Various elements of real life are drawing me away from the much more pleasant life of literature, and so I need to pause for a week or so (I hope not longer) from work here.
I can't resist leaving you without a few links of interest:
Alan De Niro has posted a 6-part story, "Home of the", on his weblog. For easy reference, here are all the links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and the complete story is available as a PDF file. I haven't had a chance yet to read the story, but I like Alan's work a lot, and expect this one is as worthy of your attention as everything else he has written.
Scribblingwoman, one of the most consistently interesting blogs I've encountered, has posted a lot of interesting things over the past week or so.
(There are a bunch of other excellent literary webblogs out there, by the way, which don't treat genre writing as inherently incapable of containing interest for people over the age of 13, including Daniel Green's magnificent The Reading Experience and Maud Newton's blog.)
The Christian Science Monitor reviews a new book which looks like a fun, schadenfreude-filled read: Ten Percent of Nothing: The Case of the Literary Agent from Hell.
Patrick Nielsen Hayden is pleased the Bush Administration is taking science fiction seriously (or not).
Strange Horizons this week features two writers I often point readers toward: Jay Lake in an interview and Barth Anderson with a story.