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Author:  Ray [ Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:02 pm ]
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Magazines, or all your novels, too? That's where the ridicule occurs for me...

Author:  Ray [ Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:04 pm ]
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By the way, received Interzone yesterday so all well down here. And Black Statics as well, thanks.

Author:  Matthew S Dent [ Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:37 pm ]
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Ray wrote:
Magazines, or all your novels, too? That's where the ridicule occurs for me...

Ah, novels not so much.

However, I do occasionally reorder my shelves, to alphabetical order by author, and publication date within that format.

Author:  Pete [ Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:04 pm ]
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Mine just arrived, and looking beautiful.

I used to keep my books in alphabetical order by author name, but then I realised that every time I bought a new Peter Ackroyd whole hours of my life were disappearing into a black hole as I shuffled everything round to fit it in :cry:

Author:  Rolnikov [ Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:11 pm ]
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You'd think that being married to an award-nominated librarian I could just leave my bookshelves to her care, but unfortunately she's too little to reach most of them... :)

Author:  Rafala [ Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:16 pm ]
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Just got my copy. It looks good.

Aliette's story is a fine piece, as usual. Loved it.
(I make it a habit of reading any Aliette story first.)

Now on to the other stories.


Author:  Ray [ Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:39 pm ]
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I'm only two stories in but both have been excellent. I also tend to read the de Bodard first and found it very touching. It made me think of the writing process itself reading about the creation of spacecraft. Excellent work, I look forward to reading more (and some for a second time) in the future. For now I'll have to do with the writer's notes on her blog.

I'm also likely to read Cook's again. Elements reminded me of 'Contact' and 'Vanilla Sky' a little and I thought the back and forth between memories (that's hardly a spoiler - it's the first paragraph or two) was handled very well when it could have been disastrous. I felt fully immeresed in this story thanks to some gently evocative sensory images. Marvelous.

Author:  Pete [ Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:49 pm ]
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Ray wrote:-
I'm also likely to read Baldwin's again

Erm, do you mean Cook's Ray? Ben Baldwin is the artist.

Author:  DennisB [ Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:04 pm ]
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Arrived today (without a blemish) down here in a cold, damp, grey SW France.

Author:  Aliette de Bodard [ Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:31 pm ]
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Arrived today in Paris, France.
Ray and Carl: glad you liked the story, thanks! The process of designing the ship actually merges Chinese approaches to poetry and literature (re-use what came before in a clever way) with modern computer science (specifically software design). As a friend was telling me,. Grand Master of Design Harmony is possibly the coolest name ever for a software architect :D

Author:  Ray [ Sat Nov 20, 2010 1:28 pm ]
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Er, thanks Pete, yes I did. :oops: That's embarassing (so much so it deserves emoticon AND print). From now on I'll only write things like that when I've the magazine on hand to check!

On the plus side, Baldwin's name is clearly fixed in my mind and that must be a good thing - I clearly liked the artwork too! (It was the arms reaching, right? I better go check...)

Apologies to Cook, I'll edit the earlier post.

Author:  Ray [ Sat Nov 20, 2010 1:31 pm ]
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Oh, and I just read Peacekeeper, Peacekeeper, Little Bo Peep. Brilliant. I usually only comment on my favourites but so far each of the first three have been truly great reads. In any other issue, any one of them would have been a favourite. It'll be a tough call this time.

I found myself wondering if the parson was always a red head, or if it was added in a redraft for that subtle Nick Cave reference... (If that sounds cryptic, it's to avoid spoilers)

I think it's pretty safe to say that one was a Sanford without checking.

Author:  Soon Lee [ Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:22 am ]
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Mine arrived today in Auckland, New Zealand where it's feeling positively summerish.

Author:  Ray [ Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:52 am ]
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For what it's worth, I feel this was one of the strongest issues so far. Sounds unfair to say that when three of the stories were from one author, but as the other two were also of an amzing standard I'll stick to my guns (or whatever the expression is). Interzone provides fantastic fiction, both in content and quality.

The non-fiction's good too, of course, and the interview was very interesting.

A favourite issue for me.

Author:  galaxie500 [ Tue Nov 23, 2010 2:18 pm ]
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Got mine today in Split, Croatia.
I've just finished last Black Static and am looking forward to three Jason Sanford stories and de Bodard one.

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