Wine and Cheese Night with Family

Posted on July 25, 2008 by Stephen

If there is one thing I wish I could do with my friends is sit down to plates of cheeses and share good wines. This has never happened with my friends but my in-laws set on hell of a spread of cheeses and wines. There were two lazy-susans filled with more than 25 cheeses ranging from mild brie to very sharp blue cheese. Here is a list of some of my favorites:

Ste. Andre Brie
Petite Basque
Mahon (Spanish)
Gourmandise au Kirsch

Gruyere (cave aged)
Manchego (Spanish)

Gouda (Winchester Farms extra sharp)
Point Reyes Blue
Societe Roquefort

2007 Hugo Award Winner

Posted on July 09, 2008 by Stephen

* Best Novel: Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge [Tor, 2006]
* Best Novella: “A Billion Eves” by Robert Reed [Asimov's Oct/Nov 2006]
* Best Novelette: “The Djinn’s Wife” by Ian McDonald [Asimov's July 2006]
* Best Short Story: “Impossible Dreams” by Tim Pratt [Asimov's July 2006]
* Best Related Non-Fiction Book: James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B Sheldon by Julie Phillips [St. Martin's Press, 2006]
* Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro. Directed by Guillermo del Toro [Picturehouse]
* Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Doctor Who - “Girl in the Fireplace” (2006) Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Euros Lyn [BBC Wales/BBC1]
* Best Editor, Long Form: Patrick Nielsen Hayden
* Best Editor, Short Form: Gordon Van Gelder
* Best Professional Artist: Donato Giancola
* Best Semiprozine: Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong and Liza Groen Trombi
* Best Fanzine: Science-Fiction Five-Yearly ed. by Lee Hoffman, Geri Sullivan, and Randy Byers
* Best Fan Writer: Dave Langford
* Best Fan Artist: Frank Wu

The winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, sponsored by Dell Magazines and administered on their behalf by the World Science Fiction Society, is:

* Naomi Novik

2007 Locus Award Winner

Posted on July 08, 2008 by Stephen

Best Science Fiction Novel

Blindsight, Peter Watts (Tor)
Carnival, Elizabeth Bear (Bantam Spectra)
Farthing, Jo Walton (Tor)
Glasshouse, Charles Stross (Orbit; Ace)
Rainbows End, Vernor Vinge (Tor)

Best Fantasy Novel

The Jennifer Morgue, Charles Stross (Golden Gryphon Press; Ace)
The Last Witchfinder, James Morrow (Morrow)
The Privilege of the Sword, Ellen Kushner (Bantam Spectra)
Soldier of Sidon, Gene Wolfe (Tor)
Three Days to Never, Tim Powers (Subterranean Press; Morrow)