics

Farscape graphic novels
Volume 7: The War for the Uncharted Territories

Bone Key

Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda
Destruction of Illusions

Young Hercules
Cheiron's Warriors
The Ares Alliance

Gaming tie-ins

World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred
StarCraft:Ghost: Nova
Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Sun: Under the Crimson Sun
Command and Conquer: Tiberium Wars

Movie novelizations

Resident Evil: Genesis
Darkness Falls

Stuff I keep the copyright on:

the "Precinct" books

Dragon Precinct
Unicorn Precinct
Goblin Precinct
Gryphon Precinct
Tales from Dragon Precinct

Other stuff
Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet
SCPD: The Case of the Claw
Guilt in Innocence (A Tale of the Scattered Earth)
kradical August 26 2014, 21:45

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: "Sacrifice of Angels"

What could have been a great episode, with some particularly fine moments for Kira, Rom, Quark, Ziyal, Weyoun, and especially Dukat, but it's ruined by a deus ex machina climax. The DS9 Rewatch makes a "Sacrifice of Angels."

An excerpt:
But the best moment is when the Defiant is the only ship to come through the wormhole while 200 Federation and Klingon ships are en route, and the weapons are down. Weyoun immediately says, “Time to start packing!” (still one of the best moments in the show’s entire history), and the female changeling just figures the war will take longer. This is a minor setback. Hell, for the Dominion, this whole war is a minor engagement. They have huge swaths of territory in a whole ’nother quadrant. This is a potentially useful expansion to them, but it’s hardly their only concern, and they’ve been taking the long view all along. Ultimately, neither Weyoun nor the female changeling have a huge amount invested in holding Deep Space 9/Terok Nor.

Dukat, though, has everything invested in it. He and Damar posturing about how they’ll eventually make Weyoun and the Founder pay for their insolence sounds pathetic at best, and more so when Dukat completely falls apart at having to again abandon the station. Cardassia is just part of the Dominion, and not even a very big part. Dukat keeps talking like they’re allies, and Weyoun goes along with it to keep the peace, but it’s never more evident than this episode that the Cardassians are not equals.
stevesaus August 26 2014, 18:30

[ideatrash] What Is Your Awesome Mix #1?

One of the best things about Guardians of the Galaxy is the soundtrack: Awesome Mix #1. And one of the (sadly few) good things about Rock of Ages is the kick-ass soundtrack there as well.

Listening to playlists made from and inspired by those songs has totally saved my state of mind on more than one occasion lately.

So I've decided to add my own "Awesome Mix", though mine's on average about a decade and a half after StarLord's.

You can listen to mine on 8tracks (the player's embedded below), but I'm also curious: What songs would be on your awesome mix? Share in the comments, or make your own mix on 8tracks!

Awesome Mix #3 from SenorWombat on 8tracks Radio.
gina_stormgrant August 26 2014, 16:06

My tweets

rleebyers August 26 2014, 12:53

My final schedule for Dragon Con 2014

AUTOGRAPHING – Saturday noon, Larry Smith Bookseller, Booths 103, 104, and 105 (in the middle of the run facing the dealer tables and behind the booths that face the elevator/escalator core.) I'm told some of my books will be for sale there, but I don't know which ones. Naturally, I'll also be happy to sign any of my books that you bring with you.

SFWA TABLE: Friday 3-4, Saturday 4-5, outside the Art Show and Artist Alley, Hyatt. (I'm not sure what level this is, but it's one of the ones below the lobby.)


Title: Barking up the Wrong Tree
Description: Pets and their people...How to incorporate "pets" (dogs, dragons, demons) of all sorts into your novel in a believable way as realistic characters.
Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: Embassy D-F - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: Richard Lee Byers, Cinda Williams Chima, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Chandra Free, Mari Mancusi, Bill Fawcett.

Title: Peopling Your Fiction
Description: Authors view characters as people. How do they go about the process of character development that makes readers want to come back for more?
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: Embassy D-F - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: Chesya Burke, Richard Lee Byers, Faith Hunter, Gail Z. Martin, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.

I expect to be at the following parties:

Timothy Zahn Book Launch, 7, Thursday, Westin.

Gilded Dragonfly Books Launch, 7, Thursday, Embassy D-F, Hyatt.

ESO Podcast Get-together, 8:30-10, Friday, Sheraton pool area.

