The winners of the 2015 Locus Awards have been announced. The Best Novel award for SF went to Ann Leckie for Ancillary Sward and the Best Novel award for fantasy went to Katherine Addison for The Goblin Emperor. Both of these are also Hugo nominees. These are the novel nominees and winners.
SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL
- Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
- The Peripheral, William Gibson (Putnam; Viking UK)
- The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor)
- Lock In, John Scalzi (Tor; Gollancz)
- Annihilation/Authority/Acceptance, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals; Fourth Estate; HarperCollins Canada)
- The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor)
- Steles of the Sky, Elizabeth Bear (Tor)
- City of Stairs, Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway; Jo Fletcher)
- The Magician’s Land, Lev Grossman (Viking; Arrow 2015)
- The Mirror Empire, Kameron Hurley (Angry Robot US)
- The Memory Garden, Mary Rickert (Sourcebooks Landmark)
- Elysium, Jennifer Marie Brissett (Aqueduct)
- A Darkling Sea, James L. Cambias (Tor)
- The Clockwork Dagger, Beth Cato (Harper Voyager)
- The Emperor’s Blades, Brian Staveley (Tor; Tor UK)
YOUNG ADULT BOOK
- Half a King, Joe Abercrombie (Del Rey; Voyager UK)
- The Doubt Factory, Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown)
- Waistcoats & Weaponry, Gail Carriger (Little, Brown; Atom)
- Empress of the Sun, Ian McDonald (Jo Fletcher; Pyr)
- Clariel, Garth Nix (Harper; Hot Key; Allen & Unwin)
- See more at: http://www.locusmag.com/News/2015/06/2015-locus-awards-winners/#sthash.SGyv0yTa.dpuf
Yes, I’m still here. Just busy. Nothing bad, but I just don’t have the cycles to devote to this blog right now. Expect few, if any, posts until the end of the month.
If you’re of a certain age, your first word processor may have been WordStar, Microsoft Word, or WordPerfect running under DOS. While these programs lack the bells and whistles of modern word processors like Microsoft Word, they have a lot fewer distractions and are perfectly adequate for writing fiction. SF author Robert J. Sawyer still uses WordStar to write his books (he just finished his 23rd novel), and has updated his instructions for running WordStar under current versions of Windows. You ahould be able easily adapt the instructions for running other programs like Microsoft Word for DOS (my favourite DOS word processor).
My favorite word-processing program is the versatlie, customizable, and powerful WordStar for DOS, last updated in December 1992. Running it under Microsoft Windows can be difficult, particularly with 64-bit versions of Windows, and especially with recent versions (Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10).
But a new, free, open-source MS-DOS emulator released in 2014 called vDos makes it easy to run WordStar for DOS (and many other MS-DOS programs) under all versions of Windows from XP through to Windows 10, whether 32-bit or 64-bit, with excellent printer and clipboard support. WordStar’s graphical Advanced Pa
If you ask me, I would have to say that the Harper government is the worst in Canadian history. I’m not the only one who thinks so – for evidence see this two-part article by Bruce Livesey.
In fact, unlike his predecessors, Harper has seemed Teflon-like in respect to how corruption scandals have clung to him. Even the trial of Senator Mike Duffy has not dented his veneer to any great extent – although this may soon change.
Yet corruption is among the litany of reasons why Stephen Harper might go down in history as Canada’s worst prime minister (a case we began to make here in Part 1 of this two-part series).
A more recent example of Harper’s proclivity for corruption was buried in the 2015 budget. After the government got rid of the long gun-registry in 2012, the RCMP was ordered to destroy its records. By then, however, an access to information request for this data had been made. The RCMP eviscerated the information anyway – which is a criminal offence if an access request is being processed. Suzanne Legault, Canada’s information commissioner, recommended charges be laid against the responsible RCMP members – which included high-ranking officers.
Richard Thompson has a new album, Still, coming out soon and NPR is streaming it for the next couple of weeks. The album was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and if the couple of tracks I’ve heard so far are any indication, it should be a great followup to his last album, Electric.