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  • Issue 42 of InterGalactic Medicine Show

    Eric James Stone
    Eric James Stone
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:47 am
    I was the head editor for the November 2014 issue of Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show. Head on over and check out the stories I selected.
  • A Year in Pictures – Sundial at Shurijo

    Swan Tower
    Swan Tower
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    This work by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. I took this picture in the full knowledge that I was almost exactly replicating a photo taken by my brother and sister-in-law on their trip to Okinawa. But I wanted my own version! I have a thing for sundials, and the cement between the tiles gives the roofs a weirdly stripey look. Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there. This entry was also posted at Comment here or there.
  • The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book I)

    Rob B
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:12 am
    Kaden, Adare, and Valyn are the three children of the Emperor of Annur, who sits atop the Unhewn Throne. Kaden, the eldest, is training with Shin monks of the Blank God, whose goal is the vaniate (an emptiness and clarity), Valyn trains with the Kettral, an elite military force who ride atop gigantic birds; and […]
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis by Larry Correia

    SF Site
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Imagine the unholy love child of Hellboy, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Stephen Sommers, Underworld, and sundry blockbuster movies. You might get a sense of the kind of book that Monster Hunter Nemesis represents -- thriller pacing, larger-than-life characters, outrageous/audacious speculation that skirts the edge of the believable. A barrel of monkeys, in other words.
  • The Light of Story…

    SF Novelists
    Alma Alexander
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:06 am
    Disclosure: a version of this essay first appeared here The books of the Were Chronicles might be the most ambitious thing I have ever attempted, and that includes highly complex novels like “Secrets of Jin Shei” where I had to keep track of eight full-time protagonists and what their particular stories were doing at any given time and how they all fit together. But that was *one book*, and these…? Well, let me start at the beginning. The Were Chronicles were born as a short story. There was this anthology with a were-critter theme, and I hit upon this wonderful idea which I had never…
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  • The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book I)

    Rob B
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:12 am
    Kaden, Adare, and Valyn are the three children of the Emperor of Annur, who sits atop the Unhewn Throne. Kaden, the eldest, is training with Shin monks of the Blank God, whose goal is the vaniate (an emptiness and clarity), Valyn trains with the Kettral, an elite military force who ride atop gigantic birds; and […]
  • Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Broken Homes (Book #4 of the Peter Grant series) by Ben Aaronovith Kindle Edition Published July 2013 Review by N. E. White It’s been over two years since I last visited with Peter Grant, our endearing, magic-wielding, London constable. After reading Broken Homes, I wondered what kept me away from him for so long. While […]
  • Retribution by Mark Charan Newton

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Back in 2013 I reviewed Drakenfeld, a locked-room crime novel with a Fantasy setting. I liked it a lot, and so was very happy to pick this one up. Retribution is the sequel and continues the tale of Sun Chamber Officer (rather like an Inquisitor or a Police Constable) Lucan Drakenfeld and his bodyguard-friend Leana. […]
  • Article: Empires: Extraction and Empires: Infiltration

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    On the recent release of Empires: Infiltration and Empires: Extraction, both authors involved (Stephen and Gavin) wrote about their reaction to each other’s work, and the joys and perils of working collaboratively. CAUTION: Some of this may be NSFW. Here’s the second part of this article - Gavin’s reaction to Empires: Extraction:   Empires: Extraction – A Reaction […]
  • Article: Empires: Infiltration and Empires: Extraction

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:11 am
    On the recent release of Empires: Infiltration and Empires: Extraction, both authors involved (Stephen and Gavin) wrote about their reaction to each other’s work, and the joys and perils of working collaboratively. CAUTION: Some of this may be NSFW. Here’s the first part of this article - Stephen’s reaction to Empires: Infiltration: Empires: Infiltration  – A Reaction […]
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  • Monster Hunter Nemesis by Larry Correia

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Imagine the unholy love child of Hellboy, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Stephen Sommers, Underworld, and sundry blockbuster movies. You might get a sense of the kind of book that Monster Hunter Nemesis represents -- thriller pacing, larger-than-life characters, outrageous/audacious speculation that skirts the edge of the believable. A barrel of monkeys, in other words.
  • The Genome by Sergei Lukyanenko

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    The narrative supposes a far future interstellar human empire, in sometimes uneasy contact with other advanced alien civilizations. Humans have developed a way of altering genetic structure to create individuals with specialized physical and mental attributes which make them particularly well suited for certain professions, such as starship captains, which is what our protagonist soon becomes. These "spesh" are an elite workforce, and humans who are not genetically engineered are "naturals" -- and frequently discriminated against.
  • Plague World by Dana Fredsti

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    As the third and last title of the series, Ashley Parker is stuck in the middle of a zombie plague. She and her wild cards have to kill off the enemy in San Diego. There, they find another faction called the Dolofono tou Zontanous Nekrous who want to make a weapon from the plague itself. And just when Ashley thinks she might be getting further in destroying the evil zombie plague, another disastrous problem stands in her way.
  • Hell's Shadows by Dean Klein

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Gil and Robin Turner are a couple who live in a house that should be their dream home, but unfortunate circumstances change Gil's mind about living there. Their dream home is haunted by the force of one person. He influences other things in the neighbourhood to turn against anyone who lives there, ghosts, trees, etc. Think about the Amityville house and times it by a hundred for ghostly and terrifying impact.
  • Nightmare Carnival edited by Ellen Datlow

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Theme anthologies may be tricky, especially when the subject is so precisely defined to leave little room for smart manouvres from the authors involved. Ripetitivity is the main risk, boredom the most dangerous outcome. Here we have an experienced, top notch editor and a very specific theme: carnival. Not being particularly fond of carnivals and circuses in general, Mario was dreading the results of this literary project, in spite of his trust in Ellen Datlow's ability.
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    SF Novelists

  • The Light of Story…

    Alma Alexander
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:06 am
    Disclosure: a version of this essay first appeared here The books of the Were Chronicles might be the most ambitious thing I have ever attempted, and that includes highly complex novels like “Secrets of Jin Shei” where I had to keep track of eight full-time protagonists and what their particular stories were doing at any given time and how they all fit together. But that was *one book*, and these…? Well, let me start at the beginning. The Were Chronicles were born as a short story. There was this anthology with a were-critter theme, and I hit upon this wonderful idea which I had never…
  • Yes, but can you relate…?

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

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

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

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

  • The Disadvantage of Consuming Diet Dr Pepper

    4 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Diet Dr Pepper is produces in 1887, it was famous because it is said to have less calories compared to other soft drink brands. People tend to drink Dr Pepper because it has a unique taste, beside it is also free from sugar and cholesterol that makes people with diet prefers to consume it. But, does it really fine to consume Dr Pepper for daily consumption in order to avoid calories on your beverage? Will it help you to maintain your calories and weight? It is true that Diet Dr Pepper has fewer calories, sugar and cholesterol, but the soda that contained in the drink might affect your…
  • 3 Smart Tips to Do Blood Pressure Diet

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

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

  • Issue 42 of InterGalactic Medicine Show

    Eric James Stone
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:47 am
    I was the head editor for the November 2014 issue of Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show. Head on over and check out the stories I selected.
  • “A Sufficiently Advanced Christmas” now available

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

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

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

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

  • Crowdfund me: I have been doing great work. And rather than stop to do something else, I would like to keep going.

    8 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    Hi. I need your help. I'd like to take a moment to focus your attention on me, what I have done for the science fiction field, and what I am capable of doing if I have your help. Hieroglyph came out on September 9th, and a bunch of us associated with the book had a wild time on the book tour. (If you have been following me on Facebook or Twitter, you know all about this.) Now I'm home and planning what to do next. Having launched the book successfully, now it's time for me to worry about money. For the next few months, I will be in a fundraising phase. I have been doing…
  • Vote today, but first check out soft money spending in Congressional elections

    4 Nov 2014 | 2:35 am
    Please remember to vote today. Before you vote, entertain yourself with a look at to see who spent what to buy your vote in this election, especially in races for the House and Senate. Here, for example, is New York's 21st district, where the Conservative soft money in play totals more than either candidate raised individually and soft money has been spent 85:1 to defeat Democrat Aaron Woolf. Here is a widget for checking your polling place.  
  • fear of something with the power to cut even deeper – my own community

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

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

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

  • it's now noon on Thanksgiving, and so.....

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am always, there must be Arlo Guthrie performing "Alice's Restaurant Masacree," with illustrations by Andrew Colunga."You can get anything you want....."
  • throwback Thursday

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    Laura Anne Gilman took this photo at some convention or other in the early 2000s. It seems fitting to post a pic of a person asleep in an easy chair on Thanksgiving.... :)
  • stuff for what I'm thankful

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    I'm thankful for my family and friends -- Wrenn, the Forebearance, the Godmommy, Dale, Tina & Neal, Lilly, Laura Anne, Meredith & Anne, Megan, Dave & Kara, Ian H., Peter, Glenn & Brandy, Aaron & Jen & the howlers, Chef Dave, Meg N., Bonnie & Brian, Danielle, Christine, Arinn, Susan, Amy, Lisa, Karen, Arwen & Peter, Hildy & Dave & Rayanne, Dennis & Kat, Em & De & the kiddies, John & Carol & Arren, Jay & Pam & the kiddies, Jonathan & Sara Jo, Dani & Mike, Mary, Zan, Jen, Ian S., Rebecca, Elizabeth & Jimmy, Hugh & Stephanie, Meg H., Bob & Deb, Dayton & Michi, Kevin, Isabelle, Helen, Suzie &…
  • the holidays are coming, so buy my books!

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    In honor of the holiday season, I'm reminding you all that I've got bunches of my books for sale! I'll autograph 'em and everything! To pay, please PayPal the amount of the book(s) plus $5 for shipping to krad at whysper dot net or send a check/money order made out to Keith R.A. DeCandido to PO Box 4976, New York, NY 10185-4976. If you're outside the U.S., just PayPal me the amount of the books, and I'll bill you for the exact amount of the international postage after I ship the package.Make sure to include a shipping address and how you want me to inscribe the autograph, if at all.BONUS --…
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: "Shadows and Symbols"

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Sisko has the Mother of all Prophet visions, Kira reminds everyone that she's the baddest one on the block, and Worf, Martok, O'Brien, Bashir, and Quark blow up a sun in Jadzia's honor. Plus, the return of Benny Russell and papa's got a brand-new Dax! The DS9 Rewatch plays with "Shadows and Symbols."An excerpt:Kira’s plotline is pretty straightforward, but it’s worth it just to watch Kira totally own both Cretak and Ross. My favorite is early on when Ross says that it’s a battle Kira can’t win, and you expect Kira to grab him by the lapels and say, “Excuse me, but are you actually…
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    Robert J. Sawyer

  • My Star Trek novel, 30 years on

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:17 am
    Thirty years ago today, I submitted 20,000 words of sample chapters and an outline to Pocket Books for a Star Trek novel. Here they are: Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Email
  • Michael Lennick memorial gathering

    15 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
    Please join us Saturday, November 29, 2014, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Bakka-Phoenix Books, 84 Harbord Street, Toronto, to celebrate the life and memory of special-effects producer and science documentarian Michael Lennick, who passed away November 7. Everyone is welcome. We’ll be downstairs in the function room. Many thanks to Bakka-Phoenix for making the space available. Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Email
  • Michael Lennick, R.I.P.

    8 Nov 2014 | 3:46 pm
    DETAILS OF MEMORIAL GATHERING My great friend Michael Lennick passed away yesterday. He’d been admitted to hospital a month ago, and was diagnosed with a very aggressive brain tumor. His wife and business partner Shirley Guilliford made the decision to have him taken off life support yesterday afternoon, and he was gone within minutes. Michael was 61. Michael and I had known each other for 19 years. He was one of Canada’s leading science documentary makers, and he interviewed me often for segments he produced for Discovery Channel Canada’s nightly science news program. He…
  • Following Ghomeshigate

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

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

    John Scalzi
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
    Let us celebrate with one of the greatest Thanksgiving songs ever. Have a fantastic Thanksgiving/Thursday, everyone.
  • Morning Clouds + Two Quick Advertisements For Myself

    John Scalzi
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    Clouds first, because they’re pretty. And now, the advertisements for myself: 1. Today is the last day for you to vote for Lock In at the Goodreads Choice Awards, if such is your joy. Go here to vote. If you see something else you prefer, it’s okay to vote for that instead. 2. Remember you can get signed, personalized books from me for the holidays via Jay & Mary’s Book Center. Here are the details on that. I’ll likely be going in this next weekend to sign the first batch of orders. The writing is chugging along. Wheee!
  • Popping In

    John Scalzi
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    I noted earlier in the week I was going to put in a self-promotion thread today, but then I realized that very quickly I’m coming up on the thing where I do a whole week of self-promotion threads for the holidays, so I’m gonna in fact hold off until the first week of December. Sorry about that. In its stead, please find below Tweets I Made Last Night When I Was Not High. Seriously I wasn’t high. Imagine if I were. ARE WE THERE YET? I mean, existentially, and as a species. — John Scalzi (@scalzi) November 20, 2014 Just realized "Let's do the time warp…
  • New Books/ARCs, 11/19/14

    John Scalzi
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:46 pm
    As promised on Monday, here are the new books and ARCs that have come to the Scalzi Compound in the last couple of weeks. And I think it’s a very interesting haul. Let me know if you agree in the comments by telling me which books here most interest you.
  • Winter’s Here + “Lock In” a Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist + Other Stuff

    John Scalzi
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    Dear Autumn: Your contract clearly specified that you were to work until December 21st, with some allowances for part-time work after the pie was served on Thanksgiving. However, as the above photo clearly indicates, you are now in breach of contract. Please come see us to discuss this matter. Thank you. That will be all. In other, entirely unrelated news, Lock In has made the final round of the Goodreads Choice Awards, in the Science Fiction category. That’s pretty cool, so if you voted for the book in the previous two rounds, thank you. I would encourage you to do so again, or if…
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    Magical Words

  • On images and social media

    Carrie Ryan
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    I’m by no means a graphic designer.  When my first book came out in 2009 I relied on a friend to design my bookmarks, and while she’s wonderful and did a fantastic job, I was always frustrated that I had to rely on someone else. I felt like being able to do this sort of thing myself would be a useful skill.  So I downloaded a trial of Photoshop thinking that maybe I could figure it out, and was immediately overwhelmed.  I looked into actually taking a Photoshop class but it was absurdly expensive (and I knew that if I didn’t use what I learned regularly, I would just…
  • Home From Atomacon

    Misty Massey
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:23 am
    I was fortunate enough to be a guest at Atomacon last weekend in Charleston SC.  It was the second year for this con, and I was happy to see that attendance increased by a noticeable margin. (It would be way cool to see some of you guys there next year!) I appeared on several panels, one of which was “Ten Things That Will Make An Editor Stop Reading”.  It was based on things we covered during the Live Action Slush panels at ConCarolinas (for those of you who weren’t there, we asked people to submit the first page of their work without their names attached.  David, Faith…
  • On working with others

    Carrie Ryan
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    Often people will find out I’ve co-written a novel with my husband and they’ll say, “I could *never* do that — we’d kill each other!”  And to be honest, even when JP and I started writing The Map to Everywhere, we weren’t sure how well it would work.  We’re both stubborn and opinionated and I don’t think it would have surprised either of us if we’d had to scrap the project (we’d already agreed that our marriage came first). Happily, we found that we compliment each other in the best of ways and writing Map together was a…
  • Nano Nano!

    Misty Massey
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:15 am
    No, I’m not trying to awaken your inner 80’s kid.  Eleven days ago, NaNoWriMo began.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, it stands for National Novel Writing Month, and the point is for you to write 50,ooo words of a novel/story/work.  If you’re a slowpoke writer like me, NaNo can be a useful tool to help spill lots of words in a short amount of time. I’ve always been the type to work better under a deadline, but it has to be a real one, set by someone else.  NaNo ends on the last day of November, so if I want to successfully achieve the required words, I…
  • On goals and collaboration

    Carrie Ryan
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:25 pm
    I’m so excited that it’s finally release week for The Map to Everywhere, the first in a four book middle grade fantasy adventure series I’m co-writing with my husband, John Parke Davis! YAY! In honor of the release, I wanted to share a bit about the origins behind the series because this entire journey really has felt like a dream come true. From an early age I knew I wanted to be an author even though I wasn’t really sure how one became such a thing. During my final semester in college I realized that if I wanted to write for a living, I’d better get started actually writing…
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  • SHATTERED SHIELDS releases today!

    4 Nov 2014 | 11:34 am
    BAEN’s military fantasy anthology, edited by Jennifer Brozek and Bryan Thomas Schmidt, is live off the presses. Featuring stories by Elizabeth Moon, Larry Correia, Gray Rinehart, Annie Bellett and lots of other cool people, this is one of the most action-packed anthologies I’ve had the pleasure of being in. My contribution, “Deadfall”, is set in a world where foreign raiders (literally) drop from the sky, and where practicing magic saps away your sanity. It features a bit of a twist ending and nice little action sequence shortly thereafter.
  • Interview at

    1 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Fun new interview up at, where I discuss the initial concept for Castles in the Sky and expound at not-too-very-great-length about short story writing techniques. ---------------------------------------------- cross-posted from ----------------------------------------------
  • The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

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

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

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

  • The Light of Story…

    Alma Alexander
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:06 am
    Disclosure: a version of this essay first appeared here The books of the Were Chronicles might be the most ambitious thing I have ever attempted, and that includes highly complex novels like “Secrets of Jin Shei” where I had to keep track of eight full-time protagonists and what their particular stories were doing at any given time and how they all fit together. But that was *one book*, and these…? Well, let me start at the beginning. The Were Chronicles were born as a short story. There was this anthology with a were-critter theme, and I hit upon this wonderful idea which I had never…
  • Yes, but can you relate…?

