Strahan et al‘s Year’s-Best-SF Reddit.

This is not a real blog post; just a PSA for those of you wise enough to avoid Facebook. Jonathan Strahan (one of the genre’s premiere anthologists, not that you need to be told) is hosting an AMA over on Reddit to pimp his latest Year’s Best anthology; it’s running pretty much all day, it’s in progress even as we speak, and a bunch of the contributing authors will be dropping by throughout to answer any questions you may have (I myself will just be keeping it open in a window up in the corner, and will jump in whenever it seems appropriate). You can also expect to see Charlie Jane Anders, Elizabeth Bear, Tobias Buckell, SL Huang, Rich Larson, Fonda Lee, Anil Menon, Tegan Moore, Malka Older, Karin Tidbeck, Fran Wilde, and Caroline Yoachim sticking their heads up throughout the day.

So if you want to ask anything to any of us, now’s your chance.



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Malovich
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Malovich
1 year ago

While I avoid FB like the plague it is, I have not yet deleted my profile for some bizarre reason.

How’re you holding up under the weight of the pandemic and forced-march reopening of the schools?

Don Reba
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Don Reba
1 year ago

Speaking of asking you anything. I was talking with a friend about the Vancouver Aquarium closing, and the subject of its costs and benefits came up. As a former marine biologist, would you say that aquariums play a positive educational role?

Seruko
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1 year ago

Glad to see your still up and kicking

KE
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KE
1 year ago

Peter Watts: and honestly, it would be worth much more inconvenience for the pleasure of seeing such a perfect example of Darwinian selection in action.

Gross, dude. The lazies and selfish are hurting more than just themselves. We all potentially become collateral damage when we share grocery store breathing room with those people.

Jo Help
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Jo Help
1 year ago

Peter Watts,

Your optimism is showing again, Peter. I can’t see how you, of all people, think our species has (evolutionary speaking) any time left.

Trashe Racer
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1 year ago

Peter Watts,

Sadly, these nimrods also work in grocery stores, and take the same public transport as the rest of us non-functionally-retarded folk. Until we have segregated shops and buses for these dumb babies, they’re still wrecking things for the rest of us, possibly worse than they’re wrecking their own lives.

Plus, in terms of doing actual harm, how about neo-nazis using an anti-mask protest to storm the German parliament?

The really worrying thing isn’t the anti-mask idiots themselves, it’s the fuckers using these idiots for their own ends.

Fatman
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Fatman
1 year ago

Jo Help:
Peter Watts,

Your optimism is showing again, Peter. I can’t see how you, of all people, think our species has (evolutionary speaking) any time left.

IDK I’m still holding onto hope that human civilization might be screwed, but humanity has a chance to survive as a species.

We’re surprisingly adaptable, and have (possibly) survived near-extinction in the past. It’s just the good things about us that are fragile.

Trashe Racer:
Peter Watts,

Sadly, these nimrods also work in grocery stores, and take the same public transport as the rest of us non-functionally-retarded folk.

I’m more concerned about the strain the moronic are putting onto the (already not-robust) healthcare system over here.

I’d be perfectly fine with covidiots contracting the disease, refusing to believe that “it’s real”, and crawling into their own homes to die (or get better). The problem is that sick covidiots readily abandon their convictions and show up at hospitals demanding to be treated, and the staff can’t turn them away.

Phil
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Phil
1 year ago

It’s fascinating watching everyone’s agendas as this thing plays on.

I’m waiting for someone to make freely available the source code for a cheap to produce drug that reverses the aging process back to a point in our twenties or early thirties. We could all be fertile again, and live forever. What would people do? For myself, I’m not sure whether I’d
a. take the drug
b. take a small boat into the Southern Ocean
c. not take the drug, see how things play out, and keep a tab of cyanide handy.
I’d probably go for b., but I’d be very tempted to stick around long enough to see what happens.

Enjoyed the story – hadn’t seen it before. Am following the suggestion for a veg cat diet, and am finding it works as advertised.

quellist
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1 year ago

I’ve only written one novel that was as good as I knew how to make it at the time, and that was my very first;

I knew it! You started out as a Crysis fan-fiction writer! I’m happy you are finally able to come clean about that.

Joking aside and on a pure selfish note I’m a bit sad to hear you no longer writing novels under contract, I’m worried that your novel output will turn into even more of a trickle, is it really too much to ask for a new novel every other year or so? Anyway, I hope you find a solution that works for you, if for nothing else than the entertainment your previous works have given me.

(And I enjoyed Crysis Legion, my biggest issue with it was that it is super linear, which I guess is very hard to escape in game based fiction, esp when under contract…)

Rich
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Rich
1 year ago

Do you consider slime mold intelligent?

Don Reba
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Don Reba
1 year ago

Peter Watts,

Hey, thanks for such a detailed reply. And that story was fun to read after the recent news of orcas ramming boats in the Strait of Gibraltar.

Nestor
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Nestor
1 year ago

https://mobile.twitter.com/VividVivka/status/1304668678722445312

The uncanny valley as imprinted fear of “something” that looked like us… but not quite.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
1 year ago

quellist,

Morgan, the crysis turning novel was fan fucking tastic

Malovich
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Malovich
1 year ago

*stares at the weekend news*

Oct 2 has been a hell of a news year. Anyone else drowning in Schadenfruede?

Fatman
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Fatman
1 year ago

Malovich:
*stares at the weekend news*

Oct 2 has been a hell of a news year. Anyone else drowning in Schadenfruede?

I assumed I would be, but the astounding level of trash-idiocy just makes the whole thing really depressing.