Sunday, September 28, 2008


Yeah, I know. Merciful extended silence again.

Not that there's nothing to talk about. There's a paper just out in Consciousness & Cognition which purports to prove that logical thinking requires consciousness (which would seem to contradict other findings, but I haven't read the paper yet so who knows). I've been ruminating on the inherent and hardwired dumbness of electorates throughout this continent, and various recent neurological findings — not to mention archival analysis of "Hardy Boys" novels — that might cast some light on why this would be. My name seems to be getting cited as an exemplar of Gloom in an online squabble about "The New Dismal" in science fiction. And at long long last, I sent my first tale of the intrepid and grumpy starfarer Sunday Ahzmundin off to Gardner Dozois, who received it with somewhat greater enthusiasm than I was expecting, so that's good. (Thanks again to Ray for pointing out the inconsistencies in the penultimate draft of that story, and to all those others out there who threw rocks at him. You can stop now.)

But for various reasons — not the least being the necessity to prepare for a course that will probably end up being cancelled anyway, but which I have to gear up for regardless because we're only one registrant away from critical mass and the damn thing starts on Wednesday if it starts at all — I haven't had time to set all that stuff to screen yet. So in the meantime I'll simply point out that the broken Fizerpharm Vampire Domestication slideshow has at last been fixed, and is running again over here*.

*It is not yet running over on the Backlist page, though; that's a different Flash file, which I'll get around to fixing in turn eventually

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Anonymous Sunday said...

Wait a second. I'm intrepid?

September 28, 2008 6:07 PM  
Blogger Peter Watts said...

And grumpy.

Mainly grumpy.

September 28, 2008 7:47 PM  
Blogger Strannik said...

Any idea on when the story will be published?
New Dismal - pity I can't access livejournals from behind the work firewall.

October 1, 2008 11:30 AM  
Blogger Madeline Ashby said...

Wait wait wait: you're Murky Dismal?

October 1, 2008 11:49 AM  
Blogger Peter Watts said...

Strannik said...

Any idea on when the story will be published?

Amazon puts release at June 2009.

October 10, 2008 11:17 AM  

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