Solid Snake Shadow Moses Screaming Mantis

I really haven’t been keeping up with this blog, have I? I blame it on Metal Gear Solid 4. See, my son got a PS3 for Christmas, and I’ve played a couple hours on it, but mostly I’ve been watching him as he shoots down  one villain after another, all of them named, evidently, by a Japanese-to-English random word generator. I’m sure they sounded really cool in Japanese, but come on. The main villain is named Liquid Ocelot.

Liquid. Ocelot.

So, even though the title of the game itself sounds like an auto repair manual for dyslexics, it’s a helluva game, and I’m not above using this for my own ends. The name of this post should generate thousands of hits. Welcome to my science fiction blog, MGS playas!

In other news, I have received from the universe my own bountiful Christmas gifts:

“Glass”, my story about psychopaths and mirror neurons  that appeared in MIT’s Technology Review Magazine, has been picked up to appear in Rich Horton’s The Best of the Year, 2009 Edition. Not sure when that will be published.

“The Illustrated Biography of Lord Grimm”—about superheroes attacking a 3rd world country,  which is out now in the anthology Eclipse 2—has been picked to appear in Gardner Dozois’ Year’s Best Science Fiction, 26th Annual Collection. This will be my third appearance in that anthology, which is two times more than my lifetime goal.

Word on the street is that Pandemonium is shipping much larger numbers than expected. And sometime next year it will also be appearing in Italy– I got word a couple weeks ago that Fanucci Editore has picked up the Italian rights. So, you gotta love their taste in science fiction, as well as pizza.

Oh! Almost forgot. The San Francisco Chronicle put the book on their Holiday Science Fiction list. That’s pretty cool.

And to start off the new year, my interview with Locus is out, in the December 2009 issue. On the cover it looks like Fred Pohl is going to lean over and bite my little head off.

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Ah! Spare me, Mr. Pohl! Click to see larger image.

Thanks, universe!

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8 thoughts on “Solid Snake Shadow Moses Screaming Mantis

  1. Happy New Year, Daryl!! Sounds like a great start to the year. Hope it just gets better from here.

    So, is Liquid Ocelot ever, you know, liquid? Or does such a question merely confirm my lack of gaming cool.

  2. Hey Deb!

    Liquid Ocelot is neither liquid, nor ocelot. However, the hero of the series, Solid Snake, is at least solid.

    Now I’m going to go work on my new novel for the Japanese market, Sublimating Emu.
    –d

  3. Psycho Mantis! Liquid Snake! Joyous Rapture Eccentric Panda Lizard!

    I used to think it was all translation weirdness. Now I think Japanese game designers are just messing with us on purpose.

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