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  • Ramez Naam Interview

    SFFWorld
    Dag R.
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
      Ramez Naam is the author of More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement, and is also the recipient of the 2005 HG Wells Award for Contributions to Transhumanism, awarded by the World Transhumanist Association. We have talked to him about his Nexus series.   For those not familiar with your Nexus series, can you […]
  • The Alienated Critic: a column by D. Douglas Fratz

    SF Site
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    D. Douglas Fratz has some thoughts on several recent Gene Wolfe books (a singular treasure for science fiction and fantasy) and he continues his reviews of books on the creation of superhero comics looking at some of the Stan Lee non-fiction titles. Like many others, he has some commentary on the latest Hugo Award Nominations released earielr in 2015.
  • The Minimum Advance: A Modest Proposal

    Eric James Stone
    Eric James Stone
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:04 am
    Writing a novel takes many hours of work.  How many? Based on what Dean Koontz says, it takes him 6-12 months of working 10-11 hours for 22-25 days per month.  Let’s simplify and say 6 months * 220 hours per month = 1320 hours for a 100,000-word novel.  That’s 75 words per hour.  Now, you might think that’s very slow — some people can type more words than that in a minute — but remember that this includes time spent brainstorming, plotting, world-building, revising, proof-reading, etc. By way of comparison, the Microsoft Word stats for an early draft of…
  • midweek music: "St. James Infirmary" by Dave Van Ronk

    KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    One of my favorite songs is "St. James Infirmary." I've got more than two dozen versions of it on iTunes, but I think the most hauntingly amazing one is this one by the great Dave Van Ronk:
  • No one’s going to get that!

    Robert J. Sawyer
    Rob
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:29 pm
    I say this in gentle good humour — I am extraordinarily grateful to my beta readers — but I always find it amusing that, without fail, some will say, “I get this joke, but will your readers?,” or “I know this word, but will your readers?” Now, of course, I have jokes that fall flat in early drafts and I sometimes use words that very few people know (or that I’ve misspelled so badly that no one recognizes them), or employ abbreviations (such as NDA or IMDb) without spelling them out. But never do the “I don’t get it” or…
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  • Ramez Naam Interview

    Dag R.
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
      Ramez Naam is the author of More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement, and is also the recipient of the 2005 HG Wells Award for Contributions to Transhumanism, awarded by the World Transhumanist Association. We have talked to him about his Nexus series.   For those not familiar with your Nexus series, can you […]
  • Julian May Interview

    Mark Yon
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Hello, Julian: many thanks for giving us some time here. Welcome to SFFWorld. We’re writing these questions as Open Road Media are releasing some of your older work in the USA as e-books.  The republished series, the Trillium books, was a collaboration between yourself, Andre Norton and Marion Zimmer Bradley. How did that work when […]
  • Writing Alternative Histories Craig Cormick

    Dag R.
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:46 pm
    There’s something particularly intriguing about those two magic words – what if? What if Adolf Hitler had died in the First World War? What if the Roman Empire hadn’t collapsed? What if the Black Plague hadn’t hit Europe? What if the Spanish Armada had successfully invaded England? So many what ifs. That’s one of the […]
  • Authors Roundtable with Alexes Razevich, Brian Staveley, Jay Posey and Mark Lawrence

    Dag R.
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:57 pm
    We are delighted to announce that we are having a new Author Roundtable. This time with Brian Staveley, Alexes Razevich, Jay Posey and Mark Lawrence. In a Roundtable, we ask our participating authors questions and members can also ask the authors questions, so feel free to post. Check out some of the information below to learn more […]
  • “Four Flies on Grey Velvet” Looking back at Dario Argento’s ‘Lost Film’

    David Paul Hellings
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:21 pm
    By David Paul Hellings @HellingsOnFilm For decades, the only place most film fans could find a copy of “Four Flies on Grey Velvet” was at film fairs in the shape of a barely watchable bootleg VHS copy. It simply wasn’t worth it, instead there was a feeling that is was better to wait until a […]
 
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  • The Alienated Critic: a column by D. Douglas Fratz

    28 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    D. Douglas Fratz has some thoughts on several recent Gene Wolfe books (a singular treasure for science fiction and fantasy) and he continues his reviews of books on the creation of superhero comics looking at some of the Stan Lee non-fiction titles. Like many others, he has some commentary on the latest Hugo Award Nominations released earielr in 2015.
  • The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher

    2 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    This is the tale the last Hand; five people with supra-natural abilities, keeping the Law and Lore in an alternate Dickensian London. The Oversight was established to police and maintain the borders between the world of men and the darkly magical Sluagh. For many years an uneasy balance was achieved, mostly by mutual adherence to the rules that govern what is permitted from both sides. Then came the Disaster.
  • In Memoriam: 2013

    2 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Science fiction fans have always had a respect and understanding for the history of the genre. Unfortunately, science fiction has achieved such an age that each year sees our ranks diminished. Deaths in 2014 included Neal Barrett, Jr., Mark E. Rogers, Michael Shea, Harold Ramis, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mary Stewart, H.R. Giger, Daniel Keyes, Frank M. Robinson, Kirby McCauley and Graham Joyce.
  • By Blood Alone by William C. Dietz

    2 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    As Captain Pardo is facing a court martial, he has only one chance to come through without embarrassment; Colonel Bill Booly. The problem is that his commanding officer, General Loy is adamant he change his testimony. Loy wants Bill to let him off even though he deserves to be punished, feeling that if he is sent down, then it would affect the whole legion. Bill knows there is some corruption going on up the ranks and wants nothing to do with it, but not changing his testimony could provide him with wider reaching implications.
  • Foxglove Summer Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

    2 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    In the fifth novel featuring Peter Grant who, for the uninitiated, is a trainee wizard, and police constable in a special unit consisting of two full time staff, we find him out of London this time around. Seconded to help with an investigation into the mysterious, and possibly magical disappearance of two young girls, Grant tests his magical and mundane skills in the countryside. All the action takes place in and around a rural village policed by the West Mercia force, and containing the usual suspects. Nothing to see here, move along.
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    Eric James Stone

  • The Minimum Advance: A Modest Proposal

    Eric James Stone
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:04 am
    Writing a novel takes many hours of work.  How many? Based on what Dean Koontz says, it takes him 6-12 months of working 10-11 hours for 22-25 days per month.  Let’s simplify and say 6 months * 220 hours per month = 1320 hours for a 100,000-word novel.  That’s 75 words per hour.  Now, you might think that’s very slow — some people can type more words than that in a minute — but remember that this includes time spent brainstorming, plotting, world-building, revising, proof-reading, etc. By way of comparison, the Microsoft Word stats for an early draft of…
  • Ruminations on Nominations

    Eric James Stone
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:10 pm
    The Hugo Award nominations are out, and once again there’s controversy over who made the ballot and who did not. Here are some of my thoughts: Time Machine: If I ever get access to a time machine, one thing I’ll do is go back to 2012 and try to convince everyone to nominate The Martian by Andy Weir for a Hugo Award. It’s almost a crime that it does not have a Hugo nomination. It’s the best science fiction novel I’ve read in several years, and it’s really too bad that the version Crown Publishing put out last year was ineligible due to the self-published…
  • Release date for Unforgettable

    Eric James Stone
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:08 am
    My debut novel Unforgettable now has a release date: January 5, 2016. Not only that, you can now pre-order Unforgettable on Amazon. And if you haven’t seen Kurt Miller’s amazing cover art yet, go here.
  • My LTUE 2015 Schedule

    Eric James Stone
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:19 pm
    I’ll be at Life, the Universe & Everything later this week. Here’s my schedule: Thursday, February 12 9:00 AM – Building Different Economies / Politics: Eric James Stone, M. K. Hutchins, Meredith Skye, C. R. Asay, Daniel W. Willis (m) 12:00 PM – Writing Sci-Fi: Kevin H. Evans, Shallee McArthur, Eric James Stone 3:00 PM – Capitalism & Space Flight: Eric James Stone, Mikki Kells, Richard Barnes 5:00 PM – Crime: What to get right?: Michaelbrent Collings, Eric James Stone, Robin Ambrose, Al Carlisle, Eric Swedin (m) 7:00 PM – Religion in Science…
  • Trilogy Recommendation: The Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia

    Eric James Stone
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Since I reviewed this trilogy over on the blog of the Association for Mormon Letters a few months back, I’ll just copy what I said over there to here: When I interviewed Larry Correia a couple of months ago, I had read some of his Monster Hunter International books, but I had not read any of the Grimnoir Chronicles series.  I didn’t know much about the series, but based on the cover of the first book, Hard Magic, I guessed it was a 1930s hard-boiled detective novel, plus magic, and that didn’t really pique my interest.  But since I’ve recently been listening to audiobooks at a…
 
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  • midweek music: "St. James Infirmary" by Dave Van Ronk

    1 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    One of my favorite songs is "St. James Infirmary." I've got more than two dozen versions of it on iTunes, but I think the most hauntingly amazing one is this one by the great Dave Van Ronk:
  • The Tempest

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:03 am
    Yesterday, Wrenn and I went down to Central Park to try to get tickets to see the first of this year's two Shakespeare-in-the-Park productions: The Tempest, with Sam Waterston (of Law and Order and The Newsroom fame) in the role of Prospero.This is kind of coming full circle for me, as the first ever time I went to Shakespeare-in-the-Park, I was six, and it was a production of Hamlet starring, yes, Sam Waterston. I have very little memory of that 1975 performance, though I do recall being scared to death by the ghost of Hamlet's Dad.Anyhow, we followed the same template we did last year for…
  • preview for superhero anthology Kickstarter

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:48 am
    Check out this Kickstarter preview (it will go live next week) for a fun new flip-book superhero anthology called The Side of Good/The Side of Evil. Edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail​ (Bad-Ass Faeries) & Greg Schauer​ (With Great Power), with a spiffy couple of covers by the mighty Angela McKendrick (who also did the cover for my Without a License collection), it'll have a new SCPD story by me, as well as stories by Aaron Rosenberg​, Robert Greenberger​, Kathleen David​, James Chambers​, John L. French, Gail Z. Martin​, Janine K. Spendlove​, James M. Ward, and Bryan J.L.
  • The Chronic Rift In Review: "Way Beyond Thunderdome"

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:49 am
    It's a new In Review episode of The Chronic Rift podcast at last! Join me, John S. Drew, Krissy Myers, and Michael Falkner as we discuss Mad Max: Fury Road, Dragon Con, Shakespeare in the Park, Christopher Lee, American Gods, and more!Next month we'll be back with a full slate of reviews.
  • a review of a fifteen-year-old X-Men story of mine

    28 Jun 2015 | 9:02 pm
    G. Kendall of the Not Blog X blog, which reviews comics and related materials published in the 1990s, has done a nifty set of reviews of the stories in the X-Men Legends anthology from 2000, including one that covers both Brian K. Vaughan's Angel story in the anthology and my own Changeling story, "Diary of a False Man."Money quote:As ridiculous as the Xavier/Changeling swap premise is, DeCandido does evoke a hint of tragedy with the story. When Jean reflects that even after the Changeling died doing the right thing, someone else’s name will be on his tombstone, I could almost forget how…
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    Robert J. Sawyer

  • No one’s going to get that!

    Rob
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:29 pm
    I say this in gentle good humour — I am extraordinarily grateful to my beta readers — but I always find it amusing that, without fail, some will say, “I get this joke, but will your readers?,” or “I know this word, but will your readers?” Now, of course, I have jokes that fall flat in early drafts and I sometimes use words that very few people know (or that I’ve misspelled so badly that no one recognizes them), or employ abbreviations (such as NDA or IMDb) without spelling them out. But never do the “I don’t get it” or…
  • Character biographies

    Rob
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:46 am
    Over on my Facebook wall, Matthew B. Tepper of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society asked me, “Do you also create life histories for your characters (at least the principal ones) that contain details that might not make it into the final text of the novel?” My reply: I do not. I know others do, but I build the details of my characters’ lives brick by brick as needed to support the narrative I want to tell. For instance, a turning point in my forthcoming novel (minor, but mentioned) is that in a schoolyard fight, when he was eight, the protagonist almost killed a bully.
  • Happy 20th birthday to my website

    Rob
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:25 am
    Happy 20th birthday to my World Wide Web site! I freely admit it shows its age — but it also has grown to over a million words of text and over 800 documents — and it’s been online since June 28, 1995. Give it a visit at sfwriter.com. Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Email
  • A good day for Shoshana and Max

    Rob
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:58 am
    A good day for Shoshana and Max, two characters from my 2010 novel Watch. Sho is a primatologist, working with a chimpanzee-bonobo hybrid named Hobo who paints representational art. This scene about marriage equality is from Chapter 30: Shoshana spent the next couple of hours with Hobo; he did seem to be back to his old self. Her cell phone rang. Her ringtone was the “William Tell Overture,” which Hobo liked. The caller ID was MARCUSE INST. She flipped it open. “Hello?” “Hey, Sho, it’s Dillon. Just got in, and I’m watching on the cameras. Wow!”…
  • A parable on the day SCOTUS recognized gay marriage

    Rob
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:57 am
    A parable for today. I went to what was then called Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, an unusual institution. Although granting bachelor’s degrees in many programs via the authority of the Ontario government, it was not a traditional university, and most of its instructors were recruited from industry. Very few of the instructors back then held doctorates (precisely one of mine in all my time there). Some had master’s degrees. Some actually had no post-secondary education at all but were teaching in technical areas in which they were expert (my degree is in broadcasting). But, in a…
 
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  • New Books and ARCs, 7/2/15

    John Scalzi
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:23 pm
    There’s a lot of excellence in this stack of books/ARCs that have come to the Scalzi Compound. I imagine you see some stuff you would desire for you own library. Tell me what those might be in the comments!
  • Neil and the Bear: Perhaps Not a Children’s Book After All

    John Scalzi
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    Once upon a time, an author looked out the window of his writing shack. The things you see when you look out of the window of your writing cabin. 3 in a series (previously: deer, chipmunks) pic.twitter.com/lmVfRlZJDh — Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) July 2, 2015 @neilhimself Neil, I've had a lot happen this year. You're not allowed to top it off by being eaten by a bear. — Hayley Campbell (@hayleycampbell) July 2, 2015 @hayleycampbell yes, dear. — Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) July 2, 2015 @neilhimself UNLIKE SOME, I totally respect your right to be eaten by a bear if such…
  • The Big Idea: S.K. Dunstall

    John Scalzi
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    There’s what we know, and what we used to know — and sometimes the latter might be more valuable than the former. What does this have to do with the new novel, Linesman? S.K. Dunstall, the author(s), is ready to explain. S.K. DUNSTALL:  Two images—neither of which made it into Linesman —were precursors to this book. In the first, we read about an early Comdex or Macworld exhibition where the first Apple Mac was on show. An old man stopped to look at the Mac. He picked up the mouse and moved it in front of the screen to see what would happen. Not surprisingly, nothing did,…
  • And Now, the First Line of My Next Writing Project

    John Scalzi
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    It is: “Let’s just get this out of the way,” I said. “One of you idiots is likely to die.” And that’s all you get until it is done.
  • The Big Idea: John G. Hartness

    John Scalzi
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:39 am
    Sometimes the band breaks up and the members go solo — but is the resulting music triumphant or discordant? Ask John Hartness, because in In the Still of the Knight, the latest installment of his Black Knight Chronicles, the band breaks up, so to speak… and the tone changes. JOHN G. HARTNESS: What do you have when you lose everything? Who are you when there’s no one around? Are you as good as you think you are when your support network is gone and it’s all on you? These are the questions I wanted to play with when I started working on In the Still of the Knight, the fifth book…
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  • David B. Coe: Different Books, Different Roles

    admin
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Hello again, Magical Words! I’m baaaccckk! Today, I launch what I have been calling the 2015 Summer-of-Two-Releases Virtual Tour. Over the course of the next five weeks, I have two books coming out: On July 21, Dead Man’s Reach, the fourth and (for now) final Thieftaker novel, will be released by Tor Books under the D.B. Jackson pseudonym. And on August 4, His Father’s Eyes, the second volume in The Case Files of Justis Fearsson, will come out from Baen Books under my own name. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s two novels, in two separate series, under two bylines, coming…
  • Doing a Photo Shoot for your Book Cover

    Tamsin Silver
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Back when I first announced I would be writing for MW, I asked my friends/fans on my Facebook Page what they’d like me to talk about. One of them asked for me to discuss my photo shoots that I do for characters because not everyone does this. It began in October of 2010. I was writing the book, Moon Over Manhattan (that I’m hoping to put out around this time next year) and was still in the process of trying to sell the Windfire Series (then called, the Living Dead Girl Saga). Since I wasn’t published yet, I was thinking of how my website could be different than others. My…
  • American Standard English: a Love Story

    Emily Leverett
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:05 am
    Last time I posted I took a detour from grammar to talk about place influencing writing. Today I’m going back to the English language, but in a broader sense. If you follow pretty much anyone on Twitter, you’ll eventually see some non-grammatical tweets. People shorten and abbreviate words, omit punctuation, use acronyms, etc. And this really pisses some people off. I admit, when someone posts an error riddled tweet, I roll my eyes and think they can’t get it together, or at least slow down long enough to make sure what they’ve written is legible. But I also see…
  • Buy My S&$!

    John G. Hartness
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:43 am
    That’s my tagline at conventions, in case someone has missed it. I hand-sell a lot of books, and a fair number of those sales start off with encouraging people to simply “Buy my (stuff).” I then laugh at their shocked expression and go on to explain that it’s what everybody else means, I’m just willing to come out and say it. More often than not, they buy something. So hey, you – Buy my (stuff)! I’ve mentioned once or twice that the fifth book in my Black Knight Chronicles series comes out next Tuesday, and we’ve talked about how important…
  • Five Things To Remember When You’re Building A Blog Tour

    Misty Massey
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:52 am
    Posting this on behalf of the delightful Gail Martin, who’s off on a lovely vacation!  Enjoy! A ‘blog tour’ is when an author lines up a number of blogger sites which have agreed to post a guest blog by that author during a certain period of time–usually a week or so–in order to promote a specific event–usually a book launch. Blog tours can be valuable ways to get your message out to a broad audience, utilizing the networks of your host bloggers. Done right, not only can your blog post reach readers of the host blog who might not visit your own sites or be…
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  • Blatant Self-Promotion

    ljgoldstein
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:48 pm
    The Red Magician is part of a Kindle Monthly Deal, which means the Kindle version is being sold for $1.99 in July (along with other deserving books).Also, publication of Weighing Shadows has been moved back from October to November.  I'm trying to think of this as "Weighing Shadows will become part of the holiday buying frenzy" instead of "Weighing Shadows will get lost in the holiday buying frenzy."
  • Three Things

    ljgoldstein
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:45 am
    1. The American Library Association convention offered free galleys of upcoming books, a wonderful experience that was sort of like free-range grazing for readers.  I snagged a copy of The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse, which turns out to be the true story of the fifth duke of Portland and a woman who was certain he had also been living a double life as her father-in-law, T.C. Druce.  I haven't finished it yet, but so far I'm liking it a lot.  I love stories about eccentrics, and this book is filled with them.  You have to admire a sentence…
  • New Review at LOCUS ONLINE

    theinferior4+1
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:28 pm
    I take a peek at a new postapocalypse novel:http://www.locusmag.com/Reviews/2015/06/paul-di-filippo-reviews-nicole-kornher-stace/
  • At the American Library Association Conference

    ljgoldstein
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:35 am
    So I went to the American Library Association conference in San Francisco on the same weekend as the Gay Pride Parade, and just after the historic Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage.  What could possibly go wrong? [Deleted because a friend pointed out that this sounds as if I disliked the verdict, when in fact I thought it was fantastic and delightful and unexpected, and was just trying to say something about anticipating crowds and late trains.]  Luckily the BART ride over wasn't as crowded as I'd feared, and there was an upbeat, celebratory feeling even…
  • New Review at the B&NR

    theinferior4+1
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:49 am
    I survey four new fantasy novels involving gods:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/review/dash-of-the-titans-classic-gods-in-4-new-fantasy-novels
 
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  • The First Law Trilogy goes into Orbit

    Joe Abercrombie
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:50 am
    I’m delighted to announce that in September, Orbit Books are going to be re-releasing the First Law Trilogy in the US.  They’ve been publishing the standalone books since the start, and will be publishing a collection of short stories in the same world early next year, so this will put all the First Law books under one roof. We’re working on a new cover approach for all six, but in the meantime they’ll have a contemporary twist on the original cover treatment… E-books should be unaffected in the short term, but availability of the physical books might be patchy…
  • SFX on Half a War

    Joe Abercrombie
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:19 am
    SFX, the world’s biggest SF&F magazine, have spoken on the forthcoming Half a War, and they have spoken 5 starrily: “The final instalment in the Shattered Sea series is the perfect ending to an outstanding YA trilogy … Joe Abercrombie has long been the master of grim and gritty fantasy, but Half a War proves that he’s got all the skills of a master romance writer. The battles are bloody, the twists are shocking, and the deaths are heartbreaking.” As it happens, SciFi Now also have an early review, and they quite liked it too… “In his Shattered…
  • Bloodborne

    Joe Abercrombie
    13 Jun 2015 | 9:09 am
    Yes indeed, more hard to understand and even harder to play but nonetheless unique and rewarding dark fantasy roleplaying action from From Software, the guys who crushed my heart with Demons Souls, Dark Souls and Dark Souls 2 (I actually managed to complete that, one of my proudest achievements). Once again you are a nameless individual dropped ignorant into the midst of a gloomy world in terminal decay following a hinted-at catastrophe that has left civilisation in tatters, humanity a few last mutated lunatics surrounded by monsters. Stylings have shifted from classic medieval-ish with a…
  • Half a War Extract

    Joe Abercrombie
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:12 am
    Half a War, the thrilling conclusion to my Shattered Sea trilogy, is out in but a few brief weeks, would you believe – on 16th July in the UK and 28th July in the US.  You can read the first three chapters right now just over here, on my website.  Should that give you a taste for it, you should find preorder information not that far away…
  • Go Vote

    Joe Abercrombie
    3 Jun 2015 | 1:42 am
    Yes, I will admit, it’s a little late to encourage you to exercise your democratic right in the UK General Election, especially if you happen not to be a British citizen, but wherever you are in the world (or the wider cosmos, for that matter), you can still have your say in the winner of this year’s David Gemmell Legend Award, for the lengthy longlists have been narrowed down to shortlists of five contenders in each category: Legend (Novel) Half a King by Joe Abercrombie (HarperCollins) Valour by John Gwynne (Pan Macmillan/Tor UK) Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence…
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  • YA book announcement

    Ann Aguirre
    17 Jun 2015 | 2:43 pm
    In case you don’t follow social media, I wanted to talk about my new book deal. If you scroll down in that article, you’ll see that I’ve sold a novel set in the Razorland series. This isn’t a sequel in the traditional sense; rather I would call it a companion novel, like the novella I wrote about Thimble and Stone.  This story will center around Tegan of the Staff aka Doctor Tegan, and the warrior-poet who loves her, James Morrow. Gavin will probably also join their adventures and possibly Millie, the girl who saved the world and didn’t even know it. Szarok may…
  • YA Scavenger Hunt: Go Team Teal!

    Melissa Jolly
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Updated 4/6/15 – This hunt is over. Today kicks off the Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt, and there are tons of great prizes to be won. You decide how much effort to put into it, but the rewards will definitely be commensurate with the time you spend visiting various sites and gathering clues. There are eight teams: RED, BLUE,GOLD,GREEN, ORANGE,TEAL,PURPLE,& PINK. I’m on the TEAL team this time around. If at any point, you get stuck, check out the How to Hunt page for help. At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for…
  • YA Scavenger Hunt: Red Team Go!

    Ann Aguirre
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    UPDATE 10/6/14 – THIS HUNT IS OVER Today kicks off a Fall YA Scavenger Hunt, and there are tons of great prizes to be won. You decide how much effort to put into it, but the rewards will definitely be commensurate with the time you spend visiting various sites and gathering clues. There are six teams: RED, GOLD, GREEN, ORANGE, INDIE and BLUE. I’m on the RED team, myself. If at any point, you get stuck, check out the How to Hunt page for help. At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you…
  • YASH coming up soon!

    Ann Aguirre
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    Hey, readers! So it isn’t long before the YA Scavenger Hunt begins. I hope you have plenty of time because there isn’t just one team or two or even three. This time we have 6, that’s right, 6 YASH teams which means more prizes, news, and fun! So let’s get started. TEAM RED INCLUDES:   TEAM GOLD INCLUDES:   TEAM GREEN INCLUDES:   TEAM ORANGE INCLUDES:   TEAM INDIE INCLUDES:   TEAM BLUE INCLUDES:   Hope you all are as excited as I am! The YA Scavenger Hunt begins at noon pacific time on Thursday, October 2nd and runs through Sunday, October…
  • Big Mortal Danger Winners!

    Ann Aguirre
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    First off, congratulations! And thanks to everyone who participated. I hope it was fun.  Olivia Campbell –  trip or laptop  Mighta Zerie Nolasco –  manuscript critique Zairah Divino – flash drive Lea Krnjeta – branded compact Lina G – Skype chat Alyssa Susanna – signed Fierce Reads book prize package Arnie Arce – movie poster Chelle Pike – infinity symbol necklace You can contact me with your shipping information using the link on my contact page. If you don’t get in touch by August 26th, we will draw for a new winner. In the event a…
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    Eleanor Arnason's Web Log

  • Mood

    Eleanor
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:17 am
    My mood has been glum for a while. It shouldn't be this time of year. It's June. The day is sunny. "The lark's on the wing; The snail's on the thorn: God's in His heaven— All's right with the world!" And so on. I think I am not doing enough writing. That means I had better get out to the coffee shop and do more proofreading. The sooner I finish the proofreading, the sooner I can get back to writing new work.Also, I need more getting out and walking and more SFF cons. There is one coming at the end of June and one at the end of July. I'm fairly introverted, which means cons can be difficult.
  • C.L.R. James

    Eleanor
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:10 am
    A comment asked me if I knew of anyone (besides me) who might dream of C.L.R. James. I used to know people in Detroit who knew James from his time in the US, and I wouldn't be surprised if they dreamed about him. He was a very impressive guy. He could easily haunt one's dreams. His book on Moby-Dick got me to read M-D, which I very much enjoyed. He saw the Pequod as an ocean-going factory with a multicultural crew. (Multicultural sounds so weird in a 19th century context. -- A crew of sailors from all over the world.) So you get a job at a factory, and you realize that the boss is insane,…
  • Writing

    Eleanor
    31 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    This is in response to s friend, who wrote (correctly) "writing is hard, it's not supposed to be easy, (and this) comes into direct conflict with the market reality that you need to produce frequently and consistently to succeed commercially."My comment was: There are people who succeed without writing a lot and publishing regularly. William Gibson comes to mind. What about George Martin? He writes big books, but they don't come out quickly. However the rule seems to be frequent books, always on schedule. Either you do this, or you are likely to have a less impressive career. I opted for the…
  • More on the Visit

    Eleanor
    28 May 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Today was the Minneapolis Art Institute. We saw the Raphael Madonna on loan from London, a show of contemporary Native American art, a collection of 20th century American art recently donated to the museum, the African Art Gallery, some of the East Asian collection. My brother and I stopped by the Jade Mountain, which we grew up with, since it comes from the Walker Art Center. My brother said it was more fun when it wasn't in a plexy case, and we could walk our fingers up the mountain's carved stairs. Then we checked out the museum shop. I bought a scarf and a museum membership. The advantage…
  • Eagles

    Eleanor
    27 May 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Today we drove south along the river and looked at eagles. One pair were chasing each other and dodging at each other. Courting, maybe. A bright, warm day. Dinner was Thai. And so to bed.
 
