Sunday, August 2, 23:08 CDT
I noticed that Stick Figure Death Theatre now has its own domain. Ain't gratuitous animated .gif violence great?

Sunday, August 2, 17:24 CDT
Just a reminder, there's an SF/Fantasy trivia contest tonight at 8:00 EDT in #TriviaBlitz on irc.graffiti.com. IIRC, the prize is a $6 book.

Sunday, August 2, 16:51 CDT
There's been a lot of noise in the media lately about the Modern Libary's list of the "100 best novels of the century". Mostly this is because it's a lousy list, and everyone seems to disagree with it. A quick scan through the list shows that it almost totally ignores SF, along with pretty much everything written in the past quarter century.

Any attempt to list the best novels of this century that leaves out works like The Lord of the Rings, Dune, and Stranger in a Strange Land is an obvious failure. Or in this case, a lame publicity stunt. Bleah.

At any rate, if you're looking for a reading list that's actually worth something, there are quite a few good ones on the 'net. I've listed some of my favorite sources of recommendations below. I don't claim these are balanced (my tastes lean heavily towards SF), but at least they're worthwhile.

  • The Internet Top 100 SF/Fantasy List - Always a good bet, and it's updated weekly.
  • rec.arts.sf.written - Hang around here for a while, and you're bound to pick up a number of good recommendations. The same applies to other newsgroups, of course, so look around.
  • Amazon.com - Usually some decent recommendations. (If I could figure out how, I'd link directly to the sections I'm thinking of.)