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

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

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

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

    tate hallaway
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    In case you're following the School for Wayward Demons as it comes to press, we had another installment yesterday "The F.U. Cake":Art by Alexis CookeThings are starting to get interesting at the School, so you don't want to miss any installments.In other news, my Japanese class had a dinner out at Tanpopo last night. I had the Age-Dashi Tofu appetizer, and, because it was a blustery winter night, the Nabeyaki Udon, which is a kind of hot-pot stew that comes in a clay pot with (in this case) fish cakes, chicken, mushrooms, hrimp tempura, tamagoyaki (the…
  • In Case You Missed it....

    tate hallaway
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    Rachel and I published our next episode last Thursday to the School of Wayward Demon's site: "Aftershocks Run Deep."Check it out. We're pretty deep into the story now and a lot of the ensemble cast is really starting to show off their personalities and the world around them is deepening. It's that part of the story that starts to feel lived in.I also did a really fun back-and-forth via email interview with Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith, the authors of a new YA dystopian novel called, Stranger that will eventually be published on Gay YA. I'll post a link here when…
  • Ordering Hidden Folk

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    This is where to order my new book. 20% off for preorders. A heck of a deal.
  • A Lot of Links....

    tate hallaway
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    I'm doing a lot of things right now, and I've gotten behind on telling you where they are, so this is going to be a lot of linkage, as it were.First, I managed a chapter on my WattPad WIP.  This chapter is called: "Mending Fences."  In it, our heroine finally has a little down time.There's a new chapter from Tuesday up on the joint project I'm doing with Rachel Gold on our Enter the UnSeen page:  "Post-Apocalyptic Pizza." In a moment of synchronicity, this is also a kind of downtime moment for our ensemble cast, and, like in the Alex piece, it's a time for learning things about…
  • New Book

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    This is collection of stories based on Icelandic literature and folklore, which is due out this month.
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    Joe Abercrombie

  • Half a King UK MMP Cover

    Joe Abercrombie
    7 Nov 2014 | 3:34 am
    Because one cover reveal in a week is never enough, here’s the forthcoming UK Mass Market Paperback cover for Half a King: A less graphic, more filmic design choice … This one’s going to be hitting British stores in January, just ahead of the February release of the hardcover Half the World.  You can find some further info over here…
  • Half the World UK Cover

    Joe Abercrombie
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:51 am
    Yes indeed, SFX have revealed the UK hardback cover for Half the World… I said, “Half The World is the story of Thorn, a young woman determined to take a man’s place as a warrior, who finds herself on the crew of the deep-cunning Father Yarvi, undertaking a dangerous voyage up the unmapped rivers of the world to seek allies against the numberless warriors of the High King. There’s love, hate, death, wit, vivid characters, crunching action and, yes, an awful lot of swords…” It’s coming 12th February 2015, but you could probably preorder via the publisher and a range of…
  • Progress Report Oct ’14

    Joe Abercrombie
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:06 am
    Slight delay on this month’s progress report, but I’ve been at Lucca Games and Comics without a reliable internet connection.  An amazing event, by the way, with untold crowds rammed into the old walled city.  Don’t think I’ve ever seen such swarms of excited and enthusiastic people, or such a high density of dedicated cosplayers. Anyway, another couple of months roll by.  Page proofs of Half the World for both the US and UK editions have now been read over so the text is finished, and aside from some work on maps, copy, covers and etc. the book is done and ready…
  • Fury

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

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

  • Fetishes, Flaming and Facts

    10 Nov 2014 | 11:15 pm
    A few weeks ago an extremely popular, Canadian interview host, Jian Ghomeshi, was fired from CBC radio. When this first happened, CBC said it was because of information they had received about Ghomeshi. Well, that was rather mysterious. I point out that I also heard this on CBC Radio, not on another station. (I don’t have TV so I get my news by listening to radio.) Then Ghomeshi put out a  statement that he has a kinky lifestyle and indulges in bondage and domination, and that CBC found this “sexual behavior was unbecoming of a prominent host.” Ghomeshi in the Q studio.
  • Fall Soups: Squash, Rice and Chicken

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

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

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

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

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    27 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In any case, Happy Thanksgiving! I am roasting a chicken with root vegetables (onions, potatoes, carrots, turnips, parsnips). The cranberry orange sauce is made. The dressing about to be made. (It's not in the bird.) Dessert is Kemp's moose tracks ice cream. Then a movie.May we all have peace and justice and happy gatherings in the coming year.
  • Identity Politics Yet Again

    27 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    Patrick read the emails I got from Wiscon programming and was furious. He said they were ageist and showed deep disrespect to an elder (me). P. takes his Native heritage fairly seriously and respecting elders is a major issue in Native Communities. In any case, I don't think I can communicate with Wiscon again, which may be a problem, since I have several books coming out next year, and Wiscon -- in the past -- would have been the place to publicize them. Timmi Duchamp of Aqueduct Press is enthusiastic about the Social Justice movement in the SFF community. She believes it is the most…
  • More on Identity Politics

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    These posts on identity politics are lifted from a discussion on facebook. I was so clueless that I picked the day of the Ferguson verdict, when many people were feeling anger and grief, to question identity politics. I hadn't been paying enough attention to the verdict, since it seemed like a foregone conclusion. The cop would not be indicted. Anyway, this is more of my end of discussion:This is a fuzzy topic, and I made it worse by bringing up language. I should have picked a better day for it. But I think the question that comes up over and over is, what is to be done? We have a broken…
  • Identity Politics

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    I am wondering about identity politics at the moment, thinking about suggesting a panel for Wiscon. I have very mixed feelings. I can see good things coming out of identity politics, but I also wonder if -- overall -- they represent a retreat from the movements of the 1960s.At the moment I have feelings and dim intuitions, not a clear analysis. But I have been thinking of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement, a movement of black rank and file auto workers in the 1960s. At one point, they went to Johnny Watson, who was the editor of the Wayne State student newspaper and said, "We need a…
  • Ordering Hidden Folk

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    This is where to order my new book. 20% off for preorders. A heck of a deal.
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  • Kindle Promotion

    Neal Asher
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    Ass hat that I am I completely forgot about this. These books are in a Kindle promotion until Friday, so you can get 'em cheap:- Gridlinked- Brass Man- The Departure- Zero Point- Jupiter WarThis covers both the US and the UK. Here I just spotted that Brass Man is available for 99 pence while I've been told that in the US the price is $1.55UpdateNo, I'm wrong. Apparently I can buy it from for $1.55 but US citizens have to pay the full price. The deal obviously only applies to the UK. 
  • Neal Asher Video Clip

    Neal Asher
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:40 pm
    I think this was the last 'fan question' video clip I did back in 2013. Well, a lot has changed since then, including me, so maybe it's time for me to have another crack at one of these clips? Anyway, to that end stick your questions in the comments section below. When I've got enough I'll do a video clip ... maybe.
  • Kazani 2014 in Papagiannades

    Neal Asher
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    At the end of my stay in Crete this year, as on numerous occasions before, it was raki time. This is signalled two or three weeks beforehand by knackered old trucks loaded down with big brown barrels or monolithically stacked up crates of grapes. They make the raki at the end of October and start of November. Unlike what a lot of people seem to think, it is not made out of grape waste – out of what’s left over after the grapes have been pressed for wine – but whole grapes.Fermentation is a few weeks. As every wine maker knows that’s when the yeast works hardest and produces the most…
  • Back to Grey Skies

    Neal Asher
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    So here I am back in the land of grey skies, the droning of the BBC and, for me, seemingly endless bloody paperwork.  First I opened my parcels to see free copies of the American editions of some of my books and also a German edition of The Departure – I’d forgotten they were even doing a translation.   As discussed elsewhere I should have saved the parcel opening as rewards to myself for opening letters. As it was I spent all evening opening letters, discarding rubbish and trying to put the rest into some sort of order. I did discover a great load of letters from a debt…
  • 3D Printing with Jeff Perkins

    Neal Asher
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:53 am
    Those of you that follow me on Facebook or Twitter @nealasher will be aware that throughout the winter I read a lot of science articles – usually about ten every morning until my mind has warmed up a bit. Of the many things I’ve been following with interest is the evolution of the 3D printer. This is one of those items I’ve mulled over getting for myself, and I may yet buy one (though a quadrotor, satellite watch and underwater camera are first on my shopping list). It was, therefore, great to see that one of my fans, JeffPerkins, has a 3D printer and has been posting his…
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    The Battersblog

  • Review: An Advancement Of Learning

    Lee Battersby
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:39 am
    An Advancement Of Learning by Reginald Hill My rating: 4 of 5 stars Thoroughly entertaining read, full of acerbic humour and tightly plotted mystery, with well-drawn characters who jump from the page and demand the reader take notice of them. Bawdier and more pointed than the TV series that led me to it, this is an utter delight of a crime novel, and one that has me scurrying back to the library tomorrow to fetch a new volume of Hill's work. View all my reviews

    Lee Battersby
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:54 am
    I turned 44 years old on Tuesday. To be honest, I don't know what to make of it. Lyn and the kids were beautiful to me, allowing me time to open and build my great big birthday Lego set and serving me a dinner created especially for me. And my bonus sons Aiden and Blake, as well as their respective girlfriends, gave me gifts that showed they really did think about what I like and what sort of person I am when I allow myself the space to simply be my private self.It's a big thing, for me, when I receive gifts from my bonus children-- I came into their lives when they were pushing towards their…
  • Review: The First Book of Lankhmar

    Lee Battersby
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
    The First Book of Lankhmar by Fritz LeiberMy rating: 4 of 5 starsImmensely fun romp through the bedrock of modern fantasy with two engaging and enjoyable characters, until the constant overwriting and simmering misogyny begins to chafe just a little too often and a little too constantly for comfort. Cut the reading experience into thirds, along the dotted lines described by the volumes that make up the book, and refresh your palate in between them, and this remains a thoroughly fun experience. It just requires the reader to be understanding of its real world cultural roots, otherwise you'll…
  • Review: Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction

    Lee Battersby
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:11 am
    Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction by Patricia HighsmithMy rating: 3 of 5 starsDesperately dated and old-fashioned how-to that shows its age. While there are still nuggets of relevance o be picked out on the matters of narrative construction and motivation, there's nothing here that can't be found in more contemporary guides by current authors, and the out-of-date personal comments and prevailing attitude of the book are best left in the era in which the book was first written. View all my reviews

    Lee Battersby
    9 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    So here we are, then. The 9th of November. By nano stats, that means I should have completed 15 000 of my unholy mess novel as of tonight. That means that, as of tonight, I'm only 7.56 days behind where I'm supposed to be!But, like Jesus said when his Mum wanted to know who pinched all the tuna sandwiches, I have a hell of an excuse. Let's break it down, shall we?Wednesday 29 October: Agree with Luscious Lyn that the Batthaim has become too big, expensive, difficult to maintain and draining. Decide to sell the place.Thursday: Appoint real estate agent we've been sniffing around for a while.
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    throw another bear in the canoe

  • will they fly all night if there's no place to land?

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    A moment of silence on this Thanksgiving day, while I contemplate what it is that I can do to help others.The Ferguson Public Library donation fund | The Ferguson Defense Fund |  The St. Stephen's Food Bank
  • i won't rest before the world is made

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:50 pm
    It's my third day in a row of resuming a regular yoga practice. Why do I let myself forget how beneficial this stuff is when I get busy and harried and made of deadlines and travel? And oh, I have lost so very much ground. Sigh.Well, we learn through the humility of knowing how much work we have to do. So I guess there's that, at least.Don't keep up with the maintenance, face the repairs...
  • i don't want knowledge. i want certainty.

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    I'm sitting on the sofa with the dog and a cup of tea. So life is pretty much what it should be, as far as the dog is concerned.Been a productive couple of days. The book is with truepenny, and I'm busy cleaning up the mess my to-list has become in the throes of noveling. So, registered for health insurance, found a new dentist, made an appointment with the dentist, got with the chimney sweep and made an appointment to get the chimneys done, paid bills, bought flights, made hotel reservations, went for a run (went better than I feared, considering thirty-one days of mostly slugitude),…
  • papa bought a pistol, says he's gonna lead a life of crime

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Everything is pain. Especially my left hip. And my brain.But something like a draft is done, and mailed off to truepenny, casacorona, and arcaedia. The end is a horrific kludge, and I don't care.I'm going to drink a beer and eat curry.
  • how hard would it have been to say some kinder words instead?

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    Winter is coming. Which means 'tis almost the season for Jethro Tull. ;)(Actually, around here, Tull Season is pretty much any time. But any excuse to break out those wonderful songs about cold weather and dysfunctional families is a good excuse.)(That would be from the first Tull tour I ever saw: the Rock Island tour, which I attended in Halloween at the New Haven Coliseum in 1989.)And now, it's time to quit stalling and try to write the last chapter of this book. Nothing left but the kaboom, anyway. THE END IS NIGH.I'd rather be doing all sorts of things. Teacup today: The blue and white…
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    Vicious Imagery

  • New edition of Doctor Who: Amorality Tale out soon

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:18 pm
    One of my Doctor Who novels is getting a new edition from BBC Books in February 2015. Amorality Tale is part of the The History Collection, a range of eight historical adventures that includes beloved Who novels such as Paul Cornell's Human Nature [which he adapted for David Tennant's Doctor on TV], The Witch Hunters by Steve Lyons, The Stone Rose by Jac Rayner, and The English Way of Death by Gareth Roberts [quite how my page turner snuck on to the list I don't know, but consider me chuffed nonetheless]. Alongside new paperback editions with lovely new covers, the novels will also all issued…
  • Apply now for two-day Screen Lab 2015 - it's free!

    17 Nov 2014 | 12:38 am
    Screen Lab 2015 is an intensive, two-day course on breaking into screenwriting - and it's free! Organised by the inestimable Scottish Book Trust, the lab will be run by award-winning writer/director Adrian Mead in Edinburgh next February.The applicants lucky enough to get selected will learn from Adrian and guests about realities of the script development process, and how to break in. This is a priceless opportunity to discover what happens in the industry, from a working writer/director.Having been mentored by Adrian, I can testify to the wit and wisdom he offers - indeed, we have him as a…
  • If this doesn't make you smile, nothing will...

    7 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Best. Laugh. Ever.
  • Genius: why music sounds better on vinyl

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

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

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Young MC's only hit from the 80s, "Bust a Move," is certainly catchy and infectious. And the video is amusingly charming in its own 80s way. But you know what I always remember about this song? That maniac bass player with the stuffed animal pants. That's just magnificently weird, and I've never gotten that image out of my head. Previously on Friday Night Videos... Pink Floyd. Now Playing: Dave Davies Unfinished BusinessChicken Ranch Central
  • Friday Night Videos

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    Well, it's no "Wish You Were Here." It's not even "Learning to Fly." Polly Samson is never going to be mistaken for Roger Waters. But "Louder Than Words is the last new Pink Floyd song we're ever likely to get (not counting a handful of early unreleased recordings, including pre- and post-Barrett material), so that's worth celebrating. The album, The Endless River, is apparently not too much like the long-rumored The Big Spliff, even though it repurposes some of that material--notably Rick Wright's keyboard tracks. There are sections that don't quite hold together, and "Talkin' Hawkin'"…
  • That was the move that was

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    This past weekend, we moved. And moved. And moved some more. I know because today I am sleep-deprived and very, very achy. I broke my kneecap in a car wreck 30 years ago, and halfway through Friday it started to swell on me and spasm in protest against all the work I was making it do. It's probably been close to 20 years since it acted up thusly. My hands ache. My fingers are swollen and sincerely do not want to bend. I'm certain I became dehydrated several times over the course of the weekend, and ended up taking multiple showers each day because I reeked that badly. Still, the move is…
  • Friday Night Videos

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

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

    12 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
    Ah, World Fantasy was such fun -- so many of my favorite people in one place. While the usual woes of not getting to meet/see everyone All The Time exists, I got to spend a happy-making number of hours hiding out and gabbing with dear friends. Yay. Also, writing Catwoman has changed my dear Genevieve... Here she is stealing my earring at the mass signing: A #DCLadies pic with @Gwenda at WFC: "Writing #Catwoman has changed Genevieve." (Sorry, Lois!) — Genevieve Valentine (@GLValentine) November 10, 2014 We had two fabulous meals at…
  • Is This Thing On? And World Fantasy Schedule!

    4 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    Hello, my darlings! I'm sorry to have vanished, but between launch month for Girl on a Wire and doing Lois edits (turned in Friday!) the month got away from me. First though, I want to say thank you to everyone who has read, bought, checked out from the library, reviewed or told someone about the circus book of my heart. If you haven't yet, well, there's no time like the present. *bats eyelashes* Especially after watching that Nik Wallenda city walk over Chicago. Wasn't that something? Thrilling. It's been so long since I updated here, I've forgotten what I have…
  • Antics & Etc

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

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

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

  • A Year in Pictures – A Napoleonic Dinner

    Swan Tower
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    This work by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. I’m not enough of a food photographer to have a really splendid picture appropriate for Thanksgiving, but in lieu of that, I give you this dinner table from the apartments of Napoleon III, in the Louvre. Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there. This entry was also posted at Comment here or there.
  • A Year in Pictures – Miners on a Rope

    Swan Tower
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    This work by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. The miners in the Wieliczka Salt Mine used to descend to their work hanging from slings on a rope. Near the end of your tour of the mine, they have an animatronic setup to show you how it was done. (Oh, and that lamp? It’s made of salt. Of course.) Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there. This entry was also posted at Comment here or there.
  • A Year in Pictures – Sundial at Shurijo

    Swan Tower
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    This work by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. I took this picture in the full knowledge that I was almost exactly replicating a photo taken by my brother and sister-in-law on their trip to Okinawa. But I wanted my own version! I have a thing for sundials, and the cement between the tiles gives the roofs a weirdly stripey look. Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there. This entry was also posted at Comment here or there.
  • A Year in Pictures – Snake Charmer

    Swan Tower
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    This work by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. This fellow was performing on the street in (I think) Kumarakom, in the Indian state of Kerala. As cheesy as it is, I have to admit that watching somebody actually do the snake-charming thing is pretty awesome. Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there. This entry was also posted at Comment here or there.
  • A Year in Pictures – Delos Poppies

    Swan Tower
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    This work by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Too many years have passed since my honeymoon for me to remember the significance of this bit of ruin on the Greek island of Delos. The bright contrast of the poppies, however, remains. Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there. This entry was also posted at Comment here or there.
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  • Sci Fi Cinema... great things coming!

    David Brin
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    Before diving into a flood of great new movies on the horizon... or in the past...== The Long View of Civilization ==The Long Now Foundation is one of the funnest expressions of techie zealotry (with a bit of Stewart Brand/Ken Kesey thrown in.) Their new bar-slash-hangout-for-fulture-oriented-folk -- The Interval -- is one of the hottest new things in San Francisco.  Managed by my old ArchiTECHS chum, Alexander Rose, the Foundation is also running a brickstarter campaign to support the creation of a MANUAL FOR CIVILIZATION.... starting by collecting a library of essential books for…
  • Peering at the Future...

    David Brin
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    This weekend's posting is mostly a potpourri of interesting miscellany. But we'll start and end with some items about... prophecy!No, not reading tea leaves or goat entrails, but the kind that obsesses everyone from bureaucrats to corporate heads to school teachers to stock brokers to moms n' dads. Using those "lamps on our brows" -- our imaginative prefrontal lobes -- to poke a stick into the future we are running across, discovering opportunities and errors just in time.I'll start with an item in the news.  Today -- very, very quietly -- the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence…
  • Sea Change or Swan Song: Part II: Deeper fundamentals of U.S. politics

    David Brin
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    Last time we explored the many reasons why the advance of the Republican Party, in the U.S. mid-term elections, may be a lot of sound and fury, signifying very little. For example, nearly all of the Senate contests this year inherently disadvantaged Democrats… but a large majority of those in 2016 imperil defending Republicans. This time, I’d like to dive into some other factors that veer away from those wrangled-over by the media.== Differences in personality ==Lest anyone conclude “Brin is just a reflex liberal”… in fact, I have given keynotes at libertarian conventions…
  • The U.S. election: a sea-change for the GOP? Or swan song?

    David Brin
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    A notion has spread -- foisted not just by cable news, but all media -- that the recent U.S. mid-term elections manifested some kind of tidal surge favoring Republican Party policies. Alas, the most disturbing thing about that meme is how pathetically easy it is to refute. 1) Democrats in 2014 had to defend 13 Senate seats in red or purple states. Mostly, the GOP reclaimed a number of naturally-red seats that had swung out of their grasp in a wave of revulsion toward the Bush era, amid Barack Obama’s first landslide. Here's your GOP "wave" - Montana, South Dakota, West Virginia,…
  • Is this intelligence? And more science...

    David Brin
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Commencing our weekend science roundup -- leaving comets (!) for another time.... On io9... fast becoming the "it" site for open and hungry minds... George Dvorsky's column takes on some big picture stuff.  In a recent posting, he interviewed me about artificial intelligence (AI) and how we can get into a good mental state to take on the many issues involved: Are We Overthinking the Dangers of Artificial Intelligence?== Genes for longevity? ==George goes on in another article to explore " “supercentenarians” living past 110. Superficially, it would seem that there…
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    Dispatches from Tanganyika

  • Pain Scale

    Billy Martin
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:17 pm
    What is even the pain scale? How are you supposed to pick a number? Is 10 equivalent to, like, being burned alive at the stake? It's not supposed to be the worst pain you've ever felt, but the worst you can imagine. Well, I can imagine a lot. They don't know they're dealing with the guy who wrote the infamous screwdriver scene. So if I say I'm feeling a 7, that's pretty damn bad.Sorry, I am delirious with pain and for once it's not my damn back, but my damn teeth, which have been plaguing me. Help is on the way, though.
  • Happy Halloween!

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

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

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

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

  • New covers for the METAtropolis novellas, which will be available as eBooks for the first time early next year (but much sooner for Kickstarter backers)

    Tobias Buckell
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    The METAtropolis series is the multiple Audie-award winning and Hugo nominated series that I wrote three novellas for. I am turning these novellas into eBooks that will go on sale early next year. A lot of people have loved the audio versions, but wanted to have text versions to read, and not everyone listens to audio. I asked Jenn Reese at Tiger Bright Studios if she would work on the covers, and she came up with these. I love them:     I’m including these three novellas, which are only available as audiobooks right now, as free eBooks in the stretch goals for my Kickstarter…
  • Xenowealth Kickstarter update: tweaked stretch goals include free METAtropolis novellas (first time in text format for readers) & other updates

    Tobias Buckell
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    The Xenowealth Kickstarter is rocking it at 380% over it’s goal. 144 backers, and we’ve unlocked several stretch goals. You’re all blowing me away. One of my readers asked if I’ll include an essay about the origins of the Xenowealth and how I came to build it. I thought that was a great idea, and updated the Kickstarter and table of contents to include that I’d be doing such an essay. But I’ll also open this up. I know some of my readers of this blog have read the books repeatedly in order to do in depth reviews and some scholarship on the books and…
  • Well, Xenowealth: A Collection had a heck of a first day on Kickstarter

    Tobias Buckell
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    I stayed up late the night before yesterday, and at 12:03 I launched the Kickstarter for Xenowealth: A Collection. The last time I did this was in 2012. In 2011 I Kickstarted my Xenowealth novel ‘The Apocalypse Ocean,’ something that created a lot of buzz as it was still pretty rare more for a novelist at the time. The last collection I did was Mitigated Futures, in early 2012. So I have those two campaigns to draw from and compare. I launched at just past midnight to take advantage of evening West Coast backers. I wanted it up for morning Europeans as well in the wee hours (for…
  • My latest short story collection, Xenowealth: A Collection, now live on Kickstarter

    Tobias Buckell
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Wow, the last time I did this was well over two years ago. My crowd funding fu might be a little rusty. But here we go: I’m using Kickstarter to take pre-orders and crowdfund my latest short story collection, which will be coming out as an eBook, paperback, and hardcover. And this is going to be something special to me, because it’s the collection of all the Xenowealth stories. The working title as I planned this out and waited for the rights to all arrive was ‘Pepper Unleashed.’ So if you like the character, you might enjoy this… Here are the deets: In early…
  • There’s a new, high-paying short SF market in town from Motherboard. Some thoughts on Terraform’s launch

    Tobias Buckell
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:47 pm
    A new weekly short story and daily SF blog launched recently. Terraform, from Motherboard, the people from Vice. Critics may argue about science fiction’s literary origins—Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein! No, Gulliver’s Travels!—but the genre metastasized in the 1950s and 60s, through the vehicle of pulp magazine publishing, as fantastic short stories and serialized adventures. Short stories are the DNA of the genre; bite-sized futures and parallel realities designed to jar their readers into radical disconnection with the present-day. Surely we have room for short stories again in our…
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    Dark Roast

  • Coffeeneuring #7b: because I didn't get coffee.

