SciFi & Fantasy Novels

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  • Windy City is the next pulp event

    Yellowed Perils
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Updated: April 24, 2014. As Walker Martin mentioned in […]
  • The Writer and the Photographer

    SF Novelists
    David B. Coe
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    When I’m not writing (or cooking, or carting my kids somewhere, or doing one of a hundred other things that occupy the hours in a normal day) I am often outside with my camera, stalking that perfect image.  I’ve been a dedicated amateur photographer for about ten years now.  I find that photography relaxes me, while at the same time engaging a part of my brain that writing largely ignores.  To my mind, the key to taking good pictures is conveying emotion and even narrative without words, using only light and shape, texture and contour. I love the challenge, I love the…
  • Future Perspectives… and does the ACLU (at last) understand sousveillance?

    David Brin
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    == Perspectives on our future ==A reminder: I’ll be performing at this event in mid May -- THE FUTURE IS HERE: Science meets Science Fiction, Imagination, Inspiration and Invention --  will be a lavish/spectacular event MAY 16-18, 2014 in Washington DC, presented by the Smithsonian Magazine in collaboration with the UC San Diego  Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, Nerd Nite, Smithsonian Grand Challenges Consortia, and the Smithsonian Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.Presenters include: Patrick Stewart, David Brin, Kim Stanley…
  • Why I write urban fantasy by Debbie Johnson

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    Crime, violence and the crunch of broken glass beneath my feet: why being a scaredy-cat led me to write urban fantasy It’s night time. I’m in a forest. I’m surrounded by sinister creatures. Shadows flicker around me, malevolent shapes seen only from the corner of my eye. Strange sounds assault my ears: the cries of […]
  • A Brief Guide to Stephen King by Paul Simpson

    SF Site
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a nice, pocket size paperback. Paul Simpson breaks each part of King's life into six parts and nineteen chapters starting with "The Life of Stephen King" where we read about his early life from him first selling his horror stories to magazines to getting his first novel published.
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  • Why I write urban fantasy by Debbie Johnson

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    Crime, violence and the crunch of broken glass beneath my feet: why being a scaredy-cat led me to write urban fantasy It’s night time. I’m in a forest. I’m surrounded by sinister creatures. Shadows flicker around me, malevolent shapes seen only from the corner of my eye. Strange sounds assault my ears: the cries of […]
  • Pewtory the Lesser Bard part 37 – Destiny

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Part 37 of Rob Donovan’s free serialised story set in the same world of Frindoth as his newly released book “Ritual of the Stones”. In this story we follow the journey of Pewtory the Lesser bard as he travels to Lilyon to witness the Ritual.    Read Part 1   Pewtory the Lesser Bard part 37 – Destiny […]
  • James Dashner Interview

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    James Dashner is the author of the hugely popular Maze Runner series that is now also being made into a movie. We’ve talked to him about the movie as well as his writing. For the benefit of those not familiar with your Maze Runner series, can you tell us a bit about it? I’ve always […]
  • The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

    Rob B
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    When the emperor and his closest and most beloved heirs perish in an airship ‘accident,’ the least loved and most removed son is called upon to take the throne of his long-estranged father.  The heir, known as Maia, becomes the Goblin Emperor and must navigate the perilous paths presented to him in the Untheileneise Court.  […]
  • Debbie Johnson Interview

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    The Guardian: ‘Dark Vision is a sassy and often very funny fantasy romp…Clever and full of sharp wisecracks, this is more comic than horror, a deftly told entertainment that shows there is certainly room in the world for a Liverpudlian Charlaine Harris.’ Debbie Johnson has just released her first novel, Dark Vision. First of all […]
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  • A Brief Guide to Stephen King by Paul Simpson

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a nice, pocket size paperback. Paul Simpson breaks each part of King's life into six parts and nineteen chapters starting with "The Life of Stephen King" where we read about his early life from him first selling his horror stories to magazines to getting his first novel published.
  • Galaxy's Edge #7

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Notable authors such as C.J.Cherryh, Elizabeth Bear, Robert Sheckley, Alexei Panshin, and Mercedes Lackey have a place in this seventh issue. Galaxy's Edge also has fiction by new writers, Lou J.Berger, Martin L. Shoemaker, Brad R. Torgersen and Steve Cameron, while Gregory Benford runs his own science column, Paul Cook has his own review column of the latest scrutinised books, and Barry Malzberg writes about anything he wants to in his column and gets away with it, so Mike Resnick says.
  • Transcendental by James Gunn

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here is a science fiction novel that's one part Golden Age SF and one part The Canterbury Tales, held together with a dash of Murder on the Orient Express. The historical setting is the Golden Age part. It's the multi-species, space-faring galactic civilization, with human beings as the unwelcome newcomers. That scenario is a classic one in SF going back to the pulp days.
  • The Suicide Exhibition by Justin Richards

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The basic premise is one that has been richly mined before, but there's still plenty of room for more, if it's done well. Set early in WWII, it begins with a foiled incursion, predicted by an obscure branch of British Intelligence. Known as Station Z, they are grappling with the unknown in the form of occasional incursions into British air space by unidentified aircraft, at first thought to be German secret weapons. Reports from behind enemy lines, and more esoteric sources, also tell of the Ubermensch, or German superman; a living weapon to be deployed against the allies.
  • Super Stories of Heroes & Villains by edited by Claude Lalumiere

    30 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    All of the stories are directly or indirectly connected to the worlds of comics, pulp fiction and larger than life heroes or villains. There are twenty-eight stories in total, some of which are interconnected, with the majority being stand-alone pieces. Well known authors abound, including Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, Kim Newman, Gene Wolfe, Tim Pratt, and George R.R. Martin. Eschewing any attempt to present a cohesive theme, the editor instead selects a wide spectrum of styles and themes.
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    SF Novelists

  • The Writer and the Photographer

    David B. Coe
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    When I’m not writing (or cooking, or carting my kids somewhere, or doing one of a hundred other things that occupy the hours in a normal day) I am often outside with my camera, stalking that perfect image.  I’ve been a dedicated amateur photographer for about ten years now.  I find that photography relaxes me, while at the same time engaging a part of my brain that writing largely ignores.  To my mind, the key to taking good pictures is conveying emotion and even narrative without words, using only light and shape, texture and contour. I love the challenge, I love the…
  • Seeing the Invisible

    Marie Brennan
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    Fiction is supposed to be about seeing through other people’s eyes for a little while, experiencing their lives and coming away changed. If you don’t see those people in the first place, though . . . how will they ever make it into the story? Jim Hines has put together a ebook collection called Invisible, which began life as a series of guests posts on his blog. He invited people to talk about representation — not in general, theoretical terms, but highly personal ones, testimonials about moments in their lives where seeing people like them on the page (or not seeing them)…
  • College of Sidekicks and Secondary Characters – Commencement Address

    Alma Alexander
    5 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Dear graduating class, As a writer, as someone who was there at your emergence, I am so very happy to see you. To know that you are out there. That you exist. Because – make no mistake – in a world that seems to be geared only towards superstardom, without the foundation of you there is nothing at all. There can be no superstars without the support of a context – a context that you and only you can provide. I can’t tell from here why all of you are in this place. You may have ended up at this particular institution of learning simply because your applications for the more upmarket and…
  • The Skill List Project: Comfort in Your Own Skin

    James Alan Gardner
    29 Mar 2014 | 5:53 pm
    This is another post in The Skill List Project: an attempt to list all the skills involved in writing and selling fiction, particularly science fiction and fantasy. In recent posts, I’ve been winding down, wondering how much I have left to say. However, I think there’s at least one more skill that needs to be on the list: being comfortable in your own skin. Yes, It’s a Skill Young children are comfortable with themselves; the youngest are incapable of being self-conscious. Their brains haven’t developed far enough to conceive of any separation between themselves and…
  • What Does It Mean to “Win” at Writing?

    David B. Coe
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:35 am
    This past weekend I was on a Science Fiction and Fantasy panel at the Virginia Festival of the Book.  We had a large audience (take that, mainstream literature snobs!!) and a lively discussion, much of which was centered on changes in the industry and the financial challenges that today’s writers face in an increasingly competitive and uncertain marketplace. I don’t have the space in a single post to discuss all of those challenges.  Those of us who write professionally are well aware of them, and those who are looking toward a career in writing should familiarize themselves…
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    James Maxey - Jawbone of an Ass

  • Shamocracy

    30 Mar 2014 | 9:33 am
    American politics seems to be in stasis. It's not quite gridlock, where nothing gets done at all. Instead, its government by autopilot. The bureaucracy continues to spit out rules, budgets continue to grow via continuing resolutions, and our foreign policy seems locked into a pattern of daily reminding us that the rest of the world is going to do whatever the hell it wants to do and we have no
  • Where I want to be at 60

    3 Mar 2014 | 7:42 am
    I wasn't happy with my life when I turned 30. I was divorced, stuck in a job I hated, had too much debt, no savings to speak of, hadn't published a book or even a story, was living in an apartment with two roommates, and generally felt like I hadn't accomplished much. Curiously, I was really angry with my 20 year old self for doing so much to ruin 30 year old me. The younger James hadn't made any
  • Snow days

    16 Feb 2014 | 9:28 am
    When I was a kid, I looked forward to a snow so I could stay home and play. Now, I keep my fingers crossed for a snow day so I can stay home and work. I finished the third draft of my latest novel Friday, pretty much two weeks ahead of my personal schedule because I had a day off two weeks ago due to snow, then two days this week. I normally squeeze in an hour or two in the evenings to write.
  • 500 days on My Fitness Pal

    18 Jan 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Today marks my 500th day on My Fitness Pal. Cheryl and I ran 5k on the Al Beuhler Trail in Durham, the first time we've done 5k on hilly terrain. Our previous runs of this length have been done on the Ocanneechee Speedway, which is completely flat. The hills didn't really affect my time. I still made the run in a little over 50 minutes, though it certainly felt a lot longer than running the
  • 5k Achieved!

    5 Jan 2014 | 8:29 am
    So, when I said Cheryl and I would be building up to run 5k, I didn't think I'd hit the goal before the end of the first week of the new year. But, we decided just to go for it this morning, and, holy cow, we did it! I'm again struck by similarities between the skills I've developed as a novel writer and skills I'm now using to become more fit. Novel writing requires lots of small, incremental
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    Side-Show Freaks

  • Rights and Wrongs, by Brian K. Lowe

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:17 am
    Sometimes when you speculate about the near future, events will overtake your story and render it irrelevant. So if you're going to write a story about the near future, write it fast. "Rights and Wrongs," on the other hand, took five years. It started 9000 feet high in the New Mexico mountains, at the 2008 Taos Toolbox workshop, where Walter Jon Williams gave me some of the most valuable advice I've ever gotten: "Write what you care about." What did I care about? I cared about being a writer. Why else was I spending two weeks at a ski lodge so high in the air it took two…
  • Camila Fernandes wins the Second Hydra Competition

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    With three female finalists and over one hundred and fifty entries, the second edition improves upon the success of the first...Once again, the judges of the Hydra Competition received stories published by Brazilian authors during the last two calendar years (2011 and 2012) and chose three finalists to send to author Orson Scott Card, who defined the winner. This time around, the chosen tale was “The Other Bank of the River” by Camila Fernandes, announced last weekend during the Fantastic Literature Odyssey III, an annual convention held in Porto Alegre. The story will be published in…
  • The Sound of Death, by Gareth D Jones

    1 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    The Sound of Death started life as a 600 word story in response to a flash fiction challenge – basically just the opening scene of this alien murder mystery. Right from the start I wanted the cause of death and the scene of the crime to be as non-human as possible. As I started expanding the story I realised this principle had to apply to the whole society, their social interactions and motivations. It was soon clear that everything I had learned from watching several seasons of CSI was also useless. I needed to invent entirely new forensic procedures and investigative methodology. I found…
  • High-Tech Fairies and the Pandora Perplexity, by Alex Shvartsman

    5 Mar 2014 | 4:39 am
    It started on Twitter. My friend Sylvia Wrigley posted something along the lines of “I’m having a difficult time explaining Cthulhu to Grandma.” To which I responded by saying that “Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma” would make a great short story title. Sylvia was kind enough to let me have it, and I came up with a family-run magical pawn shop (loosely inspired by the History Channel’s Pawn Stars), and named the protagonist Sylvia, as a thank-you to my friend for inspiring the idea. The resulting story was one of the funniest I have written, and I was very proud that it became my…
  • Underwater Restorations, by Jeffrey A. Ballard

    20 Feb 2014 | 3:58 am
    “Underwater Restorations” was born out my love of all things underwater.  As a kid, I used to spend hours snorkeling in Keuka Lake in upstate New York, until I was blue and my father had to pull me out for safety.  I often wished that our house was underwater and imagined how much fun it would be to snorkel and dive down into it—of course, I wasn’t a homeowner then, and now it isn’t something I would wish at all. Right before I wrote “Underwater Restorations,” I had been attempting to write literary fiction and came to the decision that it wasn’t for me. …
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    KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life

  • I'm on The G&T Show Supplemental Log talkin' Klingon Art of War

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:03 pm
    I'm interviewed by Nick Minecci, Michael Madeiros, and the mighty Terry Lynn Shull on The G&T Show Supplemental Log, a special episode in which I talk about The Klingon Art of War, TrekTrax Atlanta, the DS9 Rewatch, and a whole bunch of other nifty things.....
  • upcoming stuffs

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:44 pm
    A reminder that I've got a bunch of things coming out this year.In May, we've got Star Trek: The Klingon Art of War, packaged by becker&meyer! and published by Gallery Books. I'll be promoting this book -- which tells you all about how to live your life as a proper warrior -- all up and down the east coast, at TrekTrax Atlanta this weekend and at Singularity & Co., Pandemonium Books & Games, and the Enigma Bookstore in May. [preorder from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, or from the publisher]Also in May, there's Bad-Ass Faeries: It's Elemental, from Dark Quest Books. This fourth antho…
  • only nine days left to support C.J. Henderson!

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    Only nine days left to help out C.J. Henderson by supporting the Monkeying Around for A Good Cause anthology! All proceeds from this anthology, which has tons of cool authors in it (like Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, Tanya Huff, Nancy Holder, Michael Stackpole, Gene Wolfe, Mike Resnick, and tons more) will support Ceej in his fight against lymphoma. Please help an excellent writer and a fine human being out!
  • Star Wars fans shocked to learn that their novels aren't canon, either

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    So there is nerd outrage over the (completely predictable and reasonable) comment made to the Hollywood Reporter by Simon Kinberg, one of the screenwriters of the upcoming Episode 7 of the Star Wars film saga, which boil down to, "We won't be paying attention to the SW novels and comics when we write our screenplay." Which means that, yes, SW novels and comics are not canon and never were, claims by the fanbase and Lucas to the contrary.Here's my response (originally posted on as a comment to Emily Asher-Perrin's article on this revelation):Canon arguments/discussions always make me…
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: "Broken Link"

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
    The fourth season comes to a close, and it's a major turning point for Odo -- and, apparently, for the Klingon Empire as well. The DS9 Rewatch clicks on a "Broken Link."An excerpt:And so instead the Odo story just meanders forward. It doesn’t even have the usual tension of a medical drama, since Bashir’s entire treatment strategy consists of staring at the screen and going, “Hoo boy, yeah, that molecular structure sure is destabilizing a lot!” We get lots of fun banter among the crew (like O’Brien bitching about Kira and Keiko going quiet on him as soon as he enters their now-shared…
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    Robert J. Sawyer

  • Paperback of Red Planet Blues

    31 Mar 2014 | 9:40 am
    The US and Canadian paperback editions of Red Planet Blues are now out (the British paperback comes out next week on Thursday, April 10). “A cause for celebration; a tour de force.” —AnalogRobert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Email
  • Skylark Award

    3 Mar 2014 | 9:41 am
    I’m absolutely thrilled to be the 2014 winner of the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction (the Skylark), presented annually since 1966 by the New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA). The award is given to a person who “has contributed significantly to science fiction, both through work in the field and by exemplifying the personal qualities which made the late ‘Doc’ Smith well-loved by those who knew him.” The gorgeous trophy includes a very powerful magnifying glass, in honor of Doc Smith’s famed Lensman series of novels. The…
  • Iterations ebook!

    11 Feb 2014 | 11:44 am
    For the next 17 days, until February 28, for the first time ever, my first short-story collection Iterations and Other Stories is available as an ebook, along with five other great books by the likes of Kevin J. Anderson and Kristine Kathryn Rusch — all six books for just $2.99 from Iterations features an overall introduction by James Alan Gardner and notes on each story by me. For all titles, the bundle includes both ePub (Kobo, Nook, Sony, iBooks) and Mobi (Kindle) formats. Here’s the table of contents for Iterations (which contains 22 short stories):…
  • Star Trek’s black guest stars, 1966-1967

    9 Feb 2014 | 9:58 am
    Apropos of yesterday’s discussion of mentioning race in fiction, I have a complete set of the first season scripts of the original Star Trek, and decided to have a look to see if the major speaking parts played by black guest performers in the filmed episodes were specified in the scripts as to be played by black actors. Here are the four such episodes from the first season, in the order in which they were produced (my thanks to Trek Core for the wonderful screen captures; click them for larger versions): Of course, the role identified in the script for “The Man Trap” as…
  • More on mentioning race in fiction

    8 Feb 2014 | 7:31 am
    I’ve written before about whether authors should feel nervous about specifying the race or skin colour of characters. My position is simple: you either do it for all characters or none; neither position is racist. What’s racist is only specifying it when deviates from some assumed norm — for instance, when books tell you if a character is black, but leave unstated that other characters are white, because, y’know, normal folk are white, so you only have to mention it when someone isn’t normal. A fascinating example is the description of the character of Vince in…
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  • View from a Hotel Window, Chicago, April ’14

    John Scalzi
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:48 pm
    I don’t care what the official name of it is, it will always be the Sears Tower, damn it. And yes, if you have knowledge of the local geography, it’s fairly easy to guess where I am. Please don’t stalk me anyway. Thank you.
  • Yet Another Travel Day

    John Scalzi
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    On the way to Chicago for C2E2. If you’re going, see you there. If you’re not going, well, I’m sure you’ll have a nice life anyway. I may update when I’m in. Until then — later!
  • There is a Dog Cleverly Hidden in This Picture!

    John Scalzi
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    Can you find her? Look closely! Don’t give up!
  • May 2014 Big Idea Slots All Filled

    John Scalzi
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    The headline says it. I believe I’ve contacted all outstanding queries, but in case I missed yours, here’s your notification. Moving on to June now.
  • And Now, Rebuttals

    John Scalzi
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:49 am
    And, no, I’m not trying to be “the voice of reason” with regard to the Hugos. These are my views; disagree if you like. I COULD BE WRONG — John Scalzi (@scalzi) April 20, 2014 And, now, for your information and consideration: People who disagree with me and think I am very, very wrong with regard to my thoughts on the Hugos this year: Shweta Narayan Arachne Jericho Rose Lemberg Kate Nepveu You may find that you agree with them more than me. In which case: Agree with them more than me. As I’ve noted before, I could be wrong. The only thing I would note is that…
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    Magical Words

  • Brandy Schillace: HIGH STAKES, book I of the Jacob Maresbeth Chronicles

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Characters and stories come to me in the strangest ways. “Mattie Hornbecker’s Other Bag” (a short story) evolved from the bird-shaped sweat-stain on the back of a neighboring cyclist—and the Jacob Maresbeth Chronicles was born of an exam-induced stress dream.   It was a cold day in late November, after leaves and before snow: the perfect setting for a class on gothic novels. I was a graduate student then, and we were plotting to convince the prof that exams should be foregone in favor of fiction writing. Why not? We were discussing vampire stories; wouldn’t it be a better…
  • How to Make Money In Publishing

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    I like to watch. Huh? Get your mind out of the gutter; that was last week’s topic.  No, I mean I like to observe. For someone who self-admittedly is a motor mouth, I’m actually quite quiet. I’m usually alone, making things, taking care of my dogs or my plants. Sometimes, I even get to write. Having ‘George Knows’ published in paper in May is an interesting learning experience. He’s not with one of the “Big Six”, (are there still six?), I don’t have a fancy agent, and I’m not making much money. Still, I am making more than people who don’t submit. Starbucks is certainly…
  • Free for All: Collateral Goods

    Mindy Klasky
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Once upon a time, musicians used to make their money on the albums that they sold.  Now, though, most musicians make their money on concerts.  Some make substantial money on “collateral goods” — T-shirts, belt buckles, other physical goods sold at concerts or elsewhere.  Some musicians have found it financially wise to give away their music, so that more people attend their concerts and buy their collateral goods. And authors might be heading in the same direction… Okay.  Not exactly.  While some authors give away books (or sell them at super-discounted prices),…
  • Gail Z. Martin: Plotting out the Plot

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:05 am
    Outlines are great, but I have discovered a new power tool when it comes to plotting—flow charts. Publishers like to see a synopsis and a detailed outline. These help a lot, but I’ve found that when I really get into the nitty-gritty of writing, they often are too high-level to point me in the right direction. In a 600+ page epic fantasy with multiple point-of-view (POV) characters and interweaving plot threads, it can get difficult to keep straight who is doing what to whom. Enter the flow chart. Mine are pretty simple. I use either several pieces of legal-size table paper taped together…
  • Not-So-Risky Business: Book Promotion on a Budget

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    When I meet new writers or writers looking to get published, I get asked often what advice I could impart; and pretty consistently, I disappoint because my advice is rarely on the craft. I usually go into the business side of books. Once upon a time, this was someone else’s job apparently. I’ve watched a lot of new authors stumble and fall — face first — in this respect, and watched seasoned, experienced writers stubbornly ignore this side of the publishing industry. It’s a different world now, my fellow writers. It would be nice to think you can follow in the footsteps of Uncle…
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    No Fear of the Future

  • Babylon 5: Soul Hunter

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    I am re-watching the entire Babylon 5 television series along with my teenage daughter. I have not seen a single episode since B5 completed its tumultuous run, and Calista was just a few days old when the final episode aired back in 1998. Does J. Michael Straczynski still have the touch? Come along with us and find out. In Valen's Name: The aliens on board Babylon 5 go into a frenzy when an alien known as a Soul Hunter arrives on the station. Soul Hunters have a religious belief that the souls of important figures should be captured and preserved at the time of death. Dr. Stephen Franklin…
  • Vanishing Surveillance

    Chris N. Brown
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:25 am
    This. (At my Tumblr, which is where I'm doing most of my blogging these days. Come on over!)
  • Babylon 5: Midnight on the Firing Line

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    20 Feb 2014 | 1:27 pm
    I am re-watching the entire Babylon 5 television series along with my teenage daughter. I have not seen a single episode since B5 completed its tumultuous run, and Calista was just a few days old when the final episode aired back in 1998. Does J. Michael Straczynski still have the touch? Come along with us and find out. In Valen's Name: A Narn sneak attack on the small Centauri agricultural colony of Ragesh 3 touches off a round of serious diplomatic tension aboard Babylon 5. The Narn ambassador, G'Kar, initially feigns ignorance, which infuriates Centauri ambassado Londo once he learns the…
  • Babylon 5: The Gathering

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    10 Feb 2014 | 9:56 am
    I've been possessed of a desire to re-watch the entire Babylon 5 television series of late. I have not seen a single episode since that groundbreaking series completed its tumultuous run, and am curious as to how well the epic, 5-year story arc holds up more than a decade later. But to up the ante, I've invited my teenage daughter, Calista, to watch it with me. She was just a few days old when the final episode aired back in 1998, so we'll get an unbiased take from a hard-to-please Doctor Who fan who is fairly well-read when it comes to modern YA science fiction. Does J. Michael Straczynski…
  • Requiem for a Muscle Car

    Chris N. Brown
    23 Nov 2013 | 6:20 am
    You could only find the Impala by accident. It was way off trail, in the back part of a wetland tucked between an urban river and the woods behind a bunch of light factories. They were the kind of woods and wetlands no one is really meant to explore, made from volunteer trees grown up between the chunks of concrete and demolition debris dumped in this downzoned stretch of interstitial wilderness at what once was the edge of town. The negative space of the metropolis, where nature fills in the gaps and wild animals feel free to roam in the absence of human gazes. When you stumbled across it as…
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    SF Novelists

  • The Writer and the Photographer

    David B. Coe
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    When I’m not writing (or cooking, or carting my kids somewhere, or doing one of a hundred other things that occupy the hours in a normal day) I am often outside with my camera, stalking that perfect image.  I’ve been a dedicated amateur photographer for about ten years now.  I find that photography relaxes me, while at the same time engaging a part of my brain that writing largely ignores.  To my mind, the key to taking good pictures is conveying emotion and even narrative without words, using only light and shape, texture and contour. I love the challenge, I love the…
  • Seeing the Invisible

    Marie Brennan
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    Fiction is supposed to be about seeing through other people’s eyes for a little while, experiencing their lives and coming away changed. If you don’t see those people in the first place, though . . . how will they ever make it into the story? Jim Hines has put together a ebook collection called Invisible, which began life as a series of guests posts on his blog. He invited people to talk about representation — not in general, theoretical terms, but highly personal ones, testimonials about moments in their lives where seeing people like them on the page (or not seeing them)…
  • College of Sidekicks and Secondary Characters – Commencement Address

    Alma Alexander
    5 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Dear graduating class, As a writer, as someone who was there at your emergence, I am so very happy to see you. To know that you are out there. That you exist. Because – make no mistake – in a world that seems to be geared only towards superstardom, without the foundation of you there is nothing at all. There can be no superstars without the support of a context – a context that you and only you can provide. I can’t tell from here why all of you are in this place. You may have ended up at this particular institution of learning simply because your applications for the more upmarket and…
  • The Skill List Project: Comfort in Your Own Skin

    James Alan Gardner
    29 Mar 2014 | 5:53 pm
    This is another post in The Skill List Project: an attempt to list all the skills involved in writing and selling fiction, particularly science fiction and fantasy. In recent posts, I’ve been winding down, wondering how much I have left to say. However, I think there’s at least one more skill that needs to be on the list: being comfortable in your own skin. Yes, It’s a Skill Young children are comfortable with themselves; the youngest are incapable of being self-conscious. Their brains haven’t developed far enough to conceive of any separation between themselves and…
  • What Does It Mean to “Win” at Writing?

    David B. Coe
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:35 am
    This past weekend I was on a Science Fiction and Fantasy panel at the Virginia Festival of the Book.  We had a large audience (take that, mainstream literature snobs!!) and a lively discussion, much of which was centered on changes in the industry and the financial challenges that today’s writers face in an increasingly competitive and uncertain marketplace. I don’t have the space in a single post to discuss all of those challenges.  Those of us who write professionally are well aware of them, and those who are looking toward a career in writing should familiarize themselves…
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  • More Jewish Fantasy

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Michael Weingrad sends along this article, about the Czech chief rabbi writing a bestselling science fiction novel.  There's a book I'd like to read!
  • The Best First Sentence in the World

    20 Apr 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday (and I hope you're not just finding that out here).  His death reminded me that I've always thought that One Hundred Years of Solitude has the best opening sentence in the world."Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to see ice."  Of course the first thing you're wondering is what brought Buendia before the firing squad to begin with, and, more importantly, if he's going to get out of it, and how.  (It doesn't…
  • More Lucius

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:16 pm
    I was looking at stuff about Lucius and was reminded of this letter.  He'd written it for his roommate, who'd wanted to meet me, for the roommate to give me at a convention:Dear Lisa,This is to introduce my friend and roommate.  He's a good guy, so sit down and have a drink with him if you've got a moment, OK?Y'know, I just realized that this could be some incredibly devious ploy utilized by some demented fan in order to get close to the object of his obsession, couldn't it.  All it would take is half an imagination, a passing familiarity with my chicken…
  • New Review at LOCUS ONLINE

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:29 pm
    I look at some vintage SF:
  • New Review at the B&NR

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    A fine new novel about a space elevator:
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  • More Crazy Podcasting

    tate hallaway
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    Mason and I just don't know when to quit.  We've posted our SEVENTH MangaKast.  In this delightfully short podcast, we discuss how Kenpachi can defy the vacuum of space with his irritated impatience and whether or not heads floating on plates might be delicious....Yeah, admit it, you're curious:
  • Werewolves and Autopies

    tate hallaway
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    Tate/Lyda's newest chapter of my work-in-progress "UnJust Cause" (the sequel to Precinct 13) is up on Wattpad.  Free for your enjoyment! this installment, more and more evidence points to Valentine's involvement in the death of the homeless woman found at the base of the clock tower.If you're interested, go get it!  (Be sure to make sure to read all the pages.  It's easy to miss!)
  • What Do You Need?

