“A Trip Down Market Street Before the Fire” is a Public Domain video posted at The Internet Archive. It features a view from what is presumably a cable car with a movie camera mounted on the front, traveling along San Franciso’s Market Street in 1906. Filmed before the famous earthquake and subsequent fire, it gives a tantalizing view of what life was like in San Francisco over 100 years ago.
May is over, the weather is getting
nicer warmer hotter, and I was able to pick up the pace of my short fiction reading just a bit. Of course I read the latest issue of Clarkesworld, but the bigger addition to my reading pile in May was the release of this year’s Hugo Voting Packet. Containing just about all of the Hugo-nominated works from 2012, it is distributed electronically to everyone who is eligible to vote for the Hugo Awards.
- Soulcatcher by James Patrick Kelly (5/5/13)
- Tachy Psyche by Andy Dudak (5/5/13)
- (R + D) /I = M by E. Catherine Tobler (5/5/13)
- The Banquet of the Lords of Night by Liz Williams (5/6/13)
- From Babel’s Fall’n Glory We Fled … by Michael Swanwick (5/6/13)
In April I read two of the three Hugo-nominated short stories. In May I finished the remaining short story and the entire novelette category. All of the nominations can be found at the Lone Star Con 3 site.
- Mono no Aware by Ken Liu (5/21/13)
- The Boy Who Cast No Shadow by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (5/21/13)
- Fade To White by Catherynne M. Valente (5/21/13)
- The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi by Pat Cadigan (5/22/13)
- In Sea-Salt Tears by Seanan McGuire (5/24/13)
- Rat-Catcher by Seanan McGuire (5/27/13)
- Forever by Robert J. Sawyer (5/15/13)
And that wraps up my May reads. In June and July I’ll be concentrating on finishing up my Hugo Voter’s Packet which just happens to include two anthologies in the Best Editor Short Form category. It looks as though I’ll have plenty of short stories to wade through as summer gets into full swing. Keep reading!
Mark Twain filmed by Thomas Edison
The origins of 12 famous Star Trek lines
The “Ferrari” of desktop computers, the NeXT Computer
Every Noise at Once, a clickable musical genre map
PBS: The Movie, starring Carl Sagan, Fred Rogers, Bob Ross, and Bill Nye
The Force is a Farce!
May has arrived, and that means a quick look back at all the short fiction I read in April. It was a slow month for me, but I managed to get some reading done. Clarkesworld Magazine continues to bring it, and the enjoyable The Human Division finally wrapped up its serialized run. I also got a head start on the Hugo ballot by reading some of the nominated short stories.
- Annex by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (4/2/13)
- No Portraits on the Sky by Kali Wallace (4/2/13)
- Melt With You by Emily C. Skaftun (4/2/13)
- Spar (Making Bacon Version) by Kij Johnson (4/1/13)
- Guest of Honor by Robert Reed (4/3/13)
- Finisterra by David Moles (4/4/13)
The last two episodes of John Scalzi’s experiment in serialization, The Human Division, were published last month.
- The Gentle Art Of Cracking Heads (4/2/13)
- Earth Below, Sky Above (4/9/13)
The Hugo Award nominations were announced on March 30. I started tracking down the short fiction even before the Hugo Voter’s Packet was released so that I could finish my Hugo reading at a more leisurely pace than last year.
- Immersion by Aliette de Bodard (4/29/13)
- Mantis Wives by Kij Johnson (4/30/13)