Monday, October 29, 2007

Happy Halloween from Shimmer!

As a special Halloween treat, we're delighted to present a brand-new story from Vylar Kaftan, free and online. Grab some candy and settle in to read Something Wicked This Way Comes today.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Congrats to Ken Scholes!

He's just sold his first novel (and 4 sequels!) to Tor. It's a really good novel, and Ken's a really great guy. Huzzah! for details.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

The Pirate Keyboard

Avast! Check out this fine piratical keyboard.

(Thanks to Mike Munsil for drawing it to my attention!)

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

More Year's Best Honorable Mentions

Woo-hoo! There are more! Here's the full list:

Aliette de Bodard, "Through the Obsidian Gates," autumn
Samantha Henderson, "Route Nine," winter
Matthew Mantooth, "Litany," spring
Tom Pendergrass, "Sell Your Soul to the Devil Blues," winter
Angela Slatter, "Bluebeard," summer
Angela Slatter, "The Angel Wood," autumn
Angela Slatter, "The Little Match Girl," spring
Nir Yaniv (translated by Lavie Tidhar), "A Wizard on the Road," autumn

And my story, "The Minotaur's Rabbit," published in Apex #7, made the list, too! What a lovely surprise.

In further "today's been a great day" developments, we got Shimmer's pirate issue off to the printers today.

I also went to my first yoga class in months; it was great (though very challenging in spots!). Aha, I thought after the class, I am full of energy - so THAT'S how I used to get stuff done, before I got distracted by other things and got way behind. Clearly I need to find a way to work yoga back into the schedule.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Aliette de Bodard's Honorable Mention

Aliette reports that her story, Through the Obsidian Gates, received an Honorable Mention in the Datlow/Link/Grant Year's Best! Her story appeared in our Autumn 2006 issue. (We've still got a few copies left - if you want one, snag it on our Back Issues page.)

I think Obsidian Gates was the first Aliette story I read, back before Shimmer ever existed. I was really glad to see the story show up in my slush pile one day (and Aliette was a delight to work with through the revisions!). It makes me very happy to see this story get some recognition.

Congrats, Aliette!