Monthly Archives: June 2008

As many of you have probably noticed, I’ve been fooling around with adding a Twitter badge to the front page of A Dribble of Ink.

What is Twitter, you ask?

Well, Twitter’s like a blog after seventeen double shot espressos. Meant for small, quick and numerous updates, Twitter allows people to keep in touch with friends – what they’re doing/thinking/wanting/hating/asking/etc…. – the guys on Penny Arcade put together a hilarious comic about it HERE.

More than just a personal too for friends, however, Twitter’s a great way for media outlets, like this blog here, to give their readers a little behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on. Through twitter you’ll be able to find out about upcoming content I’m preparing, tidbits about what I’m up to at the moment, facts about the blog (like Neil Gaiman causes a huge spike in traffic, and more.

You can follow me through the badge at the top of A Dribble of Ink‘s homepage, or you can do it directly through Twitter HERE. You can even subscribe to it through your favourite RSS reader!

Hopefully this brings another fun level of interaction to A Dribble of Ink!

Bloody Larry. As if the controversial ringmaster of the OF Blog of the Fallen, wasn’t already the bane of my existence, he’s gone ahead and tagged me in one of those internet memes that people either love or hate. But, no matter my feelings on them, I can never resist the opportunity to take part. The meme this time around is:

Grab the nearest book and turn to page 123. Write down the fifth sentence, post it, and then tag 5 others to do this.

My Book: Riding the Unicorn by Paul Kearney.

Presents.

Yep, that’s it. A one word sentence. What are the odds. Thank you, Mr. Kearney, for saving me some pride on this day.

Tagged:

The Book Swede
Grasping for the Wind
Speculative Horizons
Fantasy Debut
Jumpdrives and Cantrips

P.S. I’m kidding about Larry, he rocks my world, even if we are polar opposites in taste!

Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Old Man’s War

AuthorJohn Scalzi

Paperback
Pages: 320 pages
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
Release Date: December 9 2004
ISBN-10: 0765348276
ISBN-13: 978-0765348272


“I did two things on my seventy-fifth birthday. I visited my wife’s grave. Then I joined the Army.”

Hooks, perhaps more than anything, are key to a debut novel’s success and John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War has a great one. A really great one. Old people joining an intergalactic war? Count me intrigued. In the tradition of such Science Fiction classics as Heinlien’s Starship Troopers and Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War, Old Man’s War follows the journey of one young old recruit as he enlists in the army and, at the ripe old age of 75, begins life anew.

If you’ve read and enjoyed those aforementioned novels, you’re sure to enjoy Scalzi’s attempt. In fact, I’d be willing to say that it stands up to those two classics in terms of quality. The thing that sets Old Man’s War apart, in my opinion, is simply the fact that it’s the most recently written. Where most of the technology in Starship Troopers and some of the technology in The Forever War feels dated, Scalzi’s vision of the future feels bleeding edge and a natural evolution of the world we live in now, 50 years after Starship Troopers was first written.
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SFX Magazine, a well known UK publication focused on Science Fiction and Fantasy literature, recently published a list of the top 100 authors, as voted on by their readers. Thanks to Adam from The Wertzone for the heads-up!

The top ten looks like this:

  • 10. Robert Rankin
  • 9. HG Wells
  • 8. Philip K. Dick
  • 7. Iain M. Banks
  • 6. Isaac Asimov
  • 5. George RR Martin
  • 4. Douglas Adams
  • 3. Neil Gaiman
  • 2. JRR Tolkien
  • 1. Terry Pratchett

I think this is the first mass-market list that doesn’t have Tolkien at number one, which is interesting itself. I’m glad to see Neil Gaiman so high, and it’s quite impressive to see George R.R. Martin topping the list as the highest non-British author. It’s also interesting to see how many of those authors don’t write epic fantasy; those types of authors usually tend to top lists like this.

The full list is found after the jump.
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Hmm, this is an interesting turn of events. Tobias Buckell, author of the upcoming Sly Mongoose, has been hinting at his current project for a while now, reffering to it as the ubiquitous ‘Project X.’ Well, thanks to Luke Smith over at bungie.net (the official web site for Halo developers Bungie) the beans have been spilled.

Halo: The Cole Protocol will be the sixth novel set in the Halo Universe. Tobias S. Buckell, author of Crystal Rain and Ragamuffin will pen the novel, which reveals the location of the Spartan Gray Team and “takes readers into an unexplored conflict of the Human-Covenant War where unlikely alliances are formed and shattered…”

Bungie expatriate and Microsoft’s Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor had this to say on the upcoming book, which is slated for a Fall 2008 release, ” Buckell continues an excellent tradition that’s now a solid aspect of the Halo novels, bringing a fresh new perspective to a limitless universe and bringing his prodigious writing talents to bear in ways that will surprise and engage fans of the series and newcomers alike.”

I’m not really one for tie-in novels, and I’m not even really all that familiar with Halo (despite being an avid videogamer), but Buckell’s writing is so damn good that I’m at least intrigued by this.

Buckell himself comments on the news HERE.