Hello my dear Gentle Reader! I’m back. OK so you didn’t even notice I was gone.
But I did pay a short visit to a local convention, Convolution, this last Saturday. It was pretty low key with an excellent greenroom and good company. I didn’t stay for the parties. I did get to meet GOH Tanya Huff. She is marvelous. It was my third time meeting her. (She doesn’t remember me ~ see it happens to me too!) Anyway, managed to ascertain that there would be no follow up to The Silvered. I may pick that for a read along next year, although it is quite violent.
Now, here for your amusement is a glimpse into my brain: some book recs from my first panel.
Steaming Outside Victorian London
Alt. history same time period: Scott Westerfeld, Cherie Priest, The Native Star – M.K. Hobson, Pillars of Hercules by David Constantine, Ministry Of Peculiar Occurrences ref New Zealand, non-books League of S.T.E.A.M., possibly Murdoch Mysteries(?). Also got onto the subject of the Antikythera devise (featured in in Curious Case).
History shift location: A Nomad of the Time Streams by Michael Moorcock has some in China, The Anubis Gates has Egypt, non-fiction Daughters of the Empire, movie Castle in the Sky and TV series Last Exile. I want to know: What if the Inka has steam technology? Others on the panel wanted to bring on the seapunk.
Off world: Clockwork Heart, Tobias Buckell, some Terry Pratchett, non-books Space 1889 RPG and Galaxy 999 out of Japan.
We also got into a heated discussion about whether people are less gullible now than 100 years ago. I promised that I would email More or Less for a statistical answer. I have done so and I will keep an ear to the podcast and let you know if they decide to answer me.
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GAIL’S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
|edwardian-time-machine tublr: Parasol with amethyst pug knob, 1900–1910|
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
|Oooo, fancy drawers cutting board compost thing. I love it!|
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
|Lilliput sits on my story bibles|
Quote of the Day:
“When he talked the conversation was all on his side.”
~ Around the Tea Table by T. De Witt Talmage (1875)