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  • the Stargate Rewatch: Stargate (1994)

    KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    We kick off the Stargate Rewatch with the movie that started it all, as we learn why Michael Shanks just impersonated James Spader and why Richard Dean Anderson avoided impersonating Kurt Russell.An excerpt:Still, there isn’t much to like here. James Spader is certainly charismatic enough (I actually watched an episode of The Blacklist before watching the movie, not to mention seeing the latest Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, and his voice and his ability to use it to good effect really is amazing, and has remained so for two decades), but ultimately this is pretty much the same plot as…
  • Charlaine Harris Interview

    Dag R.
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Charlaine Harris became a household name when her #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels became the inspiration for HBO’s hit drama True Blood. Last year, Harris delighted fans once again withMIDNIGHT CROSSROAD, the first book in an all-new series that takes place in the same world as a Sookie Stackhouse.   Midnight Crossroad […]
  • Release date for Unforgettable

    Eric James Stone
    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.
  • Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: "Mudd's Women"

    KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:11 am
    The introduction of a beloved recurring villain is also a piece of sexist drivel. The TOS Rewatch meets "Mudd's Women."An excerpt:Watching it now, it’s like suffering through “Profit and Lace” all over again, though this story has a better excuse for its sexism than the Deep Space Nine episode. Not that it makes it any better. Mudd is, basically, a space pimp—what he’s selling is sex, which Eve all but comes out and says to Childress, limited only by 1966 Broadcast Standards & Practices not letting people use that word out loud. But the more “noble” calling that Eve yearns for…
  • A word is worth a thousand pixels

    Robert J. Sawyer
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    An email I sent to the Writers’ Trust of Canada this morning: Hi! I was going to cut-and-paste news of Joseph Heath’s award win to my Facebook wall — when I discovered I can’t because your email newsletter doesn’t consist of actual text but only graphics — pictures of text. Might I gently suggest this isn’t wise? It not only makes it hard to share content from it, as I was about to do, but also makes it impossible to search for the content (try to find your own message in your Gmail inbox by searching for any of the words that are supposedly in it;…
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  • Charlaine Harris Interview

    Dag R.
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Charlaine Harris became a household name when her #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels became the inspiration for HBO’s hit drama True Blood. Last year, Harris delighted fans once again withMIDNIGHT CROSSROAD, the first book in an all-new series that takes place in the same world as a Sookie Stackhouse.   Midnight Crossroad […]
  • Amanda Bridgeman Interview

    Dag R.
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    A distress signal on the edge of inhabited space. A mission that is far outside normal parameters. Two very different people with one common goal – survival. We have talked to Amanda Bridgeman about her Aurora series. For those not familiar with your Aurora series, can you tell us a bit about it? Set in […]
  • Persona by Genevieve Valentine

    Rob B
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    In the near future, diplomats are Faces and their handlers do much of the moving and shaking. In Genevieve Valentine’s fast paced novel Persona, Suyana Sapaki is that “Face” who represents the United Amazonian Rainforest Confederation collective of nations in the International Assembly (presumably something into which the United Nations evolves). These Faces have more […]
  • Gregory Lamberson Interview

    Dag R.
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Gregory Lamberson, dubbed “the hardest-working man in horror” by Fangoria magazine has just released his sixth and final book in The Jake Helman Files series. First of all can you tell us a bit about your new novel, Human Monsters?  Human Monsters is the sixth volume in my occult detective series The Jake Helman Files. […]
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V E Schwab

    Mark Yon
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The latest book by rising star V E Schwab is one that begins with a wonderful concept. In a universe of multiverses, we have Antari – Travellers – who can, with the aid of magic (and a little blood), travel between them. For some reason, for our characters this seems to be based around a […]
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    Eric James Stone

  • 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…
  • Book Recommendation: A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge

    Eric James Stone
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Although A Deepness in the Sky was published in 1999, I didn’t get around to reading it until recently. Vernor Vinge deservedly won the Hugo Award for Best Novel for it.  The novel includes one of my favorite portrayals of an alien society, and also portrays a fascinating interstellar human culture.  (It is a prequel to the novel A Fire Upon the Deep, but it doesn’t really matter which order you read the two.) You can buy it at Amazon or download the audio from Audible.
  • Book Recommendation: Ironskin by Tina Connolly

    Eric James Stone
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:35 pm
    I have previously recommended Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist Histories, which are like Jane Austen with magic.  Ironskin, by Tina Connolly, is Jane Eyre with magic.  I enjoyed reading it perhaps even a little more than I enjoyed reading Jane Eyre. You can buy it from Amazon or get the audio version from Audible.
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    KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life

  • Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: "Mudd's Women"

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:11 am
    The introduction of a beloved recurring villain is also a piece of sexist drivel. The TOS Rewatch meets "Mudd's Women."An excerpt:Watching it now, it’s like suffering through “Profit and Lace” all over again, though this story has a better excuse for its sexism than the Deep Space Nine episode. Not that it makes it any better. Mudd is, basically, a space pimp—what he’s selling is sex, which Eve all but comes out and says to Childress, limited only by 1966 Broadcast Standards & Practices not letting people use that word out loud. But the more “noble” calling that Eve yearns for…
  • Emily Asher-Perrin on fan rage

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    I've been mulling talking at some point about the counterproductive nature of fan rage, especially in light of a recent excellent rant on the subject by David Gerrold​, but then the good and noble Emily Asher-Perrin​ went ahead and did it for me on​. Everyone who considers themselves a fan of something should read Em's article. Just excellent stuff here.Money quote:There are plenty of already-existing fans who do not share your opinions on the fandoms and things that you love. Just because you may think that the intentions you’re perceiving behind a work are correct doesn’t…
  • buy my books!

    20 Mar 2015 | 2:34 pm
    As ever, I've got a bunch of my books for sale, which I'll gladly autograph. You can order them from me by sending me the cover price of the book(s) you want, plus $5 for domestic shipping. (For foreign shipping, just send me the cover prices, and I'll bill you for the postage after I send it.) Money can be sent via PayPal to krad at whysper dot net or by check/money order made out to Keith R.A. DeCandido to PO Box 4976, New York, NY 10185-4976.Please let me know which titles you want, how you want the autograph inscribed, and the shipping address to send the books to.Here's what's available…
  • the Stargate Rewatch: Stargate (1994)

    20 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    We kick off the Stargate Rewatch with the movie that started it all, as we learn why Michael Shanks just impersonated James Spader and why Richard Dean Anderson avoided impersonating Kurt Russell.An excerpt:Still, there isn’t much to like here. James Spader is certainly charismatic enough (I actually watched an episode of The Blacklist before watching the movie, not to mention seeing the latest Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, and his voice and his ability to use it to good effect really is amazing, and has remained so for two decades), but ultimately this is pretty much the same plot as…
  • attention readers!

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    If you're someone who reads, please take a moment to take this survey from the Department of Information Studies at University College in London on reading in the digital age.Thanks!
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    Robert J. Sawyer

  • A word is worth a thousand pixels

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    An email I sent to the Writers’ Trust of Canada this morning: Hi! I was going to cut-and-paste news of Joseph Heath’s award win to my Facebook wall — when I discovered I can’t because your email newsletter doesn’t consist of actual text but only graphics — pictures of text. Might I gently suggest this isn’t wise? It not only makes it hard to share content from it, as I was about to do, but also makes it impossible to search for the content (try to find your own message in your Gmail inbox by searching for any of the words that are supposedly in it;…
  • Bill Joy, 15 years on

    16 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    Fifteen years ago this week, Bill Joy‘s famous antitechnology manifesto “Why The Future Doesn’t Need Us” appeared in Wired magazine. The Globe and Mail asked me for an op-ed in response, which appeared fifteen years ago today, on March 16, 2000. Here it is. Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Email
  • Did genre fiction really win the war?

    15 Mar 2015 | 6:27 am
    Apropos of the discussion that’s been going on here and on my Facebook wall for the last several days about genre fiction vs. literary snobbery, this is an interesting piece from Esquire. But before we get too smug and claim we — the genre-fiction community — have won the war, note that not a single one of the books mentioned in the Esquire article was published by a science fiction or fantasy publisher or promoted as genre fiction; the war was won by those fighting on other fronts. Yes, Ace/Roc, Baen, DAW, Del Rey/Spectra, Orbit, Tor, and Voyager publish a lot of genre…
  • Chicago Manual of Style with less eye strain

    9 Mar 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Having been quite pleased with my style sheet for the web interface for Evernote, I decided to do something about the glaring white background of The Chicago Manual of Style Online. You’ll need to install the free Stylish add-on for your browser, then install my style sheet, which you can get here. If you don’t like the parchment shade I’ve chosen, it’s easy to modify it to any other background color you prefer. Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Email
  • Pop-culture and obscure references in fiction

    9 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    An interesting article by John McPhee about obscure and pop-culture references in fiction appears in the March 9, 2015, issue of The New Yorker. My thoughts, speaking as a science-fiction writer who takes great joy in including such things in his work: In his 1953 short story “The Nine Billion Names of God,” Arthur C. Clarke includes this bit:One of his recurring nightmares was that there would be some change of plan, and that the high lama (whom they’d naturally called Sam Jaffe, though he didn’t look a bit like him) would suddenly announce that the project would be…
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  • Novel Completion Queries, Day Eleven

    John Scalzi
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    Is the novel finished? NO Today’s question: When you were fifteen, what was your favorite electric or electronic object? These can be computers, toys, phones, televisions, game consoles, etc. You get the idea. My answer: Eddie Chowaiki’s Macintosh. He had one of the first of these computers, and I was in his dorm room constantly, using it to write short stories and other such things. I strongly suspect for a while there I was using it more than he was. You?
  • Proof That Science Fiction Is the Literature of the Future, and That I Am the Prognostication MASTER

    John Scalzi
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    In The Android’s Dream, which I wrote over a decade ago now, I reached into the thinky crevasses of my brain to conceive of a thing that no human had dared to dream of: white chocolate M&M’s. Yes! I was the first! They came from my very thinkmeat! And people said to me then, well, hold up there, Scalzi. Spaceships and aliens are all very well, but white chocolate M&M’s? That’s too radical an idea! And then they laughed, nervously. WELL WHO IS LAUGHING NOW, PEOPLE: Yes. Arthur C. Clarke had communication satellites, Robert Heinlein had waterbeds, and now I have…
  • Novel Completion Queries, Day Ten

    John Scalzi
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    Is the novel finished? NO Today’s question: Do you feel lucky? My answer: I do, but I also believe strongly that with luck it isn’t the “lucky” thing that happens to you, but what you do in the aftermath of that event that matters. You?
  • Today’s New Books and ARCs, 3/24/15

    John Scalzi
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Likely the last collection of such until I get back from my travels down under. So: See anything here that rings your bell? The comments await your vote!
  • Novel Completion Queries, Day Nine

    John Scalzi
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    Is the novel finished? NO Today’s question: What’s the first book you remember reading — meaning, the first book you were able to read on your own, front to back, without help from someone else. If you can’t remember the title, describe the contents/story of the book. My answer: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, by Dr. Seuss, an author I suspect will turn up a lot here. I was reading when I was two so I don’t really remember not being able to read, but this was the first book I actually have a memory of reading. You?
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    Magical Words

  • Tamsin Silver: Get thee to a…Writers Group!

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:46 am
    (Doesn’t have the same ring to it as “nunnery,” but just go with me here.) I think I started five different blog topics for today. But they felt forced so I stopped. Then, I sat down to write about some advice I learned and shared this week to a lady in my writers group, and instead…the following post happened. So I’m guessing it’s the right one. You see, I have a writers group I’ve been a part of since the fall of 2010, comprised mostly of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) people, and I honestly believe they are part of the reason I’m be published now. You may be…
  • The There Transformation and Cleft Sentences

    Emily Leverett
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The There Transformation and Cleft Sentences. Today I’m going to be talking about a fairly contentious issue in writing. No, it isn’t adverbs. For quite a long while—so long that I don’t know when I first heard it—one particular sentence has been known as one of the worst ever: It was a dark and stormy night. Why is such an innocuous sentence so vilified? Because it starts with a pronoun that comes BEFORE the antecedent? (“It” comes before “storm.”) Possibly. Today I’m going to discuss why there is nothing wrong with that sentence structure. But first, I’m going to talk…
  • Reminders

    Misty Massey
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:15 am
    Saturday last, I took part in a group book signing to launch The Big Bad II, an anthology edited by John Hartness and Emily Lavin Leverett.  See? Anyway, most of the folks there had been published before, either in other anthologies, by traditional publishers or by the self-pub route.  Except Riley Flynn (the dark-haired woman sitting next to me.)  This was Riley’s first professional publication, and she was as delighted as a child at Christmas.  Her mom made the trip to be there for Riley’s first signing, and lots of her friends and family also showed up.  It was adorable…
  • The Story Behind War of Shadows (or ‘Where Do You Get Your Ideas’?)

    Gail Martin
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:43 pm
    “Where do you get your ideas?” Most writers wish they had a nickel for every time someone asks that question, and the truth is, we don’t have a really good answer. “Out of thin air” seems flippant, but it’s true. “From things that happen to me” is also true, but when you write epic fantasy and stories about haunted heirlooms, that kind of answer makes people wonder what your life is really like. For me, it always starts with “what if?” What if….magic was a natural force that could be harnessed, but the bond between people and…
  • Persnickety Pronouns (Part 1)

    Melissa Gilbert
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Oh, dear pronoun. You are so abused. So…misused and mistreated. Let’s fix that, shall we? Today’s post will be the first in a three-part series. Part one is pronoun agreement, part two will be pronoun types, and part three will be pronoun case.   Pronoun Agreement First, a pronoun is a word that replaces a noun. A pronoun is a word like he, she, I, we, us, etc. A pronoun must agree with the word that it is replacing (the antecedent) in three ways: gender, number, and person. Agreement in Gender We have three genders for pronouns: masculine, feminine, and neutral.
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    No Fear of the Future

  • Terry Pratchett (1948-2015)

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    Sir Terry Pratchett died yesterday after a battle with early-onset Alzheimers. People far more eloquent than I have eulogized him elsewhere, and the hundreds of obituaries provide far more detail and understanding of the man and his life than I could hope to compete with. So I will just stick to what I know. I didn't enjoy Pratchett's books. This disappointed me greatly. I remember getting The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic via the Science Fiction Book Club not all that long after they became available in the U.S. and being distressingly unmoved by them. I'm not sure I laughed even…
  • Babylon 5: The War Prayer

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    I am re-watching the entire Babylon 5 television series. I had not seen a single episode since B5 completed its tumultuous run. Does J. Michael Straczynski still have the touch? Come along and find out. In Valen's Name: Old friends and relatives dominate this episode, "The War Prayer." Delenn is meeting with an old friend, Shaal Mayan, a famed Minbari poet on her way to Earth for a major artistic tour/performance. She is to give a poetry recital on Babylon 5 later, before she departs for Earth. A Centauri ship arrives with detainees--young-adult Centauri lovers, Kiron and Aria, who are…
  • Babylon 5: Mind War

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    I am re-watching the entire Babylon 5 television series. I had not seen a single episode since B5 completed its tumultuous run. Does J. Michael Straczynski still have the touch? Come along and find out. In Valen's Name: Talia Winters' telepath mentor, Jason Ironheart, shows up on Babylon 5, running from the Psi Corps. He had volunteered for Psi Corps research into creating stronger telepaths. It turned out that the experimental treatment was intended to create stable telekinetics, and succeeded in spectacular fashion. Not only could Ironheart manipulate matter and energy with his mind, he…
  • The sounds of space

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    Welcome to my latest obsession: Sounds from space. I know, I know, space is for all practical purposes a vacuum (unless you're designing an interstellar ramjet) so sound as we know it doesn't exist there. And even if it did in the thin stellar media, we'd need fantastically sensitive microphones to pick up any hint of audio. Well, I thought so, until I stumbled across the "NASA Space Sounds" video below when it was being shared around the interwebz recently. Instruments aboard Voyagers I and II, as well as several other space probes, recorded an array of electromagnetic signals that, when…
  • That was the Armadillocon that was

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    I cannot remember being so exhausted during and after a con as I have with Armadillocon 36 this past weekend. I don't know what was up with that, but despite turning in way early on Friday and Saturday, I operated in zombie mode most of the weekend. Hopefully I was able to cover it up and not infect too many folks I came into contact with. One might think that with such depressed energy levels, Armadillocon would've been a complete bust for me, but surprisingly the exact opposite is true. I had a blast. Despite an asinine, patronizing set of conduct rules distributed to all the programming…
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  • New Review at the B&NR

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:23 am
    I look at a debut novel of time travel:
  • New Review at LOCUS ONLINE

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    A genre novel marketed as mainstream? What will they think of next?!?
  • Scary Weather

    17 Mar 2015 | 7:43 pm
    We’ve been having a sort of heat wave here, with an average high in the last 7 days of 78 degrees.  (The historical March average is 64 degrees.)  I don’t understand why people aren’t running around with their hair on fire yelling, “Climate change!  Do something!  Climate change!”  But then I’m not running around with my hair on fire either.  Still, I’d like to hear people saying something other than “Nice weather we’re having, isn’t it?”
  • Here's a Good Book: H Is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald

    15 Mar 2015 | 9:13 pm
    For some reason none of the books I've been reading lately have grabbed me, or even kept my interest for very long -- so much so that I started to wonder if this was just going to be a crappy year for books.  And then, happily, I read H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.H Is for Hawk is really three books -- one an account of Macdonald training her goshawk Mabel; one about T.H. White, with emphasis on his own book about goshawks; and one a narrative of the author's mourning after her father died unexpectedly.  You wouldn't think these three things would fit together but…
  • New Review at LOCUS ONLINE

    13 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
    I look at some SF from Taiwan:
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  • Today

    15 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    Today is the Ides of March, I just realized. Yesterday was Pi Day, which friends celebrated with pies. And Terry Pratchett died 3 days ago, after suffering from a form of early dementia for several years. He was 66, too early to go.He was a wonderful writer, someone I read for comfort, because his books are funny and charming and sane and well written, and he was the master of the fiction footnote. His footnotes don't work in e-versions of his novels, because they are put at the back of the book. They need to be at the bottom of the page, because they are part of the story. They are a great…
  • MarsCON Schedule (Tate/Lyda), Reading, and Writing

    tate hallaway
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    MarsCON 2015 is this weakend, and I'm one of their guests of honor.  So, I hunted and pecked through the on-line programming list and I think I found everything I'm scheduled to be on:How Come Nobody’s Heard Of Me, Dammit!!Room 419 (Krushenko’s) -- Friday 04:00 pmLet’s figure out all the things we did wrong!With: Lyda Morehouse, Naomi Kritzer, mod.; Rachel Gold, Michael MerriamFiction Reading: Lyda MorehouseIII Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) —Friday 08:00 pmCome hear our Author Guest of Honor read her work.With: Lyda MorehouseFanFiction - Who, What, and Huh?IV Hawk’s Ridge…
  • Old Venus

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:08 am
    I have a story in this collection. I've read a review of Old Venus and the entire anthology sounds pretty nifty. I'm reasonably happy with my story, which is about the last Soviet Socialist Republic, which is surviving -- just barely -- on a Venus like the planet in the old pulps: wet and covered with jungle and full of large, dangerous, dinosaur-like animals. Apparently a fair number of the writers picked up on the fact that the first space craft to reach Venus was Soviet and imagined the Soviet Union on a habitable planet. (We didn't know Venus was a hellhole till the first space craft…
  • Good Thing My Career is Over or I Might Rage Quit

    tate hallaway
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:46 am
    Wow, people, just wow.So my friend and fellow Wyrdsmith, Eleanor Arnason, decided to re-post Tempest's challenge on her Facebook as a test, just to see what kind of response she'd get. Third or fourth comment? So offensive I'm not even sure I can re-print it here.  Since I don't know how to do an "under the cut" in blogspot, let's just say he suggested that as a "reward" for reading books on this list he should get to "haz" sexual acts performed on him by women.  (The haz particularly felt... offensive, because clearly he felt this made his comment cutesy, ala a LOL cat.) Then…
  • Introducing a New Member: Kelly Barnhill

    tate hallaway
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    When I asked her what she wanted for a bio, this is what I got:Kelly Barnhill: raised by unicorns.www.kellybarnhill.comI think she'll fit in perfectly....
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    Joe Abercrombie

  • Letter to Visby

    Joe Abercrombie
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:33 am
    I was asked by a librarian in Visby, Sweden, to write a letter of inspiration for their fantasy section that might inspire people to read fantasy books.  Thought I might as well re-post it here so that people outside of Visby might also benefit from my inspirationality (that’s a word now).  Forgive my unusually pompous tone, if you can…   Dear Readers of Visby. Fantasy is about myth, magic, monsters, mystery and wonder. It’s a window into other worlds, other times, other realities. Places that have never existed and could never exist, except in the minds of writer and…
  • Progress Report March ’15

    Joe Abercrombie
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Back from a very pleasant trip to the Emirates Literary Festival in Dubai and having, for the first time in some considerable time, a little bit of a break, actually.  Maybe the one I was supposed to be having when I started writing the Shattered Sea trilogy a couple of years back.  The last book, Half a War, was a tough one to edit and with limited time, but I’m pleased to say it’s now turned in, edited, copy-edited, and due for release in July in hardcover, e-book and audiobook in the US and UK.  Still some work to do on covers and maps and so forth, and because of the tight…
  • Editing

    Joe Abercrombie
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    Things have been exceedingly quiet around here over the last month because I’ve been touring in Australia (further details on how that went over here) and also working flat out to get Half a War edited and then copy-edited.  The downside of the quick publication schedule (three books in a year) is there’s always going to be a quick turnaround, and therefore high pressure on the edit for that last book.  And so it has proved. I cannot articulate how crucial a good edit is to a book.  I finish a first draft knowing a lot of major changes I need to make, end up with a much…
  • Recent TV

    Joe Abercrombie
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    Sons of Anarchy Season 6 – My love/hate relationship with the Sons somewhat continues, but hey, I’ve made it this far, so they must be doing something right.  It’s still an odd mix of the rather cliche, silly and wearyingly sexist and the utterly clever, shocking and unpredictable.  Charlie Hunnam has grown into his increasingly darkening role, somewhat, and the surviving members of the biker gang are thoroughly comfortable there.  The violence is, if anything, dialled up a notch and there are some really spectacular shocks in this season.  I expect the next and final…
  • Half the World Published in the UK

    Joe Abercrombie
    12 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Half the World is published in the UK, let ring the bells! Signed copies have been leaking out via Waterstones for some time now, in fact, but Amazon and other retailers should be shipping and stocking as of today.  The mass-market paperback of Half a King, meanwhile has already been out for a couple of weeks: Those across the pond need not despair, for Del Rey’s hardcover edition of Half the World will be with you in but a few short days on February 17th.  Enjoy responsibly…
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    Dan Abnett

  • Pardon My Dust

    Dan Abnett
    15 Mar 2015 | 1:51 am
    If you visit here with any regularity, you'll have noticed a lack of actual, you know, website or anything. Sorry about that.The website is getting a facelift and overhaul (it hasn't had a make-over since it was first set up, during the Punic Wars, so it's really overdue, though I have always been terribly fond of the site Matt Snyman built for me, and I guess I've held onto it way past its relevancy horizon out of pure nostalgia).Anyway, the new site is in development. Check in here for news, and I'll let you know when it's live.In the meantime, the lack of website also means a lack of…
  • The Ten Thousand Immortals

    Dan Abnett
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    Monday the 20th October is publication day for The Ten Thousand Immortals, the new Tomb Raider novel from me and Nik.Let's all go ooooh and ahhhh at the gorgeous cover, shall we?This brand new, white-knuckle adventure for Ms Croft is set after the fab new, "young Lara" reboot game successfully launched last year, and fits between it and the Rise Of The Tomb Raider sequel game due in 2015.Nik and I had a great time devising and writing this adventure, and serious kudos is owed to Nik for her painstaking research and real-world detail. Put it this way, if you ever try parkouring in Paris, all…
  • Get Whet

    Dan Abnett
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:12 am
    2000AD, aka "2K" and "The Galaxy's Greatest Comic", publishes its one thousand nine hundredth issue this Wednesday. A drokkin' milestone. Check out the thrillgasmic Dredd cover by the unfeasibly talented Greg Staples.The home of Thrillpower is a venerable British institution, published weekly since 1977. It's an anthology title too, which sometimes makes it a little hard for new readers to jump on board, because in the average issue there'll be some stories starting, some ending and some mid-way through.  Fear not, my lovely new readers. Indeed, rejoice –…
  • Anyway...

