While I should be working on a project (hello, Steve!), my mind keeps coming back to a novel idea I had some time ago, only now it’s an idea for a multi-novel series, at least four books long. It doesn’t help that I’ve found a few amazing sites online that I know I need for that project. And also of course, these sites have dozens of links to other interesting sites that need to be explored fully to examine their potential.

Sigh. I could have done without this right now, but I’ll take what I get.

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On his blog, Jeff VanderMeer asked his readers to spread the word about the recent article he wrote for Locus Online. It is an overview of World SF, featuring recommendations by international writers, editors, and publishers. All of these works could do with a bit more exposure, to say the least.

Do check it out; if it proves popular enough, it may become a regular feature. World SF needs all the attention it can get. (You might also want to check out the World SF blog.)

I want to pay closer attention to the international SFF field, starting with my own country. There’s still a lot I need to discover, even about Austrian fantastic fiction. Thankfully, there’s at least one eminent expert, namely Franz Rottensteiner (Stanislaw Lem’s former agent), who has compiled a number of books about Austrian (and German) science fiction. He’s also had an article in a recent Locus issue, about the state of German fantastic fiction. I have to start somewhere, so I think I’ll start with him, in particular with his book The Black Mirror and Other Stories.

At some point, I want to write my own Austria-based SF novel. After all, why shouldn’t I write about stuff I know? I have a few ideas already, but nothing concrete.

Bugger.

… but don’t you dare shut down 6 Music!

Finding out about this today made for a bad start to the week. I’m very grumpy right now.

My goodness, I could spend days on TED, watching interesting people talk. A lot of mindblowing stuff, and idea-inducing, too.

Emissaries from the Dead by Adam-Troy Castro. If you want to read a mystery novel that fully utilizes the possibilities inherent in SF, then this is it. And the good thing is, it’s the start of a series (two, so far) of books featuring the thoroughly intruiging Andrea Cort.

I was going to post something else, but then I saw an interesting post on BSCReview: Being a Hack: Writing A Shared-World Novel by Erin M. Evans. On the off chance that there’s somebody reading this who doesn’t know already about the process involved, I recommend this as an introduction to the wonderful world of tie-in writing.