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  • PulpFest 2014 reports

    Yellowed Perils
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    Updated: Aug. 19, 2014. I’m planning a PulpFest 2 […]
  • PulpFest 2014 wrap-up

    Yellowed Perils
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve titled this post “PulpFest 2014 wrap-u […]
  • Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress

    Mark Chitty
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress is the first book I’ve read by the author, mainly because she is primarily published in the US. While in this day and age of e-readers and the seeming availability of pretty much anything you want, that’s not really an excuse on my part. However, after Yesterday’s Kin came to […]
  • Brown and fit to break bread with

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

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

    Mark Chitty
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress is the first book I’ve read by the author, mainly because she is primarily published in the US. While in this day and age of e-readers and the seeming availability of pretty much anything you want, that’s not really an excuse on my part. However, after Yesterday’s Kin came to […]
  • Jani and the Greater Game by Eric Brown (Multiplicity #1)

    Mark Chitty
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Jani and the Greater Game (Multiplicity #1) is Eric Brown’s new novel, a steampunk adventure and departure from his usual sci-fi offerings. As a fan of Brown’s work I approached this novel with some apprehension. Would it be as good as his sci-fi works? Would the change in genre work for me? Would it, ultimately […]
  • Thirteen Bullets

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Horror and westerns go well together, so why not add some aliens? Today we bring you a creepy, gory (you’ve been warned) story from the anthology, Lucky or Unlucky? 13 Stories of Fate. Enjoy. Thirteen Bullets by Andrew Leon Hudson Joe Bellow opens the door with my face, not quite fast enough that I can’t take […]
  • Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb (Fitz and the Fool Trilogy #1)

    Rob B
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    After more than a decade and seven intervening novels, Robin Hobb returns to her best known and most beloved character: FitzChivalry Farseer, ‘star’ of The Farseer and The Tawny Man trilogies.  Sure she dabbled in the same world with the Rain Wilds books, but it is Fitz / Tom Badgerlock (Badgerlock is the name he […]
  • Interview with John Hornor Jacobs

    11 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Interview with John Hornor Jacobs Hello John. Thanks for joining us. Happy to be here. You are just about to have your first novel published by Gollancz, The Incorruptibles. For those who don’t know, can you tell us a little about the novel? The Incorruptibles is a story about two auxiliary legionnaires working as scouts in […]
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    SF Novelists

  • Brown and fit to break bread with

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

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

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

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

    David B. Coe
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today I begin officially the Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour, and I thought it might be fun to kick off this year’s tour with a post about how I go about putting one together.  Blog tours can be much more than just a chance to self-promote, although obviously that’s the goal that lies at the root of all this work.  Tours of this kind can be fun, they can be an excuse to try new things and be truly creative not only with our publicity, but also with our books, our characters, and our setting. For those who are not familiar with my Thieftaker Chronicles series, or who have not…
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    James Maxey - Jawbone of an Ass

  • Prediction Three: Our jobless future

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

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    Orwell was right. We now live in a world where we're constantly watched. It's not just grainy black and white footage captured by security cameras in banks and supermarkets. With a few keystrokes, I can find color photographs of tens of millions of people doing very personal things, like hanging out with friends and family, going on dates, drinking, or just goofing around. I can see wedding
  • Predictions for the future (a series): 1. Climate Catastrophes

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

    5 Jun 2014 | 4:00 pm
    At ConCarolina's last weekend, I was on a panel to discuss Creationism/Intelligent Design vs Evolution. I had a hunch the panel would be dominated by the evolution side. I dislike lopsided debates, so I wanted to come in with the strongest argument for Intelligent Design I could muster. This wasn't easy, since most of Intelligent Design arguments boil down to three unconvincing ideas: We
  • launches!

    28 May 2014 | 6:19 pm
    So, it turns out this world wide web thing might not be a fad after all. Despite having two blogs and a Facebook page, I've never taken the time to actually set up a website devoted to my writing. I'm happy to announce that changes today. With the help of my friend Jesse Bernier, I'm launching a site that will consolidate both my blog feeds, provide a handy billboard for upcoming events, and
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    KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life

  • progress...

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Worte only 875 words of "Streets of Fire" today, but the day also included a very productive phone call regarding a tie-in project, helping teach two karate classes, taking a karate class, and probably some other stuff too, so that's not bad. And I'll get more done tomorrow, I hope.For now, though, the Chubby Hubby ice cream in my freezer is calling my name.....
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: "Behind the Lines"

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Odo gets seduced, Kira gets pissed, Sisko gets promoted, Dax gets a command, Quark gets drunk, and Rom gets arrested. The DS9 Rewatch goes "Behind the Lines."An excerpt:And we get it again this time with the female changeling—whose primary motivation is to get Odo to rejoin the link, screwing the resistance is just a fortuitous side effect—working on Odo to the point where he’s become as disconnected from the solids as the other Founders are. The female changeling’s methods are meticulous and perfect, playing on Odo’s heart’s desire (which we know from way back in “The Die is…
  • my Sunday feeling (Monday afternoon edition)

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    So it was quite a busy weekend. So much so that instead of writing this blog post last night like I intended, I fell asleep for three hours, and when I woke up, I just kinda lay in bed and watched SG-1 DVDs. (I've been marathoning the show in preparation for the SG-1 projects I have in the hopper with Fandemonium, though none of them are actually approved or okayed yet, and so may fall through, but I've been enjoying going through the show in any case.)Saturday we went to two parties: alorarose's birthday party at her house with her newly refurbished pool, then CJ-Con: the Afterlife Launch, a…
  • progress...

    16 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    I'm at 6174 words on "Streets of Fire," my story for V-Wars Volume 3, which includes something like 3000 words written yesterday and this morning. I like where the story's going.Now, though, we're off to the first of three events for the weekend: a birthday party for alorarose and the memorial party for C.J. Henderson today. Tomorrow, it's Tara and Brad's weddding. Busy busy busy is us.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: "Sons and Daughters"

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Alexander and Ziyal both return. This isn't necessarily a good thing. The DS9 Rewatch is reunited with some "Sons and Daughters."An excerpt:The hearts-and-bat’leths resolution is wholly unconvincing, as Alexander is still an incompetent dip, the crew still doesn’t take him seriously, and Worf is still the worst father ever. One successful battle against two Jem’Hadar ships (whose success was on the backs of Martok, Worf, and N’Garen in any case) should not have had the profound impact it did. This wasn’t like Worf and Martok’s fight in “Soldiers of the Empire,” it was just a…
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  • The Big Idea: Mary Weber

    John Scalzi
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:18 am
    Authors go into their books with what they intend to put on the page. But there are also the things that they put in there that take them by surprise — and sometimes those things add a new level to the work. Mary Weber talks about one of these things in Storm Siren — and how it got into the book in the first place. MARY WEBER: My big idea didn’t start out as big. In fact, I didn’t realize it was even an “idea” until a friend gave me feedback that went something like: “I love your focus on diversity. It’s cool you incorporated other races and special-needs characters…
  • Two Things I Would Like to Tell You About Today, Relating to Me

    John Scalzi
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Here they are! 1. Next Tuesday, which is the release date of Lock In and also the start of my book tour (I’ll be in Houston that night), I’ll also be doing a Twitter chat with the folks at Apple’s iBook store. You’ll be able to ask questions (indeed, we’ll even be taking some questions in advance) about the book, the tour, life, the universe and everything. I’ll be offering up more details soon, but for now: 4pm Eastern, August 26, you should be near a Twitter client. 2. Over at I am doing a two-part Quiz at the End of the Universe, and the first…
  • “Lock In” by William Beckett: The Theme Song to the Novel

    John Scalzi
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    It’s been my thing over the last few novel releases to commission a song from musicians I admire to accompany the book release. For Lock In, I asked William Beckett if he’d be willing to do the honors, and I was absolutely delighted when he said yes — I’ve been a huge fan of William’s, both for his recent solo work and as the front man for the band The Academy Is. I was even more delighted when William sent me the first rough mix of the song. I had sent him an ARCs of Lock In and its prequel novella “Unlocked,” so he could immerse himself in the…
  • Get a Sneak Preview of the Lock In Audiobook by Amber Benson and Wil Wheaton

    John Scalzi
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    Where? At! The audio clips are taken from the first chapter — Amber’s first, then Wil’s (they’re reading sequential bits, not the same bit). I’ve listened to them. I am sooooo happy with these audio versions, I can’t even tell you. Except, uh, I just did, I guess. Anyway. Also, remember that for the next four days (through the 22nd) if you pre-order one version of the audio, either by Wil or Amber, you can get the other one as well. Details are here.
  • Midnight Star Article On GamesIndustry.Biz

    John Scalzi
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    In which the game and the graphic novel are discussed. Both are coming. Soon. Also, I just wanted to show off that particular piece of art above, because it has a clever dialogue ballon by me. Me!
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    Magical Words

  • Delilah Dawson: Paying It Forward

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:02 am
    There are many rewards to being a writer, although most of them aren’t the six figure deals and Tom Hiddleston movies we all dream about. I didn’t write my first book until I was 32, and one of the first things I did was hop on Twitter and start meeting other people treading the same path. I found agents, editors, bloggers, famous novelists, and other people following their literary aspirations, people just like me. Little did I know that I had stumbled into one of the most thoughtful, generous, supportive communities on the internet. The best writers, to me, are not only amazing…
  • It’s a boy thing…

    Lucienne Diver
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    There was a minor kerfluffle on Twitter, blogs (like here on The Mary Sue), and elsewhere yesterday because a children’s shirt of The Guardians of the Galaxy included every major character but the female, Gamora. The explanation given by the company, “It’s a boy’s shirt.” As usual when something gets me all worked up, I have so many initial responses that they sort of bottle-neck up and I have trouble getting the words out. But let me try. No, no, no, no, no, no, no! (*sung operatically as Queen might do*) It’s a boy’s shirt. Really? Now, I know that I’m here to talk about…
  • This thing called a writing life

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:58 pm
    I’m actually not going to talk about the writing life. I’m going to talk about life instead. Writing is a job. Writing is a tremendously fun job, but a job nonetheless. Writers always write. We always observe, always collect bits of cool ideas, we always think about our characters, our plots, our plans for torture . . . . This is not good. This, in fact, is bad. Writers have to get away from the writing. We need vacations; we need time to relax, to not be working. But writing is so wonderful. so amazing, so awful, so terrifying, so stressful, and horrifying,  that we can’t…
  • Lara Morgan: Plot Wrangling and Highlighter Love . . .

    15 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the hardest things, for me, when writing a book is keeping the plot straight; by which I mean keeping track of it and making sure it makes sense.  Which is probably why I always, and I mean always, wonder why I persist in writing series.  And series with lots of characters with intersecting plot lines.  The book I’ve got coming out now, Betrayal, is the second in my epic fantasy series, The Twins of Saranthium.  It’s set in a world of deserts and jungles, and has a vast cast of characters, including ancient resurrected gods seeking to enslave an entire people, warring desert…
  • Carol Berg: Making It Personal, Making It Real

    14 Aug 2014 | 3:37 am
    Hi all! Epic fantasies are big stories, not just in the number of books it takes to tell the whole thing, but in the complexity, scope, and scale of events. They are grand adventures that dabble about those fascinating borderlines between nature, magic, myth, and the divine. But if the adventure gets too grand, the events too large scale, the cast too large, readers can get left back on the ground and feel detached from the story. The reading experience can become more like reading mythology than reading a human story. As a reader I like to experience epic events through the very personal…
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  • Lost pennies

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:55 am
    "Mommy, can I have this penny?"I looked up to see my youngest daughter, thrilled with her discovery, holding a shiny copper penny in her hand. She'd found it on the ground outside, and as per usual my children's usual protocol, she'd come to check with me before claiming it as her personal property.I smiled and told her she could have it. Two hours later my older daughter made an excited noise and lifted something shiny from my computer desk. "Mommy, can I have this penny?"Primed by the day's earlier events, I answered yes without looking up from the screen. I finished the sentence I was…
  • New Audible Book

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

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

    13 Jun 2014 | 11:49 am
    Ok, um. So I was going to write this big long post about how exciting it is moving into a 100-year-old house, and finding doors that had been plastered over, and chimneys that no longer go anywhere, and fantasizing about hidden treasure in the basement. But I don't seem to have managed to write that post yet, so instead I'm going to jump right on in to the day-to-day of unpacking. (Yes, we are STILL unpacking. We sort of got swept up in the day-to-day of school and work, and left most of the non-essential boxes to gather dust in the corner for two months.)Today Alex and Aubrey discovered…
  • On Happily-Ever-Afters

    15 Mar 2014 | 4:23 am
    It’s strange how certain conversations can stick with you. I was chatting in an online forum years ago, among good friends, when the topic turned to family relationships. A number of forum members shared difficult and distressing experiences from their personal lives. Then someone asked, a little wistfully, “Is there even such a thing as a normal family anymore? Like, you know, a family where everybody is still talking to each other?” I had one of those rabbit-in-the-headlight moments. “Yes!” I thought. “Mine!” We’re not perfect, not by any…
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    No Fear of the Future

  • The sounds of space

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

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    I cannot remember being so exhausted during and after a con as I have with Armadillocon 36 this past weekend. I don't know what was up with that, but despite turning in way early on Friday and Saturday, I operated in zombie mode most of the weekend. Hopefully I was able to cover it up and not infect too many folks I came into contact with. One might think that with such depressed energy levels, Armadillocon would've been a complete bust for me, but surprisingly the exact opposite is true. I had a blast. Despite an asinine, patronizing set of conduct rules distributed to all the programming…
  • Babylon 5: The Parliament of Dreams

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    I am re-watching the entire Babylon 5 television series. I had not seen a single episode since B5 completed its tumultuous run. Does J. Michael Straczynski still have the touch? Come along and find out. In Valen's Name: Earth Alliance has imposed a week-long religious festival on Babylon 5, so that all races might share the dominant belief of their civilization and learn something about each other. The human contribution to this festival has been dumped on Commander Sinclair with no guidance, and he's at a loss on how to present "Earth's dominant belief system" to the other races. To…
  • Babylon 5: Infection

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    I am re-watching the entire Babylon 5 television series along with my teenage daughter. I have not seen a single episode since B5 completed its tumultuous run, and Calista was just a few days old when the final episode aired back in 1998. Does J. Michael Straczynski still have the touch? Come along with us and find out. In Valen's Name: Dr. Vance Hendricks, a former professor of Dr. Stephen Franklin's, shows up on Babylon 5 for what is presumably a pleasant reunion with his formal pupil. Down in the station's docking bays, however, Hendricks' henchman Nelson Drake kills a station worker in…
  • Armadillocon 36 schedule

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:59 am
    Armadillocon 36 is approaching July 25-27, and seeing as how pretty much every other guest has shared his or her schedule via the interwebz, I figured it was high time I do so myself. Fashionably late to the party and all that. Most of my Friday will be consumed with being an instructor in the world-famous Armadillcon Writers Workshop. This writers workshop is a stunningly good deal for aspiring and neo-pro authors, as it puts them in close, intensive writerly-oriented contact with an array of insanely talented and accomplished authors and editors. I say this having actually taught in the…
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  • Brown and fit to break bread with

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

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

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

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

    David B. Coe
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today I begin officially the Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour, and I thought it might be fun to kick off this year’s tour with a post about how I go about putting one together.  Blog tours can be much more than just a chance to self-promote, although obviously that’s the goal that lies at the root of all this work.  Tours of this kind can be fun, they can be an excuse to try new things and be truly creative not only with our publicity, but also with our books, our characters, and our setting. For those who are not familiar with my Thieftaker Chronicles series, or who have not…
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  • New John Hiatt

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    Fine new song off his latest CD.
  • Yay, Hugos!

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    I was hoping Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice would win the Hugo, but for some reason I felt certain that the Wheel of Time series would stomp on all the other novel nominees with a giant Monty Python-like foot.  Amazingly, though, Ancillary Justice ended up winning, and by what looks like a pretty big margin.  Before the voting deadline I was going to post something about how great the book was and urge people to read it, but all I could think of to say was, Hey, read this, no, really, right now, why are you still sitting there? Having gotten my thoughts more together, I can say…
  • New Review at the B&NR

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    The newest from William Vollmann, examined:
  • New Review at LOCUS ONLINE

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:22 pm
    I check out a new story collection:
  • New Review at the B&NR

    13 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Graham Joyce's fine new book gets a look:
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  • Tuesday with Tate

    tate hallaway
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    It's Tuesday and I'm back from vacation, so that means there's a new installment of my work-in-progress serial novel available for your enjoyment on WattPad (free!) You can read "Part 20: Shatterer of Worlds" here:'ve described the installment thusly: "In which Alex discovers how much she sucks at being a fugitive from justice."Go!  Enjoy!  Comment/kudo/ignore!
  • Want New AngeLINK stories? Here's a chance...

    tate hallaway
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:36 pm
    In support of the anthology Accessing the Future, I'm offering to write your name into a brand-new AngeLINK story.  That bonus is at the $250 level, but, if you buy this, I would also take prompts.  Is there something in the books you always wish I'd write?  A favorite character you wish I would revisit?  Just let me know if you buy this and I'll do my best to fulfill your wishes, PLUS add your name to the story.There's also a chance to donate and get e-copies of all my novels, plus a bonus short story "The Case of the Missing Devil Child" which appeared in the first issue…
  • Updates and Such....

    tate hallaway
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    First, since it's Wedsneday, you should check out Mason and I doing our manga thing: this one we actually almost touch on something deep... well, to some extent, given that I'm talking about all this without a lot of coffee and very off the cuff.  I've been on a not-so-very-serious quest to uncover more information about intersexed and transgendered representations in manga after the appearance of Giselle in Bleach. I found an interesting manga at the library called Wandering Son (which is alternately translated as…
  • Tuesday Treats (Plus Bonus Question)

    tate hallaway
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    I almost wanted to call this one "Dumpster Divining" because that's such a wonderful idea, but Nana Spider has already shuffled off with her plastic bag companions.  Thus, Alex is left wondering just what she is and decides to talk to the one person who would know.... her father, only, he's forgotten his cell at home, so who should pick up, but Alex's stepmonster...., go check that out, if you're so inclined.  Once again, it's a bit short.  I was going to go on, but then the final line was just TOO GOOD, so I…
  • Riddles and Rhymes, Oh My!

    tate hallaway
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Nana Spider speaks in riddles and rhymes, but Alex finally learns something about her true nature:'s right... the new installment is up on Wattpad for your enjoyment. It's a little short this time, and I have to apologize.  My morning was eaten up by my son's 5th grade "celebration" (read: faux graduation).  He's left behind Elementary School and is now officially a middle grader... it was kind of a big thing, so I couldn't miss it.  But, that meant I got going on my wiring related…
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    Joe Abercrombie

  • First Law Graphic Novel on

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

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

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

    Joe Abercrombie
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:02 am
    Greetings American cousins, my new book Half a King should now be available across the nation in hardcover, electronic, and audio formats.  But that’s not all, for on the 22nd July I shall be flying out to be present in your country in my actual person.  The main event is San Diego Comic Con, so I’m afraid there’s a West Coast flavour to my visits this time around but, fear not, I’ll hopefully be fitting in some east coast action early next year with the release of the sequel, Half the World. Here’s the full itinerary, including my panels and signings at Comic…
  • Half a King Published in the US!

    Joe Abercrombie
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:06 am
    Yes, celebrate, my cousins across the pond, for Half a King is published throughout the Land of the Free today.  It’s the Sunday Times no. 3 Hardcover Bestseller that GRRM called, ‘A fast paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page one and refused to let go,’ while Robin Hobb found it, ‘Enthralling. An up-all-night read,’ and Rick Riordan said it had, ‘eye-popping twists and rollicking good action.’  I could go on, but I already have, over here.  Take a look if you fancy seeing a trailer, reading an extract or further reviews or,…
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    Ann Aguirre

  • Big Mortal Danger Winners!