    Bill Henry
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    It’s a question every writer asks, and one we’re all constantly striving to answer: what do you need to be able to write?KellyWhat I need to be able to write:1. Ten to twelve square feet to myself.2. A comfortable seat and someplace to put my feet up. Not sure why the feet being up matters so much, but it does. I find it almost impossible to work at a desk or table. Comfortable didn't used to matter as much, but my back isn't as forgiving as it was when I was thirty.3. Relative quiet. White noise or instrumental music is fine, but interesting conversation or lyrics kill me dead.4. One and…
  • Pumped from Using the Prompt

    tate hallaway
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:56 pm
    I came back from my "First Pages" Loft gig at Chanhassen Library today feeling really hyped.  I had a blast playing with some of the story idea generators with the participants.  We found a couple of really entertaining sites that I'm going to share with you...The first is really best if used completely randomly (press 'fill in) and see what happens.  We got a completely zany storyline that included robots poking each other at a funeral. (Exactly, right?  I mean, that image is going to stick in my head... possibly until I figure out how to write it.)…
  • More MangaKast

    tate hallaway
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    Mason and I recorded our sixth MangaKast and it's up for your enjoyment here: talk about Bleach 577, Ao no Exorcist 56, and Toriko 274... though a lot of it is teh stupid that comes from being awake way too early.  We have fun, though.  In fact, a large portion of this particular podcast is me laughing so hard I snort.
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    Joe Abercrombie

  • My Thoughts on the Hugo Awards

    Joe Abercrombie
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
                              I think that covers it.
  • Slight Delay

    Joe Abercrombie
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:07 am
    Sorry to report there’s going to be a very slight delay in the US publication of Half a King. Don’t panic! It’s only a week. Promotional, book selling thing, the book itself has been finished for some time now. So US publication moves back from 8th to 15th July. The UK publication date remains on the 3rd July. Can’t imagine either of those dates shifting at this point. On the upside, the sequel, Half the World, has gone down rather well with my editors so it looks like a February 2015 release is pretty much certain for that one. The plan is to release the final book,…
  • Hot Young Fantasists

    Joe Abercrombie
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    Delighted to say that I got a quote for Half a King from some George RR Martin guy. Not familiar with his work myself but apparently he wrote some Game of Thrones thing which is quite popular at the moment… “Joe Abercrombie does it again. Half a King is another page-turner from Britain’s hottest young fantasist, a fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page one and refused to let go.” In all seriousness, it’s always great to get a quote from a popular author, but George is one of very few living writers that I think had a big impact on the…
  • Extracts

    Joe Abercrombie
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:11 am
    Regular visitors may have noticed an extensive redesign of the site over the past few weeks, courtesy of the marvellous Darren Turpin, who actually built this site in the first place way back in the mists of time shortly after the fall of King Arthur.  Reflecting the leap forward in display technologies we have a wider, more informative format, new front page, more usefulization in the sidebaritude, far more content in the books sections, and, one hopes, slightly more frequent updating of this hear blog than has been going on over the last few months. But one other special bonus thing…
  • Breaking Bad

    Joe Abercrombie
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:16 am
    Phew. I have, of course, entirely missed the boat on this, as ever, and no doubt it’s all been said already and the Sauron’s eye of popular culture moved on to fresh pastures.  But I just saw the final episode of Breaking Bad last night, and felt the need to muse a little on this extraordinary show.  I’m going to try to avoid major spoilers in the text but I can’t say the same for the comments, so if you haven’t seen it, just go and watch it.  Then come back. There’s been a true revolution in television drama over the past decade or two.  It’s…
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    Colleen Anderson

  • Shitty Poetry Month

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

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

    25 Feb 2014 | 2:59 pm
    The Lake Quinault Rainforest was mossy and very green. I just returned from five days at the Rainforest Writers Retreat in Lake Quinault, Washington. Lake Quinault is on the Olympic Peninsula, tucked away amongst trees, and why yes, a lake. Patrick Swenson of Fairwood Press organizes these and does two a year, a week apart. I’ve been trying for three years to get in but it always sells out quickly. Last year, I finally got in but was on a waiting list (for about a half a day) because I had registered 24 hours later. Yes, it sells out that quickly and there are many alumni that return…
  • Lost in Translation: The Mire of Cellphone Help

    12 Feb 2014 | 3:25 pm
    My conversation was on two different tracks, just like this sign for a public urinal in China. Creative Commons by ToGa Wanderings Today, I tried to email Bell to find out about using my cell phone in the US. Next week, I’m going for five days to the Rainforest Writers Retreat. I’m picking up another writer in Bellingham and want to make sure I don’t get lost. I’m navigationally impaired so it’s a strong possibility. Now, my cell phone has texting and calls but only in Canada. I was at work and made the mistake of using Bell’s online chat. I forgot that…
  • Writing: The Storm of 2013

    29 Jan 2014 | 4:04 pm
    To write or not to write; there is no question. Creative Commons: I’m rather late to a sum up of 2014 (hahaha, I’m an idiot. This is why everyone needs an editor. I meant uh, 2013, because it really was that busy.) and it’s because it was one of the busiest years I’ve ever had. I barely had time to think or write on this blog. Hence, while I hoped to get out all of the Tesseracts 17 interviews within two months of its October release, it took me till January. And that’s how last year started; editing the 450…
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    Eleanor Arnason's Web Log

  • Writing

    9 Apr 2014 | 12:56 pm
    A cross post from the Wyrdsmiths blog:I got together with Lyda Morehouse and Naomi Kritzer today and talked about Captain America, also about writing. I have been going through a bad patch, in which I envy other writers and feel bad about my writing career. Naomi pointed out that I have stories almost ready to go out and I am wasting time -- weeks and months -- tweeking them. They should go out the door. It's perfectly true that fiction does not sell till editors look at it, and most of my work sells sooner or later. I have no idea why I'm stalled right now. But the obvious thing to do -- as…
  • Cap 2

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    Well, now I have seen Captain America 2. I think I have used up a month's supply of adrenaline. Thus far, my favorite Marvel movies are Thor 1 and Captain America 1. But this movie is a fine mix of violence, paranoia and cynicism. I will say no more, for fear of spoiling the story for the two or three people who haven't seen CA # 2 yet.Note: Cap is never cynical, nor is he treated with cynicism. But the world that poor guy has found himself in. You can understand why he longs for WWII.I did nothing after Captain America, except lie on the couch and read. I am going through Quiet a second…
  • Shark Post

    2 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    I've been in a vile mood, I think because I'm revising stories. One story in particular has been really hard to finish, and I'm getting more and more frustrated. But I want this thing done and out the door and out of my life.Why can't I be like a shark and resolve problems by biting them in half?
  • Notes on the Concert Tonight

    28 Mar 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Osmo Vanska is leading the Minnesota Orchestra in two Sibelius symphonies tonight. Per the announcer, Orchestra Hall is full and the musicians -- who now gather backstage and come out as a group -- got a standing ovation. When Vanska came out there was another ovation and the waving of many, many blue and white Finnish flags. Vanska is currently negotiating with the orchestra board on whether or not he comes back. He says he would like to come back, if the orchestra can play as well as he wants them to. I figure this is code for, if the board will promise to keep its stinking hands off the…
  • Great Sentences

    28 Mar 2014 | 7:45 am
    This is a link to an article in The Guardian that made me crazy. "What are the great sentences in genre fiction?" I guess I had missed the concept of great sentences. They are the ones that really stand out, like the opening sentence of Pride and Prejudice or the ending of The Great Gatsby. I said on facebook: Most of the sentences listed in the article and its comments draw attention to themselves. They are finely wrought, often elaborate, often clever. Which is okay, but a lot of very good writing does not have flashing neon arrows that tell us, "Art! Art! Art." Sentences belong in the…
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  • Lost Towards Sklavi

    Neal Asher
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    Sunday 20th April Yesterday I hooked my camera on my belt with the intention of heading up to where I walked the day before to take some pictures I thought might be engaging. These were to be of a wrecked wind turbine blade stored up on the mountain behind, turbine spare parts that look like a collection of items one might see at a NASA museum, and some shots of a particular valley that is becoming increasingly beautiful as everything begins flowering. I therefore headed up the road from my house but rather than take my usual route I left the road early along a path I had discovered on a…
  • Saturday 19th April

    Neal Asher
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    Much of what I am doing here on Crete this year is about distraction from certain memories, putting a large amount of activity, and time of course, between me and them so, hopefully, they will have less power to hurt. Believe me, seeing your spouse die of bowel cancer is not a set of memories to be treasured. If the technology, as in The Shadow of the Scorpion, was available, I would have my mind edited. Walking of course is a big thing. I’ve mentioned before that I have been susceptible to depression and am aware that one of the best ways to keep it at bay is exercise. Walking is also both…
  • A Walk to Vori

    Neal Asher
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    The next walk was down from Papagianades. I took the road out to the right just to add a bit of distance and get a view back. Here you can see that road steadily being encroached on by a prickly pear cactus and some aloe vera.  This is the view back towards the village. My house is the one at the top in the middle.  These are pictures on the track down into the valley, then back up to Vori.  And here are a few in the village itself.   But as anyone can see by checking dates, this is a belated post. I have since walked many miles up in the mountains of Crete…
  • A Walk to Handras

    Neal Asher
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    Here are some pictures along the way of the first walk I took.  The route leads from behind my house and up into the mountains.  The local Greeks don’t have much respect for signs – even on the main routes up here they have holes blown through them.  Up the top here I come to the wind turbines. I was told they had been turned off because those maintaining them hadn’t been paid for three months. However I have seen them running since. On the way up I had to stop to rest three times as the track is getting on for as steep as a staircase. Over the other side of the…
  • Gardening on Crete

    Neal Asher
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Here are some obligatory shots of the garden here. The weeds were at shoulder height and after 3 days I pulled them all and dug over the soil. This shot is of the front garden restored to order and salad seeds planted: Here’s a garden that runs up beside the path to the ruin behind my house. At this point I was halfway along it. The Ruin, incidentally, is a name that has stuck from the days when that was precisely what it was. It even has a sign saying so on the wall despite it now being a self-contained apartment. And here’s a shot from the front of the house showing one of the…
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    Dar Kush

  • "Secret Formula" 4-13-14: Gratitude

    Steven Barnes
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    “SECRET FORMULA” 4-13-14All right, the last basic piece of the puzzle (we’ll discuss minor or supplemental pieces soon).GOAL X FAITH X CONSTANT ACTION X GRATITUDE = RESULTSGratitude is the one that kicked my butt in Atlanta.  How am I supposed to be happy about something causing me so much pain?  I could see the trap: while it is possible to power yourself with negative emotions (fear, anger, hate) that is a different path.  “The Dark Side of the Force.”  I don’t deny that it works, but that was not, at all, what was being discussed in Wattle’s book.Not…
  • The "Secret Formula" 4-12-14

    Steven Barnes
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    GOALS X FAITH X CONSTANT ACTION X GRATITUDE = RESULTS “In every job that’s to be done, there is an element of fun.  Find the fun and poof!  The job’s a game!”--M. Poppins.The third part of this deceptively simple formula is “constant action.”  In truth, this is the major flaw I see in people who practice “The Secret.”   The ones who fail, without exception thought that wanting something, visualizing it or chanting goals would produce a miracle.No.   YOU  are the miracle.    A farmer cannot pray over a field that has not…
  • Secret Formula 4/11/14

    Steven Barnes
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:13 am
    The Secret Formula 4/11Goals X Faith X Action X Gratitude = ResultsThe term “Faith” is used in two different senses1) the belief that your goal is POSSIBLE and APPROPRIATE, and that your efforts will bring you more pleasure and decrease pain.2) The belief that you have greater resources than those contained within your ego-self.Both are critical, for different reasons.  I don’t believe in lazy people (in the sense of “he’s too lazy to get a job/exercise/etc).  I believe in people without motivating goals (there’s nothing I’d get out of doing that), conflicting values…
  • Free Workshop today!

    Steven Barnes
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    SIGN UP for the free virtual workshop "Storytelling through a Speculative Lens" I'm hosting through Spelman College with co-panelists Steven Barnes Sheree Renée Thomas Adrienne Maree Brown and John Jennings. LIVE-STREAMING ON YOUTUBE AND SPELMAN'S WEBSITE. 7p ET / 4p PT Wednesday. You can also send questions from Twitter with the hashtag OctaviaButlerSpelman‬. Here's the RSVP link: (And don't forget about the Octavia E. Butler Celebration of…
  • Back to the "Secret Formula"

    Steven Barnes
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    Goal X Faith X Constant Action X Gratitude = SuccessThe above is the “Secret Formula” I extracted from “The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace D. Wattles.  It is so powerful, and so far-reaching in implication, that I wanted to come back to it yet again.  I honestly believe that, IF YOU BALANCE YOUR GOALS (body, mind, emotions)   it is the simplest expression of a whole-life success philosophy I’ve ever seen, and comes perilously close to “magic.”  (especially in the Arthur C. Clarke “any sufficiently advance technology is indistinguishable from…
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    The Battersblog


    Lee Battersby
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:19 pm
    "Go to the light," they say. "Gooooo to the liiiiight...."And yet, in real life, the light at the end of the tunnel is an approaching train, the light in your ceiling is a death trap for moths, and the only light that exists in nature is, well, as red as tooth or claw.Go to the light, my friends. The teeth are waiting.

    Lee Battersby
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    Day job. Writing career. Hobbies. Social media. Family. Wife. Exercise. House maintenance. The trick is to keep them all separate. Now, here's the thing: the stresses of my day job, they've been bleeding over into my home life. That's put pressure on my relationship with Luscious, which has bled back into my work life. I've been bringing that home with me, which has affected my relationship with my children. Because I've been so stressed, I've been eating badly, which has affected my ability to exercise, which has affected my weight loss. I'm lethargic, tired and constantly in pain…

    Lee Battersby
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:58 am
    The 2013 Aurealis Awards were announced this weekend. Marching Dead was shortlisted in the Best Horror Novel, but lost out to Fairytales for Wylde Girls by Allyse Near.A full list of winners has been posted at the Aurealis Awards website. Congratulations to the winners in all categories: with several hundred novels, stories, anthologies, collections and graphic works published each year it's a big mountain to climb.
  • Review: Thor: God of Thunder #1

    Lee Battersby
    6 Apr 2014 | 12:29 am
    Thor: God of Thunder #1 by Jason AaronMy rating: 5 of 5 starsAbsolutely stunning reimagining of the Thor character, with an epic storyline befitting a major player in the Marvel Universe and a powerful God to boot. There are very real consequences here, and a multi-layered narrative that can't be solved by a simple swing of the hammer or calling down of the lighning. Complex, meaningful and deep: not what I generally expect from a Thor comic, and I'm absolutely hooked. View all my reviews
  • Review: The Australian Book Of True Crime

    Lee Battersby
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    The Australian Book Of True Crime by Larry WriterMy rating: 3 of 5 starsShort, informative essays on some of Australia's most famous and/or interesting crimes. While there are a few notable exceptions-- Ivan Milat immediately springs to mind-- they are more than compensated for by a number of cases from the late 19th and early 20th Century of which I was unfamiliar. Writer's style is simple and, for the most part, unobtrusive, although he lapses into the occasional conservative judgement that jars with the text: there is a constant association between his subject's physiognomy and his/her…
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    throw another bear in the canoe

  • if you gotta play at garden parties i wish you a lotta luck.

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    I bring you publications and stuff!THE BOOK OF SILVERBERG! Edited by Gardner Dozois and William Schaffer. Out next week. and full of stories and essays inspired by the work of Robert Silverberg. Including one by me! Table of ContentsGreg Bear—A TributeBarry Malzberg—An AppreciationKage Baker—In Old PidruidKristine Kathryn Rusch—Voyeuristic TendenciesMike Resnick—Bad News from the VaticanCaitlin R.Kiernan—The Jetsam of Disremembered MechanicsConnie Willis—Silverberg, Satan, and Me…Elizabeth Bear—The Hand is QuickerNancy Kress—EatersJames Patrick Kelly—The Chimp of the…
  • and it's such a bloody drag to have to rebuild civilization all over again

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    What writers get up to when we're supposed to be encouraging each other to work...stillsostrange: Can I still say "sullen red light" or is that overused?fadethecat: It doesn’t strike me as cliche.fadethecat: Though it might depend on context.matociquala: It might be overused.matociquala: Why is the light always sullen?stillsostrange: Alternative?matociquala: Why never morose?stillsostrange: Hehstillsostrange: Because it's grumpy.fadethecat: Grouchy?fadethecat: It could be a grumpy red light.fadethecat: That would not seem cliche at all.fadethecat: Misanthropic red light.matociquala: A…
  • now i'm calling all citizens from all over the world, this is captain america calling

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    It's snowing.I guess this is going to be a thing now.Heya, Jadis.In other news, why hasn't the Internet made me a Captain America: The Winter Soldier fan vid to this yet?THE OPPORTUNITIES!
  • you must take the a train to go to sugar hill

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:56 pm
    I just invented a cocktail name, and it was so good I had to invent a cocktail to go with it. It's a Manhattan variant--specifically, a variant of the Manhattanhenge, also known as a Black Manhattan, in which Amaro is substituted for vermouth. This uses bourbon in place of the traditional rye, because that boy I like prefers bourbon.I like bourbon too, as it happens.It's my reward for a stupidly productive two days.I call this, "Persephone Takes the A Train," and it's in honor of the Storium kickstarter and my Jazz Age/Harlem Renaissance jazzpunk stretch goal. 2 parts bourbon…
  • we don't need luck. we've got guns.

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    The awesome news just keeps on coming.1) I just sold my Moscow metro dog story, "This Chance Planet," to Ellen Datlow at No word yet on when you can read it, but soon, my lovelies. Soooon.2) Zombies, Run! Season three kicks off tomorrow, April 16th. I wrote a story for it! So did Janni Lee Simner! So did some other folks you might know. Ahem.3) Here I am at Mary Robinette Kowal's blog talking about My Favorite Bit of Steles of the Sky. 4) I'm a stretch goal for the Storium kickstarter. This is an awesome online interactive storytelling/roleplaying engine with a variety of…
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  • Babylon 5: Born to the Purple

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
    I am re-watching the entire Babylon 5 television series along with my teenage daughter. I have not seen a single episode since B5 completed its tumultuous run, and Calista was just a few days old when the final episode aired back in 1998. Does J. Michael Straczynski still have the touch? Come along with us and find out. In Valen's Name: Centauri Ambassador Londo falls in love with a beautiful young Centauri entertainer/showgirl/stripper. It turns out the stripper is actually a slave, secretly owned by a nasty alien who wants to use her to steal state secrets from Londo damaging to the…
  • Chicken Ranch anniversary: Happy birthday, Dolph!

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    On this date in 1923, Dolph Briscoe, who would go on to become the 41st governor of Texas, was born. Briscoe, a long-time Uvalde rancher, is generally remembered fondly from his terms as governor for being a decent guy. But his administration did earn some dubious distinctions. Briscoe was the last Texas governor to serve a two-year term and the first to serve a four-year term. He undermined two efforts to rewrite Texas' abysmal constitution (which remains a trainwreck to this day). Briscoe once appointed a dead man to the State Health Advisory Commission, and if what I've heard is true,…
  • Lunar eclipse!

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
    The morning of Tuesday, April 15 saw the first of four lunar eclipses slated to occur over the next two years. That's celestial mechanics for you--like a Venusian transit of the sun, these things come in groupings. Unlike Venus passing in front of the sun (which happens at century-long intervals), lunar eclipses are comparatively common. But not that common. The last lunar eclipse visible from North America, in 2010, didn't turn out so well for me. Because of the chance of clouds at any time, I was determined to take advantage of the opportunity this time around. Several things are different…
  • Friday Night VIdeos

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    I just saw the new trailer for Cold in July, the movie based on Joe Lansdale's book of the same name, and darned if I didn't see Don Johnson in there, chewing the scenery for all he was worth. Which reminded me that Eddie Murphy wasn't the only 80s actor to try his hand at being a rock star. I remember Johnson going on and on about a "long-form video" in interviews, but all I ever saw was the regular MTV cut for his one hit, "Heartbeat." Previously on Friday Night Videos... Del Amitri. Now Playing: Pink Martini SympathiqueChicken Ranch Central
  • Babyon 5: Soul Hunter

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:27 pm
    I am re-watching the entire Babylon 5 television series along with my teenage daughter. I have not seen a single episode since B5 completed its tumultuous run, and Calista was just a few days old when the final episode aired back in 1998. Does J. Michael Straczynski still have the touch? Come along with us and find out. In Valen's Name: The aliens on board Babylon 5 go into a frenzy when an alien known as a Soul Hunter arrives on the station. Soul Hunters have a religious belief that the souls of important figures should be captured and preserved at the time of death. Dr. Stephen Franklin…
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  • Heres & Theres

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    Looks like the site is back up! Knock wood it stays that way--I feel terrible for the typepad staff and hope they have vanquished the evil DDoS villains once and for all. ANYWAY, just dropping by for a quick note to say that I'll be at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest this Saturday, and if you're there you should come say hello and I'll also happily sign books for you. Here's the details: April 26 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Southern Ky. Book Fest at the Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green, Ky.     - Panel at noon in the auditorium: YA Fantasy/Paranormal: Gwenda Bond,…
  • Cover Reveal - GIRL ON A WIRE!

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    I'm so so SO excited to be able to show you guys the cover for GIRL ON A WIRE (aka the circus book). Please feel free to grab, share, and spread at will. I love it beyond (I am officially a ghost, because I died of happiness when I saw it). And I hope you love it too. A giant shoutout and my thanks to the designer Neil Swaab (go look at his other amazing work) and to the fabulous team at Skyscape, especially editorial director extraordinaire Courtney Miller. Without further ado... About the book: A ballerina, twirling on a wire high above the crowd. Horses, prancing like salsa dancers.
  • Gone Revising

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    This is just a quick note to say that posts here will be scarce for the next month. With edit letter in hand and mind, I'll be busy revising Secret Project, employing some of my favorite techniques...  ...and occasionally muttering "We all go a little mad sometimes." The best. I'll drop by here if there's news, and I'm sure I'll still be on twitter and occasionally on the tumblr machine. And back with more regular stuff after deadline.
  • Extra, Extra: Some John Green Interview Outtakes

    4 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    As long-time readers of this blog know, I've been a fan of John Green's work since Looking for Alaska, which was one of the first novels I read that featured hyper-smart, sarcastic southern teenagers like the ones I grew up around. (And they even drank the same syrupy sweet Boone's Farm we sometimes snuck -- don't tell my parents. Kidding! I think they caught us and there was an epic grounding.) Anyway, John and I have known each other online for years, share a whole bunch of friends in common, but had never actually gotten a chance to chat. So of course I said yes when I…
  • Wednesday Hangovers

    2 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    Sorry to poof out of existence again. There were page proofs for the circus book to do (lovelove the little design elements!) and then a flurry of other work and tax stuff and various deadlines large and small. And I seem to be working on a new book that came out of nowhere, but is accumulating actual words and an outline in the form of emails to I guess I'll start a file for it and hope that doesn't spook it out of existence. But I've collected quite a few links, so in the interest of closing ye olde tabs... The best news of today, obviously, is that Karen Joy…
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    Swan Tower

  • A Year in Pictures – Rhodes Dolphins

    Swan Tower
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    This work by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. By the time I went on my honeymoon, I was starting to get better at photographic composition. This one especially pleased me, with the dolphins in the foreground, the crumbling walls in the background, and the intense blue of the harbor at Rhodes to contrast with the sculpture and the sky. 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 – Grunwald Monument

    Swan Tower
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    This work by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. This fellow stands on a monument to the Battle of Grunwald, just north of the Stare Miasto in Kraków. He’s actually celebrating the victory of Polish and Lithuanian forces over the Teutonic Knights . . . but the dude looks like he’s belting out an opera aria on the topic. Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there. This entry was also posted at Comment here or there.
  • Design Your Own Dragon: final week!

    Swan Tower
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Just a reminder that the Design Your Own Dragon contest will be ending in a little more than a week, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 30th. This is your chance not only to win an ARC of Voyage of the Basilisk (once we have some on hand), but to have your very own creation included in the Memoirs of Lady Trent. I may choose up to three winners, depending partly on how many entries I get — so in a sense, the more of you that enter, the better your chances are! (Okay, really I’m just selfish. I’ve enjoyed the heck out of reading the entries thus far, and am eager to see what…
  • A Year in Pictures – Notre Dame Tympanum

    Swan Tower
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    This work by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. This is another one I dropped a filter on, in this case because doing so made the sculptural details more distinct. It’s one of the tympana over the entrances to Notre Dame, and reminds me oddly of the temples we visited India, which is the only other place I’ve ever seen that density and intricacy of carving over a large surface. (Though if this had been an Indian temple instead of a French cathedral, the whole building would have been…
  • post roundup

    Swan Tower
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    Things I’ve been saying in different places ’round the interwebz . . . . “Seeing the Invisible” — this month’s post at SFNovelists is a review of Invisible, the ebook collection Jim Hines put together of guest posts and additional essays on the topic of representation. Proceeds from sales go to charity. “The Gospel of Combat” — an excerpt from Writing Fight Scenes, which will be familiar to long-time readers of this blog. You can comment there for a chance to get a free copy of the ebook, though! Interview at My Bookish Ways — in…
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  • Future Perspectives… and does the ACLU (at last) understand sousveillance?

    David Brin
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    == Perspectives on our future ==A reminder: I’ll be performing at this event in mid May -- THE FUTURE IS HERE: Science meets Science Fiction, Imagination, Inspiration and Invention --  will be a lavish/spectacular event MAY 16-18, 2014 in Washington DC, presented by the Smithsonian Magazine in collaboration with the UC San Diego  Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, Nerd Nite, Smithsonian Grand Challenges Consortia, and the Smithsonian Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.Presenters include: Patrick Stewart, David Brin, Kim Stanley…
  • Science Fiction II: the literary stuff - Hugos and China and a Latin Beat!

