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  • Elric: The Ruby Throne, Volume 1

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    Hobbit
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Elric Vol. 1 – The Ruby Throne By Michael Moorcock Published by Titan Comics, September 2014 (www.titan-comics.com) ISBN: 9781782761242 (Hardcover) 172 pages Review by Mark Yon This is the first instalment of what should be a new graphic series – the retelling of Mike Moorcock’s famous Elric books through the graphic medium. This first book […]
  • Strings on a Shadow Puppet by T.L. Evans

    SF Site
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    This debut novel about the choices we make as civilised people between conforming to what the government propose or thinking for themselves encouraging democracy and civil rights. It is up to us to be able to choose. The story is many things, it's science fiction, mystery, adventure and espionage with a lot of action and thrills to keep you turning the pages. In this future, there are four separate factions fighting for domination...
  • Voice – what you say, and how you say it

    SF Novelists
    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 …
  • I have signed a novel contract

    Eric James Stone
    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.
  • Fitness update: Two years later

    James Maxey - Jawbone of an Ass
    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
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  • Elric: The Ruby Throne, Volume 1

    Hobbit
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Elric Vol. 1 – The Ruby Throne By Michael Moorcock Published by Titan Comics, September 2014 (www.titan-comics.com) ISBN: 9781782761242 (Hardcover) 172 pages Review by Mark Yon This is the first instalment of what should be a new graphic series – the retelling of Mike Moorcock’s famous Elric books through the graphic medium. This first book […]
  • Dystopia vs. Utopia by Gavin Smith (Guest Post)

    Hobbit
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As Gavin has his latest SF novel, The Age of Scorpio, released in paperback, he provides us with a Guest Post that looks at the ever-present argument in SF:  Dystopia vs. Utopia? So somewhat irritatingly editors expect you to pitch for publishing deals rather than just respecting your obvious (sub)genius and giving you money to […]
  • Extinction Game by Gary Gibson

    Mark Chitty
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Extinction Game is Gary Gibson’s new novel, out this month from Tor UK. Rather than another space opera in his Shoal universe, Extinction Game is a near future novel that explores parallel worlds, all with a common theme: apocalypse. From the publisher: COULD YOU SURVIVE THE END OF YOUR WORLD?   When your life is […]
  • Jacob Cooper Interview

    Dag R.
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    Jacob Cooper has just released Circle of Reign, the first book of a planned trilogy entitled The Dying Lands Chronicle. It has also been released as an audiobook narrated by veteran narrator Michael Kramer (Mistborn, The Way of Kings, etc). First of all can you tell us a bit about your debut novel, Circle of […]
  • The Relic Guild by Edward Cox

    Hobbit
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Relic Guild by Edward Cox Published by Gollancz, September 2014 456 pages ISBN: 978 1 473 20029 6 Review by Mark Yon This is the latest in a series of debut novels that Gollancz have promoted this year. For me, it’s not a completely successful debut but still quite an entertaining read. From the […]
 
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  • Strings on a Shadow Puppet by T.L. Evans

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    This debut novel about the choices we make as civilised people between conforming to what the government propose or thinking for themselves encouraging democracy and civil rights. It is up to us to be able to choose. The story is many things, it's science fiction, mystery, adventure and espionage with a lot of action and thrills to keep you turning the pages. In this future, there are four separate factions fighting for domination...
  • The Tropic of Serpents: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    This novel chronicles Lady Trent's journey through Vystrana to her further adventures on expedition through Eriga where she hopes to encounter the swamp wyrm of legend. She isn't alone though. There are two who wanted to explore with her as she has developed a following as a dragon naturalist. Readers will be happy to hear it's not all swamps, jungles and palm trees; she has more to deal with when she reaches the largest jungle of them all, the Green Hell.
  • The Alienated Critic: a column by D. Douglas Fratz

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Last year Douglas reviewed the first volume in a new series, American Comic Book Chronicles: 1960-1964, by John Wells, noting that he looked forward to the volume chronicling the second half of the that seminal decade. That volume was finally released as well as American Comic Book Chronicles: 1950-1959 which was a joy to read, start to finish. Finally, Douglas read Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe without any preconceptions. What he discovered was a comprehensive account of the entire history of Marvel Comics focused not on the comics and characters, but on the people and the…
  • Science Fiction Trails #11

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here the Martians are making a sneak appearance once again (they can't keep away, can they?) an evolution story and a Native American warrior who gets to hear more about parallel universes. With stories from C.J. Killmer, Sam Knight, Henrik Ramsager, J.A. Campbell, Lyn McConchie, R.A. Conine, Jackson Kuhl and an article by David Lee Summers who is another of SFT's regulars.
  • A Brief Guide to Oz: 75 Years of Going Over the Rainbow by Paul Simpson

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    There was the recent movie adaptation of The Wizard of Oz while several other books and plays have concentrated on certain characters from the franchise. Wicked, for example, tells us more of the Wicked Witch of the West and what, more importantly, make her so wicked. Paul Simpson takes a look back in time to the Famous Forty, the novels by L. Frank Baum and his successors which brought us the characters we have come to know and enjoy hearing about.
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  • 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…
  • Wax on, wax off

    Marie Brennan
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    In two days, I will get on a series of planes and fly to Okinawa, where I will spend several days doing karate in an un-airconditioned budokan. I’ve been practicing karate for more than five years now, but this is my first time attending this seminar, which is organized by the man who runs my dojo — Oshiro Toshihiro, who is a ninth degree black belt in our unarmed style, eighth degree in the associated weapons style. There will be attendees from all over the world, and let’s just say this is the sort of crowd where having a black belt doesn’t impress anybody. I mean,…
  • More about the “Strong Female Character”…

    Alma Alexander
    5 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
        What is a “strong female character”? This article has an opinion on it, and discusses how little of it there actually is out there, despite the lip service to the concept. Time after time we get a female character who is interesting,  rounded,  ALIVE, strong…and is then smothered in the male protagonist’s story arc because none of those attributes are considered to be important enough for her to be given her own rock to stand on. A friend of mine  says we don’t need “strong female characters” so much as “female characters with *agency*”, that is to say…
 
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    Eric James Stone

  • 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…
  • And we will prove them herewith…

    Eric James Stone
    3 Mar 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Note: I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason, with or without explanation. This is going to be a long, meandering post, but there’s a reason why: I want to give as full a context as possible to my position. Let me start off by saying that, due to my own personal spiritual experiences, I believe the following: God the Father exists. His divine son Jesus Christ atoned for the sins of the world and rose from the dead. Joseph Smith was a prophet called by God. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church with the proper authority to act in God’s…
  • The Nine Trillion Names of Jay Lake

    Eric James Stone
    31 Dec 2013 | 2:02 pm
    In honor of Jay Lake’s genome becoming freely available, I present my story “The Nine Trillion Names of Jay Lake,” which I wrote for the Jay Wake Book   Vainglorious Sparkle isn’t the best name ever for a planet, but when a hundred and some-odd million planets already have names, it’s kind of tough to find a good one that hasn’t been used.  Unfortunately, my parents were very patriotic — so much so that they named their only daughter after our planet: Vainglorious Sparkle Chiu.  My friends call me Glory. (My enemies call me Vain, but only…
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    James Maxey - Jawbone of an Ass

  • 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
  • Predictions for the future (a series): 1. Climate Catastrophes

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    I'm heading to a science fiction convention in a few hours and will be on a few panels where I'll probably wind up talking about the future. Tonight, for instance, I have a panel on the future of artificial intelligence. Why does being a science fiction writer qualify me to talk about the future? It doesn't. All I can do is guess like everyone else. Still, the speculation is fun, and, as an
 
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    Kathryn Cramer

  • An unexpected day in Boston

    Kathryn
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:47 pm
    The trip to California was exciting and its hard to know where to start. We launched Hieroglyph on September 10th in Silicon Valley to a very enthusiastic reception. We did authors@google at lunchtime and then had a sold out panel discussion at Kepler's in Menlo Park. Our event in LA was also sold out. Here I am in the cab on the way to LAX early yesterday morning. (Though not early enough!) I had an unexpected overnight in Boston because I missed my connecting flight. So I did the obvious thing: I went to bookstores. At the Brookline Booksmith, not only did they have Hieroglyph on the…
  • Why Hieroglyph Is a Verb

    Kathryn
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Post by Kathryn Cramer.
  • My Hieroglyph Tour Blog is at Goodreads

    Kathryn
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    I have been blogging about my book tour, what I have been referring to as the Hieroglyph Roadshow, on my Goodreads Author page. One of the fun things about this tour so far is fan-created Hieroglyph things. This photo collage from our authors@Google event was created by D. Simerly. And we've also now got a Hieroglyph cat meme, created by someone who went to the Kepler's event. Please send me more!
  • HIEROGLYPH Tour Schedule

    Kathryn
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    The Hieroglyph tour may be coming to your town. Here are the tour dates so far. Watch this space. I will post more dates. September 10: Menlo Park, CA, Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, 7:30 PM. Order tickets online. Techno-optimism: Neal Stephenson and friends. Panelists include Neal Stephenson, Annalee Newitz, Rudy Rucker, Keith Hjelmstad, Charlie Jane Anders and editors Ed Finn and Kathryn Cramer. September 15: Los Angeles, Zocalo Public Square at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 S. Grand Ave., 7:30 PM. Can Science Fiction Revolutionize Science? Science fiction writer…
  • Reading the Hieroglyphs

    Kathryn
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    From Jim Cambias: The Hieroglyph anthology gets its official release September 9, and the publishers are leaking some teaser material. You can go here to read a preview of the e-book version on Scribd. Or you can download a PDF excerpt here, including the introduction by Lawrence Krauss and the essay "Innovation Starvation" by Neal Stephenson which inspired the whole thing. via www.jamescambias.com
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  • I will be live-tweeting the Sleepy Hollow premiere tonight!

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:01 am
    From 8-9pm EST tonight, I will be live-tweeting the Sleepy Hollow second-season premiere from my Twitter account of @KRADeC. Look for the hashtag #Sleepyreads, especially since I'll also be pimping Children of the Revolution, my new Sleepy Hollow novel that comes out next week (which you can preorder from the links at DeCandido.net or Sleepy Reads).
  • my Sunday feeling

    21 Sep 2014 | 5:09 pm
    This was an excellent weekend, for the most part. RocCon has some organizational issues, but they're working on them, and they mean well. The volunteers are all wonderful people, Alicia Lurye puts on a very good show, and a good time is always had by attendees. I know several dealers were disappointed in their sales (mostly folks who do decorative-arts-type stuff), which is really unfortunate, but I know several who did well.As did I. I sold out of all the copies of all the Star Trek books I brought (The Klingon Art of War, Q & A, A Burning House, and A Time for War, a Time for Peace), as…
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: "Who Mourns for Morn?"

    21 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Morn is dead, and Quark is his sole heir. Quark thinks the latter is good news. Quark is proven wrong very very quickly. The DS9 Rewatch asks "Who Mourns for Morn?"An excerpt: The next day, the five of them go to the cargo bay, Quark puts his thumbprint on the padd, he opens the container to find 999 bricks of gold-pressed latinum. The four thieves all then pull their weapons on each other. Nahsk winds up pulling on Krit, to the latter’s shock—“We’re family!”—and then all four start shooting. While the thieves go all last-scene-of-Reservoir-Dogs on each other, Quark dives into the…
  • waitin' on a train....

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:26 am
    Sitting in the waiting area of Amtrak waiting for my train to Rochester to board.....Scooter's doing better by tiny increments. He's still lethargic and moving slowly and barely registering stuff around him, but all those things are less than they were last night, which were less than they were yesterday morning. He's starting to build up speed, starting to get up on his own more often, and generally just looking a tiny bit better.This weekend will be the acid test. It sucks that I won't be there for him, but Wrenn and Dale will take good care of the old fart, and I know I'll be getting…
  • throwback Thursday

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Me and my old pal Jeremy Bottroff in 1997 at the San Diego Comic-Con. I was there on behalf of Byron Preiss, promoting the Marvel novels (which was going very strong at that point three years into the program) and Virtual Comics (which had just launched that year). That was when we had Stan Lee and Kurt Busiek at our booth signing an Untold Tales of Spider-Man poster to promote our upcoming anthology, which was the busiest autograph session we had. Having said that, a ton of folks related to either the Marvel project or VC signed at the booth. That was a particularly good year.Anyhow, Jeremy…
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    Robert J. Sawyer

  • Free science-fiction festival in Greater Toronto

    Rob
    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…
  • The dark side of Little Miss Sunshine

    Rob
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Attending Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt‘s talk “Endings: The Good, The Bad, and The Insanely Great” at the
  • My Star Trek computer-graphics article — 30 years later

    Rob
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:12 am
    Thirty years ago today, on June 30, 1984, when I was 24, the following article by me appeared in The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest-circulation newspaper. As a young freelance writer just beginning my career, selling to The Star was a huge accomplishment (although this was actually my second piece for them). The article came about because I noticed the name “Omnibus” in the closing credits of the film Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and wondered if it referred to the Omnibus here in Toronto. “Canadian Computers Search for Spock”(Published as “Local…
  • University of Winnipeg convocation address

    Rob
    21 Jun 2014 | 9:17 am
    On Thursday, June 12, 2014, the University of Winniepg presented me with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree at its Spring Convocation. I was asked to say a few words to the graduating students in Business, Economics, and Science: I’ve often said the job of a science-fiction writer is not to predict the future. Rather, it’s to outline possible futures, giving humanity a smorgasbord of tomorrows to choose from. Still, ten years ago the Canadian office-automation magazine Backbone asked me to make specific predictions about what life a decade down the road would actually be like. And…
  • Honorary doctorate

    Rob
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:52 pm
    On June 12, 2014, the University of Winnipeg — the oldest university in the province of Manitoba, Canada — gave bestselling science-fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree; former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien also received the same degree that day. Sawyer was nominated for the honorary doctorate jointly by the Dean of Science, Dr. James Currie, and the former Dean of Theology, Rev. Dr. James Christie, in part in recognition of the thoughtful treatment of the science-and-religion dialogue in Sawyer’s work. This was Sawyer’s second…
 
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  • In Which Tor.com Reveals a Thing I Did With Lock In + Lock In Spoiler Thread

    John Scalzi
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    And it involves the book’s protagonist, Chris Shane.  What is it? 1. It may be a spoiler for those of you who have not read the novel already, so don’t click the link below unless you’ve read the book and/or don’t car if the book is spoiled in a sense (note the information does not spoil the plot, just something about Chris). 2. To find out what it is, follow this link. And yes, it was fully intentional. I’ll talk more about it in the comment thread here, which will serve as the spoiler-laden discussion of the book. So obviously, don’t read any further…
  • The Case of the Missing Cat Who Wasn’t

    John Scalzi
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    When I came back from the book tour, I was greeted with hugs and kisses, which was very nice, but also with some potentially bad news, which was that Lopsided Cat, the Scalzi Compound’s most senior cat, had gone missing for two whole days, and that when last he was seen, he was wandering toward the treeline with a limp. This was naturally cause for concern, because Lopsided Cat is not young — he was at least a couple of years old when he came to us, and that was a dozen years ago — and also because we live in rural America, which has things like coyotes in it. As a…
  • Ruining Science Fiction With Glitter: The Scalzi Chronicles

    John Scalzi
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Was informed I have ruined science fiction by being all social justice warrior-y. Responded by say BWA HA HA YES I DID SUCK ON IT LOSERS. — John Scalzi (@scalzi) September 21, 2014 AND I AM ABOUT TO RUIN TELEVISION TOO. AND VIDEO GAMES. THERE WILL BE NOTHING BUT RUIN IN MY WAKE BWA HA HA HA HAH HA — John Scalzi (@scalzi) September 21, 2014 Oh, and then I muted them, so their subsequent pathetic mewlings would go unseen by me. CRY IN THE DARKNESS, LITTLE MANLINGS. — John Scalzi (@scalzi) September 21, 2014 @scalzi AND YOU WILL KNOW THEM BY THE TRAIL OF MRAS — Chris…
  • Further Comments On Comments

    John Scalzi
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    While I was on tour with Lock In, I turned off the comments here at Whatever, opening them for Big Idea posts and the occasional post when I was able to spend a little time babysitting the thread. Among other things I was curious to see what, if any, effect turning the comment off would have on visits to the site. The answer seems to be not a whole lot. Traffic to Whatever overall was down in the last four weeks, but I expected it to be down, because it always goes down when I’m on book tour — I’m not posting as much and what I do post tends to be short bits about where I…
  • German Heritage Days in Fort Loramie: A Photo Set

    John Scalzi
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    Fort Loramie, a town just up the road from me, celebrates its German Heritage Days (on pretty much the same days as traditional Oktoberfest begins, incidentally) with a big tent, ruben bites (think a ruben sandwich, in nugget form), and of course, lots of beer. We went last night, and I took photos. If you’re interested, here’s the photo set. Click on any photo there for a bigger version of the photo.
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  • Just Chatting

    Misty Massey
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:21 am
    Things have been a little crazy with most of us lately, and today’s scheduled guest has had to postpone due to family issues.  So I thought I’d drop over and update everyone on a few cool projects and things that are happening in the Magical Words tribe. First, this week Faith had a book birthday!  Yes. that’s right, the latest Jane Yellowrock book, Broken Soul, is available now for your reading enjoyment!  If you’re not sure (and why on Earth wouldn’t you be?), you can try it out here:…
  • Robert Jackson Bennett: City of Stairs

    admin
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:22 am
    The idea for CITY OF STAIRS was one of those rare ideas that come all at once. I’d been reading a spy novel called DARK STAR by Alan Furst, which is set in balkanized Eastern Europe before WWII, and it was fascinating to read a story from that era that wasn’t from a Western perspective. Then I was vacuuming and I had an old movie on in the background, a light, satirical story about a British tourist suddenly finding he physically resembles the king of a tiny Eastern European country, with many hijinks ensuing. And I thought, “I’d like to write a story about that – about being a…
  • R S Belcher: Building a Haunted House

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:06 am
    Years ago, I recall reading a suspense novel by Harlan Corben, I honestly can’t recall the name of the book – I think it was Gone for Good. It was well-written, enjoyable and kept my interest, it was also one of the reasons so many writers say you need to read to write. Coban’s novel was to the plot twists, what high-fructose corn syrup is to junk food. Pretty much every chapter ended with some kind of shocking revelation that shifted everything you thought you knew about the characters and the plot—this character wasn’t really dead, they were in fact someone’s…
  • Daniel R. Davis

    DavidBCoe
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    [Originally posted on Facebook] A writer I know has died. His name was Daniel R. Davis, and most of you, I’m sure, are unfamiliar with his work. Daniel was taken from his wife and young daughter way too soon, and he was robbed of the career he dreamed of and deserved. I didn’t know Daniel well — I’d only met him in person a couple of times. But for years he was an integral part of the Magical Words community, someone who commented on posts and offered his insights and experiences on a variety of topics all relating to the written word, for which he had an enduring passion. There…
  • Bad News

    Misty Massey
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Folks, I don’t like sharing bad news at the best of times, but this is the worst kind of news.  Daniel Davis, writer and friend of Magical Words, has been diagnosed with liver and kidney cancer.  He suffered with Crohn’s Disease for many years, so when he started losing weight and feeling more pain, he assumed his Crohn’s was acting up again.  By the time they figured out what was truly wrong, the cancer had progressed too far.  His wife has alerted us that Daniel is home, under hospice care. Just before he fell ill, he and I had agreed to have him be a guest on Magical…
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  • 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 nancyfulda.com ----------------------------------------------
  • 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…
  • New Audible Book

    25 Jun 2014 | 12:06 pm
    When Marguerite Kenner narrated Movement for Escape Pod, she brought a depth and subtlety to the story that I had never imagined. Her reading of Hannah emphasized aspects of the character that I had not previously considered. It was like… meeting my characters all over again. I’ve often wondered whether Marguerite’s narration played a role in the story’s eventual nomination for the Hugo and Nebula awards. I’m pleased to report that Marguerite is back, narrating a three-story sampler pack called The Breath of Heaven. The stories inside represent some of my older…
  • Reviews and Pre-orders

    20 Jun 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Kathy at Shelf Full of Books has kindly posted a review of The Death and Rebirth of Anne Bonny. “This was an excellent book of short stories. Written over a wide variety of topics the stories bring encouragement, enlightenment, and evoke a wide range of emotions. The stories are thought-provoking and can be taken on several different levels from superficial to something deeper.” Also, pre-orders are open for: Shattered Shields (BAEN) and Carbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction. Both anthologies have a strong showing of contributing authors, and both sets of…
 
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  • 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…
  • Babylon 5: Infection

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    I am re-watching the entire Babylon 5 television series along with my teenage daughter. I have not seen a single episode since B5 completed its tumultuous run, and Calista was just a few days old when the final episode aired back in 1998. Does J. Michael Straczynski still have the touch? Come along with us and find out. In Valen's Name: Dr. Vance Hendricks, a former professor of Dr. Stephen Franklin's, shows up on Babylon 5 for what is presumably a pleasant reunion with his formal pupil. Down in the station's docking bays, however, Hendricks' henchman Nelson Drake kills a station worker in…
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    SF Novelists

  • 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…
  • Wax on, wax off

    Marie Brennan
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    In two days, I will get on a series of planes and fly to Okinawa, where I will spend several days doing karate in an un-airconditioned budokan. I’ve been practicing karate for more than five years now, but this is my first time attending this seminar, which is organized by the man who runs my dojo — Oshiro Toshihiro, who is a ninth degree black belt in our unarmed style, eighth degree in the associated weapons style. There will be attendees from all over the world, and let’s just say this is the sort of crowd where having a black belt doesn’t impress anybody. I mean,…
  • More about the “Strong Female Character”…

    Alma Alexander
    5 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
        What is a “strong female character”? This article has an opinion on it, and discusses how little of it there actually is out there, despite the lip service to the concept. Time after time we get a female character who is interesting,  rounded,  ALIVE, strong…and is then smothered in the male protagonist’s story arc because none of those attributes are considered to be important enough for her to be given her own rock to stand on. A friend of mine  says we don’t need “strong female characters” so much as “female characters with *agency*”, that is to say…
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  • New Review at LOCUS ONLINE

    theinferior4+1
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    A look at Jay Lake's last book:http://www.locusmag.com/Reviews/2014/09/paul-di-filippo-reviews-jay-lake/
  • Two Good Books

    ljgoldstein
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    Two of my favorite authors, Sarah Waters and Tana French, have books out this month.  Both books go in unexpected directions, and both are filled with delights and surprises.The Waters book, The Paying Guests, is especially good.  It starts slowly, which frustrated me -- I like her for her novels of mystery and suspense and betrayal, and I felt impatient, waiting for the good stuff .  Two women (slowly) fall in love.  They have a few problems -- one of them is married, and, this being the 1920s, they can't admit their relationship to anyone who is not a lesbian herself…
  • New Review at LOCUS ONLINE

    theinferior4+1
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:52 pm
    The sophomore novel from Messr. Parzybok:http://www.locusmag.com/Reviews/2014/09/paul-di-filippo-reviews-benjamin-parzybok/
  • Me, Matera, and CHASING THE QUEEN OF SASSI

    theinferior4+1
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    In December 2013, I was invited by APT Basilicata, a regional tourist agency of the Italian government, to visit Matera, Italy, with the purpose of getting to know the region and eventually produce a piece of fiction embodying what I had learned. The experience was beyond compare.Matera is a unique town in a gorgeous region of a splendid country. An ancient place known for its cave houses, the city was full of history, culture and lovely people.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MateraI shot literally 1000 photos, but will only display three here.Below you see a model of the city on display for…
  • New Review at the B&NR

    theinferior4+1
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    Let's look at Jeff VanderMeer's trilogy:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/review/the-southern-reach-trilogy/
 
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  • Thursday Evening Podcast

    tate hallaway
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Mason and I posted #25, in which we discuss Bleach, Toriko, One Piece, and a number of other monthlies I got sucked into. http://mangakast.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/25-barrel-of-monkeys/
  • Front Row Seat to the Writing Process...

    tate hallaway
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    And... it's a bit messy. This is my way of saying that I've had some epiphanies about my work-in-progress, but since I'm writing this 'out loud' I'm having to wrestle the plot back under control in a very public way. Still, I think this whole thing is kind of valuable. I mean, how often do you, as a reader, get a chance to watch a writer figuring a novel out as she goes along? I feel like this is clunky, but it will be interesting to see what my regular readers make of it. Because, maybe, it's not as obvious as I feel it is. It's hard to say. Go see what you think, if you'd like. I will admit…
  • The Manga Chapters Are Mocking ME!!

