Item the First. Although I’ve not had official confirmation, I think this is the cover to the Russian edition of Winterbirth. Now Russian sf/f book covers are famously … what’s the word … different, and this one is no exception (I have no clue who those figures are), but I consider it a badge of honour and a pleasure to get one of these to my name. I get a little, always vaguely disbelieving, thrill from each of the translation deals done for the book, and there’s something faintly exotic and surreal about the idea of it being on sale in places like Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Item the Second. Here’s two Winterbirth reviews for the price of one (well, maybe one and a half for the price of one): the proprietor of Gav’s Studio did a review and then went back a couple of days later to add to it. Interesting to see someone reflecting on a review and revisiting it – not something you see very often in the blogosphere.
Item the Third. Edinburgh has now entered the month or so of collective weirdness that is Festival season. I’ll write about this more here soon, since it’d probably be some kind of dereliction of duty for an Edinburgh inhabitant with a blog not to at least note that their city has gone thoroughly mad around them, but for now just thought I’d note that Transreal Fiction, Edinburgh’s sf/f bookshop, is hosting a Bestiary of Authors: an exhibition of informal photos of genre authors. For those who can’t go along and see the real thing, a selection of the images can be viewed online here.
Item the Fourth. Decades of commercial, industrialised whaling failed to achieve it, but we got there in the end: the probable extinction of a cetacean. That’s one less species of dolphin to worry about, which I’m sure is a great relief to all of us.