    David Brin
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:06 pm
    First, briefly, congratulations to this year's Hugo nominees!  -- Including -- amid a gallery of bright lights of SF -- Anne Leckie, Charles Stross, Mira Grant, Larry Correia and so many more you might survey (and buy opportunities to read!). == SF that's for reading and the mind ==But onward to the next year.The Three-Body Problem is part one of an award-winning trilogy by Liu Cixin— and is arguably the best Chinese science fiction novel ever translated into English. Liu uses the “three-body problem” of classical mechanics to ask some terrifying…
  • Science Fiction Media and Films -- Some hidden gems

    David Brin
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:01 pm
    While we're all holding our breath for the release of films Interstellar and Transcendence… let's skim a fewer lesser-known nuggets. But first a few announcements:1) The Smithsonian Magazine in collaboration with the UC San Diego Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, Nerd Nite, Smithsonian Grand Challenges Consortia, and the Smithsonian Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation PRESENTSTHE FUTURE IS HERE: Science meets Science FictionImagination, Inspiration and InventionMAY 16-18, 2014 Washington DCPresenters include: Patrick Stewart, David…
  • How to regain trust in the NSA era: The IGUS Gambit

    David Brin
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:11 am
    How might the Obama Administration best respond to wave after wave of "NSA revelations" that roil and cloud the political waters?Ironically, almost none of Edward Snowden's leaks -- or those of Julian Assange -- revealed anything that was illegal per se. What they have done is stir a too-long delayed argument over what should be legal!  Specifically, the Patriot Act and the ratchet effect on surveillance that always happens when a country enters a state of panic. The post-9/11 alarm is finally fading and -- (barring some new, panic-inducing event) -- elements of…
  • Money flows that might prevent new World Wars

    David Brin
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    Veteran U.S. diplomat and Middle East expert Dennis Ross made some interesting points about President Obama's trip to Saudi Arabia in an L.A. Times editorial: "Next Test for Obama: Soothing the Saudis." He referred to the Saudis biggest concern, the rise of militant Shiite Islam and an axis of Iran-Iraq-Syria that now includes an aggressively revanchist Russia. A problem that some have referred to as "World War Four".Alas, Mr Ross ignores the elephant in the room. That the Saudis are not the victims in any of this. Their relentless push to establish fiercely conservative Wahhabi madrassas all…
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    Dispatches from Tanganyika

  • 3D Beatles

    Billy Martin
    13 Apr 2014 | 1:35 pm
    I'm reluctantly selling this gorgeous vintage 3D Beatles pendant necklace. Opening bid is $50.
  • This Week's Sale

    Billy Martin
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    PZBART sale this week: 25% off signed books. Lots of titles available, and many rarities. at Dreamwidth. Comment here or there, as you will.
  • Jewelry Repairs

    Billy Martin
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Since I'm fixing a piece right now, I thought I'd post a reminder that all my handmade jewelry comes with a lifetime guarantee. If your piece breaks in the course of normal wear or use, please return it to me and I'll repair it at no cost to you. at Dreamwidth. Comment here or there, as you will.
  • Night Owls & Early Birds

    Billy Martin
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:27 am
    We've had a lot of scary and unexpected medical expenses recently, so I am having Night Owl/Early Bird Sale: 3 AM today (3-31-14) through the stroke of midnight, 50% off all Nola Jewels (my handmade jewelry) and paintings on canvas. The jewelry ships free worldwide with purchase of any other item in shop. at Dreamwidth. Comment here or there, as you will.
  • Testosterone Book Sale

    Billy Martin
    18 Mar 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Hear ye, hear ye! Now announcing the OOPS MY TESTOSTERONE-LEVEL BLOOD TEST COST $226 BOOK SALE! I'm offering first-edition, out-of-print hardcovers of GUILTY BUT INSANE, THE VALUE OF X, and THE DEVIL YOU KNOW for $15 each with free U.S. shipping. As always, books are signed and can be personalized. at Dreamwidth. Comment here or there, as you will.
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    Tobias Buckell Online

  • Want to see Hurricane Fever’s new cover?

    Tobias Buckell
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    Hurricane Fever has a new cover. I mentioned it on twitter, but I snagged a higher resolution example for this blog post: There were a handful of cover variants that Tor was considering for the book. Bloggers started passing around one that was used as a placeholder in the catalogue, and that was being strongly considered. In the end, though, we decided to go with the red and bio-hazard symbol look. The previous cover, though it looked awesome, was easily lost when put in a line up of other books due to the muted color palette and dark tones (lost in the shadows). Hopefully readers will agree…
  • Xenowealth universe is now a Storium stretch goal

    Tobias Buckell
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    What is Storium? From the Kickstarter: “Storium is a web-based online game that you play with friends. It works by turning writing into a multiplayer game. With just your computer, tablet, or smartphone, you can choose from a library of imaginary worlds to play in, or build your own. You create your story’s characters and decide what happens to them. You can tell any kind of story with Storium. The only limit is your imagination. Storium uses familiar game concepts inspired by card games, role-playing games, video games, and more. In each Storium game, one player is the narrator, and…
  • First review of Hurricane Fever

    Tobias Buckell
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    Marissa Lingen must have read Hurricane Fever really quickly, as I only just got the advanced reader copies that are sent out to reviewers on my doorstep. Marissa has this to say: [He]… has married the thriller style to actual knowledge of the Caribbean as something other than a vacation destination and fun extrapolative bits of SF–shark-based bio-paint, awesome!–so that it is a superior grade of thriller. If you’re an SF reader who dips into thrillers from time to time, or if you have a dedicated thriller reader in the circle of people for whom you buy presents, Hurricane Fever…
  • Tor’s new covers for the Xenowealth are now up online at Amazon, available for preorder all around

    Tobias Buckell
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Looks like the new covers for the Xenowealth books are popping up online for eBook purchases, at least at Amazon: As a reminder, the series is being relaunched this December as trade paperbacks. It’s a very exciting thing to see happening. The trade paperback can be preordered via your favorite local indy store or via Amazon or B&N. The summary and cover are not yet updated, they’re just pulling from the original mass market, but the December 9th launch date is for real. The ISBN is 9780765338402 for those who need to know.
  • Tech and five year olds

    Tobias Buckell
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Someone asked what the biggest surprise about living with five year olds is. For me it’s been their uptake of devices. Technology is something that was invented when you were past adolescence, I saw that written somewhere. My kids, because I design eBooks, have had iPads lying around (or use our iPhones) since they were babies. It isn’t technology to them. It’s natural, and I expected to see them use and fumble around with user interfaces with the apps we’ve curated for them. What blew me away was when we let them play with Siri on the iPhone. For a while, they would…
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    Stephanie Burgis

  • Penguins, Sneak-Writing, Soundtracks, and Starship Captains

    Stephanie Burgis
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    MrD is still in the middle of his two-and-a-half-week school break right now, so it's mostly family time over here, with bits of sneak-writing slotted in wherever/whenever I can manage them. Mostly, we've been doing a lot of reading (MrD and I are in the middle of re-reading Mr. Popper's Penguins right now), visiting castles, playing in the park, and so on.Oh, and re-watching Frozen, obviously! Because that obsession continues, unchecked. ;)I was feeling really guilty about how little writing I've managed to get done during MrD's school break...until I actually added up what I've written in…
  • Moaning, Returning, Reading

    Stephanie Burgis
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:02 am
    Oof. Well, MrD's 2-1/2-week-long school holidays have started with nearly the whole family getting a Death Cold, in combination with various other complications. Sigh. Patrick has a major freelance deadline at the end of the holidays, so I'm trying very hard to make sure he gets enough writing time every day; as for me, though, I've mostly just been flopping onto the bed in my time off, these past few days...oh, and blowing my nose and moaning. Very decorative, as you can imagine! ;)On the upside, I'm having strong urges to start reading historical nonfiction again, for the first time in…
  • Writing, Watching, Inspiration

    Stephanie Burgis
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:35 am
    Whew. After three long weeks, my chest infection is finally all gone - and on Monday (aided by my just-arrived inspirational Elsa figurine), I had my first real writing session in 3-1/2 weeks!I am sooooo much happier this week than I have been for the last few, I can't even begin to express it.Of course, I also feel REALLY far behind where I'd expected to be by now, since I'd been writing 5,000 words a week on my Kat novella ("Courting Magic") in the weeks before Baby X and I got sick. So, honestly, I'd been hoping to be nearly finished by now, whereas I'm actually only about a third of the…
  • Writing Figurines

    Stephanie Burgis
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    Over on the Girls Heart Books blog, I'm blogging today about one of the silliest and yet most effective writing aids I know: inspirational figurines!You can read the full entry here (and I'd love to read any comments either there or here).
  • A beautiful surprise, some giveaway winners, and a wonderful link

    Stephanie Burgis
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    It's been a tough week, since my chest infection turned zombie-like (or maybe vampiric?) and Would Not Die. So, not much got done apart from coughing...But look what came via Twitter and cheered me up immensely!Sally Jane Thompson, one of my favorite artists (and graphic novel writer/artists!) sent me this sketch of Kat! It makes me SO happy every single time I look at it. :)In other Kat news, congratulations to sapphireone, Jen Petro-Roy, and Colette, who all won Kat jewelry in my giveaway! If you guys could use my contact form to let me know your mailing addresses and jewelry preferences…
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    Mabfan's Musings

  • The Return of The Brookline Parent!

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Nomi and I are delighted to announce that our The Brookline Parent column, which ran from 2010-2013 on the Brookline Patch website, is back! We've relaunched the column as its own blog, and we're looking forward to sharing our adventures with Muffin and Squeaker again on a regular basis.Today's column, The Return of, Well, Us, goes into a bit more detail about why we stopped and how we'll be starting up again.Enjoy!
  • I Remember the Future Film - First Review

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    So, although I wasn't able to attend the screening of I Remember the Future this past weekend at Worldfest Houston, amysisson did! She has posted a review along with reviews of the four other films that constituted the Sci-Fi Shorts.I am very glad to say that she liked the film:...I'm not sure which surprised me more: the "Australian" part or the "student" part, because I can definitely say that there was nothing "student" about this film...I Remember the Future is the reason I became aware of the festival in the first place, and the reason I went. This one film was worth making the trip…
  • I Remember the Future at Houston Worldfest This Sunday!

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    This Sunday marks the US premiere of the KAS Creations short film based on my story "I Remember the Future."As you can see from the Worldfest Houston schedule, the film will be shown twice, at 1 pm as part of the SCI-FI SHORTS MATINEE SHOW #7 and at 3 pm as part of the WORLD SHORTS MATINEE SHOW #10. From the schedule, you can click on the link to purchase tickets.If you happen to be in Houston, I hope you'll check it out.And as always, to learn more about the book, check out the Burstein Books website, and to read the story, check it out on the Apex Blog.#SFWApro
  • Two Reprint Announcements: Amazing and Fantastic

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:01 am
    Today I received welcome news that two of my stories will be reprinted.First of all, I am delighted to note that my short story "Cosmic Corkscrew," a Hugo-nominated story first published in Analog, will be reprinted in the April 2014 issue of Amazing Stories, the special 88th anniversary edition of the magazine.Although I have appeared on the Amazing Stories blog, this will be my first piece of fiction to appear in the magazine. I am delighted that editor Steve Davidson chose my story as one of those to be reprinted in the magazine.The story has a nice connection to Amazing Stories, by the…
  • Yesterday's Fire in Boston - Some Thoughts

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:33 am
    I work in the Back Bay area of Boston, and as I left work yesterday, I could smell the smoke from the fire at 298 Beacon Street, even though it was a ten-minute walk away. The air was filled with a haze, and the odor stung my eyes, causing them to well up with tears.Later on, my eyes welled up with tears again, as we heard that two firefighters, Michael R. Kennedy and Edward J. Walsh, Jr., had made the ultimate sacrifice as they tried to stop the fire and save other people's lives.My friend Andrew Marc Greene (530nm330hz) said the following on Facebook:I will never understand what gives a…
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    Pushing a Snake Up a Hill

  • Happy Easter!

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Here's wishing a happy and blessed Easter to all who celebrate Easter! And a happy and blessed fine Spring* evening (or day, if you're far enough west of me to still have daylight) to everyone regardless of what you celebrate! We had a lovely day of gathering with good friends and good food (maybe a little too much of that last), followed by a good nap. I was intending to go for a bike ride when I got home from our gathering. But the recliner got to me first.*Make that a fine Autumn evening for my friends south of the equator.
  • The BookBub Promotion Went Great

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    If you were reading here last week, you know I marked down my omnibus ebook of The Chaos Chronicles: Books 1-3 for a week, in conjunction with a promotion on The sale went amazingly, gratifyingly well. Better than I expected or dreamed. In fact, there are more than 2500 people out there with shiny new copies of my omnibus on their Kindles, Nooks, iPads, whatever. More than 1500 people grabbed it on the first day alone. We broke into the top 100 sellers of all books in the Kindle store, and briefly lingered at #65 among all Kindle ebooks. More importantly, I've already heard from…
  • An Electric Bill Even a Miser Would Like

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It finally happened. Our latest electric bill:     $-35, due on or before April 28 Yes! The electric company owes us money! This has been our best month so far, generating electricity from the solar panels on our roof. Here's how it looks so far in April:Typically I think we use ~22 kWh per day. There were some days this month we generated almost double that amount, and fed the extra to the grid, and only a few days where we fell short. Solar rocks.
  • Snow! On April 16!

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Yeesh, wasn't it just yesterday I was driving in the truck, a little overly warm what with the Spring weather we've been having? Well, I was up later last night than I should have been, worrying over some stuff that should be simple in this chapter. And when I finally stumbled downstairs at 4 take Captain Jack out for his last visit to the tree before bed, what do I find but snow on the ground, and still coming down! This had got to be the weirdest weather year I can remember.
  • Bookbub Promotion on The Chaos Chronicles: Books 1–3!

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Starting today, and for one week, The Chaos Chronicles: Books 1–3 (an ebook omnibus edition) will be steeply discounted, down to $1.99! That's for three complete books—and would be a great price for just one book! Here's another exclamation mark, for good measure! This is my second promotion through Bookbub, and I'm hoping it does as well as the first.These three novels are enough to get you well into the Chaos story, starting with Neptune Crossing, and continuing with Strange Attractors and The Infinite Sea. I hate blowing my own horn, so can I let some others do it for me? Here are some…
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    incipit vita nova

  • Like Fire: The Soundtrack

    24 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    Like Fire's Facebook and webpage are now available. The book will be released in e-book January, 2015, with trade paperback and hardcover to follow. 60,000 words of the book were written during the November 2013 National Novel Writing Month challenge,...
  • On Writing: My Writing Process Blog Tour

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Thanks to Mindy Klasky, my fellow Book View Cafe member and gifted writer, who invited me on this blog hop about what we're working on! Mindy's writing a hot series of nine romance books about the Diamond Brides ... they're...
  • The Anagnorisis and Peripetia Generation

    12 Apr 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Anagnorisis: or the journey from ignorance to knowledge. Peripetia: the moment, in Greek tragedy - an awful one - of realization of a life-changing truth. I don't think in today's world that peripetia need be tragic or horrible at all....
  • Vikings Women Kick A**!

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    Vikings Season 2 is in some ways better than Season 1! In light of a somewhat disturbing panel on military battles in fantasy at ConDor, during which other panel members asserted that female military commanders or just plain warrior females...
  • I am Not a Sausage: I am a Free Woman!

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Looking at the 25th Anniversary WoTF video... Somebody looks better than she did in 1998. Dump Dairy. Dump Wheat! Dump Additives and especially HFCS!
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    The Mumpsimus

  • The Revelator: The Bookworm Issue

    Matthew Cheney
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    The latest issue of that venerable, mercurial, deeply occasional magazine THE REVELATOR is now available online for your perusal. It is filled with nothing but THE TRUTH AND ALL!The contents of this issue are so vast, variable, and vivacious that I can't even begin to summarize them here. There are excursions into history, into imagery, and into liquor. We attend the tale of a young man reading science fiction in Kenya. We discover the secret life of Elo­dia Har­win­ton, about whom I am sure you have heard much (but never this much!). For those of you who do not like words, there are not…
  • For a Socialism of the Skin

    Matthew Cheney
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Richard Kim at The Nation points to one of the central problems of the big Gay Inc. organizations, especially HRC:In 2012, the Human Rights Campaign honored Goldman Sachs with an award at its annual dinner, while naming Lloyd Blankfein as its national corporate spokesman for same-sex marriage. In an obscene form of pink-washing in which every banker, sweatshop overlord and oil baron gets a gay star, HRC’s most recent report on “corporate equality” proudly concludes that a record 304 of the nation’s largest businesses—including Chevron, Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase,…
  • A Video Essay on Jim Jarmusch: "Dead Men & Ghosts, Limited"

    Matthew Cheney
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    As the silence around here indicates, I've been tremendously busy the past few weeks. One project I managed to complete was a new video essay, this one about Jim Jarmusch's films Dead Man, Ghost Dog, and The Limits of Control. It's now available at Press Play, along with a brief introduction.
  • Samuel R. Delany: Another Roundtable

    Matthew Cheney
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:36 am
    Recently, Locus published an online discussion of the work of Samuel R. Delany with a bunch of different writers and critics, primarily aimed at discussing Delany’s status as the newly-crowned Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers of America. Plenty of interesting things are said there, and the participants include a number of people I’m very fond of (both as writers and people), but the particular focus ended up, I thought, creating a certain narrowness to the discussion, especially regarding the post-Dhalgren works, and I thought it might be nice to gather a different group of…
  • Lucius Shepard: Art Out of Fantasy and Pain

    Matthew Cheney
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:46 pm
    photo by Ellen Datlow, 21 Nov 2007I hate that this sentence must now be in the past tense: Lucius Shepard was one of the great American writers.It's hard to find words, even though I've had 24 hours to search.In a review of The Dragon Griaule, I invoked Conrad and melodrama, and quoted Eric Bentley on both. Here's part of that quote again, because it gets at exactly what Lucius Shepard's stories mean to me, and why they mean so much:Only under the influence of a narrow and philistine Naturalism can we ask why an artist shows life at a remove and in some established genre. The transposition of…
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    John Crowley Little and Big

  • Not a new grammar whiz

    John Crowley
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Start/finish this clip from a magazine article any way you wish:"designed for the people professors at MIT"
  • Clackety clack

    John Crowley
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Images of typewriters -- ancient black pillared ones, newer ones, Olivetti portables, Selectrics -- now stand as symbols or signs for writers, writing, the writing life. It used to be pens -- quill pens, glass pens, steel pens, then fountain pens of varying splendor. That was when typewriters could only symbolize journalism or screenwriting, up-to-date and not evocative.
  • It's all better now

    John Crowley
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:22 am
    How many got this striking announcement in their email today:This Declaration made on 8th of April 2014 by Alpha Omega StationConcerns the official enactment of the rights and duties indicatedhereafter and aims to inform all parties involved of the beginningof the global restructuring process for the benefit of the World and Mankind.Alpha Omega Station are the historical, technical, formally andofficially confirmed Sovereign and Judicial organization which inaccordance with International Treaties exercises legal Ownership,authority and lawful power over various Assets,Gold Deposits, andthe…
  • Prepositional

    John Crowley
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:07 am
    I'm seeing more of this in the NY Times."The desire by Pierre Karl Péladeau, a media mogul running in provincial elections, for Quebec to secede from Canada appears to have destroyed his party’s hopes for victory."It's as though the Times editors want to change nouns -- maybe "desire" started out as "push" or something and when an editor changed it, the preposition was left unchanged and became stupid. Who says "the desire by" someone?
  • crowleycrow @ 2014-03-12T07:38:00

    John Crowley
    12 Mar 2014 | 4:38 am
    Some of the NYTimes's bad sentences are funny, some disheartening, and a few really verge on the dangerous. Rapid readers (and those who expect to see the sense they already are convinced of) might well be misled by this in today's online edititon:"Ms. Feinstein has proved to be a bulwark for intelligence agencies in recent years: publicly defending the National Security Agency’s telephone and Internet surveillance activities, the C.I.A.’s authority over drone strikes and the F.B.I.’s actions under the Patriot Act against a growing bipartisan chorus of critics."Are we not led to ask…
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    ellen datlow

  • Table of Contents for Nightmare Carnival, forthcoming this fall from Dark Horse.

    ellen datlow
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:27 am
    Here's the Table of Contents for Nightmare Carnival, forthcoming this fall from Dark Horse. The order below is not absolutely final but it's close Table of ContentsPreface Ellen DatlowIntroduction Katherine DunnScapegoats N. Lee WoodThe Firebrand Priya SharmaWork, Hook, Shoot, Rip Nick MamatasAnd the Carnival Leaves Town A.C. WiseCorpse Rose Terry DowlingLast of the Fair Joel LaneA Small Part in the Pantomime Glen HirshbergHibbler’s Minions Jeffrey FordSwan Song and Then Some Dennis DanversThe Lion Cage Genevieve ValentineThe Darkest Part Stephen Graham JonesThe Popping Fields…
  • Lovecraft's Monsters --coming out in time to distract you from tax day - April 15th

    ellen datlow
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:45 am
    It's already out and about-at least for those who pre-ordered it on Amazon. with fabulous interior illustrations of each critter by John CoulthartTable of ContentsForeword by Stefan Dziemianowiczintroduction by Ellen DatlowOnly the End of the World Again by Neil Gaiman                                             Bulldozer by Laird Barron…
  • Call for Submissions: Best Horror of the Year volume 6 (2013 material only)

    ellen datlow
    22 Aug 2013 | 4:47 pm
    Call for SubmissionsI am editing the anthology series Best Horror of the Year (Night Shade Books) and am currently reading for the sixth volume, which will include all material published in 2013. Reprints only. I am looking for stories and poetry from all branches of horror: from the traditional-supernatural to the borderline, including high-tech sf horror, supernatural stories, psychological horror, dark thrillers, or anything else that might qualify. If in doubt, send it. This is a reprint anthology so I am only reading material published in or about to be published in 2013. Submission…
  • The Long HM list for The Best Horror of the Year volume 5 (part two)

    ellen datlow
    20 Aug 2013 | 2:00 pm
    Jones, Stephen Graham “After the People Lights Have Gone Off,” Phantasmagorium Jones, Stephen Graham “Heads-All-Smashed-In, “ Prairie Schooner winter. Jones, Stephen Graham “Notes From the Apocalypse,” Weird Tales #359.Jones, Stephen Graham “Uncle,” Ghosts: Recent Hauntings.Jones, Stephen Graham “Welcome to the Reptile House,” Strange Aeons 9.Kadrey, Richard “Devil in the Dollhouse,” amazon.comKaita, Murayama trans. Jeffrey Angles “The Diabolical Tongue,” Kaiki volume 3.Kalin, Deborah “First They…
  • The Long HM list for The Best Horror of the Year volume 5 (part one)

    ellen datlow
    20 Aug 2013 | 1:55 pm
    I'll leave this open to comments for now, but LJ has been spammy this past year, which is why I've essentially stopped using it. So if that happens, I will close down the comments. (I'll link from FB and Twitter to here so you could comment on FB or Twitter if this gets closed down).Alexander, Maria “Revivified,” Night Terrors II.Allan, Nina “Sunshine,” Black Static  29.Allan, Nina “The Barricade,” Dark Currents.Allan, Nina “The Elephant Girl,” Shadows & Tall Trees spring, #3.Allen, Brady “Praying,” Back Roads…
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  • Are you an Avengers collector?

    Peter David
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Are you someone who’s been collecting Avengers-related material all your life? Or any of the main founding Avengers, such as Iron Man, Thor, Cap, and the Hulk? Either Marvel-manufactured licensed objects or, even better, early sketches, production documents, story copy, and so on. Then I can use your help. I am putting together an “Avengers Vault” with the folks who did the Spider-Man Vault book a few years ago, and we’re looking for stuff that we can photograph and put into the book. No money involved, but you’d get credited. If you’re interested in…
  • San Diego Comic Con 2000, Part 1

    Peter David
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Originally published August 18, 2000, in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1396 Assorted fun and games at the San Diego Comic Convention (or, if you prefer, Comic Con International, which is probably more accurate except I only hear it referred to as the San Diego Con. But, y’know, go argue with those pesky comic folks): It was my first time at the convention in three years. The fine folks at both Dark Horse Comics and Krause Publishing teamed up to fly me out and put me up at the luxurious Westgate Hotel (once the premiere hotel of the convention, and still lovely, but now a bit of a schlep since…
  • Hugos: Let me see if I understand this

    Peter David
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:28 pm
    So I’ve been a full time writer for nearly three decades and never so much as been nominated for a Hugo. Yet a racist, homophobic asshole is up for a Hugo this year because apparently he understands how to game the social network system. Because the Hugos will accept people who despise gays but draw the line at “Star Trek” novels. Fine. Screw it. I have a new novel coming out in July called “Artful.” It’s the previously untold story of the Artful Dodger, hunter of vampyres and other creatures. I want it to be up for a Hugo. Hell, even a Nebula. And…
  • Twist vs. McFarlane, Part 2

    Peter David
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Originally published August 11, 2000, in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1395 When last we left our hero, Todd McFarlane, he was fretting outside a St. Louis courtroom after a St. Louis jury had awarded $24.5 million to former hockey player Tony Twist after McFarlane appropriated Twist’s name for a thuggish mobster in the pages of Spawn. “I thought that ‘law’ was sort of short for ‘logic,’” said Todd. “That just got blown out of the water.” Understandably so. “Law,” according to my dictionary, derives from an Old Norse word, “log,” that means, “Something set down.” You…
  • Twist vs. McFarlane, Part 1

    Peter David
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Originally published August 4, 2000, in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1394 “Must… control… fist of death…” –“Dilbert” Several years back I got an angry phone call from John Byrne, and for a refreshing change of pace, he wasn’t angry at me. “Did you read Spawn #30?” he asked. In Spawn #30, there were two members of the Ku Klux Klan, and their names were Peter and Johnny. Byrne was convinced that Todd McFarlane, Spawn creator, writer and erstwhile penciler, had dubbed the characters thusly for the purpose of taking a direct swipe at us. After all, Byrne and I had not marched…
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    Stephen Dedman

  • Criminal gang connections mapped via phone metadata - tech - 16 April 2014 - New Scientist

    Stephen Dedman
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Criminal gang connections mapped via phone metadata - tech - 16 April 2014 - New ScientistParticularly interesting if you caught the excellent panel on police use of ISP metadata at Swancon 39...
  • Swancon

    Stephen Dedman
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:55 pm
    I mostly enjoyed Swancon 39, and any lack of enjoyment is not attributable to the concom or any of the participants, but on my own personal problems and the absence of many of the people I look forward to seeing at cons - some local, some living in inconceivably distant lands (Melbourne, Adelaide, Mandurah, Joondalup, etc.) For this reason, the highlight of the con (for me) was the very well-attended launch of Satima Flavell's novel The Dagger of Dresnia, where I caught up with old friends and fellow writers including Lee and Lyn Battersby, Keira McKenzie, Adrian Bedford and others.The…
  • My schedule for Swancon

    Stephen Dedman
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Friday, 17.30: Who Would Live There? The Reality of SF/Fantasy Worlds.Saturday, 16.30: Shakespeare Retold: The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected.Sunday, 22.00: Editing Erotica, Publishing Porn.Monday, 10.30: What My Library Meant to Me.
  • Ars gratia artis, pecunium propter Deum *

    Stephen Dedman
    24 Mar 2014 | 9:17 am
    On a day when the federal attorney-general defended bigotry as a right (though we don't actually have a Bill of Rights), hot on the heels of the far-right abominable Tony Abbott announcing that there will be no investigation of a murder committed in the Manus Island concentration camp, it would have been easy to fail to notice this story from the New York Times about auction houses fighting a bill that would give visual artists royalties from the resale of their work.However, this intrigued me in the light of the information that Glenn Brown, the Turner Prize nominee who ripped off a Chris…
  • Zombies and robots and cats, oh my!

    Stephen Dedman
    1 Feb 2014 | 1:04 am
    2013 wasn't quite as bad as its portrayal in The Postman - although, incredibly, it did seem to drag on for even longer. I wrote quite a lot, including finishing my novel What Rough Beast?, but sadly, I had very little new work published apart from a short story in Shadowrun Returns. Fortunately, the drought will soon be broken: my novella 'Farewell to the Master' will be appearing in Zombies vs Robots: No Man's Land in April, and there will be more new stories coming out in 2014.We now return you to your regular internet programming: pictures of cats. This is Pepper, aka Rescue, the latest…
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    A.M. Dellamonica

  • Are editors still needed?

