It's good for me to remember, from time to time, the 90-plus percent of the population whose days aren't spent immersed in science or the SF genre.
|Beautiful outside ...|
(This is, by the way, a drop-dead gorgeous building, designed in the Beaux Art style -- see photos at left. The library -- built with an endowment from Judge John Handley, an out-of-state patron/fan of the town -- this year celebrated its 100th anniversary. If you happen to know the Robert Preston / Shirley Jones (1962) version of The Music Man, the "Marion the Librarian" song-and-dance scene might have been (but wasn't) filmed in the Handley Library.)
|Beautiful, I tell you.|
When my turn came, I spoke about Energized, my latest (solo) novel. Beyond being a near future thriller about the worst energy crisis ever, Energized offers international intrigue, resources from space being used to solve problems on Earth -- and (when not on Earth's newest moon, or elsewhere in Earth orbit) many scenes set across the greater VA/DC/MD/WV region.
A couple people said (I'm paraphrasing) that they aren't able to read material that's "so technical." My stock answer to such comments is that they're selling themselves (and me) short. Themselves, that they can't experience new material. (And me, that I don't clearly present the tech background of the story.)
Authors Forum being a community activity, I was invited to promote the event via TV-3, our local ABC TV affiliate. Alas -- December 2013 update -- TV-3 recently folded, and their website is gone. Bye-bye, streaming interview.
New topic ...
The holidays are again almost upon us, and this year, Hanukkah is freakishly early. Only once, in 1888, has the first day of Hanukkah fallen on Thanksgiving. That alignment won't recur until ... 79811! So be sure to celebrate this truly once-in-a-lifetime Thanksgivukkah.
Segue to my annual suggestion (first offered in 2010, as a variant on Small Business Saturday, in my post Buy a Book Saturday!) that you buy a book(s) for the holidays. You're a reader, after all, and -- you gotta admit -- books make great gifts.
As I posted in 2010:
Who is a smaller business than the solitary author toiling at home in his/her office, pounding away at a keyboard? So: while you're out shopping, buy a book! Or two! Support an author or two or more (and I'm not saying me, or even others in the genre -- but IMO, living authors would be nice).
If your favorite brick-and-mortar bookstore doesn't stock the title you want (for older and mid-list books, that will often be the case), they will be delighted to order it for you -- I promise. Or shop your favorite etailer, or ebook store, or audio-book outlet.
Now, I'm back to interstellar conflict ...