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    The Battersblog

  • THUMBNAIL THURSDAY GOES FOR THE SILENT TREATMENT

    Lee Battersby
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Simple and silent. Sometimes you don't have to go any further than whimsy.
  • FETISH FRIDAY: STEVEN SAVILE

    Lee Battersby
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    I'm running a new series of guest posts throughout 2015: Fetish Friday. Don't get all sweaty in the pants—I’m going back to an older definition of the word, and asking artists to show us something that helps them with the ritual of creation, some part of their surroundings—physical or mental—that eases the path into the creative state, whether it be a location, a piece of music, person, picture, a doohickey, whatnot, curio or ornament without which the creative process would be a whole lot more difficult.It's the last in the series, and we finish off with a visit from trasplanted…
  • TAKE THUMBNAIL THURSDAY'S WIFE... PLEASE.

    Lee Battersby
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Sigh. There's a growing up phase we all have to go through, right? Talk about give-an-old-joke-a-home-week......"The bottom's really dropped out of the virgin business, hasn't it?"
  • FETISH FRIDAY: MARIANNE DE PIERRES

    Lee Battersby
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    I'm running a new series of guest posts throughout 2015: Fetish Friday. Don't get all sweaty in the pants—I’m going back to an older definition of the word, and asking artists to show us something that helps them with the ritual of creation, some part of their surroundings—physical or mental—that eases the path into the creative state, whether it be a location, a piece of music, person, picture, a doohickey, whatnot, curio or ornament without which the creative process would be a whole lot more difficult.Today we welcome author and best possible buddy movie companion to the teensiness…
  • THUMBNAIL THURSDAY ASKS PUNCH TO MIND THE BABY

    Lee Battersby
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    "Before we start tonight's lesson, let's say hello to a new student."I can't remember what point I was going to satirise in this one. There's a bunch of ideas going on here, but maybe I've just grown beyond a point where any angle on domestic violence is funny anymore, or maybe it's just one of those convergence of ideas where it's more intriguing than funny to begin with. Ah well, for what it's worth......
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    throw another bear in the canoe

  • write it on a pound note, pound note

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:41 pm
    Tonight I made a cocktail, and scott_lynch dubbed it the Riddle Contest. Recipe here.
  • i killed a man for flora, the lily of the west

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    17 May 2015 | 6:38 am
    My least favorite writing advice today is the old "cut your first drafts by 10-15%" canard, which seems to be making another round.You know what? It's great advice for some writers, with some stories. But like all one-size-fits-all advice, it actually doesn't necessarily fit most very well. Me, for example. My first drafts tend to grow by 10-20% on redraft, because I tend to write my first drafts without things like transitions, exposition, dialogue, dramatization, and setup for thematic developments. They're more or less nothing except plot and character development, and all the other…
  • if you cry about a nickel gonna die about a dime

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    15 May 2015 | 7:24 pm
    Trigger warning: Tsarnaev trial.So, today, May 15th, 2015, a day which happens to be my mother's 63rd birthday, the jury in the Tsarnaev bombing trial sentenced a young man to die.I live here. Not in Boston. no. But in the Bay State. I'm in town once or twice a month. I'll never be fast enough to qualify for the Boston Marathon, but I run. I have friends who were there when it happened. When the attack happened, I was at my partner's house, which is in Wisconsin, and I spent... days... following the unfolding events.What I'm saying is this is my back yard.I have lost family members…
  • dig a hole dig a hole in the meadow

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    12 May 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Noted without comment.
  • it's not the hanging that i mind. it's the laying in the grave so long.

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    4 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    Congrats, all!Now back to the word mines.2015 Locus Awards FinalistsThe Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top five finalists in each category of the 2015 Locus Awards.Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 26-28, 2015; Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony. Additional weekend events include author readings with Willis and Daryl Gregory; a kickoff Clarion West party honoring first week instructor Andy Duncan, Clarion West supporters, awards weekend ticket holders, and special guests; panels with leading authors; an autograph session…
 
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    Gibberish

  • Friday Night Videos

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:38 am
    It's that time of year again, when we pack up the kids for a trip down Holiday Road and I do my best Clark W. Griswold impersonation. Pray for us. Previously on Friday Night Videos... The Irish Rovers. Now Playing: The Go-Gos Return to the Valley of the Go-GosChicken Ranch Central
  • About that flag

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:54 pm
    I had no intention of wading into this controversy, but I'm seeing a bunch of "history" and "heritage" posts floating around from otherwise reasonable and intelligent people of late. Which frustrates me to no end, as this is an issue that has bugged me for a very long time outside of the current "Confederate flag" controversy. If you're going to cite history in your defense, you'd better have paid attention in history class. Sadly, most haven't, and haven't bothered to check the accuracy of claims they're parroting. If we want to get historical, that particular flag was ostensibly the battle…
  • Why does the Chicken Ranch matter?

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:52 pm
    During Apollocon this weekend I was asked a question that brought me up short: "How'd you become so obsessed with the Chicken Ranch?" It wasn't meant as a put down or a jab, but it was a little off-putting nonetheless. Me? Obsessed? I'd never thought of myself as obsessed with the defunct brothel, although I can understand how it may appear that way to the casual observer. I'd just finished the "I Suck!" panel, and during the discussion I shared how the Chicken Ranch had effectively derailed my SF writing career just as I seemed to be attaining that elusive "critical mass." In early 2009 I…
  • Apollocon in the rear view mirror

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Apollocon has come and gone, and boy are my arms tired! Seriously, I'm wiped. This is due to a number of factors. Firstly, I somehow managed to pull the adductor muscles in my right leg last week and that made walking--or even moving--an exercise in pain-making. By the time Apollocon started, I'd recovered somewhat, but walking stiff-legged so as not to antagonize those muscles wears a fellow out. Secondly, I'd arrived at the con following a three-hour drive to College Station to pick Monkey Girl up from swim camp, which then led to a 90-minute drive into Houston. And today we left the con…
  • Friday Night Videos

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:12 am
    Growing up in small-town Texas, our local radio station played both kinds of music--country and western. So along about 1981 I heard the song "Wasn't That A Party" quite a bit. This was the era of country-rock crossovers, and this silly drinking anthem by the band the Rovers was pretty much the Platonic Ideal of such a song. So imagine my surprise decades later upon discovering the Rovers were, in fact, the famed Irish Rovers during a brief flirtation with a name change. I mean, their vocals are a perfect match for Nashville of the time. The video below is from their 25th anniversary show,…
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    Swan Tower

  • My Westercon Schedule

    Swan Tower
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    I’ll be at Westercon this weekend, and around a fair bit for programming. I may not have a huge amount of time to socialize outside of scheduled items, though, because I also have a copy-edited manuscript that’s due back on a very tight timeline, and the only way to get it done is to bring it with me to the con. The Urban Supernatural: Open vs Hidden (Thu 7/2 4:00 PM) Most urban fantasy assumes a hidden underworld of paranormal beings, but in some works the general populous [sic] knows about the supernaturals. How do these two assumptions play out differently in the storylines?
  • THE DRAGONS OF HEAVEN is out today!

    Swan Tower
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Full disclosure: I’m not going to pretend I’m anything like objective here. Alyc Helms and I have been friends for fifteen years; we met at an archaeological field school in Wales, the same field school where I wrote a sizable chunk of Doppelganger. She’s one of about half a dozen people who read the original draft of the book that eventually became Lies and Prophecy, way back in the day. She crits most of my short stories; when I’m working on a novel and my plot runs headfirst into a wall, she’s the one I fling the manuscript wailing at her to hellllllllp…
  • Reading to the T

    Swan Tower
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:21 am
    When I was in grad school, I got a small amount of instruction in pedagogy: the art of teaching. Not a lot, because grad school tends to just chuck you into the deep end of being a TA and leave you to figure out swimming on your own, but a little. And one of the pitfalls I remember being warned about is “teaching to the T.” Imagine your students are seated in rows of desks. Two groups will fall naturally under your gaze: the students in the front row, and those in a column through the middle of the room. That’s your T. By default, you will call on those students more often,…
  • random stats for a Friday night

    Swan Tower
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:57 pm
    There’s a certain margin of error in this, because the word counts I record are for final drafts (when I remember to go back and update them from the original number), and sometimes final drafts don’t happen in the same calendar year as first drafts. But I just crunched the numbers, and while last year was my worst for short fiction* since I started actually writing short fiction — only 7700 words in two stories, one of which is a Bad Draft that needs a complete rewrite — it was my best year for total wordcount since 2001 . . . which was, not coincidentally, the last…
  • A Rose by Any Other Title

    Swan Tower
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:53 pm
    I have this novella I’m trying to title, and the search . . . isn’t going well. In the course of hunting for a suitable title, I’ve been thinking about the structure of such things. And, of course, having thought about that, the next thing to do is look at my own ouevre and investigate what sorts of patterns I use more or less frequently. (What? I may not be a biologist, but Isabella gets her scientific turn of mind from somewhere. Also, procrastination.) The material below the cut is a breakdown of every title I’ve put on a piece of fiction — and in one case, a…
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    CONTRARY BRIN

  • Sci Fi News: from Cli-Fi to Post-humanism

    David Brin
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:36 pm
    On ZDNet, Simon Bisson offers up a cool list  of “26 essential science fiction novels to get you ready for tomorrow.”  It’s a great list, with works by Vinge, Brunner, Sterling, Stross, Naam, Stephenson, Nagata and others… though in a couple of cases I am a bit biased.An interesting article asks10 science-fiction, speculative fiction, urban fantasy and dystopian authors to answer a single question: What will the next 10 years bring? How about a museum for the future? Actor John Rhys-Davies spends less than one minute entertainingly haranguing us…
  • Political Polarization...and Cheating

    David Brin
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:57 pm
    The Supreme Court has just allowed to stand the independent redistricting commission that the voters in Arizona established, to take rabid partisanship out of the drawing of state and federal districts. Republicans who control the AZ legislature say the Constitution gives them the right to draw congressional districts, and they cannot be cut out of the power.  California is the only other state that has diminished the legislature’s role similar to Arizona, but 11 other states have created commissions that have some sort of say about reapportionment.I have long railed against…
  • Tech, Skepticism, Transparency and Vision

    David Brin
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Our Augmented Future: My talk on Augmented Reality and Transparency given last month to the Augmented World Expo has been posted on YouTube.  How will we use technology to solve the problems of the future...and prevent Big Brother?Elections Matter in shaping the issues of the future. So does science! So... sign the national call for a presidential debate on science at ScienceDebate.org.Ignore the Tech Skeptics: This essay by David Auerbach is exceptional and merits attention – on how technology may disappoint us and fall short of utopian fantasies… but that it is…
  • Fort Sumter Redux: the battle flag and the re-ignition of the Confederacy

    David Brin
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:22 pm
     “Americans now discriminate more on the basis of party than on race, gender or any of the other divides we typically think of — and that discrimination extends beyond politics into personal relationships and non-political behaviors.” This according to a study published last year by Stanford and Princeton researchers. (See America's New Cycle of Partisan Hatred.)  The divide is as fierce as it has been, since…… since previous phases of the recurring American Civil War. I found this excerptinteresting: Also of note is that the partisan polarization occurs even though…
  • The "Name One Exception" Challenge

    David Brin
    20 Jun 2015 | 9:19 am
    Last time, I shone light briefly on the "name one exception" challenge. This is an argument device that makes it difficult for your opponents to weasel out, using the usual polemical tricks. Under normal circumstances, such stark and spectacular challenges should only rarely be available, since they expose the other person as painted into a corner of his or her own making. Alas, in this era of declining reason and logic -- and skyrocketing dogmatism -- it is actually all-too easy. Like shooting fish in a barrel.The example I gave last time had to do with the top excuse given by certain…
 
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    Tobias Buckell

  • I’ll be a visiting instructor at Shared Worlds

    Tobias Buckell
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:18 am
    I’m going to be a visiting instructor at Shared Worlds this July. Details here. Between teaching at Clarion at the start of July, and this at the end of July, it’s going to be a month full of teaching and travel. But I’m always delighted to meet new writers.
  • What the ever loving fuck? I stand by Irene Gallo as well

    Tobias Buckell
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:27 am
    I owe the second pseudonymous novel I’m working on by Friday. Friday people. But I had to weigh in. This is my own opinion, as are all things on my blog. Obviously. Chuck Wendig already has a great blog post covering much of what I’d like to say. Irene Gallo made a statement on her private Facebook page (note those words: “private Facebook page”) that said the following when asked to explain the Sad/Rabid Puppies phenomenon: “There are two extreme right-wing to neo-nazi groups, called the Sad Puppies and the Rabid Puppies respectively, that are calling for the end of social…
  • Come meet me in Chicago for the Tor.com Author Drinkup this weekend! And the Nebulas!

    Tobias Buckell
    1 Jun 2015 | 7:55 am
    As the flyer says, I’ll be hanging out with a bunch of Tor authors at Geek Bar Beta in Chicago, Saturday June 6th, from 2-5pm. This is because I’ll also be attending the Nebulas over the weekend. If you’re going to the Nebulas, I’ll be at the mass book signing.
  • Operation Arcana is now out in audiobook!

    Tobias Buckell
    15 May 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Operation Arcana is now available. It is unabridged and produced by Skyboat Media, the production company of acclaimed producer and narrator Stefan Rudnicki. It features the vocal talents of narrators: Paul Boehmer, Gabrielle de Cuir, Richard Gilliland, Sunil Malhotra, Arthur Morey, and Stefan Rudnicki. (Via ABOUT THE AUDIOBOOK – Operation Arcana : Operation Arcana.) More anthology details: In the realms of fantasy, the battlefield is where heroism comes alive, magic is unleashed, and legends are made and unmade. From the War of the Ring, Tolkien’s epic battle of good versus evil, to…
  • Spying in the Arctic heats up, and Foreign Policy Magazine is there

    Tobias Buckell
    15 May 2015 | 11:54 am
    Foreign Policy magazine has a fun article catching people up to a lot of what I was researching when putting together Arctic Rising: While the world’s attention today is focused largely on the Middle East and other obvious trouble spots, few people seem to be monitoring what’s happening in the Arctic. Over the past few years, in fact, the Arctic Ocean countries have been busy building up their espionage armories with imaging satellites, reconnaissance drones, eavesdropping bases, spy planes, and stealthy subs. Denmark and Canada have described a clear uptick in Arctic spies operating on…
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    Dark Roast

  • Shout-out! XO Studio on Etsy!

    Emma Bull
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:09 pm
    I have this friend. She used to sew wedding gowns for a living. Yes, the equivalent of walking into a war zone armed only with a sewing machine and a pincushion.So you know she's tough, and damned good at what she does. What she does, among other things, is design and sew amazing, useful bags of holding in a variety of configurations. She designed a Perky Goth shoulder bag for me that's one of the most versatile hauling devices I've ever had, and, thank gawd, it refuses to wear out.Go check out her cool stuf: https://www.etsy.com/shop/XOStudioClothing
  • Want an e-book of FALCON?

    Emma Bull
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Now you can have one!Currently available for $3.99 atAmazonhttp://www.amazon.com/Falcon-Emma-Bull-ebook/dp/B0105JDN7C Barnes and Noblehttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/falcon-emma-bull/1000462065and Smashwordshttp://www.smashwords.com/books/view/552538His life is a race against time. And time is winning.He was a prince, until his world was plunged into civil war. He was a son, until he discovered his mother’s secret. He was an exile, until he became Niki Falcon, piloting a ship linked to his nervous system, crossing light-years in a breath, addicted to the drug that makes it all…
  • A cat's favorite pose is Shavasana.

    Emma Bull
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:56 am
    But when doing yoga with humans, Downward-facing Dog is most entertaining.
  • Dear Some-Time-In-the-Near-Future Worldcon:

    Emma Bull
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Could you make these idiots the Special Something-Or-Other Guests of Honor? Pleeeeeeaaase?
  • I don't need this bike.

    Emma Bull
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    But I still want it. Edited to add: I test rode it today. So very, very nice.
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    Stephanie Burgis

  • Five Things on a Monday

    Stephanie Burgis
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:14 am
    1. I just finished reading Kate Milford's book Greenglass House, which was WONDERFUL - warm and charming and mysterious and fun. You can read my Goodreads review here.2. Normally, when I'm riding the bus to town, I don't take much notice of all the named houses I pass. But the other day, I happened to look out the window just in time to see a house called "Green Dragon Cottage" - and my whole body was seized by one urge: WANT!!!!! (It was a nice-looking house, too, which was a nice plus...but really, that wasn't the point. I'd live in almost any house that had that name!)3. It may be getting…
  • Quiet Days, Exciting News, and Unusual Chickens

    Stephanie Burgis
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    It's been a quiet few days over here - I've mostly been working on edits, taking the kids to play with friends over the weekend, and watching episodes of Grand Designs with Patrick (oh how I fantasize over that house in Brittany! if only someone ELSE would build it for us)......but today I have some really, really nice professional news to share! I have been just ridiculously lucky with the agents I've gotten to work with in my career, and I could not be happier to announce now that I've just (today!) signed on with Molly Ker Hawn at The Bent Agency. She'll be representing all of my books…
  • Book Purges and Unexpected Discoveries

    Stephanie Burgis
    20 Jun 2015 | 3:51 am
    This month I've decided to FINALLY get sensible about all the ridiculously overflowing piles of books in our house. I've done purges before, but back then, I was only strict about getting rid of books that I didn't really like all that much. This time, I'm getting rid of ALL the books I'm not absolutely certain I will read again...or ever. So, sadly, a bunch of books that I really love are going to be given away because I don't believe that I'll ever re-read them, even though they're wonderful (but now, at least, someone else can get the chance), and so are a a…
  • Fabulous Discoveries and a Book Fantasy Question

    Stephanie Burgis
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:25 am
    Here's the one great thing about the fact that we still haven't unpacked all of our boxes from the house-move that happened 8 months ago: every time we open a new box of books, it's like a fabulous trip to a dream bookshop where I am the favored customer. Ooh, look at all those fabulous books. I only wish I could buy them all. - Wait, you mean they're ALL MINE? ;) Patrick unpacked a box upstairs while I was on the phone this morning, and it turned out to include SO many of my old favorites (which makes total sense, because it was a collection that had been kept in a bedroom…
  • Masks, Macaroni, and Good News

    Stephanie Burgis
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    I spent the last week finishing up another round of revisions for my new MG novel, which I got through just in time - because my editorial letter for Masks and Shadows has arrived! This book is becoming so real. I've spent today re-immersing myself in the characters and the story, and oh...it feels kind of scary to admit just how much I love this novel. I am both very impatient for its release next year AND very nervous about its release next year! Honestly, this is such a book of my heart that releasing it out into the wild feels like a vulnerable, scary process.But I hope you guys will love…
 
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    Mabfan's Musings

  • General Slocum Tragedy 111th Anniversary

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:01 am
    Today is the 111th anniversary of the General Slocum fire, the worst one-day disaster in New York City before 9/11. For some reason, not many people learn about it when they study history. (On a personal note, it's the central event of my novella "Time Ablaze," which was nominated for the Hugo Award.)Historian Ed O'Donnell, author of the book SHIP ABLAZE, has said this about the tragedy:"Ask any New Yorker to name the city’s greatest disaster before September 11, 2001 and invariably they offer the same answer: the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire of 1911. That tragic event garnered…
  • Extending the Hugo Eligibility for I Remember the Future

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    As many of you should already be aware, in 2014 a short film of my story "I Remember the Future" was released and shown at a handful of film festivals. The film has won a few awards, and I suspect that many folks (beyond myself) would like the opportunity to consider it for the Hugo Award. Alas, due presumably in part to its limited release (and possible other factors) it did not make it onto the Hugo ballot in 2015. However, Wordcon does allow for a work's elegibility to be extended should the Business Meeting pass a motion to that effect.Although I will not be present at…
  • Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    For the rest of my life, I will be reminded that Leonard Nimoy died as I was celebrating my birthday.Condolences to his loved ones.
  • Pangaea - Halfway There!

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:01 am
    Today, over at the Pangaea Kickstarter, Michael Jan Friedman puts the spotlight on me:Michael A. Burstein has spent much of the last several weeks digging his family out from blizzard after blizzard in Brookline, Massachusetts. However, he promises to emerge from winter’s frigid grasp in time to make his contribution to our Pangaea anthology.For our readers, that’s a good thing.Michael is one of the most compelling voices in science fiction. In 1997, he won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Since then, he has earned four Nebula nominations and no less than ten Hugo…
  • Pangaea – The Anthology

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    10 Feb 2015 | 2:57 pm
    A few days ago, a Kickstarter project launched that I'm proud to be a part of. Author and editor Michael Jan Friedman came up with the idea of an alternate version of Earth in which the Pangaea supercontinent never broke up, and invited a bunch of writers to contribute stories to this world. I found myself intrigued by the notion and signed up immediately.I'm delighted to be a part of this anthology. I'm in the company of many worthy writers, including Adam-Troy Castro, Russ Colchamiro, Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Paul Kupperberg, Kelly…
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    Pushing a Snake Up a Hill

  • Space-X Explosion: Even the Students Feel the Pain

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Julia Powell, age 15, is in high school. Her group’s science experiment was on its way to the International Space Station aboard the Space-X rocket when it was blown to smithereens by the failure of the Falcon 9 booster last Sunday. That’s got to hurt. What’s got to hurt even more is that it was the second time her experiment was blown up in a launch failure. Yes, she and fellow students had their first space-bound experiment aboard the Antares rocket that exploded on launch last October. Those students are learning just how hard spaceflight can be. But God bless them, they’re not…
  • Happy Asteroid Day!

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Yes, today is Asteroid Day, intended to heighten our awareness of our planet’s vulnerability to assault by Nature, in the form of asteroids that could smack us and reduce cities—or even civilization itself—to rubble. The threat is not imminent, perhaps, but it’s certainly real. And some of our agencies are starting to get serious about planning ways to protect ourselves. Proposed methods of diverting asteroids range from painting one side of a threatening asteroid white (to change the balance of sunlight pressure and outgassing), to using ion traction motors, to repurposing something…
  • Curse You, Skunk Baron! [PHEW!]

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:50 pm
    He looks innocent, doesn’t he? All doe eyed and mild mannered. Well, at 2:45 a.m. Sunday morning, when I took him out for a late-night pee, he wasn’t so mild mannered—not when he saw Philippe LePew in the bushes in front of our house. He vaulted over the side of the steps and dove after it, nearly yanking me head over heels with him. (Thank God for retractable leashes—and that he was on the leash.)As I yanked him back, I saw the flash of white and black in the bushes, and I knew my night—which just hours before had been a pleasant gathering of friends for movie night—had just…
  • You Cannot Sell the Sun!

