Monday, July 16, 2007

Guest Stars

Today we take time to honour the works of others, especially when such works reflect well on me in some way. First up is this cool rendition of Lenie Clarke, rendered by one Brian Prince (who quite needlessly apologises for its "hastiness"). I love the look and the apocalyptic mood of this piece. I even like the not-exactly-according-to-canon cleavage, and have given it a permanent home over in the gallery.

Next up, a very effective short-short from my journo/horrorfic buddy Dave Nickle, to whom I have commended you all in the past: "The Mayor Will Make A Brief Statement And Then Take Questions". Go read it; it's barely longer than the title, but it packs a nice little icepick just the same.

Finally, to any Toronto readers waiting for a copy of Blindsight to become available at the local library (and I was surprised to hear how many people have it on hold): if you should open your long-awaited loaner only to find the words

Thanks for reading my words the sweat of my brow without paying anything, you cheap and heartless bastards.
Best, Peter Watts


Well, yes, that really was me, and no, I don't really mean it. It just seemed like a clever thing to write at the Jersey Giant last night, when someone slipped the book between me and my Rickards. (And in my own defense, the rest of the beer-swilling crowd seemed to think it was pretty clever at the time, too.)

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12 Comments:

Blogger AR said...

Well, I imagine that at least some of those 6 copies I distributed will get donated to libraries. I know at least a few of them have been redistributed already. I suppose I might as well donate my own copy as well, since I can always use the online edition if I should for some reason ever need to reference it.

Also, props to the artist on that work. You might be interested to know that there is at least one other bit of Lenie fanart here, though it's not nearly as good.

July 16, 2007 at 4:18 PM  
Anonymous Brian Prince said...

Huge thanks for the plug, Peter. I hope to have time to do some more Rifters art in the near future.

(with less cleavage and more giant fishes)

July 16, 2007 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger Neal Asher said...

Don't you have PLR there?

July 17, 2007 at 7:57 AM  
Blogger David Nickle said...

Thanks for the rifters.com shout-out, Peter. Although full disclosure's in order: the story will take a bit longer to read than the title (but about the same amount of time as reading the title and this thank-you note).

July 17, 2007 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger razorsmile said...

The Lenie Clarke image is really kickass, even with the cleavage.

And that story ... mmm. Just what I needed before going to bed, overly-determined murder victims.

July 19, 2007 at 2:53 AM  
Blogger Nicholas said...

Just saw the movie Sunshine (a film wherein our heroes must save the Sol from succumbing to a Q-ball), and I would recommend it to everyone here. For some reason, it reminded me of a lighter-toned Blindsight--no vampires, but it had a Zombie of sorts.

July 20, 2007 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger TheBrummell said...

OT, but this just filtered through my inbox:

http://www.nature.com/news/2007/070716/full/070716-15.html

I suspect Dr. Watts has already seen and commented, but I thought I'd share anyway.

July 24, 2007 at 1:11 PM  
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July 26, 2007 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger Nicholas said...

fifteen days now. i'm assuming he was eaten by a bigger, stronger biologist. hooray for natural selection! :P

July 31, 2007 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Trey said...

Get the stick. Preferably a nice pointy one.

Seriously Peter, you out there? You haven't even responded about the French civil servant with severe brain deformations.

July 31, 2007 at 11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet that some lenie clark wannabe fanatck has him tied up in a closet somewhere and is forcing him to reproduce at knife point, trying to breed an even stranger biologist!
Da' Schmeef

July 31, 2007 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger Peter Watts said...

A long, long time ago Neal Asher said...

Don't you have PLR there?

Yes, we do-- and my share generally covers a month-and-a-half's worth of rent each year, so I'm not complaining.

Well, I am, but not seriously. I just like vandalising library property.

July 31, 2007 at 9:23 PM  

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