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Every last soul reading this post could, if they chose, have 5,000 words of fiction up in some prominent e-bookstore by the end of this week. This is true too of feature journalism, epic poetry, creative non-fiction, film scripts, thinly veiled Raylan/Boyd Justified erotica, song lyrics, diary entries and stream of consciousness commandments for that new religion you’ve been meaning to think up. Step one would be typing 5K words of, seriously, whatever. Steps two through finished would involve figuring out step-by-step instructions available everywhere, on how to set up, price and…
  • Toronto, Day 335

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    I am still working on answering Blaise’s question: are editors still needed? And I’m pondering your other questions, excited about answering them, and grateful to know what interests you. If you haven’t weighed in yet and there’s something you want to know, tell me! I’m happily building up the list of requests. In the meantime, a few current snippets of news from the land of Dua Moving Insanity: –We got the keys to the new place this week, and floors are going in. The shower may be leaky, so we’re going to look into fixing it ASAP. Since it’s…
  • Tell me what to write! (the saga continues)

    12 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    As a new experiment in having a blog that doesn’t bore its readers to death, I threw out a query to the Internet yesterday, asking everyone to let me know what you’d like to hear about. Some of my best writing has been assigned: many of my favorite short stories were written for theme anthologies. I had a number of reasons for asking for your input, but chief among them was seeing if the same thing might apply with this space. Questions so far: Escape Clause editor Clélie Rich wants to know where we’re moving to, and why. Paul Weimer of SF Signal asks: Do you have a map for…
  • What things make a post?

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    First, a heartfelt thank you to everyone who sent some bit of support or kindness about our loss of Rumble, whether by Twitter or FB or in an e-mail. I tried to answer as many of you as possible; if I missed you, know that it was appreciated. I also want to mention that VEC on Yonge Street gave us all outstanding care. I endorse them without reservation, and hope you never need to access their services. The condo feels empty, and it’s bizarre to be able to brush my hair without brushing a cat at the same time–someone always insisted–or fold the sheets without first being…
  • Toronto, Day 326

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    It has almost been a year. It’s no coincidence that we’re moving, again, as the anniversary nears. The plan was always to rent a place here for the first year, scope out the neighborhoods, and then commit. Kelly and I were both so unfamiliar with Toronto that to do anything else seemed nutty beyond words. (Though jumping in without a clue is how we chose our Vancouver neighborhood, also sight unseen, and that worked out.) Our soon to be former apartment is coming to be known as “the King Street place” or variations thereon. We haven’t been here long enough to…
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    Cory Doctorow's

  • Video: Bart Gellman and me opening for Ed Snowden at SXSW

    Cory Doctorow
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    Last month, Barton Gellman and I opened for Edward Snowden's first-ever public appearance, at the SXSW conference in Austin. The kind folks at SXSW have put the video online (the Snowden video itself was already up). I think we did a good job of framing the big questions raised by the Snowden leaks.
  • Homeland Audiobook

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:36 am
    Wil Wheaton reads this independently produced audio edition of Homeland, which also includes Jacob Appelbaum's reading of his own afterword, and Noah Swartz reading his brother Aaron Swartz's afterword.
  • My “Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now” in Vodo’s indie science fiction bundle: comics, movies, novels, and more!

    Cory Doctorow
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Jamie from Vodo writes, "We've launched Otherworlds, our first indie sci-fi bundle! This pay-what-you-want, crossmedia collection includes the graphic novel collecting Cory's own 'Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now', Jim Munroe's micro-budget sci-fi satire 'Ghosts With Shit Jobs', Robert Venditti's New York Times Bestselling graphic novel 'The Surrogates', and Amber Benson/Adam Busch's alien office farce, 'Drones'. Check out the whole bundle and choose your own price 5% of earnings go to the Electronic Frontier Foundation!" I love Vodo -- they produce gorgeous, high-quality science fiction…
  • Homeland audiobook, read by Wil Wheaton, is back on

    Cory Doctorow
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:42 pm
    For those of you who missed the audiobook in which Wil Wheaton reads my novel Homeland in the Humble Ebook Bundle, despair no longer! You can buy it DRM-free on the excellent, a site with many DRM-free audio titles. Homeland (audiobook)
  • Why I don’t believe in robots

    Cory Doctorow
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:02 am
    My new Guardian column is "Why it is not possible to regulate robots," which discusses where and how robots can be regulated, and whether there is any sensible ground for "robot law" as distinct from "computer law." One thing that is glaringly absent from both the Heinleinian and Asimovian brain is the idea of software as an immaterial, infinitely reproducible nugget at the core of the system. Here, in the second decade of the 21st century, it seems to me that the most important fact about a robot – whether it is self-aware or merely autonomous – is the operating system, configuration,…
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    Notes from New Sodom

  • "The Unfortunate Rake"

    Hal Duncan
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
  • Scruffians! Deluxe Edition

    Hal Duncan
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    "... a prism of queer sexuality, youthful rebellion, and rage against authority, in this thrilling, funny, and moving collection." Publishers Weekly, starred review "... a wickedly entertaining collection of short fiction fantastical and queer in nature—full of “scruffians and scamps and sodomites,” with some pirates and fairies besides. These stories range from comedic romps to lyrical and
  • Rhapsody

    Hal Duncan
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    "Rhapsody, though it is Duncan’s first long-form critical work, is a strong and elegant—and sometimes wickedly crass—project, complexly argued and incisive while also managing to remain eminently readable and engaging." Brit Mandelo, "Hal Duncan's Rhapsody is a quicksilver journey through the aesthetic consciousness of one of our most passionate and insightful masters of the form.
  • Caledonia Dreamin' Review

    Hal Duncan
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:14 am
    Caledonia Dreamin' is a unique and well edited anthology of strange fiction of Scottish descent. It's a daring and original glimpse into Scotland, the Scots language and Scottish culture. Each story is based on or inspired by a Scots word. It was truly a pleasure to read this anthology, because I don't remember reading anything similar ever before. There have been plenty of anthologies
  • Review for Rhapsody

    Hal Duncan
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Hal Duncan, in Rhapsody: Notes on Strange Fictions, turns a critical eye to the genre of SF—considering not just the turf wars and definitional spats, but also the deeper functions and facilities of the “strange fiction” mode in literature. Employing sardonic and often cutting analysis delivered within convincing theoretical frames, Duncan deposes various received-wisdom ideas about the
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    A Blister to My Eye

  • Dogs and ham

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

    4 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Which would be a nifty title, but I don't know what the title will be. MPAD = Mission Planning and Analysis Division, simply the utterly most important and core part of what was then NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center (later renamed Johnson Space Center) in (south of) Houston. (Others who worked there, but not in MPAD, might disagree.) (They'd be wrong.) Recently, a former MPAD coworker of mine from the days of the Apollo Project contacted me to say he was interviewing people who worked at MPAD at the time of the moon landings. He's my age and also retired, and he drives around the country quite…
  • It’s not the Christian Bible, damn it

    1 Apr 2014 | 7:54 pm
    It's silly of me to be annoyed by this, given that I'm an atheist. Nonetheless it annoys me considerably. Thanks to the Noah movie and to today's date*, there has been a spurt of references to the Bible in the online places I frequent. I keep seeing the Flood and Psalms, both in the Old Testament, referred to as being in the Christian Bible. No, sirree. They're in the Old Testament, a.k.a. the Hebrew Bible.** The fact that Christians have incorporated the OT into their religion is irrelevant. Moslems have incorporated much of the OT and the NT into their religion, too, but that doesn't make…
  • Continuum’s Height Problem

    19 Feb 2014 | 12:38 pm
    I like the TV show Continuum and its twisty time-travel switcheroos. I'm always a sucker for those, in any show. I wonder how the various mysteries will be resolved, assuming they are all resolved when the show finishes its run. But the one mystery that I find annoying rather than intriguing is Alec Sadler's height. In the present, he's about 20 years old. He's shorter than almost everyone else, including Kiera. In scenes set in the future, he's in his mid-eighties. Unless future medicine has solved the problem of people getting shorter in old age, he would have lost some height since his max…
  • Thor Didn’t Thunder, and Oblivion Should Not Have Been Consigned to Oblivion

    13 Feb 2014 | 7:06 pm
    I keep a lookout for the cable appearances of big-budget sf/f/h movies that I skipped in the theaters. Then I record them to watch while exercising. After watching such a recording, I sometimes regret that I didn't see it on the big screen, but more often I'm glad that I saved the money and time. I can’t say what effect watching a movie while grappling with a heavy weight has on my judgment, but presumably if it does induce a bias, the bias is the same for all of the movies I watch while exercising. Recently, I watched Thor and Oblivion this way. Because of how the two performed in…
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    But Enough About Me!

  • Spiritwalker prints available from Julie Dillon

    Kate Elliott
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:06 am
    As many of you already know, I commissioned the fabulous (and Hugo-nominated) artist Julie Dillon to do the illustrations for the illustrated short story The Secret Journal of Beatrice Hassi Barahal (a coda to the Spiritwalker Trilogy). [Both print and pdf formats available.] I also commissioned two color illustrations, both of which are now available for purchase at Julie Dillon’s INPRNT store.   “(a) sweep of color washed through the smoky sea . . . Night swept down. Lights like fireflies twinkled against a black sky. The sea surged, lifting like cloth raised from beneath by a…
  • Writing Update w/ News

    Kate Elliott
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    As many of you know, the Spiritwalker Trilogy is complete, together with two coda stories: The Secret Journal of Beatrice Hassi Barahal (with the most awesome illustrations by Hugo-nominated artist Julie Dillon) and The Courtship (told from the point of view of Andevai). I have a few more Spiritwalker short stories in progress, including one that involves . . . babies (for those of you that like that kind of thing). Again, thanks to all of you who have so enthusiastically read Cat’s story (and to those who read it and were more lukewarm; honestly, I appreciate people reading my books…
  • Bestselling Women’s Fiction Book Club: The Best of Everything

    Kate Elliott
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:31 am
    Justine Larbalestier and I have started a book club to talk about bestselling women’s fiction of the 20th century. We’re both curious about the whole idea of the publishing category of “women’s fiction,” particularly how and when that label started. And, of course, we also wanted to see how well the bestselling and most long lasting of the books with that label stand up. Because usually books like Valley of the Dolls (1966) and Rona Jaffe’s The Best of Everything (1958) and Grace Metalious’s Peyton Place (1958) are considered to be, at best, middle brow. Yet now some of these…
  • The Squee of Ile-Rien: Comments on Martha Wells’ Fall of Ile-Rien Trilogy

    Kate Elliott
    26 Feb 2014 | 12:58 pm
    I don’t review books. I don’t have the temperament for it. But I’ve made a bit of a promise to myself this year to talk more about books I’ve read and am reading. I won’t mention everything I’ve read because I won’t keep up, but I’ll do my best. On March 12/March 13 (Hawaii/Australia time) Justine Larbalestier and I are going to begin a discussion of women’s fiction, old school blockbusters. We begin with Jacqueline Susann’s VALLEY OF THE DOLLS. But I do not like to neglect my first and most heartfelt love, sff. So today, fellow…
  • A Valentine For My Readers (A Spiritwalker Story)

    Kate Elliott
    14 Feb 2014 | 12:33 am
    Dear Readers, There are days when the work flies through me and I am mighty. There are days when the work is one long slog of dragging weights behind me in the form of recalcitrant, uncooperative words. There are days I sit in despair staring at a wall mottled with self doubt. There are days I write like it is my job, which is not a bad thing when one has (presumably) skill and competence and a love for one’s work. But every day I appreciate YOU, the ones reading my books. I am grateful that you read them AT ALL. (I’m still kind of amazed by that.) I can work as a writer because…
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    Talk in the Shadows

  • Signed books now available!

    7 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    I had a really nice signing at Mysterious Galaxy/a> yesterday and they now have a whole stack of signed books ready for shipping! If you sent in a request for a special inscription before the signing, I also signed those as requested. :)
  • Book Day!

    1 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    Lucky #7 Nightrunner book is out!
  • New Author Website!

    30 Mar 2014 | 11:26 am
    I've finally been able to replace my poor mangy old website!
  • Author's Copies in My Mail Today!

    11 Mar 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Note: If you were announced as a winner of a book or the grand prize, please respond to this thread, and message me your address. I haven't heard from most of you. If you already sent me the info, please send again. That is all. You may now gaze and enjoy. ;)
  • Fairy Tales

    7 Jan 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Over the holidays I watched Disney's Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. The message in both that I got was: Fairies, no matter how well-intentioned, are disempowering and princes are pretty much useless. In the Brother's Grimm versions Cinderella/Ashenputtel made her own magic with her great virtue. And Sleeping Beauty/Aurora/The Princess was a passive airhead and the prince didn't have to fight his way to her because he just happened to show up at the right time when the spell broke and the briar hedge receded on its own. In this case, I have to say I liked the Disney version better. Excellent…
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    The official home page of author Eric Flint

  • 1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies – Snippet 24

    Drak Bibliophile
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies – Snippet 24 Eddie shrugged. “Sir, your gamble to wait and get us more goodies may not have panned out, but that’s in the nature of gambling, wouldn’t you agree? If you had been right, we’d be leaving here with more combat power, and a mission which would have represented a much more complete test of the ships and systems you’re planning to shift into standard production. And if the rotary drill had been ready, the cash back on the venture — and the need to rapidly expand our maritime capacity to capitalize…
  • 1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies – Snippet 23

    Drak Bibliophile
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies – Snippet 23 Chapter 12 Lübeck, United States of Europe Nodding to the after-hours Marine guard, Eddie entered the antechamber outside John Simpson’s office. As he did, his stomach growled so loudly that he expected a Marine to enter behind him, sidearm drawn, scanning for whatever feral beast was making a noise akin to being simultaneously tortured and strangled. And if being two hours overdue for supper wasn’t enough, he’d just received yet another letter from Anne Cathrine. It was alternately sweet, steamy, and sullen at…
  • 1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies – Snippet 22

    Drak Bibliophile
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies – Snippet 22 The time that followed was without a doubt the most gruesome experience in Ann’s life. The scale of the blunt force trauma inflicted on fragile human bodies by the disintegrating oil rig was genuinely incredible. It was as if the gods of the earth, awakened and risen in fury, had just torn people apart. She couldn’t even find any flicker of vengeful satisfaction in Bauernfeld’s fate, although he’d been directly responsible for the disaster. The wound that had killed him was… horrible, a perfect…
  • 1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies – Snippet 21

    Drak Bibliophile
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies – Snippet 21 Ann nodded, was aware of Bauernfeld’s confused gape. He followed their eyes, but did not know what to look at. Which in this case was the swivel atop the spinning drill string. That had been the most problematic piece of machinery to make reliable and robust. Not the swivel itself — that was a fairly straightforward fabrication job — but where the flexible mud hose connected to it. While the hose did not fully “spin” with the swivel, there was a lot of random and varying motion imparted to it as the…
  • 1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies – Snippet 20

    Drak Bibliophile
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies – Snippet 20 Ulrich had reached the rig, seemed to dart around looking for something. Or someone, Ann corrected. He was clearly trying to find who was in charge, who had overridden today’s suspension of operations. From far behind her private cabin, Ann heard another engine kick into life with a roar. That was an up-time sound, the engine on Dave Willcock’s pick-up truck. Good, so that meant he was on his way. Ann didn’t like that he was up and about, but right now, her strongest sensation was relief. No one back-talked…
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    Mad Libs

  • Norwescon report

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    Norwescon is a terrific con. It’s got great costuming, a lovely art show, a nice dealer room, and tons of variety in activities. I made no parties. They get too loud for me. I got in on Thursday and immediately ran into friends while standing in line to check in to the hotel. I dumped my stuff in my room and then off to get checked in to the con, where I ran into more friends. (This was only my second Norwescon, but so many people I know attend and I made lots of new friends. Plus a lot of recent friends from the Rainforest Writers Retreat were there. The first panel was at five and was…
  • The day is long

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Got up at early dark thirty and took the boy for his test in Portland. He got me up twice last night to let me know that he’d been sick, poor kid.  The traffic was more obnoxious than I hoped for, but not as bad as I feared. We got checked in and boy ate his radioactive food, then started getting x-rays. We sat for hours with intermittent x-rays. In one two hour slot, we went to the gift shop where I bought a dragon and earrings. Then we went for a walk (fairly slow) and came back to wait awhile longer and then get the next x-ray. Eventually we got food and drove home. I managed grab a…
  • Bad movie watching

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Watched Pitch Perfect. Far more bad language than anticipated, but the girlie loved the music and dancing and there were some moments of fun. Watching Battleship now. Same thing. Moments of fun, lots of action, and humor. Good cast. Not a great movie. But fun on a Saturday night if you don’t look too closely at the plot. The chompy whirley wheel things are awesome. I kind of want the Taylor Kitsch character to morph into Gambit. That would be pretty awesome, wouldn’t it? Tried to do some clothes shopping this morning for Norwescon. I didn’t like anything I was able to find,…
  • Digging through the work

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:43 pm
    I’ve got deadlines massing. Like when they talk about earthquakes swarming before a volcanic blast. Just like that. I’m working on Trace of Magic revisions, which are coming along nicely. I turned in an essay and expect revision notes soon. I received the next stage of The Cipher along with some other copy to read, and then I received The Black Ship to start revisions on. Plus I need to get then next Crosspointe under way. So pretty much, I’m trying to work and keep up and get stuff done. Meanwhile, boy is still sick. No end in sight. Meanwhile girlie is having trouble…
  • A Horngate Witches Announcement

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    5 Apr 2014 | 8:51 pm
    I’m super pleased and over the moon to be able to tell you that Samhain Publishing has contracted to publish two more books in the Horngate Witches series! The titles will be Bone Dreams and Stone Thaw. I’ll be writing them in 2015, and I’m not sure when the release will be. But so excited!!!! I hope you are too. In other news, boy is still sick. More tests in the offing. He’s also trying a new drug. We went to the first day of the Saturday market today. It was lovely. Lots of starts for the garden and a lot of greens and radishes and that sort of thing. A little bit…
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    Where Personal and Professional Life Collide...

  • Some days I have an opinion. Some days it doesn't matter.

    Laura Anne Gilman
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    So - after dithering and putting it off until my hair was several (4) inches below my shoulders an more than a little, um, shaggy - I finally walked into the salon this afternoon, fully intending to go drastic and have it all chopped off to above my chin, just for the change.H, who has been doing my hair for six years now, took one look at me and said "no, you look fabulous, I am not cutting all that off."We compromised, which is to say I lost. But it is shorter, and much less shaggy now, and if I still want to go short for winter, she will graciously allow me to do so. :-)Hey, in all those…
  • Happy 450th, Master Shakespeare!

    Laura Anne Gilman
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
  • children, fools, and writers on deadline...

    Laura Anne Gilman
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:02 am
    Reaching for a research note this morning, my elbow hit the edge of my coffee mug.  Coffee spilled EVERYWHERE....except onto my laptop.*waits for heart to resume normal operations*
  • *buffs nails, smirks*

    Laura Anne Gilman
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    For those who've read the earlier Gin & Tonic books, I'm pleased to say that Agent Asuri is back.And she and Ginny are just as much fun to write in-conversation as ever.“I know that you would not interfere with a police investigation. And I know that you have at least enough sense to be aware that you’re a person of interest, by virtue of [plot redacted].” Asuri held up a hand. Her nails were cut short, polished with a dark red that, on her, looked professional as hell. Ginny was envious. “Yes, I am aware of your claim that [plot redacted] and I’m…
  • My Monday, in photos

    Laura Anne Gilman
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Peregrine!(this photo is not mine; I spent too much time going ooo and no time grabbing my camera) My office for the day. When you find wet paint, make art.and thus ends just another day in NYC....
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  • What do writers and mental illness have in common?

    Shannon Hale
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:16 pm
    When a writer needs help, what do fellow writers do? We write! (Let’s be honest, it’s all we know how to do. We literally have zero other skills.) Due to his debilitating mental illnesses, fellow writer Robison Wells (Variant) and his family have crippling debt. In support of Robison Wells, his brother Dan Wells (I Am Not a Serial Killer) and Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn, Steelheart) have put together Altered Perceptions, a stellar anthology with contributions from 30 professional authors. For $10 buy the ebook, for $25 a hardcopy, with every dime going to the Wells’ family debt (Brandon…
  • The Princess in Black (and white, and full color)

    Shannon Hale
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    Ack, another super busy day, but I don't want to end my streak of posting each Monday. So if you haven't seen it, here's the cover for The Princess in Black, first in our early chapter book series publishing with Candlewick in October 2014! 80 pages, full color illustrations on each spread by the fantastic LeUyen Pham. I personally can't wait till this comes out so I can buy extra copies for everyone I know. I'm smitten!
  • I am not accessible

    Shannon Hale
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:56 am
    I just read through some accumulated emails that go to my public account, and quite a few said some variant of "I will no longer read your books if you don't answer my email." Some said it nicely (thank you, sweeties). Some were, frankly my darlings, quite rude. Like, shockingly rude and demanding.A few years ago, I had a choice. I could 1. answer all my emails or 2. write more books. I chose books. I know that disappoints you and I'm sorry. I don't like disappointing people. But it is not appropriate to threaten and bully people into getting what you want. I…
  • Two Dangerous covers

    Shannon Hale
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:32 am
    Very busy week. No time to post! Here's a cheat post so I can keep up my goal of blogging every Monday. The UK cover of Dangerous is almost the same as the US. What do you think? Which do you prefer?
  • Ever After High book 2 vs. too-good-to-be-true-anxiety

    Shannon Hale
    24 Mar 2014 | 9:13 am
    This week, EVER AFTER HIGH: The Unfairest of Them All (the 2nd EAH novel) publishes into the world. I have had such a blast with these books. The second book follows the aftermath of what happened in the first, again following Apple and Raven (though Maddie, as always, plays a big part, and Cerise fans will be happy to read more of her story...) Arizona: see me Tuesday, March 24, 7pm, at Changing Hands Utah: see me Saturday, March 29, 2pm, at The King's English I'm not doing a full book tour for this book because I just finished a tour on Friday for Dangerous. And I couldn't do…
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    the m john harrison blog

  • dredge II

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:16 pm
    This, from 2008– You have to look at the major transitions of your life with a metaphor that makes aesthetic and emotional sense. That metaphor has to be waiting there in your unconscious to become available to you. You might be offered any number of public metaphors, but only the private one is of use. What parts of the transition are you prepared to embrace ?
  • inadvertent prophecies

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:48 am
    Shifnal, Ercall, Gnosall, Wergs. It’s all too Viriconium for me. If I hadn’t stolen those West Midlands place names in the 1970s, I wouldn’t be living surrounded by my own fictions now. “Be careful what you write,” Hilary Bailey once warned me, “in case it comes true.” Did I pay any attention then? No. Will I pay any now, even though I know she was right & that you are making some unpredictable, oblique, weirdly successful guess at your own future every time you write up a dream, or tinker with the implications of someone else’s…
  • matchbox toy

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:52 am
    Christina Scholz found the Light matchbox, @reventrope photoshopped it.
  • the view from miller

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:22 am
    A record of several decades spent successfully deranging a willing audience, The Art of Ian Miller features all the images you remember & some you don’t– And here’s Henry Farrell at Crooked Timber, talking about Ian’s strong vision of Mammy Vooley as a politically-exhausted Maggie Thatcher.
  • covering policies

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:49 am
    British book covers are improving at last. But they could improve further. Bluemoose Books shows the way with this gorgeous example by Andrew Bannerman Bayles, who can be found here. Beastings, by Ben Myers: available now from Bluemoose Books.
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    Something to Talk About

  • Fulbright & Hawkes & Brian Moreland to appear at The Harbor Culture Series 2014, April 24th 7-9 pm

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:26 pm
  • Register to win this beautiful doll from Land of Oz Dolls!

    24 Mar 2014 | 10:56 am
    Sign up to win this random drawing chosen Beautiful DOLL offered by Connie Zink from Land of Oz Dolls! This beautiful Cherie Limoge doll is a Bleuette friend (about 10 inches tall). All that is requested is your name/email. This beautiful doll is valued at $350. If you don't want it you can always donate it to some special child or give it as a gift! Random drawing will be held on Easter Sunday at 8:00 PMSign up here:
  • Make Your Own Household Powdered Cleanser Shaker

    22 Mar 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Make Your Own Household Powdered Cleanser ShakerOne of the hardest things about making your own products from scratch often is the container or mode of delivery not equaling those of manufactured store-bought items. Let’s face it. Most containers, boxes, bottles, etc of store-bought items have nifty details that make cleaning, cooking, or whatever you’re doing, easier and more effective. So, if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, that leaves you with 2 choices: either buy a product with a reusable container that you can use when the initial product is gone  (I have purchased…
  • Homemade Biodegradable Fiber Seed-Starting/Transplanting Pots

    11 Mar 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Homemade Biodegradable Fiber Seed-Starting/Transplanting PotsIn a previous blog entry, I wrote about how to make your own seed starter box from a biodegradable egg carton. This entry takes that concept a little further. If you’re like me and start your seeds early indoors, sometimes the seedling begins to outgrow the little egg cup and needs transplanted to yet a larger pot before it can be moved to the garden.Many seed and garden companies sell biodegradable fiber pots, but why buy something you can make for mere pennies? Sure, the homemade versions might not LOOK as pretty and uniform…
  • Got Sauce? Homemade Barbeque Sauce

    26 Feb 2014 | 11:35 am
    Got Sauce? Homemade Barbeque SauceI shop to stock my pantry instead of shopping to fill a specific menu on a nightly or weekly basis. Staples are bought as they go on sale or in bulk so I always have on hand what is needed. Sometimes I cheat and buy pre-made sauces, such as barbeque sauce. Occasionally I find I don’t have a store-bought item stocked, so it is necessary to make my own for whatever I have planned for the night’s dinner.This barbeque sauce contains typical ingredients found in most kitchens. Cooking time is about an hour. The longer you cook it, the more it will…
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    People are strange, when you're a stranger . . .

  • Raining

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    April showers bring Mayflowers.  And the Wampanoags complain that the neighborhood is going to hell.Actually, yesterday's "shower" was a driving rain, unfit for man nor beast, in which we traversed the whole Mass Pike beset by tractor-trailers and assorted fools in Audi and Lexus containment.  Both traffic and rain thinned out north of Portland, to my considerable relief.Air temperature 40 F, wind NNW at 20 mph gusting to 30.
  • Maine, Open For Business

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Watch For Moose In Roadway.Also, still snow in roadside ditches on I-95.
  • Patriots Day (observed)

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:44 am
    Commemorating the battles of Lexington and Concord that started the American Revolution, this holiday is peculiar to Massachusetts and Maine. Due to Monday holiday shenanigans, the time is a little out of joint . . .
  • 20 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm

    20 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Four deer on our morning walk.  They stood and stared at us as if they thought we had apples in our pockets.  I think someone has been feeding them, and not just the landscape plantings . . .
  • Not here. Not there, either.

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    One wabbit sighted yesterday evening.  Or maybe two, if the one around the corner wasn't the same.  Also, hairy woodpecker has a good resonance on one of the utility poles.
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    Jim C. Hines

  • Pikes Peak Writers Conference Schedule

    Jim C. Hines
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    This weekend, I’m off to the Pikes Peak Writers Conference in Colorado, where I’ll be joining Chuck Wendig, Gail Carriger, and Hank Phillippi Ryan as Keynote Speakers for the event. I’ll also be presenting a workshop on getting through your first draft, doing some panels, and chasing Chuck around with a cupcake gun I borrowed from Delilah Dawson. Supersonic chocolate cupcakes OF DEATH! Anyway, here’s the schedule, for anyone who might want to stop by. And if you don’t want to stop by, that’s fine. I DIDN’T WANT YOU AT MY PANEL ANYWAY! ::Sniff:: Friday…
  • Hugo Wars, Part CCXVIII

    Jim C. Hines
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    I debated whether to join the conversation about the recently announced Hugo Awards Ballot. I eventually said the following on Twitter, and figured that would be the end of it for me: I know awards have always had an element of popularity contest to them, and that any system can be played. (1/5) Likewise, there have always been people who want to cheapen them for jealousy, bitterness, politics, attention, or whatever. (2/5) Call me naïve, but I want the Hugos to be about the best authors, artists, & editors in our field. That’s what I’ll be reading for. (3/5) Yeah, there’s been…
  • RAINN on Rape Culture

    Jim C. Hines
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Will Shetterly wrote a blog post asking if I had addressed “RAINN’s refutation of ‘rape culture’” yet. I’m writing this less to respond to Shetterly and more because I think there’s some good conversation to be had around RAINN’s recommendations. But I should warn folks that by invoking his name and linking to his blog post, I’m basically guaranteeing that Mr. Shetterly will show up in the comments. To Will and anyone else, please remember that trolling, refusing to respect boundaries, and general dickishness will get you booted. The Rape…
  • Shades of Milk and Honey, by Mary Robinette Kowal

    Jim C. Hines
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:56 pm
    I will be totally, absolutely honest with you here. I wasn’t really expecting to like Mary Robinette Kowal‘s Shades of Milk and Honey [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy]. It’s nothing to do with Kowal or her writing. I’ve adored other things I’ve read by her. I’ve nominated and voted for some of her work for various awards. She’s a good writer. But this one just didn’t look or sound like my kind of book. The description, “Like Jane Austen wrote a fantasy novel” didn’t hit any of my buttons, and I’m afraid the cover art…
  • Invisible is Live!

