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January 15, 2020

unexpected art

Every once in a while, I am reminded that the world is even weirdly richer than I thought.

My daughter, a metals artist, recently completed this commission of a decorative throwing ax for a biology professor who is a member of an all-women throwing-ax team. I did not before know that ax throwing even was a competitive sport...

More of Anne's art at https://annebujold.com/

(Also this link, which I've posted before: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYdT_... )

Display rack woodwork by Ken Fisher, a BFA student at the Appalachian Center for Craft, where Anne is currently an artist-in-residence. "Natural Selection" is the name of the ax team.

(This particular ax, though full sized, is not actually for throwing.)

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Published on January 15, 2020 09:30

January 7, 2020

Penric's Progress releases today

Be it noted.

Now we'll find out how many people actually are still reading books on paper...

Don from Uncle Hugo's SF Bookstore here in Minneapolis stopped out yesterday with a couple of cartons to get signed, for in-store and mail order, so they're all ready for you. Plus wherever you usually buy books, I trust. (I'd be interested in hearing about sightings in the wild.)

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Published on January 07, 2020 08:54

January 4, 2020

Penric's Progress comes out this week!

The lovely Baen hardcover collection of the first 3 Penric & Desdemona novellas releases, officially, Tuesday the 7th, but should be leaking into bookstores now -- Uncle Hugo's just got a partial shipment, which owner Don will bring out to my place for signing early next week.

As a reprint collection, chasing bestseller lists would be futile, so it doesn't really have a hard on-sale date. However, most booksellers won't know this, so getting a copy early would be hit or miss. Come Tuesday, that should be moot.

Also due to its reprint status, it will have an uphill slog getting bookstore placement and reviews. So don't just wait for it to just appear in your favorite bookstore -- ask. Order. Many people have reviewed the stories separately, so new reader reviews (yours), out and about on the net, will be especially important to get the word out for this edition.

(Yes, there will be a mass market paperback edition eventually, but that will be then. This is now.)

This is going to be a very interesting test of how many people are still reading books on paper. Right now, I have theories; later, I will have data, always better.

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Published on January 04, 2020 11:58

December 14, 2019

this 'n that

This week has kicked up a lot of as-it-were sedimentary material from my prior PR, because the internet remembers everything, apparently, sort of like the Mind of God. (If this fact does not appall you, I can only conclude you are still young and innocent. So far.) One of the more delightful bits of older fanac, clearly created by persons vastly more media-tech-savvy than I am, was this one --


The other issue probably worth half a post is pronunciation. A few of the recurring ones --

Barrayar -- BEAR-ah-yar. (A surprising number of people seem to want to divide it between the two Rs, which I can't even wrap my mouth around.)

Vorkosigan -- VorKOHs'gan.

Bujold -- BOO-zhold. (French J, not Spanish, nor whichever languages pronounce a J as a Y. The first syllable is not very strongly accented.)

If anyone has any more pronunciation puzzles, pop them into the comments, and I'll do my best to answer.

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Published on December 14, 2019 18:26

December 10, 2019

2012 Bujold interview

I was reminded by the stream of nice things going by today of this not-very-old video interview, definitely one of the better ones. In general, I prefer to do email interviews these days, or at least get to edit the transcription, because while I write reasonably coherently, I talk in first draft. And there are cogent reasons why I don't show my first drafts. However, a lot of this covered frequently asked questions -- many of which still turn up in my Author's Q&A feature here on Goodreads -- so I was able to draw smoothly on my frequent answers.


I must remember I have this link for the Q&A column.

(I see I was still in the middle of the long-hair-again experiment at that point. To which I concluded, yes, I could still grow it out, given enough years to do so; no, this conveys no benefit.)

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Published on December 10, 2019 10:43

December 9, 2019

Grand news

I am extremely pleased to report that I have been invited to be the Science Fiction Writers of America's Grandmaster for 2020.


The Nebula Awards weekend will be in Los Angeles, May 28 - 31: https://nebulas.sfwa.org/nebula-confe... More information at the SFWA website. It's especially interesting to scroll down the list of prior Grandmasters. https://nebulas.sfwa.org/grand-masters/

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Published on December 09, 2019 12:07

December 6, 2019

Penric progresses to paper!

I just received the carton of my author's copies of Penric's Progress yesterday fresh from the printer, still a thrill after all these years. So it's officially Done. Very nice!

Coming January 7th (or thereabouts) to bookstores, ferex:


Uncle Hugo's here in Minneapolis will, as always, have signed copies in-store and mail order: http://www.unclehugo.com/prod/index.s...

Likewise Dreamhaven: http://dreamhavenbooks.com/

We won't catch pre-holiday sales, but I'm hoping for some of that after-boost, when folks go off to deploy their gift certificates or whatever.

It's going to be very interesting to find out just how much of a treebook-reading audience is left these days. It will be a tricky judgment call -- I've fallen out of the queue of the reliable book-a-year writers, so have lost brick-and-mortar bookstore shelf space just by the attrition of time. On the other hand, striking cover. On the other other hand, reprint collection. So many variables!

Ta, L. (Having my holiday surprises in January this year, apparently.)
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Published on December 06, 2019 12:06

November 5, 2019

from Russia with love, again

This year's birthday card from the Russian fans...

Prior years' offerings can be seen earlier in the blog, around about the first week of November.

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Published on November 05, 2019 12:13

October 28, 2019

Knife Children painting in full

Artist Ryan Pancoast has put up the full wrap painting he did for the Subterranean Press edition of "Knife Children", well worth a look. Very painterly!


I am usually very wary of attempts to do portraits of my characters, but this one captures Barr and Lily well. Even inside my own head, there is a certain quantum fluctuation in how I picture characters, so "in spec", I think, is a good way to put it.

Official release date is February 29, 2020.

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Published on October 28, 2019 22:49

October 26, 2019

wiki work

The volunteer fan who has created the Vorkosigan Wiki reports a lot of new work done on the translations page --


The website owner would be delighted to hear suggestions about layout or other improvements, and even more so to learn of any corrections that need to be made. Also of any editions that might have been missed. A wiki by its nature is I believe supposed to be a group enterprise, sharing the load around.

Time, and way more technical expertise than I possess, was also spent recovering some of the old broken links on the interviews page.


Feel free to wander over and take a look.

Ta, L.
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Published on October 26, 2019 19:45