    Ann Aguirre
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    First off, congratulations! And thanks to everyone who participated. I hope it was fun.  Olivia Campbell –  trip or laptop  Mighta Zerie Nolasco –  manuscript critique Zairah Divino - flash drive Lea Krnjeta – branded compact Lina G – Skype chat Alyssa Susanna – signed Fierce Reads book prize package Arnie Arce - movie poster Chelle Pike – infinity symbol necklace You can contact me with your shipping information using the link on my contact page. If you don’t get in touch by August 26th, we will draw for a new winner. In the event a grand prize…
  • Let It Go Day

    Ann Aguirre
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    I’m excited to tell you all about an event I’m putting together in conjunction with Harlequin, called Let It Go Day. #LetItGo In I WANT IT THAT WAY, Ty has to let go of old pain in order to embrace happiness and open his heart to love. We all have past baggage that makes it hard to move forward. So in honor of this, we’ll be celebrating his freedom on September 3rd.  I invite all my readers (and other authors) to participate by letting go of painful memories and reaffirming your freedom. I can’t wait for the excitement on September 3rd and I hope you’re up for…
  • The Big Mortal Danger Contest

    Ann Aguirre
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    It’s almost release time for MORTAL DANGER, the first book in my new YA trilogy about bullies, beauty, prep school, and revenge. In case you haven’t seen it yet, the cover is absolutely amazing. I love the infinity symbol. In honor of the release of MORTAL DANGER (coming 8/5/14), I’m doing an Infinity Symbol Scavenger Hunt for the entire month of July.  Your mission will be to find and capture (take a picture of) any infinity symbols you can find or create.  The more creative you get, the more points you will earn.  Here’s an example of one I found in Vancouver, Canada. I need…
  • 2B New Adult Cover Reveal

    Ann Aguirre
    16 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    We are over the moon about the cover reveal for my 2B Trilogy Series!!! Published by Harlequin HQN, the 2B Trilogy Series is a New Adult Contemporary Romance series made up of 3 titles. I WANT IT THAT WAY is the first full-length novel in the 2B Trilogy and is set to be released August 26th. Book 2, AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME, is releasing on September 30th, and THE SHAPE OF MY HEART is scheduled to be released on November 25th. You DO NOT want to miss this series!   About I WANT IT THAT WAY: Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she’s determined to make them come true. But between maintaining…
  • Reviewer Book requests

    Ann Aguirre
    11 Jun 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Would you like to get one of my books for FREE? Then you can already start celebrating like this:   If you do not have a blog, remember that first preference will be given to you if you’ve reviewed books of mine at Amazon or Goodreads. There are also some foreign language titles in here, so be sure to spread the word among all of your bilingual peers.   Here are some of the titles you can request: Silver Mirrors Enclave – SPANISH Language Edition. Horde – SPANISH Language Edition. Horde – FRENCH Language Edition. Let the Requests & Reviews commence!   Note: as it…
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    Eleanor Arnason's Web Log

  • Thor 1

    16 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    We watched Thor 1 again, after a fair long while. It's a silly movie, but I still like it. Compared to the other Marvel movies the pace seemed stately. Yes, there were fights, but not an adrenaline crazed rush of violence. I like the images: golden Asgard, dark Jotenheim and small town New Mexico. I like Hiddleston a lot. How could one not? And I like the movie's double arc: Thor rising up to become a human being, so to speak, and Loki descending into a monster. Hemsworth is okay. He's playing a simpler character. No one ever said Thor was complex. Loki, on the other hand, is a great role.
  • Iceland Again

    14 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    Another photo of Iceland. When in doubt, look at a photo of Iceland. Better yet, go to Iceland. I need to check the rates on Icelandair...
  • Police

    14 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    And this is a photo is from the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul. The demonstrations at the convention were mostly middle aged women peace activists, as far as I know. There were some kids (see above). But nothing to require creating a security perimeter around downtown St. Paul and filling it with cops like the ones we see here. Let's face it. The people who run America are afraid of ordinary AmericansThe police in Ferguson are far better equipped and look far worse. They look like an army of occupation.
  • Killing Young Black Men

    14 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    A Guardian essay on the troubles in Ferguson, MO.In so far as there is anything good about the situation in Ferguson, it's that people are demonstrating, and the world is learning the story.
  • Seals

    14 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Another photo, which is not about me. Seals in Iceland, courtesy of the Guide to Iceland facebook page. In color, I am pretty sure, but mostly black and white and gray.
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  • Flowers for Caroline

    Neal Asher
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    The summer before last I pulled out yet another dead climbing plant from the pot on our terrace. I can’t even remember what it was, so lacking in any redeeming qualities was it. Caroline and I then went to a garden centre in Ierapetra and talked to the Dutch lady running it. She came up with a plant right for the climate of Papagianades, that shed its leaves in the winter so wouldn’t require watering and produced beautiful flowers.  Last spring we watched it put out its first leaves of that year and spread up the trellis. But the thing flowered in August so we never got to see that,…
  • Ocean Frenzy

    Neal Asher
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:27 am
    Um, I’m noticing how many of my posts now begin with something along the lines of ‘I was in a bar the other day...’ but what the hell? I was in The Rock bar the other day either after or before my usual ‘big swim’ (this is about three-quarters of a mile, topped off to a mile with a few additional smaller swims) and feeling a bit bored, peevish, whatever. I can’t keep swimming for hours on end and lying in the sun or drinking beer, though enjoyable, have limited entertainment value. Anyway, Chris – co-owner of The Rock and the guy who took me gorge walking – said, ‘Why…
  • The Year's Best Science Fiction 31.

    Neal Asher
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:08 am
     In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world in the year's best short stories. This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth…
  • Aw Nuts

    Neal Asher
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes…
  • A Blasted Heath

    Neal Asher
    5 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    I was on the beach the other day when someone said, ‘Is there a fire up there?’ From the mountains, in a long swathe, the sky was stained umber. ‘Probably the power station,’ said someone else, and the matter dropped from my mind (The power station up the coast often spews out a filthy plume – probably when it’s ramping up output to compensate when the wind turbines have stopped ... because it’s too windy).  On a following morning Tim phoned me from Armeni to check if everything was all right at Papagianades – if the fire had reached that far. He then described the…
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    The Battersblog

  • 2014 SNAPSHOT

    Lee Battersby
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:16 am
    In happier news, the Australian SF Snapshot series of interviews is being conducted again, and once again I have been snapped and shotted in what's becoming increasingly like a 7-Up version of my again self.This time, journalist Nick Evans has asked the questions, grilling me on the transition from adult novels to childrens works, my Australian TBR pile and just what the hell I think I'm doing with what's supposed to be my career. You can see my response here.

    Lee Battersby
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    We lost another divine lunatic yesterday. Robin Williams, who first helped melt my mind when I was a kid with his anarchic portrayal of Mork from Ork in Mork and Mindy, and who made regular incursions into my artistic consciousness through a series of brilliant live DVDs; early comedic movies like Moscow on the Hudson and Good Morning, Vietnam; mature middle-career performances in Jumanji, The Birdcage and others; and stunning dramatic tours-de-force in a range of intense dramatic roles such as Dead Poets Society; Good Will Hunting; One Hour Photo and Insomnia, killed himself. For a man who…
  • Review: Marvel Masterworks: Daredevil - Volume 3

    Lee Battersby
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:31 am
    Marvel Masterworks: Daredevil - Volume 3 by Stan LeeMy rating: 3 of 5 starsThe very definition of a curate's egg. One of my favourite Marvel characters, who has developed unbelievable shades and intonations over the years, and the beginnings of his complexity are in evidence throughout this volume of early stories. The art by Gene Colan is superb: clear, active, with unexpected depth and elegance. But, oh Gods, Stan Lee is an abysmal hack. The writing is embarrassing, and the z-grade line-up of villians-- including El Matador, whose powers involve being a matador and having a skeezy Spanish…
  • Review: Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants

    Lee Battersby
    3 Aug 2014 | 1:59 am
    Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants by Matthew InmanMy rating: 4 of 5 starsHilarious collection of profane, insane and left-brain strips from one of the few online strips I follow. All the ranty, common-sense goodness that makes this strip so brilliantly funny, presented in large, glossy format. Love it.View all my reviews

    Lee Battersby
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:01 am
    Over at Facebook, I was tagged in a meme that required me to list three things that made me grateful, every day for three days.So I thought I'd list them here, too.I'm grateful for my art. It has provided me with friendships, income, travel opportunities, and was the vehicle by which I escaped the soul-destroying depths off despair I was slowly being crushed by while working in the Public Service. I'll never be famous, I'll never be remembered, and I'll never be considered at even the middle of the tree, but my art has been the thing that has kept me from disappearing into the obscure midst…
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    throw another bear in the canoe

  • gave up. passed out.

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

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

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:24 am
    First of all, kudos to Icelandair, which managed to weld a new engine on the plane or something while we were sitting on the tarmac, and there was only a 90 minute delay... and who had meal vouchers and new boarding passes waiting for us, without being fussed at about it, when we landed on the very large and scenic rock 90 minutes later than anticipated.Wait, I might be getting ahead of myself. Scott and I are enroute to Helsinki for Finncon. Mechanical difficulties delayed our flight out (Scott claims he saw Mary Robinette Kowal on the wing of the plane with a gremlin puppet) and so we…
  • in concert with that blood-washed band

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    The final episode of Shadow Unit is live, and I am having a complicated emotional response.I also have a draft program for LonCon III. And I sold a short story to Asimov's and another one to a Sekrit Projekt. (There will also be at least one signing at the Gollancz table, and I am hoping for a Kaffeklatsch or Literary Beer or reading, but those have not been assigned yet.)A Reader's Life During Peak Short FictionFriday 12:00 - 13:30There are now more speculative short stories published than any one person can hope to read -- or even find. So how do fans of the short-form navigate this…
  • sometimes you've got to put your shoulder to the door

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:05 am
    4th Street Fantasy is over for another year, and a good time was had by everybody who talked to me about it, at least. Dates for next year have been announced: June 26th-28th, with the usual pre-con party Thursday night and post-con sushi expedition Monday afternoon. This is a week later than usual, because of when we could get the hotel facilities we needed, so we will be a week before CONvergence rather than two weeks before.I've also gotten the CEM of Karen Memory turned around and back to Tor, so all the hard parts of that are done. My only remaining duty is the proofs, and the advance…
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  • What's Jayme drinking?

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Got a little something different tonight: Plum melomel. For the uninitiated, that is mead (honey wine) made with plums. I made it myself. It's been in the works for quite a long time, the initial honey fermentation starting back in November 2012, keeping the fermentation cool by sitting the carboy in a water bath filled with ice and wet towels draped over it. This had the effect of slowing fermentation to prevent the formation of yucky fusel alcohols. I added the crushed plum juice to start secondary fermentation in June 2013, and finally bottled it in April of this year. That's a long time…
  • Friday Night Videos

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    I've only got a couple of things to say about Stevie Wonder's hit from 1986, "Part Time Lover." First, the video is pretty bare bones: It looks like it could've been a performance clip lifted from Soul Train. I half-expected to see Rick Dees and the Solid Gold Dancers put in an appearance. Second, this song got a lot of airplay on the radio my sophomore year in high school. I mean a lot. And every single time it came on with that opening bass line, in my mind I expected Hall and Oates to start singing "Maneater." Every. Time. And you know what? That still happens. Previously on Friday Night…
  • The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas rides again!

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    Friends and neighbors, if you were broken up about missing the Theatre Under the Stars' production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas staged at Houston's Miller Outdoor Theatre last month (and really, you have every right to be. I was fortunate enough to be a guest for their production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas during it's run at the Hobby Center in 2012, and it was downright fantastic!) then do I have good news for you! News broke yesterday that the Tony Award-winning musical is getting its very own Broadway revival! This marks the first time the show's been performed on…
  • Friday Night Videos

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    The worst thing, perhaps, about hit singles off of soundtrack albums is that their videos generally suck. In most cases, very little creativity or budget goes into them. Instead, a bunch of clips for the movie in question are strung together with maybe a few scenes of the actual performer. In essence, it's treated like one only commercial for the film. Which may or may not help at the box office, but dramatically shortens the shelf life of the song. Case in point: "Spies Like Us" by Paul McCartney. This was one of his last hits prior to the music world writing him off as completely…
  • The sounds of space

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    Welcome to my latest obsession: Sounds from space. I know, I know, space is for all practical purposes a vacuum (unless you're designing an interstellar ramjet) so sound as we know it doesn't exist there. And even if it did in the thin stellar media, we'd need fantastically sensitive microphones to pick up any hint of audio. Well, I thought so, until I stumbled across the "NASA Space Sounds" video below when it was being shared around the interwebz recently. Instruments aboard Voyagers I and II, as well as several other space probes, recorded an array of electromagnetic signals that, when…
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  • New Girl Reviews

    11 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    I dropped these elsewhere already, but I like to keep things where they're easier to find (aka here). So! A couple of nice new reviews of Girl on a Wire that made me happy and also have a little swoon at how soon this book will be out and y'all can read it. I can't wait to find out what you think.  Booklist Online sayeth: "With a skillful blend of modern-day circus tales, classically ill-fated love, and mystery, Bond gives readers scenes from the wire that will make them sweat alongside Jules as she steps out with no net, and teens will thrill to Jules’ adventures as…
  • On Magicians, Books About

    8 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    The result of one of the deadlines that was part of the recent swarm; I reviewed Lev Grossman's The Magician's Land (and the entire trilogy, really) for this weekend's Los Angeles Times' books section. Snippet: This trilogy is not, as it is so often described, "Harry Potter for adults." But it is a meditation on whether magic cake can be eaten happily or whether it would go stale when exposed to the bitter air of a more realistic treatment. Maybe, this masterful close suggests, both real and fantasy worlds have space for heroes and magic. One of the reasons I…
  • Three Things: Clown Noses, Girls on Wires + Schedulizing

    6 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    Home again, home again. With three things to report. Thing The First: The Virginia Highlands Festival was a complete delight; such a warm welcome from the creative writing day committee, and a series of truly fun events with fabulous writers and great, engaged audiences. Plus, I got to see the Greenman Press studio, and hang out with Karen and Charles Vess, and see the giant, gorgeous statue and fountain "Midsummer Play" that Charles designed and constructed across from the Barter Theater. It doesn't get better than that. I shared these photos elsewhere, but doing so here for…
  • Upcoming Events - Highlands Festival

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    I've been experiencing a minor swarm of deadlines since we got back from Lisbon (oh, what a gorgeous city--it was fabulous), and so scarce around these parts. But I did want to drop a post to say if you're in or around the Abingdon, Virginia, area, well, I will be too Sunday through Tuesday, Aug. 3-5, for the Virginia Highlands Festival's Creative Writing Days. You should come out to some events and say hi. I've never been to the festival before, and I can't wait. Whee! Here's where you can catch me there: Sunday, 3-4:30 p.m. - "Words and Music: Classical…
  • Hello From Here

    9 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    So far all I’ve managed is to edit down a prologue (openings are delicate and tricksy!) — but having a great time in Lisbon. And loving my little workspace. More photos of this glorious city and our adventures here can be found in this flickr album I'm updating daily. Far too many, admittedly. Shoot now, curate later, I say. Thanks, everyone, for the generous reaction and comments here and there on the last post. Happy it resonated. Now time for one of those decadent vacation lunches, with a little copo of wine.
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    Swan Tower

  • A Year in Pictures – SPACE TURTLES!!!

    Swan Tower
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    This work by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. It’s rare for me to do heavy editing on my photos. I crop them a bit, straighten them out, enhance the colors until they look like I remember them being in real life. But on this occasion, I feel obliged to share with you all the original form of the photo: I loved the carving in the ground, but the light made it absolutely impossible to get an overhead shot (which would show the turtles properly) without my shadow ending up on it, too. But with…
  • A Year in Pictures – Eighteenth-Century Graffiti

    Swan Tower
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    This work by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. If memory serves, this is a set of boards taken from the wall of an eighteenth-century prison. I have to say: the quality of graffiti has declined remarkably over the last two centuries . . . . Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there. This entry was also posted at Comment here or there.
  • A question for the cooking types

    Swan Tower
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Paging mrissa, paging desperance . . . . I have a recipe that was originally intended as a side dish, and has been made into more of a main dish with the addition of hamburger — but it’s kind of a bland main dish. So I’m looking for ways to improve it, and I figured some of you who read this journal could probably make suggestions. The recipe in its original form contains: wild rice onion celery salt and pepper cream of mushroom soup cream of chicken soup Which you bake into a casserole, adding hamburger if this isn’t a side dish. But like I said: bland. Any…
  • A Year in Pictures – Golden Gate at Sunset

    Swan Tower
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    This work by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. We recently went up to Sausalito in the North Bay to celebrate my mother’s birthday, and stayed in a hotel that was just off the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge: a prime spot to catch it in the warm light of evening. Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there. This entry was also posted at Comment here or there.
  • Modern Confederacy

    Swan Tower
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Sometimes you read something that spins your understanding of a topic around like a whirligig and when it stops, you see things in an entirely new light. Here’s what my teachers’ should have told me: “Reconstruction was the second phase of the Civil War. It lasted until 1877, when the Confederates won.” Which is really just the lead-in for the part that has very direct relevance for today: The Confederate sees a divinely ordained way things are supposed to be, and defends it at all costs. No process, no matter how orderly or democratic, can justify fundamental change. When in the…
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  • More Science: Microbes, Pathogens & Parasites

    David Brin
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Time for another science roundup... this time -- biology!==  Toxins, Viruses and Parasites ==By some estimates, your body houses ten times more bacteria than cells with your DNA.  But that is only the start of our humiliation! DNA surveys now suggest that humans have thousands of viral species in and on us. Most of them likely coexist within our gut in peace and harmony. This notion - of relatively harmless viruses that therefore have escaped notice by science - has been around a while. It features prominently in my short story “The Giving Plague.”The…
  • Our next big crisis...Would you believe phosphorus?

    David Brin
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    == The crisis you never heard of... unless... == An inspiring TED talk attempts to bring to world attention a coming “phosphorus crisis” — the rapid depletion of this elemental resource that is vital to life — a crisis that I revealed to many of you in EXISTENCE. This TED talk: A Simple Solution to the Coming Phosphorus Crisis -- by biologist Mohamed Hijri (in French but with excellent sub-titles) not only clearly elucidates the problem, but also puts forward one element of a solution that could save several billion lives, when the phosphorus deposits dry…
  • Ways to make civilization robust

    David Brin
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    The resilience of our entire civilization is increasingly reliant on a fragile network of cell phone towers, which are the first things to fail in any crisis, e.g. a hurricane or other natural disaster… or else deliberate (e.g. EMP or hacker) sabotage.I have been nagging about this for almost two decades. My recommendation — offered to national and corporate leaders since 1995? That our pocket phones should have a backup communication mode that is peer-to-peer, that could pass messages from phone to phone through any afflicted area until they reach a zone with cell…
  • Rep-coins, Legos, humor... and fear of "14"!

    David Brin
    9 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    For your weekend pleasure... a light potpourri of tasty items.  For you smartypants types, that is.For starters: Do you like great science fiction anthologies?  Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Smarter Tomorrow is out at last, with stories gathered by Neal Stephenson, edited by Ed Finn and Kathryn Cramer. Project Hieroglyph is the keystone to a joint project to bright science fiction out of its current funk... the lazy obsession with doom, dystopia and nostalgia... and make it once again something that encouraged us all to feel that we can…
  • A challenge story! Just 140 words long. Action! Mystery! Romance!

    David Brin
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    I’m a sucker for a challenge. I’ve done stories that were precisely 250 words. And precisely six words long. (One of those 6-worders had three separate scenes, action, conversation and pathos!) Heck, I’ve even written in second-person, future tense, though that one is problematic, because some readers obey.Now comes a silly-ass dare from that meme-wallow, the Internet. GISHWHES (pompously promoting: the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen) is a charity fundraiser by Supernatural star Misha Collins. This year, one…
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    Tobias Buckell

  • 1,200 miles by train

    Tobias Buckell
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    I’m in Europe, and just finished a 1,200 mile journey by train. That’s like going from Omaha, Nebraska to New York. Or, as we went North to South, like me going from Bluffton, OH to Miami Florida. Anyway. The original plan was to fly into London and then take the high speed train to Paris. It is just a couple of hours. Transfer in Paris to take the high speed to Barcelona. That’s a long haul in a single day, but it would let us spend a couple days in Barcelona. Then high speed rail from Barcelona to Madrid and Toledo, where we would spend our time in Toledo before heading up…
  • I will be a guest instructor at Clarion West in 2015

    Tobias Buckell
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    So here is the announcement: “Clarion West is delighted to announce the names of the instructors for the 2015 Six-Week Workshop. Applications will open in December 2014. More information about the instructors and application instructions will be posted in the coming weeks. Andy Duncan  2015 Clarion West Leslie Howle Fellow Eileen Gunn Tobias Buckell Connie Willis Nalo Hopkinson Cory Doctorow  2015 Clarion West Susan C. Petrey Fellow” (Via News |.) So first off, what an amazing line up of instructors for 2015. I’ll be keeping some heady company. One of the things I got to…
  • West Coast book tour: after action report

    Tobias Buckell
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    The hugely awesome people at Tor (my publicist Leah Withers and Patty Garcia) arranged an author tour for Hurricane Fever. So a week ago I flew out and arrived in San Diego for San Diego Comic Con. I got lucky and was booked into the Omni Hotel, just across the street. Which was fantastic: I signed books, talked on my panel, and then met various people. I hung out at a few parties off site and did dinners. I hung out with Tor publicity folk at the booth. I snuck off with Theresa Delucci and Pritpaul Bains to play a demo of Evolve. As I was there, The Guardian released its review of Hurricane…
  • My London Worldcon panel schedule

    Tobias Buckell
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:40 pm
    I’m on some amazing panels with amazing human beings at the next Worldcon, in London: Signing Friday 11:00 AM Settling the Alien World Friday 12:00 – 13:30, Capital Suite 9 (ExCeL) Here are three star systems, each with a planet potentially habitable by humans. One is Mars-like — probably lifeless, and needs warming and water before we can live there (or we need to adapt ourselves). One is Earth-like, with similar biochemistry even (score one for panspermia theory), but so far as we can tell, no sentient organisms. And one is Earth-like but with early industrial cities. What…
  • Miami is slowly flooding, and will eventually be our newest Venice

    Tobias Buckell
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    I basically assume Miami is the newest Venice at the start of Hurricane Fever due to this: “What makes Miami exceptionally vulnerable to climate change is its unique geology. The city – and its satellite towns and resorts – is built on a dome of porous limestone which is soaking up the rising seawater, slowly filling up the city’s foundations and then bubbling up through drains and pipes. Sewage is being forced upwards and fresh water polluted. Miami’s low topography only adds to these problems. There is little land out here that rises more than six feet above sea level.
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    Stephanie Burgis

  • Being home (a rambling update)

    Stephanie Burgis
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:02 pm
    So, it's been a pretty intense couple of weeks, in a lot of ways. This summer was the first time my brothers and parents and I have been all together in about 7 years, and the first time we've ever been together as a whole group with my children. It was amazing. But then, of course, I had to say goodbye to both brothers, one by one, and to my wonderful new sister-in-law, too, as they flew back to their two different homes around the world. It was hard.Being back in Michigan for the first time in so long has been so fantastic and fun and enriching - and also hard, because of course it reminds…
  • A Day to Remember

    Stephanie Burgis
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:26 pm
    OK, there are some days that need to be recorded and remembered.I woke up this morning and the first thing I saw was this amazing, in-depth, thoughtful review of the full Kat, Incorrigible trilogy. Here's a quick snippet:Imagine a younger sister in the Bennet household investigating magical occurrences and getting into scrapes, while the plot of Pride and Prejudice goes on in the background and interacts with the magical goings on, and you will have an idea of what these books are like...These books are a joy to read – fast paced, fun and charming, and highly recommended for both kids and…
  • Courting Magic, Out at Last

    Stephanie Burgis
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:48 am
    Oh, has this blog post been a long time coming!Years and years ago, after I wrote the first Kat book, I began to wonder who Kat would end up with herself, as an adult. It started out as an idle thought. But then I wrote Stolen Magic. By the time I'd finished the first draft of that book (back in 2009), Kat's own, grown-up love story (full of humor and misadventure, of course) was turning itself over and over in my mind, picking up more and more details and color along the way. Every new idea for it made me happy.But how impractical would it be to actually sit down and write that story? How…
  • Old and New Friends, Photos and More

    Stephanie Burgis
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    So, the event at my hometown library was just about the most perfect author experience I've ever had. I got to talk to so many great kids who love books and writing, and I saw so many old friends for the first time in years. My beloved preschool teacher (whom I hadn't seen in 32 years) came to the event! And my middle school librarian! My eighth grade math/science teacher! And so many more. A baby I used to babysit back when I was in grad school is now a very cool teenager who reads my books and came to the event! And I finally, finally met Brandy (and her very cool daughter!) after having…
  • Home Again, Home Again!

