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  • Horns by Joe Hill

    Rob B
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Of the stories, novels, and comics Joe Hill has written in his relatively short career, perhaps the least likely to make it to the screen first is his second novel, Horns. This isn’t a comment on the quality of the novel (because it is an excellent dark fantastic tale), but rather the premise that launches […]
  • The Year's Best Science Fiction: by Volume compiled by Rodger Turner

    SF Site
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    In 1984, Gardner Dozois gathered together what he thought was the best short science fiction of the previous year. He scrutinized as many of the magazines, collections and anthologies published in 1983 that he could get his hands on and chose those which he felt best represented the science fiction field. Jim Frenkel published it as part of his Bluejay Books line (for three years) and it has been produced every year since then (by St. Martins's Press). Volume 31 has been added to the lists compiled by author, by title and by volume.
  • Yes, but can you relate…?

    SF Novelists
    Alma Alexander
    5 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    The issue of “relatability” is not a new one, although the word describing it has been a relatively recent arrival in modern dictionaries. In a recent essay in the New Yorker of all places, Rebecca Mead opens up by a critic’s dismissal of King Lear, in particular, and Shakespeare, in general, as not being “relatable”. Given that Shakespeare lived and wrote all those centuries ago, I’d think that the mere fact that his plays were being performed AT ALL today, let alone with such reverence and adulation which has been the Bard’s due ever since he put quill to parchment  would be…
  • 3 Smart Tips to Do Blood Pressure Diet

    Lab Of Cosmos
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    When you want to do blood pressure diet, there are several types of food that you have to avoid. First, you have to avoid meat. Indeed, this type of food will be able to improve the blood pressure in your body fast. You have to make sure that you are not eating this type of food too much. When you eat meat too much, the problem of your blood pressure will increase in an instant.Second, you have to select the best method of blood pressure diet that can give you satisfaction things that you need. You have to avoid eating junk food as you can see that such type of food can make the amount of…
  • “A Sufficiently Advanced Christmas” now available

    Eric James Stone
    Eric James Stone
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    My story “A Sufficiently Advanced Christmas” is now available in A Fantastic Holiday Season: The Gift of Stories, edited by Kevin J. Anderson and Keith J. Olexa. Publishers Weekly gave the anthology a starred review, saying “This often amusing and frequently compelling collection features Christmas-themed short stories from some of fantasy and science fiction’s brightest stars.”  They even mentioned my story: “Eric James Stone’s ‘A Sufficiently Advanced Christmas,’ in which computers communicating with a child learn their own Christmas moral, is…
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  • Horns by Joe Hill

    Rob B
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Of the stories, novels, and comics Joe Hill has written in his relatively short career, perhaps the least likely to make it to the screen first is his second novel, Horns. This isn’t a comment on the quality of the novel (because it is an excellent dark fantastic tale), but rather the premise that launches […]
  • ML Brennan Interview

    Rob B
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:39 am
    ML Brennan was kind enough to take tame out of her schedule to take part in this e-mail interview with Rob Bedford. Special thanks to Penguin (Ace/Roc/DAW) publicist Nita Basu for helping to facilitate this interview. For readers who aren’t familiar with the books in the Generation V / Fortitude Scott series, would you mind […]
  • Lock In by John Scalzi

    Mark Chitty
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Lock In is John Scalzi’s latest novel, and a change of pace from the man behind the Old Man’s War books. Rather than the military/space opera-esque novels we’re familiar with from Scalzi, Lock In is instead more comparable to Agent to the Stars, though even that is a tenuous comparison. Set in the near future […]
  • The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey

    Rob B
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Alix Black is a swordswoman, a soldier of the country of Alden in King Erik White’s army at a time of great chaos and war. Her King’s brother has broken away from him in an act of civil war while Alden is at war with Oridian, a nation powered by dark magic. The Bloodbound is […]
  • Sci-Fi Chronicles, Edited by Guy Haley

    26 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Sci-Fi Chronicles: A Visual History of the Galaxy’s Greatest Science Fiction Edited by Guy Haley Foreword by Stephen Baxter Published by Aurum Press, October 2014 ISBN: 978 1 78131 359 6 576 pages Review by Mark Yon It’s nearly that time again: the end of the year and Christmas, which means that, as usual, it’s […]
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    SF Site

  • The Year's Best Science Fiction: by Volume compiled by Rodger Turner

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    In 1984, Gardner Dozois gathered together what he thought was the best short science fiction of the previous year. He scrutinized as many of the magazines, collections and anthologies published in 1983 that he could get his hands on and chose those which he felt best represented the science fiction field. Jim Frenkel published it as part of his Bluejay Books line (for three years) and it has been produced every year since then (by St. Martins's Press). Volume 31 has been added to the lists compiled by author, by title and by volume.
  • Gray Spa: The Gray Zone Gray Spa: The Gray Zone by Roger L. Phillips

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    If we thought we were alone in the universe we would be wrong, especially with this book of close encounters of the humorous kind. If the first cover image doesn't get you laughing your socks off -- the rest of the book will. With over 200 gag comics inside, it's the thickness of a graphic novel we have come to expect from Close Encounters Studios.
  • Godzilla: The Official Movie Novelization Godzilla: The Official Movie Novelization by Greg Cox

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    For anyone who has seen the trailer for the new movie, size is everything and the mere sight of the lizard Godzilla appearing out of the water gives a feeling of awe and fear at how large it is. What the previous movie lacked in special effects and size this more than makes up for it in the new adaptation of the popular Japanese movie. The original idea for Godzilla goes right back to Toko Co., Ltd in 1932.
  • The Rain-Soaked Bride by Guy Adams

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This book continues the adventures of the Clown Service, as begun in the novel of the same name. This time around, after an action filled start in Russia, the plot heads home with a premise that centres around an assassin who can't be killed. When several members of the diplomatic service die in apparently explainable, yet oddly similar circumstances, Section 37 -- aka the Clown Service -- begins to suspect an inhuman killer.
  • A Brief History of Superheroes A Brief History of Superheroes by Brian J. Robb

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Comics have been around for most of us for a rather short time. We remember the look of late nineties comics from DC to Marvel which look more sophisticated with their computer drawn graphics and vibrant colour and amazing special effects that draw us to buy them for our collections. But what about the early comics, does anyone know where it all started at a most basic level?
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  • Yes, but can you relate…?

    Alma Alexander
    5 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    The issue of “relatability” is not a new one, although the word describing it has been a relatively recent arrival in modern dictionaries. In a recent essay in the New Yorker of all places, Rebecca Mead opens up by a critic’s dismissal of King Lear, in particular, and Shakespeare, in general, as not being “relatable”. Given that Shakespeare lived and wrote all those centuries ago, I’d think that the mere fact that his plays were being performed AT ALL today, let alone with such reverence and adulation which has been the Bard’s due ever since he put quill to parchment  would be…
  • Short Fiction, Anthologies, and an Ongoing Kickstarter Campaign

    David B. Coe
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I often encourage aspiring novelists to write short fiction, which is a bit ironic, since I began my career writing novels and didn’t sell my first short story until I had my fourth novel in production. But this is a classic case of “do as I say and not as I do.” Or did. Writing short stories can help hone one’s craft. The challenge of short fiction — the need to tell a complete story in a limited amount of space — forces us to write leaner, to develop character and plot more efficiently, to choose which details are vital to our narratives and which are superfluous. And…
  • Voice – what you say, and how you say it

    Alma Alexander
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
      Part of the problem of writing the other, writing about a culture one has researched rather than the culture  you are familiar with from the inside, is that it depends so fundamentally not just on WHAT is  said, but on HOW it is said. So a component of the problem becomes not just approaching it with the requisite respectful attention and the willingness to do enough research to make it stand but making that approach from the correct direction… seeing the world from a proper perspective… and, most importantly, speaking with the right voice. Stereotypes have always been easy …
  • Brown and fit to break bread with

    Marie Brennan
    16 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The title of this post comes from a passage early on in The Game of Kings, the first book of Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles. In it, the (blond) Lymond has encountered the (black-haired) Mariotta, and their conversation diverts briefly to hair color: “Or didn’t you know the family coloring? Richard hasn’t got it. Poor Richard is merely Brown and fit to break bread with . . .” “The poem I know at least,” exclaimed Mariotta, chafing her wrist. “Red wise; Brown trusty; Pale envious –” “And Black lusty. What a quantity of traps…
  • Notes From the Road: The Shared Journey

    David B. Coe
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I have just returned from a convention and small signing tour to help promote A Plunder of Souls, the third book in my Thieftaker Chronicles (written as D.B. Jackson). I had several good events — a launch party at ConGregate, fun signings with my friends Faith Hunter and A.J. Hartley in Rock Hill, South Carolina and Gastonia, North Carolina, and a couple of great solo signings in Richmond and Raleigh at independent bookstores (Fountain Bookstore and Quail Ridge Books and Music). It was a hectic ten days, but, I think, very productive. I feel that the new novel is off to a good…
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    Lab Of Cosmos

  • 3 Smart Tips to Do Blood Pressure Diet

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    When you want to do blood pressure diet, there are several types of food that you have to avoid. First, you have to avoid meat. Indeed, this type of food will be able to improve the blood pressure in your body fast. You have to make sure that you are not eating this type of food too much. When you eat meat too much, the problem of your blood pressure will increase in an instant.Second, you have to select the best method of blood pressure diet that can give you satisfaction things that you need. You have to avoid eating junk food as you can see that such type of food can make the amount of…
  • Low Residue Diet, explained in a Nutshell

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
    If someone you know have IBD or inflammatory bowel disease, or any other relevant disease that are similar to that, the doctor might suggest them to take a low-residue diet as their daily dietary programs. This dietary plans basically involves the consumption of eating foods that are higher in its digestible rates. This kind of dietary plan can help to reduce any symptoms related to these bowel diseases, such as cramping on the stomach, or even diarrhea, even though it does not actually cure it.Low residue diet involves all kinds of foods which are rich in fibre and therefore are far easier…
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    Eric James Stone

  • “A Sufficiently Advanced Christmas” now available

    Eric James Stone
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    My story “A Sufficiently Advanced Christmas” is now available in A Fantastic Holiday Season: The Gift of Stories, edited by Kevin J. Anderson and Keith J. Olexa. Publishers Weekly gave the anthology a starred review, saying “This often amusing and frequently compelling collection features Christmas-themed short stories from some of fantasy and science fiction’s brightest stars.”  They even mentioned my story: “Eric James Stone’s ‘A Sufficiently Advanced Christmas,’ in which computers communicating with a child learn their own Christmas moral, is…
  • Book Recommendation: The Martian

    Eric James Stone
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    The Martian, by Andy Weir, is the best standalone novel I’ve listened to so far this year.  Here’s the one-sentence summary: A MacGyver-like  astronaut stranded alone on Mars has to figure out how to survive until rescue can come. I first heard of the novel from Daniel Burton’s stellar review at Attack of the Books, and was so intrigued I bought it immediately.  The story is so gripping, I stayed up way past my bedtime listening.  If you want to read a more thorough review, read Daniel’s.  (The one thing I’ll add to his review is that I’m not sure if…
  • I have signed a novel contract

    Eric James Stone
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:04 pm
    It’s been a long process, but today I signed a contract with Baen Books to publish my debut novel, Unforgettable.  I’m very excited to have my novel come out from the same publishing house that publishes some of my favorite authors, including David Weber, Lois McMaster Bujold, Larry Correia, Elizabeth Moon, and Brad R. Torgersen.  I don’t yet know when it will be available — I’m guessing sometime next year.
  • Why Republicans/Conservatives Should Compromise on Same-Sex Marriage ASAP

    Eric James Stone
    25 May 2014 | 11:01 am
    Note: I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason, with or without explanation. Having written about my personal and religious thinking about same-sex marriage, I now want to address the politics of the issue. Yesterday, a panel of the 10th Circuit ruled that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.  That ruling is on hold while Utah will appeal to either the full 10th Circuit or to the Supreme Court.  Ultimately, this case will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.  And at this point, it’s possible it could go either way. While for the reasons…
  • Series Recommendation: The Glamourist Histories

    Eric James Stone
    12 May 2014 | 11:51 am
    I just finished listening to Valour and Vanity, the fourth book in the Glamourist Histories series by Mary Robinette Kowal.  I’ve enjoyed all the books very much. The first, Shades of Milk and Honey, can simply be described as what Jane Austen would have written if she wrote fantasy.  Basically, it takes place in a world very much like our own 1800s, but there’s a type of magic called glamour that allows the creation of illusions.  The plot of the first novel is very Austenish, dealing with prospects of marriage, or lack thereof, for the main character, Jane Ellsworth. Rather…
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    James Maxey - Jawbone of an Ass

  • The Future of Books

    9 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Picking back up where I left off a month ago on my predictions, today I'm going to talk about what books might look like five years, ten years, a hundred years out. E-book growth has recently leveled off and print books are showing resilience, for now. Still, print books do face one major obstacle, which is the continued struggle of brick and mortar bookstores. Best sellers will continue to
  • Fitness update: Two years later

    7 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    James and Cheryl 2014    James and Cheryl 2012 Endomondo Training stats as of 9-6-2014   Two years ago, Cheryl and I decided it was time to alter our bodies. Doing so meant altering our lives. We started using a program called MyFitnessPal* to track the calories we ate each day. A few months later, we started using a program called Endomondo to track our exercise.   When we first
  • Prediction 4: Our Cyborg Future

    24 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    A loose definition of a cyborg is a blending of a biological entity with mechanical devices that enhance strength, toughness, intelligence, etc. By this definition, I'm already a cyborg. I don't have hardware actually embedded in my body, but, via my smartphone, I have enhanced memory and data retrieval capabilities. I have Superman like powers to zoom overhead and get an aerial view of my
  • Prediction Three: Our jobless future

    3 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    I've been with my current employer for almost 19 years. I won't specify who I work for; you can see my last post for various reasons why I think it's a bad idea to publicly discuss your current employer online. But, I'm going to mention my current job obliquely because I think there's an important data point. I was present when my workplace opened its doors. At the time, we had 21 full time
  • Prediction Two: Privacy

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    Orwell was right. We now live in a world where we're constantly watched. It's not just grainy black and white footage captured by security cameras in banks and supermarkets. With a few keystrokes, I can find color photographs of tens of millions of people doing very personal things, like hanging out with friends and family, going on dates, drinking, or just goofing around. I can see wedding
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    Kathryn Cramer

  • fear of something with the power to cut even deeper – my own community

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Wise words from Quinnae Moongazer : When I mention the icebox of unpublished posts and articles to friends and colleagues, I do so with a forced smile, pretending that it’s a heady combination of academic perfectionism and fear of being attacked by bigots that leads me to suppress them. There is more than a grain of truth to this. As many of my friends, loved ones, and sisters in struggle have demonstrated and written about, there is a lot to fear from the 4chan-esque world of angry young men with ample resentment towards those of us they perceive to be purloining some birthright of theirs.
  • Conservative outside organizations are spending 85 times more than liberal organizations in NY-21.

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:55 pm
    I live in New York's 21st Congressional District, currently represented by Democrat Bill Owens, who is retiring. It was the 23rd District when Owens was elected, by there has been redistricting since then. Three candidates are running for Owens' seat. Aaron Woolf, the Democratic candidate, is endorsed by Bill Owens and also by Charles Schumer. Elise Stefanik is the Republican candidate. And there is also a Green Party candidate, Matt Funicello. NY-21 congressional district has an adult population of under 600,000. When Bill Owens was first elected, there were about 150,000 votes…
  • The Sin of Omission

    18 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    My 30th anthology came out a little over a month ago. It is a high profile book. I have enjoyed the PR immensely. But. A minority of the articles about the book mysteriously forget to mention my name even though it is on the cover, the title page, and the spine as specified by my contract. For the first three or four, I ignored the omission and cheerfully retweeted mentions of the offending articles. I have been good humored. But The Chronicle of Higher Education should know better. Folks, this is a non-trivial issue. Over the course of my career as an anthologist, I have had trouble getting…
  • Offensive GOP Mailer Attacks Localovore Movement

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    I just got a really offensive GOP attack direct mail piece aimed at Aaron Woolf who is running for Bill Owens' House seat againt Karl Rove-backed Elise Stefanik. Their point of attack is Woolf's association with organic food through his ownership of a grocery store in Brooklyn. It looks like a nice place, the kind of place that our local farmers have been selling their producrs through as the North Country's farming economy makes a comeback. The authors of the mailer seem unaware of the resurgence of small farms in the North Country, many of which are organic or feature…
  • Driving around Vermont, Thinking

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    photo by Tony Hisgett Friday and Saturday, I spent a lot of time driving around Vermont. I also spent a lot of time thinking while driving. I was thinking about whether to expand on my most recent blog post and what it is safe to say. These were the most beautiful drives I have ever taken in Vermont. The leaves were at peak and the air was still, so there were many reflections. (Unfortunatly, I didn't stop to take pictures.) Friday, I had a belated appointment with the orthopedist at Fletcher Allen, who told me that my month-old fracture in the second metatarsal of my right…
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    KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life

  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: "Valiant"

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Jake and Nog are rescued by the Valiant -- which turns out to be crewed by the elite cadets of Red Squad. It all goes Lord of the Flies pretty quick, and our heroes are lucky to get out alive. The DS9 Rewatch boards the "Valiant."An excerpt:This episode is brilliantly done because it uses all the tropes of a behind-the-lines adventure, of a plucky Starfleet crew triumphing against all odds, and flips it onto its ass. It also shows the difference experience makes, perhaps best illuminated in the brilliant pre-battle montage. For several minutes, we watch Red Squad prepare for battle, and…
  • down and safe

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:59 pm
    We have arrived safely in Raleigh, North Carolina for HonorCon. Our flight went smoothly, I got more writing done (and some napping), and Wrenn and I got picked up and brought to the hotel and checked in with nary a problem. After a quick dinner at the bar 'n' grill in the hotel, I'm now back to slaving over the novelization while Wrenn is off socializing.I also got good news about a tie-in novel project -- the licensor approved it! Waiting for the okay from the editor to announce specifics.
  • my HonorCon schedule

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    I've been awash in getting this movie novelization done, so I've been dilatory about posting my schedule for HonorCon this weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina. Wrenn and I are flying down today. I'm one of the three author guests, along with David Weber (in whose honor this con started, as the Honor of the title is his character Honor Harrington) and Timothy Zahn.Here's my schedule:Friday3-4pm: "The Business of Writing" (Room F&G)Saturday9-10am: "Visions of the Multiverse: 3 Perspectives of Our Future," with David Weber & Timothy Zahn (Room F&G)3-4pm: "Stories of the Oddest Things in Editing,"…
  • Buffy NYCC panel on YouTube!

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:12 pm
    At New York Comic Con this past month, I did a panel called "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Will Always Kick Ass," alongside fellow authors Amber Benson (who also starred on the show as Tara), Tom Sniegoski, Hillary Monahan, Carol Goodman, and Michelle Knudsen.That panel has been archived on the Tube of You. Check it out!
  • LeVar Burton reads Go the Fuck to Sleep

    26 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Seriously, this is the best thing ever in the history of the universe. As part of the Rooster Teeth Extra Life charity event -- which raised more than $240,000 for Children's Miracle Network hospitals -- LeVar Burton, he of Reading Rainbow and Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation, read a bunch of kids stories, including the modern classic Go the Fuck to Sleep.Samuel L. Jackson read the audio of the book, which was perfect, but this is even better because we expect SLJ to say "go the fuck to sleep!" Whereas hearing it from the oh-so-earnest Reading Rainbow guy? That's just…
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    Robert J. Sawyer

  • Following Ghomeshigate

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    Why am I so interested in the Jian Ghomeshi case? It has nothing to do with Jian personally, whom I liked those times I’ve encountered him; as everybody, even his alleged victims, has noted, he’s charming and charismatic. When he interviewed me on Q, he did a good, insightful job, and I enjoyed the experience. And, honestly, I’d completely forgotten the following fact, which I uncovered only a couple of days ago when searching for when I’d been on Q: On March 13, 2007, I received an email from a producer at the CBC that said, “I know you’re really busy…
  • Running WordStar under Windows

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    My favorite word-processing program is the versatlie, customizable, and powerful WordStar for DOS, last updated in 1992. Running it under Microsoft Windows can be difficult, particularly with 64-bit versions of Windows, and especially with recent versions (Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1). But a free new MS-DOS emulator called vDos makes it easy to run WordStar for DOS (and many other MS-DOS programs) under all versions of Windows from XP through to 8.1, whether 32-bit or 64-bit, with excellent printer and clipboard support. WordStar’s graphical Advanced Page Preview and…
  • I finished writing Golden Fleece 25 years ago today

    26 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    Twenty-five years ago today, on 26 September 1989, when I was 29 years old, I finished the manuscript for what would turn out to be my first published novel, Golden Fleece, and sent it off by courier to my then-agent, Richard Curtis. (The first novel I actually wrote was End of an Era, but that was published later.) Golden Fleece was published in December 1990 by Warner Books under the Questar Science Fiction imprint. Orson Scott Card, in his year-end summation in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, later named it the best SF novel of 1990, and it won me my first two awards:The…
  • My film and TV work

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    It’s high time my website had a page devoted to my film and TV work. Here it is.Screen capture from “Course Correction,” the episode of FlashForward I wrote for ABC. Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Email
  • Free science-fiction festival in Greater Toronto

    9 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Science Fiction Spectacular! Mississauga Central Library in the Noel Ryan Auditorium 301 Burnhamthorpe Rd. West, adjacent to City Hall Mississauga, Ontario Saturday, October 18, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free — but space is limited. Please register in advance with the Central Library’s “Readers’ Den” Department: Phone 905-615-3200, extension 3544. In honour of Mississauga resident ROBERT J. SAWYER‘s receipt of the Lifetime Achievement Aurora Award from the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, the Mississauga Public Library is pleased to…
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  • Hey, Remember When I Wrote I Won an Erotic Fan Fiction Contest Based on the Watchman Graphic Novel?

    John Scalzi
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Well, the folks at Shipwreck (the group that puts these writing contests together) have posted my winning entry. It’s here. Warning: It’s very much NSFW, will probably be a little kinky/disturbing for those of you who aren’t kinky/fans of erotic fanfic, and if you haven’t read Watchmen (which you should, it’s terrific), or at least watched the movie (less good, but okay, whatever), you will miss most of the references and clever bits and it probably won’t be as funny as it would be if you knew the work it was riffing off of. Got it? Okay, go have fun with…
  • Have a Happy Halloween or Athena Will Be Very Disappointed With You

    John Scalzi
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    And I don’t think you want to make her angry, do you?
  • Jian Ghomeshi and the Women He Knew

    John Scalzi
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Some thoughts on Jian Ghomeshi, about whom I feel entitled to opine because I was once a guest on his show — talking about the little fundraising thing I did last year which included RAINN, an interview which now in retrospect is sadly ironic. (For those of you not up on this, Mr. Ghomeshi was a radio show host in Canada, who was let go by the CBC because of then-mysterious reasons. Mr. Ghomeshi took to Facebook to allege that he was fired because he participated in consensual BDSM play which was now being used against him by vengeful exes, and sued CBC for wrongful termination…
  • “Lock In” by William Beckett: Now Available to Download!

    John Scalzi
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    You may recall that musician William Beckett created a fantastic song for my novel Lock In (and if you didn’t, here, have a listen). The song, also called “Lock In,” really captured the mood and tone of the novel in a way that I hoped it would, and I’m happy to say that even if it were a song utterly unassociated with my book, I would still love its anthemic vibe. It’s fantastic. I’m happy to say that William and his label Equal Vision Records have now made the song available as a single to download. You can get it through iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and…
  • How My Week Went

    John Scalzi
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    Bruce Willis stares out from a studio wall on the Fox lot. It went very well, I thought. As I’ve noted, I went to Los Angeles in order to meet with TV and film folks and to pitch them some stuff (and also, well, me). Some of the things I pitched are even things I haven’t put into books yet! You can do that, apparently. I’m happy to say that contrary to the general opinion of LA types being smarmy and insincere, all of the folks I got to meet, at least, were smart, engaged and very much the sort of people you would want to do business with, and I’m not just saying that…
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    Magical Words

  • Christina Henry — A BOOK IS BORN

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s finally here – the release of the final book in the BLACK WINGS series, BLACK SPRING. In the autumn of 2008 I had a vague idea about writing a book about a grim reaper. I’d assumed the protagonist would be male, but other than those two facts I knew nothing about the story. Then I heard Maddy and Beezle talking in my head, and suddenly the plot just unfolded organically. There was a whole world – the Agency, Maddy’s job as an Agent of Death, her missing fallen angel father, her other dark family ties, and Beezle’s identity as a gargoyle, home guardian, and lover of all things…
  • Jagi Lamplighter: All About That Spook, ‘Bout That Spook. No Terror!

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    My youngest son has a longstanding problem with nightmares. So he has learned to avoid things that might spark them. He will not walk through a modern bookstore, unless either he’s mapped out a safe route to the kids section that passes through language tutorials and books on auto repair, or I am there to cover his eyes. He knows I am also not a huge fan of horror and gore, and nowadays, many Halloween displays are quite horrific. So it has been quite a challenge to make it clear to him why I love Halloween so much. I tried to explain: Me: “I love the parts of Halloween that are creepy…
  • Aaron Rosenberg: Writing Characters Who Aren’t Like You . . . Completely

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Everyone always says, “write what you know.” But how many of us are actually heroic men and women, ready to charge into danger to save others? How many of us are dashing swashbucklers, as quick with a quip as with a rapier? How many are hyper-observant detectives, able to notice the most minute details and instantly analyze everyone we meet? In short, how are we supposed to write what we know and still write engaging, interesting characters? Then there’s the other side the coin. If every character we write is shy, reclusive, uncomfortable around new situations or strangers, allergic to…
  • Christina Henry — of Running and Writing

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’m pretty sure that if I didn’t run I wouldn’t be a professional writer. Strike that. I’m 100% sure that if I didn’t run I wouldn’t be a professional writer. See, when I was 12 years I read The Lord of the Rings for the first time and I decided then and there that I would be a writer when I grew up. My dad gave me a notebook and I wrote my first “novel” in that notebook.  As you might imagine, the story was just a teeny-weeny bit like The Lord of the Rings, except that it had a 12-year-old girl as the protagonist (surprising, no?). I continued to write for fun, for myself,…
  • Beth Bernobich: The Revision Monster

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The moment you finish your first draft, you are filled with delight. (And often, exhaustion.) But let’s focus on the delight. You did it! You finished this most amazing and wonderful novel and you hope everyone loves it as much as you do, which is lots and lots and lots and… Eventually you stop squeeing and climb down from the clouds. Maybe you spend a week or so retrieving your house from chaos. You catch up on life and family and everything else you neglected, including sleep. Finally, a week or a month later, you open up the document for your amazing, sparkling draft and… And…
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  • The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    I picked this up expecting a Mistborn gangster story, or possibly Mistborn steampunk. Turns out it’s a western, complete with a train heist, and I enjoyed it a lot more than I would have expected myself to if I’d known what I was getting into. Westerns aren’t particularly my style, but Sanderson plays with the tropes enough, and does enough cool things with bullets and steelpushing, that the book worked for me. Lots of cool action sequences in this one, which I’ve come to expect from Sanderson, and plenty plenty of interesting worldbuilding. The Hero of Ages from the…
  • I am giving away a Halloween Kitty.

