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2008 Book and Story Picks [Dec. 14th, 2007|12:32 pm]
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February
Woman On The Edge Of Time, by Marge Piercy

March
Archangel Protocol, by Lyda Morehouse

April
Alanya To Alanya, by L. Timmel Duchamp

May
Half-Life, by Shelly Jackson

June
"Lingua Franca", by Carole McDonnell
"Necahual", by Tobias S. Buckell

(Both stories are from So Long Been Dreaming, ed. by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan.)

July
Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

August
Under My Roof, by Nick Mamatas

September
The Mount, by Carol Emshwiller

October
Woken Furies, by Richard K. Morgan

November
Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia (orginal title: Triton), by Samuel R. Delany

December
"The Mountains of Mourning", by Lois McMaster Bujold
"Heirs of the Perisphere", by Howard Waldrop

January 2009
Fire Logic, by Laurie J. Marks

After much discussion we decided to do a full year's selection, February to January. This would let us put a full two months between the selection process in December and the first new book in February, eliminating the panic-stricken search for the new book in January.

Also, although it's never been an official rule, we decided that we would not have the same author selected two years in a row. So for those who make mental lists of authors for next year, keep in mind Grass by Sherri Tepper, Probability Moon by Nancy Kress, Ring of Swords by Eleanor Arnason, and "The Persistence of Vision" by John Varley, who were eliminated for consideration for that reason. Towing Jehovah by James Morrow simply lost out on the final vote, but there is definite interest in Morrow for the following year.

Although we kept with the traditional drawing of titles from a hat, we did watch the schedule to make sure that book-buying would be convenient. So The Mount, So Long Been Dreaming, and the Waldrop, which are all available from the small press publishers that come to Wiscon, are by an amazing coincidence (actually it mostly was a coincidence) scheduled after Wiscon.

And finally, we are trying an experiment with the graphic novel Watchmen. We've considered graphic novels before, but the barriers were the expense and the availability (they were not necessarily carried by libraries, for example). But Watchmen, which has been in print for twenty years, is certainly an exception, and we felt that between used copies, library copies, and friend's copies, there shouldn't be a problem getting hold of it.

Happy reading.

Edit the first: Added Dave Gibbons's name to the Watchmen credits.
Edit the second: Removed the TBD comment from the Waldrop story. "Heirs of the Perisphere" is it.
Edit the third: The two stories from So Long Been Dreaming are chosen.
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From: j00j
2007-12-14 07:02 pm (UTC)
Looks like a fun list! And I see my suggestions were aired even though I did not get your phone message in time to respond, le_trombone. Hopefully I'll be able to make it to some of these.

_Archangel Protocol_ may be mildly difficult to get. A trip to worldcat.org suggests it's not in the CPL system, but it's definitely available in various IL libraries (http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/46950342&tab=holdings ) , so some advance work with Interlibrary Loan should allow people to get it (ILL does cost your library money, but if you can't buy the book, the library's happy enough to get it for you, usually, and I think costs are generally less if it's within consortia). And of course it can be ordered from Dreamhaven.

I own a copy and would be happy to arrange to loan it to someone.

Also, The Mountains of Mourning is available online for free in a variety of formats from the Baen Free Library.
http://www.webscription.net/p-622-the-mountains-of-mourning.aspx
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[User Picture]From: le_trombone
2007-12-14 08:20 pm (UTC)
True enough about Archangel Protocol, but if you're willing to touch Amazon.com many copies are under a dollar.

[Does quick check of the Baen Free Library]

Good, no confusion. I was worried that the two-in-one volume was there, rather than the single story. Thanks for the link.
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[User Picture]From: le_trombone
2007-12-14 08:24 pm (UTC)
And I see my suggestions were aired ...

Hey, that's why we asked for suggestions on this community.

[Looks around at everyone else.]

See class, what have we learned today?
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[User Picture]From: skyape_radio
2007-12-14 07:10 pm (UTC)
Yay Watchmen!

Also, Wookiee Furies sounds totally intrig... oh.
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[User Picture]From: le_trombone
2007-12-14 08:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, for some reason that was the title we... played with when we were discussing books. We didn't come up with that one though.
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[User Picture]From: agiel
2007-12-15 06:46 am (UTC)
OOh, I can't wait to discuss these. I fear my contribution to the discussion of Fire Logic will just be me raving with glee, but at least I'll make up for my fangirlishness during the Watchman month.
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[User Picture]From: lyda222
2007-12-17 02:01 am (UTC)
Thanks for the pick! You can buy Archangel Protocol new online through Dreamhaven books or by mail-order/phone from Uncle Hugo's:

http://www.dreamhavenbooks.com/morehouse.php

http://www.unclehugo.com/prod/

Can I stop by for the discussion?
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[User Picture]From: grrremlinski
2007-12-17 09:00 am (UTC)
Isn't is quite a trek for you to come to Chicago? I think it would be completely fabulous if you were up for a little road trip! We could probably even score some housing for you, if you are interested.

Also - thanks for the links! I'm excited to read this book, as I've been a fan of your delightful/smart panel discussions at Wiscon. It seemed high time for us to delve into your writing, and I've heard such good things!
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[User Picture]From: lyda222
2007-12-17 03:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I suppose it might be a bit of a trek for me/us, but we come very near Chicago quite often. I could always schedule a trip to visit the in-laws (in Indiana) around the time y'all are talking.

Also, PLEASE let me know if anyone can't afford or get library copies of the book. I've got tons sitting around my house and would be willing to donate a few for a good cause. (Anyone in need of a book could email me at: lyda.morehouse@gmail.com with a snail mail address.)
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[User Picture]From: grrremlinski
2007-12-19 06:03 am (UTC)
Oh dear gods... You're too kind!

I think we'll be good at getting the books on our own, but I'll let you know if anyone has any troubles.

Also - yes! I self indulgently profess that you should visit the inlaws right around the times of our discussions! (Obviously, we'll survive if the timing doesn't work out, but I'll simultaneously hold out a wish that it will work! Let's confer more as the actual time approaches).
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