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New guest bloggers: Tricia Sullivan and Kameron Hurley

This week, I'm lending the soapbox to two extremely talented award-winning SF/F writers—Tricia Sullivan and Kameron Hurley. Kameron has been here before: since then she's won two Hugo awards, most notably for this essay).

Tricia Sullivan is the Arthur C. Clarke Award winning author of Lightborn and Maul. A New Jersey native, she now lives with mixed martial arts trainer Steve Morris and their three children in Shropshire, where she studies physics as an undergraduate with the Open University. She has a six foot Muay Thai bag in her shed. On a bad day she can hit it pretty hard.

I first met Tricia's writing with "Maul" back in 2005, which had the most memorably mind-warping opening sequence of any book I read that year; she's one of the most interesting new SF authors to arrive on the British SF/F publishing scene this century (and I'm looking forward to her new novel, Shadowboxer, which comes out next month).



This is going to be interesting.

I have put a packet of popcorn on my shopping-list.


Welcome (back in one case).


I have put a packet of popcorn on my shopping-list.

For why?


I am laying in wait for the physicists.


I am laying in wait for the physicists.

...and pelt them with unpopped kernels?

I think I'm expecting the Martial Arts otaku to show up rather than physicists.


...and shall pelt... That should've been.


Likewise. My rule of thumb is that anyone who Charlie invites is worth reading; I really enjoyed Nicola Griffith's work, likewise Linda Nagata and Kameron Hurley - it Stays a Trial, waiting for the UK Rapture...



If you want to attract physicists, don't pop the popcorn. Unpopped kernels can be approximated as spheres, and physicists like that.


It's worse than I thought. They've started talking economics, and my popcorn is the wrong brand!


Surely that's a reason to pop the corn? Not only do you get the visceral pleasure (and do no physical harm) but you drive them mad by pointing out how bad their approximations to spheres are?


I've just skimmed the "Neptune's Brood" thread (NB still in the "to be read" pile), and it all makes sense now. Well, except that you don't seem to have extra butter in the messages.



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