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    No, really. See that cute little stuffed cat just above this text? I will send one anywhere in the continental US (or outside it, for that matter, as long as we can agree on a shipping fee). Why? Because I love cuddly kittens, and because I want people to know about the (said with all humility) extremely awesome ebook Hexes and Haunts, which is on sale at a steep discount in honor of Halloween. How to Play: There are three ways to enter the contest. (1) Retweet or share this post. (2) Post your own link to the Hexes and Haunts ebook (3) Grab a real, live person standing next to you and say,…
  • Variations of Villany: Available now on the SFWA Blog

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    I love digging into the nuts and bolts of writing. It’s fun to analyze why things work, which things don’t, and what writers can do to increase their effectiveness. And it’s twice as fun when I get to showcase my analysis on a high-traffic site like SFWA’s. I therefore present with pleasure Variations of Villainy, a brief analysis of several basic character types. ---------------------------------------------- cross-posted from ----------------------------------------------
  • Oh, I wants it!

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:06 am
    My niece, who long ago surpassed me in any skill related to the visual arts, has opened up an etsy shop full of beautiful things. I'm drooling at all of them, but most especially at the image linked in this post. I could wax poetic about the aesthetic brilliance of the medium and the personal metaphor of the blond winged girl looking upon a landscape of boundless possibilities... but I'll spare you this time.I can't stand the thought of shipping art internationally, so I'll wait until I'm in the US to pick up a copy. With my luck, by then the shop will have acquired, like, five other equally…
  • Lost pennies

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:55 am
    "Mommy, can I have this penny?"I looked up to see my youngest daughter, thrilled with her discovery, holding a shiny copper penny in her hand. She'd found it on the ground outside, and as per usual my children's usual protocol, she'd come to check with me before claiming it as her personal property.I smiled and told her she could have it. Two hours later my older daughter made an excited noise and lifted something shiny from my computer desk. "Mommy, can I have this penny?"Primed by the day's earlier events, I answered yes without looking up from the screen. I finished the sentence I was…
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    No Fear of the Future

  • 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…
  • Babylon 5: The Parliament of Dreams

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:35 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: Earth Alliance has imposed a week-long religious festival on Babylon 5, so that all races might share the dominant belief of their civilization and learn something about each other. The human contribution to this festival has been dumped on Commander Sinclair with no guidance, and he's at a loss on how to present "Earth's dominant belief system" to the other races. To…
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    SF Novelists

  • Yes, but can you relate…?

    Alma Alexander
    5 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    The issue of “relatability” is not a new one, although the word describing it has been a relatively recent arrival in modern dictionaries. In a recent essay in the New Yorker of all places, Rebecca Mead opens up by a critic’s dismissal of King Lear, in particular, and Shakespeare, in general, as not being “relatable”. Given that Shakespeare lived and wrote all those centuries ago, I’d think that the mere fact that his plays were being performed AT ALL today, let alone with such reverence and adulation which has been the Bard’s due ever since he put quill to parchment  would be…
  • Short Fiction, Anthologies, and an Ongoing Kickstarter Campaign

    David B. Coe
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I often encourage aspiring novelists to write short fiction, which is a bit ironic, since I began my career writing novels and didn’t sell my first short story until I had my fourth novel in production. But this is a classic case of “do as I say and not as I do.” Or did. Writing short stories can help hone one’s craft. The challenge of short fiction — the need to tell a complete story in a limited amount of space — forces us to write leaner, to develop character and plot more efficiently, to choose which details are vital to our narratives and which are superfluous. And…
  • Voice – what you say, and how you say it

    Alma Alexander
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
      Part of the problem of writing the other, writing about a culture one has researched rather than the culture  you are familiar with from the inside, is that it depends so fundamentally not just on WHAT is  said, but on HOW it is said. So a component of the problem becomes not just approaching it with the requisite respectful attention and the willingness to do enough research to make it stand but making that approach from the correct direction… seeing the world from a proper perspective… and, most importantly, speaking with the right voice. Stereotypes have always been easy …
  • Brown and fit to break bread with

    Marie Brennan
    16 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The title of this post comes from a passage early on in The Game of Kings, the first book of Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles. In it, the (blond) Lymond has encountered the (black-haired) Mariotta, and their conversation diverts briefly to hair color: “Or didn’t you know the family coloring? Richard hasn’t got it. Poor Richard is merely Brown and fit to break bread with . . .” “The poem I know at least,” exclaimed Mariotta, chafing her wrist. “Red wise; Brown trusty; Pale envious –” “And Black lusty. What a quantity of traps…
  • Notes From the Road: The Shared Journey

    David B. Coe
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I have just returned from a convention and small signing tour to help promote A Plunder of Souls, the third book in my Thieftaker Chronicles (written as D.B. Jackson). I had several good events — a launch party at ConGregate, fun signings with my friends Faith Hunter and A.J. Hartley in Rock Hill, South Carolina and Gastonia, North Carolina, and a couple of great solo signings in Richmond and Raleigh at independent bookstores (Fountain Bookstore and Quail Ridge Books and Music). It was a hectic ten days, but, I think, very productive. I feel that the new novel is off to a good…
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  • Over-confidence and Other Stuff

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:49 pm
    1. So I had to go for jury duty yesterday and one of the questions on their questionnaire was "What languages do you speak?", and for some reason I had a burst of over-confidence and wrote, "English, Spanish."  Fortunately when I turned in the questionnaire they told me they'd filled their quota and I could go home, so my proficiency (or not) was never tested.2. This week The New Yorker has a story by Tom Hanks.  Man, I miss Lucius -- he could have taken care of that story in half a heartbeat.  It's about four people who build a rocket and orbit…
  • New Review at the B&NR

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    My thoughts on the new Gibson novel:
  • Costa Rica 3

    26 Oct 2014 | 9:06 pm
    More things I liked about Costa Rica:I liked the Spanish school itself, the Costa Rica Language Academy, which I would recommend highly.  My teacher was enthusiastic and a great confidence-builder, and she had a way of teaching the difference between "ser" and "estar," and of explaining the subjunctive, that got me to understand them for the first time in my life.  She also had a lot of terrific expressions.  "Todo tuanis" means "Everything's cool," though she said it might be a little out-of-date.   A song like "Besame…
  • Ebooks!

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    My backlist becomes available as ebooks today.  Here are the covers -- I like the way they have them as a sort of matching set, and the way they manage to evoke magic and strangeness in real places.Also, today is the third anniversary of the day we met Bonnie and took her home.  In celebration, she gets a liverwurst dinner tonight.
  • Costa Rica 2

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Some things I liked about Costa Rica (in no particular order):Staying at Selva Verde Lodge near the Sarapiqui River.  This is a place with cabins inside the forest, so that when you walk on the paths you see frogs and toucans, geckos and iguanas, and when you wake up you can hear everything peep and cheep and croak and buzz and ring all around you.  The best was a coatimundi, which wandered up near us as boldly as you like.  (The picture isn't very good because I was so startled it took me a while to get to my camera.)  We also saw monkeys and caimans on a trip down…
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  • Happy Halloween

    tate hallaway
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    Let's see, I guess I have a lot to report. First, link salad: Mason and I did a Halloween podcast in which we did our usual reviews but also sang too much and put on bad "vampire" accents: 31st on the 31st. Then, if you forgot to check out the Thursday installment of the School for Wayward Demons, it's up on the Enter The Unseen web site: "A New Home for How Long?"Mason and I did our usual pumpkin carving/pumpkin seed roasting last night. This year, for the first time, Mason did all the carving and scooping of his own pumpkins. I'm going to get pictures of all of the pumpkins we did tonight…
  • Linky-Linkage

    tate hallaway
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    Because I forgot to come back and post our podcast link, "30: Still No Aizen" and my link to the Gangsta manga review: Gangsta by Kosuke, A Review, you are now inundated with the linky-links.Also, today is a new Tate chapter. I'm rather proud of the opening line this time. It goes like this: "After being told I was off the case, I did what any well-adjusted grown-up would do: I sat at my desk and sulked." You can find this gem (and others) in Part 27: With a Little Help from Friends.Later today, there will also be a new School for Wayward Demons chapter for you, but I think that Rachel has…
  • Random Public Service Announcement to All Writers, Everywhere.

    tate hallaway
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    SAVE.Remember to use that little disk icon early and often.Thank you, that is all.(Oh, and for [bleep]-sake SAVE!)
  • New Character, New Artist

    tate hallaway
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    I write so many things these days I'm sure it's hard to follow along, but, if you ARE following the School for Wayward Demons (looking at you, Frank G.) there is a new chapter up: Gabe Sees Demons... And They See Him. Today's story is the introduction of one of "my" characters, Gabe Herrara. The story also features art by Alexis Cooke:If you didn't know, we actually have TWO artists working on the School for Wayward Demons. So far, you've mostly seen the work of Mandie Brasington, but today, we not only get Gabe's debut, but Alexis' too. This is just a small bit of a large piece I'm sure…
  • Podcast and Fan Fic Lessons

    tate hallaway
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    First, because I know you've all been waiting.... the new podcast is up: Ni-ju kyu, Oetsu. The title is my attempt at combining the number of our podcast 29 (ni-ju kyū, in Japanese) with the character Oetsu who CONSTANTLY does this kind of number rhyming thing with his name in the current chapter of Bleach. We also review Fairy Tail, Toriko, and Ao no Exorcist (even though I wrote that one up as well.)I have to say, for us, this podcast is pretty darned articulate, and since we forget to sing the spoiler song, there's 50% less annoying singing!All wins, in my opinion.I also wanted to…
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    Joe Abercrombie

  • Fury

    Joe Abercrombie
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:47 am
    Fury, ladies and gentlemen, is a war film. Of this there can be no doubt. Some heavy spoilers ahead though, I would argue, nothing you can’t see coming from the opening few scenes… Hard-bitten Brad Pitt steers a tank-crew of dehumanised veterans plus one raw recruit through a World War II shitty, gritty, and horrible even by the standards of World War II.  The crew are pretty horrible.  Being in a tank is really horrible.  Warfare is extremely horrible. It’s a pretty good film, too.  Performances are strong.  The mud, the blood, the horrifying ruination are highly…
  • Destiny

    Joe Abercrombie
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Destiny! A revolution in gaming that will finally justify the new generation of consoles! That will seamlessly fuse the compelling plot of single player games with the freewheeling interactivity of multiplayer ones! That offers tense gunplay in vast open-worldy vistas with oceans of content and customisability to explore! So I was led to believe, anyway. Hmm. Destiny is OK. Pretty good, even. But revolutionary it is notably not. In fact, rather than feeling like an ingenious combination of the best features of a load of lesser games to make an utterly new and more compelling whole, it feels…
  • Half a French King

    Joe Abercrombie
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    Apologies for the limited posting around here of late, it’s many years since I didn’t make at least one post a week on the site, but my nose is to the grindstone after all the events trying to get a decent second draft of Half a War together by year’s end, plus various finishing tasks for Half the World.  Tis a busy time.  But I do love a nice piece of art, so I thought I’d bring to you the recently revealed cover for the French edition of Half a King, from those wonderful folk at Bragelonne, art by my old friend Didier Graffet (who produced the weapons that adorn…
  • Recent TV

    Joe Abercrombie
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    Recently watched, that is… Vikings Season 2 It’s as if a set of TV Executives sat down with the express purpose of making a show Joe Abercrombie would really like, and they largely succeeded. Love, hate, violence and pagan strangeness abound as Scandinavia’s shiftiest opportunist, Ragnar Lothbrok, becomes embroiled not only in Viking blood-feuds but Saxon politics.  I doubt they’d make any high claims of historical accuracy but there’s vastly more authenticity on the bone than one might expect from a Hollywood treatment of the material and lashings of drama,…
  • Progress Report Aug ’14

    Joe Abercrombie
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:01 am
    Half a King came out in early July and made no. 3 on the Sunday Times hardcover list, and at a competitive time of year too. Even more pleasing is that it then stuck in the top 10 for 4 weeks. Preorders give you a big boost that first week, so you’ll often see books pop onto the list strongly the week of release but drop straight off. Sticking around tends to mean your book is not only selling to your committed fans but also selling strongly off the shelves, which is a very promising sign. With all the touring and events however, including Comic Con in San Diego and Worldcon in…
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    Dan Abnett

  • 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.
  • SF Bokhandeln - Sweden!

    Dan Abnett
    23 May 2013 | 2:34 am
    Coming to a Sweden near you this weekend (and I'm very excited about it!).... me!Now, I don't speak Swedish, so I can't be sure, but I THINK these links will tell you everything you need to know:For Friday and Saturday.Also for Friday and Saturday.And for Sunday.This should be an awful lot of fun, so if you're... you know... in Sweden... come and join in!
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    Colleen Anderson

  • Fall Soups: Squash, Rice and Chicken

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Kabocha squash. Scoop out the seeds and roast them like pumpkin seeds. Creative Commons: Namayamsai LLP When it comes to fall, I always make up a bunch of soups and freeze them. They’re good on a rainy or cold day, or when I’m tired and haven’t left time to make a lunch in the mornings. I have a great recipe book called The New Soup Bible by Anne Sheasby. There are several editions so the soups tend to be different in each one. They are also British and will list items like courgettes and aubergines (zucchini and eggplant to us North Americans) but measurements are in…
  • Mysterious Mushroom

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    From Tom Volk’s fungus site. This shows the scleroderma citrinum mushroom Earlier this summer I was yakking to my neighbor when I looked down and saw a potato colored stone at my feet. It was the size of a small plum and, like the crow I am, I reached down to pick up the interesting stone and in the process recognized it as vegetable, or more accurately, fungus. I exclaimed to my neighbor, “Hey, it’s a puffball mushroom but I’ve never seen one that wasn’t wrinkly and puffing out its spores.” I didn’t get a picture of the full mushroom but you can see…
  • Edgar Allan Poe and Crowdfunding

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Poe themed coffin art by AhtheMacabra. There are only four and two are claimed. I have to mention this particular crowdfunding because I just love it. There are many projects out there from books to gadgets and many add perks that entice people to donate. Not only do you often receive the item that the crowdfunding is for but you also get extras. With publishing it’s a hard numbers game. Costs of printing and distribution are set. So you have to add those costs into a cover price but if you go too high no one will buy your book. (For the purposes of this blog, book means paper and/or…
  • Writing: Marketing at Cons

    10 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Literaryliaison sent me this question: Dressing like this might get you the attention of an editor. Creative Commons: Florian Fromentin, Flickr This year, I will be going to my first con. My sister and I will be dressing up as characters from The Hobbit, but we were wondering if a con is a good place to market fantasy. Have you had a lot of success in the past? Do you dress up as one of your characters? We thought that might be a creative idea. I thought I’d actually write a post about cons and marketing your writing. First, there are three “world” cons. There is World…
  • Writing, Readings and Cons, Oh My!

    2 Oct 2014 | 11:21 pm
    This weekend is VCon, Vancouver’s SF and fantasy convention. I haven’t gone in a few years but I will be attending this year and will be on a panel about Finding Your Muse, tomorrow at 1:00 pm. I have a reading at 7:00 pm where I will read from a story that was long listed for the Stoker Award. And on Saturday I will be on a panel about the role of religion in speculative fiction. If you’re not doing anything come on down and experience the breadth and depth of convention fun. I should also mention that my poem “Family Tree” has come out in the collection They…
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    Eleanor Arnason's Web Log

  • Autumn

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    It has been a beautiful autumn. Now it's ending. The temps have fallen from the 70s to the high 40s. The trees in the nearby park have mostly lost their leaves, though there are still a few with bright yellow foliage. There is one red tree, a maple, of course; and one tree covered with lovely, rich brown foliage. It's an oak, of course. I wrote this post last year in November:This time of year I praise the oaksThat keep their leaves when other trees are bare --Red, brown, orange, yellow-brown,Like banners in the cold fall air,Flaunting their persistence. They won’t give in,Though snow flies…
  • Writing the Other, Writing Oneself

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    I just suggested a panel for next year's Wiscon: Writing the Other, Writing Oneself.This is yet another cultural appropriation panel. I want to discuss the issue from the point of view of writers. Can one write about other cultures? How can it be done respectfully? Maybe it would be better and safer to simply not write about people different from oneself, if one is a member of the dominant culture. But this is constraining. One is denying oneself so much. There is also the question of minority members writing about dominant culture. Are there any problems in doing this? It's not cultural…
  • Transrealism

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    This is an essay in The Guardian on transrealism, a term made up by Rudy Rucker. It appears to describe a mash up of realism and SFF.Here is my comment from facebook:Realistic fiction into which intrudes something weird is a good description of much 1950s SF. Writers like Kornbluth, Tenn and Sturgeon could write painfully realistic slice of life stories with something truly strange in the middle. I remember the story about the property agent who rents the 13th floor of his building -- which floor does not exist, except it does. Sort of.As the comments in The Guardian point out, we already…
  • This and That

    26 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    More daily life trivia...Last night was a live broadcast of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. The first half of the program was two short pieces by Charles Ives and a Mozart concerto, all played by pianist Jeremy Denk, a new artistic partner at the SPCO. The second half was the Eroica, which was oddly thin and uninspired. Patrick said, "What are we listening to? We were supposed to be listening to Beethoven." I said, "This is Beethoven." Very strange. But the earlier works were fine.I was thinking that there's a lot of fine music in the Twin Cities. But, in fact, almost every metro area has an…
  • Yesterday

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    I walked to my second favorite coffee shop yesterday. On the way I came to a rail crossing, with a train stopped on it. Several people, runners mostly, climbed between the cars and went on their way. I decided not to do this. Instead, I sat on a comfortable ledge in the sunlight and paid attention to day -- blue sky, red maples, a tall cottonwood with fluttering yellow leaves -- and took notes for a poem. The train finally moved on.I tend to rush too much and to spend too much time indoors. It was wonderful to stay in one spot and bask in sunlight. On the way back, I walked along the river.
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  • I am Batman Today!

    Neal Asher
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:53 am
    It’s getting colder and wetter here on Crete and I’ve been doing less of the Kayaking or swimming that kept me occupied in previous months. I know, of course, that many reading this will say, ‘Well get fucking writing then!’ I will, but I simply cannot engage with it yet. As I’ve mentioned before, you have to care. So anyway, Kostis, the barman at Revans who wears a T-shirt for which he should be beheaded on the front steps of the nearest library, seems to have a love of the superheroes.  Often he’ll wear another T-shirt with the logo of one of these guys and declare,…
  • Nightmares and No Escape

    Neal Asher
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    What to waffle on about today? Well, even before with my disrupted sleep patterns, I haven’t been dreaming, or haven’t remembered dreaming much at all. Now, for no apparent reason, I’ve started dreaming in Technicolor again. I’ll get the shitty ones out of the way first. I dreamed I’d gone on holiday with Caroline and while we were away she died of a horrible illness. It was a nightmare really. Towards the end of this nightmare, I had to sort out all her clothing and the moment I began doing that I started bawling. Then I started to wake up. Often, when I have nightmares, as I…
  • Flowers and Memorials

    Neal Asher
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Since my camera developed a severe case of bashfulness (the lens will come out when I turn it on but shortly afterwards shoots back inside as if it doesn’t like what it sees out here) I haven’t been taking many photos when out walking. However, since I’ve been walking to Voila the damp has increased up in the mountains and this has made a nice change to the burnt-out wilderness they became back in June/July.  These, so my Plants of Crete book tell me (thanks Jean-Pierre) are Common Sternbergia. Of course this is the kind of thing you would expect to see in spring in England, but…
  • Forbidden Planet Signing

    Neal Asher
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    Thursday, 29th January, 2015 18:00 - 19:00 London Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JRNEAL ASHER will be signing DARK INTELLIGENCE at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Thursday 29th January from 6 – 7pmOne man will transcend death to seek vengeance. One woman will transform herself to gain power. And no one will emerge unscathed...Thorvald Spear wakes in hospital, where he finds he's been brought back from the dead. What's more, he died in a human vs. alien war that ended a whole century ago. But when he relives his traumatic final moments, he finds the spark to keep…
  • Walking to Voila

    Neal Asher
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Tuesday 7th OctoberFor five days now I’ve remained up in the mountains, every day walking to Voila. I was going to write a long post, or even an essay with ‘Walking to Voila’ as the title. To me the phrase somehow relates to Sisyphus pushing his boulder up a hill throughout eternity, only to have it roll back down every time. An eternal cycle; repetitive labour rewarded only by ending up back where you started. It’s a bit like grief really. When I think I’m getting somewhere, recovering, starting to feel better, something comes along and tips me over the edge and I seem to end up…
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  • Touring for the Doubt Factory

    8 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    I’ll be doing a little touring for The Doubt Factory over the next couple weeks. DC, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Austin, and Boulder. Washington DC, Oct 10-12 – Capclave Science Fiction Convention Hilton Washington DC 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Oct 14, 12:30 PM – “What If” Series at Library of Congress 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington DC, 20540 Location: Dining Room A Oct 14, 7:00 PM – Talk and Book Signing at Politics & Prose 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. Santa Cruz, CA Oct 15, 7:00 PM Talk and Book Signing at Bookshop Santa…
  • Capclave – Oct 10-12, 2014

    8 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    I’ll be at Caplave Science Fiction Convention in the Washington DC area Oct. 10-12, prior to starting my book tour for The Doubt Factory. Details below. Capclave The post Capclave – Oct 10-12, 2014 appeared first on
  • Dec. 7, Grand Junction Signing

    5 Dec 2013 | 1:42 pm
    I’ll be doing a signing event at the Grand Junction Barnes & Noble on Dec 7, from 2-4pm. More details here: The post Dec. 7, Grand Junction Signing appeared first on
  • Oct 26 – Books of Wonder – New York City

    22 Oct 2013 | 7:05 am
    I’ll be doing a discussion on middle grade literature, and signing and reading from ZOMBIE BASEBALL BEATDOWN at Books of Wonder in NYC this Saturday, Oct 26th, 1 – 3pm. Other authors who are confirmed to appear are Peter Lerangis, Matthew Cody, and Mary G. Thompson. Should be a fun time, so I hope to see you there. The post Oct 26 – Books of Wonder – New York City appeared first on
  • Oct 12: Southern Festival of Books

    10 Oct 2013 | 3:58 pm
    I’ll be doing a panel conversation and a signing at the Southern Festival of Books. Details: 10:00-11:00am Panel: “Zombie Tales of the Undead for Teens and Tweens” with T. Michael Martin (The End Games) Room 16, Legislative Plaza (entrance on corner of 6th and Union) 11:00-11:30am SIGNING Author Signing Colonnade The post Oct 12: Southern Festival of Books appeared first on
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    Dar Kush

  • Our first virtual Screenwriting Workshop!

    Steven Barnes
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    T woke up on Monday with the idea, bubbling with notions, and I think it's a fabulous way to explore the new media potentials for a virtual classroom. We can teach these things at UCLA or The Learning Annex...but sharing them with the whole world? Wow. That's my baby!VIRTUAL SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP Nov. 1-Dec. 1: Are you working on a screenplay, or do you have a screenplay idea you’re not sure how to start? Do you want input on your screenplay or idea? Are you an author who would like to learn to adapt your own work to film?For the FIRST TIME, hubby Steven Barnesand I are offering a 30-day…
  • Using the Ancient child

    Steven Barnes
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    I’ve been working and testing the “Ancient Child” technique for about five years now, and what people asked for was a fuller explanation, as well as a “plug and play” approach to using it.    I’ve done that, and it will be available very soon, on the new blog I’ve been creating with Wordpress guruLorelle VanFossen.  Let’s discuss one application of the technique: emotional abuse.  Especially if the abuse originated in childhood, this can be devastating.  A parent who damages heart and body, or fails to provide protection for same, changes the…
  • Ancient Child: Evolution

    Steven Barnes
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    About twenty-five years ago I adapted Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey to the process of designing your life.  And called it “Lifewriting.”   Since that time I’ve taught Lifewriting to thousands of people in person and through audio and video courses, lectured on it at the Smithsonian, at Mensa, on radio and television, at universities and workshops, and have been blessed to receive countless letters and emails and hugs and tearful thanks that the technologies I grouped into that very special pattern have changed and saved lives.But there was a limitation to…
  • The Wounded Child

    Steven Barnes
    12 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am 100% agree with what this article says: that behavioral dysfunctions are a form of PTSD, often related to childhood trauma.   This is one reason that the “Morning Ritual” concept incorporates both the “Ancient Child”, heartbeat meditation,   physical motion, and focus.   Why I believe so strongly in dealing with the fear that lies at the base of all negative emotion.  Sigh.I can tell…
  • It's Never Too Late

    Steven Barnes
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    In the last 24 hours, I’ve dealt with four different students or clients where the core issue is one of self-love.  Deservement.  The following things were triggers:1) Childhood abuse, both sexual and psychological.   Being touched inappropriately, told they are worthless, used as “things” rather than people before the full development of ego walls.2) Perceived betrayal of childhood ambitions.   Either giving them up, or doing things to achieve them that were in violation of core values.3) Abusive adult relationships.   “Crazymakers” who bond…
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    The Battersblog


    Lee Battersby
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:43 am
    Just for laughs-- high-pitched, hysterical laughter like a nail file along the edge of a glass-- here's a few songs to gt you through Halloween this year. I can't imagine what they all have in common.The Ballad of Dwight Fry-- Alice CooperAlice Cooper is the rock master of all things Guignol. And, apart from being damned creepy and a tribute to one of the great lost, mad creatures of the classic Hollywood monster era, Cooper recorded the "Gotta get out of here" refrain by lying on the floor of the studio and having a pile of folding chairs heaped over him until his claustrophobia took hold.

    Lee Battersby
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    It's Halloween, a time when we pause in our Godless lives to pay tribute to Saint Allens, the patron saint of childhood diabetes.Have a nasty little piece of fiction from my past to keep you warm. It was originally published in Scary Food, a horror fiction cookbook put out in the dim, distant past by now-defunct Aussie publisher Agog Press.Here it is, regurgitated for your pleasure. It's all you're getting: I've eaten all the candy., Rabbit, Run     So they picked him up, the broken-shelled, loose-limbed motherfucker, lying unconscious in a pool of his own piss. Didn’t…

    Lee Battersby
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:51 am
    "Oh, honey. It'll be perfect for the baby's room!"Part of the fun of science fiction is wondering what's out there: what strange, alien life waits for us out beyond the stars, with weird alien motivations and bizarre physical and emotional manifestations. It's part of the sensawunda that drove Golden Age SF and which you can still find in the pulpier fringes of the genre today. Let's be honest: aliens are fun.The quickest way to a gag cartoon is to take a situation, and flip it: take the ordinary and make it bizarre, take the incredible and make it mundane. Of course there will be giant,…

    Lee Battersby
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:44 pm
    So, remember when I said that I'll be appearing at a couple of Write Along the Highway events in November this year?Here's the first of them: I'll be conducting a free writing marathon at the Mundijong Library on the 18th of November.    I'll also be taking part in Nanowrimo again this year: if you want to buddy me up, you'll find me here.
  • Review: Lost

    Lee Battersby
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Lost by Michael RobothamMy rating: 4 of 5 starsStrong, muscular crime story that begins with intertwined mysteries-- who shot the narrator and left him to die in the Thames, and what has happened to his memory?-- and weaves them throughout a narrative of a cop at the end of his time, slowly coming to terms with the knowledge that his methods and obsessions are being sent irrevocably into obsolescence.Robotham's tight, controlled style never gives the reader time to draw back and see the greater narrative, and his masterful control of details and verisimilitude paint detailed vignettes that…
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    throw another bear in the canoe

  • bring the noise

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Airborne bear! Here I am at the finish line of the St. Paul Monster dash half marathon last weekend. We anyways look our best in race photos.
  • i only hear the singing

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    1500 words today on the welves, give or take. And I've been engaged in the auctorial pastime of updating my honeydew lists... and having one of those self-indulgent moments where it feels like it might actually be under control.One of the things I've been meaning to chat about is the tendency of writers, and creative people in general, to really shit hard on themselves and their work. Stop me if this sounds familiar: Nothing you do is ever good enough; no daily wordcount is ever enough; no recognition is deserved...Stop it.Seriously.Stop trash-talking yourself over your art. That kind of…
  • they got a name for the winners in the world. i want a name when i lose.