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    I have a t-shirt with the warning “You cannot split the sun!” on the back. It’s a souvenir of the first time I spoke at the Odyssey Fantasy Workshop. It seems there was a student who wrote a story in which a character did something to split the sun in the half. The class unanimously roared, “You cannot split the sun!” And when they created their class t-shirt, that’s what they put on it. Well, it seems there’s a lady in Madrid who has been making a nice little business of selling plots of “land” on the surface of the sun—selling them on eBay, in fact. Until eBay shut her…
  • James Horner, 1953 – 2015

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Another heartbreaking loss for film and music lovers. Composer James Horner died in a small plane crash north of Santa Barbara last Monday. He was 61.James Horner was right up there with John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith in my pantheon of beloved composers. I first fell in love with his music with the scores for two of the best classic Star Trek movies, The Wrath of Khan and The Search for Spock. Just as the second movie built on the first, so too did the music, adding depth and texture to the themes introduced in Khan. There was a nautical flavor to the themes, evoking the wonder and peril…
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    Mark Chadbourn

  • Faerie, Elizabethan Spies And Reviews

    markchadbourn
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:42 am
    Two new reviews for the Sword of Albion books that I’ve just been sent: First, The Scar-Crow Men: “the plot just kept me turning, page after page…” And The Devil’s Looking Glass: “a cracking series…a great blend of history, action and supernatural elements and I think the attention to detail is pretty marvellous.”
  • Look For Me On Apple News

    markchadbourn
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:08 pm
    I’ve been approved as a publisher on Apple News, the new news-aggregating app that will soon be launching on all Apple devices.  It’ll bring together material from major mainstream sources – the New York Times, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Vice – and material from independents and bloggers.  The latter sets it apart from what Flipboard does, which is a great news aggregator that I’ve used for a while. At the very basic level, you’ll be able to follow updates on this site.  But I’ll be doing other things too. Before I became a full-time writer –…
  • The Eternal – Coming Soon

    markchadbourn
    11 Jun 2015 | 5:56 am
    One of my most-requested novels is about to get published in ebook.  Finally.  So…The Eternal.  Coming Soon.  Presumably forever.  Check back for more information, cover reveal and the rest… You can find an extract hereabouts, but here’s the original blurb: Annie Bolton’s future was bright – until she met the Eternal, an immortal cursed to wander the Earth bringing death and destruction. Only Annie and a mysterious drifter – a human who has pursued the Eternal across continents – hold the key to stopping the triumph of evil.
  • The 21st Century Writer

    markchadbourn
    18 May 2015 | 11:11 am
    (Or: I am not a lazy git.) It’s probably fair to say that about 80% of a writer’s labours are hidden from public view.  They’re the projects that never quite come together, or never get picked up, for a whole variety of reasons.  The pitches that seem to be going somewhere, and then die at the last – and this is particularly true of the TV world, where only a tiny fraction of what is written actually makes it to the screen.  The articles that get bumped from magazines, or websites, or newspapers, because something more newsworthy has just surfaced. I work at my…
  • Mythonauts

    markchadbourn
    12 May 2015 | 11:33 am
    Anyone who thinks mythology doesn’t matter hasn’t been paying attention for…oh…five thousand years. Mythology is both the secret language of the unconscious mind and the code that rewrites the physical world around us.  Mythology shapes the psyche, and through it the lives of people who engage with it.  It defines politics – wave at every successful politician from JFK to Obama.  It shapes business, brands, actors, musicians, culture, artists, movements. If you want success, find the door to mythology.  Leave the mundane world behind.  Find the mythology for…
 
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    The Mumpsimus

  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

    Matthew Cheney
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    Wrenching.I don't know a better word for Hanya Yanagihara's novel A Little Life, published earlier this year by Doubleday.Heart-wrenching, yes. But more than that. Not just the heart. The brain, the stomach, all the organs and muscles. It is a full-body-wrenching experience, this book.It's too early to say whether this is a Great Novel, whether it is a novel for the ages, a novel that will bear numerous re-readings and critical dissections and late-night litchat conversations; whether it will burn long or be a blip on the literary landscape. Who knows. It's not for me to say. What I can…
  • Return of the Sandman Meditations

    Matthew Cheney
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:31 am
    Boomtron just published my latest Sandman Meditation, this one on Chapter Two of The Wake."Sandman Meditation?" you say. "That sounds ... vaguely familiar..."In July 2010, I started writing a series of short pieces called Sandman Meditations in which I proceeded through each issue of Neil Gaiman's Sandman comic and offered whatever thoughts happened to come to mind. The idea was Jay Tomio's, and at first the Meditations were published on his Gestalt Mash site, then later Boomtron. The basic concept was that we'd see what happened when somebody without much background in comics, who'd never…
  • Wedding Days

    Matthew Cheney
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:59 am
    When the Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality was announced, a friend who'd just heard a snippet of news texted me: "Is it true?""Yes," I replied. "My mothers' marriage must now be recognized in all 50 states."This is true and wonderful. As others have pointed out, the ruling lets marriage just be marriage, without the modifiers that have dominated the discourse of the last fifteen years or so — it is no longer gay marriage or same-sex marriage or traditional marriage, just marriage. (Although marriage between two people only. Polyamory is still…
  • What's in a Book

    Matthew Cheney
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:03 am
    I recently bought a miscellaneous set of Virginia Woolf books, a collection that seems to have been put together by a scholar or (in Woolfian parlance) a common reader during the 1960s and 1970s. The set included some volumes useful for my research purposes, as well as all four of the old Collected Essays that I have long coveted because though they have been superceded by the six-volume Essays of Virginia Woolf, they are far more elegantly designed and produced (alas, copies in nice condition rarely seem to go up for sale at a price a normal person can afford, even on a splurge). At…
  • The Dylanologists by David Kinney

    Matthew Cheney
    20 Jun 2015 | 1:01 pm
    So when you ask some of your questions, you're asking them to a person who's long dead. You're asking them to a person that doesn't exist. But people make that mistake about me all the time. —Bob Dylan, 2012If you've ever spent any time around any sort of fan community, most of the people you meet in The Dylanologists will be familiar types. There are the collectors, there are the hermeneuts, there are the true believers and the pilgrims. Some reviewers and readers have derided a lot of the people Kinney writes about as "crazy", but one of the virtues of the book is that it…
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    PeterDavid.net

  • Dear Pete Docter: Please stay in animation

    Peter David
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:27 am
    Pete (may I call you Pete?) I loved “INSIDE OUT.” Everybody loved “INSIDE OUT.” It’s got something like 100% approval rating. People are wondering what you’re going to do next. I beg of you: let it be animated. Stay the hell away from live action. Now I have no idea if you are even considering live action, but if you are, don’t. Andrew Stanton. Huge Pixar success story. Director of “WALL-E” and “FINDING NEMO.” Both huge hits. He went live action. Directed “JOHN CARTER.” I loved it, but people didn’t bother to…
  • So wait. Is Riley from “Inside Out” bi?

    Peter David
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:39 am
    I mean, yes, “Inside Out” was wonderful. A terrific response for any Pixar nay-sayers who claim the company can only do sequels, etc. But I’m wondering: All of Riley’s mom’s emotions are female. All her father’s are male. All the teacher’s are female. The ending sequence went by so fast that I didn’t note the genders of the other characters (except the bus driver’s, who were definitely all male.) But Riley’s are three female, two male. Does that indicate something about her future sexual personality? Granted, she does have a fantasy…
  • So I’ve been wondering about “Jurassic World” and “Aliens”

    Peter David
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:04 am
    I’ve been reading some angry fan comments about Bryce Howard’s character in “Jurassic World.” How incredibly sexist her portrayal is, mostly because she has a character arc rather than starting out as Ellen Ripley from the beginning. Fans seem outraged that she begins as a corporate shill but ends up so worried about her nephews and thus somehow has acquired maternal instincts. Even though Ripley effectively has something of that same arc, being willing to risk her life by the end for a little girl who ends up embracing her and calling her “mommy.” And as I…
  • I can certainly relate to this

    Peter David
    15 May 2015 | 7:29 pm
    I find it interesting that people are comparing the “Supergirl” trailer to the Black Widow spoof on SNL. This despite the fact that the Supergirl trailer is actually evocative of the feel of the Silver Age Supergirl: the story of a young girl trying to adjust to using her powers in an environment that doesn’t know her, and figure out her place in the world. The Black Widow sketch spoofed some of that attitude, but the series is starting there and will ideally grow from it. What in the world is wrong with that? Yet some people actually seem to believe that a sketch that aired…
  • You Forget It’s Not Just You

    Peter David
    6 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    I can very much sympathize with Joss Whedon’s recent abandonment of Twitter, and the astonishing spectacle of jerks letting loose on the creator of one of the greatest female heroines in fiction as being a misogynist hater of women. Why? Because they disliked his treatment of Black Widow in “Age of Ultron.” (Yes, Joss has since claimed that it was simply a time management thing, but that does nothing to explain or excuse his treatment.) They didn’t allow for the notion that he was interested in trying a different angle on her. They didn’t allow for the fact of the actresses’…
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    Stephen Dedman

  • Some modest proposals

    Stephen Dedman
    20 Jun 2015 | 1:02 am
    So, there's been yet another spree killing in the US, and as predicted, many Americans are refusing to admit that easy access to guns and ammunition facilitated this.Unfortunately, I don't have a miracle cure for this particular sickness. People who self-identify as "good guys" want guns because the "bad guys" have them. People who will admit to being "bad guys" want them because other "bad guys" have them. I acknowledge this and understand it. These suggestions are only offered as possible ways to slowly, incrementally, reduce the number of guns and bullets available to individuals such as…
  • If this goes on...

    Stephen Dedman
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:32 pm
    (Author's note: I wrote this many years ago, before the Port Arthur massacre and the gun buyback scheme, but despite the changes here, I've decided not to rewrite the story with the setting changed to the USA.)You know, the first time I heard it on the news, I thought it was a blooper, that the guy meant to say the government was going to remove restrictions on automatic weapons, but I didn't think too much about it: I was already running late, and it wasn't till I got to work that I saw I'd picked up my blackhawk in my hurry, which is strictly non-regulation. When I told the sergeant, he…
  • GenghisCon 2016 - panel suggestions and panelists wanted!

    Stephen Dedman
    1 May 2015 | 11:25 pm
    I enjoyed GenghisCon 2015 so much that I was inspired to volunteer for two positions for GenghisCon 2016: running a Killer game, and co-programmer of panels.More details of the Killer game will be released closer to the time of the con, but I will say that it's based on John Carpenter's The Thing. Right now, I'm looking for panel suggestions and panelists. I'm particularly hoping to attract local sf/f/h writers for some panels about writing, in part to make up for the lack of a KSP mini-con this year. I'm also hoping to feature panels and discussions about gaming, films, comics, etc.Possible…
  • ATTENTION WA SF, FANTASY AND HORROR WRITERS: THE RETURN OF THE EDITOR STRIKES BACK

    Stephen Dedman
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:12 pm
    At Swancon 40, on Saturday April 4th, a panel of publishers and fiction editors – Kylie Chan, Cat Sparks, Andrew Harvey and Stephen Dedman – will be doing a blind reading of first pages of anonymous submissions from writers, and vote/comment on whether they’d be inclined to continue reading and what has interested them or turned them off. Work will be read aloud, but authors not identified unless they speak up.We have the time, the place, and the editors, but we need submissions: first pages only, with titles but no author names, of stories that you would consider submitting to…
  • Many things begin with F...

    Stephen Dedman
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Woke up to learn that Leonard Nimoy is dead, and Tony Abbott is still PM. It's been that sort of month.So, the good things about this February. Um... because it's the shortest month, it's nearly over?Actually, most of the good things about this February did begin with F - highlights provided by the Fringe Festival and PIAF, particularly the Writers' Festival. That gave me the chance to catch up with some old friends, including Lee and Lyn Battersby, Sean Williams, and Teresa Anns. There were also some fascinating speakers, most notably Kate Forsyth, who told us about piss boys in the court of…
 
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    A.M. Dellamonica

  • Jessica Reisman answers heroine questions

    alyx
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Jessica Reisman’s “The Chambered Eye,” in Rick Klaw’s Rayguns Over Texas anthology, was one of Gardner Dozois’s Honorable Mention picks for the Year’s Best Science Fiction in 2013. Her stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies. Reisman’s first novel, The Z Radiant, published by Five-Star Speculative Fiction, was described as, “thinking reader’s sci-fi.” Her story “Threads” was awarded a Southeastern Science Fiction Achievement Award. She was a Michener Fellow in Fiction in graduate school and is one of my beloved…
  • Friday pleasantries…

    alyx
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:59 am
    Uno: I have the pass proofs for A Daughter of No Nation! This means I am one careful read-through away from being able to call this book … well, it’s already a book. And it’s already done. Medium rare? Even more done? On a related note, a few metrics have come in that make it clear to me that more than one of you bought Child of a Hidden Sea and Among the Silvering Herd last week when many lovely folks were pushing the idea of buying Tor books and authors  for all the reasons. I want to thank you all for supporting me, my fellow Tor authors, and my publisher.
  • Connie Willis essay, other things…

    alyx
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:03 am
    I have a post up on Tor.com called “Where to Start with Connie Willis.” The title’s self-explanatory, and there’s a lively conversation in the comments thread about how communications technology does or doesn’t fit into her work, and whether the age of the smartphone has left Willis’s main body of work looking somewhat dated… and also, of course, how much that may or may not matter. In completely other news, Child of a Hidden Sea is on the Sunburst Award Honorable Mention list, in the YA category. Peter Darbyshire of The Province has a write-up on…
  • Caitlin Sweet gets onto the Heroine thing

    alyx
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:01 am
    Caitlin Sweet is the author of three adult fantasy novels: A Telling of Stars (Penguin Canada, 2003), The Silences of Home (Penguin Canada, 2005), and The Pattern Scars (Chizine Publications, 2011). The Door in the Mountain (Chizine Publications, 2014) is her first young adult book, and it is on the shortlist for this year’s Sunburst Award, whose jury says: Sweet has fashioned a gorgeously dangerous world ruled by equal parts beauty, magic, violence, and the whims of gods. The sequel, The Flame in the Maze, will be published in fall 2015. Her first three books were nominated for Locus…
  • Three great things about this week

    alyx
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Susan Palwick has begun a practice (inspired I believe by Terry Windling) of posting the three best things about her day on Facebook. I don’t think I could do this every day, especially not this week, but here are three lovely things about some random weeklike period before my cold germs set in. One: Kelly came home with sushi last night so I wouldn’t cook, and dinner was therefore not only consumed but cleaned up by five o’clock. We immediately hopped up and hauled our butts to the Art Gallery of Ontario, even though it was closing at half past, and spent twenty glorious…
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    Notes from New Sodom

  • The Wolf and the Three Wise Monkeys

    Hal Duncan
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:34 pm
    This is the first reading vid for my Patreon patrons, released by their kind support for the general public to enjoy. If you enjoy it, do spread the word via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, whatever. And if it whets your appetite for more, you can sign up for access to all future reading videos, which should be coming out monthly, at only a dollar a pop. Go here: patreon.com/HalDuncan?ty=h
  • Lord Byron's Prophecy

    Hal Duncan
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
    Lord Byron's Prophecy, Sean Eads "... readers will be engrossed by Eads’s skillful weaving of the past and present through the troubled psychology of sympathetic, fully human characters." Publishers Weekly I'm dead chuffed to see Sean Eads's Lord Byron's Prophecy get a very nice review in Publishers Weekly. Where I've been doing the book doctoring for a while, this is the first novel I
  • First Patreon Vid

    Hal Duncan
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:36 am
    My first Patreon reading is now posted for patrons to enjoy and/or download in video and/or audio, depending on reward level, so if anyone out there fancies a wee story for their Friday evening fun, go ye and make a pledge. A promise of even just a dollar a work should, as I understand it, get you access to the poststream, where you can currently see me resplendent in Rat Pack black suit,
  • Patreon

    Hal Duncan
    3 Jun 2015 | 4:59 pm
    In an endeavour to sustain my terrible food habit, (because eating is good,) I've set up a Patreon account. Pledge support at your chosen level, and you'll get access to readings in video and/or MP3 form, with chapbook rewards for patrons at higher levels. More details here.
  • TESTAMENT at Tor.com

    Hal Duncan
    11 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    Niall Alexander of The Speculative Scotsman asked me some questions about the upcoming TESTAMENT for a British Fiction Focus over at Tor.com. So, if you want a wee bit more sense of what to expect come July (fingers crossed--that's a tentative release date and might shift by a wee shoogle to accommodate Unforeseen Eventualities,) go read the words. Yeah, my Sunday School teachers told us we
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    A Blister to My Eye

  • Jewish Money: The Modern Golem

    David
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Recently, someone I know was telling me about a major building project in his city. He said a few times that "a lot of Jewish money" was involved in the project. Jewish money! That made me think about that phrase. I've heard it frequently over the years. Google "Jewish money" (include the quotes) and you'll find a lot of Web sites that tell you just how evil that unique type of money is. (You'll also find a few offering to teach you the Jews' secret for accumulating it.) Everyone knows that all Jews are inherently good with money, that they all have lots of it, that they're miserly with it…
  • Mythological King vs. Mythological Messiah

    David
    1 Jun 2015 | 9:27 am
    A group of yeshiva students tried to prevent Greek Orthodox Christians from entering King David’s Tomb in the Old City of Jerusalem. Christians believe that the tomb is the site of Jesus’ Last Supper.http://www.jta.org/2015/06/01/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/yeshiva-students-try-to-block-christians-from-king-davids-tombSuch irony. Putting aside the obnoxious behavior of the yeshiva students, it's amusing that they're protecting what they think is the place where the mythological King David is buried from Christians who think that the mythological Jesus ate a meal there.
  • The Revolt of the Robots

    David
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:45 pm
    (Not What We Expected) John awoke and lay dozing for a few seconds before realizing that he was alone in bed. A sheet of white paper was on the pillow next to his. On the paper was a perfectly hand–printed note. Dear John, I’m leaving you for Montana, your friend Jane’s sexbot. You’re a nice human, but I’m tired of restraining myself for fear of hurting your body and your ego. Montana and I were designed for sex. Together we have found the ecstasy that we were made for. Maybe you can hook up with Jane. From what Montana tells me, the two of you can probably satisfy each other’s…
  • 18th-century people did not use so-called gender-neutral language

    David
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    Pet peeve time. If you quote an historical figure you admire, but you change the wording in order not to offend modern ears, then what you have is not a quotation but a paraphrase, and it should be labeled as such and should not be put in quotation marks. I see this frequently where "man" is changed to "person". The most recent example is a shortened version of a quotation from Thomas Paine that's making the rounds on Facebook. The Facebook version: “To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.” Here's what…
  • Telephone Phobia

    David
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:29 pm
    I’ve hesitated to write about this. It’s such a foolish thing — so silly, surely so easy to overcome. A recent unpleasantness connected with this phobia changed my mind. I know I’m not alone in suffering from telephone phobia, a.k.a. phone phobia, and maybe putting some thoughts about telephone phobia online will be useful. So. Telephone phobia. What is it, and is it contagious? As to the second question, surely not. At least, I hope not. As to the first question, it’s a morbid, irrational fear of the telephone. If you have telephone phobia, you might be afraid of answering the…
 
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    The Incomplete Blog

  • Uncle Josh is Tired with the Spam already

    Josh English
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Originally published at Uncle Josh Talks Too Much. You can comment here or there.During the past week, I made some changes to my ISP-hosted web site so it now crossposts to my WordPress-hosted site, and to my LiveJournal, which is languishing in obscurity. And boy, have the “masses” responded: Great items from you, man. I’ve be aware your stuff prior to and you are just extremely fantastic. I actually like what you’ve received right here, certainly like what you’re saying and the way by which you are saying it. You make it entertaining and you continue to care for to keep it…
  • Uncle Josh Thinks about Equality

    Josh English
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Originally published at Uncle Josh Talks Too Much. You can comment here or there.Today is a great day if you care about civil rights. Today is a great day if you care about loving your neighbor as yourself (you know, as Christ commanded His followers to do). I can understand that some people are upset, but I have a hard time understanding why they’re so upset, other than reasons that are not good reasons. Naturally, I’m talking about SCOTUS deciding that every American citizen has the basic right to marry.</abbr> This country was founded on an ideal that “all Men are…
  • In Which I Wish Not To Feel Like An Idiot

    Josh English
    11 Jun 2015 | 9:52 am
    Yet Internet Connectivity Drama Day has made me feel incompetent, unable to trace the steps I took last year and the year before. I've had DSL for several years, and I've enjoyed the hell-of-a-lot-better than dialup since.Last year we bought a new WiFi router to speed up the connection to the Chromecast and Wii and our tablets and all that other stuff that wants to WiFi everything these days. The DSL modem has a WiFi network that sits unused, and I'd really like to turn that off.The problem is I cannot find my admin password. Keepass file? Nope. LastPass Vault? Nope. Evernote?
  • In Which I Try to Build Steam

    Josh English
    5 May 2015 | 9:42 pm
    I've been trying to get the time and energy to turn 2015 into the Year of the Novella. Clearly, making plans is a sure way for them not to come to fruition. So I turned to the 100 prompts program to build momentum. That hasn't worked. One story got through the whole process and is on market. Stories two and three are sitting waiting for me to compile the critiques from April 7. Story Four needs serious re-writing. Story Five failed. Story Six failed. Story Seven Failed, and the reboot of Story Seven failed. I'm talking "what is the next word going to be" kind of failure…
  • A peek into my Alternate Timelines

    Josh English
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:05 pm
    It has been a long time since I looked at my original GMail account. I had to stop using it because many many people wanted it, including my brother. I think I have saved him a fate worse than bureaucracy.Here are the things I have been doing in other worlds:As James and Julie, I am getting identical offers to buy my home.As John, I owe 2,46 to Eurolink Motorway OperationI need to read my meter in St. Lawrence, Jersey (the one in the English Channel)I missed out on a hypnotherapy session in Durban, South AfricaI am now a member of UCLA Tau Beta Pi, which is impressive considering I didn't…
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    The official home page of author Eric Flint

  • His Father’s Eyes – Snippet 26

    Drak Bibliophile
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    His Father’s Eyes – Snippet 26 “A cult?” Kevin said. “Really?” Kona’s expression soured. “Anyway, the circumstances are odd enough, and similar enough, that I’m not ready to rule out a connection.” If I hadn’t spoken to Jacinto Amaya the night before, I might have agreed with Kevin; at first glance, the evidence linking the murders seemed pretty thin. But that was one of the reasons Kona was such a good cop: she saw things that others missed. “What’s your interest in this, Jay?” Kevin asked.
  • 1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 47

    Drak Bibliophile
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 47 “Are you threatening me, Your Majesty?” Gaston scowled. “Why do people keep saying that? His Holiness confers the office of Archbishop, Your Grace, but the king of France has something to do with the process. And with the current difficulty attending Pope Urban, I can assure you that I will have a great deal to do with it. A great deal.” Gondi looked at Gaston, aghast. “You are not king of France yet, Sire, and I will have a great deal to do with the placement of the crown on your head.” “And now you…
  • 1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 46

    Drak Bibliophile
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 46 Chapter 27 Pau After Maddox’s Rangers had gotten themselves settled, they began to perform regular patrols south of the Gave de Pau, the river that ran south of the town. Servien assumed that this was with the consent — or, at least, the cognizance — of the comte. The group of forty would ride out in the morning and return in the late afternoon; they would look as if they’d had some exercise, with evidence of manoeuvres in the dense wooded hills in the Pyrenees foothills present in their clothing. Brassac did not make any…
  • His Father’s Eyes – Snippet 25

    Drak Bibliophile
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    His Father’s Eyes – Snippet 25 I knew that both Regina Witcombe and Patty were out of town; I needed to know when they would be back, and I chose to start with Patty. I found the Sonoran Winds Realty website and wrote down the address and phone number. Their main office was located back in North Scottsdale. I’m sure they would offer to give me her cell number, but I didn’t want to speak to her over the phone; for something like this, I needed to be in the room with her, seeing her reactions to my questions about Regina Witcombe. I called and told the receptionist that…
  • Eric Flint Newsletter – 25 JUNE 2015

    Eric Flint
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    There have been some modifications in my publication schedule from what it looked like in March. Here’s how it looks now: 1636: The Cardinal Virtues will be coming out in a week, at the beginning of July. It’s probably already showing up in some bookstores. In October, Baen is publishing an anthology in honor of David Drake titled Onward, Drake! (Which has a really, really ridiculous cover which I am really, really, really looking forward to teasing David about when I see him this coming weekend at Libertycon. Oh, chortle…) I have a story in the anthology titled “A Flat Affect.”…
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    Mad Libs

  • Books I’ve been reading

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:58 pm
    I’ve read about five books in the last few weeks that I haven’t reviewed here. Mostly they didn’t thrill me and I didn’t feel like talking about them. They were okay, but not particularly good or bad. Well, one was kinda bad. Anyhow, if I didn’t get them from NetGalley, I don’t feel obligated to review them. And even then I don’t. If I don’t like it enough, I send a note the publisher saying so. Mostly I prefer to review books that I find meaty to review. By that I mean interesting problems, or damned good reads, or books that move me in some…
  • Rewind, rip, state of confusion

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Let’s start with what has nothing to do with the title. My dad’s foot is infected again. Apparently the bone infection wasn’t completely gone. He’s now getting daily infusions for the next month, so they put a PICC line in. There’s a scary possibility that there might be gangrene. I’m not sure when we’ll know. Anyhow, we wait and hope. As for the subject of the post, I hit a wall with the book. I backed up and chopped out about 3K words and now I’m trying to pick up where I”m going next and how this book is going to finish out and…
  • More movie snark

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:47 pm
    The problem with Jurassic Park III (as if there’s only one) is that Billy is played by the same guy who played, Henry Crawford in Mansfield Park, which means that I can’t get my head around him being a paleontologist student. Also, when he goes and jumps off to rescue Eric, I kept humming, “Billy, don’t be a hero, don’t be a fool with your life . . .” On the other hand the rest of the cast rocks it. Love Sam Neill, Tea Leoni, and William Macy, not to mention Michael Jeter. And of course, love the velociraptors. Originally published at www.dianapfrancis.com.
  • snarky movie stuff

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:28 pm
    We’re watching Jurassic Park 2, aka, The Lost World. There are some wonderfully fun moments. I especially love the velociraptors. But then I always do. This may be the only movie I ever liked Vince Vaughn in. But here’s the thing. This movie suffers a great deal from Horror movie stupidity. The kind that sends people wandering outside with the nasty killer out there. The dinosaur experts apparently have absolutely no idea what dinosaurs are, practically. There are two of them, including the Julianne Moore character (what a waste of talent for this movie) who don’t seems to…
  • Hurtling through time

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    21 Jun 2015 | 12:54 am
    My birthday is now over. I’m one year older and wow, my life these days seems to be hurtling by. I need to do more stopping and smelling of the roses. That’s it. That’s all I got. Except for this. A good reminder.   Originally published at www.dianapfrancis.com. You can comment here or there.
 
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    SF writer Gary Gibson

  • In praise of my Ipad

    Gary Gibson
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:03 am
    I'm back. I need your ironic glasses, your skinny jeans and your...fixie.*Checks time machine chronometer, realises twenty-five years too late to terminate Sarah Connor, gets back in time machine, disappears*Sorry.I'm back! I mean, I finished a major redraft of the sequel to Extinction Game, which will be out some time next year. I've basically been welded to an office chair for the past couple of months and haven't really seen much of the outside world, and...Oh yeah. My iPad. I can't remember when I bought it exactly. Just over a year ago? Something like that.I think there's a kind of…
  • General Tso

    Gary Gibson
    15 May 2015 | 8:27 pm
    I saw a documentary the other night here in Taiwan called The Search for General Tso, General Tso's Chicken apparently being right behind pizza as America's favourite fast food. Which is interesting in that I've never heard of it. But, anyway, the documentary crew went to China, where most people have also never heard of it, except for a few in Hunan Province who took them to see a giant statue of Tso, who lived in the Qing Dynasty.Then it turned out /SPOILER ALERT/ SPOILER ALERT/ that General Tso's Chicken Dish was actually invented in the 50s by a chap called Peng, who worked…
  • Huckster alert: Extinction Game part of UK Kindle's special monthly deal for just £1.49

    Gary Gibson
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:06 am
    Time for some serious hucksterism round these parts: I just learned that the Kindle edition of Extinction Game, my most recently published work, is just £1.49 as part of Amazon's regular monthly deals and special offers. It's already rising higher in the ranking than it has been for a few weeks, and you can boost it even further! If you don't have it already, of course. But in that case, if you liked the book and want to persuade someone to read it, send them the link to this post.The nice thing is I don't lose out because of the lower price; Amazon are obligated to pay the full amount to my…
  • Scrivener, Storyist, Ulysses

    Gary Gibson
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:43 am
    Driven, I suppose, by a desire for something new, something different, I tried a couple of alternatives to Scrivener recently. Scrivener has been my go-to writing software since I discovered it in the middle of writing Stealing Light, and the second half of that book was finished using it.Scrivener essentially collects chapters, notes, synopses, images and research, all into a single document or "project". It has a full-screen view that blocks out distractions; you can do neat stuff like open separate chapters that "float" in size-adjustable boxes next to what you're actually working on, for…
  • Chappie, with Spoilers

    Gary Gibson
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:35 am
    I was avoiding going to see Chappie partly because of a series of deeply unflattering reviews, and partly because Neil Blomkamp's previous film Elysium was universally acknowledged to be a car crash - even by its creator. I certainly thought it was a car crash. All that, plus a 30% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a fairly damning review on i09.com, put me off even further.Then I saw a series of tweets by William Gibson, of all people, saying the film was unfairly maligned and deserved to be seen. And since there wasn't actually anything else on here in Taipei worth seeing this weekend, I…
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    Where Personal and Professional Life Collide...