    Dan Abnett
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    Hello.Taking the time to look back over my blog-posting history for the last year or so (since Tuesday, 18th of June, 2013, actually) I am struck by one particular detail. I’m not really very good at blogging.*There, I said it. I’m not. No idea why, really. I mean, it’s not as if I can’t words put order right in the together. And it’s not as if I don’t have either the facility or willpower to write every day.The truth is, the last year or so has obviously been an extended effort by me to construct an ongoing post-modern blog, a sort of un-blog or anti-blog, exploring the…
  • This is just to say

    Dan Abnett
    18 Jun 2013 | 9:18 am
    Just a quick note today to do two things: mention that I'm looking forward to seeing you at Black Library Live: Dublin, and point you in the direction of Nik's blog, where I have written a little guest post.There. All done.Plus, a William Carlos Williams ref in the post title. I can do brevity and literary-referency at the same time, me.
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    Colleen Anderson

  • Publishing News

    16 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Issue #71, only the third all-fiction issue in 25 years. Okay, this is really sad, and I’m not talking about all the annoying changes WordPress is making. I’m talking about tooting my own horn. Sigh.  The following paragraphs in italics are what I started writing 8 months ago. Good God! I’ve been so remiss on my updates here that I’ve neglected to mention the pieces that have come out this year and that I’ve sold. In May, “The Collector” came out in Cemetery Dance magazine. From submission to publication, this story took 6 years. That’s a…
  • Sailing a Viking Longship

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
    The Munin is a half-size replica of the boat Leif Erickson sailed to North America. copyright 2015 Last summer a friend and I were walking along the beach, off to see an art barge behind the Vancouver Maritime Museum. The barge had wooden staircases and rooms built on it and a little shuttle ferry took you out to it. It was interesting if not fascinating and we noticed that the dock we left from was called the Heritage Harbour. There were about a dozen wooden boats, all with signs indicating their history and construction. Some were sailboats, some fishing trawlers, all relatively small (but…
  • Writing: Expanding on the Playground of Lost Toys

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Trunk stories are valid, if they actually fit the theme. I realize that when one puts up guidelines for a themed anthology that you will always get trunk stories, those tales already written that have not yet found a home and that might just fit the theme even if not tailored toward it exactly. Trunk stories can be perfectly well-written stories that just don’t mesh with what’s out there, or they may be your B grade stories, never selling because something just didn’t gel in the telling. I’ve sent trunk stories to anthologies before and I’ve sold some and not…
  • Movie Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    20 Feb 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Copyright: 20th Century Fox There will be massive spoilers and I realize this movie came out last year but others, like me might still be deciding if they want to watch it. Many of us are familiar with the Planet of the Apes movie franchise. We have a secret love for the overall monkeyness of Roddy McDowall’s Cornelius in the original Planet of the Apes, and his subsequent role as Cornelius’s son, Caeser, as savior of ape and humankind. And for anyone who wonders, Caeser seems to be a chimpanzee (or possibly bonobo) in the ape family. There have been several versions of Planet of…
  • Writing: The Playground of Lost Toys

    31 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    Creative Commons: Ninha Morandini “Usually at least once in a person’s childhood we lose an object that at the time is invaluable and irreplaceable to us, although it is worthless to others. Many people remember that lost article for the rest of their lives. Whether it was a lucky pocketknife, a transparent plastic bracelet given to you by your father, a toy you had longed for and never expected to receive, but there it was under the tree on Christmas… it makes no difference what it was. If we describe it to others and explain why it was so important, even those who love us…
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    Eleanor Arnason's Web Log

  • Weather

    15 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    It's overcast today, but the last few days have been clear and warm, with a cloudless blue sky. This is April weather a month early.
  • Today

    15 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    Today is the Ides of March, I just realized. Yesterday was Pi Day, which friends celebrated with pies. And Terry Pratchett died 3 days ago, after suffering from a form of early dementia for several years. He was 66, too early to go.He was a wonderful writer, someone I read for comfort, because his books are funny and charming and sane and well written, and he was the master of the fiction footnote. His footnotes don't work in e-versions of his novels, because they are put at the back of the book. They need to be at the bottom of the page, because they are part of the story. They are a great…
  • SFF and LIterary Writing

    15 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    The following is in response to an essay in Esquire, "How Genre Fiction Became More Important Than Literary Fiction."First, a passage from the essay:"The landscape of realism has narrowed. If you think of the straight literary novels of the past decade—The Marriage Plot, The Interestings, The Art of Fielding, Freedom—they often deal with stories and characters from a very particular economic and social position. Realism, as a literary project, has taken as its principle subject the minute social struggles of people who have graduated mainly from Ivy League schools."Then my…
  • Old Venus

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:42 am
    I have a story in the anthology, which is why I'm posting this. I have read a review, and it genuinely sounds like a good group of stories by an impressive group of writers. I always like being in good company.
  • Re the story "Moby Quilt"

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:16 am
    This is a reply to Timothy, who commented that he liked"Moby Quilt." "Quilt" is the fourth Lydia Duluth story. All four have been published. The first, "Stellar Harvest," was a Hugo finalist and maybe a Nebula finalist. I no longer remember. Anyway, it's in one of the Nebula Awards collections, edited by Kim Stanley Robinson. In addition, there are three stories set in the Lydia Duluth universe, but not about Lydia Duluth. All of these have been published. One, "Knapsack Poems," was a Nebula finalist and has been reprinted several times. There are three more unpublished Lydia Duluth stories,…
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  • Walking Still...

    Neal Asher
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:37 am
    It’s grey windy and wet right now at 10.20AM so perhaps I won’t bother going for a walk today. I have been walking 7 miles day on most days for months now and that, plus weight-training over the last few weeks, is starting to give me periods when I’m completely knackered. The body needs to catch up.Meanwhile, over the last few weeks, Spring has sprung. The snowdrops have finished flowering and now daffodils and primroses have opened. On some days I’ve even been able to head off with just T-shirt and jeans.It’s been the same route every time: out of my house, by road down to Althorne…
  • The Hive Construct - Alexander Maskill

    Neal Asher
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:05 am
    I decided a few days back that I needed to get back into reading again as a precursor to starting writing again. I think what is happening to be can be described as a slow and error-prone reboot. Anyway, to this end I’ve started reading an hour of Greek a day, and I also picked up an SF book that had been sitting on a shelf for more than a year.My apologies to those at Transworld/Doubleday who sent me this uncorrected proof copy for comment. Stuff got in the way and I’m more than a bit late for useful comment. I had a slight problem when attempting to start The Hive Construct a number of…
  • Prador Moon Promotion!

    Neal Asher
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    This would be good entry level into the Polity for new readers. Prador Moon is on Amazon now for just 99 pence! No idea for how long it will be available at this price.The Polity Collective stretches from Earth Central into the unfathomable reaches of the galactic void. But when the Polity finally encounters alien life in the form of massive, hostile, crablike carnivores known as the Prador, there can only be one outcome – total warfare.Chaos reigns as, caught unawares, the Polity struggles to regain its foothold and transition itself into a military society. Starships clash, planets…
  • Further Update

    Neal Asher
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:32 am
    And now an update on some other stuff. I’m still struggling to take an interest in writing and reading. The most I’ve been doing is a few interviews. I get occasions when I’ll do a bit of fiction and then my interest wanes. I suspect this is not only a result of what happened in January last year – I guess getting your nose rubbed in horrible reality can create an indifference to the fictional kind –  and everything that led up to it, but depression throughout this January and February – probably very much SAD related. As I do, I’ve been fighting this with exercise.
  • Update On My Eyes

    Neal Asher
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:33 am
    Time for a bit of an update here about my eyes. It has now been over a month since I had refractive lens replacement and the healing process is still on-going. I am sitting here able to read this screen without glasses and I can read printed matter too. There is however, a range to this reading. Text that is at the distance one would normally hold a book is easiest, but double that distance and it is cloudy. My long range vision is good too. When I’m outside looking at stuff I can’t fault my vision but when I’m inside there is a bit of cloudiness for things at about 10 feet, like the…
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    The Battersblog


    Lee Battersby
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Today is my tenth wedding anniversary. There's a blog post on the way about my beautiful wife Lyn, and how she's changed my life for the better, irrevocably and wonderfully. But there's also this, from many a long year ago:"I knew gold rings were a bad idea."Love you, my darling. 
  • 10 YEARS

    Lee Battersby
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:31 pm
    10 years ago today I got lucky. Very, very lucky.If not for Luscious, I don't know where I would be right now. She is my light, my direction, and my guide. She is my everything, and without her I would be lost.I love you, my darling.

    Lee Battersby
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:54 am
    Holy Meatballs Mother of Brian, do I ever need this break.You don't need to have read too much of this blog in 2015-- indeed, there hasn't been very much of it to read-- to know that I've felt under the hammer, and pretty much squashed by the hammer, for most of the year to date. Things just haven't let up for the last 3 months, and between work, editing, family life, moving into a new house, and all the other million and one bits and bobs that strike you in the face as you walk through the days, I've become increasingly stressed, and increasingly fragile. Thankfully, I'm beginning to emerge…

    Lee Battersby
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    So, tonight, in the ongoing How Has Luscious Made it to Her Mid-40s and Missed All These Classic Movies? film festival, I introduced her to the classic SF film Soylent Green.Which got me thinking of another great movie I've seen recently.Which got me fiddling about with Photopad.Which lead to this :)Why, yes. I am on a week's holiday. Why do you ask?

    Lee Battersby
    19 Mar 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.First up, a big thank you to Lee for inviting me to expose my fetish here on his…
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    throw another bear in the canoe

  • i got a black limousine and about thirty-seven criminals

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    I’ll be teaching a workshop on characterization at the Connecticut Authors and Publisher’s Association conference on May 9th. Registration is here.
  • and tore clean through it

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Official publication date for An Apprentice to Elves:13 October 2015.Boom.
  • even a hero takes a bullet in the chest

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    Hi, guys! Long time no blog.Tucson Festival of Books was great, and was followed by a whirlwind tour of the Southwest. Now I'm back in Wisconsin at scott_lynch's place, and happy to be here. Still have three appearances in the forthcoming two weeks, though--one is a teaching gig, and then we'll be appearing THIS SATURDAY MARCH 28th at Northern Illinois University (both of us) for a fireside chat, book signing, and schmooze. (Information here.) Then we'll be at Minicon next weekend.After that I run back to Massachusetts, where I will be teaching a Writer's Digest online symposium (watch this…
  • we can drive all night, stop in a field

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:39 pm
    I saw grass today. And took the dog for a walk without my coat.Now I have to pack for Tucson, Wisconsin, Minneapolis, and Illinois. So, yeah. Layers.Whee!
  • honey, you'll never believe what happened to me today!

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    Just sent "Margin for Survival" back to editors, and now I'm setting in for a day of awards jury reading. Tonight, though, I will be over at r/Fantasy answering ALL YOUR QUESTIONS. You can go ask them here! This weekend, I'll be at the Tucson Festival of Books, talking about books! With people like Sam Sykes, Gail Carriger, and that boy I like.. among others!In the meantime, here's a photo of a dog who's just discovered that I have leftover pot roast for lunch:
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  • Friday Night Videos

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    As today is the Spring Equinox (at exactly 5:45 p.m. Central) it seems only fitting to mark the occasion with distinctive wit and wisdom of Tom Lehrer. Previously on Friday Night Videos... Greg Kihn Band. Now Playing: Gipsy Guerilla Band Good CompanionsChicken Ranch Central
  • Chicken Ranch report no. 52: Lions!

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:07 pm
    I returned to La Grange today to give a Chicken Ranch presentation to the Noon Lions Club. This marks the fourth time in the past 18 months that I've been invited to that town to speak about the infamous brothel. Since many of these people lived through the events I've researched and written about, I have to believe I'm doing something right for them to keep bringing me back! What a great bunch of people! I met so many friendly and enthusiastic folks today that everyone's names just became a big jumble once all was said and done. The running joke of the day was that I was going to ask…
  • Friday Night Videos

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    A chance phrase seen online earlier this week got me thinking about the Greg Kihn Band, specifically "The Breakup Song," but since I've featured that one twice here over the years, I'm going to go with "Happy Man" this time instead. Such a goofy video. Low-budget for sure, but the little touches--like using the cigarette on the turntable--are a great example of making the most of what you've got. Previously on Friday Night Videos... Morris Day. Now Playing: Istanpitta ExiledChicken Ranch Central
  • Terry Pratchett (1948-2015)

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    Sir Terry Pratchett died yesterday after a battle with early-onset Alzheimers. People far more eloquent than I have eulogized him elsewhere, and the hundreds of obituaries provide far more detail and understanding of the man and his life than I could hope to compete with. So I will just stick to what I know. I didn't enjoy Pratchett's books. This disappointed me greatly. I remember getting The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic via the Science Fiction Book Club not all that long after they became available in the U.S. and being distressingly unmoved by them. I'm not sure I laughed even…
  • Friday Night Videos

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    Morris Day was the breakout star of Purple Rain back in the '80s, and his band, The Time, was pretty much the only one of Prince's endless stream of underwhelming proteges to actually live up to its promise as a kick-ass funk band. Alas, somehow Prince owned the band and at the height of The Time's popularity, essentially disbanded the group for the better part of a decade. Morris went solo, and it turned out that his brash, politically incorrect Casanova persona wasn't nearly as effective outside of a group. What's more, Morris' songwriting and song selection proved weak, resulting in solo…
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    Swan Tower

  • Finished copies are heeeeeeeere!

    Swan Tower
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    So these showed up at my house last night . . . The production folks at Tor continue to knock it out of the park: deckled edges, three-piece case (in this instance, lavender and deep violet), even dark blue ink for the text. I think my other novels are starting to get an inferiority complex, sitting on the shelf next to these beauties. :-D One week to street date — I can’t wait! Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there. This entry was also posted at Comment here or there.
  • A Year in Pictures: The Photo Set

    Swan Tower
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    It took me a while, but I finally have all the photos from A Year in Pictures up in a set on Flickr. Complete with tags! So if you want an easier way to browse through them all than paging back through my blog archives, now you have it. Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there. This entry was also posted at Comment here or there.
  • Tour schedule!

    Swan Tower
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Mary Robinette Kowal and I will be going on tour again in May, for Of Noble Family (her) and Voyage of the Basilisk (me — out two weeks from today!). We’re hitting a few of the same locations as last time, but also some new ones; check below to see if we’ll be anywhere near you! Tuesday, May 5, Chicago, IL 6 PM — reading and signing at DePaul University Wednesday, May 6, San Diego, CA 7:30 PM — reading and signing at Mysterious Galaxy Thursday, May 7, Petaluma, CA 7 PM — reading and signing at Copperfield’s Books Friday, May 8-Sunday, May 10, Coos…
  • seeking a hat

    Swan Tower
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Some of you may recall that for my book tour last year, I had a Victorian dress made (in dark red, black, and grey). Well, I need a hat to go with it — and while I could have one made custom, it seems a bit silly to drop that much money on a piece of headgear I will almost never wear. So: please recommend to me your favorite Victorian-style milliners! My requirements are: late Victorian in style designed to perch atop my head, rather than settling down over it (I will have a rather large bun getting in the way of the latter style) not too expensive — less than $100 would be ideal…
  • Books read, February 2015

    Swan Tower
    10 Mar 2015 | 12:32 am
    Was still mostly busy with revisions, but I did get some reading in. Steelheart, Brandon Sanderson. I’ve bounced off several of his works before — something about them just hasn’t clicked with me — but this one was in my World Fantasy bag, and its opening pages drew me in enough that I kept going. More than anything, Steelheart reminds me of Mike Underwood’s Shield and Crocus. They have a similar “superpowers in a weird dystopian city” vibe going on, though Underwood’s book partakes of the New Weird aesthetic, and Sanderson’s does not. In…
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  • Perils of Pandora, Part III: Can Avatar be 'fixed?'

    David Brin
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Following on my earlier analyses of James Cameron's Avatar, please let me reiterate that I actually quite like the film!  What's not to like about such a feast for the eye that's also packed with terrific action, and that tries so hard for goodness?  Well, as I have shown, it is that last part where Mr. Cameron inadvertently fails, delivering instead a blow to our confidence that we can become better people. That we can make a better civilization,And here we ponder... == Is there a way out? ==In fact, I believe Avatar's moral flaws could be fixed with only…
  • Perils of Pandora, Part II: how James Cameron might still set things right

    David Brin
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Last time, I went on a bit, describing some logical faults in a motion picture that -- in fact -- I deeply admire. After all, criticism can be well-intended. And clearly, James Cameron intended his epic film -- Avatar -- to be much more than just an orgy of visual delights. He meant both to provoke discussion and to teach some valuable lessons about our modern, self-critical, technological and grudgingly-progressive society. His intentions were good......and (I am forced to assert, alas) the lessons were utterly blown.But we'll get back to Avatar in a…
  • Perils of Pandora (Part I) -- why Avatar (tragically) fails to make us any better

    David Brin
    21 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    Well it seems we're all going back to Planet Pandora. And why not? With the proclamation of a coming sequel to the blockbuster sci-fi epic Avatar -- no, make that three sequels -- the near-universal response from one and all has been "Sure! Just tell me much money to bring and where to stand in line!" Even the recent announcement of a one year production delay hasn't dampened the ardor and anticipation.James Cameron's epic was the most important science fiction film of the first decade of the 21st Century, least of all because it proved that animation tools have matured enough…
  • Paths to Uplift

    David Brin
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    == Increasing brain size ==According to new research, just a bit of DNA explains human's big brains: The 5% or so DNA difference between chimps and humans is being explored, bit by bit. “One stretch of DNA looked promising because it was near a gene that's known to be involved in brain development. The researchers took the chimp version of this DNA and put it into mouse embryos. They took other mouse embryos and put in the human version…. Just before birth, mice with the human DNA had brains that were noticeably larger — about 12 percent bigger than the brains of mice with the…
  • Geoengineering and Climate Change

    David Brin
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:13 am
    A  National Academy of Sciences panel said that, with proper governance and other safeguards,  we should commence more research on geoengineering — technologies that might let himanity deliberately intervene in nature to counter climate change.  With the planet facing potentially severe impacts from global warming in coming decades, drastically reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases was by far the best way to mitigate the effects of a warming planet. But society would be foolish not to at least carefully commence small scale experiments looking into…
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    Tobias Buckell

  • I’m honored to announce I’ll be in Trinidad to be a part of the Bocas Lit Fest

    Tobias Buckell
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    For a long time I’ve been aware of the amazing Bocas Lit Fest, a gathering of amazing authors and speakers that celebrate books, writers and writing from the Caribbean. This year I’ve been invited to be one of them. I’ll be in the company of amazing people. You can see them all here. Nalo Hopkinson, Karen Lord, and Rhonda S. Garcia will all be attending for a special focus on speculative fiction at Bocas Lit Fest. There’s a speculative fiction masterclass that we will be hosting (with a meet the authors session), a panel hosted by the four of us, and readings.
  • My Hugo eligible work (if you’re curious)

    Tobias Buckell
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:53 am
    Oh, self promotion time. If you’re curious about my eligible works: Novels: Hurricane Fever – Tor (July, 2014) – – UK & Commonwealth: Del Rey UK (July, 2014) Novelette: –Sundown – Dead Man’s Hand (May, 2014) Short Stories: –A Cold Heart – Upgraded (July, 2014) –Help Fund Taphognosis Industries – Help Fund My Robot Army (July, 2014) –Ambassador to the Dinosaurs – The Book of Silverberg (April, 2014) –System Reset – The End is Nigh (March, 2014) The novelette Sundown is a secret history of the story of Willie Kennard, one of the most…
  • Gardner Dozois and George R. R. Martin’s new anthology Old Venus now out and contains a story I wrote: Pale Blue Memories

    Tobias Buckell
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    I have a new short story out in an anthology edited by Gardner Dozois and George R. R. Martin: From pulp adventures such as Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Carson of Venus to classic short stories such as Ray Bradbury’s “The Long Rain” to visionary novels such as C. S. Lewis’s Perelandra, the planet Venus has loomed almost as large in the imaginations of science fiction writers as Earth’s next-nearest neighbor, Mars. But while the Red Planet conjured up in Golden Age science fiction stories was a place of vast deserts and ruined cities, bright blue Venus was its polar opposite: a steamy,…
  • Operation Arcana now out and contains a story I wrote with Dave Klecha: Rules of Enchantment

    Tobias Buckell
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    A new short story by me and David Klecha is out right now. And if you’ve read other stories by the two of us, you know to expect some seriously high octane. Check out the 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 The Battle of the Blackwater, George R.R. Martin’s grim portrait of the horror and futility of war, these fantastical conflicts reflect our highest hopes and darkest fears, bringing us mesmerizing…
  • Thank you, Mr. Nimoy. Your portrayal of a mixed race person had a big impact on me.

    Tobias Buckell
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:45 am
    It’s not often that I am struck by the passing of a celebrity. I don’t often feel I need to weigh in. I certainly don’t feel like I had any special connection to that person. Certainly when celebrities that are in the common consciousness who are my age pass, I feel the shiver of mortality, but that’s usually it. But the news today that Leonard Nimoy had passed had an impact. I wasn’t a devoted trekker, or trekkie, or what have you. But Spock was one of the first times I saw a living example of a pro-science, pro-rational point of view in a character on a screen…
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    Dark Roast

  • Home decorating, outdoor edition

    Emma Bull
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    I need these.The neighbors won't even be surprised.
  • Got IKEA?

    Emma Bull
    14 Mar 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Hey, gang, anyone out there have a spare copy of the current IKEA catalog? The stores have run out, and my sister needs one to plan for her move to new digs. (YAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY) Comment below if you can help out, and I'll PM you.
  • One from the Vault

    Emma Bull
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Corwin Brust just discovered audio and video of a Cats Laughing song Lojo and I remembered as awesome. Problem is, that's almost all we remembered of it.Lojo and I misremembered. IT'S EPIC SUPER GIGANTIC CALL-THE-PYROTECHNICS-CREW IS THAT REALLY US? awesome.Wonder if we can get it together for our reunion concert at Minicon?
  • Excellent, Smithers.

    Emma Bull
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:13 pm
    Just taught my first night of class (Writing Fantasy) at Hamline University. I think these people are going to impress me.But not until after I go fall over, because dayum, I'm tired.
  • Calling all Cats Laughing Fans!

    Emma Bull
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    Remember that awesome gig we played at Wembley Stadium, opening for Lila Cheney? (Okay, I guess you only saw it if you were in the Marvel Comics universe. But still...) Now you can buy the t-shirt from the show! Have a look:
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    Stephanie Burgis

  • This Weekend's Reading Recommendations From My Kids

    Stephanie Burgis
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    This weekend's reading recommendations from my boys: MrD, the 6-year-old, is absolutely loving Witch Baby and Me, by Debi Gliori (Book 3 in a fabulous early-MG series that we both love) - we started reading it yesterday, we're now 8 chapters in, and he thinks we are reading MUCH TOO SLOWLY.And Toddler X (who's now 20 months) has made me read him The Night Pirates, by Peter Harris (in which a very nice little boy gets to go on an exciting night-time adventure with a band of "rough, tough little girl pirates") 6 times already today. And he complained when I put the book away after our sixth…
  • Tired Week, Fabulous Books, Podcasts, and the Problem with Co-Parenting

    Stephanie Burgis
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    Whew! Within the last two weeks, I finished the first draft of my new MG novel, and I rewrote my latest 30,000-word freelance project, too. Add in the fact that Toddler X is currently teething AND going through a nasty cold - meaning that over the last three nights I've managed a combined total of 8 hours' sleep - and, well, this week has turned into a total rest & recovery week (at least during the daylight hours).But! That means I've had a great excuse to do lots of knitting......which means a lot of listening to podcasts, too! I already knew I loved Galactic Suburbia (three smart, fun…
  • Dragon Books, Dragon Bars, and More

    Stephanie Burgis
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:19 am
    So the biggest news of this past week is: I finished Draft 1 of my MG dragons-and-chocolate book! Wooooot! This was an even bigger deal to me than usual (and I ALWAYS love that feeling of finishing a novel draft) because (a) this is the first book that I've written from beginning to end ever since Toddler X was born, nearly 20 months ago, and (b) this is the book that taught me to love writing novels again, after spending 10 months completely knotted up over a manuscript that was never going to work...because I was trying so hard, in that book, to write like someone else, someone not-me. The…
  • Real Magic

    Stephanie Burgis
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:12 am
    I was fifteen years old, and our town had just gotten its first Barnes & Noble, when I first discovered Locus magazine. By then, I'd written my first fantasy novel (a hugely derivative contemporary fantasy that was basically my attempt to write another War for the Oaks), and I knew I wanted to be a pro fantasy author one day. It was my biggest ambition...but it also felt to me like a totally unrealistic ambition in so many ways. I didn't know any authors. Normal people weren't professional authors, were they? So how could I ever become one?Well, Locus, for the first time, made it seem almost…
  • Being Enough

    Stephanie Burgis
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:06 am
    So, over the last few weeks, first I went without a computer for 11 days, and then just after I got my new computer, both boys got sick. MrD ended up only attending 2 out of 5 school days this week, and Toddler X has been awake (and keeping me awake with him) for most of every night. I've been trying really hard to push through and get everything done on time or early anyway...but yeah. I've failed. And I really hate that.Today, I had to send two emails that made me cringe. In one, I asked for a second extension on a book review that I'm scheduled to write; in the other, I had to say to my…
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    Mabfan's Musings

  • 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…
  • "I Remember the Future" Eligible for the Hugo

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    Since a few people have asked and since there's room for confusion:The KAS Creations film of "I Remember the Future" is in fact eligible to be nominated for the Hugo Award this year in the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form category. That is because the film festival showings that began in 2014 started the clock, and so it can be nominated in the Hugos for 2015.Oddly, though, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has different rules for the Bradbury Award. They have ruled that it is not eligible for nomination until it gets a wider release. So if you're a…
  • Giving Thanks

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Giving thanks publicly for the things for which I am truly grateful always makes me feel a little self-conscious. I become overly aware of the blessings I have that others do not, and I wonder if I should be more sensitive to the friends who don't necessarily have the same things I do.But then I realize that we all have things for which we are grateful, and it is good for me to pause and reflect on my blessings. So, for Thanksgiving Day 2014, a short list.I am thankful for how my parents raised me, giving me opportunities in life that have allowed to me to work toward my potential.I am…
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    Pushing a Snake Up a Hill

  • Happy Pi Day, Extreme!

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    (GOING LIVE ON 3.14.15 AT 9:26.  Five... four... three... two... [finger points])Happy Pi Day! No, I don’t mean pie day. I mean Ratio of a Circle’s Circumference to Its Diameter Day! Or approximately 3.1415926, followed by a lot more digits, going on forever. It’s the universal number signifying the presence of an intelligent, sentient species. If we ever detect that number being beamed to us from space, it’s either from one of us, or there are Intelligent Beings out there, with both math and transmitters. My dog Captain Jack is pretty smart, but I don’t think he knows about…
  • GNU Terry Pratchett!

