Not the Soup. The Award. Not that Award; the Other Award.

Okay, I got this via Scalzi’s blog, which linked in turn to this official-looking site, so I guess it’s on the level even though I’ve received no official notification. But it looks like Blindsight made the finals for the John W. Campbell Award. It’s in there with the usual worthy suspects from the Hugos and […]

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Unsung Heroes

Sorry I haven’t been around here much lately. It’s getting down to the wire for this damn York address and I’ve gotta shave half an hour off of it. (It’s tough — I mean, you try argueing that pedophiles and suicide bombers will be the ones setting the ground rules for any post-singularity society. In […]

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Anyone with half a brain could tell it.

Via Futurismic, an accessible piece from Scientific American on radical hemispherectomies, an operation which readers of Blindsight will recognise as the defining moment in the depersonalisation of the young Siri Keeton.

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London Falling

Saw 28 Weeks Later last night. Few explicit spoilers follow, but much can be infered from what I write below. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, and you intend to, you may want to skip this entry. Released at the start of the summer blockbuster season: going up against Spiderman, Pirates, Shrek, Die Hard, […]

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Motherhood Issues

How many times have you heard new parents, their eyes bright with happy delerium (or perhaps just lack of sleep), insisting that you don’t know what love is until you first lay eyes on your baby? How many of you have reunited with old university buddies who have grown up and spawned, only to find […]

How to Build a Zombie Detector

A fair number of topics jostling for attention lately: slime moulds outfitted with skittish cyborg exoskeletons, Jim Munroe’s microbudget megasavvy take on nanotech, even this recent research on free will in fruit flies (which I’m wary of, but am holding off commenting upon until I’ve thoroughly read the original paper). And I’m in bitten-off-more-than-I-can-chew mode […]

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Off-Key Speaker

So there’s this annual thing up at York University: the Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy (although for some reason their web site seems to stop at 2005). A few months back I gave a guest lecture up at York, which was evidently a big hit on account of most academic speakers tend […]

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Torontonians: Infest Wisely

You all know the scoop on self-publishers, don’t you? Those losers who, unable to interest any legitimate publisher in their verbiage, haunt Kinkos with pockets full of quarters, printing out their magnum opus on the backs of old cable bills in the hope that some streetcorner pedestrian might take pity on them. A hapless breed, […]

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Starfish tp ETA?

I know this is a long shot, but I don’t suppose anyone out there knows when the trade paper edition of Starfish is due for release? A search on Tor’s website turns up nothing. Yes, I’ve asked them directly. Repeatedly. I actually brought it up twice in my last e-mail, which netted the response Yes, […]

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The Uplift Protein

Neuropsin, that is. A prefrontal-cortex protein involved in learning and memory. There’s this one variant that’s peculiar to us Humans, 45 amino acids longer than the standard model handed out to other primates, and a team of Chinese researchers have just nailed the gene that codes for it. And the really cool part? Utterly ignoring […]

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