    Jim C. Hines
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    As of today, Invisible is officially a thing! In addition to the guest blog posts featured on the blog, the e-book anthology includes bonus material from Alex Dally MacFarlane, Gabriel Cuellar, Nonny Blackthorne, and Ithiliana. It’s on sale for $2.99 at the following sites, and I’m hoping to add to this list as other retailer links go live. All proceeds will go to the Carl Brandon Society for Con or Bust. Amazon Barnes and Noble Kobo Smashwords Google Play I learned a lot from this project. I think these essays do a marvelous job of answering the question, “Why does…
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    Nicholas Kaufmann's Journal

  • The Scariest Part: Nick Mamatas Talks About THE LAST WEEKEND

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:47 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. (Remember, if you’d like to be featured on The Scariest Part, check out the guidelines here.) I’ve known this week’s featured author for more years than I care to say. I was a big proponent of his first novel, the Lovecraft-meets-Kerouac road trip Move Under Ground. His latest novel, The Last Weekend, has just been…
  • The Return of Gabriel Hunt

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:28 am
    Guess who’s back? Back again? My author’s copies of the new re-release of Hunt at World’s End, courtesy of Titan Books, arrived this weekend! (Click on the picture to embiggen.) Long-time readers know how proud I was to be part of this project, a six-volume series about two-fisted adventurer Gabriel Hunt under the stewardship of Hard Case Crime’s Charles Ardai. Each standalone novel was written by a different author, and the lineup was pretty damn impressive: James Reasoner, Ardai, Christa Faust, David J. Schow, Raymond Benson, and myself. Back in 2009, this was…
  • “Hardboiled Horror” Now Online

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    My article for the exemplary Nightmare Magazine, “The H Word: Hardboiled Horror,” is now available to read for free on their website. Here’s a snippet: Some of the best authors of horror and dark fantasy have been utilizing noir for decades now. William Hjortsberg’s famous novel Falling Angel dates back to 1978 (and was adapted into the movie Angel Heart in 1987). It features a hardboiled private investigator, Harry Angel, who takes on a missing person case that turns into a phantasmagoria of ritual murders, voodoo, and Satanism. Peter Straub’s novels Koko and The…
  • The Scariest Part: James Maddox & Jen Hickman Talk About THE DEAD

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Scariest Part, a new, 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. I’m thrilled to have James Maddox and Jen Hickman as my first guests. Together, they’re the creators behind the ongoing digital comic The Dead. Currently, they’re also running a Kickstarter campaign to fund a graphic novel print version of the comic. Here’s a description of the series: When Sam opens his eyes after…
  • Announcing “The Scariest Part”

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    In the tradition of John Scalzi’s “The Big Idea,” Mary Robinette Kowal’s “My Favorite Bit,” and Chuck Wendig’s “Five Things I Learned,” and with their blessings and advice, I am very excited to announce that I will be starting a recurring, guest-written feature right here on my own blog: “The Scariest Part”! The first guest blog post should be appearing this week. The guidelines are below and can also be found on this permanent page of my website: The Scariest Part. As of today, I am open to queries. Please read the guidelines…
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    Dear Sweet Filthy World

  • One week later.

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    I find myself sort of halfway in the mood to make an entry. Besides, I have photographs. Spring is slowly, slowly rearing its head here in Providence, and yesterday we went out searching for it. The weather wasn't as warm as we'd been promised, because clouds began moving in, and there was a breeze. The slightest breeze is ice here. We visited bookshops at Wayland Square, had breakfast at the Classic Cafe on Westminster, and ended up at Swan Point Cemetery, where we did, in fact, see a flock of swans in the choppy waters of the dirty Seekonk River. The temperature was probably somewhere in…
  • LJ Entry #4,071: Sort of The End

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    I've been awake since about 8:45 a.m., and I've been sitting here since about 9 a.m., and a lot of that time has been spent trying to think how to wrap this up. And knowing full well that nothing's ever wrapped up. Summations are never anything but cursory. So, I've been sitting here, and I've been procrastinating. I've even been trying to weasel out of my decision. For example, I said to Kathryn, "Well, it could go on until 10 a.m. on October 10th, the tenth hours of the tenth month of the tenth year. There's an elegance in that." Right.Here is Providence, it's turning cold again – same as…
  • American Museum of Natural History, 1937

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:36 pm
    The original Tyrannosaurus mount (which actually went up in 1915):
  • "Follow my fast fading heart."

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:22 pm
    And here I am, on the twentieth anniversary of my move to Athens, Georgia from Birmingham, Alabama. It was a move that changed everything for me. Probably, it was a move that saved my life, literally/ And I feel like, somehow, I ought to have been able to mark it today, but I wasn't. I left only three years after I arrived, on August 9th, 1997. That was, I know in retrospect, a mistake. I should have stayed. But I had reasons that seemed valid at the time. They seem little more now but sad and naïve.Today, twenty years ago, I left the apartment at #5 1619 16th Avenue South in Birmingham —…
  • "All astride on her father's line, with the King and his concubine."

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    Sirenia Digest #98 went out to subscribers this morning.Cooler and overcast so far today, but yesterday was nice. Spooky and I had a walk around the neighborhood, something I only very rarely do. Indeed, I've lived here, in this House built in 1875, almost six years now, and I am ashamed to say that my understanding of the neighborhood's geography is murky. I couldn't draw you a map. Anyway, there were flowers and the beginnings of leaves, a reassuring willow and genuinely warm sunlight. Here in mid April, Providence is managing a decent bit of March weather. There are photos behind the cut,…
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    Mindy Klasky - Virtual Cocktails

  • Meanwhile, In the Back Room…

    Mindy Klasky
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    (The back room of La Madeleine, that is!) I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be reading at Lady Jane’s Salon again!  Here are the details: May 10, 2014:  Lady Jane’s Salon, La Madeleine, 7607 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Mindy will read from and sign Perfect Pitch at a group reading that includes Catherine Asaro, Nicky Penttila, and Lynne Silver.  (Attendees are asked to make a $5.00 donation to a literacy charity, or to bring a gently used romance novel for donation to the charity.) I’ll be reading from REACHING FIRST…
  • Compare and Contrast

    Mindy Klasky
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    It’s no secret that life has been crazy around here — what with three books coming out in four weeks, with six more on the way…  But regular life doesn’t stop in Klaskyville — not for any number of books coming out in any number of weeks.  This past weekend was the perfect example of the “compare and contrast” that makes up my life these days. Friday:  After a long, hard day of editing SECOND THOUGHTS, I headed down to Nationals Park.  I didn’t plan particularly well — I let myself be fooled by the sunshine streaming in my window.  By…
  • Pics of Hot Men (and More!)

    Mindy Klasky
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    I’m not a big believer in “Man Candy Monday” and “Friday Man Wars” and the like – I understand what they’re doing on a sociological basis, as women take back their sexuality and proclaim that they can be sexual creatures before anyone can shame them for such and all that academic stuff, but it’s just not me, to post lots of pics of naked and near-naked guys. That said, I *had* to looks at lots of pics of naked and near-naked guys to evaluate the covers for the Diamond Brides Series.  In fact, designing cover art was a major challenge for the…
  • The Magic of Promotion

    Mindy Klasky
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    I’m back at Magical Words today, talking about the trials and tribulations (or should I say the *joy*!) of promoting a nine-book series.  Like, you know, my Diamond Brides Series   Here’s the post – I’d love to see you stop by, read, comment, etc! Past posts about the Diamond Brides Series include: Deborah Blake:  Pinterest Pleasures Book View Cafe:  How I Learned to Stop Worry and Love Baseball Patricia Burroughs:  How a Baseball Virgin Becomes a True Fan Doranna…
  • See You at AwesomeCon!

    Mindy Klasky
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    So, with all the flurry of activity around here, I kinda, sorta forgot to tell you that I’m going to be on three panels at AwesomeCon!  This large, new media convention is in DC at the downtown Convention Center over this coming weekend — it’s only the second year of the con’s existence, but it’s growing by leaps and bounds!  You can find me here: Friday, April 18, 4:00 – 5:00 – Worldbuilding and Magic, Room 201.  I’ll join Jon Skovron, Lea Nolan, Stuart Jaffe, Jessica Spotswood, Gail Martin, Matthew Bowman, and Eric Menge to discuss what…
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    Mary Robinette Kowal

  • A sliding scale writing workshop

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    So, I remember what it was like when $250 for a workshop wasn’t possible. I just didn’t have the money. Part of the reason I offer workshops online is that there are a lot of people for whom taking  time off work, or away from the family isn’t possible. But that doesn’t stop the desire to improve as a writer, does it? I’m offering a one-day intensive on writing rounded characters. This is a sliding scale workshop and is specifically for people who can’t afford to attend a regular workshop. You don’t have to submit a writing sample, or jump through…
  • I’m teaching a short story intensive from August 29-31.

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:40 am
    REGISTRATION OPENS on Sunday, April 27th at noon Central. Think you never have time to write? Think again. I wrote my first Hugo-nominated short story “Evil Robot Monkey” in ninety minutes. If you have ninety minutes, you can have a story — all it takes is understanding how to make every word work double-time. In this workshop, learn the same techniques I use to create new fiction. Through exercises focusing on viewpoint, dialogue, and plot, you’ll learn how to let nothing go to waste. By the end of this three day workshop, participants will be given a writing…
  • Thoughts on Hugos and voting for the love

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:53 pm
    I had this moment when I realized that the Kvothe erotica fanfiction that I wrote for the WorldBuilders fundraiser was totally eligible for the Hugos. Totally. Further, I realized that if I pointed that out to Patrick Rothfuss’s fans, there was actually a darn good chance it could make the ballot just because of the way the rules are structured. I laughed and laughed and laughed. Then I told Pat and he laughed with me. And we decided that we needed to make sure that neither of us mentioned the story in connection with the Hugos. Ever. Because if people voted for it, it would have been…
  • The Japanese cover for Shades of Milk and Honey

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    I had a wonderful series of emails with my Japanese translator, Fumiyo Harashima, who wanted to make certain that she got all the period details right in the text. I love this sort of thing. We actually wound up doing a small alteration in the text to make it play better for a Japanese audience. Seriously, only one line, because we couldn’t rely on an understanding of all things British. We changed, “Captain Livingston is to be stationed in our town” to “Captain Livingston has come to stay with her.” The former introduced questions of if the Captain had retired…
  • “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” has been nominated for a Hugo!

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    As I write this, I know that I’m going to have to sit on this news for another week. Here’s the thing about the Hugos, for me. I’m a huge stinking fan. The works nominated have shaped my reading tastes and habits since I was a teen. To make the ballot is… it’s a huge honor. Also, totally a chance to wear a pretty, pretty dress.  I will never turn down a chance to acquire a new evening gown. Just so you know. At the moment, I don’t know who the other nominees are. I’m dying to, because my habits have not changed that much since I was a teen. I…
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    Justine Larbalestier

  • Bestselling Women’s Fiction Bookclub: Best of Everything

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:06 pm
    That’s right me and Kate Elliott are continuing our Bestselling Women’s Fiction Bookclub. This month Kate will be hosting. We’ll be reading The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe (1959). If you are a publishing geek you’ll love this book because it’s set in the world of New York publishing at the start of the paperback boom. Isn’t it fascinating how many women’s fiction bestsellers are about women at work? When: Monday 28 April at 10pm on the east coast of the USA, Tuesday 29 April at noon on the east coast of Australia. The primary focus of the…
  • Spoiling Spoily Spoilers

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:21 pm
    I used to hate spoilers. I didn’t care what it was—a book, an ad, a shopping list—I didn’t want to know what happened until it happened. I wouldn’t read the back of books or movie posters or reviews. I wanted to know as little as possible before going in. I thrived on surprise. Now this would sometimes backfire. If I’d known a bit about Taken (2008) I would never have watched it on the plane. I just saw that Liam Neeson was in it. I used to like Liam Neeson. He was dead good in Rob Roy.1 But Taken? Worst. Most Appallingly Immoral. Movie. Of. All. Time. If I…
  • Don’t Do What I Did: On Writing Historicals

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:27 pm
    I started my professional life as an academic. I spent my days researching, making notes, writing scholarly tomes, delivering papers, supervising the occasional student.1 Starting when I was in the final year of my undergraduate degree I made a note of every single article and book I read, which included year of publication, where and who published it, in addition to jotting down any relevant quotes, and what I thought of it. In addition, everything I read was festooned with a forest of post-it notes. I had such good habits. I was a model of good researcherliness.2 But then I left academia. I…
  • In which I speak of Razorhurst in front of a Camera

    2 Apr 2014 | 3:57 pm
    As I may have mentioned once or twice I have a new book, Razorhurst, set on the seedy streets of Sydney in 1932 and packed with deliciously dangerous dames and brutal, bloodthirsty blokes.1 It’ll be published in Australia and New Zealand by Allen and Unwin in July and in the USA by Soho Teen in March 2015.2 The good people at Allen & Unwin made this vid in which I answer some questions about the book: Very happy to answer any other questions you might have about it. Yes, it will be available as an ebook. No, I don’t use product to get my hair to do that. The alliteration is…
  • Dear Person Yelling at Me

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Dear Person Yelling Questions at Me from their Car while I am on My Bike Waiting for the Lights to Change, My face is redder than red because I’ve just left a very intense hour of boxing training where my beloved trainer took me at my word that I wished to work very hard.1 The jacket I’m wearing is not, in fact, making me hot. It is a fine example of modern engineering with multiple vents letting in all the cool air while still keeping Australia’s vicious sun off my delicate, pasty skin. Also, and this may shock you, Yelly Driver Person, when one cycles at speed it can get…
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    SF and Nonsense

  • Cyber grief

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    !@%$##! Heartbleed bug! If -- somehow -- that term doesn't ring a bell, see "How to Protect Yourself From the Heartbleed Bug." Right now. Really, I'm not kidding. But do come back.  (For a more technical look at the problem, see The Heartbleed Bug.) Sigh ...The Heartbleed-centric hit to productivity -- certainly to mine -- is staggering. On how many websites does each of us have an account that suddenly needs a new password? While you tally those up, don't forget every long dormant etail account in which you ever paid with a credit card, or with which you may have used a password you're…
  • Going postal. Or: The stats, stat.

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    About three years ago I first compiled a list/overview of what were then the most visited posts here at SF and Nonsense. To my surprise, Postscript (or is that post post?) was itself instantly popular. It remains third on the all-time list.And so, an annual tradition was born.  Serious posts :-)From a stats snapshot I captured a few days ago (thanks, Blogger!), here's the complete all-time top-ten list.Of moons, clouds, and the state of the art(s), a general science-and-tech news post from August 2013, shot straight to the top of the list. I found these items interesting -- but no more…
  • Wild and crazy (not always in a good way) stuff

    8 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    It will surprise no one who often stops by this blog that I follow science news -- but that doesn't mean I get excited about every supposed finding. Perhaps that's because some reported results are made up. See, from Scientific American, "Publishers Withdraw More than 120 Gibberish Science and Engineering Papers." Because said papers were shown to be computer-generated nonsense!Bigger than worldsIt should likewise be no surprise that I follow reports about hacking -- but this headline (from the IEEE) blew me away: "Hacking the Van Allen Belts: Could we save satellites and astronauts by wiping…
  • A mission of (anti-)gravity

    1 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    More than sixty years after its first publication, Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement (the pen name of Henry Clement Stubbs) remains one of SF's premier examples of world-building. Clement, a chemist, gave much thought to the physics, chemistry, climates, and biology of the fictional world Mesklin.And a wondrous place Mesklin is, too. For valid -- if unusual -- reasons, its surface gravity varies from about three times Earth normal at the equator to hundreds of times Earth normal at the poles.A classicMission of Gravity is also a great adventure yarn.Last year's movie Gravity was very popular,…
  • Physics with a Bang

    25 Mar 2014 | 6:48 am
    Modern physics is on a roll. Less than two years ago: the discovery of the Higgs boson. Providing evidence long sought for the mechanism through which (some) particles exhibit the property known as mass, this discovery led to a Nobel prize the very next year. That must be in record time. National Ignition FacilityLast month: the quest for a sustainable fusion reaction reached an important -- if interim -- milestone: a fuel gain greater than one. Deep within the National Ignition Facility, tiny fusible pellets, blasted by 172 synchronized laser pulses, yielded more energy than had been input.
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    The Days Are Just Packed

  • "Brave New Sci-Fi" (4 short SF plays) TONIGHT (Thursday 4/24)

    24 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Tonight marks the WORLD PREMIERE of the theatrical adaptation of my Hugo-winning short story "Tk'Tk'Tk" and three other short SF plays!Brave New Sci FiThursday, April 24th, 7:30pmJACK LONDON BAR Basement of The Rialto Pool Room 529 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97204 $10.00 cash at the door ($7.00 for students and seniors) Or just $5.00 when ordered online! Online orders end at 4:30 today! Starring:Allison AndersonDavid Bellis-SquiresRacheal Joy EricksonKristen FlemingMicheal Streeter Featuring:WHY I LEFT HARRY'S ALL NIGHT HAMBURGERS by…
  • SFWA Pacific Northwest Reading Series: Seattle area 4/29, Portland 4/30

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
    This is just a reminder that the SFWA Pacific Northwest Reading Series will be holding its next events in two weeks.On Tuesday, April 29 in the Seattle area, we'll have local favorites Nancy Kress, Jack Skillingstad, and Leah Cutter plus special bonus reader Daryl Gregory. The University Bookstore will be on hand again selling books and all the authors will be available to sign.When: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PMWhere: Wilde Rover Irish Pub & Restaurant, 111 Central Way, Kirkland, WA 98033On Wednesday, April 30 in Portland, we'll have bestselling writer Mike Moscoe, along with…
  • My Norwescon schedule

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Norwescon, Seattle's biggest SF con, is next weekend! I'll be there, and here's my program schedule: Reading: David D. LevineThu, Apr 17, 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM, Cascade 1 Arabella and the Marsman, a YA Regency Interplanetary Airship Adventure. Arabella is a Patrick O'Brian girl in a Jane Austen world -- born and raised on Mars, she was hauled back home by her mother, where she's stifled by England's gravity, climate, and attitudes toward women. When she learns that her evil cousin plans to kill her brother and inherit the family fortune, she joins the crew of an interplanetary clipper ship in…
  • Theatrical adaptation of "Tk'Tk'Tk" in Portland 4/24

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    I'm very pleased to announce that my Hugo-winning short story "Tk'Tk'Tk" has been adapted into a short play, which will be presented as part of an evening of "Brave New Sci-Fi" at the Jack London Bar in Portland, Oregon on April 24! See for more details. The adaptation was written by playwright Matt Haynes, and the evening will also include "Why I Left Harry's All Night Hamburgers" by Lawrence Watt-Evans, "My Heart Is A Quadratic Equation" by Shane Halbach, "Deb & Joan" by Isaac Rathbone, and possibly more! The same company has previously adapted works by…
  • Reading in New York City at KGB 3/19/13

    14 Mar 2014 | 1:27 pm
    I will be reading at the fabulous Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series in New York City next Wednesday, March 19! Come "up a steep and very narrow stairway" to see me and Ellen Kushner read from our work, mix and mingle with fans of fantastic fiction, and enjoy tasty beverages. The reading is at KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street, and it's free! Come early to make sure you get a seat; doors open at 6:30 and the reading starts at 7pm. Hope to see you there!
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    Paul Levinson's Infinite Regress

  • The Americans 2.9: Gimme that Old Time Religion

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:06 pm
    An unusual and memorable Americans 2.9 tonight in which, though there was plenty of physical violence, the story hinged on psychological violence, and the mental health and self-control of the usually well-grounded Phil.The trigger is the quick series of deaths Phil metes out at the beginning of the episode on a mission.  As he later tells Elizabeth, such killings on behalf of their work are easier for her than for him.  She takes some exception to this, but we've seen this to be manifestly true.The accelerant, which nearly pushes Phil over the edge, is daughter Paige's immersion in…
  • The Good Wife 5.18: Tying Up Loose Ends

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:17 pm
    A powerful Good Wife 5.18 Sunday night, which tied up lots of loose ends, and moved the narrative along to new, more stable ground, which will be a good foundation for future developments.The realization that the NSA had been tapping her phone conversations snapped Alicia out of her depression about Will's death.  This had all kinds of beneficial consequences.   She gave an aggressive defense of Finn, which shut down, at least for now, the dastardly attempt of the new state prosecutor to make Finn the scapegoat for Will's death.  (But it's great to see Michael Cerveris aka the…
  • The Blacklist 1.19: Leveling the Scales?

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    The Blacklist 1.19 was back with an excellent episode on Monday night - and a significant, maybe game-changing development in Lizzi's relationship with Red.It all hinges on what Tom says to Lizzie at the end of her interrogation:  "I'm one of the good guys. Reddington is not who he seems to be, and I can prove it."Let's unpack this.  Have we seen Tom do things that are not good?  Let's take lying to Lizzie off the table, since Tom is apparently saying that his years-along intimate deception was for her own good. But we've also seen Tom do things to other people that are not…
  • Bones 9.22: Promotion

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Well, Bones didn't keep us hanging on too long about the fingernail aka ghost serial killer this season. The case was broken open and solved in tonight's solid episode 9.22.Along the way, we get some more good shots not only at the mega-rich, but against the government that all too easily marches to their tune.   Bones does take place in Washington, DC, and episodes that involve politicians are always welcome.Our central characters all performed to good effect, too.   Sweets and Caroline are always at their best when they stand up to authority, and it was especially good to see…
  • The Following 2.14: Twists and Deaths

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Well, you have to hand it to The Following: they packed this season with so many characters, good and bad, that there's always room for a shocking death of a major player, and a bad guy somewhere getting an upper hand.Last week, we saw Lilly killed.   But her twin sons are still alive and deadly kicking, and in tonight's episode 2.14, they get the drop on Claire, who has against all odds managed to survive a confrontation with Emma.Indeed, Claire has killed Emma, and with her death, The Following loses one of its big-time sicko villains.  As Emma reminds Claire and us before she…
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    Holly Lisle: Official Author Homepage

  • Okay, The HTWAS Expansion has gone live…

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    Tweet The first four weeks of the Expansions run IN PARALLEL to the HTWAS main class. This means that new students, as well as folks who already did the HTWAS bonus cours through How To Revise Your Novel but who just got the full version will start with the expansion on DAY ONE. It also means that NEW STUDENTS have a double course load today. If you’re a new student, you need to do the Week One Lesson BEFORE you do the Expansion, or you are going to be lost. You’ll have a breather with the subsequent lessons, simply because we’re writing as we’re going this time, and…
  • How To Write A Series Expansion goes live 04-24-14

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Tweet On Thursday, April 24, 2014, the HOW TO WRITE A SERIES EXPANSION class will START going live. And that statement requires explanation. While this course will BECOME a work-at-your-own-pace course like the current versions of How To Think Sideways and How To Revise Your Novel, while I am creating it, I’ll also be writing the stories that I’m using as demos. And I’ll be building the course as you take it. This has advantages for both you and me—you can tell me what you want to know, and I can figure out quickly what I’d assumed everyone would know that they…
  • “Write A Series” Students: What you’ll need BEFORE we start the Expansion

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Tweet I’m still putting together How To Write A Series Module 1: Creating Series Setup through Completion of Story One, but I solved the “how to present it” issue, and my goal getting this module up and making it available is next week. So let’s talk about prepping for the class. In the first four lessons of How To Write A Series, you get the detailed instructions on how to determine the sort of series you want to write, and how to put it together, how to make the beginnings compelling, the middles tight, and the endings moving and memorable.   THE EXPANSION IS…
  • Enter The Death Circus: Tales from THE LONGVIEW, Episode 1

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    Tweet In Tales From The Longview, travel to the far reaches of Settled Space, where slavery is franchised, where people are required to volunteer for their own death sentences, and where powerful governments license out the right to kill to the highest bidders. Enter a crew of determined survivors from the worlds that tried to destroy them, guided by a mysterious recluse bent on turning the system against itself and freeing the worlds his spaceship encounters. Set in the Settled Space universe, this series fits between the end of WARPAINT and the beginning of THE WISHBONE CONSPIRACY. THE…
  • Edison and Me: How NOT to Do Something Difficult

    2 Apr 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Tweet I have the information for the first module of How To Write A Series more or less finished.  The story is done and beautifully edited. NOT by me. I’m fighting myself over the damn cover art. So far so good. And today I spent six hours trying to figure out how to bring all of this information—and there is a lot of it, including some new techniques I came up with to make this whole Writing A Series Without Having It Fall Apart On You Three Books Down The Line process simpler… When I hit the weird and wacky wall of SOFTWARE. Of All things. Started with Inspiration. Nope,…
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    Nathalie Mallet's Blog

  • Writing a Novel in 12 Stages

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:42 am
    I am presently at stage five, writing the query and synopsis. I don’t need the query part, because I already have an agent. But I still need a synopsis. So this is what I’m working on this week. The blurb is done though. You never know when you’re going to need a 30 second elevator pitch. Best be prepared. =)
  • Happy Easter

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
  • Back from Vegas

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    Actually, I arrived a couple days ago. But I had such a bad cold and was so sick that I had to delay this post, which proves that a not everything this that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. I caught this nasty bug over there, probably on the chips when we played roulette. Still, I had an amazing time. It was a four-day-long birthday bash. Not mine, but one of my friends. I won’t tell you what we did. But if you look at the photo, you’ll figure it out. ;-)
  • Vegas, Baby, Vegas

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:07 am
                                    I'll be back in a week. :-)
  • Evolution of Music - Pentatonix

    26 Mar 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Enjoy! :)
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    Nick Mamatas

  • Three Events This Weekend

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    "Flytrap" Magazine Re-Debut Event with editors Tim Pratt & Heather Shaw and contributors MeganArkenberg, Aislinn Quicksilver Harvey, Jessica May Lin, Nick Mamatas, Dominica Phetteplace, and Sarah Smith, Saturday, April 26th at 3:00 pm, at Borderlands Books.Here's an online event, which is done via Google+ hangout:THE “LOVECRAFT EZINE” LIVE WEB SERIESDo you wish you had other Lovecraft fans to talk with, face to face? Now you do! The Lovecraft eZine hosts a LIVE video show several times a week. You can join us, or you can simply watch LIVE.SUNDAY April 27th, 6:00pm Eastern time (5pm…
  • Some junk

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    Thanks for all the condolences. I won't be going down for the funeral, which has to happen right away for both logistical and liturgical reasons, but will be attending the mnemósynon in about forty days.I've been enjoying the new LJs I'm reading now. Ever since I started my day job, nearly six years ago now, I've had little time/ability to write about daily life. My friend Caren used to blog, years ago, "Put on clothes, went to work" every week day, and now I see why. I suppose I could write about Oliver's green poop! It's green!nick_kaufmann is trying to get people to visit his website by…
  • Sunday catch-up

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:31 pm
    I think I friended everyone now.Here's a good pic and story of my grandfather, from my cousin's partner's Facebook:Sorry I missed most of you at Norwescon. Between obligations, I mostly just retreated to my room.In good Norwescon news, Toh EnJoe won the Philip K. Dick Special Citation for Self-Reference ENGINE. See?If you have any interest at all in SF that is simultaneously hard and Phildickean, get this book.
  • My grandfather has died.