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Good day readers. This is Jeff's daughter Julia, and I hope you don't mind my taking some of your time.We lost Terry Pratchett yesterday. It seems like a particularly unfair kind of cruelty to lose him barely a week after we lost Leonard Nimoy. My dad has never found the right Pratchett book to suck him into the series, or maybe he just hasn't found the time, which is why I'm here talking to you about him instead.To be entirely honest, I kind of expected to one day get to meet Sir Terry. I imagined that I would quietly say that I was a big fan, ask him to sign a book (Going Postal, probably…
  • I Defy You, Winter!

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Yes, it's snowing again.
  • Losing Leonard Nimoy Is Hard. Losing Spock Is Even Harder.

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    The passing of Leonard Nimoy at age 83 saddens me in much the same way that losing Neil Armstrong did, back in August of 2012. (Has it really been two and a half years?) Armstrong was a space pioneer. Nimoy created the role of a space-fiction pioneer. And both carved lasting places in my heart, and in my view of the world and the century I’ve lived in.I never knew Nimoy personally, but I do feel that I know, and love, Spock. As a science fictionally literate teenager, my initial reaction to Star Trek in its original 1960s run was that the pointy ears and walled-off emotions were pretty…
  • Beneath the Seas of Ernathe

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    In the latest bold stroke of my continuing campaign to take over the world, I have just released an all-new edition of my very first novel of the Star Rigger Universe, Seas of Ernathe. Eat your hearts out, Lee Child and George R.R. Martin! Okay, I guess it’s not all new, in the sense that the words are the same, give or take a few corrections, as the book I wrote quite a few years ago. But the formatting is all new, far more attractive than the previous editions, and it boasts a gorgeous new cover by Chris Howard, whose other work you can sample here. Seas of Ernathe was in fact my first…
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    The Mumpsimus

  • Stay, Clute

    Matthew Cheney
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Strange Horizons has now posted my review of John Clute's latest collection of materials, Stay. A taste:Even a mere glance through Stay, John Clute’s latest collection of book reviews, short stories, and lexicon entries, (or through any of Clute's books, really) will convince you that you are in the presence of genius.But a genius of what type? The type that can turn a million candy wrappers into a surprisingly convincing small-scale replica of a rocket ship, or the type that zips to the heart of a zeitgeist faster than the rest of us? Is this genius a fox, a hedgehog, an anorak? Does it…
  • Could It Be ... SATAN?!

    Matthew Cheney
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:46 am
    Press Play recently posted a new video essay I created on Satan in cinema along with a brief text essay.Here's the beginning of the text essay, should you need some enticement...The character of Satan seems far more appealing to filmmakers than the character of God. This may be for reasons of propriety: one should not, perhaps, make too many images of God. But since when has Hollywood cared about anything other than money and stardom? God isn’t any good for either. Omnipotence is just too boring. There are devils in most films, because most films are melodramas of one sort of another, and…
  • The Elements of Academic Style by Eric Hayot

    Matthew Cheney
    15 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    Dr. Parenti: We get the grant, we study the problem, we propose solutions. If they listen, they listen. If they don't, it still makes for great research. What we publish on this is gonna get a lot of attention.Colvin: From who?Dr. Parenti: From other researchers, academics.Colvin: Academics?! What, they gonna study your study? [chuckles and shakes head] When do this shit change?—The Wire, Season 4, Episode 13, "Final Grades"It is only within the last few years that I have reluctantly accepted that I deserve that noxious and disreputable label: an academic. Truly, I am doomed.But then, I've…
  • Anton Chekhov's Selected Stories: A Norton Critical Edition edited by Cathy Popkin

    Matthew Cheney
    1 Feb 2015 | 12:11 pm
    My name is Matthew and I am a Norton Critical Edition addict.Hardly a term has gone by without my assigning students at least one NCE, both when I was a high school teacher and especially now that I'm teaching college students. (This term, it's The Red Badge of Courage.) I have been known to change syllabi each term just to try out new NCEs with students. I have bought NCEs for myself even of books that I already owned in multiple other editions. I have all four editions of the NCE of Heart of Darkness because the changes between them fascinate me. (I've been meaning to write a blog post or…
  • Ending the World with Hope and Comfort

    Matthew Cheney
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:27 am
    A friend pointed me toward Sigrid Nunez's New York Times review of Emily St. John Mandel's popular and award-winning novel Station Eleven. He said it expressed some of the reservations that caused me to stop reading the book, and it does — at the end of her piece, Nunez says exactly what I was thinking as I put the book down with, I'll confess, a certain amount of disgust:If “Station Eleven” reveals little insight into the effects of extreme terror and misery on humanity, it offers comfort and hope to those who believe, or want to believe, that doomsday can be survived, that in spite of…
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    John Crowley Little and Big

  • A time to update

    John Crowley
    15 Mar 2015 | 5:26 pm
    It seems to me that it's time (!) to update Ecclesiastes. "A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together"? "A time to embrace, a time to refrain from embracing"? Surely we can improve this list. "A time to tweet, a time to refrain from tweeting" would be one, but surely the list could be as long as the original and more, you know.
  • crowleycrow @ 2015-03-05T07:42:00

    John Crowley
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:41 am
    What the "News of the Weird" classifies as "Unclear on the Concept."   From the NYTimes report on the release of the Ferguson report:“With the conclusion of our investigations into these matters,” Mr. Holder said, “I again commit to the people of Ferguson that we will continue to stand with you and to work with you to ensure that the necessary reforms are implemented.”On Wednesday night, there were two dozen protesters outside the police department, and officers made a handful of arrests of those standing in the streets.
  • Collapse

    John Crowley
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:04 am
    The Asutralian auto dealership I owned with my brother Brendan (where'd he come from?) has collapsed, apparently quite literally if you believe the photo:
  • More me

    John Crowley
    11 Feb 2015 | 5:10 am
    My climate change research, which I can't think how I found time to do, has turned up some surprising results, suggesting that it may be due to a sort of natural gastric upset on Mother Nature's part.  I'm sure I have my reasons.
  • Thanks

    John Crowley
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:29 am
    I'm somewhat overwhelmed by the good will, patience, generosity and affection my post about the fine-press edition of Little, Big drew.  Abashed, somewhat.  But thanks to all of you (and to all those still waiting who didn't respond, at least SOME of whom are surely a bit grumpy).  
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  • The David Tennant Puppet

    Peter David
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    Kathleen has been making puppets of the Doctors for many years, as you know. Back in 1991 a friend of hers managed to get one to Peter Davison. So this weekend I was at a Wizard convention that David Tennant was at. She gave me her puppet of Tennant’s Doctor and asked if I could try to get it to him. It took me three days of maneuvering with the Wizard personnel, but finally on Sunday they okayed bringing me over to Tennant to present it to him. They escorted me to the front of the line of about 1000 people (that’s no exaggeration) and I apologized to the young lady they put me in…
  • Has the GOP violated the Logan Act? Hell yes.

    Peter David
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    If you’re not familiar with the Logan Act, which was been around since the end of the Eighteenth Century, it says this: Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States,…
  • Is this endless winter finally done with?

    Peter David
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    We’re having another day in the 40s. And the two feet of snow that’s been sitting on my front lawn for over a month is beginning to melt. No snow is predicted for the next ten days, which is longer than we’ve had no snow predicted for at least six weeks. God, let this nightmare be over. PAD
  • Remembering Leonard

    Peter David
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    The first time I met Leonard Nimoy was in Italy, at an Italian Star Trek convention. I had wanted to see him the entire time that I was there, but my schedule never worked out so that I was free while he was with the fans. Desperately, I asked Julie Caitlin Brown (who was there overseeing his stay) if there was any way she could arrange an opportunity for me to have just a minute to say hi. It turned out, much to my astonishment, that Leonard not only knew who I was, but was a fan of my work. I hope that doesn’t come across as self-aggrandizing because it’s not meant to. But he was, and I…
  • The Incessant Fan Bitching on Ain’t It Cool News

    Peter David
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:44 am
    I’ve been hanging out on AICN for a few days since the first display of the Zack Snyder Aquaman picture. AICN has been hostility central as fans are complaining about how he looks nothing like Aquaman (apparently having forgotten when I wrote the character when he looks more or less exactly like that.) And as fans continue to declare loudly that everything Hollywood produces is garbage, it made me wonder the following: What the hell are they doing here? I mean, I think that–for instance–everything that Fox News says deserves advance contempt, based on their indisputable…
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    Stephen Dedman


    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…
  • I've got a little list...

    Stephen Dedman
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:06 am
    For the benefit of everyone who's asked me "What would you like for Christmas?" and hasn't been satisfied with my standard answers of "World Peace", a movie deal, or the resignations of any or all of Tony Abbott's wretched hive of scum and villainy, here are some alternative suggestions.Elmstock English Breakfast tea-bags.Signed copies of any of my favourite books.Gift vouchers for Diabolik Books and Records or JB Hi-Fi.Or anything on this list (and it needn't come from amazon: buy from local bookshops if you can).
  • Crime Scene

    Stephen Dedman
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:41 pm
    This weekend (October 11th-12th), I will be a guest at Crime Scene WA, talking about writing when I can tear myself away from the fascinating presentations on forensic science by experts including Professor Simon Lewis, Associate Professor Hadyn Green and Associate Professor Guy Hall, as well as presentations on writing and publishing by GoHs Michael Robotham and Livia Day (aka Tansy Rayner Roberts), as well as Lee Battersby, Lyn Battersby, Tony Cavanaugh and Alisa Krasnostein. among others.If you're willing to drag yourself out of bed early on a weekend morning, I'll be at the opening…
  • Good news!

    Stephen Dedman
    2 Aug 2014 | 2:50 am
    I'll be back at the University of Western Australia on Monday, once again teaching first year creative writing. Not picking up any work at Murdoch this semester has had an unexpected bright side, because it's freed me up to teach ten tutes rather than the five I was offered before I went overseas.The only downside to having work this semester (and work that I greatly enjoy) is that I won't be at Loncon 3; despite this, I have been interviewed for the pre-Loncon Australian Spec Fic Snapshot.(2nd semester at UWA does usually finish just in time for me to go to the WFC, and while I'm not…
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    A.M. Dellamonica

  • Lammy Nom! (Meaning: Child of a Hidden Sea is up for a #Lammy Award!)

    9 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    The joke I’ve been making since I learned last week that Child of a Hidden Sea had made the 27th Lambda Literary Awards Finalist List, has been that my previous book, Blue Magic, is “way more gay.” It’s easy to crack wise when these things happen, because it’s difficult to know what to say, beyond the obvious, about a nomination. The obvious being that I’m more than pleased… I’m thrilled, really, and also–hence the joke–surprised too. I am happy for my fellow Tor authors, Max Gladstone and Daryl Gregory, and for all the other…
  • Is it a Girl Thing? Guest post at Write all the Words

    4 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    I have a guest post up this week at Write All the Words!, as part of International Women’s Week. It’s about writing, and dialog, and the things watching TV is good for–if you’re a writer, that is–and the things that it doesn’t help with. And then, in time, it gets to be about Call the Midwife. There are other great IWW posts here, by the way: stuff by authors like Marci  Jefferson and Heather Burch and Sally Hepworth. It’s very much worth a look. Meanwhile, over at the UCLA Writers’ Extension Program, where I am currently teaching Novel Writing…
  • Shortest update ever?

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Final edits for A Daughter of No Nation are done, done, OMG done, and the book’s back at Tor. Soon there will be copy-edits to proof. Meanwhile, I’m finishing up a short story for License Expired and then moving into polishing up The Nature of a Pirate. So… blogging will commence approximately six minutes after I can form a sentence more complex than “Dur dur dur.” I do spend a shocking amount of time saying “Get off da counter!” as it happens. CinCin has an advanced degree in incorrigible and she loves loves loves to mooch. If you would like to…
  • Stormwrack and Sophie – your questions

    9 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Now that I have a shiny new cover for A Daughter of No Nation, I asked if anyone had any questions about the upcoming book, which’ll be out in November. And Paul Weimer did! He asks: Is Sophie’s brother coming back? Yes. Bram is in both A Daughter of No Nation (or, sometimes, ADoNN) and the third book, whose tentative title is The Nature of a Pirate. How much time takes place between the end of Child of a Hidden Sea and the beginning of ADoNN? The second book picks up about six months after Sophie’s deportation from the Fleet at the end of CHS. Will we ever see a map? (you knew…
  • A Daughter of No Nation, cover art and preorder pages

    3 Feb 2015 | 9:21 am
    As many of you will have already seen on Facebook and elsewhere, Tor has revealed the finished cover for the hardcover edition of A Daughter of No Nation, which will be out this November. The illustration was done by Cynthia Sheppard, and shows Nightjar, with Sophie, sailing into the harbor at Lamentation, which is the main port on Issle Morta. (It’s not the capital, mind; I’ll have to take you all to Hell on some other occasion.) That’s right, folks–Parrish is going home in this novel, at least for a quick hit-and-run visit! I’ve linked to the Amazon…
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    Notes from New Sodom

  • Obscene Reader

    Hal Duncan
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:55 pm
    So I just found out about the Clean Reader app which allows ebook readers to buy and download copies of this or that ebook from the app store, with said copies then viewable in their authorised unbowdlerised state or in one of three alternative modes: clean, cleaner or squeaky clean. What the fucking fuck of a fucking fuckery?! Click through the link to Joanne Harris’s blog above if you want
  • My Story for Chip

    Hal Duncan
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:17 am
    I'm well chuffed to say that my story "An Idyll in Erehwyna" has been accepted for the STORIES FOR CHIP anthology edited by Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell. Part of a... collection? assembly? mosaic? call it collage novella, "Susurrus on Mars," that should be coming out later in the year (more news as it comes,) "An Idyll in Erehwyna" is simultaneously the hardest SF I've ever written and the
  • Yer Annual Christmas Fabble

    Hal Duncan
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
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    Hal Duncan
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
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    Hal Duncan
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    See here for more details. And for those of you on Facebook. Spread the word!
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    But Enough About Me!

  • Remembering Japan: 1945 – 1946: Chapter Five: Japanese Signalmen

    Kate Elliott
    13 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    From October 1945 to June 1946 my father, a Navy signalman, was stationed in Japan  at Toriga-saki by the town of Kamoi, at the entrance to Tokyo Bay. He was then nineteen years old, a young Danish-American man from rural Oregon. The experience made a profound impression on him and he spoke of it often.   In Chapter Five, he talks about the Japanese signalmen he served with at Toriga-Saki.     Chapter Five: Japanese Signalmen Chapter Four: Work and Play Chapter Three: Kamoi Chapter Two: Harbor Entrance Control Post Toriga Saki, Tokyo Bay Chapter One: The Sea Devil to Japan.
  • Remembering Japan: 1945 – 1946: Chapter Four: Work & Play

    Kate Elliott
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:33 pm
    From October 1945 to June 1946 my father, a Navy signalman, was stationed in Japan  at Toriga-saki by the town of Kamoi, at the entrance to Tokyo Bay. He was then nineteen years old, a young Danish-American man from rural Oregon. The experience made a profound impression on him and he spoke of it often.   In Chapter Four, he answers the question “what did we do?” (in our spare time).   Chapter Four: Work and Play   Chapter Three: Kamoi Chapter Two: Harbor Entrance Control Post Toriga Saki, Tokyo Bay Chapter One: The Sea Devil to Japan. Introduction can be read…
  • Remembering Japan 1945 – 1946: Chapter Two

    Kate Elliott
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:56 am
    From October 1945 to June 1946 my father, a Navy signalman, was stationed in Japan  at Toriga-saki by the town of Kamoi, at the entrance to Tokyo Bay. He was then nineteen years old, a young Danish-American man from rural Oregon. The experience made a profound impression on him and he spoke of it often.   In Chapter Two: Harbor Entrance Control Post Toriga Saki, Tokyo Bay, he arrives at and describes the signal station where he spent nine months. It includes Dad’s famous story about how he and the signal crew there proved they were the best signalmen in the Navy.    …
  • Writing Is Never A Waste of Time

    Kate Elliott
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:13 am
    Recently I got email from someone I know who asked me for advice. The email was longer than the excerpt below but I’ll snip to encapsulate: “how do you write when you’re faced with the very likely possibility that it’s likely all for nothing unless you trip into some luck somewhere? I have no clue how other writers get past this to create stuff, when I’ve pretty much lived a creative life that said if you don’t have something worthwhile that makes an impact on someone besides you at the end of whatever you do, it’s wasted time.”   First of all, if…
  • Remembering Japan 1945-1946: Chapter One: The Sea Devil to Japan

    Kate Elliott
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:16 am
    From October 1945 to June 1946 my father, a Navy signalman, was stationed in Japan  at Toriga-saki by the town of Kamoi, at the entrance to Tokyo Bay. He was then nineteen years old, a young Danish-American man from rural Oregon. The experience made a profound impression on him and he spoke of it often. In Chapter One, The Sea Devil to Japan, he describes the voyage from the USA to Japan.   Our entire crew with a few support positions was sent to man the Harbor Entrance Control Post at the entrance to Tokyo Bay. We were commanded by a mid-western high school principal by the name of…
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    Mirror of Ambrose

  • Crosspost Test from WordPress–please ignore

    13 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    Happy Friday 13. And Happy Pi Day tomorrow! [Originally published at Ambrose & Elsewhere. Comments there are closed due to spambery--but not here on LiveJournal. You can also reach me on Twitter, or on Facebook.]
  • Aged in Oaken Heroes: Heroic Fantasy & Imagined History

    10 Oct 2012 | 7:07 pm
    What is the proper setting for heroic fantasy? Sometimes it seems that the Heroic Age is like the Golden Age of Science Fiction: twelve (according to the now-elderly wisecrack).Anyway, it is widely agreed that heroic fantasy is set in some age before we learned that "digital watches were a pretty neat idea", a period frequently described as the Middle Ages.And this is almost perfectly dumb.For one thing, not every age without highly developed machines is medieval. How about Hawaii before the Europeans got there? How about a post-machine age (apocalyptic or otherwise)? How about the…
  • Removable Blast from the Past!

    22 Aug 2012 | 3:58 pm
    In my recent move, I offloaded a bunch of my books to my office. Now I'm unboxing them and clearing off shelves and cleaning up the office.The following constitutes progress:Clearly I should clean up more often. This was brought home to me when I was clearing off a shelf and found these:Actual preformatted diskettes from the now-distant 20th century! I'm not sure whether to trash them or preserve them carefully for the archaeologists of the future.
  • ChiCon!

    13 Aug 2012 | 12:49 am
    Here's my schedule for ChiCon 7:Panel: "Violence in Fantasy"tagline: "The use and misuse of violence in SF and fantasy. How much is too much?"Panellists: D.H. Aire Doug Hulick James Enge, Scott Lynch (moderator)Fri. Aug. 31, 10:30 AM-12:00 PMWright room (silver level, west tower of the Hyatt Regency)AlsoReading: James Enge(I'll probably be reading some fantasy with violence in it, although I haven't settled on a text yet.)Sun. Sept. 2, 2:30-3:00 PMDuSable room (silver level, west tower of the Hyatt Regency)Here's a PDF map of the Hyatt Regency Chicago, if it's not one of those hotels you know…
  • TL;DR?

    1 Aug 2012 | 10:35 am
    Rene Sears interviewed me for today's edition of the Pyr newsletter, Pyr-A-Zine, in which I sound off on political systems in fantasy, history (true or feigned), what is and is not a trilogy, and the proper way to eat a sandwich through your nose. (Well, everything except that last part.)
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    The official home page of author Eric Flint

  • 1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 05

    Drak Bibliophile
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 05 “Beringhien,” Louis said. “Who brought this note?” “Madame de Chevreuse, Sire,” he answered. “She was most furtive.” “Indeed.” He took the letter and tucked it into his doublet. “I can imagine.” “Is there anything amiss, Majesty?” “The queen requests my presence. She — she wishes me to visit her cabinet.” He stood in the middle of the room, arms hanging loosely at his sides. His valet was hesitant to speak; in the candlelight he could see a faint…
  • Sanctuary – Snippet 17

    Drak Bibliophile
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Sanctuary – Snippet 17 Chapter 8 Meshwe The Krek began its march two days later. By then, Zilikazi’s army had made its way entirely through Nesudi Pass and had come onto the plateau. Had that army been made up only of warriors, it would have been able to move more quickly. But it was not. For every warrior there were three or four camp followers, most of them females and younglings. The Krek was not moving much faster. The Kororo also had younglings, elderly and infirm members, some of whom had to be transported if they could not move on their own. In addition, as was true of…
  • Sanctuary – Snippet 16

    Drak Bibliophile
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Sanctuary – Snippet 16 Let Zilikazi get close enough… as was bound to happen if Kororo warriors had to fight the noble’s army at close range… There would be no way to resist him. Not even with the help of the gantrak. Sebetwe could only control one of the creatures, and then only with the assistance of the two Mrem dancers. He could not be certain, of course, without making the attempt. But he didn’t think he could withstand Zilikazi’s power at close range. If they had more dancers, the situation might be different. Although even with the help of two gantraks,…
  • 1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 04

    Drak Bibliophile
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 04 Chapter 3 August, 1635 Near Paris Before the sun reached its height, the royal party was on the king’s road to Fontainebleau. The queen and king rode in a luxuriously-appointed carriage, escorted by two dozen members of the king’s Musketeers, and followed by carriages bearing gentlemen and ladies of the royal courts. The fresh air of late summer was a welcome change from the smoke and stink of Paris. Anne had a complex work of needlepoint in her lap to which she gave scarce attention. Louis’ breviary lay beside him on the seat.
  • Sanctuary – Snippet 15

    Drak Bibliophile
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Sanctuary – Snippet 15 Chapter 7 Nurat Merav Nurat had watched the quick and efficient slaughter of the badly-wounded Liskash soldier carried out by the females in the yurt. She’d also observed the encounter between the females and the male who’d briefly entered the yurt afterward. He’d seemed to be an official of some kind. Her view of the incidents had been limited, just what she could see through the small opening — no more than a slit — she’d created in the pile of hides and thrushes the females had hastily piled on top of her and her kits.
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  • Not dead yet

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:17 pm
    There are bad things going on in this country. I hate that people are passing laws to permit discrimination. It’s so very wrong. Why do people have to be such fucking assholes? The boy has up days now and down days and I’m battling with the doctor for a referral. Or not so much battling, as getting ignored and pissed off. But I’m going another route, so hoping to have progress tomorrow. Great progress on the next Diamond City Magic book. Which is to say, I’ve been writing it and it’s coming along well as far as I can tell. I’m at least entertained at this…
  • David Coe’s Spell Blind

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    As I mentioned last week or so, I read David Coe’s Spell Blind. I really enjoyed it. It’s a murder mystery/police procedural/noir/fantasy novel with great characters and well-developed relationships. I can’t wait to see how they play out. There’s Justis’ old partner, his dad, his enemy from the police force, his informants, and many others. So much richness and a cool magic system. I want to blather on more, but I don’t want to offer spoilers. Suffice it to say, this is a really great book, and one that you should read. Buy it now. I asked David if he would…
  • Home again

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:34 pm
    The writing retreat was wonderful. I wrote about 18,000 words in four days. Actually, most of that was in three days, with about 1500 on the last day before we left. I had a great time. I got to meet new people whom I thoroughly enjoined, and I got to see friends from last year. I really want to go back next year and every year. The weather was incredible. No rain, which is not what one expects from the Rainforest. I wanted to get out and walk some of the trails, but I kept writing. It felt imperative. I finished a draft of my Weird Wild West story, and nearly finished this novella I’ve…
  • Wandering away in a hurry

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    I’m about to depart for the Rainforest Writers Village for five days, where I hope to do much writing. I’m running away from family and responsibilities. Trying not be overwhelmingly tense about that. It’s not that the man won’t be here to take care of everything, but lately worry has been my best hobby. Copy edits for Edge of Dreams landed last night, so I”m going to get on those as soon I get back and try to get them out the door in a matter of a few days. Of course, my daughter is having oral surgery next week to remove three baby teeth–two can come out…
  • Monday hits again

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    This Monday wasn’t seriously horrible, actually. Boy of size is still suffering a lot of pain. The MM helps for periods, but not for any sort of duration. He’s utterly miserable. The antibiotics don’t seem to be doing much yet, painwise. I’m going to the Rainforest Writing Retreat on Weds. for five days. I’ve been working on my talk that I’ll be giving there and wondering what the hell I was thinking suggesting this topic. Here’s hoping I get it sorted out. I’ve already written up a bunch of stuff and I’m not at all sure it’s…
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    SF writer Gary Gibson

  • 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, 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…
  • Interzone No. 3, Autumn 1982

    Gary Gibson
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:16 am
    So why am I suddenly writing about all these issues of a magazine that first came out more than thirty years ago?Well,  I'd wanted to reread them for a long time. By the late 90s, I had more or less stopped reading short fiction altogether, although I still picked up occasional Year's Best collections and the like. I found it harder and harder to find short-form fiction that worked for me, but  I can't be sure if that was something objectively to do with the stories or, instead, something to do with me. From 1991 onwards I was a regular member of the Glasgow Science Fiction Writer's…
  • Interzone Summer 1982 (Number 2)

    Gary Gibson
    3 Feb 2015 | 2:13 am
    I wrote about Interzone Number One here. That naturally led me on to re-read the second issue, but actually acquiring it proved...less than easy.Back in 1982, wanting to know more about the magazine after having found that first issue, I kept my eyes out for its second which, being a quarterly publication, was due sometime that Summer. My primary memory of that year is somehow winding up at an Ultravox concert during their Rage in Eden tour because someone gave me a spare ticket for free.It was the first real gig I'd been to, unless you count seeing the Wombles at the Glasgow Pavilion…
  • The first issue of Interzone

    Gary Gibson
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:54 pm
    Something prompted me to start rereading old issues of Interzone. If you don't know what Interzone is you are, unfortunately and somewhat depressingly, not alone. A couple of years back I addressed an audience of would-be sf and fantasy writers at the York Festival of Writing amongst whom one - exactly one, out of maybe fifty - had even heard of the magazine.Interzone, in fact, is the oldest continually running science fiction magazine in Britain and its first, thirty-two page issue appeared in 1982, funded by excess cash left over from a convention. Rather than the more typical sf being…
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    Where Personal and Professional Life Collide...