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    So I'm doing #NaNoFinishMo again this year. Because every month is #NaNoWriMo around here. Except for this year, apparently, because I got next to nothing done between May and October. Literally. I'm looking at my little metrics spreadsheet thingy, and there's like twelve weeks when I wrote zero words this year.Travel is a productivity killer, people.Of course, I am ignoring all those silly NaNoWriMo rules about when you start and what your project is supposed to be. This is not for science.Anyway, I'm back on the writing wagon, which feels kind of amazing. But also I'd forgotten how…
  • rock and roll is dead i probably should have stayed in school

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Hey! Guess what I've got?I've got some free copies of the Urban Fantasy Book Bundle to raffle off, is what. There is, of course, a mercenary aspect. So, since I have a living to make, here's how the raffle is going to work. All you have to do to enter is to post some sort of a link somewhere in your publicly accessible internets to the Storybundle in question. Once that's done, drop a link to the post in comments below! Raffle goes until Wednesday night at midnight Central time.You can enter multiple times with multiple posts. Comment once for each post. Simple, right? Yay!
  • there's a crack in the mirror and a bloodstain on the bed

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    My Moscow Metro dog organlegging story, "This Chance Planet," is live at! (I would have mentioned it yesterday, but I was on airplanes.)And now that I've dropped a giant graphic in your internets and presumably have your attention (art by Robert Hunt), it's time to reveal some titles! The titling gnomes have finally prevailed in their epic battle with der Fehlerteufel, and Eternal Sky 4-6 (collectively known as The Lotus Kingdom) have grown beautiful titles ripe for harvesting.Or something.So without further ado, let me introduce you to my next three fantasy novels.The Stone in the…
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    Vicious Imagery

  • Genius: why music sounds better on vinyl

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    This video seems like all gimmick, but the narrative kicks in halfway through...
  • Rehearsal pics from 'The Cripple of Inishmaan'

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Johnnypateenmike [George Gilliland] gossips to Aunt Kate [Julie Devine]I'm in a production of Martin McDonagh's play The Cripple of Inishmaan, being staged Oct. 15-18th at the Corn Exchange in Biggar [tickets available here]. It's a hilarious, sometimes heart-breaking and politically incorrect comedy-drama by the creator of In Bruges, one of my favourite films. Director Leah Moorhouse is doing a stellar job with this, aided and abetted by a great crew - it'll be a blast. Johnnypateenmike and his Mammy [Judy Jordan]Cripple Billy [James Boyd] and his Aunt KateJohnnypateenmike spreading more…
  • The funniest thing I've seen this week

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    Via almost everybody in the world ever.
  • This was so nearly my blip of the day

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    This was nearly my blip of the day, but another Florence photo won that race.
  • Kiwi music: 'Rise & Fall' by Nadia Reid

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:47 pm
    That's my dream house, by the way - weatherboard villa, wraparound verandah. Sigh.
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  • Friday Night Videos

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Here's a little "Torture" to set the Halloween mood. What? You were expecting "Thriller" or something? Too obvious. Now, I'm the first to admit that this single off the Jacksons' reunion album was underwhelming, especially in the very long shadow cast by Thriller's parade of chart-topping hits. But you know what? This video is so nuts that the music is irrelevant. It makes no sense in the way Captain Eo makes no sense, but this one has dancing skeletons and spider-people, but near as I can tell, no Michael. So, yeah. Happy Halloween! Previously on Friday Night Videos... Lindsay Stirling. Now…
  • Friday Night Videos

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    This video of "Roundtable Rival" is gloriously gonzo. Crazy old west steampunk, outrageous dance moves and production values that are amazing in this era where YouTube is the only real outlet. Very impressive. And Lindsey Stirling is fantastic. I mean, she's an excellent musician, clearly. But to play the fiddle and bust those dance moves? Nobody else can do that. She has a magnificent sense of showmanship. Beyond the video, the music is quite catchy, too. Frankly, I'm astonished at her popularity. Not because she doesn't deserve it, but because this type of neo-Celtic sound has been around…
  • The story so far

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Today, The Wife and I signed away our home. We've lived here 11 years, and closing the sale was bitter sweet for us. Our real estate agent was actually concerned we'd back out. But we'd made a commitment to the young, newlywed couple who are giddy and eager to settle into their first home together, and it would be cruel to renege on the agreement. So, we are no longer homeowners. We have a three-week lease-back, and after that, we're homeless. Yeah. That's proven to be an "interesting times" situation. We had settled on a house, 3148 Oak Hollow Drive, New Braunfels, Texas, to be specific. You…
  • Babylon 5: The War Prayer

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:22 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…
  • Farscape: Rhapsody in Blue

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    My Farscape rewatch continues with "Rhapsody in Blue," one of those punnish titles the writers were ever so fond of. Crichton dreams himself back on Earth, at an earlier time, lounging around the bedroom with his girlfriend, Alex. After exchanging pillow talk/banter, Alex informs Crichton that yes, she has accepted the position at Stanford, which will separate her and him, effectively ending their relationship. A heartbroken Crichton reaches down and pushed an engagement ring under the bed to hide it from her. A sudden starburst jars him awake, and reaching the bridge he learns Moya's…
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  • Antics & Etc

    13 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Deadlineville here, so mostly this is a quick wave, but a couple of fun things from the weekend. I was at the Books by the Banks festival Saturday, where I met many fabulous readers and other writers and got to catch up with some old friends. Many thanks to the excellent Joseph-Beth Booksellers, festival staff and the great volunteers. Also! There was a Teen Scene event with the local circus school and I got to do this:   Loading I wire-walked! View on Instagram Thanks to those who assisted me, both in staying upright and in grabbing the video and some photos. (Yes, I'm using Instagram…
  • Things That Are Free (Contest Winner + Books By The Banks + A Tip For NYCC Goers)

    9 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    Three things: Thing the First) Thanks to all of you who entered the YASH bonus contest and the winner is... ::drumroll:: Melissa R., who I've already contacted. Yay. Hope you enjoy the book and that some of the rest of y'all check it out too. Thing the Second) I'll be at Books by the Banks this Saturday in Cincinnati. Admission is free, but there will be copies of Girl on a Wire (and lots of other books) on sale from the divine Joseph-Beth Booksellers and I'll happily scribble in one for you. Or just come by and say hi. I'll also be doing “Speed Dating” as part of…
  • AMA

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    I'm doing an AMA over at the YA reddit today, so go forth and ask me questions. And I'll figure out the contest winner of the #YASH bonus Kindle contest later tonight and post here/notify the winner within the next day. The launch party was a blast; thanks to all who came.
  • A Few Things!

    3 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    If you're here for the #YASH, post is right below this one or click here. A few very nice things. Girl on a Wire is on some lists for October books: "Top Picks for Science Fiction and Fantasy Reads in October" by John DeNardo over at Kirkus; "This Is One Of The Best Months Ever For Science Fiction & Fantasy Books" by Charlie Jane Anders over at io9 (*waves to friends on this one too*); In the weekly Book Riot New Books! newsletter put together by bookselling legend and basic rockstar Liberty Hardy; And last but not least "39 Science Fiction, Fantasy &…
  • YA Scavenger Hunt Is Afoot! (Plus: Mega-Bonus Contest)

    2 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    Welcome to this stop of the YA Scavenger Hunt extravaganza! I'm Gwenda Bond *wave* and my stop on the hunt is being hosted by my wonderful agent sister Paula Stokes, where you can take a gander at a deleted scene from Girl on a Wire (it's from early on the book, so shouldn't spoil things if you haven't read it yet and it's where Jules actually convinces her dad to go to the Cirque, plus there's pie). If you're new to the hunt, this tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus…
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    Swan Tower

  • A Year in Pictures – Bones in the Parisian Catacombs

    Swan Tower
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This work by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. In the late eighteenth century, health concerns led the city of Paris to empty all the cemeteries within city bounds and move the remains to a series of catacombs outside the walls. There are an estimated six million people down there — you see only a fraction of the remains on your tour — and most of it is very difficult to photograph, as they don’t allow tripods or flash (so as to protect the bones). This picture, however, came out…
  • why I hate the dress shoe industry

    Swan Tower
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    A while ago I posted about needing new dress shoes. A lot of you gave helpful feedback, whether on LJ, on DW, or by email, and I was optimistic for the future. Then I actually tried to get some shoes. Really, I should have started this hunt way sooner — and with that in mind, I’m going to continue the hunt, because the shoes I bought for my immediate purpose meet basically none of my initial criteria. The heels are too high, they have no padding, they have no arch support. They’re just the best I was able to obtain on short notice. The shoes I found that might have worked…
  • A Year in Pictures – A Mausoleum in Brompton

    Swan Tower
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    This work by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Closing out our tour of the three great cemeteries I’ve visited, we have this mausoleum in Brompton, which makes me think inescapably of New Orleans — probably because that’s one of the few places in the U.S. where you’re liable to find this kind of mausoleum, weathered and stained and picturesque. Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there. This entry was also posted at…
  • links for the fighty types

    Swan Tower
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    These have been piling up for a while, so I might as well put them all in one post: Guys in actual armor demonstrating how well you can move in it (I especially like the heel-kick) How does Thibault cancel out Capo Ferro (spoiler: it’s a lot less fancy than the movie would have you believe) Fact-checking fight-books: comparing historic injury patterns to strikes in modern European sword arts (the percentage breakdowns for different weapons are especially interesting) Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there. This entry was also posted at…
  • A Year in Pictures – Highgate Urn

    Swan Tower
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    This work by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. One final shot from Highgate: another funerary urn, this one beneath a tree whose clusters of berries were catching the sunlight beautifully. Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there. This entry was also posted at Comment here or there.
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  • Asides: on Pax Americana, Libertarians and where the #$#! are our Roosevelts?

    David Brin
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Mid-week, let's pause to get a few points out of the way. Below I will have some things to say about current American politics -- about "Galt's Gulch in Chile" and about... "The Roosevelts."But first... clearly my most provocative stance is to defend the period -- post WWII -- called  "PA"… or Pax Americana.  It's a topic wherein I think we can distill what is loony about both sides in the current, re-ignited US civil war... as well as simplistic and comfortable cliches that are clutched by many of our friends, overseas.PA has lasted all our lifetimes, since…
  • An Unstable World: Part III: Tyranny's Logic and the Dilemma of "Reasonable Men"

    David Brin
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Continuing our discussion of recent global crises from Parts I and II, I want to say a few words about the current ISIS-Crisis.  But -- typically -- I will get to the "new caliphate" only after taking an intellectual detour!  Starting with a look at a couple of brilliantly dark explorations of the human potential for tyranny. Then distinguishing among many types of "reasonable" and "unreasonable" men.== Food for thought ==Let's start with a fascinating quotation from George Orwell's classic "Nineteen Eighty-Four" -- " was also clear that an all-round increase in…
  • Voter ID Laws: Scam or Accountability?

    David Brin
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    During this (or any) electoral season, it pays to get off the left-right political axis – and examine particular political issues on their own merits. So let’s take a closer look at one of them… Voter ID laws. (Feel free to watch this essay given orally, on YouTube!)To some, these laws deal with a problem -- electoral fraud, when cheaters pretend to be someone else to cast illicit vote. Statistics show such voter fraud is extremely rare. (See “Voter Fraud is Rare, but Myth is Widespread.”) Still, when it happens it is a bad thing.  Opponents to this spate of laws –…
  • An Unstable World: Part II China

    David Brin
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    Continuing from last time... let's move on to our next source of tension or "history that refuses to end."== China: a humble historical correction ==China and the West are clearly heading toward an inevitable -- and we hope very peaceful -- reconfiguring and renegotiation over trade and other relations. Why? Because the trade imbalances... tsunami flows of money, capital investment, knowledge and intellectual property from west to east ... have achieved their main historical purpose, lifting China in history's Great Vault Forward, transforming that…
  • An Unstable World? Part One: Russia

    David Brin
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Some folks have lately asked why I seem so calm, when every week brings news of yet another brewing disaster, with the world apparently spinning into chaos.  So much for Francis Fukayama's famous line - around 1990 - that the rapid and unstoppable spread of liberal democracy would soon bring an "end of history."A few years earlier, I had made a different prediction. That the Cold War and the communist empire would soon shatter... (few believed it even remotely possible)... but that our struggles would thereupon move on to strife between a rising world-liberal culture...
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    Dispatches from Tanganyika

  • Happy Halloween!

    Billy Martin
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:51 pm
  • Balloon-Strings

    Billy Martin
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    This sleep experiment has some interesting effects. This morning at Wal-Mart, I felt like Ralph Roberts with his balloon-strings. I couldn't quite see them coming out the tops of people's heads, but everyone was suddenly very vivid and gorgeously colored, just regular people going about their regular business, and yet star stuff.(When I told Grey everyone at Wal-Mart was beautiful, he said, "Yep, we need to get you to bed.")
  • I Am Here

    Billy Martin
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Did I miss a day already? I don't know anymore, because we don't have the usual number of sleeps and waking periods; I'm just endeavoring to write in here every 24 hours or so. Tonight I was lighting a candle, and I thought, I am here; I am in this place because I have chosen to be, and I do what I choose, not what anyone else wants me to do, and I do my best to take care of the ones I love, and most of the time I can, and that is a good life.
  • Noodle & Pie

    Billy Martin
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:17 pm
    People seem to have taken my previous entry as an exhortation, when it was really only a personal resolution -- but if it gets more folks back to LJ, I suppose that's good. I know this is no longer a fashionable blogging platform, but the things that are popular, like Instagram, I don't understand. Old fogies of the Internet, unite.Today we had lunch at Noodle & Pie, Eman Loubier's ramen joint on Magazine Street. Both the noodles and the pie were excellent. Grey was very game about eating ramen, though he poked dubiously at his soft-boiled egg and gave me the hairy eyeball for having told him…
  • Resolution

    Billy Martin
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    Help revive Livejournal. Write something here every day. Don't just post stuff for sale or reposts from Facebook. Don't worry about whether it is crappy or embarrassing. Today's thought is about how we are attempting to emulate the sleep patterns of our cats. We sleep in short stretches when we feel like it, work when we are awake. So far, Grey is more productive than ever. Myself, I'm not sure about yet, but I seem to be doing OK. Not so much art, but lots of Voodoo/hoodoo work for people. I seem to be specializing in honey jars.
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    Tobias Buckell

  • Seeing the Dinosaurs in Lima

    Tobias Buckell
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    I took the kids down with me to run some chores in Lima on Sunday, and to reward them took them to a dinosaur exhibit that was being advertised for that weekend only in the fairgrounds called “Discover the Dinosaurs.” I knew it would be somewhat cheesy, but the girls love dinosaurs and I thought it would be fun. $60 worth of fun? Ouch. The tickets were crazy expensive. And as we approached the door there were parents walking out cussing up a storm. $20/person is a lot of money for a family to shell out around these parts, and people weren’t getting a lot for their money.
  • BusyContacts looks interesting for contacts management

    Tobias Buckell
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    I mentioned investigating CRM solutions to handle so many contacts a couple posts back. Good grief, man, on the desktop side the field is so. fucking. clunky. So much unintuitive software. I know I no longer have the patience I did in my 20s for fiddling around with software, but there’s a certain level of ‘why can’t I…?’ that if I keep having to ask, I just uninstall and move on. The reason is that most of the solutions are aimed at large teams and small companies (Highrise online, Daylite and etc on the desktop). Most of the software felt like using a nuke to…
  • I had no idea: Sweden’s deadly subs

    Tobias Buckell
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    This is a fairly fascinating tale of military leapfrogging: Sweden Has A Sub That’s So Deadly The US Navy Hired It To Play Bad Guy: “We have been glued all week to the sub saga off the coast of Sweden, where six days in Swedish forces have only now called off their search for an elusive sub hiding in the waters off Stockholm. Yet what nobody has mentioned is just how deadly and capable Sweden’s own subs are, and there are few better weapons for catching a sub than another sub.” (Via Jalopnik.) I would totally have worked that into Arctic Rising if I’d known.
  • Why I’m investigating contact and sales management software to help my writing (tools are found in many places)

    Tobias Buckell
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    I was talking over the struggles I was having with tracking projects through various stages (novels, relaunches, foreign editions, self publishing, potential new Kickstarters) with a friend who runs a sales business, as well as bemoaning my horrible mess of notes about contacts (reviewers, publicists, people who have asked me to do remember to send them something when it becomes available years ago). “You need a CRM tool,” he said. “A what?” He quickly introduced me to some overly complex tools for lead generation and contact management that sales people use, which…
  • A Bear: an original illustration by Calli

    Tobias Buckell
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    I don’t want to be every other parent that thinks they have the most artistic children in the world and foists that upon everyone. But ever since Cal showed me the cover of a ‘book’ that she made in class about bears (including the oh-so-precocious spelling of ‘hibrnat’ for hibernate) I’ve been mulling over just how good she’s gotten at drawing things in a short time. I mean, it was just a few months ago that everything she drew was stick figures. Like, very, very basic stuff. Now I have a bear with a quirky expression on its face, and I just want to…
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    Dark Roast

  • Coffeeneuring #4: an important new rule

    Emma Bull
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    Another Sunday, another lovely coffee. This time my barista was behind the counter at Freewheel Bikes Midtown, conveniently located on my freakin' beloved Midtown Greenway.Yes, it's a bike shop AND a coffee bar. Sounds perfect, right?Lovely coffee. Good ambience. They have a Metro Transit bus bike rack in the store, so you can learn to use it under less trying circumstances than at the bus stop with the driver glaring at you and checking his watch. Great people-watching, with everyone from local high school kids to the spandex-head-to-toe bike crowd passing in and out.Wee little problem,…
  • No, seriously

    Emma Bull
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    John Fluevog made a stegosaurus shoe.Good thing I can't walk in a heel that high.
  • Coffeeneuring #3

    Emma Bull
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Selfie, with brave steed:A medium latte and some proofreading in a fireside chair:And documentation from Strava:Four more weekends to go...
  • Coffeeneuring #2

    Emma Bull
    11 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    And off again! This time to visit Minnehaha Falls for METHODcon's War for the Oaks locations tour, and score a large cuppa from Sea Salt Cafe at the park pavilion. This one was almost a Coffeeshop Without Walls entry, because, though Sea Salt has plenty of walls, I drank my coffee while wandering about pointing out landmarks from the first battle in the book. Big fun.The coffeeneurs ready to set out:Coffee achieved!A stop at Elevated on the way home, for good beer (the Elevated folks also understand bikes, and thus, good bike racks):And Strava's record of the two segments, There, and Back…
  • Seven weekends, seven coffee shops.

    Emma Bull
    5 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    This weekend saw the beginning of this year's Coffeeneuring Challenge. And since this year I actually knew about the thing beforehand, I've flung myself into it. Because bicycling + coffee = this is what I wanted to do with my weekend anyway.My first coffee shop turned out to be the Blue Moon Coffee Cafe on Lake Street and 39th Ave., because they're open until late-thirty on a Sunday, and I had to swing by Savers on Lake Street to drop off stuff. I cleverly forgot to set my cool phone app (Strava, in my case) to record my distance from the start, so I charted my mileage from Savers' parking…
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    Stephanie Burgis

  • Halloween stories

    Stephanie Burgis
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Happy Halloween, everyone! Over here, we're dealing with a bit of a horror story with our new house (wahhh - oh, the stress), but for a much more fun approach to the holiday, I thought I'd post a quick reminder: you can still find my very Halloween-y story "Clasp Hands" (written last Halloween, in the spirit of the season!) free online at Daily Science Fiction.I hope you enjoy it! And have a great holiday.
  • Stress and a Love List

    Stephanie Burgis
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:35 am
    Oof. Yesterday we got the keys to our (much more expensive) new house, opened the door...and what we found inside was Not Good. :( Today I woke up early, stressing about issues that need to somehow be fixed extremely quickly, before we move in in just three days.Really, really not fun.But that means that today of all days, I really, really need to find a way to focus on the better stuff, so that I don't just curl up into a ball of stress and worry. So! Here is my list of things I love today:1. My parents are here! Woooot! It makes an enormous practical difference to have them here to help…
  • Deadlines, Books, Hot Chocolate and Highlights

    Stephanie Burgis
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Whew! I hit two important writing deadlines in the last week, and collapsed with a sigh of relief afterward. Now I get to focus almost all of my available energy on the upcoming house move...eep. Can I have some more writing deadlines, please??? ;)In good writing news, though, I got a contract tonight for my short story "Marking Time," which is going to be published on Daily Science Fiction soon. Hooray! I think I forgot to mention here before that I had sold it, but yay, I did, and that was some of the nicest news of the last couple of weeks. I hope you guys like the story when it comes…
  • Reminders For the Bad Days

    Stephanie Burgis
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    There are some life lessons I never seem to learn for long…but maybe if I write this one down, today, that'll help it stick in my mind for next time.This afternoon, after pushing myself much too far, physically, this morning, I was flopped in my bed, feeling really crashed, and - surprise, surprise - started feeling really depressed in reaction. I'd planned to write once I'd had an hour of rest, but by the time the hour was over, I felt so depressed, I told myself I couldn't write - especially because the one thing my brain had decided to focus on in particular, today, was the quality and…
  • Books That Are Keeping Me Happy

    Stephanie Burgis
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:39 am
    There are way too many important deadlines approaching in this house this month, between Patrick's current freelance deadline, my current freelance deadline, a grant application I'm trying to get sent off by the end of this week, and, of course, our big, looming house move in just over two weeks. (Auuuuuuugh! SO not ready.)So, as you can imagine, there's a fair amount of stress going on over here at the moment.But! I've been doing some really good reading. First, I read the best short story collection I've read in a long time, Zen Cho's Spirits Abroad. It's a collection of witty, fabulous…
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    Mabfan's Musings

  • The Brookline Parent: Sukkah to Me!

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    To quote gnomi:New holiday-themed The Brookline Parent column up! Read about how Muffin and Squeaker celebrate Sukkot!
  • I Remember the Future Film - Baltimore Science Fiction Society - November 15, 2014

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    Great news for folks in the Baltimore, Maryland, USA area who are interested in seeing the "I Remember the Future" film! By special arrangement with KAS Creations, it will be screened at the Baltimore Science Fiction Society in November.Details:Saturday, November 15, 2014, at 7 pm3310 E Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21224Directions : by coming attractions and Balticon film festival items of interest. Snacks and beverages. BYOB.For more information, call (410) 563-2737I'd like to thank KAS Creations for making this special…
  • 9/11: Thirteen Years Ago — Personal Reflections

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    Exactly thirteen years ago today, terrorists attacked the United States of America. They flew planes into the World Trade Center in New York City and into the Pentagon near Washington, DC. They most likely would also have flown a plane into the Capitol building but were stopped by the passengers of United 93. Almost 3,000 people died that day.Because I'm obsessed with exactness, I've made sure for a while now to know the exact times of certain events that took place on 9/11. The bare sequence of events at the World Trade Center was as follows:8:46:26 AM: North Tower Hit9:02:54 AM:…
  • Why I Support Steve Grossman for Governor

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    I’ve mentioned in a few places that I am supporting Steve Grossman in his candidacy to be the new governor of Massachusetts. I know that some of my friends (and possibly others) are interested in my opinion and endorsement and where it comes from. So to that end, here’s a short article explaining why I support him. If you’re still undecided in this race, please consider reading it.The short version is that having met Steve a few times over the past 12 years, I have seen that he is an intelligent man who also cares about the people around him and listens to the voters. He is…
  • The Brookline Parent: Kindergarten: The Journey Begins

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    In this week's The Brookline Parent, I discuss the decisions gnomi and I had to make as we send Muffin and Squeaker to Kindergarten in the new school year.Read Kindergarten: The Journey Begins and find out what those decisions were...
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    Pushing a Snake Up a Hill

  • Spaceship Two Explodes on Test Flight

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    This has been a wrenching week for space enthusiasts, and especially space entrepreneurs. I just read the heartbreaking news that Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship Two exploded during a powered test flight today, killing one of the two pilots and seriously injuring the other. (This follows the explosion, a few days ago, of Orbital Science’s Antares cargo rocket, on liftoff for the International Space Station.) Both were privately funded space ventures. Spaceship Two, of course, was slated to carry paying passengers on brief excursions into space (suborbital, not orbital). It is the offspring of…
  • Happy Halloween Kobo Sale: Oct. 31– Nov. 3

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you like to buy ebooks at Kobo (they’re the ones with the waterproof ereader!), you might like their sale running this weekend: 35% off on selected titles. I’ve got a couple of books in the sale, as do some of my colleagues at Book View Café. What you do is pick your books from the sale page and apply this coupon code at checkout: UNLIMITED35. That sale page will let you see the whole spectrum of offerings. For my own books, you can go straight to Eternity’s End and Star Rigger’s Way. But don't forget to use the coupon code. Trivia point: The hero of Eternity’s End, name of…
  • Another Flying Car on the Horizon!

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    This story made me immediately think of my Slovenian-made moped, a Tomos. Well, the wily Slovakians are giving my neighbors the Terrafugia people a run for their money on the race to develop a practical flying car. (A race that’s been on for, what, sixty or seventy years? About as long as the race to develop practical fusion power.) Take a look at this beauty, the Aeromobil 3.0. (Best viewed at full-screen size.)View on Washington PostEstimated to cost only a few hundred thousand dollars! (But I’ve already got the pilot’s license, so I’m partway there.) Woo-hoo!
  • Antares Explosion

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    I’ve written from time to time about the encouraging progress being made in privately funded efforts to get us into space. SpaceX has certainly had some great successes lately. And so has Orbital Sciences. But I suppose I should note the bad along with the good. This failure of the Antares cargo rocket bound for the ISS, yesterday, had to be a huge blow to the folks at Orbital Sciences. But thankfully no one was hurt. It’s yet another reminder that space travel isn’t easy, and won’t be for a long time to come. Let’s hope they can find the cause of this, fix it, and get back onto the…
  • Enough With the Auto Accidents!

