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Today’s science fiction…tomorrow’s science fact!

It’s a cliché that science fiction is supposed to be, to a certain extent, prescient. SF writers have claimed credit for predictions ranging to the (blessedly short) popularity of digital watches to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Even trickier than the social future is getting future scientific discoveries right. Sure, discoveries are often minor, contingent, and fit in nicely with what is already known, but sometimes an SF writer needs to fudge. Issui Ogawa in his forthcoming novel of lunar colonization, The Next Continent, took a bit of a risk, positing that there would be sufficient water on the moon (thanks to comets and whatnot hitting the surface) to make concrete from the regolith.

Well, as it turns out, he was right! There’s water on the moon! On the friggin’ moon! YES! Sayanora, suckers! Screw San Francisco, I’m going to move to the MOON!

I hope they let me keep my job. I can get email on the moon, right? You’d miss my blog entires, wouldn’t you? I mean, moon blog entries would be even more fun. I’d take up golf and dune-buggy riding and stuff. That would be sweet.

Anyway, we should have info on The Next Continent and other books up on the site soon, so keep your eyes peeled. And when you look up at the moon think of me, living there, tax-exempt and superstrong, forever!

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You know who is chatty? Jeff Vandermeer, that’s who!

I was interviewed about some of our latest releases at Omnivoracious, the multi-genre multi-author amazon.com blog, by Jeff Vandermeer.

Jeff is one of fantasy’s most important writers and editors, and he likes to spend his copious spare time blogging and doing push-ups. So it’s almost like we’re twins! (Except for the push-ups.) Anyway, click on the link to find out about female characters in hard SF, why the twist at the end isn’t what makes Twilight Zone episodes great, and why someone would actually say something awful like, “She had healthy, tanned skin and larger than average breasts…Of the three types of women the human race boasted–the pretty, the homely, and the gorillas you couldn’t do anything with save ship ’em off to the army–I’d put her in the pretty category.”

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Enter Sandman Slim

The Haikasoru gang spotted Richard Kadrey’s latest book at Comic-Con last week. It’s a petite-trim, sharp little thing called Sandman Slim and I’m happy to report that the novel is already getting good notices from people like Cory Doctorow and William Gibson.

You may be wondering why we’re promoting Kadrey’s book on a blog about Japanese science fiction. The reason is simple: he’s one of us. Years ago he spent time under our circus tent editing manga. If memory serves me right, he briefly helmed Video Girl Ai, Beet the Vandel Buster, Descendants of Darkness and Angel Sanctuary before leaving to pursue his own personal muse. And back when Haikasoru was just a hopeful glimme in our eyes, Show box for iPhone Richard was nice enough to share his wisdom and give us counsel. We assembled a loose confederacy of science fiction experts to help guide us toward launch, and much of what he told us helped focus our publishing agenda. Richard’s a good guy. Go out and buy Sandman Slim today.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2009: Bag in Black

Every year at Comic-Con I see tons of fans waiting in line at the VIZ Media booth hoping to score a free bag. People tell me they’re somewhat collectible. And I have to admit the totes are pretty snazzy. But this year my favorite giveaway bag came from the Ace/Roc crüe. As you can see, it rocks hard, dude.

I was so smitten by the bag I decided to attend the Ace/Roc industry panel. What a gas! I can only hope that one day our Haikasoru books inspire such fervent behavior from readers. People in the audience were squealing with delight as they peeped covers of upcoming books.

It was also fun to see the editors on stage. They were bubbly and cute, and seemed genuinely enthusiastic about the books they worked on. A shiny gold star to both Anne Sowards and Jessica Wade—you guys put a big smile on my face.

In other Comic-Con news: I heard a bit of Twilight bashing on the Bram Stoker panel (apparently vampires aren’t supposed to “sparkle” in the sunlight). And author Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind) was bold enough to snip at Harry Potter during the Evolution of Fantasy panel. Later, at the Monster Mash panel, there was garageband for pc windows Comic-Con love for Amber Benson (Tara from Buffy the Vampire Slayer). And finally On the way home late Sunday night, I spied a copy of The Lord of the Sands of Time in the bookstore at SFO. Thus proving that Compass Books is one of the best bookmarts in San Francisco.

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