John at SF Signal did a great post on “16 SF/F Authors with The Highest Number of Hugo and Nebula Award Wins“. John is reading, reviewing and generally fanboy-ing short story collections (way to go John).
But I’m a novel reader (and sometime writer). So in the interest of stealing John’s excellent idea, I added a comment to his blog with what I calculated as the list of authors with the highest number of Hugo and Nebula Novel Wins. There are many with two wins, but the majority of these were for the Hugo and Nebula for the same book, so I stopped at three total. Let me know if you see any mistakes. (more…)
A LARGE shout-out to the Tomball High School Cougar Pride Marching Band. They had a very successful October contest season, including: (more…)
It really is Louis’ fault…he brought it up. He took me back to the scene of many crimes and many bar exams, the Bombay Bicycle Club (near the corner of Mulberry and St. Marys, stumbling distance away from Trinity and Breckenridge Park). He reminded me of records set and challenges almost met.
He made me recall that I own the Trinity University record for number of crackers simultaneously stuffed in your mouth and eaten without a beverage. I have not informed Guinness but I’ve drank a few.
We were trying very hard to enjoy pitchers of beer and burgers sitting on the patio at Bombay. I say trying very hard because the bar ran out of Shiner on tap (at 12:30pm???) and it took an hour for the burgers to get to us, delaying our further adventures. But it was a gorgeous day, Alamo beer on tap was an able substitute, and the story swapping began. (more…)
Yes, I’m a Dave Matthew’s fanboy. I purchased both the CD, the DVD and bought early so I would get the extra Europe 07 CD (my wife and I met Monte and Margaret from Munich in Oxford, UK to see the boys, and I’m sure I can hear the girls screaming on those tracks).
UPDATE: Since many folks have asked, I’ve started adding links to the lyrics on the DMB site.
I’ve had this album since it first came out, and have worn it our on road trips around Texas…maybe it’s the reason my iPod disc drive crashed (just in time for Christmas…hmmmm). Why should you own this album? The Dave
Letterman Matthews Top Ten: (more…)
South Africa beats reining champs England 15-6 to claim the 2007 RWC Championship. In pool play on September 14, South Africa had beaten England 36-0. After that game, Jonny Wilkinson returned to the team, putting them on a four match win streak. But the Springboks gave Wilkinson little opportunity to put his mark on the game! Wilkinson scored all of England’s points on two penalty kicks, but missed two drop kicks, whereas Percy Montgomery, the leading scorer in this RWC, had 12 points for South Africa on four penalty kicks.
South Africa and fans are very happy that instant replay is used in RWC play! At the beginning of the second half (South Africa led 9-3), center Matthew Tait made a great run setting up Mark Cueto for what was called a try on the field. But instant replay did show that Cueto’s left foot touched out of bounds just before the ball was put down for a try when he was tackled by South Africa number 8 Danie Rossouw (a winger tackled by an 8??). The try, which would have been a game turner, was not to be. (more…)
Jonny Wilkinson almost went from hero to goat. After coming back from injury, missing the first two matches of pool play, the England flyhalf led his team through to the semi’s including an upset of Australia. But, through minute 75 of England’s semifinal match with France, Wilkinson had missed 4 of 5 kicks, and his team trailed France 9-8 with just five minutes remaining.
But a penalty kick in minute 75 and a trademark dropkick in minute 78 has Wilkinson on the verge of leading his team to a 2nd consecutive RWC title, by beating France 14-9 (nice BBC article on Wilkinson’s kicking here).
England will meet South Africa, winners against Argentina 37-13. (more…)
All are sitting on my shelves, all enjoyable reads from the venerable Mr. Moorcock, the subject of this week’s podcast from my friends Shaun and the lovely Sam (or is it Sam and the lovely Shaun??) at Adventures in SciFi Publishing. The Chronicles of Corum and, of course, Elric, are my particular faves. I learned quite a bit from the interview Shaun does with Mr. Moorcock, including some reminders and flashbacks to the early days of scifi, and some glimpses of his new novel and future works. Highly recommended podcast, this episode and all others.
This is why they play the games.
In two somewhat stunning turns, the #1 and #2 ranked teams in the world, New Zealand and Australia, are sent to the sidelines by England and France who will meet in one semi. Argentina, winners over Scotland 19-13 (sorry Gordon) and South Africa (37-20 over Fiji) meet in the other semi. (more…)