Hello and welcome to all visitors at The Green Castle! 🙂
The friendly castle staff will be happy to take care of your travelling cloaks, stable your horses (or any other animal you use for transport assistance), park the carts and waggons, find a place for bags and boxes etc during your visit. If you are travelling here by flying carpet/broomstick/magic cloud or other non-animal type of flying transport, please ensure it is properly de-activated in appropriate way/s before the castle staff store it for you.
This evening, good visitors, the castle’s current (and, for that matter, the inaugural) Troubador-In-Residence, no less than Elrichus of the Margonian Highlands, has some news about the new issue of the widely popular Locus magazine:
“Hear ye! Hear ye! The January 2011 issue of Locus is the 600th issue!! To celebrate this milestone in Speculative Fiction publishing activity, there is a special feature titled ‘SF in the Digital Age’ – mainly comprising personal commentaries by specfic luminaries – both established and on the rise – such as the very versatile author Neil Gaiman, Charles Stross, Cory Doctorow, current SFWA President – John Scalzi, podcaster Mur Lafferty, illustrator John Picacio, Tor editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden, blogger and novelist Elizabeth Bear and many more.
The main part of this special feature starts with the editorial on p.5, then assumes pride of place on pp.6-7 with Neil Gaiman’s experiences of online social media – your humble host recommends this as an excellent story in its own right and a fantastic start to the feature. Head to p.32/along that long corridor ahead of you, go up the stairs and open the first big door on the right, to get the rest of the contributors’ words.
There is much more to this issue, though: e.g Canadian star science fiction author Robert J Sawyer gives a fine interview on the last few pages of the issue, columnist Cory Doctorow writes about the idea/possibility/oxymoron? of Net Neutrality, you can read international conference reports from Germany and Israel, catch up on the usual review and news columns, browse the photo galleries…
For later reference, the Locus home page is at: www.locusmag.com [as noted in the current issue].
May all visitors be well and at peace in The Green Castle. Here endeth the proclamation.”
Many thanks, Elrichus! It looks like the 600th issue will prove to be a very worthy early acquisition for the castle’s library.
The castle’s kitchen and table -service staff can offer a variety of sustaining food and some drinks, and can offer some foods like fresh bread, small flasks of cider and wheels of cheese for when you resume your travels. Please forgive the lack of banqueting options just now, as the main kitchens and banquet hall are still under construction.
Thank you for visiting The Green Castle so early in its history. 🙂