    Emma Bull
    16 Nov 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The point of coffeeneuring is to ride and get coffee. Yesterday I aced part one, and totally failed part two. So today, in spite of 12 degrees F and a new inch of snow, I bundled up after lunch and rode Honey down to Angry Catfish Bicycles and Coffee.Where I got a latte with honey. And a tulip on top.So as it turned out, it was seven weekends, eight different coffee shops.And I still forgot to have Will photograph my riding clothes.
  • Coffeeneuring #7: The Last Cold Time

    Emma Bull
    15 Nov 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Olivia does not consider this appropriate bicycling weather. Honey, however, doesn't object.In fact, Honey, whose last name is Badger, doesn't give a shit.That's a Mongoose Dozer, a single-speed fat bike with coaster brakes and 4" tires. Will bought it at Toys 'R' Us. For $199.Yes, she weighs nearly thirty pounds more than Olivia, at a guess. She's a lot heavier than a Surly Pugsley; Surly keeps their ($1200!) fat bikes surprisingly light by using specially-designed rims and tires. But Honey is stable as a table, Mabel, and what she loses in speed she more than makes up for in "Sure, we can…
  • On "safe space"

    Emma Bull
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    Partway through seventh grade, I transferred to a new school. It served a small community of residents who had mostly lived there all their lives; many had roots going back generations. My family, in contrast, moved every two or three years when my father was transferred to another of his employer's locations. I was used to making friends and getting along with new people.Except this time things were different. The principal considered me a troublemaker, and warned my friends, in front of me, to avoid my influence. My teachers ridiculed public figures I admired, even saying things about them…
  • Hi, there, space rock.

    Emma Bull
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    Congratulations to Philae, bravest little lander of them all, and good luck!
  • Coffeeneuring #6: In Which a Setback Proves Temporary

    Emma Bull
    9 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    The biggest challenge in this coffeeneuring thing is picking a coffee shop. We've got scads of 'em. I decided yesterday to continue to stick with the larger area I consider my neighborhood, rather than venturing to Lyn-Lake or Uptown or suchlike.It's just barely possible that this may have had something to do with 40 degrees F and a bit of a wind. Ahem.But I chose my outerwear carefully, and Olivia and I set off for Blue Ox Coffee at Chicago and 38th.My first disappointment was that there wasn't a bike rack anywhere in sight of the place. It's legal to lock your bike to a sign post in…
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    Stephanie Burgis

  • Giving Thanks

    Stephanie Burgis
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    This has been a tough autumn, I've been feeling helpless and horrified about the news this week, and right now I'm in the middle of my worst M.E. crash for a while...but that makes it even more important to me to focus on the stuff I'm truly thankful for right now. Since I live in the UK (where schools, oddly enough, do not close on the Thursday of American Thanksgiving! ;) ), my official Thanksgiving celebrations with family always have to wait until the weekend...but right now, on Thanksgiving day, I want to take the time to write this post.1. I am so thankful for the authors who write…
  • Stories of my year (7 published, 1 abandoned...and why)

    Stephanie Burgis
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:10 am
    Since it's mid-November, now, writers all around the internet are putting together lists of their award-eligible stories published in 2014. In a similar vein, I thought it would be nice to do a sum-up here of all the stories of mine that were published this year, for my own sake (because it's a lovely reminder to me that yes, I really did get stuff done this year, no matter how it sometimes felt) and also in case anyone had wanted to read them and missed them the first time 'round. I'll also talk a little at the end about the bigger story that I gave up on this year, and why I really needed…
  • A new discovery and a check-in

    Stephanie Burgis
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:39 am
    So, last week I posted here about my two big goals for this week: I wanted to start writing again, after two stressed-out weeks that were totally devoted to the house-move; and I wanted to have written at least 3,000 words by today, November 15. I promised to post back here for accountability......And hooray! I wrote every day this week from Monday onwards, and I ended up with 4600 new words for the week. Oh, do I feel so much better now!How about you guys? How did your goals for the week go?Over here, I'm feeling better in a lot of other ways, too. The new house is slowly, slooooowly coming…
  • A Reminder at Just the Right Moment

    Stephanie Burgis
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:13 am
    When you're in the middle of a big self-pity meltdown, there is really nothing better than hearing a knock on the door and finding a box of chocolate delights waiting for you, with a note from a friend that reads: Hang in there.Oh, do I have such good friends.I really was in total self-pity mode (my family left this morning, which is always hard and sad; I'm stressed and overwhelmed about a number of different house-move-related things, from the 40 boxes still waiting to be unpacked to the rat we've discovered in the new back garden; AND I got less than 3 hours of sleep last night, so my…
  • Focusing on the Good Stuff

    Stephanie Burgis
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    This has been a really, really hard week because of the move and various issues that have come up with that...but some really good things have happened, too, and I wanted to make sure I talked about them here.First of all, my short story "Red Ribbons" (a wildly romantic, tragic, feminist historical fantasy with vampires, set in Revolutionary Paris) was just republished in the Wicked Women anthology. Hooray! This is one of my personal favorites out of my own stories - I loved writing it, and I still love it - and it's part of a fabulous Table of Contents that includes stories by Juliet…
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    Mabfan's Musings

  • Giving Thanks

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

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:16 am
    My latest column for The Brookline Parent is on dealing with Night Terrors. Not exactly a column to enjoy, but I think some folks will find it of interest.
  • The Brookline Parent: Sukkah to Me!

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

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

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

  • Old Promos, New Promos

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:34 pm
    In case you’ve been sitting on a fence biting your nails, trying to decide whether to plunk down your hard-earned ninety-nine cents on a copy of my ebook Panglor during its Bookbub sale, you’ve got through tonight to make up your mind. Then the price goes back up, and there’ll be nothing I can do to help you, except pat your shoulder as you learn to live with your regret. But you don’t have to live with your regret. Just visit any of the major ebook stores, and be decisive! Join the other 2500 wooters suckers readers who have, er, joined in! (That's a real number, by the way. It's…
  • Riding a Comet!

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:11 pm
    The successful landing of Philae on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by the European Space Agency is a welcome bright spot in this month’s space news. Bright for science, and bright for the spirit of exploration. Well done, ESA! As I type this, I don’t know if Philae has yet run out of battery power. In case you’ve been living in a mine this week, Philae dropped across space to a landing, but took a few unfortunate bounces and ended up resting on a precarious spot with too much shadow for its solar cells. I wish we could send it a light! I’d even contribute my Stanley car jumpstart…
  • Panglor Goes Off the Deep End

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Panglor is kind of a weird guy, and Panglor is kind of a weird book. Much of it takes place on an extremely weird planet. You wouldn’t want to miss that, would you—all the weirdness? The guy feels as if he’s about to go off the deep end at any moment, and for a week the book is going off the deep end, at least with respect to price. (Is this another Bookbub special? Of course it is. Get the ebook for $0.99, for a limited time only.) I wrote Panglor in my late twenties, immediately following my second novel Star Rigger’s Way, which is a coming-of-age space adventure. Star Rigger’s…
  • The Haldemans Retire from MIT

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Science fiction writer Joe Haldeman and his wonderful wife Gay have retired from part-time teaching at MIT, after thirty years of teaching students the craft of fiction writing (Joe) and the art of writing clear, comprehensible English prose (Gay). Florida residents most of the year—unless you call them Earth residents, because I’ve never known a more well-traveled couple—they’ve been coming to Cambridge every Fall for the last thirty years, and we’ve managed to snag a dinner with them many of those years. Joe was one of the first professionals I met when I was a new writer entering…
  • Spaceship Two Crashes on Test Flight

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

  • Ferguson. Power.

    Matthew Cheney
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:36 am
    Ferguson, Missouri. Nov. 24, 2014. (Photo by Adrees Latif/Reuters)from "Power" by Audre Lorde:I am trapped on a desert of raw gunshot woundsand a dead child dragging his shattered blackface off the edge of my sleepblood from his punctured cheeks and shouldersis the only liquid for milesand my stomachchurns at the imagined taste whilemy mouth splits into dry lipswithout loyalty or reasonthirsting for the wetness of his bloodas it sinks into the whitenessof the desert where I am lostwithout imagery or magictrying to make power out of hatred and destructiontrying to heal my dying son with…
  • Fassbinder's Lili Marleen

    Matthew Cheney
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:07 am
    I attended a screening of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1980 film Lili Marleen at the Fassbinder: Romantic Anarchist series at Lincoln Center last weekend, and it was an extraordinary experience. This is one of Fassbinder's weirdest and in some ways most problematic films, a movie for which he had a relatively giant budget and got lots of publicity, but which has since become among the most hard-to-find Fassbinder films (which is really saying something!). Despite a lot of searching, I didn't come upon a reasonably-priced copy of it until I recently discovered an Australian DVD (seemingly out of…
  • The Hudson Prize and Blood: Stories

    Matthew Cheney
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:12 pm
      The first book written for adults that I ever coveted and loved and read to pieces was a short story collection: Stephen King's Night Shift, from which my cousin read me stories when we were both probably much too young, and which was one of the first books I ever bought myself. Ever since then, short story collections have seemed to me the most wonderful of all books.I started publishing short stories professionally with "Getting a Date for Amelia" back in 2001. I barely remember the kid who wrote it (in the summer of 2000). I'm not a prolific fiction writer; I've been lucky enough to…
  • "On the Government of the Living" at Interfictions Online

    Matthew Cheney
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    The marvelous Interfictions Online has now published my short story/prose poem "On the Government of the Living".The piece, which takes its title from Michel Foucault but is not otherwise especially erudite, began purely as an exercise: I wanted to see if I could take what the Turkey City Lexicon calls "White Room Syndrome" and actually make it a viable, necessary element of the story. (Whenever a writing guide says, "Don't do this!" I inevitably want to try it out...) The effect, perhaps unsurprisingly, is rather Beckettesque.
  • Notes on Passages from J.M. Coetzee's Foe

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

  • crowleycrow @ 2014-11-27T10:26:00

    John Crowley
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    NY Times:Greek Navy Aids Disabled Ship With Hundreds of Migrants You wonder what the migrants could do to help, and where the Greek Navy got them.
  • Dark composure

    John Crowley
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:41 am
    A new Microsoft product is called Lumia.  There is something Dark Ages about corporate uses of fake or dog-Latin to name their products.  Inevitably the tense, gender, spelling, part of speech or usage is wrong, sometimes all of these.  Lumia isn't Latin and Google Translate identifies it as a word in only one language:  Indonesian.  Of course they could have chosen Lumen, Latin for "light," but maybe they didn't think to look it up.  At some point in those ages the formula for the transubstantiation of the host into the body of Christ --…
  • crowleycrow @ 2014-11-02T17:34:00

    John Crowley
    2 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    I just noticed that my bag of Lay's potato chips, in its description of the goodness of its product, says as a first claim that it is made from "farm-grown potaoes."  I haven't heard any news about vat-grown or hydroponic potatoes, so I imagine that the phrase just means "potatoes" -- though it gives rise to thoughts that Lay's does not intend, I think, for me to think.  I am reminded of a shampoo I examined once that said it was "made from ingredients found in nature itself!"  Which made me wish for something that wasn't.
  • Distaff

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

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

    Peter David
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Originally published December 28, 2001, in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1467 I was both surprised and not surprised over the reactions I received to my column about my frustrations with fans. Michael M. of Mechanicsville, MD, wrote in to say, “A few weeks ago you wrote in your CBG column about comic book fans and how basically we’re all a bunch of jerks. Being a fan for well over half my life, I kinda agree with you. Some of the things I have seen at conventions and read online are pretty nasty. For such a wonderful (medium) as comic books, why are so many fans such imbeciles?” Michael then…
  • Legends of Tarzan, Harry Potter, and more

    Peter David
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Originally published December 21, 2001, in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1466 Various thoughts… Is anyone paying attention to the Legends of Tarzan animated series currently running in syndication? To the best of my knowledge, there has never been any dramatized version of Tarzan that has ever incorporated as much of the original Edgar Rice Burroughs material as this Disney follow-up to the animated feature has. Granted, there are changes, some of them rather arbitrary (Tarzan’s mate, Jane, for instance, is inexplicably a British brunette rather than a blonde American southerner.) But I was…
  • In Germany for Nexus Con, Part 2

    Peter David
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Originally published December 14, 2001, in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1465 The name of the restaurant in Berlin was, of all things, the American Western saloon. Never in a million years would have I gone anywhere near the place, even in America, but I had been doing my Q&A with the German audience at the Nexus Resurrection convention while my daughter Gwen had gone on ahead to get something to eat. This was the restaurant at the convention center. So that’s where they took her. I walked in and was stunned. The décor was beyond belief. The “saloon” was jam packed with all sorts of…
  • It’s been ages since I did an “Ask Me Anything” thread

    Peter David
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    Anything you want to know about? Ask away. PAD
  • In Germany for Nexus Con, Part 1

    Peter David
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Originally published December 7, 2001, in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1464 Back in the 1930s, there was a small shoe store in the heart of Berlin, run by a soft-spoken, unprepossessing Jew named Martin David. He had a wife, Hela, and a small boy named Gunter. The political situation had been deteriorating in Germany, and there were concerned noises from members of the Jewish populace, but there was a general belief that everything would calm down. How bad, it was figured, could it get? And then one night a brick was hurled through Martin David’s store window, and the shouts of “Dirty Jews!”…
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  • My SFContario Schedule

    11 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
    Here’s where you can find me at this weekend’s downtown SF convention… Fan Writing – There and back again Fanzines, ezines, and blogs come and go, and often return again in altered forms. What is it about fanzines that give them such resiliency? What are the advantages of these forms? What do readers and writers get from them? Friday 8PM – Gardenview With Warren Buff, Neil Jamieson-Williams, Ed Treijs, “Eppur Si Muove” (And Yet It Moves) Charged with heresy for saying the planets orbit the sun, Galileo answered the Inquisition with the famous words that…
  • Hydra’s Hearth – Hear Your Fave Authors Read!

    10 Nov 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I am excited to announce that I am one of a number of local SF authors who will be appearing this weekend in the Hydra’s Hearth Reading Series, at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 300 Jarvis Street. I’m closing out the series on Sunday, at 1:00 p.m. These readings are long–an hour long, in fact. This means that for the first time in ages, you can hear me read a whole story instead of just a tantalizing beginning. The piece I’ve chosen is called “The Boy Who Would Not Be Enchanted.” It’s set on Stormwrack, the same world as Child of a Hidden Sea and…
  • The Lesser Dead, by Christopher Buehlman

    4 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    So, everyone, what are you reading these days? Christopher Buehlman’s The Lesser Dead has been out for about a month now, and if you like your horror horrible (as opposed to romantic, edgy, or cuddlesome) I cannot recommend it enough. Here’s my review at, in which I try to say more than “oohh, oooh, squee, squee!” This week I am reading fourteen student novel openings and a book that won’t be out until 2015. Sneak peeks are one of the perks of the job, and I’m looking forward to telling you about this one closer to its release date. Originally…
  • Propitious Birds (Toronto Day 532)

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

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

  • Little Brother middle school English curriculum materials

    Cory Doctorow
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:16 am
    James Scot Brodie is a teacher at Presidio Middle School in San Francisco, where Jen Wang and I spoke last month on our tour for In Real Life; prior to my arriving, he assigned my book Little Brother to his students, and produced some curricular materials that he's generously given to me to publish. Little Brother Portfolio | Little Brother Acronym Challenge | Little Brother Biography project He writes, I was thrilled when the librarian announced that Cory Doctorow was going to make an appearance at our school. As an English teacher, aspiring writer, and complete nerd -- I find author visits…
  • Wide-ranging conversation with Portland’s KBOO about Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free

    Cory Doctorow
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Last month, I sat down for a long conversation (MP3) with Ken Jones for the Between the Covers at Portland, Oregon's KBOO community radio station, talking about my book Information Doesn't Want to be Free. They've posted the audio so people from outside of Portland can hear it too!
  • Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free interview with Baltimore morning radio

    Cory Doctorow
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:41 pm
    I'm heading to Ann Arbor, DC and Baltimore this week for a series of talks -- I did a a quick interview with Baltimore's WYPR (MP3) that came out very well!
  • Huxleyed into the Full Orwell

    Cory Doctorow
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    ​Huxleyed Into the Full Orwell is a new short story I wrote for Vice Magazine's just-launched science fiction section Terraform, which also has new stories up by Claire Evans, Bruce Sterling, and Adam Rothstein. "Huxleyed" is a story about the way that entertainment companies' war on general purpose computing could lead into a horrible mashup of the surveillance tyranny of Orwell and the entertainment tyranny of Huxley. The First Amendment Area was a good 800 yards from the courthouse, an imposing cage of chicken-wire and dangling zip-cuffs. The people inside the First Amendment area were…
  • Audio from Seattle Hieroglyph event with Neal Stepehenson

    Cory Doctorow
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:21 am
    Here's an MP3 of the audio from the Reigniting Society’s Ambition with Science Fiction event that I did with Neal Stephenson and Ed Finn at Seattle Town Hall on Oct 26, to promote the Hieroglyph anthology, designed to inspire optimistic technologies to solve the Earth's most urgent problems. I had a story in it called The Man Who Sold the Moon.
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    But Enough About Me!

  • Old Blog, New Blog

    Kate Elliott
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Until such time as I import posts, you can find all my previous blogging at my Live Journal blog. Mirrored from I Make Up Worlds.
  • NaNoWriMo 12: Don’t Think. Just Write.