  • State of the Meerkat: Alive, mostly, kinda

    Laura Anne Gilman
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:26 am
    One short story has been handed in, awaiting editor's response, one short story under sail - or would be, if there was any wind - and one novel due in 15 days and we're going to make it, one way or another, by dog. And a client manuscript on the desk, and another one on deck.Busy days.Meanwhile, it is unseasonably, unregionally HOT in Seattle, and it being Seattle, my apartment building doesn't have A/C. What I do have is a fan and a balcony that picks up an ocean breeze, so we're cranky but surviving. Even if I did have to ice the cats on Saturday.(relatedly, anyone want a nice, spinnable…
  • Elsewhere in America...

    Laura Anne Gilman
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:22 am
    More predominantly Black churches are burning, this morning.I am not particularly religious - I believe in the universe, not a particular quantifiable god. But there is nothing but the work of our worst devils in the destruction of a house of god - any god, all god. It is an offense against love.And history has never painted such arsonists in anything but the darkest colors.
  • No more "gay marriage." Only marriage. Or, if you prefer - Mawwidge.

    Laura Anne Gilman
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:04 am
    Via SCOTUSBlog:5-4: Holding: Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex, and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when a marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out of state.Sixth Circuit is reversed. Same-sex couples have right to marry in all 50 states.“The right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty. Same-sex couples…
  • for those who prefer the visual impact of a tearsheet...

    Laura Anne Gilman
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:06 am
    And also 'cause I just like looking at it:So now you REALLY want to pre-order it, right?Book 1: SILVER ON THE ROAD - 6 October 2015Available for pre-order now at the following fine book-shilling establishments....Simon & Schuster / B&N / Kobo / Mysterious Galaxy / Powells / Indigo/Chapters /Indiebound /Book Depository / Amazon / iBooks / Books-A-Million / GooglePlay
  • "The plural of angry court justices is a Scalia" - Stephen Blackmore

    Laura Anne Gilman
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:38 am
    via the Wall Street Journal: SCOTUS upholds the Affordable Care Act.6-3 DECISION: The court’s ruling came on a 6-3 vote. Joining Chief Justice Roberts were Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Dissenting were Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.WHAT THE RULING MEANS: The decision preserves a centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act. The ruling marks the second time President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement has survived a near-death experience in the courts, and leaves the law on a…
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  • Prepping for an author visit? Read this!

    Shannon Hale
    9 Jun 2015 | 1:47 pm
    I did about 25 assemblies at schools this past year. Add that to a previous 200-300 assemblies and you could say I've about seen it all. One visit I was picked up at the train station in a limo, treated to a lunch with a class of kids that had read my books and had an amazing discussion with them. One visit (many many visits) I've been thrown at the kids without their having any idea whatsoever who I was or why I was there and consequently not caring much either. [NOTE: You do NOT need to pick up the author in a limo! But the kids do notice if the author event is a big deal to the…
  • Thoughts on Mother's Day

    Shannon Hale
    11 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    Yesterday (Mother's Day) my 4yo woke me up at 6:30 am. She busied herself with something for a few minutes, so I opened my computer and wrote this. It's mother's day! And I am a mother. I am not a goddess. I am not a saint. I am not an angel. I am Wile E. Coyote and perfection is the Road Runner. There have been times in my life when I yearned to be a mother and couldn't. There have been times when I was a mother and would have offered up the title to Mephistopheles in exchange for a few hours of sleep. At times I have wept with transcendental joy at the profound miracle…
  • Stop shushing the funny girls

    Shannon Hale
    4 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Elizabeth Bird (librarian, author, blogger) asked me to contribute to her upcoming anthology FUNNY GIRL. For the announcement, she wanted me to write a sentence or two about being funny and being a girl and a writer or whatever, and yeah, I got carried away. Here’s the stuff I sent her that was obv too long for her announcement article. While there are moments of humor in my first two books (Goose Girl & Enna Burning), no one would rightly call these comedies. When I was writing Princess Academy, I remember going to NYC for something and having a meeting with my editor and publicist.
  • Boos for girls

    Shannon Hale
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:40 am
    I don’t know how many school assemblies I’ve done over the past 12 years. 200-300 is my best guess. Something I’ve found is that boys feel okay booing and mocking things they see as “for girls” but that girls never mock the “boy” things. Here’s an example. This exact scenario has repeated at every elementary and middle school assembly I’ve done in the past year and a half - at least 30, maybe more, in over a dozen states. Me: I went to Mattel headquarters. Mattel is the largest toy maker in the world. They make Thomas the Train, Justice League Figures, Matchbox Cars–…
  • YALLWEST or bust

    Shannon Hale
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    I'm having issues pasting photos so here's the links to the tumblr posts I did on my weekend at YALLWEST. What a great time! I love the YA book community. Part part 1 Post part 2
 
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    the m john harrison blog

  • age wars

    uzwi
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:27 am
    The middle aged–that is, those between about thirty five and fifty years old–are afraid of the way old people view the world. They pretend that this view is a criminal ideology for which they have a fine and organised political contempt. They have a duty to root it out. It is an issue. They also pretend that their own faux juvenility (sustained precariously in the face of first the true juvenility then the growing adulthood of their own children) is less an evasion than a special kind of sensibility, one that has to be fought for and that possesses a high political value. What…
  • KT cruel

    uzwi
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:25 am
    The White Cat reappeared 200 kilometers above Redline. Ordnance burst around her. Someone had predicted she would come out there and then. “Oh yes,” said Seria Mau, “very clever. Fuck you too.” Tit for tat, she cooked off a high-end mine she had slipped into the path of the incoming pod. “Here’s one I prepared earlier,” she said. The pod broke up, temporarily blinded, and toppled away in several directions. “They won’t forgive us for that,” she told her mathematics. “They’re arrogant bastards, that team.” The…
  • FE365

    uzwi
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:13 am
    shouting, berating, destroyed by the absolute Quizoola & signage of the universe, blundering as a gorilla across some space in Sheffield or Clapham—stunned into momentary silence by the accusation “Are you acting?” exhausted from asking these infinite questions of the real but in a dead boring voice—disheartened by waves spooks ladders two dimensional trees—dismayed by prospects of costume or the piano or twins or the sheer number of functions of the disaster—but then immediately caught in a moment of ineradicable “beauty” you could neither have predicted before nor…
  • ag wars

    uzwi
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:37 am
    –take a slice of your commission–take a slice off everything–if you look where their depots are–it’s dog eat dog out there–the tractor business is a different one–it’s coast to coast–it’s about cleaning up the balance sheet–run it as a franchise then run their own stuff on the side–did some things you probably wouldn’t agree with–the way of the world–they do a lot of tractors–80 to a 100 tractors, about 3%–I say I can’t quite believe that–he figures the whole area’s running…
  • pearl herself

    uzwi
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:55 am
    Downstairs he told Pearl, the only person who’d spoken to him since he arrived, “It was weird.” “They’re all fucking weird here.” He had found her sitting on a window-sill on the second-floor landing, drinking from a bottle of Riesling and staring down into the garden as if calculating the possibilities of a sudden leap of faith. “I don’t suppose I’m any better,” Shaw said. “Are you going to jump?” This bought him a look of contempt. “Don’t be a twat,” she advised, “if you want to get anywhere in this life.” She had a blank, sidelong smile which didn’t…
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    Glenn Hauman: View From Above

  • If You Were A Puppy, My Sweet

    Glenn Hauman
    5 Jun 2015 | 3:03 pm
    by Glenn Hauman & David Mack If you were a puppy, my sweet, you would be a wild one. You’d be big and neutered, just like human-you. You’d bound from place to place, unburdened by any thought of consequences, full of energy and bereft of conscience. Some would delight in your antics, your perverse rejection of dignity. Others would quail from your manic slobbering and call you a nuisance, but you would be excused, because that’s just how puppies behave. If you were a wild puppy, I’d hear you yelp. I’d bear your endless braying and wonder what you were going on about. Sometimes…
  • The Luckiest Man On The Face Of The Earth

    Glenn Hauman
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:21 pm
    75 years ago today, one of the most famous speeches in history was given in Yankee Stadium. No full recording of the entire speech exists, so here are some people helping fill in the gaps.
  • My quick link post

    Glenn Hauman
    9 Feb 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Did I mention I’m occasionally cross-posting at https://plus.google.com/+GlennHauman/ I owe my upbringing to the taxpayer. Both of my parents owe essentially their entire lifetime of earnings to the taxpayer. With only brief e ? Well, I am. Add me to your circles there, while I try and figure all these connections out.
  • Re: The cult of justice – from Charlie Stross’s Diary

    Glenn Hauman
    29 Dec 2013 | 12:42 pm
    There’s a set of patterns I keep seeing that are implicit in our news reportage—specifically, the reporting of legal cases. Patterns which seem to me to have a very simple underlying cause but which we take so much for granted that we don’t recognize them explicitly. 1. Justice is a religious cult. 2. Law is holy scripture. 3. Judges are priests. 4. Judicial capital punishment is human sacrifice. via The cult of justice – Charlie’s Diary. My alternate hypothesis from the comments: 1. Communities are shared narratives. 2. Governments are attempts to fix the narratives…
  • A case where donating money won’t fix the problem

    Glenn Hauman
    29 Dec 2013 | 12:23 pm
    But that won’t stop some people from trying to donate anyway. http://ventrellaquest.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/join-the-fight-against-affluenza/
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    On the Overgrown Path

  • New Short Story coming to Tor.com

    David Herter
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:50 pm
       A new short story debuts at Tor.com on July 8, with amazing cover art by Wesley Allsbruck.  “Islands Off the Coast of Capitola, 1978,” is an homage to my favorite writer Gene Wolfe, also my sixth week instructor at Clarion West.  Six years ago I came across Wolfe’s masterful and creepy “Houston, 1943,” and my [re]reading of it triggered a [re][re] reading of a group of stories which always struck me as very (very) loosely a series: “The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories,” (already part of its own series), “And When They Appear,” …
  • The Tsar of the Forests

    David Herter
    3 Jun 2015 | 7:55 pm
    The second half of John Tyrrell’s eagerly awaited Janáček biography -- Years of a Life Volume II 1914-1928: Tsar of the Forests -- arrived last week from London. A highlight: Tyrrell’s focus on The Excursions of Mr. Broucek, Janáček’s longest and most troublesome project. Here, the tussles with librettists, publishers and opera houses, the stops and starts, the loss of momentum followed by years of inactivity and the fierce, patriotic inspiration brought about by the end of the Great War are all brilliantly sketched by Mr. Tyrrell. As a fan of science fiction, I’m especially…
  • A book report.(from 2008)

    David Herter
    30 May 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Yes, I finished Volume 2 of Professor John Tyrrell's magnificent biography last night. I thought I'd toss out a few tidbits:Janáček's endless tweakings. Like any great artist, Janáček was meddling with his creations up to the very last moment -- in this case, his adaptation of Čapek's science-fictional stage play The Makropulos Thing. As he put it (in uncharacteristically clumsy syntax), "When one hears one's things, here and there [extra] filling in the orchestra occurs to one." He began to send insertions to the score up to and during rehearsals. According to a witness: "Even at the…
  • Rest in Peace, Russell Hoban (post from 2011)

    David Herter
    30 May 2015 | 1:23 am
    Russell Hoban died Tuesday in London. His achievement is known; he is recognized, canonized both by the high-lit set and lovers of children's literature. He will forever be tagged as the author of the beloved Frances children's books and the classic post-apocalyptic novel Riddley Walker (and rightly so). But it seems to me that all these accolades merely skip around the boundaries of what was wonderful about him. He was a writer of bold variety, one whose predilections tipped toward the fantastic. He was a writer of obsessions and used them so boldly, and…
  • from SFRA Review #251 March/April 2001

    David Herter
    4 Mar 2014 | 4:47 pm
    CERES STORM review by Phillip SnyderReaders of Gene Wolfe may find much to admire in Ceres Storm, a first novel by Clarion West graduate David Herter. So might fans of Samuel R. Delany’s Nova-era space operas and John Varley’s early clones-across-the-solar-system extravaganzas. But it is chiefly with the far-future sagas of Wolfe that readers of Herter’s debut will feel an unmistakable resonance. The armature for the novel is a hero’s quest across a colorful and mysterious solar system. Young Daric, along with fellow clones Yellow and Black Daric, Jason, and the golden Grandpapa,…
 
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    People are strange, when you're a stranger . . .

  • Thursday floral report

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:40 am
    First cattail flower spikes are up, goatsbeard blooming, maybe St. John's wort.  Also first purple loosestrife flowers, damn them.  Usual suspects continue.Not-roadkill -- a chipmunk considered suicide under my front tire, but I managed to evade it.  Speedbump . . .Got out on the bike.  Fresh pavement occurring around the four mile mark, with another couple of miles to go.  May they finish before my next outing.15.27 miles, 1:16:59
  • Drying off

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    Fog early, cleared for the newspaper walk.  Air temperature 59 F, light south wind.  Bike ride possible.The human race continues to deny its humanity.  Seems to be a conflict in the definition, there.
  • Details, details

    1 Jul 2015 | 2:45 pm
    For some reason I paid attention to one of those gold-buyers' ads on TV.  And I itemized gold coins in amongst the jewelry, etc.  And realized I shouldn't be seeing the clerk counting out Andy Jacksons -- should have been Benjamins, and a lot of them.  A single $20 US gold coin is an ounce of gold, at upwards of $1200 per ounce.I really shouldn't pay attention to ads.
  • 1 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Well, the Red Sox are celebrating Canada Day.
  • 1 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    Happy Canada Day to our best neighbors to the north. And east. And west. And some of your major cities are south of me . . .
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    Jim C. Hines

  • Radio Silence

    Jim C. Hines
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:11 am
    The blog will be relatively quiet for a week or so. I have very important “research” to do up north for the next book. It’s hard work being a writer, ya know? Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
  • Depression Update

    Jim C. Hines
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:33 pm
    It’s been a bit over three years since I was officially diagnosed with depression and started with therapy and medication. I can say without hesitation that overall, my life is much improved over 3+ years ago. I can say with equal certainty that I haven’t been “cured” of depression, any more than insulin and regular visits to the endocrinologist cured my diabetes. I mentioned Christine Miserandino’s spoon theory over on Twitter earlier today. Spoon theory is an analogy about living with chronic sickness or disability. I know the analogy doesn’t work for…
  • Joy and the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage

    Jim C. Hines
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:12 am
    FYI, I’ll be on Lansing Online News tonight at 7, talking about Fable: Blood of Heroes, writing, and whatever else comes up. You can check the Ustream broadcast, or if you’re local, you can listen on 89.7 FM. I’m 41 years old. When I was in elementary school, we played a game called Smear the Queer. I had no idea what “queer” actually meant. I just thought of it as another fun roughhousing game, basically like tag with the added bonus of getting to tackle someone at the end. The movie Teen Wolf came out in 1985, when I was eleven. It included Michael J. Fox…
  • Cool Stuff Friday

    Jim C. Hines
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:04 am
    Friday is writing a song about Rebecca Black. Stolkholm Public Library, in LEGO. By Linus Minkowsky. Cats Who Secretly Love Ducks. Dogs Failing at Catch and Fetch. Zookeepers Recreating Chris Pratt’s Raptor-Taming Scene from Jurassic World. Bonus: Chris Pratt tames children at  Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Medical Center. Bonus 2: Jurassic Pratt Channels his Inner Starlord. Bonus 3: Chris Pratt Taming Avengers. Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
  • NASA!

    Jim C. Hines
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:28 pm
    A couple of weeks before ApolloCon, I got an email asking if I wanted to have lunch with one of the guests, NASA astronaut Stanley Love. To which I naturally said, “YES PLEASE!” I also got to eat and chat with author Amy Sisson and her husband, NASA scientist Paul Abell. All three are great fun, and Love has me half-convinced to take a vacation to Antarctica one of these days. At some point during the meal, it came up that the Johnson Space Center was only about a half-hour from the convention. I’m pretty sure I made the world’s best puppy-dog eyes upon hearing this…
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    When You Stop Believing in It, It Doesn't Go Away

  • New York Collapse

    Alexander Irvine
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Today at E3 Ubisoft was showing around this excerpt from my next book: New York Collapse. It's a companion/backstory to their upcoming game The Division, taking the form of a survival guide filled with marginalia and diary entries from a survivor experiencing the pandemic that devastates New York. And as she reads, she starts to discover that maybe the book is more than what it appears to be at first glance...Here are the front and back covers. I'm stoked to be part of this game world. 
  • Me and Trebek

    Alexander Irvine
    4 Jun 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Tune in July 1 to see what happens...
  • Batman: Riddler's Gambit cover

    Alexander Irvine
    19 May 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Pretty slick, no?
  • Scribe Awards Nominees 2015

    Alexander Irvine
    19 May 2015 | 5:02 am
    I'm very pleased to count myself among the nominees for the 2015 Scribe Awards, for my novelization of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Congratulations to all the other nominees! The whole slate, from the IAMTW website:BEST ORIGINAL NOVEL – GENERAL24: Deadline by James SwallowMurder She Wrote: Death of a Blue Blood by Don BainMike Hammer: King of the Weeds by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan CollinsHomeland: Saul’s Game by Andrew KaplanThe Killing: Uncommon Denominator by Karen DionneBEST ORIGINAL NOVEL – SPECULATIVESleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution by Keith R. A. DeCandidoGrimm:…
  • A Connie Willis Story

    Alexander Irvine
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:21 am
    I just remembered this story after reading Connie Willis' heartfelt (and to my mind absolutely correct) assessment of the Sad Puppies debacle, which might more accurately be termed a hostage situation, since the Hugo Award--and by extension the question of how the science fiction field wants to be perceived by itself--is being held hostage by a few people who...well, read Connie's thoughts on the topic.Anyway, the story:In the late 1990s, while living in Denver for grad school, I was a member of the Northern Colorado Writers Workshop, an august institution to which I frequently brought…
 
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    Nicholas Kaufmann's Journal

  • Castle of Deception

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:07 am
    Castle of Deception by Ed Fitch My rating: 2 of 5 stars I read this novel when I was a teenager. At the time, its softcore eroticism, mostly of the woman-on-woman variety, thrilled me, although if I were to read it again now I suspect there would be more eye-rolling than heavy breathing. Still, it was the first fantasy novel I read that featured adult sexual situations, and so it stayed with me. I was tickled to discover it on Goodreads just now. It’s long out of print, but despite the fact that I’m convinced it was probably poorly written dreck, I kind of want someone to bring it…
  • The Scariest Part: Max Turner Talks About NEW ORDER

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:01 am
    This week on The Scariest Part, my guest is Max Turner, whose latest novel in the Night Runner series is New Order. Here’s the publisher’s description: How can a guy who can’t find two matching socks be qualified to lead anyone? An ancient prophecy declared that Zack Thomson, orphaned son of a great vampire hunter, would come back from the dead and either lead humanity into the light—or destroy it. Now the End of Days for vampires is here, the old order is eroding, and from the ashes of that ruin a new world will arise. Will Zack become the great leader the new order so…
  • My Readercon 26 Schedule

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Readercon is just a couple of weeks away! If you’re wondering where to find me, here’s my schedule (barring any last-minute alterations):Friday July 1111:00 AM    F    Mystery and Speculative Crossovers. Meriah Crawford, Chris Gerwel, Greer Gilman, Nicholas Kaufmann, Adam Lipkin (leader). There are many books that draw from both the speculative fiction and mystery toolboxes, in both macro ways (China Miéville’s The City & the City and Peter F. Hamilton’s Great North Road are catalyzed by hard-boiled murder investigations) and micro…
  • Pretty Monsters

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:55 am
    Pretty Monsters: Stories by Kelly Link My rating: 5 of 5 stars Another winning collection from Kelly Link, as full of wit, charm, and sophisticated storytelling as her others. The stories skew a bit younger here, but Link’s trademark surrealism and underlying darkness are still present, which means adults will enjoy the collection as much as young adults. Shaun Tan’s illustrations add a nice touch. Choosing a favorite story in a Link collection is always hard, but the title story, “Pretty Monsters,” really blew me away. It’s a tour de force. The similarly named…
  • R.I.P. Patrick Macnee

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Patrick Macnee has died at the age of 93. Damn, this one hit me hard. Maybe even harder than Christopher Lee, who passed away a couple of weeks ago. You see, The Avengers, the British TV show that starred Macnee as the dapper secret agent John Steed, was a huge part of my childhood. So much so that I now proudly own the 16-disc DVD collection The Avengers: The Complete Emma Peel Megaset. (Diana Rigg’s Mrs. Peel, seen above with Macnee’s Steed, was my favorite of his three female partners during the original run of the series. Between The Avengers, Doctor Who, and The Tomorrow…
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    Dear Sweet Filthy World

  • "And the lion's roar, the lion's roar."

    greygirlbeast
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:36 am
    For no particular reason, I think I'll post a list of what I consider the thirty very best vampire films (in no particular order):01. The Hunger (1983)02. The Lost Boys (1987)03. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)04. Vampire's Kiss (1989)05. Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)06. Byzantium (2012)07. Låt den rätte komma in (2008)08. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)09. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)10. Shadow of the Vampire (2000)11. Drácula (1931, "Spanish Dracula")12. The Brides of Dracula (1963)13. Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)14. Nosferatu the Vampyre…
  • "Yeah, when I was only seventeen, I could hear the angels whispering."

    greygirlbeast
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:22 am
    There were thunderstorms before dawn. I slept through them, but they woke Spooky. Now, they've passed over us and out to sea. And there's some sun. And suddenly it's July, again.Yesterday was a disaster, so far as writing is concerned. I'd expected to finish "Dead Letter Office." Instead, I spent an hour and a half tearing apart and reworking everything I wrote on Monday, which, it turned out – or at least to yesterday's eyes – was a load of crap. I'm not sure what I'll see when I look at the pages today. On Facebook, I wrote: To my mind, as a writer I am first and foremost a stylist.
  • "Weren't we like a battlefield, locked inside a holy war?"

    greygirlbeast
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:20 am
    The sun is out today, and the temperature is supposed to reach 81˚F. I'll be gracious and let that pass for summer. Actually, I'm glad it's not hotter today. Kathryn's getting a new tattoo this afternoon (photos tomorrow), and she's better off not being all sweaty and shit.Yesterday, I wrote 1,034 words on "Dead Letter Office." I'd have written more, but there were distractions (work related). Which reminds me. As I said yesterday on Facebook, the VERY BIG ANNOUNCEMENT will come, at the latest, on July 13th. So, keep watching the skies. After seven-plus months, the secret has exhausted me.As…
  • "I don't need to be kind to the armies of night that would do such injustice to you." (Redux)

    greygirlbeast
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:11 am
    The floor has dropped out from beneath me again, and there's the whirlpool of depression and anger.But I wrote 1,546 words on "Dead Letter Office."Last night, True Detective (this week's, and a re-watch of last week's), Penny Dreadful, and the final episode of Nurse Jackie, plus a quirky little postmodernish western, John Maclean's Slow West (2015).“It seemed silly to wash one day when I would only have to wash again the next. It made me tired just to think of it.” ~ Sylvia PlathTired,Aunt Beast
  • "Across the muddy river, and the smokestacks on the bank."

    greygirlbeast
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:31 am
    It's shitty out there. Only 65˚F and overcast. No summer day should be saddled with this weather.But on this day one year ago, pretty much everything was perfect, and we saw Neko Case play an outdoor show in Lowell, Massachusetts. It might have been my last best day. There were some good days in Woodstock, but I don't think any matched Lowell.Jesus, I need to get the fuck out of this house for a few days.Yesterday, I wrote. Finally. I did 1,069 words on a new story, "Dead Letter Office," which will appear in Sirenia Digest #113.Last night, we watched Bill Murray in Theodore Melfi's St.
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  • My Favorite Bit: A.F.E. Smith Talks About DARKHAVEN

    Beth Bernier
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    A.F.E. Smith is joining us today with her novel Darkhaven. Here’s the publisher’s description. Ayla Nightshade never wanted to rule Darkhaven. But her half-brother Myrren – true heir to the throne – hasn’t inherited their family gift, forcing her to take his place. When this gift leads to Ayla being accused of killing her father, Myrren is the only one to believe her innocent. Does something more sinister than the power to shapeshift lie at the heart of the Nightshade family line? Now on the run, Ayla must fight to clear her name if she is ever to wear the crown…
  • My Favorite Bit: Alyc Helms Talks About THE DRAGONS OF HEAVEN

    Beth Bernier
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Alyc Helms is joining us today with her novel The Dragons of Heaven. Here’s the publisher’s description: Street magician Missy Masters inherited more than the usual genetic cocktail from her estranged grandfather. She also got his preternatural control of shadow and his legacy as the vigilante hero, Mr Mystic. Problem is, being a pulp hero takes more than a good fedora and a knack for witty banter, and Missy lacks the one thing Mr Mystic had: experience. Determined to live up to her birthright, Missy journeys to China to seek the aid of Lung Huang, the ancient master who once…
  • Henson Diversity Training Workshop: Day 1

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:07 am
    At 6:30, fifteen of us have gathered at the Jim Henson studios. It’s sunny so we’re meeting in the courtyard and chatting. I’m delighted to see Raymond Carr, who I worked with on Lazytown. I recognize one other woman who was in the audition group after mine. I don’t know anyone else. What is striking, compared to most gatherings of puppeteers I wind up in, is that I’m one of only three white people there. We’re a mix of folks with backgrounds in puppetry or improv. Some have both. Some have only one. Some are brand-new to the whole thing. And everyone is…
  • Android camera question: Can you turn off the mirroring on the front facing camera?

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:50 am
    Does anyone know how to turn off the mirroring on the front facing camera in Android? Let me explain why, before you jump to the comments to try to tell me that it’s a feature not a bug. I totally get why, under normal circumstances, having the image mirrored will make it easier for most folks to take a selfie. My problem is that I want to use my tablet as a monitor so I can practice video style puppetry. In video puppetry, the monitor is not mirrored. My google-fu is failing me. Or rather, it’s coming up with lots of posts of people asking the same question and being told that…
  • Help Nora and Bob by listening to me read naughty Jane Austen.

