Anders Monsen

Lost worlds and ports of call

Month: July 2005

James Hogan short story in Apex

A new short story magazine, Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest recently published its first issue. I found issue number two at Barnes & Noble, and saw that it contains a novella by James P. Hogan. The novella, “The Falcon,” deals briefly with an individual sentenced by her government for having the wrong ideas, and the temerity to not back away from those ideas.

Libertarians and non-libertarians

Over at Emerald City, Cheryl Morgan continues her bafflement with libertarians in a note about Charles Stross’ Accelerando nominated for the Prometheus Award. Stross mentioned this fact in a forum post on 7/21/05, and on 7/27, Ms. Morgan muses about how “a British Liberal can be nominated for writing Libertaran fiction.” The fact is that you don’t need to be a card-carrying member of the Libertarian Party (US), and the Libertarian Futurist Society is in no way associated with the LP. The LFS recognizes works of fiction that deal with liberty and challenges authority of any individual over other individuals. This is not the only criteria for the Prometheus Award. Even Ken MacLeod, an avowed Marxist, show greater intellectual honsesty towards libertarians: they’re not all crazed right wing lunatics…

Serenity Comics

The first issue of Serenity, the comic book, came out last week. I still have not found the John Cassaday Cover, which no doubt is quite popular, as it features Capt. Mal Reynolds.

Destroying Worlds novel

Today I received in the mail a copy of Destroying Worlds by John David, published in the UK. There was no return address, so no way to get back in touch with the sender and/or author (for which there is no biographical information on the book). I plan on reviewing this book in the Fall issue of Prometheus, which is scheduled for early-mid October. I’d like to send the author some copies of the issue with the review. If anyone knows how to get in touch with the author, please let me know.

Prometheus Summer 2005 published

Today all issues of Prometheus, Vol. 23, No. 4 (Summer 2005) were mailed to members of LFS and subscribers. The issue includes an article on Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano, by Thomas Sipos; a review of F. Paul Wilson’s latest Repairman Jack novel, Infernal, and much more. Mailed along with this issue was a special print version of the Summer 2004 newsletter, which originally appeared only in email form.

Vietnamese Writer Won’t Be Silenced

From the New York Times, a great and inspiring story of Duong Thu Huong, a fiction writer in Vietnam who spits in the face of the regime, and refuses to leave while opposing and denouncing its very oppressive government.

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