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    A little over a year ago, our daughter Lexi got hit by a car while biking, injuring her knees and laying her up for a while. A little less than a year ago, my wife Allysen got rear-ended in our 2010 Fusion, leaving her unharmed but the Fusion totaled. Yesterday, Lexi got hit again, rear-ended in her Subaru on an on-ramp in Providence. She’s got some whiplash to deal with, and the jury is still out on her home-on-wheels Outback. I’m really grateful she’s alive and relatively uninjured, as auto accidents go. But she’s pretty upset, understandably. We were concerned about her safety in…
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    The Mumpsimus

  • Notes on Passages from J.M. Coetzee's Foe

    Matthew Cheney
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Though J.M. Coetzee's work has long fascinated me, I've avoided writing anything on Foe, because every time I tried to write anything, it felt obvious and stupid. It's the same feeling I've gotten whenever I've tried to write about Samuel Beckett or Franz Kafka, two other favorites of mine. Perhaps what has defeated me with writing about Foe is something similar to what defeats me whenever I've tried to write about Beckett and Kafka, who were, in fact, considerable influences on Coetzee — their work is so what it is that to add words around it feels inevitably reductive, a violence against…
  • What Ever Happened to Modernism by Gabriel Josipovici

    Matthew Cheney
    4 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    This review was first published in Rain Taxi in the spring of 2011. I'd actually forgotten all about it, but then came across it as I was reorganizing some folders on my computer. In case it still holds some interest, here it is. (Page references are to the Yale hardcover, and were for the copyeditors to double check my quotes; they weren't in the print version of the review, but I've kept them in because, well, why not...) One of the pleasures of Gabriel Josipovici’s What Ever Happened to Modernism? is that it all but forces us — dares us, even — to argue with it.  Josipovici…
  • Terry Gilliam: The Triumph of Fantasy

    Matthew Cheney
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Press Play has now posted my latest video essay, "Terry Gilliam: The Triumph of Fantasy". It also has a short text essay to accompany it. Here's how that one begins:In a 1988 interview with David Morgan for Sight and Sound, Terry Gilliam proposed that the most common theme of his movies had been fantasy vs. reality, and that, after the not-entirely-happy endings of Time Bandits and Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen offered the happiness previously denied, a happiness made possible by “the triumph of fantasy”.That triumph is not, though, inherently happy. Gilliam’s occasional…
  • "Patrimony" in Black Static 42

    Matthew Cheney
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:56 am
    The latest issue of the venerable British horror/dark fiction magazine Black Static includes my latest story, "Patrimony", and is now available both in print and as an e-book in various formats. I'm thrilled with the accompanying illustration by Richard Wagner, and thankful to Andy Cox for buying the story and rushing it into print, because it's one of the strangest and most disturbing things I've ever written, and not the sort of thing that just any editor would get excited about.For a preview, here's the first paragraph:For most of my life, I worked in the gravel pit as an overseer. There…
  • John Cheever's (Queer) "Country Husband"

    Matthew Cheney
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    Going through some of the secondary literature on John Cheever in preparation for a class in which I assigned the students to read his 1954 story "The Country Husband", I was surprised to find no discussion of the story within a queer context. My search was not comprehensive, but the connection seems so obvious to me, and so illuminating for the story, that I'm surprised it isn't mentioned by most people who write about Cheever's tale.Paging through Blake Bailey's comprehensive biography of Cheever makes the connection even more obvious than the story itself does, for Bailey notes that…
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    John Crowley Little and Big

  • Distaff

    John Crowley
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    "Distaff" is a metonymy for the female side of a family (or society, I guess.)  What is the equivalent metonymy for the male side?
  • Another (sigh) grammar whiz

    John Crowley
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    I am beginning to believe that the only reason I find these tricksome is my own declinign cognition.Rules as usual:  add words at beginning or at end, no adding internal punctuation, no meta-syntax (using a word to stand for itself qua word, as "word" is used herein.)  Her eit is (from the Times, but no googling):    including that volunteer battalions
  • Googlewhacked

    John Crowley
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    Okay here's what's on my mind.  My sister Nora noted that a phrase in Little, Big  that Ron Drummond deployed as a title for his latest 25thAnniversary edition (address alll queries to him)  is a Gogglewhack -- that is, two words that when searched for togehter without any other words receives no hits at all.   (The two words were "undisentanglable convolvulus" if you need to know).  When this fact is posted soemwhere, of course, the Googlewhack evaporates, since the post about it will be returned in a Google search.  Anent this,…
  • Pictures and books

    John Crowley
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    Here's a query -- not idle really but pedagogical (my daughter teaches children) --Books of mostly pictures where the pictures are mysterious, need interpretation, or contain a mystery.  Chris Van Allsburg's  Myster4ies of Harris Burdick is an example.  Thoughts?
  • Reverting to type

    John Crowley
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:15 pm
    The title of a n article by Ralph Caplan in the AIGA Newsletter about the current fashion for taking up writing on typewriters in spite of... well in spite of everything."Occasionally one meets or hears about writers who pride themselves on not using computers, triggering memories of writers who refused, for similar reasons, to use typewriters when they were the most efficient alternative to pens. In college I had a professor who had written several books and by the time I graduated had written several more. I was enviously dazzled by his…
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  • The Three High-Verbals, Part 2

    Peter David
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Originally published November 9, 2001, in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1460 So after I had completed my fifteen minutes of fame at MIT and Harlan had done his forty-five—which seemed proportionate, somehow—Neil came out and did this own chat with the group, far closer to my time than Harlan’s. Speaking in that calming and urbane fake British accent he puts on, the highlight of Neil’s time (as far as I was concerned) was a charming poem he’d written for his youngest daughter called “Crazy Hair” (i.e., the poem, not the child, is called “Crazy Hair.”) After that, Neil took his…
  • The PHANTOM ships this week

    Peter David
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    In case you haven’t heard–and I suspect that’s the case for many of you–I’m writing a six-issue PHANTOM limited series for Hermes Press. First issue ships this week. I suspect many stores aren’t intending to carry it because it’s off the Marvel/DC trail, so I would strongly suggest that if you’re interested, PLEASE order it in advance. For years fans have asked what my ideal series was and I always said “The Phantom vs. Tarzan.” That is essentially the story that I have written. Is Tarzan actually in it? Not exactly, but it’s…
  • The Three High-Verbals, Part 1

    Peter David
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Originally published November 2, 2001, in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1459 “It’s gonna be great!” said Harlan Ellison, which is usually enough to set off warning bells in my head. The new great thing that Ellison had masterminded was to be my introduction to, quite simply, the big time. The Big Stage. The Rilly Big Shoo, as Ed Sullivan used to say. Ellison had put together an evening of debate, discussion, and mishugas at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The concept was that Ellison, Neil Gaiman and I would take the stage as—in the spirit of the Three Tenors—the Three…
  • TV review: Smallville series premiere

    Peter David
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Originally published October 26, 2001, in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1458 Television being a spectacularly imitative medium, producers like to present new shows in ways that will evoke something else which has been successful. One also wants to have as many recognizable elements as possible in order to prompt more people to watch the show. And it was decided that Superman remains a consistently popular and attractive character (except when Nicholas Cage is slated to play him) and furthermore that Superboy may well appeal to a youthful audience. Not to a juvenile audience, as the previous half…
  • You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Him

    Peter David
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    So New York Comicon was a lot of fun. Had my picture taken with Clark Gregg. Met an entire cosplaying Young Justice, including Empress, Slo-Bo and Secret whom I’ve never seen cosplayed before. But here was the high point. Two guys came up to my table at Artists Alley and had me sign some books. They seemed genuinely enthused to meet me, which was nice. And they were about to leave when I noticed one of them was wearing a t-shirt with what looked like a stylized Jafar on it. I’d never seen it before and asked about it. And the other guy said, “This is the stage manager for…
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    Stephen Dedman

  • 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…
  • "Well, I'm back," he said.

    Stephen Dedman
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:56 pm
    (as they say in the classics). More photos to follow, plus TripAdvisor reviews.
  • "And I realise... I'm going home."

    Stephen Dedman
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Walked around Prague today, making sure I'd seen everything I wanted to see (apart from the Golem, which is supposedly hidden in the attic of the Old New Synagogue), then back to the hotel to pack.After London and Berlin, I thought I'd take a brief break from museum-hopping - but I rather liked this poster.Another museum I didn't explore, despite having featured it in 'Nanomorphosis'. Prague actually has two torture museums, as well as a Sex Machine museum. which I also skipped. Even the Kepler and Kafka museums didn't tempt me this time around. The Old New Synagogue, reportedly the home of…
  • "You Are Now Leaving West Berlin", or, "Short Trips: Destination Prague"

    Stephen Dedman
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:51 pm
    I arrived in Prague yesterday after spending four days in Berlin. The first two coincided with German victories in the World Cup, and the celebrations continued for the next two and may well still be going on. These celebrations occasionally blocked traffic, but as far as I could see, were entirely civilized, and it was good to see so many people happy in a city with such a grim recent history.I took a guided walking tour on Sunday, which started at the Brandenburg Gate and went via the Holocaust Memorial, Hannah Arendt Street, the site of the Fuhrerbunker (now a carpark, and apparently…
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    A.M. Dellamonica

  • Propitious Birds (Toronto Day 532)

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    A thing about living right downtown here is I mostly see sparrows and pigeons. Starlings, sometimes. Grackles and gulls, for sure. I&;ve had cardinals and finches in the tree outside my window, there&;s a young raptor who taunts me on Queen Street when I&;m out without the big zoom camera, and I can go to the lakeshore for ducks and cormorants. It&;s not as though the birds aren&;t here. But, day to day,…
  • Home from the West Coast, Catching Up

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    I’m ba-aaack! And so happy to be back with my wife and my kittens and all the wonderful things. I did some terrific things and saw many beloved friends while I was away, and will tell you all about it over the next little while, possibly in lots of short blog posts like this one. Here, for example, is a shot of me and author Don DeBrandt, channeling Charlie’s Angels. And here is a review of “The Color of Paradox,” and five other short stories, from The Other Side of the Rain.   Originally published at A.M. Dellamonica - Words and Pictures. You can comment here or…
  • Thankful for a whirlwind tour of #NYCC!

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    New York Comic Con was an enormous, delightful, fan-filled spectacle of an experience, and I was thrilled to be able to go there, to meet some readers and get to know all of Team Tor a little better. I got to talk magic systems with Sam Sykes, Ilona and Gordon Andrews, Kim Harrison, George Hagen and Jeff Somers at a standing-room only panel. I signed books, gave out Child of a Hidden Sea buttons, and met a lot of people who had, previously, been e-mail contacts. In and around the event, Kelly and I visited The Frick Collection, the Met, Chelsea Market and the High Line. We saw Cabaret, with…
  • The Change, feminism, and S.M. Stirling’s THE GOLDEN PRINCESS

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    I reviewed The Golden Princess for Bookworm Blues on On September 23rd. This is the latest in S.M. Stirling&;s Emberverse, and is set several generations after the Change. (The Emberverse has its own Wiki, so if you&;re looking to study up, go here.) The Golden Princess focuses on a new generation of Montival movers and shakers: Princess Orlaith, her brother and their various friends and followers. In the former category is the Empress of Japan, Reiko, a young ruler far from home. Like Orlaith,…
  • What Are You Working On This Autumn?

    3 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    photo by Kelly Robson Today I am shaving 260 words from one of the squid stories*, so I can send it to a market with a firm 7.5K word limit. I can tell I&;ve been through the story before. There&;s not much to trim. It&;s tempting to simply change the word count at the top of the page and assume they don&;t really care about that extra half page or so. But that would be errant smart-assery, not to mention unprofessional. Even if I…
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    Cory Doctorow's

  • Interview with The Geekcast

    Cory Doctorow
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    I sat down at New York Comic-Con with Aaron from The Geekcast podcast for a long, interesting interview (MP3) on a wide variety of subjects about art, computers, games and justice!
  • I’m coming to Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, SF/Palo Alto!

    Cory Doctorow
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:48 am
    As the tour with my graphic novel In Real Life draws to a close, my next tour, with my nonfiction book Information Doesn't Want to Be Free kicks off with stops down the west coast. I've also got stops coming up in Warsaw, London, Stockholm, Ann Arbor, Baltimore, DC, and Denver -- here's the whole list. Here's some of what Kirkus Review had to say about the new book: In his best-selling novel Ready Player One, Ernest Cline predicted that decades from now, Doctorow (Homeland, 2013, etc.) should share the presidency of the Internet with actor Wil Wheaton. Consider this manifesto to be…
  • There’s no back door that only works for good guys

    Cory Doctorow
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    My latest Guardian column, Crypto wars redux: why the FBI's desire to unlock your private life must be resisted, explains why the US government's push to mandate insecure back-doors in all our devices is such a terrible idea -- the antithesis of "cyber-security." As outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder invokes child kidnappers and terrorists, it's like a time-warp to the crypto-wars of the early 1990s, when the NSA tried to keep privacy technology out of civilian hands by classing it as a munition (no, seriously). Today, the need for the public to be able to thoroughly secure its data has…
  • My In Real Life book-tour!

    Cory Doctorow
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    I'm heading out on tour with my new graphic novel In Real Life, adapted by Jen Wang from my story Anda's Game. I hope you'll come out and see us! We'll be in NYC, Princeton, LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, Minneapolis and Chicago! (I'm also touring my new nonfiction book, Information Doesn't Want to Be Free, right after -- here's the whole schedule).
  • Homeland wins Copper Cylinder award for best Canadian YA sf novel

    Cory Doctorow
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    The Copper Cylinder Prize, voted on by members of the Sunburst Award Society awarded best YA novel to Homeland; best adult novel went to Guy Gavriel Kay's River of Stars. It's a fantastic honour, in some ways even better than winning the juried Sunburst Award, because popular awards are given to books that have wide appeal to the whole voter pool. I'm incredibly grateful to the Sunburst Award Society, and also offer congrats to Guy for his well-deserved honour. Sunburst Award Society Announces the Winners of Its Third Annual Copper Cylinder Awards
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  • Listmaking: Epic Fantasy with Protagonists &/or Settings of Color/Non-White

    Kate Elliott
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On Twitter @afrolicious asked: Any suggestions for epic fantasy books with Brown folx driving the action? People threw out a few suggestions but I thought it would be worthwhile to ask if anyone knows of a list that has already been compiled. I am SURE there is one but I am evidently not googling well enough to find it this morning, pre-caffeine. Regardless, I thought, why not mention some suggestions here. There is a very extensive YA Protagonists of Color/Non-White compiled by Rachel Brown here but it is specifically for YA (Young Adult) novels, not adult epic fantasy. She also references a…
  • Yom Kippur 5775 (2014)

    Kate Elliott
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm
    “This is my chosen fast: to loosen all the bonds that bind men unfairly, to let the oppressed go free, to break every yoke.” Isaiah Mirrored from I Make Up Worlds.
  • Summer Hiatus

    Kate Elliott
    9 Aug 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Due to circumstances this blog has mostly been on hiatus for the last year, and I want to make official that it will remain on hiatus until October, at which time I hope to start blogging regularly again in anticipation of my rather busy release schedule in 2015. For now: I will be attending Loncon 3 (London Worldcon) from 14 – 18 August. I’ve posted my programming schedule HERE. This is going to be a huge convention with tons of things going on. I will be giving out postcards of my forthcoming Tachyon collection, with its fabulous Julie Dillon cover. (If you come to my reading on…
  • Update on Melanie Rawn’s EXILES 3, The Captal’s Tower

    Kate Elliott
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Melanie has asked me to post the following, received from her via email.   Yes, I will write Captal’s Tower. I’m very sorry it’s taken so long. My sincere thanks to all of you who have been so patient. I’m currently writing the fifth book in the “Glass Thorns” series, and after that my plan is to get to work on Captal’s Tower. If anything about that plan changes, I’ll post on my website ( Mirrored from I Make Up Worlds.
  • Loncon3 / Worldcon Schedule

    Kate Elliott
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    Loncon 3 (London Worldcon) takes place 14 – 18 August 2014. My Philosophy of Con-going:  I attend conventions specifically to meet readers (and to see friends), so don’t be shy: Introduce yourself. I am scheduled for a Signing on Friday (see below), but for signing books/etc also please feel free to come to my Reading, sign up for my Kaffeeklatsch, or track me down after a panel (except when I have back to back events I will try to leave time open post-panel) because I can talk or sign then too I will also be at Fantasycon 2014, 5-7 September, in York, England, a small, informal…
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  • [Politics] Oh, yeah. Elections

    Josh English
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:13 pm
    We're what, three, four weeks from the election and I haven't picked up what was supposed to be my active citizenship stuff.It's a midterm election, and almost every pollster is claiming the Republicans will take the Senate, which I can't see, as they don't have a platform. They have Bengazi and Repeal Obamacare. They have "support families" by eliminating the minimum wage and "environmental protection" by letting oil companies write pollution guidelines.I probably won't get far this year, either. I'm feeling isolationist. The more I watch the…
  • [Writing] In Which I have a "Well, Duh" Moment

    Josh English
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Uncle Josh is supposed to go out and lift, and then walk to the library, so of course I ran through my Facebook feed and found this post shared by my friend John Burridge. In short, the post compares Amy Pond's basic arc with that of Twilight's Bella Swan (if I got the name wrong, I don't care. I'm writing this based on sciolism). The two characters have the same things happen: They must choose between two men of different species, there is a baby that grows incredibly quickly and marries the the other man.Uncle Josh says "pshaw!" Never mind that, as I understand…
  • [Reading] In which I feel a bit sensitive about passive narration

    Josh English
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:09 pm
    (crossposted from, I want to be clear that I'm not in one of those hypersensitive "am I the only person who recognizes passive voice these days" moods, because what's bugging me isn't strictly speaking, passive voice. In fact, I think proper passive voice would help cure my ill.I am workshopping a novel and for some reason phrases like "pain coursed through my body" are standing out and begging for the red-pen treatment. Similarly, "the blood spill on the floor made me slip" bugs me. Maybe I'm being peevish from…
  • [Story-A-Day] In Which I Point to a New Home

    Josh English
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Story A Day has moved. It has also revived itself with a quick piece on Care and Feeding by Tim Pratt, what was published at Daily Science Fiction last Friday.You can find my article here (but of course go read the story first).
  • In which I remember the whole blog/journal thing

    Josh English
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:20 pm
    I am very bad at quotidian. I think that's a given. I have also spent a lot of time trying to revive some projects elsewhere. For some reason, LiveJournal doesn't seem to be a home for me any more. I do most of my reading not through my friends feed, but through RSS feeds. It's not like I've been a king of journaling anyway. I hope to do better. Or at least more.I did spend some time writing up a new BWTR entry, and it will go out on Monday over there on WordPress.To quote Granny Weatherwax, I aten't dead.
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  • 1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 47

    Drak Bibliophile
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 47 Chapter 16: Wedding Plans March, April and May, 1635 The Hofburg Palace Vienna, Austria Emperor Ferdinand III wasn’t thrilled with the letter from Wallenstein. He looked at the two Liechtenstein brothers sitting across the table in the private audience room, and gestured with the letter from Karl Eusebius. “What is your nephew up to, gentlemen?” “Walking the tightrope?” Maximillian von Liechtenstein said. “When we set up the family charter, it gave Karl and his heirs much of the control over the family estates.
  • Polychrome – Chapter 20

    Drak Bibliophile
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Polychrome – Chapter 20 Chapter 20. Ugu the Unbowed stood on the balcony overlooking the petrified Emerald City; halfway to the horizon the pure dead gray ended, in a line as sharply drawn as if by a knife, and the green of the surrounding lands began. “And so it begins.” “Sire?” Cirrus Dawnglory – or, at least, the being who now wore his name and face – said, clearly unsure of what his King meant. “Ah, you are here. Excellent. Walk with me, Cirrus.” Ugu turned from the balcony and began a slow walk into the depths of the Gray Castle. “Our…
  • 1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 46

    Drak Bibliophile
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 46 Vienna “Well, the LIC sent the money,” Moses Abrabanel said, smiling. “I figured they would,” said Dana Fortney. “But we still aren’t going to be able to start the rail line. Not enough iron, and it will be four months before the steel mill in Linz will be running.” “I was given to understand it was going to use wooden rails.” “It is. In fact, we’re going to use dowels instead of nails and spikes whenever we can. But we still can’t avoid using steel for some things. And we need…
  • Castaway Planet – Chapter 06

    Drak Bibliophile
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Castaway Planet – Chapter 06 Chapter 6 Akira’s arms hugged Laura tightly for a moment. “Are you all right?” “I think so,” she answered on the same channel. One good thing about having private comm channels was that you could have a private conversation even in the middle of a not-too-large cabin. “But my God, Akira.” Even after four days it was still hard to grasp what had happened, and only now that they had successfully reached that target solar system had she started to allow herself to think beyond the question of whether something would…
  • 1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 45

    Drak Bibliophile
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 45 “Is Karl all right with a morganatic marriage?” asked Judy the Elder. “He says he is,” Sarah said. “And I think it’s mostly true.” “Mostly true?” “Well, he grew up Prince Karl, heir to the Liechtenstein family holdings, so he’s a bit ambivalent about not passing that on to his children. On the other hand, he knows that between us we can set up trusts that will make sure that the kids have a good start. And in the new world we’re building here in the USE, that should be…
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  • squid-crud

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:33 pm
    The crud I have has still got me wrapped up in serious tentacles. Gah! Everything from chills and sweats to headache, sore throat, stuffiness, sneezing, nausea, stomach pain . . .  Yeah. I’ve had it for coming up on two weeks now. I’m tired of it. Seriously tired of it. Oh, and it makes me killer tired while at the same time gives me insomnia and oh, yeah, let’s not talk about the intestinal stuff because why wouldn’t that be a part of it, too? My plot thickens. Unfortunately, it’s a hot, sticky, thick gelatinous mess, that sort of looks like boiled phlegm. I…
  • say what now?

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Girlie: Momma, you’re the best mom ever! me: aw, thanks sweetie Girlie: roughly speaking, you’re also kinda mean. O.o Originally published at You can comment here or there.
  • Kindle sale!

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Great news! The Cipher is on the Kindle Daily Deal today for $1.99! If you haven’t read it, if you know someone who might enjoy it, or want to give it as a gift, today is the day to get your copy! Please share the word! Originally published at You can comment here or there.
  • Pause in the rain

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:39 pm
    I spent a bunch of time today with Devon Monk talking writing, business, family, promotion, and all sorts of other things. It was lovely to get together and chat. We’ve both been swamped with work and life and haven’t had a chance to get together for awhile. It was quite fun. Boy of size is sick again. Or rather, back to sicker, because he’s never achieved wellness. He’s missed the week of school. I hope he’ll make it back by Monday. I’ll get him up for tomorrow, but chances are he won’t be able to make it. But Monday he’s going to go no matter…
  • Saturday, in the park, and also in Costco

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:34 pm
    I slept late today. Totally lazy. Let the kids sleep in. Let the dogs sleep in. All were happy. Also, Voodoo managed to eat all his brother’s dinner tonight, for no good reason. There had to be a Costco run today, to stock up on all those things that we’ve been running out of, but which seem important, particularly milk and toilet paper. Boy of size was very ill today (bad day for him) and so girlie and I headed of. The man went hunting, though fruitlessly. Sads for that. Would like some venison. So anyhow, on the way, stopped for some chai and got a text my friend that…
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  • I, For One, Welcome Our...etc etc

    Gary Gibson
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Perhaps the one step you can take into a Jetsons future reality is acquiring your very own R2 unit robot hoover. I got one last week, to free myself from the horrible tyranny of doing the hoovering. Forever.I have a lot to thank the little fella for. Owning it allows me to engage in the sfnal future I expected, nay demanded as a child. Screw jetpacks: give me a robot slave that does the hoovering without having to be asked to do it any day. And when the robot uprising arrives and they haul me before a jury of wrecked bomb disposal units and pissed-off Asimo's demanding to know why I…
  • Adios, old bicycle. Hola, reborn bicycle.

    Gary Gibson
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:20 am
    Yes, it's another post about bicycles. So sue me.So anyway, I crashed my shiny new carbon bike back in June and I haven't had the heart to write about it until now.  The carbon frame, one gear, part of the chainset, all fucked: my front wheel all bent out of shape.Given I only had the fucking thing about six months, this was, shall we say, not a good feeling.But these things happen. And the more you cycle, and the farther you go, the more likely it is to happen eventually. Fear not, however: for since the accident, my bicycle has returned, phoenix-like, with new or repaired components…
  • Random Idea Generator

    Gary Gibson
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:10 am
    So when I'm not pretty much glued to the computer screen following all the information (and disinformation) about the upcoming Scottish Referendum, I'm getting busy on doing all the things I usually do about this time of year when a book is finally out and another, as yet unpublished, is going through the submission process with my publishers: working out my taxes, cycling around Taipei (and there'll be a lengthy post coming up about that soon), and, most especially, coming up with ideas for new books.It's true that the ideas for several of my books have come to me in what I guess you'd call…
  • That Time Of Year Again

    Gary Gibson
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:52 pm
    ...when I have a new book out. Extinction Game is "officially" released today, although of course a number of you probably got your hands on the hardback already. The ebook, if you're one of the many who preordered, will likely be ready to download.In the meantime, I've been busy finishing the sequel to Extinction Game, which focuses on a new character quite different to the Pathfinders in the first book. It also answers some of the questions I left deliberately open in the previous volume, while asking some new ones.So far, the reception has been pretty positive. Here's some…
  • Win a copy of Extinction Game

    Gary Gibson
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:33 pm
    So somehow I missed this: SFX are currently running a competition to win one of five copies of Extinction Game, and you can find details of how to enter here.In other news, I just more-or-less finished the draft of the book that will follow Extinction Game some time next year. I think I feel comfortable in appending the term 'rip-snorting adventure' to this one. I say 'more or less' because there's a few tiny tweaks - literally just a sentence or two that need to be added here and there - but outside of that, it's done, and I might actually manage to write a couple of blog entries some time…
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    Where Personal and Professional Life Collide...

  • All Hallow's Eve and the jack is shining, shining, shining your way to your final home....

    Laura Anne Gilman
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    Lovely gripe-about-work/planning-the-move dinner with a friend at An Beal Bocht last night (Irish comfort food and microbrew FTW), followed by relatively early-to-bed. That means I should be wildly productive today, right?Yeah, right.  But there are some things that have deadlines today, so we'll get to that.  Appropriate, no, having a deadline today....?  (perhaps more appropriate tomorrow, but: Saturday)And - knowing that we don't get trick-or-treaters in this building - I have not bought any candy. This was probably wise. Not much fun, but wise.If anyone has any…
  • If you're in the NJ/NYC area next Tuesday....

    Laura Anne Gilman
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    And have nothing better worse to do after discharging your civic duty and voting....I'm part of a multi-author panel and signing at the East Brunswick (NJ) B&N, at 7pm!Brunswick Square Mall, 753 Rt 18 Brunswick Square Space 318, East Brunswick, NJ 08816, 732-432-0100C'mon, if I'm hauling down there, can't you?   *looks hopefully at all her NJ friends and readers who own cars*
  • It's raining tonight but nothing like my memories

    Laura Anne Gilman
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Two years ago tonight, I had moved my bed away from the windows, had stocked up on candles, batteries, and jugs of water, and made sure all my tech was fully charged, watching the news and wondering how bad it was going to get.We were lucky - all we lost here was a tree (I still miss that tree) and power only fluctuated. But there are areas of NJ and NYC that still haven't recovered entirely.I like storms. But if I never see Sandy's like again, that'll be good.flashbacks:the eve of the stormduringthe day after
  • In which your opinion matters (although it will not be binding)

    Laura Anne Gilman
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
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  • Monday

    Laura Anne Gilman
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    Yesterday was spent vising my cousin's new house, out in the semi-wilds of west-central Jersey.  It's a lovely house, a two-bedroom with a sunroom and a converted garage-turned-lounge, and a firepit in the garden, and I'd envy her except west-central Jersey is a need-a-car-to-do-anything place, and yeah, no.Westward Ho! Updatery:  Feline transport, arranged. Storage locker, rented (but not yet occupied). Movers, in negotiations. acquired. More packing supplies, en route and expected today.Work update:  SILVER ON THE ROAD revisions, finished (for the moment) and sent…
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  • Has #WeNeedDiverseBooks changed you?

    Shannon Hale
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    #WeNeedDiverseBooks is raising funds now on IndieGoGo to keep this movement going. Please consider donating. I would love to know if this movement has already affected you in some way. Please comment below and feel free to do so anonymously if you like. Writers, have you included diverse (POC, LGBTQ, disabled, religious, etc.) characters in your works-in-progress when you hadn't originally considered it? Agents, editors, have you specifically looked for diverse writers because of raised awareness following this campaign? Have you suggested or supported writers to include diverse…
  • Trinity syndrome and failed parody in The Lego Movie

    Shannon Hale
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    In June, Tasha Robinson wrote an interesting piece "We're Losing All Our Strong Female Characters to Trinity Syndrome." In it she points out something that has bothered many of us for years, how a movie will often introduce an amazing, interesting, capable female character (often the only one in the story) only to do nothing with her. After her amazing introduction, she becomes a prop, just to aid the guy along his protagonisty quest and/or be his reward at the end. Examples she gives: the eponymous Trinity (the Matrix) Valka (How to Train Your Dragon 2) - ugh, this one DROVE…
  • Like every superhero, every book has an origin story...