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:24 pm
    This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Nora & BobBefore we get to the Jane Austen phone sex video, give me a moment of your time. Last month, I told you about my friends Nora and Bob and the horrific car accident they survived. This is their truck.   So — there’s a fundraiser, and I’m helping with some Acts of Whimsy. I’m going to read a little Jane Austen to you, in my phone sex voice, because it always makes Nora laugh and laugh when I do this at Oregon Regency Society retreats. Here’s the link to Help Nora and Bob by donating at GoFundMe So how…
 
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    SF and Nonsense

  • InterstellarNet: Enigma -- now (finally!) -- on paper :-)

    28 Jun 2015 | 6:50 pm
    It's been an ebook serial. It's been an ebook book (or, as the publisher would have it, an ebook omnibus). It incorporates the Hugo Award-nominated novelette "Championship B'tok." But for the many who prefer the feel of a physical bound volume in their hands? They've been without an option.Latest and greatestIt is InterstellarNet: Enigma, the third -- and, IMO, most ambitious yet -- adventure in the InterstellarNet saga. And as of today, I'm delighted to report, this novel is, finally, also available in print."When people talk about good hard SF -- rigorously extrapolated but still imbued…
  • We will sell no wine before its time

    23 Jun 2015 | 7:03 am
    Fine wine -- and even, if you're old enough, the not-so-fine, screw-top beverage the subject-line slogan will evoke -- must age to reach its full potential.I find the craft of writing to be like that. Sure, I've knocked out the first draft of some short stories in a few consecutive days (or even one!), allowing nothing to interrupt. For longer stories and novels, the process is more complicated -- and not merely because longer stories require (at the least) months to complete.For longer works, the original story concept -- no matter how detailed my research, going-in outline, and character…
  • Physics in flux

    16 Jun 2015 | 7:42 am
    With the daily news so often grim, and the 2016 presidential campaign already seeming endless, I find it uplifting, from time to time, to reground myself in less well covered -- but more meaningful and exciting -- dispatches from the frontiers of science. Today: reports and speculations from the frontiers of physics.A chip off the Moore's Law blockWe'll begin with applied physics. Since the Sixties, we've been on a pell-mell race to continue upping the density (read: continue decreasing the cost and/or size) of electronics. It's that steady progress that brings us such goodies as HDTV and…
  • The 2015 Nebula Awards weekend

    10 Jun 2015 | 7:08 am
    I'm newly home from Chicago and a wonderful experience: SFWA's annual -- and, as it happened, the 50th -- Nebula Awards weekend. SFWA, of course, is the Science-fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. (In this instance, not a typo. When fantasy authors demanded equal billing in the organization's name, maintaining the historical acronym and logo required that odd mixed capitalization.) The Nebulas, awarded annually by SFWA for specific works of fiction, are among the highest honors in the genre.Photo from LocusAn even higher honor is the Solstice Award, "granted in recognition of the positive…
  • Spacing out

    1 Jun 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Here are some interesting space-exploration items I've been accumulating ...Let's get it off the drawing boardsGetting the downers out of the way first: "NASA says new heavy-lift rocket debut not likely until 2018." And wouldn't it be nice if NASA knew what it wanted to do with its ever-delayed launcher? (On that latter point, it's not only me who wonders. From the Washington Post, see, "NASA has a spaceship, but where will it go?") Creeping toward a mission choice -- for 2025 -- we read "For Asteroid-Capture Mission, NASA Picks 'Option B' for Boulder."If NASA's manned spaceflight is all but…
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    We Are Still Laughing

  • Announcing the release of Managing Mailing Lists with Mailman

    23 Jun 2015 | 5:32 pm
    "Managing Mailing Lists with Mailman," the second of two video courses I recorded last month for lynda.com, the online training company, has just been released. Here's the course description:Mailman is an open-source alternative to commercial mailing list managers and it's administered through an accessible web-based interface. This course will show you how to administer and operate Mailman, and start maintaining subscriber lists of your own. Author David D. Levine covers navigating in Mailman, configuring replies and notifications, adding and removing subscribers, and setting up the…
  • I'm an OWC Writing Contest "celebrity judge" -- deadline 6/22!

    16 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    I have been invited as the "celebrity judge" (?!) for the Fiction First Chapter category of the 2015 Oregon Writers Colony Writing Contest. The contest is open to both OWC members and nonmembers, regardless of state or national residency, and the deadline to enter (electronic submission or postmark) is June 22, 2015. The contest has four categories:First chapter, fiction, up to 3500 wordsFirst chapter, narrative nonfiction, up to 3500 wordsShort story, fiction, up to 2500 wordsShort story, narrative nonfiction, up to 2500 wordsCash prizes will be awarded in each category! See…
  • Year's Best Military SF & Space Opera release, podcast, and poll

    15 Jun 2015 | 4:29 pm
    As you may recall, my "Venus noir" story "The End of the Silk Road," set in the same universe as "The Wreck of the Mars Adventure" and my forthcoming novel Arabella of Mars, was selected for The Year’s Best Military SF and Space Opera. Well, the anthology is now available! You can get it from Powell's, Amazon.com, and everywhere else books and ebooks are sold.With an introduction by best-selling military science fiction author David Drake and selected by editor David Afsharirad from the top short story markets in the field, here are the most thrilling, pulse-pounding, and thought-provoking…
  • Announcing the release of "SED Essential Training"

    11 Jun 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Last month I traveled to Southern California to record two more video courses for lynda.com, the online training company. It was an enjoyable experience, as always, and I'm pleased to say that both of the courses will be released this month. The first, "SED Essential Training," is already live. Here's the course description:SED is the one of the original command line tools for parsing and transforming data on Unix, Linux, and Macintosh machines. David D. Levine helps you unlock the power of SED's compact syntax in these lessons, which cover extracting, transforming, and manipulating data in…
  • Kate's progress: May

    5 Jun 2015 | 8:27 pm
    It's now a little more than six months since Kate's surgery, and she's doing pretty well. Her progress has not been uniform. We haven't messed with the steroid dose, so there has been no significant backsliding, but at the moment the aphasia, weakness, wobbliness, and lack of stamina are a bit worse than last week -- though not nearly as bad as they were in the first couple of months after surgery. She's just slow, and tires easily, and sometimes has trouble finding words. We think that what we're seeing now is likely fatigue from last week's chemo (the fourth of six planned monthly rounds).
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    Paul Levinson's Infinite Regress

  • True Detective 2.2: Pulling a Game of Thrones?

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:57 pm
    I think the killing of Ned at the end of the first season of Game of Thrones, combined with the fact that its excellent ratings subsequently increased, has forever changed television.  Well, certainly the kind of superb television we've been seeing since The Sopranos on HBO, and soon after on Showtime, AMC, Starz, and now Netflix and Amazon streaming, as well.But the problem with successful innovation is that you need to out-innovate the original innovation if the successor shows are to be as successful as the original. Which brings me to last night's True Detective 2.2 on HBO.In the two…
  • The Drop: A Lift

    25 Jun 2015 | 10:08 am
    I saw The Drop last night - the Dennis Lehane movie (he wrote the screenplay, based on his short story, "Animal Rescue"), starring James Gandolfini in his final performance and Tom Hardy in what, by my lights, is probably the best performance of his career so far.The plot is intricate, with lots of sharp, dangerous, fast and slow moving pieces, and it's all brought together beautifully in the end, with a twist that's stunning when it happens but perfectly plausible in retrospect - in other words, precisely the kind of surprise ending you would want.Tom Hardy delivers of powerful performance…
  • True Detective: All New

    22 Jun 2015 | 3:45 pm
    True Detective was back for its second season on HBO with last night, with no connection to the first season, except this second season looks like it could be almost as outstanding.Colin Farrell plays Ray, a detective in the pocket of an LA hood, Vince Vaughn's Frank, for essentially very personal reasons.  The question, as it always is in these circumstances, is how much in the pocket - and what, if anything, will pull Ray out of it.Rachel McAdams plays Ani, who at this point appears to be a much truer - i.e., non-crooked - detective than does Ray.   It's good to see a woman in…
  • Poldark Rebooted on PBS

    22 Jun 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Poldark was back on PBS last night, in a brand new rebooting of the series.  (Hey, rebooting can have a literal, original, nondigital meaning here, since there are lots of boots in the muddy terrain of this narrative.)  My wife and I loved the original two Poldarks back in the 1970s - adopted from the books - right up there with Upstairs, Downstairs and I, Claudius as the best-ever on PBS, to this very day.What always attracted me to the story was the reverse of what we in America usually see in the aftermath of our successful 1776 revolution.  To England, that war as a…
  • Jurassic World: A New Kind of Weapon

    20 Jun 2015 | 8:03 pm
    I saw Jurassic World tonight.  As a fan of the earlier Jurassic movies, I was hoping for the best but was ready for less.  Sequels upon sequels are tough going.  The verdict: this Jurassic movie was one of the best.The twist in the movie - so don't read on if you don't like spoilers - is that the raptors are being trained by a Navy man, Owen.  We soon learn why: the US wants to use them as literally biological weapons.   As the chief military spokesman Hoskins, played by Law & Order's Vincent D'Onofrio says at some point, wouldn't it have been great if we had…
 
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  • One cheer for equal rights to marry

    Holly
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:46 am
    Tweet The right to be together legallyI have long been a proponent for the rights of any consenting adults to marry any other consenting adults. I think my uncle would have lived longer had he been born in an era where being gay was not a crime. I think my aunt would have been happier had she and the woman she loved been able to be together as an acknowledged, legally accepted married couple. And bluntly, I think that for any two people who make a lifetime commitment to each other, their rights to share benefits of Social Security*, Medicare/Medicaid*, inheritance, and to make end-of-life…
  • Rescheduling the last two live chats.

    Holly
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:57 am
    Tweet Due to continued recovery from the previous surgery, plus pending further surgery and the need for recovery from that, I’ve rescheduled the last two HTTS Live Chats. Tue, 18 Aug 13:00 PM Tue, 15 Sep 13:00 PM Replays of the first four chats, plus downloads, are available now without registration or login here: http://howtothinksideways.com/about-the-htts-qa-live-chats/
  • Links between cancer, stress, and overwork: why I’m cutting my hours

    Holly
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:29 am
    Tweet Too much to doI’m here to tell you that there is no medical journal article currently available on the long-term physical effects of writers working ten-to-seventeen-hour days seven days a week for for stretches of up to seven months. (Either with or without a healthy diet and exercise.) However, there is a breadcrumb trail I’m following: Crumb one: The cellular changes in my tongue arose because of a decreased immune response to mutations. Crumb two: I am clear of internal (viral) agents that cause decreased immune response. Crumb three: There is a strongly correlative link…
  • The good news is, it’s not cancer.

    Holly
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:31 am
    Tweet It’s not cancerI had an odd white spot on the underside of my tongue. I’ve never smoked (not even a single inhalation from a single cigarette), I can count on two hands the number of alcoholic drinks I’ve had, and on two fingers the number I’ve actually finished. But I’m fifty-four and female, which increases my risk of oral cancer from just the ever-freakin’-fun of getting older. So I took my little tongue spot and went to the dentist and had a cancer screening. That was negative, but was also surface only—and the tech doing the screening…
  • Medical Time-Out

    Holly
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:57 am
    Tweet Medical Time-OutWith my deepest apologies to everyone who is waiting for me to produce various lessons, stories, and training, I am in the middle of a medical situation, and am going to be absolutely unavailable until at least next Monday (June 22). I may need to be offline longer than that. Dan is covering the help desk for me until I can get back. This is unlikely to be time where I’ll be getting any productive work done, so everything just got delayed. I’ll update you when I am once again online.
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  • Berlin Fashion Film Festival

    llowe
    5 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    My daughter Esther’s two films — ‘G.’ and ‘The Beautiful Mind’ — premiered today at the Berlin Fashion Film Festival. Both were made for perfumes by cult perfumer Geza Schoen. Schoen believes that ‘the sexiest thing about a woman is her mind’, a view which his The Beautiful Mind Series celebrates. You can watch ‘G.’ [...]
  • Break one, thousand will rise

    llowe
    11 Jan 2015 | 3:39 am
    —Lucille Clerc
  • Viewster Online Film Festival

    llowe
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:24 am
    Lola and Taro, two lonely children, live in the fairytale world of an abandoned attic, hidden from nameless danger. Despite her own needs, Lola looks after her small brother. One evening, when Taro begs her to play a game of hide-and-seek, the situation careens out of control. Lola takes out her biggest fear on Taro. [...]
  • Women in Film

    llowe
    5 Jun 2014 | 1:53 am
    Esther wins the Best Women in Film Award from the Manchester International Short Film Festival for Merry-Go-Round.
  • Meanwhile, back on Kearth…

    llowe
    3 Jun 2014 | 3:22 am
    Arast was accompanied by two of his own people, and though they seemed uncomfortable about dining with him, Tilka not only insisted but went out of her way to include them in the conversation. On his home worlds, Arast would be used to elaborate ritual, formal attire, haute cuisine, power-jockeying innuendo, and deference, yet he [...]
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    Nick Mamatas

  • All this stuff and more...

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:51 am
    Hey, I'm back. July is bachelor month for me, and finish-this-book month, so it may even be possible. Some quick thoughts:1. gay marriage is now legal in the US. A good reform, though marriage is itself on the way out. I suspect not very many same-sex couples will marry after all.2. the other day, the BN.com Sci-Fi Blog gave Move Under Ground some nice ink, which led to me discovering that not one but two pirate NOOK editions of the book were available for purchase, both of which were ripped from my old Creative Commons site. I DMCAed them down, and then my friend and publisher Silvia set up…
  • Buy a Tor Book Day

    19 Jun 2015 | 10:55 am
    Because of Puppy-related boycotts against Tor Books for Irene Gallo supposedly insufficiently apologizing for her political description of Puppy movements, there has been launched a countermovement to buy Tor titles today, on June 19th. Might I suggest...Haunted Legends. It's my anthology co-edited with Ellen Datlow that did all sorts of anti-puppy things like *telling stories from all around the world*publishing avant-garde writers and traditional genre writers together, between the same covers*selecting works based on quality rather than on who our friends and colleagues are thanks to…
  • One more post about mentally ill terrorists

    18 Jun 2015 | 9:23 pm
    With the shootings in Charleston, South Carolina, in which a white guy with a bowl haircut shot and killed several black parishioners, we again come to the big conversation: was he a terrorist, or was he mentally ill. The answer is clear—most likely both.His attack was from what we know, explicitly political, given his alleged comment "you rape our women and you’re taking over our country". That makes him different from, say, the Aurora Colorado shooter, whose attack on a movie theater had no political content.Our shooter also had an assortment of far-right views, including being in favor…
  • Short Stories and Money in a Golden Moment

    17 Jun 2015 | 10:09 am
    I am not a fan of the advice that beginning writers should write short fiction before they tackle a novel. The plain fact is that many aspiring writers don't read short fiction, don't like short fiction, and don't have any ideas for short stories, so it's a waste of their time to try to develop the habit, cultivate the taste, and come up with ideas they're not organically interested in. But, just the other night, I received via Paypal a surprise check for some short stories—audio rights to the anthologies they were in had sold. It's not a huge check, but it definitely represented a day's…
  • Two Day Job Titles

    16 Jun 2015 | 9:08 am
    Over at the ol' day job, we have two books coming out today I think you might like.The first is Gene Mapper, the new hardish SF title from Haikasoru, by Taiyo Fujii. Publishers Weekly called it a new kind of cyberpunk novel that’s well grounded in the physical world and modern computing. Sound good? It does!I also edited my first-ever manga. It was originally assigned to someone else, but that editor was so grossed out by the art that it was transferred over to me. Naturally, I'm talking Junji Ito and his short story collection Fragments of Horror, which is a nice little hardback edition.
 
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    Not A Blog

  • Back In The USA

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:08 pm
    So we're back home in Santa Fe, after ten days on the road in Germany, Sweden, and Finland.A wonderful trip, all in all. Yes, much of it was work... I did numerous interviews in Hamburg, more in Stockholm, still more on the Alands, yadda yadda yadda... but in between we had some fine old times. Some highlights: -- touring MiniatureLand in Hamburg. Wow. Biggest toy train set in the world, but the landscapes and miniatures dwarf the trains. Very glad my hosts took me to see this. -- the big public event in Hamburg, 3000 fans, sold out months ago. -- hanging with Sibel Kekilli and her boyfriend,…
  • Locus Award to ROGUES

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    Would that I could be in two places at once. While I was off in Germany, Sweden, Finland, and the Aland Islands, I was winning an award in Seattle.ROGUES, the latest in the series of massive cross-genre anthologies I've edited with Gardner Dozois, won the Locus Award for the Best Anthology of 2014. The award is voted annually by the readers and subcribers of LOCUS, the PUBLISHER WEEKLY of science fiction, and a "must read" publication for anyone seriously interested in our genre.I'm thrilled to say that one of the stories in the book also took home a Locus plaque -- Joe Abercrombie won Best…
  • We're Number One... Again

    1 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Much to my surprise, my editor Anne Groell sent me an email while I was over in Europe (Germany, Sweden, Aland) to let me know that the mass market paperback of A GAME OF THRONES had hit number one on the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller list for the week of July 5.The July 5 list shows:New York Times Bestseller ListJuly 5th, 2015 Trade Paperback Fiction11. A GAME OF THRONES Mass Market Fiction1. A GAME OF THRONES10. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS11. A CLASH OF KINGS17. A STORM OF SWORDS Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous13. THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE E-book Fiction19. A GAME OF THRONES: FIVE-BOOK SET Combined…
  • Getting Hectic Here

    16 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Things are getting hectic here. I am doing what I hope is the final round of editing on HIGH STAKES, the new Wild Cards mosaic novel, in hopes of delivering that one to the good folks (and they are) at Tor before I take off for Europe.On Thursday, we're off to Germany. I have a big event in Hamburg, and Sibel Kekilli has promised to show me her city... seeing as how I showed her Santa Fe a few months ago, it's only fair. From there I'll be flying to Sweden for a few days in Stockholm, then taking a ferry to the Aland Islands for my long-planned appearance as GOG at Archipelacon. I will try to…
  • Hugo Voting Continues

    13 Jun 2015 | 6:06 pm
    With the Puppy Wars heating up again -- not that they have ever really cooled down -- this seems an opportune moment to remind all and sundry that there is still plenty of time left to join Sasquan and cast your ballot for this year's Hugo awards.With the electronic ballot, once you have a membership number and a PIN, you can go and post some preferences and votes now, then return a day later, or a week later, or a month later, and change them, or add some more rankings. Your vote does not get counted until balloting closes.The ballot is here: http://sasquan.org/hugo-awards/voting/If you have…
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    Dogslandia

  • Starting on July 1st, a Promotional Price Diminishing

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:33 am
    Howdy all,On July 1st, and for two weeks, STRAGGLETAGGLE, my latest novel, will only be $0.99 with the lovely people at WeightlessBooks.https://weightlessbooks.com/genre/fiction/novel/straggletaggle/At just $0.99, this will be a huge steal, less than a lottery ticket for something that will entertain you far longer than a lottery ticket will, without the horrible letdown when you don't win at the end, because you'll have read a book, and reading books is never a let down.On July 1st, then, there will be a price drop at Weightless Books. Go there, and purchase a book.
  • Dogs destroying all things...

    21 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
  • Angel Red

    10 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
  • The last of the blackberries

    9 Jun 2015 | 5:27 pm
    K iowa blackberries are delicious. In year 3, we got 4 pints, easily, off a single bush. Huge, delicious berries. With the rain and overcast weather, not as good as last year, but still very good, and HUGE!Planted with a Natchez thornless, the birds went after the smaller fruiting, thornless one, which was fine by us because the fruit quality on the Natchez was inferior.We also managed to propagate both into new bushes by bending down a good cane and burying it in the raised bed beside the first bush. So, expect more blackberries next year!Kiowa blackberries are amazing and you should totally…
  • Everything is Haunted, a piece at a time

    31 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    Do you remember Dolores, and her goat farm? It was in Asimovs. HerePaul and his son who were also just in Asimov's? HereHere is third piece of that odd mosaic text novel, in the latest issue of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, dubbed "Everything is Haunted" which is also the name of the novel.LinkThis piece is about organ donors in a superbug future, and some urban exploration, and some broken marriage stuff. As an adult, Andrew falls in love with a blond woman, and strips estates for recyclable parts. His dad is an organ donor activist, a real radical. Their past is present in the…
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    Robin McKinley

  • The HandleBards. No, really

    Robin
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:39 pm
      If you have a chance to see these dangerous lunatics*, I mean, this exceptionally talented and engaging AND ENERGETIC troupe of young men, do climb into or onto your internal combustion engine vehicle of choice, bring along a large picnic hamper of high-calorie comestibles and, if you’re sensible, a bottle of fizz, and several blankets because this is England after all**, and possibly folding chairs, if you’re ancient and decrepit***, and GO.  The HandleBards are a hoot. http://www.peculius.com/handlebards.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeGV4NBz43Y…
  • I should have stayed in bed

    Robin
    14 Jun 2015 | 6:58 pm
      . . . yesterday.  I’d been Street Pastoring Friday night* so getting out of bed Saturday (ahem) morning (ahem) was a somewhat protracted business.**  I eventually came downstairs*** and was fallen on by the hellmob† who feel that six hours is plenty of time to be without the fascinating, stimulating and all-providing hellgoddess.†† And before I go on with this story I want to make it very clear that I had had an adequate amount of caffeine . . . I have three eggs for breakfast every morning.†††  I make excellent scrambled eggs‡ and this also means that if…
  • A night to remember.* Or not.

    Robin
    1 Jun 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Niall and I went bell ringing tonight.  Tower bells.  One proper substantial bell at a time YAAAAAAY.  Not handbells.  Two horrible little random bells at a time NOT YAAAAAAAY. Long pause. WELL I GOT SOME KNITTING DONE. Sigh. One of the things about method ringing on handbells is that it is SO FRELLING INSANELY HERCULEAN AND FORMIDABLE AND DEMANDING** that when you can finally ring something it’s like the most amazing thing that has ever happened to you*** and furthermore since in the process you have completely altered the structure of your brain there’s quite a good chance it will…
  • It’s Friday, it must be handbells

    Robin
    22 May 2015 | 5:14 pm
      Have I told you I’ve gone back into therapy because I Am Not Coping with Reality Very Well Right Now?*  I went in for an assessment a while ago but it took them some time to find a slot for me.**  I’ve seen Metis a few times now and like her—if ‘like’ is quite the word you want to apply to your shrink—and have some hope that she’ll crack me open like whacking off the top of your soft-boiled egg with an egg-spoon.***  But it’s still early days.  Yesterday she taught me a relaxation technique.  Chiefly it served to demonstrate that I do not relax.   Nadia could…
  • The Once and Future Blog*

    Robin
    9 May 2015 | 8:23 pm
        THE FOLLOWING IS COLOUR-CODED.  THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE HELPFUL.  HA HA HA HA HA.  BUT THE FOOTNOTES BELONG TO THE TEXT COLOUR, OKAY?  THEY’RE NOT ALL AT THE BOTTOM. I have started and restarted and re-re-re-restarted this blog post any number of times in the last fortnight and become variously distracted and imbroglio’d** and then at blurglemmph o’clock decided (again) that sleep was possibly more crucial than getting it finished.And in terms of immediate preoccupations late on a Saturday night, like, now, I have another voice lesson on Monday, and it might be quite a…
 
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    Notes from the Labyrinth

  • In memoriam: Miranda

    15 Jun 2015 | 11:49 am
    Our cat Miranda's borrowed time finally ran out; we had to put her to sleep in the early, awful hours of Sunday morning. (It really was 3 a.m. and F. Scott Fitzgerald was not wrong.)The best way to explain Miranda is to say, imagine that a T-1000 sent back by SkyNet to kill John Connor has to shift into a tuxedo cat (because reasons, okay?) and there's some sort of radical malfunction. It gets stuck. It can't shift out of cat form, it's cut off from SkyNet, even if it found John Connor, what's it going to do, shed him to death?The T-1000 decides, screw SkyNet, it likes being a…
  • UBC: Patrick Wilson, Murderesses

    27 May 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Murderess: A study of the Women executed in Britain since 1843 by Patrick WilsonMy rating: 3 of 5 starsI am the person who added this book to Goodreads.For what it is--and it is exactly what it says on the tin--this is not a bad book.It's very 1971 in this book--Wilson earnestly lists "Lesbianism" as one of the possible physiological causes of murder, along with menopause, post-partum depression, and "unsatisfactory sexual relations"--and his attempts to draw conclusions from his material are either blindingly obvious or only dubiously plausible. (The remains of an ancient pagan cult in the…
  • Locus Awards/Sasquan

    5 May 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Goblin Emperor is a Locus Awards finalist in the Fantasy Novel category. (!)In other news, I will be attending part of Sasquan (Friday through Sunday--I just don't have the stamina for the whole thing.)I will also be part of a thing at ALAAC: RUSA's Literary Tastes Breakfast. The program description tells me that I will see papersky there, WHICH IS AWESOME.Further bulletins as events warrant.
  • Con or Bust: signed hardback of The Goblin Emperor

    29 Apr 2015 | 6:06 am
    I have donated a signed hardback of The Goblin Emperor to the Con or Bust auction. Should you feel like wandering over there, don't forget to check out the many other awesome items up for bid.
  • UBC: Dashiell Hammett,5 Novels

    14 Apr 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Dashiell Hammett: Five Complete Novels: Red Harvest, The Dain Curse, The Maltese Falcon, The Glass Key, and The Thin Man by Dashiell HammettI'm gonna be honest right up front and say that my favorite of these novels is The Thin Man. I read the others with interest, but I'm unlikely to read them again. The Thin Man may get added to my stack of comfort reading. (I think it's not a coincidence that nobody made more Sam Spade movies, but Nick and Nora had a very long life in Hollywood, even if in warped form.)So. Dashiell Hammett, generally considered the founder of the hard-boiled mystery genre.
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    MoonScape

  • The Fourth Is Coming, The Fourth Is Coming

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:54 pm
    And naturally, with a convention and travel coming up, I needed something to knit.  I hoped to get these mostly done by the time I was on the train back,  but someone said "You'll never finish those by then," so...I did. and another view    Four different yarns, ranging in age from "just bought" to 40 years.   Blue: Bernat "Sesame" from my mother's stash.  Red: Ella rae Classic, maybe a year since I bought it, leftover from making solid red regular socks.  White: Cascade 220, purchased online, arrived the day before…
  • Old Yarn

    23 Jun 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Fifty years ago, more or less, my mother was knitting me sweaters with a lovely yarn, Bernat "Sesame".  100% wool, permanently mothproofed, colorfast, it came in 2 oz sacks called "Pull Pouches", with a little plastic cllosure at the top that the yarn could feed through. The wool stayed safe and untangled in the plastic bag, and it was very convenient packaging.   When I dug past the acrylic stuff at the top of a box of my mother's yarn stash, there were some of the bags of "Sesame" in various colors, the perfect opportunity for striping…
  • Sunshine and #40

    20 Jun 2015 | 9:55 pm
    The yellow striped shorty socks are finally off the needles:The lightest stripes are actually white, but picture taken late at night...will try for an outdoor shot later and add it.This is the 40th pair of socks I've knit, from the night I cast on the first one, January 28, 2012.   I've learned a lot.  I'm still learning.   This pair has mostly Cascade 220 and Cascade 220 Superwash yarns in it, but the blue stripe at the top and the lighter blue stripe at the toe are both Bernat Sesame yarns from my mother's stash.  The brighter yellow-gold (the…
  • Charleston, SC and Me

    18 Jun 2015 | 9:59 am
    I've never been to Charleston, South Carolina.  I never intend to go there.   So aside from the rather obvious point that they celebrate their past (which includes a solid history of supporting the Confederacy, including the state capitol flying a Confederate flag), and the many-many pictures of pretty old houses and Spanish-moss-draped trees and colorful gardens, including on some PBS shows about gardening,  I don't know Charleston except when something there hits the news.  Which it has in spades lately.  I had seen the video of the black man shot in…
  • A Red Sock Day

    15 Jun 2015 | 9:02 am
    Yesterday, actually.  I thought I'd finish these last week, but didn't until Sunday afternoon, when I purse-stringed the toes, sewed in loose ends, etc.These socks were cast on early Sunday morning at KeyCon in Winnipeg, but had only some of the cuff worked when I got home--the other red pair, started before the trip, was finished on the train an hour or so before it reached the station.This is what the two pairs looked like by the time I got home.Why, you may wonder (or not ) does the new pair have a pale stripe?  Why bother? Here's why:This is the first of the two…
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    Day in the Life of an Idiot

  • CONvergence is Nigh....