    Stephanie Burgis
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Home, home, home! I'm back in America, in my hometown and my family house, for the first time in over 6-1/2 years...and oh, does it feel good. :) It's amazing how much I'd forgotten while I was gone - and just how happy it's made me to be back, surrounded by family (including my lovely new sister-in-law, who is such a fantastic addition to the family!) and staying in one of my very favorite towns in the world.My hometown paper did a lovely article about me and my upcoming event at the East Lansing Public Library (in just two days now!), which you can read here - and I actually screamed out…
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    Mabfan's Musings

  • My Week in Facebook, August 10-15, 2014

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

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    In this week's The Brookline Parent column, gnomi writes about us taking Muffin and Squeaker to Boston Comic Con, and all the fun we had. There are lots of pictures of Squeaker with cool cosplayers; check it out!Adventuring Through Comic Con
  • This Day in History, 2003: The Great Northeast Blackout

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Eleven years ago today was the Great Blackout of 2003, which hit much of the northeast United States and parts of Canada. Where were you?I was at home (in Brookline, Massachusetts, which did not lose power) on the computer when the phone rang at 4:33 PM. It was my younger brother, Josh, in New York City, calling to ask me if I knew what was going on. As I had left the TV news on in the living room, and the TiVo was recording its buffer, I was able to start describing the news to him and I learned of the blackout as I told him what was going on.I served as the point person for my younger…
  • A #GISHWHES Story: The Magic of Friendship

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    [This story was written for the team TravelingMattsLovesFriendshipisMagic. You can see how I used team names and the names of the team members to ensure that each of the 63 stories was original. Story is copyright ©2014 by Michael A. Burstein. All rights reserved.]The Magic of Friendshipby Michael A. BursteinThey were always quarreling, and Laura Salvati was tired of it.“The Elopus is my pet!” shouted Misha Collins.“No, it’s mine!” Queen Elizabeth II shouted back.Misha and the queen each tugged on four separate tentacles of the Elopus. It honked out its…
  • Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society, and My Teaching

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    [Copied over from Facebook at ]Okay folks. This is about to get somewhat personal, but I feel I owe it to Robin Williams to note this.I saw Dead Poets Society when it first came out, when I was still in college. At the time, I knew that part of my eventual career path would take me into teaching. I had had many teachers I loved (and yes, I was very lucky for it) and I did what I could to learn from them how to be a teacher.But I also studied the character of John Keating, the teacher that Williams played in Dead Poets Society. And I tell…
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    Pushing a Snake Up a Hill

  • Yes, I Am Doing a Signing at Worldcon

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    If you're at Loncon, stop by and say hello. Friday at 3 pm.
  • Cape Cod Writers Conference

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    9 Aug 2014 | 9:37 pm
    I'm nearing the wrap-up of my long weekend here in Hyannis, Mass., teaching sessions on speculative fiction at a conference that is very much about all kinds of writing. I've met some really nice poets, for example, and reconnected with a thriller writer, Gary Braver, who lives in the same town I do. For some reason, I never see him except at writers events. I met another writer who's getting ready to move to my town, and several students who already do. This is largely, but not entirely, a middle-aged crowd, and quite dedicated to what they're doing. My SF class is small, but focused and…
  • Reality Runs Free!

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Actually, I don't know if reality, per se, is running free, but my book Reality and Other Fictions, is free in ebook for the month of August! Really! Why would I do such a crazy thing? Because I want more people to give a try and see if they like it. And if they like it, maybe they'll give it a good review somewhere.* And they might even try some of my other books, while they're at it. *Please do! It hardly has any reviews in the stores. And as I've said before, reviews matter. Here's what it's about, according to the blurb writer (me again): Five science fiction stories to ignite the…
  • Rocket Raccoon Rocks in Guardians! Groot, Too!

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    I saw Guardians of the Galaxy with family and friends on Sunday (in 3D), and then again on Monday (in 2D). If you're guessing that I liked it, you win! What a great movie! And quite honestly, what made it great were the wise-cracking, machine-gun-toting raccoon and the walking, talking tree. (If you count "I am Groot" as talking.) The other people were excellent, too, and so was the music. And even the reason for the music. Science fictional ground it does not break. But who cares? You'll love the characters, and you'll laugh a lot. And that pretty well covers the price of admission, in my…
  • Upcoming Appearances!

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:11 pm
    I haven't posted about this in a while. I'll be showing my face in public in two very different events in the next couple of weeks. This coming weekend, August 7-10, I'll be conducting several workshop sessions in science fiction writing at the Cape Cod Writers Conference, in Hyannis, MA. It's not too late to sign up! (At least, I don't think so.) This one is for the general public, and last I heard, there was still room in my workshop, which is just part of a much larger conference. So if you're in the area, and you're interested, check into it right away!After that, I'll be in London for…
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    Mark Chadbourn

  • Is The Age Of The Psychopath Over?

    12 Aug 2014 | 2:29 am
    I’ve written a piece for Medium. “Look around you. Out on the street, all those faces. They look just like you. But some of them aren’t like you at all. They’re so different, they might as well be another species. They are the secret masters of this world, and they always have been. If you think there’s something fundamentally wrong with the way we live our lives…if you think the game is rigged…that politics, business, commerce, warfare, produce terrible, unnecessary outcomes…it’s probably down to them…”
  • Gone Girl – A Few Thoughts

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Gone Girl has been running high in the bestseller charts for a while now, and there’s a movie on the way from David Fincher, a man who knows a good thing when he sees it.  While I was taking a break down in Cornwall for a week, I nabbed a copy and enjoyed it a lot. In a way, you get two different books here. Luckily, both of them are very good. The first is a suspense thriller with a mounting sense of unease built through the accretion of tiny details and the realisation that two different people are looking at the same events in different ways. The revelations are eked out by the…
  • Coming Soon…A True Story

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
      Cover by Kealan Patrick Burke. #paranormal #supernatural #Testimony
  • TV Drama Writers Festival 2014

    27 Jun 2014 | 10:07 am
    I’ll be in London for this on July 2nd.  Looks like it’s shaping up to be a great event with some of the leading screenwriters in the UK, TV commissioners and other industry professionals on stage to talk about opportunities and obstacles in the coming twelve months. The festival is organised by the BBC and is open to all screenwriters who’ve had work on air.  Scanning the list of speakers, I see Tony Jordan, Jed Mercurio and Sally Wainwright are there, along with BBC boss Ben Stephenson, and top people from Sky and ITV.  If anyone’s interested, I’ll probably…
  • Game Of Thrones – Changing The World One Beheading At A Time

    23 Jun 2014 | 3:50 am
    I’ve been spending some time talking to the futures consultancy The Future Laboratory and LS:N Global on a project they’re putting together examining how and why Game of Thrones broke out of the fantasy ghetto and into the mainstream – crossing generational and cultural lines across the globe.  The report they’re compiling will be available to their many and varied clients in business and the media, who’ll use it for future-planning and analysis. Some of the things we discussed was how technology is making people more receptive to the fantastic, the future of…
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    The Mumpsimus

  • Ferguson, Missouri, USA

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

    Matthew Cheney
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:16 pm
    After reading Gerry Canavan's essay on two newly published short stories by Octavia Butler, one of which is a prequel to her 1978 novel Survivor, I decided it was time for me to read Survivor, since though I'd read most of Butler's books, and repeatedly assigned a couple of them in classes, I'd never gotten around to this one.The problem, however, is that Survivor is a book Butler disavowed and, once she had the ability, she prohibited it from being reprinted. Used copies tend to sell for at least $65 (although one just sold on E-Bay for $15. Alas, I discovered it only after the…
  • How Not to Write a Review, Unless You Want to Sound Like an Insufferable Prig

    Matthew Cheney
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:21 pm
    I know it's been all Snowpiercer all the time here lately, but this time it's not so much about that particular film as about how one reviewer has chosen to write about it, since his choices are ones that I detest in reviews, despite (or perhaps because of) how common those choices are.I am, in other words, simply here to register a complaint.There is a good argument to be made that we should not expend any time or attention on bad writing. Life is short, and there's plenty of great writing out there to read. But I am ignoring that argument for the moment, despite all it has to recommend it.
  • The Decay of the White Savior

    Matthew Cheney
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:42 pm
    SnowpiercerLet's talk about white saviors, emotions, and endings. Daniel José Older has an interesting take on Snowpiercer, particularly its ending, likening it to Children of Men:Children of MenBut both Children of Men and Snowpiercer come crashing down to almost identical final moments. When the smoke clears and the countless bodies are carted off, what we’re left with is the same take-away: Bearded white dude saves humanity, in both cases represented by a woman and a child of color, both helpless and in need of saving, at the cost of his own life. Basically, Older says, Snowpiercer and…
  • The Ideal Literary Life

    Matthew Cheney
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    I've never seen the life of the writer Raymond Roussel condensed so marvelously as in David Macey's The Lives of Michel Foucault (Foucault wrote a book on Roussel), where it becomes a kind of perfect literary life: a life of weirdness, alienation, mental illness, addiction, and suffering, all capped with a mysterious death:Enormously rich, [Roussel] travelled the world but rarely left his hotel room or his cabin. He financed the publication of his own writings and the staging of his own plays, which were invariably expensive failures accompanied by riots among the audience. His writings…
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  • Online Shoplifting, continued

    Peter David
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Originally published April 20, 2001, in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1431 Well, this has been interesting. Since my earlier column talking about net thievery and Harlan Ellison’s fight against same, I’m pleased to say that the majority of feedback I’ve received on it has been quite positive. At the very least, folks seem to be understanding why the current electronic assault on copyright is A Bad Thing. Some of the emails, however, have gone in some interesting directions. The first is from S. Drescher in Austin, Texas: In your column in CBG #1428, you ended with the statement that…
  • Florida MegaCon 2001, continued and continued…

    Peter David
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Originally published April 13, 2001, in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1430 Continuing fun and frolic at the Florida MegaCon in March… Bill Mumy brought the convention program book over to me as I sat at my table and, looking perturbed, said, “According to your biography, you and I co-created Crusade.” I blinked at him, giving my best deer-in-the-headlights impression. “What?” I said, displaying my customary ability to cut past subtlety and go straight for the obvious. “That’s what your bio says,” he said—and handed it to me. Now, just for the record, there’s a section of my…
  • Here’s what most concerns me about Robin Williams

    Peter David
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    There’s nothing I can say that can compare to the mourning expressed by those who knew him. Me, I was simply an audience member watching his ascent with everyone else, marveling at his wit and talent. What concerns me is the notion that some religious right fanatics are going to declare that he’s burning in Hell because he killed himself and try to picket his funeral. On behalf of America, may I ask all you idiots to, for once, shut the hell up. PAD
  • Florida MegaCon 2001

    Peter David
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Originally published April 6, 2001, in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1429 Fun and frolic at this year’s Florida Megacon, which turned—rather unexpectedly—into my personal convention that simply would not end. What with one thing and another, I wound up bringing my entire family down for this Orlando-based convention. Why not? It’s Orlando. There’s plenty to see and do outside of the confines of the convention. And this was going to be a nice opportunity for all concerned. During the day, Kathleen and Shana would take Ariel off to fun locales such as Disneyworld, Universal Studios, and…
  • Online Shoplifting

    Peter David
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Originally published March 30, 2001, in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1428 There are always excuses for theft. Always. In fact, let’s trot some of them out, shall we? 1)     “They plan for it.” A very popular one among shoplifters, it goes to the notion that shop-owners expect to lose a certain portion of their stock to people who feel no need to stop by the cash register on the way out. So thieves figure that shoplifting is kind of a cost of doing business. This transforms shoplifting into sort of a civic responsibility, or maybe even simply categorizing it as part of the natural order…
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    Stephen Dedman

  • Good news!

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

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

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

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

    Stephen Dedman
    12 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    On Tuesday, we went to the Bond in Motion exhibition at the London Film Museum, a collection of vehicles, storyboards, and a few other props from James Bond movies. Rowan was somewhat disappointed by the gift shop, because none of the pens exploded (a la the one in GoldenEye), so we went to Covent Garden markets in search of a suitable present for his father. From there, we went to Fortnum & Mason's for ice cream, then to the Covent Garden market, then to a gigantic Waterstones where I nearly lost Rowan, then back to the British Museum. On Wednesday morning, we returned to Forbidden Planet,…
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    A.M. Dellamonica

  • Terms of endearment (the kittens’ many nicknames)

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    CinCin Fairy Cat Clownface Clownfish Urchin CheeChee Feathers, or sometimes Mrs. CheeChee Feathers. Runt (though she weighs over 2 kilos now, CinCin was definitely the runt of her litter. She got weighed on Wednesday during her abortive spay attempt. We haven’t tried to weigh Lozo lately,  but he’s at least a third bigger. And feels like warm, muscular concrete.) Speaking of whom… Lozo Lozo Bambino Lozo Magnifico Larry ‘Renzo Munchkin Michelin Man – because he’s muscular and taut as an overinflated tire. Either/Or/Both: Flip and Flop Fric and Frac Thing…
  • VWF, now with more me!

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    I am extremely excited to announce that I’ll be appearing at the Vancouver Writers Fest, which takes place on Granville Island October 21 to 26th. I’ll be appearing in two events: the first is called Serial Success and is intended for high school students. But the other event is all ages, all the time and will probably sell out fast so if you want to see me, William Gibson and Sebastien de Castell, don’t wait, don’t waffle, and don’t wonder. Tickets go on sale September 8th. Probables and impossibles What’s the difference between fantasy and science fiction?
  • CinCin is still fertile and still feisty… eek!

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    CinCIn didn&;t have her operation yesterday after all. Our very conscientious vet didn&;t like the looks of her blood work. She may have picked up a parasite, so we&;re deworming. Again. The other stat that&;s out of whack is something they often see in growing kittens, so we&;re supposed to a) not worry overmuch; and b) bring her back in a month. She is just as bouncy and happy and apparently healthy as ever.
  • LSQ Interview and a kitty operation

    14 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    photo by Kelly Robson KC of Luna Station Quarterly has interviewed me about all of my books and about writing generally. If you haven’t looked at LSQ before, it’s worth checking out. Chinchilla went for a certain operation last night; our vet kept her for fasting and prep, and will fix her today. Lorenzo was allowed, therefore, to actually sleep with us. (I figured that left all alone, he’d cry at the bedroom door all night). He behaved very well, and was gratifyingly snuggly. And apparently he’s sticking too close to Kelly, because I hear the unmistakable sound of a…
  • Tomato attacks and other posts of postage

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Uno: CinCin goes for her little operation tomorrow. Lozo is scheduled for four weeks hence. I would give so much to be able to explain why, to cats about the veterinarian. I know I’m not alone there. Due: Though I often like to cook with crime shows playing as background noise, I had recently been quietly beating myself up for watching So! Much! TV! during daytime hours. Then I realized the reason I blew through S4 of The Killing in two weeks is that it was only six episodes long. Tre: Once again my freezer has filled up with red things. When I’m not paying attention, I end up…
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    Cory Doctorow's

  • Neal Stephenson and Cory speaking at Seattle’s Town Hall, Oct 26

    Cory Doctorow
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    We're getting together to talk about Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future , a project that Stephenson kicked off -- I've got a story in it called "The Man Who Sold the Moon." The project's mission is to promote "Asimovian robots, Heinleinian rocket ships, Gibsonian cyberspace… plausible, thought-out pictures of alternate realities in which... compelling innovation has taken place." Tickets are $5. Neal Stephenson and Cory Doctorow: Reigniting Society’s Ambition with Science Fiction
  • My London Worldcon schedule

    Cory Doctorow
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:43 am
    I'll be joining thousands of fans and hundreds of presenters at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, later this week. I hope to see you there! Weds, Aug 13 * 18h: Group signing at Forbidden Planet, Shaftesbury Ave, with Chris Achilleos, Madeline Ashby, Gregory Benford, Adam Christopher, Wesley Chu, Phil & Kaja Foglio, Anne Lyle, Ramez Naam, Kim Newman, V. E. Schwab, Charles Stross, Mike Shevdon and Danie Ware Thurs, Aug 14 * 15.00-16.30 - Panel: Digital Vigilantes, Capital Suite 2 (ExCeL); with: Kin-Ming Looi, Lilian Edwards, David Dingwall, Neil McKellar Fri, Aug 15 *…
  • Disrupting elections with Kickstarter-like campaigning apps

    Cory Doctorow
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    The UK parliamentary farce over #DRIP showed us that, more than any other industry, the political machine is in dire need of disruption. In my latest Guardian column, How the Kickstarter model could transform UK elections, I suggest that the way that minority politicians could overcome the collective action deadlock of voters being unwilling to "throw away" their ballots on the parties they support, and so holding their nose and voting for the mainstream party they hate least, or not voting at all, by taking a page out of Kickstarter's playbook: Here's how that could work: "Yellow Party!
  • Documentary on the making of the Homeland audiobook with Wil Wheaton

    Cory Doctorow
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    Skyboat Media produced this great little documentary about Wil Wheaton's recording sessions for the audiobook of my novel Homeland, in which he had to read out Pi for four minutes straight, read out dialog in which the narrator had a fanboy moment about meeting Wil Wheaton, and many other fun moments.
  • Homeland wins the Prometheus award!

    Cory Doctorow
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    I am delighted and honored to announce that my novel Homeland has won the Prometheus Award for best novel, tying with Ramez Naam's excellent novel Nexus. I am triply honored because this is the third Prometheus I've won -- the other two being for Little Brother and Pirate Cinema. My sincere thanks to the Libertarian Futurist Society; I'll see you at the Worldcon in London this year to accept it!
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    Notes from New Sodom

  • Peaceful Protest

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

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

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

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

    Hal Duncan
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
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    But Enough About Me!

  • Summer Hiatus

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

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

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

    Kate Elliott
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I would like to welcome the fabulous D.B. Jackson (in 2012 he wrote a fine guest post on “the history that isn’t taught”). Today he tackles a rather different topic about tricks of the writing trade. Top Ten Things I Do To Help Me Write by D. B. Jackson Let me start by saying that I love my job. I get to make up stories for a living. That’s an actual job; I get paid for doing that. It still blows my mind whenever I think of it. I would never dream of complaining about my job in any way. Except to say that sometimes being a writer kind of sucks. Not a lot, mind you. I mean,…
  • THE STREET by Ann Petry (Bestselling Women’s Fiction Book Club) June 2014

    Kate Elliott
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Please join Justine Larbalestier and myself today, and any day, in discussing women’s bestselling fiction from the 20th century, our ongoing 2014 project.From the Houghton Mifflin 1991 edition:THE STREET tells the poignant, often heartbreaking story of Lutie Johnson, a young black woman, and her spirited struggle to raise her son amid the violence, poverty, and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s. Originally published in 1946 and hailed by critics as a masterwork, The Street was Ann Petry’s first novel, a beloved bestseller with more than a million copies in print. Its…
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    The official home page of author Eric Flint

  • 1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 16

    Drak Bibliophile
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 16 Magdeburg This time Karl checked into his hotel and sent a note to Sarah asking when she could see him. Then he cooled his heels for a while and occupied himself with paper work. It was the next day at noon when he met Sarah at the American Cafe. “So what’s so important?” Sarah asked, before they had even ordered. “Let’s put in our orders first,” Karl said. It wasn’t like they were going to wait long for service. He was Prince Karl Eusebius von Liechtenstein and she was the daughter of the Secretary of the…
  • Paradigms Lost — Chapter 27

    Drak Bibliophile
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Paradigms Lost — Chapter 27 Chapter 27: Empathy and Electronics “Jason, you need your rest. It’s been twenty-seven hours. Go to bed.” I was too tired to jump at the sudden voice from a formerly empty space. “Verne, I’ve got work to do. I’m going to find that bastard and silver him like a goddam mirror. I don’t have time to sleep. You heard what Winthrope told me.” “About her assistant being found dead? Yes.” “Then don’t talk to me about sleep. Every hour I sleep could get someone else killed.” I rubbed my…
  • The Savior – Snippet 29

    Drak Bibliophile
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Savior – Snippet 29 It was Abel’s goal to bring the ways of Treville to Cascade. This was the right thing to do, first of all. And second, it advanced the cause of progress, although he was perhaps the only man living on this world who appreciated that fact. His worries were resolved. The Treville Regulars hit the Blaskoye from behind. The attack was completely unexpected and devastating. Abel didn’t wait. “Over those walls and at them, boys!” he called to his Scouts. To their credit, the tired Scouts didn’t hesitate for an instant. The front line of…
  • The Savior – Snippet 28

    Drak Bibliophile
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Savior – Snippet 28 2 One year later Cascade District 473 Post Tercium The stockade stank of sweat tinged with the iron tang of blood. The Cascade Scouts looked fearful in their guise as Blaskoye. Some of the Firsts were still convinced that they were the captives of Redlanders. The more perceptive knew this was a lie, but, Abel hoped, had not yet discerned what it was he and the Scouts intended to do with them. Good. They’ll be more pliable that way. It was night, but Abel knew the real Blaskoye were gathering to the west. To the east, in uneasy alliance with the Redlanders,…
  • 1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 15

    Drak Bibliophile
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 15 Chapter 6: Your Presence Is Required August, 1634 “You have another letter, Prince Karl,” Josef Gandelmo told him when he got back from his latest trip to Magdeburg. “Is it from Gundaker again?” There had been several letters from Gundaker, each ordering Karl to stop seeing Sarah Wendell and reminding him of his obligations under the 1606 treaty between his father and uncles. “No, it’s from King Albrecht.” Karl paused at Josef’s tone. “Seriously?” “He wishes to see you and will not…
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    Mad Libs

  • There and Back Again

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:37 pm
    We made the trip to Montana and to Spocon without terrible incident. And by that, I mean the boy was relatively okay most of the trip. Some nausea and vomiting, but he made it through. I was proud of him, because I knew he had to fight through it several times. On the trip, I realized that I haven’t been exercising very much here this summer. I used to walk a lot. I walked a lot in MT and in WA. The comparison then is clear and the solution is that I just need to get out more. I will do that. I got to see a lot of friends, and yet not all of them. So it was bittersweet. I had some…
  • You’d think it would be easier

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Maybe it’s just that my life isn’t terribly exciting, but I can’t seem to find things to say to update my blog. Or maybe I’m busy. Sure. That’s it. I’m busy writing the untitled second book of the Diamond City Magic series. And I have a cover for Trace of Magic! Let me show you . . .   Isn’t it pretty? Remember, you can preorder for Kindle, right now. There will be a trade paperback available on August 29th. I’m not entire sure why it is they can’t do print preorders, but the book itself will be lovely. Bell Bridge does a stunning job. So…
  • A snippet for your entertainment

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    As the title says, I wanted to give you some entertainment. Here’s hoping I succeeded. A snipped from the WIP:   “They split up,” I said. “Three of them went to the far right, two others went to the second left.” “Which way did Trevor go?” Lauren asked. She sounded faintly winded and the last word trembled off her tongue. “With the three,” I said. “We should split up.” “And how do you expect to follow both trails? We only have one tracer,” Dalton said. I could hear him sneering. “Leo can ask the metal,” I said, before looking at my brother. “Can’t…
  • news of one sort or another

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:52 pm
    I made it home from Colorado. The teaching was a lot of fun, but exhausting with all that was going on. Sadly, a good friend died on the same day I came home. She’d been fighting cancer for some time, and she let me know when I was in CO that she was going into hospice. I had a chance to say those things you always wish you’d have a chance to say to someone you love before they are gone, which I’m glad I did. I’m heartbroken, for her family and myself. She was younger than I by several years, and her daughter is younger than mine. We are hoping to go to MT in a couple…
  • Over the hump. Ish. Or not.