    tate hallaway
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    Seriously, so yesterday I get the alert that Blue Exorcist is out the day AFTER Mason and I podcasted, and then, last night, another one came in--Shingeki no Kyojin #61 (aka Attack on Titan.)To that end, I've written up YET ANOTHER review for the Mangakast page: http://mangakast.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/shingeki-no-kyojin-61-a-review/.In a nutshell, I'm just not sure about this "The End" to the political goings-on in Shingeki no Kyojin.  As I say in my review, it seems a bit... simple, which doesn't bode well for the manga's conclusion in general.  But, I shall wait and see.
  • My Unsolicited Opinion about Stuff

    tate hallaway
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    Yeah, you so didn't ask.  But, I'm going to tell you anyway.  The new Ms. Marvel title is fairly frickin' awesome.  I have a couple of caveats (one, actually,) but I give it my full endorsement.  I wrote a whole extensive post about it over on my alter ego's Dreamwidth page: http://lydamorehouse.dreamwidth.org/352141.htmlAlso? Mason and I managed to miss the publication of the latest chapter of Ao no Exorcist/Blue Exorcist by ONE DAY, so I wrote up a review of it over on MangaKast: http://mangakast.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/ao-no-exorcist-60-review/
  • Ever-Moving MangaKast

    tate hallaway
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    The schedule for the publication of our manga keeps getting shifting, but we're trying to stay on top of it!  To that end, Mason and I have published our 24th podcast: 24: Otaku in the Basement.  In it we discuss the recent chapters of Bleach, One Piece, Toriko, and a new manga I started reading Hitogatana.  If you're the sort, check it out!  Enjoy!
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    Joe Abercrombie

  • 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…
  • First Law Graphic Novel on Amazon.uk

    Joe Abercrombie
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    For folks in the UK, getting a book delivered from amazon.com can be a little steep, which is why I’m delighted to announce that the trade paperback collection of the first four issues of the First Law Graphic novel is now available direct from amazon.uk for a shade over £10 with delivery free. Adapted by Chuck Dixon, art by Andie Tong, colours by Pete Pantazis, all closely supervised from a spiked throne atop a hill of skulls by yours truly. The trade paperback version is a really slick piece of work by Blind Ferret, even though I say so myself, and gives you about 100 full colour…
  • More UK Events, plus Worldcon

    Joe Abercrombie
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:51 am
    More events?  Are you insane?  Well, yes, I very well might be, but there is no rest for the grimdark, my friends.  Here’s my appearance schedule for the next couple of months… Tuesday 12th August 11.30 – Google Hangout for the Gollancz Online Festival. 18.00 – Fantasy in the Court, Goldsboro Books, alongside a whole host of other writers including but by no means limited to Ben Aaronovitch, James Barclay, Lauren Beukes, Paul Cornell, Peter F. Hamilton, Joanne Harris, Adam Nevill, Sarah Pinborough, Adrian Tchaikovsky, and those are just some of the ones I know…
  • Back Home

    Joe Abercrombie
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:46 am
    I have finally returned from my quick tour of the US, San Diego Comic Con, and Celsius 232 in Spain. It’s only a couple of weeks ago that I left but it feels like months.  10 flights in less than two weeks and a hell of a lot of signing, hand-shaking, and talking to readers, authors, publishers and other folk of all kinds. San Diego Comic Con is quite the event – beyond massive.  The focus these days is obviously on the big media stuff but there’s still a hell of a lot going on with writers and publishers.  I’ve since realised there were all kinds of people there I…
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  • 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!
  • Free Comic Book Day (or, May The Fourth be with you)

    Dan Abnett
    26 Apr 2013 | 2:23 am
    Be it an old gag, or an internationally recognised Festival, May the 4th is also this year's Free Comic Book Day, and I'll be a Forbidden Planet in London from 1 PM supporting 2000AD's FCBD publication, alongside Al Ewing, Ben Wilsher and - oh my goodness! - Ron Smith! Details, well, here. We are, apparently, "Legends of 2000AD", and with all due respect to the lovely Al and Ben, I suspect one of us is rather more legendary than the other three. And by that I mean... RON SMITH!In the meantime, no blog post is complete without pretty pictures, so try this, the cover of the book I'm finishing…
 
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  • Art: To Offend or Not

    colleenanderson
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    This last week in Vancouver a mysterious life-size statue appeared. It’s not far from my place but I missed seeing it. Let me first describe the area. Clark Dr. is the truck route in and out of Vancouver. If you’re coming over the border from the US it’s one of the routes that lead you into the city on the east side. Clark and 4th Ave. are a juncture with a major road going west into the city. The SkyTrain station tracks go over the top and a college campus is nearby. The East Van cross sits at Clark Dr. and 6th Ave. Photo credit: vancouverisawesome.com Riding high above the…
  • The Chi Reading Series

    colleenanderson
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:47 pm
    The truth is I’ve been far too busy to blog of late and so my blog has been suffering badly. My day job became overwhelming and has eaten all of my energy. I’m hoping that will change soon. So, in trying to keep a toe over the threshold and into the world I’d like to mention that I’m still hosting the ChiSeries Vancouver, part of the Chiaroscuro Reading series started in Toronto some five or so years ago by Sandra Kasturi and friends. In Toronto, where the wild things are, and there is an abundance of culture and population, the series has run successfully every month.
  • My Excellent Birthday Adventure

    colleenanderson
    2 May 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Steampunk often involves gears, bolts and brass. From: http://www.bloodyloud.com/steampunk-jewellery-jm-gates/ Last week, it was my birthday. I’ve lived in Vancouver for years, and in the same neighborhood, yet there are many places on Commercial Drive, or The Drive, that I have never visited. I decided this year that I would choose to wander The Drive and try to hit five places I have yet to enter. I was going to start at noon and have friends join me as they could. My first stop was the Time Travelers’ Bazaar at the Britannia School. Being no more than a five-minute walk from my…
  • Shitty Poetry Month

    colleenanderson
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    In a send-up of the WWW belt and poetry month, you can vote for the worst poet. In a send-up of all those poetry months, (and of course you know April is National Poetry Month) the folks at Chizine Publications decided to honor “Shitty Poetry Month.” There are many abysmal poems that fill the ether and the void and in fact, probably a lot of them should be voiced instead of being put into books and sent around the world. The vanity presses are famous for taking every piece of drek to mar a monitor and putting them into a lovely hardcover book, that they then charge you, the writer…
  • Book Review: The Warded Man

    colleenanderson
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:52 pm
    The Warded Man was released in the US in 2009, Harper Voyager imprint The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett came out in 2008 in the UK (as The Painted Man) and 2009 in North America. It’s the first of the Demon Cycle. Yes, there are spoilers. This fantasy takes place in world that once had the age of science but something happened and demons from the core (of the world) materialized every night, bent on destroying humans. Small villages and hamlets use wards on posts and homes that keep the corelings at bay. Everyone knows how to ward, but some are better than ever. If a ward is drawn wrong,…
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    Eleanor Arnason's Web Log

  • Daydreaming...

    Eleanor
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    No volcano news this morning, to the relief of everyone. I am drinking coffee and bracing myself for exercise at the gym. After that comes all the work I didn't do yesterday. Mostly sunny today, with a high of 71. A good chance of rain Friday and Saturday, then slightly cooler temps. I am repeating the St. Paul forecast. Talk about boring. Maybe I need to do something insanely exciting, so I can report it. But I need to get the hwarhath collection done. Writing so often gets in the way of life.If I got really energetic I could finish all my writing projects in about a year, then devote myself…
  • Volcano News

    Eleanor
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    I have spent the past couple of weeks focusing on the Icelandic volcano. The main crater of Bardarbunga is subsiding, and this is not good news. This can be a sign that the crater itself is going to blow. Rifts to the north of the crater, which are not under glacial ice, continue to erupt. This is producing gas which is getting blown into inhabited areas in the East Fjords. Icelandic Civil Defense has warned vulnerable people -- children, the elderly, people with respiratory problems -- to stay inside with the windows closed. That is where things stand now. There are three alternatives,…
  • The Eruption

    Eleanor
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    The most recent report from the Icelandic Meteorological website, which covers weather, avalanches, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions:It remains unclear how the situation will develop. Four scenarios are still considered most likely:The migration of magma could stop, resulting in a gradual reduction in seismic activity and no further eruptions.The dike could reach the Earth's surface causing another eruption, possibly on a new fissure. Lava flow and (or) explosive activity cannot be excluded.The intrusion reaches the surface and another eruption occurs where either the fissure is partly or…
  • Labor Day (A Day Late)

    Eleanor
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    A poster by the wonderful Ricardo Levins Morales for Labor Day. (I know I am a day late.) Here is a link to his website. His work is well worth having.
  • Another Photo of the Eruption

    Eleanor
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    This is happening in a wasteland in the middle of nowhere and not under a glacier. Eruptions under ice produce ash and flooding, both of which worry the Icelanders. So far so good on this eruption. But the Icelandic Meteorological Service remains cautious.
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    THE SKINNER

  • Positively Negative, or something...

    Neal Asher
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:35 am
    I just dumped a number of blog posts in my Unused Blogs file for the same reason many others are there – too miserable and negative. Now I shall try to be positive because, it often is a matter of choice. Depression can be at a point where you can choose whether to sink lower or pull yourself up by your bootstraps and so it is with grief. I can continue chewing on my own liver by hauling up horrible images and memories for my inspection, or I can choose to deny them and think positively. Hang on, this is getting miserable again. Stop now. Smile. So, Transformation II or Factory Station…
  • Lazy Weekend

    Neal Asher
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:54 am
    Saturday 30/8/2014 I decided to take this weekend off, but not in the usual sense one would suppose. There have been very few days since February 8th, two days after Caroline’s cremation, when I haven’t gone on very long walks. Then, into the spring and summer, swum or kayaked long distances, or some combination of these three. Now I’m starting to feel a little weary. I also had a quandary to ponder, a need to take stock, a need to distance myself from that jaded feeling I’ve started to get down at the beach, and I also needed get some things done. One of these was finishing my edit…
  • Snakeskin

    Neal Asher
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:41 am
    When the hot dry wind hits here is fries vegetation and heaps the detritus here and there around my garden. The leaves, flower petals and bougainvillea bracts haven’t had a chance to turn brown. It’s like someone has tipped out a few sack loads of potpourri. While clearing these up recently, ever wary of the odd concealed scorpion (though they’re not often about when it’s hot and dry) I found numerous crisp-dried sections of shed snakeskin. Judging by the size of these pieces the snake was three of four feet long. I wish I’d saved them for a photograph but they went in my composter…
  • Jaded

    Neal Asher
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:19 am
    26/8/2014So, this morning I worked through another 50 pages of Factory Station Room 101. I found this easy going because there were large sections that I had enjoyed writing and, consequently, felt no need to alter much. Of course it being the dictum that on the editorial front one must kill ones babies you’d think I should attack these sections more, or that later editorial input would see them getting chopped up. This is not the case, because that dictum is crap.This afternoon I went down to Makrigialos beach and, feeling slightly knackered, decided to forgo my usual ‘big swim’.
  • More Resolutions

    Neal Asher
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    So how much writing have I done lately? I’m ashamed to say not a lot at all. It’s not like I haven’t been active because, over the last few months, I’ve swum miles and kayaked miles and prior to that I walked for miles.  Now this seems to be a rather extreme version of that writerly cup of coffee – just another reason to get up from the desk and not do any writing. But as I’ve mentioned here before (I think) all this physical activity has been a way of shutting down my mind while writing, of course, tends make it a lot more active. So do I want to wake up now? I think…
 
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    Christopher Barzak

  • Before and Afterlives and The Shirley Jackson Award

    Christopher Barzak
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    In all the hustle and bustle that lead up to the release of “Jamie Marks is Dead” I failed to report a fantastic bit of news that occurred in mid-July. As I’d mentioned in an earlier post back in May, my short story collection Before and Afterlives had been nominated for the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award in the category of Best Single-Author Collection. In July it was announced that I had won the award. In fact, there were two winners: my collection and Nathan Ballingrud’s amazing collection, North American Lake Monsters. I could not be happier to have this…
  • Jamie Marks is Dead released!

    Christopher Barzak
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Last night I had the pleasure of watching Jamie Marks is Dead, the movie based on my first novel, One for Sorrow, in Cleveland, Ohio, with a bunch of friends and family. It was so good to finally have others who I’m close to, people from my community, see it as well. Before it had felt a little bit like Big Bird’s relationship with Mr. Snuffleupagus. No, really, there is a movie out there adapted from my novel! It’s not just imaginary! Here is me and the director/screenwriter, Carter Smith, who made a surprise guest appearance to do Q&A with me after the screening. The…
  • Jackson and Nebula Award nominations

    Christopher Barzak
    12 May 2014 | 1:38 pm
    It’s been a few months since I last updated here. Since “Jamie Marks is Dead” debuted at in the Sundance Film Festival competition in January, a lot of other really wonderful things have occurred. First, I was nominated for a Nebula Award in the category of Best Novelette for my story, “Paranormal Romance”! This is the fourth time I’ve been nominated for a Nebula Award. The first time was in 2007 for my novelette, “The Language of Moths”, and the second time was in 2010 for my novel-in-stories, The Love We Share Without Knowing. The third time…
  • Thank You, Carter Smith

    Christopher Barzak
    23 Jan 2014 | 5:21 pm
    This past weekend, I had the privilege of seeing my first novel made into a film that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The novel is called One for Sorrow. The film is called Jamie Marks is Dead. Early on in my novel, the narrator, Adam McCormick, observes in his high school yearbook after Jamie Marks is found murdered, that he and Jamie share the same page, the same square even, but Adam’s photo is on one side of the page, and Jamie’s is on the other. For me, coming away from watching Jamie Marks is Dead feels similar to that moment of two…
  • Finalist for storySouth’s Million Writers Award

    Christopher Barzak
    18 Nov 2013 | 11:48 am
    A new awesome thing: My story “Invisible Men” (originally published in Jonathan Strahan’s Eclipse Online and reprinted in Gardner Dozois’ Year’s Best Science Fiction) is a finalist for storySouth’s Million Writers Award! The award is given out annually to celebrate the best short fiction published online. Needless to say (but I’ll say it): I’m thrilled to be recognized, and for that story to be recognized especially. So here’s the thing. A jury selected the top ten finalists, but the winner is selected by popular vote. So if…
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  • A QUICK NOTE ABOUT WEBSITES

    Lee Battersby
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:06 am
    If you've ended up here because you were trying to get to my website and discovered the big Ain't Nobody Here or Nuttin' sign strung across the entrance, an apology: unfortunately, my hosting arrangement has come to an end, and I'm currently too skint to renew it.Normal service will be resumed once I have some cash to spend on it.
  • BUSY LEE IS BUSILY

    Lee Battersby
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    Okay, let's catch up:It's been a mad period for both appearances and writing recently. Having parted company with my previous agent over concerns regards a lack of communication, I've spent the last couple of week editing Father Muerte & the Divine in order to send it to an agent who caught me on the hop by requesting to see the full manuscript earlier than expected: a good sign, I hope, but let's never line-edit and input 200+ pages of a manuscript in such short order again....Working so hard on that project threw my timing out for September, which meant that I've spent this weekend…
  • OFF WITH THUMBNAIL THURSDAY'S HEAD

    Lee Battersby
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Sometimes a joke is just a joke. Which is my way of saying I thought this was a funny idea and I've got no greater insight than that."What a snob!"
  • TEN OF THE BEST.... AND THE OTHER BEST

    Lee Battersby
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:42 pm
    There's a meme doing the rounds of Facebook that requires the recipient to name 10 books that have had an impact upon them, then pass the disease on to ten innocent schmucks. Rather than waste all that typing on just one form of social media, I thought I'd list them here, too.1. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein. Read it for the first time when I was ten and it blew the breath out of my mind. I'd never experienced such scope, depth and majesty in a story before, and have pretty much never experienced it since. Read it every year until my mid-twenties, and a few times again since then.2.
  • THUMBNAIL THURSDAY MUCKS OUT SMAUG'S ENCLOSURE

    Lee Battersby
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Ahhhhh, the entropic nature of time. When I scribbled this one down, Anne McCaffrey seemed the perfect comic fit. Feel free to insert "Smaug" or "Christopher Paolini" or "that chick from Game of Thrones" or whatever you need to bring this gag up to speed....."I'm sorry, Nigel, but being Anne McCaffrey's biggest fan does notqualify you to be head keeper at the komodo dragon enclosure"
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    throw another bear in the canoe

  • whatever it is, it'll keep til the morning

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Look what just showed up!
  • let's have a party. there's a full moon in the sky.

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    So basically this is Fran Wilde's fault, because I was on a tear about it the other night and she told me I needed to write a blog post. So here's a blog post. (Does anybody even read blogs anymore? Tap, tap, is this thing on? "140 characters is all anyone will ever need.")My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and--cod help me--Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there's an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and…
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    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    "Covenant"! A brand-new SF story by me! at Slate! for free!  
  • gave up. passed out.

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    I will be in London with that boy I like at Nine Worlds Geekfest this coming weekend. Here is my program schedule.Friday, August 88:30 pmOnly A Moment (Room 38).  Paul Cornell says: "This is a well known game involving speaking for a minute without hesitation, deviation or repetition, renamed because the BBC got in touch. (No, seriously!)  I’ll be running it, and Elizabeth Bear, Kieron Gillen, Liz Myles and Laurie Penny will be my guests."Saturday, August 911:45amDragons vs Werewolves vs Vampires vs Warlocks: The Ultimate Deathmatch SmackdownCounty C&D, 11:45am -…
  • but she brings you only sorrow

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    We made a book! It looks like One-Eyed Jack is available a little early from Amazon (and possibly from your local independent bookstore--check there first, they love to order things for you!) both as Kindle and trade paperback. (Barnes and Noble should be in the game soon, I am assured.) Oh, look! It's on Barnes and Noble!BOOK! Now, off to sign at Fantask in Copenhagen with that boy I like in an hour and a half! Eeeeeeee!
 
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    Gibberish

  • Friday Night Videos

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    In honor of Scotland's almost-independence, I'm featuring today my favorite almost-Scottish singer, Sheena Easton. I say "almost-Scottish" because although she grew up outside of Glasgow, she's earned some notoriety over the past decade or so for her conspicuous suppression of her native accent. Since I've featured her here multiple times, finding something new of hers to feature was a challenge, but I've struck paydirt with her rendition of "He's a Rebel," an obscure cover by her from her 1983 NBC special, Act One. It was as gloriously cheesy as you'd expect an early-80s variety show to be,…
  • House for sale. Comes book-ready

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:47 pm
    We've finally bitten the bullet and placed our house on the market for some lucky family to buy. The complete listing can be found here. And here's the Realtor.com listing: Click here. We've lived here 11 years, which is the longest Lisa and I have lived any place that wasn't our hometown. The kids barely remember living in Temple. Bug has never lived anywhere else. We really like this house, and have put a lot of effort into making it our own over the years. Here's my office, below. One of the first things I did when we moved in was close it in and install floor-to-ceiling book shelves. I…
  • Babylon 5: Mind War

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:25 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…
  • Friday Night Videos

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Genesis hasn't always had the best videos to go with their singles, but that changed with "Land of Confusion." Talk about bizarre. Those puppets are freaky beyond reason. And the mild satire here give the impression of being edgy, but is ultimately pretty inoffensive. I saw Genesis in concert a few years later, on their "We Can't Dance" tour. Of all the concerts I've seen, that was one of the more disappointing ones. They did a few token Peter Gabriel tunes, and the rest of the show was almost entirely from the Invisible Touch and We Can't Dance albums. No "Follow You, Follow Me," no "That's…
  • Chicken Ranch passing

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    The Las Vegas Sun is reporting that Niki Devine has died. "Who is that?" you may well ask, "and what does she have to do with the Chicken Ranch?" The connection might become a little more clear with the understanding that at one time she was known as Niki Zindler. Yes, that Zindler. As in married to. She met Marvin Zindler in Houston in 2000, they married a few years thereafter and remained together until his death from cancer in 2007. She even became part of Marvin's media circus on occasion. Obviously, she was not married to him in 1973, when the whole Chicken Ranch episode blew up in La…
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    GWENDA BOND

  • Passing By

    GWENDA BOND
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    Deadlines swarming, needs-to-finish massing, promo squall on the horizon, etc. But quote-y picture-y thing the second from Girl on a Wire: The road scene is Indiana, of course. Available in e-book now, in all formats Oct. 1. I just got author copies and they are so. beautiful. Previously: quote the first.
  • Pretty Picture + Newslettered

    GWENDA BOND
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    I'll be sharing some images that inspired and quotes from Girl on a Wire for the next few weeks. Here's the first one: This is Jules on her hero, Bird Millman, pictured right. (Also at Tumblr, so reblog if you like, or share wherever takes your fancy.) And, of course, the book's out now in e-book, in other formats October 1. I also commited newsletterdom over the weekend, which you can read here.
  • Miscellany + Local Event

    GWENDA BOND
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    A few more Lois-y things: From Alison Flood at the Guardian (!) (complete with Margot Kidder pic, which made me happy--my first Lois, and still a great one); Erin Keane of WFPL talks about the Lois book and says nice things about my others (Ky. represent!); Some Waiting on Wednesdays from today that rightly give the cover some love-- Books, Bones & Buffy and Mostly YA Lit, plus you can vote for it in a cover battle at the Sirenic Codex. Switch Press did a beyootiful job with it; the cover deities have smiled upon me once again: DragonCon was a blast. Saw many friends and met many…
  • Surprise! GIRL ON A WIRE Is E-arly!

    GWENDA BOND
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    By which I mean it's a Kindle First pick this month, in advance of its official release October 1. What does that mean? Besides the fact I did some chair-dancing? It means it's one of four books that you can read in e-book a month early, if you have a Kindle or use the Kindle app on one of your devices. Prime members can pick one free, and anyone with a Kindle or app can snag one for $1.99. It's that simple. If your book is chosen for this program, obviously it means that more people are likely to see your book. But it also means that your editor writes something about it. And…
  • DragonCon Schedule + Media Round-Up + Lois Teaser

    GWENDA BOND
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    I'll be at DragonCon this weekend participating in the YA track -- I'll happily sign books for anyone after the panels or my reading. I'll be reading from Girl on a Wire (out so soon!), but I also just might give a little sneak preview of Lois too. *whistles innocently* Come so I'm not reading to an empty room + my mom (who's tagging along to Atlanta for some R&R). My schedule: Title: Urban Fantasy in YADescription: We love a little magic, monsters, super powers—but rooted in the real world. What makes a compelling urban fantasy, and what are your faves?Time:…
 
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    Swan Tower

  • A Year in Pictures – Windsor Colors

    Swan Tower
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    This work by http://www.swantower.com is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. We didn’t have very long at Windsor Castle, because it was one of those day tours where if you aren’t on the bus by the appointed time, they’re leaving you behind. It was long enough, though, to catch a nice view of the autumn colors, and the flag dancing in the wind. Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there. This entry was also posted at http://swan-tower.dreamwidth.org/688561.html. Comment here or there.
  • A Year in Pictures – Shrine Tassel

    Swan Tower
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    This work by http://www.swantower.com is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. This is just a little detail shot from the Okinawan-ken Gokoku Jinja. I love the textiles I see at places like this, the ribbons and tassels and cords, and the flowers printed on the curtains. Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there. This entry was also posted at http://swan-tower.dreamwidth.org/688136.html. Comment here or there.
  • Camera Hunting

    Swan Tower
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    Warning: camera neepery ahead. Or, depending on your temperament: yay, camera neepery ahead! I’m looking to replace my Leica V-Lux 2, which is a hand-me-down from my mother, ergo more than a few years old. Searching for a replacement has been educational, because it’s illustrating for me the extent to which the niche occupied by this model appears to be, well, disappearing. There are DSLRs. There are point-and-shoot cameras. What there doesn’t appear to be is a point-and-shoot with specs that are equal to or better than what I have right now. Nikon’s Coolpix line is…
  • A Year in Pictures – My Husband at Dusk

    Swan Tower
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    This work by http://www.swantower.com is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. A while back we were at Point Lobos late in the day, and the light and atmospheric conditions combined to form what the internet tells me is called “altocumulus stratiformis perlucidus” clouds — yeah, no, that isn’t a term I’ll be in the habit of using any time soon. The fellow you see on the path there is my very own husband. ^_^ Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there. This entry was also posted…
  • The Littlest Shodan-ho Enters the Inner Circle

    Swan Tower
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    I started up with karate again last week: my first time back since the seminar in Okinawa. As with the previous surgery, I’m not up to full speed, but even just getting to move around is a good thing. It also paid an unexpected dividend. As shodan-ho — a term which means “probationary black belt” — I’m on the border between “black belt” and “not a black belt,” neither fish nor fowl. I was the only shodan-ho at the seminar (most of the other dojo in our organization apparently don’t use that ranking), so when Shihan said…
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    CONTRARY BRIN

  • Peering into the Future: AI and Robot brains

    David Brin
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    In Singularity or Transhumanism: What Word Should We Use to Discuss the Future? on Slate, Zoltan Istvan writes:"The singularity people (many at Singularity University) don't like the term transhumanism. Transhumanists don't like posthumanism. Posthumanists don’t like cyborgism. And cyborgism advocates don't like the life extension tag. If you arrange the groups in any order, the same enmity occurs." See what the proponents of these words mean by them......and why the old talmudic rabbis and jesuits are probably laughing their socks off.==Progress toward AI?== Baby…
  • Phases of the American Civil War

    David Brin
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I frequently refer to our current era of American politics as the latest phase of the U.S. Civil War… in part because the political maps so blatantly copy a pattern that goes back almost 200 years. Cyclically, we find ourselves mired in dogma, instead of pragmatism, intransigent hatred instead of negotiation, nostalgia and romanticism, instead of belief that we can craft a better tomorrow.Illustrating that others see this same breakdown, New York Magazine carried this article, A Southern GOP Can't Be the Party of Lincoln, decrypting how - politically - there seem always to…
  • China: Looking to the Future

    David Brin
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Amid world tensions, are there good news stories?== China’s Syndrome? ==Investment maven John Mauldin's Thoughts from the Frontline: Ttransformation or Bust looks at China's economy: “…there are no cases in modern history where an economy has managed to avoid an outright bust after experiencing rapid lending growth anywhere in the neighborhood of China’s ongoing credit boom.”Mauldin continues: “The more I dig into the data, the more convinced I become that Xi Jinping and his colleagues in Beijing are facing an impossible challenge. After fueling one of the…
  • Climate: Have we reached the tipping point?