    Kate Elliott
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:31 pm
    As I have mentioned multiple times in the last two days, I finally finished the revisions for BLACK WOLVES, the first volume of a new epic fantasy series. I wrote two days ago about what a difficult book this has been for me to write. I have early drafts of different versions of the opening going back to 2009 before I was overtaken by Cat Barahal’s story and wrote the Spiritwalker Trilogy. As it happens, the opening I have now is not any of the multiple iterations I trotted through their paces over the last five years. What I haven’t discussed is what my long-suffering editor at…
  • NaNoWriMo 13 & 14: Write What Is In You To Write

    Kate Elliott
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:30 pm
    NOTE: Due to two unexpected requests on a short deadline for non fiction pieces, I have combined today’s and tomorrow’s NaNoWriMo post into one. I have the hardest time defining “voice.” I think of voice in two ways. I believe (you are welcome to disagree) that every writer has a fairly consistent internal voice in terms of intrinsics, regardless of whether any given story will appear the same. By this I don’t mean that every one of their stories will be told in the same style or with the same point of view inflection but rather that they will bring their perspective, their…
  • A Change of URL for I Make Up Worlds

    Kate Elliott
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:28 pm
    This blog now lives at Links and trackbacks to the old URL will get 404s. My web page has changed design but remains at Thanks. Mirrored from I Make Up Worlds.
  • NaNoWriMo 13 & 14: Write What Is In You To Write

    Kate Elliott
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:04 pm
    NOTE: Due to two unexpected requests on a short deadline for non fiction pieces, I have combined today’s and tomorrow’s NaNoWriMo post into one. I have the hardest time defining “voice.” I think of voice in two ways. I believe (you are welcome to disagree) that every writer has a fairly consistent internal voice in terms of intrinsics, regardless of whether any given story will appear the same. By this I don’t mean that every one of their stories will be told in the same style or with the same point of view inflection but rather that they will bring their perspective, their…
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    The Incomplete Blog

  • [NaNoWriMo] "The Long Weekend" Day One

    Josh English
    1 Nov 2014 | 6:13 pm
    A couple of weeks ago we visited my sister-in-law at her college and we hit the colleg bookstore, as we do in our family. There I discovered a "new" book by Dashiell Hammet: The Return of the Thin Man. It contains the stories Hammet wrote for the first two sequels to the first Thin Man movie. Because it is a treatment for a movie script, it is "tight" writing and it is written in present tense omniscient.As I decided only Thursday what style of story to write, and that was based on Nick and Nora while using my established characters of Murdock Collins and Jordon Li, I…
  • [Politics] Oh, yeah. Elections

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

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

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

    Josh English
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Story A Day has moved. It has also revived itself with a quick piece on Care and Feeding by Tim Pratt, what was published at Daily Science Fiction last Friday.You can find my article here (but of course go read the story first).
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    The official home page of author Eric Flint

  • Spell Blind – Snippet 11

    Drak Bibliophile
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Spell Blind – Snippet 11 But when I pulled the door open, I found myself face to face with Billie Castle. Looking past her, I saw that the street and sidewalk were wet. It had rained while I was working with Namid. Seems my dad was right about that wind after all. The sky had cleared and the gibbous moon shone through the Acacia tree growing in my front yard. Even from the doorway, I could feel the moon’s pull, more insistent than last night, hinting at the power to come. Friday night. That’s when the phasing would begin. Billie opened her mouth to say something, but then…
  • Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 11

    Drak Bibliophile
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 11 “The Carinas served Pinot Chaasuar last time I dined at their demesne. It may have been a Pinot but it had never been closer to the Chaasuar than the nearest chemical laboratory.” Todd winced. “Did you feel the need to point that out to them?” “Well, obviously,” Linsye replied, clearly wondering why he asked such a stupid question. “They needed to know that they had been cheated.” Todd looked sorrowfully at Allenson. “Generally, I only escort mother somewhere twice – the second time to…
  • Castaway Planet – Chapter 14

    Drak Bibliophile
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Castaway Planet – Chapter 14 Chapter 14 Whips wallowed his body back and forth, feeling the coral-based sand squish reassuringly under him. “Hm. That will be good.” It had been quite a while since he built a land-nest — years ago, when he and his father had gone on a camping trip with the Kimeis, and that was long enough that he’d had to think about just how you did this right. His first attempt, about three meters away, hadn’t quite worked and ended as a loose sort of sand crater. It was supposed to be soft in the middle but still packed at the edges in…
  • Spell Blind – Snippet 10

    Drak Bibliophile
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Spell Blind – Snippet 10 Not to make excuses, but it’s hard to focus when you’re being stung by dozens of invisible, magic hornets. I tried to cast the deflection spell again, though I knew it wasn’t the right defense against this attack. It was the warding I knew best, the one I turned to when I didn’t know what else to do, and at that moment, I couldn’t even get it to work. I should have tried a simpler conjuring. There are lots of warding spells. One of them sheathed the body in a sort of magical cocoon; another, which I’d yet to learn, allowed a…
  • Castaway Planet – Chapter 13

    Drak Bibliophile
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Castaway Planet – Chapter 13 Chapter 13 Laura restrained the urge to leap forward. Panic would not help her. Even as she scanned the data from Sakura’s internal medical nanos, she categorized the symptoms of the shaky girl. Skin reddening… pupils dilating… heart rate increasing. Sakura was also looking dizzy, disoriented. The data from the nanos confirmed her guess. “It’s a hyoscyamine derivative, something like atropine. And a few other chemicals, too.” Thankfully, she knew how to counteract that kind of thing. It was in the basic medikit data. She first…
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    Mad Libs

  • In the mood

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:53 pm
    I’m in the mood to bake. I have been for awhile, but I’m actually getting off my ass to try some stuff out. Today I made upside down cranberry cake. I stupidly made it in a springform pan, which let a lot of juice leak out. But it was still tremendously good. I love the tartness of the berries. Is there any such thing as Cranberry jelly? Because I’m thinking I want to try to make some. I googled, and apparently jelly is usually cranberry sauce. So I’m going to have to experiment, methinks. Tomorrow I want to make some cranberry orange bread, and also some cinnamon…
  • Friday on Friday

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    Boy of size has had a really hard week. He’s been really sick, frequently in the middle of the night. That means that a) I’ve been a worried wreck, and b) I’ve been up much of the nights and during the days, and c) I haven’t gotten a lot of work done because even though he’s physically man-sized, he’s still a boy and he’s been in need of cuddling and snuggling and petting. So I have been taking care of him. I’ve been crazy tired. And you know what makes it worse? So today, he woke me up about five times between 4 a.m. and 7:30. He needs a hug…
  • It’s not as cold as Montana

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:46 pm
    And we don’t have six feet of snow. Or five. Or four. Or any. So I’m all about the happy on that front. It’s been cold here, but not as cold as Montana. Friend of mine sent me a card with the return address “Bitchin’ cold.” Found out that they are rehiring my position at UMW. They’ll be hiring an assistant professor higher than what I made, and I’d been there 14 years with full prof. This is part of the problem with Academia: salary impaction. In order to get a raise, you have to get an offer somewhere else, and if they say no, you pretty much…
  • news and news and news and news

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Or perhaps just a little news. This last weekend I attended Orycon, which was a lot of fun. My panels mostly went well and I enjoyed them. I got to talk about torture and the woman in the fridge, about urban fantasy and crime and noir and so on. I didn’t have a many people at my reading, which was too bad. I did get to hang with a number of friends and had a great time. Got to know some new folks, and that was terrific. Got a little bit of writing done and signed books at Powells on the last day. I laughed a lot. Unfortunately, I can’t remember many of the things overheard at cons…
  • Between here and there

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:18 pm
    First, I will say that I’m disappointed that Measure 92 in Oregon did not pass. I hope it comes up again and makes it. I would really like to know what’s in my food. As for all the rest of the measures and elections across the country? I worry about the Republicans being in charge, because there has been such an anti-woman bent to their agenda. That said, they claim that the Democrats are the problem with a lot of things, and maybe they are. Now the Republicans have two years to show whether they are interesting in showing up for the people or not. I don’t hold out high…
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    SF writer Gary Gibson

  • The New Writing Set-Up

    Gary Gibson
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:18 am
    I've made some recent changes and acquisitions with regards to my daily working environment which I thought it might be worthwhile detailing. The keys on my two and a half year old Macbook have been getting progressively spongier-feeling and less responsive, until finally the 's' key in particular became very nearly inoperative over the last several weeks. Other keys felt like they were starting to go the same way. I could have got the keyboard replaced for the equivalent of about £150, which is not an unreasonable amount to spend on fixing or upgrading the machine on which your livelihood…
  • Cities of the Dead and NaNoWriMo

    Gary Gibson
    1 Nov 2014 | 10:19 pm
    The CemeteryBecause it was Halloween I decided to visit a local graveyard. Actually, no, that's bullshit. I was going to go there anyway and it wasn't until I got home it occurred to me that hey, it's Halloween. Fudekeng Cemetery sprawls over a couple of hills to the south-east of Taipei. Having until recently only seen it from a distance, its tombs had previously looked to me like upmarket houses rather than a place you'd put dead people, which probably doesn't say much for my powers of observation. One of the curiously futuristic things about Taiwan  is that they build on pretty…
  • I, For One, Welcome Our...etc etc

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

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

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

  • T-6 days and counting.... (minus one day for Thanksgiving)

    Laura Anne Gilman
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    I just ate an entire Ghiradelli "sea salt soiree" bar. Okay, it took me all day to eat it, but I still feel like I've been run over by the stressmobile.Oh wait. I have been.*contemplates licking the wrapper for any crumbs I missed*
  • #Willwrite2feedothers update

    Laura Anne Gilman
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:14 pm
    I hate hammering away at this but at the same time, it's a cause I really believe in, so I'm gonna remind you (again) that the #willwrite2feedothers campaign is still going on, and you still have time to make a $10 or more donation to a local food bank (or volunteer an hour or more of time to same) and earn everyone a new short story from me for New Year's....(we're still 5 donations away from that story, and 20 away from the Bonus)And if - like me - you're wondering what practical thing you can do to help out the people in can make a donation to the St.
  • in the wan light of morning....

    Laura Anne Gilman
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    Last night's decision in Ferguson didn't surprise me.  I'm pretty sure it didn't surprise anyone.  But lack of surprise doesn't mean we think it's acceptable, or okay.Woke up this morning exhausted and still angry, and aware that I - a white woman - don't even know a fraction of it, and that makes me even more angry, because it shouldn't be like this. It shouldn't matter our skin color, as to how safe we feel when the people tasked with protecting us walk by.But from the comments made on Facebook and Twitter last night - some of them clueless or…
  • saw, saved, posted.

    Laura Anne Gilman
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
  • State of the Meerkat: Preparing to Fly

    Laura Anne Gilman
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    Spent the weekend split between sorting and storing, and revising the novella. And poking my brain at the short story that due next month. Semi-productive, in small ways that don't really have impressive-to-report markers.  :-(But we're at 9 donations confirmed, and 2 more promised for #willwrite2feedothers! Four more people stepping forward to do something kind, and you all get a new story! (19 more to get An Extra Bonus!) And yes, I've decided that hours-volunteered counts.  If you can document 1+ hour spent working for/with a food bank or other feed-in-need…
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  • Four white women talk about race

    Shannon Hale
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
    About thirteen years ago, I was on a work trip with several colleagues when we heard the news of police shooting an unarmed Black man (one of many such incidents in this country's history). The four of us (all white women) talked about this. Three of us felt sick by it and confused too, which I think is a sign of our privilege. Feeling confused and surprised by evidence of racism is the luxury of those who don't have to deal with it every day. The fourth woman, who I liked and admired generally, said something I haven't been able to forget: "Well, maybe the police had…
  • Reviews to cry for

    Shannon Hale
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    I've talked before about how reviews aren't for writers but for readers, and I mostly don't read them, but when a new book comes out, I allow myself to break my own rules and read some reviews. A book has been cooking for years often and hearing what people think is just too tempting! This morning I tiptoed to amazon and read this review by SallyBWT. When I read it to my husband, I started crying and then just sobbing. It does mean so much when your book finds a home. SallyBWT         We borrowed this from the library for my Kindergartner. She loved it so much we read it…
  • When my kids read my teenage journal

    Shannon Hale
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    I dug out my childhood journal this week to read for research. I showed my 10yo and 7yo entries from when I was their age. And then I left it out while I went to put my younger kids to bed. When I came back, my older kids had read on and found a post from when I was 14, depressed, and talking about killing myself. My initial reaction was shame and regret. I didn't want my kids to see in me that weakness. I was afraid of the mere topic of suicide. But I took a breath and said a prayer and we sat down to talk. It turned out to be an amazing conversation. They wanted to know why I'd…
  • Good Monday to you

    Shannon Hale
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    I don't have time to blog today but really want to stick with my goal of blogging every Monday. Doing some research for a presentation on graphic novels Dean and I are giving to teachers this week and I found this old bit Nathan Hale did from our launch of Calamity Jack nearly 5 years ago. Go see his cover reveal for his new Hazardous Tale graphic novel! Also on tour last week, Nate, Dean and I were in the basement of the Texas state capitol, standing in the hallway talking for 5 minutes. The entire time Mike Farrell (BJ from MASH) was standing three feet away from us and neither of them…
  • Has #WeNeedDiverseBooks changed you?

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

  • 27 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    Dogs left barking in houses and gardens and outside shops. The “moonlight collectors” on the roofs. An exchange which goes: “I’m your double.” “But you don’t look anything like me.” “So that’s how you see it, is it?”
  • the red lion

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
  • in the simulator

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:36 am
    This amazing browser fluid simulation made me think of the Light trilogy’s conscious dialogue with both Tarkovsky and the Strugatsky Bros about what individuals can “know” in their context. I think that stumbling about in what is essentially your own head, with indifferent epistemological tools at your disposal, is less of a big deal than it seemed to be to them. (It’s like life. It’s a world, you make no sense of it, then you die. Any sense has been made prior to conscious perception by all the non-conscious systems that run you, in conjunction with an…
  • 19 Nov 2014 | 12:48 am

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:48 am
    …then when we’re all stumbling about in the dark I’ll eat the ones who come near.
  • 17 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
    “In this collection of novels and stories, it’s fantasy that does the escaping, leaving readers and characters alike scrabbling at mirrors.” –David Hebblethwaite on Viriconium.
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    People are strange, when you're a stranger . . .

  • 27 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm

    27 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    As of the evening news, still about 50K customers without power in Maine.
  • Fame

    27 Nov 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Well, this latest storm gives us the official Snowiest November on Record.Whee.
  • Maine aerobics

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    Driveway cleared, sidewalks, steps, car.  Now on third cup of coffee . . .The city snowplow will be back to block us in.
  • 27 Nov 2014 | 4:17 am

    27 Nov 2014 | 4:17 am
    Meanwhile, in the wider world . . .…/30/world/meast/isis-female-slaves/
  • White Thanksgiving

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    Snow seems to be tapering off now, wind makes it hard to tell.  Air temperature 27 F, cloudy, wind N at over 20 mph gusting to 30.  We seem to have about 10" of new snow.Am deferring the newspaper walk . . .
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    Jim C. Hines

  • Two Thoughts on Ferguson

    Jim C. Hines
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    I’ve been doing a fair amount of reading, and mostly trying to just listen. But there were two points I wanted to put out there in response to people complaining that all of the anger in Ferguson and throughout the country is somehow misplaced. Statistics on “justifiable police homicides” in the U.S. (chart 1) are far from perfect. But when police are three times more likely to kill a black person than a white person, then we have a serious, widespread, and ongoing problem. Of course, if you grew up black in this country, you probably knew that already… — Graph 1…
  • Candygate, in a Nutshell

    Jim C. Hines
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    So this happened… (Also, this is my first time at trying to embed Tweets in a blog post, so I apologize in advance if it breaks something.) I may get flamed for this, but it has to be said. Blue M&Ms are unnatural and wrong. They’re an abomination of candydom. — Jim C. Hines (@jimchines) November 24, 2014 @jimchines But they were voted on and everything! — Queer Dalek (@Queer_Dalek) November 24, 2014 @Queer_Dalek I blame the gerrymandering of Candyland. — Jim C. Hines (@jimchines) November 24, 2014 @jimchines YOU MONSTER I AM NEVER READING YOUR BOOKS EVER OMG DEAL…
  • Juggling

    Jim C. Hines
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:22 am
    For the past month or two, I’ve felt like I’m struggling more than usual to keep up with everything. I’ve felt more stressed and frazzled, and I’m having a harder time making sure nothing slips through the cracks. Then this weekend I stepped back and realized I’m currently juggling four different books in different stages of production. Rise of the Spider Goddess comes out in eight days, with Unbound being released a month later. I’m trying to finish up the first draft of Revisionary, and there’s more revision work I need to do on Secret Unnamed…
  • Cool Stuff Friday

    Jim C. Hines
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Friday challenges you to a dance-off! Dorkly shares 50 behind-the-scenes photos from Star Wars IV – VI. (Includes 12-year-old Warwick Davis!) Working LEGO particle accelerator. (Okay, so it actually accelerates a LEGO soccer ball, but still!) Pugs!!! Food-tasting cats. Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
  • School Visit

    Jim C. Hines
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    I don’t do as many school visits as children’s authors and YA/MG authors do, but I occasionally get to stop by and chat with a class or a school. Today I got to go back to my old elementary school — the same school I attended in the late seventies and early eighties — and talk to two of the 4th grade classes. We talked about the process of writing and revising and getting feedback and submitting your work. We talked about practice, and how nothing is ever perfect, and none of us are born knowing how to write. We made up stories about mummies that came out of the TV and…
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    When You Stop Believing in It, It Doesn't Go Away

  • My Letter Advocating Police Cameras

    Alexander Irvine
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    Dear [Elected Representative],This letter is a call for congressional action to mandate that every police officer in this nation be outfitted with body cameras. Further, I call for the disabling or loss of those cameras to be made an actionable offense. Outfitting officers with cameras will provide a powerful disincentive for rogue behavior and also make citizens aware that their interactions with police are being recorded. When all parties are on video, situations are much less likely to escalate to the point of violence.In those jurisdictions where officers already wear cameras, both police…
  • Ursula K. Le Guin's Speech at the NBA Ceremony

    Alexander Irvine
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:36 am
    I know I already talked about this, but if you are a writer or a reader or someone who has any interest in American arts and culture, you really should watch this speech.
  • The Luxury of a Messy First Draft

    Alexander Irvine
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:25 pm
    One of the things I have occasion to think about, a lot and in great depth (or at least the kind of focus that one hopes will result in great depth), is the difference between working on original and licensed fiction. I do a great deal of the latter, and enjoy it; I do not very much of the former, and would enjoy doing more.Today I took an afternoon and sat with a pen and notebook working on a novel, all mine mine mine--and during the course of that work I started thinking about a signal difference in the composition process of a licensed novel when compared to an original novel. With…
  • Audio Version of "Wizard's Six"

    Alexander Irvine
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:55 am
    Clarkesworld has done an audio version of my story "Wizard's Six," recently reprinted there after its original appearance in F&SF back in 2007. Have a listen......and if you like it, you can head over to PS Publishing and pick up Mare Ultima (print | ebook), a novella-length expansion of "Wizard's Six" and another story, "Dragon's Teeth," also from F&SF.
  • Happy Birthday, Marvel Puzzle Quest

    Alexander Irvine
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Tomorrow it'll be a year since Marvel Puzzle Quest first appeared. I have the privilege to write this game (after Frank Tieri did all the hard work getting its initial Dark Reign storyline started), and I want to thank each and every one of the 3.7 million (and counting) people who have downloaded and played it. Here's an image with some cool info about the game, including the fact that it's the first Marvel game to feature the new Thor: Goddess of Thunder!
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    Nicholas Kaufmann's Journal

  • What I’m Thankful For

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Thanksgiving, the holiday in which I routinely overeat myself into an early bedtime and then find myself somehow eating even more the next day, is upon us tomorrow. There aren’t a lot of preparations for us to make this year — we’re visiting family in Connecticut and eating at the Quinnipiack Club instead of at home — but the miserable weather conditions in the Northeast are bringing on all the stress we thought we’d gotten rid of by not having to plan the meal. So far, though, it looks like Metro-North will be okay tomorrow, and despite my usual,…
  • The Scariest Part: Christopher Golden Talks About SNOWBLIND

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:32 am
    Welcome to this week’s installment of The Scariest Part, a recurring feature in which authors, comic book writers, filmmakers, and game creators tell us what scares them in their latest works of horror, dark fantasy, dark science fiction, and suspense. (If you’d like to be featured on The Scariest Part, please review the guidelines here.) I’m very pleased to have my dear friend and New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden as my guest. I’ve known Chris for well over a decade, I’ve hosted author roasts with him and been roasted by him, we’ve done…
  • After the Ferguson Verdict

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:50 pm
    We shouldn’t be worried about riots after the Ferguson verdict. We should be worried about more cops emboldened to shoot unarmed people. Because if you think they’ll never shoot at you and yours, you’re wrong.It’s not about keeping your nose clean and your head down. Remember, John Crawford was just talking on the phone at Walmart, holding an air rifle they sell at the store, when the cops gunned him down without even announcing their presence or telling him to drop the gun. Akai Gurley was just taking the stairs in his building when a cop shot him dead…
  • Sleepy Hollow: The Katrina Problem

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    I don’t blog about TV nearly as much as I used to (although I do still post about TV shows quite a bit on my Twitter and Google+ accounts), but I wanted to talk a bit about Sleepy Hollow, a relatively new show I’ve been watching and enjoying. It can be goofy at times, but generally its Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets National Treasure vibe works for me. (Although, as a friend pointed it, it’s hard to imagine our nation’s Founders actually having time to fight the Revolutionary War when there was all this secret, magical conflict with demons and the Four…
  • Necon E-Books Revamps Its Website

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Necon E-Books, the publisher of my 2012 collection Still Life: Nine Stories — as well as many other fine e-books by Charles Grant, Ramsey Campbell, Christopher Golden, and more — has given its website a snazzy new look! Check it out! Originally published at Nicholas Kaufmann. You can comment here or there.
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    Dear Sweet Filthy World

  • "And you put the load right on me."

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    Turkey Day, again.It didn't snow here, though we seem to have been surrounded by some pretty serious white stuff. I hear Boston got walloped. Some 200,000 people in New England have no power. We got slushy crap yesterday, enough to whiten rooftops, then it was just rain all night. Today, the sky has cleared. Me, I'm pleased I'm not looking out the window at snow. My day is unpleasant enough as is, thank you. Yesterday, I wrote the first two pages of Part 3 of Alabaster: The Good, the Bad, and the Bird. Considering that my original deadline on this was sometime in May, it's safe to say this is…
  • "Well, Luke, my friend, what about young Anna Lee?"

