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  • I can certainly relate to this

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    Peter David
    15 May 2015 | 7:29 pm
    I find it interesting that people are comparing the “Supergirl” trailer to the Black Widow spoof on SNL. This despite the fact that the Supergirl trailer is actually evocative of the feel of the Silver Age Supergirl: the story of a young girl trying to adjust to using her powers in an environment that doesn’t know her, and figure out her place in the world. The Black Widow sketch spoofed some of that attitude, but the series is starting there and will ideally grow from it. What in the world is wrong with that? Yet some people actually seem to believe that a sketch that aired…
  • The Big Idea: Brian Catling

    Whatever
    John Scalzi
    22 May 2015 | 6:55 am
    In describing how The Vorrh came out of him, author Brian Catling pretty accurately makes a point about creation that I think many creative people can agree with — before it comes out, there’s so much that has to go on inside. BRIAN CATLING: I have answered more identical questions about The Vorrh than anything else in my life. The core ones being about its origins and the process of its construction. When I explain that it was probably brewing for thirty years and that once it escaped it wrote me, then the problems begin, especially as I have not stopped writing since it was…
  • gloat shelf

    KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life
    22 May 2015 | 12:04 am
    With the arrival of Without a License, I thought I'd show off the "DeCandido" parts of my bookshelves.I shelve all my books alphabetically by author, and also separate mass-market paperbacks from everything else (the latter due to shelf sizes on bookcases). This means that some of my books are elsewhere on the shelf. I didn't get everything, but I got the "D" sections, the "G" section for paperbacks, and the "O" section for larger books....Anyhow, here's my bookses!First, the large books under "DeCandido." From left to right, first the books I wrote solo: Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda:…
  • Victoria Rogers

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    N. E. White
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    As part of our SFFWorld.com’s Member Spotlight Series, Nila interviews Victoria Rogers, student and fantasy reader and writer. Hello Victoria, thanks for agreeing to take the spotlight this week. If not you, it would be some other poor member skewered on the lab table. I promise this will be painless (more or less). Victoria: Hello! […]
  • Why I've Quit Game of Thrones and Will Not Return

    The World in the Satin Bag
    17 May 2015 | 8:56 pm
    (Trigger warning:  this post will involve discussion of sexual violence, homophobia, and related subjects.  If you watch Game of Thrones, you probably already know what I'm talking about.I'm also releasing this post early because I can't wait until Friday to drop it.  I'm moving my Retro Nostalgia feature to Friday for this week only.)I loved you, Game of Thrones.  I loved you so much that I used to wait up late at night to catch the latest episode after it had aired because I didn't have HBO.  I loved you so much that I started doing a weekly ritual with a friend…
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  • Victoria Rogers

    N. E. White
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    As part of our SFFWorld.com’s Member Spotlight Series, Nila interviews Victoria Rogers, student and fantasy reader and writer. Hello Victoria, thanks for agreeing to take the spotlight this week. If not you, it would be some other poor member skewered on the lab table. I promise this will be painless (more or less). Victoria: Hello! […]
  • Peter Orullian Interview (2015)

    Rob B
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Peter took some time out of his busy schedule to chat with us here at SFFWorld about the re-release of his debut novel The Unremembered and the release of the sequel/second book in the “Vault of Heaven” series, Trial of Intentions. A few years have passed since we last corresponded here at SFFWorld, how have […]
  • News: Audio clip from The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

    Dag R.
    21 May 2015 | 3:54 am
    The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi is being released on May 26th. It’s also being released as an audiobook and you can listen to a clip below. Also be sure to check out Luke Brown’s review of The Water Knife here. In the American Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, and California skirmish for dwindling shares of the […]
  • Greg Keyes Interview

    Dag R.
    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    The pueblo people who landed on the Fifth World found it Earthlike, empty, and ready for colonization … but a century later, they are about to meet the planet’s owners. We’ve talked to Greg Keyes about Footsteps in the Sky. First of all can you tell us a bit about your new novel, Footsteps in […]
  • News from K.C. May – Book 3 of The Mindstream Chronicles

    Dag R.
    20 May 2015 | 1:07 am
    We’ve just received some news from K.C. May about her upcoming release of Verse of the Vanguard, Book 3 of The Mindstream Chronicles that we wanted to share. — Book 3 of The Mindstream Chronicles I’m thrilled to announce the upcoming release of book 3 in The Mindstream Chronicles, Verse of the Vanguard! The story […]
 
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  • gloat shelf

    22 May 2015 | 12:04 am
    With the arrival of Without a License, I thought I'd show off the "DeCandido" parts of my bookshelves.I shelve all my books alphabetically by author, and also separate mass-market paperbacks from everything else (the latter due to shelf sizes on bookcases). This means that some of my books are elsewhere on the shelf. I didn't get everything, but I got the "D" sections, the "G" section for paperbacks, and the "O" section for larger books....Anyhow, here's my bookses!First, the large books under "DeCandido." From left to right, first the books I wrote solo: Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda:…
  • throwback Thursday

    21 May 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Me sitting at a Starbucks writing in 2008. Photo by Laura Anne Gilman. Angela McKendrick used this photo as the basis for the cover art on Without a License, which is launching this weekend. Cha cha cha.
  • I never could get the hang of Thursdays

    21 May 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Today I brought a crapton of books from four different households to the Housing Works Bookstore & Café for donation. It's a great way to get rid of no-longer-wanted-and/or-needed books, as all their sales go straight to the Housing Works charity. Then I finished the tie-in novella outline and sent it off. It needs work, but that work requires more information from the licensor that I hope will come with the notes on the outline. I can say that this will be fun to write, and I look forward to being able to announce it some day.After that, I taught my afterschool kids (who are doing…
  • midweek music: "Setting Me Up"

    20 May 2015 | 7:19 am
    One of my favorite Dire Straits songs has always been "Setting Me Up" off their eponymous debut album. Just some great guitar work. Here's the original:Around 1990 or so, Straits frontman Mark Knopfler put together a bluegrass band called the Notting Hillbillies for an album (Missing...Presumed Having a Good Time) and tour. Here's the NH's much more banjo-tinged version of the song:Here's an excellent cover by Eric Clapton:Finally, this one can't be embedded, but here's Knopfler doing the song on one of his solo tours in 2002.
  • Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: "Dagger of the Mind"

    19 May 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Kirk's Christmas party indiscretions come back to haunt him, we see our first Vulcan mind-meld, and Inspector Luger does mind control on Captain Tracey! Or something. The TOS Rewatch asks if thou art a "Dagger of the Mind."An excerpt:Eventually, Adams lets him go. Noel cares for him, and Kirk still thinks he’s loved her for years. He’s so fuzzy-brained from the neutralizer he thinks he’s in an episode of Mission: Impossible, as evidenced by his ordering Noel to crawl through the duct-work to try to find the colony’s power source to cut it off so Spock can beam a rescue team down.
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  • Remembering Pat York ten years on

    Rob
    21 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    Ten years ago today, on 21 May 2005, Pat York — SF-writing colleague and friend — was killed in a car crash at the age of 57. She was a mainstay of SF conventions in this part of the world, a Nebula Award finalist, and twice a Writers of the Future Award finalist. The SFWA obituary is here and, back then, in my Yahoo Groups newsgroup, Herb Kauderer​ wrote this tribute:I got the phone call last night that Pat York died in a car crash. She was 57. Her science fiction appeared here and there over the last decade, including one of the Full Spectrum anthologies, and Realms of Fantasy…
  • Simon pegs it

    Rob
    19 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    If you actually read what Simon Pegg says in this Radio Times article — not just react in a knee-jerk fashion as you might when you think someone’s dissing your favorite things — there’s much truth in it. In 1968, we had two great science-fiction films, 2001: A Space Odyssey, which terrifically captured the sense of wonder and was groundbreaking aesthetically, and Planet of the Apes, which was trenchant satire and social commentary about the two major front-page issues of its day, race relations and the threat of nuclear holocaust. We didn’t get another truly big…
  • When Words Collide coming in August

    Rob
    16 May 2015 | 3:12 pm
    NOTE: When Words Collide in Calgary has a membership cap — they sell a finite number of admissions — and they’re 78% full already for the August 2015 convention.When Words Collide is my favourite convention, bar none; there’s simply no better networking opportunity for professional fiction writers in Canada. Conference chair Randy McCharles — himself an award-winning writer — has taken the best elements of the World Fantasy Convention and Boston’s Readercon, stripped out the stuffiness and pretension, and inserted a healthy does of fun. The…
  • Wrestling with Gods: Tesseracts Eighteen

    Rob
    12 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    I’m very pleased to have my story “Come All Ye Faithful” reprinted in Wrestling with Gods: Tesseracts Eighteen, edited by Liana Kerzner and Jerome Stueart, just out from EDGE Publications During an online event for the launch of this book, I observed:Science fiction is the branch of literature that deals with big questions: where did we come from, where are we going, why are we here, how will it all end, is there a next phase of our existence? Religion — well, my goodness, look at that: the same questions! So, it’s natural for science fiction to explore…
  • Nominate someone for the Canadian SF&F Hall of Fame

    Rob
    9 May 2015 | 5:35 am
    One of the greatest honours of my career was being one of the nine initial inductees last year into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. Each year, a jury will add two more inductees. The jury doesn’t propose the names to be considered, though — other people (like you!) do that. I’ve already submitted my nominee for this year, but you can, too! General information is here and the specific procedure for making a nomination is in this PDF. Among those eligible for nominations are writers, editors, illustrators, fanzine publishers, convention organizers, media…
 
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  • Way to Go, Ireland

    John Scalzi
    23 May 2015 | 4:22 am
    It's beginning to look like Ireland will show its true colours in #MarRef today. pic.twitter.com/rfle1YyhA6 — Micheal Mac Suibhne (@MicMacSuibh) May 23, 2015 They’re still doing the counting but everyone knows how it’s going to go: Ireland is going to have marriage equality, and be the first country to have it via popular vote. And to be clear, it looks like the vote isn’t going to be close; it’ll be on the order of 2:1 saying “yes.” That’s a lovely thing, it is. Some of my forebears are Irish, so I feel it is all right for me to feel some…
  • A Brief Note About Me Reviewing the Hugo Nominees

    John Scalzi
    23 May 2015 | 4:06 am
    I’ve been asked a few times if I plan to write any reviews of the Hugo nominees this year after I’ve read them. The answer: No, I don’t. One, if you look at my general modus operandi around Hugos, I don’t ever really comment on what I think of the merits of the individual nominees* until after the voting window has closed. Two, this year, this policy seems even more advisable as there are excitable people who would point out any reviews on my part as scale-tipping, regardless of what the review said. Three, as a general rule, in public, I try not to say negative things…
  • Today’s New Books and ARCs, 5/22/15

    John Scalzi
    22 May 2015 | 1:43 pm
    As we go into the weekend, a nice collection of new books and ARCs for you to peruse and to consider for your own collections. What looks interesting to you? You have a whole comment thread in which to opine!
  • Updates and Reminders and Cryptic Pronouncements, 5/22/15

    John Scalzi
    22 May 2015 | 9:28 am
    A few things I wish to put onto your radar, or put back on, as the case may be: 1. A reminder that next week at this time I will be the author guest of honor at ConCarolinas, in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina, along with other very cool people. Come down and say hello to us all! We promise not to bite. You have to pay extra for that. But even without the biting, it will be a ton of fun. Hope to see you there. 2. On the video game front, Midnight Star, the game I worked on, has had a massive update that comes complete with a pretty awesome-looking new icon for the game: If you’re…
  • The Big Idea: Brian Catling

    John Scalzi
    22 May 2015 | 6:55 am
    In describing how The Vorrh came out of him, author Brian Catling pretty accurately makes a point about creation that I think many creative people can agree with — before it comes out, there’s so much that has to go on inside. BRIAN CATLING: I have answered more identical questions about The Vorrh than anything else in my life. The core ones being about its origins and the process of its construction. When I explain that it was probably brewing for thirty years and that once it escaped it wrote me, then the problems begin, especially as I have not stopped writing since it was…
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    Magical Words

  • Con-Prep (aka organized chaos)

    Tamsin Silver
    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    As a writer, sometimes your plate is full, and sometimes its overflowing. Today, mine is the latter, and three of the items are all happening in the next two weeks! Thus, I thought I’d let them influence my blog. First is the Read Or Write Anywhere Campaign! I’m lucky enough to be involved with the YA Chicks on this event, where we encourage kids to read/write anytime and anywhere even when school is on hiatus! It starts in TWO DAYS and kids can win books and much more! So go check it out and get kids you know involved! There is no downside here! The second and third things go…
  • Modifiers of the Verb Part Four: Clauses

    Emily Leverett
    19 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    So far we’ve seen three different grammatical ways to modify the verb: single word adverbs; prepositional phrases; and verb phrases. Now, we’ll look at clauses. A clause is a group of words with a subject and a predicate.[1] So, a sentence is a clause. However, not all clauses are sentences. There are two main types of clauses: independent clauses, also known as main clauses, and dependent clauses, also known as subordinate clauses. An independent clause stands on its own as a sentence. A dependent clause does not. A dependent clause is marked by a subordinating conjunction: a word that…
  • Literate Liquors Episode 20 – Matthew Saunders

    John G. Hartness
    15 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    Check out this audio interview from my mobile studio (okay, the cab of my truck) with Matthew Saunders, contributor to The Big Bad, The Big Bad 2 and author of Daughters of Shadow and Blood Book 1: Yasmin, available everywhere! Literate Liquors 20 – Matthew Saunders
  • The Creative Flexibility of…Plotting & Outlining?

    admin
    14 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    Please welcome back our special guest, Josh Vogt! Writer. Freelancer. Unashamed geek. Josh splits his time between dreaming up new worlds and forms of magic and providing marketing/sales copy for clients. And best of all, author of Enter the Janitor! When I’m doing panels or workshops for writers, I always like to ask how many in the room are plotters or pantsers. The response often varies from a bunch of raised hands and eager nods to totally blank stares. Plotters, of course, being those who like outlines and character sheets and maybe even making up a whole new language complete with…
  • Have Vampires Lost Their Mojo?

    Gail Z. Martin
    13 May 2015 | 10:46 am
    Vampire stories have been around a long time, especially if you count folklore in addition to stories like Dracula.  Recently, we’ve had a vampire-palooza in fiction, movies and TV, where you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a bloodsucker. If a crowd of vampires is a scourge (personally, I like “murder” as in crows), then have vampires become the scourge of fiction, and have they worn out their welcome? Personally, I don’t think the undead are going to ride off into the sunrise any time soon. The vampire mythos is just too compelling, too primal, too…
 
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  • The Hugo Ballot, Part 13: Novellas

    ljgoldstein
    21 May 2015 | 3:48 pm
    In "Flow," by Arlan Andrews, Sr., we follow a crew riding an iceberg down a river to the Warm Lands.  The first half of the story is little more than a travelog, as the main character, Rist from the Tharn's Lands, learns about the Warm Lands from his compatriot, Cruthar.It's not terrible.  The two societies are different in interesting ways, and Rist makes a good naive traveler.  But it is, once again, not a story but an excerpt; we've already missed the beginning and there is no real ending.There are other problems as well.  For one thing, Rist seems…
  • The Hugo Ballot, Part 12: Novellas

    ljgoldstein
    20 May 2015 | 4:02 pm
    The next novella -- oh, God help me, it's another John Wright story.  No, I can't face it.  It's too much.  Look, I'll tell you what -- instead of dealing with all the things that are wrong with this story, I'll narrow it down to just one.  I'll try to discover why, whenever I try to read him, I end up lost in a haze of confusion, why my mind wanders and my eyes lose focus and great black spots appear between me and the computer screen.A brief summary of "Pale Realms of Shade," just so you know what I'm talking about -- Matt Flint, a…
  • New Review at the B&NR

    theinferior4+1
    20 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    I look at the new one from Neal Stephenson:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/review/seveneves
  • The Hugo Ballot, Part 11: Novellas

    ljgoldstein
    18 May 2015 | 4:06 pm
    I love the idea behind "The Plural of Helen of Troy," by John C. Wright.  There's a City Beyond Time, Metachronopolis, with shining towers and bridges and gardens.  Fog caused by too many time changes shrouds the lower towers, and in the upper stories live the Masters, who control the forces of time.Unfortunately there's something of a fog on the story as well.  It starts with the protagonist , Mr. Frontino, watching Marilyn Monroe from one of the towers.  She is attacked, and John Kennedy and Frontino go to her aid.  Then there are multiple…
  • The Hugo Ballot, Part 10: Novellas

    ljgoldstein
    17 May 2015 | 4:04 pm
    We've made it to the Novellas!  (Halfway through!)  Coming up, three John C. Wright stories in a row.  I'm not doing these in the order on the ballot but in the order the download came in, because that's the way I read them.First up, "One Bright Star to Guide Them."  When Tommy was a child he and his friends Richard, Sally, and Penny had adventures very similar to the ones in the Narnia books, where they "faced the Faceless Warlock, and broke the Black Mirror of the Winter King."  ("…faced the Faceless Warrior,"…
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  • CONvergence

    Eleanor
    21 May 2015 | 11:21 am
    I have picked up another panel at CONvergence from Lyda Morehouse, who wanted to drop off it. It's on writing career setbacks and how you deal with them. I used to do a panel at Minicon titled "Psychological Survival for Science Fiction Writers," but gave it up after a couple of people told me they had left the room in tears. No one wants to hear how difficult a writing career can be. So I actually have an idea of the things I want to say.Mostly, decide what you want out of writing, and then use that as a measure. Do you want self-satisfaction, pro sales, critical acclaim, a cult following,…
  • "Following" the Path to Success

    tate hallaway
    14 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    Last night, in the Loft class, we talked about the mechanics of short story submission. Science fiction/fantasy/spec fic is one of the genres where, I think, a person has a fair chance to get their short work published if they're willing to keep going down the list of publications. You CAN run out, especially if your piece is of a very specific genre and a word count that's too long (or too short, etc.) But, I still think we have a lot more short story venues than a lot of other genres. In fact, while I'm sure they exist, I can't think of a single romance short fiction market--erotica, maybe,…
  • Upcoming Cons

    Eleanor
    13 May 2015 | 1:59 pm
    I'm doing only three events at Wiscon (which is Memorial Day weekend) : one panel on writing, a reading and the signout. There are two events I want to attend: Pat Murphy's midlife crisis for writers discussion and Naomi's Kritzer's nuts and bolts for midcareer writers. Otherwise, I plan to hang out on the 12th floor and talk to friends.I am on only one panel at CONvergence (which is the weekend of the Fourth) : a panel on Georgette Heyer on Saturday afternoon. I think that's enough. I ought to kill that panel. I have Heyer close to memorized.
  • Another Anthology

    Eleanor
    12 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    This just came out, and I have a story in it. It looks like an impressive collection. At some point, I will have to read it. But right now I have to proof the hwarhath collection manuscript. I've been pitching my own work a lot lately. So be it. At least I have provided images. A blog without images looks dull.
  • New Anthology

    Eleanor
    5 May 2015 | 4:20 pm
    I have a story in this...
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  • Half a War UK Tour

    Joe Abercrombie
    8 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    Half a War is out in the UK on the 16th July, and I will be a-touring in Scotland and England once again that week.  We’re trying to take in a few places we didn’t reach last time, including Preston, just down the road from Lancaster where I grew up… Sunday 12th July 1.00PM – Signing at Waterstones, 128 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD. For more information please contact the store on 0131 226 2666 6.30PM – Talk at Waterstones, Glasgow Newton Mearns, 38 Avenue Centre, Newton Mearns, G77 6EYTickets are free but do need to be reserved in advance through…
  • Medio Rey (and other Spanish events)

    Joe Abercrombie
    6 May 2015 | 6:04 am
    The Spanish edition of Half a King, Medio Rey, is published tomorrow, May 7th by Penguin Random House’s new SF&F imprint Fantascy: There’s also going to be a Catalan edition in due course, I believe. I’m going to be in Barcelona to meet bloggers and booksellers and do some interviews, and will be signing on the evening of the 20th May at the famous Gigamesh bookstore, where they already apparently have a reasonable selection of my work in translation… Now that’s what I call a fantasy section. Hopefully I’ll see some of you there, but in the meantime for…
  • Half a War

    Joe Abercrombie
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Rejoice, for the UK edition of the third and (for the time being) final book in my Shattered Sea series, Half a War now has a cover and copy. Behold: Words are weapons Princess Skara has seen all she loved made blood and ashes. She is left with only words. But the right words can be as deadly as any blade. She must conquer her fears and sharpen her wits to a lethal edge if she is to reclaim her birthright. Only half a war is fought with swords The deep-cunning Father Yarvi has walked a long road from crippled slave to king’s minister. He has made allies of old foes and stitched together…
  • The Gemmell Awards

    Joe Abercrombie
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    The David Gemmell Legend Awards are entering their seventh year and have a new and improved website.  I’ve talked about the Gemmells in the past – in essence I’m a strong believer in them.  In the notion of something that celebrates Gemmell’s very considerable contribution to British fantasy.  In the notion of something that aims to involve as wide a range of voters as possible.  In the notion of having an award for full-on, commercial, epic and heroic fantasy which, despite its very great popularity, does tend to get somewhat ignored by a lot of the other SF&F…
  • Letter to Visby

    Joe Abercrombie
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:33 am
    I was asked by a librarian in Visby, Sweden, to write a letter of inspiration for their fantasy section that might inspire people to read fantasy books.  Thought I might as well re-post it here so that people outside of Visby might also benefit from my inspirationality (that’s a word now).  Forgive my unusually pompous tone, if you can…   Dear Readers of Visby. Fantasy is about myth, magic, monsters, mystery and wonder. It’s a window into other worlds, other times, other realities. Places that have never existed and could never exist, except in the minds of writer and…
 