    David Brin
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:11 pm
    With climate change still a political minefield across the nation despite the strong scientific consensus that it's happening, some community leaders — even in Red States — have hit upon a way of preparing for the potentially severe local consequences without triggering explosions of partisan warfare: Just change the subject. See: Red State Cities Find Euphemisms to Prepare for Global Warming.==Denialism continues== When you encounter anti-science climate denialists, say two words -- "Ocean... acidification." It is clearly and unambiguously happening. It is clearly…
  • Twelve Questions about "the Future" from my Reddit AMA

    David Brin
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    I recently participated in an AMA - Ask Me Anything on the Reddit Futurology subgroup. Here's a selection of questions and answers from this session.What do you find that has changed in the past ten years that is leaning towards your own fictional work?The trend toward transparency being crucial to our survival and freedom has been in my fiction and nonfiction for decades and it is coming true. Last year, largely unheralded by media, saw the most important civil liberties decision in thirty years, when the courts and the Obama Administration separately declared it to be…
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    Dispatches from Tanganyika

  • Mignon Faget Fleur de Lis

    Billy Martin
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    I am selling my 14-karat gold Mignon Faget fleur de lis pendant. This pendant has traveled all over the world with me, including two book tours, and has been blessed by a Catholic priest and a Voodoo houngan. A symbol of New Orleans' resiliency and a piece that lived close to my heart for a long time.http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=111451679710
  • If You Were A Man

    Billy Martin
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    I'm due for a testosterone shot today, but I won't be having one because my latest doctor apparently cares more about covering his ass than he does about his patients' well-being. I thought we got along well at my first visit several months ago; he admitted he didn't know much about trans health care, but seemed willing to learn. He also sent me for some pricey blood work, but when you see a new doctor, that's to be expected. I got the blood work, got my T prescription, and was fine until it ran out last month, at which point I called his office to see if I needed to come in or could just get…
  • Shark's Tooth & Sea Glass Pendant

    Billy Martin
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Here is a popular piece from my shop, a pendant made from green sea glass, a real shark's tooth, and a tiny shark charm. I currently have two of these available, and more (with a slightly different bead) coming soon.It's $24 and comes on a 30" black silk cord, or can go on your own chain. This seems like a good time to post a reminder that all my jewelry comes with a lifetime guarantee; if your piece breaks in the course of normal wear or use, please return it to me and I'll repair it at no cost to you.
  • Strange Memories

    Billy Martin
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:41 am
    Strange memories on this nervous night in Las Vegas. Five years later? Six? It seems like a lifetime, or at least a Main Era -- the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run ... but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. - Hunter S. ThompsonThis quote from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas runs over and over through my head tonight, a near-perfect…
  • Ephemera

    Billy Martin
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I wrote this on Facebook the other day:"One of the reasons I seldom use Livejournal anymore is that I have become fond of ephemerality. I'd never delete my LJ, as that would be dishonest and destructive, but sometimes I cringe to think all my angst and foolishness and tilting at windmills is still out there for anyone to read. There's a lot to hate about Facebook, but I do like the out-of-sight, out-of-mind quality of it."A love of ephemerality is not necessarily good; taken to extremes, it causes me to live something of a fly-by-night life. Expired driver's licenses and such. It's also…
 
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    Tobias Buckell

  • Rocket Talk, Episode 27: now with 100% more Karen Lord and Tobias Buckell

    Tobias Buckell
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    Karen Lord and I teamed up to chat with Justin Landon of Staffer’s Book Review for his Rocket Talk Podcast up at Tor.com: “In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin brings on Karen Lord and Tobias Buckell to discuss their most recent works, what they mean when they talk about Caribbean Science Fiction, and the challenge of reading western literature from a different point of view. Justin also manages to squeeze in some talk about how the two see series fiction.” (Via Rocket Talk, Episode 27: Karen Lord and Tobias Buckell | Tor.com.)
  • Little Red Reviewer on Hurricane Fever

    Tobias Buckell
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    I have found my pull quote for this review: “Once the action starts in Hurricane Fever, it never lets up” (Via Hurricane Fever by Tobias S. Buckell | the Little Red Reviewer.) It was awesome to meet up with the Little Red Reviewer when I appeared at Kazoo books with Jim Hines, which she wrote about on her blog as well (head over to win a copy of Jim Hines’ latest book).
  • The Los Angeles Review of Books reviews Hurricane Fever

    Tobias Buckell
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    This review digs down deep into All the Things I’m trying to do in my fiction. Honestly, all this is why I write the things I do. I’m grateful to all reviews of my fiction, but this is one of those rare ones where I feel like the reviewer was the person I wrote the book for, as they responded to all the various things I was trying to achieve: Science fiction’s predictive powers are debatable, but Delany’s observation on the connection between the ‘economic heft’ of the presence of substantial numbers of black writers and our encounters with racial bigotry now appears…
  • Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy interview with me, Ramez Naam, and Paolo Bacigalupi

    Tobias Buckell
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Ramez Naam, Paolo Bacigalupi, and me all bat climate change back and forth on Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast: “‘When I started writing [Arctic Rising], I called it science fiction, because I thought the idea of completely eliminating the polar ice cap was science fictional, that’s pretty wild. A lot of the people who criticize climate change are like, ‘Oh, they’re way too pessimistic.’ And I’m like, ‘These guys are way too optimistic.’ IPCC was calling for possibly ice-free summers being like the wildest thing when I started writing. And so I started out with…
  • So about that Amazon 99 cent phone…

    Tobias Buckell
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    According to Amazon’s press releases about how lower prices *always* mean more success for books, because they’re just widgets and the cheaper they are the more units they sell, and the more I, the author, profits, this means that Amazon just had THE BIGGEST SUCCESSFUL PHONE LAUNCH EVER! Right? “Amazon has given up on trying to get you to pay $199 for the Fire Phone with a contract. Now the retail giant has brought the price down — way down. The Fire Phone, Amazon’s first and only mobile phone, will now be available for just 99 cents with a two-year contract, the…
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    Dark Roast

  • A Watershed Moment

    Emma Bull
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:32 pm
    For those of us with elderly parents, this is one: the first time your mother fails to recognize you until you tell her who you are.So, yeah, we're on that side of the continental divide now.Well, at least I don't have to worry what she'll think if I get a tattoo...
  • Mad Literary Sparkly Ominous Fundraiser!

    Emma Bull
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    Amanda Downum, known around these parts as stillsostrange, and also as Shadow Unit's graphic designer as well as one of its writers, is raising money for materials for her new jewelry business. Contributor rewards include jewelry, of course--but there's also the option of appearing as a character in a work of fiction of hers.A short-lived character.Because she promises to KILL YOU DEAD IN SOME AWESOME FASHION.How can you resist? Seriously, how? Oh, and also, spiffy jewelry!You can find her Indiegogo campaign right over here.
  • We did it.

    Emma Bull
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    Seven years and four seasons of Shadow Unit, the television show that never was, on the WTF Network.I know me; there's no way this would have happened if I'd been doing it by myself. I'm so lucky that when I asked matociquala (Elizabeth Bear) if she wanted to play, she said yes. Bear made the project more imaginative, more interactive, better able to thumb its nose at storytelling's fourth wall. I roped Will Shetterly into the writers' room, but Bear brought Sarah Monette, Amanda Downum, Leah Bobet, Chelsea Polk, and Stephen Shipman in, and gave me the courage to ask Holly Black if she'd…
  • A world of endless wonder(ful)

    Emma Bull
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    I'm at CONvergence.You wish you were here.<3 <3 <3
  • There's a new extra up!

    Emma Bull
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:27 am
    "Afterword." On the WTF Network.
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    Stephanie Burgis

  • Reading with my Eyebrows Raised

    Stephanie Burgis
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:23 am
    Today is Day 11 of child illness in our house (first Baby X was sick for 6 days, then MrD took over the horrible stomach bug marathon), so you can probably guess how this week has gone. So let's talk about something different!I'm reading lots of eighteenth-century letters, diaries and memoirs right now as research for a secret project that's making me really happy. Of course, this is making me really, really miss the incredible Special Collections (and the general 18th-century lit section) at the Brotherton Graduate Library at the University of Leeds, which is where I used to do most of my…
  • Friday Fantasies

    Stephanie Burgis
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:07 am
    Well, today is Day 3 of Baby X's nasty stomach bug, and it's the worst day yet, so it's been a long week over here, and honestly, you do not want to hear the details.So I thought, instead of talking about what's actually been going on over here, I'd let myself escape for a while. Here are five things I'm fantasizing about this Friday, as Baby X sleeps on my lap and an Enya CD from my college years plays in the background. ("Sail away, sail away, sail away...")1. A short story collection. Honestly, this is hugely unlikely - it is SO RARE for authors to sell short story collections! - which is…
  • Reviews of all sorts

    Stephanie Burgis
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:20 am
    1. First of all, the big news: I'm going to be one of the book reviewers at Urban Fantasy Magazine! It's a new online magazine of urban fantasy for adults that will be publishing its first issue in November. I'm already working on my first couple of reviews. If you write urban fantasy novels and want to get them reviewed there, please contact the editors. There are a few of us doing reviews, so when you're deciding which reviewer to request, do keep in mind that my tastes tend to run toward the more fun/romantic end of urban fantasy rather than the darker/grittier end of the genre. I also…
  • Home, Dog, Books, Whew :)

    Stephanie Burgis
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    So, we're back in the UK. Whew! The trip back was not easy (no surprise, with an overnight flight and a teething one-year-old just on the verge of walking), and jet-lag is hitting all of us hard, but never mind. It was a wonderful, wonderful visit back home to the US, and it's good, too, to be back home in the UK now, even if I'm veeeeeeery tired at the moment. (Between Baby X's jet-lag, teething, and his new cold, I didn't get any sleep at all last night until I handed him off at 6:55 this morning, at which point I finally got...3 hours. Sigh.)It is so good to have our Maya-dog back, though!
  • A Friday Chapter

    Stephanie Burgis
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Happy Friday! I've just uploaded one more chapter of Courting Magic to my website, so you can now read both of the first two chapters free online.(I actually meant to do this almost a week ago. Oops. The downside of publishing a book while on family vacation...)I hope you enjoy both chapters! And here's the lovely graphic that Patrick made me for the occasion. :)
 
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    Mabfan's Musings

  • 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...
  • My Week in Facebook, August 17-22, 2014

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Another week, another bunch of posts to Facebook. (I wish LJ were as active as it once was.) So what was my week like?On Sunday, I congratulated the winners of this year's Hugo Awards.On Monday, I posted a picture of me with Harold Feld (also known as osewalrus.)I also continued playing the game Nomi and I play of finding band names.On Tuesday, I expressed my shock at the cost of the new Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook.And I noted a conversation between me and Squeaker, which is either cute or morbid, depending on your mood.On Thursday, I expressed my disappointment in the…
  • My Week in Facebook, August 10-15, 2014

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:24 am
    Let's go through the week! Here are links.On Sunday, the family attended the Boston Comic Con. We had a blast. I posted a photo album called Boston Comic Con 2014. It includes pictures of Squeaker posing with cosplayers, me and the kids emerging from a TARDIS, me meeting some of my favorite comic creators, and more. Go on and take a look.We also got a TARDIS and Dalek salt and pepper shaker set.On Monday night came the news of the death of Robin Williams, and I posted something I call Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society, and My Teaching on Facebook. I decided to post it on LiveJournal as…
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    Pushing a Snake Up a Hill

  • Turkeys Afoot!

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:12 pm
    It was about six weeks ago that I first encountered the family of wild turkeys on the bikepath near our house. I was walking Captain Jack when I came upon them: two adults and four youths, taking their own stroll. They didn’t seem very concerned about us, and Jack didn’t seem terribly interested in them, which struck me as odd.  Here they are on August 6.We’ve run into them probably about once a week, since then. Here they are today, September 17. The young’uns are quite a bit bigger now. I took this picture about ten seconds  before Captain Jack pulled the leash out of my…
  • Panglor Is Alive! (Again)

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Panglor was my third novel, one I really enjoyed writing, and one that people seem to like a lot now, although in its original paperback publication from Dell it sank like a stone. Maybe tastes change, or maybe the original release was hampered by a pretty awful cover and the fact that Dell was already thinking about getting out of the SF business at the time. Or maybe it just took people a while to recognize my genius. Yeah, that must be it. And it got even geniuser, I’m sure, when I gave it a good, solid edit for its 1996 reissue from Tor. In any case, it has a bunch of 5-star reviews…
  • BookBub Results

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    Since I'm always after you to notice my BookBub specials, and to go out and buy books, I thought maybe I should report on the results of the last promo. The results were good! There are now more than 1700 people boasting newly minted copies of From a Changeling Star on their ebook readers! In addition, some of them are going ahead and buying the sequel, Down the Stream of Stars, and more people than before are buying my other books, as well.  Typically, the effects last a couple of weeks, and then things settle back down to normal. But in the meantime, there are that many new readers out…
  • Good News! Young People Read!

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Some of us in the book biz worry too much. For a while now, there's been gnashing of teeth and rending of garments over the supposed graying of our audience—in particular, the perception that fewer young people are picking up science fiction books, and leaving it to the aging generation to appreciate the mind-blowing concepts spun out in our novels. Actually, that could still be true. While SF is extremely popular in the media, and youths flock like bats to Comicon and the like, SF in book form doesn't seem to hold the market that it once did. (Always excepting outliers like The Hunger…
  • Older Daughter Heads to Lebanon!

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Lexi took off from Boston last night, and I got a text around noon today saying she'd landed in Beruit. She'll be staying with friends and seeing what I have heard described as one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Why was I never that adventurous? I hope we get to see some pictures soon! (And, of course, that she will arrive home safe and sound at the appointed time.)
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    The Mumpsimus

  • 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…
  • Video Essay: "What Is Composition?"

    Matthew Cheney
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    My latest video essay is now available at Press Play. It's the first in a new series by various hands on cinematic terminology. My term was "composition", and so I made an essay creatively titled, "What Is Composition?"
  • Jamie Marks Is Dead

    Matthew Cheney
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
      Jamie Marks Is Dead is based on a book I love by a writer I love: One for Sorrow by Christopher Barzak. I realized recently that I think of it as the first novel of "our" generation/group of writers — Chris is a few months older than me, and originally introduced me to probably half the writers and editors I know. I read One for Sorrow in manuscript, exhorted Juliet Ulman to buy and edit it for Bantam, and celebrated its publication. Chris sent me a copy with the kindest inscription penned onto its title page that any writer has ever given me. I feel like a kind of distant…
  • Ferguson, Missouri, USA

    Matthew Cheney
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    Let America be America again.Let it be the dream it used to be.Let it be the pioneer on the plainSeeking a home where he himself is free.(America never was America to me.)Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—Let it be that great strong land of loveWhere never kings connive nor tyrants schemeThat any man be crushed by one above.(It never was America to me.)O, let my land be a land where LibertyIs crowned with no false patriotic wreath,But opportunity is real, and life is free,Equality is in the air we breathe.(There’s never been equality for me,Nor freedom in this “homeland of…
  • Notes on Octavia Butler's Survivor

    Matthew Cheney
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:16 pm
    After reading Gerry Canavan's essay on two newly published short stories by Octavia Butler, one of which is a prequel to her 1978 novel Survivor, I decided it was time for me to read Survivor, since though I'd read most of Butler's books, and repeatedly assigned a couple of them in classes, I'd never gotten around to this one.The problem, however, is that Survivor is a book Butler disavowed and, once she had the ability, she prohibited it from being reprinted. Used copies tend to sell for at least $65 (although one just sold on E-Bay for $15. Alas, I discovered it only after the…
 
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    John Crowley Little and Big

  • Forbid forebode

    John Crowley
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Wehn did "foreboding" turn into, or adopt a new role as, an adjective?  A foreboding house.  A foreboding prospect.  Does it seem that new (mis)uses of words travel so fast that they outrun criticism, and are seated with the good uses before thay cna be called out?
  • Overlords

    John Crowley
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Okay fine with that last one.  Now: Where (if there is an original where) does the phrase "I for one welcome our new robot overlords"  actually occur?  And was it in that form or as "alien overlords" or some other form?
  • Word Search

    John Crowley
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    What is the short old word -- it begins maybe with a p -- that means a brief spell or magic word?
  • Danger: Information

    John Crowley
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    This appears at the bottom of a page taken from the Household Cyclopedia of General Information, 1881.  The entry also notes that "some of the methods may be outdated."   The entry describes how to plant and care for a thorn hedge -- a barrier made of thorn bushes, hawthorne or similar.DISCLAIMER: PLEASE READ - By printing, downloading, or using you agree to our full terms. Review the full terms by clicking here. Below is a summary of some of the terms. If you do not agree to the full terms, do not use the information. Since some of this information is from historical…
  • No Limit to Paranoia

    John Crowley
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    From the NY Times, anent Russian opinions about what happened to the the Malaysian airliner:"One such theory holds that whoever shot down the plane was actually gunning for Mr. Putin, whose plane was over Eastern Europe at the time, returning from Latin America, for example.Another argues that the bodies were actually from the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared four months ago — dumped only now to make the separatists look bad.'In Russia, no one thinks that Russia is guilty,' said Olga Kryshtanovskaya, a sociologist who specializes in studying Russia’s political…
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    PeterDavid.net

  • On the set of Spider-Man (2002)

    Peter David
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Originally published July 6, 2001, in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1442 Spider-Man, having just saved Mary Jane from the clutches of a super-villain, lands with her on the rooftop of a Manhattan building. He exchanges a few words with her, then quickly bolts, vaulting off the roof with a mid-air somersault thrown in for good measure. From a comic book point of view, this is fairly routine stuff. Except it wasn’t a comic book. “Let’s go again!” called Sam Raimi from his director’s chair, as Spider-Man and Mary Jane moved back to their starting positions. The dark clouds which had been…
  • Guest column: Gwen! David

    Peter David
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Originally published June 22, 2001, in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1440 April 27, 1994 Teacher: So class, today we’re going to discuss where you went on Take Your Daughter to Work Day! Jessica: My Daddy’s a caterer, and he works in a restaurant! Lindsay: I went to the gym, ’cause my Mommy’s an aerobics instructor. Courtney: My Dad’s a doctor. He helps people feel better. Gwen! (age 9): My Daddy has a very important job. He sits around all day and plays on his computer in the basement. I went with him to the Central Offices. It had a bunch of video games and toys and a Batmobile.
  • What the Hell is Wrong with Fans?

    Peter David
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    I’m afraid that I’m going to come across like a cranky fan sitting in my rocking chair complaining about the kids running around on my lawn. Nevertheless, recent instances of fan entitlement are starting to get on my nerves. I’m not talking about previously discussed situations such as fans coming up with all sorts of excuses for stealing material and claiming that it’s okay to do so. Those are entertaining as always, but not really big on my mind at the moment. No, I’m thinking about the current fans of “Once Upon a Time” who are not only convinced…
  • Those summertime comics memories…

    Peter David
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Originally published June 15, 2001, in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1439 Assorted stuff…  Oh yes… summertime memories of comics… There I was, six years old, relaxing on a playground, hearing the sounds of childish laughter from all around. I was leaning against a tree, enjoy a cool breeze wafting from the east. I was reading a Harvey Comic, the adventures of Casper. I heard a low chuckle and looked up. Several boys towered over me. They appeared to be behemoths, gargantuan in stature. In retrospect, they were probably about nine years old. “Look at the baby reading baby comics!” they…
  • Frank Miller vs. Wizard magazine

    Peter David
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Originally published June 8, 2001, in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1438 Well, well… Wizard’s got itself some attention, hasn’t it. The comic computer boards lit up when Frank Miller torn up an issue of Wizard in the course of his speech at the Harvey awards. The same refrain was heard repeatedly: Wizard had it coming. Wizard’s a piece of garbage. Every axe anyone had to grind with the magazine, every bone that had already been picked over, was resharpened and dusted off and brought out again. Because, y’know, “Frank Miller is a legend in the comics industry” (as Wizard president Fred…
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    A.M. Dellamonica

  • Speculating Canada on the queer in Stormwrack

    alyx
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Derek Newman-Stile of Speculating Canada says this about the book: Dellamonica explores the isolating power of homophobia and its ability to displace LGBTQ populations in her general narrative of displacement.Child of a Hidden Sea is powerful as a narrative because it embodies both curiosity and the desire to find a sense of home and place to belong as well as its ability to point out that displacement is still a persistant feature in our world, one that is further sharpened by economic inequalities, sexism, homophobia, and general power structures that serve to elevate certain groups of…
  • Wheezing into Monday…

    alyx
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Kitten updates have been few and far between lately, I know, because Kelly and I were scampering around to a variety of movies at TiFF, with my always delightful and thoroughly brilliant cousins, Alicia and Joe. What’s up with the kids is, basically, that they are cute. Supercute, even! We experimented a little with leaving the bedroom open to them at night while we were en vacance, but they are still too rambunctious. No big surprise there. CinCin’s headed back to the vet in about ten days for spayage and shots. I’ve also rearranged the top of the cat tree known as…
  • Strange Horizons reviews CHS, plus Cumberbatch at #tiff14

    alyx
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Sarah Frost of the ever-marvellous Strange Horizons says nice things about Child of a Hidden Sea in a lovely, thoughtful, even-handed review. Dellamonica has imagined a world in which a class of warrior-lawyers spend their whole lives training to duel one another. It would be ridiculous for Sophie, whose primary weapon up until this point has been the waterproof camera case, to pick up a sword and be able to compete with them. No matter how long a twenty-first century heroine has spent pounding the rattan in the SCA, no training montage will make her a match for people whose combat skills…
  • Kirkus Review Blog and other commenters on CHS

    alyx
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    Most of you probably saw me twittering about this elsewhere, but the Kirkus Reviews Blog (in the person of Book Smuggler Thea James) says some  very nice and gratifying things about my execution of portal fantasy in Child of a Hidden Sea. Fewer of you may know that I keep a separate Facebook author page, for people who want to know about book and story releases, and who are perhaps less interested (if this is actually possible) in seeing pictures of my kittens, wife, regular coffee stops and new hometown.  If you don’t know this, it’s because I have never ONCE spamgested that…
  • Watts it all about? Echopraxia and a look back at Starfish

    alyx
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    I&http://alyxdellamonica.com/#8217;ve been reading and revisiting the fiction of Peter Watts this month. I knew I&http://alyxdellamonica.com/#8217;d be doing a review of Echopraxia, see, so I decided to take a look back at Starfish via the Tor.com &http://alyxdellamonica.com/#8220;That Was Awesome&http://alyxdellamonica.com/#8221; series. Peter and I are friends now, and we&http://alyxdellamonica.com/#8217;ve even been published in the same Polish magazine. But I didn&http://alyxdellamonica.com/#8217;t know him back in 2000 or so, when his first book came out and I reviewed it for Locus. The…
 
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    Cory Doctorow's craphound.com

  • 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
  • Privacy for Normal People

    Cory Doctorow
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    My latest Guardian column, Privacy technology everyone can use would make us all more secure, makes the case for privacy technology as something that anyone can -- and should use, discussing the work being done by the charitable Simply Secure foundation that launches today (site is not yet up as of this writing), with the mandate to create usable interfaces to cryptographic tools, and to teach crypto developers how to make their tools accessible to non-technical people. I think that the real reason that privacy is so user-unfriendly is that the case for privacy is intensely technical. The…
  • Excerpt from In Real Life, YA graphic novel about gold farmers

    Cory Doctorow
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    In Real Life is the book-length graphic novel adapted by Jen Wang from my short story Anda's Game, about a girl who encounters a union organizer working to sign up Chinese gold-farmers in a multiplayer game. Tor.com has published a long excerpt from the book, showcasing Jen's wonderful art, character development and writing! In Real Life (Comic Excerpt)
  • Amazon vs Hachette is nothing: just WAIT for the audiobook wars!

