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Status report

Hi everyone.

Paul and I have been a bit off the radar lately, thanks to end of semester obligations (in his case) and a new job (in my case). But things have largely settled down now, so you can expect to see us around again.

We have some more ideas for the site which we hope to roll out over the coming months (including, with any luck, one or two of those poll results in the right-hand column), and maybe a surprise or two as well.

Discussion: Reaching out with podcasts?

The New York Times just had an article about writers creating audio performances of their work on free podcasts as a way of attracting new readers. I noted Cory Doctorow's podcast in a previous post, and this article mentions other writers who are giving this approach a try.

Discussion: Dickens in Space

Is it just me, or is the serial approach to posting stories working really well? It’s a great way to keep a story in front of people’s eyes over several days, and posting what’s done is a strong encouragement to finish what’s not. It helps Oort Cloud by ensuring there’s something new to read every day. And it helps the author by calling close attention to each part of the story, which is the best way to find out if that part needs work.

Jerry Pournelle on copyright and publishing

As part of our ongoing discussion about the future of science fiction, copyright, and the publishing industry, here's a recent column by Jerry Pournelle, offering his take. He makes many points, but this one stood out for me:

Book publishing has always had a low return on investment, and has always depended on editorial people who love their work and are willing to start at ridiculously low pay and live five to an apartment on a fourth-floor walkup despite having a cum laude degree from an expensive college just so they can be part of the publishing world.

variety is good

I’m seeing quite a few promising stories, but also something else in this weekend’s posts: the ‘fake wiki article.’ There are plenty of wiki articles already out there about fictional topics, of course. But the idea of a wiki article that is itself written as a work of fiction, even as it describes something fictional, strikes me as a clever exercise in going meta. (And a playful response to the writing adage ‘show don’t tell.’ It makes exposition the whole point of the piece.)

attack of the clones

Look at that. Oort-cloud rocks so hard even clones are showing up as 'Online Users.'

Well, ok, no. But for now, just pretend you're not seeing those repeated names, and then either you'll convince yourself you actually don't see them, or we'll make the clone names go away. Whichever comes first.

Eric Flint on science fiction and electronic publishing

We plan to make a serious contribution to the debate about the future of science fiction and electronic publishing, but we aren’t the first to consider what may lie ahead, and we want to give credit to those who have already weighed in on some of the issues.

Eric Flint wrote a series of thought-provoking columns while he was the editor of Jim Baen’s Universe, and they shed light on at least one publisher’s perspective on electronic publishing, copyright, fair use, and digital rights management.

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