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1. Are you an Essential Worker? No, I'm working being retired real soon now.

2. How many drinks have you had since the quarantine started? None.

3. If you have kids... Are they driving you nuts? No Kids but cats are as they are not used to me being home.

4. What new hobby have you taken up during this? Social Influencing

5. How many grocery runs have you done? Four.

6. What are you spending your stimulus check on? I don't qualify

7. Do you have any special occasions that you will miss during this quarantine? Four birthdays and Easter so far.

8. Are you keeping your housework done? I have started doing housework

9. What movie have you watched during this quarantine? Prospect Been mostly watching television shows and YouTube videos.

10. What are you streaming with? YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Cogeco On Demand

11. 9 months from now is there any chance of you having a baby? No

12. What's your go-to quarantine meal? Frozen Chicken Vindaloo

13. Is this whole situation making you paranoid? Only in the sense that watching what is happening in the USA is alarming. We seem to be going to opposite way in Canada.

14. Has your internet gone out on you during this time? Occasionally slow

15. What month do you predict this all ends? Never will, we will have a new normal in the end.

16. First thing you’re gonna do when you get off quarantine? Talk to friends face to face.

17. Where do you wish you were right now? Hard to say

18. What free-from-quarantine activity are you missing the most? Socializing with people face to face

19. Have you run out of toilet paper and hand sanitizer? No.

20. Do you have enough food to last a month? Probably although variety is going to go down.

Meme Quiz Time!

What was your first screen name?

backmasseur on a BBS

What was your worst day ever?

February 2nd 1992 the day my grandfather who raised me died, the first major death in my life 3 days after I had to put down a pet for the first time.

What is your favorite smell?

Coffee, steak, a summer day

What cocktail are you most like and why?

Not a cocktail guy.

What were you doing at midnight last night?

Playing Red Orchestra an online computer game.

What did your last text message you received say?
Gordon is like that. I nearly missed my driveway.

What is a word you say a lot?


Who was your first crush?

Lisa from Grade 1

What was your worst injury ever?

Sprained wrist way back when.

What was the last song you listened to?

Not sure but it was on 91.3 the St. Clair County Community College radio station.

Where I stayed overnight meme

Many fewer than in my 1990's peak:

Novi, Michigan for ConFusion continuning a streak that started in 1988
Toronto, Ontario for The OLA Superconference continuning a streak that started in oughts I forget when
Richmond Hill, Ontario for Ad Astra off and on since 1982 mostly on
Ferndale, Michigan for the Ann Arbor Art Fair since about 2000
Livonia, Michigan for ConClave the last one which I first attended in 1987

A wild quiz appears! Via Gridlore!

1. Are you named after someone? After my grandfather in part
2. When is the last time you cried? Cannot remember
3. Do you like your handwriting? Its workable
4. What is your favorite lunch meat? Roast beef.
5. Do you have kids? No
7. Do you use sarcasm? Not well
8. Do you still have your tonsils? Yes.
9. Would you bungee jump? Not at this point.
10. What is your favorite kind of cereal? Large flake Oatmeal
11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Yes.
12. Do you think you're strong? Mostly
13. What is your favorite ice cream? I can no longer tolerate ice cream
14. What is the first thing you notice about people? Looks
15. Football or Baseball? Why choose?
16. What is the least favorite thing you like about yourself? Physically, the weight I have gained and the lack of power to weight. Mentally, my procrastination problem.
17. What color pants are you wearing right now? Black
18. What was the last thing you ate? A chocolate alomond fudge Clift bar
19. What are you listening to right now? The computer spin
20. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Red
21. Favorite smell? BBQ sirloin steak
22. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone? a client at work
23. Favorite sport to watch? Sports car racing LeMans style
24. Hair color? Dark brown, grey and bald
25. Eye color? dark brown
27. Favorite food to eat? Thai
28. Scary movies or happy endings? Happy endings. I really prefer thoughtful endings
29. Last movie you watched? In the theater, Fatastic Beasts and Where to FInd Them
30. What color shirt are you wearing? navy blue
1959 Hugo

David G. Hartwell, July 10, 1941 - January 19, 2016.

Originally posted by kylecassidy at David G. Hartwell, July 10, 1941 - January 19, 2016.
I went to Worldcon in 2009 partly to sell a book I was working on, Where I Write: Fantasy & Science Fiction Writers in Their Creative Spaces and the timing couldn't have been better. My website had gone viral, getting more than two million hits a day, Wired Magazine had just written it up, I was at the center of everything Science Fiction.

I had a meeting scheduled with David Hartwell from Tor Books that night, at the gigantic Tor party and I was pretty confident.

The party itself was amazing. John Scalzi was there, Neil Gaiman was there, George R. R. Martin was there, the place was packed. David and I sat down on a sofa and he looked at every page of my book layout and poured over every one. He was very enthusiastic, telling stories about writers, looking over all the bookshelves. I think it probably took him half an hour to go over the whole thing. He was filled with praise. And I said, "Well, is this something you'd be interested in?" and he said "No."

The Tor Party. Click to see larger.

And I was kind of stunned. Why had he sat there saying all these glorious things for the past half hour? Why waste this block of time on me when he could be talking to George R. R. Martin or Charlie Stoss?

"For what it would cost to print this," he said, "we could publish five Jay Lake novels. The money's just not there to make this a viable book for us. It is beautiful. Thank you for showing me."

He gave me some leads and went back to the party. I realized that he'd known the whole time they weren't going to publish it, he'd known when he saw the Wired magazine article. And the reason that he'd agreed to a meeting was because he cared about Fantasy and Science fiction, he loved it, and he loved all the people I'd been photographing. He'd agreed to a meeting not because he was a bad editor, but because he was a good person.

