S&L Podcast - #268 - "Underrated" is Not a Dirty Word

We praise the underrated and print books, and we get into the dog-eat-dog world of Fire Upon the Deep!

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Tom: Suntory Old Whisky    
Veronica: Water    

Dharmakirti: Today (8/25), on his blog, R. Scott Bakker announced, "with details forthcoming..it looks like we have a deal for the television rights to The Prince of Nothing." My favorite fantasy series might become a TV series :) For those interested in philosophy of the mind or cognitive science he also announced, ""The Journal of Consciousness Studies has accepted 'On Alien Philosophy' for publication, likely, I’m told, for some time in early 2017. "
Mark: The Pew Research Center released their "Book Reading 2016" report this month. Note: Their analysis is US-centric. "65% of Americans have read a print book in the last year, more than double the share that has read an e-book (28%) and more than four times the share that has consumed book content via audio book (14%)" "The share of e-book readers on tablets has more than tripled since 2011 and the number of readers on phones has more than doubled over that time, while the share reading on e-book reading devices has not changed."
SporadicReviews: Dragon Awards are up.
Mark: OMNI just published an interesting article titled "Most Underrated Sci-Fi Authors". Several are on the S&L bookshelf. I don't agree that all these authors are underrated, but it's a fine group of classic science-fiction creators plus book recommendations. The photos with the article are terrific. In particular, we get to see Stanislaw Lem's expression when he heard about Veronica's struggles with Memoirs Found in a Bathtub! 
Misti: Audible Channels available for Amazon Prime Subscribers. Looks like most of the original content isn't going to become available till next year but there is some classic sci-fi stuff available. 
What's your fave source for news about genre fiction?
Horror Suggestions
Novellas/novelettes from slow writers

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am looking for ways to promote our convention and I was hoping that you might be able to help me. HonorCon is a military science fiction and fantasy convention which focuses mainly on authors and books in that genre. This year, in addition to David Weber, we will have Claudia Christian as our guest of honor. We have numerous panels dealing with publishing, writing and just about everything else a good science fiction convention requires (we have a costume contest and lots of fan panels, etc.) but what we really need is more people to come and have fun at our convention. Toward that end, I'm asking for your help. 

Thank you for your time,

Very Respectfully!

Peter J. Gordon


A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
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