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    As I sit here debating walking to get Starbucks and wishing for a magic Starbucks fairy to deliver my nectar (never happens, oddly), I am considering the next few days. I try not to consider too much farther at this point, as I will have to sit in the corner and sob. At any rate, I’m done with the summer teaching, short of finishing one more paper, doing grades, and turnings said grades in, and meeting again with my thesis students. Instead, today Writing the Rockies begins and tonight I have a reading and tomorrow a panel presentation. Luckily the presentation tomorrow is a variation…
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    SF writer Gary Gibson

  • Marvel Redux

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

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

    Gary Gibson
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Sometimes, just for the hell of it, especially when I'm working on a second draft in Scrivener, I first save my file then hit the ctrl-z buttons (which delete prior edits one-by-one) and hold them down until what I've written over the past five, ten, thirty minutes disappears. I'm then left either with a blank page, or unedited text. This isn't done out of despair, or concern, but curiosity, because I know that all I need to do, to get back the work I just completed, is to hold down ctrl-cmd-z and all the text or edits repeat themselves before me magically, like a player piano writing its own…
  • Snakes alive

    Gary Gibson
    18 May 2014 | 10:13 pm
    A fun day getting sunburned yesterday in the foothills beyond Taipei, somewhere east of Danshui, which is north of Taipei, while cycling with Troy Parfitt, fellow author, recently returned to these climes. A series of 45 degree slopes and constant reassurances that 'this is definitely the last hill, I swear', did nothing to detract from my suspicion that this was some carefully orchestrated murder plot.Then I nearly decapitated a snake. Damn think looked like a big green leaf rolled up on the road. The road was surrounded on all sides by, essentially, jungle. Troy shouted a warning from…
  • Some Thoughts Regarding the Cancellation of Community

    Gary Gibson
    10 May 2014 | 1:14 am
    Community is one of my favourite things. Or was, until I read the other day it had, at last,  been cancelled. But I've followed the show from the start, and am willing to say that when it was at its best it was quite possibly the best thing on television, period.(As a brief aside, if I had any criticism at all, it was that the show did suffer at times from a very American addiction to 'lessons': characters learned 'lessons' in the course of their adventures in a way that causes almost anyone outside of the USA - and, I suspect, a great many within that country's borders - to throw up in…
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    Where Personal and Professional Life Collide...

  • I have two speeds: done early, or running late...

    Laura Anne Gilman
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:59 pm
    I have checked in for my flight tomorrow to Dublin and Shamrokon. I have settled on what I'm taking, made sure I had all the carry-on things I need (passport, cables, chargers, euros in wallet, medications), packed it all into as small a bag as I can manage, and printed out the cat-sitter information.There may be on-location updates, there probably won't be.  Twitter, as usual, will be the way to go if you're looking to catch sight of my virtual shadow.Dubliners and early-arriving convention-goers, I'll hit town mid-morning on Thursday. If you're around and want to do…
  • things I've learned

    Laura Anne Gilman
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
    Ported over from Tumblr.chirart:People are always desperate to give what they wish others would give them.The worst suffering anyone can experience is suffering alone.Hoard as many good memories and experiences as you can. Be wealthy in laughter and smiles. It’s currency for when shit happens.Emotions aren’t problems. They can’t be fixed, they simply exist. It’s like trying to cut water with a knife.Emotions are symptoms of your experiences, in the same way swearing hysterically is when you stub your toe.Emotions are like water. It can be carried. It can be drunk to…
  • this is what the world is driving me to...

    Laura Anne Gilman
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Acquired on Sunday.To be fair, it was not consumed in one go (had it been, I'd be in a gulcose-dump coma on the floor).  But even in doled out in small doses, this is deadly indulgence requiring serious penance.On the plus side, it has kept me from bitch-slapping some human-shaped stupidity, and made it easier to deal with various incoming deadlines and frustrations....
  • If you're going to be in upper New York State (or thereabouts) this September 27-28...

    Laura Anne Gilman
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    You might want to check out RoberCon in Binghamton, NYWhy?Because - in addition to being what sounds like a very nice, local SF convention that's focused on combining interest with affordability - they've foolishly asked me to be a featured Guest.So there will be Hijinks.  Minion Ribbons.  And possibly an attendees-only surprise....  :-)
  • whoops, I forgot!

    Laura Anne Gilman
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    that Ms. Kornetsky was up at XOXOAfterDark yesterday!(I'm blaming the old and the new fridge for me being...distracted)
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  • Glorious, unproductive summer

    Shannon Hale
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    I promised to post every Monday this year and I'd been doing so well, but I kinda burned myself out in July doing the weekday posts. Summer is so wonderful! I love having the kids home! But at the same time, I have the kids home. Their presence makes it harder to get my work done. Summer is glorious and yet killer on word count. This past week my spare attention has been absorbed in what's going on in Ferguson. Last Thursday I felt a disconnect between what the media was reporting and what the people on the grown were reporting through twitter, so I storified Antonio French's…
  • Squeetus summer book club: Enna Burning, chapter 21

    Shannon Hale
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    Last chapter! I read through it speedily and didn't stop to write notes. It's often true for me that last chapters come quickly. If I get the rest of the story right, the last chapter usually feels natural and doesn't need as much revision as some. Looking back at my first draft, I'd gamble that the last chapter is the least changed of all of them. Then I go back and spend a year or two revising what came before, trying to lead up to and earn that final chapter. I started this book years before getting pregnant for the first time and turned in the final draft exactly one…
  • Squeetus summer book club: Enna Burning, chapter 20

    Shannon Hale
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    Original ending: Enna gives up her powers entirely. That was what I was writing toward in the first draft, but I eventually discovered it wasn't the best story. I also considered ending it in her death. Found this note I apparently never incorporated in the story: "Mimicbeetles introduced, mimic sounds of men or Finn coming." The ceremony: I was always curious about these verses from Isaiah in the Old Testament (which is generally poetic and full of strange and interesting images): 6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with…
  • Squeetus summer book club: Enna Burning, chapter 19

    Shannon Hale
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    "silly songs about swimming rabbits and no-tailed squirrels": it occurs to me I should have had my husband write this song! He wrote the "bodiless piglet" song Tegus sings in Book of a Thousand Days. He also expanded the rap I wrote for Humphry in The Storybook of Legends and then wrote new raps for him in The Unfairest of Them All and A Wonderlandiful World. He's my go-to song writer! I should have made him write all those songs in the Princess Academy books. (I think he wrote part of one or two in the upcoming third book, actually.) The journey south: I mentioned my…
  • Squeetus summer book club: Enna Burning, chapter 18

    Shannon Hale
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    "So she laughed." I remember a moment in Hero & the Crown where Aerin is so distracted by a rash on her neck from plant sap that her wizard uncle can't quite make her afraid or enchanted with his words. That real detail stuck with me. A physical thing. A mundane thing in the midst of magic and drama. Those are good story choices. I can't remember now if I was thinking of that when I wrote this scene, but perhaps. Here what keeps Enna grounded is a laugh. A realization of the absurd. That works for me in real life too. "Enna-girl": This is the nickname Razo…
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    the m john harrison blog

  • 19 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    28.09.2008– …nostalgia is part of your life come back to burn your fingers, so you piss on not just this fire but the whole idea of fire, as quick as you can.
  • the vacuous-realist image

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:54 am
    Alice Finkel writes: “We use the term ‘vacuous-realist’ to describe group photos like these. In a vacuous-realist image, the subjects will always be seen looking, or moving, in different directions. This reveals a startling, hitherto unsuspected lack of coherence to their activities, undercutting our intuitive sense of the structuredness and continuity of human behaviour. But it also enables us to project & manipulate the deep group dynamic.” It’s not possible, Finkel believes, to plan a vacuous-realist shot, “although the accomplished vacuous-realist…
  • new short fiction

    17 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    20,000 words of short fiction coming out before the end of the year: “The 4th Domain”, as a single in the next month or so (should have a cover to show soon); a ghost story project with the Curious Tales collective, which I won’t talk about yet; & the rather unpleasant sci fi horror post disaster astral plane thing I finished this week, which is at present titled “The Crisis” but might end up being called something else, & which will have its debutante ball at Irradiating the Object next week. Unless someone makes me a better offer, “The…
  • 16 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm

    16 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    a wilful inability to lift themselves out of their own moment
  • & stones

    16 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
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    Simon Haynes

  • Hal Spacejock 7 released

    Simon Haynes
    10 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Talk about being so busy you neglect the important things ... such as forgetting to tell everyone that Hal Spacejock 7: Big Bang is available in print and ebook on Amazon, Kobo, B&N, Smashwords, etc.The first two books in the Hal Spacejock series are also available in german translation (Bastei Lubbe, print & paperback, Amazon and other retailers) - The first one is called Ein Robeter Namens Klunk, and the second is Helden Heulen Nicht.The first Hal Junior book is also available in italian - Amazon and Kobo, ebook only at the moment but the paperback is on the way as well.
  • Hal Spacejock 7: Big Bang progress report

    Simon Haynes
    25 Jun 2013 | 6:51 am
    I'm writing and releasing Hal Spacejock 7 in ten installments of roughly 7000 words (4 chapters) each.Parts 1-5 (the first half of the book) are already available on Amazon and Kobo.When part ten is published I'll release the entire thing as a single novel, as per Hal Spacejock books 1-6.There are several reasons why I'm writing and releasing Hal 7 in parts, but these are the major ones:1. Something new for the fans every week or so, not every year or so.2. It's really keeping me on my toes, and I'm enjoying the challenge.3. I find it much easier to focus on writing, editing and releasing…
  • New Release: Hal Spacejock 6 Safe Art

    Simon Haynes
    2 Jun 2013 | 5:15 am
    It's been a while, but I've been spending my time writing novels instead of blog posts. Since the last update I've released Hal Junior 3: The Gyris Mission, and now Hal Spacejock 6: Safe Art.Full details on the Hal Spacejock website:
  • LoNoWriMo

    Simon Haynes
    29 Jul 2012 | 8:43 pm
    LoNoWriMo is local novel writing month, and this is my second in a row. LoNoWriMo is where you sit down at your computer and write a novel in a month, without the fanfare and public suffering of NanoWrimo.To sign up for LoNoWriMo, just open your word processor and start typing.Last month I wrote a 30,000 word middle-grade novel which I'm currently editing into shape. This month I'm writing Hal Spacejock 6. My target is around 65,000 words over July and August, and last night I cracked 45,000. The draft is going well, and it shouldn't need much editing to get it into shape. (Famous last…
  • Dean Wesley Smith on Fear in publishing

    Simon Haynes
    26 Jul 2012 | 2:23 am
    Dean Wesley Smith just posted an article on Fear in publishing. Whether you're writing for a trade publisher, chasing a publishing deal or looking to self-publish your first novel or short story, it's worth reading.
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    People are strange, when you're a stranger . . .

  • Thin crescent moon

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    Air temperature 54 F for the newspaper walk, dew point 51, calm, clear.  Some fog upriver, toward the hospital.*insert controversial political statement here*
  • Tuesday roadkill report

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    One raccoon at mile 4, one porcupine at mile 5, but then we skip 6 and go on to a skunk at mile 7.  No further corpses, not even last week's porcupine out near the bog.  I suspect that removal involved a biped and a shovel.Nothing new in the floral department, although wood sorrel is making a comeback in the grass.  Otherwise, usual suspects.  I *may* have seen the first asters, small white versions, but bicycle botany turns unreliable at that range.Got out on the bike, did not die.15.26 miles, 1:10:34
  • Posted as a comment elsewhere

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:09 am
    Opinions are only allowed if they are right opinions.
  • Trending

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    Air temperature 51 F, dew point 48, calm, a few scattered clouds.  Rather more crows.  I guess the downtown peregrines are too busy keeping the pigeons under control.Bike ride likely.
  • Really?

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    Outside agitators?  Next thing, it'll be a communist conspiracy.  Better get HUAC on the job.
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    Jim C. Hines

  • Detcon1 and Inclusiveness

    Jim C. Hines
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    I’m still thinking about Detcon1 and some of the things the convention did so well. One thing that stood out for me was the Fan Gallery in the dealer’s room. This was a collection of photos of fans past and present.Included with the gallery was a note acknowledging that historically, white men have tended to be the dominant group in fandom and the genre, a statement backed up by looking through the faces in the photo collection. The note goes on to encourage people to help change that, to get involved and make fandom a more welcoming and inclusive place.I really appreciate this…
  • Black and White in the U.S.

    Jim C. Hines
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    A few data points for anyone who thinks what’s been happening in Ferguson, MO is an isolated incident as opposed to an ongoing, systemic problem. Ferguson Mayor James Knowles was asked about the diversity of his police department: 53 officers, just three of them African-American in a community that’s 67 percent African-American, according to 2010 Census data. Blacks in Ferguson are almost twice as likely to be searched during traffic stops; But statistically, Ferguson police find contraband significantly more often after searching whites. From the same source, blacks in Ferguson…
  • Cool Stuff Friday

    Jim C. Hines
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    Industrial Flying Machines Made From Cardboard, by Daniel Agdag. (Link from Terry Hickman) Worrisome Uses of Quotation Marks. Man at Arms: Reforged builds a Lightsaber Katana. I was fascinated by the entire video, but my favorite part was the Stormtrooper at the end. LEGO Baby Groot and LEGO Rocket Raccoon Sketch. Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
  • Winner & Saber-Tooth

    Jim C. Hines
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:27 am
    I’m in the final stretch of the Secret Novel Project. I finished the editorial revisions last night, and just need to do one more run through the manuscript to fill in the final potholes. About 94% of my brain is currently obsessed with finishing this book, which means no big blog post for today. Although I did make this… Also, thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway for Codex Born [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy]. Congrats to dionysus1999, who will be getting an autographed book for submitting the following blurb: “More fun than a body in the wood chipper,…
  • Memory of Water, by Emmi Itäranta

    Jim C. Hines
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    While at Detcon1, I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of the award-winning debut novel Memory of Water [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy], by Emmi Itäranta. This came from Crystal Huff, who has been pushing the 2017 Helsinki Worldcon bid. Itäranta is a Finnish author, and as I understand it, she wrote the book in both Finnish and in English, and it’s been published in both languages. Speaking as an author, let me tell you, that’s pretty badass. Here’s the publisher’s summary: In the far north of the Scandinavian Union, now occupied by the power state of New…
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    Nicholas Kaufmann's Journal

  • The Scariest Part: Laurence Klavan Talks About THE FAMILY UNIT AND OTHER FANTASIES

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    Welcome to this week’s installment of The Scariest Part, a recurring feature in which authors, comic book writers, filmmakers, and game creators tell us what scares them in their latest works of horror, dark fantasy, dark science fiction, and suspense. (If you’d like to be featured on The Scariest Part, check out the guidelines here.) My guest is Laurence Klavan, whose latest is book is the short story collection The Family Unit and Other Fantasies. Here’s the publisher’s description: The Family Unit and Other Fantasies is the debut collection of acclaimed Edgar…
  • Four Years

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    Today marks four years since I stopped smoking! It was without a doubt one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done, but so worth it. At this point, enough time has passed that I don’t miss cigarettes anymore, not even when I see my few remaining smoking friends light up. That used to be a trigger for cravings, but over time it got less and less. Now I’m a totally insufferable ex-smoker. When I see people smoking, I shake my head and wonder how that ever could have been me. I see smokers toss their butts like litter on the street and I sneer, but then I remember I used…
  • A New Review of HUNT AT WORLD’S END

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Portland Book Review has a new review of Hunt at World’s End on their website, though for some reason they have attributed authorship of the novel to James Reasoner instead of me. I’ve already contacted them about this in the hopes that they will correct the article soon. In the meantime, here’s the pull-quote: Dust off your “Indie fedora” to read this rousing archeological adventure novel! Any fan of pulp fiction will greatly enjoy this book. I’m really quite pleased that Hunt at World’s End is back in print, thanks to Titan Books. You can get your copy…
  • Booklist Raves About DIE AND STAY DEAD

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    Another great advance review of Die and Stay Dead has come down the pipeline! This time it’s from Booklist. The review isn’t online to link to yet — it won’t run in the magazine until the September 1 issue — but here’s the pull-quote: “Fans of the first book, Dying Is My Business (2013), will give this one a very enthusiastic thumbs-up, and urban-fantasy readers who missed that book can jump right in with this one since the author provides sufficient background to allow newbies to understand the setup. A strong follow-up to a promising debut;…
  • R.I.P. Robin Williams

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    I’m still trying to wrap my head around this news because it doesn’t feel possible to me, but Robin Williams is dead. He was only 63. Much too young. They’re saying it might have been suicide, which only makes it feel all the more incomprehensible. But depression can whisper lies in your ear and tell you no one cares; it can fill your head with regrets and disappointments until the pain becomes too much to bear. Like many who suffer from depression, Williams self-medicated, and was recently back in rehab for alcohol abuse. How the life of someone who brought such joy to…
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    Dear Sweet Filthy World

  • "Never been a sinner. I never sinned." (4.5 Vicodin)

    16 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    It's 75˚F and partly cloudy here in Providence. Whee.Today, the pain is at a merciful 2 (NRS-11).So, yesterday was all about going to the mall and finding new jeans, some new shirts, a new pair of grey Converse that are identical to my old pair of grey Converse. It wasn't as bad as it might have been. I rewarded myself with a copy of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, which truly is an awesome mix. Sadly, it's a CD I burned to my iMac, instead of a cassette playing in a tape deck decorated with woodgrain contact paper.Yesterday, I put the question of a title for the follow-up to Black…
  • "'Til the light shines on me, I damn to hell every second you breath." (6 Vicodin)

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    The days have hardly been worthy of discussion. Yesterday, I just couldn't bring myself to play that game. We are deep now into the throes of Green Autumn. A crisp August day, if ever there were, to my mind, a contradiction in terms. Currently, it's 72˚F in Providence and sunny. Verdant fall. I had to close my office window.Today I would put the collective bodily pain at about an eight (NRS-11 scale).If they say anything at all, they will say of her, "She was, at least, indiscriminate in whose hands she bit."I should have begin work on the Rasin' Hell anti-CEM, but I haven't. I've sort of…
  • "Remembering, remember light. Thinking of nothing, and the shooting stars."

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    And Lauren Bacall has died. But when a woman has lived to the ripe old age of 89, and when she has done such very marvelous things with her life, I won't mourn, but only be glad that she lived. I won't even attempt to list all my favorite Bacall films, but To Have and Have Not (1944) and Key Largo (1948) are among my favorite movies ever, and I long ago committed most of their screenplays to memory. What's odd is that I didn't know she was briefly married Jason Robards.---Here's more on the Aphrodite, the yacht I mentioned yesterday (and posted a photo of). She has a fascinating story, that…
  • "But I've heard there's joy untold. Lays open like a road in front of me."

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    I can't write a eulogy for Robin Williams, though I wish I could. He's been part of my cultural landscape since (and it's bizarre that I can lay a finger on the exact day), February 28th, 1978 – thirty-six years ago – when Mork was introduced to the world via an episode of Happy Days. I was in eighth grade. And Robin Williams has been there ever since. Some of his earliest films are still among my favorites. Robert Altman's admittedly misbegotten Popeye (1980), for instance, and George Roy Hill's adaptation of The World According to Garp (1982). And...I just don't know what to say. This…
  • "How will you know if you found me at last?"

    11 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    We seem to have settled into low eighties as a matter of course.Yesterday was a nightmare. Later today, I may make another entry devoted to yesterday.All subscribers should have Sirenia Digest #102. This month I'm offering a special on Sirenia Digest. Since we're already several chapters into the serialization of The Five of Cups, anyone who subscribes between now and August 18th can purchase all the issues containing TFoC for $5 each (50% off). Note that the version of TFoC appearing in the Digest is not the one printed by Subpress in 2003, but is nearer the original 1992 text. If you're…
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    Mindy Klasky - Virtual Cocktails

  • Cat Trap Blanket — Activate!

    Mindy Klasky
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    The life of an author… serving her cat… Mirrored from Mindy Klasky, Author.
  • Business As Usual (Baseball Edition)

    Mindy Klasky
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:52 am
    So, we went to see the Nats play last night.  And it was yet another boring, hum-drum baseball game.  (Insert boring, humdrum details about weird 5:00 start, wait to get Racing President Taft bobblehead, etc.) When we got to our seats, I became a subversive agent for good.  When one climbs the stairs in our section, rows A-D can *only* be reached by turning to the right.  Rows E-N can *only* be reached to the left.  There are no signs and no ushers, and we (in row G), spend a substantial part of each game redirecting people who climb up to row D and then look puzzled (while blocking our…
  • The Deeply Personal

    Mindy Klasky
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    Yesterday was Errand Day here in Klaskyville. As I was walking back from the post office, I was held at a crosswalk, so that traffic could turn.  Given the caravan of 18-wheelers completing the turn and not yielding to oncoming traffic when they had the plain green light (no, I don’t know why they were there; they had *no* markings on any of the five trucks), the wait was a bit longer than expected, which gave me a chance to study the personalized license plates of the cars to my left and on the cross-street to my right. I mostly think that personalized plates are silly.  I…
  • Re-Arranging Deck Chairs

    Mindy Klasky
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    I’ve lived in the same house for twenty-two years.  That notion astonishes me — especially because, on some days, I think I’m only about 25 years old.  (I’m not trying to lie about my age.  I just forget the real answer and have to stop and think about it!) Over the years, I’ve done some redecorating.  I used to have wallpaper in both bedrooms and in the entry hall — that’s been taken down and painted over for more than a decade.  The living room walls used to be the lightest shade of blue that the human eye could register as blue, but…
  • STOPPING SHORT — In Stores Today!