  • The Obligatory Occasional My Accountant Makes Me, Post

    Laura Anne Gilman
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    "The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business."   -John Steinbeckwith that quote in mind, let me remind everyone thata) you can pre-order CLAWED! (and catch up on the first three L.A. Kornetsky mysteries!)b) you can pre-order SILVER ON THE ROAD! and make sure you don't miss the book that people told me couldn't get published!c) you can pick up ALL the Cosa Nostradamus books, to prep yourself for the release of WORK OF HUNTERS in November!d) you can get a copy of the weirdest, possibly most fucked-up literary work I've ever…
  • Opinions are like Assholes...

    Laura Anne Gilman
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    Ooops.  According to Clean Reader, "asshole" might not appear in the text.Writers - who choose our words carefully, use them deliberately - aren't thrilled with this Bowdlerizing app.  Readers shouldn't be, either. It's an attempt to take away freedom of expression, a power play by those who would control what we see/think/feel. No thanks.In short: it wasn't appreciated when Bowdler did it, it's not appreciated (or wanted) now. Don't like the language? Don't read the story.(yes, I have very strong opinions about 'sanitizing' language…
  • Grrrrr.

    Laura Anne Gilman
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    As irritated as I get when people owe me money (or goods or services) and are late in payment, I get even MORE annoyed, I discover, when friends are shafted. Especially when the only reason they haven't been paid is that the person owing seems to have decided that they just don't HAVE to.  And don't bother to actually talk to the person they're shafting.(in this case, since last summer)Look, if you promise someone payment in exchange for services? You honor your agreement. You don't just disappear off the radar and hope everyone forgets/absolves you.Nobody forgets.
  • eyes rolling like freight trains...

    Laura Anne Gilman
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    "Yeah it worked there but it won't work here" is not an argument against the workability of a thing, just your particular circumstance.
  • I am not resigned...

    Laura Anne Gilman
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    My friend Peggy Rae is gone.She was kind, and funny, bossy and abrasive and blunt as hell, and she was ours. And she is gone too soon, and SF fandom’s world is less for that, but greater for having had her for those seventy years.Somewhere, some day, I will hear her laughter again. I don't believe this: I know it.She ran Programming and Special Events for ConStellation, the 1983 Worldcon in Baltimore. She ran Exhibits, Registration, the Dealers’ Room, Information, Press Relations and the Newsletter (the “Second Floor Division”) with Fred Isaacs for Noreascon III in…
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  • Storified tweets about gendered books

    Shannon Hale
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:23 pm
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  • No Boys Allowed: School visits as a woman writer

    Shannon Hale
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:12 am
    I've been doing school visits as part of my tour for PRINCESS ACADEMY: The Forgotten Sisters. All have been terrific--great kids, great librarians. But something happened at one I want to talk about. I'm not going to name the school or location because I don't think it's a problem with just one school; it's just one example of a much wider problem. This was a small-ish school, and I spoke to the 3-8 grades. It wasn't until I was partway into my presentation that I realized that the back rows of the older grades were all girls. Later a teacher told me, "The…
  • Here's what's up

    Shannon Hale
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:18 am
    The Forgotten Sisters, the final book in the Princess Academy series, hits shelves one week from today. Preorder the book from anywhere and get a free poster. Here are details of my upcoming appearances in Utah, Chicago, North Carolina, Wyoming, and Santa Monica. I need to focus more on writing and family than on trips and book events, so I will be cutting back wherever possible this year. Catch me while you can! What am I currently working on? Nine things. Short stories, screenplays, a graphic novel, an adult novel, some middle grade and young adult novels. I honestly don't know which…
  • Awards, posters, new covers! As you were, Monday.

    Shannon Hale
    2 Feb 2015 | 10:50 am
    Big day for literature! The ALA Youth Media Awards. Especially excited for my pals: Dan Santat wins the Caldecott for BEEKLE Cece Bell's EL DEAFO and Jacqueline Woodson's BROWN GIRL DREAMING win Newbery Honors Candace Fleming's THE FAMILY ROMANOV wins a Sibert Honor Jason Reynold honored with the Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award for New Talent for WHEN I WAS THE GREATEST I always love what I think of as the Newbery morning. Reminds me of the call that woke me up nine years ago. Still such a powerful memory that when I retell the story I tear up. Congrats to all the…
  • On writing, privilege, and being a working mom

    Shannon Hale
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:48 am
    A Salon article sparked some conversations yesterday on twitter and rightly so. I thought the article writer made some excellent points (as well as missed some others), but it all feeds into the conversation we've been having the last couple of weeks about writers and money and how we use our time. I think it's vital to acknowledge privilege wherever we have it--yes I've worked hard, I've sacrificed a lot to be able to write books, but I've also had help. It was a huge help that for the first 8 months of my marriage we lived on my husband's income while I…
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  • the water house

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    Later, a succession of squalls swung in across the north bank and obscured the river. Hand sat in the remains of the garden shed, listening to the rain and watching the tide rush down the narrow defile between Oliver’s Island and the southern shore. “I’m just going into the garage!” he called into the house, but the old woman had turned up the TV and didn’t answer. In the garage he pulled the dust cover off the bonnet of the vehicle he kept there. Its bodywork glowed in the greyish afternoon light, rich with wax polish and chrome. Hand smiled. He checked the…
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    25 Mar 2015 | 11:28 am
  • niche operations

    23 Mar 2015 | 2:18 am
    A paragraph of the new novel: The only time Helen had spoken to him was when she caught him looking at the shrinkwrapped books in the chiller cabinet: “We’re a wholesaler, really. We sell on in bulk.” The self-deception of this was his introduction to the business; or to that side of it. From then on he would make two or three trips a week to similarly shabby premises–crystal shops, candle parlours, short-let niche operations selling a mix of cultural memorabilia and pop merchandise from two or three generations ago–which had flourished along the abandoned high streets of…
  • contents

    21 Mar 2015 | 2:35 am
    The collection: Lost & Found In Autotelia Cries The Walls Rockets of the Western Suburbs Cicisbeo Imaginary Reviews Entertaining Angels Unawares Elf Land: the Lost Palaces Psychoarcheology Royal Estate Last Transmission from the Deep Halls Places you Didn’t Think to Look for Yourself Not All Men Dog People Jackdaw Bingo Earth Advengers Keep Smiling (with Great Minutes) The Crisis The Theory Cadre Recovering the Rites Anti Promethian Animals Here In the Crime Quarter The Good Detective Name This City Crome Studio The Old Fox Awake Early Explaining the Undiscovered Continent Self Storage…
  • 4:30 am

    17 Mar 2015 | 2:52 am
    I went out into the corridor where it was cooler and looked out over a strip of grass and some bollards. An iron staircase was off to one side. Everything was lighted grey and blue. I could see what I thought was a car park and behind that a few trees quite dense and dark against the sky. White propane tanks. Some kind of portabuilding offices. I had a short complete glimpse of myself opening the fire door and walking away. I felt as if I could easily have gone back down the institutional corridor, collected my credit cards and cash and whatever personal belongings I had brought in with me,…
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    People are strange, when you're a stranger . . .

  • 26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Too many people are giving insanity a bad name.
  • Buy, buy, buy!

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:16 am
    Don't forgetFew things in Stonefort are exactly what they seem . . .GHOST POINT…/1119952678……
  • Not frozen

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Gray morning, air temperature 36 F for the newspaper walk, wind south at about 8 mph.  We are supposed to get showers on and off during the day, with a possible change to "mix" overnight.  Meltwater patches on the sidewalk are slippery and treacherous because the ground still thinks we are February out here.Good tai chi class yesterday, starting to tie a new form together.  Set that against the number of haters in the world.
  • Rites of spring

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Some people have robins, but those are here all winter.  However, I saw the first turkey vulture of spring this evening, cruising along behind the house across the street.
  • A way out of our war with the squirrels?

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:09 am
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    Jim C. Hines

  • Aftermath of a Kindle Daily Deal

    Jim C. Hines
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:39 am
    Earlier this month, Libriomancer [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy] was a Kindle Daily Deal, meaning Amazon was selling the e-book for a mere $1.99. This was the first time one of my books had been selected for the KDD program, and I have to say, it was pretty sweet. But how much of an impact does that $1.99 day really have? I’ll probably never have exact numbers. These sales will show up on my next royalty statement, which covers January – June of this year, but doesn’t break things down by day or week. Here’s what I do know… 1. Once Amazon drops the price,…
  • Depression

    Jim C. Hines
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    Depression lurks in the corner.Depression waits for an opening.Depression is exhausting.Depression has little patience for others, and even less for you.Depression remembers every mistake, real and imagined.Depression is afraid of change.Depression is “fine.”Depression teaches you to lie.Depression is ashamed of you.Depression is forgetful.Depression doesn’t want you to go out tonight.Depression thinks you deserve it.Depression tells you not to talk about it.Depression is abusive.Depression is seductive.Depression disguises itself.Depression is always tired.Depression thinks…
  • Cool Stuff Friday

    Jim C. Hines
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    Friday loves fan art… Ninja Cats! Dogs Who Have Made Poor Life Choices. (Link from Seanan McGuire) Infomercials Overdramatizing Everyday Tasks. “Every Coyote Has His Day” — A LEGO Vignette, by Letranger Absurde.   Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
  • Links to Stuff

    Jim C. Hines
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    I have a guest blog post up at Amazing Stories, reminiscing about WindyCon.I’m also part of the Mind Meld at SF Signal, talking about funny short stories in SF/F.And if that’s not enough, I chatted with the folks at Beyond the Trope, and that podcast just went live.Finally, Klud the goblin sent out another newsletter earlier this month.Thus endeth the linkspam.Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
  • Alien of Extraordinary Ability? Migration in SFF and in my Life – Bogi Takács

    Jim C. Hines
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    As we get to the last few of these guest blog posts, I’m trying to look ahead to the process of pulling everything together for Invisible 2. Like last year, my plan is to do an electronic anthology, and to donate any profits to a relevant cause (which I’ll be discussing with contributors.) The anthology will probably have the same $2.99 price point. I don’t have a release date yet, but I’ll share more info as things progress. For today, I’m happy to welcome Bogi Takács to the blog to talk about migration/migrants in SFF, and in eir life. It’s educational…
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    When You Stop Believing in It, It Doesn't Go Away

  • Mars One and "Pictures from an Expedition"

    Alexander Irvine
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    2003: I write a story called "Pictures from an Expedition," in which a private-sector Mars expedition is partially funded by entertainment licensing and degenerates into a reality-TV spectacle.2015: The PBS Idea Channel makes this video, asking the question "Is Reality TV the Future of Space Travel?"Huh.This means James Cameron is going to call me up so he can make a movie out of "Pictures from an Expedition," right? 
  • In Which I Get to Know Batman Again

    Alexander Irvine
    3 Feb 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Since it's listed on various web sites, I guess I can say that I have a Batman novel coming out in June from the swell folks at Titan Books! It's called The Riddler's Gambit, and it takes place between Arkham City and the forthcoming Arkham Knight video game. Here's a not-final cover:It's been almost ten years since I wrote Batman: Inferno (eek), and it was good to get back in touch with Bruce...and cook up some fiendish Riddler plots. Also, don't forget: Once you read The Riddler's Gambit, make sure you check out Marv Wolfman's novelization of Arkham Knight next.
  • Off-the-Cuff Thoughts on a Tweet About Video Gaming and Childhood

    Alexander Irvine
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:44 am
    This tweet by the estimable Leigh Alexander got me thinking...something about the loyal adult Nintendo fan makes me fearful --is feeling child-like the most important thing about games, for them?— Leigh Alexander (@leighalexander) January 14, 2015...and I think she's getting at something generational in the way people love/appreciate/experience games and gaming. Or at least what she said framed something about my own personal childhood experience of gaming -- which isn't empirically true for anyone but me, of course, but I think I'm not the only one who feels this way.When I was a little…
  • Two New Books Out Tomorrow

    Alexander Irvine
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Behold the slick cover art for Thor and The Incredible Hulk, the next two books in my series of junior novelizations of Marvel's Phase One movies. They're out tomorrow!...and in a couple of months you'll be able to add The Avengers to your collection.
  • 2014 Writing Recap

    Alexander Irvine
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    An Atlantic Monthly-style rundown of my keyboard activities during the year almost past...Words of prose fiction written: approximately 400,000SpecOps scripts written for Avengers Alliance: 8Season 2 chapter scripts written for Avengers Alliance: 5New episodes of Marvel Puzzle Quest written: 5New Raid Event scripts written for Marvel War of Heroes: 13Other things written for Marvel War of Heroes: 100+Animation episodes written: 1 (Transformers: Robots in Disguise)Books published: 6 (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Sleepy Hollow: The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane,…
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    Nicholas Kaufmann's Journal

  • Ten Years of New Who

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Today marks ten years since Doctor Who came back on the air. It’s hard to believe so much time has passed! In my opinion as someone who has been a huge fan of Doctor Who since my childhood many decades ago, writer-producer Russell T. Davies and the others responsible for bringing it back made absolutely the right decision in having the new program be a continuation of the classic series instead of a complete remake. It honored the past while marching boldly forward with modern sensibilities (and often much better acting, writing, direction, and special effects!). As a fan, I feel…
  • Afterlife with Archie

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Afterlife with Archie Book 1: Escape from Riverdale by Roberto Aguirre-SacasaMy rating: 5 of 5 starsSpectacular! Remarkably, writer Aguirre-Sacasa plays it absolutely straight, penning none of the jokey Riverdale antics we've come to expect from Archie and the gang into the story. Instead, the characters we've all come to know and love are presented as authentic human beings, although the personality traits we associate with each of them still manage to come through charmingly and recognizably. Artist Francavilla follows Aguirre-Sacasa's lead by eliminating the cartoonishness of…
  • Clive Barker Quoted Me

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Meanwhile, on Twitter...PINHEAD and HARRY D'AMOUR in THE SCARLET GOSPELS "It's the crossover event of the year..." -Nicholas, Goodreads...— Clive Barker (@RealCliveBarker) March 21, 2015See the Nicholas he mentioned? That's me! Feeling so cool right now.

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    Good news for anyone who hasn’t read Chasing the Dragon yet! If you order directly from ChiZine Publications, my Thriller Award-nominated and Shirley Jackson Award-nominated novella is currently 50% off (e-book only)! In fact, all of ChiZine Publications’ e-books are 50% off until midnight on Sunday, March 22nd, so act fast and go get some! Originally published at Nicholas Kaufmann. You can comment here or there.
  • The Scarlet Gospels

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:14 am
    The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker My rating: 5 of 5 stars Barker’s long-anticipated novel features occult detective Harry D’Amour, last seen in the stories “The Last Illusion” and “Lost Souls” and the novel EVERVILLE, coming up against the Cenobite known as Pinhead, last seen in the novella “The Hellbound Heart” and of course the HELLRAISER films. It’s the crossover event of the year and, being most definitely a horror novel and not a fantasy, a much awaited return to form for the author. For the most part, it lives up to my heightened…
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    Dear Sweet Filthy World

  • "And women? Great googly moogly."

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    I awoke to fog and clouds and snow scabs. The slow melt continues. Back towards the woods, away from the cabin, the ground is still completely white, or very nearly so. We are only five days from April. And I'm sure there's still a lot of snow lying about in Providence. Currently, it's 46˚F here.Yesterday was the third dental visit, and all sorts of unpleasant things were done to my mouth. Afterwards, an impression was made with a tray filled with blue alginate, and then a surprisingly decent looking temporary tooth was stuck in my head. But turns out that it'll be two more weeks until the…
  • "Get ready for the future: it is murder."

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:56 am
    I had a restless night, too little sleep. I lay in bed listening to a Great horned owl hooting in the near distance. I awake to a world of scabby snow and bare trees. The sky is so, so blue. There will be melt today, despite the cold. There was wind last night, and there's wind today. The cabin creaks when there's a strong gust. My mind is exhausted by this winter, and the summer we didn't get last year, and by last winter. I feel frail and rail thin. My nerves are raw. My eyes hurt. No real warmth is anywhere in the Woodstock forecast. Currently, it's 24˚F and feels like 14˚F. In…
  • "And now the wheels of Heaven stop."

    22 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    Currently, here in Woodstock it's 28˚F, but feels like 18˚F. The sun is warm through the windows. A lot of snow melted yesterday, despite the clouds. I can only hope we see more melt today, despite the intense cold. We had more wind last night, but the power stayed on. If I had Spooky drive me to Rhinecliff, I could board the train to Manhattan, ride to Penn Station, then board the Crescent Line to Birmingham. I'd fall asleep somewhere in Virginia, and I awaken in Atlanta, to warmth and green. There's no green here, except the conifer needles we've had all winter long. Were money no issue…
  • "Give me back my broken night, my mirrored room, my secret life."

    21 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    Currently, it's 35˚F. Tonight's low will be 23˚F (windchill 9˚F), with snow flurries. The world is white. It's currently snowing in Providence. Welcome, Spring 2015.Ten years ago, almost to the day (March 22, 2005), I wrote:I have to write. I have to write regardless. I does not matter if I've had a bad day. It does not matter if I am depressed or in some other sort of mood not conducive to writing. I still have to write. I does not matter if the weather is crappy or if there's trouble in my family. It does not matter if I'd rather do something else. It does not matter if, in some…
  • "I'd sell your heart to the junkman, baby. For a buck, for a buck."

    19 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    I should have titled this, "Spring? Yeah, Right."Unless I want to spend the next two hours on this blog entry, there's no doing the last two days justice. And I can't spend that much time on a blog entry fifteen people will read, so...this is the Reader's Digest condensed version. By the way, at the moment, it's 30˚F here, with the windchill at 22˚F. The sky is hungry. You know what I mean.A bad windstorm began on Tuesday afternoon, and at 4:35 p.m., just as I hit "send" on an important email to my editor at Dark Horse, the electricity went off. The wind was blowing like the wendigo's own…
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    Mary Robinette Kowal

  • A new chapter of Ghost Talkers is up

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    It’s been way too long since I last had a chapter for you. Waaaaay too long. But– for those of you reading along, I have finished Chapter 22. I’m actually one scene from the end of the novel as I post this, which means that, hopefully, in the not too distant future, you will have the rest of the book to eat in a single gulp. Meanwhile, since it’s been so long, here’s a link to Chapter 21 if you want to skim it to remember what’s happening. The post A new chapter of Ghost Talkers is up appeared first on Mary Robinette Kowal.
  • Protected: Ghost Talkers: 22

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    This entry is part 22 of 22 in the series Ghost Talkers draft This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below: Password: The post Protected: Ghost Talkers: 22 appeared first on Mary Robinette Kowal.
  • My Favorite Bit: Laura Liddell Nolen talks about THE ARK

    Beth Bernier
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Laura Liddell Nolen is joining us today with her young adult novel The Ark. Here is the publisher’s description: It’s the final days of earth, and sixteen-year-old Char is right where she belongs: in prison. With her criminal record, she doesn’t qualify for a place on an Ark, one of the five massive bioships designed to protect earth’s survivors during the meteor strike that looks set to destroy the planet. Only a select few will be saved – like her mom, dad, and brother – all of whom have long since turned their backs on Char. If she ever wants to redeem herself, Char must use…
  • My Favorite Bit: Tex Thompson talks about MEDICINE FOR THE DEAD

    Beth Bernier
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Tex Thompson is joining us today with her novel Medicine for the Dead. Here’s the publisher’s description. The story of Appaloosa Elim continues. Two years ago, the crow-god Marhuk sent his grandson to Sixes. Two nights ago, a stranger picked up his gun and shot him. Two hours ago, the funeral party set out for the holy city of Atali’Krah, braving the wastelands to bring home the body of Dulei Marhuk. Out in the wastes, one more corpse should hardly make a difference. But the blighted landscape has been ravaged by drought, twisted by violence, and warped by magic –…
  • RIP Peggy Rae Sapienza

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Back when I was secretary at SFWA, we had a Nebula Awards Weekend in which the con chair’s house burned down. Peggy Rae Sapienza stepped in to help and was amazing. From the front of house, that weekend looked very smooth, and that’s largely because she was good at spotting problems before they became problems. This was my first encounter with her. Over the years, we became friends. She was one of those people that you could rely on to make things better, regardless of the situation. Either personal or professional, you could count on her. And when she asked you for a favor, it…
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    Justine Larbalestier

  • Razorhurst Out in North America Today!

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
    Today is the official publication of Razorhurst in the USA and Canada by Soho Press. For those of you who have been waiting since last July when it was published in Australia and New Zealand the wait is over! For those of who you have no idea what I’m talking about: Razorhurst takes place on a winter’s day in 1932 when Dymphna Campbell, a gangster’s moll, and Kelpie, a street urchin who can see ghosts, tip the balance in a bloody underworld power struggle. As you do . . . You can read the first chapter here. Razorhurst is my first solo novel since Liar in 2009. Loads of…
  • Why I’ve Been Quiet

    3 Feb 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Short answer: pneumonia. Longer answer: mycoplasma pneumoniae Apparently there’s a fair amount of it going around in Sydney in summer right now. So unjust. My bout was nasty and not short and my recovery is slow and annoying. Thus my silence online. I am now behind with everything and I have a rewrite due so my focus is on recovering and finishing the book. That’s why I’m not responding to emails and tweets etc.1 Being so sick reminded me—once again—that we build our worlds as if everyone is able bodied all the time—yet nobody is. Even if you’ve never…
  • On Sexism and Awards

    12 Jan 2015 | 12:23 pm
    If you’re a man and you write a realist YA novel you’re more likely to win an award for it than a woman is. Big claim I know. Here’s some evidence about the awards side of the equation, an examination of most of the big awards in the Young Adult genre since 2000, compiled by Lady Business.1 They looked at not only US awards but the big Australian, Canadian and New Zealand awards too. Here’s where I’m going by my own experience, i.e., yes, it’s anecdotal evidence. I believe the majority of authors published by mainstream YA publishers are women. Despite…
  • Last Day of 2014

    30 Dec 2014 | 4:22 pm
    The year is practically over so here I am again with my annual recap of the year that was as well as a squiz at what’s gunna happen in 2015.1 Books Out in 2014 This was my first year with a new solo novel since 2009. Five years in between solo novels!2 I was nervous but it seems to have gone quite well. Razorhurst was published in July by Allen and Unwin in Australia and New Zealand. The reviews have been blush-making. Including being named a book of the week by the Sydney Morning Herald, of the month from Readings Books and making Readings’ top ten YA books of the year and top 50…
  • So-called Writing Facts

    30 Nov 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Here are two “facts” about writing I’ve been hearing lately that I must beat until their stuffing falls out and their non-factness is apparent to all.1 1. On average published authors write 2-3 novels before publication. Um, what? How was such a statistic arrived at? Where does it come from? Why is everyone repeating it? Oh, who cares. It’s irrelevant. It does not matter how many novels other authors wrote before they were published. It has no effect on you. I wrote two novels before I was published. Scott sold the first one he finished. I know of authors who wrote…
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    SF and Nonsense

  • Of philosophy and planetaria

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    I was recently invited to review an issue of Sci Phi Journal, the new periodical that approaches science fiction from a philosophical perspective. I finished the magazine a few nights ago (full disclosure: I received the March 2015 issue as a free ebook, not that getting it for free will affect my comments) and I'm going to share my thoughts.First: it's always great to see a new genre publication. Sci Phi Journal is professionally assembled, with a mix of familiar authors and others new to me. Like Analog, the genre magazine in which my own short works most often appear, Sci Phi Journal…
  • Catching up

    16 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    From the Department of Miscellaneous and Sundry (and saved for a rainy, er snowy day when a blog topic didn't jump out at me) ...Home, cluttered homeGeologists, biologists, and others divide Earth's long history -- about 4.5 billion years -- into ages, epochs, and periods. Each marks a major shift in the nature of the planet. We humans, despite our grand airs ("homo sapiens sapiens ... twice wise? really?) are newcomers. Still, we are remodeling the place. And so, some scientists wonder: "Are we there yet? Scientists prepare for change of epoch."What do you think? Has the Anthropocene epoch…
  • Fools' Experiments -- and other authorial goodies

    9 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    Fools' Experiments, a novel of artificial life, artificial intelligence, and hubris -- and, as it happens, my most popular solo book -- has become relatively difficult to find.Bummer, right?The new coverNo longer! Phoenix Pick (an imprint of publisher Arc Manor) has just re-released Fools' Experiments in trade paperback and multiple ebook formats.What is Fools' Experiments about? I'm glad you asked. "Lerner’s physics and computer science background serve him well for this pulse-pounding yarn about the creation of the first artificial life form inside cyberspace."— BookPage Notable…
  • B'tok (and ka-Boom)

