Once again Drawn & Quarterly bring us something interesting: Birds of Maine, a new graphic novel written and illustrated by Michael DeForge. “Long after the demise of humankind, birds roam freely around the Moon complete with fruitful trees, sophisticated fungal networks, and an enviable socialist order. The universal worm feeds all, there are no weekends, and economics is as fantastical a study as unicorn psychology. No concept of money or wealth plagues the thoughts of these free-minded birds. Instead, there are angsty teens who form bands to show off their best bird song and other youngsters who yearn to become clothing designers even though clothes are only necessary during war. (The truly honorable professions for most birds are historian or librarian.) These birds are free to crush on hot pelicans and live their best lives… until a crash-landed human from Earth threatens to change everything.” Available now in hardcover. [And with that, we’ll see you after Midwest Fur Fest!]
Bronzebear Media Distribution, one of the succesors to the old Mailbox Books (not the 'new' Mailbox Books at this website) is shutting down. The reasons listed are a variety, mostly relating to the proprietor wanting to concentrate on his education, and his annoyance at fandom politics.
From Tyger Cowboy on alt.fan.furry: "We are pleased to announce that the Mephit Fur Meet 2001 information is now available! The website has basic information on it and online registration will be available soon. If you have any questions you can email any of the staff noted in the enclosed info.
This year's Meet will be held August 30th - September 3rd, 2001 in Memphis, Tennessee."
The down time of FurNation got me thinking about the stability of furry servers.
Millenium Philcon (the 59th World Science Fiction Convention) has announced the finalists for the 2001 Hugo awards. The Hugo Award, also known as the Science Fiction Achievement Award, is given annually by the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS). The Hugo Award is sponsored by WSFS, administered by the committee of the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) held that year, and determined by nominations from and a popular vote of the membership of WSFS. In general, a Hugo Award given in a particular year is for work that appeared in the previous calendar year.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced free author signings throughout the country this weekend in conjunction with the annual Nebula Award Banquet.
Probably more appropriate to a topic we don't have (movie news?), here's an article from the LA Times about the future of animated features. It has an interesting flavor because it was written in November, so it's both timely enough to point out the future and dated enough to see if the predictions are coming true.
There has been plenty of bad reports on Furries and Fursuiters, but for once, a reporter from the Omaha World-Herald appears to have gotten it right with an interview with their local fur, SnapE Tiger. This positive article not only shows the positive side to furrydom, but doesn't seem to get bogged down in the tabloid sensationalism.
Confurence 12. I decided I might as well write up my impressions of it.Overall, I wasn't too disappointed at the con. It could've been better, but it was enjoyable.Specifics first, then more general observations.
A very Watership Downish sort of book form what I can tell so far. I'll try and do a book review once I am done. Found it at MediaPlay this week and it is available on Amazon
The 24th Northwest Science Fiction Convention (NorWesCon) was a lot of fun. The annual Tai-Pan furry party was also a success. This is my 15th year in a row to attend this Seattle-Tacoma area convention, and among the group I usually room-share with are a couple of people who have been attending this con for twenty years, so I am a teeny bit biased.
From SciFi.com's fiction e-zine:
What happens when a device is developed that enables elephant-human
communication? Find out in M. Shayne Bell's powerful story
"Refugees From Nulongwe." Also, read James Tiptree, Jr.'s
classic on alien lifestyles, "Love is the Plan, the Plan is Death."
Here's what Nexus has written to artists and visitors who've signed up for the Furnation news listserv:
All you furry fans seeking to make a positive contribution in the name of Furry - here's your chance.
The Dream Catcher Farm Horse Sanctuary is an organization based on the premise that all creatures should live free of cruelty...
I added two book reviews from Jeff Eddy of Sofawolf Press. Check them out. Also, if you're an RPG fan, you really have no excuse not to pick up a copy of World Tree. I'm not an RPG fan, but the book has consumed most of my weekend. We had an interview with the creators not too long ago.