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That woman looks like she ate Rogue.

Posted by Kryptonite condoms, anyone? | March 22, 2008 5:51 PM

Dr. Doom is in the rooooooom.

Posted by kid icarus | March 22, 2008 6:32 PM

I'm enjoying these reports, Paul - thanks!

Posted by j4zz3rgrl | March 22, 2008 6:39 PM

I was hooked on that Dickens novels after Simmons read the first chapter, too.

Posted by mint chocolate chip | March 22, 2008 7:04 PM


Perhaps, to be generous, we may assume she accidentally absorbed some of The Blob's super powers?

And I'm sorry, but the idea that Victor Von Doom, despotic ruler of Latveria, super-villain of super-villains, and one of the most EVIL mo' fo's ever - would deign to wear a freaking participant pass or whatever that is around his neck is just so - WRONG!

Jebuz, fella, at least toss it behind your cape for the photo ops...

Posted by COMTE | March 22, 2008 7:05 PM

I give Doom props just for being Doom instead of some lame crap like Johnny O' Shinyjumpers over there.

Posted by The CHZA | March 22, 2008 7:46 PM

So Paul did you have to ask her to turn to her right? Or did you just take 20 shots and delete all the ones where the cameltoe was too hideous to bear?

I'm thinking the one with the veil was both snaggle- and buck-toothed. No?

Posted by The Planned Parentood Booth | March 22, 2008 8:33 PM

Simmons is an amazing writer. You should definitely read Hyperion.

Posted by kuzibah | March 23, 2008 7:38 AM

To argue that Tolkien didn't want his work published is a bit misleading, because the man hardly wanted ANYTHING he wrote published. He could have easily spent his years writing and rewriting and never publishing. That's what he did.

His pen had to be wrestled from his hand in order to get pages to editors.

Not to say the man doesn't have a valid point, but I don't think Tolkien is the best example for the person in the audience or for the panelist to use here.

Posted by Sam | March 23, 2008 8:56 AM

Dan Simmons is a colossal douchebag, actually.

Posted by Chuchundra | March 23, 2008 8:05 PM

You can't go past "Song of Kali" and one of the most under rated books of all time "Phases of Gravity"... if you can, read them today.

Posted by Alex | March 23, 2008 9:51 PM

Douchebag or not, Simmons is an amazing author, and I'm bummed I couldn't make it to Norwescon this year to hear him. I got a huge kick out of the Hyperion cycle (Hyperion/Fall of Hyperion/Endymion/Rise of Endymion) and the scifi-meets-Shakespeare-meets-the Odyssey mashup of Ilium and Olympos. Definitely worth reading!

Posted by Michael Hanscom | March 24, 2008 11:20 AM

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