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Clarke Award time again [Apr. 30th, 2013|05:16 pm]

despotliz
Poll #1911393 Clarke Award 2013

What should win?

Nod by Adrian Barnes
1(5.6%)
Dark Eden by Chris Beckett
1(5.6%)
Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway
3(16.7%)
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
0(0.0%)
Intrusion by Ken MacLeod
10(55.6%)
2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
3(16.7%)

What will win?

Nod by Adrian Barnes
0(0.0%)
Dark Eden by Chris Beckett
0(0.0%)
Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway
5(26.3%)
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
0(0.0%)
Intrusion by Ken MacLeod
9(47.4%)
2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
5(26.3%)


No, you may not have a "none of the above" button.
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Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space: The Fantastika and the Classical World. [May. 13th, 2012|11:17 am]

swisstone
The Science Fiction Foundation is organizing a conference in June/July 2013 in Liverpool, on Science Fiction, Fantasy and the Classical World.

The Call for Papers closes on 30 September 2012.
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A Tale Of Two Books [Mar. 20th, 2012|03:17 pm]

ninebelow
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Or rather one book presented in two very different ways. On the left, the US version; on the right, the UK version:



Prefered title:

Midnight Riot
3(8.6%)
Rivers Of London
32(91.4%)

Prefered cover:

US
3(8.6%)
UK
32(91.4%)
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Ustopia [Oct. 14th, 2011|09:46 am]

ninebelow
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"Ustopia is a word I made up by combining utopia and dystopia – the imagined perfect society and the opposite – because, in my view, each contains a latent version of the other... But any writer of ustopias has to answer three necessary questions: where is it, when is it, and – in relation to maps – what shape it is? For unless we readers can believe in the ustopia as a potentially mappable place, we will not suspend our disbelief willingly."


Utopias and dystopias each contains a latent version of the other

True
9(45.0%)
False
11(55.0%)

Any writer of ustopias has to answer three necessary questions: where is it, when is it, and what shape it is?

True
4(21.1%)
False
15(78.9%)

"Ustopia"

A perfectly reasonable portmanteau term
3(12.5%)
Meh
1(4.2%)
Argh! My eyes, my eyes!
20(83.3%)

Context.
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The Matthew McConaughy All-Stars [Jul. 26th, 2011|10:16 pm]

ninebelow
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Favourite not-quite-leading man

Matthew McConaughy
1(11.1%)
Ryan Reynolds
1(11.1%)
Chris Evans
2(22.2%)
Ashton Kutcher
0(0.0%)
Patrick Dempsey
1(11.1%)
Aaron Eckhart
4(44.4%)

Is Bradley Cooper ready to join this exhalted company?

Of course
1(14.3%)
Give him a couple of years
1(14.3%)
Pft!
5(71.4%)


Context.
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Diamond [Jun. 28th, 2011|01:48 pm]

ninebelow
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Poll #1756737 SF writers of our time

Mick Resnick

GOOD
2(14.3%)
BAD
12(85.7%)
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(no subject) [Jun. 21st, 2011|01:53 pm]

ninebelow
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"The concept of any book award being anything other than positive for writing is simply unhinged."

TRUE
5(25.0%)
FALSE
15(75.0%)
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WS [Mar. 30th, 2011|09:27 am]

ninebelow
andrewducker both the trailer for Paul WS Anderson's The Three Musketeers and an important question:

What is PWSA's best film?

Resident Evil: Afterlife
1(7.1%)
Death Race
3(21.4%)
AVP: Alien vs. Predator
2(14.3%)
Resident Evil
1(7.1%)
Soldier
0(0.0%)
Event Horizon
5(35.7%)
Mortal Kombat
2(14.3%)
Shopping
0(0.0%)
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Hugo recommendation: "The Tempest" [Jan. 4th, 2011|10:53 am]

filkerdave

As I noted on Facebook (for those of you who are on my FB list), I think that Julie Taymor's version of "The Tempest" (with Helen Mirren as Prospera) would be an excellent choice for BDP Long Form Hugo.

Granted, it's been in VERY limited release, but it was really very good.

Crossposted to my own LJ, hugo_recommend and instant_fanzine
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2009 Clarke Award Poll [Apr. 27th, 2010|02:11 pm]

despotliz
Time for the traditional poll:

Poll #1556919 Clarke Award

Who should win?

Spirit, Gwyneth Jones
0(0.0%)
The City & The City, China Miéville
10(52.6%)
Yellow Blue Tibia, Adam Roberts
0(0.0%)
Galileo's Dream, Kim Stanley Robinson
2(10.5%)
Far North, Marcel Theroux
5(26.3%)
Retribution Falls, Chris Wooding
2(10.5%)

Who will win?

Spirit, Gwyneth Jones
1(5.3%)
The City & The City, China Miéville
9(47.4%)
Yellow Blue Tibia, Adam Roberts
4(21.1%)
Galileo's Dream, Kim Stanley Robinson
2(10.5%)
Far North, Marcel Theroux
3(15.8%)
Retribution Falls, Chris Wooding
0(0.0%)
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