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    The last picture with my grandfather, in the days after my wedding. He is on the far right of this photo.My poor papou has died. He was maternal step-grandfather, but was a blood relation paternally; he was my father's uncle. Nick Vroutos was a great man. When he married my grandmother, he became father to her four young children, including my mother, which was an unusual thing to do back then, especially in the Greek immigrant community. When I young, he was the maître d’hôtel at the legendary Elk Hotel Restaurant in Port Jefferson, working shifts day and night in a light blue suit…
  • In Seattle

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    ...will friend more people when back home.
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    Not A Blog

  • Gathering No Moss

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Life just keeps getting weirder and weirder.(I wish I COULD buy five copies for my mother, but alas, she passed away in 1998).This is pretty cool.  Even without the cover.
  • For The Record

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:33 pm
    I seem to have to repeat this every year or so.  Okay, sure.  There are always folks who come in late, who never got the memo.Anyway...I AM NOT ON FACEBOOK.I AM NOT ON TWITTER.I have a website, and I have this Not A Blog, right here on Live Journal, and every so often (rarely)  I post on other people's blogs and websites, or on certain bulletin boards and news / discussion sites.  But that's it for my internet presence.There are accounts on Facebook and Twitter that carry my name, I know.  Some just repost the things I post here.  Others are more actively…
  • Big Significant Harry

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Viserys Targaryen is helping to kick off the Santa Fe Film Festival this year.The festival proper runs from May 1 - 4, and the Jean Cocteau Cinema will be one of the main venues, along with the CCA's two screens on the other side of town.  But to open the festivities in grand style, we're having a special One Night Only screening of a terrific new road movie on the evening of April 30.BIG SIGNIFICANT THINGS is the tale of a young man who sets off on a quest across America, in search of adventure, meaning, and... ah... Big Stuff.The film stars HARRY LLOYD, better known to GAME OF…
  • Hugo Nominations!

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The Hugo nominations for 2014 have just been announced as Eastercon in the UK, and other conventions around the world.  You can find the full list here: OF THRONES has been nominated in Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form this year, for "The Rains of Castamere," the infamous Red Wedding episode, scripted by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and directed by David Nutter.  Congratulations, all.  The nomination is just the latest confirmation that David, Dan, T'Other David, Richard Madden, Oona Chaplin, Michelle Fairley, and the…
  • Author, Author!

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
     We have a couple of really exciting author events scheduled for next week at the Jean Cocteau. On Monday, April 21, we will be welcoming the  Pulitzer-Prize-winning novelist JUNOT DIAZ, author of THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER and THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO, and other titles.The evening will start at 7:00 pm with a 90-minute interview of Junot, conducted by Doctors Shante Paradigm Smalls and Santiago Vaquera-Vasquez of the University of New Mexico.  Dr. Smalls is a scholar and artist who works at the intersection of popular culture and critical theory.  She is a…
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    Welcome to the Maze

  • Pride, Disastrous Pride, (or a brief review of a very long novel, INDEPENDENT PEOPLE by Haldor Laxness)

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    Late last night, far too late, I reached the end of a book and placed it on my nightstand and considered going to sleep, but I could not. I walked to the kitchen instead, nearly midnight, when I am usually in bed by 8:30, exhausted. But not that night. Weeks of slow, ponderous reading - drifting in and out of one book after another, but always returning to the Laxness - had finally culminated in a conclusion as inevitable as the winter in Iceland. A proud man, far too proud, loses everything to the whims of forces far beyond his control. Instead of mourning, he gathers up the only thing that…

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Nine writers enter, only one remains!It's like Thunderdome, but with flash fiction! go here, and go read and go vote.Hugo packet hasn't arrived, yet. It's going to be a doozy when it does with the entire WHEEL OF TIME series included... So, take a break and read flash fiction in a fun contest celebrating all things MADNESS and MAY.Two writers square off, and enter the arena. Their topics are presented versus style. You, the reader, choose the winner. Zombie versus Vampire. Earth versus Mars. Parent versus Child.The winners in…
  • Mail going out Tuesday

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    For those lucky few who participated in Friday's special, one day only offer, I will be mailing out books on Tuesday! Alas, I am chained to a desk all day, today, but tomorrow I can mail things out from the bookstore directly.Thanks, everyone, and I hope you enjoy MAZE!
  • One Day Only

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:48 am
    Today, Friday the 11th of April, until midnight, here us what I will do. I have a box of books in another room that is not getting any lighter. If you purchase a print edition of MAZE from Apex Publications, directly, at this link: then send me your e-mails receipt and address and I will send you a copy of any of my other titles, in print, until they are gone. I have some ebooks I can part with, as well, if the print books run out.One day only. Buy yourself something nice, get yourself something nice, as a bonus!1...2...3...GO
  • Reason to Garden: Food Security

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    People who have been to my house know that 1) I have a lot of fruit trees, and 2) We really try to garden as much as possible.With the drought in California reaching Biblical proportions, I want to consider a moment why every single person with land or a sunny window should be doing this, too, right now, and expanding every season.In America, we will have plenty to eat. We are a rich nation, and even as other parts of the world fall into decline, our industries and agriculture will find a way to trundle on for another few decades without concern. However, there are serious concerns. GMO fears…
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    Robin McKinley

  • Spring, springing

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:02 pm
      I never finished my earlier spring-in-the-garden post and everything has moved on, the way everything does this time of year.   Including the frelling indoor jungle which I am still hauling in overnight occasionally THANK YOU WEATHER GREMLINS.  THANK YOU SO MUCH.  And I went to the ironmonger’s* yesterday for silver polish and came home with a tray of snapdragons.   Which will have to be brought indoors if it turns cold again.  And the sweet peas are getting to the twining-up-your-arms PLANT ME PLANT ME stage.   Arrrrgh.  Also I’m waiting for the early bulb…
  • Yarn Adventure and maybe some ranting

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
      Fiona and I had a Yarn Adventure today.  And about time too:  we haven’t seen each other since November.  Life:  what a ratbag. Admittedly there is usually a high gremlin count when Fiona and I get together but today they weren’t half trying.  We were going to set off at two, which in our case usually means before 2:30, well, maybe, if we’re lucky.  Fiona usually texts me as she leaves the house*. No text.  Well, whatever, and we got on with hurtling and then with feeding me**. Still no text.  Prepare to feed critters, since I was going to put it down as I left. …
  • Surviving Easter

    20 Apr 2014 | 4:48 pm
      Peter’s had another fall. I went to the Easter Vigil at the monks’ last night and it wasn’t over till after eleven—and then they fed us tea and cakes.*  So I got home late and it took me forever to wind down** and eventually went to bed late even for me.*** I’d left Peter a note that I wasn’t going to make our 11:30 pick up—since the stroke he walks into town to buy a newspaper, he’s old-fashioned like that, and I appear with Wolfgang and a backseat full of hellcritters at the appointed hour and take all of us down to the mews.  My note said that I’d ring him. I…
  • KES, 127

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:54 pm
    ONE TWENTY SEVEN Silverheart’s light went out like a bonfire that had had a bucket of water thrown over it—there was even a burning smell.  I let my aching arm drop;  my mouth fell open of its own accord.  Mr TS wrenched his horse away from Monster, standing up in his stirrups and shouting.  I could guess that the rustling, hustling noises around me now were of the people I’d seen forming up . . . to do what?  There was a somewhat similar shout and seethe on my left—Galinglud, perhaps, if Mr TS was Tulamaro. But no one shouted at me.  No one told me what to do.  Nobody told me…
  • Emma Tupper’s Diary

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:07 pm
        I told you it had been reissued:  Almost any of Peter’s books, if you mention it suddenly and catch me off guard I will probably say, Oh, that’s one of my favourites!  But in Emma Tupper’s case I’m telling the truth. Here’s a new review by its very own republisher: * I was already distressingly near to grown up by 1971 and wasn’t hanging out in kids’ book sections any…
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    Notes from the Labyrinth

  • promotional literature (The Goblin Emperor)

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    I will be at C2E2 on Saturday (April 26), doing a panel, All Things Fantastic, and an autographing session, both with Mary Robinette Kowal, C. Robert Cargill, Douglas Hulick, Steve, Bein, and Simon Green.Guest post for Daniel Libris on worldbuilding.Guest post for the Tor/Forge Blog on rules vs. guidelines.Guest post for Speculative Book Review about The Goblin Emperor and the Wars of the Roses.And guest post for No More Grumpy Bookseller about The Goblin Emperor and Elizabeth I.I also did a live interview with Dungeon Crawlers Radio and a guest post for SF Signal, but neither site will talk…
  • Happy Book Day!

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    FIRST, Happy Book Day to Felix Gilman, whose book The Revolutions also comes out today. I don't know Mr. Gilman personally, but I admire his writing. And The Revolutions sounds awesome.SECOND, Happy Book Day to me! To celebrate, my invaluable webtamer has put up the map of the Ethuveraz on, there's also a FAQ. I'm sure that more questions will need to be added for The Goblin Emperor, but I haven't been asked them yet.FOURTH, John Scalzi graciously let me do a Big Idea post about fantasy and technology.FIFTH, for Forces of Geek, I did a post about inventing…
  • Goblin Links

    31 Mar 2014 | 2:04 pm
    So, things are gearing up for the official street date of The Goblin Emperor, which is tomorrow.I have a guest blog post at Tor-Dot-Com: The Emperor and the Scullery Boy; mrissa has a review of the book, and also, I did a Q&A; and there's a very in-depth review from the Jaded Consumer (beware spoilers).I am also doing a slew of guest posts for other blogs; I will provide links as they happen.And it seems like a good time to link to my Buy, Read, Talk post: what readers can do to help an author's career. (Again, that's not just my career, although that's obviously where my vested self-interest…
  • ATTENTION ZAFAR--sock elephant update

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:35 am
    Five of the six promised books are on their way to (or possibly have already arrived in) California, Oregon, Washington, and Estonia. (Also, the book from the Con or Bust auction went to Scotland. I love it when my books are world travelers!)Zafar, if you are reading this, I owe you a book! Please email me at semonette (at) gmail (dot) com so we can work out the details.

    25 Mar 2014 | 11:18 am
    First, THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE who suggested a name. You are all awesome, and I love all your suggestions.In fact, not only was I not able to choose ONE correct name and ONE favorite, I couldn't even manage to choose TWO.THEREFORE.The sock elephant's name is Eleftheria Ada Lavanda Snodgrass, and her nickname is Elsu.Eleftheria Snodgrass was suggested by Zafar (who does not have an LJ account), and I combined it with Ada Lavanda from aerinha, because (a) I loved both names and (b) she just seems to need a ridiculously long dactylic name. On the other hand, you can't call somebody…
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    Day in the Life of an Idiot

  • New MangaKast

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    Mason and I have done it again! (We don't know when to quit!!) Check out our latest MangaKast, if you're so inclined:
  • Newest Chapter on WattPad

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    My/Tate's WIP has been updated!In this installment, more and more evidence seems to point to Valentine's involvement in the death of the body found at the base of the clock tower. other news, Mason is home from school again today. On Friday, he'd had a stomach ache that had devolved into throwing up in the morning. Then, he seemed to develop cold/flu symptoms (cough, runny nose) and then on Monday morning he woke up with a high fever (101.5) and a bright red rash on his face. After some debate (and consulting Dr.
  • Pumped from Using the Prompt

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Mason accused me of being hyper after having eaten all the Reese's Peanut Butter chocolate eggs (which I may have done), but I don't think it's the sugar that got me all jazzed. I had a surprisingly good "First Pages" gig at the Chanhassen Library today. I mean, I actually don't know if I taught anything to the THREE (hey, I was only expecting ONE, so this was an improvement) teens who showed up. But, I had a blast playing with the plot generators that we found on-line.A couple of my favorites: For absolute zaniness (including robots poking each other at a funeral), you really need to press…
  • Black Widow

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    At the library yesterday, I gravitated toward my usual favorite section to shelve: teen (because they have all the manga and the comic books.) So, I came across this:Black Widow: The Name of the Rose (Margorie Liu/Daniel Acuña). According to the back cover copy, "collecting Black Widow 1-5, plus some material from Heroic Age #1."When I started it, I was a little afraid it was going to make me feel old again, like the new Hawkeye title did. The art is similar, but deeper:But, for some reason, I really enjoyed the heck out of this title. I think maybe it's partly the fact that Black Widow is…
  • More Incoherent Squee from Me

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Mason and I recorded our sixth MangaKast podcast, and it's up for your enjoyment. kind of wish I could be slightly more articulate about why Ao no Exorcist is so awesome. I'd love to drag more people into that fandom and there are only 56 chapters to-date, so it wouldn't be hard to catch up. In other news, there is a "wintery mix" falling on the ground right now. That's right: SNOW. I can hardly believe it. It's not right. At least my strawberries are still mostly covered by mulch, so I think they'll survive this. The question is:…
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  • Frozen :)

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    I made Ted watch Frozen last night, for the value of ‘made’ which means we checked the running time of Pacific Rim and it was too long and so he put Frozen on instead. :) He really liked it, of course, and thought all the bad bits were bad but that overall it was terrific (and actually the bad bits are growing on me; I just watched it with Young Indiana, too), but five minutes in he was going “Holy cow, that young with that much power?” and ten minutes in he desperately wanted Elsa to join the X-Men (yes, I told him about the video “how Frozen should have…
  • typing

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    So I type very fast. The last time I did a computer-based typing test, which was, jeez, nearly 20 years ago, I typed about 130 words per minute, and I haven’t gotten any slower. The first time I became aware of how odd my typing sounds was at home one afternoon ten or fifteen years ago when my mom said “What’s that sound?” and I stopped typing to listen and couldn’t hear anything and she said “It stopped” and I said “Huh, I donno,” and started typing again and she said, “There it is again.” It may have taken one more iteration…
  • that heart-breaking moment in Winter Soldier

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:13 am
    I’m seeing a lot of mention going around about that heartbreaking moment in Winter Soldier, and everybody I’ve seen commenting on it says they thought they were the only one who was crushed when it turned out to be what it was instead of what it looked like. I want everybody to know that it wasn’t just you. It was all of us. It was certainly all of us women, anyway; I’m not sure I’ve seen any guys commenting on it. But every single woman I know seems to have been seized with an inutterable and terrible joy in that moment, a full-spirited OH MY GOD *YES*! that…
  • thinks to do

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    make bread fill out paperwork do something at the big computer what was that desc the Regency crap what else FOLD LAUNDRY ANSWER @loncon3 EMAIL! find contract debate contract terms perhaps sign contract wut else write ch 10 of magic & manners gosh that should take me through tomorrow Share this:(x-posted from The Essential Kit)
  • lovely day

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    The weather has taken a sudden turn for the better, causing me to accidentally work on my sunburn a little yesterday. Gonna have to find the sunblock today. (Or not, as it’s all foggy-ish now.) We spent over an hour at the park yesterday chasing a frisbee around, which was great fun. My nephew has this lightweight mostly-fabric frisbee that rises and drops much more dramatically than a plastic one, as it’s much more affected by the wind. After a while I got to where I could throw it to my sister and she could catch it almost every time, but the rest of us only managed to catch it…
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  • Journeys to Resurrection

    6 Apr 2014 | 2:59 pm
    I delivered this homily as a guest preacher at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Reno.  Lutheran homilies are somewhat longer than Episcopal ones, as you'll see; I recycled two previous sermons I'd given in my home parish.  The family story I tell is one nearly all of my friends already know (and one my mother gave me permission to tell).Here are the readings for Lent 5; both Episcopal and Lutheran churches use the Revised Common Lectionary.*“How could God let this happen?”We hear this question all the time: after shootings, after tragic car accidents and plane…
  • All Our Eyes

    16 Mar 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Here's today's homily:  not one of my best, I think, but, as Gary says, it's solid and gets the job done. Several people at church said they needed to hear this message today -- funny how that always happens -- and quite a few folks were very intrigued by the Kansas story.  So it's a good-enough homily, even if it's not a great one. And good-enough's very fitting for Lent, isn't it?The readings are Genesis 12:1-4a and John 3:1-17.*Our Scripture readings today begin with a long, arduous journey.  God tells Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your…
  • Eight Words

    23 Feb 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Here's today's homily, posted later than usual (and without links) because I'm buried under grading and have to get ready for classes tomorrow.  I may or may not put in links at some future date, but the stories and quotations I use here are easy to find via Google.I also couldn't find a good image for this post.  The Gospel is Matthew 5:38-48, the one about loving our enemies.*When I was a volunteer chaplain at the hospital, patients sometimes said, “I don’t think you want to talk to me.  I’m not Christian.” My response was always, “I’m trained to talk to…
  • Calling Names

    18 Jan 2014 | 7:32 pm
     Here is tomorrow's homily.  I'm not talking about MLK Jr. -- I just couldn't find a non-clunky way to work it in -- but certainly the story at the end deals with the themes of freedom and overcoming oppression.  (That story may need to come with a trigger warning.)  The readings are Isaiah 49:1-7 and John 1:29-42.*     Today’s readings are obsessed with names. “The Lord called me before I was born,” Isaiah says; “while I was in my mother’s womb he named me.”  In the Gospel, John calls Jesus “the Lamb of God,” “the one who…
  • Survival Stories

    7 Dec 2013 | 8:07 pm
    Here's tomorrow's homily; the Gospel is Matthew 3:1-12.  Advent's my least favorite liturgical season, and I've never found John the Baptist very appealing, so finding my way into the readings is always a challenge. Gary thinks this works.  I hope other people will, too.*Happy New Year! This is the second week of Advent, the beginning of the church year, and you know what that means. John the Baptist is back, chomping on locusts, howling about the end of the world as he exhorts people to save themselves through baptism and repentance. The Kingdom of God has come near, and the…
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    Old Enough to Know Better

  • Movin' On

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Draft is done on the uke book and is out to several readers with more knowledge about the subject than I. Once I get their input, I'll do the rewrite, and then stick it up on I'll charge the minimum Amazon will allow to get the premium status, which is, I think, $2.99. I don't expect to sell a lot of copies, since the target audience is essentially somebody just like me, but you never know ...
  • Son of Beneath the Planet of White Death III

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
    Long-time readers of the blog might recall my adventures with White Death, i.e., the Harrowing Tale of Too High a Triglyceride Level.If not, a brief recap: Four or five years ago, I had my medical check-up and my lipid panel came back and sneered at me: The good cholesterol was too low, the bad stuff was too high, and the triglycerides were too high. Not so much that they want to drain and replace all my blood, but still ...Hello? All that jocking out doesn't fix that?No, no it doesn't.Cholesterol is not a fat, by the by, but a waxy substance your body makes from fat. Too much fat,…
  • Wrong Number

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    I have a dumb phone, so it doesn't do much, but it will receive and send messages.These are a pain to send, because I have to use the number pad for each letter, cycling through to get to the right one.Example, for those of you who never used a phone this ancient: If I want to say, "Hello," I have to go to the number 4, which has the letters GHI on it, toggle past the G to the H, select it, then wait a couple seconds. Then I go to number 3 (DEF) toggle to the E, select it, wait, then to 5 JKL, toggle to the L, select it, wait, select it again, then to 6, MNO, toggle to O ...It takes longer to…
  • Disappearing Act

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    One of our local TV stations has a new look. Last few weeks, they have been doing the news from in front of a fake-brick wall with like a naked light bulb on a wire overhead, as the studio rebuild happened. So last night, the new and improved! newsroom debuted, big monitor behind the anchors showing a view of the river, la, la, la.KOIN is watching out for us, as their logo tells us. Asking the hard questions ...Come time for the weather segment, and there's this perky young woman I haven't seen before, Kristin Van Dyke, and Jeff and Kelly congratulate her as the new…
  • Musashi Link

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Oh, yeah, the link to the eBook version of The Musashi Flex is finally live, over there in the links list ...
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  • Global Warming - No Warming for 210 Months - where did my hockey stick go?

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    The graph is news. Not only is it very recent: it is also something that the mainstream news media very seldom reveal. They tend to keep the now embarrassingly long hiatus in global warming secret.[source CLIMATE DEPOT]  some of us may know it as the Mythical Beast 'global warming' which now goes by its more 'obvious title' Climate Change. Yeah, the climate IS changing; it does this ALL THE TIME. You know, we're positioned (in space) right next to a variable star. I know, but it's there in the science literature. A variable star that causes Ice Ages and Tropical…
  • where is it? - where's the truth in this world? - I just can't find it

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    where is it?I looked for truth in God, and found priests and churches and money.I looked for truth in Science, and found blinkers and dogmas and persecution.I looked for truth in People, and found zombies and robots and lies.  Where's the truth in this strange, sick, wicked, wistful, pointless world?  
  • Michael C Ruppert r.i.p. - Abby Martin's tearful tribute - fire your weapon

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:27 am
    RT's Abby Martin gives a (surprisingly) tearful tribute to independent investigator and government whistleblower Michael C Ruppert (April 13th suicide) on a recent Breaking The Set show."I regret not telling you just how much you were loved and needed by us," summarises Martin.Fire your weapon, was Mike's personal mantra, this means 'do what you can' to have THE TRUTH revealed to Humanity. End the silence of complicity, speak up for reality; end games.
  • Mike Philbin Facial Manipulation - ARTIFACE - new online art service

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    ARTIFACE ex1: Free Planet banner imageARTIFACE ex2: corporate cousinsARTIFACE ex3: Liberator (free planet #2 novel) cover image in the same way that I offered an online PALM READING service via my Oxford Cheiromancy post, I'm offering an online ARTIFACE service. Same setup as the palm reading service. I'll need about eight character shots of you. In day light, no flash. Preferably naked shoulders up to top of head. From same position, in same lighting. Against a neutral background, say a white wall or something. Don't move about too much, just EXPRESS YOUR INNER SELF to the…
  • the wonders of mole soil

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    gardening? Yeah, every few years or so, I'll get this gardening kick going. I had an allotment on several occassions, never quite near enough to where I live. This year, I'm growing veggies in buckets and baskets. Potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, onions etc. I needed some extra soil... I had this little bucket of potatoes that were coming through real nice, and I realised, "I'm gonna need a bigger bucket." So, I found one, outside a neighbour's house, and brought it back, with the permission of the neighbour. Repotted the potatoes inside the bigger bucket. Then I…
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    Tiny Godzilla

  • I'll say I loved you years ago

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Not much to report today, except for three impending baby purple finches! Their parents wigged out at me when I (ever-so-carefully) watered the flower basket, so I'm not sure what I'll do once the wee ones arrive. Probably I'll just paparazzi the heck out of them and feel bad for my poor dying flowers. We'll see.Here's today's progress on my witchy art-deco horror novel about Lizzie Borden thirty years after her parents' deaths - now featuring ghosts and non-ghosts alike, anti-Catholic conspiracy nuts, supernatural political shenanigans, the mafia, and a Bonus! space-worshiping murder cult…
  • The winds of change consume the land

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    YOU GUYS. The Graphic Audio production of Boneshaker dropped today! And it is UTTERLY BADASS. Now you may be asking yourself, "Is this an audio book?" NOT EXACTLY. It's more like a full-scale auditory production ASSAULT OF AWESOMENESS with all the literal bells and whistles - and you should ABSOLUTELY go check it out.Click here to check out the press release, in all its glory...OR click the shiny graphic below to visit the listing, hear a sample, and see for yourself. Or hear for yourself. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.Otherwise, today's been a mish-mash of errand-running and message-answering,…
  • Lightning strikes maybe once, maybe twice

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    The second landscaping guy came by today, and now all I can do is sit back and wait for these two dudes to give me their assessment. Great is my patio-envy, but little is there to be done about it.I'd planned to wrap up this blog post and see about some work out in that very same yard, for it is getting scraggly in all possible places ... never mind the giant rectangle where the patio will go - where we've neither weeded nor mowed so far this year, heh. But the best laid plans, etc. etc. etc., for now it's pouring down rain. Even if it stops, I don't feel like working in the mud. So forget…
  • You touched my hand, I played it cool

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    We've had a beautiful couple of days, I swear - sunny and in the seventies; and with the exception of a few spring storms here and there, it looks like we're over the long winter hump. I can't tell you how happy this makes me. I simply don't have the words.What I do have is the unending parade of yardwork that needs doing. It's all small stuff for the moment, but unless I want it to work its way up to being a whole bunch of big stuff...well. It's like writing a book, sort of. A little bit every day...or everything all at once. I've done it both ways. This way is better.(For me. YMMV.)Speaking…
  • Your loneliness says that you've sinned

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Just the weekend word metrics tonight, folks. Not that anyone's likely to see them on a Sunday night, but I'm trying to get my momentum back up in full swing - and reporting progress is part of that momentum. So here goes.Here's recent progress on my witchy art-deco horror novel about Lizzie Borden thirty years after her parents' deaths - now featuring ghosts and non-ghosts alike, anti-Catholic conspiracy nuts, supernatural political shenanigans, the mafia, and a Bonus! space-worshiping murder cult hiding behind the KKK:Project: ChapelwoodDeadline: October 1, 2014New words written:…
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  • Noir

    Adam Roberts
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    Edited by Ian Whates. Available now. Classy stuff, you know.
  • The Brick Moon/Another Brick in the Moon

    Adam Roberts
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Lovely cover, there, from Gary Northfield. The book itself is coming soon: Jurassic London is delighted to announce The Brick Moon, a new edition of the classic tale from Edward Everett Hale. Hale’s prophetic novel, first published in 1869, is the first to imagine the launch of an artificial satellite – making it the perfect fictional pairing with Stars to Satellites and Longitude Punk’d, two new exhibitions at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. The new edition comes complete with “Another Brick in the Moon”, a sequel to Hale’s original tale, penned by award-winning science fiction…
  • Tolkien lecture, Pembroke Oxford May 2

    Adam Roberts
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    More details here.
  • Edge Hill Robots

    Adam Roberts
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    I'm very pleased that my short story collection Adam Robots has been long-listed for the Edge Hill Short Story prize, an award uniquely targeted at collections of original short fiction. Shortlist announced in May.
  • SFX reviews “Riddles of the Hobbit”

    Adam Roberts
    23 Nov 2013 | 3:49 am
    Five stars, no less!
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    Benjamin Rosenbaum

  • Aviva's Bat Mitzvah!

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    If it's possible to die of pride, somebody should call an ambulance.
  • Language and the body

    23 Mar 2014 | 9:56 am
    Each word an instruction to the body, carrying the trace of a physical act, of exertion or respite.
  • Translation, Asymmetry, An Offer

    23 Feb 2014 | 3:04 am
    Translation asymmetry is a real injustice in literature: here's what I'm doing about it. You in?
  • Noah on "Start the Clock"

    21 Feb 2014 | 8:41 am
    Linear time: a game, or a religion? Noah on "Start the Clock"...
  • Aspiring Aliens

    13 Feb 2014 | 8:07 am
    "The Guy Who Worked for Money" will be reprinted in "How to Live on Other Planets". A lovely TOC...
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    Christopher Rowe

  • April update

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

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

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

    22 Nov 2013 | 9:16 am
    Hey all. Just a quick note about the event described on this flier. I'll be at the Woodford County Library tomorrow, Saturday, November 23rd, 2013, from 2 to 4 pm, discussing science fiction and fantasy, writing, and related things on a panel with a few of my colleagues. If y'all can make it, come on out!
  • (Nonphony) Preorder Mania!