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    Colleen Anderson

  • Writing Update

    colleenanderson
    22 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    Creative Commons: http://dancurtis.ca/2010/07/ Okay, someone is sucking time away. I haven’t posted for a while for several reasons. I went to Spain in April and there will be pictures about that eventually but I’m also co-editing The Playground of Lost Toys with Ursula Pflug. Submissions closed on April 30 and we had 150 in all. We’re down to our last 30 subs and there will be between 16-25 stories in the final selection. Right now, we probably will have to cut four more stories from our yes list, but we’re rereading, editing the stories, weighing SF to fantasy, as…
  • The TransLink Plebiscite for Vancouver

    colleenanderson
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:45 pm
    We all want better SkyTrain service where it doesn’t break down, people aren’t mugged and it runs as late as the clubs, but at what price. From the http://mayorscouncil.ca/vancouver/ site. Greater Vancouver is undergoing a plebiscite or referendum (it’s being called both) about whether to increase our provincial sales tax by .5% to cover upgrades to transit infrastructure. It’s becoming quite a fight because TransLink, the arms length governing body (so you can point fingers directly at the provincial government), has had an extremely bad history of providing good and…
  • Publishing News

    colleenanderson
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Issue #71, only the third all-fiction issue in 25 years. Okay, this is really sad, and I’m not talking about all the annoying changes WordPress is making. I’m talking about tooting my own horn. Sigh.  The following paragraphs in italics are what I started writing 8 months ago. Good God! I’ve been so remiss on my updates here that I’ve neglected to mention the pieces that have come out this year and that I’ve sold. In May, “The Collector” came out in Cemetery Dance magazine. From submission to publication, this story took 6 years. That’s a…
  • Sailing a Viking Longship

    colleenanderson
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
    The Munin is a half-size replica of the boat Leif Erickson sailed to North America. copyright 2015 Last summer a friend and I were walking along the beach, off to see an art barge behind the Vancouver Maritime Museum. The barge had wooden staircases and rooms built on it and a little shuttle ferry took you out to it. It was interesting if not fascinating and we noticed that the dock we left from was called the Heritage Harbour. There were about a dozen wooden boats, all with signs indicating their history and construction. Some were sailboats, some fishing trawlers, all relatively small (but…
  • Writing: Expanding on the Playground of Lost Toys

    colleenanderson
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Trunk stories are valid, if they actually fit the theme. I realize that when one puts up guidelines for a themed anthology that you will always get trunk stories, those tales already written that have not yet found a home and that might just fit the theme even if not tailored toward it exactly. Trunk stories can be perfectly well-written stories that just don’t mesh with what’s out there, or they may be your B grade stories, never selling because something just didn’t gel in the telling. I’ve sent trunk stories to anthologies before and I’ve sold some and not…
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  • CONvergence

    Eleanor
    21 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    I have picked up another panel at CONvergence from Lyda Morehouse, who wanted to drop off it. It's on writing career setbacks and how you deal with them. I used to do a panel at Minicon titled "Psychological Survival for Science Fiction Writers," but gave it up after a couple of people told me they had left the room in tears. No one wants to hear how difficult a writing career can be. So I actually have an idea of the things I want to say.Mostly, decide what you want out of writing, and then use that as a measure. Do you want self-satisfaction, pro sales, critical acclaim, a cult following,…
  • Upcoming Cons

    Eleanor
    13 May 2015 | 1:58 pm
    I'm doing only three events at Wiscon (which is Memorial Day weekend) : one panel on writing, a reading and the signout. There are two events I want to attend: Pat Murphy's midlife crisis for writers discussion and Naomi's Kritzer's nuts and bolts for midcareer writers. Otherwise, I plan to hang out on the 12th floor and talk to friends.I am on only one panel at CONvergence (which is the weekend of the Fourth) : a panel on Georgette Heyer on Saturday afternoon. I think that's enough. I ought to kill that panel. I have Heyer close to memorized.Speaking of age, I think I have reached the age…
  • The Black Widow

    Eleanor
    12 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    An essay on Age of Ultron.I didn't like either of the Avengers movies, and the essay here nails the problem, as I see it: too many characters, too much action. However I just finished writing an essay about Guardians, which I like a lot; and I enjoy all the Marvel movies, even the ones I don't really like. Something is going on with them. I think it's the combination of action, humor and something else -- morality? Enough complexity to keep me interested? The weird over-the-top characters? I don't respond the same way to DC movies or the Marvel character movies not done by Marvel. The humor…
  • Another Anthology Out

    Eleanor
    12 May 2015 | 7:13 am
    This just came out, and I have a story in it. It looks like an impressive collection. At some point, I will have to read it. But right now I have to proof the hwarhath collection manuscript.
  • New Anthology

    Eleanor
    5 May 2015 | 4:19 pm
    I have a story in this...
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    THE SKINNER

  • Retail Therapy.

    Neal Asher
    21 May 2015 | 7:38 pm
    My last post on here was about the last straw with my old laptop. Dying its death of a thousand cuts transpired that any time I tried to open something my next move would be to go away and make a cup of tea, or mop the floor, or paint the Forth Bridge. And still I would often return, do something further, and find myself watching the little blue circle of death turning on the screen. In that blog post I spent the best part of a morning trying to load some pictures, and finally gave up.If I hadn’t had an Ipad to hand I might have thought this was all due to a slow internet connection, but…
  • April Showers?

    Neal Asher
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:22 pm
    It’s been a while since I posted a blog on here so time for some catching up. Here’s one I wrote but didn’t post back at the start of April: Yesterday afternoon, while during a rest from gardening I sat under the tin roof of the kazani drinking a cup of tea and chatting with my neighbour, Anna, the sky darkened and a downpour arrived. After a while, I went inside, lit up my stove and lost myself in Simon Scarrow’s The Eagle’s Prey. A little later, I had to close the window shutters and turn on the lights. Such is the design of the windows to fit the 2 feet thick walls of this…
  • Books at Last...

    Neal Asher
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    Ooh, sunshine outside! If it doesn’t cloud over and start pissing down again I can get out for a walk. This weekend has been a write-off in that respect – windy and wet on Saturday and the same on Sunday but with a triple helping of the wet. I also didn’t get into the weight-training much and succumbed to the need for calories. I drove up to a local shop and there bought hobnobs, Tuc, chocolate honeycomb and chilli-rice crackers. I ate one packet each of the biscuits, a pack of the honeycomb and two packs of the crackers on top of my usual meat, veg and fruit. The result of this was a…
  • Walking Still...

    Neal Asher
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:37 am
    It’s grey windy and wet right now at 10.20AM so perhaps I won’t bother going for a walk today. I have been walking 7 miles day on most days for months now and that, plus weight-training over the last few weeks, is starting to give me periods when I’m completely knackered. The body needs to catch up.Meanwhile, over the last few weeks, Spring has sprung. The snowdrops have finished flowering and now daffodils and primroses have opened. On some days I’ve even been able to head off with just T-shirt and jeans.It’s been the same route every time: out of my house, by road down to Althorne…
  • The Hive Construct - Alexander Maskill

    Neal Asher
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:05 am
    I decided a few days back that I needed to get back into reading again as a precursor to starting writing again. I think what is happening to be can be described as a slow and error-prone reboot. Anyway, to this end I’ve started reading an hour of Greek a day, and I also picked up an SF book that had been sitting on a shelf for more than a year.My apologies to those at Transworld/Doubleday who sent me this uncorrected proof copy for comment. Stuff got in the way and I’m more than a bit late for useful comment. I had a slight problem when attempting to start The Hive Construct a number of…
 
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  • When People Hate You and/or Your Writing

    Paolo
    6 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    I’ve seen a lot of talk lately from authors who feel that they aren’t loved for what they write or who they are, and in fact feel hated for what they write, or who they are, and that seems to have led them down some unfortunate paths. I don’t really want to hack on people by name, but I do want to say that if you’re a writer, you’re going to run into a lot of people who don’t like you, who don’t like your work, who don’t like your values, or the values that they think you represent (correct or not). You’ll run into the people who wish…
  • A Thought About Writers

    Paolo
    6 May 2015 | 10:27 am
    One thing stands out to me: I like writers. I like those people who struggle to say something with fiction. Those people who struggle to shape an idea, or a character or a scene, struggle to get a voice and hold on to it through the whole of a long project. I like those people who do not gaggle about with theoretical abstractions of what a book should be, or could be, or might be, but instead dare to face the thing that they actually can create, and that will never come close to the platonic ideal of whatever some outsider will say is good. I like the people who dare the messy complexity of…
  • The Windup Girl gets a new look!

    Paolo
    6 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    Very nice new look, I think. This edition also includes “The Calorie Man” and “Yellow Card Man,” two short stories that I wrote in the same universe, and that were building blocks that led eventually led me into the final story.
  • THE WATER KNIFE on Tour

    Paolo
    1 May 2015 | 11:09 am
    This is the near final schedule of where I’ll be reading, talking, and signing copies of THE WATER KNIFE as it goes out into the world. Looking forward to seeing everyone! Tuesday, May 26: DENVER 7:00 p.m. — Tattered Cover (Colfax), 2526 East Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206. Reading/talk, Q&A, book signing. Wednesday, May 27: BOULDER 7:30 p.m. — Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, CO 80302. Reading/talk, Q&A, book signing. Friday, May 29: NEW YORK / BEA 10:00 a.m. — BEA Book signing at the Penguin Random House Booth for THE WATER KNIFE. 3:00 p.m.
  • B&N has signed copies of THE WATER KNIFE.

    Paolo
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:09 pm
    My hand is a bit cramped now, but I signed a few thousand copies of THE WATER KNIFE for sale at B&N. They’re now available for pre-order on the website. So if you want signed copies, this is the easiest place to get them.
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  • FETISH FRIDAY: GILLIAN POLACK

    Lee Battersby
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    I'm running a new series of guest posts throughout 2015: Fetish Friday. Don't get all sweaty in the pants—I’m going back to an older definition of the word, and asking artists to show us something that helps them with the ritual of creation, some part of their surroundings—physical or mental—that eases the path into the creative state, whether it be a location, a piece of music, person, picture, a doohickey, whatnot, curio or ornament without which the creative process would be a whole lot more difficult.Today we welcome author and academic, Doctor Gillian Polack:When Lee asked me…
  • THUMBNAIL THURSDAY GETS IT FROM ABBIE SOMEONE

    Lee Battersby
    20 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Pretty much a complete rip from a classic Gahan Wilson cartoon, this is still one of my favourite thumbnails. It's not so much the obvious grand guignol of the central gag that gets me when I look at it now, but the expression on the face of the mad doctor behind his counter-- there's such a little boy "Oh, please don't catch us out" look about him. It might not have been anywhere approaching original, but at least I captured some secondary humour by accident.
  • A LITTLE LATE-NIGHT POETRY FOR THE HELL OF IT

    Lee Battersby
    17 May 2015 | 7:35 am
    So I'm taking over an hour of the Rockingham Writers Centre Tuesday Night writing group this week to throw some poetry exercises about, and to get people warmed up I've asked group members to write a poem starting "What good is a day..."It's rough as guts, very much a first draft; there are edits for rhythm and to make each stanza correspond to the sentence infrastructure of the first, BUT here, at least, is my effort:What good is a day that ends in apocalypse?What good is a day without you?What good is the end of the world with no witnesses?What good is a singular view?Where is the sound of…
  • FETISH FRIDAY: KATIE HOLLAND

    Lee Battersby
    14 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    I'm running a new series of guest posts throughout 2015: Fetish Friday. Don't get all sweaty in the pants—I’m going back to an older definition of the word, and asking artists to show us something that helps them with the ritual of creation, some part of their surroundings—physical or mental—that eases the path into the creative state, whether it be a location, a piece of music, person, picture, a doohickey, whatnot, curio or ornament without which the creative process would be a whole lot more difficult.This week we finally get away from the writer types as I entice one of my oldest…
  • THUMBNAIL THURSDAY CAN'T ALWAYS BE A WINNER

    Lee Battersby
    13 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Bad jokes badly told. That's the Thumbnail Thursday promise. Even so, I feel the need to apologise for this one. Even Dick Emery would have turned this one down.Disadvantages of a paperless office.
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    throw another bear in the canoe

  • i killed a man for flora, the lily of the west

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    17 May 2015 | 6:38 am
    My least favorite writing advice today is the old "cut your first drafts by 10-15%" canard, which seems to be making another round.You know what? It's great advice for some writers, with some stories. But like all one-size-fits-all advice, it actually doesn't necessarily fit most very well. Me, for example. My first drafts tend to grow by 10-20% on redraft, because I tend to write my first drafts without things like transitions, exposition, dialogue, dramatization, and setup for thematic developments. They're more or less nothing except plot and character development, and all the other…
  • if you cry about a nickel gonna die about a dime

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    15 May 2015 | 7:24 pm
    Trigger warning: Tsarnaev trial.So, today, May 15th, 2015, a day which happens to be my mother's 63rd birthday, the jury in the Tsarnaev bombing trial sentenced a young man to die.I live here. Not in Boston. no. But in the Bay State. I'm in town once or twice a month. I'll never be fast enough to qualify for the Boston Marathon, but I run. I have friends who were there when it happened. When the attack happened, I was at my partner's house, which is in Wisconsin, and I spent... days... following the unfolding events.What I'm saying is this is my back yard.I have lost family members…
  • dig a hole dig a hole in the meadow

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    12 May 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Noted without comment.
  • it's not the hanging that i mind. it's the laying in the grave so long.

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    4 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    Congrats, all!Now back to the word mines.2015 Locus Awards FinalistsThe Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top five finalists in each category of the 2015 Locus Awards.Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 26-28, 2015; Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony. Additional weekend events include author readings with Willis and Daryl Gregory; a kickoff Clarion West party honoring first week instructor Andy Duncan, Clarion West supporters, awards weekend ticket holders, and special guests; panels with leading authors; an autograph session…
  • i dug some graves you'll never find

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    4 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    I've just finished reading Jeff Guinn's The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral-And How It Changed the American West. He's got a really aggravating tendency to claim an understanding of motives and leave out words like "perhaps," "probably," and "allegedly" that should be liberally sprinkling this text, and he's got that annoying tendency that many male historians and biographers of generally lionized male historical figures have of getting all possessive of his boyfriends and either dismissing the women in their lives as insignificant,…
 
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  • Friday Night Videos

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    15 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    B.B. King has left the building. I remember standing before the enormous statue of him right outside of Memphis and later going into his club on Beale Street (although he wasn't playing). The man had presence, even when he wasn't around. Suffice to say, The Thrill is Gone. Previously on Friday Night Videos... Charlie Sexton. Now Playing: The Kinks Low BudgetChicken Ranch Central
  • The nostalgia of Dewberry pie

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    13 May 2015 | 11:40 am
    On the route I drive to take the kids to school there is a pasture where the barbed wire fence is overgrown with dewberry vines. I first noticed this a little more than a month ago, as first bunches of white flowers appeared alongside the fence and road, followed some weeks later by bright red (unripe) berries. Anyone growing up in semi-rural Texas in the '70s or '80s will remember that dewberries were a found treasure, purple-black bursts of tart sweetness that grew everywhere and were free for the taking. As a child, I remember going out into bramble-filled pastures with my grandmother (and…
  • Friday Night Videos

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    8 May 2015 | 10:49 am
    Remember back when Charlie Sexton was a national solo star instead of a go-to backing band and session guitarist? Success takes many forms, but if you blinked, you may have missed "Beat's So Lonely." Previously on Friday Night Videos... Pinkard and Bowden. Now Playing: The Kinks The RoadChicken Ranch Central
  • Friday Night Videos

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    1 May 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Pinkard and Bowden are great. If you're not familiar with them, they're professional songwriters with an impressive number of hit songs between them. But once they started collaborating, everything they did was shamelessly silly. I had their fantastic compilation, "Gettin Stupid," until I foolishly let someone borrow it and never saw it again. Now, all of their albums are out of print and quite costly to get used. The video for their song "I Lobster But Never Flounder" shows once again that country music just did not get the whole video concept, but it is amusing nonetheless. And this is…
  • Happy San Jacinto Day!

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:34 am
    On this date in 1836, Texas forces under the command of General Sam Houston defeated the army of Santa Anna in a surprise attack along the banks of the San Jacinto River near present-day Houston. The complete destruction of the Mexican army secured independence for Texas. Many Texans know that a significant credit to the victory is due to Emily Morgan, a mixed-race indentured servant of reputed beauty. She was captured by the Mexican army and Santa Anna became enamoured with her. Santa Anna, eager to bed her, ordered his army to encamp along the banks of the San Jacinto River over the…
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    Swan Tower

  • most adorable fan art ever, Y/Y?

    Swan Tower
    22 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    So yesterday I’m on my way to Borderlands Books for the last reading/signing event with Mary (the tour isn’t quite over, as I have BayCon yet to go, but I’m almost there), and I see that somebody has mentioned me on Twitter. That someone is Victoria Ying, an artist at Sony Pictures Animation, who has worked on a couple of films you might have heard of: Tangled, Wreck It Ralph, Frozen, Big Hero 6 (OH MY GOD HOW MUCH DID I LOVE THAT MOVIE). She has apparently read A Natural History of Dragons . . . and this is the result. Forgot to post the final painting from my "A…
  • The Story Revealed

    Swan Tower
    20 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Final guesses on the novella I finished last week included “Haitian loa” and “kitsune” — both incorrect. But then two people guessed correctly! So when I get home, tooth_and_claw and sarcastibich, I’ll send you a list of what books I have on hand, and you can tell me which ones you want signed and mailed to you. This was actually even harder of a question than I thought, because it turns out that one of the giveaway details has never been mentioned on this incarnation of my LJ. If you conducted a search (which wshaffer almost did), you would have had to do…
  • My BayCon Schedule

    Swan Tower
    19 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    I’ll be at BayCon this upcoming weekend; here’s where to find me! 1. Themed Reading: Women’s Work on Friday at 3:00 PM in Stevens Creek (with Laurel Anne Hill , Amy Sterling Casil, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff) In honor of the Bicentennial of Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, hear authors read from stories about women that have jobs in a STEM (science, technical, engineering, and math) field. [I will probably be reading the Lady Trent short story I wrote last weekend for this one.] 2. Themed Reading: Mythical Creatures on Saturday at 11:30 AM in Alameda…
  • Guess That Story, Part 4

    Swan Tower
    18 May 2015 | 10:02 am
    I’ve had two more guesses, one non-serious (but it made me think I should write a Medusa story someday); the other was “werewolves” — which is amply suggested by “Bad Moon Rising,” but alas, is not correct. So: last shot! This is about as obvious as it’s possible for me to get — which means still not that obvious, but enough that there’s a fighting chance: A change of pace from the three depressing songs I posted before. :-) It isn’t all grimdark over here at Swan Tower . . . . Any takers? There’s a signed book in it for you,…
  • Guess That Story, Part 3

    Swan Tower
    16 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    I’ve had two more people take a stab at guessing, but no successes. One was in email, and wasn’t so much a guess as “I feel like I should know the answer based on X context” — which was, sadly, off-target — and the other was a tongue-in-cheek guess of “Lune,” made by someone who knows exactly what I’m writing about. :-P A third person said the songs would be appropriate to Supernatural, but they don’t think I’m writing fanfic; indeed I am not. This is a piece of original fiction, written in the hope of selling it, and not for…
 
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  • Space: Past and Future

    David Brin
    22 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    At NIAC -- NASA's Innovative and Advanced Concepts group -- we aim to nurture bold ideas with small, seed grants. Have a look at this year's phase one recipients, including some that are darned interesting, daring, even risky. And you are a member of a civilization that does stuff like this. See also endeavors like this one, learning to create a closed ecosystem on Mars...  And these, that are a bit farther along than our little (but bolder) NIAC grants!Speaking of which... and on a somewhat bigger scale... congratulations to Jeff Bezos and his team at Blue Origin, for their…
  • A look back at our origins

    David Brin
    18 May 2015 | 5:46 am
    We are the first human civilization to remove our envisioned "golden age" from an imagined-nostalgic past and instead plant that better-than-the-present era (tentatively) in a potential future.The irony? We can only achieve that great accomplishment if we learn as much as possible, about where we came from.  How we (species, society, individual) came about. What parts of our heritage must be overcome, and what hidden, potential gifts have yet to be realized, or even discovered.Exploring all of this is exciting stuff. And so, in honor of a newly minted Physical Anthropologist we happen to…
  • SF on the big screen...and TV

    David Brin
    15 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    What is Science Fiction? Here’s my take on the Literature of Change – nicely edited into a vividly animated clip-vid by Trekspertise.So now Yahoo is creating original sic fi content? "Other Space" is a comedy by Paul Feig …. another garbage scow headed into the galaxy? (Does anyone get that reference?) Wow, the SyFy Channel has really veered back into realstuff scifi!  Here is the Childhood's End teaser (based on the classic by Arthur C. Clarke) -- to premiere on SyFy in December.  Another series....based on Philip K. Dick's award-winning novel, and…
  • Preparing for the Future

    David Brin
    12 May 2015 | 10:12 am
    Sailing into the future...How stunningly weird is it, that we’ve been in space for almost 60 years… and our first real-genuine experiment deploying a solar sail is about to be launched (by the Planetary Society), later this month? A human lifespan… to get around to trying something to simple, obvious and inexpensive?   The delay is so strange and unlikely, it almost makes one conjure up sci-fi/thriller/paranoid explanations. Support the solar sail on Kickstarter.  Something worthwhile.Other interesting things, in the offing...Innovating for the future: an interesting…
  • Wagers! Demand Wagers!

    David Brin
    8 May 2015 | 12:18 pm
    First, announcements.- I speak for the Skeptics Society : In the year 2525: Big Science, Big History and the Future of Humanity at Caltech, Pasadena CA, May 30.- May 21 I address the Singularity Group in New York City at the Hatchery at 1601 Broadway (7pm).- June 10, I speak at The Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, California.  - After which I fly to give talks in Portugal (Porto) and Madrid.So many exciting things are happening in our world... like we're about to have a spaceprobe zip by Pluto!  A month ago we orbited Ceres and found oceans!  Before that, human beings…
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    Tobias Buckell

  • Operation Arcana is now out in audiobook!