    Mindy Klasky
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:01 am
    What a coincidence!  We’re just about two thirds of the way through the summer, and today we’re two thirds of the way through the Diamond Brides Series with the official release of STOPPING SHORT!  (Amazon Kindle | Apple | B&N Nook | Book View Cafe | Createspace Print | Kobo) (More links coming soon!)  If you like tortured heroes with buried secrets, this book is for you!  Or maybe you enjoy a widow’s story, a heroine who thinks she’ll never love again… STOPPING SHORT is the first Diamond Brides book that takes place outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. …
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    Mary Robinette Kowal

  • History is repeating in Ferguson – Here, have some sources.

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:12 am
    In May of 1919, W. E. B. Du Bois published an essay called, “Returning Soldiers.” We return from the slavery of uniform which the world’s madness demanded us to don to the freedom of civil garb. We stand again to look America squarely in the face and call a spade a spade. We sing: This country of ours, despite all its better souls have done and dreamed, is yet a shameful land…. We return. We return from fighting. We return fighting. He wrote it because of the racially motivated riots that swept the country in the summer of 1919, which became known as The Red…
  • You guys gave me a Hugo tonight!

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    I am not terribly coherent, but “Lady Astronaut of Mars” received a Hugo tonight. Thank you, all of you.       The post You guys gave me a Hugo tonight! appeared first on Mary Robinette Kowal.
  • How to watch the Retro Hugos tonight, + my WorldCon schedule

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:58 am
    Tonight at 8:00pm in London, I’ll be hosting the Retro Hugos with Robert Shearman. There’s an opening number. A 12 piece band. Sound effects. And a dress based on one from 1939. You can watch the entire thing streaming at I am spending most of today in rehearsal until my hair and makeup team arrives. La! Meanwhile, at the rest of WorldCon, here’s where to find me. Friday 10:00 – 11:00, Panel: The Deeper the Roots, the Stronger the Tree, Capital Suite 9 (ExCeL), with: Abigail Sutherland (M), Zen Cho, Mary Robinette Kowal, Adam…
  • My Favorite Bit: E. Catherine Tobler talks about RINGS OF ANUBIS

    Beth Bernier
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    E. Catherine Tobler is joining us today with her novel The Rings of Anubis. Here’s the publisher’s description. As the nineteenth century turns into the twentieth, the world looks to a future of revolutionary science and extraordinary machines. Archaeologist Eleanor Folley looks back to Egypt’s ancient mysteries and her mother’s inexplicable, haunting disappearance. Agent Virgil Mallory, a man with ghosts and monsters of his own, brings evidence of a crime, taking them both on a thrilling adventure that carries them from Paris to Egypt, and from the present to the…
  • My Favorite Bit: Julia Rios talks about KALEIDOSCOPE

    Beth Bernier
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Julia Rios is joining us today with her new anthology, Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Sicence Fiction and Fantasy Stories. Here’s the publisher’s description. What do a disabled superhero, a time-traveling Chinese-American figure skater, and a transgender animal shifter have in common? They’re all stars of Kaleidoscope stories! Kaleidoscope collects fun, edgy, meditative, and hopeful YA science fiction and fantasy with diverse leads. These twenty original stories tell of scary futures, magical adventures, and the joys and heartbreaks of teenage life. Featuring New York Times…
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    Justine Larbalestier

  • US Cover of Razorhurst

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:06 pm
    I’m super excited to reveal what Razorhurst will look like when Soho Teen publish it in the USA next March. Quite a contrast to the Australian cover, eh? Yet at the same time they both have that gorgeous, strong font treatment. I adore that font and those colours. I hope you do too. Everyone who’s seen this cover has been wildly enthusiastic uttering comments like, “I would buy that in a heartbeat.” “Utterly beautiful.” “Wow, that’s so commercial.” All of it music to my ears. Soho’s edition will have a bonus glossary. Yes, you US…
  • On Ideas and Plots and Their Mutability

    7 Aug 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Sometimes I get asked questions on twitter that cannot be answered in 140 characters. Candanosa asked one such yesterday: Do you ever get amazing ideas for your books and then realize it was just something you read in someone else’s? I couldn’t answer this in a tweet because being inspired by other books is at the heart of most writers’ work. It’s a feature, not a bug. My book Razorhurst wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Larry Writer’s non-fiction account of the same period, Razor. Now most people see no problem with that: a novel being inspired by a…
  • Who is My Audience?

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
    On Twitter ages ago N. K. Jemisin asked “*do* white writers want only white readers?” The immediate, obvious answer for me is: No, I don’t want only white readers. And I’m really glad I don’t have only white readers. But I’ve not been able to stop thinking about that question. And the shadow question which is “do white writers only write for white readers” regardless of what kind of audience they might want? In order to respond I need to break it down: Whiteness I’m white. That fact has shaped everything about me. I know the moment when I…
  • BWFBC: Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt/Carol (1952)

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Welcome to July’s Bestselling Women’s Fiction Book Club in which we discuss Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt/Carol. It’s original title was The Price of Salt and that’s what some editions in the US still call it. In Australia and the UK it’s called Carol. That’s how I think of it because that’s the edition I first read and fell in love with in my early twenties. This is the first book we’ve discussed that one of us knows really well. I’m a huge Highsmith fan. Have read everything she’s published as well as all the…
  • Writing Goals: Reduxing the Redux of the Redux

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    This post is a thing that I do every so often. It started in 2006 when I posted my writing goals. I updated it in 2008 with the publication of How To Ditch Your Fairy and then again in 2009 after Liar came out. And then in 2012 in anticipation of the publication of Team Human. These goals of mine are not stuff like Become NYT Bestselling Author or Win Nobel Prize.1 Winning prizes, making bestseller lists, having your books turned into genius TV shows are not things anyone can control,2 but I can control what I write. Not only can I control that, I do control that. So that’s what my…
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    SF and Nonsense

  • Biological bits and bites

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

    12 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    "A writer shouldn't be punished for his political beliefs."Is that controversial? Maybe so. Before I explain further, a disclaimer: I haven't read the novel at issue. I can't say whether I'd love, hate, or be indifferent to it. I don't know whether I'd cheer its message or be horrified by it -- or whether, in fact, it has a message. I don't know (or know anything about) the book's author. I do, however, agree with the sentiment that "A writer shouldn't be punished for his political beliefs."August 14-18, 2014Why mention it here, in an SF post? Because the subject of the controversy is a…
  • It's not as if this stuff matters

    5 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    Oh wait. It does.The Microsoft QA processFrom last June, in the Department of Quality Software, "Patch Tuesday disaster breaks Office 2013 for thousands." Way to go, Microsoft!Of course Microsoft doesn't hold the monopoly (heh!) on buggy, hacker-attracting software. From back in March comes this interesting statistic: "Report: Half of all exploits target Java." It could be just me, but buggy, exploitable products don't seem like the ideal way for Oracle to emulate Mr. Softy.You practice good computer hygiene, don't you? You have a current security suite on your PC and keep its antivirus…
  • Fat chance

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    Have you been careful to: avoid eating too many eggs, cut back on butter, leave the cheese of your (shudder) turkey burger, substitute (for example) mustard for mayo ... in general, minimize your fat intake? Quite likely so, because, for years, the medical profession has encouraged us to eat lean. All the while, we find ourselves in an obesity epidimic. Obesity incidence, 2010Just maybe, the two trends aren't coincidental. See (from The Wall Street Journal), "The Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease: Are butter, cheese and steak really bad for you? The dubious science…
  • Authorial updates

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    For those of you who follow my non-blog writing, a few news items:Thinking for a bit ;-)Fools' Experiments, my 2008 technothriller of artificial life and artificial intelligence, has been picked up by Arc Manor for re-release in print and ebook editions. Availability date TBD (I'll update this post once a date is announced).Sometimes less is moreSmall Miracles, my 2009 technothriller of medical nanotech, has likewise been picked up by Arc Manor for re-release in print and ebook editions. Availability date TBD (ditto).The "face" on Mars"Alien AWOLs: The Great Silence," the latest article in my…
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    The Days Are Just Packed

  • Why you should be watching Orphan Black

    16 Aug 2014 | 1:56 am
    One of my program items at the Worldcon was "Why Aren't You Watching...", a series of panels in which fans of various current TV series were invited to advocate for 15 minutes each about why you should be watching their favorite shows. I did the session on Orphan Black. Here's what I said.Orphan Black is the story of con artist Sarah Manning, played by Tatiana Maslany. A young woman with a troubled past, a pretty messed-up present, and not much hope for the future, she is an orphan and a single mother whose seven-year-old daughter Kira is currently being raised by her foster mother. She also…
  • My LonCon3 Schedule

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:07 am
    Thursday, 14 August, 11am-12pm: Reimagining Families in Capital Suite 2 (Level 3) with Jed Hartman, Rosanne Rabinowitz, Laura Lam, and Cherry PottsIn a 2013 column for, Alex Dally MacFarlane called for a greater diversity in the way SF and fantasy represent families, pointing out that in the real world, "People of all sexualities and genders join together in twos, threes, or more. Family-strong friendships, auntie networks, global families... The ways we live together are endless." Which stories centre non-normative family structures? What are the challenges of doing this in an SF…
  • Belgium days 3-5

    11 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Sat 8/9 - MechelenStep count: 12,749Awake 9ish, I think; breakfast of Greek yogurt with fresh local blueberries and muesli. Today was our day to explore Mechelen. Started with the Saturday morning market in Grote Markt: the whole town square and several subsidiary squares all filled with stands selling vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, bread, pastries, clothing, and cheap consumer goods of all types. Roelof said it was a little underpopulated because of the summer holidays, but it seemed to be hopping to me. Picked up some herring and a few other things, hit the post office, then we went off in…
  • Normandy days 5-7, Belgium days 1-2

    8 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Mon 8/4 - St. Martin-de-LandellesStep count: 3,674Awake 8:30. Breakfast: half an almond croissant, yogurt, coffee. Talk with Mad, Juan, Greer, Ellen. Jonathan Strahan and daughter Sophie arrived. Off to St. Jacques with Ellen for lunch; after considering several options, had lunch at Hotel St. Jacques. Delicious tender grilled pork chop for me, Kate had a salad with duck gizzards. Ellen's aperitif arrived in a glass labeled "Suze," the name of the protagonist in her novel Green Glass Sea, which she determined she must have. To my amazement, despite her limited French she got the owner to give…
  • Travel makes you stupid

    8 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    When I woke up yesterday I could read and write, and ask questions and understand the answers. Today, not so much.One of the pleasures of travel is practicing a foreign language, which I enjoyed greatly during our time in France. But now we're in the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium, and I get to have a different adventure: attempting to communicate despite not speaking a word of the local lingo.Admittedly, in this case I'm not that severely handicapped. Our generous hosts, Roelof and Lynne Ann, are a native speaker and longstanding inhabitant respectively; Kate has studied Dutch in the past;…
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    Paul Levinson's Infinite Regress

  • Falling Skies 4.9: To the Moon, Anne, To the Moon!

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    The big story development in Falling Skies 2.9 - the second good episode in a row - is the discovery that the Espheni are controlling their operations from a base on the moon - on our moon, that is.  This leads to a good rendition by Tom of JFK's exhortation that we'll get to the moon by the end of the decade - the 1960s - except, of course, that Tom wants to start working on this right away.Anne, sometimes the voice of reason, thinks it's a crazy, unworkable idea.  But Tom talk her into it, even before they're formally married, in a nice ceremony performed old reliable Weaver.
  • Falling Skies Espheni: How to Pronounce

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    As we wait for tonight's episode of Falling Skies, I thought it might be a good time to check in with a question: how do you pronounced Espheni?Hal pronounces it exactly as written - as it it were spelled Esfeni - but his father Tom goes for the more Yiddish pronunciation, Eshpheni, almost Eshphveni.   Both have extensive experience with these alien overlords, so both would be in a good position to know how to pronounce their name.  Who is right, father or son?It's tempting to think Tom is right, and Hal is doing the same thing to Eshphveni as Barry White did to "shtick" in his 1973…
  • Rectify 2.9: Dancing in the Dark

    14 Aug 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Another beautiful, sad, powerful, altogether blue episode of Rectify tonight - 2.9 - which pretty much reverses most of the major threads we saw last week. That would be astonishing for most television series, but not for Rectify,  which never fails to surprise and shatter our expectations, in the best possible way.Last week, in Rectify 2.8, it looked like the book was pretty much closing on the Daniel and Tawny chapter.  But tonight's episode ends with the two of them dancing alone and tenderly in a room late at night.  The way they got there is also significant - Tawny…
  • Obama Weak in Protecting Citizens and Journalists in Ferguson

    14 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Obama's words an hour ago about what has been going on in Ferguson, Missouri were better than nothing, but a little late and, typically, a little weak.The situation in Ferguson could not be more clearcut:  Under the First Amendment, people have the right to peaceably assemble to protest, which means not being teargassed, and not have police who look like an invading force in Iraq point all kinds of military weapons at you.   Under the First Amendment, reporters have the right - the obligation - to convey what is happening before them to the American people, and not be arrested as…
  • Tyrant 1.6-7: Coup

    12 Aug 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Well, I missed Tyrant 1.6 last week, so just saw it and Tyrant 1.7 tonight, and I'm glad I did, because they make a compelling and pivotal pair.Jamal was at his most powerful at the end of 1.5, when he apparently killed the Sheikh. We find in 1.6 that he didn't quite do it.   And it takes Barry to step up and make the murder complete.   This epitomizes the relationship between Jamal and Barry that is at the heart of this series:  Jamal is an incomplete tyrant.  He needs Barry to lead fully and effectively, including killing a mortal enemy.But Barry doesn't see things that…
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    Holly Lisle: Official Author Homepage

  • SUZEE DELIGHT is off to the copyeditor

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Tweet The story wrapped (in what I’m considering the final version) at 29,706 words. 9706 words over what I’d planned, or one third of another story. However, this episode turned out to be far more important to the overall series than I’d anticipated—I got into a couple things in it I wasn’t expecting to see in detail until around Episode 5. It’s now off to the copyeditor, and I’m getting started on the last handful of pieces of MODULE ONE in the HOW TO WRITE A SERIES EXPANSION. And because of the interesting time I had writing this story, I have some…
  • Why Lauren Orbison Chose to Go Indie

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Tweet Tortellini, by Lauren OrbisonI’ve been corresponding back and forth with a student of mine for a while now, and think you’ll find the story of how she hit print inspiring—and amazing. So I’d like to introduce you to Lauren Orbison, author of Tortellini [link goes to her site], and her tell you this story herself. Lauren garnered serious interest from a couple of BIG publishers, but in the end decided that going the indie route was best for her writing goals. I’m thrilled with her success, and excited to see what she comes up with next.
  • The state of the revision of THE SELLING OF SUZEE DELIGHT

    14 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Tweet Tales from The Longview, Episode 2: The Selling of Suzee DelightI did my first editor’s revision. Added a bunch of words to the story. In the first revision, I nailed the ending, but screwed up one big character issue while fixing a problem from the first revision. Am doing the second editor’s revision today. After that, assuming Matt’s third read of the story gets me a green light, the story will go to my copyeditor, and then I’ll put it out in print. When it goes live, I’ll be about ready to start Module 2 of the HOW TO WRITE A SERIES EXPANSION. As of…
  • The child-molester ex is dead

    14 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    Tweet This is old news by now, and I wasn’t even going to mention it, except I realize that a lot of my readers know the story, know that the bastard never paid for his crimes against my two older kids in spite of confessing much of what he did to them, and that these readers and friends would probably appreciate some closure. So. The child-molester ex is the only creature in my entire life I wanted dead. Now he’s dead, and he suffered a lot getting there, and I’m glad of both things. He doesn’t get the dignity of being named here (and if anyone knows his name and…
  • SUZEE DELIGHT gets longer

    7 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    Tweet Worked six hours on type-in revision today. I’m 60% of the way through the type-in, and as usual, the story is getting longer. Today, even after some big cuts, I ended up with a 522-word net gain, and a word count of 24,728. I have some big cuts in the last third, but also MOST of my write-ins, so tomorrow’s word count should prove interesting. Not sure yet whether the story will end up longer or shorter overall—but I still haven’t gone ridiculously beyond my planned 20,000-word goal. Next week it’ll go to my editor, and then to my copyeditor, and I’ll…
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    Nathalie Mallet's Blog

  • Spamalot

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    I went to Spamalot opening night Tuesday. It was a ton of fun. Spamelot incorporates much of the plot-line and iconic jokes from the Monty Python group's hit movie The Holy Grail, which splatters the legends of King Arthur with quirky British humour. You'll see French soldiers taunting Arthur and his merry men, you'll see a confrontation with the Knights who say Ni, there's something about a watery tart who throws a sword, and so many of the signature lines that Monty Python fans love to tell and retell.
  • Happy Canada Day

    1 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
  • Revision

    25 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    My agent just sent me a list of revisions for my new YA novel, Parallel Thief. The list is not overly extensive, but very specific, which I love. Most of it has to do with the characters; they need some work. My protagonist’s relationship to people needs further fleshing out. There are also changes to be brought to the storyline to increase tension and suspense. All good notes.  So with these changes in mind, I start draft 3.  =)
  • 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
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    Nick Mamatas

  • National Guard to Ferguson

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:20 am
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered the National Guard to Ferguson to help restore order to the St. Louis suburb after a week of sometimes-violent protests over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.Nixon made the announcement in statement issued early Monday after another night of clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson.This will almost certainly "work", though if it doesn't, it's pretty much over for Governor Nixon and everyone else involved in trying to suppress the protests. There's significant on-the-ground organizing and nowhere else for…
  • Blogging is too slow.

    13 Aug 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Get yourself a Twitter account.#ferguson
  • More junk for you to read.

    13 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    I'm on the "Geek Pride" (ugh) blog of Psychology Today, talking about being a failure. The headline, "On Success and Failure", is not mine. This is a failure-only personal essay!The August Locus Magazine (not online, link leads to table of contents and purchase buttons) reviews my novel The Last Weekend, which is primarily a UK import only, but can be purchased from Borderlands Books or amazon.I can't type in the whole thing, so here's a screencap of a snippet. Sorry if you're vision-impaired and can't read it, but the spoilers are that reviewer Tim Pratt really liked it, and that it is like…
  • Some stuff

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    Over at Haikasoru, we are running a giveaway contest for Phantasm Japan. Our last anthology, The Future Is Japanese was nominated for the Locus Award, contained the eventual Hugo Award-winning short story "Mono No Aware", featured the Shirley Jackson Award-nominated novelette "The Indifference Engine", and had four different stories reprinted in four different Year's Best annual anthologies. Why not get in on this fantastical follow-up on the ground floor and play today? You just need to write a teeny essay about your favorite short story. I have some classes coming up. For people in the Bay…
  • I don't give a shit.

    11 Aug 2014 | 5:31 pm
    When do you see this much physical humor and expert comic timing on TV anymore? You don't.RIP Robin Williams.
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    Not A Blog

  • On the Road Again

    8 Aug 2014 | 9:50 pm
    I haven't even found time to post about all the cool stuff that went down at Comicon, or in France and Switzerland before that, but in a few hours we'll be off again... for Scotland and the Edinburgh Book Festival first, then London for worldcon, then straight to LA for the Emmys.I am exhausted just thinking about it.A year or two back, grouping most of my 2014 travel in one tight two-month period to allow me to stay home and work the rest of the year seemed like a really great idea... but now that it's on me, I have to admit, it's too much too soon. Fortunately, once I get…
  • Comicon Coolness, Part the First

    2 Aug 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Lots of cool stuff went down in San Diego at Comicon... parties, panels, parties, signings, parties, meals with friends, and much much more.Too much to relate here, at least.  But I can mention a few highlights.For me, one of the highlights was the appearance of a couple of copies of THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE.The worldbook won't be released until October, so it wasn't for sale at San Diego, but Bantam had a couple of advance copies hot off the presses at the Random House booth, for lucky fans to open, peruse, and drool over.  Not mock-ups, either.  This is the real…
  • FOCUS Interview

    1 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Here's the latest interview with Yours Truly, from Focus on New Mexico KNME.(I must have done a hundred interviews in San Diego, but this one was done earlier, at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe).
  • Master Class

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    For those of you who were unable to travel to Switzerland for NIFFF, Livestream has uploaded my "Master Class" interview and Q&A.NIFFF was great fun, all in all, though they kept me so busy that I was only able to see one film of the ninety-plus shown at the festival.  Most of the interviews covered the same old ground... but the masterclass got into some areas a bit more substantially, and you may find it interesting.I had fun doing it, anyway.If you would like to check it out, go to:
  • Comicon Is Coming

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    It seems like I just got back from France and Switzerland... maybe because I just did... and now San Diego Comicon is on top of us.I'll be there for the whole weekend, doing promotion for HBO, Bantam Spectra, and my various other publishers.  Flying in Wednesday, departing on the following Monday, so if you're going to comicon, you should have plenty of chances to see me, hear me, and get me to scrawl illegibly on your book, graphic novel, Blu-Rays, or body parts.My schedule:Wednesday evening, 6pm to 7pm, I will be doing a signing at the AVATAR PRESS booth, autographing copies of…
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  • So close to shelter dog goal...

    16 Aug 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Howdy internets,My wife is home all day when I am off working two jobs and trying to write. She starts a new job, soon, at a newly opening facility. Before her schedule kicks in, it would be nice to settle a dog into our lives. We are very close to being able to afford a dog. We are so close that I am asking you, the internets, to look over to the sidebar and pick yourself up an eBook. If I sell about 75-100 ebooks this month, which really isn't that many at all, then we can put money down on a shelter dog. This isn't a kickstarter or anything. This is much easier. There are eBooks to your…
  • Your Narrative Matters, or If I Ruled the World

    12 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    Too many people have died by the hands of policeman.And, the media narrative does seem to favor images that display the worst, scariest qualities of the people involved.And, it wouldn't matter if the people involved were hardened criminals, with decades of murder and mayhem and bad behavior behind them, who were verbally threatening the police and trying to do harm (by all accounts, the young man recently killed had his hands up and the videos of Eric Garner's death do not show any sign of meaningful intimidation to warrant the amount of force done to him). It doesn't matter if the scariest…
  • Jujube Jammin'

    11 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    Co-worker had copious jujubes. He offered to bring me some. He offered to bring some more. I held him off from any more after about four pounds of the strange, rich fruits. Unfamiliar with the Chinese Date, a.k.a. Zizyphus Jujube? Here's a link.. here's another link... other words, if you like these fruits, a tree is a very easy thing to keep around. Permaculturists all over the world love them because they produce an abundance of fruit with minimal input from the farmer or gardener.People…
  • I just wrote a letter to Amazon.