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    Snow is coming, or so they say. Could be one to three inches by morning.And I have the opening scene to the third issue of Alabaster: The Good, the Bad, and the Bird in my head. Finally. So, I suppose I'll be writing today. I didn't sleep enough, which is mostly my own damn fault. I did, however, at least get out of the House yesterday. Only the third time since we returned from DC. We crossed the river (blue-grey, almost black, waiting to freeze), dodged annoying drivers, and spent an hour or so at Paper Nautilus, where we still have about $500 in credit, thanks to last springs mighty book…
  • "I thought you'd never say hello," she said. "You look like the silent type."

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    So, I believe I have finally, on this try, beat the Seroquel. Last night, I slept seven hours and a little more. And I awoke with my mind more or less clear. I've been asleep since last December. It's been a miserable few days and an unpleasant few days. But maybe now I can get back to work that amounts to more than just answering email and checking word counts and such.We're probably going to get our first substantial snow of the season tomorrow night, and, of course, I'm not ready for it. I'm not sure I'll ever again in my life be ready for snow, not after last winter.We were promised sun…
  • "He said, 'Do me a favor, son. Won't you stay and keep young Anna Lee company?'"

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    Good afternoon, Led Zeppelin.I don't really have a journal entry. But I need to post links for the new eBay auctions. These include a copy of the Spanish edition of The Drowning Girl (La Joven Ahogada), with Santiago Caruso's beautiful cover.So, there you go. Please have a look. Please bid. Winners get one free Alabaster pin per winning bid/book.I'll be over here.TTFN,Aunt Beast
  • "How long have I been sleeping? How long have I been drifting alone through the night?"

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    I am pretty much sick as a dog right now, thank you very goddamn much Mister Quetiapine, alias Monsieur Seroquel. That is to say, I am making another attempt to get off this shit. I slept maybe, maybe four hours last night. And now I'm enjoying the marvels of four nights of shitty sleep, plus the side effects of discontinuation. And trying to work. All at once. Look, Ma! No hands! And yet, I am more awake, more alert, more capable of clear thought – even through this physical misery – than I have been since I started taking this crap full time, almost a year ago. I have slept away a year…
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    Mindy Klasky - Virtual Cocktails

  • Why Retreat When You Can Write Full Time?

    Mindy Klasky
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:13 am
    Last week, I drove two hours north to the Pennsylvania woods, where I rented a cabin with Maria V. Snyder for a week-long writing retreat. I suspect some of you are wondering why I’d do something crazy like that.  I mean, I have the luxury (and the responsibility) of writing full time.  Why spend a total of four hours in the car to go to a place where I need to carry in bedding and pots and pans and food, all to write, just like I write at home?  (For reference, I’ve written an article about writing retreats — how to set them up and why do do them — here.) Short…
  • Not Dead Yet

    Mindy Klasky
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    Not dead.  Not carried off by the camelback crickets that insist on taking refuge on the ground level of our home (and some of them are HUGE this year!) Not king yet. But, um, where did the past ten days go? Let’s see… We had houseguests visiting from Canada — the charming Julie Czerneda (in the midst of her book launch tour for A PLAY OF SHADOW) and her husband, Roger.  They arrived with flavored coffees (blueberry! maple!) in hand and a ***gorgeous*** matted photograph of a unicorn ice sculpture, taken by Roger himself.  We enjoyed long conversations about writing,…
  • In the End, It’s ALWAYS RIGHT!

    Mindy Klasky
    4 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Sigh.  The World Series is over, and there’s no baseball to watch on television (until spring training starts — in five short months!)  I knew I’d be mourning the end of the season (even if I couldn’t predict how early my poor Nationals would have been out of the running…) And so, way, way back, when I first started planning the Diamond Brides Series, I knew the last launch would come shortly after the Series wound up.  One last jolt of baseball for the year…  One last visit with the team — the Raleigh Rockets — we’ve come to know so…
  • My Own Private World Series

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

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

  • Recipe: Cardamom & Ginger apple pie with a butter Grand Marnier crust

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Mmm… pie. I tried a cardomom pie recipe the other day and the cardamom just overwhelmed the apples, but I liked the idea of it. So… here’s my tweak to add a little wintery spice to an apple pie. Makes 2 crusts 12 ounces bleached all-purpose flour (2.5 cups)1 teaspoon salt2 teaspoon sugar1 cup butter, frozen and then grated1/2 cup cold plain whole yogurt 2 tablespoon Grand Marnier (more as needed) Keep everything cold. I make the crust next to the refrigerator and anything I’m not actively using goes into the freezer to stay cold. Mix dry ingredients together.
  • NaNoWriMo Winner! GHOST TALKERS = 50,118 words (and counting)

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    I just crossed the NaNoWriMo finish line, which is not the same thing as having a completed novel. I have the first 50,118 words of a novel with another 30k or so to go. This is the point at which I will take stock of what I’ve written thus far. This is not necessarily an approach that I recommend for everyone, but it works for me. Basically, what tends to happen to me is that I bog down at about the 2/3 to 3/4 mark of a novel. Every time, I think, “Ugh! Why am I having so much trouble writing?” And then I remember. That’s, in fact, one of the reasons I keep track of…
  • For those reading along with GHOST TALKERS? Chapter 13 is up.

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Those of you reading along? Here’s the next chapter. The post For those reading along with GHOST TALKERS? Chapter 13 is up. appeared first on Mary Robinette Kowal.
  • Protected: Ghost Talkers: 13

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:48 pm
    This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series Ghost Talkers draft This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below: Password: The post Protected: Ghost Talkers: 13 appeared first on Mary Robinette Kowal.
  • An analogy for white people: Walking while black is as deadly as being a redshirt on Star Trek.

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:27 pm
    My dear fellow white science-fiction fans, let me use an analogy to try to explain one reason why people are so angry about what’s happening in Ferguson. If you only watch one episode of Star Trek (original series), the fact that a guy in a red shirt dies is tragic, but eh— that’s television. But when you watch the entire series, you realize that a disproportionately high percentage of people wearing red shirts die. It’s not that Captain Kirk has it out for people in red shirts. Heck, one of his best friends wears a red shirt. And Scotty never gets killed, so clearly not all red…
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    Among Amid While

  • Sea Hearts and The Night Guest win the Barbara Jefferis Award

    6 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    I'm really pleased to announce that Sea Hearts is joint winner, with Fiona McFarlane's The Night Guest, of the Barbara Jefferis Award for "the best novel written by an Australian Author that depicts women and girls in a positive way or otherwise empowers the status of women and girls in society".      The award was given at a lovely event last night hosted by the Australian Society of Authors in
  • Conflux 10 appearances

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:54 pm
    I appear to be taking a year off from this blog. Which is long enough to have to re-learn how to get into it. Way to complicate things, Google and Blogger.      Anyway, I'm breaking radio silence to bring you my schedule for next weekend's appearances at Conflux 10 in Canberra, where I am really pleased to be Guest of Honour, alongside Alisa Krasnostein.      Here's what I'll be doing on the
  • 2013 in review: an out-and-out skite

    22 Dec 2013 | 5:29 pm
    My four Aurealises, and my Horror-Awards-bestowing  gloves I've been meaning to compile a list of all the Sea Hearts/ Rollrock achievements, and the end of the year provides a neat excuse, as well as the time, of course *waves cheerily to the day job*. So here we go. Some of this is from last year, but I wanted all the glory in one place, so forgive me if it gets repetitive. Also, if anyone
  • Meanjin Tournament of Books...

    2 Dec 2013 | 11:50 pm all about watery themes this year, so the shortlist is very blue, except where it's green or black. And wonder of wonders, Sea Hearts (a) is on it and (b) has made it through the first round.
  • Sea Hearts is nominated for the IMPAC

    2 Dec 2013 | 11:41 pm
    I know, it's outlandish. But it's true. Me and Hilary. And, erm, 150 other authors/books. I am celebrating now, in the expectation of its not getting any further. We'll find out in April.
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    SF and Nonsense

  • Genre-ally speaking

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    So, what's new in SF?First off, what's old is new again. By most rankings of such things, 2001: A Space Odyssey is among the greatest SF films ever. Its trailer? Not so much -- but that's being fixed. Over at Entertainment Weekly, check out "See the new trailer for '2001: A Space Odyssey,' 46 years after its release." What rankings, you ask? Here's one. Forbes (of all unlikely venues), in response to the recent big-screen release of Interstellar, offers, "Top 10 Best Space Travel Films Of All Time."I've yet to see Interstellar and -- especially after the scientific travesty that was…
  • This wild universe

    11 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
    The universe is a strange and fascinating place, about which we continue -- in fits and starts, two steps forward and (hopefully only) one step back -- to learn. Consider a few recent items:Remember Toon Town?"Much like characters on a television show would not know that their seemingly 3-D world exists only on a 2-D screen, we could be clueless that our 3-D space is just an illusion. The information about everything in our universe could actually be encoded in tiny packets in two dimensions."A newly begun experiment will, just maybe, ascertain that we're all toons. See (from the University…
  • Chocolate overdose?

    4 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    The theme that came to mind for this week's post was clearing out miscellaneous and sundry. Sorta kinda like finishing up the Halloween leftovers. They (the  candy, not the eclectic post topics) can't lead me astray after they're all gone, right? Let's begin with a seriously cool new computer design. As in, "HP’s New PC Can Project a Touchscreen Onto Your Desk." With this configuration, maybe Windows 8 does make a smidgeon (say, one M&M's worth) of sense for a desktop computer.In addition to acting as a second screen projected onto the surface where your keyboard would normally be,…
  • Progress comes of looking in the dusty corners

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

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

  • From Kate's brother

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Kate got this note from her brother:Don't let this opportunity go unrealized:Sudden craving for pad thai and pickles? "Brain Surgery"Caught watching "My Pretty Pony"? "Brain Surgery"Tell everyone it was a sunflower seed you put up your nose when you were four, or an absorbed twin.When you come out of surgery, don't recognize anyone and claim your name is Ethel Shapiro.Happy Thanksgiving, all.
  • Thanksgiving eve

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Kate had a successful functional MRI today. The biggest problem, she said, was not falling asleep during the long boring stretches. The new contact lenses worked well enough, and she managed to get them in and out before and after the test. She may not ever use them again, but they did the job.She brought wooden knitting needles and a ball of yarn, but didn't get to use them.We don't have "results" from this test, nor did we expect to. I believe the purpose of the test is to map out the parts of her brain that Kate is actually using, so as to properly avoid them during the surgery. There will…
  • Kate's surgery scheduled: 12/1

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Okay, we have a date for Kate's brain surgery. It'll be in the morning on Monday 12/1. The surgery will be probably about 3 hours and she'll be in the hospital for 3-5 days after that, of which at least one day will be in the ICU. If you can provide assistance, comfort, and food any time during the hospital stay or during the weeks of recovery at home thereafter, please contact Bo O'Dell (youknowmeasbo at gmail dot com) to coordinate.We have a functional MRI scheduled tomorrow afternoon. During this test Kate will be performing several daily functions, including reading, while they look at…
  • Kate in hospital

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Yesterday Kate was having difficulty finding her words, and couldn't write a check. We took her to the emergency room, where they gave her an MRI. The MRI found some kind of mass in her brain (3x3x3 cm). We don't yet know what it is, but it has to come out.They have her on steroids to reduce the swelling, which is already beginning to help with the aphasia, and will do more detailed scans before performing surgery. Surgery is yet to be scheduled but will likely be either Wednesday or Monday. (Dr. O'Neill at St. Vincent's.)At the moment we are in Providence Hospital in NE Portland, but hope to…
  • Show vs. Tell

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    Over on Facebook, a friend asked "is it always poor writing to tell and not show?" Here's my reply: If you had an entire story that was nothing but "show" it would be overlong and tediously detailed. I interpret the maxim of "show, don't tell" as applying to the most important parts of the story: the characters' motivations and emotions, the key bits of worldbuilding, the pivotal moments of the plot. When the character is only driving across town? It's okay to just tell us that part.
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    Paul Levinson's Infinite Regress

  • The Prosecutor Attacks the Media

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    Among the disturbing aspects of St. Louis Prosecutor Robert McCulloch's announcement last night of no indictment of Darren Wilson for his killing of Michael Brown - aside from that appalling no indictment itself - was McCulloch's lashing out at the media, social and cable, for stirring people up and spreading falsehoods about the shooting of Michael Brown.If McCulloch had any familiarity with history, he'd know that blaming the media is a time-honored dishonorable tactic of demagogues, politicians, and public officials unhappy with the public's reaction to their policies.  It's the…
  • The Walking Dead 5.6-7: Slow

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:41 pm
    The past two episodes of The Walking Dead (5.6 and 5.7) have been, well, a little slow and lackluster - certainly in comparison to what happened with Eugene and then Beth before that.Carol and Daryl in 5.6 were good to see together, as was Carol's back story, but neither broke any new ground.   And although the priest was an interesting character on 5.7, that's about it - he's interesting.About the most significant development in the two episodes is the evolution of Daryl.   By 5.7, he's a voice a reason, restraining Rick at crucial moments.   This is an important trajectory…
  • The Good Wife 6.10: Cary's Fate

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:34 am
    Coming in with an all-too-rare review of The Good Wife, which has been just superb this season.The question at the end of episode 6.10, which was probably the most moving episode of the season so far, is what will happen to Cary?    We see him beginning to accept the plea bargain - changing his plea to guilty - but the episode significantly ends right at that crucial point.Cary could still get out of this plea bargain.   Bishop could have a change of heart, and get his guy to change his testimony and say that Cary wasn't advising Bishop's operation how to circumvent the law,…
  • The Affair 1.7: True Confessions

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:48 pm
    A very different episode of The Affair tonight - 1.7 - with barely a scene in either story of Noah and Alison together.   But the episode was one of the best in the series so far, and broke all kinds of new ground.In a nutshell, Noah and Alison each confess their affair, to Helen and Cole, for very different reasons. Noah is being blackmailed by Oscar about the affair, and Alison tells Cole the whole truth - after a partial truth - because Cole wants to know if the guy Alison was sleeping with stole Cole's drugs.It was great night for both Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson, who each put…
  • Homeland 4.9: Hitchcock Would've Loved It

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Alfred Hitchcock said he preferred suspense to surprise in his stories - surprise being a bomb explodes out of nowhere on a bus, suspense being we see the bomb ticking with the passengers talking unaware on the bus.   Homeland 4.9 had both bases covered, in one of its all-time best episodes - something I've been saying about a lot of Homeland's episodes of late.The suspense came with the prisoner exchange for Saul, and the events leading up to that.  Carrie suspected there was something more going on.  We thought it was the boy with the suicide vest, but Carrie, in one of her…
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    Holly Lisle: Official Author Homepage »

  • Interview with a school kid: HONEST answers on writing, school, and life

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    Tweet I got the following email this morning. If you wouldn’t mind, I would like to ask a few questions about being an author. Why did you decide to be an author, instead of something like… A coach? What made you interested in being an author? Would you suggest to other people, that they should be an author? What books should I start reading? (I like fantasy, but I know to read other types too), (also, what are some of your favorite books to read?) What are some of the (more) important subjects in school, for being an author? It was from a school email address, which in general…
  • Passed 5000 words on Bashtyk Nokyd. Plus new snippet

    10 Nov 2014 | 11:04 am
    Tweet Last week was rough. Got fewer than three thousand words done TOTAL on the episode. Today started a little better. Got 2113 words for the day, and I like what I got. I also managed to get the Bashtyk Nokyd tracking bar up in the right sidebar, so if you’re so inclined, you can follow along on my progress even on days when I don’t do a word-count post in here. Here’s a tiny snippet from today’s work. NOTICE: This material is copyrighted, unchecked raw first draft, probably buggy. Please don’t post typos or corrections (I do my edits at the end of the first draft…
  • Moon & Sun: I’m now clear to write in my world again!

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

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

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

  • I like the parade...

    27 Nov 2014 | 4:58 am
    ...but #stoptheparade.
  • Links

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    I'm sure you all have access to the same links I do about the grand jury decision, so I won't bore you with them. Instead, my latest short story, the Web publication of which I thought to delay, but as the book version has been out for the whole month, here is Bad Day at Black Bloc.I also have an essay up at the Los Angeles Review of Books, conceptualizing Lovecraft as a "difficult writer": The Real Mr. Difficult, or Why Cthulhu Threatens to Destroy the Canon, Self-Interested Literary Essayists, and the Universe Itself. Finally. Bonus Franzen-bashing at the link.
  • Tonight's announcement

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:09 pm
    I am in Florida. We took the baby to the zoo. On the numbers, Oliver is very unlikely to be shot and killed by a police officer.For the sake of argument, I am happy to say that I have no idea what happened that fateful day in Missouri. I do know, however that indictments are very easy to get, unless the DA doesn't want to get one, and one way to help that desire become reality is an evidence dump. Generally, grand juries get a lovingly crafted and polished story that almost always leads to an indictment. (This has problems of its own, but that's theoretically why there are trials.)I also…
  • So! Many! Links!

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    The Nickronomicon is out today and shipping/downloading from all the major e-tailers. You know how one is now expected to write an essay or two when a new book comes out? Here's mine on why I write Lovecraftian fiction despite the fact that Lovecraft was a racist clown.Over at the day job, the raunchiest, weirdest, thriller we ever published, Asura Girl is out! Check it out. And you know how when a new book comes out, one is expected to run a giveaway contest? We're doing one; just write a brief essay on the wildest book you've ever read, and you can be one of four winners.Phew, and it's not…
  • Friday Quick Notes

    14 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    Amazon Prime members and other die-hards, rejoice (or not): The Nickronomicon can now be pre-ordered in its paperback form on that site. Knock yourself out.If you don't like Amazon, there's a better place to e-order my UK-only novel The Last Weekend: Cemetery Dance has copies! Go buy 'em.Kameron Hurley has a good post on trolls and trolling, and nails one thing I've always found perplexing:And to be blisteringly honest, standing up and telling a troll how much their behavior destroyed you – when most trolls are actually sadists, people who take joy in the misery and harm of another – is…
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  • Gobble Gobble Gobble

    27 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    Turkey Day is here again.  (Where did that year go?) Happy Thanksgiving to all my fans, friends, and family.A day for fond memories.  Including this one:

    27 Nov 2014 | 11:04 am
    Okay, last week's football proved beyond a doubt that life is miserable and full of pain.The Jets snow-shifted game against Buffalo, in Detroit, was a disgrace.  The whole team looked awful .  No one more so than Michael Vick, whose once-famed elusiveness seems a thing of the past.  Even worse than the drubbing was the fact that Vick was so wretched that Rex actually benched him for Geno Smith, and has announced that Geno will start again this week.  Argh.  A nightmare.  Vick is done, and Geno is a bust.  GIVE MATT SIMMS A START, I say.  He cannot…
  • Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:43 pm
     ... or maybe Menlo Park?As it happens, I was out in that neck of the woods yesterday, with a couple free hours before heading to the airport to return to Santa Fe, so I did some surprise drop-in stock signings at three local bookstores.Those of you in northern California, if you are looking for autographed copies of LOWBALL or THE ICE DRAGON or THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE or ROGUES or any of my Ice & Fire novels, hardcover or paperback, check out:  KEPLER'S BOOKS, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park  BARNES & NOBLE , 3600 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose …
  • Iron from Ice

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:28 pm
    There's a new GAME OF THRONES computer game on the way, this one from Telltale Games.  Unlike the earlier games from Cyanide, this is an HBO license, derived from the television series rather than the novels, so the characters will look like their TV incarnations, and in many cases will be voiced by the actors who play them on the show.   The action is centered around House Forrester, bannermen to the Starks of Winterfell whose seat in the wolfswood.  (Some Forresters are mentioned in the Stannis chapters, when he marches south from the Wall to attack Winterell, but…
  • Pat Floats Away

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Alas, alack, we've lost Pat.My faithful minion Patricia Rogers, who has manned the phones here for lo these several years and done all manner of other things to keep the chaos at bay, took her leave of the office on November 1.Thankfully, Pat departed for Albuquerque rather than the stratosphere.  She has gone to work for James S.A. Corey, made up in equal parts of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.   Yes, sad to say, she has turned to the Dark Side.  But the Dark Side is considerably closer to her house than the Citadel of Wisdom here in Santa Fe; it will save her three…
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  • KES, 146

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:09 pm
    ONE FORTY SIX   “But we need her!” cried the big man with the bloody sword.  “I—we—cannot hold without her!”  The tall, scruffy, scrawny black dog beside him sat down, pointed her nose at the ceiling and howled.  “Indeed we are not holding!” continued the man.  He rubbed his hand over his face;  the palm came away wet.  Dispassionately he looked at the smears of blood and sweat.  He scraped his hand down his filthy leather cuisse.  He was so tired he could barely raise his sword;  he who had held the way single-handed against the enemy at Dree for near to two…
  • Pub day

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
      Those ebooks you’ve been waiting for?  Today’s the day. . . . * Robin McKinley Ebooks YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY.**  ::Confetti::  Fireworks?  Sure.  Why not.  Also fireworks.  And champagne.  Definitely champagne. And if you forget, splendid Blogmom has put a permanent link in the right sidebar. *** * Not that I want to lower the level from high exquisite thought-provoking literature that provides deep and astonishing insights into the paradoxical mind and authentic heart of humanity^ or anything like that but WE FINALLY HAVE A DISHWASHER AGAIN.  That is, the kind with…
  • Happy Birthday* to Meeeeeeeeee** rererererererererererere[50 more times]visited . . .