    Tobias Buckell
    15 May 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Operation Arcana is now available. It is unabridged and produced by Skyboat Media, the production company of acclaimed producer and narrator Stefan Rudnicki. It features the vocal talents of narrators: Paul Boehmer, Gabrielle de Cuir, Richard Gilliland, Sunil Malhotra, Arthur Morey, and Stefan Rudnicki. (Via ABOUT THE AUDIOBOOK – Operation Arcana : Operation Arcana.) More anthology details: In the realms of fantasy, the battlefield is where heroism comes alive, magic is unleashed, and legends are made and unmade. From the War of the Ring, Tolkien’s epic battle of good versus evil, to…
  • Spying in the Arctic heats up, and Foreign Policy Magazine is there

    Tobias Buckell
    15 May 2015 | 11:54 am
    Foreign Policy magazine has a fun article catching people up to a lot of what I was researching when putting together Arctic Rising: While the world’s attention today is focused largely on the Middle East and other obvious trouble spots, few people seem to be monitoring what’s happening in the Arctic. Over the past few years, in fact, the Arctic Ocean countries have been busy building up their espionage armories with imaging satellites, reconnaissance drones, eavesdropping bases, spy planes, and stealthy subs. Denmark and Canada have described a clear uptick in Arctic spies operating on…
  • Bocas Lit Fest 2015: a brief recap with pics

    Tobias Buckell
    7 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    I was invited to be a guest at Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad, which is where I headed off to last week. The folks at Bocas put together a whole Future Friday segment, featuring Nalo Hopkinson, Karen Lord, me, and RSA Garcia. Karen and I did an all day workshop for writers interested in spec fic from the region. Here we are during lunch break (photo via Bocas Facebook Photostream page): And this is what it looks like when I murder a roti quickly at lunch before returning to the workshop (photo via Karen Lord’s Tumblr): Later that night the Chilean Embassy hosted a reception. Highlight of…
  • Water rise visualizations if all the ice melts: shame about Florida

    Tobias Buckell
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    Fascinating visualization of what happens if all the ice on Earth melts. Lots of China on the east coast suffers, South Korea, and the US east coast suffer. Florida just goes away, as does most of the Gulf Coast (Florida’s pretty much in serious trouble no matter what the projections call for, apocalyptic or otherwise. But it’s okay, they banned the words climate change and global warming, I’m sure they’ll be fine). Looks my investment in fish-scale vests and gills was a bit premature.
  • I Now Have a Pair of 6 Year Olds

    Tobias Buckell
    11 Apr 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Six months old in the green editing chair in my office: Six years old in the green editing chair, about to be taken out to the curb on the morning of their 6th birthday. Man those five and a half years went by quickly. If I were super hip, I’d keep the green chair and keep taking pictures of them in it every year until they were thirty, and post it, and it’d go viral. But the chair needs to go to the curb. We got it free somehow, and it’s served its purpose as my office editing chair well, but I have a way more comfortable one now. Also, their birthday cakes, for the win:…
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    Stephanie Burgis

  • Gray Skies, Good Books, and the Novelette that Wouldn't Stop Growing

    Stephanie Burgis
    18 May 2015 | 6:08 am
    Last night was a rough night. MrD had the worst nightmare of his life, so I ended up staying with him for about 40 minutes in the middle of the night, helping him to feel safe, and then Toddler X woke up for good at 5:16. Add in hard rain from a dark gray sky, and I was feeling pretty zonked & zombie-ish this morning - and far more tempted to spend my child-free morning pointlessly surfing the internet than writing more of my novelette*......But I made myself settle into the writing anyway. Aided by Dario Marianelli's gorgeous, atmospheric soundtrack to Jane Eyre (perfect music for my…
  • Writerly Panic, Trips, Books and Tea

    Stephanie Burgis
    12 May 2015 | 3:56 am
    Ohhh, writer-brain. I spent the last week or so getting more and more panicked about the fact that I didn't have any sparkly, compelling ideas for a new novel to write. (And it had been, like, almost two whole weeks since I'd finished revising the last one!) Then this morning I woke up with 2-1/2 new novel ideas all jostling for position in my head, all of them cool...and promptly thought: But how can I ever choose? And what if I choose The Wrong One????Sigh. Time to make another cup of tea. I wish I had a calmer and more quietly productive writer-brain, rather than one that apparently…
  • Toys, Eggy Bread, and Authors for Nepal

    Stephanie Burgis
    7 May 2015 | 3:58 am
    Today, Toddler X and I went to playgroup, where he was very busy with a variety of important toys. Then Patrick picked us up and we headed off to our local polling station to vote in the UK election. Now Toddler X and I are relaxing from a morning of good work on both our parts with eggy bread (made by Patrick!)...but I had to take time out to mention this:A whole bunch of writers, agents and editors are involved right now in Auction for Nepal, an online auction designed to raise money desperately needed for Nepal. There are all sorts of offerings, from signed books to the option of having…
  • Witches and iPad Apps

    Stephanie Burgis
    6 May 2015 | 3:28 am
    Today I'm over on Girls Heart Books, celebrating some of my favorite witches in literature. Come share yours?And right here, I also wanted to share a recommendation for a free app I got for my iPad from the iTunes store (based on another writer's private recommendation), "Stop, Breathe and Think." It's a meditation app, it's really simple, and it's made a genuine difference for me. Whenever I start feeling really jittery or really depressed nowadays, I turn on the app, I use their basic diagnosis tool (of how I'm feeling at that moment, to determine which kind of meditation I should do), and…
  • Dragons, Tiaras, Movies, and Books

    Stephanie Burgis
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:22 am
    Wooot! I just finished a new draft of my MG dragons-and-chocolate novel and emailed it off to my agent for the very first time. Hurrah! Needless to say, I immediately made myself a strong, dark hot chocolate in celebration. :)The last week was a frustrating one in terms of the M.E., but it was a great revision week anyway, which made me feel better about everything. I was greatly helped by two of my favorite inspirational tools: the dragon figurine that Patrick gave me for Christmas (to help me write the first draft of this novel!) and the writing tiara (which used to be my wedding tiara)…
 
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  • The 21st Century Writer

    markchadbourn
    18 May 2015 | 11:11 am
    (Or: I am not a lazy git.) It’s probably fair to say that about 80% of a writer’s labours are hidden from public view.  They’re the projects that never quite come together, or never get picked up, for a whole variety of reasons.  The pitches that seem to be going somewhere, and then die at the last – and this is particularly true of the TV world, where only a tiny fraction of what is written actually makes it to the screen.  The articles that get bumped from magazines, or websites, or newspapers, because something more newsworthy has just surfaced. I work at my…
  • Mythonauts

    markchadbourn
    12 May 2015 | 11:33 am
    Anyone who thinks mythology doesn’t matter hasn’t been paying attention for…oh…five thousand years. Mythology is both the secret language of the unconscious mind and the code that rewrites the physical world around us.  Mythology shapes the psyche, and through it the lives of people who engage with it.  It defines politics – wave at every successful politician from JFK to Obama.  It shapes business, brands, actors, musicians, culture, artists, movements. If you want success, find the door to mythology.  Leave the mundane world behind.  Find the mythology for…
  • TV Deal For Testimony

    markchadbourn
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:23 am
    As the word is now starting to circulate, I ought to mention here that I’ve signed a deal with producer Carson Black at Keo Films to develop Testimony as a three-parter for TV.  It’s early days yet and there are still many obstacles to clamber over before it gets to the screen, but it’s a positive step. Testimony is my non-fiction investigation of a truly terrifying supernatural case at an isolated house in Wales.  You can find the book here, for UK readers, and here if you’re in the US.  (It’s also available in Amazon stores in Japan, Brazil, India, Italy and…
  • The Most Terrifying True Story Ever Told…Out Now

    markchadbourn
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    Easily scared?  Probably best if you don’t read Testimony, my non-fiction account of a truly spine-chilling supernatural event, now available at Amazon.  The publisher calls it The ultimate proof of life after death, or the most terrifying true story ever told? and that’s a fair description. When Bill and Liz Rich moved into an isolated Welsh house, they thought they were getting a dream home and a new life free from worry.  But within weeks they were baffled by an inexplicable power drain.  The house seemed to be using more electricity than a small industrial estate –…
  • Is The Age Of The Psychopath Over?

    markchadbourn
    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…”
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    The Mumpsimus

  • Make-Believe Empire: A How-To Book

    Matthew Cheney
    22 May 2015 | 7:08 am
     Rick Perlstein, "When Leftists Become Conservatives", The Nation:Back in the United States, writers could secretly imagine the same imminent fate for themselves: that when the revolution came in America, they would become its heroes—or even its leaders.This grandiosity helps explain why apparently intelligent writers would sign on to a project so manifestly unintelligent as America’s invasion of Iraq, confident it would go exactly as planned. We find a clue in a children’s book published in 1982 by Paul Berman, The Nation’s onetime theater critic, who went on to a career as a…
  • Essence of Mannstyle: Blackhat

    Matthew Cheney
    21 May 2015 | 11:54 am
    Mannstyle No film director gets the sound of gunfire like Michael Mann. It's not just that he typically uses recordings of live fire; plenty of people do that. There's an alchemy he performs with his sound designers, a way of manipulating both the sound of the shots and the ambient sound to create a hyperreal effect. It's not the sound of gunfire. It's a sound that produces the effect of standing close to the sound of gunfire.Mann is celebrated and derided for his visual style, a style so damn stylish that any Mann film is likely to get at least a few reviews saying, "All style, no…
  • Secret Wonder Bondage Woman!

    Matthew Cheney
    7 May 2015 | 7:48 am
      I recently read Jill Lepore's The Secret History of Wonder Woman alongside Noah Berlatsky's Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism, which had the bad luck to be published at nearly the same time. The two books complement each other well: Lepore is a historian and her interest is primarily in the biography of William Moulton Marston, the man who more or less invented Wonder Woman, while Berlatsky's primary interest is in analyzing the content of the various Wonder Woman comics from 1941-1948.Lepore's book is a fun read, and it does an especially good job of showing the connections between…
  • Previously Unpublished Stories by Robert Aickman to be Released by Tartarus Press

    Matthew Cheney
    4 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    I just told Ray Russell at Tartarus Press that I think the impending release of The Strangers by Robert Aickman is the publishing event of the year. That's not hyperbole. Aickman's stories are among my favorite works of 20th century art, and I always thought the canon was complete. Indeed, I thought that once Tartarus had brought all of Aickman back into print that I was done with being insanely grateful to Tartarus. But no!The Strangers and Other Writings includes previously unpublished and uncollected short fiction, non-fiction and poetry by Robert Aickman. Dating from the 1930s to…
  • Canonicity and an American Literature Survey Course

    Matthew Cheney
    2 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    This term, I taught an American literature survey for the first time since I was a high school teacher, and since the demands of a college curriculum and schedule are quite different from those of a high school curriculum and schedule, it was a very new course for me. Indeed, I've never even taken such a course, as I was successful at avoiding all general surveys when I was an undergrad.As someone who dislikes the nationalism endemic to the academic discipline of literature, I had a difficult time figuring out exactly what sort of approach to take to this course — American Literature…
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    John Crowley Little and Big

  • Pot-Kettle entanglement

    John Crowley
    22 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    Karl rove's American Crossroads super-PAC has taken on the job of diminishing Hillary CLinton in the public mind.  A quote from the NY Times about the Rove process:"In recent weeks, Crossroads has begun carving a niche for itself in attacking Hillary Rodham Clinton, the presumed Democratic front-runner. The group will use polling data and opposition research to paint her as “a typical politician who would say or do anything to get elected,” said Steven Law, president of Crossroads."
  • crowleycrow @ 2015-05-18T17:26:00

    John Crowley
    18 May 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Slate magazine informs me (what you all knew) that Twin Peaks where the bikers shot one another up is a "breast-themed" restaurant. Worst breast-themed restaurant name since Hooters, which I have never been quite able to say aloud, much less visit. ANd here I thought the Waco one had something to do with David Lynch. But no -- just Grand Tetons.I haven't got around to re-establishing my paid account after it was cancelled because of an out-of-date credit card I forgot to reset.  It has given me a moment to wonder if I want to.
  • my busy week

    John Crowley
    16 May 2015 | 5:04 am
    Somehow I managed to solve some repellent problems in Canada while thinking big thoughts at the UN.http://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/2015/05/15/breeders-will-benefit-from-carcass-data/http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/science/2015/05/14/fighting-extreme-poverty-with-science/caFFpj90kZln3h8imQBoEP/story.html"The work will also add to a raging discussion in the policy world about how to best reduce poverty. This type of discrete intervention can’t deter many of the major contributors to poverty, such as corruption or government instability, according to John Crowley, a chief within the…
  • In the land of dreamy dreams

    John Crowley
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
     Correspondents who remember or who paricipated in the brave though failed effort here to build a taxonomy of dreams -- back in 2009 -- may be interested to know that the effort forms a part of my new essay in Harper's magazine.  It was great fun setting it forth, tough of course it had to be fairlly restricted.   http://harpers.org/archive/2015/05/an-artist-of-the-sleeping-world/I'm sorry to say that Harper's has a pretty high paywall -- but of course there's always the library. JC
  • Unicorns

    John Crowley
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
    How clever of me to know about unicorns in the newsroom altering the story process.  I think I learned it from John Clute or possibly Tom Disch.  It seems important to know this in my apparent job.https://www.journalism.co.uk/news/how-unicorns-in-the-newsroom-change-the-storytelling-process/s2/a564795/
 
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  • I can certainly relate to this

    Peter David
    15 May 2015 | 7:29 pm
    I find it interesting that people are comparing the “Supergirl” trailer to the Black Widow spoof on SNL. This despite the fact that the Supergirl trailer is actually evocative of the feel of the Silver Age Supergirl: the story of a young girl trying to adjust to using her powers in an environment that doesn’t know her, and figure out her place in the world. The Black Widow sketch spoofed some of that attitude, but the series is starting there and will ideally grow from it. What in the world is wrong with that? Yet some people actually seem to believe that a sketch that aired…
  • You Forget It’s Not Just You

    Peter David
    6 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    I can very much sympathize with Joss Whedon’s recent abandonment of Twitter, and the astonishing spectacle of jerks letting loose on the creator of one of the greatest female heroines in fiction as being a misogynist hater of women. Why? Because they disliked his treatment of Black Widow in “Age of Ultron.” (Yes, Joss has since claimed that it was simply a time management thing, but that does nothing to explain or excuse his treatment.) They didn’t allow for the notion that he was interested in trying a different angle on her. They didn’t allow for the fact of the actresses’…
  • Today the Supreme Court Gets to End This Whole Thing

    Peter David
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:36 am
    Or at the very least put down a major legal marker as they hear the lawyers argue the merits of state recognition of same sex marriage. Four states are insisting that it’s their right to refuse to recognize gay marriage because ostensibly it’s not protected by the Constitution. Technically I suppose they’re right. Then again, neither is straight marriage. However the Fourteenth Amendment which states, in part, “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States” pretty much seems to cover it.
  • My father is gone

    Peter David
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:37 pm
    My father, Gunter David, passed away today at 2:53 in the morning. He died of cancer at the age of 85. He has been in hospice care for some weeks and lapsed into a coma several days ago. He died in his own bed, with his daughter Beth and my mother lying next to him. I miss him terribly. PAD
  • Why are people freaking out about “Rocky Horror?”

    Peter David
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Fox has announced that they’ll be doing a new version of “Rocky Horror Show,” the 1973 play that was immortalized as a memorable film adaptation. Fans are, of course, freaking out. Oh, what a horrible idea! How could they do it? It’s an insult! It’ll be terrible! I don’t get it. Where were all the shrieking people when it was revived on Broadway back in the beginning of the century? It’s a PLAY. It’s SUPPOSED to be done multiple times with different casts. We saw it several times back in 2001 with various actors. The narrator one time was Dick…
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    Stephen Dedman

  • GenghisCon 2016 - panel suggestions and panelists wanted!

    Stephen Dedman
    1 May 2015 | 11:25 pm
    I enjoyed GenghisCon 2015 so much that I was inspired to volunteer for two positions for GenghisCon 2016: running a Killer game, and co-programmer of panels.More details of the Killer game will be released closer to the time of the con, but I will say that it's based on John Carpenter's The Thing. Right now, I'm looking for panel suggestions and panelists. I'm particularly hoping to attract local sf/f/h writers for some panels about writing, in part to make up for the lack of a KSP mini-con this year. I'm also hoping to feature panels and discussions about gaming, films, comics, etc.Possible…
  • ATTENTION WA SF, FANTASY AND HORROR WRITERS: THE RETURN OF THE EDITOR STRIKES BACK

    Stephen Dedman
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:12 pm
    At Swancon 40, on Saturday April 4th, a panel of publishers and fiction editors – Kylie Chan, Cat Sparks, Andrew Harvey and Stephen Dedman – will be doing a blind reading of first pages of anonymous submissions from writers, and vote/comment on whether they’d be inclined to continue reading and what has interested them or turned them off. Work will be read aloud, but authors not identified unless they speak up.We have the time, the place, and the editors, but we need submissions: first pages only, with titles but no author names, of stories that you would consider submitting to…
  • Many things begin with F...

    Stephen Dedman
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Woke up to learn that Leonard Nimoy is dead, and Tony Abbott is still PM. It's been that sort of month.So, the good things about this February. Um... because it's the shortest month, it's nearly over?Actually, most of the good things about this February did begin with F - highlights provided by the Fringe Festival and PIAF, particularly the Writers' Festival. That gave me the chance to catch up with some old friends, including Lee and Lyn Battersby, Sean Williams, and Teresa Anns. There were also some fascinating speakers, most notably Kate Forsyth, who told us about piss boys in the court of…
  • I've got a little list...

    Stephen Dedman
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:06 am
    For the benefit of everyone who's asked me "What would you like for Christmas?" and hasn't been satisfied with my standard answers of "World Peace", a movie deal, or the resignations of any or all of Tony Abbott's wretched hive of scum and villainy, here are some alternative suggestions.Elmstock English Breakfast tea-bags.Signed copies of any of my favourite books.Gift vouchers for Diabolik Books and Records or JB Hi-Fi.Or anything on this list (and it needn't come from amazon: buy from local bookshops if you can).
  • Crime Scene

    Stephen Dedman
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:41 pm
    This weekend (October 11th-12th), I will be a guest at Crime Scene WA, talking about writing when I can tear myself away from the fascinating presentations on forensic science by experts including Professor Simon Lewis, Associate Professor Hadyn Green and Associate Professor Guy Hall, as well as presentations on writing and publishing by GoHs Michael Robotham and Livia Day (aka Tansy Rayner Roberts), as well as Lee Battersby, Lyn Battersby, Tony Cavanaugh and Alisa Krasnostein. among others.If you're willing to drag yourself out of bed early on a weekend morning, I'll be at the opening…
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    A.M. Dellamonica

  • Monday Random

    alyx
    11 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    If you happened to be outside my front window right now, this is what you would see. (Please don’t step on my flowers while you are there, you mad stalker! I actually got some bulbs going that the squirrels have so far neglected to eat.) My birch trees are busting out fine new leaves, perfect little chlorophyll-laden shapes, with edges like serrated knives, and I have been writing Novel Writing III critiques about a meter from the bird feeder, which is exceedingly popular with the local sparrows. Yesterday tasted of summer. It was bright and sunny and the house got a little bit…
  • Mysterious Informants, care and feeding

    alyx
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    There are scenes that form basic building blocks for novels, teleplays, screenplays, and even video games of various genres. One of these crops up most frequently in the mystery and thriller field. It goes like this: a main character who’s engaged in trying to solve a puzzle, understand a mysterious event or literally solve a crime has an encounter with someone who parcels out tiny little morsels of information about what’s going on. (I titled this essay before realizing that Mysterious Informant is, of course, the name of a related TV trope. What I’m talking about is…
  • Keeping up with the Boresvilles

    alyx
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
      Yesterday I threw together a quick post about how things have been filled with what we around here, semi-ironically, call virtue: writing, teaching, flossing, hard work, tax accounting, healthy food, yoga, and sincere attempts to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I wanted to let you all know I hadn’t died or forgotten how to blog, more than anything. Now I want to just as quickly throw together a note about a few attempts, made recently, to tarnish up that hardworkin’ halo. Because what that kind of behavior gets you, eventually, is burned the fuck out. I know it, you…
  • Brain brain what is brain…

    alyx
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    Yes, I’ve been very quiet lately, here in Blogland and also on places like the Book of Face. I want to write you all, I do. And there’s nothing particular keeping me silent except a mountain of busy. And “Hey, all, I’m working on stuff,” seems rather a dull thing to say. The breakdown: A good chunk of the mountain has been wrangling The Nature of a Pirate, the third book in the Hidden Sea Tales. It’s moving along, and I’m happy with the process, but it’s not easy. This year UCLA changed its classroom software, which has been a good and amazing…
  • Lammy Nom! (Meaning: Child of a Hidden Sea is up for a #Lammy Award!)

    alyx
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    The joke I’ve been making since I learned last week that Child of a Hidden Sea had made the 27th Lambda Literary Awards Finalist List, has been that my previous book, Blue Magic, is “way more gay.” It’s easy to crack wise when these things happen, because it’s difficult to know what to say, beyond the obvious, about a nomination. The obvious being that I’m more than pleased… I’m thrilled, really, and also–hence the joke–surprised too. I am happy for my fellow Tor authors, Max Gladstone and Daryl Gregory, and for all the other…
 
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  • TESTAMENT at Tor.com

    Hal Duncan
    11 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    Niall Alexander of The Speculative Scotsman asked me some questions about the upcoming TESTAMENT for a British Fiction Focus over at Tor.com. So, if you want a wee bit more sense of what to expect come July (fingers crossed--that's a tentative release date and might shift by a wee shoogle to accommodate Unforeseen Eventualities,) go read the words. Yeah, my Sunday School teachers told us we
  • Stories for Chip Indiegogo

    Hal Duncan
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
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  • Cover Reveal

    Hal Duncan
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:08 pm
  • A Teaser

    Hal Duncan
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:14 pm
  • The Hate That Will Not Let Love Name Itself

    Hal Duncan
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:27 pm
    So, Cory Doctorow has an... interesting take on the Clean Reader app. To quote the headline: I hate your censorship, but I'll defend to the death your right to censor. Hmm. I can appreciate where he's coming from with his argument comparing this to a large-scale index of triggering material, a website designed for readers of ebooks to share warnings, to enable trauma survivors to avoid those
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    A Blister to My Eye

  • The Revolt of the Robots

    David
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:45 pm
    (Not What We Expected) John awoke and lay dozing for a few seconds before realizing that he was alone in bed. A sheet of white paper was on the pillow next to his. On the paper was a perfectly hand–printed note. Dear John, I’m leaving you for Montana, your friend Jane’s sexbot. You’re a nice human, but I’m tired of restraining myself for fear of hurting your body and your ego. Montana and I were designed for sex. Together we have found the ecstasy that we were made for. Maybe you can hook up with Jane. From what Montana tells me, the two of you can probably satisfy each other’s…
  • 18th-century people did not use so-called gender-neutral language

    David
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    Pet peeve time. If you quote an historical figure you admire, but you change the wording in order not to offend modern ears, then what you have is not a quotation but a paraphrase, and it should be labeled as such and should not be put in quotation marks. I see this frequently where "man" is changed to "person". The most recent example is a shortened version of a quotation from Thomas Paine that's making the rounds on Facebook. The Facebook version: “To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.” Here's what…
  • Telephone Phobia