    Shannon Hale
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    She wears glass slippers. She sleeps in a tower. She sings to birds. She is the perfect princess. And for a monster-fighting heroine, that is the perfect disguise. Princess Magnolia is...The Princess in Black When she was four years old, my daughter Maggie (aka Magnolia) was examining her favorite article of clothing: a multicolored, butterfly-covered skort, the kind of thing that makes her feel pretty and princessy while still allowing her tumble about with ease. She pointed to each of the butterfly colors. “Pink is a girl color,” she said. “And purple, and yellow. But not black.”…
  • This princess wears black

    Shannon Hale
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Good morning, superheroes! Just a week away from the release of The Princess in Black! I am so excited for this book, it may as well be my first. Instead of my nineteenth. Can that be true? (*counts*) Nope. This book is my 18th. This book is my 19th. It comes out Oct 21, a week after The Princess in Black. Did I tell you about this? A collection of Ever After High short stories. Some were previously published as free ebooks. Five are new, plus fun extras. I'm excited to see this one! This book will be my 20th, out March 3, 2015. For my Princess in Black tour, I'll be in the DC and…
  • The rage of age ranges

    Shannon Hale
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    Recently someone in publishing told me, "You're not really a YA author."It bugged me, but I wasn't sure why, because middle grade rocks. If the only readers I ever reached were ages 8-12 I'd be a happy author. I love kids those ages as much as I love teenagers. So it shouldn't bother me. But I think I've finally figured it why it does. As an older teenager, I would have loved my books. The Goose Girl, Book of a Thousand Days, Dangerous, as well as my books that are considered younger like Princess Academy and Ever After High. And I have a lot of teen…
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  • 31 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    The new collection took a step forward this week. Just a thousand words to lay in on The Last Viriconium Story, some cleaning up (I seem to have called a lot of male characters Tim in the last few years), then that’s it. Thanks to everyone who suggested Ambiente Hotel flash fictions for inclusion: so far the hardest part has been weaving them through the longer stories. Most popular, here & IRL, were The Web, Rockets of the Western Suburbs, Earth Advengers & Explaining the Undiscovered Continent.
  • living in the future

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    There are futures everywhere. They’re at street corners. They’re waiting between the buildings of an old-fashioned industrial estate, the architecture of which hasn’t changed since the 50s. Or they’re waiting for a train in the middle of the day, in the empty middle of an afternoon, for something important to them but invisible to you. They’re in the provinces. They have a provincial nature, which is also invisible to you. They’re ordinary and self-similar. They’re not transparent. They have clothes, children, a job, or no job. They have ambitions. They’re a gesture, a…
  • anima

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:48 am
    I sat at the bottom of too many stairs in the 1960s. As a result, like many of us I no longer have any idea where I am. Instead I experience all the young Bob Dylan’s abiding sorrow at finding himself trapped in the body of a 69 year old Midlands bloke. The ghost of eccentricity howls in the bones of his fate. I did not exactly mean for that to happen. It’s not the end I would have wished, because back then he seemed so cruel & clever & vulnerable & I loved every complicated mouthful. Still, here we are. The two of us. Always waiting for her. Perhaps, in the end,…
  • 29 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    “Hello my love. All right ? Have you been busy ?” “It’s been nonstop all week.” “Look how dark it is out there!” “I know, it’s terrible isn’t it ?” “Cheerio my love. Have a nice week. Keep the change my love.” She watches them tiredly for a moment as they hesitate in the doorway looking out into the black rain, the car park, the blurry lights. Then she starts brusquely straightening the little round tables with their blue tablecloths and dark blue enamel-painted chairs. “I’ll put it in the box,”…
  • 27 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    Are yer an author or is yer name Arthur?
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    People are strange, when you're a stranger . . .

  • Street riot

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    We handed out 500 pieces of candy, in spite of taking time off for suppah and shutting down while the mob was still in full cry.
  • 31 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    We have decided that all the campaign signs are really Halloween decorations.
  • 31 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Disappointment -- Stephen and Tabitha King haven't decorated their house for Halloween.
  • Seasonal changes, N+1

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Ran the mower around the lawn for the last time this year, mostly mulching leaves.  Swapped it for the snowblower and test-fired the latter.  Winter edges closer.
  • Panic panic panic

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    The saga of the Ebola nurse continues.  No fear of zombies in Augusta, because no BRAINZZZ:
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    Jim C. Hines

  • Cool Stuff Friday: Do It Yourself Edition

    Jim C. Hines
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    I’ve been traveling since Thursday morning, and didn’t get the chance to round up some links for today. But that’s okay! Because with today being Halloween, I figured this was a good chance for folks to share their favorite Halloween-themed pictures and link. Awesome costumes, your favorite jack o’lantern, whatever makes you smile. Post a link in the comments and pass the smiles along. (If you’re on LiveJournal, comments are sometimes flagged as spam if they contain links. Sorry about that, and I’ll try to despam as I can.) See you next week! Mirrored from…
  • ICON Schedule

    Jim C. Hines
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    Tomorrow, I’m off to the wilds of Iowa to play Toastmaster at ICON 39. ICON is always fun, and this year I get to pick on guests of honor Elizabeth Bear, Scott Lynch, Lar deSouza, and Megan Lara. I’m told that I should get Scott up on stage at opening ceremonies to read erotica in his gnome voice… I’ll probably be reading my story from the next Chicks in Chainmail anthology on Saturday, for anyone who might want to swing by for that. My full schedule is below. Looking forward to seeing folks! And for the rest of you, I’ll catch up next week when I get back.
  • GamerGate and Diversity

    Jim C. Hines
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    A week or two back, some GamerGate folks put together the following graphic to try to prove … something. I think this was meant to go along with #NotYourShield, and to show that GamerGate is inclusive and diverse and so on, whereas four of the people who have spoken out against GamerGate are white men. So there! There are a few problems here, one of which is that whoever put this thing together doesn’t seem to know what “Check your privilege” means. More significantly, if you’re trying to demonstrate that your movement is so diverse and inclusive and welcoming,…
  • Legend of Korra 4×1: After All These Years

    Jim C. Hines
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    Legend of Korra 4×1: After All These Years Full episodes available at Episode Summary (from the Avatar Wiki): In the three years after the Insurrection of the Red Lotus, Republic City has come to terms with the spirits living in the metropolis, Kuvira and Baatar Jr., along with their supporters, have traveled the Earth Kingdom in an attempt to reunite it under her militaristic rule, and the Air Nation assists there where needed. By 174 AG, Asami Sato helped modernize Central City Station and Prince Wu is groomed to ascend the vacant Earth Kingdom throne with Mako momentarily…
  • GamerGate and Ethics in Journalism

    Jim C. Hines
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    For anyone who doesn’t know, the seeds of the GamerGate movement began when game developer Zoe Quinn’s former boyfriend wrote a blog post accusing her of cheating on him, and of generally being “an unbelievable jerk,” which led to a campaign of harassment against Quinn. Quinn’s ex- alleged that one of the people Quinn had slept with was journalist Nathan Grayson, and that this led to a brief mention of one of Quinn’s games in an article that was published before the alleged relationship ever started. Because GamerGate is all is about ethics in journalism.
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    Nicholas Kaufmann's Journal

  • Happy Halloween!

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year again — Halloween! My favorite holiday, for obvious reasons, what with me being such a horror hound and all. Tonight, as we’ve done for a few years now, Alexa and I are going over to our friends’ house in Kensington to help hand out candy to the neighborhood trick-or-treaters. It’s always fun. The kids get really into it, and that means I do, too. I hope to be able to kick back with a horror movie before then, but I may not have time. If I do, I think I’m going to go with something fun like House or Return of the…
  • Help Keep Trent Alive

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    Folks, if you read and liked Die and Stay Dead (or Dying Is My Business, for that matter), please consider reviewing it on Amazon, Goodreads, or your blog. We really need to get the word out there if you want this series to continue. Even just spreading the word among your friends helps! Thanks for your support! We now return you to your regularly scheduled kvetching about Doctor Who… Originally published at Nicholas Kaufmann. You can comment here or there.
  • Reminder: Reading Next Week!

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Mark your calendars now, folks! I will be reading at the New York Review of Science Fiction series on Tuesday, November 4th with the estimable John Langan! Guest curated by Amy Goldschlager of Locus, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews! Here’s the info: THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF SCIENCE FICTION READING SERIES The SoHo Gallery for Digital Art 138 Sullivan Street (between West Houston and Prince) 7 PM (doors open at 6:30) Get there early for a good seat! Admission is free, but there is a $7 suggested donation. I will have personal copies of Die and Stay Dead with me to sell and sign,…
  • Evermore: The Persistence of Poe

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Last weekend, Alexa and I went to an Edgar Allan Poe exhibit, “Evermore: The Persistence of Poe,” at the beautiful Grolier Club on the Upper East Side. It was a delicious, early Halloween treat for a Poephile like me! The exhibit was filled with all sorts of Poe ephemera and memorabilia, including rare manuscripts, first editions, and personal items. There were even a few keepsakes that, in my opinion, crossed the line into creepy obsession, such as this actual preserved lock of Poe’s hair! Here’s a first edition of Poe’s only novel-length work of fiction, The…
  • The Scariest Part: Maria Alexander Talks About MR. WICKER

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    Welcome to this week’s installment of The Scariest Part, a recurring feature in which authors, comic book writers, filmmakers, and game creators tell us what scares them in their latest works of horror, dark fantasy, dark science fiction, and suspense. (If you’d like to be featured on The Scariest Part, please review the guidelines here.) It’s very nearly Halloween (hooray!) and today’s offering on The Scariest Part is a debut horror novel that fits the season well. My guest is author Maria Alexander, and the novel in question is Mr. Wicker. Here’s the…
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    Dear Sweet Filthy World

  • Bouncy Pumpkins

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    Happy fucking Halloween. That's the best I can manage.But, Spooky has a ONE DAY ONLY ETSY SALE, including her new beastie Meep. From now until Midnight EST, use the coupon code TREAT at the checkout for 15% off! Woot! And there's always eBay.Briefly,Aunt Beast (boo)
  • "Bluer than velvet was the night."

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Well, I tried. I made it three days, three nights. Whichever. Last night, ill and wiped out from lack of sleep, I broke down and took the Seroquel. The fog is back. But I was unable to work at all yesterday, and I'm out of time on this script, and I'm only five pages in, so....This is how it is. For now. I slept close to eight hours last night.The tree outside my window is still green, as the rest of the world slips into late autumn. The day is warmish out there, 71˚F, but there's rain of the way, and there's snow possible on Sunday.I'm so not ready for this.The good news? My blood work came…
  • Awake on Cardassia

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:41 am
    No sleep yet tonight. I've allowed myself a small dose of a nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic, but that was an hour ago, and I'm still awake.Lying awake, watching the last season of Deep Space Nine, feeling ill from withdrawal, and it is profoundly surreal seeing the Federation has been issued data tablets much bulkier – but essentially identical – to the iPad I'm watching the 14 year old reruns on.No sleep demons.Aunt Beast
  • "If I get a little prettier can I be your baby?."

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    The sun bright today, and the sky is...that. The clouds broke up yesterday. We're supposed to have temperatures near 70˚F by Wednesday, and kathryn and I are talking about going to Beavertail for a day of birding.I decided to turn having to miss one night of Seroquel into another bid to get off the shit. I didn't take it again last night, but used Benadryl to help me sleep and deal with some of the withdrawal. I don't feel too bad this morning. Maybe I can actually beat it this time. I figure two or three more nights, and I'll be in the clear. My mind is so much sharper.Meanwhile, I very…
  • "It's innocence lost."

    26 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    Through no one fault, really, I had to go without one of my meds last night. Which meant very little sleep. And this morning I'm already in mild withdrawal, all that flue-like wonderfulness. And yet, even though I only slept for four (restless) hours, I'm more awake, more alert, than I've been in months. It's truly shocking and deeply disturbing how stupid Seroquel makes me. I actually use my brain for work, even if my brain doesn't exactly work so well, so this sort of matters.Anyway...Another reason I'm so fond of Sons of Anarchy is that the series has, at one point or another, use five…
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    Mindy Klasky - Virtual Cocktails

  • My Own Private World Series

    Mindy Klasky
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    So, the World Series starts tonight.  I’m still mourning the fact that my Washington Nationals aren’t in it (although I’m relieved that I don’t have to juggle watching the Series with attending the Novelists, Inc. conference that starts tomorrow!) I’m marking the Series in my own special way — with the publication of more Diamond Brides books!  First up — TRIPLE PLAY II, the omnibus (three-in-one) collection of the middle three Diamond Brides novels. Here’s what you get: Second Thoughts: In an unexpected reunion, career-driven second baseman…
  • Yet Another @Kobo Sale!

    Mindy Klasky
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    Once again, Kobo is having another sale!  This one runs from October 17 – 19, and some of my books are available with *major* discounts! CATCHING HELL — now 25% off! FROM LEFT FIELD — now 35% off! TRIPLE PLAY I (the first three volumes of the Diamond Brides Series) — now 50% off! There are three different promo codes for this sale, and three lists to purchase from.  Start at the  front page of the sale, and order using the promo codes listed there.  It’s as easy as one, two, three! Mirrored from Mindy Klasky, Author.
  • What a Way to Celebrate!

    Mindy Klasky
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Well, I’m a year older now. Okay, technically, I’m a day older than I was yesterday, and three days older than I was on October 12, my official birthday.  But you know what I mean. This year, we decided to take advantage of a relative’s kind offer, and we spent my birthday (and a long weekend!) at the beach — Duck, North Carolina, on the Outer Banks.  We typically go down there once or twice a year, usually in the heart of winter.  Duck is a wonderful place off season — nearly deserted, with most businesses closed up tight, with nearly no one on the beach, and…
  • Urgent! Hurry! Act Now!

    Mindy Klasky
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Tomorrow (October 14) is the last day EVER when you will be able to buy Playing for Passion, the USA Today bestselling boxed set of ***twelve*** sports-themed romances, all for just $0.99. The set includes the first volume of my Diamond Brides series, Perfect Pitch.  You know you want to read these books.  So get out there and buy your set today.  Because by Wednesday?  It’ll be too late! Buy now:  Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo   Mirrored from Mindy Klasky, Author.
  • Compare and Contrast (Book Releases, That Is)

    Mindy Klasky
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    Well, this is rather odd.  I have two books releasing today, and I don’t think it’s possible for any author to have two more different books hitting the market simultaneously. First up:  DARKBEAST REBELLION, by Morgan Keyes (that’s, um, me.) This is the paperback version of my middle grade fantasy novel, second in the DARKBEAST series.  Here’s the back-of-the-book blurb: Keara, her friend Goran, and the wily old actor, Taggart, are fleeing for their lives. They have all spared their darkbeasts, the creatures that take on their darker deeds and emotions and lift…
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    Mary Robinette Kowal

  • For Halloween, I am undead Mr. Darcy.

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    The post For Halloween, I am undead Mr. Darcy. appeared first on Mary Robinette Kowal.
  • Ginger Stuyvesant and the Case of the Haunted Nursery

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    This originally appeared in Talebones Magazine in 2009. # A liveried manservant waited by the front stairs of Fairbairn Hall as if he expected to take the reins of a horse. Ginger stopped her roadster next to him, shaking her head. These Brits had such queer, old-fashioned ideas. She hopped out of her car, tossing her cloche on the front seat. With any luck, the hat had controlled the worst of the damage to her hair on the drive up from London. The front door of the manor house flung open. In a flurry of crepe chiffon, Lucy Rhodes hurried down the stairs. “Ginger, darling! Thank heavens…
  • When reporting harassment, you are not the problem.

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Some time ago, and I’ve waited to post this so it was far in the past, I was on the safety committee of an event. We stated the policy in the opening session and identified the safety officers. After the event, which went off with no reported problems, we sent a follow-up survey asking if there were any problems that people didn’t feel comfortable reporting at the time. There had been. In response, one of the women said she hadn’t reported because, “I didn’t want to be remembered as the girl who had a problem.” So she dealt with it herself. But here’s…
  • Sadie has found the perfect camouflage spot in my workshop.

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    View in Instagram ? The post Sadie has found the perfect camouflage spot in my workshop. appeared first on Mary Robinette Kowal.
  • Valour and Vanity is a 2014 Nominee for the Voice Arts Award!

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    The Society of Voice Arts & Sciences has announced the nominees for its first annual Voice Arts Awards, and I’m both honored and excited  that my performance in Valour and Vanity has been nominated! The awards recognize achievement in voice-over acting and related roles, and they were established to help raise global awareness of what it takes to succeed in the industry and set the tone for voice-over professionals to follow. Here’s my category and the other nominees OUTSTANDING AUDIO BOOK NARRATION – AUTHOR PERFORMANCE Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan (Penguin Random House…
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    Justine Larbalestier

  • Accompanying Scott on his tour of the USA

    5 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    I’ve not been blogging much because I’m accompanying Scott on his Afterworlds tour. So far we’ve been to Raleigh, Lexington, Louisville, Philadelphia, Washington DC, St Louis, Chicago and Milwaukee. And there’s much more to come. Check out the rest of the tour here. I’d be delighted to sign anything you want signed but mostly I’m just happy to say hi and chat. We’ve had many adventures so far including staying in what I swear was a haunted hotel. Uncannily cold temperatures? Check. Eerie cold winds that came rushing out of the elevators/lifts? Check.
  • The Habit of Getting Ideas and Turning Them into Story

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    I no longer dread the question “Where do you get your ideas?” That’s because I finally figured out the answer. Don’t get me wrong I’ve answered it a million times over my more than ten year career as a writer. I’ve nattered on about brain monkeys, ends of rainbows, stealing ideas from Maureen Johnson, ideas not being that important, blah blah blah. The actual answer does not involve light bulbs or muses or brain monkeys or Maureen Johnson. Well, not directly. My true answer involves lots of work. I apologise for the lack of glamour. Here’s what I…
  • No More Bestselling Women’s Book Club This Year

    11 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Apologies to those reading along with us but alas, travel, deadlines, and sundry other things have crashed down upon Kate Elliott and I and we will not be doing the book club for the next few months. We hope to resume next year. In the meantime you can find our discussions of the books we’ve already read here. Thanks to all who’ve been taking part. We’ve learnt a lot.
  • Books That Changed Me

    6 Sep 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Today the Sydney Morning Herald is running my entry in their long-running Books That Changed Me series. I struggled mightily to get it down to four. Especially as they initially told me I could name five. There are too many books that have changed me! Too many books that I love with every fibre of my being! The four that made the cut: Kylie Tennant’s Foveaux (1939) is a novel that reads like history. Like geography. Almost geology. It’s slow, there’s no plot to speak of, it’s everything I don’t like about literary novels. I love it. Tennant lays bare Surry Hills…
  • The Internet is Also Real Life

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    The distinction between Real Life and the internet is frequently made. Particularly by people for whom the internet is not a big, or in some cases any, part of their social lives. But the internet is not on a different planet. It’s right here on Earth it was created by people and is made up of people just like Sydney or New York City or Timbuktu. The internet is a huge part of my life, and has been since the early 1990s, when I was first introduced to the weird and wonderful World Wide Web. Oh, the glory of it. I remember my very first email address. Hard to believe now, but back then…
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    SF and Nonsense

  • Progress comes of looking in the dusty corners

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Climate-change assertions notwithstanding, there is no such thing as "settled science."No, this isn't a post about climate change, neither for or against, convinced or skeptical. But I'm not above -- before I move on to today's main topic -- a crack against those (not typically scientists) who believe anything in science is ever proven. What science can do is:(a) propose theories (read: models, aka simplified representations) of reality useful for solving problems and making predictions in particular circumstances and(b) refine -- or refute -- theories as their shortcomings and limitations…
  • Two worthy SFnal causes

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    I continue to be enthused that the Museum of Science Fiction is (with a bit of luck) coming to DC, to take its place alongside -- though not as a part of -- one of my favorite institutions, the museums of the Smithsonian. I've blogged before about MOSF, but it's been awhile. To remedy that lapse, here are a few recent highlights:... the Museum has signed a partnership agreement with DC Public Schools and was approved by Reagan National Airport (DCA) to install the "Future of Travel" exhibit in mid 2015.One of the coolest things happening w.r.t. MOSF is architectural, as in (reported by the…
  • Nanotech and starships and fusion, oh my!

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Over a recent twelve-day period I:gave a talk at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of many of their projects involved with nanotech. took part in a 100 Year Starship Symposium and, in the process, was a panelist for Science Fiction Stories Night.attended a lecture on the state of fusion energy research, cosponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the National Electronics Museum.Six days out of twelve immersed in cutting-edge science. Some days, I just love my job…
  • Slightly larger Small Miracles

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    I'm pleased to report that my medical nanotech thriller, Small Miracles, briefly out of print (and also electrons), was just re-released in a classy, trade paperback edition. And that new edition comes graced with an eye-catching new cover. Back in printWhat's Small Miracles about? Well, I blogged about that in 2009 when the original HB came out ("Small Miracles") and again in 2010 when the mass market paperback hit the streets ("Real nanotech. Real medicine. And zombies."). But in a buckyball (a nano nutshell, if you prefer) Small Miracles is a near-future, post-human thriller based upon the…
  • Re-Energized

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    That is to say, my energy-crisis, the-Russians-are-up-to-no-good, all-too-timelynovel Energized was re-released today in its mass-market paperback edition.In HB, PB, ebook, audio formatsA miscalculation has tainted the world's major oil fields with radioactivity and plunged the Middle East into chaos. The few countries still able to export oil and natural gas—Russia chief among them—have a stranglehold on the global economy.Then, from the darkness of space, comes Phoebe. Rather than divert the massive asteroid, America captures it into Earth orbit to mine it for materials with which to…
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    The Days Are Just Packed

  • Novel ARABELLA OF MARS and two sequels sold to Tor

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:49 pm
    I am extremely pleased to report that my "Regency Interplanetary Airship Adventure" novel Arabella of Mars has sold to prominent SF publisher Tor in a three-book deal. The first volume will be published in late 2015 or early 2016, with two sequels to follow at yearly intervals.Arabella Ashby is a Patrick O'Brian girl in a Jane Austen world -- born and raised on Mars, she was hauled back home by her mother, where she's stifled by England's gravity, climate, and attitudes toward women. When she learns that her evil cousin plans to kill her brother and inherit the family fortune, she joins the…
  • Two events for readers in Portland this weekend

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    This weekend (October 18-19, 2014) I will be appearing at two events for readers in Portland, Oregon: Story Con and Stumptown Lit.Story Con is a one-day readers' convention, "laser-focused on helping book lovers find their next great book." It features over 30 local authors doing readings, signings, and panels, and will be held at the Vancouver Community Library from 10:30 to 4:30 on October 18. I will be doing a reading at 10:30, a signing at 11:30, and will otherwise be hanging out most of the day.Stumptown Lit is Oregon Writers Colony's fall festival for readers and writers. It features…
  • 60 minutes to escape!

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    "Room Escape" is a genre of casual online game, originating in Japan, in which you wake up in a room and must search for clues and solve puzzles in order to escape it. Kate's a big fan of this type of game, so when I found out that a live-action version was launching in Portland I snagged tickets as soon as I could."Spark of Resistance" ( is an interactive game, or possibly a theatrical experience, which takes place in a small room in an industrial space on the Portland riverfront. Up to 8 players at a time are locked into this room, with a 60-minute clock to figure a…
  • Support Greg Bear - preorder WAR DOGS from Powell's

    2 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    As you may have heard, Seattle SF author Greg Bear recently had emergency cardiac surgery and spent a week in the hospital. The surgery went well and he is home and recovering, but he will not be able to tour or do other promotion for his brand new book War Dogs. Also, because of the ongoing Amazon-Hachette dispute, War Dogs cannot be pre-ordered from Amazon. However, it can be pre-ordered from Powell's ( as well as Seattle’s University Bookstore, Mysterious Galaxy, and Barnes and Noble.Greg is a fabulous writer and has always been friendly…
  • Several sales to report

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Holy cow, I have been incredibly remiss in sharing my good writing news. I've made the following sales in the past couple of months:Steampunk romantic fantasy novelette "Liaisons Galantes: A Scientific Romance," which originally appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies #108, resold to ebook anthology The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Year Five, already available.Horror story "Goat Eyes" sold to Black Static #42, out very soon.Post-robot-holocaust story "Mammals" sold to Analog, forthcoming.Asteroid mining story "Malf" sold to anthology Mission: Tomorrow, forthcoming in 2015.And the really big…
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    Paul Levinson's Infinite Regress

  • Bones 10.5: Two Jokes and Three Times

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:38 pm
    An excellent Bones 10.5 night, mixing humor and seriousness, as is Bones' wont, with mostly humor, which is ok by me.Bones is to give a speech at a convention.  She previews the beginning of her talk to Booth - a joke about Schrödinger's cat.  What's that cat about?  Schrödinger sought to highlight a problem in the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics - which holds, in effect, that reality can exist in two contrasting forms, and doesn't obtain a single form until we observe it.  Schrödinger said that's like a cat being in a sealed box, alive and dead at…
  • The Case Against Halloween

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Fist and foremost, Halloween is dangerous.  As a parent, you want to protect your children.   What could be worse than putting them at the mercy of who knows what strangers put in their candy?  Yeah, I know you usually go calling on friends and neighbors for your trick or treating, but even so.   Why risk that someone next door who was a good person yesterday had some kind of psychotic breakdown overnight, leaving your kids holding the perilous bag.But let's say the treats are what they're supposed to be:  good, wholesome candy.   The problem is…
  • The Affair 1.3: The Agent and the Sleepers

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    For some reason, my favorite scene in The Affair 1.3 was the one with Noah and his book agent, who takes shots at fantasy and self-publishing.   The latter I can understand, coming from an agent.  After all, self-publishing would put literary agents out of business.  But why fantasy?So why did I enjoy this conversation?  Because, it captured the arrogance of agents in general so perfectly.   And the capture of personalities - especially Noah, the somewhat struggling author, and Alison, the waitress but much more - is the great strength of this beautifully photographed…
  • Photography Flips into Snapchat

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:40 pm
    One of the joys of understanding McLuhan is how his insights can leap forth at unexpected times to supply us with a connection or a new insight about a matter - or medium - at hand.  About six months ago, I came to realize that the photograph has flipped into the selfie in our own day and age.  Just yesterday, I did a little podcast on this subject - in which I also pointed out that radio has flipped into the podcast. And today, just a few hours ago, I realized that photograph has also flipped into Snapchat.One of the best things about McLuhan's tetrad or four laws of media is that…
  • The Walking Dead 5.3: Meets Alfred Hitchcock and the Twilight Zone

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Cannibalism is a tough theme to get right on television - probably in any medium - and The Walking Dead has done a pretty good job of it this season.   Not quite as good, though, as Alfred Hitchcock, in his masterful television series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on around the same time as The Twilight Zone, in the late 50s through the 60s.One episode, in particular, provides a template for how to do cannibalism just right on television.  In "Specialty of the House" (1959), a man yearns to join an exclusive dining club, whose specialty of the house is a dish reputed to be…
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    Holly Lisle: Official Author Homepage »

  • Moon & Sun: I’m now clear to write in my world again!

