Finally Converted to Dr. Who

For years friends have been telling me I have to check out Dr. Who, but I resisted it like , um, like something that resists another thing a lot.  Then on a long airplane ride I discovered a few episodes were among my in-flight entertainment options. I watched one, then another, and another until I had spent most of my flight on adventures in the TARDIS.  More recently, Hassan and I have been working our way through the new incarnation of the show from the very start.  I love the unabashed over-the-topness of it, the Doctor’s wonderful combination of glee, confidence, and goofiness in the face of intergalactic danger. A few of my favorite moments so far are…

  • Captain Jack Harkness is captured by androids who disintegrate his clothes live in front of a global television audience.  Captain Jack: Am I naked in front of millions of viewers?  Android: Absolutely.
    Captain Jack: Ladies, your viewing figures just went up. 
  • Harriet Jones explaining, “There’s an act of Parliament banning my autobiography.”
  • David Tennant pulling together his outfit shortly after he regenerates as the new Doctor.  Tennant pulls it off the combination of self-discovery and casual wardrobe-searching beautifully and I am officially attached to him as my favorite incarnation of the Doc (though my sample is admittedly small so far).

Jack Harkness is an especially fun character and I’m looking forward to the Torchwood marathon that will follow close on the heels of the Dr. Who marathon.

Of course, the show’s not perfect.  The endings often seem rushed and tend to rely on deus ex machina a bit too often, and the “science” makes Star Trek technobabble look like rigorous scientific inquiry.  But these are minor forgivable foibles  for a show that offers such a fun ride almost every time.

Review at IROSF

Over at the Internet Review of Science Fiction (IROSF), Lois Tilton has done her latest round-up of recent short speculative fiction, including a review of the latest issue of Realms of Fantasy.  She gives my story a not-easily-handed-out “Recommended” and has some nice things to say about it, e.g.: “Light humored tale of the importance of human connections, with a memorable character in Gilberto.”

Warning: it’s vaguely spoiler-y, in case you haven’t read the story yet, and are the extreme spoiler-avoiding sort.

Tio Gilberto is Getting Around

I’ve recently gotten a couple of bits of good news about my short story, “Tio Gilberto and the Twenty-Seven Ghosts,” which is still out on bookstores in the current issue of Realms of Fantasy

The first bit of news is that the story will be reprinted in PodCastle, the online fantasy podcast magazine.  This will be the first time that one of my stories will be published in audio form, so I’m pretty psyched to hear it performed. 

The other bit of news is that “Tio Gilberto” seems to have made its way on to SFWA’s Nebula Suggested Reading List.  It’s a long list, of course, with 30+ stories just in the short story category, but, hey, it’s nice to be “suggested!”

Had a very hectic couple weeks at work, hence the recent radio silence. But things are starting to calm down a bit now, so hopefully I should be getting back to the usual semi-regular posting rhythm….