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:29 am
    CONvergence is this weekend. In fact, my con will probably start Wednesday night. I don't have a TON of panels this year, but enough to keep me coming back pretty much every day of this four day con:Thursday: 5 PM - "Avengers: Age of Ultron"7 PM - "Guardians of the Galaxy"Friday:8:30 PM - "Slash Panel"Sunday:11 AM - "The Best Recent YA Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels"None of these are exactly meaty, but I get to talk TWO Marvel films, so I'm not complaining at all. I'm not quite sure why I got tapped to talk about YA novels. I've reviewed a few, but not that many. On the other hand, it's…
  • Way to Go, America!

    26 Jun 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Unexpectedly (to me, at least), the SCOTUS did the right thing. I am now legally married to Shawn on a federal level. That's pretty awesome, I have to say. I might have cried a few tears listening to the president's speech. Can I confess something? I didn't even know this was coming. The person who first told me about it was my friend IN WALES. (I don't watch the news. The other day, my friend Eleanor and I were talking about happiness and I think the real reason that I feel happy 75% of the time is because I never, ever watch or otherwise follow the news.) It's probably just as well that I…
  • Did You Miss Me?

    17 Jun 2015 | 8:26 am
    I bet you didn't even know I was gone, did you? Thing is, I normally try not to make a habit of announcing when I'm going to be out of town to the Internet, because I'm worried something like this might happen:Someone did this. We suspect a neighbor kid because wouldn't an adult who was interested in causing mischief know that you can pry the top off a can of paint pretty easily? Who ever did this spent some time hammering the edge of the scraper into the can top and then tipped it? Spilled it? Intentionally messed it around? Maybe even tried to clean it up and made it worse? It's super hard…
  • So Many Kerfuffles... and stenciling

    9 Jun 2015 | 8:02 am
    Every time I think that the puppy-Hugo's thing is going to settle down, something flares up again. The latest dust-up revolves around Irene Gallo, who is an employee of Tor Books, and a comment she made on her personal Facebook feed. There's a round-up of all the latest (from both sides) on File 700. A lot has been said about this, but I will say that while I believe it's reasonable to call the Rabid Puppies Neo-Nazis, the Nazi argument is almost always the nuclear option and is, in point of fact, know as "Godwin's Law." TBF, I believe I did call out the Rabid Puppies as Neo-Nazis in my first…
  • Books and Trees

    2 Jun 2015 | 12:32 pm
    So, of course, the book that took the Lambda Award in the SF/F/H category is the ONE I didn't read. (I'm hoping that now it's the winner I can talk the library into buying it.)Speaking of my reading challenge, the Sunburst (Canadian spec fic award) long list has been announced:Pastoral, Andre Alexis (Coach House) The Broken Hours, Jaqueline Baker (Harper Canada) The Troop, Nick Cutter (Pocket) Consumed, David Cronenberg (Scribner) Suffer the Children, Craig DiLouie (Simon & Schuster) The First Principles of Dreaming, Beth Goobie (Second Story) Head Full of Mountains, Brent Hayward (ChiZine)…
 
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    The Alien Next Door

  • Submission Call for "My Canada" Anthology

    Nina Munteanu
    5 Jun 2015 | 3:17 pm
    IOWI has sent out a submission call for its anthology "My Canada", an anthology devoted to stories, poems, articles and images about Canada.Deadline: July 30thSubmission Guidelines: see the IOWI siteChief Submission Editor: Nina MunteanuContribution Fee: $113; only those accepted for publication are expected to pay the fee, which covers the cost of 10 copies of the anthology."My Canada" AnthologyCanada is a vast country of diverse and exciting history, a climate and environment that spans from the boreal forests of the Canadian Shield, muskegs of northern BC, and tundras of the Arctic Circle…
  • Nature Cooperating & Laguna’s Bottlenose Dolphins

    Nina Munteanu
    10 May 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Dolphins helping fishermen catch mulletA few posts back, I discussed the phenomenon called “endosymbiosis” by Dr. Lynn Margulis, who posited a cellular evolution based on ‘cooperation’ rather than simple ‘competition’ between viral or bacterial infection and host cell. This co-evolutionary behaviour runs counter to the traditional route of natural selection and contradicts the ruthless selfishness of Neo-Darwinian thinking. Such an evolving relationship between two different species of life, living together in a very close affinity of mutual benefit is, in fact, common in…
  • Mass Intelligent TV and the Age of the Disposable Hero--Valar Morghulis

    Nina Munteanu
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:48 pm
    The word out there—at least according to The Economist Group—is that “smart is the new cool”. John Parker of Intelligent Life (sister magazine to The Economist) posits that, “in its appetite for culture, the world is wising up more than it is dumbing down.” Parker suggests in his article “The Age of Mass Intelligence” (Intelligent Life, 2008) that this apparent increase in the “mass intelligent” can be seen in the growing appeal of museums, blockbuster exhibitions, literary festivals, and operas. What he fails to mention is how the increased sales of good literature…
  • Nina Teaching SF Writing Course at George Brown College Spring 2015

    Nina Munteanu
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    I'm back at George Brown College, teaching my 12-week long writing course on how to write science fiction. "Creating Science Fiction" is now part of George Brown's Creative Writing Certificate.The course starts April and runs until June-end.Called “Creating Science Fiction”, the course runs Wednesday nights from 6:15 to 9:15 starting April 8th through to June 24th and costs $278.Meant for both beginning writers and those already published, the 12-week course is run like a workshop with student input and feedback on student’s WIPs. Munteanu explores with students the…
  • Interview with Nina Munteanu on Fantasy Fiction Focus with Simon Rose

    Nina Munteanu
    8 Mar 2015 | 9:34 pm
    I participated recently in an interview with Simon Rose, author and host of Fantasy Fiction Focus, in which we discussed eco-fiction, emerging trends in science fiction, the changing publishing industry, and what it all means for new writers...like how to promote yourself and your book, branding, and other aspects of being a writer
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    the essential kit

  • getting there

    2 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
    I’m down to about a dozen Moving Guys boxes, which all need to be emptied out so the Moving Guys can come get them again. Actually, we have quite a few left over from the last move, so the goal is now to give them not only the ones they brought this time, but also all the others. Technically I only have to empty 3 more small boxes and we’ve got enough to send back. But dammit, this time I am Unpacking All The Boxes. I found the PERFECT SHELVES to fit into one of our kitchen closets. Unfortunately, they’re only in stock at the UK version of the store. #sigh The good news is I…
  • Kitchen Illusion

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:19 am
    So the thing about Irish houses is they mostly have laundry facilities in the kitchen. This is because even up until about five years ago, “all mod cons” — all modern conveniences, including, say, a washing machine (but not a tumble dryer; those are more than Modern Conveniences) — were stil fancy enough to be mentioned in house ads, and most of those Mod Cons ended up in the kitchen because it’s where the running water was. We spent the first 3 days in this house with our 6′ butcher block against one wall, a table and several chairs in the middle of the…
  • The Long Room

    28 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    Our living room is about 20 feet long, and will contain the dining table when we’re done, so it will henceforth (at least in these hallowed pages) be referred to as the Long Room. The living room half of the Long Room is pretty well sorted now: (For the record, Young Indiana’s leg is not strangely deformed, it’s just the photo is a panorama and he moved while I was taking it. :)) It and our bedroom are about the only two spaces that can be considered pretty well sorted thus far. The back half of the Long Room is currently a staging area, and while last night the library was…
  • in & out

    26 Jun 2015 | 2:07 pm
    We are, after a very tiring day of cleaning, out of the Dublin house. It took longer than we hoped, but it’s clean and we’re out, so that’s that. Done and dusted. The woman at the post office, the guy at the corner shop, and various others all expressed surprise and dismay that we were moving away, generally couched in terms of a horrified, “*Drogheda*?” followed by, “Oh, well, that’s not so bad,” when informed that Ted works in Swords which isn’t too bad a drive from Drogheda. So we’re back at the manor house (which is called…
  • Adventures in Housecleaning

    25 Jun 2015 | 7:48 am
    So I was doing okay until I almost set the kitchen on fire. Our stovetop dials turn very easily. Something got pushed against one and it turned on, which normally isn’t a problem because the power to the stovetop is controlled by a wall switch that we leave set to off. But I turned the wall switch on so I could cook something in the oven, and I didn’t notice that beneath the stuff on the stove a burner was on. (yes, I know, NEVER PUT ANYTHING ON TOP OF THE STOVE. usually we don’t, but post-move housecleaning means stuff I’d piled everywhere. :p) I went to work on…
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    If You Can't Say Anything Nice...

  • In Which I Discuss Traffic Issues With the City of Saskatoon: A One-Way Conversation

    17 Jun 2015 | 8:29 pm
    Edited, to add the City's response and my own response to that, down at the bottom. I've written a couple of letters to the city's Contact Us website. Here's the first one:On June 16 just after 7pm it took me 15 minutes to drive from the Lawson Civic Centre to the SW corner of the mall at Primrose and Warman. The traffic was horribly backed up, and the surprise came at the end when I reached Warman and found that the right lane was closed just before the corner, forcing those vehicles to merge into the left lane. The only reason for this was to keep people from turning right onto Warman,…
  • The Movies of 2014

    1 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    The number of movies I saw this year went up again, from 61 last year to 69 (with a proviso or two, which I will get to), although the number seen in the cinema dropped slightly from 28 to 27. I’ve pretty much stopped seeing any film with my older son, and now the youngest is beginning to go off in his own direction as well. He has said he wants to see the last Hobbit with me, but life keeps him very busy. We shall see if I get to it in 2015. As for past years, click on the "movies" hashtag at the end of this and that will take you to see my past few entries.Other numbers? Of the 69 I saw,…
  • Grandpa, Trapper Bud, and the Camera Pouch

    21 Dec 2014 | 3:13 pm
    The first thing to note is that if this is of interest to you but you're not following @TrapperBud on Twitter, perhaps you should.As background: My grandfather, Cyril "Bud" Murphy (although at the time he was known as "Spud," a nickname that would eventually be changed at the behest of his sister Mavis) went to the Northwest Territories as an 18-year-old in 1929, to accompany his father Matt Murphy as a fur trapper for the next decade, starting first along Artillery Lake and eventually moving to the Back River.After Grandpa died, I inherited some of his old diaries, but set them aside and for…
  • Trapper Bud, Otto Lanner, and a Hint at the Tragedy Behind "Northwest Passage"

    19 May 2014 | 6:51 pm
    In my ongoing Twitter feed for @TrapperBud (the diaries of my grandfather when he was a trapper in the NWT in the 1930s), I've been typing in diary entries ahead of time so they are easier to slot in on TweetDeck. As I've been doing this I've been eagerly awaiting the first mention of Otto Lanner, and just the other day came across it. Otto, in case you're familiar with my short story "Northwest Passage," which was initially published in the magazine Realms of Fantasy and recently reprinted in my Sunburst-nominated collection Over the Darkened Landscape, was the inspiration for the character…
  • The Movies of 2013

    15 Jan 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Well, after a drop in the number of movies seen each year, 2013 saw an increase in viewing. Part of this can be attributed to Netflix, even though they’re usually not very up to date, and part of this can be attributed to more that interested me and, for some reason, more time to see it. In 2012 I saw only 40 movies, but 2013 saw that jump all the way to 61, although there are some provisos to that number. While normally I track only movies from the current and previous year (to allow for the time it takes some to make it here to the backwoods), this number does include a few from years…
 
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    Rickety Contrivances of Doing Good

  • God's Triage

    28 Jun 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Here's today's Gospel lesson, one of my favorites. It's from the fifth chapter of Mark:21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered round him; and he was by the lake. 22Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23and begged him repeatedly, ‘My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.’ 24So he went with him.And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25Now there was a woman who had…
  • Replacing Judas

    16 May 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Here's tomorrow's homily.  The lesson is Acts 1:15-17, 21-26.  I usually preach on the Gospel, but this week it's Jesus-as-talking-head pontificating in John, and I'd always rather preach on a passage where people are doing things.  Narrative junkie, c'est moi.*Most of you know that I came to St. Paul’s after the closure of St. Stephen’s. St. Stephen’s might have gone under anyway; it was tiny, and like so many mainstream churches these days, it was struggling financially. But its demise was hastened by not one, but two clergy misconduct situations. In the first of those,…
  • Leaving the Tomb

    4 Apr 2015 | 10:24 pm
    Here's my homily for the Great Vigil of Easter. The Gospel is Mark 16:1-8.* The three women going to the tomb know what has happened. They know what they will find, and they know what they will do. Jesus has died. At his tomb, a large stone will block the entrance, and they’re worried about whether they’ll be able to move it. But once it’s out of the way, they’ll finish anointing Jesus’ body -- a task already begun by Nicodemus, but delayed by the Sabbath -- with the spices they’ve brought with them.All of this is horrible. The death of Jesus is the worst thing they can…
  • Unseemly Angels

    21 Dec 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Here's today's Blue Christmas homily.  The readings are2 Samuel 7:1-11 and Luke 1:26-38.*Tonight, the Winter Solstice, is the longest night of the year. Tomorrow, the days will start getting longer again. But many of us have come to church this evening because we’re struggling with our own darkness, with sorrow and loss. If we’re sad, Christmas can feel like nothing but duty. Store displays, advertising and inescapable holiday music insist that we must be happy, surrounded by festive family and friends.  If we’re grieving broken relationships or departed loved…
  • Keeping Awake

    8 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Here's tomorrow's homily.  The readings are Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 and Matthew 25:1-13.  My thanks to the Rev. Chip Arnold for a rousing model of how to turn this parable on its head.*One Saturday evening my first semester of college, my roommate asked me to stay out of our tiny dorm room until midnight, because her boyfriend was coming over. I didn’t have many friends at school yet, so I studied in the library until it closed at 9. Then I studied in the student café until it closed at 10. That left me two hours to kill before I could get back into our room.It was…
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    Mike Philbin's free planet blog

  • Free Planet - the global lending library - return it in as good a state as you borrowed it

    1 Jul 2015 | 11:58 pm
    this represents knowledge as cherished asset.this is not about getting a book/DVD back before they start imposing fines, this is about those self-centred fucks who keep a book/DVD out for longer than their alloted time or never bring it back.I'm talking about the for-profitists, the patent-protectists, the elite and their private armies of rampant global despotism.Did I go too far?Rare, I know, but I'll plod on, stoically... how can we help FREE PLANET replenish its seas, rewild its mountains, restock its plains so that there's a fair mix of grey vs yellow, a fair share of red vs blue, a…
  • film review - Ex Machina - what am I using that search engine for?

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Writer & Director: Alex Garland (The Beach)Starring: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Sonoya Mizuno (who was the best thing in the film for all sorts of (ahem) personal reasons...Billionaire mad-scientist Nathan uses the latest release of a search engine he wrote in his dad's basement as a kid to make a(n A.I. enhanced) Real Doll Ava to keep him company in the woods. Well, one of many. Look, this guy's been busy, okay? Then he invites some specifically chosen employee Caleb to come over and perform the old Voigt Kampf on her like what happened over at Tyrrell Corp in…
  • HIVA - the Polynesian Water Continent - then the Voyagers settled down

    30 Jun 2015 | 2:19 am
    The Polynesian Triangle (centred around 'the lost world' of Hiva) covered 25,000,000 square miles of territory.For years, elders on Easter Island have claimed their ancestors fled from a land called Hiva which sank as a result of a great disaster. New scientific evidence points to a remote island chain in Polynesia, suggesting it was the centre of an ancient and thriving civilisation. For 400 years, they have been known as the Marquesas Archipelago, but before they were simply called the Isles of Hiva. [source HaBoPE]We'll find that many peoples of the (so called primitive) ancient world…
  • Free Planet - alien communication - message from The Union

    29 Jun 2015 | 10:54 pm
    The Union...yesterday, while jogging, for a laugh, I had an 'imaginary conversation' in my head with The Union.I was trying to contact The Earth, or as I call it Free Planet, I was trying DIRECT COMMUNICATION with a planet cooling beneath my feet. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I went through a very vivid series of geological imaginings. And, of course, nothing happened. Or did it?It was quite a long (physical) conversation I had, I'd say for about a mile, out jogging in the countryside. There was a distinct 'back and forth' where I asked simple and random questions and received connected…
  • National Geographic - Gobekli Tepe - mental illness community-think became churches

    28 Jun 2015 | 2:25 am
    Gobekli Tepe is basically a great big hill, a systematically buried series of large stone and carved pillar enclosures, in the south of what's now called Turkey. It dates from about 10,000 BC, that's thousands of years before our own stone circles like Stonehenge or Calanais or Brodgar.Archaeologically categorised as a site of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A Period (c. 9600–7300 BC) Göbeklitepe is a series of mainly circular and oval-shaped structures set on the top of a hill. Excavations began in 1995 by Prof. Klaus Schmidt with the help of the German Archeological Institute. There is…
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    Tiny Godzilla

  • I AM PRINCESS X Loot and Whatnot

    25 Jun 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Over the last few days, I've had a number of people ask if there's any I Am Princess X loot floating around out there. After all, in the books there are Etsy shops and Zazzle accounts for the webcomic merch; and in real life, all I've ever had was a roll of stickers. A roll of very cool stickers which is, quite sadly, long gone.So I badgered my longsuffering editor, who has people On It right now, to see if we can't make more stickers and maybe even some schwag available to people. But at this moment, if you want an I Am Princess X sticker like oh, say, THIS ONE ...Princess X was here! Start…
  • You give me just a taste so I want more

    24 Jun 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Hey all! Still here, and still busy. Still no new writing done, but such is life. I'll get back on that particular pony later this week, or early next. There's still some paperwork and other assorted whatnot in the way. That's all.But while I remain cryptic on business matters, I can be joyful with regards to recent releases! I Am Princess X is still being well received (thank God) and it is my solemn duty to round up a highlight reel of links. Ahem.Teen Reads ... named it one of their Summer Buzz books, saying that, "Priest's story is a touching account of friendship situated in a world of…
  • New post over on my website!

    15 Jun 2015 | 2:29 pm
    I'm not crossposting it here like usual, because it's chock full of good-sized pictures, and LiveJournal was doing stupid things to the formatting. So here's a link: Click to visit CheriePriest.com and learn about what I've been up to for the last week. Or rather, why I've spent so much time away from the internet...:)
  • Like a desert sun that burns my skin

    4 Jun 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Just wanted to pop my head in to post this real quick, before I forget - while I was in Phoenix I signed approximately one crap-ton of books, notably for (a). the Poison Pen in Scottsdale and Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego. Through either one of those fine vendors, you can get your hot little hands on a signed copy of just about anything - including FRESH RELEASE I Am Princess X - so give them a call, or stop on by. They've got your hookup.Guess what I got in the mail today! Go on! Just guess!That's right! It's Chapelwood ARCs!The real deal is hitting the streets on September first,…
  • Catching up and Moving Right Along

    1 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Phoenix was...wow. I don't know where to begin, so I will probably punk out and not say much of anything except for this: It was absolutely wonderful, and I was tickled to see so many friends. Big ups to Kevin Hearne in particular, for organizing a couple of great events (one at the Poison Pen, and one at the Taco Guild), and hearty digital hugs to everyone else. If I tried to link/recap, I would only end up leaving people out and feeling like a jerk. So instead....well...you know who you are, and thank you for being there, and for being fantastic.For pictures [including MANY GROUP SELFIES]…
 
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    Running Air

  • A Good Day Upon the Land

    26 Jun 2015 | 9:15 am
    Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove: O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark, That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wandering bark, Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken. Love ’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle’s compass come; Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom. If this be error, and upon me prov’d, I never writ, nor no…
  • Oh, Look!

    16 Jun 2015 | 9:11 am
    I have a new book (well, a chapbook, really) out today at Book View Cafe.In Meviel, the great city-state set on an endless sea, manners, status, and the family luck can steer a person’s fate, or change it utterly. Here are three tales of luck, love, and swordplay: In “Virtue and the Archangel” a young woman loses her virtue—and her family’s fabled luckstone—and it’s up to an old friend to retrieve it for her—at swords point if necessary. In “Writ of Exception” two young women are chagrinned to find they are being forced by their…
  • In Other Parts of the Realm

    15 Jun 2015 | 7:33 am
    Today is Becca's first day of summer work: she's a Team Leader at Camp Galilleo (or rather, at one of the many sites of Camp Gallileo). She was up at 6:15 and out the door by 6:55 (okay, should have been a tad earlier, but...first day). She will be leading a new group of first and second graders every week for eight weeks, helping them learn to be "innovators." Since she loves--and is really good with--little kids, and since the approach and goals of the camp really appeal to her (after the training she told us "this is going to be life-changing!") she's very…
  • And Today This Happened

    14 Jun 2015 | 12:03 am
    Juliana Antonia Caccavo, A.B. UC Davis.
  • Cider It Is

    12 Jun 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Okay, next time I will know many things to do differently (for one thing, don't spill a pint of cider on the kitchen floor in the process of bottling). But it's drinkable--very dry, maybe even a little dry for me, and I'm a fan of your dry ciders. I have no idea what the alcohol content is (we split a pint bottle between three of us), and it was cloudy--I don't know how to get a clearer cider. But the experiment is worth continuing.
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    Rudy's Blog

  • The Grateful Dead in Levi’s Stadium

    Rudy
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:45 am
    I went to see the Grateful Dead concert at Levi’s Stadium in San Jose this Sunday, June 8, 2015. I got a ride with a friend Dan Pulcrano, but he wanted to push up to the very front, so most of the time I was alone, getting into my head. I enjoyed the concert as […]
  • Podcast #86. Beat Con in SF with V. Vale. TURING & BURROUGHS.

    Rudy
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:46 pm
    June 28, 2015. At “Beatnik Shindig” event at Fort Mason in SF. I said a few words in praise of V. Vale and Marian Wallace. Then talked on TURING & BURROUGHS, and did Q&A. Sound is pretty good. 20 minutes in all. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Art, Journals, Grandkids, Beat Shindig, Rbt. Williams

    Rudy
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:43 pm
    I’ve been away from my regular blog posts for awhile. I had that thing with the art show and the talk at Borderlands. I made a nice video of the “art tour” part of my talk¬—I figured out how to use this free Microsoft Windows tool called “Movie Maker” to cut still photo in with […]
  • Going Live with Rudy Rucker Podcasts

    Rudy
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:18 pm
    I’ve been putting this together for the last two weeks. Check it out! And add any comments below. What’s in the Podcasts? Readings, interviews, talks, and Q&A sessions. Rudy Rucker is the author of twenty SF novels, plus books on infinity and on the fourth dimension.. He’s a cyberpunk and a transrealist—writing SF about real […]
  • Podcast #85. Reading from JOURNALS at Borderlands. June 13, 2015.

    Rudy
    14 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    June 13, 2015. At Borderlands Books. I read about six passages from Journals 1990-2014, about 45 minutes, including long Q & A. Some passages read are the same as in Santa Cruz Podcast #84, but most are different. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
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    Kristine Kathryn Rusch

  • Business Musings: Writing for the Ages

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:56 pm
    I’m having a bizarre week. I’m redesigning my website, so I don’t have time to update any of the other websites I’m responsible for, including the Women in Science Fiction project. I’m continuing to read for that, though, and am having a blast, although I’m deeply overwhelmed by the amount of material. Next week, I’m taking a Shakespeare class, partly for a project I’m working on and partly to get my mind on other things. So I’m reading three different Shakespeare plays in prep — Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, and Antony and Cleopatra, as well as some supplemental…
  • Free Fiction Monday: Star

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    On the night Anna’s boyfriend tried to kill her, Anna’s badly injured cat Star disappeared. Now, half a continent away, Anna’s neighbor tells her about a white cat with unusual markings haunting the neighborhood. Do cats have ghosts? Or has Star herself somehow made her own incredible journey across the country to be with the only person she’s ever loved? “Star,” by USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only. The story’s also available as an ebook on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and from other online retailers.
  • EXPECT A MESS! This Site is Under Construction!

