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China! Cadbury! Melamine! MMMMMMM!

Posted on Sep 30, 2008 in Blog, food, travel |

Cadbury is recalling chocolate made in their Beijing factory because it’s laced with melamine. I used to eat that chocolate all the time when I lived in Beijing. Mmmm....

Should Fiction Writers Write About Politics?

Posted on Sep 29, 2008 in Blog, politics, Writing | 25 comments

I just posted some of my problems with the Sarah Palin vp pick and Aaron posed this interesting question: Serious question, Paolo: Do you think authors blogging about their views on the election can undercut their fiction? It is very difficult to experience the fiction of Orson Scott Card or John Scalzi the same way after reading their political posts. Catherynne Valente is a brilliant writer, and I am trying so hard to forget the rant on her blog where she fervently wished that a falling tree would crush John McCain’s skull. No political commentary I have ever read has caused me to question my worldview as much as...

McCain plus Palin equals…

Posted on Sep 29, 2008 in Blog, Writing | 5 comments

No. Just no. If her “story” had been real, fine. If she showed a quick intellect and a history of engagement with complexities outside the boundaries of Alaska, then fine. If she could string a sentence together, or had a healthy curiosity for the mechanisms of our nation, then fine. If she showed enough wisdom to know that when you’re asked to run a country, that you should at least pause… even if you don’t blink. But no. I like to think that we live in reality-based society, but Governor Palin still hasn’t been sent packing back to her energy colony, so the only thing I can conclude is...

Stealing Solar

Posted on Sep 24, 2008 in Blog, green technology |

Interesting window into how increasing demand affects behavior. Solar panels are now being stolen. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/24/technology/24solar.html In a really scarce energy society, I wonder how far you’d have to go to keep your solar panels for...

I’ve sold a book!

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 in News, Ship Breaker, Writing | 33 comments

My agent tells me that I’m allowed to shout it from the rooftops. The book in question is SHIP BREAKER, a young adult novel about all of my favorite things: global warming, peak oil, genetic engineering, poverty and collapsed societies. You know, happy fun stuff. Fortunately, it’s also a ripping adventure. Joe Monti at Little, Brown is the cool guy who decided to buy it, in a two-book deal. Now, I know I’ve been talking about my other book THE WINDUP GIRL aka the “big book” mentioned in an earlier post (all 150,000 door-stopping words of it)– that one is still in the works. Should be done by the...

Bisphenol-A

Posted on Sep 16, 2008 in Blog, politics, science | 1 comment

Latest in the Bisphenol-A tussle. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26736202/ I have a feeling this will just keep going drip drip drip with the American Chemistry Council blustering about how all the studies are flawed and finally, in about ten years, everyone will say, yeah, we really should have banned this stuff a long time ago. Until then? Drip drip drip, with consumer deselection as the only route of protest. Nalgene is producing BPA-free bottles now. And here’s a link describing BPA, its history, and the ongoing scientific and regulatory warfare: http://www.defendingscience.org/case_studies/Battles-Over-Bisphenol-A.cfm...

draft completed

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 in Writing | 9 comments

on the “big book,” as my son calls it (for some reason he’s not impressed with the short story collection). I expected more of a sense of triumph, considering that I’ve been working on this monster for… lessee… wow. The initial nugget for a story about a “windup girl” came from April 2003. I was flying out of Asia right when SARS was hitting. People dying in Hong Kong like flies. Cases showing up in Vietnam, Bangkok, Beijing, Guangzhou… So I’m on the plane, and the Japanese flight attendant working my section had the strangest herky-jerky movement to her. Very stylized. And her stutter-stop motion was even more surreal...