Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Don't talk back to me!

At SFFWorld, we run a monthly book club discussion in our Science Fiction and Fantasy forums and once in a while the author of the book will drop by and join the discussion. This month, in our Fantasy Book Club, we are lucky enough to have Kirsten Bishop, author of The Etched City drop by.

Well, Randy Johnson is a Yankee and Carlos Beltran is a Met. Randy Johnson started of on an auspicious note by telling a CBS 2 cameraman to get out of his face, after repeatedly telling the cameraman he didn’t want his picture taken. On the one hand, Mr. Johnson, this is New York, get accustomed to it. On the other, the guy, regardless of how much he makes or how much he is in the public eye, has the complete right not to want his picture taken. I’m kind of leaning on the side of Randy Johnson on this one, though he could have handled it better.

Even as a Yankee fan, I'm glad to see Beltran on the other side of town. But did the Mets overpay for Beltran? Based on his numbers, probably. But for 7 years they will have one of the more exciting players in the league to watch, even if his numbers aren’t up to the level for which he just signed. Still, he is only 27 and a lot of players continue to improve into their 30’s so the Mets are getting Beltran in his prime years. They need players like him and Pedro for to put a marketable, watchable product on the field so they can get people to buy and watch their new network. This just reinforces, to me, that Baseball really is a Business.

I've got to wish my cousin's youth hockey team this coming week and weekend. They are playing in Canada for the International Silver Sticks Tournament. They won the Pennsylvania tournament late last year to qualify.

Very interesting article on Locus Online by Ursula K. Le Guin regarding SciFi Channel’s bastardization of her beloved Earthsea saga.

No more of Michael Moorcock’s Elric, according to The Alien Online.

Fantastic Metropolis was recently redesigned.

I added a handful of links on the left, some blogs, some writers, some zines and a bunch of publishers.

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