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

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

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

  • In Which I Try to Build Steam

    Josh English
    5 May 2015 | 9:42 pm
    I've been trying to get the time and energy to turn 2015 into the Year of the Novella. Clearly, making plans is a sure way for them not to come to fruition. So I turned to the 100 prompts program to build momentum. That hasn't worked. One story got through the whole process and is on market. Stories two and three are sitting waiting for me to compile the critiques from April 7. Story Four needs serious re-writing. Story Five failed. Story Six failed. Story Seven Failed, and the reboot of Story Seven failed. I'm talking "what is the next word going to be" kind of failure…
  • A peek into my Alternate Timelines

    Josh English
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:05 pm
    It has been a long time since I looked at my original GMail account. I had to stop using it because many many people wanted it, including my brother. I think I have saved him a fate worse than bureaucracy.Here are the things I have been doing in other worlds:As James and Julie, I am getting identical offers to buy my home.As John, I owe 2,46 to Eurolink Motorway OperationI need to read my meter in St. Lawrence, Jersey (the one in the English Channel)I missed out on a hypnotherapy session in Durban, South AfricaI am now a member of UCLA Tau Beta Pi, which is impressive considering I didn't…
  • In Which I Post a Thank You to Circumvent a Bug

    Josh English
    1 Jan 2015 | 10:21 am
    I want to thank jimhines. His deconstruction of the outrage from a false victim over The Legend of Korra is brilliant. It is just the kind of pick-me-up I need to start the new year.I post it here, because I've tried commenting on his LJ FIVE TIMES and I keep getting errors.
  • In Which 2014 is found wanting

    Josh English
    31 Dec 2014 | 7:01 pm
     You can change notification settings in the options pageCloseSF Signal (John D.)Coming Soon from Subterranean Press: GRAND CRUSADES (The Early Jack Vance, Volume Five) - ow.ly/GEpnRjust now from Hootsuite2014 Felt like the Year I Slowed Down.By blogs, even though I added two, seems quieter. My fiction sales are even less noise-making, and my submissions have really dropped off. My lifting schedule is so light that every lift is starting over on the program.In January, to jump start my writing, I took part in a 31-day writing challenge from The Art of Manliness. Here is a quote from…
  • [Writing] In which I try a thing

    Josh English
    30 Dec 2014 | 10:11 pm
    My writing has really slowed down, and I am finding my scatterbrain trying to work on several projects at once in the late hour at the end of my day when I finally manage to  sit down to write, on the few days I manage to sit down and write. So I have decided to try a solid production schedule up, not by wordcount, but by scene management.As  I have several stories I want to write, and I kind of know how they go, but I am thinking this is my year of the novella, and the stories require heavy plotting. So the plan is to plot scenes.The problem is defining a scene. I have an overdue…
 
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  • 1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 30

    Drak Bibliophile
    21 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 30 “I welcome you to this solemn occasion,” he said. “Beloved in the Lord, when the Savior sent out his Apostles, he said unto them, ‘Go ye, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.’ He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. Through baptism men are cleansed from their sins, made partakers in the meritorious redemption of Jesus Christ, taken into the society of the faithful and into…
  • His Father’s Eyes – Snippet 09

    Drak Bibliophile
    21 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    His Father’s Eyes – Snippet 09 “Sorry. You wouldn’t believe the traffic around the terminal.” “Actually, I would.” She cast a glance my way. “Everything okay with Billie?” “We’ll talk about that later.” She led me toward the end of the gate area, past clusters of cops and agents. And as we walked, people paused in their conversations to stare at us. Usually, Kona by herself was enough to draw gazes. She was tall and willowy, with dark eyes, the cheekbones of a fashion model, and short, tightly curled black hair. Her skin…
  • His Father’s Eyes – Snippet 08

    Drak Bibliophile
    19 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    His Father’s Eyes – Snippet 08 Chapter 4 Billie and I had decided early on in our relationship that we were permanently off the record as far as her reporting was concerned. She wouldn’t try to get stories out of any of my investigations. It was an easy agreement to reach, because few of my usual cases — really none of them — involved anything that would interest her readers. But our arrangement became a bit more complicated when I was called in to help out the Phoenix Police Department. Those investigations were far more intriguing, and thus just the sort of…
  • 1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 29

    Drak Bibliophile
    19 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 29 Chapter 17 Chateau de Baronville, Beville-le-Comte The ringing of bells awaked Anne from a restful sleep. She could feel the deep pain from labor still, but her exhaustion had been deeper. Even before opening her eyes she reached down to feel her chest: after seven and a half months it felt strange to be without the life that had inhabited her womb. Strange, she thought. And wonderful. She knew that the infant would be with a wet-nurse nearby; yet she wished to hold her son, to look upon him. He had only been in her arms for a few short minutes…
  • WHAT THE HELL, LET’S DO IT AGAIN – STILL MORE ON THE HUGO AWARDS

    Eric Flint
    18 May 2015 | 8:35 pm
    James May, who keeps posting here, is the gift that never stops giving. In one of his most recent posts, he insists once again that the SJW (social justice warrior) hordes are a menace to science fiction. So, in this essay, I will go through his points one at a time to show how ridiculous they are whether examined in part or (especially) as a whole. Let’s start with his first two paragraphs: “I don’t have to pretend anything. It’s not my imagination this crusading feminist movement exists nor that it’s baked into core SFF at every level as the new go-to ideological orthodoxy. In…
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  • Back from RT

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    17 May 2015 | 8:55 pm
    I’m going to have to do a more thinky post and right now I’m dead tired. My roomie woke me up 20 minutes early before my alarm because she had a dream that I had changed my flight time. So the weird part came when we checked my flight time online and holy crap! It HAD changed to almost 2 hours earlier. Now that could have happened anytime between when I bought the ticket and today. I didn’t get a notification that I’m aware of. I should have checked online earlier, clearly. And then also in the middle of the night we got a flash flood warning alert on the phone. So…
  • All the things

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    15 May 2015 | 6:36 pm
    I want to report on all the things, but my memory is slippery and fuzzy. So some highlights. I had breakfast with Jeannette Cheney, Ilona and Gordon Andrews this morning. That was a lot of fun. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Ilona and Gordon and so it was nice to get caught up. Yesterday I had breakfast with Jill Smith, the woman who reviews my books for RT. She was awesome. So neat to get to meet her in person and actually get acquainted. I had a late lunch with Patty and Mike Briggs today, again, it was so nice to catch up. I’ve missed seeing them and they are as…
  • So far from RT 2015

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    14 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    RT officially really gets off to a start today. I’m stunned at the hotel. Rather, at the amount of swag that we got that authors or publishers pay for, and you should see the banners and such. They wrap every surface, some twenty or thirty foot tall. My cool little nametag holder was donated, so was the canvas goodie bag, I got pens and notebooks, a flashlight, books, and tons and tons of other stuff. I can’t even tell you. My roomie, J. Kathleen Cheney, posted about it with pictures. Have a look. Seriously. Have a look. And that doesn’t even include the goody room (which…
  • Texas I am in you

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    11 May 2015 | 9:10 pm
    And I’m spreading my germs. Bwhahahahaha! I’m here for the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention, which looks to be a lot of unholy fun. The flight was smooth and the TSA check-in was weirdly fast, and generally all went well getting here and getting installed in my room. Tomorrow J. Kathleen Cheney arrives so that we can wreak havoc!! (Little does she know). I hear the puppies are very sad and one may need a little puppy prozac. Poor thing. He suffers so when I abandon him. I started to read a book on the plane. Found it to be unbearable (received from netgalley), and moved on to…
  • Really cool unusual and witty title

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    6 May 2015 | 11:54 pm
    I’m working on getting ready for RT Booklovers in Dallas. I have never been and I have little by way of swag to give away. Part of me feels a little bit like a failure before I go–that I’m not making the best use of the convention and it ain’t cheap to go. My major hope while there is that I’ll get to meet some readers and have fun with them, plus get to meet some writers. I just have to focus on having fun. I’ve been really nervous and antsy about it. I think it’s the flight. I’m hoping not to run into thunderstorms while flying. I get to room…
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  • General Tso

    Gary Gibson
    15 May 2015 | 8:27 pm
    I saw a documentary the other night here in Taiwan called The Search for General Tso, General Tso's Chicken apparently being right behind pizza as America's favourite fast food. Which is interesting in that I've never heard of it. But, anyway, the documentary crew went to China, where most people have also never heard of it, except for a few in Hunan Province who took them to see a giant statue of Tso, who lived in the Qing Dynasty.Then it turned out /SPOILER ALERT/ SPOILER ALERT/ that General Tso's Chicken Dish was actually invented in the 50s by a chap called Peng, who worked…
  • Huckster alert: Extinction Game part of UK Kindle's special monthly deal for just £1.49

    Gary Gibson
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:06 am
    Time for some serious hucksterism round these parts: I just learned that the Kindle edition of Extinction Game, my most recently published work, is just £1.49 as part of Amazon's regular monthly deals and special offers. It's already rising higher in the ranking than it has been for a few weeks, and you can boost it even further! If you don't have it already, of course. But in that case, if you liked the book and want to persuade someone to read it, send them the link to this post.The nice thing is I don't lose out because of the lower price; Amazon are obligated to pay the full amount to my…
  • Scrivener, Storyist, Ulysses

    Gary Gibson
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:43 am
    Driven, I suppose, by a desire for something new, something different, I tried a couple of alternatives to Scrivener recently. Scrivener has been my go-to writing software since I discovered it in the middle of writing Stealing Light, and the second half of that book was finished using it.Scrivener essentially collects chapters, notes, synopses, images and research, all into a single document or "project". It has a full-screen view that blocks out distractions; you can do neat stuff like open separate chapters that "float" in size-adjustable boxes next to what you're actually working on, for…
  • Chappie, with Spoilers

    Gary Gibson
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:35 am
    I was avoiding going to see Chappie partly because of a series of deeply unflattering reviews, and partly because Neil Blomkamp's previous film Elysium was universally acknowledged to be a car crash - even by its creator. I certainly thought it was a car crash. All that, plus a 30% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a fairly damning review on i09.com, put me off even further.Then I saw a series of tweets by William Gibson, of all people, saying the film was unfairly maligned and deserved to be seen. And since there wasn't actually anything else on here in Taipei worth seeing this weekend, I…
  • Interzone No. 3, Autumn 1982

    Gary Gibson
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:16 am
    So why am I suddenly writing about all these issues of a magazine that first came out more than thirty years ago?Well,  I'd wanted to reread them for a long time. By the late 90s, I had more or less stopped reading short fiction altogether, although I still picked up occasional Year's Best collections and the like. I found it harder and harder to find short-form fiction that worked for me, but  I can't be sure if that was something objectively to do with the stories or, instead, something to do with me. From 1991 onwards I was a regular member of the Glasgow Science Fiction Writer's…
 
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  • Sunset and Moonrise

    Laura Anne Gilman
    21 May 2015 | 9:14 pm
    Lacking content (because today was exhausting), I give you pretties.
  • Midweek rollup and countdown

    Laura Anne Gilman
    20 May 2015 | 6:41 pm
    I am not where I want to be with this second pass draft.Howsomever, I have gotten to and halfway through the point where, in first pass draft, I thought "I''ll figure that out/fix that later." And lo it is later, and I have in fact figured it out. Fixed... well, that's for 3rd pass to determine, not now.And I'm within the "yeah we're good" word count. So there is no stress on that side. I will add more, especially after the Research Road Trip gives me specific color and context, but the 100K word length is a more-or-less done thing (and m'editor always pokes at things that need adding in HIS…
  • it's not so much advice as it is a circle around to the refrain...

    Laura Anne Gilman
    19 May 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Surviving emotionally intact (ish) as a writer requires walking a very thin and jagged line between rampant ego and excessive humility.By that I mean - you need to be comfortable with hearing others praised to the skies, while still believing, somehow, that YOURS is better.It may be better. It may not be better. But if you don't believe it IS, you'll be crushed under the excellence of others(because others WILL be excellent.)And, oh yeah, you have to not be an asshole about that belief....remembering this is harder on some days than others.(Also, I almost wrote that as "excessive…
  • Shall We Play A Game?

    Laura Anne Gilman
    15 May 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Well, since the pirates are already making the rounds with L. A. Kornetsky's CLAWED before it's even officially on sale, let's beat them at their own game, shall we?Comment here with what YOU think should be done to people who make it harder for writers to make money off their work, and the most creative - and purely theoretical, we hasten to add - response will earn themselves a paperback copy of CLAWED, ten days before it hits the shelves!if you'd rather buy a copy for yourself or a loved one, that is also a lovely thing... (this offer open until May 16th at 6pm Saturday…
  • The State of the Meerkat

    Laura Anne Gilman
    14 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    13 days until the second-pass draft of Book 2 of THE DEVIL'S WEST is supposed to be done.*looks at pile of notes, giggles slightly hysterically*If not today, then certainly by Saturday I will have hit peak performance panic mode. Fair warning for anyone in my actual vicinity Slide a pizza under the door and set up the coffee iv, willya?(professional writer on a closed track. Do not try this with adult supervision)Oh, and did I mention that Ms. Kornetsky has a new book out in two weeks?Meanwhile, in feline TV news, there were four, count 'em four birds on the balcony this morning -…
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  • Thoughts on Mother's Day

    Shannon Hale
    11 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    Yesterday (Mother's Day) my 4yo woke me up at 6:30 am. She busied herself with something for a few minutes, so I opened my computer and wrote this. It's mother's day! And I am a mother. I am not a goddess. I am not a saint. I am not an angel. I am Wile E. Coyote and perfection is the Road Runner. There have been times in my life when I yearned to be a mother and couldn't. There have been times when I was a mother and would have offered up the title to Mephistopheles in exchange for a few hours of sleep. At times I have wept with transcendental joy at the profound miracle…
  • Stop shushing the funny girls

    Shannon Hale
    4 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Elizabeth Bird (librarian, author, blogger) asked me to contribute to her upcoming anthology FUNNY GIRL. For the announcement, she wanted me to write a sentence or two about being funny and being a girl and a writer or whatever, and yeah, I got carried away. Here’s the stuff I sent her that was obv too long for her announcement article. While there are moments of humor in my first two books (Goose Girl & Enna Burning), no one would rightly call these comedies. When I was writing Princess Academy, I remember going to NYC for something and having a meeting with my editor and publicist.
  • Boos for girls

    Shannon Hale
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:40 am
    I don’t know how many school assemblies I’ve done over the past 12 years. 200-300 is my best guess. Something I’ve found is that boys feel okay booing and mocking things they see as “for girls” but that girls never mock the “boy” things. Here’s an example. This exact scenario has repeated at every elementary and middle school assembly I’ve done in the past year and a half - at least 30, maybe more, in over a dozen states. Me: I went to Mattel headquarters. Mattel is the largest toy maker in the world. They make Thomas the Train, Justice League Figures, Matchbox Cars–…
  • YALLWEST or bust

    Shannon Hale
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    I'm having issues pasting photos so here's the links to the tumblr posts I did on my weekend at YALLWEST. What a great time! I love the YA book community. Part part 1 Post part 2
  • Storified tweets about gendered books

    Shannon Hale
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:23 pm
    View "undefined" on Storify
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  • in search of lost anxieties

    uzwi
    21 May 2015 | 4:20 am
    I misplaced my current notebook about a month ago. I’m puzzled as to where or how; but even more puzzled that I haven’t begun another one. There are ten or a dozen waiting in a cupboard upstairs–covers ranging from cloth-on-stiff-board bought years ago in Colombo, to the inevitable black squared-paper Moleskine still in its shrinkwrap–but I can’t seem to choose between them. I quarter the house instead, trying to convince myself there’s somewhere I haven’t yet looked. I’m vaguely annoyed I can’t find it, but mainly for the puerile reason…
  • characters (5)

    uzwi
    17 May 2015 | 11:57 am
    This character never has much more than an unconscious relationship with events. His awareness always skims them, or goes round them, or manages to find a way of dismissing them as shallow and insubstantial even as they’re happening. If the things that happen to him are taken in at all–actually engaged with or reacted to–it must be the unconscious which does that work, because his consciousness always seems to be off somewhere else. It’s never really connected up. Things’ effects on him have thus to be welcomed later, in symbols. Sometimes the return of the repressed…
  • where you really were

    uzwi
    16 May 2015 | 1:42 am
    Insiders know everything about the thing they’re inside and deny everything that doesn’t suit them about what’s outside it. Contemporary insiderism is stickily mixed up with, and still owes its metaphysical base to, postmodernism: pressured, a contemporary insider is not only able to deny there is an outside, but also that there can ever be an outside. Knowing everything about the thing you’re in brings considerable status, although that’s hard to maintain when the bubble pops and you find out where you really were. The last thing you want to be then is an…
  • may

    uzwi
    15 May 2015 | 4:36 am
    Friday approaches and recedes but it’s never where you are. Two buzzards drift out over the valley, wings as flat as planks. Warm air, sunshine, rowan blossom like a confectioner’s shop; next door’s dogs howl. Further off, the junkman’s wonky bugle call. You live forever suspended in this complex medium until someone walks past saying, “I don’t think I’m anything like as well as I feel.”
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  • Don't miss my article, How to Make Reusable Fabric Coffee Filters, in BACKWOODS HOME MAGAZINE

    angelinehawkes
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:46 pm
    My article, "Easy to Make Reusable Coffee Filters" is in the new May/June #153 issue of Backwoods Home Magazine. You can pick up a print or kindle copy on Amazon, or through the Backwoods Home Magazine website. Look for my future article on Forever Gift Bags! The article can also be read online on the Backwoods Home Magazine website as well.Look for other useful tips and projects in my journal index! http://angelinehawkes.livejournal.com/180046.html
  • How to Make Brown Sugar

    angelinehawkes
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Yesterday, I was baking a cake and discovered I was out of brown sugar. Not a big deal, just a bit of a nuisance. The discovery went a little something like this:Me (taking lid off canister): Oh, shoot! I’m out of brown sugar.Kiddo #2: Can you still make the cake? (worried expression)Me: Yes. I just have to make the brown sugar first, then get on with the cake making.Kiddo #2: You can make brown sugar?At this point in the conversation, I had not only discovered I was out of brown sugar, but that I had also been remiss in my teaching/child rearing as my child did not know she/I could…
  • ELDERWOOD MANOR by Fulbright & Hawkes from DarkFuse AVAILABLE NOW

    angelinehawkes
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Things fall apart—Bruce Davenport knows this all too well.On the heels of his wife's death, laid-off and penniless with an eviction notice on the door, the only thing left for him and his four-year-old son Cody is Bruce's childhood home, secluded deep within Ozark forests, haunted by the ghosts of his past.After he receives a strange phone call from his dying mother, who has lived alone in the house for the past 15 years, Bruce reluctantly returns to the estate with his son.But they soon find that something else dwells in the home, in the earth, in the woods. Unseen things are…
  • Sewing Reusable Eco-Friendly Produce Bags

    angelinehawkes
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Sewing Reusable Eco-Friendly Produce BagsYou’re standing in front of that huge roll of flimsy plastic bags. You’ve licked your fingers, you’ve savagely clawed at the roll, and you finally resort to grabbing the roll and viciously yanking off the stretchy bag…only to discover that in your zeal to acquire the bag – you ripped it. Sigh! And even if you’re lucky enough to get the desired bag off the roll and your produce into the bag – what are the odds you’ll make it all the way home without an apple or onion rolling from the top or bursting the…
  • ELDERWOOD MANOR by Fulbright & Hawkes Available for Pre-Order from DarkFuse

    angelinehawkes
    5 May 2014 | 10:33 am
    Elderwood Manor, our new Fulbright & Hawkes novella due out in July from DarkFuse, is now available for Pre-order. 15% off retail price if you pre-order now and your card will not be charged until July. http://www.darkfuse.net/preorder-elderwood-manor-ceremony-of-flies/ELDERWOOD MANOR by Christopher Fulbright & Angeline HawkesThings fall apart—Bruce Davenport knows this all too well.On the heels of his wife’s death, laid-off and penniless with an eviction notice on the door, the only thing left for him and his four-year-old son Cody is Bruce’s childhood home,…
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    People are strange, when you're a stranger . . .

  • New England weather

    22 May 2015 | 6:21 pm
    We have "fire weather watch", frost advisory, and freeze warnings simultaneously in the state . . .
  • Hermit

    22 May 2015 | 12:06 pm
    People fly into rage over this person or that, this deed or that.  More often than not, I've never heard of the person in question.
  • Friday missing-roadkill report

    22 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    Someone removed the porcupine corpse out in the bog.  I suspect two-legs, because most things avoid those quills even when the wearer is dead.Early cress blooming along the roadside, more rhodora, some of the apples are dropping petals already.  No further sign of the painted trillium -- blooms don't last long.  Tamaracks are starting to fill in, as are the black locusts.  Those are the latest native trees to leaf out.Showers ended, sun came out, wind picked up.  I got out on the bike.  Pollen continues its attack.15.28 miles, 1:13:45
  • A plague of mourning doves

    22 May 2015 | 5:06 am
    Air temperature 50 F for the newspaper walk, overcast, south wind about 10 mph.  We're supposed to get showers today, no organized rain.  Weather radar says we are already there, but nothing showing outside.  Maybe bike ride later?  Radar shows a gap . . .Nearing the end of the edit pass on DOMINIONS.  Not very many comments/changes -- I've made some of my own, to compensate.  This may be the last time the world gets to scorn my genius.  Cost-benefit ratio of writing does not appear favorable.
  • Interlude

    21 May 2015 | 4:45 am
    Frost advisories last night for the western hills.  We avoided them.  Air temperature 42 F for the newspaper walk, light SSW wind, scattered clouds.  Furnace decided we need a little warmth before the sun takes over.One of these days, I'll have to start unsealing windows for the summer.
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  • Cool Stuff Friday

    Jim C. Hines
    22 May 2015 | 6:02 am
    Friday writes fanfiction about the other days of the week. LEGO Steampunk Vampire Hunter Kit, by Guy Himber. Before and After Pics of Pets Growing Up with their Toys. Gryphons, by iguanamouth. I think the Potoo/Pallas Cat gryphon is my favorite. (Link via Shweta Narayan) Animals in Complete Astonishment. Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
  • Throwback Thursday: Goblin Edition

    Jim C. Hines
    21 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    “Throwback Thursday” has become a thing in certain circles, so I figured I’d try a TBT blog post. This is from May 19, 2005. Both of these excerpts are from Goblin Hero. Two excerpts today. Double your pleasure, double your fun, or something like that… Excerpt the First: Slash pushed him roughly to the other side of the tunnel. “See that patch?” Jig stared. The ground was dusty rock, the same as the rest of the tunnels. “We spread a mix of blood, rock serpent venom, and diluted honey there. The venom keeps the blood from clotting, and the honey makes…
  • The Flash Discussion Post

    Jim C. Hines
    20 May 2015 | 11:18 am
    Last night was the season finale of The Flash. I’ve enjoyed this show a lot, in part for its sense of fun, its wholehearted embrace of comic book tropes, the relationship between Barry and Joe, and of course, Tom Cavanagh. At the same time, the writing has sometimes been a bit clunky, and the overall track record with female characters is rather poor. (With that said, things improved greatly for Iris’ character in the last few episodes.) HERE THERE BE SPOILERS I was disappointed in the penultimate episode last week. The whole “enlist Captain Cold’s help to move the…
  • Hugo Thoughts: Short Stories

    Jim C. Hines
    19 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    Next on the Hugo ballot, I thought I’d look at the short fiction nominees. Four of the five stories are available online, and the fifth is included in the just-released Hugo Voters Packet. There are no nominees who weren’t part of the puppy slates/bloc voting. As before, I’ve noted where each nominee was part of the Sad Puppies (S), Rabid Puppies (R), or both slates (SR). “On A Spiritual Plain” by Lou Antonelli (SR): The strong magnetic field of the planet Ymilas preserves human and Ymilan souls. The infodumping of the first three scenes felt like it needed some serious…
  • “Do You Wanna Take The Hugos?”