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Tweet I’m Celebrating!I didn’t want to say anything about the fact that I was pursuing the removal of the non-compete clause from my contract until I heard one way or the other. I got the news today. The non-compete clause for my Scholastic contract is dead, and I’m now free to write stories in that world again. So now the issue becomes looking at my schedule and figuring out how and where I can start opening the world up again.
  • Something Fun: The Whole First Chapter of the Longview 1 Audiobook

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Tweet I’ll have the full audiobook available from my own site in a few days. The audiobook is over two hours in length (nice for a few days of short commutes), and for early purchasers, I’ll be offering it for less than what such audiobooks usually go for. Questions are welcome, of course.
  • The View From Fifty-Four: Writer On A Mission

    11 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Tweet Writing was, and is, my passion. Vision, Passion, Mission I worked at my fiction from the time I was twenty-five until I was thirty-one without ever making a dime, and never begrudged a minute of that time. While I was writing, I was happy. I was creating. I was learning to write better. I was finding my stories and my voice. I was discovering a life-long love. When I was thirty-one, I sold my first novel, and experienced the realization that I was home. In that moment, I knew my purpose in life. I was born to write fiction, to create worlds and characters and stories—and every…
  • The Live Brainstorming Chat (video)

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Tweet This runs about an hour, and this time there are only a few seconds of dead. The How To Write A Series Class
  • Cool free stuff for you during my Birthday Week

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Tweet I turn 54 this week. I’ll have a post on that in a couple days, but for today, I have some presents for you. Today (Monday, Oct 6, 2014—through Monday, October 13, 2014) Readers: For every fiction book you buy from my shop for $5.99, I’ll give you one $2.99 book free. Astute readers will have already noticed that there are 8 books for 5.99, and only 6 for $2.99. So if you buy more than SIX fiction books, you also get your choice of ONE of the following: Character Clinic, Plot Clinic, Language Clinic, Culture Clinic, World Clinic, Page-Turning Scenes. To get them, set…
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    Nick Mamatas

  • Halloowwwweeeeen

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    The Mummy awakens!I posted this photo in a seedier, or at least less bright, corner of the Internet and was asked if the mummy outfit wasn't cultural appropriation of Egyptian culture. Of course, Hellenized Egyptians were also mummified, plus, OH MY GOD!But it was still a better response than this past weekend, when Opie wore the outfit to a baby party and someone looked at it and said, "Hey, a zombie costume."Speaking of horrifying mixes of Egyptian and Greek culture, plus appropriation, this is the last day of The Nickronomicon's pre-sale twenty percent discount offer from the publisher. So…
  • Well, if you ever write Harry Potter fanfiction with different names, we won't buy THAT, we mean!

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    So, the dramas of the last several weeks demonstrated fairly conclusively to me that the people who fume "We'll never buy your work again!" don't mean it. (See icon.) What they mean, at best, is "I've never bought your work before and now I really won't do it!" One of the wonders of Bookscan is that you can monitor week-by-week sales of paper books. (One of the wonders of Kindle is that you can monitor sales on a daily basis.) So, all those "Haha, you're off our shopping list forever!" types? No effect at all. Of course, I'd guessed all this ten years ago, but until now I never had the…
  • Nickronomicon countdown, Phantasm Japan Q/A

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Some little Facebook blurb pre-reviews for The Nickronomicon:Scott R. Jones read the new novelette in the book, "On the Occasion of My Retirement" made him giddy.Jason Wayne "My Middle Name Doesn't Make Me a Serial Killer" Allen posted last night:"...a masterpiece by a legend." I'll take it.The pre-sale sends on Halloween. We blew past our goal a while ago and are still moving toward 200, which would be great to hit. Amazon normally doesn't discount micropress titles so heavily, so if you want the book for under eleven bucks, this is the last week you'll be able to get it.Ebook…
  • Nearly One

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Oliver will be a year old in a couple of weeks. It's been quite a year, and all I can really say about it is one, he's such an even-tempered boy that he's done a lot more to make things run smoothly than I have, and two I turned out to be the only one who doesn't use his nickname "Opie"* despite being the one who coined it.We live in a thoroughly middle-class milieu out here, and kiddie birthday parties are almost perfect expressions of petit bourgeois anxieties. The trick is to be almost stupidly extravagant toward a child who would just as happily spend an hour in a puddle of mud while also…
  • Not at World Fantasy, But Will Be Talked About

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    I won't be at the World Fantasy Convention next month, but my name does appear on a panel on Saturday.Historical People in FantasyTime: 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Tidewater 2Panelists: Eileen Gunn (M), David B. Coe, Jack Dann, Jean Marie Ward, Rick WilberDescription: When using Samuel Adams, Joseph Warren, or perhaps one of the most used names, Nikola Tesla and other real people as characters in fiction, what liberties can authors take and what holes do they have to fill? How close to the real Jack Kerouac does Nick Mamatas get in Move Under Ground? What do creators owe to history, especially…
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    Not A Blog

  • Happy Halloween

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    My life just keeps getting more and more surreal.I thought it was pretty odd last year, when the GAME OF THRONES - inspired Halloween costumes offered for sale on the internet included not only Jon Snow, Dany, Melisandre, and other characters from the show, but also one based on me.  Whoever heard of dressing up as a writer for trick or treating?  I've never seen a Stephen King costume, a Scott Fitzgerald costume, a Herman Melville costume.  But there it was, a George R.R. Martin.  "It can't get any weirder than this," I thought.Hoo boy, was I wrong about…
  • Home From the Apple

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Amazing week back east.Thanks to our friends at HBO, we got to see Alan Cummings in CABARET.  Incredible.  The movie is an all time favorite of mine, but this was the first time I've seen it live on stage.  Hard to believe anyone could equal the performance of Joel Grey as the emcee, but Cummings does it... thought his take is very different.  We had great seats too.  A night to remember.Next day I took off to Providence with Tom Doherty, for an evening at Brown University, where both of us were honored with their new literary award.  I have passed through…
  • Does anyone want to win a free copy of The World of Ice and Fire?

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Follow the link below to enter and win an exclusive HIGHLY RARE boxed edition of TWOIAF today USA contestents only :( This Message was brought to you by the Minions of Fevre River

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    The long anticipated release of the official untold history of Westeros happens TODAY.It boasts 300 pages of back story and original artwork by the some of the world's top fantasy illustrators.  This one-of-a-kind coffee table book contains maps, folk lore, detailed family histories, and endless insider information dealing with the world of Westeros.  Providing vividly constructed accounts of epic battles tackled by famous heroes, and their journies before becoming important figures in the Song of Ice and Fire series.Co written by the illustrious Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson…
  • The Ice Dragon coming out today with New Art

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today Tor is releasing THE ICE DRAGON back out into the wide world with brand new art by LUIS ROYO.This message was brought to you by the Minions of Fevre River.
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  • All the Roads are Haunted

    11 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    I wrote a thing for a site called GrumpTroll.I don't think we have anything else up there, yet. Presumably, we will be doing weekly stuff?Anyway... It's a bit of a rehash of ideas from previous blogposts that were the firstdrafteryfodder of some longer stuff.’ve all seen the little crosses and corsages left standing, undisturbed, along the highways and byways of the world. One of the great miseries and mysteries of humanity is the automobile. We climb into our little, mobile living pods, and rev powerful engines, take to…
  • One of the nice things about art versus firefighting or plumbing...

    10 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    The consequences for failure - in this case a failed kickstarter - is very slight. No one died. No one lost anything.The book still comes out, except without pre-orders and without bonus extras, in December/January.Thanks to everyone who pitched in a little. I love you all, and I am very grateful to know that you're out there and you have my back.
  • Just one more week!

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    Kickstarting is exciting. One more week left, and already so much closer to the goal, I turn to the interwebs and request assistance both with donations, and with spreading the word. My backers who have already participated, I thank you and promise you that your rewards will be swift if and when the time comes for them.Still, with over a thousand dollars left to go, the difficulty is real. Overcoming this large amount in such a small time will require courage and tenacity and luck and money and...Well, mostly money. If you were waiting to see what would happen, please don't wait much longer.
  • R.I.P. Eugie Foster

    27 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    Jesus, what just happened? She was only 42!I knew her a bit. We did things as authors together at conventions and panels. She was way too nice to die so young, with so many stories unwritten. She was extremely good. She was the kind of person that you wish you were smart enough, cool enough, to hang with. She was brilliant, sharp, and erudite. She was glamorous. She gave off an aura of leading a cooler life than most people dared to dream about. She was the kind of person whom you could imagine discovering at a secret party, somewhere, where the beasts of the city ran wild in the dark. She…
  • Guest Posting Elsewhere, for a Kickstarter

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    As you all know, I am kickstarting. R. Vogt was kind enough to let me borrow his megaphone for a day, and I thank him for it.Please, do consider passing the link around, and letting everyone know. I am kickstarting. The clock is ticking, and we're not even 50% of the way!
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    Robin McKinley

  • Modern life

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:11 pm
      There is a law of the universe that says that any house you move out of always has at least one final carload of stuff left in it.  However many times you’ve been back for The Last Load–and whether or not there’s a new owner tapping his/her foot and holding his/her hand out for the key, which, fortunately, in this case, there is not.  But this is sort of the large economy size of the Sock Planet theorem, about where all those odd socks that ought to be in the bottom of the washing machine but aren’t, go.*  You’d need a galaxy at least for all those The House Is…
  • KES, 145

    25 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
      ONE FORTY FIVE I didn’t see who led Monster up to me this time because I was busy panicking. Yes, I had survived my introduction to up-close-and-personal,  the-bad-guys-really-will-kill-you-if-they-can battle, and I’d survived it wearing nothing but a nightgown, but I’d gone into it having absolutely no clue what I was getting into.  Oh, sure, I’d written any number of tumultuous battle scenes, with blood and swords flying and dazzling feats of heroism and villainy on all sides, and if you’re going to do this well . . . never mind literary merit, let’s say evocatively or…
  • Last flash

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
      I almost wrote ‘slash’ and remembered that this could be misinterpreted in Today’s Internet . . . I just now had a last crash, then, through last night’s reddit AMA, answering most of the latecomers and adding a few twirly bits to earlier conversations.  If anyone’s interested.  The Nice Man sent me some figures today and said that it was a good AMA and I’m glad he thought so because it seemed pretty good to me but then most of the posters wanted to tell me how great my books are and that does kind of sway a writer’s attitude. . . . Thanks…
  • AMA link is live

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
      Anyone in England who doesn’t stay up late, or anyone in America who has other plans for the evening, or anyone in [insert other part of the world] who can’t make the official AMA live time for whatever reason good and  significant to you, you can post questions NOW. Reddit – Robin McKinley AMA Niall has convinced me I really need to go bell ringing tonight, but as the AMA intro says I’ll be back later to answer questions.  Having a look at the ones already up . . . I may have blog material for the next several years . . . . THANKS, ALL YOU ASKERS. PS:  And…
  • Ask me anything*

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:22 pm
      I’m doing one of reddit fantasy’s Ask Me Anything, AMA, sessions this Thursday, the day after tomorrow [as I write during what is to me still Tuesday night]. The poor suck—the nice man who originally invited me and is attempting to shepherd me through the technical aspects of this gig** says that if you go here: . . . while you’re waiting you can poke around*** and when the AMA session goes ‘live’ at approximately noon (American) Central Time on Thursday the link will go up on that page. The game plan seems to be that I (or rather the Nice…
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  • Seasons and Headaches

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Every spring and fall, I get a series of weather-related sinus migraines.  They vary with the year, least when strong fronts come in and blow through, and most when weaker fronts stall to one side or the other of us, or creep over us slowly and then move backwards over us again.  I get intense one-sided throbbing pain, sometimes with visual auras and always with light and sound sensitivity.  Often chills, as if coming down with something, and exnaustion.   Not fun, but not dangerous really, just annoying and interfering with useful work.  Especially the visual…
  • Ebola: Facts v. Opinions

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    From a Washington Post article about states imposing restrictions, including involuntary quarantine in primative conditions on persons returning from working with Ebola patients in Africa:“It seems a quarantine would be unnecessary,” said John Ard, an anesthesiologist affiliated with Bellevue and NYU Langone Medical Center. “We should stick with the science and avoid hysterical overreaction.”But Tom Sullivan, who was working on a construction project a block from Bellevue, said quarantines make sense for returning health workers. “You’re working with…
  • Shattered Shields

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    This military fantasy anthology can be pre-ordered now, and ships on November 4; the e-ARC has been out awhile.Good reading for those who like epic and/or military fantasy (and for crossover fans of military SF, too.)   And yes, I have a story in it, so yes, this is a moment of bragging.  For those who read the Paksenarrion-universe books, my story is set in the same time period as Crown of Renewal, the book that came out in May of this year.No spoilers here, but I think you'll like a lot of the stories in this volume.  More info at…
  • Sock Progress

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The "lead" pair, Mountain Colors' "Indian Paintbrush" socks are both past the gussets and onto the foot, while the Herdwick socks are on the cuff ribbing, gaining 1-2 rows a day.This is the lighting angle that shows the colors of the Mountain Colors yarn the truest: at least two shades of red, rose, magenta, burgundy, and  purple.Going to the end of the picnic table and shooting it from the side, the color looks different--warmer than it really is, especially in the cuffs:Stitch definition is lovely with the Mountain Colors yarn, really showing off the Eye of…
  • Ebola: For Those Who Want to DO Something

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Thanks to a Twitter post by @kejames, a scientist I follow,  who posted this link to information for those who wanted to help with the Ebola situation in West Africa: includes a link to this list of known, reliable, already-working-in-the-area organizations who have Ebola-related relief efforts ongoing in West Africa.  Links for online or mailed-in donations are given for each.   The website links explain each organization's range of…
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    Day in the Life of an Idiot

  • Happy HOLLOWeen

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    Let's see, I guess I have a lot to report.  First, link salad:  Mason and I did a Halloween podcast in which we did our usual reviews but also sang too much and put on bad "vampire" accents:  31st on the 31st.  Then, if you forgot to check out the Thursday installment of the School for Wayward Demons, it's up on the Enter The Unseen web site: "A New Home for How Long?"Mason and I did our usual pumpkin carving/pumpkin seed roasting last night.  This year, for the first time, Mason did all the carving and scooping of his own pumpkins.  I'm going…
  • Marvel Thoughts

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    Those of you reading on Dreamwidth will see a new icon, Captain America's shield:This will serve as a warning that I'm about to talk far too much about the Marvel Universe (comic books or movies) with probably very little other bits about my life.Before I start on my Marvel stuff, though I want you all to know that once again I got a 99% percent on my Japanese quiz. This may sound as if I'm acing this class, but I thought about it a lot last night. One of my fellow classmates, Mint, has this wonderful pronunciation, right? He didn't do nearly as well on the quiz as I did. I…
  • Link Salad Again

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Because I forgot to come back and post our podcast link, "30: Still No Aizen" and my link to the Gangsta manga review: Gangsta by Kosuke, A Review, you are now inundated with the linky-links.Also, today is a new Tate chapter. I'm rather proud of the opening line this time. It goes like this: "After being told I was off the case, I did what any well-adjusted grown-up would do: I sat at my desk and sulked." You can find this gem (and others) in Part 27: With a Little Help from Friends.Later today, there will also be a new School for Wayward Demons chapter for you, but I…
  • The Road to Hell is Paved with 'Oh F*ck What Did I Just Even...!"

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
     Last night, Mason and I recorded another podcast.  I started working on editing it and I thought I was going along just fine and then I did a REALLY STUPID THING, didn't save, quit the program, and LOST EVERYTHING.Yes, yes, I searched all the temporary and back-up files.  It's gone.  I did a really dumb thing. I do not what to talk about it, especially since it's one of those things that even as I did it I thought, "Wait, No!"However, it's easy enough to re-record. Mason and I always have such fun doing these that I plan to up-sell the idea of my royal…
  • Fish and stuff

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
     Who wants to see a picture of my new baby??Look at that majestic delta/fan tail.  So handsome.  I think I actually got a clearer picture of him, but this one really shows off that tail.  He was mugging actually.  He seemed to be looking at me saying, "This!  This is my good side, monkey!  Take the shot!"This, of course, is in between bouts of trying chase off that SUPER-HANDSOME other betta he keeps seeing in the reflection of the tank.Anyway, he yet lives, so, as a reward, you can now see all of his Awesome.In other news, I got a 99% on the quiz…
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    The Alien Next Door

  • "Telling My Story" Workshop in Mississauga October 19

    Nina Munteanu
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
  • Embracing Your Future: Natural Swimming Pools

    Nina Munteanu
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:12 pm
    NSP-EcohomeYou step out of your Point Grey house and stroll down to the Hydrogenase Hub at Kits Beach in Vancouver. Youre heading out to visit your ecologist friend Michael, who has been renovating his property on Galiano Island. You helped him design his place, which included an outdoor natural swimming pool. The work is finished and Michaels invited you over to see what theyve accomplished.You reach the floating station, which serves as an algal farm to capture biological fuel. At the gate, you give your personal landing coordinates and then board a Hydrogenase airship--essentially a tall…
  • Hot-Desking Dehumanizes Work Place

    Nina Munteanu
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:53 pm
    The "Doc" Hot desking on "Doc Zone"In my 2006 science fiction short story Virtually Yours, Kathryn works, drone-like and faceless, in a corporation where workers like her typically find random virtual workstations and access virtual support and form virtual relationships. Anonymous to even her own overseer—she is just a number to him—Kathryn pines for a sense of place, identity, recognition and purpose. I won’t tell you how it ends. In any case, it’s just a science fiction story. Or is it?...In his September 11, 2014, article in the Financial Post, Garry Marr introduces…
  • Creating Science Fiction with Nina Munteanu at George Brown College

    Nina Munteanu
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:44 pm
    I am again teaching my workshop-style course on how to write science fiction this fall at the St. James Campus of George Brown College in Toronto, Canada.Called "Creating Science Fiction" the 12-week course runs Wednesday nights from 6:15 to 9:15 starting September 17 through to December 3. It costs $278.I run the course like a workshop with lots of students input and feedback on their WIP.Course Description: Learn about what is involved in writing science fiction and getting it published. Explore the essential tools used in this genre (including world building, research and…
  • Embracing Your Future: Flying Algal Ships

    Nina Munteanu
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Hydrogenase by Vincent CallebautIt’s July 2030. You are heading to Vancouver Island to deliver a presentation to the International Community Planning Committee in Victoria on your innovative biomimetic design for an organic self-organized wellness centre and recreation complex in Sydney.You walk down the hill toward Horseshoe Bay to the nearest Hydrogenase Hub, where you are meeting with your team to discuss the presentation. The hub is a floating algal farm. The farm and the elongated seed-shaped airship docked at its centre both produce biofuel—essentially hydrogen—from the…
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    the essential kit

  • Picoreview: Serena

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    Picoreview: Serena: I walked out. Spoilers after the cut, including How I Would Have Done It. It wasn’t badly acted, but I didn’t like any of the characters and it was very clear that at least one and possibly both of the leads would end up dead because of the other one, but with none of the graceful inevitable tragedy of a Chinese film. It reminded me of Legends of the Fall, a movie which I didn’t like at all (except for the title: I think it’s an awesome freaking title) but regarded as being full of fine performances by everybody. The story, roughly, is that timber…
  • Captain America!

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    I have blogged less this month than I think I ever have. This is because I was first making fudge and then making a Captain America costume. Most of the fudge efforts have already been consumed (possibly my favourite comment: “It tastes like poetry.”), and the costume is now done. So yes. That’s what I’ve been doing. I have some vague hope of returning to more regular blogging in November. While I’m doing NNWM. #headdesk :) Share this:(x-posted from The Essential Kit)
  • the making of fudge

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    I have made just about All The Fudge In The World. I've added it up, and all told it's going to be 75 pounds (there are a couple left to do this weekend). That's a lot of fudge. A LOT of fudge. Here are the ingredients, from The Big Shopping Excursion: Prepping a 12 pound quadruple batch. This is NOT for the uninitiated: I came very close to screwing this up. Expert level fudge-maker only.This in no way conveys just how much fudge is on the platter. 12 pounds is a huge amount of fudge.The plate of fudge/previous picture holds as much as is in those two pans, plus another of the large pan's…
  • too busy to post

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    I'm at that stage again where I've got a backlog of posts I want to write and am apparently never going to get to them so I should let it go (let it go, can't hold me back anymore / which reminds me that yesterday Young Indiana pulled all my hair over one shoulder so I would be "like Elsa" and so this morning I said to him "should I braid my hair like Elsa's?" and he said yes and I did and he said "That's not like Elsa. Elsa's braid is on the other side." And I was like "...yes. yes it is, now that you mention it. CLOSE ENOUGH.")and make posts on other topics instead of mooping about the ones…
  • Here come the brides!

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    And grooms! Alaska will start issuing same-sex marriage licenses at 8am this morning, after US District Circuit Judge Timothy Burgess struck down the one-woman one-man amendment to Alaska’s constitution as illegal in a ruling yesterday afternoon following a hearing on Friday. This is not only a joy to me because it’s my home state, but because I have family involved in this case. I cannot wait to see pictures from the courthouse this morning. #sniffles all over everything Share this:(x-posted from The Essential Kit)
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    Rickety Contrivances of Doing Good

  • Good Stewards

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    Here is today's homily.  The readings are Psalm 19 and  Matthew 21:33-46*Today we talk about stewardship.This subject takes a number of forms. You’ve all received new pledge cards in the mail, because today is the beginning of our annual parish pledge drive. Making a financial commitment to St. Paul’s allows the vestry to draw up a budget for the coming year. Having a workable budget allows us to keep the lights on, pay salaries, and continue our outreach ministries, our small but crucial efforts to contribute to the care and healing of our community.Today is also…
  • Promises, Promises

    28 Sep 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Here's today's homily.  The readings areExodus 17:1-7  and Matthew 21:23-32.*Many of you know that my husband and I have three cats. Every morning when I wake up, they’re waiting outside our bedroom door, and when I come out, they begin wailing piteously. I can just imagine what they’re saying. “Where were you all night? Why did you go away? We’re starving! You’ve never fed us!  No one has ever fed us!”I go downstairs, cats underfoot, and give them a can of wet catfood. They’ve had dry food to eat all night. I give them fresh water. When my husband wakes up,…
  • Daily Bread

    17 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here's today's homily.  The Gospel is Matthew 15:21-28.*Today’s Gospel is one of my favorite passages in the Bible, and the Canaanite woman is one of my favorite characters in Scripture. She is alone and despised, an outcast, a mother desperate to find healing for her sick child. She is the kind of person we expect Jesus to embrace and include, but when he doesn’t, she thinks on her feet and challenges his rejection of her, his cruelty. She is the only person in the Gospels who wins an argument with Jesus. She proves that people can sometimes teach God a lesson.  Jesus is tired,…
  • Saving Isaac

    28 Jun 2014 | 7:52 pm
    "The Binding of Isaac" by Adi Holzer, 1997Here's tomorrow's homily. The readings areGenesis 22:1-14 and Matthew 10:40-42. I take a certain perverse pride in not ducking tough readings (as I could have, this week, if I'd chosen the second track in the lectionary), but this one's definitely a challenge.Atheist Gary, after he'd edited this for me -- and it required more editing than usual -- said, "Do you think it will be controversial?  I mean, you're kind of saying God's being a jerk.""I've said that before," I told him, and we both laughed, but it's a good question.
  • God's Refrigerator

    24 May 2014 | 9:58 pm
    Here's tomorrow's homily.  The readings are Acts 17:22-31 and John 14:15-21.It turns out that there's a country song called God's Refrigerator; I only discovered that, and the magnet, after I wrote the first draft of this.  Hey, GMTA. Given the horrific Isla Vista shooting, maybe I should have talked about that.  But I feel like I keep having to preach about shootings. I wanted to talk about something else. And I suspect that the kind of creativity I'm talking about here may be one small part of the answer to our violence epidemic, anyway. Create, don't…
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    Old Enough to Know Better

  • Eye See You

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    So, the latest round of eye-boogery ...To make a long story short, I noticed my glasses were getting fuzzier on the right side, so I went to the optometrist to get a new prescription. Wow, that's changed a lot, said the doc. It was pretty stable, for like, five years. You should go get it checked. So I did. Ophthalmologist said, I don't see anything, but let's take some pictures ...Oops. Little hole in the retina there, wasn't there before ...A quick lesson in eye physiology and anatomy: The eyeball is filled with something like warm Jello, called…
  • Even a Blind Pig ...

    9 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    ... finds an acorn now and then ...The jam group to which I have belonged for a time, the Closet Musicians, meets once a week. Most of us are past retirement age or about to get there. The composition varies, but usually there are a couple of guitars, a ukulele or two, a washtub bass, a kazoo, harmonica, sometimes a banjo or mandolin, and a couple of non-instrument-playing singers.We get together, sing songs, talk about our ailments, tell bad jokes, and generally have a fine time.Musically-speaking, and being realistic, we aren't very good. Now and again, we manage a song whose harmony blends…
  • Classical Ukulele

    2 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Cory Fujimoto, doing a little Pachelbel and Bach ...
  • Accidental Lead

    2 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    So, recent round at the Lehrer acoustic jam, the group started out small: A bass player, harmonica, conga drum (with a small high-hat), cello, and me, the lone ukeranger ...No guitars. Usually there are more guitars than everything else put together, but not so this time. One did show up after a bit, but it started out with me having to be the rhythm guy and singer. I was gonna write the chords on the white board, then realized nobody needed those except me. We cranked it up, played four or five songs, no hurry, and eventually the guitarist and a flutist showed up. A pretty…
  • Be Specific

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Reverend White was preaching the Sunday sermon down at the 1st Baptist Church Once Removed, and he wound for the big finish: "All right, then! Who wants to go to Heaven!"All the parishioners raised a hand—save one: Brother Brown.Reverend White frowned. Maybe Brother Brown hadn't heard him."I said, 'Who wants to go to Heaven?!"Same thing."Uh, Brother Brown?""Yessir?""Don't, uh, you want to go to Heaven when you die?""Oh, when I die, yessir.""Then how come you didn't raise your hand?""Well, Preacher, I thought you was gettin' up a group to go now ..."Here the example of somebody who wasn't…
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    Mike Philbin's free planet blog

  • Norman Rockwell - images of a stolen America - the illustrations

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    I should have done this a long time ago, featured some of the voluminous political/societal art of the great American pipe smoker Norman Rockwell. Well, no pun intended, here are a few of my favourite Rockwell pieces from his Illustrations series. These stylised graphic pieces have an honest life and immediacy to them that's just properly alluring...
  • Free Planet - GRM or Global Resource Management - What Are We Gonna Do Without Money?

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:51 am
    The world no longer has money in it. Patents have been freed up from Private Control. Borders to human creativity have been dragged down. The earth is our ally in the war against slavery. There's a whole world of ideas no longer restrained by COMMERCIAL PROFIT concerns. "But what about the real jobs that need doing, around the world?"What, like being a sewage worker? There'll be no sewers on Free Planet. Sewers are a throw-back to EMPIRE and CITIES. What about being a City Administrator, Business man, Receptionist? There are no cities on Free Planet. Cities are a throwback to INDUSTRY. There…
  • the Rosetta Mission - Ambition film - Tomek Bagiński

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    the Rosetta Mission website and the ESA are sponsoring this weird Ambition pseudo-biopic:Ambition is a collaboration between Platige Image and ESA. Directed by Tomek Bagiński and starring Aiden Gillen and Aisling Franciosi, Ambition was shot on location in Iceland, and screened on 24 October 2014 during the British Film Institute’s celebration of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, at the Southbank, London.but, wouldn't 'liquid water' have boiled off during re-entry/impact of these water-laden comets?
  • Free Planet companion - The Research Notes of Miss Asalah Al Faghori - Custodian Manifesto

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    this 100-page Kindle publication offers a theorised supplement to events portrayed in the Chimericana Books published fictional novel Custodian (free planet #1) novel.We meet central character Asalah Al Faghori who not only creates, inspires and manages the Custodian Liberation but is also the genetically enhanced host of the Natural Lottery show that infiltrates the GES or Global Evertainment System.This digital diary of the Free Planet uprising allows us to witness her increasingly warped logical and frighteningly academic solution to the prison-world insanity of…
  • If space were a material - what would it be - universe of heliospherical atoms?