    5 Aug 2013 | 7:18 am
    So, I think it's time for a little preorder contest for THE WOKEN GODS, which is out on September 3, less than a month! This is a contest where you win IF you preorder, basically. And I even made a video. If you are not the sort of person who delights in watching awkward author videos (or if you are!), the details are all below too. via Look, look! An awesome contest for Gwenda's new book!
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    Rudy's Blog

  • Free Books, Inverse Power Laws, New Paradigm

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:26 am
    I made a new “Free Books” page with links to five of my books that are in free Creative Commons licensed ebook editions, plus five more books that can be read for free online, either as webpages or as PDF files. Ten free books! Go get ‘em. As I say on that page, I release free editions of my books for several reasons. One is to keep the books alive and in circulation far into the future. A second reason is to allow those unfamiliar with my work to sample it for free. A third reason is to allow open access to my books for research and teaching. A fourth reason is that giving away books…
  • NYC Photos, April, 2014. Post #2. Plus Brainwash Reading

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Last week I did a reading at this cool café / laundromat near 7th and Folsom St. in San Francisco. The Brainwash. And here’s a podcast of my reading, which was about twenty minutes long, including some brief Q&A. (Note that Feedburner only shows my most recent podcasts. For older audio files, see my archive on Gigadial, which runs back to 2005.) I read the ending of the new edition of my Kerouac-style scroll novel, All the Visions. In May I’ll be planning to run a Kickstarter for a Transreal Trilogy + All the Visions project. The trilogy will contain reprints of The Secret of Life,…
  • Trip to Manhattan, April 2014. Post #1.

    9 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    My wife Sylvia and I are back from a week in Manhattan. I saw my agent and some editors, bought books at the awesome Strand, saw Woody’s great new musical, “Bullets Over Broadway,” hit the museums, ate well, enjoyed the crowds—all the wonderful old and new buildings, all the amazing faces. I shot a bunch of photos, and I’ll be blogging them in the next few posts. This is in Battery Park, at the bottom of Manhattan where you get the ferry to Staten Island or to the Statue of Liberty. Street performers stand on little ladders, swathed in bronze-looking robes, with Statue of Liberty…
  • My Top Twelve Links

    29 Mar 2014 | 10:25 am
    The talented and wonderful people at my web hosting site,, have a Webalyzer service running that lets me look at the numbers of hits and visits that arrive at the various pages that I maintain on the web—mostly blog posts, but with a few book-title-specific pages as well. And today I thought I’d run a list of my top twelve most popular links, in descending order of popularity. During the month of March, 2014, so far, these twelve top links have garnered traffic ranging from 140 thousand visits for the top link down to a thousand visits for the twelfth link, with the…
  • Free BIG AHA Paperbacks at Scribd Reading

    24 Mar 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Added March 28, 2014: So I did my reading and Q&A session at Scribd yesterday. A good, responsive crowd. I made a podcast of the event. You can click on the icon below to access the podcast via my Feedburner podcast station. (Note that Feedburner only shows my most recent podcasts. For older audio files, see my archive on Gigadial, which runs back to 2005.) Here’s a zoom of that group shot. Original post below: A talk, reading, and Q&A about writing and about The Big Aha , a cyberdelic novel which Rudy funded with a Kickstarter campaign. “Rudy Rucker’s latest…
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    Kristine Kathryn Rusch

  • The Business Rusch: All Good Things

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:56 pm
    April marks the fifth anniversary of this blog. Not of the Business Rusch, exactly, but of me writing every Thursday about business or writing or something to do with publishing. Five years at 52 weeks per year at about 3,000 to 4,000 words per blog. That’s damn near a million words about various topics, more than some business writers have written in their entire careers. This morning, I had no idea what to write about. Oh, there’s this study or that survey; there’s this cool fact or that neat change. I have a list of things to cover that interest me…somewhat. And I’ve said I…
  • Free Fiction Monday: Earth Day

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Albert Suttles’ mother championed Earth Day and its environmental causes. The cause became her first priority, almost an obsession. And Albert’s obsession? His mother. In her honor, he will Save The Earth. In this powerful little tale, Kristine Kathryn Rusch takes a common story trope and adds a clever, fresh twist. “Earth Day” by USA Today bestselling writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only. The story’s also available in all ebookstores, including Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble, or in the anthology Fiction River: How To Save…
  • Recommended Reading List: March, 2014

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:37 pm
    While I was reading the Ruth Wind/Barbara Samuel book listed below, I was also reading a recent issue of RT Book Reviews. I noticed something that surprised me. Almost all of the novels in their historical romance section were set in the Regency era. A goodly 80%, and most of the rest were set in England or Scotland either in medieval times or the Victorian era. I thumbed forward, looking at the contemporary romances, and saw a similarity there too. And the romantic suspense novels had military/paramilitary/serial killers in common. Traditional publishing has gotten so risk-averse that novels…
  • The Business Rusch: Generational Divide

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:27 pm
    When I was taking classes in the craft of fiction, everyone—from established professional writers to English professors—recommended that a writer never ever say that a character looked like a famous actor. No “he resembled a young Orson Welles” or “she dressed like Claudette Colbert.” Not only was it lazy writing—the Gurus said—but, more importantly, there was no way for your reader to know exactly what you meant. You see, kids, back in the days when you walked uphill both ways in the snow to get to your typewriter, when manuscripts were laced with white-out, and copies were…
  • New Book! The Enemy Within

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
    I do love this new publishing world. In the past month, I’ve had three major book releases. You know about the first two–Street Justice, the newest Kris Nelscott novel in years, and the Fiction River Special Edition, Crime, which I edited. Add to those The Enemy Within. I’m so proud of this book. It started as a short story (“G-Men”) that got picked up by not one, but two year’s best volumes in not one, but two different genres (science fiction and mystery). The mystery pick-up, for The Best American Mysteries series, really pleased me because the…
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  • Games Creatures Play is out this week!

    3 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    I have a new short story out this week in the horror anthology Games Creatures Play, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner. When Charlaine invited me to be part of this anthology and explained what it was going to be about, I knew I had to write a story for it. My contribution is called "Dreamer" and is rather unlike anything I've ever written—and it's even a true short story rather than a novella. You can read a preview of it here. If you like what you see in the preview, I hope you'll check the anthology out. I know that horror isn't something my usual readers necessarily read…
  • Writing Class Videos & Updates

    20 Feb 2014 | 4:09 pm
    First some updates on Words of Radiance, which comes out in less than two weeks. It's almost here! has posted what it was like to be a beta reader (note: I'm not currently looking for additional beta readers) and spoiler-free reactions to the book, and they're mailing out daily context-free snippets. You can see all the sample chapters and's other coverage here.For those of you wanting to go to the midnight release at the BYU Bookstore, they wanted me to make sure you know that books ordered through will not be charged to your credit card until sometime…
  • Last-Minute Holiday Items

    23 Dec 2013 | 10:40 am
    It's too late to have things shipped in time for Christmas from the store, but you can send gift certificates. These are sent by email to whoever you want to receive one, and you can buy them here.The Sugarhouse Barnes & Noble has signed copies of The Rithmatist, Steelheart, The Way of Kings, and all three of my Wheel of Time books. The Steelheart copies are all the B&N exclusive edition with an annotated chapter, and on Saturday there were still three copies with Steelhunt codes inside them. Thanks to all who came to the signing, and to B&N for setting up such a nice event! This is the only…
  • Worldbuilders

    16 Dec 2013 | 9:54 am
    Hey, all. As the holiday season is here, I wanted to give a shout-out to Worldbuilders, Pat Rothfuss’s yearly, F&SF-themed charity drive. Pat puts a great deal of work into the charity, and I love how it brings the community together to do something great. The charity he supports (Heifer International) is quite worthy, and I’ve participated in one way or another every year I’ve been able.This year, I wanted to do something a little special. With the help of the Waygate Foundation, the group of Wheel of Time fans who seek to do charitable work, I have offered to Pat a special event for…
  • Words of Radiance is done! + Signing in Orem Saturday

    13 Dec 2013 | 11:02 am
    First off, keep in mind that the shipping deadline for signed books and other nifty things is tomorrow! Look here for more details. I'm also appearing at the Orem Library Holiday Author Extravaganza tomorrow morning; see my events calendar.For those who missed my posts on social media in the wee hours of the morning last week, I have finished the final draft of Words of Radiance, second volume in the Stormlight Archive. We turned the manuscript in to Tor, and they printed the thing off and showed how big it is in this blog post here. They also released one of the interludes on their site for…
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    Inhuman Swill

  • Reminder about tonight's Boundless Tales reading in Queens

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    Just a quick reminder about tonight's Boundless Tales reading in Queens. The listed time is 7:30 pm, but if you're making the trip out I happen to know that the event won't actually start until 8:00 pm, and that I'm the last of the five readers in the lineup. That's not to give you an excuse for showing up late, but, you know, it's a bit of a trek from the city so you don't have to kill yourself to make it there on the dot.Thursday, April 17th, 7:30pmBoundless Tales@ Waltz-Astoria23-14 Ditmars Blvd.Astoria, Queens, NY 11105(N/Q train at Astoria-Ditmars Blvd) Boundless Tales features themed…
  • I'm reading this Thursday evening in Astoria, Queens

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:53 am
    I keep forgetting to mention this, but I'll be reading with the Boundless Tales reading series this coming Thursday evening in Queens. Boundless Tales features themed personal essays, the theme this month being "I Dominated/I Was Dominated."Thursday, April 17th, 7:30pmBoundless Tales@ Waltz-Astoria23-14 Ditmars Blvd.Astoria, Queens, NY 11105(N/Q train at Astoria-Ditmars Blvd) My fellow readers include Michelle Augello-Page, Sarah Bonifacio, Danny Herrera and Joan Willette. This is my first public reading since moving back to NYC from Chicago, so I hope you'll make the trek and check it…
  • January's CD mix of the month

    26 Feb 2014 | 6:42 am
    It may seem a tad late to be posting a mix for January, but I sort of got busy and failed to do so last month. Yes, the CD Mix of the Month Club reconvened a few weeks ago to throw a going-away party for our member Josh McCuen, who's off now on an epic New Zealand adventure. A couple of us made mixes. Most of us didn't. I guess now we're more like the Used to Make a CD Mix of the Month Club, which makes perfect sense now that there are easier ways to share music than burning data onto aluminum discs.Anyway, my contribution to January's shindig was called Difference Engines. This rather…
  • This Friday! Electric Velocipede Issue 27 Release Party & Memorial Service

    24 Feb 2014 | 6:27 am
    According to John Klima, he and I first met at the SFWA Authors & Editors Reception in 2001, perhaps introduced by Cory Doctorow. I have no memory of that. The first time I remember meeting John was at a party at a convention around that same time (I forget which one) where he was handing out free copies of his new zine, Electric Velocipede. I was dubious, eyeing the cheap, stapled covers, but everyone else around was acting like they'd just been given a gift of gold. Before I started reading that first issue, I had never given much thought to sending any of my stories to fanzine markets,…
  • Headers for multi-page poem manuscripts

    21 Feb 2014 | 6:42 am
    A reader writes to ask:How should we format a manuscript of multiple poems that each span more than a single page? Do we number our pages starting from 1 whenever we begin a new poem, or should we number our manuscript 1,2, 3... 10, etc. regardless of the poem? Also, what information should we include on each subsequent page, and is it necessary to number the first page of the manuscript at all? Am I right in assuming that a tonne of section breaks are in order?Some sites say to include your name and address (I've even seen e-mail) on every page of the manuscript, but that seems a bit…
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    Douglas Smith's blog

  • The Canadian SF & Fantasy Hall of Fame

    Douglas Smith
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    I'm passing on this announcement from Clint Budd, Chair of the Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association (CSFFA) Hall of Fame Jury, which should be of interest to any and all fans of SF&F, whether that be in literature, art, television, or film: Here's your chance to nominate the greatest Canadian SF Writers, Publishers, Editors, Artists, Graphic Novelists, Musicians/Filkers, Actors, Convention organizers, Fans, Scientists and Astronauts to the CSFFA Hall of Fame. You nominate them not as just for this year's novel or con-running or whatever but for their long-term contribution…
  • 2014 Aurora Award nomination period closed April 12

    Douglas Smith
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Just a reminder that the nomination period for the 2014 Aurora Awards closes tomorrow, Saturday April 12 at midnight EDT. The Auroras are the official awards of the Canadian SF and Fantasy Association.  This year, my debut novel, The Wolf at the End of the World, is eligible under the "Best Novel — English" category. Your support by way of a nomination would be truly appreciated, especially this year for my first foray into the novel world. You can read the first four chapters of the book online here and also check out the brand new book trailer for The Wolf. Full details on how to…
  • Ad Astra convention: My schedule

    Douglas Smith
    30 Mar 2014 | 11:07 am
    I'll be at Ad Astra, the long-running Toronto SF&F convention, this coming weekend, April 4-6. This year, the con is at the Sheraton Parkway North hotel (600 Highway7 East, Richmond Hill, Ontario). More info on the Ad Astra site.  Here's my schedule for the weekend: Friday April 4: 8:30-9pm -- Reading (Oakridges room) 10-11pm -- Panel: Non-European Fantasy Worlds (Richmond C-D) 11pm-midnight -- Panel: Indigenous Futurism (Markham A) ​Saturday April 5: 2-4pm -- Author Signings (Richmond A) 9-10pm -- Panel: Veronica Mars movie (Markham A) Sunday April 6: 1-2pm -- SF Canada table…
  • "Dream Flight" published in The Dark Magazine

    Douglas Smith
    22 Mar 2014 | 10:39 am
    I wrote earlier about my sale in late 2013 of one of my early Heroka stories, "Dream Flight," to The Dark Magazine, a new dark fantasy online magazine. Issue #3 with "Dream Flight" came out in January, and here is a link to where you can read the story online.  The story was only the third one I ever wrote, so be gentle. It was also the third of my Heroka stories. "Dream Flight" is a sequel of sorts to the earlier "A Bird in the Hand," which appeared in Warrior Wisewoman 2 in 2010. But you don't need to have read "A Bird in the Hand" to enjoy "Dream Flight." Both of these stories appear in…
  • ChiZine reading series

    Douglas Smith
    22 Mar 2014 | 9:20 am
    I was one of three authors at the Toronto ChiZine reading series event at The Round in Kensington last week. Here's a pic of me reading from THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD on my Kobo. The other authors were Terri Favro (THE PROXY BRIDE) and Stan Rogal (OBSESSIONS), who did two wonderful readings. In between the readings, we were all entertained by two incredibly talented performers: Kari Maaren, the ChiSeries Toronto's resident ukelele comedienne (Album: BEOWULF PULLED MY ARM OFF) and Peter Chiykowski (co-creator of the Kickstarter darling, HALF-CAT). Thanks to Sandra Kasturi and Brett…
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    Rules for Anchorites

  • Captain America and Easter Snow Oh My

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

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

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

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

    Living for the Revel
    30 Oct 2013 | 11:54 am
    We hope you’ve got questions, because CMV’s got time and space to answer them! Her AMA thread is now live on Reddit– you can head over there now to get your question in. CMV will be live from 3-5 PM EST answering them. Here’s the link: Catherynne M. Valente’s Ask Me Anything on Reddit. Go forth and query! Mirrored from Also appearing on @LJ and @DW. Read anywhere, comment anywhere.
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    Ecstatic Days

  • Southern Reach Annihilation Book Tour Schedule: LAT Festival of Books and More

    Jeff VanderMeer
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Well, it’s been a ridiculously busy spring, with Annihilation taking off, including a featured review in Entertainment Weekly, and great press in GQ, the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald,, and many more. I’ll share links in a separate blog post in a week or so. In the meantime: all three animated gifs for the Southern Reach series! The next leg of the tour is swiftly approaching, and here are all the details. Authority is out May 6 and Acceptance in early September. LOS ANGELES Sat. April 12 at 4:30pm, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (USC Campus)–Panel…
  • Ann VanderMeer’s April Time Traveler’s Almanac Tour

    Jeff VanderMeer
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    Hugo Award and World Fantasy Award winning editor Ann VanderMeer will be touring in support of her MASSIVE thousand-page time travel anthology, just featured on NPR with a review and interview on All Things Considered! Monday, April 21, 7:00 PM—Flyleaf Books (752 MLK Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC) Wednesday, April 23, 7:00 PM—Joseph-Beth Booksellers (161 Lexington Green Circle, #B1, Lexington, KY) Thursday, April 24, 7:00 PM—Malaprops (55 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC) Come out and learn more about time travel and great fiction! –Read the Preface at the Onion’s AV Club.
  • Southern Reach Text and Image Game from The Fourth Estate

    Jeff VanderMeer
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:39 pm
    The Fourth Estate, the UK publisher, for Annihilation and the other two Southern Reach novels has a great new interactive text and image site where you can sign up for an expedition into Area X, the site of the novels. Go check it out! Southern Reach Text and Image Game from The Fourth Estate originally appeared on Ecstatic Days on March 31, 2014.
  • Southern Reach Annihilation Book Tour Schedule for April and Beyond

    Jeff VanderMeer
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:10 am
    Well, it’s been a ridiculously busy spring, with Annihilation taking off, including a featured review in Entertainment Weekly, and great press in GQ, the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald,, and many more. I’ll share links in a separate blog post on Monday. The next leg of the tour is swiftly approaching, and here are all the details. I hope to see some of you at these events, and as always check my facebook page for more event information. I’ll be back soon to do some real (and regular) blogging, I promise! TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA Sat. April 5 at 2pm, Barnes &…
  • Annihilation: Jeff VanderMeer New York City Tour–Three Nights of Music, Conversation, Readings

    Jeff VanderMeer
    17 Feb 2014 | 8:42 am
    I’ll be in New York City the week of February 24 for three events, two in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn. Please come out and help me celebrate the release of the book! The details are below. Hopefully for the McNally and Brooklyn events some of us can go out for drinks after. Ann will be with me for those events, too. Annihilation continues to do very well, with mentions on the front page of the New York Times (also discussed on Jezebel, LitReactor, and more), this podcast interview, and a long excerpt at io9. To name just a few, Annihilation has also been an Amazon best book…
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    Paperback Writer

  • Two Ops

    Lynn Viehl
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sub Op for Writers:Timeless Tales magazine has an open call for their upcoming Pandora's Box themed issue: "We only accept fiction (no poetry or non-fiction) that are retellings of the theme that is currently open. It can be a modernization, sci-fi, a mash-up, etc. Content: While Timeless Tales is not targeted specifically at children, it is a fairly conservative magazine, especially when it comes to sexual content, so I intend to keep the stories in the PG-13 range or below. However, I have a deep appreciation for the darker side of many original fairy tales, so don’t assume I only want…
  • Spark My Story

    Lynn Viehl
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Storytellers are often avid collectors; I think most of us have fairly hefty libraries so book collections are likely the most popular. Before he sold most of them author Larry McMurty had a personal library of 450,000 books. I'm trying to imagine just dusting them and I can't. My own book collection is much more modest -- it's holding steady at about 2K presently -- and I only collect certain authors, but have spent many happy years hunting down and acquiring their entire backlist. Sometimes the things we writers collect can be a little odd, too. Watergate fascinated my grandmother the poet;…
  • Psychic Review #2!

    Lynn Viehl
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    L. sent me this update from Goodreads, which hosted that three-star psychic review for Forget-Me-Knot, a story I haven't yet written:If you're out there, Fiona, thanks for the laugh -- much needed right now.
  • Entitled Ten

    Lynn Viehl
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ten Blogs with Titles I Love and Envy(with descriptions and links so you can visit them)100 Layer Cake: Aside from its decandent and delicious title, this blog covers all things wedding-related: "At 100 Layer Cake, we are dedicated to finding unique venues and ideas for your big day." The photos are especially spectacular, and while I've never before heard of a wedding-themed blog -- probably because I'm done with marriage for life -- I found the visuals quite inspiring.Awkward Stock Photos: A Tumblr blog where "awkward stock photos finally have a purpose." I want to steal this idea and start…
  • Wishing You

    Lynn Viehl
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
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    Bluejo's Journal

  • Thud: Sleeper

    Jo Walton
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Words: 3747To my surprise, I wrote a short story yesterday. It's called "Sleeper", it's about making history, and it's SF. Quite a lot of my short stories are SF. This one is even set in the future.And today I sold it to pnh for where it will be appearing sometime. I'll let you know.I was counting -- this makes sixteen short stories. And in the same time, I have completed and sold twelve novels. Novels are easier and come more naturally.
  • papersky @ 2014-04-13T15:30:00

    Jo Walton
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
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  • My Real Children Epic Signing Tour Dates

    Jo Walton
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
    This tour kept getting longer and more complicated, but I think this is final. If I am coming near you, come and hear me read from My Real Children, and let me know, maybe we can get together. Seeing friends along the way was the best part of the tour last time. (This is just the readings, without all the train times.)22nd May, 7pm, Towne Books, Philadelphia23-26th May, Balticon, Baltimore27th May, 7pm, The Word, Brooklyn28th May, 7pm, Wellesley Books, Boston29th May, afternoon, BEA, New York1st June, 3pm, Skokie Library, Chicago3rd June, 5pm, Uncle Hugos, Minneapolis7th June, 4pm, University…
  • First two chapters of My Real Children on

    Jo Walton
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    If you want to read the first two chapters of My Real Children in advance of the launch on May 20th, which is six weeks from now, they're live on now.The way the book works, there's the first chapter, then there are four chapters set in the pre-split universe and then from the end of chapter 5 and the split point it alternates between the character's two lives. So if two chapters looks a little odd, that's why.And probably tomorrow I'll be posting details about my forthcoming signing tour for this book.
  • Culture, or how I discovered Bach

    Jo Walton
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    I think it was 1994, and I was twenty-nine. I was in a charity shop in Lancaster, one of the smaller ones, down at the bottom of Penny Street. carandol and I wanted some more music both of us could write to -- we were working on GURPS Celtic Myth. Z was a little kid. And it was the time when everybody was switching over from vinyl to CDs and getting rid of their vinyl. We still had a record player, and this was the beginning of me buying all the vinyl everyone else was upgrading from. I'd heard of Bach, of course I had. I'd heard Cassandra Mortmain in I Capture the Castle say that he was like…
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    Martha Wells

  • New Story Posted

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    Some of you who kept up with my Ile-Rien books might remember that there was supposed to be a fourth Giliead and Ilias story, called "Rites of Passage," set after "Holy Places" (which appeared in Black Gate #11 in 2007, and was reprinted in Lightspeed's November ebook issue last year). These were all prequel stories to the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy. Black Gate acquired "Rites of Passage" but then had to stop doing the print magazine, and long story short, I haven't been able to find another place for it. It's a novelette-length fantasy story, which makes it a bit tricky. So I'm posting it on…
  • 21 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    I'm going to be busy this week revising, so here's a fly-by link post:* The Future Fire: The Future Fire Reviews Long Hidden I was incredibly excited to read Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. I first heard about it over a year ago, during its wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. I loved everything about the project: the editors (Rose Fox and Daniel José Older), the publisher (Crossed Genres), the authors that had been invited to submit (far too many to name). Most of all, I loved the raison d'être of the anthology: resisting the erasure of marginalized people,…
  • 17 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    My fun for yesterday was that I chipped a front tooth. I have no idea how, I didn't eat any hard candy or anything else that might have done it. The tooth just spontaneously ejected a chip. Couple of links:Out of Print: Library Fundraiser for P.S. 244I really like library or school-related fundraisers that involve buying books or equipment or donating to libraries, so if you know of any, feel free to point me to them.Book View Cafe: Bad Attention I guess doing something like this is funny/clever to people who have never actually received death threats or other threats of bodily harm through…
  • 16 Apr 2014 | 5:53 am

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:53 am
    Where it was this weekend (photo on Tumblr): of links:Murder is Everywhere: What Not to Say to a WriterIt is a bit of a peculiar occupation for those not involved in it to grasp, I admit, and I've often discovered that when people don't understand what you do, they are—unintentionally, I'm sure—incredibly rude about it. Now, don't get me wrong. These were otherwise terribly nice people, but after a while I started to play Writer's Insult Bingo, and very nearly scored a Full House.NYT: The Ballad of Geeshie and…
  • 8 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Book recs:* Attack the Geek by Michael R. UnderwoodA side-quest novella in the bestselling Geekomancy urban fantasy series—when D&D-style adventures go from the tabletop to real life, look out!* The Churn an expanse novella by James S.A. Corey* Horizon by Jenn ReeseA fitting finale for a gripping futurist series whose four multifaceted heroes offer a strong anti-war, pro-diversity message. —Kirkus Reviews Links* Daily Dot: Every Review of Black Widow in Captain America is Wrong* Cynsations: Guest Post: Joseph Bruchac on "You Don't Look Indian."
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    Reality Skimming

  • April 24, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote

    Lynda Williams
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    April 24, 2014 - Okal Rel QuoteThe post April 24, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote appeared first on Reality Skimming.
  • Interview with Hayden Trenholm

    David Lott
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Hayden Trenholm’s stories have appeared in On Spec, TransVersions, Neo-Opsis, Challenging Destiny, Talebones, and on CBC radio. In 2008, he won the Canadian Science Fiction Aurora Award for Like Water in the Desert. He won a second Aurora in 2011 for his short story, The Burden of Fire. His first SF novel, Defining Diana, (Bundoran Press 2008) and sequel, Steel Whispers, (2009) were nominated for Aurora Awards. Stealing Home, (2010) received an Aurora and a Sunburst Award nomination. He won the 2013 Aurora Award for editing the anthology, Blood and Water. He is the managing editor of…
  • April 23, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote

    Lynda Williams
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    April 23, 2014 - Okal Rel QuoteThe post April 23, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote appeared first on Reality Skimming.
  • April 22, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote

    Lynda Williams
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    April 22, 2014 - Okal Rel QuoteThe post April 22, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote appeared first on Reality Skimming.
  • Excerpt from Without Bloodshed Part 3

    David Lott
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Matthew Graybosch is a Romantic science fantasy novelist from New York who codes for a living. He’s also a gamer, a long-haired metalhead, and a geek who passes for normal by not talking about the nerdy stuff that excites him. He lives in central Pennsylvania with his wife, two cats, and a bicycle that nags him whenever he doesn’t meet his daily word count. He’s hard at work on the next Starbreaker novel. You can reach him by email or on Google+. His home page is at << Start at Beginning >> Chapter 11, "Three Adversaries Walk into a Bar"…
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    All quiet in France

  • New recipe: apple buckwheat crumble

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:59 pm
    For a change, our guest cook this week is the H, who proudly presents his patented crumble recipe (or, you know, not. Crumble is fairly easy to make. But I reckoned it made for a pretty picture and a fairly easy recipe for the lazy among us!) See here for more info! Cross-posted from Aliette de Bodard Leave a comment at original post, or comment here.
  • Some thoughts on the Hugo nominees

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    That’s a bit of a misleading post title, I’m afraid… I’m not going to comment at length because it’s a bit churlish to comment on a ballot one is part of, and also because my brains are fried (thanks to the snakelet, whom I think is secretly a zombie–has uncontrolled gestures, drools all the time, eats Mom’s brains, what more evidence do you need?). But, more seriously–broadly, I agree with John Scalzi on the matter: you may or may not agree with the particular people on the ballot, but insofar as I know everyone has full rights to be there. As…
  • “The Waiting Stars” up for a Hugo Award

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Very very pleased to announce that “The Waiting Stars” is up for a Hugo Award for Best Novelette (though, given that other people on the ballot include Ted Chiang, I think I can safely skip the acceptance speech :p ). Particularly happy because Loncon3 is a special con: it’s the symbolic anniversary of the first Worldcon I went to (Interaction in 2005), with the H (who wasn’t the H at the time!), it’s my first con as mother of the snakelet, and it will also be my first English Worldcon as a writer rather than as a fan. Many thanks to everyone who took time to…
  • New recipe: bulgur and chard gratin

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    New recipe up at the blog: bulgur and chard gratin, aka veggie yumminess (aka “discovered what to do with chards today”) Cross-posted from Aliette de Bodard Leave a comment at original post, or comment here.
  • Quick update

    9 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    Am still around, just very very busy (especially with the snakelet progressing at exponential pace towards toddlerhood. Babies are scary sometimes. The good scary, but still). Still working on the novel that wouldn’t die. 73k words in, 18.5 chapters. 30 to 40k words to go, 6.5 chapters. I can do it. *deep breath* In the meantime, I’m over at SF Signal, revealing which SFF character I would like to share a drink with. Cross-posted from Aliette de Bodard Leave a comment at original post, or comment here.
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    Mostly English

  • Attention Ravencon Authors!

