New Podcast (to me!) – Adventures in SciFi Publishing

My podcasting discovery of the week is the genuinely charming Adventures in SciFi Publishing podcast which I discovered on twitter a couple days ago and have to say I’m thoroughly enjoying. The podcast itself is a couple of speculative fiction authors interviewing other Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors about the craft of writing, their approach to writing, and the industry in general. It actually reminds me a little bit of the Prisoners of Gravity TV series, but instead of grabbing clips of a bunch of different writers on a particular topic they just let the writers talk about what interests them in the industry.

It’s interesting to see how these “visionaries of the future” are just as baffled and confused about the future of their own industry as everyone else. The cool part for me is hearing how they’re coping with that, and the steps they’re taking to try to surf the new waves happening in the publishing world.

One idea that came up while I was listening that bothered me a bit is that a lot of writers are currently making money on eBooks by putting up the old works that have reverted to them. That’s great, but what worries me is that very soon (if not already) I suspect we’ll start to see contracts with publishers for new writers than basically mean the publishers get profits from all eBook sales of the books until they recoup their losses. (Which should be read as- NEVER.) Electronic publishing may have freed the older authors, but it may very well become an albatross around new writers long term.

Anyhow, give the podcast a listen if this type of thing is up your alley!


Copyright for Canadian Writers

How do I protect my idea from theft?


In Canada, you automatically hold the copyright to any original work you produce. You can’t copyright an idea or a title; only the written expression of your idea. Someone else might also write a book on jungle cats from outer space but it’s not a problem unless they use your words.


Usually copyright is registered at the time of publication. It is not necessary for you to register before that but although it is not necessary, you can pay to register your copyright with The Copyright Office. For more information check

via The Writers’ Union of Canada : TWUC About Getting Published.

Pop Didn’t Eat Itself: Why Piracy Didn’t Destroy the Music Industry

…the US music industry is making less than half of what it made at its 1999 peak of $14.4 billion. It currently makes about $6.3 billion. Why did it drop so fast? Piracy, right?


Wrong. First of all, a fun little fact: that $6.3 billion figure is only album sales. Not ringtones, not licensing rights, not merchandise sales, none of that is included. Why don’t they include that? Because then you’d know they’re still making between $9 and $10 billion

via Pop Didn’t Eat Itself: Why Piracy Didn’t Destroy the Music Industry.

Who was the rhetorical worst person in history before Hitler?

Today, the Führer is universally recognized as the embodiment of evil and the most convenient example of a truly terrible human being. Before World War II, who was the rhetorical worst person in history?


The Pharoah.

via Hank Williams Jr. firing: Who was the rhetorical worst person in history before Hitler? – Slate Magazine.

Still think Climate Change is a Hoax?

The only real question is, how long before we open port cities in the Northwest Territories, and how much will jobs there pay? Probably pretty well, actually!

COPENHAGEN, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Danish shipping company Nordic Bulk Carriers said it has saved a third of the cost and nearly half the time in shipping goods to China by taking advantage of receding Arctic ice to sail north of Russia instead of via the Suez Canal.


As the climate warms up and ice melts, many shipping companies are eyeing the Northern Sea Route as a way to cut voyage times and costs in the future.

via Shipper touts Arctic route to China as cost saver | Reuters.