July 14, 2010

I’ve had some distancing thoughts about them recently. I’ve come to the conclusion that what superheroes might be – in their current incarnation, at least – is a symbol of American reluctance to involve themselves in any kind of conflict without massive tactical superiority. I think this is the same whether you have the advantage of carpet bombing from altitude or if you come from the planet Krypton as a baby and have increased powers in Earth’s lower gravity.

No more heroes for Watchmen’s Alan Moore | Alison Flood | Books | guardian.co.uk


July 14, 2010

Ted Chiang is a strange author, since 1990 he’s published only 11 stories but almost every one of them has won awards and raked in plaudits.

Weekend Reading – 6/11/2010 | Wet Asphalt

July 14, 2010

He said if he raised his goal of $3,500 for the work, he would release a PDF of the book free for everyone. Shockingly, he raised $13,942 dollars by almost 600 donors, more than most novelists get as an advance on a first novel. Not bad for a self-published, unpublishable novella.

Why Robin Sloan is the Future of Publishing (and Science Fiction) | Wet Asphalt

July 14, 2010

I have a hammer of job seeking justice and I’m going to use it to crack your robots’ heads in.

Overqualified: I’m coming down there

July 14, 2010

Superhuman: the Incredible Savant Brain

But Thank You For Playing, Canada

July 14, 2010

Note the huge differences in first paragraphs too!

2010: Fuck Books

Fuck books!

How vulgar that short sentence looks, how brutal in its Germanic bluntness when juxtaposed with the ornate, mythopoetic musings that prompted it. And yet, in their violence and brevity, those two short words capture the commingled frustration and exasperated wonderment that attends to reading passages such as the one above, which are, unfortunately, all too common among what gets lauded as the finest of this country’s literature.

2001: A Reader’s Manifesto

Nothing gives me the feeling of having been born several decades too late quite like the modern “literary” best seller. Give me a time-tested masterpiece or what critics patronizingly call a fun read—Sister Carrie or just plain Carrie. Give me anything, in fact, as long as it doesn’t have a recent prize jury’s seal of approval on the front and a clutch of precious raves on the back. In the bookstore I’ll sometimes sample what all the fuss is about, but one glance at the affected prose—”furious dabs of tulips stuttering,” say, or “in the dark before the day yet was”—and I’m hightailing it to the friendly black spines of the Penguin Classics.


… the e-book market at 55% of the size of the mass market paperback market.
This looks like a Tipping Point from print to eBooks, at least at the low-end. But the number of publishers cited doesn’t match up 1-to-1. And we have yet to really see the effect of the Agency Model for (higher) prices.

July 14, 2010

E-book Sales Rose 167% in May