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there. This weekend, I’ll be down in Richmond, VA for Ravencon. As part of the festivities, on Friday at 5pm I’m giving a talk about hypnosis, and a brief demo as well. If there’s time, I will hand out magic rings of hypnotic power to enhance the writing abilities of any professional and/or wanna-be authors in the room. No, I am not bullshitting you. And you know what? It doesn’t make one bit of difference if you don’t believe me, because that’s your conscious mind talking. All I need to…
  • Eating Authors: Daryl Gregory

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:31 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> The 2014 Hugo ballot came out over the weekend and there is much hooplah in the streets of our genre right now. Congratulations to the many fine people who were nominated; I’m looking forward to seeing you in London. But that’s months away, and we need to focus on more immediate concerns, such as this week’s EATING AUTHORS guest! Like me, Daryl Gregory was born in that city that led Carl Sandberg to wax poetic about its many aspects, and thus doom thousands of junior high students to painful…
  • My (probably) Final Ravencon Schedule

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there. One week from today, look for at Ravencon. There’s been some ups and downs with regard to my programming, but here’s where I think we’ve landed: Friday, April 25th 5:00 p.m. | York You’re Getting Sleepy: Lies and Truths about Hypnosis A short lecture about common misperceptions of hypnosis (as maintained by media and popular culture), what doesn’t work, and what does, and maybe even a brief demonstration. Just me and a room full of victims interested participants. Saturday, April 26th 5:00…
  • My (probably) Final Ravencon Schedule

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:12 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there. One week from today, look for at Ravencon. There’s been some ups and downs with regard to my programming, but here’s where I think we’ve landed: Friday, April 25th 5:00 p.m. | York You’re Getting Sleepy: Lies and Truths about Hypnosis A short lecture about common misperceptions of hypnosis (as maintained by media and popular culture), what doesn’t work, and what does, and maybe even a brief demonstration. Just me and a room full of victims interested participants. Saturday, April 26th 5:00…
  • My (probably) Final Ravencon Schedule

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there. One week from today, look for at Ravencon. There’s been some ups and downs with regard to my programming, but here’s where I think we’ve landed: Friday, April 25th 5:00 p.m. | York You’re Getting Sleepy: Lies and Truths about Hypnosis A short lecture about common misperceptions of hypnosis (as maintained by media and popular culture), what doesn’t work, and what does, and maybe even a brief demonstration. Just me and a room full of victims interested participants. Saturday, April 26th 5:00…
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    Princess Alethea Kontis

  • Princess Alethea Rants "Clever Gretel"

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    Happy Monday -- a new fairy tale rant is live!Today, Princess Alethea rants about the Grimms' tale "Clever Gretel." Watch, enjoy, and share! xox
  • A Sad Day

    13 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    I am sad to report that after eight happy years, Candlewick is finally putting ALPHAOOPS: THE DAY Z WENT FIRST out of print in hardcover.There are only about 50 left in existence at the publisher -- if you've ever wanted one--for you or as a gift for a friend -- now's the time to pick one up. You guys get whatever you want, and then I'll buy the rest.I still hate that this is happening before AlphaOops: Christmas ever had a shot. There is a sadness in my heart, deep down, and I'm not sure it will ever go away.
  • DABWAHA Round Two!

    23 Mar 2014 | 12:06 pm
    VOTE FOR HERO, from now until midnight CST tonight!http://www.dabwaha.comphoto credit: EternaLegend via DeviantART
  • Help HERO Win Round 1 of the DABWAHA Tournament!

    21 Mar 2014 | 8:40 pm
    There are only 90 minutes left, and as of now, only six votes separate HERO and the competition. It's been neck and neck for almost 12 hours straight. GAH!!!Voting ends at 12am CST tonight. Please click on over and help HERO make it to the next round!
  • In Which Princess Alethea Inspires You

    28 Jan 2014 | 7:27 pm
    I was invited by the Magical Words folks to write four inspirational blog posts, each one posted on a Monday in the month of January.Missed any or all of them? Here are the links for your convenience. Enjoy!********************Jan 6th: The Danny Ocean Moment -- "Next time you’re stuck in a situation you can’t get out of, put on your Danny Ocean Hat."Jan 13th: The Fiction of a Writer's Life -- "Being a full time writer means that I don’t have business hours anymore. There is no longer a time I “normally” get up or go to bed. I have no sense of…
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    Over the Dither and Through the Words

  • OSC, Noah, and what does it mean to be a strong woman?

    Ami Chopine
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Well, this is boring. I mostly agree with Uncle Orson about Noah. The added details are of little relevance to the story itself, which is one of moral dilemma. It illuminates what kind of man Noah probably was, what kind of an experience he would have had, and the failure he likely felt. And though I didn’t mention it, the whole killing babies thing felt a lot like Jacob and Isaac to me as well. The issue of “feminism” comes up in his review as well. “How many screenwriters would have dared to depict such a patriarchal character as Noah in Noah without giving us little…
  • Noah and the anti-feminist liberality

    Ami Chopine
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Vladimir and I watched Noah a couple of weeks ago. We’d already wanted to watch it before, but then there was a bunch of excitement and so now we needed to see for ourselves. Vladimir hates the movie. He says it’s not worth your time. It’s not the best movie. The second half gets slow – slow enough that I was shaking my head and wondering, WHY? why are you doing that? I think slowness is a lot of what bothered Vlad. But in retrospect, it’s not a bad one either. It grew on me. And if you look at things from a liberal’s point of view, then you find that…
  • Holiday Merriment, Life Changes and don’t let guilt stop you

    Ami Chopine
    13 Feb 2014 | 10:04 pm
    The holidays are always a busy time of year, and often takes away from writing – especially if you’re in charge of the making merry. This holiday season ended with me getting a job at the very school I write from. The cons have been that I’m very busy. The pros are that, when I’m not busy there, I have my own desk tucked away in a corner, so I will be less distracted. But what this really all amounts to is that I haven’t written much in two months, so of course, I haven’t met my personal deadline of February. It’s frustrating, but not uncommon.  …
  • Planning your writing to be efficient when you write.

    Ami Chopine
    4 Dec 2013 | 9:52 am
    It’s quite by chance that I’m writing this today. I came to the school, where I usually write because’s it’s rather far from our house, and found that my power cord hadn’t made it into the bag. This rarely happens because the battery on my little laptop is almost worthless. I have probably 45 minutes. Or less, since it turns out that it had been left sleeping, rather than hibernating. On most other days, this would kick me right back home, where I probably wouldn’t write at all but would clean and this time of year, knit while listening to books. Knowing I…
  • The first Christmas songs

    Ami Chopine
    2 Dec 2013 | 1:17 pm
    Yesterday we started our advent calendar, which this year is a reading of scripture and a song. Last night it was Angels We Have Heard on High. It got me to thinking, what was the very first Christmas song? What is the oldest one we sing? There really just aren’t a lot of informational links that I’m finding, so except for linking to examples you can listen to, it’s all mostly here today. This is just the research of a couple of hours, sidetracked of course, as one gets. So, how far back does the singing of Christmas songs go? Some people reach all the way to the song the…
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    The Urtaru Chronicles

  • 1.5 Million

    Armen Chakmakjian
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    Today, April 24, 2014, Armenians all over the world remember a tragedy that befell our Ottoman Armenian ancestors 99 years ago.  That tragedy was so horrific to the world that a new word, genocide, was created to describe what the Young Turk regime perpetrated.  The Ottoman Armenian population was decimated by killings and deportations into […]
  • Evernote vs MS OneNote on my Apple constellation of devices.

    Armen Chakmakjian
    17 Mar 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Woah. I just installed it 2 macs, my iPhone and iPad. editing the same doc open on two different devices with only about 2 second lag between checkboxes and text appearing on each device. This is friggin’ awesome. The free form editing is great on the iPad and the mac, less useful on the iPhone. […]
  • Tracking an airplane and incompetence…

    Armen Chakmakjian
    15 Mar 2014 | 8:22 am
    Ok so we know that the plane was pinging for 7 hours after the primary data channels were turned off…and we have satellite data along those paths. This seems like a simple data filtering problem. You take the ping data, you take the satellite photos at the same time intervals and you identify planes in […]
  • At the seaport today

    Armen Chakmakjian
    11 Mar 2014 | 6:33 am
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  • For Pete’s sake #fox, Seth, roger ailes #cosmos…too many commercials!!!

    Armen Chakmakjian
    9 Mar 2014 | 6:55 pm
    There are too many commercials in a show that is about a 13billion year story. Dude! Time is a continuum! The presentation is pretty good, looks great, but interrupted too much.Filed under: Random
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  • Tips mengatasi bayi yang susah makan

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:23 am
    3 alam cara untuk hamil bayi laki-laki – penting Tips untuk mendapatkan anak laki-laki yang Anda inginkan Pasangan di sekitar dunia ingin belajar bagaimana untuk hamil bayi laki-laki tanpa harus resor untuk prosedur medis yang mahal. Jika Anda memiliki preferensi untuk hamil anak laki-laki,...
  • Tips Perawatan Bayi Terbaru

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:48 am
    Berapa kali Anda berkata dalam berpisah dengan seseorang dalam percakapan “Menjaga”. Beberapa kolega akhir e-mail mereka dengan “Lebih baik”. Seorang teman saya sering mengatakan kepada saya “Memiliki hari yang positif”. Berhati-hatilah, menjadi baik, dan...
  • Cara bermain golf malaysia – Lengkap Beserta Tips

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Pemula Tips Golf untuk menurunkan Skor Golf Anda Ketika Anda mulai untuk mempelajari dasar-dasar permainan golf, berikut adalah tips cepat golf yang mencakup dasar-dasar ayunan golf termasuk posisi ball, ayunan golf tips dan downswing golf tips. Praktek ini golf tips secara teratur dan Anda akan...
  • Cara agar cepat hamil setelah kuret

    12 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Hamil ini tidak semudah hal-hal yang Anda masukkan ke dalam Anda “untuk to-do-list”. Beberapa wanita bahkan mengalami kegagalan pertama kalinya dalam hidup mereka mencoba untuk menjadi hamil cepat. Namun, ada beberapa tips cepat hamil persiapan yang Anda dapat mencoba. Sekarang bahwa...
  • Wanita Dan Tips Belanja

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Belanja adalah sesuatu yang kebanyakan wanita suka lakukan. Window merupakan masa. Wanita membutuhkan waktu untuk pergi dari toko ke toko untuk penelitian dan membandingkan harga toko. Kebanyakan wanita tidak perlu ahli tips berbelanja karena belanja ini sangat alami untuk mereka. Namun, ada...
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  • Hear me and others gab about The Fall

    David Mack
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Last weekend, I took part in a roundtable discussion with fellow New York Times bestselling authors Dayton Ward, David R. George III, and James Swallow. We yakked with host Sina Alvarado of the Ten Forward podcast about our work on the recently published five-book Star Trek literary miniseries The Fall. We also spend more time [...]
  • All About Media Tie-in Writing

    David Mack
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:02 am
    On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, I was part of a panel discussion and Q&A about the art and business of writing media tie-in fiction. The panel was hosted by Housing Works Books, an all-donation, volunteer-staffed, nonprofit bookstore and café whose proceeds all go to fight homelessness and AIDS. Participating in the panel with me were [...]
  • You said it, Snoopy!

    David Mack
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:29 pm
    From the febrile imagination of my pal Dayton Ward, who clearly knows me all too well: (With apologies to the late, great Charles M. Schulz)  
  • Wanna cut the cord? Do the math first.

    David Mack
    14 Mar 2014 | 9:36 pm
    I had this great idea about a week ago: Tired of paying outrageous fees for cable television, I decided it was time to “cut the cord.” Of course, I still wanted to see all my favorite shows. And be able to record them. But I didn’t want to pay TiVo’s monthly fees — after all, [...]
  • Another feather in my cap

    David Mack
    1 Mar 2014 | 12:47 pm
    I belatedly noticed today that my most recent New York Times bestseller, Star Trek: The Fall, Book III – A Ceremony of Losses, is also a Locus Magazine #1 Bestseller, in the media-related fiction category, on its February 2014 list. That and $2.50 will get me a cup of coffee at the bodega of my [...]
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    SF Signal

  • INTERVIEW: Daryl Gregory on AFTERPARTY and Smart Drugs

    Andrew Liptak
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Daryl Gregory is an award-winning writer of genre-mixing novels, stories, and comics. His novels include The Devil’s Alphabet, Pandemonium, Raising Stony Mayhall, and the collection Unpossible. His new novel is Afterparty, a near-future SF novel about neuroscience, drugs, crime, and the numinous. (For more information about Afterparty, check out Daryl’s Afterparty Tour page.) Andrew Liptak had the opportunity to speak with Daryl about the genesis of Afterparty and more… Andrew Liptak: Afterparty takes place in a reasonably near future US where computer and pharmacological…
  • Table of Contents: FEARSOME MAGICS Edited by Jonathan Strahan

    John DeNardo (SF Signal)
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Jonathan Strahan has posted the table of contents for his upcoming anthology Fearsome Magics. Here’s the book description: A cabinet of magic! A cavalcade of wonder! A collection of stories both strange and wondrous, of tales filled with wild adventure and strange imaginings. Fearsome Magics, the second New Solaris Book of Fantasy, is all these things and more. It is, we think, one of the best books you will read all year. Award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan has invited some of the best and most exciting writers working in fantasy today to let their imaginations run wild and to…
  • Anne McCaffrey’s Dragons

    Andrew Liptak
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:16 pm
    I’ve had a passing fascination with McCaffrey’s books over the years, even as I never really dabbled in them. (I owned one book, Dragonflight, years ago.) I was always somewhat intimidated by the sheer size and scale of the series, and I was always more interested in SF than I was Fantasy (although now, I realize that that was a bit misguided.) Anne McCaffrey was always an author I was aware of: one of the female authors alongside the Asimovs, Herberts and Heinleins in my high school library. Yet, in recent years, as I’ve been researching, I’ve become aware that…
  • Friday YouTube: A Poem for FTL

    John DeNardo (SF Signal)
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Via Geek Art Gallery… Related posts: Friday YouTube: Spock is Fascinated Friday YouTube: Batman Meets the Riddler Friday YouTube: Predator – The Musical
  • Lies That Sci-Fi Movies Have Taught Us About Space

    John DeNardo (SF Signal)
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Think you know all about space from watching movies? Guess again. [via Geek Art Gallery] Related posts: Late Night Movies 7 Sci-Fi Movies For People Who Don’t Like Sci-Fi Movies 15 Geek Movies to See Before You Die
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    The World in the Satin Bag

  • A Cereal Metaphor for the SFF Community

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:17 am
    Imagine you have a bowl of cereal, and there are a bunch of other people with bowls of cereal, too.  Person A really likes Lucky Charms, which you think are OK, but you're much more into Cocoa Puffs.  Person B likes neither, but prefers Mini Wheats, while Person C enjoys Lucky Charms, but discovered Trix and hasn't turned back.  Along comes Person D.  They like Grape Nuts.  There's nothing necessarily wrong with Grape Nuts.  Sometime's it's OK.  Heck, sometimes it's even good if you're in the mood for it.  Other times, it's the thing you avoid in the…
  • Speculative Fiction 2014: Announcement and Call for Submissions!

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Speculative Fiction: The Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary is an anthology that celebrates online science fiction and fantasy non-fiction and its influence on the community. Each year, a collection of the anthology will be curated by rotating editors. Last year, Ana and Thea from The Book Smugglers created Speculative Fiction 2013. This year, we're pleased to say that we -- me and Renay from Lady Business -- will be editors of Speculative Fiction 2014.The first volume of Speculative Fiction, released in 2012, collected 52 pieces from authors, bloggers, and critics. The second…
  • I'm a Hugo Award Nominee -- Holy Moly on a Stick!

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    If you didn't know already, then you're probably living in a hole, don't know what a Hugo Award is, or don't care.  Or maybe you're secretly plotting to keep me forever in obscurity.  *glare*In any case, my podcast, The Skiffy and Fanty Show, is a finalist for the 2014 Hugo Awards in the Best Fancast category.  We're up there with a bunch of other amazing podcasts, too; there's something really cool about being in a category with Galactic Suburbia, The Writer and the Critic, and The Coode Street Podcast.  Heck, even SF Signal, who is the big boy (or girl) in town, is…
  • Film Remakes and the Necessity for Critical Distance

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Hollywood is hopelessly obsessed with remakes.  We all know this.  And if we don't, it's really not that difficult to figure out how obsessed Hollywood really is.  But I'll make it easy for you here:  here's a list of 57 remakes which were marked as "in development as of July 2013.  Some of those may have been dropped, but the fact of the matter is that there were 57 remakes in various stages of development last year.There's nothing inherently wrong with remakes, of course.  After all, many remakes tackles films that are now 30+ years old, which means the…
  • Fundraiser Updatery: 18 Days and Counting...

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    There are 18 days left in my Worldcon fundraiser for The Skiffy and Fanty Show.  And I'm $1552 short.  That's a lot to make up in less than a month, but it's still doable.  $87 a day will do it!  But that means I really need everyone's help on this.  A *lot* of help.And on that subject, I want to thank all the folks who have helped out thus far:Fred KiescheScott PohlenzMatthew SheahanLouise Lowenspets (there are two dots on the last "o," but I can't figure out how to put it in there on my tablet -- sorry :( )Andrew LiptakStina LeichtMaureen Kincaid SpellerJohn…
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    UFO Blogger : Uncover The UFO Truth

  • NASA Discovers Earth-sized Planet That May Sustain Life

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside our solar system."This is the best case for a habitable planet yet found. The results are absolutely rock solid," University of California, Berkeley astronomer Geoff Marcy, who had no role in the discovery, said in an…
  • The UFO Enigma Of Flying Spheres & Orbs

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    They have been seen by thousands of eye witnesses. Since World War 2, strange Flying Spheres have been reported and filmed making impossible maneuvers compared to terrestrial aircraft. They can avoid radar and even disable tracking and flight instrumentation.They have been seen by military pilots, airline pilots, NASA space shuttle pilots, and even International Space Station personnel. Is their origin extraterrestrial? Despite all efforts, Flying Spheres still remain a mystery to UFO researchers. This program presents everything we now know about this amazing mystery along with a…
  • Netherlands UFO : Daytime UFO Sighting Filmed Over Maassluis

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    Down below UFO was filmed over Maassluis, Netherlands on 12th April, 2014. Maassluis is a town in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland.
  • Ancient Aliens - Aliens and Stargates : Season 6 Episode 11

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Ancient legends describe sacred gateways that allowed instant transportation beyond space and time to the land of the gods.Are such interstellar passages merely myths, or did they really exist in the ancient world?
  • Adelaide Is Being Visited By UFOs : Australian Woman

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:39 am
    A woman claims she has proof that Adelaide is being visited by UFOs, and she has even made her home videos into a documentary. 
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    Risingshadow - Science Fiction & Fantasy

  • A review of Simon Strantzas' Burnt Black Suns

    19 Apr 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Simon Strantzas' Burnt Black Suns will be published by Hippocampus Press in May 2014. Information about Simon Strantzas: Simon Strantzas is the author of the story collections Beneath the Surface (2008), Cold to the Touch (2009), and Nightingale Songs (2011). His stories have appeared in The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, the Black Wings series, and elsewhere. He resides in Toronto, Canada. Click here to visit the author's official website. Information about Burnt Black Suns: In this fourth collection of stories, Simon Strantzas establishes himself…
  • A review of The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith: Volumes 1-5

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:09 am
    The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith: Volumes 1-5 were published by Night Shade Books during 2007-2010. These books were edited by Scott Connors and Ron Hilger, and cover images were painted by Jason Van Hollander. Clark Ashton Smith was an American poet, sculptor, painter and author of fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories. He was a member of the Lovecraft circle, and Smith's literary friendship with H. P. Lovecraft lasted from 1922 until Lovecraft's death in 1937. His work is marked chiefly by an extraordinarily wide and ornate vocabulary, a cosmic perspective and a…
  • An interview with Tim Lebbon

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    Tim Lebbon is a horror and dark fantasy writer, and a judge at the 2005 World Fantasy Convention. Tim Lebbon was born in London. His short story "Reconstructing Amy" won the Bram Stoker Award for Short Fiction in 2001 and his novel Dusk won the 2007 August Derleth Award from the British Fantasy Society for best novel of the year. His novelization of the movie 30 Days of Night became a New York Times bestseller and won a Scribe Award in 2008. Tim lived in Devon until he was eight and then in Newport until the age of 26. He now lives in Goytre, Monmouthshire with his wife and two children.
  • GIVEAWAY: Alchemystic by Anton Strout

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    This giveaway is limited to North America and UK. Only readers who live in North America and UK can participate in this giveaway. You have a chance to win a paperback copy of Anton Strout's Alchemystic. Alchemystic is the first part of The Spellmason Chronicles. If you want to participate in this giveaway, all you have to do is send a message to this e-mail address with your name and full mailing address: The lucky winner will be chosen randomly among all the participants. This giveaway ends at April 27th, 2014. The strongest bonds are set in stone... First in…
  • A review of Justyna Plichta-Jendzio's Cursed Children of Naor

    6 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    Justyna Plichta-Jendzio's Cursed Children of Naor was published in April 2014. Information about Justyna Plichta-Jendzio: Justyna Plichta-Jendzio was born in Koszalin (Poland) in 1974, and still resides near there. Married for sixteen years, she is the mother of one son and the happy owner of two spoiled cats. Justyna was lucky to live at the crossroads of two ages, communism and capitalism. When she was fifteen, communism fell in Poland. That time allowed her to see different reality, incomprehensible for future generations. It was also the chance to touch the past and have a glimpse at the…
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    On Starships and Dragonwings

  • In the Shadows and The Door Giveaway

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    From Scholastic: In the Shadows and The Door! I got a couple of extra copies of Scholastic’s April titles In the Shadows and The Door, so of course I must give them away to you all! The Door is an ARC and In the Shadows is a finished copy with pretty graphic novel pages woven in with a text story, oooooo! This giveaway will be US only for shipping costs, but keep an eye out for more international giveaways soon.  For years, the door has stayed closed. Hannah Silver hardly notices it as she goes about her strange life in an isolated lighthouse. But when a pair of mysterious strangers…
  • Horizon by Jenn Reese ARC {4 Stars}

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:33 am
    Horizon by Jenn Reese is the conclusion to the Above World trilogy, a mix of sci-fi and fantasy middle grade that has continued to incorporate more and more cool ideas and messages throughout! If you don’t want to be spoiled, check out my review of Above World instead ;-). If you’ve enjoyed this series so far, then you have to read the final book since it continues to deliver all the fun and magic that Above World and Mirage started. We even get chapters from a few new points of view, yey! Note: I received Horizon from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Some things…
  • Top Ten Characters Who I Want to be Friends With

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Thanks to the gals of The Broke and The Bookish for hosting this meme every week! I love this topic so much since I frequently wish I could be friends with characters. That is probably one of the biggest factors contributing to my overall reading experience actually: do I feel the need to spend as much time with this character as I can because I just like them? This doesn’t necessarily that they are all that great of a person, since I like broken characters too ;-). You Just Sound So Nice! Let’s start with the characters that are just so adorable and sweet that I want to hang…
  • The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher ARC {4 Stars}

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:56 am
    The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher is a romantic sci-fi about a future where humanity’s creations have taken over: human-insect hybrids rule the world now. I’ve always said that I’m not against romance, I just want there to be another plot and the romance needs to be convincing. The Ophelia Prophecy is a perfect example of this done well; I loved the romance and was intrigued by the world and mystery that Asha has set out to solve. Note: I received The Ophelia Prophecy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Some things may be different in the final…
  • Updates from the Lair 4/20/14

    20 Apr 2014 | 4:37 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!).  So I just got back from California (where I met up with Pabkins of Not Yet Read :D) this past Sunday at about 11pm and as you are reading this (happy Easter to those who celebrate by the way) I’m in Minnesota visiting family! I also got another round of steroid shots in my back on Thursday, then hopped in the car on Friday to go visiting. April is a really…
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    ATG Reviews

  • Game of Thrones Season Four – Episode 403 “Breaker of Chains”

    24 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Money Buys A Man’s Silence For A Time. A Bolt In The Heart Buys It Forever(This article will contain spoilers from Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 3).Point and counterpoint.As last week’s episode, The Lion and the Rose, ended with the Purple Wedding and focused on the dangers of having power.  This week’s episode, Breaker of Chains, focuses on the aftermath of Joffrey’s death and the dangers of being powerless.Westeros’ Patriarchal Society Exposed By The PowerlessThe above sub-heading reads like an old school newspaper heading.  Yet in nearly every scene in…
  • Neuromancer Book Review

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Welcome To CyberspaceNeuromancer today is widely hailed as a classic science fiction novel. It was the first SFF book to win the Philip K. Dick Award, the Hugo, and the Nebula all in the same year.  Its author, William Gibson coined the term cyberspace, nearly a full decade before the internet went commercial in the 90′s.  Neuromancer also started an entire new science fiction sub-genre called cyberpunk.With the string of accomplishments listed above it’s not hard to imagine why I was excited to read the book.  Unfortunately, for me personally Neuromancer was a major let…
  • 2014 Hugo Award Nominees Announced

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:31 pm
    The 2014 Hugo Award Nominees have been announced.  The Hugo’s are awards presented to the best works of fantasy and science fiction each year and are voted upon by members of the World Science Fiction Convention.  The nominees are drawn from the previous year, 2013.The winners will be announced at LonCon3 on August 17th, 2014.Best NovelAncillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit US/Orbit UK)Neptune’s Brood, Charles Stross (Ace / Orbit UK)Parasite, Mira Grant (Orbit US/Orbit UK)Warbound, Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles, Larry Correia (Baen Books)The Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan and…
  • Remembering Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:58 pm
    “All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret.” – Gabriel Garcia MarquezNobel Prize winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez passed away yesterday at the age of 87.  As the world mourns the loss of one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, we reflect on personal memories and what he contributed to literature as a whole.I first picked up One Hundred Years of Solitude while I was in college.  The author’s name had been passed around by some friends of mine, and I was going through a phase where I was reading the classics.  It’s first…
  • The Last of Us: American Dreams Comic Review

    The World Weary
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    They Grow Up So Fast…This review is of the Trade Paperback edition which collects issues 1-4.It’s a mad world we live in. As an adult, it’s hard not to reminisce about a time not so long ago, when things seemed better and hope was within reach. I look at young people these days and wonder how different it must be for them. To them, the wars in the middle east, the increasing tensions between Russia and the rest of the international community, the oils spills, the invasion of our rights by our own government, Edward Snowden, the internet, and a slew of other red letter issues…
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    EFB Blog

  • Agents of SHIELD – The Only Light In The Darkness Recap

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
    The Agents of Shield writing team has once again upped their game in this weeks episode, “The Only Light In The Darkness”. Oh yeah, this is a recap / review, […]
  • New Series Premiere ‘Salem’ Review

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    When you get any show with supernatural overtones you generally get a bunch of girly romance twilight / vampire diaries-esque bullshit, a rather heavy tax you have to pay in […]
  • Brian McClellan Giveaway Contest

    Zaynab Russell
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    We’ve just heard the news and want to let our readers know that Brian McClellan is giving away a signed copy of The Crimson Campaign! Pretty exciting huh? If you’ve […]
  • Agents of Shield – Providence Recap

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    In a world where the bad guys usually easily identifiable because of their skinless red skulls and questionable sartorial or tonsorial tastes, this weeks episode proved that beauty is indeed […]
  • Mother Knows Best in forthright episode of Grimm-S3E18

    13 Apr 2014 | 6:39 pm
    If this episode were barbecue, I’d say it tastes so good, it make you wanna slap yo Mama! In fact this episode was all about Mommas. New Mom Adalind, naive, […]
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