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RIP, Paul

October 16, 2018 at 1:37 pm
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I was saddened yesterday to read of the death of Paul Allen.

I cannot claim to have known Paul well, but I met him a few times, and always enjoyed his company.   He had a house in Santa Fe, and when he was there, we would sometimes get together for a breakfast and talk about… well, all sorts of things.

With great power comes great responsibility, Stan Lee once wrote.  In the modern world, there is no power greater than wealth.  Paul Allen used his great wealth for the benefit of his community, his country, and his planet.   He left the world a better place than he found it, and no more can be asked of any man.

This was a kind man, a bright man, a profoundly good man.   He will be missed.

Current Mood: sad sad

Superheroes v Aces

October 13, 2018 at 9:55 am
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Here’s a cool new video from the Wild Cards event at the Jean Cocteau in August of 2017, wherein our wild card authors discuss their favorite comic book superheroes… and whether their own Wild Cards characters could take them in a fight.

Yes, it took us quite a while to get this edited and on line.   Sorry about that.   What can I say?  We’re busy.

I wasn’t interviewed myself, since I was busy running around herding cats and running the whole shebang.   But if I had been I would have said my own favorites were the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Ant-Man, Dr. Strange, and a few oddball titles like the Challengers of the Unknown, Space Ranger, and Cosmo the Merry Martian.   How would my Wild Cards characters have done against them?   Hmmmm… well, depends on the match-up.   Doc Strange could probably wipe the floor with any of my guys, him being the Master of the Mystic Arts and all, but Lohengrin and the Turtle could have given most of the others a good fight, and Popinjay maybe couldn’t defeat them, but he could send them to another planet light years away, which would be distinctly inconvenient for most of them.   Oh, and any of my guys could take Cosmo the Merry Martian.

Comments permitted… but ONLY on superhero death matches, please.

Current Mood: amused amused

“Retro Geffen Award” for Best Translated Fantasy

October 10, 2018 at 8:14 am
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GRRM received a “Retro Geffen Award” for Best Translated Fantasy !

The Geffen, is presented by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy every year at the ICon festival.  We were unable to attend the festival, but George is grateful to receive this honored award from the Israeli Society.  Thanks for helping us spread a bit of Westeros around the world!

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No Simple Highway

October 9, 2018 at 9:00 am
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A lovely version of one of my favorite songs.


Current Mood: calm calm


NFL Woes

October 4, 2018 at 7:23 am
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Yes, I have been watching the NFL this year, when my schedule permitted it… which has not been every week, alas.

What can I say?  Life is cruel and full of pain.

The Jets and their new kid quarterback looked like world-beaters in week one.   Oh, sure, Darnold threw a pick-six on his first pass in the league, at which point I texted to my brother-in-law, “Please just kill me now.”  But he shook it off and turned things around and for the rest of the game he looked like the second coming of Joe Willie.   For a whole week I had hope.

Then the Jets played another game.

Unfortunately, league rules prohibit them from playing the Detroit Lions every week.   Against other teams, Darnold has looked like what he is — a rookie quarterback.  And losses have followed losses.

As for Big Blue, I really thought that last year’s record was a freakish aberration, and the addition of Saquon Barclay and the new studs on the OL would make the Giants much much better.   So far, that has proved utterly untrue.   Barclay looks as good as advertised, but the O line is still a turnstile and Eli is getting smacked in the face way too often.

It looks to be a long long year.

((Comments permitted ON FOOTBALL ONLY))

Current Mood: gloomy gloomy

IAIA Scholarship to help Native Students

October 1, 2018 at 5:04 pm
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Fevre River and GRRM are proud to announce a new scholarships for film students at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

The scholarships, which will be distributed to students in the college’s Cinematic Arts & Technology Department, include one covering a full year of tuition, $15,000, and two $5,000 scholarships, possibly as soon as the current academic year.

Read all about it at the ABQ Journal


em092618b/a/Littlebear Sanchez, 26, from Austin Tx., a cinematic arts student at IAIA, takes a selfie with author George RR Martin at the school near Santa Fe, Wednesday September 26, 2018. Martin was there to announce he is starting new scholarships for film students at the school. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)



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