October 16th, 2008

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A novel approach to coffee shops

Today's GalleyCat reports that Starbucks is moving from merely selling a limited selection of books to participating in a joint publication deal. In partnership with Farrar Straus Giroux (MacMillan's young reader imprint), they will publish a 48-page picture book by Daren and Daniel Simkin called The Traveler.

So, I guess Starbucks isn't letting that whole "death of publishing" thing get to them. Or maybe it's an effort to milk the book addicts at the same tie as the caffeine addicts. Hopefully, Starbuck's won't find the biz as much of a grind as selling coffee (small pun, there). I'm wondering how much of a partnership this it, though. The FSG website lists the book without ever mentioning Starbuck's, and the Starbuck's website doesn't mention the book, not even in its press releases. I wonder if GalleyCat knows that? Or maybe they just got the scoop on everyone?

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Spec fic in Jeopardy

I am a confessed Jeopardy freak, a closet Ken Jennings groupie. Every now and then there will be a clue that's about Isaac Asimov or some other notable spec fic writer but on tonight's show, in the Double Jeopardy round, there was an entire category—Hugo Award winners!

Alas, the three contestants left it for last. They didn't pick a single Hugo clue until there were no more categories on the board. And then they only got two of the five clues right. The clues were basically the title of an award winner with one word missing (e.g., _______ Troopers by Robert Heinlein). They even gave the authors' names, for crying out loud! They still missed three! They did get the lowest point question, Starship Troopers, by Heinlein, and the highest, A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Miller. They missed LeGuin's Left Hand of Darkness, Ellison's "For I Have no Mouth and I must Scream," and the third one, I think was Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama (I might be remembering that one wrongly).

It's like when you have two friends you want to like each other and they don't get along.

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