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It is February

by Jeff Patterson on 02/01/15

The Molecule of the Month is Thiomersal.

Locus has posted its recommended reading list for 2014.

The Three Hoarsemen: Vacationing in the Golden Age with Jamie Todd Rubin

by Jeff Patterson on 01/21/15

A new episode of the Three Hoarsemen Podcast is up.

As January's icy grip tightens, John E. O. Stevens, Fred Kiesche and I find sanctuary in the thrilling days of yesteryear. This time out we have procured the services of Jamie Todd Rubin to act as our guide for a voyage back in time to the Golden Age!

Generally defined as the period between 1939 and 1950, the Golden Age was dominated by John W. Campbell's editorship at Astounding. It was when Science Fiction acquired a degree of depth and characterization through the works of Isaac Asimov, Lester Del Rey, C.L. Moore, L. Sprague De Camp, Leigh Brackett, A. E. Van Vogt, Robert Heinlein, Jack Vance, and Clifford Simak. Jamie talks about reading those issues of Astounding and what he learned about SF and fandom, then and now.

Also discussed are Jamie's latest Analog column, plotting-vs-pantsing, and pre-internet flame wars.

And the Hoarsemen start the year with a MASSIVE list of books, comics, and TV consumed.

On The Air

by Jeff Patterson on 01/19/15

On the latest SF Signal Podcast we talk about 2015 cons we look forward to attending.

Oh, Look, it's Christmas Again

by Jeff Patterson on 12/23/14

In all the static of dealing with a bevy of personal issues I almost totally forgot that this year marks the twentieth Bad Day Studio Holiday Card. The realization was a little shocking. Fittingly, this year's story is about looking back while moving forward. It's called These Tomorrows. As with last year, there are .mobi and .epub files available for download.

In the meantime I've been commiting further reckless podcastery lately. Fred Kiesche, John Stevens and I achieved some much-needed catching-up by doing two more episodes of The Three Hoarsemen for December. Episode 16 is a discussion of William Hope Hodgson's weird classic House on the Borderland with guest Hoarsewoman Karen Burnham (see Fred's companion piece on his blog). Episode 17 features the man without whom there would be no Hoarsemen, Patrick Hester. We talked about wish lists and comics. Patrick also had me back on the Hugo-winning SF Signal Podcast for the 2014 Gift Giving Guide episode.

With all the stress surrounding unemployment, the death of my mom, and assorted health inconviniences, it would be an easy thing to say 2014 was a bad year. But I won't. A degree of preparation made these things significantly less than traumatic. And when I tally the things that matter to me personally I made out pretty well. I got a lot of reading and writing done, met some great folks at conventions, and sold some illustrations, I still want this year to be over, but mainly because I have so much I want to do in 2015.

That being said, it is, as always, my fervent hope that you have an excellent Christmas.