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Hello, internets. I admit, I have been quiet of late, and expect to remain so for a while yet. I'm in deep post-novel ennui, you see, and the most ambitious things I seem capable of doing are making a lot of soup, baking spice cake, and catching up on two years of back television viewing. Actually, more than two years, as I'm finally also watching Third Watch, which I didn't get to see when it first aired because of a remote control dispute with my ex.

So yes, soon I will have up to date internet cultural references.

So far, Doctor Who series four is infinitely better than the wretched series three, though RTD retains the astounding ability to snatch defeat from the very jaws of victory (I propose a new set of metarules, wherin romance plotlines of any sort are banned from and Doctor Who related properties and spinoffs). I suppose I will actually watch S2 of Torchwood eventually, though I find it requires an extraordinary amount of loin-girdling even to contemplate that.

I have another 215 words to write before Thursday night to make my word coal for the year. "Lucky Day" is coming along (I love how fast stories write themselves when two people are working on them) and as promised, in January we will have an announcement about the start date of Shadow Unit season two.

Yes, this is the excitement of what passes for vacation around here.

In the meantime, to keep you occupied, I bring you a Scavenger Hunt!

Want to win four free books from some of SF/F's hottest writers?



Joshua Palmatier (jpsorrow), Diana Pharaoh Francis (difrancis), Elizabeth Bear (that's me!), and Jim C. Hines (jimhines) are teaming up to give away copies of their latest releases! One lucky winner will receive autographed copies of Whiskey and Water, The Vacant Throne, The Stepsister Scheme, and The Black Ship.

All you have to do is answer the following questions. Send your answers to jpalmatier@sff.net.

The deadline is January 25. We'll take everyone who got the answers right, toss their names in a (virtual) hat, and draw a winner.

Answers can be found on the authors' web sites:

http://www.joshuapalmatier.com
http://www.elizabethbear.com
http://www.sff.net/people/di-francis/
http://www.jimchines.com

Good luck!

1: What is the title of the first book of the German release of Joshua Palmatier's THRONE OF AMENKOR series?

2: What is the name of the five-year-old daughter who was killed by the Chorl in the excerpt of THE VACANT THRONE provided on the website?

3: What quote from Christopher Marlowe's Tamburlaine the Great Part 1 serves as the epigraph to Elizabeth Bear's INK AND STEEL?

4: What's the first sentence of Elizabeth Bear's ALL THE WINDWRACKED STARS?

5: Who attacks Princess Danielle in the first chapter of Jim C. Hines' THE STEPSISTER SCHEME?

6: Who is Jim Hines' favorite muppet?

7: CURSED BY SYLVETH was the original title of which of Diana Pharaoh Francis' books?

8: What are some of Di's favorite things, as mentioned in her website?

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