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Why is space so big?Have you ever looked at it? I mean, above, that's just our galaxy, the so-called Milky Way. And there are millions of galaxies within range, and millions more in clusters outside that.Why does 'space' have to be so enormously enormous aka BIG?And it got me to thinking, "You know that most of the stuff, most of the phenomenon we call MATTER, is just space," or the distance between cores. For example: if the electron shell of atom were the size of a football field, the proton/neutron nucleus would be the size of a flea on the 50-yard line! And that's a lot of a) space within…
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    Tiny Godzilla

  • What ever happened to Fay Wray?

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Just a quickie this afternoon - for I'm getting ready to (a). meet a friend for brief shenanigans, and (b). then come home and tart myself up for the Rocky Horror Picture Show event tonight. But I did want to post a reminder that this is your last day to enter Kevin Hearne's awesome giveaway (re: signed copy of Maplecroft and any book of his, your choice) ... so you'd better get on that. Add me on Twitter before midnight, or before I get home from this thing tonight - whichever comes first.I've heard a few complaints from folks who don't do Twitter, and I HAVE BEEN LISTENING. So after…
  • Hot patootie, bless my soul!

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    As you may recall, the marvelous Kevin Hearne was my houseguest for a few days, quite recently; and have I mentioned lately that I adore him? Well, for the record, there it is. Again, probably. Because he is highly adorable.At any rate, this exceptional gentleman may have hypothetically absconded from my home bearing a signed copy of Maplecroft ... which he is now prepared to give away - along with a signed copy of any one of his books that you like. Basically, all you have to do is follow me on Twitter before the stroke of midnight on October 30th - because we're spooky like that. A winner…
  • Stand down or show down, baby let's get this done

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Okay! So I've been swamped with house guests/travel/signing/etc. for the last week or two, and things have piled up while my attention was elsewhere. For one thing, I'm way behind on my word metrics; for another, I've been skimping on the Maplecroft news. People are talking! Here are some highlights!Maplecroft at Literary Escapism - "The debut novel of Priest’s new Borden Dispatches series is a departure from the post apocalyptic steampunk realm we have come to know her for. Taking off with the infamous Lizzie Borden, Priest creates an amazingly well-written story which takes heavy…
  • Fox Tales, Whiskey, Books, Friends, Dogs

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    So I was about 2/3 of the way through a post about this past weekend, and Wordpress freaking ATE IT and I'm not exactly thrilled about that. So you'll have to pardon me if this runs a little less chatty than the original version. I'll try to make it up to you with pictures. Everyone likes pictures, right?RIGHT.So. The event at the Fox Tale Book Shoppe was a delight! It was magnificent to see Delilah and Kevin again, of course; and I was happy to meet Molly Harper - who actually hails from Kentucky, so we had plenty of gabbing to do. Maybe one day we'll collide at an event in the Bluegrass…
  • At the Fox Tale Tomorrow

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    No new word metrics today, just housework and a Target run. I'm now equipped with 20+ pounds of Halloween candy and a bunch of non-food (toy-type) treats for kids with allergies; and if the last couple of years can be any gauge, this ought to keep us going for maybe 3 hours. So...we might be forced to send out a search party for more, but if that happens, c'est la vie. After all, Halloween comes but once a year!UNRELATED, but also happening only once this year - tomorrow you can catch me with Delilah Dawson, Kevin Hearne, and Molly Harper at the Fox Tale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, Georgia. One…
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    Running Air

  • Happily Ever Aftering

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    So, over on Goodreads, someone asked if there's any chance of a happily-ever-after for Sarah Tolerance and her magistrate-friend Sir Walter Mandif.  The truth is, I dunno.  I'd like there to be, but I'm not sure whether I'll be able to pull it off.But it's kind of cool to find that someone is invested in the question.  Aside from me, that is.
  • How Did I Do This?

    25 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    I just spent the last week reading all three Sarah Tolerance books, in part to make up a bible of character traits and locations, in part to get back into the groove.  And I am left with one, overwhelming feeling:How on earth did I come up with those plots?  I write by discovery, then tuck the raw bits in afterward, but reading those three books, with their tangled threads and this-looks-inconsequential-but-it's-important cuing, I have no idea what I was thinking when I wrote them.Fortunately, I remember going through the same thing with books 2 and 3, so I know that absolute…
  • Home, for Certain Values Of...

    11 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    I spent last week in L.A. with my aunt and uncle, who are going through some medical stuff, partly doing logistics (what on earth does that paperwork actually mean? and let's not double or triple book all the doctors' appointments), partly doing errands (yes, I will remember the butter pecan ice cream), and partly cooking and making my aunt laugh.*  Around the edges, working on revising my resumes (one for admin, one for writing/editorial), and cruising job boards.  And I'm doing a re-read of all the Tolerance books, so as to create a bible of sorts, and making furious…
  • Looking for Work in All The Places

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    So I'm doing this job hunt thing.  Which is tedious, and goes against every instinct I have about self-promotion.  Plus, nothing like job-hunting to make my question my actual competence--for any job I'm interested in, my first thought is, "I don't have the skills," and my second is "I won't be able to do it."  Regardless of what my past experience is (generally, if I don't have the skills, I acquire them).  Plus: while I'm a hard-working sort, I'm not wildly ambitious.  "There's unlimited growth potential"…
  • The More Things Change

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    And as it turns out, I will not be going to L.A. this weekend (giving my long-suffering and wonderful aunt a little time to not-be-hosting-helpful-but-right-there-underfoot-me).  So I will throw myself into work!  Of which there is plenty to do, God wot.
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    Christopher Rowe

  • Book Launch Day!

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Today marks the launch into the world Jonathan Strahan's latest anthology, Fearsome Magics, which includes my new story, "The Dun Letter." I hope you'll all consider picking up a copy from wherever you buy books. If you're an Amazon user, click here. If you're not, please order from your local bookstore or the online retailer you prefer. Cheers!
  • Everything's coming up August

    15 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    A few quick notes for those of you who don't follow me on Facebook or Twitter. My short story "The Unveiling" will be published in the upcoming January issue of Asimov's Science Fiction. I'll be at Gen Con this weekend, paneling about short fiction on Saturday evening. Gwenda and I will be at DragonCon over Labor Day weekend, where she's on the YA programming track and I'm a husband-in-tow (hoping to sneak off and get in a game of Dungeons & Dragons). Finally, I was a guest on The Buterverse Podcast recently, so if you want to hear me ramble on for a half…
  • April update

    7 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    This is proving a busy month for me as I finish up my last full semester of graduate school (I'll be doing a brief residency in Lisbon in July as well to fulfill the final requirements). I defend my thesis novel on April 23rd, Shakespeare's 450th birthday, and I have a couple of short papers to write, but otherwise, come the 30th, I'm done. Upcoming travel includes WisCon over Memorial Day weekend. Greatly look forward to getting back there after we've not been able to attend for several years. I'll be back at the Sycamore Hill workshop in North Carolina in June, then the…
  • Welcome

    15 Jan 2014 | 6:09 pm
    This is the online home of Christopher Rowe, author of science fiction and fantasy stories, great cook, and raconteur. (Some of these things may be lies. Or none of them.) He is currently hard at work on Sarah Across America, an unusual fantasy novel about maps and megafauna, among sundry short stories. His first novel, Sandstorm, fulfilled his childhood dream of writing a D&D novel and was published by Wizards of the Coast. He has also published a couple of dozen stories, and been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy and Theodore Sturgeon Awards. He doesn't blog nearly…
  • A reading

    15 Jan 2014 | 6:00 pm
    This past Sunday, my peers in the Bluegrass Writers Workshop and I finished up our Winter Residency with a group reading. I thought I'd share the two pieces I read with all y'all. Both of them are from a pretty long time ago, but they were fun to read. First, my one and only published poem, which appeared in November 2001 in the ninth issue of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet. I wrote the original version of this found poem for a creative writing class under Frederick Smock at the University Louisville even longer ago than that. Before the war, even. OUR PRIZE PATROL WILL FIND…
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    Rudy's Blog

  • Lit Crawl: Dark Lords of Cyberpunk—Recap & Podcasts

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    I organized a reading as part of Lit Crawl in San Francisco on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 8:30 to 9:30 at Haus Coffee, on 24th Street near Folsom. Many thanks to Erica of Haus Coffee who helped us settle in. Our session was called FLURB: Dark Lords of Cyberpunk, and was also listed as session #97: FLURB: Astonishing Misfits. Here’s the official Lit Crawl schedule and map. The readers were me, Richard Kadrey, and John Shirley. We’re all cyberpunks, and we all published stories in the Flurb webzine that I edited and published through 14 issues a few years back. Samples of our work in…
  • At Loose Ends

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:43 pm
    I’m kind of at loose ends these days. I have some ideas for a novel with the working title Wacker World, and I’ve been moving those around in my head. And I’ve written a lot of notes. But somehow I’m not quite ready to start the actual book. It’s like staring into the sun, and I keep flinching away. I’ve been working in parallel on my giant 400,000 word Journals 1990-2015, hoping to get that finished and published early next summer. I watched a graffiti artist at a big art festival in San Jose a few weeks back, it was called “Anne and Marc’s Art Party.” It was nice to see…
  • “Endless Road Trip.” “4th D.” Author’s POV.

    5 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    So I finished that painting I was talking about in my last blog post. Before getting into the details, I want to mention that I just started a big sale on my paintings, with the sale lasting till October 15, 2014. If you’re curious about that, check my online Paintings page. Anyway, here’s that new painting. I did quite a few revisions on it. As I’ve said before, the way to tell when your painting is done is when it stops bothering you. I like how it ended up. The paint is nice and thick, with a rich glow of colors. “Endless Road Trip” oil on canvas, Sept, 2014, 30” x…
  • Entering Wacker World

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    Recently I retweeted a photo of a capybara being groomed by some squirrel monkeys. It was just something that I’d seen retweeted by someone else. This became my most widely circulated tweet ever, with maybe a hundred thousand views. Part of the appeal must be that the scale is so odd—you think of those primates as being fairly tall, but you think of furry, lumpy animals as being small. Turns out capybaras are the largest rodents in the world, running up to four feet tall. And squirrel monkeys are tiny. The amphibious capybaras live in the mouths of Brazilian rivers. The Brazilians eat…
  • Roadtrip #5. Vancouver, Coupland, Back Home.

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    After Ottawa, we went back and spent two nights in Vancouver. We stayed at a century-old, not-too-expensive place called the Sylvia Hotel, next to the water at English Bay Beach. I’d been planning to meet up with my writer friend Bill Gibson, but as it happened, the page proofs for his next novel arrived at the same day we did, and he only had about three days to fix them, so we couldn’t connect. His two recommendations: Japadogs and the Douglas Coupland show at the VAG (Vancouver Art Gallery). I had some doubts, but I did get a Japadog on the street—these are gourmet Japanese sausages,…
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  • The Rithmatist ebook on sale today

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Just a quick note: the ebook of The Rithmatist is on sale today for $1.99 in the US and Canada, and it looks like it's €1.78 in continental Europe. Check your local region to see the price there—links to all versions are here. I don't know how long this lasts, but I'm guessing it's just today.And if you didn't notice, last week I put out a new novella out in its own ebook: Sixth of the Dusk. Available worldwide.Additionally, The Way of Kings ebook is still free in the US on the iBookstore and Amazon until the end of the year.
  • Grammy Awards Nominations: Mistborn

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    This is something that doesn't apply to many of you, but if you're a voting member of The Recording Academy, and you're a Mistborn fan, you may want to take a look at your ballot.57th GRAMMY AWARDS – For Your Consideration:MISTBORN – THE FINAL EMPIRE by Brandon Sanderson in 5.1 Surround Sound DTSThe Graphic Audio editions of the Mistborn books (and Elantris and Warbreaker) aren't your average audiobooks—they're full-cast recordings with some sound effects, though they're still nearly unabridged; only a few things such as dialogue tags ("she said") get trimmed out, since by the voice…
  • Mistborn Adventure Game Alloy of Law supplement, New Allomancer Jak story + Giveaway

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    A few weeks ago, Crafty Games, the makers of the Mistborn Adventure Game, released their second supplement for the game (after the Terris supplement). This new one covers the Alloy of Law era.As in the original adventure game book, where I wrote a short story for the volume that features Kelsier, I've written a new piece for this supplement that features everyone's favorite Roughs hero and correspondent: Allomancer Jak! These episodes follow his appearance in The Alloy of Law. Check out a preview here. Includes bonus annotations by Handerwym, Jak's faithful Terris steward!You can buy the…
  • Writing Excuses Episodes & Caribbean Retreat

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    There are two new Writing Excuses episodes to talk about:Fan Writing, with Chris GarciaThe Convention-Author Relationship, with Deirdre Saoirse MoenBoth episodes were recorded at Westercon/FantasyCon earlier this year in front of a live audience. Chris has worked in fanzines for years (and won a Hugo Award for Best Fanzine), and Deirdre runs conventions. Both have lots of great stuff to say, so check the episodes out.The Writing Excuses anthology, Shadows Beneath, is still included in the NaNoWriMo Writing Tools Bundle of DRM-free writing advice ebooks, as well as through the standard ebook…
  • Mistborn Trade Paperbacks + New York Comic Con Schedule

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Back in May I mentioned the new trade paperbacks for the Mistborn trilogy that were coming out, starting with the first book. Since then, The Well of Ascension was released in August, and The Hero of Ages came out this week.All three books have gorgeous Sam Weber cover art, and Isaac Stewart drew updated versions of the maps. The three books are shelved in the YA section of the store (next to Steelheart and The Rithmatist), but aside from the cover, maps, and some longstanding typos that my assistant Peter got fixed, they're identical to the versions shelved in the adult science…
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    Inhuman Swill

  • Proper paper size for manuscript submissions

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    A reader writes to ask:I have just one question concerning the "1in from margin" factor: what page size is normally used?8.5x11?6x9 ?I see the '1in from margin' statement everywhere but nowhere I've found do they say the page size.In the United States, Canada, and a few others places, print and submit your manuscript on white standard letter size paper, which is 8½ by 11 inches. In most of the rest of the world, including the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand, use A4 paper, which is 210 by 297 mm, or about 8.27 by 11.69 inches. (A4 is part of the ISO 216 standard, which makes a lot more…
  • Broadcasts from a nightmare world

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    I find something deeply unsettling about numbers stations.I suppose I must have encountered the concept at some point reading spy fiction, but my true introduction to numbers stations came earlier this year from my friend Anthony Atamaniuk. When he played a few examples at a party, I was instantly transported to the nightmarish world of my earliest childhood memories, where the universe beyond my bedcovers seemed to vanish with the fall of night, and every half-heard or half-imagined sound was like a transmission from a cinder planet light-years dead. To me the recordings sounded like outer…
  • Ella throws for home, not for the runner

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    It's been several months since I posted an Ella video, so I figure we're overdue. Here's one I took this past Saturday at Astoria Park during off-leash hours.Ella spies a squirrel foraging far out on the meadow. For a while she just watches, until I nudge her into action (about 0:27). The thing to note is how Ella bends her trajectory not directly toward the squirrel but to where she predicts the squirrel is heading. She trying to cut it off before it reaches its tree.Spoiler alert: She doesn't catch the squirrel, but I still hope she will someday.Crossposted from Inhuman Swill
  • Happy 200th anniversary of the London Beer Flood!

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    Today is the 200th anniversary of the London Beer Flood. I'd tell you all about, but Kyle Thiessen explains it far better than I ever could (and the Boston Molasses Flood too) in his Fake Month at the Museum series:So wherever you are, raise a glass today to the empire where the suds never set!Crossposted from Inhuman Swill
  • Does Amazon customer support have a "joke" macro?

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    [Amazon customer support chat session in progress]Me: Thanks for the help.Amazon: awesome and tell me, is there anything else i can do to make you smile today?Me: You could tell me a joke. Otherwise, that's all.Amazon: Well i can :-)three old folks are sitting on a bench in the parkthe first one says: its windy huh?the second one says: no!! its Thursdayand the last one says: me too!! lets get a beerMe: Good one.Amazon: It has been a pleasure helping you out, thank you very much for being part of Amazon family, and i hope you have a great dayCrossposted from Inhuman Swill
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  • The Uncanny Power of Weird Fiction–At The Atlantic

    Jeff VanderMeer
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    (“How Doth the Little Crocodile” by Leonora Carrington) Today The Atlantic posted my essay on weird fiction. The essay focuses on the ways in which beauty and humor coincide with the bizarre in this kind of fiction, using my experience coediting The Weird. Among the writers I mention or discuss are Murakami, Leena Krohn, Clive Barker, Thomas Ligotti, Leonora Carrington, Helen Oyeyemi. Here’s a short excerpt. Please go read the essay and share it if you like it. The intel begins to takes on an almost luminous quality—hidden linkage and lineage interwoven with literary…
  • Texas Book Fest’s Lit Crawl Jeopardy Brawl: Be There Saturday Night

    Jeff VanderMeer
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Okay, maybe “brawl” is a strong word to describe “Nerd Jeopardy,” but whatever you want to call it–I prefer “Heroic Heroes Jeopardy”–I’ll be part of it Saturday night at 8:30pm at Wonderland in Austin (1104 East Sixth St). You can even click “going” on the facebook page. The Austin LitCrawl is full of amazing events, in support of the Texas Book Festival. (Here’s info on my festival appearance earlier on Saturday.) My opponents appear to have unfair advantages, such as possibly knowing much more stuff than I do. But…
  • Jeff VanderMeer Tour Dates: Through The End of 2014

    Jeff VanderMeer
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    (Southern Reach art by Tony McMillen) “I’m loving the Southern Reach trilogy…Creepy and fascinating.” – Stephen King “[A] masterpiece.” – The Guardian “An instant SF classic.” – The New Statesman >>Recently read by Catherynne M. Valente, who tweeted about it. Not familiar with the S.R. series? Check out this link. Since Acceptance, the third book in the Southern Reach trilogy has come out, I’ve done an event with both a live owl and with a plastic owl. I’ve done a gig with Lev Grossman and Lauren Beukes, which was very cool, and met…
  • Mike Allen’s Unsettling Collection Unseaming

    Jeff VanderMeer
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Mike Allen first made a real splash with his unique Clockwork Phoenix series, which he edited in addition to Mythic Delirium. But he’s an interesting and unsettling writer of dark, weird fiction as well, with a first collection out that’s beginning to get some buzz. Library Journal just gave his Unseaming a starred review. You can buy the collection here. Recently, I interviewed Mike about his work and weird fiction via email. When did you start writing? I’ve made stabs and feints at writing since grade school, but it was never a constant thing. For much of my youth I thought I…
  • Book Release Day: Julia Elliott’s Sublime The Wilds

    Jeff VanderMeer
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Julia Elliott’s phenomenal first short story collection is out this week and I hope you will buy it. I hope you will buy copies for your friends. The Wilds is wonderful in every way. The stories range from mainstream realism and magic realism to surreal science fiction—all unique, all demonstrating Elliott’s wonderful ability to see the absurdity and seriousness of life in equal measure. In a tie with Laura Van den Berg’s The Isle of Youth, it’s my favorite collection of the year. Here’s an interview I did with Elliott for the Tin House blog (excerpt…
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  • Cleesehead

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    I'm now working at The University Book Store in Seattle. Guess who's coming to town? John Cleese! We got in this blowup of his head to promote the reading from his new book So, Anyway.... I couldn't resist.
  • Taking a Train Through Time

    4 Sep 2013 | 11:51 am
    Kottke posted this mesmerizing video from the Beeb of a train trip from London to Brighton. Or, rather, three trips, from 1953, 1983, and 2013, run side by side by side. Edit: hmm, can't seem to make the embed work right. Here's the link.
  • Stephen Fry chides the grammar police

    23 Jul 2013 | 4:30 pm
    Douglas Smith links to the following video from Stephen Fry animated by Matthew Rogers. It's been around a few years, but may be as new to you as to me.Fry was in Cold Comfort Farm, playing the pretentious, emotion-deaf poet Mybug. Stella Gibbons, who wrote the novel from which the movie was made, wrote 25 novels (plus four volumes of poetry). Amy and I read books aloud to each other, and our current read is Gibbons' Westwood, with a playwright who would be another perfect fit for Fry. Not that Gibbons writes 'types', but when she nails a character she uses ten-penny nails.
  • Now I'll Never Know Why Dominoes Need Electrical Cords

    7 Jul 2013 | 9:17 am
    I woke up too soon.
  • Nice use of the word 'Catholic'

    6 Jul 2013 | 10:28 pm
    From The blog of Katherine Phelps:No radio shows at the time would touch his [Tom Lehrer's] music. It was too controversial, covering subjects such as venereal disease. Nevertheless, he sold his records to other students on campus at cost and through Boston newsstands and record stores. Their popularity spread swiftly across the US and abroad through word of mouth. His big break came in the UK when Princess Margaret described her musical tastes as "catholic, ranging from Mozart to Tom Lehrer". At which time he started being played by BBC radio. Recently, his song "The…
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    Paperback Writer

  • Wishing You

    Lynn Viehl
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
  • More Waverley!

    Lynn Viehl
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I've finally received some gotta-preorder SPAM from B& that made me very happy, and since I've bullied encouraged some of you to read this author, I thought I'd pass along the news:Since Garden Spells remains my #1 favorite novel by Sarah Addison Allen, obviously I cannot wait to read this one.What new releases are you looking forward to this Fall and Winter? Share the love in comments.
  • My NaNo Novel Plan

    Lynn Viehl
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    As you've probably noticed I've posted on the blog my word count widget and unofficial badges for NaNoWriMo 2014. This week I'll be putting together my novel notebook and doing the last bit of prepwork I need so I can begin writing straightaway on November 1st. I'm also available as a writing buddy on the NaNoWriMo web site; if you want to send a buddy request my user name is Lynn Viehl.The idea I've decided to go with for my November novel is the first book in a historical romance trilogy that I've always wanted to write. The primary setting for the entire trilogy is Netherfield, one of the…
  • LT Job Op (and Ribbet)

    Lynn Viehl
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Library Thing is looking for a programmer:LibraryThing, the company behind and LibraryThing for Libraries, is looking to hire a top-notch developer/programmer.We like to think we make “products that don’t suck,” as opposed to much of what’s developed for libraries. We’ve got new ideas and not enough developers to make them. That’s where you come in.Technical Skills required:LibraryThing is mostly non-OO PHP. You need to be a solid PHP programmer or show us you can become one quickly. You should be experienced in HTML, JavaScript, CSS and SQL. We welcome experience…
  • Boo Ten

    Lynn Viehl
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ten Things to Help with HalloweenCooking Light magazine has some fun recipes here for your Halloween festivities.DKTK has an entire page of Halloween Crafts and Activities for Kids here.Food Network has a cool page here with ideas on how to turn your carved pumpkins into "snack-o-lanterns".Good Housekeeping has 11 Enchanting Halloween Decorating Ideas here.My favorite and most popular Halloween recipe is this delicious spinach dip, which I serve in a hollowed-out pumperknickel bread bowl surrounded with bread chunks, crackers and raw veggie bites. For spooky reading material, one of the…
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    Bluejo's Journal

  • In Paris, Going to Nantes for Utopiales

    Jo Walton
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:21 am
    That's all really, just wanted to say that.I haven't been in Paris since I was a student. I went to Notre Dame and the Pantheon yesterday and looked at them sleepily, then I had dinner in a restaurant specialising in mushrooms. Today I'm going to the Louvre to visit the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and then taking the train to Nantes late this afternoon. Utopiales starts tonight and runs until Sunday. I'm back in Paris for more museums and a bookstore event at the beginning of next week.
  • Italian My Real Children

    Jo Walton
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The Italian edition of My Real Children, Le Mie Due Vite, "My Two Lives" is coming out this month from Gargoyle.This is the cover. I like it -- it seems thematic, I like the colours and the fabrics, and I think I'd pick it up to look at it if I saw it. What do you think?
  • Velma

    Jo Walton
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    I've said it all before: death sucks! And worse,We're complex, breathtaking, and we can speak,All irreplaceable, and each unique,Each human death must end a universe.People die young, die old, die at my age!Die much beloved, or indifferent, dieAs everyone must do, as you and I,And nothing helps, not love, not hope, not rage.Your biting joy in life, your smile, your wit,That you were loved and needed -- so unfair,That death devoured it all, and that we careWho cared for you, and that's the end of it.All we can do is live life day by dayRemember what we can, and while we may.
  • Pagans Alleged to be in Christian Heaven

    Jo Walton
    11 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Googling is not getting me anywhere, so let's try assembling a list myself.Virtuous Pagans alleged to be in the Christian HeavenSocrates -- alleged by Kierkergard to have been converted after his death.Plato -- alleged by Nicetas in a commentary on Nazianus to have gone up at the Harrowing (Dante disagrees and leaves him in Limbo)Trajan -- alleged by Dante in Paradiso, from a medieval legend that St Gregory prayed so hard for Trajan's soul than he got to be alive in the flesh again for long enough to be converted. (This leaves me utterly perplexed as to everyone's motives -- why…
  • Dragon's Song

    Jo Walton
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    wolfinthewood posted a picture of a harp-playing dragon at Lacock Abbey and asked what song it would sing. I couldn't resist.A wilderness of wings, bright glints of fire,Dry wood burns fast, and long desire,Coiled into curlicues, coins, a cup,A thief in the night that drew me up.What would I sing when the harp goes round?An old wyrm's tale of underground?Or a song of rising in spiralled flight,Wide wings that flash with reflected light?Or the human heroes who came so bold,To challenge us and to steal our gold,Who bade us fight them beneath the sun?You know the names of the few who won.I could…
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    Martha Wells

  • Happy Halloween!