    Cory Doctorow
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    In my latest Locus column, Audible, Comixology, Amazon, and Doctorow’s First Law, I unpick the technological forces at work in the fight between Amazon and Hachette, one of the "big five" publishers, whose books have not been normally available through Amazon for months now, as the publisher and the bookseller go to war over the terms on which Amazon will sell books in the future. The publishing world is, by and large, rooting for Hachette, but hasn't paid much attention to the ways in which Hachette made itself especially vulnerable to Amazon in this fight: by insisting that all its books…
  • “Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free”

    Cory Doctorow
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    Here's the audio of my closing keynote speech at last Friday's Dconstruct (this was the tenth Dconstruct; I'm pleased to say that I also gave the closing speech at the very first one!). You can hear audio from the rest of the speakers too.
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    ECHO BEACH

  • Curling dead straight hair novice style (part 2)

    mdep
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
  • Krista Reviews: Enders by Lissa Price

    mdep
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
  • My first ever flash fiction

    mdep
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:39 am
    This flash fiction had to be 140 wds exactly and include Misha Collins, The Queen of England, and an elopus. It as written for 2014 Team GISHWHES Loves Jack_Tar: Falanges steered the Queen-of-England into the transit berth. His data-flow showed a dozen deep-space submarines ahead. As many behind. Right on the edge of the field though, the pulsing outline of a brigantine, pushed up the queue.‘Blasted line jumpers!’ He stretched a tentacle into the flow and activated the Queen’s turbine boosters, sending her rear-end sideways to block the chute.‘Queen of England! Assume the correct…
  • Hi

    mdep
    6 Mar 2014 | 3:29 am
    Just dropping in to see if any of my LJ friends are still out there?
  • Of Mice and Women...

    mdep
    10 Jun 2010 | 5:42 am
    I had internet plans for this evening; blogging, newsletter prettying, researching … and then NCIS came on, my feet got warm and I ate casserole. Now my eyelids are now heavy and the screen is starting to blur. Bed is calling. I will, however, stir myself up enough to mention that some goodies are just around the corner. Bec will be posting her interview with fascinating performance poet, Zenobia Frost over at Burn Bright in the next few days. I’ve also posted a mini review there on Betrayed from the House of the Night series. My guest bloggers on this (MDP) site will be visiting soon,…
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    Notes from New Sodom

  • A Short Film: Sodom

    Hal Duncan
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    A short experimental film based on my long poem, "Sodom." Images from "Cities of Flesh," a series of abstract/cityscape collages constructed out of gay porn.
  • Peaceful Protest

    Hal Duncan
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
  • What Tolkien REALLY Said

    Hal Duncan
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:22 pm
    "I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it is plain that I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which “Escape” is now so often used: a tone for which the uses of the word outside literary criticism give no warrant at all. In what the misusers are fond of calling Real Life, Escape is evidently as a rule very
  • Who Do You Write For?

    Hal Duncan
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    One of the questions you get as a writer is "Who do you write for? Do you write for yourself, or do you have an ideal reader in mind, or whatever?" I always felt that was one of those questions that starts with a wrong premise, where you can't answer because its startpoint involves an assumption that just doesn't make sense for you. Like, do I write for myself? Not really. My noggin is just the
  • SCRUFFIANS! Review

    Hal Duncan
    13 May 2014 | 9:47 am
    I fell in love with Hal Duncan's collection, Scruffians! as soon as I read the first story. How can that be? Well, as Gob would say, that one story is the hook. It got me to read the whole book in one sitting.Hal Duncan's work can be dense, non-linear, and highly imaginative along with extraordinary writing skills that always impress. With the addition of his homoerotic fantasy-based Scruffian
 
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    A Blister to My Eye

  • Telephone Phobia

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

    David
    15 Jun 2014 | 10:28 pm
    My newest book is a horror novella called Slit. It's filled with gore and kinky sex and a nice seasoning of humor. But it's not all like that. There are whole paragraphs that are entirely normal. I should have used that for the blurb: "Contains some paragraphs that are quite normal." http://www.dvorkin.com/slit/
  • David’s Liberation Day #5

    David
    19 May 2014 | 1:32 pm
    On May 19, 2009, along with a lot of other people, I was laid off from Quark. That was my best-paid job to date, and it would turn out to be my last full-time job. I was 65, working in a field (IT) that has always been notorious for age discrimination, and it was during the Great Recession, a.k.a. Yet Another Grim Republican Recession, a.k.a. Please Save Us Again, Democratic Party. Now, I’ve been laid off many times over the decades. (See my essay The Day Job.) This included times when I was in my forties, fifties, and even very early sixties. For various reasons, including a lot of luck, I…
  • Me at 70

    David
    17 May 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Pictures of. http://www.dvorkin.com/photos/davidat70.html
  • Dogs and ham

    David
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:36 pm
    One of Leonore's language students brings her incredibly cute little dog with her. The dog makes a beeline for me because I always greet her with a treat — a rolled up smoked mozzarella and proscuitto delight from Costco. What dog wouldn't like that? Well, maybe a Moslem or Jewish dog. But dogs are considered unclean by Moslems, so maybe there are no Moslem dogs. There are certainly Jewish ones (leaving aside the whole circumcision thing). An old insult for Jews in Medieval England — or at least, in historical novels — was "dog of a Jew". I guess a Jewish dog would be a Jew of…
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    The Incomplete Blog

  • [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 avuncularjosh.wordpress.com)First, 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.
  • [Ashland, Writing] In which I have an Idea

    Josh English
    16 Jun 2014 | 10:21 pm
    This is an idea that I had coming back from Ashland, thinking about the Tempest and also thinking about Jeremiah Tolbert's story Wet Fur, which I alpha-read and recently read in the latest issue of Asimov's. In Wet Fur, I imagined (and have not talked to Jeremiah about) the idea of a cloud of canine souls came first, and probably started with this idea of saving human beings by uploading them, and nobody would want to go to digital heavan without a dog, so what if someone tried to upload dogs, and somehow the idea of clouds of nanobots that seemed to target dying dogs appeared, and…
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    The official home page of author Eric Flint

  • Paradigms Lost — Chapter 36

    Drak Bibliophile
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Paradigms Lost — Chapter 36 Chapter 36: Fleeing From Frankenstein He looked around and smiled, satisfied. Despite his oddities, the village accepted him. His children were growing up strong and healthy. His wife took care of them all. In a country torn by civil war all too often, this village had managed to keep itself isolated and secure. Untouched by the strange devices of the outside world, unimportant in the maneuverings of whatever politicians or dictators might rule one part of the land or another, it looked much the same as it would have two hundred years ago. He shivered,…
  • 1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 30

    Drak Bibliophile
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 30 Chapter 11: Dealing with the New Emperor September and October, 1634 Race Track at Simmering, Austria “Did you point a gun at Baron Julian von Meklau?” Emperor Ferdinand III asked Ron Sanderlin as he entered the garage. It had taken a while for word to reach the emperor and Ron wondered if the youngsters had talked or just someone that had seen the confrontation. “Uncle Bob did, Your Majesty. But only because it looked like the boy was going to try and take a horsewhip to me.” Ron looked at the retinue that followed the…
  • 1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 29

    Drak Bibliophile
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 29 “More than you might think, but we’ll give them a bargain anyway,” Hayley said. “Sell boat passes that are good for a month for twenty-five pfennig each, or even twenty.” “Or you could do it like some of the bus companies did up-time,” Frau Fortney said. “Sell tickets and give your boatman a paper punch. The ticket has however many circles or boxes printed on it. Each time they ride, the captain or someone punches out a circle or box on the pass. When they’re all used up, they have to buy a new…
  • Polychrome – Chapter 14

    Drak Bibliophile
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Polychrome – Chapter 14 Chapter 14. I sat down at the small table; this time it was just me, Iris Mirabilis, Nimbus, and Polychrome. “So… what’s on the agenda today?” I said after a pause. “Nimbus tells me that you have… made considerable progress.” The Lord of Rainbows’ tone showed that there were still reservations in that assessment. “While we have many concerns, it is clear now that you have the potential and the will needed, and that — for good or ill — we shall have to rely on you truly fulfilling the role of…
  • Belisarius audio drama

    BRT_admin
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:52 pm
    There will be a performance next Wednesday of an audio drama based on a novella I write set in the Belisarius universe. The novella and the drama based on it is titled “Islands.” The script was written by Tony Daniel, another author who publishes through Baen Books. Here are the details for anyone interested: https://www.facebook.com/events/289227797946840/ – Eric
 
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    Mad Libs

  • Author idiocy

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    Most writers know better than to read reviews. Good, bad, or indifferent, they just aren’t healthy for the writerly condition. It is a condition. A kind of mental disease, I sometimes think. Good reviews are wonderful and they stroke the ego for about two seconds, but then you start thinking–what if this next work can’t be as good? What if I fail? What if everyone pans it after setting such high expectations? There’s actually a long litany of how a good review can turn bad on a writer, but you get the point. Then the indifferent review is just as bad, because you…
  • Author idiocy

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
    Most writers know better than to read reviews. Good, bad, or indifferent, they just aren’t healthy for the writerly condition. It is a condition. A kind of mental disease, I sometimes think. Good reviews are wonderful and they stroke the ego for about two seconds, but then you start thinking–what if this next work can’t be as good? What if I fail? What if everyone pans it after setting such high expectations? There’s actually a long litany of how a good review can turn bad on a writer, but you get the point. Then the indifferent review is just as bad, because you…
  • Friday and yay for that!

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Boy made it through the whole week of school. Some sickness, but he has been decently cheery and he’s so welcomed by his teachers. Hopefully he’s making friends again. Girlie, in the meantime, has decided to play the clarinet in band. She also liked the oboe and the flute, but decided against them. We’ve had lovely weather this week, and yet I’ve had horrible sleep. I’m not sure if I’m staying awake, or not sleeping deeply, or just tossing and turning and not sleeping well. I wake up exhausted. I’ve tried short naps, but can’t fall asleep.
  • First Friday of September

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    The boy’s birthday is tomorrow. I have wrapped things. Probably going to be buying a cake, mostly because I’ve no time to bake. That could change. We’ll see. Boy and girl have also successfully gone to three days of school. For girlie, not a surprise. For boy, a milestone. He’s managing his illness as best he can and he’s been really chipper and upbeat when he comes home. He’s going to have to see about testing out of his math class. It’s advanced math, but last year he swooshed past it. He’s going to get bored if not. Girlie is making friends…
  • Contest right now!

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Today only! Come on over to Bitten by Books and hang out with me, ask questions, and maybe Win money! Contest is all day today, September 3. And while you’re at it, I’m at The Quillery talking about the magic in Trace of Magic. Please come by and say hello. She has a review, also. A very nice one. She finishes with: Bottom Line: Trace of Magic is a wonderful start to the Diamond City Magic series and Riley Hollis is one of new favorite Urban Fantasy heroines. Waiting to see you!     Originally published at www.dianapfrancis.com. You can comment here or there.
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  • 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…
  • Marvel Redux

    Gary Gibson
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:28 pm
    I jumped on a recent deal offered by Marvel Comics, to get a month's access to their online database of tens of thousands of comics published over a number of decades for only 99 cents. Like a lot of you, I suspect, comics formed a central part of my early teen and pre-teen years. Apart from a brief period in the early to mid-90s, however, when I drilled my way through a bunch of titles published under DC's Vertigo imprint, I've rarely returned to the form.I can recall very vividly the moment I stopped reading comics. I was 12 years old. I had a large cardboard box crammed with hundreds of…
  • Marauder out in paperback

    Gary Gibson
    4 Jul 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Naturally, having updated people via Twitter and Facebook that something just came out from me, I neglected to also post it here, on my blog. So: the paperback of Marauder, the fourth Shoal book and a standalone set in that universe, is now out. It's a UK publication, but my books have been found not infrequently, state-side, in Barnes and Noble, and there are many small independent bookshops and specialist science fiction and fantasy stores scattered far and wide that undoubtedly have a very good chance of stocking it. In the UK, where it is primarily published, it is my fervent hope that…
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    Where Personal and Professional Life Collide...

  • And now for something MUCH nicer...

    Laura Anne Gilman
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    For those of you who haven't pledged yet - or suddenly came into a chunk of money and an urge to do something silly with it.... TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER is well on its way to funding.... but we're not there yet! So swing by and find a level of backing that suits you....and be aware that one of the backer levels involves me doing TERRIBLE things to your name and/or likeness...
  • There are areas of the online world that are filled with muck and bile...

    Laura Anne Gilman
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    So...somewhere online, a woman refuses to be a whimpering doorrmat to every presenting male, and 4chan creeps flip their shit and threaten violence? Do I have the cycle of events correct?(most recently, Emma Watson)Is there anyone on 4chan who is NOT a misogynistic, violent creep? Or is it the breeding ground for them, like swamps and malaria-carrying mosquitos?
  • state of the meerkat, weekend edition

    Laura Anne Gilman
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Saturday was...well, a basic Saturday. Went to the Greenmarket. Wrote some words. Wrote some more words. Hung out on the sofa with cats and a book someone else wrote. Generally counted and polished spoons, because Sunday....Well, Sunday.  Sunday was the People's Climate March.  In NYC, in Amsterdam, in London, in Paris, in Istanbul, in Melbourne, in Bogota, in Rio, in Delhi...In NYC, we were 310,000 strong, according to the official count. [I just saw an updated count of 400K!] Six hours and about six miles, start to finish, and they had to cut the march short by a mile, because…
  • Puppy (and kitten, and human) love!

    Laura Anne Gilman
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:24 am
    A new review for L.A. Kornetsky’s DOGHOUSE!(if you’re too busy to click through, I’ll give you the sum-up: “Explosions, bar brawls, and intelligent sleuths combine for a great read. I’d recommend it to fans of cozy mysteries.” - Krista McKeeth Woo!) More info and buying links here
  • Wednesday Like Monday

    Laura Anne Gilman
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    *sigh* I KNEW today was going too well.Anyone who got the newsletter today, apologies! We have no idea why the process that worked perfectly last quarter failed entirely to work this quarter, but we're looking into it... *hits Dreamhost with a wrench, drinks straight from the gin bottle*
 
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  • The problem with the neutral love interest

    Shannon Hale
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    "I don't get the love interest. I mean, am I supposed to like him?"This is a response I hear often from readers. And it's started me thinking. Are writers supposed to write a love interest that every reader will fall in love with? For example, in a story where the main character is a female who falls in love with a guy, then this should be a guy that the reader can fall in love with too. But as years pass, I completely question that thought. It just doesn't make sense. This is a story, not a blind date. A book is an opportunity to experience someone else's story.
  • Let's talk about [bleep]

    Shannon Hale
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    [trigger warning] [for mature readers, please get your parent or guardian's approval to read if you're under 14] Some recent events prompted me to look back on last year's discussions about rape culture and consent, and a followup post. Several people commented anonymously about a related matter that I think is really important. I'm going to repost some of those comments here. Some cultures and religions advocate for celilbacy* before marriage. I completely respect and support those who make that choice, but there is the misconseption that celibacy=silence, that the…
  • Hug your librarian today

    Shannon Hale
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    Thanks for your comments on the last post. The school district that banned my books also got rid of all their K-8 librarians. I see a correlation. I can't express enough how important librarians are. I've visited about 200 schools to do assemblies and writing workshops. Within a minute of meeting the librarian, I know exactly how the event will go. If the kids will be engaged, excited, and leave the assembly eager to go read a book, or if they'll half-ignore me as some other adult blabbing about nothing. The relationship the librarians has with the kids and the prep they do…
  • Are the Books of Bayern appropriate for elementary-aged kids?

    Shannon Hale
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Dear librarians, teachers, parents, and readers, I received this email from a school librarian. If you've had any experience with The Goose Girl, Enna Burning, River Secrets, and/or Forest Born with elementary kids, could you leave a comment for him? "The powers that be in my school district are not allowing your Books of Bayern series of books in our elementary school libraries, based largely on the fact the reviews in professional journals tend to view them as appropriate for grades 6 and up. I feel, however, that we are doing a disservice to those elementary school kids that are…
  • Glorious, unproductive summer

    Shannon Hale
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    I promised to post every Monday this year and I'd been doing so well, but I kinda burned myself out in July doing the weekday posts. Summer is so wonderful! I love having the kids home! But at the same time, I have the kids home. Their presence makes it harder to get my work done. Summer is glorious and yet killer on word count. This past week my spare attention has been absorbed in what's going on in Ferguson. Last Thursday I felt a disconnect between what the media was reporting and what the people on the grown were reporting through twitter, so I storified Antonio French's…
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  • still as pretty as ever

    uzwi
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    Today I woke the Marin from its deep protective dream in the corner of the shed. Advanced psychic engineering & a thick layer of cobwebs appear to have kept it functioning. Now if only I can remember what it’s for.
  • opening paragraph

    uzwi
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Bear with me. I’m exploring some territory here. I’m looking for a password. I thought when I left this town that I was finished being apologetic. But I came back in a different mood, set up an office, waited for business–the things you’ll do when you have to. All anxieties contain their own mirrors. You’re always looking for some space to inhabit between the two. I am, anyway.
  • thinking about the short story collection

    uzwi
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:19 am
    I want to include flash fiction from the blog, so if you have any favourites nominate them in the comments here.
  • 14 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am

    uzwi
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
  • the way we live now

    uzwi
    6 Sep 2014 | 1:26 am
    Stories of lost property. Stories of property lost then found. Stories of property found then lost. Stories of self storage of property. Self storage as self storyage. Stories about property stored by people who are now dead & unable to claim it. Stories of property sold sight-unseen from the self storage bins & units of the recently dead. Stories about people who have inadvertently self stored themselves. Stories of mutilated but curiously unbloodied bodies found in self storage bins & units, the flesh is recorded as being “translucent, whitish” “weighty &…
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    People are strange, when you're a stranger . . .

  • 22 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    Oh, and happy equinox of whatever flavor you practice, whenever it arrives in your locale . . .
  • Drippy

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:03 am
    Light drizzle for the newspaper outing, so I drove.  Wastrel me . . .Air temperature 64 F, dew point 63, wind SW at 7 mph, actual rain now.  North Neighbor garage shingling job has advanced only as far as the building wrap, which should keep *most* of the water out.True Believers are more dangerous than Ebola.
  • The best-laid plans o' mice and men

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    Got suited up for a bike ride, made it as far as the hospital (about a mile) and got dripped on.  This rain is not on the weather radar . . .North Neighbor is re-shingling his garage.  I didn't stop over there and sing a chorus of "Shingling in the rain . . ."
  • We're from the government and we're here to help you . . .

    21 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    More Ebola workers attacked:http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/ebola-outbreak-burial-team-attacked-in-sierra-leone-amid-3-day-lockdown-1.2772813
  • Further blatant self-promotion

    21 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    That ebook bundle (THE FOREVER KING, THE SUMMER COUNTRY, DRAGON'S EYE, all for $0.99 US) is also available on Amazon.com:  http://amzn.to/1m7VptX
 
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    Jim C. Hines

  • Spider-Butts

    Jim C. Hines
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Some of you have already seen Milo Manara’s cover art for Spider-Woman #1, which generated a great deal of unhappiness across the internet. As io9 pointed out, she basically looks like she’s wearing body paint. One of many complaints raised was that a male superhero would never have been drawn like this. Au contraire, says some dude on the internet, who heroically stood up to defy the “Social Police,” those “preachy, bloviating, pharisaic shit-heads,” and to explain why everyone who was upset about this cover was wrong, and it’s really a non-issue.
  • Writer’s Ink: Sean Williams

    Jim C. Hines
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    Today’s episode of Writer’s Ink features Sean Williams, an Australian author with a Whole Lot of published fiction, including the #1 New York Times bestselling The Force Unleashed. One of his latest books is Twinmaker [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy], “set in a future where “d-mat” technology, which allows for cheap teleportation and item replication, has created a seeming utopia of plenty.” Here’s Sean showing off his ink: In his words: My plan is to get one tattoo for every book I have published. Unfortunately, because I’ve had trouble coming up…
  • Cool Stuff Friday

    Jim C. Hines
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    Friday meant to get this post up four hours ago… Cats Failing at Hide and Seek. (Link from Seanan McGuire) Bumblebee, from the Transformers, built out of LEGO. Yeah, it actually transforms. Dear Santa – gimme! Chewbacca dog! (Link from the Mary Sue) And finally, a supercut of animals being jerks. Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
  • Spider Goddess Update

    Jim C. Hines
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
    I tend to get a bit obsessed with new projects sometimes. On the bright side, I’ve decided to go ahead and do a print edition of Rise of the Spider Goddess, to go along with the ebook. Yay! I’ve also been looking into cover art options, finishing up the annotations, and thinking about the best way to publish and promote this sucker. This is what I think the text of the print version will look like: I’ve also been messing around with cover font possibilities: None of this is final yet. (And that particular color combination is giving me a weird Law & Order vibe…)…
  • The Tribe Series by Ambelin Kwaymullina

    Jim C. Hines
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Ambelin Kwaymullina was the other Guest of Honor at Continuum earlier this year. She’s a delightful, intelligent, and all-around wonderful human being. Ambelin is an Aboriginal writer and illustrator from the Palyku people, and is the author of a number of award-winning picture books as well as a YA dystopian series. She was kind enough to give my daughter the first book in that series as a gift. I picked up the second at the convention. Having read them both, I am now waiting Very Impatiently for the third and final book to come out! Book one is The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf [Amazon…
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    When You Stop Believing in It, It Doesn't Go Away

  • Coming Up: Eight Books in Six Months

    Alexander Irvine
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    Here's a rundown of what I've got coming out between now and March...Season 2 of Sleepy Hollow is just around the corner, and to get you warmed up for it, here's The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane, out today!Also, next month you'll be able to pick up the Marvel Vehicles Owner's Workshop Manual...Then in November, it'll be Captain America and Iron Man kicking off the Phase One series of young-reader adaptations of the Marvel Cinematic Universe... Then in January, Hulk and Thor keep Phase One going, while my prose adaptation of Secret Wars also hits shelves... Then in March, the…
  • Marvel Secret Wars Novel

    Alexander Irvine
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Here's the catalog page for the Secret Wars prose novel I just finished up...coming January 20!
  • Covers to Marvel Phase One Books

    Alexander Irvine
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    Take a look at these beauties. I'm writing a series of middle-reader novelizations of the Marvel Phase One movies, taken directly from the films themselves rather than the scripts. This has meant watching the movies again a whole bunch of times. (My job's pretty miserable.) I'm working on the fifth book right now, but here are the covers for the first four:  Pretty cool, right?
  • Marvel Vehicles Cover

    Alexander Irvine
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    I used to have a Haynes manual for my old Land Cruiser. When I sold the Land Cruiser (nicknamed Igor), I left the manual on the seat for the next guy. Sad day.To fill the void, I got myself this Haynes-style R2D2 shirt a few years later.I still have the shirt, but now I also have the cover of the Marvel Vehicles Owners Workshop Manual...It's out in October, and you should probably have one for the next time you run across an old Battle Van in an abandoned Oscorp warehouse, right?
  • Put on a Hat, Jon Snow

    Alexander Irvine
    14 Jun 2014 | 12:57 pm
      Put on a Hat, Jon Snow Tee Shirts by FrankFrink Check out Got T-Shirts online at zazzle
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  • Sidewise Award!

