January 11th, 2007


are you an SF editor? a reviewer? a serious short-SF reader?

If so, and I haven't written to you for nominations for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science-fiction novel of the year (we write to publishers requesting nominations) or the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction of the year (we write to editors, reviewers, and other serious readers of short SF requesting nominations), please reply here and let me know if you are interesting in participating.

Better yet, write to me at my cmckit at KU *dot* edu address, and I'll send you the nomination invite.

Thanks! These awards happen because of readers and editors like you. The better the nomination process, the better the result.

just Chris

another research request

Thanks to the Center's website, I get lots of mail, much of it seeking information. Once in a while, someone's doing research but can't find what they're looking for. Earlier this month, I posted here with such a request, and (The last fella said, "Wonderful. Please convey my thanks to the fabulous Emily."). Thanks again to eleanor for identifying the last show.

So, enough ado, here's the new one; sounds fascinating:
I am trying to find a short science fiction story that I read as a child. I'm afraid I can't remember it's title, or the author... It basically involves a man whose wife has given birth to a child and when he visits her, he is horrified to find that his 'son' is actually a pyramid, with tentacles instead of arms. The doctors christen the child 'Pi' and work out that it must have slipped into our realm from another dimension.

In a nutshell, in order to live together as a family, the husband and wife agree to be transported to Pi's dimension, where they will all appear as normal human beings to each other, although in reality they will take on forms like Pi's.

EDIT: It's "Tomorrow's Child" by Ray Bradbury, which can be found in his I Sing The Body Electric collection. Many thanks to squirrel_monkey

mushroom cloud

sabotaging the future

I talk about the evils of the Neocons every so often, but look what they've done now.

A week ago, when the Dem's were getting sworn in as per America's reaction against the Repub's and their adventuring in the Middle East, gas prices in Lawrence shot up more than 20 cents overnight. A big "FUCK YOU" from the oil companies, I'm sure, for whom the Repub's are patsies (or are simply owned by the fat Repub's). Now, before the Dem's have their feet under them, the Bush administration has decided it had better get us firmly involved in war with Iran. Before the Dem's try to limit his power or reduce our forces in Iraq, that is.

Is this a big surprise when Bush yesterday stated he's sending tons more troops to Iraq? When we've scoffed at Iraq's attempts to work with Iran in settling their civil war? The examples of Bush's planning for war with "The Axis of Evil" abound, and here he goes, the fucking fuck.

Isn't there anything we can do to stop this adventuring prez? I mean, dammit, whatever happened to checks and balances?

The people no longer have any power in this country. Perhaps Bush and his ilk are spoiling for a revolution here at home. They keep this up, they'll get it.

I'm just feeling so pissed off and helpless.

Good luck,
graffiti monkey

How We Will Defeat Terrorism (essay circa 2001)

Here's an essay I wrote a few days after (I can't bring myself to write "9/11" because of the fucking Neocons who've hijacked the term) terrorists attacked the US. Seems relevant now... and has never become irrelevant as long as Bush and his ilk have been in office: Collapse )

We can defeat the disease of organized terrorism in our lifetime. To do so, we must first remove the diseased elements of our species. Removing diseased tissue in any organism is painful and dangerous, but necessary. Then we must remove the causes of the disease. And then we must move to the next level; no longer having to continually carve disease out of ourselves, no longer simply ceasing bad behaviors, but learning what we must do to grow and improve every single person in the world, every single cell of this ugly and beautiful organism that is humanity.

Best wishes, Chris McKitterick 9/15/2001
I can't say how disappointed I am that we still haven't done this. And I don't like being a prophet about how Bush's adventurism has created a cresting wave of anti-Americanism.