I think most other editors would have told me on the phone they wouldn't publish it but David gave me 30 minutes of careful praise instead, because he thought it was something that deserved his kind words. Thank you David, for that.

David in Montreal for my "Fandom" collection.
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David Geddes Hartwell, 1941-2016

I first encountered David G. Hartwell at worldcons most likely in Winnipeg in 1994 where I saw him hosting the TOR party in an aloha shirt or a kimono leading the party guests in a rendition of Teen Angel.
David was one of the elder statesmen of science fiction, founding the World Fantasy Convention, starting the New York Review of Science Fiction among other feats.
Later he and his family began attending my local convention ConFusion and I got to know them on a more personal basis. We had a good few quick chats and he was always warm and friendly to me. I also got to host he and Kathryn Cramer his wife as ConFusion Fan Guests of Honour. A unique honour for them but then he was a unique person as is Kathryn.
one of the other highlights of our relationship was when I got to interview him at the 2010 World Fantasy Convention in Columbus.
He will be greatly missed.
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Bakka Phoenix the Toronto SF book store's TOP SELLERS IN 2015 which ones have you read

Originally posted by cszego at OUR TOP SELLERS IN 2015

It's always fun to look back at which titles sold best over the course of the year. Here they are, by format (an * means 'Canadian author').

Mass Market
1. Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison
2. Rendezvous With Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
3. Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch
4. Midnight Riot, Ben Aaronovitch
5. Name Of The Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
6. Written In Red, Anne Bishop
7. Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor
8. Hounded, Kevin Hearne
9. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
10. Dune, Frank Herbert

Trade Paperback
1. Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
2. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep, Philip K. Dick
3. Vn, Madeline Ashby*
4. Lilith's Brood, Octavia Butler
5. The Martian, Andy Weir
6. Virga, Karl Schroeder*
7. Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie
8. ST: The Klingon Dictionary, Marc Okrand
9. Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie
10. Defiant, Karina Sumner-Smith*

1. Scorpion Rules, Erin Bow*
2. Inheritance Of Ashes, Leah Bobet*
3. Fangirl's Guide To The Galaxy, Sam Maggs*
4. Shepherd's Crown, Terry Pratchett
5. Uprooted, Naomi Novik
6. Book Of Spirits And Thieves, Morgan Rhodes*
7. An Ancient Peace, Tanya Huff*
8. The Affinities, Robert Charles Wilson*
9. Prairie Fire, E.K. Johnston*
10. Just City, Jo Walton*

Extra commentary
- It's not surprising to see Canadians dominate the hardcover list; we launch a lot of books for local(ish) authors. Like, a LOT.
- The #1 mass market paperback sold more than twice as much as #2. Because we loved it. Handselling works.
- Ann Leckie owned our trade paperback list this year.
- These top 10s aside, our most-sold author this year was Terry Pratchett. Only two of his titles made this list, but overall, we sold more of his titles to more people than any other single author. Which isn't entirely suprising. And makes us happy.

I have bolded the ones I have read.

Meme: The Toast's books white guys own

The Toast gives a list of 79 books which, allegedly, all white men own.
Bold those you own.
Italicize those you have read.
Underline those you've never heard of would have to be paid to read.
Bonus points if you're not a white male.
1. Shogun, James Clavell
2. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
3. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
4. Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
5. A collection of John Lennon’s drawings.
6. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
7. The first two volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin
8. God Is Not Great, Christopher Hitchens
9. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
10. I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, Tucker Max
11. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
12. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, Oliver Sacks
13. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
14. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
15. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
16. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
17. Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk
18. The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
19. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
20. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
21. The Stand, Stephen King
22. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
23. The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer
24. Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch Albom
25. It’s Not About the Bike, Lance Armstrong
26. Who Moved My Cheese?, Spencer Johnson
27. Portnoy’s Complaint, Philip Roth
28. Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand
29. John Adams, David McCullough
30. Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow
31. Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis
32. America: The Book, Jon Stewart
33. The World Is Flat, Thomas Friedman
34. The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell
35. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
36. Exodus, Leon Uris (if Jewish)
37. Trinity, Leon Uris (if Irish-American)
38. The Road, Cormac McCarthy
39. Marley & Me, John Grogan
40. Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt
41. The Rainmaker, John Grisham
42. Patriot Games, Tom Clancy
43. Dragon, Clive Cussler
44. Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond
45. The Agony and the Ecstasy, Irving Stone
46. The 9/11 Commission Report
47. The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, John le Carre
48. Rising Sun, Michael Crichton
49. A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson
50. Airport, Arthur Hailey
51. Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki
52. Burr, Gore Vidal
53. Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt
54. The Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan
55. Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer
56. Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
57. Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson
58. Godel, Escher, Bach, Douglas Hofstadter
59. The World According to Garp, John Irving
60. A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking
61. The Tin Drum, Gunter Grass
62. On the Road, Jack Kerouac
63. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
64. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
65. The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe
66. Beowulf, the Seamus Heaney translation
67. Rabbit, Run, John Updike
68. The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
69. The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
70. The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
71. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey
72. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
73. House of Leaves, Mark Danielewski
74. The Call of the Wild, Jack London
75. Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon
76. I, Claudius, Robert Graves
77. The Civil War: A Narrative, Shelby Foote
78. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
79. Life, Keith Richards

Underlined are a boig mix of never heard of and no desire to read since I have heard of the latter.
Working at a Public Library I tend to read books that I have no desire to own.