    9 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    For those follow in at home, I jus wrote a letter to Amazon's weird e-mail. Here it is.Howdy,Got your letter. Please, leave me out of your negotiations with a company I do not work for, with whom I have no professional dealings. As a customer, I couldn't care less what results because I can still just buy the book at a store.This really makes you look weak, by the way. Best,Joe M. McDermott
  • 5 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm

    5 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
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    Robin McKinley

  • Hellhound birthday

    17 Aug 2014 | 5:24 pm
      Hellhounds are EIGHT YEARS OLD TODAY.  How time flies when YOU KEEP MOVING HOUSE.*  Meanwhile I got home later tonight than planned and discovered us embroiled in Fresh Connectivity Issues**  JOY.  And furthermore my piano tuner is coming tomorrow not Tuesday–ahem, in the MORNING.***  So you’ll have to forgive me merely slamming a bunch of photos at you without my usual graceful and spirited commentary.  And as you cast your gaze over all these sleeping-hellhounds photos remember what I said on Pav’s birthday about needing to remember to find the action-shot…
  • Ah the continuing arrrgh of a house move

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:17 pm
        We have enough frelling cling film to plastic wrap England if not the entire United Kingdom.  Or possibly the planet.  WHY?  We hardly ever use cling film, it’s against my frelling ethical eco doodah principles.  It must be gremlins.  Cleaning out drawers is not my idea of fun at the best of times and at the tail end of a frelling house move it feels like the discovery of a brand-new hitherto unsuspected circle of hell*—and cleaning out cupboards and closets and sheds and garages and attics and crawl spaces and overhead shelves you can’t see into YAAAAAAAAH—for all…
  • Oh hi blog

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:33 pm
      The last three days I’ve said TONIGHT I AM GOING TO BLOG.  And then by evening all my atoms have rolled over to the other side of the room again.  This house move business is not just a bear, it’s a large herd of hairy mammoths on the rampage.  Arrrgh.  And then of course, ducking tusks and coughing in the churned up dust and deafened by all the trumpeting, I get distracted by details like I NEED A WASTEBASKET FOR MY UPSTAIRS LOO.  Third House is significantly smaller than the mews so even having unloaded an entire lorry convoy of STUFF* we’re still kind of wedged in, and…
  • Pav

    6 Aug 2014 | 4:23 pm
      IT’S PAV’S BIRTHDAY TODAY.  PAV IS TWO YEARS OLD.  . . . Which basically means she’s a snarky adolescent with a lot of attitude.  Yeah.  That about covers it.  She’s also adorable.  Just by the way.  And she’s been remarkably good-natured about the amount of time she’s been spending in crates the last week.  There are occasional eruptions but she always comes out the open door smiling and ready to have a good time. I’d like to say I fed her steak for her birthday.  Um.  I didn’t feed her steak.  But we had a very good Long…
  • My piano comes home

    4 Aug 2014 | 4:16 pm
      It is tragic the amount of fabulous blog material I’ve missed using the last five days or so.  For example the BT landline engineer on Thursday had just finished telling me that it couldn’t be done because the wiring was too old, or possibly because it had been plastered over irrecoverably when I hired a small army to create an attic out of a large crawl space, or at least it couldn’t be done till 2017 because they were going to have to rewire Hampshire first,* or at very least it couldn’t be done that day, as scheduled, because they were going to have to import a special…
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    Karen's musings

  • A new web presence!!!

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    So I've revamped my web presence with a brand spanking new blogsite that will be far more up to date than the last one. I swear. It's called The Talkative Writer and this is where you'll find it.
  • Where to shop if you're not shopping Amazon

    27 May 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Just to make life a bit simpler, here's the link to the listings: think it's vital that we never let Amazon become the only game in town. No one entity should ever be the only game in town. That way lies badness for all.
  • Standing up to being bullied

    23 May 2014 | 5:02 pm
    So Amazon, a company I've done a lot of business with, is trying to bully/intimidate/threaten my publisher Hachette into doing what it wants. This is having a devastating impact on Hachette's authors, who have done nothing wrong. You can read more about the issue here.'ll be putting up some alternate shopping sites asap. In the meantime, please consider placing your online book orders elsewhere, because Amazon isn't the only game in town and they shouldn't be allowed to get away…
  • Excellent literary project -- check it out!

    20 May 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Fantasy author Mindy Klasky is highlighting a great literary project. Go read for yourself what she has to say!
  • Public Service Announcement!

    12 May 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Hey guys --if you're in the US and are looking to adopt a kitten, go read this post from Cherie Priest. And if you're not in the US, can't adopt but love kitties, please help spread the word!
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  • Jesus Wept

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    Sunday before last, August 10, at the 11:15 service, we had several baptisms in the historic sanctuary of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas.  Part of the ceremony includes those already baptized reaffirming their baptismal vows, both in support of those being baptized, and to remind themselves and each other of what those vows are…what the responsibility is, of those brought into this new life. One of the ritual questions is this:  “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?”  To…
  • Governor Perry's Indictment

    16 Aug 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Governor Rick Perry has been indicted by a grand jury for illegal actions he took last year.   You will have seen, no doubt, clips of Perry insisting that he had a legal right to veto funding for the office which is tasked with investigating corruption in state government in Texas.   He is right about that--but that is not what he was indicted for, and he knows it.  This is another Perry coverup attempt.   Many Texans know the truth, but those outside Texas rely on what the media tells them, and are apt to give Perry more time than the rather intricate and…
  • Found the Farrier! (a horse thing)

    15 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    My farrier and I have been not connecting for several weeks, while Mac's hooves continue to grow, which is not good for a horse with bad hooves and chronic lameness issues.  I had lost (I thought) Brian's card with his phone number on it, and the number posted on the wall returned no answer--not even a machine to leave a message on, and I knew the old old number (in my cellphone) was wrong.  So.  R- went out to the feed store and found ONE of Brian's cards tacked to the bulletin board and copied down the number.  It's the same as the number posted on my…
  • Thoughts on Food, Via the Lone Star Tick and Autism

    10 Aug 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Every food in this world is nutritious for somebody somewhere, at some point in their life.   Be it animal or vegetable or mineral (e.g. salt)  everything that has been a component of someone's diet has been useful to one or more of its consumers, and even essential in the setting where it was eaten. Every food in this world is bad for somebody somewhere, at some point in their life.  A food that is nutritious for you may be toxic to someone else, and vice versa.  The one you can't get along without--the basis of your cultural diet--may make someone else…
  • Seen from the Bicycle

    6 Aug 2014 | 9:45 pm
    While pedaling up and down and around getting exercise (and lowering blood pressure and other good things)  I see things I would never see, let alone notice, if I were driving.   Cats...lots and lots of semi-feral (or really feral) cats, for instance.  The two weeks when male tarantulas wandered the streets, looking for female tarantulas (who were down in their burrows, waiting...)  Tarantulas around here aren't dangerous, just startling when something the size of my palm is trundling across the street.  I am glad to say I didn't run over any of…
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    Day in the Life of an Idiot

  • Manga Wednesday

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    Mason and I giggled our way through this week's MangaKast, 21: Zombies Loose Their Sh*t.  In this one, we discussed our usuals (Bleach, One Piece, and Toriko) and talked about how far Mason has gotten in Fairy Tale, the new anime I start watching (Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun), how Hourou Musuko inspired a cross-dressing dream, a shout out to our love of Bleach List Girl, and random silliness. Anyway, I hope you enjoy, if you listen.  Mason and I had a tremendous time recording this morning even though our day started out in the crapper.  My car (alternator?) died.  Shawn…
  • Plans and an Update

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    It's Tuesday, so that means Tate has posted the newest installment of UnJust Cause for you over at WattPad.  In this episode, Alex discovers just how much she sucks at being a fugitive....Part 20: Shatterer of WorldsAlso, I'm still trying to decide what to do with this blog.  I wish I had a better sense of how, if at all, this site was viewed by may family and friends. In the meantime, I think I will take advantage of the no-limit photo sharing of Tate's Blogspot account and post my pictures there.  I have, after all, been trying to figure out a way to drive more…
  • Out of Space, Time to Upgrade?

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    I figured out my problem with the pictures... I've apparently filled up the scrapbook that comes with my free account.  I considered deleting my entire scrapbook, but the little message that popped up said that the pictures would be removed from the blogs they were linked to and I've got YEARS of pictures up.Paying for an account isn't expensive.   I've been on LJ for years and have never bothered to purchase any upgrades.  I feel like this is maybe a no-brainer.  Like, karmically, it's the thing to do.But my question to people out there is: is it safe?
  • The Picture Editor is Still Busted

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:17 pm
    I was really hoping to catalogue our trip to Washington, DC with photos, but the picture editor/attacher mechanism over here on LJ is still busted.  Your best bet to see all the pictures is going to be to scroll through:, which you should be able to do without being signed-up (though I don't know that for sure.)Many apologizes.It was a great trip, all and all.  While Shawn was stuck in endless meetings, Mason and I were power-tourists.  Our hotel was within walking distance of the zoo, so that was one of our first stops.  We…
  • Latest chapters of SnK and Ao No Exorcist Reviewed

    9 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    Because our podcast will be on hiatus next week, I've written up my reviews of Shingeki no Kyojin (aka Attack on Titan) #60 and Ao no Exorcist (aka Blue Exorcist) #59 for you and posted them on our MangaKast blog site:
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    the essential kit

  • Dublin 2019!

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:58 am
    Dublin 2019! That was the other thing I wanted to mention in yesterday’s Loncon blog! As you know, Bob, Dublin is putting in a bid to host WorldCon in 2019. I got involved with the bid about 18 months ago, and I’m really excited about the prospect. So, apparently, is everyone else: by Saturday night at Loncon there were apparently about 250 pre-supporters, people who have given 20 quid to help finance the bid itself as well as the convention. There were many others who asked if we would be at Shamrokon in Dublin *this* weekend, so they could place their pre-support payment then.
  • Loncon!

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Loncon was pretty amazing. It was well-run, with the only really visible snafu being that they weren’t prepared for 3000 people to show up at 9am Thursday, imagining, instead, that they’d show up more gradually through the weekend. So Thursday there was a Very Long Line to pick up registration materials, but they handled it super well and kept it moving. A highlight was my friend Kate, after walking from one end of the very long convention centre concourse to the end where Loncon was taking place and then discovering the very long line to stand in, tweeting “Nobody told me I…
  • things to say

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    I have a lot of political posts warring in my brain to be written and not much actual will to write them right now, it seems. I guess in another couple weeks I’ll see if I still want to say them. In the meantime, this is a good body image campaign. Ten days to go on the Fantasy Fudge Fundraiser and $1077 to make me write a story about Joanne attempting to make fudge. :) After running out of ink and getting a new toner cartridge, my printer has started jamming on hideously wrinkled pages. After consulting the internet, I have taken its guts apart and discovered that the, uh, toner…
  • TBR shelf doom

    11 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    I’m afraid the TBR shelf has gotten totally out of control again, and I have two SFF conventions coming up. This cannot bode well. But it’s not my fault! We went to America, where there are thousands of different titles you can’t find here! I found Barbara HamblyHamilton’s Abigail Adams murder mystery series! I got Michelle Sagara’s CAST IN FLAME (which is my new favourite of the series, OMG, the action! OMG, the end!)! I got new Jack Campbell books (I love them. they do exactly what they say on the tin)! I got a new Lawrence Watt-Evans book, and then I learned…
  • thinks to do in august

    10 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    - print up & proof STONE’S THROE - make fudge - go to loncon Loncon Schedule: Autographing 1 – CE Murphy Thursday 13:30 – 15:00, Autographing Space (ExCeL) THERE MIGHT BE FUDGE. :) The Superhero-Industrial Complex Thursday 18:00 – 19:00, Capital Suite 7+12 (ExCeL) The creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been one of the most exciting pop culture developments of the last decade — and contradicts the decades-long strategy, followed primarily by DC, of keeping superheroes in their own worlds for their screen incarnations. Now DC have plans to follow…
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    Rickety Contrivances of Doing Good

  • Daily Bread

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

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

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

    26 Apr 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Here's my homily for tomorrow. The Gospel is the story of Doubting Thomas, John 20:19-31. I used the driving story in another homily, quite a few years ago.  It remains one of the strangest things that's ever happened to me, and no one has ever been able to come up with a strictly rational, Euclidean explanation for it. "Oh, honey, you just didn't know where you were going," my mother said, but I've hardly ever been more acutely aware of where I was going. Gary chalks it up to ESP, but that's not especially rational or Euclidean either.  Of course the story raises more…
  • 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…
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    Old Enough to Know Better

  • Richard Cory

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    With the recent passing of Robin Williams, I was reminded of the poem "Richard Cory," and of a young man I knew forty or so years ago.First the poem: “Richard Cory” by Edward Arlington Robinson Whenever Richard Cory went down town, We people on the pavement looked at him: He was a gentleman from sole to crown, Clean favored, and imperially slim. And he was always quietly arrayed,And he was always human when he talked; But still he fluttered pulses when he said,“Good morning,” and he glittered when he walked. And he was rich – yes, richer than a king, And admirably…
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Review

    11 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    So this one is easy: It's a hoot. Go see it.My son and grandson and I opted for the 2D version, because, save for Avatar, I haven't seen a movie since that 3D benefitted particularly, but we had a fine ole time. Funny, silly, whole lot of action, snappy dialog, lovable charters, nasty villains, a giant-tub-of-popcorn experience, about as good a time as you can have at a summer movie. Gonna set a high bar for the rest of the season, this year's Men in Black.Although I imagine Vin Diesel is going to get a lot of razzing about his voicing of the character Groot. I won't spoil…
  • Lighter Pockets

    4 Aug 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Back in the day, we all carried combs. You were a guy, you had one tucked into your hip pocket, at least a basic model, and for a while when grease was really thick, a rattail model, that would let you do some of that sissy-styling, and which could also double as a weapon ...Pre-hippies, men's hair tended to be full of gunk. There was the greasy kids' stuff, like Wildroot Cream Oil or Brylcreem; the dry-look, like Vitalis, and all manner of other waxy pomades. Go look at a movie made in the thirties, forties, or fifties.We are talking slicked-down.Men didn't use hairspray,…
  • Ooh, Shiny!

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Some years ago–how many I don't recall, but more than twenty-five and less than thirty-five, my lovely wife bought for me a green fire agate ring at Saturday market. Picked out a stone, and the jeweler lost-waxed it, and came out with a ring I've worn since.But, in my dotage, I didn't recall that he actually made two rings for me, a second fire agate that was multicolored flashes in a brown matrix. When I got my boulder opal wedding ring, I replaced the fire agate multi and put it away.Completely forgot about it. Somehow, it wound up in the spare jewelry boxes which migrate…
  • Broken Eyed Perry

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    I have been wearing corrective lenses since I was fifteen. Mostly glasses, but I started out wearing those saucer-sized hard contact lenses, then gas perms, then soft ones, fifty years ago. Contact lenses in this part of the world in the spring turn yellow from pollen, and working at a computer, they also tend to wear blisters on your eyeballs, so I went back to specs. More trouble than they were worth, contacts.And no, the Lasix surgery isn't an option, because once presbyopia sets in, you still have to wear glasses for close work anyhow, and what's the point? And there are…
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    Mike Philbin's free planet blog

  • Neolithic 'Stonehenge' Monument and Burial Barrows Discovered in Kent

    16 Aug 2014 | 12:31 am
    The Swale and Thames Archaeological Survey Company (SWAT Archaeology) has discovered a Neolithic henge and archaeological remains from several periods on housing development grounds in Sittingbourne, Kent.SWAT Archaeology's excavation also makes use of new technology, as the archaeologists brought in local Kentish aerial photography drone service Skyspider Aerial Imaging to record the site in high-definition video, the results of which you can see in the video below: [source IBTIMES] SWAT Archaeology Iwade project from Skyspider A.I on Vimeo.
  • they call it ALL YOU NEED IS KILL in Japan

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:26 am
    All you need is kill ... well, let's use its Westernised or Hollywoodized name, Edge of Tomorrow ... found the Japanese poster. And guess what? They call it ALL YOU NEED IS KILL in the home territory after Hiroshi Sakurazaka (Yoshitoshi ABe-illustrated) novel of the same name. Now, that's a title of a film I might wanna watch. does this translate to Edge of Tomorrow?
  • Big Sky fanzine - Philip K Dick novel reviews by Mike Philbin

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    new editions of BIG SKY (edited by Peter Young) are now available online. Editor Peter Young writes, "Big Sky 3 and 4 are two parts of a special project released for Loncon 3. Both are concerned entirely with Gollancz’s 'SF Masterworks list' – every title has reviews and commentary, all listed in order of appearance."I'm mentioning it here because I have a couple of Philip K Dick novel reviews in Big Sky 3:1) PHILIP K. DICK, FLOW MY TEARS, THE POLICEMAN SAID 2) PHILIP K. DICK, A MAZE OF DEATH.
  • Marilyn Manson - Smells like Children - I put a spell on you.

    13 Aug 2014 | 12:46 am
    I Put A Spell On You, the classic track from 1956 by Screamin' Jay Hawkins, is back on TV in some car advert. It being on TV again reminds me of this wonderfully throbbing shrieking version by Marilyn Manson, from his early CD Smells like Children.Nice.
  • Photobathroomism - the art of Lee Price - Lemon Slices series

    11 Aug 2014 | 1:08 am
    Lee Price is an American figurative realist painter. Her work focuses on the relationship between women and food. I've focussed, here, on her LEMON SLICES series.Free Planet asked Lee Price her if she could expand upon the use of lemons in this series and she replied, "While most of my work speaks about compulsivity, an act of walling yourself off from others, the lemon slice pieces are about the struggle to be present in a space as opposed to separating or isolating yourself."Remember, these are PAINTINGS, oil on linen.
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    Tiny Godzilla

  • If you've got the inclination, I have got the crime

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:48 pm
    It's a Monday! And I hardly know where to begin, but that's becoming typical, I swear. I've been a crappy blogger, yes - but in my defense, things have been pretty busy around here. There's been a lot of end-of-summer yardwork, some business-type hurry-up-and-wait, and also a great deal of this-is-almost-due that's been catching up with me over the last few days.But I'm finally starting to dig myself out, so here goes nothing.First up: The Hugo Awards! I wasn't there, and I wasn't nominated for anything - but that doesn't mean I can't be super-happy for the awesome people who were there, and…
  • You'd hate for the kids to think that you lost your cool

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
    It has been beautiful out there today - the temperature topped out around 80 degrees, it was super-windy, and sunny-but-not-too-sunny, so I spent the day outdoors. I needed to, for the grounds here at Rosebury Haunt were looking pretty ragged. Okay, it still looks a little ragged, but it is greatly improved - particularly at the back and side of the house. By way of cataloging my exploits, you may know that I accomplished the following: pruned and de-bugged the old rose tree; pruned, weeded, and evicted vines from the new roses at the side of the house; pruned, weeded, and evicted vines from…
  • Going down the only road I've ever known

    12 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Yeah, well. Whitesnake was playing on the radio last night, and it's stuck in my head. NOW IT CAN BE STUCK IN YOURS, TOO. [mwooohahahahaha]So! Today, I've got a couple of things to talk about. First up, I'm lucky enough to be involved in Kevin Hearne's apology to Atlanta! And why would Kevin feel the need to apologize in the first place? Because he has to bail on DragonCon, that's why. I understand. Things happen. And since this benefits me, personally...I'm prepared to forgive him. For you see, Kevin will be zooshing back to the southeast again for an event at the Fox Tale Book Shop in…
  • I'm a hot air balloon that could go to space

    11 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Man, it has been one HELLA good Monday for Maplecroft news, I tell you what. For one thing, I got the proofs for the audiobook artwork and got to make a couple of changes before that goes off to print. (Or wherever it goes, when it's an MP3 and/or audio CD.) So yes, that will be happening - at the same time as the regular trade paperback edition, on September 2. SO SOON. Ye gods!And for another thing, several awesome reviews landed upon this fine day. To wit:This awesome "epistolary" review at Book Swoon - Including such highlights as: "With your story Maplecroft, I was given the moments of a…
  • I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole

    6 Aug 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Day #2 of catching up over here - and boy are my arms tired. No, wait...All of me is tired, truth be told. Today I finished up the sig sheets for that special edition of Rogues, boxed them up and shipped them off via UPS; went to the bank; went to the grocery store; finished the last of the unpacking/putting-things-away; and went to my optometrist to get my glasses prescription.Right now, I only have one reliable pair of specs in a current prescription - and at my Rx, that's kind of terrifying. I need back-ups, people. And I don't mean contacts, because I just can't wear those for very long…
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    Running Air

  • I Am Home

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Not surprisingly, I am in post-Worldcon "geeIhadaswelltimenowwhat" torpor.  Have unpacked the bag, separated the to-wash from the to-be-cleaned from the can-be-refiled-whence-it-came stuff, and must now take the cleaning to the cleaner so that I can pick up milk so that I can have coffee.Emily was so overjoyed to see us--Danny had been in Sarasota dropping Becca off at college--that she practically dislocated her tail with wagging, and has been dogging us from room to room.Worldcon was terrific: met people, was on two good panels, saw any manner of people I do not normally get…
  • I have been away, you may have heard...

    16 Aug 2014 | 1:20 am
    I've been posting on Facebook, because for several weirdly technical reasons I have a hard time getting the photos I take with my phone into my laptop.  Oddly, pouring them from device to device has not worked.  But...My last day at Klutz was August 1.  August 2, bright and early, Pat Murphy and I got on a plane to Chicago, thence to Paris, then a train to Rennes, where we were picked up by Ellen Klages and Scott Lynch and taken off to La Cahudiere, a farmhouse and the site of Ellen's month-long birthday party.  You know how the word "idyllic" gets…
  • London Calling

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    For those who think about these things, here's my Loncon schedule.  It's fairly light, but that means I get to go see other people's readings and panels and...... and London.  Second favorite city in the world.  And outside my door, a whole city's worth of research on Sarah Tolerance's London.Reading: Madeleine Eve RobinsThursday 12:00 - 12:30, London Suite 1 (ExCeL)Alternative Publishing ModelsFriday 19:00 - 20:00, Capital Suite 7+12 (ExCeL)Between the disappearance of independent bookshops, the dominance of Amazon, the rise of ebooks and the popularisation…
  • Books ** BOOKS ** BOOKS ** Books

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    It's summer.  Prime reading time.  Need something new?  Want to revisit an old friend?  Odd's are, BVC has something for you.  And for one week only (imagine voice of aggressive carnival barker here) we're having a Dog Days of Summer sale!  Good books half off. thou.
  • That Was Fun. Except Not.