    Vylar
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    “The Weight of the Sunrise” won the Sidewise Award for Best Short-Form Alternate History! I’ve always wanted to win that award and I’m so excited. Haven’t posted til now because I was too busy with London. London was amazing. I especially liked the Tower, the Churchill War Rooms, and our side trip to Bletchley Park. Upcoming: Fall is always my low-travel, high-productivity season. Here we go!
  • New story at Beneath Ceaseless Skies

    Vylar
    12 Jun 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Ink of My Bones, Blood of My Hands is published at Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Woot! Warning: This is very dark. Some of you like that. I’m just saying, be warned.
  • Finalist for Sidewise Award

    Vylar
    6 Jun 2014 | 10:37 am
    The Weight of the Sunrise is a finalist for the Sidewise Award for alternate history! I’ve always loved this award (no surprise) and I am excited to be nominated.
  • Nebula!

    Vylar
    4 Jun 2014 | 7:27 pm
    The Weight of the Sunrise won a Nebula for Best Novella of 2013! I haven’t had brain or time to blog until now. Rainbow Dash captures how I felt at that moment. Thank you everyone–to those who read and nominated the story, to those who voted amongst a great set of nominees, to those who’ve flooded my inbox with congratulations. The ceremony is available here if you’d like to watch it. Jump to 1:25:00. Here’s a pic of Shannon and me before the ceremony. Doesn’t he look like an evil professor?
  • Finalist for the Sturgeon Award

    Vylar
    6 May 2014 | 9:47 pm
    The Weight of the Sunrise is a finalist for the Sturgeon Award! http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu/sturgeon-finalists.htm “The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction of the year was established in 1987 by James Gunn, Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at KU, and the heirs of Theodore Sturgeon, including his partner Jayne Engelhart Tannehill and Sturgeon’s children, as an appropriate memorial to one of the great short-story writers in a field distinguished by its short fiction.” Yay! Lots of good fiction on that list.
 
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    Nicholas Kaufmann's Journal

  • Doctor Who: “Time Heist”

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    After the more cerebral and atmospheric episode “Listen,” Doctor Who treats us to the kind of fun adventure episode I really wish they would make more of, “Time Heist.” It’s enjoyable, the supporting characters are interesting and well rounded, and the plot makes sense, mostly, despite getting up its own ass at the end with some timey-wimeyness. (Show runner and head writer Steven Moffat seems to love using time travel as a plot point instead of simply as a method to bring the Doctor from one adventure to the next. It can get to be a bit much.) As much as I…
  • World Fantasy, Here I Come!

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:15 pm
    After being trapped on the wait list for a bit, I am now officially attending the World Fantasy Convention in Washington, DC this November! Woohoo! I can’t wait to see everyone! Big thanks to Simon Strantzas for agreeing to let me be his roommie, too. I’ll update as soon as I know if and when I’m on programming, doing a reading, etc. Originally published at Nicholas Kaufmann. You can comment here or there.
  • An Evening with Laird Barron, Nicholas Kaufmann, and L.A. Kornetsky

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Don’t miss this big event on Wednesday, October 1st, at 7 PM! Come hear me, Shirley Jackson Award-winning author Laird Barron, and L.A. Kornetsky (a.k.a. Nebula Award-nominated author Laura Anne Gilman) read from our latest works at WORD in Greenpoint, Brooklyn! Books will be available for purchase and signing! For more information, visit WORD’s website. Also, to find out where else I’ll be reading and signing this fall, check out this schedule. Originally published at Nicholas Kaufmann. You can comment here or there.
  • Amazon Knows I Exist!

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    Now this is unexpected! A friend of mine received an email from Amazon with the subject line Nicholas Kaufmann’s New Book and this in the body of the email: Weeeeeeeeeee! Originally published at Nicholas Kaufmann. You can comment here or there.
  • Doctor Who: “Listen”

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Wow, I really, really liked this episode. That’s four Doctor Who episodes in a row I’ve liked. Is it possible season 8 is the uptick in quality that many of us have been craving since the mostly awful seasons 5-7? I mean, I even liked “Listen” despite its divisive and controversial ending, which I will get to. But it’s hard to talk about this episode without getting into spoilers, so… **MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! CONSIDER YOURSELF WARNED!** Where to begin? There is an incredibly well-done feeling of dread and mystery that hangs over the entire episode,…
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    Dear Sweet Filthy World

  • "And drowning is no sin."

    greygirlbeast
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The weather is not unpleasant today. It was considerably less unpleasant before I realized that this is the last day of Green Autumn (some other parts of the world might have Summer), that tomorrow is the equinox. I have no idea why my Wiccan acquaintances are calling today Mabon, by the way. Because tomorrow is the equinox. This is one reason why I made such a lousy Wiccan. I needed things to make sense.I was up at the uncommonly early hour of 10:30 a.m.I keep waiting for Peter Capaldi to click, and he keeps not clicking. Last night we watched "Time Heist," and it was a muddled, chaotic mess…
  • "If again the seas are silent..."

    greygirlbeast
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    It's cloudy, but at least the wind isn't blowing today. The wind here makes me want to crawl under the bed.Nothing was written yesterday, though I did try. I have a title that may or may not grow into anything: "Little Red Cap in the Hall of the Yellow King." I think it probably sounds better than "Rotkäppchen in Carcosa," but I might be wrong.Please note: We're getting eBay back up and running. And every winning bidder gets a FREE Alabaster "Because Bird" pin. Also, the same deal applies to sales from Spooky's Etsy shop, while my limited supply lasts.The page proofs for Rasin' Hell arrived.
  • "Summer I was fearless."

    greygirlbeast
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    It's cold in my office. Actually cold. And I'm dreading dragging the space heater out. We've reached that point when the weather's too cold to open the window and still be comfortable, so I'm trapped with stale air and skies that are too blue. There's sunlight, but even the stingy warmth of a New England summer is fading from it.And I'm not getting anything written. And I'm running out of time.It's a tiresome and familiar refrain; I'm sick of hearing it.On Wednesday, we drove down to Spooky's parents' place in South County, had questionable Chinese takeout, and watched all of the most recent…
  • "I thought I heard the captain's voice. It's hard to listen while you preach."

    greygirlbeast
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    Okay, so, here's the state of My Little Ring-Tailed Lemur World:1. On Sunday, I wrote 1,011 words on "Protoreaster nodosus (NYC 2014)" and realized that it's broken and needs to be gutted and reworked. It is, in fact, two short stories trying to be one. There's a story I was working on in, I think, December, "Oranges from Africa," and part of that story has made it's way into this story, and I can't see it working. And I don't have time right now to rip apart "Protoreaster nodosus (NYC 2014)" and try to rework it. This is why I don't rewrite. It's always, always earlier to just start over,…
  • "The city sunset over me."

    greygirlbeast
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    We've had our first cold snap, on the heels of my return from Alabama and summer. On the one hand, the cold makes me sleepy; on the other, it makes it hard for me to actually sleep. The sky is that shade of blue today. I haven't left the house since Thursday.Yesterday, "Protoreaster nodosus (NYC 2014)" finally seemed to gain some momentum. I wrote 1,022 words.Alabaster fans take note: If you attended San Diego Comic Con this year and happened to stop by the Dark Horse booths, you might have been lucky enough to pick up one of these buttons. Designed by me, produced by Dark Horse, I have a few…
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    Mindy Klasky - Virtual Cocktails

  • A Call to Retreat

    Mindy Klasky
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    I just spent the weekend at a writers retreat, and it was sheer, unadulterated heaven. Once upon a time, I used to sandwich writing time in between all the other aspects of my professional life.  I woke up at 4:30 in the morning to write before going into the law office.  I sat at ergonomically torturous hotel desks late at night after long days on the road as a librarian.  I hoarded my vacation time, and I used those “free” days to write, write, write. Now, writing is my day job.  I write all day every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (and I do career support activities all day…
  • The Best Sort of Theater

    Mindy Klasky
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    Make that “the best sort of ‘theatre’” because virtually every acting company in DC that has the-a-ter in its name uses the British spelling…Friday evening, we headed downtown for Studio Theatre’s (see?) production of BELLEVILLE by Amy Herzog.  Why, yes, you might have noted we shifted our subscription to Saturday matinees.  Why, yes, you might have noted that a Friday night is not a Saturday matinee.  Why, yes, you might have noted that when the schedule arrived, we had a conflict for “our” Saturday — and for every other…
  • Is It Fanfic If It’s a Classic?

    Mindy Klasky
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    This post talks about Daphne du Maurier’s REBECCA and Charlotte Bronte’s JANE EYRE.  If you haven’t read both and you don’t want to be spoiled on the endings, then stop reading right now.  (But really.  They’ve both been around for long enough that if you don’t know the ending and worry about spoilerage, I really hope you’re fifteen or younger ) So…  Last night, we watched the 1940 movie of REBECCA, which I’d never seen before.  I was amused to see how clearly I remembered the book — down to most of the dialog.  The first time…
  • Feeling a Little Wicked?

    Mindy Klasky
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Amazingly enough, FROM LEFT FIELD wasn’t the only book released this past Tuesday!  I am absolutely thrilled to announce the publication of Deborah Blake’s first novel, WICKEDLY DANGEROUS! Deborah was one of my first editing clients, years back.  Over time, we’ve become good friends (we regularly write emails to each other that are longer than most novels!)  Deborah has a long career as a non-fiction writer, publishing a variety of pagan-related books with Llewellyn.  WICKEDLY DANGEROUS draws on that background in magic, but Deborah has added a marvelous unique touch,…
  • Sad, Sad Truths

    Mindy Klasky
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    The Hobbit might be the most important book in my life.  It’s the book that introduced me to adult (more or less) fantasy fiction.  It opened the door to The Lord of the Rings.  It made me start my first novel (a horrible fanfic-y tangle of a book, started with my best friend in eighth grade, and the less said about that, the better.) I recently re-read The Hobbit, and I was pleasantly surprised to see how well it held up.  I laughed at bits of humor (the dwarves’ staged approach to Beorn’s house, for example), and I enjoyed Bilbo’s clever solutions (shutting the…
 
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    Mary Robinette Kowal

  • My Favorite Bit: Dru Pagliassotti talks about CLOCKWORK SECRETS: HEAVY FIRE

    Beth Bernier
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dru Pagliassotti is joining us today with her novel Clockwork Secrets: Heavy Fire. Here’s the publisher’s description. The final book in the Clockwork Heart trilogy. Framed for regicide and trapped on a ship crippled by enemy fire, Taya and Ondinium’s diplomatic contingent seem helpless to prevent the well-engineered war their enemies have put into motion. While Alzanan and Demican armies march across Ondinium’s borders, Taya and her husband fight airborne battles from the tropical islands of the Cabisi Thassalocracy to the war-ravaged mountains of Alzana. When Taya falls…
  • My Favorite Bit: Beth Cato talks about THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER

    Beth Bernier
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Beth Cato is joining us today with her novel The Clockwork Dagger. Here’s the publisher’s description. Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened. Suddenly, she is caught…
  • Video: Sesame Street does a Star Wars parody.

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
      The post Video: Sesame Street does a Star Wars parody. appeared first on Mary Robinette Kowal.
  • I showed this picture on Facebook and no one seemed to notice who I was talking to…

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:27 pm
    You know… The lanky guy on the left of the photo. Maybe he looks familiar? He seemed like a nice fellow, so I gave him a cameo appearance in Glamour in Glass. The post I showed this picture on Facebook and no one seemed to notice who I was talking to… appeared first on Mary Robinette Kowal.
  • Silent film of the 1916 French Bayonet Championships

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    Ghost Talkers, the book I’m currently working on (not the next one out) is set in 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. So this… this is amazing. (Hat tip to Sigrid Ellis) The post Silent film of the 1916 French Bayonet Championships appeared first on Mary Robinette Kowal.
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    Justine Larbalestier

  • The Habit of Getting Ideas and Turning Them into Story

    Justine
    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

    Justine
    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

    Justine
    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

    Justine
    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…
  • No Bestselling Women’s Fiction Book Club This Month

    Justine
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Due to a terrible combination of deadlines, travelling, illness and other assorted calamaties Kate Elliott and myself will not be doing the book club this month. We’re bummed about it too. But life she threw too much at us this month. We will be back in September to discuss Han Suyin’s A Many-Splendored Thing (1952). This is the first out of print book that we’ll be reading. I haven’t been able to find an ebook edition either. It’s truly out of print. Start putting it on hold at your library now. You can see the schedule for the rest of the year here. That…
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    SF and Nonsense

  • The romance of physics

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    I recently streamed from Netflix (Amazon Video offers it, too) the 2013 science documentary Particle Fever. It's foremost about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), decades in the making, arguably the largest and most complex machine ever constructed by mankind. The movie is also about the long hunt for the elusive Higgs boson and the wondrous things that this elementary particle's discovery (and its specific properties, once fully characterized) might portend. Literally awe inspiringIt's about the Standard Model of Particle Physics, one of the most successful theories in the history of science,…
  • Lock In

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    The past week has been crazy busy for me -- and the next week(s) looks to be no different. I won't bore you with the details (or relive them myself). Instead, I'll share a little about the terrific novel with which I've unwound the past few evenings. You'll get sucked inJohn Scalzi's latest novel, Lock In, is a little bit of many things. But before the characterization, the set-up. In the near future a plague strikes, but rather than another zombie apocalypse, in a minority of cases -- still numbered in the millions -- the patients become entirely paralyzed. Not only can't they move, they…
  • The WWW (wild wacky world) of publishing

    2 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    I don't care what subject material is involved, publishing is an interesting business. Even if an author is wholly committed to self publishing (I haven't yet gone down that road), it's a business to which he must pay attention.Hugh Howey is an author who is, at least in large part, committed to self-publishing -- and he's been very successful at it. (If his name isn't familiar, check out his dystopian novel Wool. It's excellent.) A few months back Howey posted an interesting essay contrasting the economics of self-publishing with that of traditional publishing. His essay opens:It’s no…
  • If it seems too good to be true ...

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    At the end of July news sites offered many breathless articles about a new space drive. And three weeks later? Not so much.This, from Wired on July 31, was typical: "Nasa validates 'impossible' space drive." Or this, from ExtremeTech on August 1, "NASA tests ‘impossible’ no-fuel quantum space engine – and it actually works."The (supposed) space drive at issue bounces microwaves around a specially shaped chamber, and in the process is said (somehow) to produce a net thrust in one direction. The nature of the impossibility? That the drive -- if it works as advertised -- violates…
  • Biological bits and bites

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    Biology never ceases to amaze -- or, at least, to amaze me. How so? Life is hardier and more innovative than it's often given credit for. We humans included.Time-traveling mossTo take one recent example, "Frozen 1,500-Year-Old Antarctic Moss Revived." Moss, as lowly as it might seem, is still multi-cellular. Its ability to withstand long-term freezing is a Big Deal.Who knows? That wacky moss may offer clues how to freeze and revive people (outside of Futurama, that is). Some form of cold sleep is one way humanity might someday colonize the stars.This moss can  claim credit for…
 
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    The Days Are Just Packed

  • 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…
  • Announcing the release of "Up and Running with VI" at lynda.com

    3 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    When I visited video training company lynda.com in April to record AWK Essential Training, the producer noticed that I was using the vi text editor and mentioned that they didn't currently have a course on that... would I be interested in creating one? I was, and I did, and it is now available to all lynda.com members: Up and Running with VI. If you aren’t a member, you can watch five of the videos in the course for free at http://www.lynda.com/vi-tutorials/Up-Running-vi/170336-2.html.Here’s Lynda’s description of the course: "Although other text editors may be easier to use, vi is…
  • Portland Film Festival this week

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The second annual Portland Film Festival began yesterday (August 26) and continues through September 1, with a fantastic smorgasbord of feature films, short films, panel discussions; workshops for filmmakers, writers, and actors; and opportunities for networking, scattered all over downtown Portland.I will be moderating a panel discussion on Saturday (1:30-3:00 at the 5th Avenue Cinema) on "Science Fiction, Film and Technology" with Ted Chiang, Daniel H. Wilson, and more! I'll also be attending as many of the writing workshops as I can manage. It's a busy schedule.Other program items of…
  • London days 6-9, Toronto, and home

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    Tue 8/19 - LondonStep count: 11,702Awake 7:57 just before 8:00 alarm. Breakfast (yogurt and muesli) with Lise Eisenberg. Packed up. Twitter DM from Mary Robinette Kowal: coffee? But, alas, it didn't pan out. Checked out, called for cab. Settled in for 20-minute wait, but then a cab pulled up so we canceled the first. Great view on cab ride of Shard beyond Tower of London. The Arosfa hotel (it's a Welsh word meaning "a place to stay") has a lovely sitting room and friendly staff; the room is tiny but clean and well-furbished. (Yes, autocorrect, I did mean "furbished" and not "furnished." Look…
  • London days 2-5

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Fri 8/15 - LondonStep count: 8,976Awake 7:30 before 8:00 alarm. Had a breakfast never seen before in human history: Greek yogurt and Cocoa Puffs -- an experiment that will not be repeated. Thinking about the fact that I would have to speak for 15 minutes solo about Orphan Black, decided to write up some notes for it; this took about an hour. Wandered exhibit hall for a bit; had lunch with Vylar Kaftan. Orphan Black presentation went well, I think (did get several compliments on it later in the con). Talked with Nancy McClure after the panel, and made a lunch date for tomorrow. Ran into Kate,…
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    Paul Levinson's Infinite Regress

  • Ray Donovan 2.11: Out of Control

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:05 pm
    If Ray has one problem, it's his temper - and the way it's provoked whenever Mickey's involved.Take tonight's episode 2.11, for example.   The last thing Ray needs is to be in police custody. Cookie's a threat to Bridget, Kate's about to write a story that will hang him, and what does Ray do? He goes at Mickey a second time, a few seconds after the cops warned him to cool it and he assured them he was all right.But Ray's also been out of control with Kate.   Not that he should kill her, as Ezra wants, pursuant to the Yiddish principle of Rodef that no one ever heard of, including…
  • Outlander 1.7: Tender Intertemporal Polygamy

    20 Sep 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Another outstanding episode - 1.7 - of Outlander, for reasons almost completely the opposite of last week's powerful episode.   In place of the beatings and brutality meted out by Black Jack to Jamie and Claire, we get Claire and Jamie together, before, during, and the night after they are married.And what an exquisite portrait it was.  They make love at least four times - providing quadruple ratification of their marriage for all concerned - and each time was a delicate and passionate sight to behold.   As Claire has been throughout her relationship so far with Jamie, and…
  • Hell on Wheels 4.8: Aftermath and Rebound

    20 Sep 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Hell on Wheels 4.8 brought us the aftermath of Cullen's mercy killing of Elam last week.   But other than Cullen's explaining that the Elam he killed wasn't the Elam he and we all knew, we got little more of Elam tonight.  That book is closed.One delayed result of what happened last week is Naomi going back to her father and her community.   Cullen catches up with her on the trail, but he decides not to stay with her and their son after one night back in her Mormon home.   She's understandably not completely optimistic when he vows that he'll return.But with Elam gone and…
  • Ray Donovan 2.10: Scorching

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Ray Donovan has just been scorching on Showtime these past few episodes, firing and burning on all cylinders since the killing of Marvin Gaye Washington, which itself was a superb episode, coupling the beauty of the duet between Marvin and Bridget with Marvin's brutal murder that Bridget witnessed.That's still the main problem Ray has to address, with Cookie the killer breathing down his family's necks, and Abby only making things worse by bringing her police detective lover into this, and now priming him to take out Cookie.   That can't end well for either man, and my guess is the…
  • Boardwalk Empire 5.2: Joe Kennedy

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr - father of JFK, Robert F. Kennedy, Teddy, and a family of people who helped shape and change the second part of the 20th century - was something of a rogue in his younger days, mixing bootlegging and high financing to establish his economic and political fortune.  A perfect character, therefore, to be brought into Boardwalk Empire in its final season, situated, other than the flashbacks, in 1931.We don't see all that much of Joe in episode 5.2, but there's magic in the scene between him and Nucky, when Nucky says "Mr. Kennedy".   And Nucky has a lot of other…
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    Holly Lisle: Official Author Homepage »

  • A nice wordpress theme for authors, briefly free

    Holly
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    Tweet One of my students, Kathryn Kistner, found this. It’s a very attractive WordPress theme designed specifically for writers. I have no idea how “limited time” this is, but the theme is free now, and will be $35 when it returns to being pain. I’m passing on the recommendation. You can check it out here: http://originalthemes.co/author/free/
  • My Letter on the Open Internet to Chairman Wheeler

    Holly
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    Tweet We have a chance right now to speak up on either sanctioning or protesting the creation of second-class citizens on the internet. I chose to protest. Thursday, September 11, 2014 Dear Chairman Wheeler, As someone who built my first personal website back in 1996, and who built my first internet business about ten years later, I’d like to suggest that the Internet is the most valuable source of information and understanding on the planet. My writing students take my classes from all parts of the world, and from every continent except Antarctica—and I’d happily give a…
  • Best motivational video I’ve seen in a while

    Holly
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Tweet The sound is not great…but the truth in this is. This is how I made it. This is how I STILL make it, every single day.
  • SUZEE DELIGHT is LIVE!

    Holly
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:31 am
    Tweet Took longer than I planned, but THE SELLING OF SUZEE DELIGHT: Tales From The Longview Episode 2, is now live and available here.
  • Super-Snippet: The Selling of Suzee Delight—all three scenes of CHAPTER ONE

    Holly
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    Tweet Tales from The Longview, Episode 2: The Selling of Suzee Delight All rightee. Deep breath for me, here. Just got finished putting THE SELLING OF SUZEE DELIGHT, Tales from The Longview: Episode 2, up on Amazon. It should go live tomorrow at some point, and when it does, I’ll send out notices. I love this story. I cannot believe how much I love this story. It kept shifting and changing on me, getting bigger not just in length, but in what it means to me personally. In the end, after more revisions than I’ve done on a story in years, because my editor (a.k.a. my husband Matt)…
 
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  • Viewster Online Film Festival

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

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

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

    llowe
    29 Nov 2013 | 1:27 am
    A short excerpt from Over Which Scavenger Angels, my current novel-in-progress.* Lily, one of the main characters, is a photographer, at least on this world. After ringing her cleaner, Lily packed an overnight bag, some sandwiches, and a bottle of decent Merlot. And then went back to the kitchen for a packet of prunes. Recently, [...]
  • Hallberg’s Early Humans

    llowe
    25 Nov 2013 | 8:48 pm
    There’s been quite a bit of hype lately about Garth Risk Hallberg’s forthcoming debut novel City on Fire, and since million-dollar deals are a grand way to inspire envy in the breast (or maybe belly) of lesser mortals, and make the day’s work impossible for writers plagued by doubt and uncertainty (who, me?), yesterday I [...]
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    Nick Mamatas

  • Story 101

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    The ebook/print magazine Lamplight, Vol. 3, no. 1, which we could say specializes in a more "quiet" horror, contains my 101st sold short story, "Burning Stones.""Burning Stones" isn't my 101st published story, as I have several stories contracted and paid for that have yet to be published, and it's not my 101st story because I have several stories currently aging like fine cheese in slush piles here and there, and it isn't my 101st acceptance because several of my stories have been multiply reprinted, but "101st sold" is accurate. (The 100th sold was "On the Occasion of My Requirement", but…
  • And Now You Will Suffer

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    Last night, when the NO votes had it, many people were saying that the vote was so close that of course Westminster could not ignore the disaffected Scots. In response, I tweeted:You can't just ignore the million people who want to leave the country—you have to take revenge upon them!— Nick Mamatas (@NMamatas) September 19, 2014The feeling is that many NO people did not vote for the status quo ante, but for devolution or increased local powers, which were promised in a heartfelt "vow" by the leaders of the three major parties. Anyway, this morning after the results that showed a…
  • Thursday Quick Notes

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    I, for one, look forward to the destruction of the United Kingdom. YES. The polls are open, so it's a little late to discuss it now, but for the curious I'd recommend this pro-independence site.Here's a brief Q/A with me, which reads, in part: How would you describe your career thus far? In five words?“Oh my God, failed again!”Facebook's new satire tag has not escaped irony:Olivia has started a Tumblr about the board books she reads to Oliver. It's called Book Bonding and involves aesthetic review, personal anecdotes (look for appearances by me and Kazzie!), and discussion of child…
  • Some things to sell you

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    My latest dayjob anthology Phantasm Japan is in stores now. Our last anthology received a slew of award nominations and reprinted story, and "Mono No Aware" by Ken Liu won the Hugo, so why not get in on the ground floor of this one and buy a copy today? Huh, huh? This one even includes some illustrations in the final novella.The Under My Roof movie continues with this casting call: Under My RoofFeature Film | Non-Union | Starts: Nov 11, 2014 | Filming in: San Diego, CA, California, United States Interesting to see that there's no call for "Tessa", a character who appeared in the last draft of…
  • Do you enjoy crawling like worms beneath British boots?