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    First news: The Serpent Sea, the second Raksura book, is on sale on US Kindle and Nook for a $1.99. So if you ever wanted to get the ebook, this is a good time.***Book recs:* Juliet E. McKenna's collection about Victorian monster hunters is also on sale: Challoner, Murray & Balfour: Monster Hunters at Law* Shadowboxer by Tricia Sullivan Thai martial arts, international crime, celebrity and mythical creatures combine in this masterful new tale of two people facing incredible dangers, from award-winning author Tricia Sullivan.***We're not having a party tonight, but we are having a few people…
  • Wednesday

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    They're about to replace a power utility pole on our street today, so I will probably be disappearing abruptly from the internet for several hours. I'll take pictures, including the car that for some reason has decided to park right in front of where the giant pole has to go through.Shows I'm really enjoying: Sleepy Hollow is fast-paced action mystery fantasy horror. And I mean, fast-paced. One of the things I like best about this show is that characters don't withhold information from each other. They run to their friends and blurt out everything the bad guys would like them to keep quiet…
  • Book Day

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    * Star Wars: Razor's Edge is out in paperback, and the ebook price has been dropped.* There is a short interview with me on SF Signal: INTERVIEW: Martha Wells on the Raksura and the Three Worlds***The We Need Diverse Books Indegogo: is the ultimate form of empathy. Though more than half of schoolchildren are minorities--people of color, LGBTQIA, and/or people with disabilities--the fact remains that too few of these children see reflections of themselves in the books they read. Books are more than mirrors-- they’re windows as…
  • Question and Book Day Tomorrow

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    First, a Raksura question I forgot to answer earlier: beccastareyes asked What do newborn Raksura look like? Especially since they're shifters. We know that when queens clutch, you can't tell which of their offspring will be fertile queens/consorts and which will be warriors, enough that warriors from Aeriat clutches have a reputation for being stuck up compared to the Arbora-born warriors who always knew what role they would play as adults.Actually, that's two different things: 1) warriors born from queens' clutches rather than Arbora clutches get stuck-up because of a belief that it means…
  • Thursday Stuff

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    I got sick yesterday afternoon, like a mild IBS attack, so did not get much done yesterday besides email. I feel better today, so hopefully I can catch up.Couple of things:* If you missed it yesterday, I did a post for Black Gate on Fanfiction and Me. The editor's daughter is into fanfiction and he was getting tired of seeing nothing but negative articles about it.* Stories of the Raksura I got a great review from SF Signal: worldbuilding and…
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    Reality Skimming

  • Diff the Dragon – Part Fortyeight

    David Lott
    31 Oct 2014 | 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 a receptionist at her local FYiDoctors. In her spare time she enjoys writing, video blogging, reading and watching very nerdy TV shows. << Start at Beginning >> Part 48 “Why would I want to go back down there?” Alivda yelled back. “It’s boring down there!” The first responder looked totally…
  • Diff the Dragon – Part Fortyseven

    David Lott
    24 Oct 2014 | 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 a receptionist at her local FYiDoctors. In her spare time she enjoys writing, video blogging, reading and watching very nerdy TV shows. << Start at Beginning >> Part 47 Meanwhile Amel was still strolling along with Ann on his arm. “Hello!” “Huh, what?” Amel said, snapping back to the…
  • Diff the Dragon – Part Fortysix

    David Lott
    17 Oct 2014 | 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 a receptionist at her local FYiDoctors. In her spare time she enjoys writing, video blogging, reading and watching very nerdy TV shows. << Start at Beginning >> Part 46 Alivda was bored with the adults. They couldn’t go as fast as she could and, though that had been awesome to start with, now it…
  • Interview with Nancy Kilpatrick

    David Lott
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Award-winning author Nancy Kilpatrick has published 18 novels, over 200 short stories, and has edited 13 anthologies, most in the horror/dark fantasy field. She also published the non-fiction book The Goth Bible: A Compendium for the Darkly Inclined (St. Martin’s Press) and has written many articles and reviews. Her two most recent award-winning titles are (as editor) the anthology Danse Macabre: Close Encounters with the Reaper, and her sixth collection of short stories, Vampyric Variations (both from EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing). She lives in Montréal with her calico cat…
  • Diff the Dragon – Part Fortysix

    David Lott
    11 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    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 a receptionist at her local FYiDoctors. In her spare time she enjoys writing, video blogging, reading and watching very nerdy TV shows. << Start at Beginning >> Part 46 “Why is she with you?” were the first words out of Ann’s mouth. “And it’s nice to see you too,” Amel said. He and his…
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    All quiet in France

  • Print edition of “On a Red Station, Drifting”, redux

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Just a quick note that you can now get the print version of On A Red Station, Drifting from amazon [US|UK|Fr], with the awesome cover. I’ll also be quite happy to sign and personalise books if you’re willing to cover shipping–contact me via the website. Cross-posted from Aliette de Bodard Leave a comment at original post, or comment here.
  • Quick plugs

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    -The Booksmugglers have started publishing fiction on their blog. They’re focusing on fairy tale retellings: the two I’ve read so far have been very good indeed, original and striking. S.L Huang’s “The Monster Hunters” mashes together a lot of fairytale tropes while tackling hard subjects of abuse and female agency. The other story, which has just published, is Yukimi Ogawa’s “In Her Head, in Her Eyes”, a creepy SF/horror retelling of the Japanese story “Hachikaduki” (Girl with a Bowl on her Head”). -Alyssa Wong’s…
  • Print edition of On a Red Station Drifting

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    In related news: there will be a print edition of On a Red Station, Drifting, published through Createspace. I haven’t publicised it because I’ve been sorting out admin stuff, but here’s the cover, courtesy of Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein (and many many thanks to Colin F Barnes, who in addition to giving me tons of advice on self-publishing, covers and print publishing, also did my interior design). Hopefully by MIRCon I can sign copies of it ^^ ETA: it’s live! Go buy it from amazon [US|UK|Fr]. Cross-posted from Aliette de Bodard Leave a comment at original post, or…
  • On a Red Station, Drifting, in Spanish

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Pretty pretty cover (link here if you’re reading the LJ/DW mirrors). Upcoming from Fata Libelli, end of the year. The artist, Omar Moreno, is also working on a cover for the Xuya collection, “El Ciclo de Xuya”. PS: I’m not *quite* back online full time. The household has caught the crud, and we have a few RL problems (scheduling issues with the snakelet, our childminder and the H. Nothing serious!) which means this blog will get toned down even more than usual while we sort them out. Posts this week thanks to WordPress automatic scheduler ^^ Cross-posted from Aliette…
  • Links aka Aliette on the web

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:19 am
    Briefly emerging from my winter sleep, aka “full-time care of the snakelet while holding a day job and writing a novel/novella ™”, to point out a couple of places I’ve been this week: -Roundtable on fantastical creatures at The Book Smugglers, with Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Shveta Thakrar, Octavia Cade, Marie Brennan, Whiti Hereaka, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, E.C. Myers, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Bogi Takács, Joyce Chng and me: part 1, part 2. I talk dragons (rồng) and turtles (rủa) in myths! -My Beneath Ceaseless Skies Aztec steampunk story “Memories in Bronze, Feathers…
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    Mostly English

  • Eating Authors: Douglas Smith

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> Halloween is just around the calendrical corner, that night when the border between worlds is at its thinnest and denizens from the other side cross over. Sadly, that’s the best segue I could come up with by way of introducing today’s EATING AUTHOR guest, Douglas Smith, who has crossed Canada’s less-than-spooky-border to be here. Doug writes both non-fiction and fiction, novels and short stories. He’s a three-time winner of Canada’s Prix Aurora Award and been nominated for it…
  • Eating Authors: Anna Kashina

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> One of the things I like about writers is how everything in their lives influences the work and shoes up (consciously or otherwise) in their fiction. Is it any wonder then that I prefer reading authors with full-blown careers in their histories, a range of educational experiences, and backgrounds in alternate cultures and languages? All of which is my way of seguing to this week’s EATING AUTHORS guest, Anna Kashina, who has a doctorate in cell biology and a day job at the PENN”s School of…
  • Eating Authors: Jon McGoran

    13 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> It’s another exhausted Monday, at least for me, as I spent the last three days at a convention. But I’m back, and in honor of coming home I’ve brought you a local talent for EATING AUTHORS. This week’s guest is none other than Philadelphia author Jon McGoran. Jon has a more intimate relationship with food than most of our guests, having been an advocate for cooperative development, urban agriculture, and labeling of genetically engineered foods. As if that weren’t enough,…
  • My Final Capclave 2014 Schedule

    9 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there. The glory that is Capclave begins tomorrow and I am very excited to be participating in the convention. Here is my shiny and updated schedule: Friday, October 10th 3:30 p.m. | Salon A – “Holy Shuftik!” he cried How does an author create a distinctive language for characters in the future or in a different world and keep it understandable to the reader? What’s the right balance between creating language and making sure the reader can figure it out without a dictionary appendix to the story? Paolo…
  • Eating Authors: E. Catherine Tobler

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> This week’s guest is E. Catherine Tolber and she occupies a special place in my heart, not because she was a finalist for the Sturgeon Award back in 2013 (she was), but because she bravely accepted the challenge to create a story for an anthology I was publishing. An anthology, I might add, with the gimmick that all the stories began with the same three writing prompts: watermelon, turtle, sex worker. Having recovered from that experience, she’s gone on to write novels. Her first book, Rings of…
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    Princess Alethea Kontis

  • 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!
  • No Such Thing

    25 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    (Crossposted from Waterworld Mermaids)I do not believe in Writers Block.I do not believe in The Muse.Writers who reference these things frustrate me.I believe in the power of sitting my lazy butt in the chair in front of my computer and forcing myself to work, however much I don't feel like it. I believe in Momentum.Princess Alethea's First Law of Writing Momentum: A writer at rest stays at rest. A writer in motion stays in motion, unless acted upon by an outside force.And boy, can the Universe dole out some forces.In the last nine months, I have dealt with a lion's share of this…
  • Princess Alethea Rants...with Casey!

    12 May 2014 | 6:02 pm
    A very special EPIC FAIRY TALE RANT is now live...featuring my bestest friend Princess Casey!As always, please enjoy, share, and support Fairy Tale Rants with your donations (click here for details)!
  • 2014 PARSEC Awards

    9 May 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Hey guys! The Parsec Awards are kind of new to me. Now that I've been doing more on the narration front, I'm eligible! How exciting!This year's eligibility window is May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014.The stories I have narrated are:"The Monster & Mrs. Blake" (written and narrated by Alethea Kontis):"Ieia" (by SJ Bickley):"Abigail" for Pseudopod (written by Hunter Gray):…
  • Princess Alethea Rants "Clever Gretel"

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    Happy Monday -- a new fairy tale rant is live!Today, Princess Alethea rants about the Grimms' tale "Clever Gretel." Watch, enjoy, and share! xox
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  • Cara Mengecilkan Badan Dalam Waktu 1 Minggu

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Cara Mengecilkan Badan Dalam Waktu 1 Minggu cara melangsingkan badan Berat badan Plateau adalah tahap ketika setelah berat badan awal Anda tidak akan kehilangan pound independen apapun lainnya, pada kalori yang dikonsumsi. Shifting kalori adalah metode yang telah terbukti untuk… Continue...
  • Berita Kompas TV Terbaru Akhir Bulan Oktober 2014

    hilman maolidin
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Kompas tv merupakan salah satu televisi swasta yang dimiliki Kompas Gramedia yang hadir untuk menggantikan televisi yang pernah ada sebelumnya yaitu TV7. Ketika TV7 sebagian besar sahamnya dibeli oleh Trans Corp, nama TV7 berubah menjadi Trans7 dan saham Kompas Gramedia… Continue Reading...
  • Tempat Wet Scrubber For So2 Removal

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Tempat Wet Scrubber For So2 Removal Semakin banyak orang mencari alat pembersih udara ionizer untuk meningkatkan udara di sekitar mereka. Namun, Anda harus menyadari Pro dan kontra purifiers ini untuk menentukan apakah mereka tepat untuk Anda. Banyak orang hari ini… Continue Reading →
  • Cara Kerja Septic Tank Biotech

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:10 am
    Cara Kerja Septic Tank Biotech Kalsit Penetral filter untuk mengoreksi asam air kondisi datang dalam berbagai ukuran dan berbagai campuran media kalsit dan Corosex. Berikut adalah beberapa pertanyaan yang sering diajukan Pemilik rumah memiliki berkenaan dengan asam neutralizers. T. saya…...
  • 4 tanda-tanda untuk menentukan jika mantan Anda tidak ingin menjadi dengan Anda lagi dan pernah?

    26 Oct 2014 | 12:19 am
    4 tanda-tanda untuk menentukan jika mantan Anda tidak ingin menjadi dengan Anda lagi dan pernah? Seberapa buruk Anda ingin mendapatkan kembali mantan Anda? Sekarang sebelum menjawab pertanyaan Anda, saya ingin Anda untuk bertanya pada diri sendiri apakah ex Anda akan… Continue Reading →
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  • Hear me answer for The Calling

    David Mack
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    I’m talking again. Listen to this interview, in which I join co-hosts Max and Mike to discuss my novel The Calling — the origins of the story, the challenges and benefits of working outside of Star Trek, and the differences between writing for the page and for the screen. This was a fun and sprawling conversation that follows up on […]
  • My Star Trek panel at NYCC 2014

    David Mack
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:34 pm
    If you missed “Star Trek at 50,” my one panel at this year’s New York Comic Con, now you can enjoy it from the convenience of your computer or mobile device, courtesy of that modern wonder known as YouTube. I talked about the past and possible future of Star Trek on television with moderator Scott […]
  • Say hello to DISAVOWED

    David Mack
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Years in the making, it has finally arrived. Today marks the official shelf date for Star Trek: Section 31: Disavowed. Long story short: Julian Bashir begins his mission to infiltrate Section 31 and destroy it from within. Here’s the cover, featuring the badass art by Tim Bradstreet: If you preordered the book, I thank you. […]
  • 2014 Mac Mini vs. 2012 Mac Mini

    David Mack
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Long story short: The previous generation (2012) of the Apple Mac Mini wins in a landslide. I’ve been considering upgrading my home desktop computer system for a while now. I still like my 30-inch Apple Cinema Display and my peripherals, but my first-generation Mac Pro has been looking a bit long in the tooth of […]
  • What Goes on Inside My Head

    David Mack
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Behold the secret musings of my imagination, in handy graphical form:
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    SF Signal

  • The Epic Book Cover Gallery for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Books Released in November

    John DeNardo
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Here’s our monthly roundup of (most of) the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror (and related) books that are hitting bookstore shelves this month. The NightShade Forensic Files: Under Dark Skies (Book 1) by A.J. Scudiere (Griffyn Ink) The Talon of Horus (The Horus Heresy) by Aaron Dembski-Bowden (Games Workshop) The Air War (Shadows of the Apt) by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Pan Macmillan) Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion) by Aimée Carter (Harlequin HQN) Quozl by Alan Dean Foster (Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy) In the Shadows of Children by Alan Ryker (DarkFuse) C.O.W.L. Volume 1:…
  • eBook Deal: THE CITY STAINED RED by Sam Sykes is Only $1.99!

    John DeNardo
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Right now, you can get the eBook version of The City Stained Red by Sam Sykes for only $1.99 on the Kindle and Nook and Apple platforms! Here’s the book description: A long-exiled living god arises. A city begins to break apart at the seams. Lenk and his battle-scarred companions have come to Cier’Djaal in search of Miron Evanhands, a wealthy priest who contracted them to eradicate demons — and then vanished before paying for the job. But hunting Miron down might be tougher than even these weary adventurers can handle as two unstoppable religious armies move towards all-out…
  • Table of Contents: Lightspeed Magazine, November 2014

    John DeNardo
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Lightspeed Magazine sent along the table of contents for their new issue: SCIENCE FICTION “What Glistens Back” by Sunny Moraine “Spidersong” by Susan C. Petrey “Instructions” by Roz Kaveney “Drones Don’t Kill People” by Annalee Newitz FANTASY “Sah-Harah” by Gheorghe Săsărman “A Flock of Grief” by Kat Howard “Enter Saunterance” by Matthew Hughes “Solstice” by Jennifer Stevenson NOVELLA “New Light on the Drake Equation” by Ian R. MacLeod NOVEL EXCERPTS Symbiont by Mira…
  • Table of Contents: Nightmare Magazine, November 2014

    John DeNardo
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Nightmare Magazine sent along the table of contents for their new issue: FICTION “Who is Your Executioner?” by Maria Dahvana Headley “Rebecka” by Karin Tidbeck “Rules for Killing Monsters” by David Sklar “For These and All My Sins” by David Morrell NOVEL EXCERPT Amity by Micol Ostow NONFICTION The H Word: Horror Fiction of Tomorrow by Eric J. Guignard ARTIST GALLERY AND SPOTLIGHT Leslie Klinger AUTHOR SPOTLIGHTS Maria Dahvana Headley Karin Tidbeck David Sklar David Morrell MISCELLANY Coming Attractions Stay Connected Subscriptions & Ebooks…
  • SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-11-01

    John DeNardo
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Interviews & Profiles GavReads interviews Anne Rice. Galactic Chat interviews Ken Liu. Hero Complex interviews Clive Barker. My Bookish Ways interviews Chase Novak. Miskatonic Musings interviews Laird Barron. Redditors interviews Stephen Graham Jones. The Horror Zine interviews Stephen Jones. News Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashes, 1 dead. Boston Just Got a Spooky Edgar Allan Poe Statue. Jeffrey Carver Kobo Sale: Oct. 31– Nov. 3. Queers Destroy Science Fiction by open for Submissions. Greg Egan and Neal Asher Back in the U.S. First Lights by SF Signal contributor Regan…
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    The World in the Satin Bag

  • On #GamerGate -- Final Thoughts Before I Find Something Else to Do

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    If you have no idea what GamerGate is, the Wiki page gives a decent enough summary of the major events.  Additional details can be found at RationalWiki.This is the only post I will write on this subject.  At this point, I'm basically "over it."  The whole thing is a monumental mess.  There's abuse on both sides, accusations flying everywhere, and, once more, a lot of hard divisions.  If GG had a purpose beyond its 4Chan origins, I think it's now over with, either because the well-meaning people within it could not control the narrative or because GG was always a…
  • On Language and Reinforcing Bigotry

    10 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    [Note:  statistics will vary considerably depending where you are in the world.  I'm using statistics and studies which are mostly relevant to the United States, and so this post will focus accordingly.  This is my comfort zone, but I encourage others to take a look at these same concerns as they relate to their cultural contexts.]Language is our responsibility.  How we use it determines everything from our ability to communicate with one another to how we talk about other people to how we describe the world we all share.Language is also one of the most effective ways by…
  • Movie Review: The Maze Runner (2014)

    5 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    I didn't really have high hopes for The Maze Runner (2014).  Sure, I looked forward to seeing it on the off chance that it would be a lot of fun, but I didn't expect it to be a particularly "good" movie.  And it's not, but neither is it "bad."  The Maze Runner is just another entry in a long line of YA dystopia adaptations, one which never seems to escape the confines of a cinematic formula.At its most basic, The Maze Runner can be summed up as follows: Thomas wakes up in a mysterious elevator cage without any memory of who or where he is, only to be thrust into the…
  • Dear DC: Little Girls Play Board Games, Too

    3 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    The folks on Sword and Laser recently had a brief discussion about the Justice League:  Axis of Villains board game, which apparently includes no women.  Peter V. Brett has a post about it here.  In short, his daughter didn't want to play the game because it didn't even have Wonder Woman.WONDER WOMAN.  The single most important female superhero in the entire DC canon is not in a fucking board game meant to be played by children.I cannot express how angry and disappointed I am in DC over this.  Every single time I hear something about DC, it's shit like this.  DC…
  • No, Repetition Does Not Mean Science Fiction is Stagnating...Per Se

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    (This is going to be a bit ranty.  Be prepared.) There's been a bit of talk lately about Project Hieroglyph, an Arizona State University anthology (and website) which attempts to address the argument in Neal Stephenson's "Innovation Starvation."  I recommend reading that essay yourself; it makes some compelling points about science fiction and the failure of contemporary culture to meet the demands of the 1960s imagination.  Here, I'd like to talk about Ed Finn's (editor of Project Hieroglyph) article at  "The Inspiration Drought:  Why Our Science…
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  • Orion Spacecraft : NASA Will Send Your Name To Mars - Register Now !

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Friday is the last day to sign up to have your name sent to Mars. (Deadline is midnight EDT.) If you make it in time, your name will be part of a dime-size microchip on the Orion spacecraft,... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • Canada : UFO Sighting Filmed Over Saint John, New Brunswick

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    According to media reports, a Saint John man says he's still shaken by the mysterious object he saw flying over the city and near the Irving Oil Ltd. refinery last week. John Edwards says his heart... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • Area 51 Scientist Boyd Bushman Tells All About UFO's and Aliens Before Dying

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Shortly before Boyd Bushman passed away on August 7, 2014, he was video recorded candidly speaking about his personal experiences with Area 51, UFOs, aliens and anti-gravity ideas. Boyd Bushman... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • Russian President Putin Talked About The New World Order

    26 Oct 2014 | 12:28 am
    Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in the Valdai Club meeting in Sochi on Friday. In which he talked about New World Order. The Valdai International Discussion Club unites leading world... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • Ebola Outbreak : CDC Admits Droplet Transmission Of Ebola

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:58 pm
    The CDC on Saturday answered the question about possibility of Ebola droplet transmission on twitter. Here is what they said :  "Ebola is spread through droplets. If person with Ebola sneezes... Click on Headline to read complete story...
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    On Starships and Dragonwings

  • Sci-fi and Fantasy Friday {ARCs and $5 Giftcards Weekly!}

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    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! Oh man all, it’s been a hell of a couple of weeks. I was late emailing the winner this week, but congrats to Sajda and enjoy Pennyroyal Academy (EXCELLENT CHOICE) and Empire of Shadows! I’m typing this from bed…
  • How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell Audiobook {4 Stars}

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell is of course the story about a young viking boy trying to train a dragon, but that’s about all it has in common with the movie based on it. Fortunately, it is narrated by David Tennant (yes, Dr. Who!) and is therefore amazing (and thank you so much to Shae for convincing me of this fact!). Even though Toothless is small and green and Hiccup nerdy and adorable in a different way, fans of the movie will almost certainly love the book for its own wonderful storyline. Note: I listened to How to Train Your Dragon on audiobook, which significantly…
  • 5 Things to Know About Alix Black {The Bloodbound}

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today I’m very happy to welcome Erin Lindsey, author of the new romantic fantasy series The Bloodbound! The Bloodbound is currently out, so after you find out a bit more about the heroine, Alix, be sure to pick up a copy :D. Following an act of heroism on the battlefield, Alix Black is named as the king’s bodyguard. But not everyone approves of her new assignment. Alix’s commanding officer, Arran Green, voices a number of objections, descending quickly into a debate with the king. During the course of that debate, we learn pretty much everything we need to know about Alix Black.
  • Pennyroyal Academy by M. A. Larson ARC {4 Stars}

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Pennyroyal Academy by M. A. Larson may look like just another middle grade about princesses and the odd dragon, but it is honestly so much more. Pennyroyal Academy starts off with a main character who doesn’t have a name (as in, no, it’s not that she doesn’t remember, her family just never gave her one!), dressed in spiderwebs, running through the woods. It then proceeds to portray princesses in a way this feminist would love to see her daughter look up to, along with a twisty plot, creepy witches, and the potential for a great fantasy-school series! Honestly I…
  • Atlantia by Ally Condie ARC {4 Stars}

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Atlantia by Ally Condie is a standalone that mixes a post-apocalyptic future Earth with magic and a strong environmentalism message. Atlantia is not, as I first thought, a mermaid book, but instead takes place deep under the ocean in a habitat humans constructed when the air pollution on land became too toxic. There is also magic in Atlantia though in the form of several miracles that appeared after the humans moved into Atlantia, including people being born with the ability to force others to obey with just the sound of their voice. Beyond all the cool world-building though, Atlantia is the…
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    ATG Reviews

  • SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Trailer

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
    New Trailer for SpongeBob Squarepants ReleasedA trailer for the new SpongeBob Squarepants movie entitled Sponge Out of Water was recently released.  This is SpongeBob’s second trip to the big screen, with his first movie, The SpongeBob Square Pants Movie, coming over a decade earlier. It looks like land and sea will collide as will the traditional 2D SpongeBob animation style with a new 3D animation style. Enjoy the new trailer below.The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is scheduled to be released in theaters on February 6, 2015.Click here if the video below doesn’t workThere…
  • Halloween (1978) Film Review

    The World Weary
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    One Good ScareHappy Halloween everyone! I know it might be a little cliche to review Halloween on Halloween Day, but frankly I don’t care. Everybody else has done it, so consider this yet another internet reviewer earning his Halloween Review on Halloween merit badge.On a dark Halloween night in Haddonfield, Illinois, a young boy named Michael Myers brutally murdered his own sister with a kitchen knife while wearing a mask. His parents found him standing on their porch, bloody knife in hand. His face showed no emotion. Fifteen years later, on the night before Halloween, Dr. Loomis…
  • Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Video Game Review

    The World Weary
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
    The Good, The Bad, and The Brain EatersRed Dead Redemption is one of my favorite games of all time. With its sprawling open world, fantastic gameplay, and a riveting story, there’s a reason I gave that game a perfect 10. Rockstar, deciding to spice up the world of Red Dead, made a whole new single player story built upon the idea that a horrible zombie plague has spread across parts of America and Mexico. When I first heard about the game, I couldn’t have been more excited. When I finally got to play the game though, I found it didn’t quite live up to my hopes.John Marston…
  • Homeland Book Review

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Dark Elf Trilogy Book OneBuy on Amazon!It’s hard to be an enthusiastic fan of fantasy without hearing the name Drizzt Do’Urden, the drow elf from R.A. Salvatore’s take on the Forgotten Realms.  After appearing in eighteen books and on the New York Times bestsellers list, it’s safe to say Drizzt has made an impact on popular fantasy storytelling.  But to say he’s made a good impact is really stretching it.Drizzt first appeared in the Icewind Dale Trilogy. Due to the character’s popularity in that series, Salvatore decided to create an origin story for…
  • Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One Trailer Released

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Final Trailer For Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part OneThe final trailer for Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One was released yesterday. The trailer opens with Philip Seymour Hoffman (RIP) saying “No one else can do this but her.” From there we get to see some more shots of District 13, imprisoned Peeta, Katniss seeing District 12, and President Snow vowing to destroy the rebellion. All the scenes in the trailer look pretty good, I just wish they didn’t split the movie into two parts.The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One will be released in the U.S. on November 21st, 2014.The…
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    Suren Fant's Blog

  • Enter to WIN

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    A unique story for horror and fantasy lovers - Edge of End. ENTER THE GIVEAWAY to win one of the print or digital copies.Jonathan wakes up in a desert, his past wiped from his head. He’s alone having no clue who and what he is, where he has come from and where he should go. There is only one way – forward when he spots a little town in the distance. Empty streets, old houses, the town seems abandoned. There’s no one to ask for help, there’s nowhere to go. Jonathan wanders the town in search of any sign of life trying to bring his lost memories back, but odd visions haunt him from…
  • The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

    25 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    What was this book about? It was like playing a computer game and it was like passing levels. I read James Dashner The Maze Runner and I was trilled to read more from this author, but I feel disappointed. Because I forced myself to turn pages of this one.I noticed that the main character - Michael - was engulfed by darkness almost the half of the book. As he opened the door of the next level he stepped into the darkness. It irritated me.As in The Maze Runner, in this book too, Michael was tested. The problem is you don't really get what he was tested for, not, not for what, but how. Yes, he…
  • I have no words to describe it as Jonas hasn't

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:57 am
    Great. I have no words to describe it as Jonas hasn't when he starts feeling.I have read this book before watching the movie and I have to tell you that the book wasn't as good as the movie. The director did the best to help to pass the emotions to the watcher. I could feel as Jonas did.This film gives us a realization about how rich we are. We all have this wealth within us, it's surrounding us, but we don't realize that. The world has possessed us with it and sometimes one says the life cruel. I tell you why, because it needs to show you what you have and you don't appreciate it. Just look…
  • I'm crazy

    8 Sep 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Be listening to meOne would say'Is he crazy?'And I would say'Yes, I'mAnd why shouldn't I?Doesn't the craziness bring love and hate?Doesn't the craziness makes wood decrepitate?Without craziness no battle could be wonWithout craziness no man could be bornHaving no craziness water wouldn't wellAnd trees rot?They are crazy, indeedAnd earth wheels?It is crazy, indeed.Seeds not feeling crazyWouldn't become an harvestPaws not clapping crazyWouldn't become handsWords not flying crazyWouldn't become a song...Oh, God, let me stay crazy for good.Paruyr SevakTranslated in 2014
  • The Giver - Reviewed

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Imagining the world without feelings is creepy, a tremor runs through the whole body. People are like zombies, programmed robots - to eat, to sleep and to work.The world becomes black and white, but Jonas, from time to time, sees colors. He doesn't know what the color is until he's selected as A Memory Receiver. The previous Memory Holder (The Giver) gives him his memories and feelings and Jonas realizes how large the world is, how many things have been taken away from people. He loves the feelings and wants to pass them to the others, to open their eyes.What makes me to rate this book 3…
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