    21 Jun 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Becca took a look at her room--and particularly her much-abused carpet--and decided it was time to rent a carpet cleaner.  So much of today has included bringing things--a futon, a mattress, clothes, her desk chair downstairs, then ferrying hot water up (to fill the carpet cleaner) and down (to throw out the filthy waste water).  I also did three...or is that four?...loads of laundry.  And of course I over-used my wrist, even trying to work one-handed.  Still, the room is hugely cleaner, the kid has sorted out three bags of clothes and two bags of shoes to go to Goodwill,…
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    Benjamin Rosenbaum

  • Transatlantic dislocation & Goblin Baby interview

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    We're living in DC! Also, check out my sister on FFTV:
  • Dream Apart Playtests

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    Notes from 5 playtests of #dreamapart , my Jewish historical fantasy hack of @mcdaldno's Dream Askew
  • Writing Process

    16 Jun 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Notes on writing process, a blog tour thingie.
  • Works in progress

    15 May 2014 | 1:44 am
    Creative production report: novel rewrite continues :-/ Finished:3 stories, 2 roleplaying games! :-)
  • Aviva's Bat Mitzvah!

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    If it's possible to die of pride, somebody should call an ambulance.
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    Christopher Rowe

  • Everything's coming up August

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

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

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

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

  • Roadtrip #5. Vancouver, Coupland, Back Home.

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    After Ottawa, we went back and spent two nights in Vancouver. We stayed at a century-old, not-too-expensive place called the Sylvia Hotel, next to the water at English Bay Beach. I’d been planning to meet up with my writer friend Bill Gibson, but as it happened, the page proofs for his next novel arrived at the same day we did, and he only had about three days to fix them, so we couldn’t connect. His two recommendations: Japadogs and the Douglas Coupland show at the VAG (Vancouver Art Gallery). I had some doubts, but I did get a Japadog on the street—these are gourmet Japanese sausages,…
  • Roadtrip #4. Totem Poles.

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

    3 Aug 2014 | 5:43 pm
    We drove up to Vancouver and flew to Ottawa. Met my brother there and went up to a cottage on a lake called Lac Desert. Deserted, but no desert! Nice to be so totally off the grid. I played with the dogs and they got hyper. Love that crazed, rolling eye. The only way to get to the cottages was by boat, and they had a generator for power—it went off around 9:30 at night. “Dog UFO Gub” acrylic and oil on canvas, July, 2014, 40” x 30”. Click for a larger version of the painting. Getting totally out of sequence for just a minute, here’s a painting that I almost finished in July, right…
  • Roadtrip #2. With Dr. Dick on the Lost Coast

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    I’ve always been intrigued by the area of Northern California known as the Lost Coast. This is where the coastal mountains plunge so sharply into the sea that coastal Route 1 bends away from the shore, heads inland, meets Route 101, and expires. Route 101 runs along north through the redwoods, inland, and eventually bends back to the coast at Eureka through the redwoods. The zone between 101 and the coast is the Lost Coast, featuring only a few tiny hamlets such as Shelter Cove and Petrolia—these are towns with populations in the 100s, not the 1000s. Some of the land is undeveloped…
  • Roadtrip #1. Seastacks.

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    A couple of weeks ago, my wife Sylvia and I set out for a drive along the coast from San Francisco to Vancouver. We stuck to Route 1 most of the way, it’s a slow two-laner, but it’s great to be by the ocean. As opposed to being on a giant interstate like Rt. 5. This said, we did take Rt. 5 for most of the way home…two weeks later. I’d always been curious about the Sea Ranch development on the coast north of SF, but it’s kind of boxy. Good cliffs, though. And a bathroom. Further north in California we got to the redwood zone. Love those ferns and the greenness. Later we stopped at a…
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  • The Wheel of Time Did Not Win a Hugo. (And that’s okay.)

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    For those who haven’t yet seen the results of the 2014 Hugo Awards, they have been posted here. The Wheel of Time, despite displaying a fine showing for first place votes, ultimately did not prevail in winning a Hugo Award. (Though Mary’s excellent novelette, “The Lady Astronaut of Mars,” did win—so congrats! And Julie Dillon, whose art graces the cover of Shadows Beneath among many other works, picked up a well-deserved Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist.)The first post online I saw regarding this was someone commiserating toward me that I’d been robbed. While I appreciate…
  • My Calgary schedule starting today—Three events open to the public

    7 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    I’m in Calgary, Alberta, Canada today through Sunday. The When Words Collide convention is sold out, but there are three events that are free and open to the public. See full details below.Thursday, August 7, 7:00–9:00 p.m.Fish Creek Library Signing (open to the public)Address: 11161 Bonaventure Drive SECalgary, AB, Canada T2J 6S1Phone: (403) 260-2600Date:Time: 7:00 p.m.Join us for readings by international bestselling authors, followed by a Q & A and book signing.Brandon Sanderson, Jacqueline Guest, Mark Leslie, D.J. MacIntosh, Jack WhyteFriday, August 8, 1:00–3:00 p.m.,…
  • Hugo voting deadline this week + GraphicAudio Well of Ascension & Updates

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    The deadline for voting in the Hugo Awards is Thursday night at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. The online ballot can be submitted here by all World Science Fiction Society members, either who will be attending Loncon 3 from August 14th through 18th, or who have a supporting membership.I posted an extensive writeup of my thoughts on the Wheel of Time's nomination in the Best Novel category here, and I hope that all of you who are planning to vote took the time to familiarize yourselves with the nominees in every category. My best wishes to the creators of all the nominated works—it's an honor to…
  • Legion: Skin Deep cover revealed!

    9 Jul 2014 | 12:11 pm
    I'm pleased to present to you Jon Foster's cover illustration for the second Legion novella, Legion: Skin Deep, coming later this year from Subterranean Press. I think Mr. Foster did a fantastic job with this illustration, and I like it even better than his cover for Subterranean Press's edition of the original Legion. You can see a big version after the cut.If you haven't read the original and aren't familiar with the concept, I describe Legion as a fast-paced, witty, and supremely fun thriller with a psychological bent. Stephen Leeds is perfectly sane. It’s his hallucinations who are mad.
  • Legion Sequel Preorder + Storybundle Available Now

    20 Jun 2014 | 11:49 am
    A couple months ago my novella The Emperor's Soul was available as part of a fantasy-themed DRM-free ebook bundle from Storybundle. A lot of readers enjoyed getting the book that way, so now I'm repeating the experiment with my thriller novella Legion, available for the next three weeks along with eight other books in the Cosmic SF StoryBundle.Later this year Subterranean Press will be releasing a limited edition hardcover of Legion's sequel, Legion: Skin Deep, which you can preorder here and read a preview of here. If you haven't read the original Legion, this new bundle is a great way to…
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    Inhuman Swill

  • Poem: Grand Motherfucker (an epic sci-fi poem)

    14 Aug 2014 | 5:57 am
    This poem debuted live at Tuesday Funk #48 in Chicago on September 4, 2012, the same day it was written. I've submitted it to a few editors since then, but since they (probably sensibly) turned it down, my birthday present to myself is to publish it here.It was the early 23rd and I was just the latest turdOf a miner to get dumped on Harkin's Moon.I had finished my first shift and took the slow repulsor liftUp to a weightless bar called Betsy's Grand Saloon.We were sipping bulbs of beer in artificial atmosphereAnd watching servers flit around that hollow space.My hair still caked with sand, I…
  • How I became a terrorist without really trying

    1 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    I've told this story many times, in many ways. This particular version was written for The First Time: First Crime, an evening of readings at Second City's Up Comedy Club in Chicago on April 17, 2013. I read it again at Tuesday Funk #61 on September 3, 2013, and later posted it as an answer on Quora (to the question "What are you banned from? Why?") and as an essay on Medium (where it became an Editor's Pick). As long as it was available for free in those places, I figured it ought to have a home here too. So here it is. Happy Canada Day.They caught up with me in the men's room of a bus…
  • I want your donut, as long as it's free

    29 May 2014 | 12:35 pm
    This happened back on Sunday, April 6. That morning, like we do most Sunday mornings, we took the dog out for a walk for a couple of hours. On our way back to the house, Laura developed a hankering for a donut. We stopped by a couple of neighborhood bakeries that were on our way but none had donuts, and no other type of pastry would do.A few blocks from home, I pointed across the street. "How about we stop over there at Dunkin.""No," she said resignedly, "I don't want a donut from Dunkin."That evening we went into Manhattan to see Lady Gaga's next-to-last concert on the next-to-last night of…
  • Poem: Share the wealth

    16 May 2014 | 8:03 am
    Homeless man feedinghis McDonald's French fries topigeons. Share the wealth.Crossposted from Inhuman Swill
  • When you wish upon a squirrel

    9 May 2014 | 6:17 am
    The other morning I truly thought for a moment that Ella had at long last caught a squirrel.We were walking in Astoria Park in Queens, as we often do, where dogs are allowed to roam off-leash before 9:00 a.m. There's a lightly wooded section of the park near the big swimming pool that I call Squirrel Alley, because all the trees and undergrowth ensure a robust population of arboreal rodents for Ella to chase. We were walking past a tree that one squirrel had just used as an escape route when I spotted another squirrel on the far side of the tree. It was sitting on an exposed root eating a…
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    Douglas Smith's blog

  • And while we're talking about writing courses...

    Douglas Smith
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    I also wanted to mention and recommend two courses that novelist, short story writer, and editor Nina Munteanu is teaching in the fall in Toronto: Creating Science Fiction (George Brown College) Learn about what is involved in writing science fiction and getting it published. Explore the essential tools used in this genre (including world building, research and plot approaches), and work toward a publishable original work by learning to generate and follow through with premise, idea and theme. SF Writing Master Class (University of Toronto) This 12-week workshop-style course will provide…
  • My "How to Market & Sell Short Fiction" course open for registration

    Douglas Smith
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    A reminder that I’ll be teaching a course this fall at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. The course is called "Playing the Short Game: How to Market and Sell Short Fiction." It's part of the certificate program that the U of T offers in their Creative Writing program, but it's a stand-alone course as well, and you don't need to be working towards the certificate. The course is based on the popular blog series that I did in 2012-2013 for Amazing Stories. My upcoming book, also titled Playing the Short Game, to be released Sept. 1, will form the textbook for the…
  • New German Short Fiction Market: Pulpcore

    Douglas Smith
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    I just added an entry on my Foreign Market List for a new short fiction market in Germany, called Pulpcore. They take stories in English from 2,000 to 6,000 words and translate to German at no cost. They also take email submissions. They pay $20 per story, which isn't great, but since you'll already have sold the story in English (you know that, right? If not, read this), then it's found money and another country that can discover your work. Check out their entry on the FML here. Happy submitting!
  • An Italian "Symphony"

    Douglas Smith
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    No, not Mendelssohn's 4th (didn't know I had culture, did you?). My short SF story, "Symphony," will appear in an upcoming "SF and Music" issue of the Italian magazine, Quasar, likely this fall. Earlier this year, Quasar published my Aurora-winning story, "The Walker of the Shifting Borderland," and I'm thrilled to be appearing in the magazine for the second time. This will be my fifth publication in Italian. "Symphony" first appeared in the Canadian literary magazine, Prairie Fire, in 1999, where it won second prize in the magazine's SF contest to commemorate Canadian SF writer, A. E.
  • Announcing a New Book: Playing the Short Game

    Douglas Smith
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    I am thrilled to announce that I have a new book coming out in September, my first non-fiction project.  If you follow this blog, you'll remember that I wrote a 32-part blog series for Amazing Stories from 2012-2013 aimed at helping writers learn how to best market and sell their short fiction. I have now repackaged those posts into a book titled Playing the Short Game: How to Market Sell Short Fiction. The book is completely updated and reorganized, with new material not in the blog series, plus an introduction from multi-genre, multi-award winning writer and editor, Kristine Kathryn…
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    Ecstatic Days

  • Wonderbook Workshop at the Center for Literature in Miami

    Jeff VanderMeer
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Before participating in the Miami Book Fair, I’ll be leading a workshop at the Center for Literature at Miami Dade College–November 19-21. Here’s information on the workshop. You can sign up here. Space is limited. Wonderbook has been taught at Brown, the Yale Writers’ Conference, University of California, San Diego (Clarion), and many others. It is currently a finalist for the Hugo Award. How do you balance the practical and the imaginative in your writing and revision? How can you merge the organic, subconscious elements of your fiction with the need to be…
  • Acceptance Southern Reach U.S. Book Tour: Mark Your Calendars

    Jeff VanderMeer
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    (Barn owl) “I’m loving the Southern Reach trilogy…Creepy and fascinating.” – Stephen King Acceptance officially comes out September 2–the concluding volume of my trilogy about the increasingly urgent search for answers about the mysterious Area X. I’ll be touring behind the novel’s release, with some expectation that copies may be available in time for the Decatur Book Festival, too. Here’s the general information so you have it early, with specifics and possible additional events to follow. Most of these events are some combination of…
  • Southern Reach U.K. Book Tour: London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin, Bristol, Bath

    Jeff VanderMeer
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    The Southern Reach U.K. book tour is locked in place. You’ll find the details below. Ann VanderMeer, the noted editor/anthologist and my wife, will be along for the entire tour and has her own list of events at WorldCon. We’re also doing some events together. Please note: Some bookstores will have the third novel in the Southern Reach trilogy, Acceptance, early and available for my signings. We’re excited about meeting old friends and making new ones. Don’t be shy at WorldCon, the Edinburgh festival, or Eurocon in Dublin! LONDON Thurs, Aug. 14, 4-5pm: Forbidden Planet reading &…
  • Clarion San Diego SF/F Writers’ Workshop 2014: Selected Sentences

    Jeff VanderMeer
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    (Click for a larger version.) Ann VanderMeer and I have finished anchoring the last two weeks of the Clarion San Diego SF/Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. The instructors in the other four weeks were Gregory Frost, Geoff Ryman, Catherynne M. Valente, and N.K. Jemisin. Thanks to Shelley Streeby and Laura Martin, who run Clarion on the UCSD side, for doing a great job. We had a great time with these students–not just great writers but also really interesting people–and we are just so happy about now sitting back and getting a chance to read all of the amazing fiction they’ll…
  • Books Read and in Progess: Smith Henderson, Evie Wyld, and More

    Jeff VanderMeer
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    So far this year I’ve had a chance to read and review a handful of novels for the NYTBR, LA Times, and the Guardian—here are some links and info, along with, first, my current reading—very excited about everything I’m reading now. CURRENT READING (in progress) Right now, I’m on the road and am reading the following, all of which I’m really enjoying thus far. I don’t know why, but I’ve been going back and forth between them without it destroying my immersion in any of them. –After the Fire, A Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld (magnificent author—such a sharp, sharp writer)…
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    Paperback Writer

  • Update

    Lynn Viehl
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    First, I appreciate all the nice e-mails that have come in since I began my blog hiatus. No need to worry; I'm doing well and working through all the real-life stuff. I had also hoped to get back to my normal blogging schedule soon, but now it looks like that's not going to happen until probably mid-September. This annoys me to no end, but that's life for you. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes anyone. I will check in with you all when I can, and post updates as things progress. Thanks for your continued support.
  • Off Again

    Lynn Viehl
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I'm heading off again to get some necessary things done in real life. Hang in with me; I'll get back to the blog when I can.
  • Blogging Blast from the Past

    Lynn Viehl
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today let's revisit some humor from my blogging past (this was originally posted on PBW on June 18th, 2008, aka back when I could actually have things made with sugar.)After watching the Associated Press making all kinds of new friends around the liberal alternative blogosphere this week, I pondered how much I could charge for what other bloggers link to and quote from what I post here at PBW.Here's what AP charges for what you excerpt from their stuff:5-25 words $ 12.50 26-50 words $ 17.50 51-100 words $ 25.00 101-250 words $ 50.00 251 words and up $ 100.00 I wonder if that last and up means…
  • PBW Changes

    Lynn Viehl
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    What's been happening with the blog this week:I've clarified how comment posting works on the About PBW page; see the newly-revised and trisected section E.The Best of PBW page and the Backlist/Bibliography page are now up to date.The outdated Latest Releases and Links pages have been deleted because they involve more time to fix than I have this week; I'll be rebuilding and reposting both in the near future.The Tags page has been completely revised and updated, and oy, what a job that was. I use too many tags. In fact, if you see me using a new tag, please smack me in the head.With much…
  • Water? Glass? Both?

    Lynn Viehl
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Browsing the Internet for interesting things to post on the blog occasionally results in me stumbling upon something wonderful. Here is a classic example -- a short video that depicts the opening titles for a Spanish movie; the animation is absolutely marvelous (and contains background music, for those of you at work): Eva / Film Main Titles from Dvein on Vimeo.
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    Bluejo's Journal

  • Sleeper

    Jo Walton
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:53 pm
    My short story "Sleeper" is live at Go, read.I'm at Worldcon.
  • Secular Humanist Comfort Poem

    Jo Walton
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    These things make us feel helpless, want to prayOr rage at Gods who made things work this wayIt's very hard to face a universeWhere random chance can strike down like a curse.Because we live and love and know and careWe want existence to be kind of fairThe bad to meet their proper just dessertsAnd good people be free of all that hurts.What can we do? We face a world that's blindAnd hits out randomly, it's not unkindBut cold, indifferent, doesn't care a bitAnd can't be changed by what we offer it.We face this, then one day our friends get illAnd all we have to trust is human skill.
  • GoH at Balticon in 2015

    Jo Walton
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:19 am
    I'm a guest of honour at Balticon next year. Balticon is Memorial Day weekend, in Baltimore. I was there this year, it's a fun con -- big. lots of stuff, lots of fans.I just thought I'd mention this here now, because it seems as if a lot of my friends might be finding themselves unexpectedly free at Memorial Day weekend next year, and if so it would be lovely to see you all at Balticon.
  • A dawn will come

    Jo Walton
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:37 am
    Vallhall stands empty now, silent and cold,The shield-roof shivered, all the dead are gone,Down where they feasted fly the wind-blown leaves,Spiralling, fall, to rise and fall again,Dead leaves, one golden plume, a sheet of runes,The playthings of the wanton whirling wind,No ghosts, no gods, no answers, and no songs.
  • My LonCon3 Schedule

    Jo Walton
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    Reading: Jo WaltonThursday 15:30 - 16:00, Capital Suite 10 (ExCeL)Jo WaltonSassafrassThursday 17:00 - 18:00, Capital Suite 1 (ExCeL)Norse mythology music focusing on the death of Baldur and the strife between Odin and his blood-brother Loki. Ada Palmer and Lauren Schiller performing as the duo “Sassafrass: Trickster & King,” will sing selections from Sassafrass's close harmony a cappella song cycle project Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok, which narrates the history of the cosmos according to Viking legend, from the creation of the world to Ragnarok. In this performance they will be joined…
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    Martha Wells

  • Stories of the Raksura GoodReads Giveaway

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    There is a GoodReads giveaway for Stories of the Raksura: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud running from today until about two weeks from now.The book will be available in ebook, trade paperback, and audiobook on September 2. (ETA: Just found out the pub date has been changed to September 16.)The two novellas are:"The Falling World" (39,000 words) Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud Court, has traveled with Chime and Balm to another Raksuran court. When she fails to return, her consort Moon, along with Stone and a party of warriors and hunters, must track them down. Finding…
  • Monday Monday Monday Again

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Whee, it's Monday.Cat photos on Tumblr, because it's that kind of morning: watched the livestream of the Hugo Awards at WorldCon in London on Sunday afternoon, and they turned out very well, and I'm really happy for all the winners. Also very jealous of the fact that David Tennant and Peter Davison came to the pre-Hugo party and the ceremony, and some people got photos with Tennant.Here's a con report by Lee Harris.Book rec: If you love great SF/F, you should check out the Steerswoman books by Rosemary Kirstein
  • 17 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am

    17 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    I'm missing some winners for the autographed book drawing. They all entered through Live Journal and probably didn't get the notice that they won, because internet. Anyway, they are:ghost2, squishydish, bigdamncrow, prationality, surreulIf that's you, contact me with your shipping address and whether you want the book personalized and with what name or just signed.***This weekend I mostly reorganized the closet where we keep Halloween stuff plus suitcases. This was pretty successful, and I wish I'd taken before and after pictures. Otherwise, this was a good weekend for feeling depressed. It's…
  • Timeline for the Raksura Stories

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    Here's a timeline showing when all the Raksura stories happen. I think it's right. "The Tale of Indigo and Cloud" - in the Reaches, before the Time of the Great Leaving"The Forest Boy" - Moon as a young boy"The Dead City" - Moon as a young man, after Saraseil"Adaptation" - sometime later, at the old Indigo Cloud colony in the eastThe Cloud Roads - two turns laterThe Serpent Sea - eleven days later after the end of The Cloud RoadsThe Siren Depths - two months after the end of The Serpent Sea"Mimesis" - three months after the end of The Siren Depths"Trading Lesson" - a month later"The Falling…
  • New Books

    12 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
    There is so much bad news lately it's overwhelming. But there are new books:* Courting Magic: a Kat, Incorrigible Novella by Stephanie BurgisIn Kat Stephenson's Regency England, magic is even more shocking than a stolen kiss. But now that she's eighteen, it's time for wild and magical Kat to be introduced to high society by her older sisters, whether she likes it or not...and to finally have a romance of her own! Magic, mystery, humor and romance mingle in this YA Regency novella set in the world of Kat, Incorrigible.* Cursed Moon by Jaye WellsWhen a rare Blue Moon upsets the magical balance…
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    All quiet in France

  • WIP snippet, because I feel like it

    11 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    Looks my LJ crosspost is giving up the ghost; no time to investigate away from home, so here's the direct copy-paste: There was a sound, on the edge of sleep: Suu Nuoc wasn't sure if it was a bell and a drum calling for enlightenment; or the tactics-master sounding the call to arms; in that breathless instant--hanging like a bead of blood from a sword's blade--that marked the boundary between the stylised life of the court and the confused, lawless fury of the battlefield.Aka, "Aliette writes a really ambitious novella that might unexpectedly turn into a novel" (I really hope not. Over 40k…
  • UK, here we come!