    13 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
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    Not A Blog

  • Birthday of the Beast

    20 Sep 2014 | 4:39 pm
    66 today.Gak.Dare I eat a peach?
  • Coolness at the Cocteau

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    We had a great event at the Jean Cocteau Cinema last week, when Dennis Lehane came by to present his new movie, THE DROP.   A fun interview, a busy booksigning, and a sold-out screening... everybody went away smiling, and Dennis seemed to enjoy his first visit to the Land of Enchantment, and promises to come back one of these days.  He also signed a lot of stock for us, so if any of you out there are looking for an autographed copy of MYSTIC RIVER, SHUTTER ISLAND, THE GIVEN DAY, THE DROP, or any of Lehane's titles, contact the cinema.The Cocteau schedule for this week will…
  • Barf

    14 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Life is miserable and full of pain.Giants look utterly wretched.  A few good plans from JPP, and maybe we have a new TE emerging.  Nothing else good can be said.  They were humiliated by the Cardinals, with a backup QB.  C'mon.Jets took a 21-3 lead and still figured out a way to piss it away.  Harassed Aaron Rodgers and sacked him repeatedly, still allowed him to complete the big passes and runs when it counted.  Geno, meanwhile, put up some nice stats early on, but can never seem to make the key throw when the game is on the line.  Well, no, to be fair,…
  • Lehane Drops By

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:24 pm
    If you love great writing... great movies... great books... you'll want to be at the Jean Cocteau Cinema this Saturday.   We've got another amazing event lined up for those of you in Santa Fe and its suburbs (you know, Los Alamos, Espanola, Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, Albuquerque), and any lucky tourists passing through.  DENNIS LEHANE will be here, and he's bringing THE DROP.If you don't know Lehane... well, what rock have you been hiding under?  He's the author of GONE BABY GONE, MYSTIC RIVER, and SHUTTER ISLAND, all of which have been made into terrific…
  • NFL Week One

    8 Sep 2014 | 11:11 pm
    The Jets won and the Giants lost, but I can't even say the glass is half full.The Jets win was over the Oakland Raiders.  A lot of the commentators on the sports channels seem to think the Raiders may be the worst team in the league this year... and yet the Jets bared squeaked out the win.  Their defense looked stout, and they dominated, but the offense kept shooting themselves in the foot.  WAY too many penalties, and while Geno had his moments, he also had two fumbles and an interception, which suggests he going to be a turnover machine once again.  I am still not…
 
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    Dogslandia

  • I have neither read nor seen the "Maze Runner" thing going around...

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    It is a movie based on a book, and I haven't seen the movie, nor have I read the book. Another movie has arrived, apparently, where deadly competition is a metaphor for high school matriculation. I would prefer not to see that, again. Frankly, once you see these projects as all part of the same metrically-calculated metaphoric moneymaker, it's hard to appreciate them, at all.My own MAZE is not about competition, but cooperation against the darkness and the unknown.Adulthood has been very confusing. I think I lost my way a few times, and losing my way became the right path to follow. There is…
  • Apparently a company exists to promote kickstarter? *snorts*

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    I got this email from a company that claims to boost kickstarters by 1300%. They send a super special press release to Reuters, The AP, and "10 hand-picked high traffic blogs".Yeah, how do you prove that number in a crowdfunding business model? Comparing different projects? Ones where some are deep social networks and others aren't? Some where some on is deeply professional and others aren't?And... uh... Reuters isnt exactly in the business of covering weird art projects on the internet. That is not their business. The AP, also, is a little busy with real world tragedies for weird art…
  • Kickstarting

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Howdy Internet,https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/284064794/straggletaggleGo there. Pledge support. Receive rewards.It isn't potato salad, and I don't think my books will ever be as popular as potato salad, but it is a book, and it is written, and it is edited, and it is sitting in a file folder, ready to be released into the world. In the past, with publishers, preordering has been a bit of a fiasco. People who pre-ordered often got their books weeks later than people who just waited until the official release date and bought it then. As a guy in my house with two jobs, I don't actually…
  • General Announcement

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    Deep in the business of working and writing and seasonal cleaning and yardworkery, I have only a moment to spare for this announcement."Paul and His Son," which is part of the same novel that "Dolores, Big and Strong" came out of, is going to be in Asimov's someday soon. It is about buying illegal drugs to medicate a child who technically needs no medication a few short steps into the future. Paul, Jr will run away again. He always does.Also, I have received approval from the folks at Kickstarter for my little campaign for Straggletaggle. I am not ready to bang all the drums, but that day is…
  • thinking about cities 8...

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The minimum amount of agricultural land necessary for sustainable food security, with a diversified diet similar to those of North America and Western Europe (hence including meat), is 0.5 of a hectare per person. This does not allow for any land degradation such as soil erosion, and it assumes adequate water supplies. Very few populous countries have more than an average of 0.25 of a hectare. It is realistic to suppose that the absolute minimum of arable land to support one person is a mere 0.07 of a hectare–and this assumes a largely vegetarian diet, no land degradation or water…
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  • KES, 140

    Robin
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
      ONE FORTY “WHAT?” I said again. I tried to lower my voice.  “What hasn’t happened in a long time?”  I wanted to know, but I wanted to get away from the armful of naked woman remark as fast as possible too.  I was shivering harder, in spite of the blanket (or cape), shivering hard enough that my wounded leg was threatening to give way again.  You are not going to cave on me, I said to it—telepathy ought to be possible with your own body parts—and tried surreptitiously to press one hand against the thigh of that leg to stop the knee buckling.  I didn’t want Murac…
  • Backlist, addendum

    Robin
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:16 pm
      PamAdams ‘Pavlova, drag these boxes of books up the stairs for Mommy, please.’ ::falls down laughing:: Now why didn’t I think of that?  She’s got both the legs sprung of extra-supreme-alloy and the jaws of death.*  We could have done it together. It could have been a bonding experience.** However. It wasn’t.  And at least this means there are no teeth marks on the books. And yes, I finished carrying the last monster boxes upstairs yesterday although I admit I unpacked the three heaviest*** and took them up in armfuls. ME is a weird disease. I have no idea why I was…
  • The backlist came home today

    Robin
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:06 pm
      All 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 boxes of it. I should know, I shifted all of them. I am a HEROINE.  Peter says so.  I am a heroine having a nice little quarter bottle of champagne.*  I’m kind of assuming I won’t get out of bed at all tomorrow** because all my muscles will have gone paralytic*** as well as the ME saying, you did WHAT? Lie down,† but tonight I am aglow with virtue and a certain amount of astonishment.  I’m still half spazzing with adrenaline so I thought I could tell you about how amazing I am. Everything went wrong really early when I had a…
  • KES, 139

    Robin
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:16 pm
      ONE THIRTY NINE   . . . I was drowning. The Black Tower had turned into a waterfall as it stooped over me and . . . I gagged and tried to turn my head—no, something was in my way—the water was too strong for me, it beat me back, pounded against my closed eyes, forced its way down my throat . . . Through the roaring in my ears I heard someone shouting. I was stupid with dying (again) and at first it sounded like gibberish . . . although I thought fuzzily that I heard the recently-familiar word azogging . . . more gibberish . . . but then, absolutely clearly, and articulated…
  • Two Years Later

    Robin
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
      Twelve September Fourteen!  Today is the second anniversary of my turning Christian. YAAAAY JESUS.* How time flies. Or no . . . has it only been two years?  Eh.  I suppose the Big Transcendent Being figures he/she/it/they have to get their skates on with someone—that is, human**—about to turn sixty which I was, two years ago.  I’m having kind of a cruddy ME day today*** so it’s been giving me maybe way too much time to think, in a fuzzy, uh, blah, wha’? sort of way, and whatever it looks like from the front row of the blog, especially with my smoke-and-mirrors routine…
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  • In Work: Socks Again

    11 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    Here's an image of the socks mentioned in the previous post.  As usual, the green doesn't look right, but the other colors do, so...imagine a rich, intense emerald green with that royal blue.Both blue and green socks are on the gusset decreases but not far along. One shows the heel reinforcement pattern they both have.  The feet of these will be striped in emerald green and royal blue because--not enough royal blue to finish.  (It's not a bug; it's a feature.)   I hope to finish the gusset decreases today and get on to the race for the toes.As soon as…
  • Brief Sock Report

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:55 pm
    The royal blue socks (Ella rae Classic #79) survived heel turns and heel flap stitch pickup this evening and one of them is reconnected properly, now a row down on the gusset decreases.  The other is still inhabited by four #5 dpns and two #4s (that I use to pick up stitches) but I haven't knit the re-connect row yet.  The feet will have to be striped; I don't have enough royal blue yarn.  I do have plenty of emerald green leftover stuff from previous green socks, and I could throw in a bit of the hand-painted variegated blue as well.  Or maybe purple. …
  • Better Late Than Never? You Decide

    9 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    This should be the Dragon*Con post that was supposed to be written last Monday night or Tuesday morning, except I came home sick, quickly acquired a mouthful of ulcers (still there, some of them, drat it), a fever, a raging sore throat, runny nose, aches...the usual (except for the feeling that someone had run a blowtorch past my lips and the inside of my mouth hurt all over.)   This is the aftermath post, in which I try to remember all the good things (and there were lots of good things) through the fog of the intervening week of blech, and the illness that's still hanging on…
  • A comment on comments

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    Weeks ago, following a link on twitter, I read a post suggesting that comments  be eliminated from most online posts.   When I looked further, I found other articles on the same topic, pointing in the same direction.  Here's one from Matt Gemmell's blog in early 2012,  (it links to a previous blog of his, but I chose this one because he gives the response to his "no more comments" post by other bloggers, with their reasons for retaining or ending comments on their own blogs, and his interpretation of their reasoning.   It's not the one…
  • And home...

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    But this will be very brief.   I have con-crud: sore throat, cough, runny nose, aches, fever, the usual.  Lots to say, but not the energy to say it.   I will fill this in later.  Back to bed.
 
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  • Thursday Evening MangaKast

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Yep, because I KNOW you've all been waiting... mangakast.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/25-barrel-of-monkeysIt's been a long week around the Morehouse/Rounds house.  There's been a lot of struggle over Algebra (made harder tonight by the absence of Mama) and me, working every day Monday through Friday.  Since they're in the process of a replacement for a position, I'm going to be doing it again next week Tuesday through Thursday.Such is the working life!
  • Ms. Marvel #8

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Because my friend Naomi is made of awesome, she loaned me the most recent Ms. Marvel (#8)   As I said in my previous post, I was a little leery of the introduction of this big guy, Lockjaw. But, I have to say, I thought he was handled deftly (insomuch as anyone can "handle" Lockjaw, as it were.)  In this issue, Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel is still searching for clues about her arch-enemy "The Inventor."  Things that I can say that are non-spoilery are that Kamala seems to be settling into the sort of regular business of superhero-ing.  There isn't…
  • A Front Row Seat to WRITING PROCESS

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
     And... it's a bit messy.  This is my way of saying that I've had some epiphanies about my work-in-progress, but since I'm writing this 'out loud' I'm having to wrestle the plot back under control in a very public way.  Still, I think this whole thing is kind of valuable.  I mean, how often do you, as a reader, get a chance to watch a writer figuring a novel out as she goes along?  I feel like this is clunky, but it will be interesting to see what my regular readers make of it.  Because, maybe, it's not as obvious as I feel it is.  It's hard to say.  Go…
  • Monday, Monday...

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    I'm working this whole week at the Roseville Library from 9am to 1pm... which is kind of both awesome and a bummer.  Obviously, the money is awesome and, honestly, Roseville is one of my favorite libraries to work at.  I like the people and it's always busy enough to keep me hopping and the time flying by.  The bummer is that this is the week that my collaborator Rachel had off to work on our joint project, I'm pretty much going to be unavailable to help get things launch-ready except in the evenings.  But, I try to remind myself I used to work like that all the time…
  • More Manga Review

    13 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    In my quest to find a new weekly manga to review for our podcast, I keep stumbling into EVEN MORE monthly manga that I enjoy. The latest one is a futuristic, action-adventure manga called Hitogatana. My review is posted here: http://mangakast.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/hitogatana-chapters-1-21-a-review/The short of it is that I liked it... A LOT.There are a couple of really cool female characters and I love the premise of fighting teams with mech, "katana," that they download their consciousness into.Weirdly, the next one I stumbled into that I seem to be reading? A shojo (girls')…
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  • committing epic

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    I’m working on my epic fantasy proposal. The other day I was whining to Michelle Sagara that epic was hard and I was rambling and meandering and babbling and boring all the readers to tears, I could just tell… …and she said, “So: in other words, you’re writing.” *laughs* Yeah, well. I’m writing. And I’m used to writing urban fantasy, which is quite fast-paced, so I went into this kinda thinking “yeah okay first major beat will probably be around 5K words” and now I’m 16.3K in and, er, still several thousand words away from it.
  • “I’ve always wanted to write a book!”

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    At the cafe this morning, people were talking w/site manager about market space. I was listening in & they noticed. Manager says “She’s writing a book!” One immediately says “I have a great first line for a book: ‘I’ve a terrible secret.’ Isn’t that great? You could get a whole book deal off that!” I thought, “Uh, no you couldn’t,” and I *said* “So what’s the secret?” She said “You don’t find out at the end! Keep them for the second book!” …right then. Then they asked for my…
  • Kitsnaps: Old Man Orangutan

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    I love both of these pictures individually, but I think together they’re just about perfect. :) Share this:(x-posted from The Essential Kit)
  • Kitsnaps: Old Man Orangutan

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    I love both of these pictures individually, but I think together they’re just about perfect. :) Share this:(x-posted from The Essential Kit)
  • & that’s a wrap

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    I’ve just finished up the copy edits on STONE’S THROE, my Spirit of the Century pulp fiction novel for Evil Hat Productions. I believe it’ll be out to the backers in quite short order, and available for general purchase not *too* long after that. I kinda love this book, guys. I think you will too. It’s full of ridiculous good swoopy pulpy fun, and I’m really glad I got a chance to write it. And now I am going to go do the Ice Cream Dance of Celebration! :) Share this:(x-posted from The Essential Kit)
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  • Fantasy Con in York

    Philip Palmer
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:57 am
      Just got the schedule for this year’s Fantasy Con up in York.  It looks terrific, and I firmly intend to turn up for all the events and talks, rather than lingering in the bar like, er, I usually do at these events. Charlaine Harris is one of the Guests of Honour, together with Kate Elliott, Toby Whithouse and Larry Rostant.  And Graham Joyce, a wonderful writer and a delightful, vivid man, will be Master of Ceremonies. I love York – I spent some time teaching up there a few years ago and fell in love with its old streets and haunted pubs, and its magnificent Minster.
  • Red and Blue Two

    Philip Palmer
    17 Aug 2013 | 8:09 am
    Bradley Shoreham returns!!!!   ACOUSTIC: THE CYBER SUITE IN PEMBERLEY FINANCE A ROOM FULL OF ‘TECHIES’ HARD AT WORK; TYPING ON COMPUTERS.  CHIEF GEEK TOBY DRISCOLL IS IN CHARGE. BRADLEY: (VOICEOVER) My name is Bradley Shoreham. I used to be a soldier.  Now I work for a large private company that runs wargames. MORE TYPING; FAINT BREATHING. BRADLEY: (VOICEOVER): I spent years as a wargame exercise writer in the army.  I created a number of major exercises, including a mock conflict between Turkey and Kurdistan which threatened to become a Third World War.  The simulation of wars…
  • March to Time

    Philip Palmer
    17 Aug 2013 | 7:29 am
      This is the moment to March to Time… Check out Tony Ballantyne’s mission to save us from the bankers…  
  • Space Fiction

    Philip Palmer
    15 Feb 2013 | 4:52 am
    This Sunday I’ll be travelling to Leicester to take part in the 2 week long Space Fiction event at the National Space Centre. I’ll be giving a talk & reading at 12.15 and signing books later…my fellow John Jarrold authors Chris Beckett and Ian Sales will also be there, and it’ll be great to catch up with them. For more info on our bit of the event, see here. I’ve never actually been to the Space Centre, but it’s an awesome building, by Nicholas Grimshaw. And here’s the schedule for the rest of the festival, including visits by Peter F. Hamilton…
  • Fantasy Con 2012

    Philip Palmer
    28 Sep 2012 | 1:41 am
    Off to Fantasy Con today!  For more details, here’s the website. I’ll be arriving this evening in time for the mass signing.  Then on two panels on Saturday – one on SF: What’s the Bleeding Point? (or something like that) with panellists including Jaine Fenn and James Lovegrove (so far as I can tell, the website has teensy-tiny type.) And then I’ll be moderating a panel on writing for television with gifted guests Stephen Volk, Stephen Gallagher, Muriel Gray and Mark Gatiss in the coveted 1opm slot (to work up a thirst for post 11pm…) Sarah Pinborough…
 
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  • Good Neighbors - Another First World Problem

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    We belong to a homeowners association. When we bought this house, umpty-dump years ago, somewhere in the pile of papers we had to sign was an agreement to abide by the rules of the neighborhood. We signed it, not having a clue what that meant. Not that there was an option, it was mandatory.The association, which hereafter I will refer to uncharitably, was responsible for maintaining the common grounds, the clubhouse and pool, and the standards of the neighborhood. A board of directors was elected by the residents, and said directors issue a newsletter, and tell us the business to…
  • Uh, Well ...

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    I have only just begun going out in musical public with my ukulele. (I don't count classes wherein everybody there brought ukes, but to places where musicians bring mostly other instruments.) And several times, players have wandered over as I was getting set up, looked at my case, which has stickers on the front, including a big one that says "UKE" and said, "That a mandolin?"I talked to a mandolin player at one such outing, and he allowed he had the reverse happen to him. He also mentioned seeing a T-shirt that rather rudely said it was not an ukulele, but a mandolin, and I thought, well, I…
  • Turn it Down

    20 Sep 2014 | 12:54 am
    So, at the most recent electric blues jam, we did an amp check. Dial 'em down, the guy running it said. We got complaints.Great, I thought. I led the first song. I could hear my uke and my voice just fine, and so could most of the other playersBut then, as if by magic, it started getting louder. Electric guitar guys seem to have two settings on their amps, which need eighteen wheelers to haul into wherever they're playing, and the settings are: "Off," and "Eleven ..."I wouldn't be surprised of the ghosts of Jimi and Stevie, wherever they are, had to cover their ears. By the end…
  • Ridin' in Mah Car ...

    14 Sep 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Portland, Oregon, is a lovely town in so many ways. Great place to live, good people, great food, weather not too awful.Lovely town–except, of course, if you have to drive anywhere during rush hour, and especially from one side of the city to the other, in which case, not so lovely.I have occasion to do that now and again, to make the transit from Beaverton to Vancouver, Washington, just across the Columbia River, and it is not a trip I'd wish on anybody I like.Maybe not even on my enemies.It is eighteen miles from Steve's house to the Columbia River bridge, and on most days, the trip…
  • Amp it Up ...

    10 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Roland amps: Cube Street, left; AC 33, right.Having joined the dark side as a gearhead, I have recently upgraded my uke amp. What I had before was Roland's Street Cube, a small modeling amp designed for electric instruments. Has EFX for things like echo, flange, and other distortions. The new amp, the AC 33, is designed for acoustic instruments, and doesn't have that stuff.  Since the uke is acoustic with a pick-up, the dedicated-acoustic amp is a better choice. I don't need the other stuff.If you look at them side by side, you might think the Street Cube is louder and more robust, and…
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  • New York Times - Inside the World of Longsword Fighting - fantastic martial reconstruction

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:02 am
    What a brilliant idea.Longsword enthusiasts are resurrecting ancient sword technique as a modern, organized sport, with timed bouts and complex rules. [source NY TIMES]
  • EyeSys Industries - fake or true - who can we believe?

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:49 pm
    In the following interview, former CIA contractor Steven Kelley states unequivocally that ISIS is a "completely fabricated enemy." Kelly continues on to say "The funding is completely from the United States and its allies and for people to think that this enemy is something that needs to be attacked in Syria or Iraq is a farce because obviously this is something that we create it, we control and only now it has become inconvenient for us to attack this group as a legitimate enemy."Woah, even this bold (public) accusation sounds like a psy-op within a psy-op ... do these cellularised…
  • Speculative fiction - Conspiracy press release - is this a WAR WORLD or a FREE PLANET?

    20 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    if War World vs Free Planet were a football match, the scores would be:Free Planet 2 – War World 2and by that I mean, two of the Free Planet novels and two of the War World novels have been written, edited and published by Chimericana Books. Each book is between 66,000 and 88,000 words, so if these trilogies were to published as one fat paperback each be a whopping 700-page 200,000+ words paperback, which is a nice thought.Here are the scores on the doors so far, converted into relevant Amazon links, click the title below if you're keen on sampling the madness.FREE…
  • official film trailer - 20,000 days on Earth - Nick Cave biopic.

    20 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    new film starring writer, musician and stage performer Nick Cave.Reluctant film star, that's how Nick Cave would have described himself before directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard convinced the lead singer of The Bad Seeds to take on the extremely-central role in their new film 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH.Here's the official trailer:
  • Musical nostalgia moment #3029.751 - Sparks - this town ain't big enough for the both of us

    20 Sep 2014 | 2:06 am
    in later lifeSo, I woke up with this lyrical refrain in my head... ah, Sparks, what a crackin' band they were.Sparks was an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by brothers Ron (keyboards) and Russell Mael (vocals), renamed from Halfnelson, formed in 1968. Known for their quirky approach to songwriting, Sparks' music is often accompanied by intelligent, sophisticated, and acerbic lyrics, and an idiosyncratic, theatrical stage presence, typified in the contrast between Russell's wide-eyed hyperactive frontman antics and Ron's sedentary scowling. They are also noted for Russell…
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  • I keep catching little words but the meaning's thin

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Don't mind me - just closing out the weekend with a brief roundup and update. First, because it's practically the law when you have a new book out (and I apologize for the shilling, I really do) ... here's the usual suspects - when it comes to where you can get Maplecroft and/or where you're welcome to leave reviews. Because I have a mortgage to pay, and kibble to buy - that's why.Maplecroft at AmazonMaplecroft on KindleMaplecroft at iTunesMaplecroft at B&N (Nook and trade paperback)Maplecroft at your local bookseller via IndieBoundMaplecroft at GoodreadsAnd here's recent progress on my…
  • All you have is your fire

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:46 pm
    No word metrics tonight, folks - it just hasn't been that kind of day. Instead, the husband and I tackled the weekly housework...and then we moved on to the yard. We moved on to it hard.Our front yard is always a little bit of a mess, really. It's quite small, and although the husband and I often have a drink on the front porch (especially when it's raining), there's just not much in the way of "outdoor living space." So quite frankly, we tend to sort of forget about it and let it go to hell - concentrating most of our energy on the back yard, where we spend a lot more time.Once in awhile…
  • Heaven and hell were words to me

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Just a quickie tonight, folks - for I probably won't get any writing done tomorrow. And because it's still very much Maplecroft Madness, I'm just gonna leave these links right here...in case oh, say, anyone wanted to order a copy...or perhaps leave a review someplace. [:: cough cough ::]Maplecroft at AmazonMaplecroft on KindleMaplecroft at iTunesMaplecroft at B&N (Nook and trade paperback)Maplecroft at your local bookseller via IndieBoundMaplecroft at GoodreadsSo here's recent progress on my modern gothic ghost story about a salvage crew trapped in a doomed southern mansion - now with a…
  • Calling to join them the wretched and joyful

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Arms. Like. Noodles. But that's what the edger/trimmer does to me, man. If I took it for a spin more often, I'd have the upper body strength of a superhero. OOF.So yes, there's been a little more yardwork - not as much as I would've liked, but I got a late start today. On the upshot, the husband joined in for some of the dirty work, so we got quite a bit done. Not everything, mind you. We'll never truly finish; we'll only surrender. Quoth a lovely friend via twitter: Sisyphus was a gardener.But I finished edging/trimming the front yard, pulled some weeds, and got the old roses pruned and…
  • I'll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Today I took our resident Little Old Lady Cat to the vet for a checkup. Due to her age (about 15-16 years old) she goes every six months, and she raises hell about it every. damn. time.Everything came up clean and healthy, as usual - her weight is steady, everything is normal, and she didn't even get any boosters or blood drawn (that's next visit). HOWEVER. The vet trimmed her nails and cleaned out her ears, so GREAT WAS HER TRAUMA. So great, in fact, that she even permitted the dog to give her a comforting smooch or two.She's actually quite tolerant of him, these days. Sometimes she even…
 
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  • Stuff Magazine too!