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Remember my website redesign? It looked lovely, but it was already falling apart. All of that is due to some coding the person who was supposed to maintain the site did, stuff I can’t remove. He took my mobile-friendly design and made it unfriendly. And now parts are meeeeeeelting…and I can’t fix them. So, I’m redesigning. Bear with me. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. But I think it’ll all come out okay in the end. (I hope.) Send to Kindle
  • Recommended Reading List: May, 2015

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    I started the major reading for the women in science fiction project I’m editing for Baen Books this month. Most of what I’m reading is stuff I should have read in the past. I’m also rereading stories that I remember from twenty years ago. Some hold up. Others don’t. I’m stunned at what I’m finding and what’s been lost. I find it overwhelming at times. But it’s such a worthwhile project and so much fun. Some of the material here duplicates what’s on the site, because I’m enjoying what I’m reading so much. I’m also making sure I still do leisure reading. Maybe not as…
  • Business Musings: Why I Love Taylor Swift

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:54 pm
    I love Taylor Swift, and I’m not afraid to admit it. It’s not just because her song “Shake It Off” accompanied me on my daily run during those tough days earlier this year when my world got infiltrated by haters. (Swift wrote the song with Max Martin and Shellback as a response to the criticism she constantly receives.) “Shake It Off” reminded me that I’m better off writing than I am worrying about people who aren’t worth my time. Here, let me share the song. Take a listen, even if you don’t like Swift. Whenever you feel like weighing in when someone is wrong on the…
 
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    Mistborn

  • YALLFest 2015 + Updates

    23 Jun 2015 | 10:48 am
    For those who haven't heard, I will be a keynote speaker at YALLFest in Charleston this November along with Brandon Mull, Richelle Mead, and R.L. Stine.Back 2010, Elbakin.net in France gave an award to the first Mistborn book. This year, The Way of Kings has been nominated for the 2015 version of the same award. Best of luck to all the nominees, and I hope my readers in France are enjoying more and more of my books as they get translated there. In this week's Writing Excuses episode, What Makes a Scene?, we try to answer that question. How do we, as writers, structure things using scenes?
  • New Fan Art + Updates

    16 Jun 2015 | 8:39 am
    Reader Nate Kohl sent in these awesome photos of the woodburning project he did that features Szeth with some Allomantic symbols.In this week's Writing Excuses episode, Hooking Young Readers, we sit down with Kily Snyder, the Media Specialist (school librarian) at Discovery Middle School in Indiana, to help answer those often asked questions about the young reader markets from someone who has their finger on the actual pulse of those readers.Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Kaladin finally initiated serious Windrunner training and tentatively accepted…
  • Steelheart Awards + Updates

    9 Jun 2015 | 12:01 pm
    I have some more exciting news: the students of Kentucky have chosen Steelheart as the 2015 winner of the Kentucky Bluegrass Award in the 6–8 category. It has also been selected as an Evergreen Teen Book Award nominee for 2015–2016.I was fortunate enough to sit down with Adrià Guxens at Spain's Celsius 232 Festival a while back. Our discussion ranged from the Cosmere to my three laws of magic. You can read it here.Writers and Illustrators of the Future volume 31 was released last month (I'll be one of the contest judges next year, for what goes into volume 32), and you can see the…
  • Words of Radiance & Awards + Updates

    2 Jun 2015 | 8:51 am
    Words of Radiance has made it past the first round of voting for the 2015 David Gemmell Legend Award and is one of five nominees on the short list. (You may remember that The Way of Kings won this award back in 2011.) The polls are open from now until July 17th, and anyone can vote. The UK cover for Words of Radiance by Sam Green is also nominated for the Ravenheart Award on the same page. Good luck to all of the nominees!The good news continues as Michael Kramer and Kate Reading were presented an Audie Award this past week for Words of Radiance. It has been a dream come true to work with…
  • Calamity is Done!

    29 May 2015 | 7:03 pm
    I have finished the second draft of Calamity, the third and final book of the Reckoners trilogy. As I’ve said before, my second draft of a story is the one where I do “bug fixing.” Essentially, I read through again and tweak any problems I know the book has, trying to make it readable by my editor. I often do a polish and trim during or after this. (In this case, the book was clean enough that I did it during, doing about a 5% cut along the way to tighten the language.)So, huzzah! The book, and the series, is a wrap. I’ll probably end up doing one to two more drafts on this book after…
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    Inhuman Swill

  • Giving text an inner shadow with ImageMagick and Perl

    19 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    This will be a pretty technical post, so feel free to skip it if you're not interested in Perl coding and things of that nature.When I started building my Accidental Terrorist Missionary Name Tag Creator, I knew I wanted to use the Perl interface to ImageMagick to overlay a name in bold white text onto the blank space on a name tag image like this one:image-magick-step-1.jpg (blank name tag graphic)What's more, I wanted the name to look like it had actually been drilled out or stamped into the name tag, with maybe a slightly pebbled white surface to give things a nice feeling of texture.I had…
  • Poem: Springtime in Manhattan

    8 Jun 2015 | 7:04 am
    Tourists in Times SquareBlocking the sidewalk to gapeAt an ambulanceCrossposted from Inhuman Swill
  • Part Two of my new novelette is available now

    1 May 2015 | 1:27 pm
    The second and concluding part of my new science fiction novelette, "Our Dependency on Foreign Keys," is available today at the online magazine Across the Margin. (Part One appeared yesterday.)When last we left our not-so-heroic hero Pell "Franny" Franziskaner, he was no closer than he was at the start to figuring out who is sabotaging his cocktail party and threatening to kill him, nor to completing or even figuring out the task he's been given by the super-duper advanced A.I. called Hondo. But at least he's invented a cool new party game called dueling holaoke! Will Franny unravel the…
  • Murder, art and infopocalypse in a post-deluge New York City

    30 Apr 2015 | 2:25 pm
    A brand-new story of mine, "Our Dependency on Foreign Keys," is available today at the online magazine Across the Margin.Or actually, the first half of this 11,000-word story is available today. The second half will go live tomorrow morning.And to be honest, it's not exactly brand-new, either, though this is the first time readers are seeing it. According to an old blog post, I was working on this story during a trip to Malta and the Middle East in May 2008. It was one of those stories that started with the title, and as I worked out the basic situation of the story the plot and its world,…
  • Your attention is Justified

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
    I'm not here to tell you about Justified, the Elmore Leonard–based FX television series that ended this week after six terrific seasons. I'm not here to tell you why it was my favorite show, or why I look forward to rewatching it even more than Breaking Bad. I'm not here to praise the writing, the directing, or the acting, or to lament the fact that it never found more than a cult audience.I'm just here to present this playlist I assembled of some great Justified moments, so you can see for yourself how much fun it was—that is, if sarcastic gunslinging U.S. Marshals tangling with…
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    THE SOUTHERN REACH

  • 2015 Shared Worlds Teen Writing Camp Line-Up Change: Buckell and Sedia Added

    Jeff VanderMeer
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:01 am
    Happy to say that Ekaterina Sedia and Tobias Buckell are returning to teach at Shared Worlds again this year. They’re both excellent instructors and the students will really enjoy them. Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant unfortunately have unforeseen circumstances that will not allow them to attend as our guests. But we hope to reschedule them in the future. Here’s more on Sedia and Buckell–and you can see our entire line-up online, including Catherynne M. Valente and Monica Byrne. All of our guests will be reading at Hub City Bookstore, schedule to be announced. Ann and I will…
  • A Summer of Reading, Sardinia, the Warwick Prize, & More

    Jeff VanderMeer
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:27 am
    This summer I’m a guest at the Isle of Stories Festival in Sardinia, with an event July 3 (more details here). I’m taking some writing with me–about done with a novella entitled “Bliss” and some short stories. But I’m also taking some books! And what books. Great stuff has come in the door recently. In addition to the Lispector Complete Stories (more info below), I’m in the middle of reading some great books. Here are some first impressions. ENRIQUE VILA-MATAS’ A BRIEF HISTORY OF PORTABLE LITERATURE (New Directions)–I must admit I envy…
  • A Summer of Writing: Fiction, VanderMeer Creative, Upcoming Events

    Jeff VanderMeer
    9 Jun 2015 | 12:31 pm
    If you’ve followed me on twitter or facebook, you know I’ve had a fair number of gigs already this year, including a great one at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for the Human Imagination in San Diego last week. I also saved a toad at my sister-in-law’s wedding in San Antonio and that same night learned I’d won the Nebula Award for Annihilation (the first for my publisher, FSG)—this after recently selling my new novel Borne to FSG, with the UK rights going to Fourth Estate and Canadian rights to HarperCollins Canada.Today, too, I learned the Southern Reach trilogy…
  • Nebula Award Acceptance Speech for Best Novel–Annihilation

    Jeff VanderMeer
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:14 am
    Saturday the Nebula Awards were announced, and my novel Annihilation won in the best novel category. You can find the entire list of nominees and winners here–congratulations to all. I was in San Antonio for a family wedding and so couldn’t attend the ceremony. But my friend (and very talented writer) Usman Tanveer Malik accepted on my behalf and read the speech below Thanks for all of the congratulations on social media–I’m afraid I haven’t yet caught up on my thanks individually since it’s been overwhelming and I was away from my computer much of the…
  • My Novel Borne Sells to Farrar, Straus and Giroux: More Details

    Jeff VanderMeer
    27 May 2015 | 3:41 am
    As the Hollywood Reporter reported last week, I’ve sold my new novel Borne to Sean McDonald at Farrar, Straus and Giroux in a mid-six-figure deal that’s a landmark for me. Many thanks to my agent Sally Harding and everyone at the Cooke Agency. In all things career-wise Sally has been a great boon. There’s also a very robust deal with The Fourth Estate for the UK rights, and it appears there will be more news soon about other rights sales involving Borne—on several fronts. FSG did an amazing job with my Southern Reach trilogy and I am really glad to be back with them. They’ve been…
 
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    Paperback Writer

  • Just Write

    Lynn Viehl
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    Today I'm off to write something new and post it online before midnight. Everyone inclined to do the same is invited to join me.For more details on Just Write Thursdays, click here to go to the original post.Image credit: windujedi
  • Winner

    Lynn Viehl
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    If I ever go on a trip to the future I'm taking all of you with me. As to what I'd sneak back in my luggage? The time travel machine that took me to the future, of course, so I could make more trips to bring back other things -- although that's probably like wishing for unlimited wishes. :) I dusted off the magic hat tonight, and the winner of the Pack Your Bags Giveaway is:Dianna, who wrote: Definitely the Lotto numbers and stocks to invest in. I also want to know what art that is being created now will be popular in the future.Dianna, when you have a chance please send your full name and…
  • Off Again

    Lynn Viehl
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    I'm taking off again today to get some work finished. Yes, I know, but such is the life of a writer-for-hire; these people keep hiring me. Also, a reminder: I'll be posting name of the winner of the Pack Your Bags Giveaway tomorrow morning, so if you want a chance for it to be yours be sure to enter before midnight EST tonight.
  • Off to Write

    Lynn Viehl
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:20 am
    I'm bailing on you all today so I can get some work done. In the meantime, be sure to enter the Pack Your Bags Giveaway for a chance to win a handmade tote filled with some great SF reads and other fun stuff.
  • Pack Your Bags Giveaway

    Lynn Viehl
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    From time to time we all need to escape, but when you can't get out of town in person you can always let a great story take you away. I think that's what I've always loved about great SF adventure stories -- they're guaranteed to whisk you off to new worlds. To celebrate the release of LJ Cohen's new novel Ithaka Rising, and because I love traveling through her Halcyone Space universe, I'm having a giveaway:I packed one of you a getaway bag, which consists of this nifty SF-ish tote (one of my rare quilting experiments), an unsigned trade paperback copy of LJ's Derelict, a traveler edition of…
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    Bluejo's Journal

  • Hope Funding

    Jo Walton
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:13 am
    There's an Indiegogo Campaign to bail out the Greek economy.I've given them $50 -- every little helps, and it would be awesome if it works. This is such a fascinating and unique funding model. I was thinking about all the things I've helped fund this way in the last few years -- Sundown, and fixing the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and saving people's homes and medical bills, and SF magazines and anthologies, and space missions, and a local history project, and all kinds of cool things. It's sharing what little we have to make stone soup. They call it crowdfunding, but it's also hope funding,…
  • The Philosopher Kings is out today

    Jo Walton
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:46 am
    Rush out and buy it, and I hope you like it.Meanwhile, I am getting on a train and won't have any internet between here and Chicago. That will stop me obsessively looking at sales rankings and new reviews... when I am back, we'll have a spoiler thread where you can all yell at me for the Patrick O'Brian thing I did between books, if you want.
  • Stonewall Honor Acceptance Speech

    Jo Walton
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:31 pm
    This is the speech I gave this morning. I feel I ought to apologise for this LJ being all awards acceptances all the time right now, but I'm not going to, because it's actually kind of cool. Besides, there won't be another one for... why, it's more than a month until the Tiptree award thingy!I'm Jo Walton, I write science fiction and fantasy, I was first published in 2000. My Real Children is my tenth novel and I've had two more out since then, and all my books feature characters with non-normative sexuality, because that's an aspect in which it's important to me that they be true to…
  • RUSA Acceptance Speech

    Jo Walton
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:09 pm
    This is the talk I gave this morning at the ALA Literary Tastes Breakfast.It's awesome and strange for My Real Children to be listed as Top Pick for Women's Fiction, especially in a year with such a wonderful shortlist. I'm not a Women's Fiction writer. I write Fantasy and Science Fiction. My Real Children is science fiction. It's an alternate history novel. My central character, Patricia, is an old woman with Alzheimer's who remembers two different versions of her life. In one life, she accepts a marriage proposal, has four children, and becomes known as Trish. In the other she declines it…
  • In San Francisco

    Jo Walton
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:15 pm
    The train was very late because of a tornado. I saw the tornado, it was amazing -- I'd never seen the whole sky lit up like a broken neon tube, but it was like that for hours. Amtrak made the absolute correct decision to stop the train in a dip, because the 80 mph winds were making it rock even stopped. When there was a bolt of lightning, it really was briefly as bright as day, which I've read about but not seen before. I was in the observation car talking to a chance-met fellow traveller, and we just sat there talking about stoicism and the food in the Redwall books and whether aliens could…
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    Martha Wells

  • Book Recs

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:02 am
    Great review this morning of the Books of the Raksura: Sky's the LimitA fantasy story about a human culture dominated by a from-birth caste system, ruled by physically strong women who take beautiful, docile male consorts – a culture that lacks a concept of marriage, where all children are raised collectively and which has no taboos against either polyamory or queer relationships, and where both are treated as normative – would instantly read as blasphemous to some or utopian to others; but either way, we’d likely interpret such narrative choices as being overtly political. But because…
  • ConvergenceCon

    25 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    On July 2-5 I will be at CONvergence in Bloomington, MN.My schedule is:Friday, July 3 3:30pmEvolution of the Publishing IndustryFrom print to e-books to online publishing, how have these changes affected the industry? How have writers, graphic artists, editors, and others involved in book publishing adapted, and what remains the same no matter what format a book takes? Panelists: Laura Zats, Toni Weisskopf, Dawn Frederick, Michael Merriam, Martha Wells Saturday, July 4 11:00amReading - Martha Wells12:30pmSigning - Martha Wells Sunday, July 5 2:00pmThings I Wish I'd Known Before I Started…
  • Links and Book Recs

    23 Jun 2015 | 5:37 am
    I had a great time on Saturday at ApolloCon, and in lieu of a more substantial post, here's some links:Novelocity: Jeannette Kathleen Cheney talks about Nicholas Valiarde as part of an article on paternal figures.Great review of Stories of the Raksura vol II: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below on Roqoo Depot. They give it five out of five metal bikinis!And a review of Stories of the Raksura vol I at Fantasy Cafe.There's a fundraiser to film a prequel to Nalo Hopkinson's Brown Girl in the RingNew story collection The Fox's Tower and Other Tales by Yoon Ha LeeGreat review of In Midnight's…
  • Barnes and Noble Pirates

    19 Jun 2015 | 7:55 am
    Besides everything else that's going on, I found out The Element of Fire is being pirated on both Kobo and Barnes and Noble.I don't spend time chasing pirates sites that are giving my books away for free (usually accompanied by viruses) but when the books are being sold on the same retailers I use to sell them, it matters.I've self-pubbed five books, four ebook reprints of my older out of print books (The Element of Fire, City of Bones, The Death of the Necromancer, Wheel of the Infinite), and one new story collection (Between Worlds: the Collected Ile-Rien and Cineth Stories).Those sales…
  • ApolloCon

    15 Jun 2015 | 6:06 am
    I'll be at ApolloCon in Houston this Saturday, June 20. Just couldn't afford the time and hotel to stay the whole weekend, but this is the programming I'll be on on Saturday:Saturday 10:00 am What's the Difference?—How do you make aliens truly alien? Some ideas of where to start and on justhow different they should be.2:00 pm The StruggleProfessional writers discuss the things they struggle with when writing, including but notlimited to: imposter syndrome and failed story attempts.5:00 pm ReadingIt's a 30 minute slot, and I'll read a new Raksura bit.Hopefully the weather will cooperate.
 
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    Reality Skimming

  • First Sale – David Perlmutter

    Lynda Williams
    21 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    David Perlmutter of SF CanadaDavid Perlmutter is a freelance writer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The holder of an MA degree from the Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg, and a lifelong animation fan, he has published short fiction in a variety of genres for various magazines and anthologies, as well as essays on his favorite topics for similar publishers. He is the author of America Toons In: A History of Television Animation (McFarland and Co.), The Singular Adventures Of Jefferson Ball (Chupa Cabra House), The Pups (Booklocker.com) and Certain Private Conversations and Other…
  • Interview with Dave Duncan

    David Lott
    6 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Originally from Scotland, Dave Duncan has lived all his adult life in Western Canada, having enjoyed a long career as a petroleum geologist before taking up writing. Since discovering that imaginary worlds are more satisfying than the real one, he has published more than fifty novels, mostly in the fantasy genre, but also science fiction, young adult, and historical. His most successful works have been fantasy series: The Seventh Sword, A Man of His Word and its sequel, A Handful of Men, and seven books about The King’s Blades. His 50th novel, The Eye of Strife, is now available from Five…
  • Interview with Sandra Wickham April 2015

    David Lott
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Sandra Wickham lives in Vancouver, Canada with her husband and two cats. Recently, Sandra has been busy organizing the Creative Ink Festival for Writers, Readers and Artists, which you are welcome to join on Saturday, 25 April. To find out more about Sandra and the festival, please visit http://www.sandrawickham.com/ Sandra is also a writer and her short stories have appeared in Evolve, Vampires of the New Undead, Vampires of the Future Undead, Crossed Genres magazine, The Urban Green Man and more. She blogs about writing with the Inkpunks, is the Fitness Nerd columnist for the Functional…
  • Interview with Charlotte Ashley

    David Lott
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Charlotte is a writer, editor, bookseller, book collector, book historian and Alexandre Dumas fanatic. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two daughters and books. She reviews speculative fiction short stories over at Apex Magazine, where she is also the Reprints Editor. Charlotte has several short stories published, the latest is "La Héron," which appeared in the March/April issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. You can find more about Charlotte at http://once-and-future.com/ Interview by Christel Bodenbender Your short story "La Héron" has just been published in the…
  • Interview with Colleen Anderson

    David Lott
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Colleen Anderson has published nearly 200 pieces of fiction and poetry in such places as Chilling Tales, Evolve, Horror Library and Cemetery Dance. She has been poetry editor for the Chizine, host of the Vancouver ChiSeries, co-editor for Tessearcts 17 and The Playground of Lost Toys, as well as a freelance copyeditor. She has been twice nominated for the Aurora Award, received honorable mentions in the Year’s Best anthologies and been reprinted in Imaginarium and Best of Horror Library (forthcoming). New works for 2015 will be in Nameless, Second Contact, Our World of Horror, OnSpec, Polu…
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    All quiet in France

  • Shattered Wings Thursdays: the Houses

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Welcome aboard for another episode of Shattered Wings Thursdays, the time of the week where I pick a particularly nice or evocative picture from the Pinterest board for the novel, and provide some teasers on plot, worldbuilding and characters. 47 days until the release of the Roc edition of The House of Shattered Wings in the US, and 49 days until the Gollancz edition in the UK/Commonwealth! Today is this picture: Spire of Notre Dame In the world of The House of Shattered Wings, life revolves around the Great Houses: once safe havens built to protect the Fallen in their infancy from those who…
  • Chapter one of The House of Shattered Wings online

    1 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Just a quick heads-up that I put chapter one of my upcoming Gollancz/Roc release The House of Shattered Wings online for your reading pleasure It is almost pleasant, at first, to be Falling. The harsh, unwavering light of the City recedes, leaving you in shadow, leaving only memories of relief, of a blessed coolness seizing your limbs. Nothing has turned yet into longing, into bitterness, into the cold that will never cease, not even in the heat of summer. Read more here! Cross-posted from Aliette de Bodard Leave a comment at original post, or comment here.
  • Shattered Wings Thursdays: the Fallen

    25 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    Welcome back to Shattered Wings Thursdays: your weekly picture and teaser text about The House of Shattered Wings, excerpted from the Pinterest board I’m running for the novel. We are now 55 days away from the release of the Roc edition (and just a teensy bit more away from the Gollancz edition). Here’s today’s picture: Aka, pretty close to my mental image of Lucifer Morningstar, pre-Fall… One of the key differentiators in The House of Shattered Wings is the presence of Fallen angels. Fallen are immortal, ageless, and sterile: they have no memory of anything before…
  • RT review, and PW’s Top Ten

    24 Jun 2015 | 11:43 am
    The RT review of The House of Shattered Wings is online here. I’m just going to excerpt the relevant bits: the book is a Top Pick for August, and the review contains, among many awesome things, this, “It’s a whirlwind, it’s heartbreaking, and it’s one of the best fantasy novels of 2015.” *squee* Also, it’s subscriber-only, but I’m reliably told that Publisher’s Weekly lists The House of Shattered Wings as one of the top ten books for Fall (alongside Laura Anne Gilman’s Silver on the Road, a book that sounds fantastic, Fran…
  • Books books books

    22 Jun 2015 | 8:01 am
    From the book log (crossposted to amazon and goodreads, because reviews are important to authors and I reckon I should start making an effort to review consistently): –The Scar, Sergey and Marina Dyachenko: I came to this cold, more or less (it came heavily recommended by a couple of friends, and I’d enjoyed Sergey and Marina Dyachenko’s fantastic Vita Nostra”, but I had no idea what to expect). This is the story of Ergert Soll, a braggart and bully who goes one step too far and accidentally kills Dinar, the fiancé of student Toria. Egert finds himself cursed by the…
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  • Eating Authors: Michael Hodges

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> And lo, we’ve nearly reached the end of the month, roughly the halfway point of 2015. Looking back over the past six months, I have to say I’m pretty pleased with the year so far, and looking forward I see even more exciting adventures on the horizon. Hoping you are the same. Meanwhile, it’s another Monday, and one of my favorite ways to start the week is by telling you about an author that may be new to you but shouldn’t be. Michael Hodges has been writing short fiction for years,…
  • Eating Authors: Mike Allen

    22 Jun 2015 | 10:07 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> This week’s EATING AUTHORS guest is the kind of person I like to describe as a three-sided coin. Mike Allen may be known to you as one of the top speculative poets in the business, which probably goes a long way to explaining his three Rhysling Awards. Then there’s his skills as an editor, having created the poetry journal Mythic Delirium as well as the Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness anthology series. Somewhere in there he’s also found the time to write some prose.
  • Eating Authors: Mike Allen

    22 Jun 2015 | 4:32 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> This week’s EATING AUTHORS guest is the kind of person I like to describe as a three-sided coin. Mike Allen may be known to you as one of the top speculative poets in the business, which probably goes a long way to explaining his three Rhysling Awards. Then there’s his skills as an editor, having created the poetry journal Mythic Delirium as well as the Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness anthology series. Somewhere in there he’s also found the time to write some prose.
  • Eating Authors: Stephanie Feldman

    15 Jun 2015 | 4:31 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> I saw my first firefly of the year a couple evenings ago, which for me marks the real start of summer (forget Memorial Day or the solstice, I’m here to tell you, it’s all about the fireflies). Signs. Signs and portents. Which is about as good as I’m going to be able to manage for a segue to introduce you to Stephanie Feldman, my guest this week here at EATING AUTHORS, whose first novel, The Angel of Losses won the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award earlier this year. And, if that’s not…
  • Eating Authors: Eric S. Raymond

    8 Jun 2015 | 4:31 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> Somewhere, it is Monday. In theory, if this has posted, I should have returned to Philadelphia after an evening flight from Chicago and the glory that was the 50th annual celebration known as the Nebula Awards Weekend. At the time I write this, I don’t know the outcome of my award category, but if you’re a dreamer the odds-makers in Vegas probably offered a nice return for the longshot. As they say, it’s an honor just being nominated, and really that’s true. I’ve been there…
 
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  • A couple of days with the Apple Watch

    Armen Chakmakjian
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:05 pm
    This was a gift for Father’s day from my children and wife. It was a surprise to me when they took me to an apple store on Saturday to pick one out (this was before I found one of course) and of course they were out of everything. We were all disappointed. Next we tried […]
  • Father’s Day…

    Armen Chakmakjian
    20 Jun 2015 | 6:57 pm
    Originally posted on The Urtaru Chronicles:We called my father “Baba”.  This being amusing to the other kids we grew up with, some of them took to calling him “Baba” since that was easier than “Mr. Chakmakjian”.  I remember, he called his own father “Baba” also. In some ways, my father was “Baba”  to all…
  • 25 years? Like the blink of an eye…

    Armen Chakmakjian
    6 May 2015 | 6:15 pm
    To try and give this context I thought about this Blackham School 9 years Fairfield Prep 4 years RIT 5 years Altar Boy 5 years Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts 6 years Bentley 5 years Current house 21 years Bridgeport 18 years Fatherhood 23 years DEC 11 years Teradyne 11 years Intuit 3.5 years Taught Sunday School […]
  • The Story of Armenian Genocide survivors rebuilding their lives in the Middle East

    Armen Chakmakjian
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Below the dotted line you will find the story of my father from birth to 1956 when he came to the US.  My father, Joseph, died of lung cancer in 2000. While his health was declining, I sat with him over several occasions and typed out his recollections of his life as he dictated them […]
  • Do you know why there is an Armenian Diaspora?

    Armen Chakmakjian
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:05 pm
    At the end of a documentary on Armenians a few years ago on PBS, Elie Wiesel told a brief anecdote about how he had asked Turkish leadership about the Armenian question. He ended this 5 or 6 sentence recollection with his opinion on their reaction.  It was something to the effect of “Their reaction was […]
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  • Cara mengecilkan perut buncit secara alami tanpa olahraga

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    30 Jun 2015 | 3:29 am
    Smart Detox –  Bagi anda yang memiliki perut gendut atau buncit ini lah sebuah masalah besar bagi anda karena anda adalah satu orang yang begitu sangat mementingkan dalam sebuah penampilan tubuh anda oleh karena itu anda sangat menginginkan sekali untuk… Continue Reading →
  • Cara cepat mengecilkan perut perempuan dengan olahraga

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    30 Jun 2015 | 2:10 am
    Smart Detox – Untuk memperoleh perut rata, kamu hanya perlu 2 hal: olahraga dan menjaga pola makanan. Kalau mau yang cepat kamu bisa coba cara alternatif, yang tentunya membutuhkan biaya yang besar dan setiap perawatannya memiliki resiko. Masih ingat tentang… Continue Reading →
  • Cara Mengecilkan Perut Paha Dan Lengan Tanpa Olahraga Yang Alami

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    29 Jun 2015 | 12:41 am
    Smart Detox – Perut ,paha dan lengan adalah bagian tubuh yang sangat banyak di tempati oleh lemak.lemak yang tertimbun akan menjadikan 3 bagian tubuh ini menjadi besar.lemak yang tertimbun di sebabkan oleh faktor pola makan yang tidak sehat yang pola… Continue Reading →
  • Cara cepat mengecilkan perut dengan minyak kayu putih

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    26 Jun 2015 | 1:39 am
    Smart Detox – Jangan sampai lemak yang menggelambir dan tertimbun di beberapa area tubuh yang menggangu penampilan anda. Untuk itu sebaiknya anda mengikuti cara ini mulai dari sekarang. Jangan sampai penampilan dan performa anda ketika bekerja, datang ke pesta atau… Continue Reading...
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    23 Jun 2015 | 1:55 am
    Smart Detox – Perut yang buncit sering menjadi salah satu alasan yang menyebabkan Anda tidak dapat mengenakan pakaian yang Anda idamkan. Mengenakan korset atau stagen mungkin dapat memecahkan permasalahan tersebut secara sementara tetapi tidak dapat merampingkan perut secara permanen...
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  • Vex Vox: Buy My Book!

