Archive for August, 2011

Bad Logo Design

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

I missed this Cracked cartoon on Bad Logo Design when it came out earlier this year, but I’m posting it now because I can’t stop cracking up at Nazi Jim’s Panzerotti. (Some NSFW language.)

In other news, I’m still recovering from Armadillocon and various other personal upheavals, so blogging may be light until I manage to get a few ducks marching in the right direction…

What It’s Like in Austin Today

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Just in case you were wondering…

Happy 95th Birthday to Jack Vance!

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

He was born August 28, 1916.

By way of celebration, if you haven’t already seen it, here’s someone else’s Jack Vance collection. Remember to pick your jaw up off the floor before you leave.

And here’s some of Mike Berro’s extensive collection.

Attending Armadillocon

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Which is keeping me busy, so expect blogging to be light to non-existent for the next couple of days. After which there will be no shortage of photos…

Here’s are some pics from last year’s Armadillocon.

Worldcon 2011 Photos for Sunday, August 21

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Just a few more to round out the set.

I’m sorry if my previous picture gave you the impression that Lauren Beukes is merely attractive rather than gorgeous.

Newly-named 2013 Worldcon Toastmaster Paul Cornell.

Gardner Dozois, 700-time Hugo winner and the man I made my first professional science fiction sale to, which obviously makes him an editor of superb taste…

The newly married George R. R. Martin. I tried to get pictures of him and his bride Parris a couple of days before, but my camera battery died first.

And that’s the last of the Worldcon photos. And Armadillocon starts, er, today…

Worldcon 2011 Photos for Saturday, August 20 (Part 2)

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Now that I’ve recovered a bit, here’s another set of Worldcon photos.

You may have seen the previous photo sets, and asked “Lawrence, do you think you have enough pictures of Gail Carriger?” And the answer, of course is: No, I don’t. So here’s her Hugo-night outfit. Indeed, I was only able to capture three of the six outfits she wore there. One man can only do so much…

Steven Gould, tipping his jaunty straw boater.

This picture of the Klingon Party Room is one the flash just ruined, as it was actually dark with red and orange flame lighting, but at least it gives you a hint of the work that went into it.

Scott Bobo carrying Brad Foster’s Hugo.

A congoer dressed in a traditional Mexican vaquero outfit.

Karen Anderson.

Deanna Hoak and Gail Carriger flank some lucky bastard that isn’t me.

I should have one more post of Worldcon photos, after which it will probably be time for Armadillocon photos…

Back From Worldcon

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Still catching up on stuff, and have more photos to upload, so blogging might be light for a few days…

2011 Hugo Award Winners

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Hot from the Renovation home page, here’s the 2011 Hugo Award Winners:

Best Novel (1813 ballots)
Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)

Best Novella (1467 ballots)
The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)

Best Novelette (1469 ballots)
“The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010)

Best Short Story (1597 ballots)
“For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s, September 2010)

Best Related Work (1220 ballots)
Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea (Mad Norwegian)

Best Graphic Story (1263 ballots)
Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (1755 ballots)
Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form (1466 ballots)
Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)

Best Editor, Short Form (983 ballots)
Sheila Williams

Best Editor, Long Form (898 ballots)
Lou Anders

Best Professional Artist (1304 ballots)
Shaun Tan

Best Semiprozine (1112 ballots)
Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan, Sean Wallace; podcast directed by Kate Baker

Best Fanzine (870 ballots)
The Drink Tank, edited by Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon

Best Fan Writer (814 ballots)
Claire Brialey

Best Fan Artist (993 ballots)
Brad W. Foster

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (1138 ballots)
Lev Grossman

Worldcon 2011 Photos for Saturday, August 20

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

I have solved my camera battery problem. It seems my MacBook does not have enough juice to recharge the camera, even when plugged in. So it’s a good thing I brought the wall to USB charger adapter for it. Packing Heavy for the win!

Since I had gotten the lovely Gail Carriger in red before, you know I had to get her in green. “I’m a one-woman Christmas!”

Steve Jackson, God-Emperor of Steve Jackson Games, my old Nova Express proofreader, one of the people that helped me move endless boxes of books into my house, and an all-around cromulant guy.

Harry Turtledove. “So Harry, how many books did you write this year?” “Just part of one.” “Just one? You? That’s unpossible! Did all your daughters graduate from college?” “Yes.”

His Majesty’s Subject Cory Doctorow, throwing up sum mad n3rdc0rz gangster signs, yo.

Adam-Troy Castro. In retrospect, it was probably a bad idea to snap his pic during that proctology exam.

John W. Campbell Award winning author Lev Grossman.

Joan D. Vinge. With the light behind her, this actually came out much better than expected.

John Picacio, who was robbed AGAIN!

Guest of Honor Tim Powers, who was not only Steampunk before Steampunk was cool, but was Steampunk before it was even Steampunk.

Michael Swanwick and Gordon Van Gelder.

Lois McMaster Bujold.

Yvonne Daily, an old friend back from the halcyon days of the Austin BBS community, where we all hung 300 baud modems from our belt, because that was the style at the time.

Phil Brogden, ditto. This isn’t perspective, his hand really is eight time larger than a normal human’s.

Phil & Yvonne going for the full Irish experience.

Worldcon 2011 Photos for Friday, August 19

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

I would have had more, but my battery died early.

A CapClave image for Howard Waldrop.

Ditto. Just your standard chain-mail-clad dodo riding a Dachshund.

Gordon Van Gelder.

Larry Niven.

Nancy Kress, Jack Skillingstead, unknown.

Greg Bear and Jean Johnson.

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