    Adam Roberts
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    Very nice.
  • Starburst review Bête

    Adam Roberts
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    ... and it's a doozy. The last three paragraphs: "Graham, as narrator, is a character we can all identify with, a man who knows his flaws and accepts them as part of who he is. It’s a pleasure to read about him and, thanks to the skills of the author, we’re immersed in his journey rather than simply being told about it. There are moments of laugh-out-loud hilarity, yet when Graham feels pain, we feel it too; when he hurts, we hurt along with him, to the point of sharing his sadness. Be warned – there may be tears. As the novel progresses, society inevitably alters and adapts to the new…
  • SFX reviews Bête

    Adam Roberts
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
    Jon Courtenay Grimwood: four and a half stars. I'm delighted; Jon is one of the most astute critics (quite apart from being one of the best writers) of his generation. Over on twitter he said: "pretty sure I said where Professor Roberts and Adam Roberts meet. Certainly meant it." My cup runneth over.
  • The first review of Bête is in.

    Adam Roberts
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    It's always a slightly nerve-wracking time, immediately before and immediately after a novel comes out. Reviews are posted. And must be read. Inevitably, every time you read a new review your heart glollops a bit with fear (after all: maybe this one will be the one that utterly cremates your writing and crushes your butterfly-fluttering soul). Luckily for me, this The List notice of Bête (the first review of the book I've seen) is not too negative: Imagine if your food could talk back to you? That’s the extremely high-concept opener much-decorated sci-fi author and academic Adam Roberts…
  • Ten books

    Adam Roberts
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:56 am
    This meme was circulating on Facebook, and I succumbed: ten books that have 'stayed with me', or had a particularly shaping influence upon me. I'm copying my answers across to here too. The strange thing was, almost as soon as I posted this list to FB I felt (as I noted in the comments, there) 'more than a little nervous, actually. Posting this feels -- weirdly exposing. Like I've given away the key to my soul. Perhaps I should delete it.' Of course, this unease was a sort of optical illusion. Nobody else cares enough about my choice of books for said choice to leave me, in any way,…
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  • Okay, Then...

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Back at home.  Did a few hours of jobsearch homework (imagining where I want to be in 5 and 10 years... Alive, and not living in a refrigerator box, for starters), did some tidying of the guest room, took Julie and her sweetie out for lunch and got her to do some banking stuff with me.  Now trying to decide whether to 1) exercise, 2) bake cookies for Becca, 3) go to the market for dinner stuff, or 4) all of the above.Maybe take a nap?
  • It's Been 543 Days...

    13 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    I started back with the Wii Fit yesterday.  Yes, I know it's dinosaur technology, but it's dinosaur technology that works for me, and I know its quirks, and I can abuse Jeremy (as I've named the nice young imaginary fellow who takes me through my Yoga and strength training exercises) as much as amuses me.  Life, and my former job, did rather cut into my training schedule--when I logged on yesterday I was told, a little snippily, that it had been 543 days since our last training session.  I think Jeremy has been disappointed in me, but not wanting to say so.
  • Life Goes On, Brah

    7 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    I'm going back and forth to L.A. during the week through the month of September (helping relatives).  And doing job-search and resume updatery and all that stuff in between.  And still doing some writing here and there, because really.  And I'm toying with the idea of doing a Kickstarter to help/inspire/require me to finish Sarah Tolerance #4.  Oh: and cleaning the house (by which I mean attempting to restore order to the house--we have gone through the files in the basement, and the books, and established many many piles of stuff: shred, toss, sell, send to a safe…
  • Upcoming

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Going to be in and out of the area for the next couple of weeks, going down to L.A. to help out my aunt a day or two each week.  Job hunting all the while (thank you, internet). But also, I'll be at Convolution in at the Hyatt Regency SFO in Burlingame on September 26-28.  Viz: Friday 4-6 20 books to launch in to space Saturday 10-12 Book View Cafe Sunday 10-12 Reading #4 Sunday 12-2 Social Worldbuilding
  • So

    25 Aug 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Today, I spent an hour and a half on job-search homework (the outplacement counselor assigned an exercise, and I'm trying my best to do it thoroughly and with a good will), wrote about 500 new words on The Fate of Women (the current lousy title of Sarah Tolerance #4) and will shortly be going in to the guest-room-formerly-Becca's-other-room to start wringing order out of chaos.Getting into the habit of getting stuff done again after the long, gorgeous sloth of France and England.
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    Rudy's Blog

  • “Endless Road Trip.” “4th D.” Author’s POV.

    Rudy
    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

    Rudy
    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.

    Rudy
    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,…
  • Roadtrip #4. Totem Poles.

    Rudy
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    I’m still mentally processing our roadtrip/plane-trip in Canada last month. And generating a few more posts. Today’s post is about the totem poles we saw in Canada. “Beak Totem,” oil on canvas, August, 2014, 16” x 20”. Click for a larger version of the painting. Dig the beak on this totem god. I’m not sure what kind of bird he is. Eagle? I just finished painting him today. The background is drawn from a sunset view over Lac Desert, the place that I talked about in the previous post. If you want to buy “Beak Totem,” check out the price-list on my Paintings…
  • Roadtrip #3. Canadian Lake.

    Rudy
    3 Aug 2014 | 5:43 pm
    We drove up to Vancouver and flew to Ottawa. Met my brother there and went up to a cottage on a lake called Lac Desert. Deserted, but no desert! Nice to be so totally off the grid. I played with the dogs and they got hyper. Love that crazed, rolling eye. The only way to get to the cottages was by boat, and they had a generator for power—it went off around 9:30 at night. “Dog UFO Gub” acrylic and oil on canvas, July, 2014, 40” x 30”. Click for a larger version of the painting. Getting totally out of sequence for just a minute, here’s a painting that I almost finished in July, right…
 
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    Mistborn

  • The Way of Kings Free on iTunes!

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    Back in June, Tor approached us and asked if we’d be willing to let Apple give away The Way of Kings for free as part of a promotion to encourage people to update their Apple devices to iOS 8.I was enthusiastic about the opportunity. I believe that people’s investment of time in a book like The Way of Kings is worth more than their investment of money, and so I’m perfectly happy to give away the book for free as a way of acknowledging this. I responded the same way when Tor wanted to give Mistborn away for free when people signed up for Tor.com during its initial months. I feel that if…
  • Assistant Peter Recommends: City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

    9 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    It's Brandon's assistant Peter again with another book to recommend to you.I first read Robert Jackson Bennett's City of Stairs (which was released today) back in November when an early copy was sent here to the Dragonsteel offices. Ever since then, I've been trying to think of the best way to describe it.As usual, I read this book completely cold, without reading any description. And I loved it. I then recommended it to Brandon's other assistant Isaac to see what he thought. Here's what Isaac says:If Peter Ahlstrom tells me I should read a book, I listen because he…
  • Infinity Blade fan film kickstarter

    5 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
    Hey all. I found out about this recently, and it looks pretty cool to me. A couple of fans want to make a live-action fan film for the Infinity Blade story. (If you're not familiar with Infinity Blade, it's a series of iOS games by ChAIR Entertainment/Epic Games that I also wrote two novellas for, Infinity Blade: Awakening and Infinity Blade: Redemption.)They have a script and have some actors lined up. I'm not familiar with their actors for Raidriar and Isa, but they also have Christopher Judge who played Teal’c on Stargate: SG-1. My assistant Peter is a big fan of his work on that show,…
  • Salt Lake Comic Con schedule & Magic draft

    3 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    Thursday through Saturday I'll be at the Salt Palace for Salt Lake Comic Con. I'm on various panels and am signing multiple times all three days. I'll also be doing a Magic: The Gathering draft on Thursday night; see details below on how to sign up ahead of time.Plus we have Shadows Beneath on sale at the Dragonsteel booth at $20 for the hardcover and $5.99 for the ebook during the convention. Other books will also be available at the Dragonsteel booth and at the Wordfire booth.Here's my full schedule!THURSDAY, September 4th3:00–3:50 p.m., Room 151GBuilding Plot: How to Implement Rising…
  • 27 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    Hello there! Brandon's assistant Peter here. This is the start of a sporadic feature on Brandon's blog where I recommend something to you. But don't worry, this probably won't happen very often. I am also going to recommend something else to you in two weeks, but then who knows when the next time might be? Not I. Since you never can tell when something awesome is going to come along.Yesterday marked the release of the third book in the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks. Many of you have probably read Brent Weeks's books before, but if you haven't, you're in for a treat.Now, when I read a…
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    Rules for Anchorites

  • The Deer With No Eyes: A Tale of Horror, Stand-Up Comedy, and the London Driver from Hell

    Living for the Revel
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    This is a horror story. I’m serious. It will thick your blood with cold; it will turn your hair the color of terror. We begin in London, amid the fog and freezing rain… As some of you know, I spent the better part of August in the UK. I went to Worldcon, I went to Yorkshire on a research trip for a new book, I met David Tennant and Peter Davison (!), saw some old and new friends, learned to take the London Tube system as my legal spouse, to love, honor, and cherish it under construction and in good service, made puns as part of a Worldcon version of the iconic British radio show…
  • Captain America and Easter Snow Oh My

    Living for the Revel
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    It is April 16th and there’s like 2 inches of new snow out there and I am NOT OVER IT OK. However, I am still alive, contrary to the outrageous claims made by the date on my last blog post. I’m even nominated for a Nebula for Six-Gun Snow White and going to be Guest of Honor at Minicon in Minneapolis this weekend. Which means no Easter Egg dying for me this year, but panels for everyone! Also I saw Captain America 2 last night and am mildly obsessed with reading the VERY FEW negative reviews because if it’s Marvel critics are now required to like it or face a personal visit…
  • Traditional Awards Eligibility Post

    Living for the Revel
    14 Jan 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Welcome to the yearly accounting of my published works, in handy list form for those who are inclined to nominate works for awards. (Also for those who don’t nominate, but would like links to things I’ve written!) Hugo nominations opened last week, and Nebula awards nominations are open until February (as are nominations for the Rhysling Award). If you’re a member of the World Fantasy convention, you can nominate works for the World Fantasy awards through May. Novels The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (Feiwel and Friends) Collections The Melancholy of…
  • Let Wrist Articulation Be Forgot…

    Living for the Revel
    6 Jan 2014 | 11:08 am
    So! I had every intention of starting the year by revitalizing this blog, with many exciting posts about things both significant and insignificant. But instead, my body decided it wanted to celebrate the new year with a vicious flare-up of carpal tunnel. I am dictating this blog post, which is extra fun since I am historically unable to dictate so much as a post-it note with any felicity of language. SO FUN. I haven’t been able to use my hands for anything more strenuous than feeding myself for the better part of a fortnight. On the bright side, I have cool robotic arm-bracers that make…
  • An Audio Christmas Cracker

    Living for the Revel
    24 Dec 2013 | 8:43 am
    Good morning everyone! Whether today is a Holiday Eve for you or not, I hope it is a lovely day full of goodness. As a small gift sent out into the world, I present this audio Christmas Cracker (for my American brothers and sisters, a Christmas Cracker is like a little foil happybomb that goes BANG and then there’s a little present and a paper crown and a joke inside). It is a short story from my collection The Bread We Eat in Dreams, called Twenty Five Facts About Santa Claus, read wonderfully by Heath Miller, and given free to all this rollicking cold December. (Or rollicking hot,…
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    Ecstatic Days

  • Bear Versus Texting Man: Our Spectacular Disconnection

    Jeff VanderMeer
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
    (Photo by Mike Bender/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) I wrote the short essay below before encountering this blog post about dystopic fiction, this op-ed about useless creatures, and Steven Shaviro’s blog post of 22 short theses. But all three are relevant to the issues set out below. (And in talking about the environment and our relationship to animals, let’s be clear: I’m not making any special claims about my own Southern Reach trilogy.) The op-ed about useless animals cuts to the heart of our problematic relationship to our fellow animals. The blog post of theses is important…
  • The Keepers of the Light: St. Marks Lighthouse in the NYT & Reader Response

    Jeff VanderMeer
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    This past weekend, in addition to a great review of my novel Acceptance and a mention of my next novel in the New York Times Book Review, the New York Times op-ed section ran a piece of mine on lighthouses–including our local lighthouse at the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. (In other exciting news, Acceptance, which features a lighthouse prominently, appears on the NYT bestseller list next week.) There was a fair amount of material I couldn’t fit into the article, all of it due to the wonderful writer Kati Schardl, who earlier this year had written up a feature on me and the Southern…
  • Flowchart of the Damned: Stephen Graham Jones, Jonathan Wood, Stant Litore

    Jeff VanderMeer
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Stephen Graham Jones’s Flowchart of the Damned, depicting the gamut of weird fiction, seems like a fitting visual for this short post alerting you to some interesting new releases. Over at Weird Fiction Review, you’ll also find a new feature about Jones’s story in The Weird–great stuff. First off, Jones has a new story collection out, After the People Lights Go Out. He’s in our The Weird anthology and highly recommended. Just a great writer. Jonathan Wood’s Yesterday’s Hero came out last week and looks to be an action-packed and entertaining follow up…
  • Must Read: The Metanatural Adventures of Dr. Black by Brendan Connell

    Jeff VanderMeer
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    A unique book you definitely should pick up is the rather wonderfully eccentric The Metanatural Adventures of Dr. Black by Brendan Connell. One of these stories appeared in the World Fantasy Award winning Leviathan 3 anthology edited by me and Forrest Aguirre. This is a sumptuous and beautifully designed thick hardcover collecting all of Dr. Black’s many (mis)adventures along with a lot of interstitial material of the meta variety–delightfully cheerful and cheeky. Quirky, weird in a good way, with sublime writing, and often very funny. The image above doesn’t quite give you…
  • My Year in Nonfiction: With Karen Joy Fowler, Bronson Pinchot, Thomas Ligotti, Lauren Beukes, and Lev Grossman

    Jeff VanderMeer
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    (Are trout too smart to eat? Just one topic of discussion with Karen Joy Fowler for NPR.org’s science blog.) It’s been a long but amazing year touring behind the Southern Reach trilogy. Last week the final volume, Acceptance, came out. You can find really awesome and humbling coverage at NPR, Entertainment Weekly (multiple times!), Slate.com, The Guardian, and from just-announced Man Book Prize finalist Neel Mukherjee in The New Statesman, and too many other places to list. Because I haven’t written any fiction this year due to touring behind the novels, I’ve turned to nonfiction.
 
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    Paperback Writer

  • Not a Dime Ten

    Lynn Viehl
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ten Things You Can Have for FreeBirdFont is "a simple Mac app designed to help you create your own font by using vector graphics tools: the built in editor enables you to draw a new design for any letter or symbol. Since the app is able to work with vector images, the output will have a high quality. The BirdFont application works right out of the box so all you have to do is move the utility to the disk. When you start developing a new typeface, BirdFont automatically generates glyph spaces for all alphabet letters and other additional symbols. Simply open one of these glyphs and begin…
  • Cover This

    Lynn Viehl
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    This week I'm hoping to finish up In the Leaves, my Toriana story from Just Write Thursdays. Once I do I'll need some cover art for it, so I began playing around with some ideas and put together three possibilities:Cover A Cover BCover CI haven't been able to narrow it down to one because I like all three ideas, so now I need some other opinions. Which cover of the three do you like most, and why? Let me know in comments.
  • UF Sub Op

    Lynn Viehl
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Infinite Acacia has an open call for their upcoming UF antho: "Infinite Urban Fantasy One will be a collection of urban fantasy short stories. We are looking for great UF that breaks away from the tired tropes of the genre. Think Zoo City, by Lauren Beukes or The Skyscraper Throne Trilogy by Tom Pollock. Sure, throw your vampires at us, but have you seen the sheer number of stories (good and bad) about them--they damn well be special if we're going to consider using them ourselves. Same goes for werewolves, witches, and little faeries living in Bon Temps." Length 1-17.5K; Payment: "Pay is 1¢…
  • By Hand

    Lynn Viehl
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Beautiful handmade books are rare things these days. Here's the intricate process of making one, via Russian publisher Lamaritis Publishing House (contains background music, for those of you at work): Birth of a book from Lamartis Publishing House on Vimeo.
  • Just Write

    Lynn Viehl
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today I'm picking back up where we left off with Just Write Thursdays, so I'll be writing something new that I can post online before midnight. Everyone inclined to do the same is invited to join me.My link: In the Leaves novella (and for those of you who have been following the story, today's new material begins on page 21).For more details on Just Write Thursdays, click here to go to the original post.
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    Bluejo's Journal

  • German Small Change Trilogy

    Jo Walton
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:19 am
    The Small Change books are coming out in German, starting with Farthing which should be available shortly.Interestingly, they've retitled them -- without consulting me at all. The series title is "Inspector Carmichael" and the volume titles are "Die Stunde der Rotkehlchen" meaning "The Moment of Robins", "Der Tag der Lerche" meaning "The Day of the Lark" and "Das Jahr des Falken" "The Year of the Hawk". I think this is rather clever, and it certainly makes them sound like thrillers, and they're not boring like the Spanish ones and they have more to do with the books than the baffling Japanese…
  • My Real Children Audiobook Now Available

    Jo Walton
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    It's from Audible, and narrated by Alison Larkin. And they have given me some codes for free downloads, which I will give to people who let me know they want it -- either in comments or email -- until they are gone.ETA: ALL GONE NOW!And the rest of you can buy it here.
  • The Just City page on my website

    Jo Walton
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    There is now a The Just City page on my website. If anyone can think of anything else that ought to be there, let me know.Also, I am home, and it is weird to be home. The trees are turning already, and I feel as if I've hardly seen these leaves.
  • Black Figs at the Villa D'Este, August 28th 2014

    Jo Walton
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:52 am
    Sometimes you get the things you long for back:Sun-ripened figs exploding on the tongue,So luscious long ago when I was young,Deep red inside, and outside new-bruise black.Ah, distant, lost, and glorious the daysThe long-remembered taste -- nostalgia, pah!My solitary youth, so cold, so far,When now is better in a million ways.The friends I have, and those I hope to meet,And books, and beauty, good work being done,Change for the better, hope, some battles won,This meaty ripe-fig taste, right now, so sweet.Across the plain, the prospect of mountainsAnd happiness, with friendship and fountains.
  • Thud: Necessity

    Jo Walton
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:46 am
    Words: 1354Total words: 5962Files: 4Tea: Gaba DragonMusic: Power up music through headphones then nothing. Must find a way to get Bach on computer.Reason for stopping: end of chapter 3, though it will need stuff.I'm in Rome. Some of those words were in Cardiff, and some just now.In Rome, caput mundi, going out now to eat great food and see great things. And writing. What bliss.
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    Martha Wells

  • Raksura Update

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    From emails the preorder people are getting, Stories of the Raksura I should be shipping on the 24th. Confusingly, a lot of places still list October 7 as the ship date, but also say "in stock." The ebook and audiobook are already available.And you can request your local library order it, or once it starts to be cataloged in various libraries, they may be able to get it for you through interlibrary loan. And some libraries are also set up to loan ebooks.Reviews on Amazon, B&N, wherever else you got it, GoodReads, and LibraryThing are extremely helpful. Especially on Amazon, where getting…
  • Raksura Snippet Post

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
    Okay, because it's Friday, here's a Raksura snippet. This is the scene I said I was writing the other day: Moon and Stone go into a dive bar. Note, this is from something that hasn't been sold yet, but the scene is sort of almost complete in itself, so I think it makes a nice little story.Also Note, Kalam and the other people they are with know they are Raksura and know what Raksura are, etc, but the people in the port don't, and would probably mistake them for Fell if they shifted.As they came around the last curve it was obvious that the nearest buildings all seemed to be selling food, and…
  • Author's Copies

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    Here are the traditional author's copies photos:
  • It's Wednesday and at least we're still here

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    Still no sign of the trade paperback of Stories of the Raksura I. This is depressing and nerve-racking. And I feel like it's pretty much killed any chance the book might have had to you know, get attention and be bought by people who haven't already read the other books. So there we go. Again.In other news, the ebook and audiobook versions are available and I want to really, really thank anyone who has posted reviews anywhere. You guys are awesome.ETA: And my authors' copies just arrived via FedEx! Hopefully that means they'll be getting to retailers this week or next, before October…
  • Friday Thinking

    12 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    A twitter conversation made me think about my last day job. It started out great, and gradually spiraled down to a point where I would come home and be too depressed and angry to write. (I had gone part time with it because I was currently trying to finish the Ile-Rien trilogy.) It would take me a couple of hours of playing a game (we're talking Zoo Tycoon or Sim City) before I could do anything but replay the awful day in my head. (Anxiety issues and OCD really don't help with situations like that.) Then one day after a particularly nasty berating for something I didn't do, I got the news…
 
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    Reality Skimming

  • Interview with Kathryn Allan

    David Lott
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    Kathryn Allan is an independent scholar of feminist SF, cyberpunk, and disability studies, and is the inaugural Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellow (2013-14). She is editor of Disability in Science Fiction: Representations of Technology as Cure (2013, Palgrave MacMillan), an Associate Editor and Reader of The Future Fire, and her writing appears in both academic and popular venues. Kathryn is co-editing a special anthology of dis/ability-themed speculative fiction, Accessing the Future, which will be published by Futurefire.net Publishing. Please support or pre-order by visiting:…
  • Diff the Dragon – Part Fortyfive

    David Lott
    29 Aug 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 45 Thanks to her new babysitter, for the next two years Alivda didn’t mind being left on Barmi, though if Amel was gone for more than…
  • Interview with Djibril al-Ayad

    David Lott
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Futurefire.net Publishing is the publisher of both The Future Fire magazine of social-political speculative fiction, and of two previous anthologies, Outlaw Bodies (2012, co-edited by Lori Selke) and We See a Different Frontier (2013, co-edited by Fabio Fernandes). Djibril al-Ayad, a historian and futurist, co-edited both volumes and has edited TFF since 2005. Djibril is in the process of fundraising for a special anthology of dis/ability-themed speculative fiction, Accessing the Future. The anthology is co-edited by Kathryn Allan and will be published by Futurefire.net Publishing. Please…
  • Diff the Dragon – Part Fortyfour

    David Lott
    22 Aug 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 44 In the end, Perry managed to get a babysitter named Korbin. He was about fourteen, a member of the PA and just a little more Sevolite…
  • Diff the Dragon – Part Fortythree

    David Lott
    4 Jul 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 43 “Amel?” “Yes, may I pass?” “Only if you are here to take that little blonde terror and her friend with you,” the guard…
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    All quiet in France

  • Prayers of Forges and Furnaces up at Lightspeed Magazine

    9 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    Lightspeed Magazine has published my Aztec Western/steampunk story “Prayers of Forges and Furnaces”, a reprint from Sean Wallace’s Mammoth Book of Steampunk . Snippet: The stranger came at dawn, walking out of the barren land like a mirage—gradually shimmering into existence beside the bronze line of the rails: a wide-brimmed hat, a long cloak, the glint that might have been a rifle or an obsidian-studded sword. Xochipil, who had been scavenging for tech at the mouth of Mictlan’s Well, caught that glint in her eyes—and stopped, watching the stranger approach, a growing…
  • Rainy Writers Workshop

    3 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    So, I’m back from Brittany, where we had a fantastic time with Kari Sperring, Kate Elliott, Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein  and Rochita Loenen-Ruiz. Much good time was had–even though there was more snakelet-minding than I expected. I had time to ponder a few pieces, as well as eat ice cream, buckwheat crepes, and try to grab some sleep. We visited Carnac, which was lovely–I had forgotten how impressive it was: a broken 4km of standing stones, which they think is part of a larger alignment of 40km between Quiberon and Vannes. And had a lovely buckwheat crepe in a…
  • Darkness notice

