The Occasional 4am Music Call

December 1st, 2007 | brainjuice

I do an irregular podcast here, called The 4am. It’s composed entirely of music by bands and musicians. If I like it, I play it, basically. I’ve done six episodes so far, and they’ve been downloaded a total of 34000 times. You can find them all here.

It doesn’t survive without new music. If you think you’d like to be on the podcast, please email me your music (mp3, 128k or better) at That email address is only used for the podcast.

Tell your friends if you like. But I can only play mp3s sent by the artists themselves. if you send me mp3s from bands you really like, I just have to delete them. Okay? Thanks.

You Do Not Fuck The Future. The Future Fucks You

November 30th, 2007 | researchmaterial

The Science Fiction Writers Of America have occasionally been a source of amusement to me, as they essentially comport themselves as enemies of art and the future. After their last major balls-up — involving the misuse by one Dr Andrew Burt of DMCA to cause a website to remove works SWFA actually had no jurisdiction over — they disbanded the “epiracy” committee Dr Burt ran and put together an exploratory committee to make an informed, expert recommendation on the SWFA’s official policy on copyright and file-sharing. Charlie Stross let himself get talked into joining that committee and working on the formal report.

Naturally enough, the president of SFWA and his governing body have reinstated the “epiracy” committee, with Dr Burt reinstated as head.

The recommendations of the committee are here.

Committee chair John Scalzi is less pissed off than Charlie. Scalzi offered himself as a write-in candidate for SWFA president earlier this year, saying of the current incumbent, Michael Capobianco:

I believe that based on what I’ve read from him Mr. Capobianco is fundamentally afraid of the changing publishing world, and the changes in the world of speculative fiction, and that this fundamental position will cause him to make his tenure as SFWA backward-facing and defensive, rather than forward-thinking and innovative. This will make SFWA even more irrelevant to working writers — that is, the people who are shaping science fiction — than it already is.

Simply put, the professional organization of speculative fiction should not be headed by people who believe their job is to hold back the future… I believe similar things about Andrew Burt, who is the fellow running for Vice-President…

I am not a member of the SFWA. Well, I’m not American, for a start. Charlie’s a member because he has, obviously, an interest in writing and selling sf in America. I imagine he’s reconsidering the utility of that membership tonight.

I imagine this story will go ballistic once Cory gets around to writing about it…

Bad Signal Down

November 29th, 2007 | mobilesignals

My mailing list, Bad Signal, has been down for 24 hours. No idea when it’ll come back — the guy who runs it does it for free, and is usually terminally busy, so it could be a while. Not a big deal, but if anyone was wondering why I wasn’t inseminating their inbox…