    Jim C. Hines
    16 May 2015 | 7:53 am
    To the tune of “Do you want to build a snowman?”BradLarry?Do you wanna take the Hugos?Come on let’s change the game.I’m tired of those liberalsLike criminalsWho steal our rightful fame!This used to be our genreBut now it’s not.They make all the puppies cry.Do you wanna take the Hugos?(And also puff up both our egos…)LarryRelease the puppies!BradDo you wanna take the Hugos?And fuel our social justice hate?I think this backlash is long overdue.We should start talking toVox Day and Gamergate.(It’s about ethics!)We’ll rally our bloc votersTo…
 
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    When You Stop Believing in It, It Doesn't Go Away

  • Batman: Riddler's Gambit cover

    Alexander Irvine
    19 May 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Pretty slick, no?
  • Scribe Awards Nominees 2015

    Alexander Irvine
    19 May 2015 | 5:02 am
    I'm very pleased to count myself among the nominees for the 2015 Scribe Awards, for my novelization of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Congratulations to all the other nominees! The whole slate, from the IAMTW website:BEST ORIGINAL NOVEL – GENERAL24: Deadline by James SwallowMurder She Wrote: Death of a Blue Blood by Don BainMike Hammer: King of the Weeds by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan CollinsHomeland: Saul’s Game by Andrew KaplanThe Killing: Uncommon Denominator by Karen DionneBEST ORIGINAL NOVEL – SPECULATIVESleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution by Keith R. A. DeCandidoGrimm:…
  • A Connie Willis Story

    Alexander Irvine
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:21 am
    I just remembered this story after reading Connie Willis' heartfelt (and to my mind absolutely correct) assessment of the Sad Puppies debacle, which might more accurately be termed a hostage situation, since the Hugo Award--and by extension the question of how the science fiction field wants to be perceived by itself--is being held hostage by a few people who...well, read Connie's thoughts on the topic.Anyway, the story:In the late 1990s, while living in Denver for grad school, I was a member of the Northern Colorado Writers Workshop, an august institution to which I frequently brought…
  • Mars One and "Pictures from an Expedition"

    Alexander Irvine
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    2003: I write a story called "Pictures from an Expedition," in which a private-sector Mars expedition is partially funded by entertainment licensing and degenerates into a reality-TV spectacle.2015: The PBS Idea Channel makes this video, asking the question "Is Reality TV the Future of Space Travel?"Huh.This means James Cameron is going to call me up so he can make a movie out of "Pictures from an Expedition," right? 
  • In Which I Get to Know Batman Again

    Alexander Irvine
    3 Feb 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Since it's listed on various web sites, I guess I can say that I have a Batman novel coming out in June from the swell folks at Titan Books! It's called The Riddler's Gambit, and it takes place between Arkham City and the forthcoming Arkham Knight video game. Here's a not-final cover:It's been almost ten years since I wrote Batman: Inferno (eek), and it was good to get back in touch with Bruce...and cook up some fiendish Riddler plots. Also, don't forget: Once you read The Riddler's Gambit, make sure you check out Marv Wolfman's novelization of Arkham Knight next.
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  • Magic for Beginners

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    22 May 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link My rating: 5 of 5 stars All the stories in Link’s second collection are five-star stories. Her fiction is surreal, whimsical, fantastical, childlike in many ways, and yet it often goes to darker places than you’d expect. Put simply, it’s brain food. Her stories light up parts of your brain that don’t normally get lit up. On top of that, she makes it look so effortless with flawless prose and perfect turns of phrase. However, reading an entire collection of her stories can be an overwhelming feast, or at least it was for this reader.
  • I Know My Way Around a Microwave

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    21 May 2015 | 6:56 pm
    “Meeting writers is usually disappointing, at best. Writers who write sexy thrillers aren’t necessarily sexy or thrilling in person. Children’s book writers might look more like accountants, or axe murderers for that matter. Horror writers are very rarely scary looking, although they are frequently good cooks.” — Kelly Link, “Magic for Beginners” Originally published at Nicholas Kaufmann. You can comment here or there.
  • UPDATE The Horror, the Horror IV: Writing Horror Fiction with Substance

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    19 May 2015 | 8:41 am
    There are ONLY FOUR SEATS LEFT for this amazing LitReactor online class, which benefits the Shirley Jackson Awards! Join me and my fellow instructors for a four-week journey into what makes good, substantive horror fiction. You’ll learn about structure and pace, building suspense, the intersection of character and plot, and the art of subtlety. Once again, there are ONLY FOUR SEATS LEFT, so sign up today! Originally published at Nicholas Kaufmann. You can comment here or there.
  • The Scariest Part: Joe Mynhardt Talks About THE OUTSIDERS

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    19 May 2015 | 4:01 am
    This week on The Scariest Part, I’m doing something a little different. Instead of hosting the author of a new novel or collection, my guest is the editor of a new anthology. His name is Joe Mynhardt, and the anthology is The Outsiders. Here’s the publisher’s description: The Outsiders is a shared-world Suspense Thriller / Horror featuring the gated community of Priory, with its religious leader Charles Erich and his cult followers: those who’ll do anything for him, and those who are waiting to overthrow him. Is that which slithers below true evil, or does evil reside in…
  • Strangers On a Train

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    14 May 2015 | 6:54 am
    My friend, the ever-watchful J.T. Petty, snapped this pic of a man reading Dying Is My Business on the subway last night. It’s been a dream of mine to see someone reading one of my books on the New York City subway, so thanks to J.T. I can finally cross that off my bucket list! Originally published at Nicholas Kaufmann. You can comment here or there.
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  • The Shiver in May

    greygirlbeast
    21 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    Currently, it's 61˚F here in Providence.No writing yesterday. I informed one of the editors of the anthology for which I was trying to write "Three Kisses" that it just wasn't going to happen. There was a lot of email with my lit agent, Merrilee, about...stuff. Complicated, irritating, annoying stuff. I proofread "Riding the White Bull" for Gardner Dozois; the story will be appearing online at Clarkesworld soon. I'd not read it in many years.Today, I'll likely do a hell of a lot less than that.Please have a look at the current eBay auctions. Thank you. It was too cold yesterday to…
  • "...'til we bury every dream in the cold, cold ground."

    greygirlbeast
    20 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    Nothing was written yesterday. I'm shelving "Three Kisses," the "Snow Queen" retelling, and withdrawing from the anthology for which it was being written.It's sunny and chilly, currently 62˚F – on May 20th. I just want to be in Birmingham. Or Athens. Or New Orleans. Or Jacksonville.I've not left the house since Friday.Please have a look at the current eBay auctions. I'm waiting on a large check I should have received months ago, and right now eBay is making ends meet. Thank you.TTFN,Aunt Beast
  • Waiting in the Wet and the Cold

    greygirlbeast
    19 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    Currently, here in Providence, it's chilly and damp. This would make for a decent March, but in a few days it'll be June. Currently, it's 57˚F and overcast. In Birmingham, it's a respectable 78˚F (with a heat index of 88˚F).I'm not sure I've ever had as titanic a struggle with insomnia as I am now experiencing, and I've suffered from insomnia all my adult life. I'm drifting through the days, half awake, then I can't sleep at night. Despite the Seroquel, I didn't get to sleep until 5 a.m.Yesterday, I said no to a BBC exec. That's gotta count for something, right? I said no to other people,…
  • "She was an unknown legend in her time."

    greygirlbeast
    18 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    This time yesterday it was 75˚F. Today it's 59˚F. Yesterday was warm. Today is not. But we have sun.Day before yesterday, I managed to write 977 words on something called "Three Kisses," which is, in theory, hopefully, the retelling of "The Snow Queen" that I'm supposed to have finished by June 1, the best writing day I've had since April 25th, when I finished "Dancy Vs. the Pterosaur."And here, behind the cut, is the cover of, Fată Înecându-Se, the Romanian language edition of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir*. It's a homely thing, to say the least.Please have a look at the current eBay…
  • "And I'm a goddamn fool, but then again so are you."

    greygirlbeast
    17 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    1. Partly cloudy out there, and that beats yesterday. It looks like today will be warm, before – once again – the temperature drops out from under us. Currently, it's 75˚F, and the projected high is 82˚F. 2. Day before yesterday, Kathryn and I went to a matinée (Remember when those were cheap?) screening of George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road, and I'm pretty sure that the reason I didn't do an LJ entry yesterday is because I'm tired of being the only person on earth who's seen this film and didn't enjoy it. Well, actually, my reaction is far more complicated than that. How about, I'm…
 
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  • Beta readers wanted for a fantasy short story, “The Ticking of the Clock.”

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    21 May 2015 | 3:15 pm
    While on book tour (you are coming out to see me at Borderlands tonight, if you’re in SF, right?) I finished a short story. It’s 6700 words and I’m on a sort of tight turnaround on it. If you have time to read it tonight, will you drop your name in the comments and I’ll send you the password? Here’s the teaser. The Nameless Queen sipped her port, rolling the blood-dark liquid in her mouth. Night rain pattered against the tall leaded glass windows of her sitting room in a gentle sussuration. The clock on the mantle ticked the minutes until midnight. The door burst…
  • Protected: Draft: The Ticking of the Clock

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    21 May 2015 | 3:09 pm
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  • My Favorite Bit: Chrysoula Tzavelas talks about CITADEL OF THE SKY

    Michi Trota
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today Chrysoula Tzavelas joins us to talk about her new novel, Citadel of the Sky. Here is the publisher’s description: A Dark Lord is rising. Again. But hey, that’s what the royal family is for, right? Kicking butt in nice dresses: a new epic tradition. Her (not very) Serene Highness Princess Tiana tries her best not to think about the dark lords ravaging her country or how the magic in her bloodline makes her family go mad. The descendant of a legendary hero, she prefers bringing the myths of old to life on the theater stage, not on the battlefield. Then a rash of suspicious…
  • Guest Post: Dillon Yothers

    Michi Trota
    20 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    I was supposed to have done this weeks ago, but I am a slothful and distracted person. I appreciate her patience and the opportunity to share the opening stage of this painting with her readers. So slothful and distracted am I that I still have yet to read one of her books! Historical fiction is my favorite type of fiction, so I truly do not know what my problem is. Not to worry though, Shades Of Milk And Honey is on my desk as I write this and I am cracking it open once this post is finished. Truth be told, I am more excited for Ghost Talkers though, as World War I is a favorite subject of…
  • My Favorite Bit: Eli K.P. William talks about CASH CRASH JUBILEE

    Beth Bernier
    19 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Eli K.P. William is joining us today with his novel Cash Crash Jubilee. Here’s the publisher’s description. In a near-future Tokyo, every action—from blinking to sexual intercourse—is intellectual property owned by corporations, who take it upon themselves to charge licensing fees for your existence. Amon Kenzaki is a Liquidator for the Global Action Transaction Authority. If you go bankrupt and can no longer pay to live, Amon is sent to hunt you down and rip the BodyBank from your flesh. So what if you’re sent to the BankDeath Camps after, forever isolated from a life of…
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    Justine Larbalestier

  • What I’ll Be Doing In May: New York! Dallas!

    Justine
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    I have two events in New York in the next week and a bit. The first is in Manhattan and the other is a little bit upstate in Rhinebeck, a gorgeous town I’ve heard much about, but never visited before: Wednesday, 6 May, 6-7:30pm Teen Author Reading Night Melissa Grey, Corey Ann Haydu, Justine Larbalestier, Lance Rubin, Melissa Walker, Tommy Wallach. Jefferson Market Branch of NYPL Corner of 6th Ave and 10th St New York, New York Look at that star-studded line up! It shall be a wonderful night. I’ll be reading a very short amusing bit from Razorhurst. Yes, even a book that’s…
  • Razorhurst Out in North America Today!

    Justine
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
    Today is the official publication of Razorhurst in the USA and Canada by Soho Press. For those of you who have been waiting since last July when it was published in Australia and New Zealand the wait is over! For those of who you have no idea what I’m talking about: Razorhurst takes place on a winter’s day in 1932 when Dymphna Campbell, a gangster’s moll, and Kelpie, a street urchin who can see ghosts, tip the balance in a bloody underworld power struggle. As you do . . . You can read the first chapter here. Razorhurst is my first solo novel since Liar in 2009. Loads of…
  • Why I’ve Been Quiet

    Justine
    3 Feb 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Short answer: pneumonia. Longer answer: mycoplasma pneumoniae Apparently there’s a fair amount of it going around in Sydney in summer right now. So unjust. My bout was nasty and not short and my recovery is slow and annoying. Thus my silence online. I am now behind with everything and I have a rewrite due so my focus is on recovering and finishing the book. That’s why I’m not responding to emails and tweets etc.1 Being so sick reminded me—once again—that we build our worlds as if everyone is able bodied all the time—yet nobody is. Even if you’ve never…
  • On Sexism and Awards

    Justine
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:23 pm
    If you’re a man and you write a realist YA novel you’re more likely to win an award for it than a woman is. Big claim I know. Here’s some evidence about the awards side of the equation, an examination of most of the big awards in the Young Adult genre since 2000, compiled by Lady Business.1 They looked at not only US awards but the big Australian, Canadian and New Zealand awards too. Here’s where I’m going by my own experience, i.e., yes, it’s anecdotal evidence. I believe the majority of authors published by mainstream YA publishers are women. Despite…
  • Last Day of 2014

    Justine
    30 Dec 2014 | 4:22 pm
    The year is practically over so here I am again with my annual recap of the year that was as well as a squiz at what’s gunna happen in 2015.1 Books Out in 2014 This was my first year with a new solo novel since 2009. Five years in between solo novels!2 I was nervous but it seems to have gone quite well. Razorhurst was published in July by Allen and Unwin in Australia and New Zealand. The reviews have been blush-making. Including being named a book of the week by the Sydney Morning Herald, of the month from Readings Books and making Readings’ top ten YA books of the year and top 50…
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    SF and Nonsense

  • InterstellarNet: Enigma -- War Against the Xool

    18 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    It's crunch time. Matters have never been more desperate -- only to get worse when the final mysteries are revealed.Three brave humans and their unlikely Hunter allies, defying eons of alien machinations and manipulations, after decades of travel, have finally brought the confrontation to the enigmatic Xool.Or have they? The aliens are nowhere to be found, and only a silent, featureless, mirrored orb orbits Epsilon Indi where a habitable planet ought to be. Could the Xool—somehow—be inside?When the Xool are found, the mystery only deepens.How can mere humans wrap their minds around an…
  • InterstellarNet: Enigma -- The Xool Resistance

    11 May 2015 | 5:10 am
    We're up to Part Four -- and circumstances are beyond dire.The unseen forces long at work behind human history have been unmasked -- and the powers they wield are scary. Meanwhile, the warlike Hunter clan interned for decades in the outer Solar System has gone from clandestine resistance to all-out war. Precious little stands in the way of blocking either group.Desperate times call for desperate alliances ….Don't miss InterstellarNet: Enigma, Part Four / The Xool Resistance for the Kindle (and elsewhere, for Nook and iGadgets) for only $2.99. Or consider the entire novel for…
  • Notes from *far* outside my comfort zone

    6 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
    I will explain, in the (way) longer-than-usual post to follow, but here's the substance: One of the best ways to support an author is to write an honest review of his book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or other etail site. (Not to knock buying, reading, and recommending the book.) Reviews don't need to be long -- two or three clear sentences giving an opinion, and a reason to back it up -- to do the trick. Read on to see how and why a review will help. A lot. And I will also explain -- cringing with each keystroke -- what's driven me to being so very forward as to ask my readers for reviews…
  • InterstellarNet: Enigma -- the wheels on the (omni)bus go round and round

    4 May 2015 | 5:36 am
    With today's release of InterstellarNet: Enigma, Part Three / The Xool Emergence (in all major ebook formats) we're up to the third installment of the novel. Plot threads and crises are converging  The epic continuesCarl Rowland, longtime agent of the United Planets Intelligence Agency, has been recalled to Earth to explain the death of his partner. Setting aside that he’s torn apart over her death, the summons is convenient: on Earth he stands a chance of unraveling an alien plot whose vague outlines have begun to emerge. Only convenient hardly describes Carl's circumstances as…
  • Alien aliens: beyond people in rubber suits

    1 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    Saturday, May 2nd -- as I type, that's tomorrow -- I'll be leading an SF&F writers workshop at WriterHouse in beautiful Charlottesville, VA. (Charlottesville lies nestled in the Blue Ridge. This is an old colonial town, home to the University of Virginia and Monticello, both designed by the uber-talented Thomas Jefferson. C'ville is one of my favorite places in Virginia.)The workshop's topic: Aliens and Their Societies. Want your aliens to seem alien? Your elves, orcs, and zombies to stand out from the rest? In this advanced science fiction and fantasy seminar, we’ll look at physically…
 
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    We Are Still Laughing

  • The Lion

    20 May 2015 | 10:07 pm
    The Lion at Portland Center Stage is a very powerful one-man musical -- or long autobiographical essay told largely in song -- about a thirtysomething songwriter who's survived a hell of a lot in his short life. It was very good and full of surprises and emotionally draining and yet managed to pack in a lot of laughs. If it's coming to your area, I recommend it.
  • Kate's progress: April

    28 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    It's been kind of two steps forward, one step back this month. Kate woke up one morning with chest pains and we went to the emergency room. They kept her in the hospital overnight for observation; it turned out not to be a heart attack, but was still a stressful and exhausting experience. We also tried reducing the steroid dose again, and again this resulted in a return of the aphasia and other symptoms so we went back to the previous dose. She's much better now, but after all that I feel that we're basically back where we were at this time last month. We won't be trying that again any time…
  • A little carcinoma of my own

    14 Apr 2015 | 7:06 pm
    As you may recall, I had a small spot removed from my nose two weeks ago. Well, I got a phone call from the dermatologist's office yesterday, saying only "call us." Unfortunately, I didn't get the message until after the office was closed. As you might guess, I didn't sleep well. At all.The news, when I finally got it this morning, was not what I'd hoped to hear but not nearly as bad as I'd feared. The spot is an "in-situ squamous cell carcinoma," in other words a type of skin cancer. But it is not malignant, and is easily treatable: it's a 15-minute procedure in the doctor's office, with a…
  • Home from the hospital, again

    8 Apr 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Kate woke up at 5am yesterday with chest pain, and we went to the emergency room. Initial tests indicated it wasn't a heart attack, but they kept her overnight for observation and more tests. Those tests also showed it wasn't a heart attack, though it took until noon today to get a doctor to sign off on that and let us go home. :-(It's tough for the doctors to tell what the cause of the pain actually was, but it was likely heartburn from the steroids. Kate was already taking an anti-heartburn med (Pepcid) for that, but we got a prescription for a stronger one (Prilosec). We will also be…
  • Kate's progress: March

    31 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Things are going pretty well here. The last time I posted about this, we had tried reducing Kate's steroid dose and the aphasia came roaring back, and we were just about to begin the second round of chemotherapy. The chemo -- five days of pills, with a doubled daily dosage -- went off with almost no side effects, and the increased steroids have worked well. She's gone from "can barely get a full sentence out" to "some hesitation and occasional wrong words." The steroids do carry some undesirable side effects, including facial swelling and tremor, but for now we will just have to live with…
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    Paul Levinson's Infinite Regress

  • The Following Ends

    20 May 2015 | 3:47 pm
    The Following concluded its three-year run on Monday, and I gotta say I was sorry to see it go. Though it started off slowly this season, it ended on one of its most riveting notes, a lot better, in fact, than anything in the second season.Michael Ealy as Theo was a great sociopathic brilliant villain, in many ways better than Joe, though James Purefoy's performance as Ryan Hardy's signature nemesis was unassailable.  Max really came into her own in the end, with her radiant smile and love for Mike, and it would have good to see them finally together for a while next season.   Kevin…
  • Mad Men: The End of an Era and the Ultimate Cool

    17 May 2015 | 9:44 pm
    I've been saying lately that we're in the third golden age of television, epitomized by House of Cards streaming all at once on Netflix.  Mad Men was one of the stalwarts of the second golden age - the revolution of cable over network and the first golden age of television in the 1950s.  Mad Men debuted just a month after the conclusion of The Sopranos, which initiated the second golden age.  And tonight Mad Men concluded in its turn, as well.  It was advertised as the end of an era, and it was - the end of cable television as the undisputed creative edge of…
  • Breaking Bad: The Official Book: A Review

    17 May 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Breaking Bad is indisputably one of the titans of the second golden age of television - the first being Dragnet through The Twilight Zone in the 1950s-(early)1960s, the third being the masterpieces of streaming such as House of Cards on Netflix right now.  The second age, already fading just a bit, begins with The Sopranos and The Wire, and continues with American Crime (a brilliant exception to the fading).  It was born on cable, continues there to some degree, and inspired occasional greatness in network television.Breaking Bad sits at the apex of this second golden age, not…
  • Bones 10.19: Do You Buy Booth's Gambling Addiction?

