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Martha Wells

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The jury duty I was supposed to have today was canceled. This makes me very happy! I'll spend that time at the post office (I'm mailing the winners' books from Sunday's giveaway) and the grocery store. I'm also pretty much done with holiday shopping. I've only got about three presents left to get.

Next week on campus is not going to be fun. The heat for most of the buildings is provided by steam that travels through underground pipes. Last week, facilities tried to test the system by turning it up high, some pipes burst (causing some fire alarms and water outages) and incidentally melting the fiber optic cables for the campus internet backbone and taking out AT&T. AT&T brought in portable units to keep the cell phone coverage going, but the internet cables are literally held together by threads at this point, and they're hoping it stays that way until after graduation this weekend, then they're going in to fix it. Hopefully it won't affect the internet in town. Troyce is calling it Fibergeddon.


Patrick Rothfuss' Worldbuilders Fundraiser for Heifer International is still going. A donation puts you into the drawing for many fabulous prizes.

The fundraiser for writer/artist/editor Terri Windling and her family's medical bills is magick4terri and it ends on the 15th. Just looking through some of the incredible art, jewelry, food, books, stories, etc that have been donated is incredible. My auction is here.

N.K. Jemisin's post on the Book Smugglers Smugglivus book rec fest. She recs some great books, and says very nice things about The Cloud Roads and The Serpent Sea and that I make her think of LL Cool J, which is AWESOME.

Book Signing

I am doing a book signing on Saturday, January 7, 4:30, at Murder by the Book in Houston, Texas, with Kimberly Frost and Jaye Wells, and if you can't go you can order signed books from it here. The Serpent Sea isn't showing as available yet because it's not out yet, but I'll keep an eye on it and post again when it is.

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We talked about Fibergeddon (awesome name) in our office staff meeting today, and got told the plan for dealing with it. It is the sort of thing were, if everything goes smooth, shouldn't put any one thing out for more than an hour at a time.

Or, if something *does* go wrong.... everything on campus could be screwed for days, whee!

They're starting to fix it literally as soon as graduation is over on Saturday. I hadn't heard that this happened because they were messing with the steam system on purpose, though - it adds a whole new level of face-palming to the incident.

Fibregeddon huh? Nice. Hope the town Internet stays up until it can be properly fixed.

Infrastructure is hard. I think a lot of people forget that. It's something that I really enjoy seeing in a solidly written work of SFF. I love to see a solidly working economy, including the parts that don't work, appropriate to the tech base of the world. It always drives me a little crazy when it seems like everyone's living on fairy dust. (Unless, of course, the local currency is fairy dust.)

There's a great article on how impractical cheeseburgers are in a pre-modern society without refrigeration, world-wide shipping, and easy availability of out-of-season ingredients.

I just wanted to let you know that I got my copy of The Wheel of the Infinite today. Thank you so much! (I bought a copy when it first came out but it wandered away on a loan and never came back)

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