    1 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    I'm delighted -- and more than a little surprised -- to be bringing you this update to last Wednesday's "book bomb." So as not to bury my lead: "Championship B'tok," my novelette that's in the running this year for a Hugo award, has become available online. And we'll come to that. First, some context ... Plan A become BIn author Larry Correia's widely circulating book bombing of recommended Hugo candidates, "Championship B'tok" could only be mentioned. Apart, alas, from its magazine appearance (Analog, September 2014 issue), "Championship B'tok" simply wasn't available. For those curious…
  • I've been book bombed! (And that's a good thing)

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:41 am
    Book bombing is, in a nutshell, a coordinated -- hopefully to go viral -- promotional blitz. See BOOK BOMB! Short Stories from the Sad Puppies Slate! Hat tip to the mad bombers, fellow authors Larry Correia and Brad Torgerson.My book-bombed work is the time-travel novella "A Time Foreclosed." It comes bundled with a bonus short-short, "Grandpa?", basis of the hilarious, award-winning, short movie "The Grandfather Paradox." Here's the Kindle link for "A Time Foreclosed."Funny thing ... this all came about because of another of my stories. "Championship B'tok," a 2014 novelette in Analog,…
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    We Are Still Laughing

  • How we spent our February

    4 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    As you may recall, Kate finished up her daily radiation and chemotherapy treatments on February 3. The month of February was a month off from treatment, and we largely spent it relaxing. Though we were not able to attend Potlatch because of the risk of "con crud," we did spend a weekend at the Sylvia Beach Hotel, a book-themed hotel at the Oregon coast (we had the Amy Tan room), and I ran off to the Rainforest Writers Village writing retreat, where I wrote an unprecedented-for-me 15,000 words on the sequel to "Arabella of Mars." It was in general a very productive writing month for me... I…
  • "Mammals" on StarShipSofa

    4 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    My story "Mammals" has appeared on StarShipSofa, narrated by me!
  • Radiation and chemo, weeks 6-6.5

    5 Feb 2015 | 9:28 pm
    On Monday, February 2 -- Groundhog Day! -- we went to the hospital for Kate's last radiation treatment. (She had already taken the last dose of chemo on Saturday night.) Got the treatment, met the doctor, got a dorky little certificate and discharge paperwork... and then the doctor came back and said that there had been some kind of mix-up in the paperwork and there was actually one more treatment to go.Groundhog Day!We just laughed, and came back the next day, and got another dorky little certificate. And then we went to meet with the naturopath.I had been leery of naturopathy, thinking…
  • Enceladus: research and calculations

    4 Feb 2015 | 8:35 am
    I'm working on a short story which I've decided to set at the south pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus. I thought I would share with you a few paragraphs from my notes.How big is Saturn in Enceladus's sky? According to Wikipedia, Enceladus orbits 237948 km from Saturn and Saturn is 108728 km in diameter (pole to pole). Popping these two figures into the angular diameter calculator at tells us that it is 25.7 degrees wide -- bigger than your spread hand at arm's length (about 20 degrees). On Earth, the full moon is 0.5 degrees wide -- smaller…
  • "The End of the Silk Road" in Baen's Year's Best Military SF and Space Opera

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:43 am
    Just heard from David Afsharirad, editor of the forthcoming Baen Books anthology The Year's Best Military Science Fiction and Space Opera. "I'd very much like to include your story 'The End of the Silk Road' in the book. I can't say how much I enjoyed the story. As a fan of early 20th century detective and science fiction, it was a real treat.""The End of the Silk Road" is "Venus noir," in the mold of C. L. Moore’s “Northwest Smith” stories, with froggy Venusians, a damaged protagonist, love, guns, and betrayal. It's set in the same universe as my forthcoming novel Arabella of Mars, but…
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    Paul Levinson's Infinite Regress

  • Black Sails 2.9: The Unlikely Hero

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:08 pm
    A stunningly good Black Sails 2.9 - after last week's very good 2.8, too, which I didn't get a chance to review - in which all relationships are torn apart and cast asunder, with the hope of some powerful union at the end, a union of the people least likely to want to work in concert, the pirates.They've been at each other's throats all season.   Vane, in particular, killed the mad Low, and is bent on revenge for what Eleanor did to him.   He has no love for Flint, either.  Yet, in a brilliant and rousing speech at the end of the episode, he proposes an alliance with Flint,…
  • The Walking Dead 5.15: The Bad Guy

    22 Mar 2015 | 9:07 pm
    As powerful an episode of The Walking Dead tonight - 5.15 - as we've seen in the entire series, after a relatively quiescent second part of the fifth season.Let's get right down to it.   Rick pulls a gun on the people in town, especially Deanna, who are trying to talk him out of killing Pete.   This after Pete nearly kills Rick, after Rick tells Pete he's not going to let business continue as usual for Pete and Jessie, which is to say, Pete beating Jessie to the point of at one time leaving her unconscious and bleeding on the floor.   Deanna knows most, maybe all of this, but…
  • 12 Monkeys 1.10: The Last Jump

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    12 Monkeys 1.10 concludes with Jones telling Cole he has just one more jump - the one he's about to make to Tokyo in 1987 - before the ravages of time travel take their ultimate toll on him.   That makes this last jump especially important - though, as is the case with all of time travel, something could happen in the past which will not make Cole's jump his last.He'll have a lot of to contend with, a lot more than usual, with Ramse, now a deadly sworn enemy to Cole and what he wants to accomplish, back in 1987, too.  This is a good move for our story - the two friends facing off as…
  • American Crime: American Fine

    20 Mar 2015 | 1:39 pm
    I thought it high time I checked in with a review of American Crime, the new ABC-TV series directed by John Ridley, who produced 12 Years a Slave.   In a word, the series is excellent - original, deep, superbly acted and plotted.  Well, that's more than one word, but they're all deserved.In a very general way, American Crime is much like True Detective, the investigation of brutal murder(s) taking up an entire season.   In the case of American Crime, we have a married couple, the husband found murdered and the wife badly beaten and apparently sexually attacked.   They're…
  • Vikings 3.5: Massacre

    19 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    It was a scene reminiscent of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, when Anakin, on his way to becoming Darth Vader, massacres all the Jedi in training at the Jedi school, including children of various ages who take up weapons to defend the school.   Tonight, in Vikings 3.5, we see the Viking settlement in Wessex massacred by King Ecbert's son and his men - a massacre including two Viking boys, one of whom takes up a weapon and bravely fights the murderers before he dies, and another boy, younger, who is slain with an arrow in his back as he tries to flee in the woods.   It was a hatefully…
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    Holly Lisle: Official Author Homepage »

  • Building a website that creates and promotes your writing in ONE step

    23 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    Tweet No big secret that Dan and I are building new software for my sites. He’s developing classroom software for me for the Holly Lisle Online Writing School, and connectivity software for me for Readers Meet Writers. BUT, using the same framework he’s developed, he’s also building replacement writing site software for me for with a single software with which I’ll do: Writing project brainstorming (with prompts and reminders) Planning and deadline setting and tracking Outlining Character development Conflict development Setting development Twist…
  • Open Letter to SFWA Upon My Resignation

    18 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Tweet Ms. Kate Baker Operations Manager SFWA Dear Ms. Baker, I’m canceling my SFWA membership. While it was encouraging to see SFWA edging toward acceptance of the indie publishing model, it’s too little and too late, and offset by an appalling reason behind the change of SFWAs incorporating state. SFWA moved from Massachusetts to California for the purpose of allowing SFWA to claim tax dollars to offer grants. I’m aware that there were other—good—reasons for the organization’s move, but this particular poison pill in the changes made to SFWA requires me to…
  • Saying Goodbye to Terry Pratchett

    13 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    Tweet I was a guest at the WorldCon that was held in San Fransisco some years back, and I discovered on my schedule that I was on a panel on Death, with both Haldeman brothers (whom I had never heard of at that point), someone else I had heard of but don’t now remember…and Terry Pratchett. I’d heard of him. I’d read Strata and loved it back before he was OMG Terry PRATCHETT!!! and had tripped over and fallen in love with the Discworld series because I remembered his name from Strata. Discovering I got to be on a panel with him, I was thrilled. So I bopped into the…
  • Post-Webinar Wrap-Up: Workshops, Downloads, and More

    4 Mar 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Tweet We ran over an hour. I knew when I had fourteen pages in small print that I was in trouble, but I tried to get through the whole thing. I made it to page five, because some questions require deeper answers, and I wanted to make this count. What I have may help you make up your mind about How To Thinks Sideways. Meanwhile, I was not watching chat, but my daughter was, and she let me know that a number of folks were wondering if we could do the rest of the questions as separate workshops. Yes. That’s actually a really good idea. I already have the question split into topics, and…
  • The Free Three-Four-Day Workshop is now open without registration

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:02 am
    Tweet Today ONLY, I have the demo workshop for How To Think Sideways open without registration. Just go here: 3-4-Day Workshop. The fourth day of the workshop is the video at the top of the page when you click Think Sideways Forever from the sidebar. I have for essential writing tips in there for folks who know they won’t be taking the How To Think Sideways Class this year.
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    Nick Mamatas

  • Want to be a writer?

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    It's increasingly silly, the idea of offering writing classes. Just put stuff on Kindle, follow a bunch of spambots on Twitter, and you do can be terrible and successful. Check out this guy:He's doing just fine, according to his Kindle store rankings. In fact, he's so successful my whining actually counts as "punching up" on the SJW-o-Meter. But if you did want to learn how to be a good writer, I might be able to show you. I have forthcoming next month a local course in San Fran with the new San Francisco Writing Institute. We'll be back at it, Writing the Literary Page-Turner for eight…
  • Don't Think I've Forgotten

    17 Mar 2015 | 12:43 am
    Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
  • I'm the Nancy Kerrigan of taiji

    14 Mar 2015 | 10:53 pm
    I decided, in January, to enter the Berkeley Chinese Martial Arts Tournament, in the push hands division, for a couple of reasons:broken toe in summer 2013 plus baby (which meant no more jujitsu and no more shuai-jiao, though I stuck with taiji) in winter of 2013 plus bilateral pneumonia in early 2014 plus a year of inertia meant I had expanded back into the mid-190s, pounds wise, and stayed there for a year.CMAT expanded the rules to allow for one round of "restricted step" push hands (which I don't like) and one round of "moving step" push hands (which I do like). Half a loaf is better than…
  • Some Stuff

    11 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am
    I got a royalty check for The Nickronomicon. A relatively big one—more than a day at day job work pays, more than a month's cable/Internet/phone/utilities. So, if you've not bought it yet, why not buy it now?Then there's The Last Weekend, the US edition of which is coming out in September. The UK edition got a yesterday, that reads in part "And not to nitpick, but where did the title The Last Weekend come from? Unless I missed it completely, I'm not getting why it's the last weekend."Aaaah, book bloggers! Anyway, there you go. More later.
  • Stephen King in THE NEW YORKER, Stephen King in CEMETERY DANCE.

    10 Mar 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Stephen King is one of those busy new writers, isn't he? He has a story, A Death, in the current issue of The New Yorker, and a recent reprint, "Summer Thunder" in the latest issue of Cemetery Dance. "Summer Thunder" originally appeared in the CD anniversary anthology Turn Down the Lights. The question that piqued my interest is this: "Does King write differently for the slicks than he does for the pulps?" My answer: "Well, a little.""Summer Thunder" is a by-the-numbers Stephen King story. It's effective, of course, but it's all there: New England setting (Vermont in this case), a Cold…
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    Not A Blog

  • My Night With Sibel

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    The lovely and talented SIBEL KEKILLI -- best known to all you GAME OF THRONES fans out there for her amazing portrayal of Shae -- came to Santa Fe last December.  We celebrated her visit by screening HEAD ON, the breakthrough German film that gave Sibel her first starring role and won her the Lola (the German Oscar) for Best Actress, but that was not the main purpose of her visit.  She was here to film a segment of a popular German travel show DURCH DIE NACHT (roughly, INTO THE NIGHT), for the French/ German TV network ARTE.The premise is the show is that each week, a celebrity…
  • Two Premieres

    22 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    Off to San Francisco this afternoon for the premiere of GAME OF THRONES season five on Monday the 23rd, at the San Francisco Opera House.  Should be a grand affair, though the LA and NYC premieres (for seasons three and four, respectively) will be hard to top.  I look forward to seeing our old friends on the cast, and meeting some new ones.Then it's home again, for the Santa Fe premiere of season five at the Jean Cocteau, on Saturday the 28th.   Three screenings, including the first Spanish-language screening in the morning for our Hispanic fans.
  • This Week at the Cocteau

    20 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    A  cool new documentary opening tonight at the Cocteau: THE WRECKING CREW.Now that's MY kind of music.See you at the movies.LATER:  Just got back from THE WRECKING CREW.  Great, just great.  Made me want to put on my old albums.Say what you want, old codgers from the Greatest Gen.  Say what you want, Generation Xers and Millenials.  The truth cannot be denied.  Us Boomers had the best music.
  • Creepy Dolls and Ellen Datlow Invade Santa Fe

    19 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    We had a great time at the release of Ellen Daltow’s newest collection of horror stories THE DOLL COLLECTION.  In honor of Ellen’s appearance at the Jean Cocteau we held our Creepy Doll contest, and boy did we get some creepy dolls!If you happened to miss out on all the fun the Jean Cocteau still has signed copies of THE DOLL COLLECTION and other titles collected and edited by Ellen available at their online Bookstore.  Get your copy while supplies last.This message has been brought to you by the Minions of Fevre RiverADDENDUM:  We had twenty-six entries, from all…

    18 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    We had such a great time at Janis Ians performance at the Jean Cocteau!  Thanks again Janis for fitting Santa Fe into your tour. This message has been brought to you by the Minions of Fevre River
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  • Vegan tuna substitute...

    24 Mar 2015 | 11:13 am
    I seem to have stumbled into a pretty good tuna substitute for sandwiches and salads. Almond milk, when made at home, leaves behind a lot of almond meal. To that, add nutritional yeast, salt, garlic powder, olive oil and water, to taste. It spreads like tuna, reminds me of tuna, and can work on salads and sandwiches just like tuna.I haven't been measuring out things precisely, just adding and tasting, but it is quite tasty and a useful thing to do with all the almond milk leftover pulp...Veganism is a challenge if you are lazy, but I think, so far it is worth it.
  • March Flash Madness 2015

    18 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Everybody run on over to and read some Flash Fiction! Vote for the winners in each contest in the comments!Go! Go! Go!
  • Two Videos of Our Puppy

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    First, let's look at what she looked like when the shelter system got her off the street and into custody. She was at a no-kill shelter that takes dogs from the regular system who are on death row. Skin diseases, like the very common and treatable demodex infection, get one sent to death row.Here is Honey sleeping in her bed, just the other day, next to the picture of her when she was picked up by the shelter. Currently, she is free of demodex, and fully-haired. Hooray for medicine and good food!Here is the second video. As you can see, she is very serious about fetch. It is the most…
  • I see that MFA's have become the latest thing to flog about the tubes...

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:23 am
    I wrote a thing for SFSignal, once, about MFAs. I tried to find it on their site, and it looks like its gone, now, or my links aren't working, or something.I'll repost the thing, here.TL:DR - People who complain about MFAs misunderstand what an education is actually supposed to be. Also, I am a giant windbag full of hot wind and windiness.I, a Candidate for a Masters of Fine Arts in Popular Fiction, Would Like to Whisper With You1: Be a Fungus or a Vulture, or Else You StarveI’ve been suspicious of the academic system most of my adult life. You see, some of the dumbest people I ever met in…
  • Asimovs should have a story in it shortly

    28 Feb 2015 | 5:38 am
    April/May 2015 of Asimovs should have a story in it by me.There will be a flash fiction contest shortly. Very shortly. Jesus, but I am behind on getting information out to contestants! Hold on!
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    Robin McKinley

  • Blurry weekend

    22 Mar 2015 | 6:27 pm
      I had an appointment with Dentist from R’lyeh on Friday*, the second in a fortnight.**  I knew that being pumped full of anaesthesia twice in slightly less than fourteen days was not going to go down well with the ME***  but you want to get it over with, you know?  ‘It’ being death, taxes, anything to do with dentists and being tour guide for the friends of friends of friends who were told to look you up and whose idea of casual chat with a stranger doing them a favour is to complain about women bishops, Obama, and your fashion†/career††choices. I have therefore spent…
  • Footnote meltdown* and bell ringing

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:26 pm
      Crabbiton, for better or worse, is becoming a fixture of my Thursday nights.**  And I was thinking tonight, as I made a complete squishy overdone dog’s dinner of a touch of St Simons doubles***, that I’m beginning to remember how much fun bell ringing is, even when you’re being hopeless.†  I’m also beginning to brandish a tiny amount of autonomy.  I have a habit of staying off the bigger bells in any tower however light the ring is overall, where even the big bells aren’t very, because I’m such a jerky ringer.  Bells are a lot bigger than you are, even the little…
  • I finally got to a Live at the Met this Saturday*

    16 Mar 2015 | 6:44 pm
      This one:  [If the link dies at the end of the season:  LA DONNA DEL LAGO by Rossini] In the first place it was fabulous.  I’m enormously glad I went.  The singing from the four principals was AMAZING.** In the second place, however, it’s way up there on the silly scale—not quite ERNANI but close.   REALLY SILLY PLOT.  REALLY REALLY SILLY.  REALLY.  SILLY.  I also felt the translation was more cack-handed than was strictly required.***  We want to know what’s going on, we don’t necessarily want the…
  • Maybe I should just go bell ringing more often

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:47 pm
      Wasn’t I saying something not all that long ago about having been sort of half-planning without thinking about it, because thinking about it would make me sad, to slip unofficially out of bell ringing?  It’s not like I’m good at it or, even if I practised eight hours a day every day as if I were in training for the Olympics or Norma for the Metropolitan Opera, would I get good at it.*  Nobody is going to miss me beyond method bell ringing’s chronic shortage of hands on ropes.** Okay.  That was then.  Now has gone rogue and bolted in another direction.  I seem to have rung…
  • Tech rules. Not okay! Not okay!!!

    1 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
      It’s bad enough that I have a brain that . . . well, if you put my brain at one end of the Spectrum of Deadly Danger and a berserker regiment in a nasty temper all bearing freshly-sharpened weapons of individual destruction at the other end, and then tried to decide where a peanut butter sandwich on Wonder bread should be placed . . . it would go nearer the berserker regiment end than the my-brain end, all right?  Which this paragraph goes some considerable way toward proving. So if I forget something important it’s ALWAYS likely that it’s my own stupid disintegrating fault…
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    Notes from the Labyrinth

  • Nebula Awards Weekend

    28 Feb 2015 | 8:42 am
    So, yes, I will be attending the Nebula Awards Weekend this year. I will be attending as Katherine Addison, given that Katherine Addison is the one nominated for the award, not Sarah Monette.As you might expect, this is a rather peculiar feeling.
  • UBC: Chisholm, DiGrazia, and Yost, The News from Whitechapel

    21 Feb 2015 | 11:50 am
    The News From Whitechapel: Jack The Ripper In The Daily Telegraph by Alexander ChisholmMy rating: 5 of 5 starsThis book is for you if you want primary sources and you are either:(A) interested in Jack the Ripper(B) interested in Victorian journalism.Otherwise, this book is probably NOT for you, since it is a compilation of The Daily Telegraph's coverage of the five canonical murders of Jack the Ripper (Nichols, Chapman, Stride, Eddowes, Kelly). The editors have included commentaries about each murder, which I found to be little more than a distraction, but might be helpful for someone just…
  • Nebulas (Nebulae?)

    20 Feb 2015 | 11:11 am
    The Nebula nominees for 2014 have been announced.The Goblin Emperor is one of the nominees for Best Novel (!!!!!).Congratulations to everyone on the list!
  • Cool news & Buy Read Talk Redux

    7 Feb 2015 | 9:38 am
    The Goblin Emperor is the ALA's best Fantasy for Adult Readers on their 2015 genre fiction reading list.This seems like a good time to link back (once again) to my Buy, Read, Talk post, because it bears repeating: if you want to support an author whose work you love, buy the book--or ask your library to buy the book, that's equally awesome--and tell people about it. I'm not talking specifically about me here (though obviously I'm not gonna say no), but about any author; this is the most widely applicable piece of advice I think I've ever given.
  • UBC: Lambert, The Gates of Hell

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Gates of Hell: Sir John Franklin's Tragic Quest for the North West Passage by Andrew LambertMy rating: 1 of 5 starsLambert wants to prove that Sir John Franklin was neither weak nor indecisive nor a poor leader. Unfortunately, every time he put forward evidence of same, to me, it looked like evidence that Franklin was exactly the things Lambert was trying to prove he wasn't: weak, indecisive, and a very poor leader, especially in a crisis.Also, this book is not about "Sir John Franklin's Tragic Quest for the North West Passage." For one thing, part of Lambert's thesis is that Franklin…
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  • First Bluebonnet

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Spring in Texas begins when bluebonnets start blooming, so the exact date varies across the state.  This was almost our first bluebonnet--the first opened in the rain, when I didn't want to take the camera out--and was photographed two days ago.  We have more now, and will have a big wide field of them soon.  The plants are there, but not all the flowers are open.This species of bluebonnet is Lupinus texensis, endemic to central Texas.  In a good year it produces fields of vivid deep sky blue and an enchanting fragrance.  Once we were sailing (in a Folboat with a…
  • Like Podcasts? Like Paksenarrion books?

    19 Mar 2015 | 9:52 pm
    Then you might like to listen to this one:
  • Of Gauge and Absence and Hoping Socks Fit

    17 Mar 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Sometimes we shoot ourselves in both feet but don't feel the pain until most of the way through the race.   And so it has been with the current pair of socks, just off the needles today.  They look innocent, don't they, laid on a picnic table bench for display?Just a simple pair of light-blue and white striped socks, simple construction, nothing to 'em.  But behind these socks are a series of assumptions about what the yarn would do, and I could do, given the circumstances involved in making the socks--which I set up for myself.I made  these socks for a…
  • The War on Woman: Criminalizing Spontaneous Miscarriage

    14 Mar 2015 | 10:23 am
    The so-called "Pro- LIfe" movement (which should be more accurately called the "Pro-Fetus" movement, since the lives of women are considered less important--even negligible--in comparison with a fertilized egg) has resulted in changes in the law that increasingly criminalize spontaneous miscarriage and put all pregnant women at risk of unjust arrest, confinement, and punishment. A few years back, a pregnant woman in Missouri fell downstairs and went to a hospital to see if the fall had injured her fetus.  She was arrested on suspicion of having thrown herself down the…
  • More Sock Progress Report

    8 Mar 2015 | 9:15 pm
    The "Blackberry" Socks--finished Saturday night, March 7.   Put on for the first time this evening, for their "first wearing" portrait. And the Orlon/wool blend light-blue and white socks are now (Sunday night, March 8) ready for the heel turn, though I need to wait for daylight to do that.Heel flap at top, eye of partridge reinforcing stitch, ready for heel turnBoth pictures taken at night indoors, by kitchen light + camera flash.  These socks are not the same size or knitted in the same gauge.  They're on size 4 needles, not 5s, and are for a…
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    Day in the Life of an Idiot

  • Lofty Loftiness with Loft-sauce

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Last night was my first "Mars Needs Writers" class at the Loft. I'm happy to report it's a nice size; there's an even dozen, (if you include me.) I was only expecting seven, so this is quite a jump. It went well. VERY WELL.The class seems willing to talk to each other and interrupt me and throw out ideas and share stories, so that's FANTASTIC. This is Minnesota, you know, so class participation can be sketchy. I like to know the lay of the land early, i.e., am I going to have to have a LOT of material prepared so I can monologue, or can I depend on some back on forth to help carry the…
  • One Week Accident Free

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    We've been teasing poor Mason that he needs to have one of those billboards like they do at industrial sites that say: "___ days accident free." So, today, as I dropped him off he waved me away with a cheerful, "One week accident free!" My poor baby.Around my household, we refer to these random stumbles, etc., as: nerdspasms. As I told Mason, he comes by it honestly (though possibly via osmosis), as I have a long and sordid history of such events. In my youth, I had been known to just fall while looking up at something in a tree or once, while stopped, I fell off my bike. While. Stopped.We…
  • Monday, You Brought Me Snow. How... NICE.

    23 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    I'm a Minnesotan. I actually don't MIND snow, but I was not entirely ready for the snow this morning and the cold. But, this is March, right? I guess that old saying has some merit: In like a lion, out like a lamb. Only this year it was in like a lamb, out like a snow-covered Siberian TIGER.Also, it is Monday. So far today, I've dealt with at least one school issue and my cat's prozac prescription. Next on my list is getting myself an appointment to get my own prescription renewed (for an asthma inhaler, though I wouldn't necessarily turn down prozac, if offered, ATM. ;-) The school is maybe…
  • More Books for My GROWING list from Locus Online News...