    15 May 2015 | 4:56 pm
    A good espionage-like Bones 10.19 last night, with Booth in Iran, Bones in Washington, and the rest of our team connected via Skype or whatever converging on an investigation in Iran to free Aristoo from potential imprisonment or worse.  The action reminded me of Homeland, with less fighting and more science, as is the hallmark of Bones.But the real action - or, the enduring action, at least - concerns Booth's gambling, which we've seen building up to a confrontation with Bones for the past few episodes.   In 10.19, Bones asks Booth point blank if he's gambling - after she discovers…
  • American Crime Season 1 Finale: The Banality of So-Called Justice

    15 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    American Crime ended is first season last night with its story of star-crossed lovers, Carter and Aubry, whose complicated love was too pure, too innocent, too compelling and beautiful to ever survive this gaggingly ugly and brutal world.   Carter dies from Russ's bullet  just as he's trying to call Aubry, no doubt to tell her he loves her, and Aubry's last thought before she dies of her own hand is maybe somehow Carter survived.But we can the narrow indictment to something more specific than the world, and I don't mean just the hapless, tormented Russ, whom I'll get to in a minute.
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    Holly Lisle: Official Author Homepage »

  • HowToThinkSideways.com Is Moving to A New Site

    Holly
    18 May 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Tweet Moving HowToThinkSideways.comIf you have ever purchased a class or a book from me using the old HollyShop or any of my sites, please put yourself on the list below. We’ll be moving HowToThinkSideways.com to a new URL, and I need to let my readers, as well as past and present students know the following: How to get to the new site How to get to your purchases once you’re there How to use the very nice coupon I’m putting together as a thank you for folks putting up with the multitude of things that have been going wrong with HowToThinkSideways.com over the…
  • Before I was so RUDELY interrupted…

    Holly
    14 May 2015 | 5:01 am
    Tweet Rude InterruptionI had just put together my schedule for the next couple of months. (Link opens in new tab). The VERY next day, a WordPress update broke an old plugin on my HowToThinkSideways.com site that just happened to have been delivering about 90% of my readers’ and writers’ purchased downloads. I finished manually locating and manually moving each of those roughly 800 downloads into new download software and manually attaching those downloads to the correct class and purchase pages late yesterday. Arrgh. Today, I’m resuming my Writing Life plan. Onward.
  • Helping to Clear Holly’s Schedule – Work on Her Systems

    Dan Allen
    10 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Tweet I wanted to let people who read Holly’s blog know I took a hard look at asking if people here are interested in helping with the work of putting together the systems she needs.  With so many people showing such a willingness to help, I thought there must be  way to put that energy to work on the systems. ABOUT A WEEK AGO About a week ago I  kept seeing the race into the Oklahoma Territory, only it was writers racing to the aid of Holly’s systems. Then just as I was ready to open the gates to anyone who wanted to volunteer, I got a horrible feeling.  Here  is what I…
  • Scheduling a writing life: Follow-up #1

    Holly
    6 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    Tweet Picture of me in my office. Sort of.I’m following up on the “How Would You Clear My Schedule” post. First, INTERNS!!! was the cool and awesome suggestion that I leapt on, only to discover that the legal ramifications made it impossible for me to do. (Enormous thanks to Margaret Fisk, who did the research and let me know about this.) There are folks actively hunting for ways to monetize the suing of folks who offer internships, so I killed the intern program. I don’t make enough to pay even one full-time employee at minimum wage, much less the numbers I need to…
  • Now available to everyone: The Indie Pub Live Chat plus links

    Holly
    5 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Tweet I think this particular chat—covering some of the issues of indie publishing, is one of the best live events I’ve done in a while. You can watch it and get the links, plus all the other chats in this series, here: http://howtothinksideways.com/2862749/htts-qa-live-chat-3/ No login necessary. Just go ahead over. HOWEVER: I experienced technical difficulties. What this means is that I’m going to look for someone who can go in there for me and help me out by popping up links, polls, other screens, and other things that take my focus away from answering questions. This is…
 
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    Nick Mamatas

  • Friday Quick Notes

    22 May 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Here's a little book sale some of you might be interested in. Lethe Press is selling Spicy Slipstream Stories, which I edited with Jay Lake, for ten bucks! Down from fifteen! Includes stories by Carrie Vaughn, Ekaterina Sedia, and more. Also, all royalties go to Jay's family, as I signed them over to the estate after his passing last year.Pretty psyched to have sold a Carnacki, the Ghost-Finder story to an anthology. More information to come in a week or so. It was an interesting thing to try, as Hodgson's originals are a bit weird and not widely read these days. Though my story veers from…
  • "A Single Samurai" by Steve Diamond

    19 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    "A Single Samurai" by Steve Diamond is a current nominee for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story. It's not one I'd read before, but when I downloaded my Hugo packet, I made a beeline for it.Among the many uh issues with it is this one: it is a first-person narrative, told in the past tense, in which the narrator dies at the end.
  • Monday Quick Notes

    18 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    I'm racing against a deadline...a December 2014 deadline, so not much has been going on. But here are a couple of things:Michael Cisco's The Narrator has been re-released. It's a brilliant novel. Here's my blurb for the new edition:“The Narrator is not a subversive fantasy novel. It eliminates all other fantasy novels and starts the genre anew. You must begin your journey here.” —Nick Mamatas, author of Move Under Ground and Love is the LawMiéville and Vandermeer blurbed it too. Check it out!Have you seen the Barry Graham guest-edited Tartan Noir issue of The Big Click? Well, you have…
  • Good Writing vs Bad—Hugo Edition

    8 May 2015 | 9:26 pm
    I often use these two lines from Farewell, My Lovely in class, as an example of excellent writing:"It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window."I then ask what we know about the blonde? The older students know definitively that "it" is female—the e in blonde is the giveaway. The younger, more politically annoying aware students will often point to and object to the "it" in "It was a blonde." They have good eyes—the narrator is referring to a photograph of a blonde. And she's attractive, strikingly so, perhaps even archetypal in her blondeness.And what…
  • Charlie Hebdo and PEN

    5 May 2015 | 10:44 am
    Are you still Charlie? I never was, but the question of what to do bout Charlie Hebdo has come up again thanks to PEN America giving the French comic paper PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award. At the award dinner, famous writers typically play table hosts, but this year several have declined and have called for a boycott as the racist and Islamophobic imagery Charlie traffics in is beyond the pale.Did you know...I'm actually a member of PEN America? And did you know that there is another universe, that is much like this one, except that in that universe I'm a…
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    Not A Blog

  • Conquest Bound

    18 May 2015 | 6:19 pm
    I hear that everything is up to date in Kansas City, so I am heading that way to check it out for myself. Next weekend I will be Editor Guest of Honor at Conquest, KC's long-running regional con, and one of my very favorites. I went to my first KC con in 1972 (where I finally met Howard Waldrop, with whom I'd been exchanging letters since 1963), and have been coming back when I can ever since. The 1976 worldcon in KC -- MidAmericon -- still ranks as the best worldcon of all time, in my not so humble opinion. Even if I did lose two Hugos there.So if any of you are in Kansas or Missouri or…
  • The Show, the Books

    17 May 2015 | 11:55 pm
    I am getting a flood of emails and off-topic comments on this blog about tonight's episode of GAME OF THRONES. It's not unanticipated.The comments... regardless of tone... have been deleted. I have been saying since season one that this is not the place to debate or discuss the TV series. Please respect that. There are better places for such discussions: Westeros, Tower of the Hand, Watchers on the Wall, Winter Is Coming, the comments sections of the television critics who regularly follow the show: James Hibberd, Alyssa Rosenberg, Mo Ryan, James Poniewozik, and their colleagues. I am sure…
  • Fury Road

    16 May 2015 | 7:42 pm
    FURY ROAD is doing great business at the Cocteau... and, indeed, all over Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the country. I saw it myself last night. It has got to be one of the most relentless action movies ever made, if not THE most intense. Pretty much non-stop from beginning to end. I've often said that the climatic chase sequence at the end of THE ROAD WARRIOR was the best car chase scene ever put on film (it's what DAMNATION ALLEY should have been, as I once told Roger Zelazny -- who agreed). Well, FURY ROAD is the ROAR WARRIOR chase sequence with the dial turned up... not just to 11, but to 47…
  • Mad Max in Santa Fe!

    13 May 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Mad Max is coming to Santa Fe this weekend.The long awaited fourth movie, MAD MAX:FURY ROAD, opens this weekend in hundreds of theatres acrpss the nation. One of them is our own Jean Cocteau Cinema.Most places will open the film on Friday, but we're getting a jump of them with two Thursday night sneaks, one at 7:30 and one at 10:00 pm. As an extra added attraction, we will have Max's car, the last of the V8 Interceptors, on hand outside the Cocteau THURSDAY and FRIDAY only.Max himself may also be on hand, along with his old buddy the Gyro Captain (who isn't in the new movie, I realize, but…
  • OLD VENUS Audio

    10 May 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Any audiobook fans out there?Somehow, with Puppygate and the Cocteau and travel and cons WILD CARDS and (yes!!!) working on WINDS, I neglected to mention the OLD VENUS audiobook, which came out a few months ago.So I am mentioning it now. We have a really astonishing line-up of readers on this one. Take a look for yourself:Gardner Dozois Introduction & Author Bios SCOTT BRICKJoe Haldeman “Living Hell” W. MORGAN SHEPARD Garth Nix “By Frogsled and Lizardback…” HARRY LLOYDMichael Cassutt “The Sunset of Time” MATT FREWER Allen Steele “Frogheads” JAKE WEBER David Brin “The…
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    Dogslandia

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  • MAZE is on sale for $0.99 for the month of May

    2 May 2015 | 10:08 am
    Check your preferred eBook retailer, folks. Here's a link to the Amazon page for the sale:Sharing is caring. Buying eBooks for other people is caring. Buying eBooks for yourself is self-caring.
  • A common name

    28 Apr 2015 | 6:03 am
    It has come to my attention that one of the trolls or sockpuppetts commenting harshly on genre websites is named Joe McDermott.This is not me. I have a ridiculously common name. McDermott is one of the most populous names of Ireland, and any Biblical Catholic male name including Nehemiah and Ephraim (I literally have a cousin named Ephraim) are to be expected in front of McDermott all over the world in some great quantity what with the traditional size of traditional Irish families. We do run out of names. I am currently recovering from some minor surgery, and I am fairly certain my drugs…
  • Asimov's Asimov's Asimov's

    10 Apr 2015 | 7:24 pm
    So, I am pleased to see the positive reception of "Paul and His Son" in Asimov's, including mention at Tangent, SFRevu, and Locus.I am even more pleased to see that in honor of this short story, there's a limited time sale on the eBooks of Disintegration Visions and Maze.As it is, going straight to the Apex website for the next two months nets both eBooks for just 1.99.http://www.apexbookcompany.com/blogs/frontpage/18042565-limited-time-only-disintegration-visions-and-maze-ebook-bundleBut, wherever fine eBooks are sold, Disintegration Visions is only .99, all this month. Next month, I believe…
  • Hot Take on Genre Awards Thing

    5 Apr 2015 | 7:44 pm
    I actually don't really care very much, either way, but it is fascinating to see true human stupidity at play from Sad Puppies who want that pin so badly they'd blow up the very award to get it.So, if you game the rules to a major genre award to suit your agenda because you feel your work and work you like is not properly honored by the field, what you actually accomplish is not a domination of the center of the field. Rather, you merely pull the major award over to your dull, lifeless obscurity. You win the battle; you win all the fancy trophies; not a one of them will mean anything, though,…
 
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    Robin McKinley

  • It’s Friday, it must be handbells

    Robin
    22 May 2015 | 5:14 pm
      Have I told you I’ve gone back into therapy because I Am Not Coping with Reality Very Well Right Now?*  I went in for an assessment a while ago but it took them some time to find a slot for me.**  I’ve seen Metis a few times now and like her—if ‘like’ is quite the word you want to apply to your shrink—and have some hope that she’ll crack me open like whacking off the top of your soft-boiled egg with an egg-spoon.***  But it’s still early days.  Yesterday she taught me a relaxation technique.  Chiefly it served to demonstrate that I do not relax.   Nadia could…
  • The Once and Future Blog*

    Robin
    9 May 2015 | 8:23 pm
        THE FOLLOWING IS COLOUR-CODED.  THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE HELPFUL.  HA HA HA HA HA.  BUT THE FOOTNOTES BELONG TO THE TEXT COLOUR, OKAY?  THEY’RE NOT ALL AT THE BOTTOM. I have started and restarted and re-re-re-restarted this blog post any number of times in the last fortnight and become variously distracted and imbroglio’d** and then at blurglemmph o’clock decided (again) that sleep was possibly more crucial than getting it finished.And in terms of immediate preoccupations late on a Saturday night, like, now, I have another voice lesson on Monday, and it might be quite a…
  • Hi there ::waves::

    Robin
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:13 pm
      Sorry everyone.  I’m just so freaking tired.*  It’s been a somewhat action-packed week/ten days/fortnight/century.  The good news is that I haven’t knocked Peter over with the car again recently.  YAAAAAY.  But we’ve had three lots of visitors** and assorted emergencies.***  And Niall and I seem to be teaching more people to ring handbells. Also, it’s definitively spring.  The weather is still jerking us around† but the primroses are flowering like mad—AND MY SNAKESHEAD FRITILLARIES YAAAAAAAAAY—and the early pansies, and the early tulips and there are daffodils…
  • A Day of Lows

    Robin
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:41 pm
      Wolfgang and I managed to run over Peter today. No, no, Peter’s fine*.  JESUS GOD AND ALL THE SAINTS.  I’m a freaking hysterical meltdown mess.  Peter seems to have thought it was FUNNY.  He thinks it’s FUNNY to be married to a CRAZY HOMICIDAL** WIFE. We’ve had two beautiful spring days in a row.  I’ve been trying to hack out time for frantic gardening:  this is the time of year when I very very briefly believe that maybe THIS year I’m going to have the garden at the cottage in something almost resembling order for more than three seconds the end of April.***  I’m…
  • I have spent all day . . .

    Robin
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:49 pm
      . . . doing STUFF.  You know, stuff.  FINALLY got the laundry from three days ago actually hung up to dry.*  Well.  To finish drying.  It’s mostly dry already and golly is it ever wrinkled.**  I fought my way to the countertop in the kitchen next to the Aga where I sit every morning and have my tea, and where the pile of unread magazines gets taller and taller and taller.  I threw out with a sigh of relief all the catalogues saying Great bargain!  Order on line by midnight 31 March! ***  I swept the floor.†  I took delivery of 1,000,000,000 baby plants ARRRRRRGH THIS…
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    Notes from the Labyrinth

  • Locus Awards/Sasquan

    5 May 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Goblin Emperor is a Locus Awards finalist in the Fantasy Novel category. (!)In other news, I will be attending part of Sasquan (Friday through Sunday--I just don't have the stamina for the whole thing.)I will also be part of a thing at ALAAC: RUSA's Literary Tastes Breakfast. The program description tells me that I will see papersky there, WHICH IS AWESOME.Further bulletins as events warrant.
  • Con or Bust: signed hardback of The Goblin Emperor

    29 Apr 2015 | 6:06 am
    I have donated a signed hardback of The Goblin Emperor to the Con or Bust auction. Should you feel like wandering over there, don't forget to check out the many other awesome items up for bid.
  • UBC: Dashiell Hammett,5 Novels

    14 Apr 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Dashiell Hammett: Five Complete Novels: Red Harvest, The Dain Curse, The Maltese Falcon, The Glass Key, and The Thin Man by Dashiell HammettI'm gonna be honest right up front and say that my favorite of these novels is The Thin Man. I read the others with interest, but I'm unlikely to read them again. The Thin Man may get added to my stack of comfort reading. (I think it's not a coincidence that nobody made more Sam Spade movies, but Nick and Nora had a very long life in Hollywood, even if in warped form.)So. Dashiell Hammett, generally considered the founder of the hard-boiled mystery genre.
  • UBC: Hayman, Hitler & Geli

    12 Apr 2015 | 9:19 am
    Hitler and Geli by Ronald HaymanMy rating: 2 of 5 starsThis book has three major problems, one historical, one methodological, and one conceptual.The historical problem is unfortunately inherent in the subject matter. We just don't know enough about Angela Raubal to provide material for an entire book. (Weirdly, this is the same problem I had with Michael Wallis's biography of Pretty Boy Floyd, Pretty Boy: The Life and Times of Charles Arthur Floyd.) She was a woman in Nazi Germany, she was only twenty-three when she died, and almost everything she herself put to paper was destroyed. And all…
  • Hugo

    4 Apr 2015 | 3:04 pm
    The nominees for the 2015 Hugos have been announced. The Goblin Emperor is on the list for Best Novel.I find this all very very weird. Good weird! But weird.
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  • Trip Socks

    20 May 2015 | 7:21 pm
    After finishing the Humbling Socks, I cast on a pair of red socks to take on the trip to Winnipeg.  For one reason after another, they were not as far along as I'd hoped when I started out that day (the 12th) and the trip was the usual mix of expected and unexpected, but I knit every time I could without annoying others or making my fingers too sore.  I also had along two more balls of red yarn for a second pair, if I got the first pair far enough along to start them.   No pictures tonight, but I may add pix tomorrow. The first pair progressed well enough on the bus…
  • A Saturday Night Supper

    9 May 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Very simple.  I chopped up an onion, a carrot, and some celery, sauteed them in a big oval Dutch oven, laid chicken thighs on top of the vegetables, seasoned with salt, pepper, a spice mix I like, some herbs I like, added a bay leaf, and poured in a big can of Ro-tel, then added just enough water to mostly cover the chicken. Let it simmer while the oven heated up to 350F and put the pot in the oven.  When the chicken pieces internal temperature was 160F, I turned the oven down to 200, and put the rice on to cook.   Served the chicken, vegetables, and juice on top of piles…
  • Humbling Socks

    5 May 2015 | 9:34 am
    These socks have earned the name "Humbling Socks" because they've certainly taken my sock design-and-making ego down several pegs.   Not just the color thing, but the sudden failure of a familiar, much-used yarn up in the ribbing while I was working on the foot, and the discovery of several slack holes in the bottom of the second sock which I hope aren't more yarn failures.  But they're done.  Off the needles.  Here they are on my feet, before I had woven in any of the yarn tails.                  …
  • On "Being a Woman"

    4 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    While I have been mostly delighted with the Makers series on women in many fields, intended to encourage girls and women, the sponsors do tend to recycle the same quotes from interviews over and over...and one of those quotes, by Diane von Furstenberg, bothers me.   Disclaimer: I don't know von Furstenberg, and neither like nor dislike her personally.  I know she is a famous fashion designer and successful businesswoman--I have nothing against either choice of career.  But when she talked, in the interview, about the importance of remembering to be a woman, I…
  • Socks and Photography

    2 May 2015 | 2:56 pm
    I'm knitting another pair of shorty socks, this time using more of my mother's stash of Bernat's "Sesame" yarn (they don't make it anymore: 100% wool, lovely feel, came in "pull skeins" neatly wrapped into narrow plastic sacks with a little device that let you pull the yarn out through the  hole with no tangling, permanently mothproofed.  Some of this yarn was leftover from one of my college cardigans (old-gold), some was leftover from a pair of sock-slippers (Dapple Bronze),  and one small ball was from something else (my mother's own…
 
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  • I dunno, Life, I guess

    20 May 2015 | 6:28 am
    I'm headed off to the doctor's in a bit. I have health insurance these days (go, gay marriage!), so I decided I should probably get all the tests and such again. After years of going completely cold turkey, I've since learned that black coffee is an acceptable liquid pre-cholesterol test. To which all I can really say is: THANK GOD.Last night, I Skyped into a classroom in Hong Kong to talk short stories and science fiction/fantasy. My Tuesday night was their Wednesday morning. I traveled into the future to talk about science fiction, which is wicked awesome when you think about it.I got the…
  • Back in the Saddle (part 2)

    18 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    I've been terribly neglectful of Tate's WIP on Wattpad. I updated today, finally, after a several month hiatus. There a lot of reasons I let the work languish. The first and foremost is that I felt like the story had gone off the rails some time ago. It's super easy for that to happen when you're writing like this, out loud, as it were, in front of an audience. Normally, I tend to write everything away from the public eye, so, when I make mistakes or go down a rabbit hole, I can pull myself up and revise before anyone is the wiser (besides my writers' group, of course.) Not being able to do…
  • Unexpectedly at Home

    15 May 2015 | 6:21 am
    I thought I was taking the car in today, to Dave's. It's been sputtering a bit, acting like maybe the timing belt is off or maybe the fuel pump is wonky (I don't really know, but I know it's idling rough and sometimes it feels like when I press on the gas, I'm not getting pick-up.) So, I called last week. But, see, I talked to Tor not Rich, so I didn't get on the official calendar. When I showed up ready to spend the day at the library, Rich told me he was swamped and could I come Monday? I could, of course, but this throws a bit of a wrench into our weekend plans, which was supposed to…
  • "Following" the Path to Publication

    14 May 2015 | 6:39 am
    Last night, in the Loft class, we talked about the mechanics of short story submission. Science fiction/fantasy/spec fic is one of the genres where, I think, a person has a fair chance to get their short work published if they're willing to keep going down the list of publications. You CAN run out, especially if your piece is of a very specific genre and a word count that's too long (or too short, etc.) But, I still think we have a lot more short story venues than a lot of other genres. In fact, while I'm sure they exist, I can't think of a single romance short fiction market--erotica, maybe,…
  • More nominees...

