Theodore Beale, aka Vox Day, has kindly made his Hugo-nominated story "Opera Vita Aeterna" available as an ePub here (many online links for other Hugo nominees are listed by John DeNardo here).

I'll save discussion of the story's literary merits to my review of all the nominees in this category; for now I want to indicate some areas for linguistic improvement, specifically in the use of Latin in the story. There are a number of slightly odd usages, and three that I spotted which are flat-out wrong. Going in reverse order as they appear:

  1. Towards the end of the story we are brought to a room called the "Cella Mundus", the chamber of the world. But "Cella" normally means a small room, and this one is very big; also, "Mundus" should be genitive "Mundi".
  2. The central character belongs to a body called the "Collegium Occludum", presumably the hidden college. There is no such word as "Occludum" in Latin; the writer should have written "Occlusum". (I see that Occludus is the name of the home planet of the Death Spectres in Warhammer 40k; perhaps this is the source of the confusion.) "Occlusus" is closer in meaning to "closed up" than to "hidden", but in fairness that may have been the intended meaning.
  3. The title itself, "Opera Vita Aeterna", is wrong. Though the phrase is not actually used in the story, it's fairly clear that it is intended to mean "The works of an eternal life". However, the long-lived protagonist completes only one work in the story, albeit a long one in many parts, so "Opera" should be "Opus". In addition, "Vita Aeterna" should be genitive (the same error as "Mundus" above), so that would be "Opus Vitæ Æternæ". Finally, of course, the use of "eternal" in this context to refer to a long-lived being in the world of the loving jars as being rather different from its normal context in Church Latin to refer to the afterlife; it might have been better to choose another word entirely.
I hope these pointers are useful to anyone else who wants to write a story with the odd Latin phrase thrown in, particularly if one of those phrases is given prominence by putting it in the title.

(I was also surprised to read that the monks in the story had three books of "approved apocrypha", surely an oxymoron.)

You can, of course, vote for the Hugos yourself by joining this year's Worldcon, Loncon 3, here.


Well, this is certainly neat...

I had my intermediate spring concert on Thursday night, and one of the songs we sang was Debbie Gibson's Electric Youth.

Apparently, the third grade teacher has been to so many of Debbie's concerts that they're friends on Facebook. He recorded my kids singing and Debbie watched it.


I would regard that as a "win." I hope she liked it.

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I've been translated!

My 2011 big bang story, "Heroes and Devils," has been translated into Russian by the awesome ShiranuTrixter, who also translated "Look here, look back, look ahead" a while back. That in itself is cool enough, but what really boggles me is that the artist who illustrated the translation also made a trailer! No one's ever made a trailer for one of my fics before! It's wonderfully dark and moody, and captures what i imagined the atmosphere of Lowered Manhattan to be amazingly well.

Yep, I'm a happy fangirl today.

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fjm observed of the 1939 BDP nominations:

Now, the good thing about that is that they are all available online from several archive sites. I will link to them from here, but you can find them on the Internet Archive as well. (My links are single MP3 files, though you can probably find other formats if you poke around.)
Around The World In 80 Days (23 October 1938)
A Christmas Carol (23 December 1938)
Dracula (11 July 1938)
The War Of The Worlds (30 October 1938)

Unfortunately no recording is known to survive of the fifth nominee, the BBC's 11 February 1938 live 38-minute TV adaptation of R.U.R. by Karel Čapek, thought to be the first ever BBC science fiction play.
So on the plus side, I woke up ridiculously early this morning (it was five when I finally got out of bed; no idea how long I'd laid there listening to Cleo purr while brainstorming the next scene in my current WIP). I got up, wrote over 3K and brainstormed enough of the next stage of the fic that I'm feeling pretty pleased with it - like I might actually have a shot of finishing a WIP, which is a very good feeling because I don't feel like I've done a lot of that lately.

The rest is AndrewCollapse )

Anyway, the main downside is that I wasn't able to do the shopping I'd intended to do after gymnastics - mostly food, because I've been eating Passover Seder leftovers for every meal since Wednesday and I am very, very, very tired of Passover leftovers. Seriously, every meal - I've been using the salmon pate as a breakfast spread on matzoh. (It's salmon and cream cheese - it makes an excellent spread, actually, quite tasty.) But today I had eggs for breakfast, so that was a nice change, and I was hoping to make carrot-ginger soup for dinner from a new recipe, and I'm out of carrots so shopping was kind of necessary.

Meh. I figure Bill's pound of flesh for going to North Carolina and leaving me with a nauseous toddler is me going shopping tomorrow morning without either of them in attendance. Much nicer shopping experience for everyone, really.

Anyway, Andrew never had a fever at any point today, so I'm thinking it's just a stomach bug, and hopefully he'll be all better by morning. Not like his Easter basket has a lot of chocolate in it - I think he's getting a chocolate bunny but the rest is beach toys. And that reminds me I should go and set it up now before I'm too exhausted to think straight about it.

Now if I can only remember where I put it.....


I was able to prepare this a couple of days ahead of time, so the numbers may have shifted in the interim. As usual, I have ranked by descending order of GoodReads users who have rated each of the nominated books.
WoT 1: The Eye of the World, by Robert Jordan138,0474.1510,0284.04
WoT 2: The Great Hunt, by Robert Jordan113,9654.168,1093.99
WoT 3: The Dragon Reborn, by Robert Jordan106,1754.197,5893.97
WoT 4: The Shadow Rising, by Robert Jordan79,5964.187,2423.90
WoT 12: The Gathering Storm, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson60,8064.302,6454.27
WoT 5: The Fires of Heaven, by Robert Jordan59,2964.077,0063.80
WoT 13: Towers of Midnight, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson58,4624.391,8284.29
WoT 6: Lord of Chaos, by Robert Jordan57,2434.046,8313.75
WoT 7: A Crown of Swords, by Robert Jordan53,2043.936,5233.55
WoT 8: The Path of Daggers, by Robert Jordan49,4183.856,2433.48
WoT 9: Winter's Heart, by Robert Jordan46,0333.856,0033.47
WoT 10: Crossroads of Twilight, by Robert Jordan40,2583.785,6773.42
WoT 11: Knife of Dreams, by Robert Jordan42,5214.075,0593.84
WoT 0: New Spring, by Robert Jordan31,5173.943,6813.69
WoT 14: A Memory of Light, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson26,2414.518614.31
Parasite, by Mira Grant3,1343.692883.85
Ancillary Justice, by Anne Leckie3,1003.983864.08
Warbound, by Larry Correia1,3534.45444.38
Neptune's Brood, by Charles Stross9973.741773.78

Obviously a somewhat unusual situation, with one of the nominees consisting of 15 separate volumes with almost 12,000 pages published over a period of 22 years.

Anyway, in for a penny, in for a pound: here are the equivalent rankings for the Retro Hugo nominees for Best Novel of 1939.
Out Of The Silent Planet, by C.S. Lewis35,4063.906,0733.85
The Sword In The Stone, by T.H. White10,7483.921,6523.95
Galactic Patrol, by E.E. "Doc" Smith1,8653.958493.54
Carson of Venus, by Edgar Rice Burroughs6573.673633.32
The Legion of Time, by Jack Williamson273.33823.30
I am surprised that Sword in the Stone is so far behind Out of the Silent Planet. I guess it's been some time since the Disney film...

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