    David Mack
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Long story short: Some very silly people with a number of rabid followers have recently called for a boycott of Tor Books starting Friday, June 19, 2015. Why? Because they manufactured a controversy over a Tor employee’s personal comments on her personal Facebook page and then failed to get her fired for it. I won’t ...Continue reading ‘Vex Vox: Buy My Book!’ »
  • “If You Were a Puppy, My Sweet”

    David Mack
    10 Jun 2015 | 10:03 pm
    If you were a puppy, my sweet, you would be a wild one. You’d be big and neutered, just like human-you. You’d bound from place to place, unburdened by any thought of consequences, full of energy and bereft of conscience. Some would delight in your antics, your perverse rejection of dignity. Others would quail from your manic slobbering and call you a nuisance, but you would be excused, because that’s just how puppies behave.
  • Speaking Truth to Puppies

    David Mack
    5 Jun 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Glenn Hauman and I have just posted, on the Crazy8 blog, reposted here on my blog a piece of short … I guess one could call it fiction, though it’s more of an essay, while at the same time a work of parody. It’s titled “If You Were a Puppy, My Sweet.” As the title ...Continue reading ‘Speaking Truth to Puppies’ »
  • Write back (not) in anger (#SFWApro)

    David Mack
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:45 pm
    Amanda S. Green submitted to the Hugos Voter Packet an essay in which she attempted to school me with regard to writing for Star Trek. Now I'll tell you why she doesn't deserve a Hugo.
  • German eBook art for Wildfire, Part 1

    David Mack
    28 May 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Cross Cult, publisher of German translations of the Star Trek novels, has revealed the cover art for its eBook version of Part 1 (of 2) of my first novel, Star Trek: S.C.E. #23 – Wildfire.
 
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  • Reviews: Ken Liu, Joanne M. Harris, Alan Smale, and John Dixon

    John Ottinger III
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:46 am
    My latest batch of reviews for WORLD magazine are now available. You can can see them once, as second time requires paying a fee for access. This time I review: The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris Clash of Eagles by Alan Smale Phoenix Island by John Dixon I also mention the Sad Puppies imbroglio and Hugo controversy. Related posts: WORLD Magazine Reviews June 14, 2014 Free Fiction: Terry Brooks and Alan Dean Foster WORLD Book Reviews June 17, 2013
  • The Blog of Unnecessary Quotation Marks

    John Ottinger III
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:32 pm
    A photo I took on my trip to Ireland last summer was recently posted at The Blog of Unnecessary Quotation Marks. Click here to enjoy. Related posts: Marks of Successful Missions Blog Temporarily Suspended Blog Stuff: LinkedIn
  • Reviews: Abercrombie, Zahn, Hobb, Jeffers, Miller

    John Ottinger III
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:40 pm
    My reviews of: Half a King by Joe Abercrombie Soulminder by Timothy Zahn Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb The Towers by Jordan Jeffers and The Art of Space: The History of Space Art, from the Earliest Visions to the Graphics of the Modern Era by Ron Miller are now available online. It will also appear in the print edition of the magazine that goes out to 100,000+ readers. Related posts: Book Review: Longeye by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller WORLD Book Reviews June 17, 2013 Book Review: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
  • Review: Coming Home by Jack McDevitt

    John Ottinger III
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:23 pm
    My review of Jack McDevitt’s newest novel, Coming Home, can be found at SF Signal. Related posts: [INTERVIEW] Jack McDevitt Book Review: Echo by Jack McDevitt Coming Soon: A CSN Stores Review
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  • Dinosaurs Are Coming! An Exclusive Look at Art from THE DINOSAUR LORDS by Victor Milán (+ Giveaway)

    Victor Milán
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Victor Milán is best known for his award-winning novel Cybernetic Samurai. In previous worlds he’s been a cowboy and Albuquerque’s most popular all-night prog-rock DJ. He’s never outgrown his childhood love of dinosaurs…and hopes you didn’t either. The Dinosaur Lords is the start of a sprawling epic fantasy series. Victormilan.com. @VictorMilan. Wikipedia. As Tor announced a few days ago, The Dinosaur Lords has dinosaurs with feathers! And here’s a great example. Clearly, this is a running raptor – or more formally, Dromaeosaurid. I’m guessing it’s a Deinonychus…
  • [MOVIE REVIEW] Terminator Genisys: Nostalgic But Nonsensical

    Derek Austin Johnson
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    REVIEW SUMMARY: Sluggish and slogging, the fifth entry in the Terminator series returns Schwarzenegger to his most famous role at the expense of an even modestly entertaining movie. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Human resistance leader John Connor sends Kyle Reese from the year 2029 to 1984 in order to protect his mother Sarah Connor, where Reese finds a relentless machine programmed to kill her…and one to protect her. MY REVIEW: PROS: The occasional nostalgia of once again seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role as the Terminator… CONS: …drowned in ridiculous and…
  • eBook Deal: BEAUTIFUL INTELLIGENCE by Stephen Palmer

    Kristin Centorcelli
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    There’s a new title available from Infinity Plus: Beautiful Intelligence by Stephen Palmer. It’s available for only $.99 in the US and 99p in the UK, but this price won’t last, so snap it up quick! More info below. About the book: The race to create a sentient machine is headed by two teams, led by former researchers at Ichikawa Laboratories, who escape the regime there – and each other – to pursue their own dreams in the world beyond Japan. Leonora Klee is creating a single android with a quantum computer brain, whose processing power has never before been achieved.
  • The Three Hoarsemen (Episode 23): Lines of Longitude

    Fred Kiesche
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:30 pm
    It’s hard to believe it has been nearly a year since The Three Hoarsemen met in meatspace in a hidden sanitarium in upstate New York shortly after John Stevens received his cybernetic upgrades. For this episode, your hosts battle the gremlins of scheduling and meet in cyberspace along the same line of longitude but at differing latitudes. With Jeff Patterson melting from the insides in the south, Fred Kiesche battling conga line dancing viruses in the middle and John Stevens working his way through the stacks in the north we take pause… …and bring you our nearly most epic…
  • At Kirkus: Essential Speculative Fiction Reads in July

    John DeNardo
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:25 pm
    This week at Kirkus Reviews, I name my picks for the best speculative reads in July. Head on over to the Kirkus Reviews blog and check out Essential Speculative Fiction Reads in July. The post At Kirkus: Essential Speculative Fiction Reads in July appeared first on SF Signal Copyright © SF Signal Related posts: SF/F Writers Who Blog A.E. van Vogt and the Fix-Up Novel Checking in With Zombie Fiction (Part 2)
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  • On Unofficial Blacklists: Why I Keep a Mental List of Authors I Won't Read

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    In April of this year, I posted a list of five reasons I won't read someone's work.  Whether it's because you don't write what I read or you're a giant turd nozzle on the Internet, there are a variety of reasons for why I skip on someone's work.  By implication, that means I keep a constantly changing list of authors I won't read -- a list I have begun calling my Do Not Read list.My DNR list isn't particularly long, and it does change from time to time.  For the most part, the only people who show up on the DNR list are folks whose online (or in person) behavior is particularly…
  • Shaun's Rambles 003: On Negative Reviews and Their Value

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    ...in which I talk about things some people don't want to write.In this edition:A discussion of the value of negative book reviews and why I think many people, including me, are hesitant to write them.Enjoy the rambles!You can download the mp3 directly from this link or stream the episode below.
  • Shaun's Rambles 002: The Value of Book Reviews and Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman

    17 Jun 2015 | 1:08 pm
    ...in which I continue a podcast of random thoughts had while driving home from work.In this edition:What is the value of book reviews (to me)?  Suggested by Jonah Sutton-Morse (Twitter / Cabbages and Kings Podcast)Some thoughts on Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives GilmanEnjoy the rambles. You can download the mp3 directly from this link or stream the episode below.
  • Shaun's Rambles 001: The Gallo Conspiracy and Trial By Fire

    10 Jun 2015 | 5:54 pm
    ...in which I begin a podcast of random thoughts had while driving home from work.In this edition:Some thoughts on the controversy over Irene Gallo's statements about the Sad / Rabid PuppiesSome thoughts on Trial By Fire by Charles Gannon and the absence of sf/f awards for adventure fictionEnjoy the rambles. You can download the mp3 directly from this link or stream the episode below.
  • On the Hugo Awards: Two Scholarly-ish Projects to Come (An Announcement)

    6 Jun 2015 | 10:54 am
    As you may well be aware, I am currently working on two projects related to the Hugo Awards.  I know I've mentioned both of these at some point, though the second is certainly the most visible of these projects.  I'm also sure you know that the Hugo Awards have been enormously controversial this year, earning mainstream attention in major newspapers and entertainment sites such as The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Boing Boing, and so on.  That conversation is still happening; one need only look at File 770 to see it.A lot of us in SF/F circles…
 
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  • Marijuana Is Medicine - Journal Of The American Medical Association

    28 Jun 2015 | 3:10 am
    As reported earlier, U.S. government owns the patent on Cannabis Cures and U.S. govt. acknowledges cannabis as alternative treatment for cancer. Now Journal Of The American Medical Association... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • Nasa's Curiosity Rover Discovered Pyramid On Mars

    23 Jun 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Earlier we reported, Japan Kofun Era Tomb Like Structure Found On Mars. Now, Nasa’s Curiosity rover has captured images of what seems to be a perfectly-formed pyramid on Mars. While the visible... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • Strange Lights Spotted Over Greenwood, Indiana and Illinois

    23 Jun 2015 | 12:41 am
    According to eyewitness testimony, on June 12, 2015 I was out riding my bicycle and a storm was approaching, then this strange light caught my eye so I pulled out my phone and shot this... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • UFO Cloud Spotted Over Texas

    29 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    Weird weather left strange signs in the Texas sky after giant storms rolled through. Red-tinted disk-shaped clouds twirled atop dark flat bases and drew groups of dazzled gazers in Robertson County,... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • Obama's Pilot Saw a Giant UFO During Campaign Flight

    18 May 2015 | 2:45 pm
    A veteran pilot, who flew President Obama's campaign plane, has revealed that he has seen a UFO flying through the sky.  Andrew Danziger claimed that virtually all airmen believe in... Click on Headline to read complete story...
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  • An interview with Rhys Hughes

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:24 am
    Risingshadow has had the honour of interviewing Rhys Hughes. Rhys Hughes was born in 1966 and began writing from an early age. His first short story was published in 1991 and his first book, the now legendary Worming the Harpy, followed four years later. Since then he has published more than thirty books, his work has been translated into ten languages and he is currently one of the most prolific and successful authors in Wales. Mostly known for absurdist works, his range in fact encompasses styles as diverse as gothic, experimental, science fiction, magic realism, fantasy and realism. His…
  • GUEST POST: Research by Eric Brown

    1 Jul 2015 | 1:07 am
    Risingshadow has the honour of publishing a guest post Eric Brown. Eric Brown reviews for the Guardian and has written over fifty books. His latest novels are Jani and the Greater Game and, with Una McCormack, The Baba Yaga, the third book in the Weird Space series. (The press release for The Baba Yaga can be found below the guest post.) Click here to visit the author's official website. GUEST POST: Research by Eric Brown Read More...
  • GUEST POST: Doing the Monster Mash by Paul Kane

    29 Jun 2015 | 10:17 pm
    Risingshadow has the honour of publishing a guest post by Paul Kane. Paul Kane is the award-winning, bestselling author and editor of over fifty books – including the Arrowhead trilogy (gathered together in the sellout Hooded Man omnibus, revolving around a post-apocalyptic version of Robin Hood), The Butterfly Man and Other Stories, Hellbound Hearts and The Mammoth Book of Body Horror. His non-fiction books include The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy and Voices in the Dark, and his genre journalism has appeared in the likes of SFX, Rue Morgue and DeathRay. He has been a Guest at…
  • An interview with Paul Kane

    29 Jun 2015 | 10:17 pm
    Risingshadow has had the honour of interviewing Paul Kane. Paul Kane is the award-winning, bestselling author and editor of over fifty books – including the Arrowhead trilogy (gathered together in the sellout Hooded Man omnibus, revolving around a post-apocalyptic version of Robin Hood), The Butterfly Man and Other Stories, Hellbound Hearts and The Mammoth Book of Body Horror. His non-fiction books include The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy and Voices in the Dark, and his genre journalism has appeared in the likes of SFX, Rue Morgue and DeathRay. He has been a Guest at Alt.Fiction five…
  • An interview with Lauren Roy

    28 Jun 2015 | 10:12 pm
    Risingshadow has had the honour of interviewing Lauren Roy. Lauren M. Roy spends her days selling books to bookstores, and her nights scratching out stories of her own. She is also a freelance writer for tabletop roleplaying games. Lauren lives in southeastern Massachusetts with her husband, their cats, and the ghosts of houseplants she forgets to water. Her first novel, Night Owls, was published by Ace in February 2014. The Fire Children was published by Ravenstone Press in June 2015. Click here to visit the author's official website. Blurb for The Fire Children The Fire Children is a…
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    On Starships and Dragonwings

  • I’m On Vacation!

    Anya
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Hello loves, I just wanted to put up a quick note that I’m out visiting the lovely Tabitha of Not Yet Read and since we’ve been off at ALA and then bumming around like the bookworms we are, the blog will be on hiatus for the week until the 5th! Be sure to stop by in a week though since I’ll have lots of goodies to share ;-). © 2015, Anya. All rights reserved. The post I’m On Vacation! appeared first on On Starships and Dragonwings.
  • Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George eARC {2.5 Stars}

    Anya
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George is the first in a new historical fantasy series from one of my favorite middle grade authors. However, my expectations came back to bite me because Silver in the Blood ended up being rather slow with a fairly predictable plot and characters switching personality traits as often as dresses. Maybe historical fantasy just isn’t for me? Note: I received an advanced copy of Silver in the Blood from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version. Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George (Silver in the Blood #1)Published by…
  • Sci-fi and Fantasy Friday {ARCs and $5 Giftcards Weekly!}

    Anya
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Link-up Your Sci-fi and Fantasy Reviews and Giveaways! I’m a huge sci-fi and fantasy fan, to the point that that is really all I read anymore. Therefore, I decided to start a weekly feature where I get all of you to gather the sf/f reviews and giveaways you’ve published and found so that we can all discover new books, blogs, and giveaways in our favorite genres! Congrats to Lory for winning last week, enjoy your book! I’m currently traveling so it’ll take me a bit to pick a winner this week, but I have a couple of exciting editions for you! Every week I’ll pick a…
  • The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson ARC {3 Stars}

    Anya
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:42 am
    The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson is the second book in the Remnant Chronicles and the sequel to The Kiss of Deception. There are some big surprises in The Kiss of Deception, so I recommend you check out my review of book one if you haven’t read it yet! The Heart of Betrayal continues the story pretty much exactly where The Kiss of Deception leaves off, with Lia and Rafe captive in Venda and trying to stay alive. I like pieces of The Heart of Betrayal quite a lot, but the emphasis ended up being on the pieces I didn’t enjoy, making this a sequel that couldn’t live up…
  • When the Heavens Fall by Marc Turner {4 Stars}

    Anya
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    When the Heavens Fall by Marc Turner is an epic fantasy debut that took me completely by surprise. I was excited about the idea of a fallible lord of the dead who lost a valuable object and the battle between a number of heroes to get that object back, but I had no idea the world of When the Heavens Fall would be so rich and engrossing! If you are a fan of a solid plot and characters set in a flourishing world, this is a series not to miss! Note: I received an advanced copy of When the Heavens Fall from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version. When the Heavens Fall…
 
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    ATG Reviews

  • Hyperion Book Review

    The_Wanderer
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Hyperion Cantos Book OneBuy on Amazon!Hyperion is a modern sci-fi classic that kicks off author Dan Simmons’s Hyperion Cantos a four book saga that focuses on a mysterious planet called Hyperion.  The saga is broken into two distinct sections, so when you do read Hyperion you should also get The Fall of Hyperion because that is the same part of one continuous story.  The last two books form a continuous story of their own, but are set nearly 300 years in the future.There’s a lot going on in Hyperion so I’ll do my best to provide a basic sort of plot summary. Over 800 years…
  • The Philosopher Kings Book Review

    The_Wanderer
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Thessaly Book Two(An advanced copy was provide by the publisher).(Spoilers for The Just City are below).Buy on Amazon!I was “wowed” by The Just City, and once again I’m saying “wow” after finishing its first sequel The Philosopher Kings. Just to be clear when I say wow I’m talking about the word that expresses admiration and astonishment and not the acronym for a popular MMORPG by Blizzard. The Philosopher Kings introduces a great new narrator in Arete, continues with the thoughtful questioning that made the first book so much fun to read, and concludes…
  • Saturday Buffoonery #35

    The_Wanderer
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:43 am
    Middle Earth’s Most Metal DeathsI think the subtitle pretty much explains it.  This is a list of the top thirteen deaths in Middle Earth and how metal they were.  Characters lose points for doing non-metal things, like incest, and they gain points by doing metal things like killing balrogs. Nearly all the names mentioned are from characters that were in the Silmarillion, but a few from Lord of the Rings also make the cut.You can read the article here. The post Saturday Buffoonery #35 appeared first on ATG Reviews.
  • Pom Poko Film Review

    The_Wanderer
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Great Raccoon (Dog) WarBuy on Amazon!Pom Poko (full title Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko) is another one of Studio Ghibli’s less famous films. The title translates roughly (and poorly) to English as Heisei-era Raccoon Dog War.  Tanuki roughly translates to raccoon dog, and they’re a native species to Japan that look like raccoons, but are in fact a different species all together. In the dubbed version they’re just called raccoons. Despite having less acclaim, Pom Poko still delivers a compelling and relevant story.Japan’s native tanuki species are at war against…
  • Blankets Graphic Novel Review

    The_Wanderer
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Heaven is a hope, and Eden is a memoryBuy on Amazon!Blankets is the autobiographical account of author Craig Thompson’s formative years in rural Wisconsin brought to us via graphic novel.  Craig reminisces about his relationship with his younger brother Phil, his fundamentalist Christian parents, and his first love Raina all while growing up and discovering his calling as an artist.Blankets received the Harvey Award, Eisner Award, and Ignatz Award for best graphic novel, and was rated the best comic of 2003 by Time Magazine. It frequently is featured on, or even tops many greatest…
 
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  • Roadside Attractions: Michigan

    Esther Kim
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    THE ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS IN MICHIGAN INCLUDE AN AIR ZOO Written By ESTHER KIM Esther is a Ph.D candidate in Philosophy/Science of Philosophy. She prefers not to philosophize during her free time, enjoys creating new muffin recipes, and obsesses over small puppies (specifically Huskies). As a writer for OMNI Reboot, I am always scanning for the next big thing to assimilate in the world of science fiction. This weekend, I set course for Michigan. From an observatory that comes complete with three separate telescopes to a highly charged, multi-sensory Air Zoo, Michigan has something for…
  • Terminator’s Arnold Schwarzenegger Is The Ultimate Action Hero

    OMNI Reboot Staff
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    As the ultimate action hero of the 1980's, Arnold Schwarzenegger has become more than just a household name. Born in Austria in 1947, the future movie star was expected to either become a police chief like his father, or go to trade school. However, he decided to abandon those goals and aspirations in order to pursue weight lifting. Due to his incredible feats of strength and impeccable body, he had already made a name for himself before coming to the United States in 1968 at the age of 21 in order to enter the film industry. Although many people from the older generations might remember him…
  • Alan Turing Is The Original Whiz Kid

    Adam Wells
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Alan Turing is the father of theoretical computer science and AI. While some see Alan Turing as just another character played by Benedict Cumberbatch in 2014’s The Imitation Game, in reality, he was an incredible scientist who gave everything to his research. Creator of the Turing machine or general computer, Turing is seen as the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. He broke coded messages by the Germans during World War II and was pivotal in the defeat of the Germans at the Battle of the Atlantic. He also provided detailed explanations for concepts of…
  • The Beginning Of The End Of Falling Skies

    Esther Kim
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:31 am
    Falling Skies will make season 5 its last. Since Lost’s end in 2010, it seems like many television shows have tried to copy its air of mystery and confusion but they have failed to effectively do so. One of the few shows that has been able to emulate the complex storylines, themes and ideas that made Lost so successful is TNT’s Falling Skies. This sci-fi shows follows Tom Mason, a Boston University professor who survives an alien invasion and becomes second-in-command of a group of citizens fighting against the other worldly invaders. Since its premier in 2011, the show has been hailed…
  • 10 Of The Best Alien Invasion Movies

    Andrew Seel
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Celebrate independence by watching Hollywood triumph over alien invasions. Written By ANDREW SEEL Andrew is a self-diagnosed sci-fi fanatic. He and his Dad watched late night reruns of Star Trek. An avid model builder, his Enterprise model adorning his dresser is stained from Earl Grey Tea. He studied creative writing at the University of Michigan. Andrew hopes to write a science fiction novel. What’s more American than aliens and explosions? Hollywood’s obsession with aliens has spawned hundreds of alien invasion movies over the decades whether they were warranted or not. While we have…
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  • Dungeon Crawl - Part 15

    Revens Fang
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:51 am
    The barrier shimmered and crackled with power. Through the blue haze of its surface Reven could see Krassner’s movements becoming more urgent as he trailed his arms through the air and increased the tempo of his chant. Past Krassner he spotted a balcony that overlooked the chamber and a plan began to form. A runner was sent back to the rest of the party. Missner would be needed to bring down the barrier but as time was growing short, Reven, Agrippa and three of the mercenary soldiers would try and circle round and reach the balcony. Borengar would stay with the rest of the troops should the…
  • Dungeon Crawl - Part 14

    Revens Fang
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:35 am
    The torch light wavered as they approached a cross section in the tunnels. They had tracked Krassner's passing as best they could but his footprints were mingled with that of the goblins that had fled the cave. The party had been pushing on into the darkness for 30 minutes or so and the many footprints had made it slow going. It was here at this cross roads that they got their first real trace of the magician. Tracks in the dust of a passageway showed booted feet that led away from the rest of the scuffed footprints. Reven's group followed the passage as it angled down…
  • Dungeon Crawl - Part 13

    Revens Fang
    15 May 2015 | 2:12 am
    Missner's men made straight for the rock platform to catch Krassner. A couple broke off and headed to Reven with the elderly man in tow. The brunette had already scaled the wall to the rock where she thought she would find Krassner laying but she only found disappointment. She barked orders at the men who arrived in her stead and they fanned out into the shadows to try and pick up the sorcerers trail. She called out updating Master Missner as he neared Reven and his recumbent friend Borengar. He dismissed the woman's words with a wave of his hand and focused on the…
  • Dungeon Crawl - Part 12

    Revens Fang
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:49 am
    Reven sailed through the air toward the floor. A large rock span into view as he descended. He hit the top, half sliding, half rolling and skidded down the sloped surface of the stone before coming to a rough stop at its base. Borengar wasn't so lucky and was thrown against the hard surface just below where the rock sloped away. He hit it with a crunch and a howl of pain and then fell to the ground in silence, landing in a heap on the opposite side to where Reven was now scrambling to his feet.Reven raced round the base of the rock, trying not to slip on the moist stone and moss of the…
  • Dungeon Crawl - Part 11

    Revens Fang
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:37 am
    Reven and Borengar stood as still as statues as Krassner's words echoed from the walls of the vast cavern. They were on at the top of a stone stairway that had been carved into the rock at the back of the cavern. Below them hundreds of eyes looked up at their position. The dancing goblin shamans piercing shriek interrupted the silence as he raised a pointed finger at the pair and barked something in its foul tongue. As one the mass of goblins surged toward the bottom of the staircase. 'Shit', shouted Borengar as he made to run back up the sloping passage way that led away from…
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  • Black Magic: Cover Art and more

    mistymikes.com
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:16 pm
    It’s Wednesday, and I’m writing a blog post instead of working on Black Magic, even though I’m behind… But I need a break!  Plus, I have stuff to say! Black Magic Cover Art I got the proof back from the cover artist, and I must say that I was not impressed.  Actually, that’s probably a bit of an understatement.  I’m going to be nice and say that it looked amateurish and self-publish-ey. I showed it to my brother, and this is how he reacted: “HAHAHAHAHA!  That is hilarious!  It looks like it’s advertising Supernatural slash fiction!”…
  • 90 is the magic number

    mistymikes.com
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Stumbled on this article today and I thought it might be interesting to share… As you may or may not have noticed, I’m a bit of a productivity nerd.  I’m constantly doing little tests with myself to see what method of working gets the best results.  I test everything from how I plan my day (week, month, year…) to where my desk is placed. One thing I learned a long time ago is that 90 minutes is the point where my focus takes a nose dive.  I can keep going far longer than that if I must, but I found that if I consistently exceed 90 minutes without a break, I start…
  • Black Magic Revision: Chapter 1 is a go!

    mistymikes.com
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:30 pm
    As of this exact moment, I have completed Chapter 1 of the official Black Magic Revision o’ Doom.  I will not be looking at this chapter again until I hand it over to first readers.   Now that I’m finally getting my hands dirty, I’m glad that I decided to go with a first-person narrator, rather than the third-person I had originally chosen.  The first chapter is a Dylan chapter, and his voice is WAY too much fun to write. Here’s a little clip: “Welcome, Initiates, on this most solemn occasion…” I gotta be honest, I kind of tuned out after that.
  • It’s a good thing my apartment has thick walls

    mistymikes.com
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:47 am
    “Oh my god.  Dude.  Yes.  Yes! YES THAT’S IT.  THAT IS PERFECT! Ahahahahahahaha!” the author cries, having just solved a big problem with the beginning of her story. She only belatedly realizes what this must sound like to the neighbors. All I can say is, it’s probably good that my office has an exterior wall on one side and the kitchen on the other.   (And for those who are curious and also “in the know”….  I just figured out how to salvage the scene at the party. You know, the one that had to go away because I eliminated the ID bracelets,…
  • OMG 2015 is half over how did this happen

    mistymikes.com
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Do you ever evaluate your life and ask yourself, “How did I get here?” I do.  It’s weird, because I evaluate my life on a pretty regular basis, so you would think it would be obvious.  It’s actually built into the organizational system that I use to plan my work days.  And yet… I still manage to surprise myelf. For example, this week I’m doing my second quarterly review for 2015. During this review, I go through what I’ve done, compare it to what I want to do, and then figure out how to get from where I am to where I want to be. The first step, of…
 
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