    16 Nov 2014 | 8:02 pm
      Peter has asked me, several times and a little anxiously, over the last few days, if I was up for going out on my birthday.  YES.  I MEAN, I DON’T KNOW IF I’M UP OR NOT BUT I’M GOING.***  NEVER MIND THE FOOD, I WANT MY CHAMPAGNE. The food was good too.† And the flowers were excellent. That’s our tablecloth because I thought I wouldn’t shoot off my flash in the face of the lively and interesting family party at the next table and waited till I got home where the crashed-out hellmob don’t care.  But  I recognise our table on my birthday because of the…
  • The View from Here

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:52 pm
      I ate an apple this morning.  In fact I ate two.*  And I am still alive.  ::Beams::  Of course everything was downhill from there but the apples were fabulous . . . I was thinking . . . it’s not all stomach flu, or the Samaritans, that my blogging has dropped so precipitously.  Some of it is what I had been saying for six and a half years or whatever it was by then, that if I stopped doing it every day I would stop doing it.  Although some of it certainly is the added time-and-energy demand of the Samaritans.** But some of it is just the way my life is going.  At the moment…
  • Aftermath

    12 Nov 2014 | 4:46 pm
      I’m better. That’s the main thing.  I’m not frelling enough better but I’m MUCH BETTER.   And thank you for all the friendly forum messages to this effect. So first there was the really bad ME day, as I thought, which was my warning, except I didn’t know it. And then there was the memorable forty-eight hours of twelve-hour bouts with minor hiatuses between of throwing up every time I stood up.  This would be an interesting experience anyway but it was made exquisitely more interesting by the fact of a hellmob and no back up plan. A hellmob, what’s more, who will not…
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    Notes from the Labyrinth

  • 3:10 to Yuma

    27 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    3:10 to Yuma (1957), dir. Delmer Daves, starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin3:10 to Yuma (2007), dir. James Mangold, starring Russell Crowe and Christian BaleThis isn't a review (if it were, I'd say that the original is probably the better movie, but I enjoyed the remake more), but a post I'm making because I want to talk about storytelling.The basic story behind 3:10 to Yuma poses a hell of a challenge to a director and actors, because it requires two trajectories:(1) obvious and fairly easy, Dan Evans has to go from frustrated, desperate, and frankly pathetic failing rancher to the guy who…
  • The Goblin Emperor: typos?

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    I have the proofs for the mass market paperback of The Goblin Emperor. If you have noticed any typos in the hardback, now would be an absolutely SPLENDID time to let me know about them, since I need to turn my corrections in by December 2nd.Blessings upon all your heads.
  • UBC: Loerzel, Alchemy of Bones

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    Alchemy of Bones: Chicago's Luetgert Murder Case of 1897 by Robert LoerzelMy rating: 5 of 5 starsThis is an excellent recounting of a very complicated piece of history: the disappearance of Louise Luetgert on May 1-2 1897, and the investigation, indictment, 2 trials, conviction, and imprisonment of her husband, Adolph Louis Luetgert, for murdering her and then dissolving her body in the basement of his sausage works. Loerzel does a great job with his sources, especially the newspapers (I was dubious at first about all the newspaper drawings he'd included, but he was right to do so; they…
  • Requiem for Prey

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    REQUIEM FOR PREYby Sarah MonettePrey use the word "love" like it means something.He said he loved me. He asked if I loved him, too. I said I did, because I didn't want to argue. I just wanted to fuck.I pay for a mass for the dead because I don't know what else to do.I stand in the back of the church, cold, nervous, smelling fear and incense and mold. The priests are trying not to look at me. It's just me and them and two old, old ladies up in front.I told them to say the mass in Latin.They looked at me, the old priest and the young priest. Do you know Latin?It doesn't matter. I'm not…
  • 10 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm

    10 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    The Goblin Emperor has made it to the semifinals of Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Fantasy. (!!!)Also, I have turned on the Ask the Author thing on the Author Profile page, so if you want to ask a question about The Goblin Emperor, click and ask, and I'll do my best.
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  • The Night Before

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Thanksgiving is the one big feast I do...yes, there are other parties, but they're all more casual.   For Thanksgiving, I pull out all the stops in terms of table decorations and food.  (At my level, that is.  Others do much more.)   Ordinarily, the prep starts back in October and carries on in an orderly fashion.  This year, however, the discovery that my husband has another cancer (discovery made about two weeks ago) threw my prepartion for a loop.  That plus various things in the Outer Real World.However--though today has been a mad scramble and…
  • The Whited Sepulchre: The Stench of Corruption

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:32 pm
    The Gospel According to Matthew 23:27...Alas for you, lawyers and Pharisees, hypocrites.  You are like tombs covered with whitewash; they look well from outside, but inside they are full of dead men's bones and all kinds of filth.  So it is with you: you look like honest men, but inside you are brimful of hypocrisy and crime...And here we have the white sepulchre, the carnal house of white supremacy, covering itself in white sheets and hoods, but inside--hatred, hypocrisy, crime.   For the coverup that began on the day Michael Brown was shot down for walking down the…
  • Frustrations, Medical

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
    So...husband's annual post-cancer-surgery checkup includes CT scan and endoscopy.  Last year all was negative.  Year before, all was negative.  This year...a new tumor.  The endoscopy was supposed to give a sample for pathology.  Last time--when the first tumor was found in his stomach, the first endoscopy produced only gastric mucosa...not a piece of tumor--and had to be redone.  This year...same thing.  Instead of finding out this week what the pathologist said about the tumor, he's going to have to have another endoscopy, another wait for the…
  • And Lunch...

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    First the bone-in hunk of pork (blade roast) slow-cooked overnight in a 225F oven with its dry rub and some Lea & Perrins.  It was falling-apart done when we got up this morning.  Then the meat was taken out for shredding, and the brown rice cooked in the pot juices plus some water.  Then the Ro-tel diced tomatoes & green chilis and a can of black beans went in and some of the meat was returned to the pot.  A little homemade chicken stock loosened it up (the rice decided to take up not only its measured water but all the pot juices as well; the juice from the can…
  • Unpacking the Issues

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:18 am
    From the many-many-many emails and tweets women (including me) have gotten about That Shirt, it's clear that for many of the angry crowd, keeping straight exactly what the argument is about is...unimportant or unrecognized.  This is an attempt to unpack the various issues involved, and why it's still a live topic.My previous post on That Shirt explained why the shirt was an issue--what it was about it that brought out complaints.   It was more about the semiotics of clothes--how it is that clothes send messages, and what kinds of effects those messages have on those who…
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    Day in the Life of an Idiot

  • More Waywardness

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
     In case you're following the School for Wayward Demons as it comes to press, we had another installment yesterday  "The F.U. Cake":  Art by Alexis Cooke Things are starting to get interesting at the School, so you don't want to miss any installments.In other news, my Japanese class had a dinner out at Tanpopo last night. I had the Age-Dashi Tofu appetizer, and, because it was a blustery winter night, the Nabeyaki Udon, which is a kind of hot-pot stew that comes in a clay pot with (in this case) fish cakes, chicken, mushrooms,  hrimp tempura, tamagoyaki (the…
  • In Case You Missed It...

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    Rachel and I published our next episode last Thursday to the School of Wayward Demon's site:  "Aftershocks Run Deep."Check it out.  We're pretty deep into the story now and a lot of the ensemble cast is really starting to show off their personalities and the world around them is deepening.  It's that part of the story that starts to feel lived in.In other news, Shawn and I spent the day yesterday baking.  Shawn likes to get ahead of the holidays by baking cookies and freezing half of them. so we have lots of nosh around for our Thanksgiving guests, and stuff set…
  • My birthday and other news

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
     My birthday was phenomenal.  It started out with presents.  As I later talked to Naomi about, we're a family of impatient larks, so we always (with the exception of Christmas Eve) open presents at the crack of dawn.  Because of Mason's ridiculous school start time this means I opened my presents at 5:15 am, which is technically pre-the crack of-dawn.My family bought me a blank journal (one of the things you can NEVER SCREW UP by giving me.  That, and art supplies,) and manga.  Inside the cover of Blue Exorcist #1 was a gift certificate to B&N, which, in…
  • Monday Things

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It was a busy weekend for me, I worked at the North Saint Paul Library for a couple of hours on Saturday, and then, on Sunday, I spent an inordinate amount of time at the Mall of America being "out of the way" while Mason and his lady friend went on a date to the Nickelodeon Universe amusement park.  It was, as you can imagine, all kinds of adorable.  Mason is fond of this young lady because she reads.  She's also in his math club and he has a terrible crush on her, but he has admonished me that they are just doing things together AS FRIENDS, not girlfriend/boyfriend.
  • More Requirements and Chapters

    13 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    I managed NOT to get a Tate chapter out this week, BUT, for those of you reading the School for Wayward Demons, there is a new installment out today--and it's a doozie!  It's called Bad Jaguar! and it's up now.  It also comes with some AMAZING, knock your socks off art by Mandie Brasington.Meanwhile, in the continuing Requires Hate debate, Daily Dot has written one of its exhaustive articles about the whole event: "Acclaimed Sci-Fi Writer Exposed as Notorious Internet Troll."They ask a really troubling question, which is, is there a double-standard here?  Are there…
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    The Alien Next Door

  • Ursula K Le Guin Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at NBA

    Nina Munteanu
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Neil Gaiman presents lifetime achievement award to Ursula K. Le Guin at 2014 National Book Awards from National Book Foundation on Vimeo. Ursula K. Le Guin first told her audience that she wanted to share her award with her fellow-fantasy and science fiction writers, who have for so long watched "the beautiful awards" like the one she'd just received, go to the "so-called realists". She then went on to say:"I think hard times are coming, when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive…
  • Fly Like an Eagle Anthology

    Nina Munteanu
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I just received my copies of Fly Like an Eagle today. I’m delighted, humbled and so impressed. Delighted that my article on “The First Snow” appears in it; humbled that mine is one of over twenty impressive real life stories of hope and inspiration from all over the world; and impressed with the stunning design, both inside and cover. Bravo, Gary!The anthology was compiled by Gary Doi with splendid inspirational artwork by celebrated artist Roy Henry Vickers. Design and layout was impeccably attended to, with each piece showcased in a unique way, relevant to its topic. “An eagle can…
  • Book Launch of The Literary Connection Volume I in Mississauga

    Nina Munteanu
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:25 pm
    The Literary Connection (Volume 1; IOWI), an Anthology of prose, & poetry, artwork and photography is launching on Sunday, November 23rd at 3-5 pm at the River Grove Community Centre (5800 River Grove Ave., Mississauga, Ontario).The event is Free and will serve refreshmentsPlease RSVP with numbers attending to:
  • Friends of Merril Short Story Contest Now Open

    Nina Munteanu
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:39 am
    Calling all speculative short fiction writers!Charlotte Ashley just informed me that The Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest is now open for submissions. Here are the guidelines:From now until February 15th, 2015 our readers will consider speculative short fiction up to 6000 words for the top prize of $500, with two honourable mentions of $50 available as well. After that, the long-listed stories will be passed to our panel of judges, who choose between them the three winners. We encourage multiple submissions, simultaneous submissions, strange submissions – well, for more…
  • Blogging and Social Media Workshop for Writers

    Nina Munteanu
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:17 am
    My November 9th workshop on Blogging & Social Media for Writers was held at the Mississauga Central Library. It was the second workshop in the “Telling My Story” workshop series conducted by Rise Up! Rise ABOVE (Ru!RA!), a not for profit organization dedicated to empowerment through creativity.The workshop navigated writers with differing levels of social media proficiency, exploring anything from the Twitter gospel of using hashtags (#) to why a blogger should also use Facebook. Writers from a wide range of genres were eager to learn and generated exuberant discussion. “When I…
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  • V for Victory!

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Ladies and gentlemen, the REDEEMER campaign has just crossed the €8K threshold, which means the Redeemer Chronicles are a go and I am under contract–*to you*! Oh my gawd. Holy crap. Holy BEANS. This is–I mean, NO DOMINION was very exciting, of course, but this is a whole different ball game! This is a NEW STORY I get to tell RIGHT FROM SCRATCH, and it’s a thing that’s happening because we now live in a world where readers can directly make books happen. That is so amazing. YOU GUYS are SO AMAZING. Thank you. Thank you SO MUCH for giving me this chance to write a…
  • Kitsnaps: Botanic Gardens Greenhouse

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:26 am
    I played hooky to go take pictures in the fog this morning. This is one of my favourites. :) Botanic Gardens GreenhouseBotanic Gardens Greenhouse (x-posted from The Essential Kit)
  • Storyteller

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    I just remembered something embarrassing. *laughs* My first Usenet/email name/handle/display name was “Storyteller”. I mean, I was 17, okay? So I can forgive me for being a little dorktastic, but in retrospect it makes me laugh because it’s so…17 and pretentious. Or dreamy-eyed or whatever you want to call it, but as dorky as it was, it was also how I perceived myself, either as I was or as I wanted to be. I wanted to tell stories to people. I’ve always wanted to tell stories to people: my earliest memories of answering “What do you want to be when you grow…
  • Picoreview: Mockingjay Part 1

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    Picoreview: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1: Pretty good, actually. I’m not really a fan of the whole split it in two thing, but this worked a lot better for me than, say, Deathly Hallows Part 1 did. I felt pretty strongly that DHP1 could have been neatly tucked into 10 minutes at the start of Part 2 and nothing would have been lost, whereas MJP1 was at least a chance for a lot of emotional resonance. It’s the audience’s chance to see just how badly damaged and PSTD everybody, particularly Katniss, is. And I gotta say I thought it was the strongest performance I’ve…
  • 200 backers & climbing!

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    The REDEEMER Kickstarter has reached 200 backers and is still climbing! In fact, it’s at 205, actually, and just a whisker under €6k! It’s got 10 days left (or will by the time most people read this), and I have a dream of reaching 300 backers. It picked up about 25 last Friday alone, so it’s not impossible! But it’s tricky, because reaching new people– Okay, before I go on, I want to say that what follows is not accusation or frustration or anger or anything. It’s just one of the interesting things not only I, but lots of others, have found about…
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    Rickety Contrivances of Doing Good

  • Keeping Awake

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Tejano Conflict - Audio Book Cover

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
  • Memory's Noose

    16 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Come the cold and rain in the fall, I sometimes get reflective about old memories, and here's one that burbled up ...Aeons ago, we had a close friend who met the man she thought was The One. They courted, then moved in together, and bliss was in the air. Happily-ever-after bloomed, and hurray! she deserved it.Fast forward just under two years, and to abridge the story, the man was NOT The One. There came a terrible row and a break-up. Emotionally wrought, our friend came to stay with us. I cleared out my office and made it into a bedroom. For the next few weeks, she was submerged in the…
  • The Luthier - A Short Short Story

    10 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    The smell of burning vegetation wasn’t so bad, but when the flow crossed the road? The stink of melting asphalt was acrid, it made your eyes water, and it was hard to draw a breath without coughing. Fortunately, the trades were blowing, so most of the smoke and stench moved away from the village. For now.A news helicopter flew overhead, noisy and intrusive, a man seated in the back doorway, camera trained on the front of the flow, which was already past Les.Where Les stood, the lava’s heat was not so bad, and the shell was dark, almost black, with only the small windows here and there to…
  • Eye See You

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

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

  • Author interview with Mike Philbin - author of Custodian (free planet #1) - Hunters of Reloria

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:13 am
    two competing trilogies - one raped homeworldmany thanks to Australian writer Kasper Beaumont who just interviewed me on her Hunters of Reloria website to talk about writing the novel Custodian and where we go (as a race) with the Free Planet vs War World series.I've shown the Free Planet and War World trilogy covers because (even though Chimericana Books is publishing the six books Custodian & Tandem, Liberator & Watcher and Reaper & Kumiko in 2013 thru 2015) there may be plans to rework, update and release both trilogies as two 200,000+ words books in 2016.Here's a LINK TO…
  • Abby Martin - Jesse Ventura - Off The Grid + 9/11 re-investigation!

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    Jesse Ventura, god bless him, he's trying hard to get to the truth, but he has NO FUCKING CHANCE.The stakes are too high, we're talking TOTAL GLOBAL FINANCIAL-MIND DOMINATION and we're supposed to just lie on our fucking backs and piss on our own stomachs.Abby Martin growls spunkily, but it's all for nought - until we have a Free Planet, stripped of all patents and profit, we're fucked.
  • Hertzan Chimera Unit - size of an HC Unit - atoms are flat created between two planes.

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:02 pm
    the thickness of the dotted linerandom HC Unit thought for 2014:imagine you've just done the washing up, you've washed two same size drinking glasses and they fit together one on top of the other to 'dry' on the side. You come back an hour or so later and bubbles of 'not properly rinsed' water have lodged themselves between the two same size glasses (or planes of glass) and they're all (roughly) the same size.Like atoms of a similar energy state.And, I know this isn't how it'd work, for sure, but, what if, "There are two boundaries to the potential 'size' of an atom based on two planes of…
  • Gravity - the earth moves towards the free-falling bowling ball and the feathers?

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:58 am
    so, Prof Bri Cox (he'd like me crimping his first name to Bri like that, it's cool) goes to Nasa's Space Power Facility near Cleveland Ohio to demonstrate how a heavy object (a bowling ball) and a light object (feathers) fall to the ground at the same time, as long as you remove the air-resistance from the free-falling equation.Stunning experiment gives hard evidence, but is it really true that, as Einstein suggested in his Equivalence Principle, "...both the bowling ball and the feathers AREN'T MOVING..." the only way this could happen is if the Earth is (somehow) moving towards the…
  • photorealism - Gottfried Helnwein - his latest works

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:15 am
    ask for one classic example of Gottfried Helnwein's photorealist paintings and this iconic image will probably be conjured up by the mainstream mind, shattering the front cover of Scorpion's 1982 album BLACKOUT.Gottfried Helnwein (born 8 October 1948) is an Austrian born Austrian-Irish fine artist, painter, photographer, installation and performance artist. Helnwein studied at the University of Visual Art in Vienna (Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Wien). He was awarded the Master-class prize (Meisterschulpreis) of the University of Visual Art, Vienna, the Kardinal-König prize and the…
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    Tiny Godzilla

  • I am Superman and I know what's happening

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Today the postman brought me awesome goodies - some ARCs of I am Princess X, as well as a kicky promotional mailer! You guys, I am psyched.Happydance with me![:: wiggles it ::][:: just a little bit ::]And here's today's progress on my modern gothic ghost story about a salvage crew trapped in a doomed southern mansion - now with a crunchy murder ballad center and Bonus! clandestine cemetery where the stones don't match the bodies (and were never meant to). As inspired by a (semi)true local legend:Project: The Family PlotDeadline: January 15, 2015New words written: 2385Present total word count:…
  • Nothing I want but money and time

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    I wish that the LitStack review of Maplecroft had landed last week so I could've included it in the roundup, but oh well! Here it is now!It's a wonderful (and largely un-spoilery) review, by a reader who paid very close attention and really plugged in to what I was shooting for. I am always immensely grateful and flattered when someone goes to this much trouble to discuss one of my books. Real talk? This is the kind of review that makes the Days of Writing and Writing Business Despair...markedly less despairing. Here's today's progress on my modern gothic ghost story about a salvage crew…
  • Trust in me through closing years

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Here's today's progress on my modern gothic ghost story about a salvage crew trapped in a doomed southern mansion - now with a crunchy murder ballad center and Bonus! clandestine cemetery where the stones don't match the bodies (and were never meant to). As inspired by a (semi)true local legend:Project: The Family PlotDeadline: January 15, 2015New words written: 2067Present total word count: 79,242Things Accomplished in Fiction: Started carrying cameras around almost superstitiously; cautiously got back to work - there's a lot to get done before sundown, when we blow this popsicle…
  • Stealing past the windows of the blissfully dead

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:50 pm
    First up, the long-promised (threatened?) Maplecroft roundup!The Nameless Zine tackles the book - "What Priest really captures, however, is Lovecraft’s talent for documenting the descent into madness from tampering in things best left unknown..."Kameron Hurley names it as one of her must-read picks - "It’s all that stuff you loved about Lovecraft (including the weird nightmares after you read it) without the constant facepunching. I don’t read books very fast as a rule, but I plowed through this in just a couple of days..."A wonderful hairy arm talks about Maplecroft - Via TikiFire Book…
  • Show me how you do that trick

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Here's today's progress on my modern gothic ghost story about a salvage crew trapped in a doomed southern mansion - now with a crunchy murder ballad center and Bonus! clandestine cemetery where the stones don't match the bodies (and were never meant to). As inspired by a (semi)true local legend:Project: The Family PlotDeadline: January 15, 2015New words written: 2345Present total word count: 75,150Things Accomplished in Fiction: Started at the attic with plans to work our way down; plans were derailed by a ghost that looks like a boy, but isn't; got chased downstairs by something awful; found…
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    Running Air

  • Rest and Be Thankful*

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    It is The Day.  In a moment I will get up (leaving the snoring dog on the couch) and start the pumpkin pie.  Then the turkey, and then other things.  There will be Too Much Food, but there will be no shopping, today or tomorrow.I am thankful for my family, whom I love with a big Love stick.  I am thankful that, despite its challenges, I've been able to spend so much time with my Perfect Aunt Julie and her lovely Carmine this year.  I am thankful that the girls are thriving and loving college (told you so, kids).  I am sad that Danny is with his parents (his…
  • What to Cake

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:31 am
    As an indulgence, I just bought a cheap silicon bundt cake mold in a spirally shape. I am now trying to think of what sort of cake to bake in this shape.  Something with a decent amount of sugar, so that the exterior has a satisfying crunch, I think.I really should go back to writing, shouldn't I?
  • The Turkey Approaches

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:29 pm
    ...on little dinosaur feet.  Or something.  Because it's a scaled-down Thanksgiving (Becca is staying at college, so it will be just Julie and Joe and a special appearence by klages, carrying Brussels sprouts). So: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, Brussels sprouts, gravy, apple pie, pumpkin pie. I heard someone being interviewed on NPR this morning, talking about taking the stress out of cooking for Thanksgiving.  I realize that I am one who enjoys cooking, but really--the standard issue Thanksgiving is not a complex meal, cooking-wise.  It's…
  • The Stubborn Refusal of Things

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Yesterday was lost to a brief g-i upset that took all the energy I've every owned.  Today, however, I have done my best to Accomplish.  This was hampered by the stubborn refusal of anyone to have the things that I needed: the right size wire shelving; a suit that doesn't make me look like Nurse Ratched, beef shin bones, and a solution for Miss Tolerance's current tight squeeze.  There is still time for me to clean the kitchen, which is also on my Carrot list, and take a quick swipe at the bathrooms. I am informed by my iPhone that I have taken 11,432 steps so far…
  • Progress

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Okay, sometimes I have to remind myself that I'm moving forward, so here goes.Had the job interview yesterday.  I think it went okay, but I decided, based on the step down in salary, the horrid commute, and the fact that they really need someone with more recent development experience than I have, to withdraw my candidacy.  Seemed fair all around.I didn't make the pretzelized Parker House rolls until yesterday, but they turned out tasty. I have now done two stints of B-I-Nning Becca's room (B-I-N is the name of the noxious must-wear-protective-breathing-mask primer).
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    Rudy's Blog

  • Trip #2: Jim and the Flims. Transreal. Paris.

