Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Updates and Summer Silliness

Two brief updates for anybody interested:

-- My story "Patent Infringement" is featured on EscapePod this month: http://r-spec.org/node/143

-- I have two stories nominated for LOCUS awards, "The Kindness of Strangers" and "The Erdmann Nexus." The awards are held in Seattle on June 27; stay tuned.

Now for the summer silliness. Seattle has a famous, large, open-air market called Pike Market. Part of this is the equally famous tradition that the fishmongers in the market flip whole fish at each other and at customers, accompanied by good-natured insults. Everyone enjoys this performance, so much so that the fishmongers were asked to perform at an annual meeting of the American Veterinary Society. Now for the silly part: PETA has filed an official protest against this, saying that it is "not respectful to animals." Even though the animals in question are dead, and are (or were) fish.

Ah, summer, and the gripin' is easy.

7 comments:

Andrew said...

Once again showing that PETA is far more interested in the spectacular than the substantial.

As a Seattle resident I can say, hope you're enjoying the weather!

(And it's the Pike Place Market :)

Andrew said...

...and since you'll be in town this weekend, don't miss the Fremont Solstice Parade. Good clean fun and naked cyclists!

Nathaniel Somers said...

Congratulations on both of your Locus nominations. I read "The Erdmann Nexus" in the "The Best SF of 200X" anthology and really enjoyed the characters and setting.

Orion said...

PETA is right on one count. Technically, fish *are* animals.

Mike Flynn said...

Ah, what can have more dignity than a dead fish....

sdn said...

have you seen this? ::shakes head::

BuffySquirrel said...

PETA have outdone this by criticising President Obama for swatting a fly.

Truly, I think they are ironic.