1. I'm going to be at the American Library Association conference in San Francisco at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 27. I'm supposed to be signing my book Weighing Shadows, but I'd be very surprised if they have copies already, since the book is coming out in October. Sounds like it should be fun, though.
2. A friend told me that Ruth Rendell died, but I hadn't seen it anywhere on the net. I would have expected more notice for such a tremendously talented author. She had an incredible understanding of people, everyone from criminals to family members, and her books were filled with suspense -- one of her specialties was actually telling you the ending, and the tension was in seeing how the characters got from such normal lives to absolute catastrophe. I especially liked some of the books she wrote as Barbara Vine -- A Dark-Adapted Eye, Anna's Book, The Chimneysweep's Boy -- probably because I have a weakness for stories about family secrets.
3. Okay, one more Hugo-related comment, this one because I just read an interview with a nominated writer and realized I had gone far too easy on him. "The whole series of stories takes place after the next Ice Age (a politically incorrect supposition in itself)," Arlan Andrews, Sr., author of "Flow," says in this article. "Quite frankly, I have really enjoyed the opportunity to dismiss all of the current hysteria about global warming, by setting the stories after the next Ice Age begins to thaw. And the miles-thick glaciers will return, as they always have, at least every 100,000 years — SUVs, farting cows, and Al Gore notwithstanding."
It's not "politically incorrect" to dismiss climate change -- what it is is scientifically incorrect, especially when 97% of actively publishing climate scientists say that there is a definite warming trend, and it's "very likely due to human activities." It's like writing a story about landing on Mars where a character steps outside the capsule and starts breathing the oxygen-rich air. Science-fiction writers used to use accurate, up-to-date scientific data to underpin their fiction, but I guess that's another tradition that's gone by the wayside.