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:23 pm
  • Trip #1: Nyon, Geneva.

    15 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sylvia and I went to Geneva, Switzerland, for a family event. We stayed near Geneva in Nyon for five days, and then went on to Paris for a week. So now I’m photoblogging some of the things I saw. This is a garage near Levis stadium in San Jose, completely irrelevant, although the dark image does set the tone for William Gibson’s The Peripheral, which I was reading on my ebook for much of the trip. Well, actually I didn’t get it till we’d been there a few days, waiting for the download. We stayed in a once deluxe hotel now on the skids and run by unpleasant people, but…
  • 016. Reading. “Hello Infinity.” KFJC 6. Nov 15, 2005.

    7 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Final reading at KFJC. This short-short science fiction story, from my nonfiction book, The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul (, illustrates some questions about whether every thinkable process is physically realizable, and whether every computation is thinkable. (7.85MB. 8 min.)
  • 015. Reading. “The Kind Rain.” KFJC 5. Nov 8, 2005.

    7 Nov 2014 | 2:32 pm
    At radio KFJC, or 89.7 FM, with Ann Arbor, 7:20 AM, Tuesday, reading the fifth thought experiment story from my nonfiction Lifebox book. Can a rainstorm be conscious? (6.61MB. 7 min.)
  • 014. Reading. “Terry’s Talker.” KFJC 4. Oct 25, 2005.

    7 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    At radio KFJC, or 89.7 FM, with Ann Arbor, 7:20 AM, Tuesday, reading the fourth thought experiment story from my nonfiction Lifebox book. (3.93MB. 9 min.)
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  • Introducing Legion: Skin Deep

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:03 am
    About two years ago, I wrote a little novella called Legion about a man with a very strange psychological makeup. Part of my goal in writing it was to see if I could make my personal brand of . . . whatever it is I do work in a more contemporary story. The greater goal (as it always is) was to get this idea out of my head and onto the page so it would stop pestering me.Well, the story of Stephen Leeds was not only very popular with readers, it was quite fun for me to write. As many of you know, I keep myself fresh and excited as an author by making certain that when I end one…
  • Mitosis released in the UK/Australia/New Zealand/Ireland

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Rejoice! My Reckoners short novelette Mitosis was finally released today by Gollancz in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland (and other Commonwealth countries, plus everywhere outside the US/Canada). Check the store links in the various tabs here.Mitosis takes place between Steelheart and Firefight, which will be released on January 6 in the US and January 8 in the UK. It's a little something to tide you over until then.In addition to the ebook and audiobook that the US and Canada received, Gollancz has also released a spiffy little hardcover. Here's a photo (alongside the Steelheart…
  • The Rithmatist ebook on sale today

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

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

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

  • Poem: Lament

    5 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    And I rememberstanding on the wall.As they kissed,we shot over their heads.Just for one day,can't we be heroes?Crossposted from Inhuman Swill
  • Proper paper size for manuscript submissions

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

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    I find something deeply unsettling about numbers stations.I suppose I must have encountered the concept at some point reading spy fiction, but my true introduction to numbers stations came earlier this year from my friend Anthony Atamaniuk. When he played a few examples at a party, I was instantly transported to the nightmarish world of my earliest childhood memories, where the universe beyond my bedcovers seemed to vanish with the fall of night, and every half-heard or half-imagined sound was like a transmission from a cinder planet light-years dead. To me the recordings sounded like outer…
  • Does Amazon customer support have a "joke" macro?

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

    3 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    A reader writes to ask:I enjoyed reading your article about formatting short story submissions, but wondered whether the Name/Title/Page# thing is necessary for electronic submissions. I have a story ready for submission to EQMM.There are essentially two kinds of electronic submissions: text pasted into the body of an email, and email attachments. Obviously, with text pasted into an email, there's no place for page headers. But if you're sending a file as an attachment (as would be the case with Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine), then page headers are still absolutely necessary. It doesn't…
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    Douglas Smith's blog

  • Bookstore Discounts for US Thanksgiving

    Douglas Smith
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Canadian Thanksgiving is a distant memory, along with warm fall temperatures and leaves on the trees. But US Thanksgiving is next week, bringing the annual craziness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  So I thought I'd join the annual flood of sales by offering my web site visitors a discount of 35% off of all ebooks in my online bookstore. Just use the coupon code TURKEY35 when you check out. You can use it as many times and on as many ebooks as you like, from now until Dec 2.  Enjoy!
  • Bringing Diversity to SF: The Young Explorer's Adventure Guide

    Douglas Smith
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:51 am
    I'm thrilled to announce that I'll have a story in a wonderful and important new SF anthology, The Young Explorer's Adventure Guide, from Dreaming Robot Press. Aimed at middle grade readers, the anthology's goal is to bring greater diversity to science fiction, a genre that remains dominated by white males, both in terms of writers and characters in SF. This anthology is the first in a planned annual series, and this edition will predominantly feature stories with strong female characters as their protagonists. The project is being funded by a Kickstarter campaign. They've reached not only…
  • Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair: My Report

    Douglas Smith
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:10 am
    As I mentioned earlier, I was one of the author presenters this weekend at INSPIRE!: The Toronto International Book Fair. Yesterday, I had the great pleasure to be on a panel on the Spark Stage at the TIBF with friends and fellow writers, Julie Czerneda and Stephanie Bedwell-Grime, and got the chance to meet Ottawa writer, Andrew Barton, who ably moderated our panel on "Science Fiction: The Future Ain't What It Used to Be." We had a lively and fun discussion with plenty of interesting questions from a packed crowd. Here's a pic of the panel in progress taken by Crystal Huff, who was at the…
  • Photo from my Hydra's Hearth reading

    Douglas Smith
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    As I mentioned earlier, I was one of the dozen authors invited to read at the inaugural Hydra's Hearth reading series in Toronto this weekend. Here's a pic of me during the reading. I read this past Friday night from my current work-in-progress, a young adult urban fantasy novel. Thanks to the organizers for the invitation and to SFContario for hosting the readings this year. And thanks to everyone who turned out and for your feedback after. Much appreciated.
  • I'm appearing at the Toronto International Book Fair

    Douglas Smith
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    Another short notice post about an upcoming appearance. I'm one of the author guests at another inaugural literary event this weekend, the brand new Toronto International Book Fair. Yes, it's a busy weekend. I'll be at the SFWA booth (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America) (booth #118) from 2-4pm on Saturday November 15, signing my books. I'm also on a panel with Andrew Barton, Julie Czerneda, and Stephanie Bedwell-Grime from 5-6 pm on Saturday on the Spark Stage (SW corner of the TIBF area).  The panel is titled "The Future Ain't What It Used to Be" and we are supposed to be…
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  • From Miami to New York in 24 Hours: Southern Reach to Steampunk User’s Manual

    Jeff VanderMeer
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:24 pm
    This is going to be an exciting weekend. I’m currently at the Miami International Book Fair, with an Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy event on Saturday at 3pm, presenting along with Daniel Suarez and Geoff Nicholson. Details here. Then, I’ll be getting on a plane to New York City and only 23 hours later, at 2pm, I’ll be appearing at the Barnes & Noble in Tribeca (97 Warren Street) with my coauthor Desirina Boskovich for a Steampunk User’s Manual event. Special guests include Diana Pho, Thomas Willeford, and many more. Details here. Afterwards, there will be a…
  • Jeff VanderMeer Reddit AMA on December 2nd, 2014 at 3pm EST

    Jeff VanderMeer
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:10 pm
    If you didn’t get the chance to drop by one of my Southern Reach tour stops, you can instead come to Reddit and ask me questions on December 2nd at 3pm Eastern Time. I’ll be doing an AMA (short for Ask Me Anything, Reddit’s version of a Q&A) in Reddit’s /r/iama subreddit. Watch out for Area X impostors though — my Reddit username is /u/JeffVanderMeer. The format will be open so you can ask me any questions about Southern Reach, the Steampunk User’s Manual, my anthologies, or which would I rather fight: 100 owl-sized horses or one horse-sized owl. So…
  • Publication Day: Area X Hardcover Omnibus from FSG Originals

    Jeff VanderMeer
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
    Today is the official publication date for Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy. For this hardcover collecting Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance, FSG has come up with yet another amazing, stunning cover design–the title page is pretty wonderful, too. On the Farrar, Straus and Giroux site you can –Read an exclusive “debriefing” conducted by my editor Sean McDonald –Visit the great splash page for the book, with all sorts of extra information. –Access a great flipbook of articles, essays, and reviews connected to the Southern Reach novels. The flipbook…
  • The Southern Reach Trilogy Comes to Tampa, Orlando, and Miami

    Jeff VanderMeer
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    This weekend I’m traveling around Florida, preaching The Southern Reach Trilogy in the place it all began. If you want a primer on the NYT-bestselling series, check out both this conversation I had with top designer Peter Mendelsund on Boing Boing and this great page for the hardcover omnibus version over at FSG. The film rights to the trilogy have been acquired by Scott Rudin Productions and Paramount Pictures, with Alex Garland of Shine and Dredd fame set to direct. Along the way the trilogy made multiple best-of lists and been blurbed by Stephen King, Warren Ellis, and Kelly Link,…
  • Hyperstition and the New Weird I: Entities & Worlds

    Jeff VanderMeer
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    I am very excited to be a part of a seminar with The New Centre for Research & Practice, entitled “Hyperstition & The New Weird I: Entities and Worlds/Genres and Climates”. On December 1st, 2014, I will be their guest to discuss The New Weird Anthology, as well as my novel Annihilation. The entire 4-part seminar begins this Monday (November 17th, 2014) and is hosted exclusively online, which means that you all can register and participate, no application necessary. To register for the entire seminar visit The New…
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    Paperback Writer

  • Wishing You

    Lynn Viehl
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
  • It's Official

    Lynn Viehl
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:39 pm
    As of 7:30 pm tonight:
  • This

    Lynn Viehl
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    A writer is a world trapped in a person. -- Victor HugoWe're four days out from the finish line of NaNoWriMo 2014, and hopefully everyone has made some gratifying progress toward their writing goals. I know some of you are thinking now that you won't make 50K, and that's okay. Really. Making the big goal is nice -- very nice -- but you aren't a loser if you have to deal with life instead of writing, or the story you chose to write isn't working for you, or whatever else keeps you from stepping into the official winner's circle this year. Losing Jak, one of my beloved rescue cats, kept me from…
  • Canadian Sub Op

    Lynn Viehl
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here's an open call for Canadian writers only to submit steampunk short stories for the upcoming Clockwork Canada anthology: "I am interested in all permutations of Steampunk, including Boilerpunk, Clockpunk, Gaslight Romance, Raygun Gothic, Stitchpunk, and other variations. Stories must be set in Canada. There are no restrictions on the time period, though technology should be limited to pre-twentieth century. I want to see Canadian takes on classic Steampunk elements, but I would also like to see more than just steam technology. I highly recommend reading Amal El-Mohtar’s excellent…
  • Thanksgiving Ten

    Lynn Viehl
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ten Things to Help with Thanksgiving21 easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids will keep them busy while Mom has some neat, before-the-big-meal ideas here for Thanksgiving appetizers; I might try these blue cheese and pear tartlets.The simplest no-cook appetizer I know that just about everyone loves: alternate chunks of fruit and cheese on bamboo skewers to make pretty nibbly kabobs (and older kids who can be trusted with pointy sticks can easily put these together, too.) Better Homes & Gardens has some suggestions here for indoor Thanksgiving decorating.Not sure how long to…
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    Bluejo's Journal

  • Philosopher Kings cover

    Jo Walton
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    As between4walls points out, it's up on Amazon.I like it. Do you like it?It doesn't have back cover copy yet. I cannot imagine what it can have as one that wouldn't be spoilers for The Just City. I appreciate that this must be a solved problem because other people write sequsls with this issue all the time, but I never did before. I guess it could say "There are now at least five competing visions of Plato's Republic. The god Apollo struggles to deal with family life. And someone has stolen the head of the Winged Victory of Samothrace. Only the idiotic Jo Walton could have come up with this…
  • Realists of a Larger Reality

    Jo Walton
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    Has everyone already seen Ursula Le Guin's acceptance speech at the American Book Awards? Absolutely wonderful, brave and inspirational.
  • To Do List

    Jo Walton
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:16 am
    Alexander III of Macedon, Babylon, Summer 13th year of reignImmediateShake off this feverLaunch invasion of ArabiaCheck if expected child is a sonParty!Short termConquer ArabiaBuild fleet of 50 ships for conquest of Carthage and North AfricaMedium termConquer Carthage and North AfricaEducate son (if born). Languages, warfare, philosophy (Aristotle?), culture, military experience, responsibility etc.Beget more sons as backup, educate same way.Population exchange between Asia and Europe, marriages, mobility etc.Build giant temple to Athene at site of TroyFound cities. Longer termConquer Europe.
  • Thud: Necessity

    Jo Walton
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Words: 3171Total words: 7992Files: 5Tea: Pu ErhMusic: Brandenburg ConcertosReason for Stopping: That's mostly one chapter, but also some extra to yesterday's chapter. I've been doing it on and off all day, stopping now because I'm tired and I realised the new chapter needs a proper scene where I thought a summary would do. Better start fresh in the morning.This book has more POVs than the others. The others have three each. This one seems to want five... or possibly six. Pah. I believe in conservation of POV, by which I mean telling the story in the fewest POVs possible. If that's one, great.
  • Thud: Necessity

    Jo Walton
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Words: 2466Total words: Not sure, have to take some outFiles: 5Tea: Elderflower and LemonMusic: No musicReason for stopping: finished chapter, and also bedtimeYeah, it's not a logical or controllable process, writing, but this bit is OK. Suddenly after weeks of not being able to write anything at ten to five today somehow I can do it again? I think I have to scrap most of what I already have, but I'll worry about that tomorrow.This book needs a human POV. Apollo and Crocus are all very well, but...
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    Martha Wells

  • Monday

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:57 am
    In good news, it looks like HarperCollins is actually making the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy available in paperback again. The Gate of Gods and The Ships of Air are available to order online, and The Wizard Hunters is supposed to be available by the end of the year. We're also trying to get them to fix the distribution problems with the ebooks.The Six-by-Six Kickstarter has been moved to a December 1 start date.I went to a big annual pre-holiday party on Saturday that includes a large potluck dinner. The house where it's held is too small for it so there's usually a tent in the front yard and…
  • 21 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    There was a really nice non-spoilery review of Stories of the Raksura here.***(I use a lot of profanity in my daily life, and I have to consciously withhold it when I'm speaking in public, so as you read this, just insert it randomly throughout.)You may have seen things online about the National Book Awards, where Ursula K. Le Guin gave this great speech (and she's talking about Amazon when she says We just saw a profiteer try to punish a publisher for disobedience and writers threatened by corporate fatwa, and I see a lot of us, the producers who write the books, and make the books,…
  • Award-eligible Work This Year

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:56 am
    It feels weird, but it's already after mid-November, and time to post a year-end wrap-up. This year has felt like it's passed both incredibly quickly and incredibly slowly. But I remember at least one year when I didn't have anything published to put in a year-end wrap-up, so this still counts as a good year publishing-wise.So it's nice for me to see it listed out like this. Award-eligible workMarch 2014 "A Life Less Ordinary: The Environment, Magic Systems, and Non-Humans" The Kobold Guide to Magic, Kobold Press. Non-fiction essay. April 2014 Emilie and the Sky World Strange Chemistry Books,…
  • Quick Post

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:56 am
    Here's some more detail on the anthology I'm going to be in (with the new Reynard and Nicholas story) (if the kickstarter funds and we can do it). The kickstarter will open on November 28.I did a guest post on Fantasy Book Cafe.The book drive for Ballou SR High School is still open if anybody wants to send a book for Christmas.The most complete Chart of SF Spaceships is now complete. The SGA and SG1 ones are toward the bottom.
  • Cold Monday

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    It was a pretty good weekend. The signing in Austin went well and we had a lot of fun talking to people, and got to hang out with friends a bit. Also stopped at an Asian market next to where we had lunch and I was able to get some roasted green tea, which I love. (There's a big grocery store-sized Asian market here but it's on the other side of town and I keep forgetting to look for it there.) The weather was pretty terrible, in the 40s and raining during the day, freezing at night.Sunday was a good work day, I got my word count done, plus did my part of the video for the upcoming…
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    Reality Skimming

  • Diff the Dragon – Part Fiftyfive

    David Lott
    27 Nov 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 55 “That is 5/2 to me,” Alivda said, smiling hugely while she expended yet more energy jumping up and down. “Yes, it is,” Korbin…
  • Sherry Ramsey interview

    David Lott
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Bio: After a brief stint of legal practice, Sherry turned her attention to writing. She is a member of the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia and a past Secretary-Treasurer of SF Canada, a graduate of Writer’s Digest School’s Novel Writing Workshop and a local community college Creative Writing course, and a founding member of a local writer’s group, The Story Forge. She spent several years as a copyeditor for The Internet Review of Science Fiction and is an editor for Third Person Press. Furthermore, she is an active member of several online writing groups, including the Fantasy…
  • Diff the Dragon – Part Fiftyfour

    David Lott
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:23 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 54 Years passed and Alivda turned ten. Perry was still employing Korbin and Amel still dropped by as often as he could, but things were…
  • Diff the Dragon – Part Fiftythree

    David Lott
    25 Nov 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 53 Alivda was put under till the caffeine wore off and then she and Amel left. They went back to Barmi. “So how was your visit with…
  • Diff the Dragon – Part Fiftytwo

    David Lott
    24 Nov 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 52 “Get down this instant!” Amel yelled. Alivda just giggled. “What is wrong with you?” he yelled again. “Yummy, yummy black…
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    All quiet in France

  • House of Shattered Wings and one sequel sell to Gollancz

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:42 am
    So… Once upon a time, in a far, far away galaxy, I began working on this odd little project. It had started as a urban fantasy set in 21st century Paris, where families of magicians held the reins of power in every domain from banking to building. Then I couldn’t make it work, because the worldbuilding wasn’t clicking with me. I wrote perhaps three chapters of it before it became painfully clear that my heart wasn’t in it. So I nuked Paris. Well, sort of. I made up a Great Magicians’ War, comparable in scale to WWI: a war that devastated Paris, making Notre-Dame an empty shell, the…
  • New recipe: caponata

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    Here. Cross-posted from Aliette de Bodard Leave a comment at original post, or comment here.
  • Can haz first draft!!!