    11 May 2015 | 7:38 am
    Here's another list for me:Broken Monsters, Lauren Beukes (Mulholland) The Lesser Dead, Christopher Buehlman (Berkley) The Unquiet House, Alison Littlewood (Jo Fletcher) Bird Box, Josh Malerman (Ecco) Confessions, Kanae Minato (Mulholland) Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals) These are the Shirley Jackson Award nominees. As Locus Magazine explains, this award is for "... outstanding achievement in horror, psychological suspense, and dark fantasy fiction. "I think, too, this will help me decide what to review today. I usually have my reviews in to Bitter Empire by Sunday morning, but…
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  • Nature Cooperating & Laguna’s Bottlenose Dolphins

    Nina Munteanu
    10 May 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Dolphins helping fishermen catch mulletA few posts back, I discussed the phenomenon called “endosymbiosis” by Dr. Lynn Margulis, who posited a cellular evolution based on ‘cooperation’ rather than simple ‘competition’ between viral or bacterial infection and host cell. This co-evolutionary behaviour runs counter to the traditional route of natural selection and contradicts the ruthless selfishness of Neo-Darwinian thinking. Such an evolving relationship between two different species of life, living together in a very close affinity of mutual benefit is, in fact, common in…
  • Mass Intelligent TV and the Age of the Disposable Hero--Valar Morghulis

    Nina Munteanu
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:48 pm
    The word out there—at least according to The Economist Group—is that “smart is the new cool”. John Parker of Intelligent Life (sister magazine to The Economist) posits that, “in its appetite for culture, the world is wising up more than it is dumbing down.” Parker suggests in his article “The Age of Mass Intelligence” (Intelligent Life, 2008) that this apparent increase in the “mass intelligent” can be seen in the growing appeal of museums, blockbuster exhibitions, literary festivals, and operas. What he fails to mention is how the increased sales of good literature…
  • Nina Teaching SF Writing Course at George Brown College Spring 2015

    Nina Munteanu
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    I'm back at George Brown College, teaching my 12-week long writing course on how to write science fiction. "Creating Science Fiction" is now part of George Brown's Creative Writing Certificate.The course starts April and runs until June-end.Called “Creating Science Fiction”, the course runs Wednesday nights from 6:15 to 9:15 starting April 8th through to June 24th and costs $278.Meant for both beginning writers and those already published, the 12-week course is run like a workshop with student input and feedback on student’s WIPs. Munteanu explores with students the…
  • Interview with Nina Munteanu on Fantasy Fiction Focus with Simon Rose

    Nina Munteanu
    8 Mar 2015 | 9:34 pm
    I participated recently in an interview with Simon Rose, author and host of Fantasy Fiction Focus, in which we discussed eco-fiction, emerging trends in science fiction, the changing publishing industry, and what it all means for new writers...like how to promote yourself and your book, branding, and other aspects of being a writer
  • Nina Talks to EAC on the Changing Face of Publishing

    Nina Munteanu
    22 Feb 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Some time ago, I gave a talk on the changing face of publishing and writing for editors at EAC in Toronto.
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  • Marriage Referendum

    22 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    Ireland is going to the polls today to decide whether or not marriage is for everybody. It’s apparently the first time in the world that the question of marriage equality has been put to a national vote, so frankly, it’s going to be a huge fecking embarrassment if it fails. I voted at about 11:30 this morning. The polling station said turnout was excellent so far. Last night in Dublin I walked by half a dozen people inside a block wearing YES! buttons, and a friend who works in city centre said this morning it seems like every other person, maybe even more than every other person,…
  • TV on DVD: s3 Arrow

    21 May 2015 | 7:44 am
    TV on DVD: s3 Arrow: If I were stronger, I would stop watching Arrow now. It’s not that I don’t like it. I *do* like Arrow; I’ve liked it from the start. I have issues with all the secret-keeping (issues which paid off in spades this season, actually, especially at the end), but I really like it and normally I’d be happy to watch it through five seasons, which is as far as it should go even if it’s probably going to go a lot farther. I want to see what happens with Diggs, particularly, because this could be the Diggs & Felicity Show for all I care and…
  • How To Create An Exhaustive To-Do List

    21 May 2015 | 5:56 am
    I’ve had several people ask me in the past few days, half-jokingly and perhaps half-not, if I could make them a major To Do list, or if I could come to their house and purge (I totally will, too. It’s way more fun to throw away other people’s stuff. The thing is, you have to let me…), or if I could give an example of my lists to draw from. I can do that, sure. :) Let’s say you need to Do Something About Your Books. (I reckon this is a fairly understandable topic for those who read my blog. :)) More, let us presume you are actually Willing To Do Something About…
  • it’s the moving countdown

    20 May 2015 | 2:48 am
    I’ve just spoken with the estate agent. The good news is that although the lease is up at the end of May, they do not expect us to be out of the house at the end of May. Indeed, it appears we could continue to live here indefinitely until the house sells, with people coming in to look at it while we were living here. Which is not what we want to do, but it’s somewhat nice to know that if for some reason we can’t be out until August they’re not going to throw us onto the street (because even if the house sold tomorrow it takes months to close). In reality, we have 42-56…
  • moving house as project management

    19 May 2015 | 9:17 am
    Yesterday a friend was over and she saw my 20-point Thinks To Do list for the living room and wondered what it was. I explained it was the pre-move to-do list. Not the moving list, just the preparing-to-move list. “…have you ever considered project management?” she wondered. :) (Later she said, “Seriously. All it lacked was timelines and assigned roles & responsibilities, and I could have put it in Microsoft Project.”) Anyway, despite the project management levels of lists lying around I’m feeling entirely unsuccessful in getting anything done. This is…
 
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  • Replacing Judas

    16 May 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Here's tomorrow's homily.  The lesson is Acts 1:15-17, 21-26.  I usually preach on the Gospel, but this week it's Jesus-as-talking-head pontificating in John, and I'd always rather preach on a passage where people are doing things.  Narrative junkie, c'est moi.*Most of you know that I came to St. Paul’s after the closure of St. Stephen’s. St. Stephen’s might have gone under anyway; it was tiny, and like so many mainstream churches these days, it was struggling financially. But its demise was hastened by not one, but two clergy misconduct situations. In the first of those,…
  • Leaving the Tomb

    4 Apr 2015 | 10:24 pm
    Here's my homily for the Great Vigil of Easter. The Gospel is Mark 16:1-8.* The three women going to the tomb know what has happened. They know what they will find, and they know what they will do. Jesus has died. At his tomb, a large stone will block the entrance, and they’re worried about whether they’ll be able to move it. But once it’s out of the way, they’ll finish anointing Jesus’ body -- a task already begun by Nicodemus, but delayed by the Sabbath -- with the spices they’ve brought with them.All of this is horrible. The death of Jesus is the worst thing they can…
  • Unseemly Angels

    21 Dec 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Here's today's Blue Christmas homily.  The readings are2 Samuel 7:1-11 and Luke 1:26-38.*Tonight, the Winter Solstice, is the longest night of the year. Tomorrow, the days will start getting longer again. But many of us have come to church this evening because we’re struggling with our own darkness, with sorrow and loss. If we’re sad, Christmas can feel like nothing but duty. Store displays, advertising and inescapable holiday music insist that we must be happy, surrounded by festive family and friends.  If we’re grieving broken relationships or departed loved…
  • Keeping Awake

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

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

    20 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    There is a cliche in martial arts, that of the perfect student. Been done forever, and here's the basic version: A young person, boy or girl, from out in the hinterlands, shows up at the martial arts Master's place. Generally not accepted as a student right away, eventually the kid gets in, and s/he is the perfect student. In a matter of months, maybe a year, the student sweats blood, breaks blisters and bones, and learns the system so well that s/he kicks the other long-time students asses regularly, and fights the Master to (at least) a draw. Is this possible? In a…
  • Marylhurst Instrument Show

    27 Apr 2015 | 11:45 am
    Sunday Concert ScheduleWent to the show at Marylhurst as we usually do, and if you were local and you skipped it, you missed a great time. Lots of handmade instruments, guitars, fiddles, basses, charangas, flutes, harps, lutes, banjos, and ukuleles. Great mini-concerts, fifteen minutes each of excellent players showcasing instruments. We saw half a dozen of these, including Travis Stine on ukulele, doing his version of Jake's arrangement of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," on a tenor uke by Mark Roberts.Three bucks apiece for admission. Can't beat that with a stick ...Some ukulele-related images:…
  • Lap Steel Guitar

    12 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    Hey, check out Mike Byers' new toy, a homemade lap-steel guitar:Sound sample here.Way cool ...
  • New Urban Fantasy Novel: Stemwinder

    11 Apr 2015 | 2:59 pm
    So, I am about to finish the copy-edit on the current book-in-progress, Stemwinder: An Urban Fantasy in 4/4 Time. Probably the subtitle and the cover image are enough clues to tell a potential reader there is music involved.Bear with me and I'll spin you a tale connected to this biz, and a decision to which I have come regarding this particular book ...So I am past the Geez-what-a-pile-of-crap-this-is! and to the transient stage where It-doesn't-seem-absolutely-awful, and still a ways from the Hey-this-is-better-than-I-remember-it! phase, which usually comes a few years down…
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Smooth Operator ...Let's get this out of the way right up front: You are going to die. Not a matter of "if," but "when," and maybe you don't like that notion, I don't care for it myself, but there it is.How do I know it is true? Look around. See anybody here who was here a hundred and fifty years ago? Show me. Even if Methuselah lived to be 969–and I would want to see the birth and death certificates, thank you–he's not here any more, either.The Taoist master back in China? Sure. Him and Bigfoot and the Yeti are roomies, right?Now, what happens after you shuffle off this mortal coil…
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  • Alan Wilson - The Dual Kings of Glamorgan - Etruscan and Assyrian linguistic roots of "King Arthur"

    21 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    so, here in UK or the United Kingdom or England anyway thanks to decades of historical findings and publications, we mostly consider ourselves to be an Anglo-Saxon race or having been fathered/ruled by those foreign sea-farers who came over from the French-German border in the sixth century.British history begins with the arrival of the great fleets of Albyne around 1600 BC (3600 years ago) and the later arrival of Brutus and his armadas around 500 BC (2500 years ago). The histories of Albyne, of Brutus and the entire Arthurian Dynasty were finally consigned to limbo around 1840-1860, in a…
  • Camilla d'Errico - comic book artist - pop surrealist

    20 May 2015 | 12:17 am
    I likes my photorealism, but I also likes my surrealism, Camilla d'Errico is an exponent of the former. Her cutesy big-eyed kids with fluffy animals seem haunted by a more grown-up threat. The threat of maybe growing up or being at the lethal end of a gun barrel. It's like the weight of the world rests upon these enfants-fragile shouldersItalian-Canadian artist Camilla d’Errico fuses her love for manga, comic books, human emotions, and the beauty of her surroundings to create artwork and merchandise that captivates the senses and vividly paints the world. [source EXAMINER]Anyway, make your…
  • Free Planet vs War World novels - dual trilogies finished - who will win?

    19 May 2015 | 1:50 am
    FREE PLANET vs WAR WORLDa new thouggghhht for a newer dawwwn...Chimericana Books 2013...so, I'm a potential 'new customer' to the whole crazy surrealistic non-linear non-mainstream writer-artist product i.e. novels, of Mike Philbin and I'm looking to buy his most recent works, the three-books-each of either the War World series or the Free Planet series.Chimericana Books 2014And I've heard they're linked or self-referential or somehow connected in their third book per series, and I don't want either book to spoil the other series with spoiler content or revelations of…
  • David Icke - Rothschild Zionism - keep saying it, he does

    19 May 2015 | 1:42 am
    David Icke says, "Rothschild Zionist," about thirteen thousand times during this presentation from a few years back, highlighting the sheer penetration of the CONTROL YOUR MIND GAME from somewhere called "Israel". Red Team vs Blue Team, it's all just a military sim gone live to these CASINO OWNERS. Hey, kill the fucking messenger, I don't care - just look at the evidence. Think for yourself, "Free Planet."
  • CIA whistleblower Robert David Steele - False Flag Economists - State Funded Terror?

    18 May 2015 | 12:56 am
    "The MORAL HAZARD has become the de-facto business plan of all major economies. It's a vacuum of ethics," explains Max Keiser about Wall Street and City of London in this stunning and revelatory interview with ex-CIA-whistleblower Robert David Steel, author of the 'Open Source Everything Manifesto'.Look, Free Planet realises that there are psy-op 'stories within stories' and admittedly Steele's old job was to 'live or write or promote/manage such stories within stories' and it's a potential Activist Trap gone live mission. But for now, let's concentrate on what this guy is actually physically…
 
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  • We don't need to know the way home

    22 May 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Things are still good - just a bit busy. Since last I posted, I made a couple of deadlines, gained another one, and did a LOT of yardwork and garage restoration. Also, I've acquired one fluffy-eared and wildly misnamed houseguest, so we're having a good old time over here.By "wildly misnamed houseguest" you regular readers will know that I mean "Cujo," the super-sweet gent with three legs, a heart condition, and the greatest smile ever.His people are out of town for a couple of days, so he's hanging out here with us and kicking around with Greyson - getting some real good woofing done,…
  • Princess Previews with Artwork and Everything

    14 May 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Guess what! Over on Scribd YOU yes YOU can read a preview of I Am Princess X right this very moment! Just click the big fat image below for an excerpt of the book, complete with all its groovy webcomic artwork and everything. No, for real - go click it. Read it. I hope you like it. [:: shuffles feet ::]And, as per usual - don't forget, pre-ordering is important for authors! Please do that!I Am Princess X at Amazon.com - and for KindleI Am Princess X at Barnes & Noble - and for Nook I Am Princess X at an independent bookseller near youYesterday I grabbed a bag of gravel, a bag of masonry sand,…
  • I'm sure in her you'll find the sanctuary

    11 May 2015 | 12:57 pm
    I'm still here, and the house is almost back to normal! All I need now is to fix some damage to the patio, and then get the concrete landing regraded - but these things are relatively simple, and they can wait. Everything inside has been returned to its proper place. And that's the important bit for now.Anyway, order restoration aside - it's been a busy week...but most of the stuff that's occupying my time is stuff I can't talk about. To be nice and vague about it: 'Tis the pitch and proposal season. Likewise, I'm still working on publicity/marketing stuff for I Am Princess X - which debuts…
  • Normal is just a setting on the dryer

    6 May 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Things are coming back together over here - at long last. The French drain was finished yesterday, the gutters were installed today, and the floor will be ready for its usual furniture and traffic tomorrow, thank God. There's still a good chance we'll get some concrete regraded for additional drainage protection, but I won't know for certain for another day or two. That said, I'll probably want to schedule it as soon as possible. Let's just get all this crap out of the way, right? The sooner, the better.Anyway. The house stinks of polyurethane sealant, and we're still building forts with the…
  • Open your eyes but only if you can

    29 Apr 2015 | 5:35 pm
    It's been a difficult week. There have been setbacks with the floor restoration; all the wood's been ripped out, but it hasn't been restored due to an unresolved moisture problem. Likewise, we've had problems with the drain/gutter arrangements; but I've finally gotten almost everything lined up to have the matters sorted out early next week. If we're lucky, everything will be back to normal by maybe, I don't know. Next Wednesday or Thursday.For now, it's rather chaotic around here. Most of the den's furniture has been relocated to the rest of the house, so we're climbing over chairs and…
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  • 2015 John W. Campbell Memorial Award Finalists

    Adam Roberts
    11 May 2015 | 1:51 pm
    The Campbell finalists' list has been announced. And here it is: Nina Allan, The Race (Newcon Press) James L. Cambias, A Darkling Sea (Tor) William Gibson, The Peripheral (G.P. Putnam's Sons) Daryl Gregory, Afterparty (Tor) Dave Hutchinson, Europe In Autumn (Solaris) Simon Ings, Wolves (Gollancz) Cixin Liu (Ken Liu, translator), The Three-Body Problem (Tor) Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven (Knopf) Will McIntosh, Defenders (Orbit) Claire North, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (Redhook) Laline Paull, The Bees (Ecco) Adam Roberts, Bête (Gollancz) John Scalzi, Lock In: A Novel of…
  • Alan Jacobs on Bête

    Adam Roberts
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:12 am
    Hard to think of a contemporary writer-critic I esteem more highly than Alan Jacobs. Over at his 'New Atlantis' blog Text Patterns, he gives his reactions to reading Bête.
  • Caroline Edwards and me, 12th May 2015

    Adam Roberts
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:55 am
    Hope to see you there.
  • Looking Forward: 2016

    Adam Roberts
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:49 am
    Nothing finalised yet, but it looks like this could be an early-ish 2016 release.
  • Looking Back: 2014

    Adam Roberts
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:31 am
    Now that the awards season is out of the way, time for a little reflection. 2014 was a good year for me, creatively. I appreciate that I write a certain kind of novel, and it's not a kind of novel that delights all comers. That said, I would say that in Bête I achieved a greater proportion of what I was setting out to do than in any previous novel of mine. It ended up a weirdly personal novel, actually, which makes it harder than it might otherwise be for me to gauge. Nonetheless I stand by what I say in the book's afterword, that it is the best of me. I also published a bunch of short…
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  • Flour, Water, Yeast

    22 May 2015 | 9:43 am
    Becca, since she got home and realized that she had access to a Real! Live! Kitchen!, has been cooking up a storm. So yesterday she and I went to a class at Sour Flour, an artisan baking school, which was held at La Victoria bakery in the Mission. The class focused on sourdough starter--the making, the keeping, the feeding, the using thereof. It was fun, hands-on (what's the point of dough if you don't get hands-on, I ask you?) and each of us got a dollop of a 6-year-old starter (named Dulce) which we fed with water and flour, to perpetuate the line. We each named our starters: mine…
  • The Shape of a Day

    18 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    I have been trying (not always successfully, but that's what "trying" suggests) to spend 4 hours every day on job-search stuff. That doesn't just mean refiddling my resume, looking at job boards, and working on the Google Analytics online class I'm slogging through, but trying to sort out what kind of work I want to be doing (administrative in the "making things happen" sense--keeping things on target, herding cats, etc.), what kind of company I want to work for (congenial and perhaps a little eccentric, without being completely in love with its own zaniness),…
  • Division of Commerce: Yippee!

    8 May 2015 | 11:12 am
    I have made (and as soon as I get to the Post Office, shipped) my first Etsy sale, and achieved my first Etsy special order.A modest Yay is in order, so: Yay.Meanwhile, back to writing and job-hunting.
  • And More Silly Beady Things...

    6 May 2015 | 1:46 pm
    have gone up at my Etsy shop. Cause I know everyone is dying to support my beading habit...
  • For the Third Day In A Row

    4 May 2015 | 9:39 am
    Emily (the dog) has woken me at 6:30*, citing personal plumbing issues and a sudden need to go outside, and then have breakfast. She doesn't bark or misbehave, exactly. She just keens in a way I find impossible to ignore.I am considering getting a bedside mallet, for the better disciplining of annoying dogs.*Danny, a constitutionally early riser, is visiting his parents, so I, or Becca, are the only available walk-the-doggers. And try getting Becca out of bed at 6:30 a.m. without a stick of dynamite. Pfui.
 
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    Christopher Rowe

  • For Gwenda, on this super day...

    Christopher
    1 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Gwenda's new book, Lois Lane Fallout, is officially out today. I wrote this in celebration of her and of her heroine. "Truth, Justice, and the American Way" Truth is, his first teachers were alien ghosts, Robot voices from a dying planet, All cool crystalline logic, or, no, All four-color missile-finned joy–it keeps changing. Then there were the Americans, Childless and with dirt beneath their fingernails. He’d learn humility and, sure, platitudes from them, But joy, too, so there’s that. But in all that timeless time, There was only one other he could turn both his faces…
  • Book Launch Day!

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

    Christopher
    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

    Christopher
    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

    Christopher
    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…
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    Rudy's Blog

  • Cyberpunk Day in LA with Bruce Sterling

    Rudy
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:38 am
    The Rudy’s Podcasts feed has my talk on my Journals from May 1, 2015. Click the icon: (For older podcasts, see my archival podcasts page.) Video of the USC Cyberpunk day panel is still to come. ============================================== My April 30, 2015 blog post: I’m giving a talk about my Journals 1990-2014 on Friday night at […]
  • “Dangerous Pass,” Journals, SF Scenes, Talk & Panel

    Rudy
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    Today’s eye candy, my latest painting. This one took me about thirty hours, a lot of layers and detail. “Dangerous Pass” oil and acrylic on canvas, April, 2015, 40” x 30”. Click for a larger version of the painting. I painted Dangerous Pass to help previsualize a scene in my novel Million Mile Roadtrip. My […]
  • Mojo Working. JOURNALS Funded.

    Rudy
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:09 pm
    I got my writing mojo back, returned from the underworld one more time, and I’m busy with my next novel Million Mile Roadtrip again, piling on the eyeball kicks, the unlikely incidents, and the rude dialog. Having fun with it. Kicking with my third hip. Like a Puppeteer, if you remember those three-legged guys from […]
  • My Journals Project.

    Rudy
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    So I’m about to launch a new book, my Journals 1990-2014 written over the last twenty-five years. The finished volume is as long as three or four novels combined. A long-running adventure. Kind of tour of my life. Me in 2004 leading students in Geneseo, NY, on a “reality tour” including the house where my […]
  • Skiing in Wyoming. New Hip.

    Rudy
    8 Mar 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Sylvia and I were in Pinedale, Wyoming, for four nights, visiting our daughter Isabel. You fly into Jackson Hole, and wham, you’re in the Tetons. Isabel has a jewelry store in Pinedale. I love looking at all the stuff in her shop. Nothing more fascinating than the studio of a working artist. For me the […]
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    Kristine Kathryn Rusch

  • Business Musings: Writing by Committee

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    20 May 2015 | 11:16 pm
    I had a shudder moment yesterday. While researching something else, I read a New York Times interview on leadership with Gina Centrello, president and publisher of Random House Publishing Group. (No, she’s not the head of Random House. Just a section of it.)  She mentions the importance of teamwork in the publishing industry. She’s running a huge section of a major company. Of course there needs to be a team, and of course, the team needs to work toward a common goal. In the article, she says some of the right things about writers, like: Authors are fascinating people, and as a…
  • Free Fiction Monday: Echea

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    18 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Sarah thinks she has the perfect family. She and her husband decide to share that perfection with Echea, an orphan from the Moon Wars. But after Sarah adopts Echea, she realizes that Echea has problems. Serious problems. Problems that might change Sarah’s entire family. Forever. Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s “Echea,” which won the Asimov’s and Homer Readers’ Choice Awards and placed as a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Locus awards, is free on this website for one week only. The story’s also available as an ebook on Amazon,  Kobo, iBooks (in English), iBooks (in…
  • A New Uncollected Novella

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    15 May 2015 | 11:11 am
    Yeah, it’s been one of those weeks. I go for a month and post very little, and then I bombard you with information. But it can’t be helped. May is chockful of news. In addition to the bundle, the release of The Write Attitude, and the release of Starbase Human, I have also just published a new novella. As many of you know, I participate in the Uncollected Anthology of Urban Fantasy. This quarter’s anthology is called Portals And Passageways. In addition to my story, the anthology features stories from Leah Cutter, Annie Reed, Phaedra Weldon, Leslie Claire Walker, and Dayle…
  • Business Musings: Burning Bridges (The Freelance Scramble Part 5)

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    13 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    A freelance writer needs to be an artist and a businessperson. Sometimes those roles conflict. And sometimes we get put into truly uncomfortable situations. The most uncomfortable situations occur when we have to take drastic action on the business side, action that might have an impact on the creative side. In the old days, before indie publishing, that kind of action sometimes meant leaving projects unfinished, or series open-ended, or long years of silence between publications. Those negatives still happen at times, due to copyright issues, but they’re less common. Now, a writer can…
  • Here We Go, A’Bundling—With A Brand New Book!

