Wednesday, January 28, 2009

M-Brane writer in Amnesty campaign/ Read Greg Egan

I know I already went on and on today (see below) , but I forgot a couple things:

1) Writer Rhian Waller of the UK, whose marvelous and disturbing story "Hard Frost" will appear in M-Brane #3 in April, is getting her head shaved as a charity event for Amnesty International. Clicking on this text will bring you to her site and you can get the details if you are interested in supporting this. 

2) It's not that I was totally unfamiliar with Aussie sf writer Greg Egan, but I hadn't thought of him a lot lately, and that was an oversight.  He is a tremendously excellent crafter of character-focused HARD science fiction.  His sf is hard as nails.  By which I mean it is super-scientific to the point of being actually educational to read it--but still plenty fun.  I was reminded of him recently because I have sitting here two recently-read anthologies each containing two stories by him.  Last year's Year's Best has his stories "Glory" (new-style space-going sf) and "Steve Fever" (effed up nanotech/biopunk amazement); Hard SF Renaissance (David Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer, editors, from a few years ago) contains "Wang's Carpets" (wild post-cyber computer stuff) and "Reasons to be Cheerful" which just about knocked me over with its brain prosthesis premise.   

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