    7 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    We’re at the frantic packing stage, aka “how can we have so much stuff?” (answer: the snakelet collects it). A reminder of where I’ll be at: Sunday 10th August (aka “drop-in”): Nine Worlds, schedule here Thursday 14th August to Sunday 17th August (we’re here Monday but probably running to catch a train back to Paris): Worldcon, schedule here (brief plug: come to my reading on Saturday morning and get an exclusive excerpt from the novel aka post-apocalyptic Paris with magicians). As Kate Elliott says, I go to cons to meet people, so please don’t…
  • Reminder: Hugo deadline voting

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    A customary reminder that today is the last day to vote for the Hugo Awards at Loncon: you have until 11:59 PM PDT (Friday 1 August 2014, 2:59 AM EDT; 7:59 AM BST; 4:59 PM AEST) to hand in your votes. The ballot is here. And a quick link back to my thoughts on the nominees, which also includes some useful links to the voting process (certainly stuff I wish I’d been told when attending my first Worldcon back in 2005). (it goes without saying that I’d be pleased as punch if you found yourself inclined to vote for my novelette “The Waiting Stars”–and the snakelet…
  • On a Red Station postcards!

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Lookie lookie… I’ll have On a Red Station Drifting postcards to hand at Nine Worlds and Worldcon. If you want one, talk to me and I’ll be glad to sign it for you. (also will have them at MIRcon, if there are any left) Cross-posted from Aliette de Bodard Leave a comment at original post, or comment here.
  • Vita Nostra, Marina and Sergey Dyachenko

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Sasha is a normal, straight-A high-school student; until, on a holiday with her mother, a strange man with dark glasses approaches her, and asks her to get up at 4am every morning and swim to a buoy on the beach. She tries to ignore him, but when she does so, time stops passing: the same day loops over and over, trapping her in a morass of impending dread. When she finally takes the man’s advice and swims, she finds herself vomitting gold coins on the beach–and, before she knows it, onboard a train to a university in the middle of nowhere, where she will learn Specialty. The…
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    Mostly English

  • Eating Authors: Emmie Mears

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:32 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> Not only is it yet another Monday, but it’s the Monday marking the final day of the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention (aka, LonCon3), which means it’s also the day after the Hugos. Congratulations to Ann Leckie, Charlie Stross, Mary Robinette Kowal, and John Chu for their respective fiction wins, and to Sofia Samatar, for being the latest recipient of the Campbell Award (may you wear your tiara with pride). And of course, kudos to the finalists as well. Speaking as a past Hugo-Loser, this is…
  • Eating Authors: Leona Wisoker

    11 Aug 2014 | 4:32 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> What is it with Mondays? They keep happening. I feel like the guy who in a moment of weak judgment puts a saucer of milk out on the porch and now finds that damn cat showing up like clockwork. Trust me when I tell you that I’d be quite content to skip a few Mondays here and there. But no, the calendar lobbyists are too powerful. Or something like that. Since it is another Monday, let’s make the best of it. Here to help with that is Leona Wisoker, an author who knows the value of a strong cup of…
  • Eating Authors: Judith Moffett

    4 Aug 2014 | 4:31 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> Welcome to the first Monday of August, or as I suspect I’ll be thinking of it, Revision Month. That’s right, the editorial letter for my forthcoming novel arrived recently. I’ve gone through the notes, produced notes of my own, and just two days ago sat down with my editor for a two hour meeting to make sure we were both on the same page (so to speak). My main writing goal for the next few weeks is to implement the changes, additions, deletions, and assorted line edits in the manuscript.
  • Assorted social media updates – August 1, 2014

    1 Aug 2014 | 3:27 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.Sleep. It’s an elusive thing. Which is why I’ve been awake since 4am. It’s also why, for lack of a better thing to do, you’re getting this update of my social media. Seriously? Yeah. Even more disturbing, I’m going to give you the changescores from three months back (you’ll see them in parentheses after the current numbers): Facebook: Followers – 102 (100) Friends – 2112 (2083) Goodreads: Fans – 64 (63) Friends – 1562 (1558) 2014 Reading Challenge 36 (18) out…
  • Eating Authors: Harry Connolly

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:31 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> Hiya. I’m typing up these words on Sunday afternoon. Since Wednesday night I’ve been hanging with some two dozen speakers of the Klingon language in a hotel just south of the Philadelphia Airport. There has been little sleep but a great deal of linguistic silliness. It is fair to say I am exhausted. It’s also my birthday. By all rights, I should be taking a nap or eating cake (though probably not both at the same time). Instead, I’m here, typing this up, because you need to know about…
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    The Urtaru Chronicles

  • When the dog bites, when the bee stings…

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

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

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

    Armen Chakmakjian
    25 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I’ve excised the company confidential stuff, but it was 16 years ago and it should provide some amusement.  I was notorious for writing trip reports like this when I came back to the factory (as we called the office at the company) including my trip to India several years later. —————————————————————————- The Unauthorized Trip Report: […]
  • 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 […]
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  • Tablet Berkualitas Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 Harga Cukup Murah

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:59 am
    Tidak semua orang memiliki uang atau keinginan untuk high-end tablet gigi. Maka Samsung, tidak pernah takut untuk menawarkan produk-produk dalam berbagai ukuran dan merk baris, menawarkan seri Galaxy Tab untuk masuk ke pertengahan tablet tingkat pembeli dan jalur catatan dan Tab Pro bagi mereka...
  • Orangetv Hadirkan Liga Inggris Terlengkap Dan Liga Champion Serta Channel Premium Untuk Pengguna Parabola Besar

    19 Jul 2014 | 9:59 pm
    (Introduction) PT.Mega Media (OrangeTV) meluncurkan varian lini produk terbaru nya, yaitu decoder C-Band yang diberi nama Orange Ceria. Peluncuran lini produk baru ini ditujukan bagi pengguna parabola besar C Band atau yan juga dikenal sebagai parabola jaring di Indonesia. Dengan demikan para...
  • Keunggulan low MPV

    11 May 2014 | 8:06 pm
  • 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...
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  • Another SEEKERS podcast!

    David Mack
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    I know what you’re thinking:“Dave, I don’t think you’ve recorded enough podcast interviews about Star Trek: Seekers. Could you post another?”I sure can! Listen to me, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, and artist Rob Caswell discuss the new series with host Jason Hunt (aka scifi4me) of Live from the Bunker.We taped the show on Monday, August […]
  • Yak at me, brah!

    David Mack
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    If you’ve ever thought, “I wish David Mack would participate in a live Internet radio show with a call-in option so I could bug him with an annoying question and have it and his stymied reaction recorded for posterity,” now is your chance. I’ll be chatting =LIVE= about the new Star Trek: Seekers series with […]
  • My reward for helping GISHWHES folks

    David Mack
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Many writers who balked at writing stories for participants in this year’s GISHWHES did so because they disliked the notion of writing for free. But, I ask you, how can one put a price on a reward such as this? This is all the recompense I require for my efforts. :-) It was fun, GISHERs — […]
  • Why we must strive for diversity in SF/F

    David Mack
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:05 pm
    I get a handful of emails from fans each week. Most of them are laudatory; a few are critical. I try to limit my responses to either a perfunctory “Thank you,” or a “Sorry that story didn’t work for you,” depending upon which seems most appropriate. Every now and then, I receive an angry e-mail from some self-righteous, aggrieved […]
  • My three GISHWHES Videos

    David Mack
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    I recorded three videos for 2014 GISHWHES Item #177 — “A New York Times bestselling author or Tony-award-winning actor or actress doing a dramatic reading of a section of this: — extra points may be awarded for creative staging.” “Pedestrian Deaths” was recorded for Allie Jett, a friend of my wife’s pal Brenda. “Steep […]
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    SF Signal

  • MIND MELD: What’s You Take on Author Legacies? Should Unfinished Series Remain Unfinished?

    Rob H. Bedford
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    [Do you have an idea for a future Mind Meld? Let us know!] Brandon Sanderson famously finished Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time while writers like Roger Zelazny (“Amber”) and George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire”) have said nobody will finish their series or continue their work. Would you want another writer to pick up an unfinished series by an author? We asked this week’s panelists: Q: Should unfinished series remain unfinished? Here’s what they said… Jill Archer Jill Archer ’s is the author of the “Noon Onyx” series, genre-bending fantasy novels about…
  • Cover & Synopsis: THE FREE by Brian Ruckley

    John DeNardo (SF Signal)
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Brian Ruckley just revealed the cover for his upcoming novel The Free. A band of mercenaries with martial and magical skills? This…this is fantasy that appeals to me. Here’s what it’s about. THEY ARE THE MOST FEARED MERCENARY COMPANY THE KINGDOM HAS EVER KNOWN. Led by Yulan, their charismatic captain, the Free have spent years selling their martial and magical skills to the highest bidder — winning countless victories that have shaken the foundations of the world. Now they finally plan to lay down their swords. Yet when Yulan is offered a final contract, he cannot refuse…
  • VIDEO: Stanford Researcher Explains The Science Behind The Incredible Hulk

    John DeNardo (SF Signal)
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Stanford biologist Sebastian Alvarado explains the science behind the origin of comic book superhero the Incredible Hulk. [via Geeks are Sexy] No related posts.
  • eBook Deal: Get HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! edited by John Joseph Adams for Only $0.99!

    John DeNardo (SF Signal)
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:10 pm
    The eBook for HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! and Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects edited by John Joseph Adams is on sale for only $0.99 until August 25th! If you’re a regular backer of Kickstarters, you’ve probably seen some unique crowdfunding projects in your time. But one thing all of those campaigns—boringly!—had in common was: They abided by the physical laws of the universe! HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! is an anthology of science fiction/fantasy stories told in the form of fictional crowdfunding project pitches, using the components (and restrictions) of the format to tell the…
  • SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-08-20

    John DeNardo (SF Signal)
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Interviews & Profiles The latest Roundtable Podcast incldues Kameron Hurley. Escape Pod interviews Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas. My Bookish Ways interviews Edan Lepucki, author of California. Fantasy-Faction interviews Abigail Nathan. Jude Griffin interviews E. Catherine Tobler. Laurel Amberdine interviews Gwyneth Jones. Literary Escapism interviews Nina D’Aleo. Sword & Laser interviews Aidan Moher. Angela Slatter interviews Stephen Laws. The Geek’s Guide To The Galaxy interviews Christopher Moore. SFX interviews Dan Abnett And Nik Vincent. Jon Sprunk interviews…
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    The World in the Satin Bag

  • On LonCon and Thanks

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:49 am
    I'm currently in Bristol after a long, exciting weekend at LonCon, resting up, seeing some touristy stuff, and generally dropping the weight from my shoulders.  Overall, this trip abroad has been beautiful.  I'll talk about some of that here (warning:  this will be more rambly and random than usual).LonCon!I still have a few days to look forward to in the big magic city, but my experience at the convention was overwhelmingly positive.  First, the LonCon staff put together a fantastic convention.  Though I could not attend every item I wanted to for all sorts of…
  • Adventures in England: A Primer (Worldcon / LonCon3 Schedules and the Yorkshire Secession)

    12 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    If you didn't know this already, I will be in the lovely country of England tomorrow morning.  There are two reasons for this.First, I'm attending Worldcon / LonCon 3, partly because of the World SF Tour on The Skiffy and Fanty Show and partly because I happen to be nominated for a Hugo.Second, I have been hard at work on the secession of Yorkshire from the United Kingdom with other like-minded individuals who believe in the necessity for the return of the Ormian Republic and its attending empire (the Yorkshire Empire, as it were).  I will be meeting with several leaders of the…
  • My CONvergence Schedule!

    29 Jun 2014 | 11:37 am
    If you're curious what I'll be up to at CONvergence this year, you're in luck because I've just dropped a not-quite-full schedule over on the Skiffy and Fanty Show blog!  The schedule will be updated later w/ other happenings; for now, enjoy the huge list of panels, some of which I'm actually on!
  • Link of the Week: John Chu’s “Stand Back! I’m Going To Quote Junot Díaz (Thinking about language)”

    23 Jun 2014 | 8:04 am
    John Chu's recent post over at The Booksmugglers is a must read.  He talks about the difficulty of including foreign language in works of fiction and has some truly interesting things to say on the subject.An excerpt:Whereas listeners might reasonably experience that orchestration both ways, readers either understand a foreign language or they don’t. However, like how the orchestration of the Carousel Waltz must be compelling in either instrumentation, a story that makes use of dialect or foreign language must be compelling either way. Non-fluent readers must never feel as though…
  • Mass Market Paperback Bingo #2: Pick a Book; I'll Read and Review It

    22 Jun 2014 | 6:21 pm
    I had a bit of an disaster today:  I got stuck in a thunderstorm, which resulted in my backpack, my notebooks, and my copy of Ink and Steel by Elizabeth Bear getting soaked through.  Since the Bear book is the one I'm supposed to be reading for MMPB Bingo, I've decided to temporarily jump ahead to the next shelf on the same bookcase (front row of books) so I can at least start reading something else while Ink and Steel dries out.If you've not seen this before, here's how it works:You find a book in one of the images below that you'd like me to read (if you load the images on…
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    Stories For The Masses | Stories For The Masses

  • Daily Photo 17 – 7-28-14

    Mike Manz
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Photo a Day – 7-28-17 – Pollution The post Daily Photo 17 – 7-28-14 appeared first on Stories For The Masses.
  • Daily Photo 16 – July 27, 2014

    Mike Manz
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
      Photo A Day – 7-27-14 – Trellised The post Daily Photo 16 – July 27, 2014 appeared first on Stories For The Masses.
  • Daily Photo 15 – July 26, 2014

    Mike Manz
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Photo A Day – 7-23-14 – The Bay The post Daily Photo 15 – July 26, 2014 appeared first on Stories For The Masses.
  • Daily Photo 14 – July 25, 2014

    Mike Manz
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    Photo A Day – 7-23-14 – Candy Man The post Daily Photo 14 – July 25, 2014 appeared first on Stories For The Masses.
  • How I Went Portable and Learned to Love the Thumb Drive

    Mike Manz
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    A little something about my workspace/workflow today. Circumstances conspired, recently, to put me in a bit of an awkward situation. We moved house a few months ago, and in the new place I don’t have an office. My office computer ended up in the living room, connected to the TV and serving primarily as a media server. As you can… (more...) The post How I Went Portable and Learned to Love the Thumb Drive appeared first on Stories For The Masses.
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    Risingshadow - Science Fiction & Fantasy

  • An interview with Dana Fredsti

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    Risingshadow has had the honour of interviewing Dana Fredsti. Dana Fredsti is a US-based author of Murder for Hire: The Peruvian Pigeon and co-author of What Women Really Want in Bed. She blogs frequently and has made podcast and radio appearances. She has also appeared in various zombie/horror movies projects, and worked on Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness as an armourer's assistant, sword-fighting captain, and sword-fighting Deadite. Dana Fredsti has also written the Ashley Parker zombie series. Click here to visit the author's official website. AN INTERVIEW WITH DANA FREDSTI Read More...
  • A review of Scott Nicolay's Ana Kai Tangata

    14 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Scott Nicolay's Ana Kai Tangata was published by Fedogan & Bremer in April 2014. Information about Scott Nicolay: Scott Nicolay is an author of weird fiction and horror stories. Ana Kai Tangata is his debut collection. Information about Ana Kai Tangata: With an Introduction by Laird Barron and Afterword by John Pelan, here is new Weird Horror writer Scott Nicolay's debut collection. The eight tales range from short stories to meaty novella length, each one creepier and weirder than the last. By turns erudite and earthy, poetic and brutal, ironic and horrific, these stories are NOT for the…
  • A review of Django Wexler's John Golden: Heroes of Mazaroth

    7 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Django Wexler's John Golden: Heroes of Mazaroth will be published by Ragnarok Publications in August 2014. Information about Django Wexler: Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books. He is the author of Roc's military 'flintlock fantasy' The Thousand Names and the middle-grade fantasy The Forbidden Library. When not writing, he…
  • GUEST POST: Forgotten Authors... by Eric Brown

    5 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    Risingshadow has the honour of publishing a guest post by Eric Brown. Eric Brown is the award-winning author behind a huge cannon of popular SF novels, including Helix, Engineman, Necropath and The Kings of Eternity, as well as many children’s books, radio plays and articles. He is a frequent contributor to The Guardian’s SF book reviews page and his previous novels have received national coverage. Eric Brown's latest novel, Jani and the Greater Game, was published in July 2014. It's the first book in his new steampunk series. Click here to visit Eric Brown's official website. GUEST POST:…
  • A review of Nina Allan's The Race

    3 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Nina Allan's The Race will be published by NewCon Press in August 2014. Information about Nina Allan: Nina Allan was born in Whitechapel, London, grew up in the Midlands and West Sussex, and studied Russian literature at the University of Exeter and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. She wrote my first short story at the age of six. Recurring obsessions include old clocks and rare insects, forgotten manuscripts and abandoned houses. Writers who have inspired and continue to inspire her include among many others Vladimir Nabokov, Iris Murdoch, Joyce Carol Oates, Paul Auster, J. G Ballard, Roberto…
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    On Starships and Dragonwings

  • Storm Siren by Mary Weber ARC {4.5 Stars}

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Storm Siren by Mary Weber is the start to what promises to be an amazing epic fantasy series with multiple magic systems, complex politics, and a very troubled main character. I absolutely loved finding out about Nym’s power and the horrible past it has brought to her as she was passed from slave owner to slave owner. Nym is a very broken character, but that hasn’t numbed her to the horror of death and I absolutely loved that she learned to be a kick ass heroine, but still never wanted to kill if she didn’t have to. Storm Siren sounds typical on the surface, but there are so…
  • Top Ten SF/F Books I Apparently MUST Read

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Thanks to the gals of The Broke and The Bookish for hosting this meme every week! A list of sci-fi and fantasy books that everyone has been telling me that I need to read could honestly probably consist of about 100 books >.>. I have lots of nerdy friends and as soon as I tell new people that I read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy, their favorite books come up and I usually haven’t read them (there are a lot of sci-fi and fantasy books okay??), which then of course leads to a statement very similar to today’s topic ;-). I love getting recommendations for books from friends…
  • 5 Steps to Ruling Your Own Small Universe. Like a boss.

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Guest Post From Storm Siren’s Mary Weber! Today I’m very excited to have the author of Storm Siren, Mary Weber, on the blog instructing us on how to best become rulers of our own universe! I very much enjoyed Storm Siren, so I’m kind of jealous that Mary gets to rule a world with such cool magic, but hopefully she’ll be a benevolent dictator ;-). So it’s come to my attention that ruling your own small universe is apparently now a thing? Except, let’s be real – just because it’s a thing doesn’t mean everyone knows how to DO it, let alone do it like a rockstar.
  • Updates from the Lair 8/17/14

    17 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Updates from the Lair is my weekly wrap-up post that includes what happened in my real life, what I’ve been reading, my posts from the week, and what I’m thinking about reading next week (and would love your advice on!).  After the weird recovery week that I ended up having last week, I was determined to be productive this week and I succeeded! I did all the research and preparation for the term starting along with getting to the gym three times, hitting 10k steps two days, and reading some pretty great books! This weekend is a bit mad since our annual congress is starting on…
  • Signed Heir of Fire ARC Giveaway

    16 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Signed Heir of Fire ARC Giveaway! That’s right folks, I’m finally getting my butt in gear to giveaway this beauty that I snagged at BEA just for you ;-). What’s that? You haven’t read the first two? Well don’t you worry, I have extra copies of Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight that I’m happy to include for those readers who want to get all the way caught up with the series, but they sadly aren’t signed. Since Heir of Fire is a third book, I’m not including its synopsis to avoid spoilers for everyone, but feel free to click through and get…
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  • The Magician’s Land Book Review

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Magician’s Trilogy Book Three(Spoilers for the previous two Magicians books are below).Buy on Amazon!After finishing The Magician’s Land I found the reading experience reminiscent of when I read Guy Gavriel Kay’s Tigana. The two stories and writing styles are completely different, but I had similar thoughts about each of these writers while reading their books: here is an author with the ability, the talent, and the story premise to write a truly perfect masterpiece of a novel.  When it’s all said and done though, they fall just short of achieving perfection.In theory…
  • The Giver Film Review

    The World Weary
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:40 pm
    First It Giveth…If you completed your early schooling in the American public schooling system, then there’s a damn good chance that you were made to read Lois Lowry’s dystopian science fiction thriller, The Giver. I know I did. After all these years, I couldn’t really remember much of the book as I was walking up to the theater. I knew the basic outline and how it eventually played out, but the specifics were lost. Anyways, I took my seat an prepared for what I thought would be the dystopian sci-fi tale I kind of remembered, but what I got was a surprisingly…
  • A Darkness At Sethanon Book Review

    14 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Riftwar Saga Book Four(Spoilers for the previous three books in the Riftwar Saga are below).Buy on Amazon!What a disappointing conclusion to a series of books.  A Darkness at Sethanon is barely better than it’s predecessor Silverthorn, which is largely due to the fact there “is” a climactic ending to this book. Nevertheless it’s still significantly worse than both Magician books.Like I said in my review of Silverthorn, we recommend this to people who are diehard Feist fans.  If you’ve made it to this point, and you’re not sure whether or not to continue…
  • X-Men: First Class Film Review

    The World Weary
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Freshman Fifteen It’s pretty clear that the X-Men films aren’t going anywhere. After the commercial and critical success of Days of Future Past in theaters this past summer, Hollywood will probably be churning out these movies for as long as they can. Three years ago, this wasn’t an absolute certainty like it is now. The franchise, just before the 2011 release of First Class, had hit two massive potholes in it’s journey. The first was the awful original trilogy’s final chapter, The Last Stand. Being a critical flop, fans made it pretty vocal what they thought of…
  • The Left Hand of Darkness Book Review

    11 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Truth Is A Matter Of The ImaginationBuy on Amazon!The Left Hand of Darkness is one of those science fiction books that helped elevate the genre. That’s not to say that this is the first literary science fiction book; science fiction books of literary quality had been written before (Brave New World and 1984 for example). Left Hand of Darkness did tread through some new ground though, and combined with some skilled prose and thoughtful philosophies, Ursula K. Le Guin created a classic for its time.Recommended to fans of literary fiction and science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness will…
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