So if you want to find me to say hi, get a book autographed, or whatever, these are the places to look for me.
kradical August 24 2014, 23:08

my Sunday feeling

Today I met up with my friend Amanda, who had never been to the Cloisters. I showed her there and the surrounding Fort Tryon Park, and then she handed over the luggage that she wants us to ferry down to Dragon Con for her, thus enabling her to take more stuff to the con without having to check any luggage.

When I got home, my mother's edits on "Streets of Fire" had come in. (It's really handy when both your mother and your fiancée are professional editors, lemme tell ya....) Once I incorporated her edits, I sent it off to Jonathan Maberry. Assuming Jonathan likes it, it'll be in Volume 3 of V-Wars.

Here's an excerpt:
Mia tumbled out of the back seat of the department-issue Chevy trying to get her bearings.

Giving Sullivan an accusatory look as he got out of the driver's seat, she then turned to Thorndike, who unfolded his massive frame from the passenger seat. "He always drive like that?"

Thorndike grinned, showing yellow teeth. "Nah, usually he's reckless."

Sullivan shrugged. "What? You gotta drive on the FDR like that."

They had taken the FDR Drive from 106th Street down to 34th Street, then travelled over to 1st Avenue and 30th Street, parking the car in a no-parking zone while placing their NYPD credentials in the dashboard. Mia had lost track of the sudden lane changes and the number of cars Sullivan had cut off by the time they passed 96th Street.

"My old man," Sullivan said as he headed toward the entrance, "he always said that you knew you'd be okay drivin' in New York if you could drive on the FDR without shittin' in your socks."

"In that case, I wanna see your socks," Mia said.

For those of you who read "The Ballad of Big Charlie" in the first V-Wars anthology, that's the same Mia Fitzsimmons who was in that story.

Next up on the ol' writing docket is my X-Files story, which is also for a Jonathan Maberry-edited, IDW-published anthology. Before I can start on it, though, I need to finish my rewatch of season 2 of the show. (I'm two episodes in so far and am mostly amused at how well they did shooting the pregnant Gillian Anderson from the chest up....) Probably won't start actually writing until after Dragon Con.

The next three days will be mostly Dragon Con prep, in fact. Since we're driving down, we're bringing a ton of stuff, including food and beverages, which will be cheaper than buying food at the con. In particular, we will be bringing coffee beans and a coffee maker, as four of the five people in the room are serious coffee hounds, and the coffee bill can seriously add up at DC if you're not careful. In addition, we have to get the car tuned up and inspected tomorrow, and we have to make sure we have all the supplies we need, both for ourselves, and for those we leave behind (Dale, Scooter, Kaylee, and Louie). In addition, I'm helping out at the dojo all three days this week that I'm here.....

We leave stupid early Thursday morning, and by "stupid early," I mean at, like, 2am or so.
kradical August 24 2014, 02:09

Jaym Gates on why you shouldn't feed the energy creature...

The brilliant and talented Jaym Gates has composed a magnificent explanation of why creative people should not engage the trolls.

I have always endeavored to live my professional life by the code she enumerates, because you gain absolutely nothing by sinking to the level of those who would try to be your adversaries. Besides, most of them are bullies, and the best way to engage bullies is to not engage them at all, thus giving them nothing to bounce off of.

A few years ago, a Supernatural fan -- after ripping my novel Nevermore to pieces, which was fine, as I don't expect to please everyone -- accused me of maneuvering the gig in order to screw my ex-wife out of the gig. I could've gone medieval on this person's ass, but that would not have improved things. Instead I calmly explained that Marina was the one who introduced me to Supernatural, was too busy with grad school to even consider writing a tie-in novel, and, oh yeah, she was the primary beta reader for Nevermore. Marina came on and explained the same.

I went out of my way to be polite and not be inflammatory. A lot of folks thanked me for that, even other Supernatural fans who had the same lack of regard for Nevermore as the original poster. And when she apologized, I graciously accepted it.

And this wasn't an effort or a choice, this is the way you're supposed to behave when you're a professional. If only more professionals got that..........

(See also David Mack's recent response to an e-mail expressing disgust with Dave's use of a homosexual relationship in the Star Trek: Vanguard novels, which was picked up by io9. Dave gained a lot more by being polite and sensible than he would have shoving invective down the homophobe's throat.....)
gina_stormgrant August 23 2014, 16:05

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