    20 Mar 2015 | 3:41 pm
    The shortlist for the 2015 Norma K. Hemming Award has been announced. The Hemming Award is presented by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF) to “mark excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in speculative fiction first published either in Australia or by an Australian citizen.”The Female Factory, Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter (Twelfth Planet Press)Razorhurst, Justine Larbalestier (Allen & Unwin)Nil By Mouth, LynC (Satalyte)The Wonders, Paddy O’Reilly (Affirm)North Star Guide Me Home, Jo Spurrier (HarperVoyager)Also... The…
  • Car Repairs and Comic Books

    19 Mar 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Our car is fixed.It turns out to have been a very easy (and cheap!) repair. I even had my mechanic throw in an oil change, because otherwise it would have been under a hundred bucks. That was awesome, but a tiny bit of a bummer, because I had decided that at Dunn Bros (which is kitty-corner from the shop and where I had planned to wait out any long repairs) that I would start working on a comic book script. I only got a page or so into it before I got that call that the car was done.Thing is, I've written a comic book script before. That one is currently in the hands of comic book artist Barb…
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    The Alien Next Door

  • 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 how to promote yourself and your book, branding, and other aspects of being a writer
  • Nina Talks to EAC on the Changing Face of Publishing

    Nina Munteanu
    22 Feb 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Some time ago, I gave a talk on the changing face of publishing and writing for editors at EAC in Toronto.
  • Hubble Captures Jupiter’s Great Entourage of Moons

    Nina Munteanu
    7 Feb 2015 | 10:33 am
    Jupiter and its Entourage of MoonsIn anticipation of watching the new release of the science fiction/fantasy thriller Jupiter Ascending this weekend, I ran across this recent February 7 2015 article on Bad Astronomy, by author and astronomer Phil Plait.Jupiter is approaching opposition (when it’s opposite in the sky from the Sun), which means it’s as close to Earth as it gets for the year, Plait tells us. So, now is the time to observe it! Of course; I get two Jupiters in one month! In his article Plait gives good instructions on how to find and watch Jupiter (the planet, that is) if you…
  • Reader Shares Favourite Passage in Darwin's Paradox

    Nina Munteanu
    2 Feb 2015 | 9:14 pm
    When Monique wrote me to tell me how she had enjoyed my SF thriller Darwin's Paradox, set in post climate-change Ontario Canada, I was delighted. But she did more; she included her favourite passage! Here it is from Page 68:As the laminar flow spilled into riotous tendrils only to find a uniform pattern of turbulence, she was once again reminded of her father and chaos theory.   Stable chaos, he insisted, permeated everything and everyone.   Like fractals of a larger interconnected universe, each person had his or her own cycle of creative destruction to experience…
  • Exposing the Bully: Cliven Bundy and the Tragedy of the Commons

    Nina Munteanu
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:24 pm
    In the classic western 1953 movie Shane, a drifter finds himself in the midst of an ongoing conflict betweenthe farming homesteaders and a cattle baron, wishing to seize their land. In the film Once Upon a Time in the West, the cattle baron is replaced by the railroad baron. Same deal. Same story… It hasn’t changed that much in a hundred years…The premise of cattle/land/railroad baron vs farmer/homesteader or small independent rancher is a popular one for good storytelling about the pioneers of the western frontier, and is based firmly on historical fact. The 19th century American…
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    the essential kit

  • Recent Reads: Citadel of the Sky

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    Make room, GRRM: Chrysoula Tzavelas knows how to bring on the pain. I’ve just finished CITADEL OF THE SKY, which Chrysoula is in the midst of Kickstarting, and, like, whoa. This is not GRRM-style fantasy, let me make that clear. You don’t spend every turn of the page in fear that your protagonists are all going to be dead on the next one. It’s a cast of several, but not thousands. It’s also under 300 pages, which is like a quarter or a third of the length of a GRRM book. And in voice it’s–it’s not even faintly GRRM. It’s almost more…well,…
  • Picoreview: Step Up 2: The Streets

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    Picoreview: Step Up 2: The Streets: As good as your average dance movie, which means less good than Step Up, but possibly good enough to explain why there ended up being FIVE Step Up movies. It turns out this is the first one I’d seen in the theatres, and I don’t think the dancing is quite as good in it as in the first film. A lot of it seems less…controlled, although that may be deliberate, because that’s kind of the thing the main character lacks, so it may be that the whole vibe of the street crews is meant to look that way. In which case, kudos to them. This one…
  • I saw the eclipse!

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    It was significantly cloudy in Dublin at Solar Eclipse time and I had no real hope of seeing it. In fact, it was *raining* lightly, but I was still out and about and keeping an eye on the sky. Suddenly the clouds broke just enough to keep a haze over the sun, allowing me to look directly at the eclipse, which, at 9:23am, was close enough to the 90% totality seen today from Ireland to count. I am not lying, guys: it was fucking awesome. And that’s from somebody who knows what an eclipse is. It’s no wonder people who didn’t, back in the day, were utterly terrified and confused…
  • I work a lot.

    19 Mar 2015 | 3:08 pm
    This morning as I was doing revisions on the 4th project I’ve worked on this month I had the shocking revelation that I work a lot. I can hear people rolling their eyes at me from all over the world right now, but it actually was a shock. I think it was because it was the fourth project (REDEEMER synopsis, MAGIC & MANNERS revisions, short story revisions, now SKYMASTER revisions) that I’ve worked on in the past 3 weeks that it really hit me. And if I get this done by the weekend, which I should, I’ll be doing something else next week. Frankly, you’d think…
  • I hate revising.

    18 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    I hate revising. I particularly hate it when I’m going over a manuscript that, when I finished writing it, I thought was REALLY BAD and probably needed to be totally thrown out, and six weeks later when I look at it again I’m like “this appears to mostly work and i can’t tell if it actually works or if it’s just this HUGE GAPING BLIND SPOT OF DENIAL.” Even more aggravating is that the last 3 chapters of my printed manuscript mysteriously disappeared and so I was left in the lurch and still don’t know if the book ends all right or if I’m stuck in…
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    Old Enough to Know Better

  • iPhone 5 Camera Problems

    4 Mar 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Got an iPhone–not the very latest one–and it's the cat's pajamas, except that after a few days, the camera stopped working. Black screen, neither front nor back cam working, zipola.So, I went onto the net, saw this wasn't uncommon, and looked at the list of fixes.Tried them all. Some of them seemed to fix it, but that was temporary. Next time I opened the camera app, I got ye olde black screen and controls that didn't do anything useful ...There were a bunch of things suggested: soft reset, hard reset, (force-closing the app, powering off and on), resetting the phone's preferences to…
  • Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:42 am
    Crap. Another one gone ...I met Nimoy once, worked with him on a book project. Here's the link to that post:
  • Ukulele in Progress - Bling

    19 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    I am pleased and privileged to own three handmade ukuleles, from luthiers with high-level skill and artistry. Two of them were made for other folks and I bought them, one used, one because the sale fell through. The third was custom-built with my input. The luthers are, in order of acquisition: Woodley White, Alan Carruth, and Michael Zuch.Above, top to bottom: White, Zuch, CarruthAbove, top to bottom, White, Zuch Carruth.They are all, insofar I can tell, outstanding instruments. All tenors. All strung low-G. Quality woods and tuners, and they all sound different, but great, to my ears.As you…
  • Battery Blues

    11 Jan 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Came out of silat class on a chilly evening this week and when I turned the key in the ignition of my automobile, I got that little solenoid clicking and naught else. Enough juice to light the dome light, not enough to crank the engine. Well, crap!Got somebody to jump it off without electrocuting either of us, made it home, and next day, same deal. Battery was nearly dead.There are several things that can cause this: Alternator, voltage regulator, a short in the electrical system, or a bad battery. Given that the car is nine years old and still wearing the original…
  • Play that Funky Music, White Boy ...

    8 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    Photo by Chuck GilmanSo, I have mentioned that I go to the local pub, The Lehrer, for an acoustic jam. This is great fun, the group varies from a handful, to as many as eighteen, and there are some talented instrumentalists and singers who show up. Most recent session, there were two harmonica players, two percussionists, a flutist, an acoustic bass, eight or nine guitars, and one ukulele. None of us amped save the bass player, and we asked her to do that because we couldn't hear her.I used to go to the blues jam, but everybody there is amped, and I wanted to retain what little…
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    Mike Philbin's free planet blog

  • 9/11 the issue of the rigging WTCs for demolition in 9 hours

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    The following video puts across a pretty good argument for how T.H.E.Y.* could have rigged the Twin Towers (buildings 1, 2 and 7) to 'collapse' in just 9 hours and disproves the impossible theory that two commercial airlines and smoky office fires had anything to do with the melting of steel and the global implosions on the Day of the 9/11 Event.* T.H.E.Y. are The Hierarchy Enslaving You.
  • Free Planet - Coffinless Burials - Your Loved Ones Become Trees

    24 Mar 2015 | 2:57 pm
    maybe I'm just a sucker for a classy visual, but I just love these egg-shaped burial pods which can fertilise a tree after you're gone...Capsula Mundi is a container with an old perfect shape, just like an egg, made with modern material -starch plastic- in which the dead body is put in a fetal position. Capsula Mundi is planted like a seed in the soil, and a tree is planted on top of it. The tree is chosen when the person is alive, relatives and friends look after it when death occurs. [source CAPSULA MUNDI]This also negates the need for a formalised cemetery beside a church, you can just…
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation - teaser trailer

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    "Is this what happens when a G3 or Global Gambling Game corporation, person or supposed legal entity starts to act like it's a Country among a league of nations?" Free Planet quote.
  • Disappearing Car Door - undercar concept from 2007 - dated sure but delicious

    20 Mar 2015 | 4:39 am
    cars of the future... they have all sorts of crazy design features built into them, usually involving ultra-exotic doors... so forget height-restricted gullwing doors, forget rain-restricted jet canopy sliding roof canopy, forget doors that fold back to the rear of the cars like pigeon wings that would function as both sliding canopy and umbrella once they'd reformed above and behind the driving compartment (my own exotic future car-door idea, lol).Here is how the doors on all cars should work -¦today¦- I bet some crazy Health & Safety dictat banished this excellent car-door concept…
  • Free Planet vs War World - dual trilogies - books #3 both finished

    17 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    dual trilogies complete @ 180,000 words eachI'm on holiday for the week from driving my buses around Oxford, and those Free Planet vs War World dual-trilogy part-3 novels I was struggling to gain any narrative traction in since 2014 dawned..."Kumiko" (war world #3) and"Reaper" (free planet #3)...they're finished. I say 'finished'. I've been rehashing Reaper from the mess that it was for the last three days solid (moved every single paragraph up and/or down the length of the book, reassigning whole pages of spiel or soliloquy across the alternate chapters etc. ditching a load of crap notes and…
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    Tiny Godzilla

  • Blue lights outta sight

    24 Mar 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Here's recent progress on my rural gothic monster story about small-town secrets, old family lies, accidental legend-tripping, and a missing newlywed in the Okefenokee swamp - where you can drive SR 177 from west to east and cross six bridges...or take it from east to west, and you might hit seven. (But you’d better hope not.)Project: The Seventh Bridge Deadline: January 15, 2016New words written: 1963Present total word count: 8806Things Accomplished in Fiction: Finally sucked it up and called the cops; got some run-around; gave some run-around; got a ride back to town, because the car's…
  • Now these points of data make a beautiful line

    23 Mar 2015 | 4:10 pm
    I'm still alive - and I survived the Meacham workshop/conference/whatever-it-is just fine. I met many groovy writers, some fabulous students, and a whole lot of other miscellaneous folks of outstanding character - and I got fed. A LOT. Because that's what happens at southern events.SPEAKING OF. This coming weekend, I'll be in Dahlonega, Georgia, for the literary festival. So will many other terrific people. If you're in the area, you really should check it out. At any rate. Spring has sprung and the yard is waking up. I'm trying to get a jump on it, even while I try to keep up with my…
  • And now we meet in an abandoned studio

    18 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Many thanks on all the congrats and kind words re: yesterday's announcement - you guys are the best! As established, I am chuffed beyond words, myself. (Note: This is a temporary condition.)So this year's schedule is filling up, and stuff is happening, and things are going on. There will be further news in the next few weeks - and likewise, there will be brief stretches of radio silence. For you see, deadlines aside, I have two literary conferences coming up, back-to-back. Here. Let me provide you with some details.FIRST UP: Starting tomorrow, I'll be tied up with the Meacham Writer's…
  • Look out for BRIMSTONE in 2017

    17 Mar 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Upon reflection, the title of this post sounds pretty apocalyptic - but you know what? I'm cool with that, because the announcement is APOCALYPTICALLY AWESOME ... in my perhaps-less-than-unbiased opinion. Are you ready? Here goes:You remember how a couple of months ago I was noodling with a project? This project was a subtropical (art)deco mystery about a friendly medium in a historic spiritualist community teaming up with a shell-shocked haberdasher who’s receiving love notes from hell ... as inspired by a real place and a real set of bizarre (otherworldly?) incidents. Its working title…
  • As sure as night is dark and day is light

    13 Mar 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Here's recent progress on my rural gothic monster story about small-town secrets, old family lies, accidental legend-tripping, and a missing newlywed in the Okefenokee swamp - where you can drive SR 177 from west to east and cross six bridges...or take it from east to west, and you might hit seven. (But you’d better hope not.)Project: The Seventh Bridge Deadline: January 15, 2016New words written: 1296Present total word count: 6843Things Accomplished in Fiction: Talked to self a lot; debated calling the cops; tried to stay cool; went driving around looking for missing wife and/or missing…
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    Running Air

  • ICFA is Fun

    22 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    I could probably stop the post right there, with perfect justification.  But instead:I have seen the hotel's local crocodile (there's a pond out behind the pool--one can fish there, swimming not permitted or advised) with at least one croc. Rumor has it there are more.I have had good conversations with a number of excellently smart and funny folk.I have talked business.I went to a reading by Kij Johnson, Andy Duncan, and Usman Malik--three entirely different stories, with entirely different feels, but united by a heady lushness of language. Yes, I enjoyed myself.I went to a panel…
  • Baleful Dog is Baleful

    18 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    Emily is curled up in the center of her bed (which is large and round). For a 60 pound dog to take up a space that would normally fit a good-sized Thanksgiving platter is, I still think, an achievement. She is dozing, eyes closed, but every now and then she looks up at me with an expression I can only classify as baleful. As in: how could you do this to me? Why are you doing that noisy thing with your fingers and the silver box? Why is my life so tragic? How could I improve her life? I suspect that playing footsie and tug of war for hours on end would be a good start. Lobbing bits of steak at…
  • Bounce!

    16 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    I'm going to ICFA on Thursday! I'm outsizedly excited.After ICFA, Becca is meeting me, and we're (don't laugh. Okay, go ahead and laugh, wotthehell) going to Harry Potter World, and then to Sarasota so I can see her school and buy her a bathing suit and a bicycle.After some thought, I'm going to bring the laptop with me in case I have some useful writing thoughts. But I will be even scarcer than usual. Because ICFA! And Becca!
  • I Feel Stupid

    12 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    There comes a point--usually somewhere between Chapter Five and Chapter Ten of any book I have written (except for my Daredevil book, because it was outlined to a faretheewell and beyond) where I am suddenly unsure where the hell the book is going, and how to get there. I liken my process (insofar as I have a process) to having a topographical map: I know the beginning is here (points to one point on the map) and the end is there (points to another point on the map, with all sorts of interesting terrain in between). I don't know the roads I will take. So I start out jauntily, and…
  • How Does the Busy Busy Me...

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:42 am
    So this month, in addition to FOGCon, I'm going to ICFA for the first time (and taking advantage of being in Florida to visit Becca).  I'm not on panels at ICFA (first year, testing the waters), but if you happen to be in the Walnut Creek area next weekend, here's where I'll be:Saturday, 1:30-2:45  Traveling Peoples: Myth, Fiction, and RealityIt's hard to discuss the theme of "The Traveler" without bringing to mind tales of wandering people with colorful clothes, painted caravans, and maybe a bit of fortunetelling magic. However, these stories obscure…
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    Rudy's Blog

  • My Journals Project.

    18 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    So I’m about to launch a new book, my Journals 1990-2014 written over the last twenty-five years. The finished volume is as long as three or four novels combined. A long-running adventure. Kind of tour of my life. Me in 2004 leading students in Geneseo, NY, on a “reality tour” including the house where my novel White Light is set. Editing the Journals was a pleasant, nostalgic exercise—and it’s given me a clearer idea about what kind of person I am. The image above shows an early marked-up draft proof, which has a different cover from the final version. The final cover is more like…
  • Skiing in Wyoming. New Hip.

    8 Mar 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Sylvia and I were in Pinedale, Wyoming, for four nights, visiting our daughter Isabel. You fly into Jackson Hole, and wham, you’re in the Tetons. Isabel has a jewelry store in Pinedale. I love looking at all the stuff in her shop. Nothing more fascinating than the studio of a working artist. For me the high point of the trip was when I went cross-country skiing on virgin snow on a high mountain ridge above Fremont Lake with Isabel and her husband Gus. Such a feel of being on another planet. On the trip I was reading Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312 all the while. Alternating between feeling…
  • 3 New Paintings for MILLION MILE ROAD TRIP

    24 Feb 2015 | 4:35 pm
    I’m moving along on my next novel, Million Mile Roadtrip. I’m maybe 20% done, which feels like it’s enough so that I can act like I’m actually going to write the whole book. I already posted about the book on January, 11, 2015, talking about how I was thinking of this as a YA book, as my characters are 13, 17, and 18. I’ve done three new paintings for the novel recently. “Deep Space Saucers” oil on canvas, January, 2015, 24” x 20”. Click for a larger version of the painting. This is, in a way, an abstract painting. An exercise in composition and hue. I was thinking of the…
  • Lee Poague’s List: 20 Classic Films to View

    12 Feb 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Today’s long post is a guest shot from my old friend Lee Poague. Lee is a consummate movie buff, author of numerous books on Frank Capra, Alfred Hitchcock, Susan Sontag and others…you can see a list here. Lee Poague on Four Mile Beach north of Santa Cruz, June, 2014. Lee was a professor for many years at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, teaching courses on film. A few months ago, I asked him for a list of films he might recommend. And here we have his thorough, fascinating, and useful response, written on February 9, 2015, and entitled: “Film Talk and Friendship.” I’ve taken…
  • The Complete Zap Comix

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:07 am
    Sylvia and I went to the book launch party for the Complete Zap Comix boxed set at City Lights this week. There were 17 issues of Zap, running from #0 through the new #16 included with the set. [Graffiti at Sloat Street beach in San Francisco.] Of the eight Zap artists, Paul Mavrides, Robert Williams, and Victor Moscoso were there. Spain Rodriguez and Rick Griffin are dead. S. Clay Wilson has brain damage from a fall. Gilbert Shelton and R. Crumb remained in France. There’s a famous story about Crumb declining to participate in the traditional group “jam session” comic for Zap #14, and…
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    Kristine Kathryn Rusch

  • Business Musings: Controlling The Creatives

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:23 pm
    Right now, a visible group of people in the field of science fiction are engaged in a protracted battle about the genre’s future. Both sides are practicing a nasty, destructive campaign against the other, and not worrying about the collateral damage they’re causing on the sidelines. Those of us who’ve been in the field a long time have pretty much abstained from the arguments. Not because we lack opinions. We have opinions and have discussed them with each other privately, but we remain quiet because we’ve seen such protracted battles before. When I came into the field in the 1980s, I…
  • Free Fiction Monday: The Monster in Our Midst

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    When a disturbing postcard arrives at his Atlanta office, Emerson knows he must report it to the NAACP. The postcard, sent by the mysterious Lureen from Abbotts Creek, Arkansas, depicts yet another lynching. Emerson agrees to travel to Abbotts Creek to investigate, but he knows doing so poses great risk. Emerson only passes as white, and this Lureen knows his face. Emerson knows one day his luck will run out. And when he arrives in Abbotts Creek, he soon discovers that day might have come at last. “The Monster in Our Midst” by Edgar Award-nominee Kris Nelscott is free on this website…
  • I Wasted Time…

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    …And Now Doth Time Waste Me. Or so writes Shakespeare in Richard II. I know, I know, I should be thinking of time wasted here, but all I come up with are puns. Wasted time—drunk, man. It’s wasted. Time wasted me—it took me out. But not before I got to it first. Yeah, I’m punchy. Time travel does that to me. If time travel is done wrong—and by that, I mean illogically, filled with paradoxes—it makes my brain hurt. If time travel is done right—skating past the paradoxes—it entertains me and makes my brain hurt (but in a good way). I love time travel. I think I…
  • Business Musings: Beginner’s Luck

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:51 pm
    One of the most astonishing moments I had as the editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction occurred at the Hugo award ceremony. A writer won a Hugo with a short story I had rejected. He got in my face—literally inches away from me—and said, “I bet you’re sorry you rejected me, aren’t you?” Then he bounced away from me before I had a chance to answer him. How would I have answered him? I would have said, “Congratulations on your win,” and I would have meant it. But had he obnoxiously pressed the point, I would have added, “I still don’t like your story.”…
  • Free Fiction Monday: Crossing The River Styx

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Edith never wanted to visit the caves. But Frank insisted. Now, Frank lay in a pool of blood in those caves, and Edith wants to know why. When Albert sees Edith emerge from the caves covered in blood, he has no idea what to think. He barely recognizes the wealthy newlywed who arrived just days before in the brand-new 1926 Chevrolet Phaeton he so admired. Together, they must find the truth behind Frank’s murder and the secrets hidden deep within the Oregon Caves—or risk becoming victims themselves. “Crossing The River Styx” by Edgar-Award nominee Kristine Kathryn Rusch is…
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  • Newsletter coming next week + Updates

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:34 pm
    I usually send out three or four newsletters each year; you can see past ones here. In the last couple of newsletters I included just for newsletter subscribers an exclusive preview of a future book, and that trend will continue with the next newsletter that I'm sending out next week. If you're not on the list, now is a good time to sign up. If you fill in the "Metro Areas" field in the signup form, I will also send you an email when I'm appearing at an event in or close to those areas.In this week's new Writing Excuses episode, Story Structure Q & A, Wesley Chu visits with us again for a Q &…
  • New Writing Excuses + Updates

    16 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    If you missed it, my novella Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell is available as an independent ebook. I talk more about that here.In this week's new Writing Excuses episode, Project In Depth: "Parallel Perspectives", we discuss the 13-page graphic story ("comic book") found at the end of Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel and focus on its story structure.Last week, in's continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Alice Arneson got to hang out with Kaladin and Shallan as the next highstorm approached. This week, in Chapter 32, Carl Engle-Laird talks about something almost…
  • Brandon Mull Launch Party for Crystal Keepers Tonight

    13 Mar 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Just a quick note to say that tonight in the Salt Lake City area I'll be at the launch party for my good friend Brandon Mull's book Five Kingdoms: Crystal Keepers. Come join Brandon Mull and me along with: Richard Paul Evans (Michael Vey series), Chad Morris (The Cragbridge Hall series), Christopher Paolini (The Inheritance Cycle), and several others.These launch parties that the other Brandon does are unlike any signing you've been to—hundreds of people, with hilarious comedy sketches and possibly even singing. People often say "I thought you said you were singing!" when I talk about a…
  • Goodbye, Sir Terry

    12 Mar 2015 | 12:23 pm
    I woke to the news that Sir Terry Pratchett has passed away. I knew this was coming, but—as with the passing of Robert Jordan almost eight years back—it still hit me like a slap to the face.Many of you know of my fondness for Pratchett’s works. If you aren’t aware, here’s a piece that I wrote about him a while back. When I wrote it, I worried I strayed into hyperbole. Looking at it again, I now wonder if I didn’t say enough. Too many readers I’ve met, particularly in the States, have never given Pratchett a try.The genre, and the world, just lost something wonderful in that man.
  • Hugo nomination deadline, Shadows for Silence ebook release + Updates

    9 Mar 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Don't forget, the deadline to nominate anything for the Hugo Awards (if you're a member of the 2014, 2015, or 2016 Worldcons) is tomorrow! For more details see my award eligibility post here.My Cosmere novella Shadows for Silence in the Forest of Hell is now out as an independent ebook! If you didn't already read it in the Dangerous Women anthology, check it out! Here's the blurb:When the familiar and seemingly safe turns lethal, therein danger lies. Amid a forest where the shades of the dead linger all around, every homesteader knows to follow the Simple Rules: "Don't kindle flame, don't…
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    Inhuman Swill

  • Progress Report: THE ACCIDENTAL TERRORIST is on track for this fall!

    12 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    When I announced last October that I would be self-publishing my memoir this year, I optimistically thought I could have it out by the spring. Spring is now right around the corner, and I think I can say with some confidence that ... er, The Accidental Terrorist will be available no sooner than this fall.But that's the only bad news I have to report! I've been very busy these past five months, and I'd like to tell you a little about it. As many drafts of this memoir as I've done, I've never quite been happy with it, so my first order of business was hiring an editor. Fortunately for me, I…
  • The women who want to drag you down

    12 Feb 2015 | 9:47 am
    A previous outtake from my memoir The Accidental Terrorist ended with these lines:Women wield a strange power over the male missionary—even women who don't exist. Perhaps especially women who don't exist.There's another scene in the book that addressed what I was alluding to there—at least, I thought there was. When I went looking for that scene, I couldn't find it. I had to dig way back to the second draft of the book to locate it, and now I'm not sure what possessed me to take it out. Believe me, it's going back into the latest draft.Names, of course, have been changed.One…
  • Send your missionary a margarita!

    5 Feb 2015 | 9:28 am
    In a message exchange a few months ago, a friend and former colleague from my missionary days reminded me of a funny story from 1988 involving the elder who was then my companion.I didn't immediately recall the incident, but then when I was rooting around the other day in a very old draft of my memoir The Accidental Terrorist, I found that I'd remembered it well enough a dozen years ago or more to include it.Here's that deleted excerpt. My friend who reminded me of the incident is the "Sister Evans" who appears below, by the way, and the Word of Wisdom is the strict Mormon commandment against…
  • When a sentence doesn't end with a period

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:22 am
    A reader writes to ask:I know it's still acceptable to space twice after periods. However, if there's a close quote after a period is there actually only one space remaining after the quotation mark before first letter of the next sentence? Also, are there two spaces before the beginning of the quote, after the period closing the previous sentence?In both the situations you describe, use two spaces. Keep in mind that your two spaces go after the sentence's final punctuation, whether that's a period, a quotation mark, a question mark, or an exclamation point.Crossposted from Proper Manuscript…
  • How to format a poetry collection

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    A reader writes to ask:I am currently trying to put together a manuscript of all of my late mother's poetry that she wrote from about 1970 to 2013, when she passed away. I made her a promise that when she died, I would put this manuscript together and submit it to publishers.When formatting the pages of each poem, I noticed your formatting instructions say to include the author's name and contact info at the top left of each page but since my mother is passed and I am the contact person, how would I format my information? The instructions you reference are for submitting a packet of three to…
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    Douglas Smith's blog

  • 2015 Aurora Awards: Nominations are open!

