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Gafilk’s Super Secret Guest is…


S.M. Stirling

We are oh so very bouncy bouncy happy over the opportunity to have sf, alternate history and fantasy author Steve Stirling join us at GAFilk this year. Steve has been including filk music in his national best-selling books for many years. The character of Juniper Mackenzie is patterned closely on the singer/songwriter Heather Alexander, and many of her fine songs appear in all three of the “Dies the Fire” stories. Stirling’s adventurous, conflict-driven novels often describe military situations and militaristic cultures and explore societies with cultural values significantly different from modern western views. One of his recurring topics is the influence of the culture on an individual’s outlook and values, and the different constructions of morality. The “Dies the Fire” saga picks up 22 years following the “Change” of the world as we know it in the soon to be released “The Sunrise Lands.” Steve’ most recent release is the sf novel “The Sky People” in the Lords of Creation Series. He’s a prolific storyteller with over 21 short stories and novellas, as well as 62 novels spread out over the following series:

The Draka Series
The Island in the Sea of Time Series
The General Raj Whitehall Series (with David Drake)
The Fifth Millenium Series (with Shirley Meier and Karen Wehrstein) The
Peshawar Lancers
The Dies the Fire Series
The Lords of Creation Series
Codominium World/Empire of Man Universe (with Jerry Pournelle, Judith Tarr, Harry Turtledove, Susan Shwartz)
Flight Engineer Series (with James Doohan)
Man/Kzin War Series (with Larry Nivan, Jerry Pournelle and Dean Ing)
“The Lament” in Magic: The Gathering: Tapestries
Babylon 5: Book 6: Betrayals
T2: Infiltrator
T2: Rising Storm
T2: The Future War
The Ship Who Sang Universe (with Anne McCaffrey)
The Rose Sea (with Holly Lisle)
The Riftwar Collaboration (with Raymond Feist)

Not only does Steve appreciate, listen to, and promote filk music in his work, he’s willing to consider any songs written in his “Dies the Fire” universe for inclusion in the upcoming “Sunrise Lands” books. There’s even been some discussion of putting actual tunes in the backs of the books. Now THAT should make some filkers’ ears perk right up.

Steve is an amenable fellow who has had a longstanding friendship with GAFilk’s other filk-friendly author, Tanya Huff. We’re hoping to talk him into reading from some of his upcoming publications. We’re also very happy to welcome Steve’s wife Jan to GAFilk this year and we’re looking forward to a great time.

Graduation Music Meme

1. Go to http://popculturemadness.com/Music/index.html, and find the greatest hits for the year you turned 18 (on the left-hand side)
2. Select at least the first 40
3. Bold the ones you like
4. Strike out the ones you hate
5. Italicize the ones you are familiar with but neither like nor hate
6 Leave the ones you don’t know as

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Sex Advice from a Dungeons and Dragons Player

Joel Johnson gives some frank and compelling advice on sex with an unusual perspective

My lover and I enjoy role-play, but I’ve gotten tired of the same cliché scenarios like student/teacher and boss/secretary. Any recommendations for new roles that might help spice it up

I don’t know what system you’re playing, but “student/teacher” and “boss/secretary” do not sound like choices that would inspire one to role-playing greatness. Consider a classic like “cleric of the watcher from the depths/virgin” or “half-orc paladin/gelatinous cube.” And remember, silken rope may be more expensive, but it’s nearly half the weight in encumbrance.

I’ve been dating someone really great for a few months, but he’s never referred to me as his girlfriend. How do I take it to another Level?

While the obvious answer is “Accomplish a story task in the boyfriend track for XP equal or greater to your next level threshold,” I get the feeling you might be hinting that you want to descend into the fetid labyrinth that festers beneath his ancient wizard’s tower. In that case the stairs are in quadrant M23, behind the Throne of the Kobold Hetman.

Read the rest here.

Bill Amend to move Foxtrot to Sundays-only in 2007

Universal Press Syndicate has announced that cartoonist Bill Amend, creator of the comic strip Foxtrot, will stop doing daily strips at the end of the year, continuing the strip as a Sundays only feature:

Kansas City, MO (12/05/2006) Bill Amend’s popular FoxTrot comic strip will go to a Sunday-only publication schedule as of Dec. 31, 2006, announced Universal Press Syndicate today. The last daily will be Saturday, Dec. 30. Reruns of dailies will be available for Web usage.

“After spending close to half of my life writing and drawing FoxTrot cartoons, I think it’s time I got out of the house and tried some new things,” said Amend. “I love cartooning and I absolutely want to continue doing the strip, just not at the current all-consuming pace. I’ve been blessed over the years with a terrific syndicate, patient newspaper clients, and more support from readers than I probably deserve, and I want to assure them all that while I’ll be now a less-frequent participant on the comics pages, I’ll continue to treat my visits as the special privilege they are.”

I’m always sad when a favourite strip retires, so I’m glad there will at least be new Sunday installments, and I certainly don’t begrudge Amend the chance to explore new creative outlets. But, darn.

White and meme-y

I’m posting this primarily for aiela, because I know it will make her giggle, and she’s cute when she giggles.

You are 60% white and nerdy.
How White and Nerdy Are You?

The 12 -isms of Christmas

This one goes out to all you art majors out there — and anyone who ever had to sit through an art history class. Thanks to sotto_voce for pointing it out to me!

Warning: while visually SFW, it does contain some bad language.

(Here’s the link to the page on YouTube)

First Lines meme

The first line from the first post of each month of 2006:

Today, I finally got the answer I’d been waiting for. Ok, now that everyone’s done slashdotting the poor guy into oblivion, let’s give this one a whirl. When I was a kid, I loved Choose Your Own Adventure books. Chris Clarke commemorates The Thirtieth Anniversary of a Suicide. I was just mistaken for a Canadian on rec.arts.comics.strips. You know, every time I think I can no longer be utterly dumbfounded by the stupid things that politicians get up to, along comes a story like this one in Atlanta’s Creative Loafing. “The country is run by extremists, because moderates have shit to do.” “Middle age is when you’re faced with a choice between two evils, and you choose the one that will let you get home by 9:30.” I really have nothing interesting to say right now, aside from being very amused by this icon, which I made from today’s Sinfest. Just wanted to take a moment to wish a happy birthday to my lovely faraway sweetie, aiela. An amusing thread on rec.arts.comics.strips that telynor suggested I share here. We are oh so very bouncy bouncy happy over the opportunity to have sf, alternate history and fantasy author Steve Stirling join us at GAFilk this year.

Yep, that sums up the year, I guess.

Well, I guess it’s official…

  • Leave requested and approved….check.
  • Membership submitted to concom….check
  • Airline tickets booked…check.

Everything is squared away, and that means, barring the unexpected, I will be at the UK filkcon in February. I will be arriving on Thursday morning and returning on Tuesday, so it’s just a short jaunt this time, but I’m looking forward to seeing everyone.

kitanzi will not, unfortunately, be with me this time. We can’t really afford two airline tickets, and as much as she likes being over there, she hates the long flight. But she insisted on sending me as my Christmas present from her. So I will have lots of hugs to distribute on her behalf.

Looking forward to seeing everyone who will be there!

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