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Heading to the Rainy Writers’ Retreat in Brittany II with Kari Sperring, Kate Elliott, Rochita Loenen-Luiz and Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein (and the snakelet). Internet access will be present but I expect not much to happen on that front; so email, twitter etc. will be slow.Expect to be back Wednesday. Cross-posted from Aliette de Bodard Leave a comment at original post, or comment here.
  • Your hemi semi yearly Vietnamese poem

    25 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    Because it’s such a pretty, heartbreaking poem: Yêu Tác giả: Xuân Diệu Yêu là chết ở trong lòng một ít Vì mấy khi yêu mà chắc được yêu. Cho rất nhiều song nhận chẳng bao nhiêu; Người ta phụ, hoặc thờ ơ, chẳng biết… Phút gần gũi cũng như giờ chia biệt. Tưởng trăng tàn, hoa tạ với hồn tiêu, Vì mấy khi yêu mà chắc được yêu! - Yêu, là chết ở trong lòng một ít. Họ lạc lối giữa u sầu mù mịt, Những người ai theo dõi dấu chân yêu; Và cảnh đời là sa mạc cô liêu.
  • Guest of Honour at Eurocon 2016

    24 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    Very pleased to announce I’ll be a Guest of Honour at Eurocon 2016 in Barcelona, along with Richard Morgan, Jun Miyazaki, and Enrique Corominas. Dates are 4-6 November 2016. (yeah, you’ll have noticed I seem to go to Barcelona quite a bit those days. Not complaining, it’s a great city, the food is awesome, and I get to practise my–ailing–Spanish…) Cross-posted from Aliette de Bodard Leave a comment at original post, or comment here.
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    Mostly English

  • Saved for Posterity: The Singer, The Captain, The Blue Fairy, and me

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there. Back in January, I had the privilege to be a GoH at Illogicon in Raleigh, NC, and as I posted back then, William Shatner was in town performing his one-man show, Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It. What I didn’t mention at the time was that I had been attempting to get singer Kat Robichaud to show up at the convention. She had been my favorite on The Voice that season (before being wrongly eliminated!). I knew from following her on Twitter that she was fans of both Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman, so I invited…
  • Eating Authors: Katharine Eliska Kimbriel

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:31 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> Lately (for a project that I’ll talk about on this blog come November) I’ve been corresponding with a lot of past nominees for the Campbell Award. This has been great fun, and in several instances it’s allowed me to segue from that project to this blog and invite folks over to tell you about there meals. One such bit of serendipity is today’s guest Katharine Eliska Kimbriel. Like a growing number of authors, Kat’s explored new avenues in publishing, bringing her backlist to…
  • Eating Authors: Beth Cato

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> Our guest this week is Beth Cato, and you’ve probably been reading her work for years without knowing it. She’s written inspirational essays for nearly a dozen of the Chicken Soup for the Soul volumes, including Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers: 101 Motivational Stories for Writers – Budding or Bestselling – from Books to Blogs, which really brings things full circle in a way. Beth has also written short stories for a long list of anthologies (such as a wonderful…
  • Eating Authors: R. S. A. Garcia

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:31 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> I have a really blessed life. I don’t acknowledge that often enough, either to myself, my loved ones, or the wider world. And I should, because one of the things remembering how good I’ve got things does, is it reminds me to share that good fortune, spread it around both deliberately and unconsciously. Or in terms probably more familiar to the readers of this blog, to pay it forward. I’ll definitely be setting aside some time today to do more of that. In the meantime, let me tell you about…
  • Eating Authors: Danielle Ackley-McPhail

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> Welcome to September (and if you’re in the US, Happy Labor Day). I finished my novel revisions yesterday so I’ll be spending the day doing absolutely nothing! Well, okay, that’s not true, I’ll do my morning workout and maybe go to the local zoo to have a chat with some otters but really, that’s it. For those of you without access to otters, I present the latest installment of EATING AUTHORS instead. Our guest this week is Danielle Ackley-McPhail. She’s probably best known…
 
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  • Very smooth…

    Armen Chakmakjian
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:16 pm
    So I was at BJ’s tonight and there was a special on Jameson Irish Whiskey. If you bought the bottle of Black Barrel Jameson you got a free glass that was also black. I mulled it over for a second, walked around the wines and liquors, and back to the front and picked up the […]
  • On turning 50…

    Armen Chakmakjian
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:13 pm
    So five weeks ago, I turned 50. Every year since the dawn of the modern social media age, I’ve written a blog post on my birthday.  (When I say modern I mean basically 2007… I avoided that weird era of myspace and Friendster just prior to that, although I was a very early LinkedIn user).  Overall […]
  • When the dog bites, when the bee stings…

    Armen Chakmakjian
    10 Aug 2014 | 3:33 pm
    I wrote this email to family, friends and fellow church trustees yesterday to describe something that happened to me that afternoon. I hope you are amused…and this also should serve as a warning to my middle-aged contemporaries, that if it feels wrong, you’re not doing anyone any good in trying to tough it out. So, […]
  • My mother wanted me to be a doctor…

    Armen Chakmakjian
    12 Jul 2014 | 4:09 pm
      During my first semester as a freshman year at RIT, in 1982, I had a work-study job in the library, long before I got my job as a computer center lab assistant.  One day, walking down the “quarter-mile”, the raised path from the dorms to the academic side of campus, one of my library […]
  • When Software was Hardware…

    Armen Chakmakjian
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Okay folks, digging through tons of stuff and getting rid of it.  Came across this note.  This is probably around 1989 or 1990 as far as I can remember.  We had a problem that came up on Friday night and I had to write to my boss about it.    Some definitions VLC = VAXstation […]
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  • Berita Catur Indonesia di Sea Games

    hilman maolidin
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:59 am
    Sea Games yang berlangsung pada tahun kemarin di Myanmar membuktikan jika catur memiliki taji di Asia Tenggara. Berita catur Indonesia di Sea Games merupakan prestasi yang sangat membanggakan, bagaimana tidak, semua kontingen catur Indonesia berhasil menyabet medali. Dari 20 atlet catur yang...
  • Apa Saja Isi Berita Indonesia Finance Today?

    hilman maolidin
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:20 am
    Sekarang merupakan jaman yang anda di haruskan untuk mengetahui semua berita yang sedang terjadi secara kontinu. Karena berita terkini juga merupakan sebuah wawasan secara umum. Ada banyak sekali konten berita yang dapat kita ikuti setiap harinya. Salah satunya yaitu berita Indonesia Finance Today....
  • 69RB DAPATKAN PAKET UNLIMITED FLIX 1 BULAN DI GENFLIX.CO.ID

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    22 Sep 2014 | 1:07 am
    Sudah tahu belum yang namanya Genflix?” genflix itu layanan streaming buat kamu kamu yang ingin menyaksikan Bola, liga inggris terlengkap, tidak saja hanya bola, ada film – film dari Bioskop Indonesia terbaru, dan channel live dari TraceSport Star, beIn sport, Fight Sport, Cinema world, dan lainya,...
  • Berita Indonesia Juni 2013: Siswi SMK dan Kekasihnya Lakukan Adegan Mesum

    hilman maolidin
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:29 am
    Banyak sekali kejadian-kejadian yang tidak patut untuk dilakukan para pelajar akhir-akhir ini. Contoh yang paling nyata adalah pornografi di kalangan pelajar. Fasilitas dari orang tua yang diberikan rupanya mereka salah gunakan untuk melakukan hal-hal yang tidak sepantasnya dilakukan oleh kalangan...
  • Berita Indonesia Lawyers Club di TVOne

    hilman maolidin
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:35 pm
    TVOne merupakan salah satu channel televisi Indonesia yang menjadi salah satu acuan berita masyarakat Indonesia. TV swasta asal Indonesia ini didirikan pada tahun 2002 oleh Abdul Latief. Stasiun TV yang tadinya menyediakan tayangan berbau kriminalitas, erotisme, dan klenik ini sekarang sudah...
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  • STARHC Update

    David Mack
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    For those of you keeping score at home, I bring you this update on the current rankings of the Star Trek Authors’ Rush Homage Contest, or STARHC. A quick refresher on the rules: References and in-jokes within the texts of our prose works are not counted, as they would be too numerous and obscure to […]
  • Is today’s Star Trek fiction guilty of “lazy” quasi-racism?

    David Mack
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:53 pm
    In what is generally a favorable write-up of Star Trek: Seekers #1 – Second Nature, reviewer Steve Donoghue of Open Letters Monthly makes an observation I find troubling: “In this first volume in the Star Trek Seekers series, Second Nature, Captain Terrell heads a somewhat predictably multi-racial crew — there’s a Vulcan, a Trill, an Arkenite, a […]
  • Star Trek: Seekers — the contest!

    David Mack
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Do you have both of the first two books of Star Trek: Seekers? Here’s a little hint: they look like this —    If you do, and you weren’t able to get to Shore Leave in Baltimore last month, and want a shot to win one of these gorgeous posters— —autographed by yours truly, as […]
  • Behind the Art of Star Trek: Seekers

    David Mack
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    The Trek Collective has posted a Q&A with Rob Caswell, the illustrator who crafted the covers for the new Star Trek: Seekers novels. They get Rob’s perspective on learning that his work had spawned a new officially licensed Star Trek novel series, and then he offers a look behind the scenes at the creative development process […]
  • Star Trek: Seekers #2 is here!

    David Mack
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:48 pm
    America, your long national nightmare is at an end: the second book of the new Star Trek: Seekers series is now on sale everywhere your favorite books are sold. Star Trek: Seekers #2 – Point of Divergence, by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore, concludes the story begun in my novel, Star Trek: Seekers #1 – Second […]
 
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  • [GUEST POST] James L. Sutter on What Authors Owe Fans (Or: Maybe George R. R. Martin *Is* Your Bitch)

    JamesLSutter
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    James L. Sutter is the Managing Editor for Paizo Publishing and a co-creator of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. He is the author of the novels Death’s Heretic and The Redemption Engine, the former of which was #3 on Barnes & Noble’s list of the Best Fantasy Releases of 2011, as well as a finalist for the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel and a 2013 Origins Award. He’s written numerous short stories for such publications as PodCastle, Apex Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and the #1 Amazon best seller Machine of Death. His anthology Before They Were Giants…
  • The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 259): A Discussion of Social Science Fiction

    Patrick Hester
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    In episode 259 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester and Jaym Gates discuss Social Science Fiction with Collin Kelly, Jeremy Bernstein, Jackson Lanzing, Jack Graham, and Dave Maass. The Panel & Links: Jaym Gates Collin Kelly Jeremy Bernstein Jackson Lanzing Jack Graham Dave Maass © 2014 SFSignal.com Featuring original music by John Anealio Download The Hugo Award Winning SF Signal Podcast (Episode 259) Tell us what you think – leave us a comment below! No related posts.
  • Cooking the Books with Fran Wilde and Beth Cato

    John DeNardo (SF Signal)
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Author Beth Cato joined Fran Wilde on Cooking the Books podcast to celebrate her debut from Harper Voyager, The Clockwork Dagger. You can read the first chapter of The Clockwork Dagger at Tor.com. The ingredients for Cooking the Books podcast #004 – “The Clockwork Kitchen: Cooking the Books with Beth Cato” include: 1 gremlin, not for eating a large block of ice several types of cheese handfuls of hot pepper, dried and finely ground a sack of powerful herbs, all sorts surprises around every corner, heapings of derring-do 100% very smart heroine, also not for eating and a…
  • WINNERS: 2014 Copper Cylinder Awards

    John DeNardo (SF Signal)
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Congratulations to the winners of theSunburst Award Society’s Copper Cylinder Awards! 2014 Copper Cylinder Adult Award: River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay (Penguin Group Canada). 2014 Copper Cylinder Young Adult Award: Homeland by Cory Doctorow (Tom Doherty Associates). From the press release: SUNBURST AWARD SOCIETY ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF ITS THIRD ANNUAL COPPER CYLINDER AWARDS. Toronto, Ontario (September 19th, 2014) The Sunburst Award Society is pleased to announce the winners of the third annual Copper Cylinder Awards. The Copper Cylinder Award is an annual member’s choice award…
  • GIVEAWAY REMINDER: Win THE YOUNG ELITES by Marie Lu (Plus Bonus Stuff!)

    John DeNardo (SF Signal)
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:16 pm
    There is still some time left for you to enter our giveaway for The Young Elites by Marie Lu (plus swag)…but hurry, time is running out! See the original post for details on how to enter. No related posts.
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  • 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 Slate.com:  "The Inspiration Drought:  Why Our Science…
  • The Purpose of Science Fiction (and, Technically, Fantasy)

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    In the 200th episode of The Coode Street Podcast, the hosts (Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe) and guests (Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert Silverberg, and Jo Walton) briefly discussed the seemingly nebulous question, “Does science fiction have a purpose?”  It's worth a listen.I would respond initially by saying that the question is somewhat malformed.  In what sense does any literary product have a purpose except that provided by the author, which is necessarily individual?  Even if the author defines a purpose, should that have any bearing on whether the text is perceived…
  • Video Found: John Brunner on SF

    13 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    This is making the rounds: John Brunner talking about genre classification, sf poetry, and so on. What it reveals, I think, is the cyclical nature of the sf community. We keep coming back to the same questions, but it's surprising how little progress we seem to have made in these matters. At least a good number of academics have stopped trying to define sf.Enjoy!
  • Top 10 Posts for August 2014

    4 Sep 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Not a whole lot was going on here for most of August, but I did post a few new things, which appear in the following list.  Enjoy!The Taxonomy of Genre: Science Fiction as SupergenreMovie Review: Riddick (2013) (or, I'm Going to Mega Rant Now)Top 10 Overused Fantasy ClichesTop 10 Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies Since 2010 (Thus Far)Speculative Fiction 2014: Announcement and Call for Submissions!Top 10 Science Fiction and Fantasy Anime MoviesOn LonCon and Thanks5 Don'ts of Panels (and Podcast Roundtables)Top 10 Cats in Science Fiction and FantasyRetro Nostalgia: Legend (1985) and the…
  • On Robin Williams

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    You have probably already heard about the death of Robin Williams by (apparent) suicide.  Given the public nature of celebrity deaths, I have a feeling a lot of people are somewhat desensitized to the whole thing.  I, however, feel inclined to say a few words about Robin Williams.I was born in 1983.  Basically, I was a 90s kid.  I grew up on 90s cartoons.  I grew up on 90s movies.[1]  Among my fondest memories are those films which featured Robin Williams.  Hook (1991), FernGully (1992), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995),…
 
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  • NASA Mars Curiosity Photographed Violin Knob On Mars

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    This image was taken by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity onboard Mastcam on September 18, 2014. Highlighted anomaly in the photograph looks like a Violin Knob to us. Anomaly has all the characteristics... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • Watch Live As NASA Mars Orbiter MAVEN Arrives At Mars

    21 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    After 10 months in deep-space, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is expected to enter orbit around Mars and begin a one-year mission studying the planet's upper... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • Broad Daylight UFO Sighting Photographed Over California : MUFON Report

    20 Sep 2014 | 2:13 am
    A fascinating craft hovering in broad daylight over the California was photographed and submitted to MUFON along with detailed witness testimony: Coming home about 1855 when I pulled into my... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • UFO Photographed Over Portsmouth, UK

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    People have spotted a UFO in the skies of Portsmouth on September 16, 2014. Johnny Blackwell, 23, of Trevor Road, Southsea, said: ‘I don’t believe in UFOs, but when I saw this I didn’t know what... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • UFO Spotted On Google Earth Map In Sacramento, California

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    Down below UFOs were spotted by our reader on Google Earth Map. You can also see the UFOs over 3921 55th Street, Sacramento, California, USA   Google Map : Link Click on Headline to read complete story...
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  • A review of Teresa Frohock's Miserere: An Autumn Tale

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:50 am
    Teresa Frohock's Miserere: An Autumn Tale was published by Night Shade Books (Start Publishing) in 2011. It's the first part of the Katharoi series. Information about Teresa Frohock: Teresa Frohock has turned a love of dark fantasy and horror into tales of deliciously creepy fiction. She is the author of Miserere: An Autumn Tale and has a short story, "Naked the Night Sings," in the urban fantasy anthology Manifesto: UF. Another story, "Love, Crystal and Stone" appears in The Neverland's Library Fantasy Anthology. She lives in North Carolina where she has long been accused of telling…
  • A review of Armand Rosamilia's Chelsea Avenue

    8 Sep 2014 | 1:23 am
    Armand Rosamilia's Chelsea Avenue was published by Ragnarok Publications in September 2014. Information about Armand Rosamilia: Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he's not sleeping. He's written over 100 stories that are currently available, including a few different series: Dying Days (extreme zombie series), Keyport Cthulhu (horror series), Flagler Beach (contemporary fiction), Metal Queens (non-fiction music series)... He also loves to talk in third person because he's really that cool. He's a proud Active member of HWA as well.
  • A review of Martha Wells' Stories of the Raksura: Volume One: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud

    5 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Martha Wells' Stories of the Raksura: Volume One: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud was published by Night Shade Books (Start Publishing) in September 2014. Information about Martha Wells: Martha Wells is the author of five Ile-Rien novels (The Element of Fire, The Death of the Necromancer, The Wizard Hunters, The Ships of Air and The Gate of Gods), Books of the Raksura trilogy (The Cloud Roads, The Serpent Sea and The Siren Depths), City of Bones, Wheel of the Infinite, the Emilie series (Emilie and the Hollow World and Emilie and the Sky World), two Stargate Atlantis…
  • GIVEAWAY: Anton Strout

    4 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Anton Strout (the author of The Spellmason Chronicles) has a giveaway going on. Click here to participate in this giveaway: a Rafflecopter giveaway This giveaway ends on October 31st, 2014.  (This gargoyle is one of the prizes.) Read More...
  • An interview with Armand Rosamilia

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    Risingshadow has had the honour of interviewing Armand Rosamilia. Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he's not sleeping. He's written over 100 stories that are currently available, including a few different series: Dying Days (extreme zombie series), Keyport Cthulhu (horror series), Flagler Beach (contemporary fiction), Metal Queens (non-fiction music series)... He also loves to talk in third person because he's really that cool. He's a proud Active member of HWA as well. Click here to visit the author's official website. AN…
 
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    On Starships and Dragonwings

  • The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien ARC {3 Stars}

    Anya
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    The Vault of Dreamers is the story of a near future world where an art school transformed its program into a reality show to overcome financial struggles, but as Rosie competes to make it at school, she finds there is much more going on during the twelve hours of drug-induced sleep all students experience. The Vault of Dreamers is definitely the most unique premise I’ve read in a long time and I can see fans of more contemporary YA enjoying The Vault of Dreamers along with sci-fi YA fans. Note: I received an advanced copy of The Vault of Dreamers from the publisher. Some things may…
  • Updates from the Lair 9/21/14

    Anya
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Updates from the Lair is my weekly wrap-up post that includes what happened in my real life, what I’ve been reading, my posts from the week, and what I’m thinking about reading next week (and would love your advice on!).  Oof, what a crazy week, I’m exhausted! I decided to drop one of my classes because it was driving me crazy and was supposed to be the fun one…. Oh well! I got very little sleep various nights because of staying up too late and getting up way too early and still feel like I have too much to do :-/. On the plus side: I crocheted a pumpkin :D. My Week…
  • Cover Color Guessing

    Anya
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of my favorite things about series is the matching covers with beautiful variations on a theme. When the variation is the main color, I like to try to guess what the color scheme of the next book of a series is going to be :D. And now for the first time I’m letting you all in to the colorful craziness that is my brain to see what my current guesses are! Complete Examples Allegiant I loved the blue, green, and orange background covers with the elements in the sky (though I’m still not sure why they are there >.>). I’m pretty sure I had a passing thought that the…
  • Sci-fi and Fantasy Friday {ARCs and $5 Giftcards Weekly!}

    Anya
    19 Sep 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! Congrats to Brittany for winning last week and enjoy Jackaby and Exquisite Captive! As I’m continuing to try to cut down on ARC, we’re again going to do TWO books for US winners and here are the all new ones to…
  • The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter {3.5 Stars}

    Anya
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter is a historical fantasy that tells the story of a young man sort-of kicked out of magic school and a young woman determined to learn as much magic as she can despite women not being allowed to learn magic and having no magical abilities. The Midnight Queen is set in an alternative Regency-inspired setting where the Roman, Greek, and Norse gods are stilled worshipped in the areas we know as Britain and France, and of course where magic is very much existent and known to the populace. I loved the poetic writing of The Midnight Queen and found myself…
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    ATG Reviews

  • Blood Song Book Review

    The_Wanderer
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    A Raven’s Shadow Novel Book OneBuy on Amazon!Anthony Ryan’s debut novel Blood Song is impressive. Following the adventures of a boy who grows into a man under the tutelage of a religious order that’s reminiscent of the Spanish Inquisition provides a lot of interesting opportunities to explore religion and growing up. At the same time, it feels like the novel doesn’t really explore some of the more controversial aspects of these ideas.There is a potential for this story to go in a less traditional route, but at the end it really just stuck to the basics. The…
  • Beyond the Shadows Book Review

    The_Wanderer
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Night Angel Trilogy Book ThreeSpoilers for the previous two books in the Night Angel Trilogy are below).Buy on Amazon!In The Way of Shadows Brent Weeks told an entertaining story – I would equate it to being a summer blockbuster, but in book form. It had its flaws, but it was entertainment first, literary merits second.  It’s sequel Shadow’s Edge struggled greatly, especially with Kylar’s time outside of Cenaria and by introducing a number of secondary characters that added almost nothing to the story.  Bringing back Durzo Blint at the end was criminal, but the…
  • Innocence Film Review

    The World Weary
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    …Not Again…Bad movie spoilers ahead, matey!It seems like everytime I see a bad movie, I wind up referencing Vampire Academy. Few films I’ve seen in theaters have pissed me off as much as that one did. It’s even become a kind of running gag with one of my friends and I. Everytime I see a bad movie, he’ll ask, “Was it as bad as Vampire Academy?”Well? This time it was hard to answer him. Was this film I had just seen in theaters as bad as that, the most dreadful of all? I certainly didn’t like a second of it, that’s for sure, but after some…
  • The White Rose Book Review

    The_Wanderer
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Black Company Book Three(Spoilers for The Black Company and Shadows Linger are below).Buy on Amazon!I loved the concept behind the plot of The Black Company. A group of mercenaries fighting for a known villain makes for an interesting story about moral compromise.  This continues in the sequel, but at the end of Shadows Linger the surviving members of the Black Company leave the service of the Lady (the primary antagonist) in order to join forces with Darling aka the White Rose (the primary protagonist).I liked Shadows Linger, but the ending had me worrying that this trilogy was going to…
  • Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Film Review

    The World Weary
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:24 pm
    I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost! Let’s be honest here… I love Ghostbusters. As a kid I even had a Ghostbusters themed birthday party. It will be very hare for me to write this review without drawing from that reserve of nostalgia. You’ve probably heard the song (or a cheap EDM remix, rehash, or mash up) that Ray Parker performed for the film, or seen images of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man or Slimer. Ghostbusters was and is a hot ticket. Since the release of the first film thirty years ago, there’s been a cartoon show, a sequel film, legions of merchandise, and ever…
 
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  • 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…
  • Slow Burn - Slow Flow

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    I think zombi-lovers can find the idea of this book interesting. As it starts you're already in the full story. Though I could say the first chapter runs too fast and the happening take place faster than I expected.Zed goes to his mother's place and finds his stepdad eating his mother. Then he attacks Zed and bites him, but the interesting flow of this story is that Zed doesn't turn into zombi, he's some kind of immune. I can't say for sure, as the first book doesn't bring me a clue who Zed has turned. And then everything begins as in every zombi-story - the disease starts spreading and…
  • 99 Cent Discount

    4 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    What if you wake up in an unknown town your memories wiped from your head?Jonathan is alone having no clue who and what he is, where he has come from and where he should go.Empty streets, old houses, the town seems abandoned. There's no one to ask for help. Jonathan wanders the town in search of any sign of life. Soon he comes to the realization that he's moments from death as absolutely evil dwells in the town seeking fresh souls to suck up. The seemingly dead town is only outwardly empty.Who is he? Who brought him here? With a female resident - Elizabeth, Jonathan has to work his way…
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