    Douglas Smith
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:58 pm
    The nomination period is now open for the 2015 Aurora Awards, recognizing the best of Canadian SF and Fantasy. This year, my writer's guide, Playing the Short Game: How to Market & Sell Short Fiction, is eligible to be nominated. Your support would be truly appreciated. Any Canadian citizen or permanent resident may nominate for the Auroras. If you're interested in nominating but haven't read the book, I'd be happy to send you a PDF copy for your review. Just email me. You can also check out all of the eligible works at the Aurora Award site. "We short story writers have needed a book…
  • More on George Monbiat's study of wolves in Yellowstone

    Douglas Smith
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    I blogged earlier about a fascinating TED talk that George Monbiat gave concerning his studies into the amazing and widespread effects that occurred from the reintroduction of a very small number of wolves to Yellowstone National Park in the US.  I have a particular personal interest in efforts around the world to try to reverse the negative impact of humankind on animal habitats. This issue was one of the themes in my novel The Wolf at the End of the World, and this study was both encouraging and counter-intuitive in many ways. Who would have guessed that bringing back wolves could impact…
  • Story review: Scream Angel

    Douglas Smith
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:31 am
    I blogged earlier here about a new reader and reviewer, Ken McKinley, discovering my work for the first time by coming across my story "Out of the Light" when it was reprinted in an anthology. He enjoyed that story enough for him to go looking for some more. Here's an extract of his review of my SF novelette, "Scream Angel":  My introduction to Douglas Smith has been a very rewarding one. I stumbled upon his work in a compilation called Best New Werewolf Tales. The story was Out of the Light and it was excellent. This caused me to dig deeper. Who was this mysterious author that I hadn’t…
  • Story review: Out of the Light

    Douglas Smith
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
    I don't think it gets any better for a writer than to have a reader discover your work for the first time (assuming they like it <grin>). Ken McKinley writes the review blog Into the Macabre and recently discovered my urban fantasy shapeshifter story "Out of the Light" when it was reprinted in Best New Werewolf Tales (Vol.1). He enjoyed the story enough to write a review. Here are the highlights: It’s Friday the 13th and I discovered a new author today through his fantastic short story, "Out of the Light." ... Such a wonderful and fresh take on the whole werewolf/shapeshifter legend.
  • Convention appearance: Ad Astra 2015 (Toronto)

    Douglas Smith
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:56 am
    I'll be attending Ad Astra in Toronto again this year from April 10-12 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel at 600 HWY-7 E in Richmond Hill (Hwy 7 and Hwy 404). Ad Astra is a long running and excellent con that traditionally has had a strong literary focus.  Here is my schedule of panel appearances and readings, all conveniently scheduled back-to-back-to-back (sigh) on Saturday night: When the Gods Run Amok: Ancient, New and Urban Mythology Date: Saturday, April 11 Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Room: Markham B Panellists: Chadwick Ginther, Kelley Armstrong, Marie Bilodeau Urban fantasy…
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    Rules for Anchorites

  • Hey California! Come see Cat at Rakestraw Books TONIGHT!

    Living for the Revel
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    FOGcon’s come and gone, but Cat’s still in the California area and will be doing a reading in Danville tonight! Drop by Rakestraw Books at 7 PM to meet Cat and hear her read from The Boy Who Lost Fairyland. To find Rakestraw Books, or contact them about the event, check out the contact information below: 3 Railroad Avenue Danville, CA 94526 925-837-7337 If you get any pictures at the event, share them on social media with the #Fairyland tag! Mirrored from Also appearing on @LJ and @DW. Read anywhere, comment anywhere.
  • Where to Find Cat at FOGcon

    Living for the Revel
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:20 pm
    Going to FOGcon this weekend? CMV will be there as one of their Honored Guests! Read on to find out where you can find Cat at the con. Local to Walnut Creek, CA? If you missed the pre-registration window for FOGcon, or missed that Cat’s going to be there, you can still show up and grab day or weekend passes! Check out FOGcon’s Registration page for the details. And this is where you’ll find CMV: Friday, 4:30-5:45 PM: Stories within Stories within Stories within Stories… Location: Salon A/B Panelists: Elwin Cotman, Phyllis Holliday, Andrés Santiago Pérez-Bergquist,…
  • The Boy Who Lost Fairyland

    Living for the Revel
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    The fourth book in the Fairyland series, The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, is out today! Yes, that is a boy and Chicago and a knitted wombat on the cover. Do not fear! This is still a series about September and her adventures in Fairyland, and you will absolutely find out what happened after the admittedly cliffhangery end of the third book. Fairyland has become such an awfully big world that I thought it time to show a glimpse of the bigger picture. This is the Changeling book--a book about the other children who go back and forth from Fairyland--the ones who are required to wear identifying…
  • The Boy Who Lost Fairyland

    Living for the Revel
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    The fourth book in the Fairyland series, The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, is out today! Yes, that is a boy and Chicago and a knitted wombat on the cover. Do not fear! This is still a series about September and her adventures in Fairyland, and you will absolutely find out what happened after the admittedly cliffhangery end of the third book. Fairyland has become such an awfully big world that I thought it time to show a glimpse of the bigger picture. This is the Changeling book–a book about the other children who go back and forth from Fairyland–the ones who are required to wear…
  • Looks Like We’ve Had Some Cowboys In Here

    Living for the Revel
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:38 am
    Wow! Look at this place! All spruced up and clean and gorgeous, thanks to Hafsah at Icey Designs. Hopefully everything will be much easier to navigate around here, so that I can tell you about things, and then you can tell me about things, and it’ll be one big Telling Party with everyone invited. Yes, that means I’ll be blogging more. I’m going to focus on this site as the core conversation-having place, as the heat-death of Livejournal (which breaks my heart just about all the time) has diaspora-ed everyone from that once-hallowed hall full of kids smoking and telling dirty…
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  • Jeff VanderMeer Southern Reach Events: April through June

    Jeff VanderMeer
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    Starting in April, I’ll be doing a series of interesting events in the U.S.. In the second half of the year, I’ll be teaching at Shared Worlds and may be going over to Europe for some literary festivals. In addition, Ann VanderMeer and I will be teaching at the University of British Columbia for a couple of weeks in late October. I’ll have more information on all of that shortly. In the meantime, here are the details for April through June… April 9, Thurs, 7pm, Buffalo, NY: University of Buffalo Exhibit X Reading Series, at 468 Washington St (WNYBAC), Off Campus. More…
  • Vintage Science Fiction Readings #7–Alice B. Sheldon

    Jeff VanderMeer
    14 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Ann and I are now in the process of reading for The Big Book of Science Fiction for Vintage, which will appear in 2016. This huge anthology of well over 500,000 words will collect the best and most unusual SF stories from approximately 1900 to 2000. This requires a lot of reading and research. Every so often I will report back in an ad hoc way about current reading related to the anthology. I don’t claim these are systematic reports. 1972: Author note entitled “Man of All the World” from Best Science Fiction for 1972, edited by Frederik Pohl (for Tiptree’s story “Mother in the Sky…
  • Vintage Science Fiction Readings #6–“But That’s Not Science Fiction”

    Jeff VanderMeer
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:10 am
    Ann and I are now in the process of reading for The Big Book of Science Fiction for Vintage, which will appear in 2016. This huge anthology of well over 500,000 words will collect the best and most unusual SF stories from approximately 1900 to 2000. This requires a lot of reading and research. Every so often I will report back in an ad hoc way about current reading related to the anthology. I don’t claim these are systematic reports. The following excerpt is from Judith Merril’s introduction to George P. Elliott’s “Among the Dangs,” published in the Merril-edited The Year’s Best…
  • Leena Krohn Omnibus: Call for Nonfiction

    Jeff VanderMeer
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Cheeky Frawg Books is publishing a hardcover Leena Krohn Omnibus consisting of several of her short novels and some short stories.  The publication date is December of this year. We would also like to publish some nonfiction essays, articles, or appreciations of Krohn’s work in the omnibus. We have no particular length restrictions and reprints are, of course, fine. Academic pieces are fine as are those intended for a more general audience. We have some limited ability to translate into English from various languages and to take some original pieces as well. Our deadline for…
  • Vintage Science Fiction Readings #5–1971-1975, Presented Without Comment

    Jeff VanderMeer
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Ann and I are now in the process of reading for The Big Book of Science Fiction for Vintage, which will appear in 2016. This huge anthology of well over 500,000 words will collect the best and most unusual SF stories from approximately 1900 to 2000. This requires a lot of reading and research. Every so often I will report back in an ad hoc way about current reading related to the anthology. I don’t claim these are systematic reports. “The dead astronaut: The phrase is filled with anxiety, the words themselves evoking the tension and anguish, the words themselves evoking the tension…
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    Paperback Writer

  • Just Write

    Lynn Viehl
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 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
  • Collab Free

    Lynn Viehl
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    MoonEdit freeware enables "Cooperative multi-user text editing over the internet: Every co-author can edit the shared document at any time, from any place, and at the same time! There's no need to send files via FTP or to compare documents when multiple users need to make changes to it independently. Multiple text cursors visible on the screen: Every user has their own color. Every cursor movement and text changes are simultaneously visible on the screen by all users. Remote text editing without latency: "ME" uses local prediction code - the same technology used in modern video games! You can…
  • Sub Op

    Lynn Viehl
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Cohesion Press has an open call for their upcoming military-themed paranormal antho: "For this anthology, we want hunters of the supernatural. Sam and Dean… Grimm… Van Helsing… with soldiers, hunting along the edges of reality, watching their backs while others watch them from the shadows. Take us along for the ride while your soldiers or hunters take the fight to their enemies. Both hunter or hunted may die, but above all, show us the hunt. We still want ORIGINAL military-style combat from any period, don’t get me wrong, but we also want fear… we want suspense and tension… we…
  • CPSpring

    Lynn Viehl
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    The March/April 2015 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors was so chock full of excellent new ideas for journaling and book making that I've already picked three to try out:Modern cartes de visite by Gabriela Domville Dondisch: Back in the nineteenth century, people would mount small photos of themselves on cards and use them to share with friends and family or even use them as the next generation of calling cards. Gabriela's short article covers how to simply make some modern versions, which would be a very cool promo item for authors to hand out with their backlist, contact info, appearance…
  • Time Tracker

    Lynn Viehl
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    The free standard version of ManicTime "automatically collects data on your computer usage. It records active and away time, as well as which applications you used and for how long you used them. The data ManicTime collects is stored in a local database on your computer. Once data is collected you can use our simple click and drag feature to accurately tag how you spent your time. Time tagging allows you to see how you spent your time based on your own time tags and gives you accurate information on how efficient you really are. Because there is so much data available about your computer…
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    Bluejo's Journal

  • Thud

    Jo Walton
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Words: 3155Total words: 33314Files: 4Music: No music, on trainTea: JasmineReason for stopping: train got to BostonFixed chapter 12 and wrote chapter 13. This was yesterday, the most productive day I've had for ages, on the train between Chicago and Boston. I started this book on a train. Maybe that's the problem with writing it, and it just wants to be written on trains? No, not really. But anyway. Words.People sometimes ask me if I've been writing and not posting thuds, always with the tone of voice that assumes that of course this must be the case. I think they are raised on the doctrine…
  • Vericon Auction -- Godzilla Vs Shakespeare

    Jo Walton
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    So, I mentioned the Vericon Auction here before. This year's theme is Godzilla Vs Shakespeare.I wrote a sonnet to illustrate this:Godzilla Vs ShakespeareUp on the ramparts all await their timeEach heroine, the fools and knaves, each king,Ready to catch our hearts, the play's the thingA cockpit where they arm themselves with rhyme.The monster tries to hide, but shows through plain,Behind a frond ripped up with giant clawsWe see his scaly hide and gaping jawsAs Birnam tropics come to Dunsinane.All rally to defend now, each with each,Juliet with dagger, Richard on a horse,Dear Hamlet with his…
  • Reading and signing in Chicago on Monday

    Jo Walton
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:07 pm
    I will be reading and signing, and Ada will be singing, in 57th Street Bookstore, Hyde Park, Chicago, on Monday at 6pm. Come if you can!
  • Tigers

    Jo Walton
    8 Mar 2015 | 4:48 pm
    "I have a tiger. Do you have a tiger?" elisem, sig.I hear you have a tiger.I'm sorry, I have not.But all the same, I'd like to knowWhat sort of one you've got.I'd guess it's large and orangeWith hints of stripey blackBut maybe it's Siberian,White fur and great arched back.Perhaps you are like ElinorAnd loll on tiger fur?(I think that seems unlikelyThat's not your brand of err.)It could be just a ginger catWho thinks he's tiger braveBut how about your allergies?I hope they're not too grave.Or maybe it's like Hobbes and turnsFrom tiger-fur to toy?Whatever kind of tiger 'tisI'm glad it brings…
  • Books

    Jo Walton
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    The UK paperback of My Real Children is out today. I think the cover is a bit blah, it doesn't really say anything at all. I preferred the hardcover cover. Oh well. US paperback is due out in May.The auction for the ARC of The Philosopher Kings has reached $150 with one day to go -- amazing.
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    Martha Wells

  • 19 Mar 2015 | 7:52 am

    19 Mar 2015 | 7:52 am
    I posted this on FB and Twitter yesterday after it happened, but I'll post it here too:OK, something really weird happened when I went to the grocery store just now. A woman got into my car when I was getting out of it. I couldn't tell if she was having a break from reality, or if she had mistaken me for someone else. She was trying to talk to me about some guy that I wanted something from, some situation. She had gotten out of an SUV next to me and there was someone else in it. (I think. Couldn't see them because of tinted windows.) She got out (of my car) to talk to that person again.I told…
  • Monday Update

    16 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    Let's see. I was sick for about a week, which really didn't help much with all the things I needed to get done. I still don't feel great, off and on. The yard is still a swampy mess, but I did get started trying to re-do the edging on the flowerbed to try to keep the garage from flooding and water from undermining that corner of the house. * I've still been working on the book, doing a revision before I work on the ending. It's about 122,000 words now. It's still going to need another revision before anyone reads it, but it's much less jacked up now than it was before.* The Between Worlds:…
  • Terry Pratchett passed away

    12 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    Crying for Terry Pratchett. I never met him. Years ago on a usenet group somebody questioned my right to have cars in a fantasy novel and he swooped in out of nowhere and defended it, and he didn't even know who the fuck I was. When you're continually having your existence and validity as a writer questioned, things like that can mean a lot. And my mother had Alzheimer's and it's just such a fucking horrible disease.
  • Emilie and the Hollow World for cheap

    5 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    Apparently, Emilie and the Hollow World is $1.99 at Amazon Kindle US and Barnes and Noble Nook. I don't know how long it will last.If you want to sample the first chapter, it's on my web site here.Link: Writing Women Characters as Human Beings by Kate Elliott
  • Compilation Post

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:18 am
    Just to keep it in one place, here's a compilation post with the first two batches of suggested authors, plus a new batch.This is for: I Challenge You to Stop Reading White, Straight, Cis Male Authors for One Year by K.T. Bradford, about trying to diversify your reading and find new authors. These are mostly SF/F, but also horror, and a few YA and MG SF/FDavid Anthony Durham, Prudence Shen, Violette Malan, Nnedi Okorafor, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Nicky Drayden, Karen Lord, Judith Tarr, Craig Laurance Gidney, Sharon Shinn, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Wesley Chu, Ramez Naam, Catherine Lundoff, Joyce Chng…
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    Reality Skimming

  • 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…
  • Interview with Sandra Wickham

    David Lott
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Sandra Wickham lives in Vancouver, Canada with her husband and two cats. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja-in-training. Sandra’s short stories have appeared in Evolve, Vampires of the New Undead, Evolve, 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 Nerds, blogs for Luna Station Quarterly and slush reads for Lightspeed Magazine. Sandra competed in fitness competitions for ten years, including four years in the IFBB Pro…
  • Interview with Graham Darling

    David Lott
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Graham writes diamond-hard Science Fiction, mythopoeic Fantasy and unearthly Horror. He is a past professor of chemistry, and current consulting industrial research chemist. As "Doctor Carus", he is also an award-winning historical re-enactor and columnist with the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), with a special interest in alchemy and other medieval science & technology. As a longtime SF lit, film & gaming fan, he has served as panelist and moderator on various topics at conventions. His first professional story appeared in the anthology "Sword & Mythos" in May 2014. A…
  • Interview with Ira Nayman

    David Lott
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Besides holding a PhD in Communication, Ira is the creator of Les Pages aux Folles, a Web site of political and social satire. He has self-published five collections of Alternate Reality News Service stories from the Web site in print, and he produced the pilot for a radio series based on stories from the first two ARNS books; “The Weight of Information, Episode One” can be heard on YouTube. Ira has also written a series of stories that take place in a universe where matter at all levels of organization has become conscious. They feature Antonio Van der Whall, object psychologist. To…
  • Diff the Dragon – Part Sixtyone

    David Lott
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Diff the Dragon by Angela Lott, illustrations by Richard Bartrop. An Okal Rel Universe Legacy Novella featuring the young Alivda Angela Lott is the middle child of Lynda’s three daughters. She did two years of Business schooling at the College of New Caledonia and is now working as an optometric assistant. In her spare time she enjoys writing, video blogging, reading and watching very nerdy TV shows. << Start at Beginning >> Part 61 “Hey,” Alivda said. “What brings you here?” “We need to talk,” Amel said. “Oh, not you too!” Alivda groaned. “Grandma set you up…
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    All quiet in France

  • Reminder: North London Lit fest

    23 Mar 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Just a reminder I’ll be a guest at North London Lit Fest tonight, 17:30-19:30–where I’ll be taking part in a panel with Stephanie Saulter and Farah Mendlesohn. More info here; it takes place at Middlesex University, Hendon Campus. Cross-posted from Aliette de Bodard Leave a comment at original post, or comment here.
  • Cover reveal: House of Shattered Wings (US edition)

    18 Mar 2015 | 3:05 am
    So… September is just around the corner, and I’m quite happy to reveal the US cover for House of Shattered Wings, aka “OMG OMG so pretty” (also, creepy. Yes, this is a dark fantasy book, why do you ask? :p). The art is by Nekro, who also did this lovely piece I pinned on Pinterest a while back. A book about a devastated Paris, fallen angels and the ruins of a once great House? Sounds about right! (more seriously, I really like this. It’s got oodles of atmosphere, it says creepy in all the right places, and the burning feathers are just a lovely touch from the…
  • RIP Terry Pratchett

    12 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    Terry Pratchett has died, and I feel like there’s a big hole in the world. I didn’t know him personally, but I knew his books–I taught myself English (and puns on British life) with the Discworld (one of the very first books I bought when we moved to the UK was Hogfather, still a perennial favourite), and came to the fantasy and science fiction bookshelves of Waterstone’s because that was where you could find his books. His books followed me from teenager reader to adult writer of SF, and I always enjoyed reading the latest one (and I did the embarrassed fangirl thing…
  • Quick thoughts on gender roles and gender flip

    11 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
    (collated and expanded from twitter because I feel this should be saved somewhere) Having a think on stories that question gender roles. There’s two tactics: one is to define different ones: frequently inverting the existing ones, i.e. women fight! men take care of babies! The other is to have societies where gender divisions are much less sharp, or non existent (or where gender itself is fluid). They both have their attendant issues: inverting roles, I feel, just reinforces the notion that the gender divide exists. Though you can push this to absurd limits; or hope that flip makes…
  • Sale: “Lullaby for a Lost World” to

    6 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Er. So I’ve sold the story I wrote last week to Carl Engle-Laird at Wow. I’m over the moon. I love what is doing (and I love love their art, which is always striking), and I’m really glad I shall be appearing with all the cool kids. This is a bit of a change from my usual stuff: it’s, er, dark post-apocalyptic fantasy [1]. With a twist. Many thanks to Elizabeth Bear, Scott Lynch, D Franklin, Gareth M Skarka and Mur Lafferty for the seed of this; and to Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, D Franklin and Rachel A Marks for the read! They bury you at the bottom of the…
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    Mostly English

  • Eating Authors: Tee Morris

    23 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> Every year it seems there’s a point where you look up and suddenly realize that the year seems to be whizzing by. For me and for this year, it’s just happened. How can it possibly be late March already? How is it we have crossed that rotational marker of the vernal equinox? But no, I’m not going to wax on about temporal relativity (though I suspect doing so might slow things down considerably). Instead let’s move on and talk about this week’s EATING AUTHORS guest, Tee Morris.
  • Eating Authors: Simon R. Green

    9 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> For the past couple of Mondays, we’ve featured some debut novelists. This week we visit the other end of the spectrum and cross the pond to meet up with the U.K.’s indefatigable Simon R. Green. Here at EATING AUTHORS we have a special rock, and if you aren’t familiar with Simon’s work it’s because you’ve been hiding under that rock; which means you owe us back rent, but we’ll call it even if you instead go out and read some of his stuff. The really curious thing about…
  • Novella Nebula Nomination Hat Trick

    20 Feb 2015 | 9:06 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> I’ve been sitting on this news since Monday and now I can finally share it. I am deliriously happy to announce that for the third consecutive year a story featuring the Amazing Conroy — my stage hypnotist in space — has landed on the Nebula ballot for Best Novella! My thanks go out to Barbara Hill for giving it a home, and to everyone who took the time to read it and found it worthy of your attention. Congratulations to the awesome authors sharing this category with me, and who make me look good by…
  • Eating Authors: Peter Darbyshire

    16 Feb 2015 | 4:33 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> If you’re reading this around the time it posts on Monday morning, then in theory I am back home and liking sleeping in after what I anticipate (given that I am writing this a few days in advance) will be an insanely glorious weekend spent at Boskone 52. But this is only a theory because I’m flying to and from Boston and if you’ve been keeping an eye on their weather of late, you already know that they’ve been experimenting with snow and for all I know I won’t be able to fly back…
  • B.W.O.P. Update – Catalan, Finnish, Polish, and (Mexican) Spanish now available as free mobi &

    12 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there. As you know, Bob, the Buffalito World Outreach Project (BWOP) is my attempt to use science fiction to reach the entire planet, spreading the first tale of the Amazing Conroy and his buffalo dog, Reggie, to speakers of as many languages as I can. Toward that end, it gives me great pleasure to announce that shiny, new and improved, and free downloads are now available in both ePub and mobi formats for the following languages: Catalan, Finnish, Polish, and (Mexican) Spanish. </p> Gossos bufal : (mobi) | (ePub)…
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  • Princess Alethea Rants "The Colony of Cats"

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    Like cats? Then you'll LOVE this fairy tale.2 more episodes until the Fairy Tale Rants Season Finale!ktempest
  • Princess Alethea Rants "The Language of Beasts"

    16 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    New Fairy Tale Rant!Episode 52: In Which Alethea Eats Ice Cream for Dinner.Only a few more rants left in this "season"--I'm going to post through Bonnie Wagner​'s Fairy Tale Fortnight, and then Fairy Tale Rants will be going on hiatus for the summer while I get some writing done! <3ktempest
  • Princess Alethea Rants "Little Red Riding Hood"

    9 Mar 2015 | 11:52 am
    In Which K. Tempest Bradford takes the lead on today's rant of "Little Red Riding Hood" (Includes singing!)SUPPORT FAIRY TALE RANTS ON PATREON!
  • YouTube Owes Me $68

    2 Dec 2014 | 8:16 am
    I uploaded my first video onto YouTube on April 17, 2008.I had buried my ten-year-old nephew Caleb in the sand and I recorded his amusing diatribe as he tried to escape. It's had a little over 400 views, life to date.Less than a year later, I recorded my friend Mary's adorable father demonstrating how to play the musical saw. He was still dressed in his tuxedo, having just returned from a night at the symphony with his wife. That video has over 30,000 views.Thanks to the success of "How to Play the Musical Saw," YouTube invited me to be a partner in their AdSense program,…
  • Enter to Win DEAREST

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    My publisher is giving away 25 copies of DEAREST before it's released...but the drawing only runs through October 29th so NOW'S YOUR CHANCE!Quick! Before it's too late!
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    The Urtaru Chronicles

  • A book review

    Armen Chakmakjian
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:52 pm
    So I found a recent review of my book Urtaru.  I was quite pleased that it was mostly positive.  I did chuckle with part of it: “…Good character development which made up for the strange combination of what seemed like advanced technology but then resulting in sword fights…” Ok ok…I’ll see what I can do […]
  • One day on the T…

    Armen Chakmakjian
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:17 am
    So I was reading an update from a new friend on Facebook about something that they witnessed on the London tube, and it reminded me of something that happened to me many years ago. I was working at Teradyne in Boston, and at this point I would weave my way back out of town by […]
  • How to get a headache when something isn’t turnkey…

    Armen Chakmakjian
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    Received a new router from Verizon today so I plugged it in per the instructions and no dice. The Internet connection light was orange. Poked around on the Internet to figure out what I had to do. Need to do a DHCP release. That meant logging into the old router. New router has the admin […]
  • my blog: 2014 in review

    Armen Chakmakjian
    1 Jan 2015 | 1:16 pm
    The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 37 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the […]
  • 2014 -> 2015

    Armen Chakmakjian
    1 Jan 2015 | 8:57 am
    Okay, so just enough of my morning coffee has gotten to me to want to get to writing a blog post. 2014 was a great year and I hope that things work out for the best this year. A year ago today I scared the heck out of myself because I weighed more than I […]
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  • Fitness Ade Rai Jakarta agar Tubuh Tetap Ideal

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:59 am
    Bodytec Kemang – Melakukan olahraga memang banyak macamnya. Anda bisa berolahraga dengan segala jenis olahraga yang begitu banyak. Salah satu olahraga yang banyak penggemarnya adalah fitness. Untuk yang tinggal di Jakarta, fitness menjadi pilihan yang tepat untuk berolahraga. Daerah...
  • Mengetahui Tempat Fitness Jakarta Utara Terbaik

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:07 am
    Bodytec Kemang – Jika anda sedang bingung mencari tempat fitness Jakarta Utara dengan kualitas dan fasilitas terbaik, artikel kali ini kita akan membahas mengenai tempat fitness yang direkomendasikan bagi anda yang ingin melakukan fitness. Memiliki bentuk tubuh yang ideal dan… Continue...
  • Bodytec Bintaro Tempat Zumba Fitness Jakarta Selatan

    22 Mar 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Siapa yang tak mengenal olahraga zumba? Pastinya anda semua sudah tak asing lagi dengan olahraga satu ini. Sebab kini zumba sedang populer di kalangan masyarakat. Sehingga banyak tempat zumba fitness Jakarta selatan yang berlomba-lomba untuk menjadi tempat terbaik yang menyediakan… Continue...
  • Bodytec Fardhan banyak di kunjungi para artis

    21 Mar 2015 | 11:13 pm
    mulai banyak artis dan para pesohor indonesia mencoba bodytec fitnes, dan mereka yang telah mencoba mendapat hasil yang memuaskan. mereka yang sibuk dan hampir tak pernah ada waktu untuk berolahraga mencoba bodytec fitnes. awalnya mereka ragu dan berbagai alasan pun… Continue Reading →
  • Bodytec Terbaik Di Jalan Bintaro Jakarta

    21 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
                        Untuk anda yang berada di kota Jakarta atau khususnya di daerah Bintaro sekarang sudah di bukanya tempat olahraga terbaik dan modern di daerah bintaro yaitu olahraga miha bodytec fitness jadi… Continue Reading →
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  • More Podcasty Goodness!