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    And first draft of novella complete at 32k words. Title “The Citadel of Weeping Pearls”, it’s a loose sequel to On A Red Station, Drifting: set in the Imperial City two emperors and 60 years later, with a cameo from Linh and the Great Virtue Emperor. Featuring 4 POVs, entirely too many characters (I think I’m at 15 named ones plus 23 dead emperors’ ghost simulations), and a sort of complicated structure like a Chinese knot: four threads merged together to fill in the absence of a fifth character (it started out as a sort of meditation on the five elements, so…
  • Signal boost: J Damask/Joyce Chng

    4 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    Just a quick post to say that J Damask/Joyce Chng could really use some support right now, as she’s undergoing treatment for a breast disease–in addition to the health issues and the draining side-effects, it doesn’t come cheap. You can buy her books here: -Rider Trilogy: Young Adult SF. A cross between Dragons of Pern and Chinese culture–Agri-Seer Lifang never expected to ride one of the fabled Quetz; much less the depth of the bond that develops between them… More info here . Book 1: Rider/Book 2: Speaker/Book 3: Chaser (forthcoming) -Oysters, Pearls and Magic:…
  • Print edition of “On a Red Station, Drifting”, redux

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

  • Loscon 2014 Schedule (three days out)

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there. As I write this, I’m relaxing in a hotel in Laguna Woods, California. I arrived yesterday, and I’ll be here through Thanksgiving. On Friday morning I’ll drive back toward LAX and drop off my rental car, but instead of flying home I will check into the nearby Marriott and pick up my badge as a panelist for Loscon 41. I reached out to them a bit late, but they very graciously found a few things for me to do. Come find me at the following: Saturday, November 29th 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. | Atlanta |…
  • Eating Authors: Sunny Moraine

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:31 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> And lo, after a week off, EATING AUTHORS is back. Again, apologies for the hiatus, but as nearly all authors know, deadlines, like rules, are made to be broken, and that’s pretty much what happened here. But that’s all in the past and we’re all about the future (except when we’re doing alternate history) so let’s move forward. Our guest this week is small press author Sunny Moraine, who learned her craft by writing erotica before turning her hand to science fiction and fantasy.
  • Eating Authors: Hiatus

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:33 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.I’m very pleased to be able to write that this weekly blog feature, EATING AUTHORS, has been going nonstop since its first episode way back on June 6th, 2011. There have been a lot of guests, and a lot of meals. Don’t worry, this isn’t a farewell post. There are plenty of authors out there whom we haven’t eaten yet, and I’m waiting on hearing back from several of them for future episodes. But for right now, the cupboard is bare. That, and the minor details that my November is chock full. In…
  • Eating Authors: Angelia Sparrow

    10 Nov 2014 | 4:31 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> November is — to say the least — a turbulent month. Lots of you are banging your keyboards (or even your heads) to the beat of NaNoWriMo. Others are preparing for that annual American feast and family therapy day of Thanksgiving. And some are also hitting conventions. As for me, I just returned home from the first of three conventions this month, and I’m already wondering if I’ll be able to keep up the pace. But the internet plugs along regardless of human frailty and weakness, and so too does…
  • Eating Authors: Danny Birt

    3 Nov 2014 | 4:32 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> Danny is one of those people who wears a lot of hats (something I can certainly relate to). In addition to his work as an author, he’s also a composer, a music therapist, and a massage therapist. Or to put it another way, he has more than words on a page to reach his audience. Still, our focus here is on authors, and Danny is likely best known for his Laurian Pentology, the volumes of which I secretly believe were titled to confuse the crap out of readers. Case in point, the first book is Ending An…
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    The Urtaru Chronicles

  • Songs

    Armen Chakmakjian
    15 Nov 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Ok, so I’m not a great guitarist, and my voice cracks with certain renditions of the favorite songs of the 70s, but I figured I’d try to compile the list of songs I know how to play on guitar and sing (aka I know all the chords and lyrics). I got to 100. I got to […]
  • 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 […]
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  • Jual Resepi Rendang Padang Asli

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:33 am
    Jual Resepi Rendang Padang Asli jual rendang padang Daging… hanya mengucapkan kata, dan membayangkan apa yang datang ke pikiran. Lezat daging sapi, domba, atau babi, atau sejumlah hidangan lezat lainnya. Jika Anda adalah pemakan daging, ada sedikit yang dapat membandingkan… Continue...
  • Harga Pupuk Organik Dan Anorganik

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Harga Pupuk Organik Dan Anorganik jual pupuk organik Pada dasarnya, pupuk anorganik terbuat dari bahan kimia sintetik, diproduksi, dan pupuk organik yang dibuat dari alami bahan organik. Ini adalah sedikit oversimplification, namun, dan kadang-kadang garis antara pupuk organik dan anorganik…...
  • Agen Rujak Cireng Jakarta

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Agen Rujak Cireng Jakarta jual rujak cireng Bagi mereka yang mencintai hal-hal sederhana dalam hidup dan seperti membuat atau memasak hal-hal untuk memberikan sukacita kepada orang lain, tidak ada yang lebih baik daripada meningkatkan nilai-nilai hidup yang baik dengan sedikit… Continue...
  • Jual Smart Detox Bandung

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Jual Smart Detox Bandung jual smart detox Saya sering telah diminta pendapat saya tentang pengobatan detox (patch) yang sedang dipromosikan dalam infomersial larut malam atau carteran detoks yang bermunculan di Chiropractic kantor, salon, dan baru-baru ini di sebuah klub kesehatan… Continue...
  • Harga Bros Bunga Flanel

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Harga Bros Bunga Flanel jual bros murah Yang paling di-permintaan jenis anting-anting yang digunakan di dunia hari ini, magis yang dicintai dan ditempatkan oleh sebagian besar jenis kebanyakan orang. Ini biaya-efektif dan sangat lembut untuk memanfaatkan sebagai anting-anting. Meskipun ada…...
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  • Two Authors, One Interview

    David Mack
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Pop-culture blogger Paul Semel digs into the art and business of media tie-in novels in this tag-team Q&A he conducted with me and fellow New York Times bestselling author Greg Cox. We talked a bit about our most recent Star Trek novels (for Greg, the movie-era original-series tale Foul Deeds Will Rise; for me, Section […]
  • Literary Treks talks Disavowed

    David Mack
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Last week, I chatted with Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing of podcast Literary Treks about my latest Star Trek novel, Disavowed. Today that podcast went live, and is available to subscribers via iTunes or to anyone who wants to listen online here. Here is their concise rundown of the show’s contents, for those who […]
  • The first reviews for DISAVOWED

    David Mack
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Eric Cone has posted his review of my latest Star Trek novel, Section 31: Disavowed, over at Visionary Trek. (Spoiler Alert: He liked it.) A few choice quotes: “David Mack has hit another one out of the park with Disavowed, as he takes us on a roller-coaster ride from beginning to end. There’s plenty of action […]
  • SCAM ALERT: Speaking Engagement Invitation

    David Mack
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:57 pm
    A short while ago I received a typo-laden e-mail from someone I had never heard of. That was enough to trigger my fraud Spidey-sense™, but when I Googled this scam I discovered that some folks have been taken by it. Since I haven’t seen or heard much about it in SF/F circles, I wanted to […]
  • Hear me answer for The Calling

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

  • SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 11/26/2014

    James Aquilone
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz. Xenowealth: A Collection What’s it about? A collection of short stories related to Tobias Buckell’s…
  • Daily Science Fiction Roster of Stories for December 2014

    John DeNardo
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Daily Science Fiction has announced its December line-up of free stories. December 01: “They Fell Like Comets” by Hans Hergot December 02: “The Gate, My Beloved; My Story, Its Key” by Amanda C. Davis December 03: “Dear Jezzy: The Trouble with Trolls” by Sarina Dorie December 04: “Born on a Glumday” by Kate Heartfield December 05: “Like Reeds in Summer” by Gio Clairval December 08: “Dream Logic” by Barbara A. Barnett December 09: “Calvera” by Rachel Barber December 10: “The Reason We Can’t Have Nice…
  • SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-11-27

    John DeNardo
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Interviews & Profiles The Skiffy and Fanty Show interviews Ann Leckie. Goodreads interviews Gail Carriger. My Bookish Ways interviews Sophie Masson. Redditors interview Mira Grant. Lisa Morton interviews Leslie Klinger. Erika Holt interviews David Morrell. Redditors interview Peter F. Hamilton. W.A.R.G. interviews Bradley Beaulieu. Diabolical Plots interviews Jeff Carlson. Reality Bomb interviews Lou Anders. The A.V. Club interviews Patrick Rothfuss. News RIP: Stu Shiffman. Philip K. Dick’s Short Story ‘The Crawlers’ Adaptation in the Works. Angry Robot Announces a New…
  • WINNERS: Vintage Star Wars T-Shirt

    John DeNardo
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:04 pm
    The winners of our giveaway for a Star Wars T-Shirt have been chosen and notified. Congratulations to: Jordan B. from Auburn, IN Wolf B. from Furlong, PA Brianna W. from Mount Vernon, NY You will be receiving your prize soon! Thanks to everyone who entered. No related posts.
  • BOOK REVIEW: Endsinger by Jay Kristoff

    Paul Weimer
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    REVIEW SUMMARY: A stakes-raising finale to the Lotus War Trilogy. MY RATING: MY REVIEW: PROS: The theme of the series is rendered in strong lines; a high-octane action draws the reader through the book. CONS: Questions of cultural appropriation reduce the book’s appeal for readers. BOTTOM LINE: A strongly themed finale to Kristoff’s unique steampunk trilogy The civil war, initiated by the death of the Shogun at the hands of Yukiko, the Stormdancer, has come to full fruition in Endsinger, the third and final book in Jay Kristoff’s Lotus War Trilogy. The Great Houses now openly strive…
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    The World in the Satin Bag

  • On World Fantasy Convention 2014

    11 Nov 2014 | 5:09 pm
    World Fantasy Con is over.  I'm home.  I'm alive.  I'm back to the life of a grad student and adjunct faculty, with a side of writing.  And these are my mystical thoughts on the whole experience:I began my journey in the fashion of a handrail used by a string of infected boat passengers.  On Tuesday, I started feeling a cold coming on, and I frantically chowed down Vitamin C and everything else I could find to stifle the monster growing within me.  Alas, the cold was up to the task and settled in by Wednesday morning, leaving me so wiped by Thursday that I had to…
  • Hugo Awards Recommendations: Which shorts / novelettes / novellas have I missed?

    7 Nov 2014 | 1:54 pm
    It's almost that time again:  time to nominate stuff for the Hugos. I usually miss a lot of stuff throughout the year, so I like to reach out to readers to see what they'd recommend so I can create a reading list for myself.  Last time, you folks recommended so much that I ended up with a 1,200-page ebook!  I want to give myself a little more time for the next nominating season.So...which short stories, novelettes, and novellas should I be reading?  Let me know in the comments below!
  • On #GamerGate -- Final Thoughts Before I Find Something Else to Do

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

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

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

    27 Nov 2014 | 1:43 pm
    In his historical presentation at the Exopolitics Summit in Barcelona in July 2009, Retired US Army Command Sergeant Major Bob Dean had publicly announced the existence of interplanetary airport on... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • UFO News : Amazing UFO Sighting Filmed Over New Jersey, USA

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    According to eyewitness and video taper testimony "this object was recorded outside my attic window on November 08, 2014 over New Jersey, USA. With the naked eye, I saw what looks like a green orb... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • UFO News : Multiple UFOs Sighted Over Pasadena, Texas, USA

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Earlier this month on November 9, multiple UFOs were sighted over Pasadena, Texas, USA. According to eyewitness and video taper, "I recorded them my self with my own phone, at around 12, the sun... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • Alien Skull - 'Hobbit' Skull Found In Indonesia Is Not Human : Scientists

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    Scientists analysed a 'hobbit'-sized skull found in Indonesia back in 2004 have claimed that it is a Alien Skull-Not Human. The fossil was discovered in Indonesia and named Homo floresiensis, or... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • 'Archaeological Site' On Mars Spotted In NASA Mars Photo

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Possibly a 'Archaeological Site' spotted in NASA "Global Mars Surveyor Mission" photo. Mars Global Surveyor arrived at Mars on September 11, 1997, and has contributed a multitude of findings,... Click on Headline to read complete story...
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    On Starships and Dragonwings

  • Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier Audiobook {4.5 Stars}

    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier is a beautiful fairytale full of broken characters and a disturbing mystery. If you are tired of worrying about romance ruining perfectly good friendships, but also kind of like the sweet naïveté of the adorable secondary characters sometimes, Dreamer’s Pool is probably your book. Dreamer’s Pool is also your book if you love writing that just keeps pulling you back in and character development that wrenches your heart but makes your proud at the same time. Basically, Dreamer’s Pool is rockin’ and the narration of the audiobook…
  • Unmade by Amy Rose Capetta ARC Giveaway!

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Entangled came out last year and was billed as Firefly for young readers and I have it on good authority that it is hilarious! Therefore, I’m very excited to be able to giveaway an ARC of the sequel, Unmade :D. To avoid spoiling the first book, here’s its blurb so you can decide if you want to start this series or continue it if you already loved book one :D. Alone was the note Cade knew best. It was the root of all her chords. Seventeen-year-old Cade is a fierce survivor, solo in the universe with her cherry-red guitar. Or so she thought. Her world shakes apart when a hologram…
  • Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Thanks to the gals of The Broke and The Bookish for hosting this meme every week! I’m trying to be very honest with myself when making these TBR lists, and I mostly succeed for the fall TBR by reading 6/10! And I’m still planning on getting to three of the last four as soon as I can, possibly even this week :D. Therefore, this list is comprised of books that I am super duper excited about and am quite determined to read ;-). ARCs I Can’t Resist     Death Marked – I looooooooved the previous book and have been being very good by not jumping straight into Death…
  • Book Nerds Unite Giveaway {$150 Prize!}

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’m very excited to be a part of a multi-blogger giveaway, Book Nerds Unite: Sharing is Caring :D. There are two prizes, one for $150 at Amazon or Barnes and Noble and one for $50, so be sure to enter! Tis the season…and all that jazz. You know how it goes. The holiday start (earlier and earlier these days) and it is all about giving. Well now it is time for some getting. With the help of 19 other bloggers we bring to you, Book Nerds Unite, a Sharing is Caring giveaway. It’s pretty easy to enter. Just click on the Rafflecopter widget and start following some great bloggers. For your…
  • Updates from the Lair 11/23/14

    23 Nov 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!).  Lovelies! I just spent a large chunk of time responding to comments because I’d gotten behind and I feel the need to make sure you all know that I freaking love you! You have no idea how much of a fool I look like when reading and responding to comments because of the grin on my face. The boy seriously has laughed at me before! Anytime I’m feeling…
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    ATG Reviews

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: DreamMaster Film Review

    27 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Not As Good As A Wet Dream(Spoilers for the previous three Nightmare on Elm Street movies are below).Watch this opening!Buy on Amazon!You know when a movie starts like that, you’re going to be in for a rough ride … especially when it’s a horror film.  Despite an intro that suggests what you’re about to watch is a softcore porn, DreamMaster is not as bad as it looks… which by this point it should look awful. There are some entertaining deaths, ridiculous fight scenes, and a even a few trippy moments.  This isn’t a good movie, or a truly terrible movie,…
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Film Review

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Welcome To Prime Time(Spoilers for the previous two Nightmare on Elm Street movies are below).Buy on Amazon!Freddy’s Revenge was a less then compelling sequel, and as result for the third Nightmare film the series starts to go back to its roots.  Returning to the fold from the original Nightmare on Elm Street film are Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp), her father Donald Thompson (John Saxon), and of course Freddy (Robert Englund). The most significant return has to be Wes Craven, who returns exclusively in a writer’s capacity. The end result is a pretty entertaining horror…
  • Jurassic World Trailer!!!!!

    The World Weary
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Hold on to Your Butts…Finally! The much anticipated fourth chapter in the epic and beloved Jurassic Park series has shown up on the interwebs. We get glimpses of tons of cool scenes in this action packed two minute teaser. There’s Chris Pratt riding a motorbike through a pack of Velociraptors, a massive Sea World style display of an ancient underwater beast, Bryce Dallas Howard realizing the folly of following in John Hammond’s footsteps, and vague references to a genetically engineered hybrid dino, who will serve as the film’s primary antagonist (much like the…
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge Film Review

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Crack That Whip …. Licorice Whip(Spoilers for A Nightmare on Elm Street are below).Buy on Amazon!Hoping to capitalize on the success of A Nightmare on Elm Street, a sequel A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, was quickly put into production soon after. Wes Craven, the original director and writer opted out of this movie because he originally wanted Elm Street to be a standalone. Jack Sholder, who had previously worked on Alone in the Dark, took over as director.  Along with the switch in direction and writing, and none of the original cast returning except for Robert…
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street Film Review

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    One, Two Freddy’s Coming For YouBuy on Amazon!A Nightmare on Elm Street has been regarded as a classic slasher film since it’s release in 1984.  Taking a look at it over thirty years later, this is a hot and cold movie. What it does well with, it does better than any of the other popular slashers, like the way it explores dreams and reality and the way it’s villain kills its victims. However, there are other aspects to the movie that haven’t aged well like it’s film score and terrible acting.High school student Tina (Amanda Wyss) has a nightmare where…
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  • Don’t Nuke Your Food In The Microwave

    Dan Rivero
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Nuking your food in the microwave make cooking easy, but it also makes food bland. Cooking food in a microwave is easy but food inevitably tastes more bland than when prepared by other means. Scientists have known for several years that microwaved food end up with flavors that differ chemically from those of foods cooked in conventional ovens. Taste tests with human volunteers have shown that cakes baked in a microwave can taste unpleasantly like green vegetables. A key to this phenomenon, according to a pair of food chemists at the University of California at Davis, turns out to be…
  • Fiction: A Post-Apocalyptic Thanksgiving

    Esther Kim
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    Shopping for Thanksgiving in a post-apocalyptic grocery store is more horrifying than appetizing. "Thanksgiving" is a post-apocalyptic tale by award winning author Joyce Carol Oates, and originally published in OMNI Magazine in 1993. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over forty novels, as well as a number of plays, novellas, short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. Her short story "Thanksgiving" seems to be a mundane tale but quickly slips into a surreal, and somewhat terrifying, experience. An anxious father and daughter desperately shop for the holidays in a…
  • Special Effects Artist John Dykstra Is A Legend

    Adam Wells
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    John Dykstra is a legendary special effects artists renowned for his work on Battlestar Galactica and Star Wars. OMNI 1970'sBattlestar Galactica was the most expensive series ever created for television. Its price tag averages nearly a million dollars per hour for the episodes seen this fall. The usual fees for a big budget series are compounded by an inspired move from creator/writer/executive producer Glen Larson. In signing John Dykstra, multiple Academy Award-winning special effects supervisor for Star Wars, Larson hired a formidable talent Dykstra created the dazzling array of…
  • Gerovital H3 May Halt Aging

    Dan Rivero
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    The anti-aging drug Gerovital H3 may help stall the aging process. Gerovital H3 may be instrumental in halting or even reversing the aging process. The rejuvenating qualities of GH3 were first discovered in the early 1950's by Ana Aslan at Romania's Institute of Geriatrics in Bucharest while she was treating elderly patients suffering from rheumatism. Aslan found that injecting her patients with the common anesthetic procaine, known in the United States as Novocaine, along with two other ingredients called benzoid acid and potassium salts, not only reduced pain but alleviated a wide range of…
  • Mysterious Galaxies – Revealing The Cosmos

    John Foley
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Galaxies are shrouded in mysteries but researchers strive to reveal the cosmos. OMNI 1970'sAt the tone, the age of the universe will be 14.5 billion years. Beeeeeeep! That figure was obtained by astrophysicists Demosthenes Kazanas, David N. Schramm, and Kem Hainebach in a study that they believe represents the best estimate so far of the elapsed time since our universe was formed in an explosion commonly called the "Big Bang." Previous estimates, reached by using a variety of methods, have ranged from 8 billion years to 20 billion years. Kazanas and Schramm, of the Enrfco Fermi Institute of…
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