    David Mack
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    As promised, here is the second half of my recent interview with Michael and Ros, hosts of The Captain’s Table on In Part Two of their new interview with me (recorded on January 30, 2015), we cover a number of subjects, including my recent and upcoming book projects. (Listen to Part One here.) Topics […]
  • Talkin’ Trek on The Captain’s Table

    David Mack
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Because I’ve rarely met a podcast invitation I didn’t like, I spent a couple of hours back in January chatting about writing Star Trek and more with co-hosts Michael and Roz from The Captain’s Table on   We talked about some of my previous work, including the Star Trek Destiny and Star Trek: Cold […]
  • 24: ROGUE has an approved cover!

    David Mack
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Jack Bauer’s actions while living on the run between the end of Season 8 and Live Another Day might not have been officially sanctioned by the U.S. government, but the manuscript and cover for my all-new thriller 24: Rogue have been approved by the powers that be at Fox. To whit, feast your eyes upon […]
  • The measure of a life: Leonard Nimoy

    David Mack
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:04 pm
    In his final tweet, posted Monday, February 23, 2015, Leonard Nimoy wrote: A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP — Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015 This sentiment brought tears to my eyes as it reminded me of Neil Peart’s poignant lyrics to “The […]
  • APOLLO’S DAUGHTERS now on Kindle

    David Mack
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Around this time last year, I started posting about a Kickstarter-funded anthology of short fiction called Apollo’s Daughters. Like its companion volume, Athena’s Daughters, it is a collection of tales ranging from science fiction to fantasy, all featuring female main characters. The difference between the two anthologies is that the stories in Athena’s Daughters all […]
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    Grasping for the Wind

  • 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
  • Eugie Foster

    John Ottinger III
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:31 pm
    I was very saddened to read that Eugie Foster passed away on Saturday. For a time, she was my editor at The Fix, a short lived publication that focused on reviewing the short fiction market. She also contributed a fascinating article on creative procrastination and Kanji to this blog many years ago. Though we lived in the same town for some time, we never met in person, not even when I attended Dragon*Con in 2008. Nevertheless, as an editor, she helped me refine my review writing and I can credit my limited success to her tutelage. My sympathies are with her husband Matthew as he copes with…
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    SF Signal

  • GAME REVIEW: The Binding of Isaac

    David Steffen
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The Binding of Isaac is an intense randomized overhead shooter game published by Edmund McMillen and Florian Himsl in 2011.  Before I even get any further, let me just say that if you’re easily offended, especially by religious elements, then this might not be the game for you. The game starts with a cut-scene explaining the basic situation.  In short, Isaac’s mother spends all of her time watching religious TV and ignoring her son, until one day the TV tells her to kill him and she listens.  Isaac flees to the basement, which is apparently a video game dungeon.  You can see…
  • THE BEES by Laline Paull Depicts a Fascinating, Believable World

    John DeNardo
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    REVIEW SUMMARY: An engrossing story about realistic characters (who happen to be bees) set in a compelling society. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A lowly sanitation worker bee rises through the ranks. MY REVIEW: PROS: Fascinating worldbuilding; realistic character portrayals; a fast-moving story (mostly). CONS: Bee prophecies? That seems a little far-fetched. BOTTOM LINE: If the-little-bee-that-could story doesn’t do it for you, there are much more meatier themes to satisfy the more intellectual side of your brain. About a decade ago, I learned to respect the power of fiction, particularly…
  • The Three Hoarsemen (Episode 20) – Anthologies Old & New

    Jeff Patterson
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:30 pm
    As spring emerges, John E. O. Stevens, Fred Kiesche and Jeff Patterson shed their well-worn thermals and discuss the vast and treacherous landscape of anthologies. It is a subject that encompasses themed volumes, shared worlds, and literary approaches, from the experimental volumes of the 1970s, through the subject-specific collections of Ace and Daw, to the copious riches that have become available readers in the past decade. What makes an anthology work? Which ones hold special places? And have they stood the test of time? The discussion then turns, as always, to culture consumed. Run Time:…
  • At Kirkus: 6 Tips for Finding a Good Science Fiction Book

    John DeNardo
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Over at Kirkus Reviews this week, I offer up 6 Tips for Finding a Good Science Fiction Book. The post At Kirkus: 6 Tips for Finding a Good Science Fiction Book appeared first on SF Signal Copyright © SF Signal Related posts: Today at Kirkus: A Flood of Science Fiction The Amazing Adventures of E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith SF in the Pages of Doctor Who
  • Table of Contents: THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY Edited by Rich Horton

    Kristin Centorcelli
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:18 pm
    Prime Books has sent us the table of contents for the upcoming anthology The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Rich Horton: Here’s the book description: This seventh volume of the year’s best science fiction and fantasy features over thirty stories by some of the genre’s greatest authors, including Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Cory Doctorow, James Patrick Kelly, Yoon Ha Lee, Kelly Link, Ken Liu, Sandra MacDonald, K.J. Parker, Robert Reed, Peter Watts, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, F&SF, Lightspeed,…
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    The World in the Satin Bag

  • The Worldcon 2017 Site Selection Process: A Simple Step-by-Step Guide

    13 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Recently, one of my friends confided in me that she found the process for voting for the Worldcon site complicated to the point of being off-putting.  So I decided to make a simplified template to follow for this year's site selection process.  For a far more detailed version, I strongly suggest you read Crystal Huff's excellent post on the subject.I will update this page with when additional information (links, dates, etc.) becomes available.1) Buy a Membership to Sasquan 2015In order to vote for the 2017 Worldcon site, you must have a supporting or full membership to the…
  • Retro Nostalgia: Equilibrium (2002) and the Paradox of Emotion

    12 Mar 2015 | 7:54 am
    If you blinked back in 2002, you might have missed this lesser known Christian Bale vehicle featuring stylish gun kata and deliberate and sometimes excessive homages to George Orwell's 1984 (particularly the 1984 adaptation starring John Hurt).  Indeed, one could describe Kurt Wimmer's Equilibrium as Orwell on drugs.  Here, Orwellian propaganda is apparent in the frequent appearance of Father (Sean Pertwee) "teaching" the masses about the dangers of "feeling" and the need to relinquish that human quality for a stable society.  The gesture is reinforced from the start by a…
  • On the Raging Child of Science Fiction Neo-Snobbery

    12 Mar 2015 | 7:54 am
    On a foundational level, the most visible element of SF awards discussions concern subjective assertions about literary quality.  I have participated in some of these discussions over the years, podcasting about nominees I disliked for whatever reason and otherwise raging against what I perceived as the absence of taste within certain award-giving communities (mostly the Hugos).  The further away from those first instances I become, however, the more I realize how foolish these discussions really are.  Why rage against a difference in literary tastes?  I can no more tell…
  • My Complete 2015 Hugo Awards Nominations Ballot (Finished on 3/10/15)

    10 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    It's that time again.  Hugo Awards time.  Since the nomination period closes on March 10th, 2015, I figure it's time to start sharing my ballot with the world.Note:  this list is extremely incomplete and will be periodically updated as I find things to add to unfilled categories.  Categories are also subject to change.  If you have suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments (seriously; I'm very scatterbrained at the moment, so I'm missing all kinds of things).Here goes: Best Novel (Just Let Me Nominate 12 Novels...)City of Stairs by Robert Jackson…
  • Space Opera and Epic Fantasy: Two Trees Sharing a Root System (and Then Becoming Two Big Nasty Trees That Eat Other Trees, or Something)

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Last month, Paul Weimer suggested I write about the connections between epic fantasy and space opera.  Initially, I didn't know how to approach the topic.  Paul, you see, is far better read than myself, particularly in the literary history of science fiction and fantasy.  What could I say about the topic that Paul couldn't say better?  Well, I'm going to take a stab at it!There was also another problem:  which period of these two genres are we talking about?  If we're looking at the early years of space opera and epic fantasy, then the connection is apparent, but…
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  • German Wings A320 Plane Crashes In Southern France

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Germanwings A320 airplane crashed in southern France Tuesday, Europe1 radio network reported. The airliner was flying from Barcelona, Spain, to Germany's city of Dusseldorf when it disappeared from... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • NASA Mars Curiosity Confirms Water and Organic Matter on Mars

    23 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has found that surface soil on the Red Planet contains about 2 percent water by weight. That means astronaut could extract roughly 2 pints (1 liter) of water out of every... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • Pulsating Orb and Large Triangle UFO Spotted Over Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

    22 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    According to MUFON Case file #64048 eyewitness testimony, I was driving from my home in Kerrytown toward a pharmacy on S. Industrial Parkway on 18th March, 2015. While driving down S. State Street... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • I Can't Reveal Anything On Aliens and UFOs : Barack Obama

    20 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    Recently we reported' outgoing White House senior adviser John Podesta is sad that the government hasn't told us what it really knows about UFOs.  Now, President Obama appeared on Jimmy Kimmel... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • Flying Humanoid Sighted Over Puerto Maldonado, Peru

    20 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    According to Dr. Anthony Choy, investigative journalist and National Coordinator of the Peruvian Association of Ufology (APU).  This new video of "Flying Humanoid" sighting is part of a series... Click on Headline to read complete story...
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    Risingshadow - Science Fiction & Fantasy

  • An interview with Alexander Zelenyj

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    Risingshadow has had the honour of interviewing the Canadian speculative fiction author Alexander Zelenyj. Alexander Zelenyj is the author of the books Songs For The Lost, Experiments At 3 Billion A.M., Ballads To The Burning Twins: The Complete Song Lyrics Of The Deathray Bradburys, and Black Sunshine. His fiction has been published in magazines and anthologies throughout the world. He lives in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Visit him at Click here to visit Songs For The Lost page on the publisher's website (Eibonvale Press). Click here to read Risingshadow's review of Songs…
  • A review of Michael W. Garza's Children of the Mark

    20 Mar 2015 | 11:53 pm
    Michael W. Garza's Children of the Mark was published by Severed Press in March 2015. Information about Michael W. Garza: Michael W. Garza often finds himself wondering where his inspiration will come from next and in what form his imagination will bring it to life. The outcomes regularly surprise him and it's always his ambition to amaze those curious enough to follow him and take in those results. He encourages readers to peek at his latest work as well as the material he's published in the past. He sincerely hopes that everyone will find something that astonishes, surprises, or simply…
  • A review of Peter R. Ellis' The Power of Seven

    19 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Peter R. Ellis' The Power of Seven was published by Elsewhen Press as an e-book in January 2015. The paperback edition will be published in March 2015. Information about Peter R. Ellis: Peter would like to say he's been a writer all his life but it is only since retiring as a teacher in 2010 that he has been able to devote enough time to writing to call it a career. Brought up in Cardiff, he studied Chemical Physics at the University of Kent at Canterbury, then taught chemistry (and a bit of physics) in Norwich, the Isle of Wight and Thames Valley. His first experience of publishing was in…
  • GUEST POST: Pulp Heroes - Why We Love Them by Seth Skorkowsky

    18 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    Risingshadow has the honour of publishing a guest post by the fantasy author Seth Skorkowsky. Seth Skorkowsky is the author of the Valducan urban fantasy series (Dämoren and Hounacier) and the Black Raven fantasy series (Mountain of Daggers and Sea of Quills). Click here to visit the author's official website. GUEST POST: Pulp Heroes - Why We Love Them Read More...
  • A review of Peter R. Ellis' Seventh Child

    17 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Peter R. Ellis' Seventh Child was published by Elsewhen Press as an e-book in January 2015. The paperback edition will be published in March 2015. Information about Peter R. Ellis: Peter would like to say he's been a writer all his life but it is only since retiring as a teacher in 2010 that he has been able to devote enough time to writing to call it a career. Brought up in Cardiff, he studied Chemical Physics at the University of Kent at Canterbury, then taught chemistry (and a bit of physics) in Norwich, the Isle of Wight and Thames Valley. His first experience of publishing was in writing…
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    On Starships and Dragonwings

  • Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks ARC {5 Stars}

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Finding Serendipity by Angelic Banks is a charming middle grade story of a girl discovering the true magic of words in the world created by her mother’s fantasy series! Finding Serendipity has everything that I love in a middle grade: writing that will appeal to both younger and more “mature” children (hehe), whimsy, illustrations, and a unique idea with a strong heroine to adventure with! Apparently Angelica Banks is actual a pseudonym for two writers from Tasmania who decided to give children’s books a try and I’m so thrilled that they did :D. (Just so you…
  • Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy {3 Stars}

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy is the second in an urban fantasy series that borrows a bit from the high fantasy template while keeping the parts that make urban fantasy so much fun. There will be some minor spoilers below for the previous book, so feel free to check out my review of Night Owls to be safe ;-). What do I mean though when I say high fantasy elements? Grave Matters has about six main characters that the PoV switches between and through their interweaving views, the full meaning of the plot comes to light. Plus very little romance ;-). Note: I received an advanced copy of Grave…
  • Updates from the Lair 3/22/15

    22 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Updates from the Lair is my weekly wrap-up post that includes what happened in my real life, what I’ve been reading, my posts from the week, and what I’m thinking about reading next week (and would love your advice on!).  Sorry for being so late on today’s post loves! Having a nice lazy weekend I guess ;-). I’ve been switching off feeling crazy productive and sleeping 12+ hours this week. Definitely still healing and the incision is getting all itchy, but I’m feeling great and working hard at getting in all my steps for the day! I did 5k on average this week…
  • A Reading Old Books Strategy: Turn the Wifi Off

    21 Mar 2015 | 4:41 am
    How I’m Getting to Older Books I think we all have the problem of new shiny things appearing faster than we can actually read them all. Whether it be eARCs, eBook deals or library downloads, it’s just so fun to download new things to your e-reader. I know I personally tend to want to download even more than normal when I don’t have as much time to read since hoarding books soothes my sadness at not being able to read them ;-). However, that puts us into a bit of a dilemma: books fall through the cracks and you don’t get to them. EBooks seem even harder than physical…
  • Sci-fi and Fantasy Friday {ARCs and $5 Giftcards Weekly!}

    19 Mar 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 Catherine for winning this past week, enjoy your books! This week I’m really excited to add Finding Serendipity to the pile since I just finished it and LOVED it, along with a couple books for non-middle…
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    ATG Reviews

  • Abhorsen Book Review

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Abhorsen Trilogy Book Three(Spoilers for the previous two books in the Abhorsen Trilogy are below).Buy on Amazon!The final installment of Garth Nix’s Abhorsen Trilogy lives up to some lofty expectations.  While I didn’t quite like it as much as Lirael or Sabriel, it was still an excellent conclusion to the series.  As a Young Adult fantasy trilogy this undoubtedly joins Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials and Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus Trilogy as one of greatest Young Adult series’ out there..Lirael started to falter towards the end, but it came through with…
  • Insurgent Film Review (Book Reader)

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    In-surgent, Ir-rationalityThe Book Review of Insurgent is here.Like last year, walking into a packed showing of Insurgent with my writing partner the World Weary was incredibly awkward, but I will say I did see more men and/or teenage boys in the audience this time.  And like last time, the movie began with an excited movie-going audience that seemed to leave most of its core audience disappointed by its conclusion.  A few people including the group sitting next to us even walked out on the film.I liked Insurgent better than Divergent, but only just barely.  I didn’t care for the…
  • 10 Moments We Wish To Witness In Season 5 of Game of Thrones – Contains Spoiler

    19 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    We Do Not Sow (Contains SPOILERS beyond the CURRENT SCOPE of Season 4 of Game of Thrones.  If you do not want to hear about potential spoilers for Season 5 of Game of Thrones stop here).Last year we put together a list of the 10 things we wanted to see in Season 4 of Game of Thrones, and we did get to see almost all of those things.  So… we’re doing it again this year.  Like last year’s list some of these things are major events from the book and in one shape or another viewers can expect to see them, but other things we wish to see are smaller more detail oriented…
  • The Walking Dead Season Five Episode Ten: Them TV Review

    The World Weary
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Open WoundsThis review features spoilers for Episode Nine and the Mid-Season Finale.It’s pretty rare for AMC’s The Walking Dead to have such a profound effect on me. Typically, the show will have a few moments, lines of dialogue, or characters that just pull me out of the moment. This episode however, this was different. After the somewhat lackluster mid-season premiere, this episode comes out of left field like a rocket, and hits your brain like an emotional atom bomb. It’s been a while since the show has matched the feel and pacing of its source material, and wow……
  • Lirael Book Review

    16 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Abhorsen Trilogy Book TwoBuy on Amazon!Lirael takes the Abhorsen Trilogy in a newer direction with a whole new set of characters and a much longer page count.  Initially taking place some fourteen years after Sabriel and Touchstone defeated Kerrigor, this book focuses on two new narrators: a young Clayer named Lirael who has yet to gain the sight, and Prince Sameth, Sabriel’s son and the Abhorsen in waiting.   With the continued development of an excellent magic system, one of the greatest libraries in worldbuilding, and a great cliff hanger of an ending, Lirael proves to be every…
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  • Roadside Attractions: Delaware

    Esther Kim
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    DELAWARE'S ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE THE FUTURISTIC UFO HOUSE. 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 have set course for Delaware. The first state is home to the Johnson Victrola Museum, a tribute to Eldrige Reeves Johnson where phonographs, recordings, and…
  • Sci-Fi Artists: David A. Hardy

    Edward Simmons
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    David A. Hardy's art ignites a passion for exploring the stars. Written By EDWARD SIMMONS Having worked for several exhibitions merging the universes of science and art, Simmons is no stranger to the beauty of nature. Simmons now works for OMNI Reboot as a freelance curator, allowing him to pursue his passion for natural photography. David A. Hardy's painting's imagine worlds and science fiction universes with striking detail. A career that spans six decades has placed Hardy's art on the covers of books by Carl Sagan and Arthur C. Clarke to Werner Von Braun and Isaac Asimov. SF magazines,…
  • Watch Sci-Fi Artists: Bob McCall Painted The Stars

    Adam Wells
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    Artist Bob McCall painted his inspiring vision of the stars for NASA and the Air and Space Museum. If there was ever an artist who deserved a seat aboard a space shuttle, it would have been Robert T. McCall. The heroic mural McCall designed for the National Air and Space Museum, in Washington D.C., has been seen by 40 million visitors. Two other large murals were completed by the artist at NASA centers in California and Texas. McCall helped interpret the beginnings of the Space Age for Life magazine by rendering dozens of on-the-spot paintings from his vantage point at Cape Canaveral,…
  • Fiction: The Five Holy Wounds Of A Second Coming

    Joseph Somers
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    In The Five Holy Wounds of a Second Coming the apocalypse doesn't dissuade people from their rituals. 9:00 am - Thursday, April 14th 2033 There wasn't any room for the light. It could echo and bounce with no destination beyond entropic, move along little light. Presenter understood this, he felt most at home in the shadows, and their molesting reach dimming the flesh, dimming the speckled reminders. Pushing his sweat damaged linens off his gaunt frame, Presenter’s now upright body took aim at its beckoning stage. Joints cracked, or were they bones? Doesn't matter. He moved onwards, rising…
  • Fiction: Campfire Story

    Jean-Pierre Fenyo
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The Campfire Story: Correlative Cognition and The Evolution of The Notion of G8D I am going to tell you a story. Come sit down here by my side, and enjoy the warmth of an Imaginary Campfire. The flames light up the darkness around us. The warmth of the crackling embers of burning wood keep us cozy. It is a controlled fire, and one that we started. Unlike the fires that come from above! Let us go way back in time, long before the Age of Planes, Trains and Automobiles, long before the Ancient Egyptians of the Pyramids and the Greeks with their naval fleets used parabolic mirrors to concentrate…
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    Revens Fang

  • Reven's Fang Artwork

    Revens Fang
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
  • Ush'gar

    Revens Fang
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
  • Dungeon Crawl - Part 10

    Revens Fang
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
    Reven turned the sword over in his hands. There was no glimmer of light from the blade. The only colour present on it was a blood drop shaped ruby set into it's pommel which was apt considering the appetite for blood the sword seemed to have. Cruel arced spikes sat at the bottom of the blade above the fanged cross guard. Wherever this sword came from it was expertly made and light as a feather considering its size. The blade widened before the tip which would give it added momentum when swung. Reven stroked the metal of the sword with his hand and a name came unbidden into his mind; Blood…
  • Blood Thirster

    Revens Fang
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:48 am
    Reven's blade, Blood Thirster
  • Dungeon Crawl - Part 9

    Revens Fang
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    Arnold Krassner watched as the beast disappeared into the darkness. Six of his hirelings had been torn apart by the animal. He remembered the beast from Sellport. Had it tracked them all this way to enact vengeance for the death of its master or had his master escaped Krassner's trap and sent his hound to harry Krassner's men. Either way it wouldn't matter, soon Krassner would be beyond the ken of swordsman or beast. He turned back toward the tumbledown fortress, rallying his men as he did so. Torches dipped in pitch where lit to blaze the way in the cloying darkness of the hallways…
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  • Flash Fiction: Paranoia
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Don knew when he was being watched. It started with a prickling on the back of his neck that gradually developed into a sick feeling in the pit of his stomach. Casually, he set the brake on his wheelchair and tilted his head under the pretext of lighting a cigarette.  Before the lighter struck and ruined his night vision, he saw a dark figure leaning against the wall behind and to his left. A man, and definitely watching him. Don inhaled, enjoying what he could of the cigarette as he looked up the street. No sign of the bus.  No reason that there should be.  It wasn’t due for another ten…
  • News: Best Laid Plans
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:41 pm
    No fiction today, sorry!  I know, I know, my schedule says that I’m supposed to have new fiction on Mondays, buuuuuut….  Well, it’s a long story guys.  But I have news for you, and if you stick around to the end, I will give you a funny picture!  Deal?  Deal! Spring Break Hangover First…  Excuses.  Last week I went to visit my mother’s house for spring break.  It was my 10-year-old brother’s birthday, and he had specially requested that we visit for his party.  Needless to say, I kind of fell off the wagon with my goals for last week.   Still, I…
  • Flash Fiction: The Jump
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    The wind whipped past Maria’s face, grabbing at her neatly-trimmed dark hair, chapping her lips, and chilling her fingers. Miles below, the Earth sailed lazily by.  From this height, it was still beautiful. Fields scrolled by in a patchwork of greens, browns, and yellows, dotted here and there with the darker green of trees.  Tiny cars glimmered like jewels in the mid-afternoon sunlight on the silver ribbon of back country roads, and here and there a farm house or barn interrupted the orderly progression of fields and cow pastures. “Are you ready, Doctor?”  The airman’s voice…
  • News: Website update!
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    We’ll get back to your regularly scheduled fiction on Friday, but today I want to let you guys know about a few updates I’ve made to the website and mailing list that you will hopefully like!   First, you’ll probably notice that there’s a new addition to the menu at the top of the page, labeled “Short Fiction.”  When you mouse over, a drop-down box will appear showing various categories.  If you’ve never visited my site before, you can go to any of these categories to jump straight into the stories you’d like to see! Second, I’ve…
  • Flash Fiction: Fix
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Sophie’s dress was in ruins.  It was a Louis Vuitton original, the only one of its kind in existence, and it had been destroyed.  The ecru silk was stained and torn, and whole rows of beads were missing. A few lone stragglers clung desperately to loose threads, threatening to join their missing cousins at any moment. They wouldn’t last long. She didn’t even notice.  Her hands shook, and she felt the familiar weight of panic in her chest, crushing the breath out of her.  Terror mixed with despair and washed over her as she looked up and down the beach, searching for any…
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