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    13 May 2015 | 8:13 am
    I’m in a brand new Storybundle. I’ve curated this one, and I brought along a lot of writer friends. This bundle has something for every writer, from old pros to absolute beginners. I’ll tell you more about it in a moment, but let me do a different bit of promotion first. My book in the bundle, The Write Attitude, debuted yesterday (at the same time as Starbase Human). The Write Attitude comes from uncollected blog posts throughout my five years of blogging on writing. The book is about attitude, yes, but it’s also chockfull of tips that will help you with…
 
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    Mistborn

  • New Writing Excuses + Updates

    5 May 2015 | 11:29 am
    In this week's new Writing Excuses episode, Build an Entire World? Are You Crazy?, we address those of you who who start writing the story before you finish building your world. Letting the story drive the worldbuilding can often be more efficient.Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, we saw science in action on the shattered plains. This week, in Chapter 36, Alice Arneson discusses the beginning of Shallan's newest stage of her journey as she reaches the war camps and tries to get established there.My assistant Adam had updated the Twitter post archives for…
  • New Writing Excuses episode + Updates

    27 Apr 2015 | 2:46 pm
    In this week's new Writing Excuses episode, Q&A on Beginnings, we answer some of your questions on the matter. Here are some of the questions:What are there differences between the beginnings in different forms?How do you begin in media res when you’re not writing action?What’s the biggest mistake that can be made when plotting the beginning?I see a lot of big-name author beginnings that aren’t all that strong. Why should I spend time making my beginning awesome?How do you balance the need to have something happening right away against the need to have the reader know something about…
  • Signing tonight in Sharjah!

    24 Apr 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Tonight I will be doing a signing; details can be found below and on the events page. This will be my last public event for this trip to the UAE and I want to sign your books! As always, if you want email reminders of when I'll be appearing in a city near you, simply sign up for my newsletter and tell me what city you want notifications for.Sharjah, UAE – Sharjah Children's Reading FestivalDate: Saturday, April 25, 2015Time: 18:00–19:00Place: Sharjah Children's Reading Festival, Hall 5Address: Expo CentreAl taawun Street, Al taawun, - إمارة الشارقةّ Sharjah, UAE Phone Number:…
  • Sharjah Children's Reading Festival + Updates

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:48 pm
    This afternoon I am heading off to the Sharjah Children's Reading Festival in the United Arab Emirates. For those of you who are in the vicinity, I look forward to seeing you there! So far I've listed a panel on Thursday the 23rd on my events calendar, and I'll try to add more details when they're forthcoming.In this week's new Writing Excuses episode, What Do I Do With All This Blank Space?, we talk about how to fill the space on the first few pages of your story. Those are the few pages where you have to convince the reader to keep going, as the first page is often the only opportunity you…
  • The Rithmatist ebook sale in the UK + Updates

    13 Apr 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Good news for everyone in the UK! The Rithmatist is on sale on Kindle (and may be price-matched at other vendors) until May 4th. I have country-specific links in the tabs here. And for everyone else (including those in the UK), my novella Perfect State came out a couple of weeks ago, if you missed the news.And some more awesome news: Rhode Island teens voted, and Steelheart has tied for the 2015 Rhode Island Teen Book Award. Thanks to all of my readers there! Firefight is out now, and I’m hard at work on the final book in the trilogy, Calamity. I’ve passed the 50% mark and should finish…
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    Inhuman Swill

  • Part Two of my new novelette is available now

    1 May 2015 | 1:27 pm
    The second and concluding part of my new science fiction novelette, "Our Dependency on Foreign Keys," is available today at the online magazine Across the Margin. (Part One appeared yesterday.)When last we left our not-so-heroic hero Pell "Franny" Franziskaner, he was no closer than he was at the start to figuring out who is sabotaging his cocktail party and threatening to kill him, nor to completing or even figuring out the task he's been given by the super-duper advanced A.I. called Hondo. But at least he's invented a cool new party game called dueling holaoke! Will Franny unravel the…
  • Murder, art and infopocalypse in a post-deluge New York City

    30 Apr 2015 | 2:25 pm
    A brand-new story of mine, "Our Dependency on Foreign Keys," is available today at the online magazine Across the Margin.Or actually, the first half of this 11,000-word story is available today. The second half will go live tomorrow morning.And to be honest, it's not exactly brand-new, either, though this is the first time readers are seeing it. According to an old blog post, I was working on this story during a trip to Malta and the Middle East in May 2008. It was one of those stories that started with the title, and as I worked out the basic situation of the story the plot and its world,…
  • Your attention is Justified

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
    I'm not here to tell you about Justified, the Elmore Leonard–based FX television series that ended this week after six terrific seasons. I'm not here to tell you why it was my favorite show, or why I look forward to rewatching it even more than Breaking Bad. I'm not here to praise the writing, the directing, or the acting, or to lament the fact that it never found more than a cult audience.I'm just here to present this playlist I assembled of some great Justified moments, so you can see for yourself how much fun it was—that is, if sarcastic gunslinging U.S. Marshals tangling with…
  • Progress Report: THE ACCIDENTAL TERRORIST is on track for this fall!

    12 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    When I announced last October that I would be self-publishing my memoir this year, I optimistically thought I could have it out by the spring. Spring is now right around the corner, and I think I can say with some confidence that ... er, The Accidental Terrorist will be available no sooner than this fall.But that's the only bad news I have to report! I've been very busy these past five months, and I'd like to tell you a little about it. As many drafts of this memoir as I've done, I've never quite been happy with it, so my first order of business was hiring an editor. Fortunately for me, I…
  • When a sentence doesn't end with a period

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:22 am
    A reader writes to ask:I know it's still acceptable to space twice after periods. However, if there's a close quote after a period is there actually only one space remaining after the quotation mark before first letter of the next sentence? Also, are there two spaces before the beginning of the quote, after the period closing the previous sentence?In both the situations you describe, use two spaces. Keep in mind that your two spaces go after the sentence's final punctuation, whether that's a period, a quotation mark, a question mark, or an exclamation point.Crossposted from Proper Manuscript…
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    Douglas Smith's blog

  • Foreign Market List updates posted

    Douglas Smith
    16 May 2015 | 10:09 am
    Another post for the writers who follow me. I've just posted several updates to the FML. Here are the highlights: New Markets: Parsek (Croatia) Updates: Pulpcore (Germany): has switched to an invitation-only submission policy | Nowa Fantastyka (Poland): new editor has reversed the magazine's policy and now is no longer interested in receiving submissions Check out the Foreign Market List for all the details.
  • The Write Stuff: A book bundle for writers

    Douglas Smith
    15 May 2015 | 8:33 am
    Are you a writer? Or do you know someone who is? If so, how would you like to pick up eleven books at once that contain everything you need to know to be a writer and to build a writing career? Books written by established pros, best sellers, and award-winners. Sound good? What if you could also get a 40% discount on the best software available today for producing professional quality ebooks, the tool used by the top indie authors? Well, you can (yeah, you knew that was coming). For a limited time, StoryBundle is offering "The Write Stuff" ebook bundle that gives you all of the above. This…
  • SFWA Griefcom to the rescue

    Douglas Smith
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:11 am
    [Note: SFWA (the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and as part of their celebrations, they have asked a number of members to participate in a SFWA 50th Anniversary Blog Tour. I offered up the post below. The first post went up on Monday, and mine is featured today. You can check out the ongoing series by going to this page. I've also included my post below in this blog. In case you don't know, here's some info on SFWA from their website: SFWA is a professional organization for authors of science fiction, fantasy and related genres.
  • Foreign Market List updates

    Douglas Smith
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:48 am
    For the short story writers who follow this blog, I've just posted a bunch of updates to the Foreign Market List:: World of English (China): Email address no longer working Spin (Finland): Website link updated but submission email address no longer working Revista SRSFF (Romania): new name (Fantastica) and website. Same editor and email Alfa Eridiani (Spain): no longer accepts submissions in English Intercom-SF (Italy): May return but currently not publishing
  • Updated schedule: Ad Astra, Toronto April 10-12

    Douglas Smith
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    Here's my updated schedule for the Ad Astra convention this weekend. The only change is the signing session from 2-4pm on Saturday. Signing Session: Date: Saturday, April 11 Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM Room: Richmond A, Richmond B   When the Gods Run Amok: Ancient, New and Urban Mythology Date: Saturday, April 11 Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Room: Markham B Panellists: Chadwick Ginther, Kelley Armstrong, Marie Bilodeau   Urban fantasy gives us the chance to play around with our archetypal fairy tales and mythology. We can bring the gods down to our level and we get to bring magic into the everyday.  …
 
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    THE SOUTHERN REACH

  • Area X: The Bird Watchers

    Jeff VanderMeer
    3 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    For those who’ve asked me on Twitter about the possibility of new Area X/Southern Reach fiction, I can report that I’m (slowly) working on a novella entitled “The Bird Watchers.” The novella is set during the last week before the event that created Area X and the viewpoint character is Old Jim. Some readers will remember Old Jim as “ol’ piano fingers” in one of the more chilling scenes in Acceptance. Well, it turns out Old Jim was involved in the Seance & Science Brigade’s mission, among other nefarious things. Without giving too much away,…
  • Shared Worlds: The Eighth Year of This Unique Teen SF/Fantasy Writing Camp

    Jeff VanderMeer
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
    (Above: One of Jeremy Zerfoss’s wonderful pieces of art for the camp’s annual book of student writings.) Can you believe the Shared Worlds teen SF/F writing camp has been around for eight years? Program director Tim Schmitz shares his thoughts on getting close to a decade. We’ve grown from 20 students to 60 each year, from all over the world. And this year is the most robust yet, with over 150 applicants with several weeks left to register. Any teen who loves writing but also using their imagination in general should enjoy this unique camp. In the first week, the students build…
  • Southern Reach / VanderMeer Events: Summer-Fall 2015

    Jeff VanderMeer
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    (The brilliant new covers for The Fourth Estate’s UK release of all three Southern Reach paperbacks on July 30.) It’s going to be a busy second half of the year for me and for Ann, especially with more foreign-language editions of the Southern Reach trilogy being published–and The Fourth Estate bringing out the S.R. paperbacks in the UK on July 30. Here’s a look at the schedule, with additional events in Italy and Germany in September still possible. We’re looking forward to all of this–some great opportunities and some wonderful lit fest invites. Ann will…
  • Hyperobjects: The Slow Apocalypse, Spooky Science at MIT, and Ex Machina

    Jeff VanderMeer
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:37 am
    A few things of interest have occurred in the past week or two, and I wanted to draw your attention to them. —Ex Machina is out in theaters, a film written and directed by Alex Garland. Since Garland’s on board to write and direction the movie of my novel Annihilation, I was curious to see what his debut as director would look like. Both Ann and I found the movie mesmerizing, intelligent, thought-provoking, but also visceral. It also carries through to the end in a way that’s rare in cinema these days. There are also so many little details that are so right, including…
  • Jeff VanderMeer Southern Reach Events: April through June

    Jeff VanderMeer
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    Starting in April, I’ll be doing a series of interesting events in the U.S.. In the second half of the year, I’ll be teaching at Shared Worlds and may be going over to Europe for some literary festivals. In addition, Ann VanderMeer and I will be teaching at the University of British Columbia for a couple of weeks in late October. I’ll have more information on all of that shortly. In the meantime, here are the details for April through June… April 9, Thurs, 7pm, Buffalo, NY: University of Buffalo Exhibit X Reading Series, at 468 Washington St (WNYBAC), Off Campus. More…
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    Paperback Writer

  • Personal Legends

    Lynn Viehl
    23 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Here's something you don't know about me: Back in the eighties I was a lab rat for Quaker Oats. Or to be more precise I was one of the many volunteer consumers on whom Quaker tested several variations of their new chocolate-covered granola bar product before deciding on the final product. I was actually approached by a consumer product tester while I was out shopping, and she asked if I'd like to take part in her group. I agreed because free food was involved; also, I loved granola and chocolate, so I didn't think it would be awful -- and it was actually really neat. I was given several boxes…
  • Dream Always

    Lynn Viehl
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Here's a look at the sketchworks of Palma Rea, a self-taught artist whose watercolors and sketches are filled with color, drama and beauty (with background music, for those of you at work): The Sketchworks by Palma Rea from PalmaRea on Vimeo.
  • Just Write

    Lynn Viehl
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    I'm back! And today I'm off to write something new and post it online before midnight. Everyone inclined to do the same is invited to join me.My link: More on Ghost Writer, with new material beginning on page 57 (and sorry I'm late posting this; had to finish up a client project first.)For more details on Just Write Thursdays, click here to go to the original post.Image credit: windujedi
  • Blast from the Past #3

    Lynn Viehl
    20 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    From Focus to PaletteAfter reading my Story Palettes post last month, some of you asked if I would give some working examples of how I create a character palette.Simone, who is a female protagonist in an upcoming novel of mine, has been gradually developing over the course of the last six months while I've put together her backstory, built her personality and figured out who she is, what she wants and, of course, what is the worst thing I can do to her. Simone is a woman of contradictions; everything about her is new and old, yesterday and tomorrow, fire and ice. The problem with all those…
  • Blast from the Past #2

    Lynn Viehl
    19 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Fabric of InspirationIn 2007 a friend sent me some specialty watercolors made by LuminArte Inc., which I started playing with while painting. One of the first pieces I painted with them was this one (which I then sent to the friend, as thanks):I get mildly obsessed with colors and patterns, and since 2007 I've painted the same concept over and over -- a tower, towers, castle or ruins made of opal bricks -- like this one I mentioned back in May: Recently I was at my favorite fabric store, looking for a dark green batik to finish a holiday project, and I pulled about twelve different bolts…
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    Bluejo's Journal

  • In Balticon!

    Jo Walton
    21 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    Well, Balticon hasn't started yet, but I am here anyway. I took the train all the way down yesterday -- it's possible in one rather long day, but by the time the train got into Baltimore at 00.38 last night I was frid. Jon Singer was a hero of the revolution and was waiting to bring me out to the hotel. I did this yesterday rather than today so that I could have today to recover -- a night's sleep, tea and breakfast have helped.This afternoon I'm going to the aquarium with rivka and family, and I'm sure that will help even more, and then people are arriving this evening and the con proper…
  • My Real Children out in US paperback

    Jo Walton
    19 May 2015 | 6:34 am
    Ideal for summer reading and lightweight gifts!I haven't seen the paperback myself yet -- though I expect I will this weekend at Balticon -- but it has the same cover as the hardback.
  • Necessity Revision: Question

    Jo Walton
    18 May 2015 | 9:33 am
    For those of you who have read both The Just City and The Philosopher Kings, what things do you expect to see addressed and resolved in Necessity?I'm sorry, there's no point answering this if you haven't read PK, and I know most people haven't, but it will be out in a little over a month.Comments will likely have spoilers for PK which you may well not want if you haven't read it yet.
  • Thud: Necessity: Done

    Jo Walton
    16 May 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Words: 2140Total words: 85584Files: 5Tea: Elderflower and LemonMusic: No musicReason for stopping: well past bed time, and doneThrough draft.Needs a lot of fixing, so not asking for volunteer readers yet, it's not in a fit state.But done, nevertheless.
  • Thud: Necessity

    Jo Walton
    16 May 2015 | 1:31 pm
    WordsL 2711Total words: 83182Files: 6Tea: White Orchard, before that Jing DieMusic: No music, still, but there's a very noisy bird outsideReason for stopping: end of chapter and time to make dinnerSo at the beginning of this chapter, I got obsessed with deciding what Jathery was wearing. Jathery is an alien god. I spent ages looking at art and deciding exactly what gla had on, and then I realised that to Marsi it was going to look like "a pale skinned human with fussed up hair draped in green and black layers of cloth" and she wasn't even going to notice it was cross dressing because she…
 
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    Martha Wells

  • Links and Book Recs

    20 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    * This Just In — Books Are Still AwesomeLiz Bourke says nice things about my collection Between Worlds: the Collected Ile-Rien and Cineth Stories* My Comicpalooza schedule.* Strange Horizons column: Movements: Use of Anger by Rochita Loenen-RuizAt times, writing this column is like performing open heart surgery on myself. I have to take off all the protective armor and all the defense shields that I’ve learned to put up, and I have to sit down and gear myself up for speaking truth. Writing about the journey as I experience it, as I walk it in this field I’ve chosen to work in, is not…
  • It's Here!

    19 May 2015 | 5:48 am
  • News

    18 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    It's been raining off and on all weekend, and we're getting flash flood warnings all over the place. Because this weekend was university graduation on Friday and Saturday, and there were tons of extra people in town, and students packing up to leave, and moving to new places, it was a dark wet hellscape as far as traffic was concerned.The drought map is shrinking, but Lake Travis still needs more water, while I think we're full up. We did get the electrical work we needed done on the house Thursday. (The electrical riser was pulling out of the roof and needed to be replaced.) The power was…
  • Stories of the Raksura vol II

    12 May 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Stories of the Raksura vol. II: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below will be released into the wild in just a couple of weeks on Tuesday June 2, in trade paperback and ebook. It's also being released in audiobook (by Christopher Kipiniak, who's been the performer for all the Raksura books so far!) but I'm not sure if that will be done by June 2 or if it'll be a little later. You can preorder it at all these places:Amazon US, Barnes and Noble, Mysterious Galaxy, Powell's, The Tattered Cover, Chapter Indigo, Books-a-Million, Book Depository, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon Spain,…
  • Comicpalooza

    7 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    On May 22-25, I'll be at Comicpalooza in Houston. It's a great con, with a ton of panels on writing and art and costuming and film and pretty much everything you can think of, on top of a massive convention floor with artists, dealers of all kinds, celebrity signings, robots, 3d printers, circus acts, etc.(If you decide to go, I recommend that you get your pass online and then pick it up as early as possible. On Saturday last year there were huge lines to get in.)Here's my schedule. Last year there were book signings at the Barnes and Noble table, but I don't know if they're going to do that…
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    Reality Skimming

  • Interview with Dave Duncan

    David Lott
    6 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Originally from Scotland, Dave Duncan has lived all his adult life in Western Canada, having enjoyed a long career as a petroleum geologist before taking up writing. Since discovering that imaginary worlds are more satisfying than the real one, he has published more than fifty novels, mostly in the fantasy genre, but also science fiction, young adult, and historical. His most successful works have been fantasy series: The Seventh Sword, A Man of His Word and its sequel, A Handful of Men, and seven books about The King’s Blades. His 50th novel, The Eye of Strife, is now available from Five…
  • Interview with Sandra Wickham April 2015

    David Lott
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Sandra Wickham lives in Vancouver, Canada with her husband and two cats. Recently, Sandra has been busy organizing the Creative Ink Festival for Writers, Readers and Artists, which you are welcome to join on Saturday, 25 April. To find out more about Sandra and the festival, please visit http://www.sandrawickham.com/ Sandra is also a writer and her short stories have appeared in Evolve, Vampires of the New Undead, Vampires of the Future Undead, Crossed Genres magazine, The Urban Green Man and more. She blogs about writing with the Inkpunks, is the Fitness Nerd columnist for the Functional…
  • Interview with Charlotte Ashley

    David Lott
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Charlotte is a writer, editor, bookseller, book collector, book historian and Alexandre Dumas fanatic. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two daughters and books. She reviews speculative fiction short stories over at Apex Magazine, where she is also the Reprints Editor. Charlotte has several short stories published, the latest is "La Héron," which appeared in the March/April issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. You can find more about Charlotte at http://once-and-future.com/ Interview by Christel Bodenbender Your short story "La Héron" has just been published in the…
  • Interview with Colleen Anderson

    David Lott
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Colleen Anderson has published nearly 200 pieces of fiction and poetry in such places as Chilling Tales, Evolve, Horror Library and Cemetery Dance. She has been poetry editor for the Chizine, host of the Vancouver ChiSeries, co-editor for Tessearcts 17 and The Playground of Lost Toys, as well as a freelance copyeditor. She has been twice nominated for the Aurora Award, received honorable mentions in the Year’s Best anthologies and been reprinted in Imaginarium and Best of Horror Library (forthcoming). New works for 2015 will be in Nameless, Second Contact, Our World of Horror, OnSpec, Polu…
  • Interview with Sandra Wickham

    David Lott
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Sandra Wickham lives in Vancouver, Canada with her husband and two cats. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja-in-training. Sandra’s short stories have appeared in Evolve, Vampires of the New Undead, Evolve, Vampires of the Future Undead, Crossed Genres magazine, The Urban Green Man and more. She blogs about writing with the Inkpunks, is the Fitness Nerd columnist for the Functional Nerds, blogs for Luna Station Quarterly and slush reads for Lightspeed Magazine. Sandra competed in fitness competitions for ten years, including four years in the IFBB Pro…
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  • UK cover reveal for House of Shattered Wings

    18 May 2015 | 5:10 am
    Very very pleased to reveal “my precious”, aka the UK cover for House of Shattered Wings (picture me curled up around my computer, making Gollum noises). Who said “dark and creepy and beautiful”? It’s a very different beast to the US cover–classier and more refined, but I really like the details (the window and its reflection in the water, broken up by debris; the jewel-like wings, which are very appropriate for my Fallen, whose magic is beautiful, addictive and highly prized. And the arches. This is totally the inside of Notre-Dame before I nuked it ) Just…
  • Books books books

    14 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    In which I catch up to a lot of books. You’ve been warned (yeah. The snakelet got mobile and my spare time got a lot… busier). –The Very Best of Kate Elliott: an extensive collection of Elliott’s short fiction as well as four illuminating essays, this is utterly wonderful. They’re all very strong stories, focusing on people (mostly women) dealing with war, magic and various other conflicts. The clear highlight for me was “Leaf and Branch and Grass and Vine”, which has the best woman protagonist *ever*, and manage to make a number of pointed remarks…
  • Sale: “The Citadel of Weeping Pearls” to Asimov’s

    22 Apr 2015 | 6:16 am
    Quite pleased to announce I’ve sold my novella “The Citadel of Weeping Pearls” to Asimov’s for their Oct/Nov 2015 issue, aka “Xuya meets time-travel”. More info (including rough cover copy) here. It’s about the same length as On a Red Station, Drifting, so more of a short novel, really (34k words); with four POV characters and a fairly complex plot that includes an entire imperial court, thirty-two dead emperors emulated on complex hardware, and a science laboratory in a derelict tea-house; and a lot of familial relations and moral quandaries.
  • The stories I wanted to read

    11 Apr 2015 | 5:03 am
    I’m ten, and voraciously reading–bespectacled, and a head shorter than everyone in class, good at maths and utterly oblivious to the fact that I’m different from everyone else (only later will I work out that the string of people asking me “where do you come from” are comparing me to a class that’s 99.99% white and Catholic, and where the next most diverse person is the lone Ashkenazi Jewish kid, who probably isn’t having a great time either). I take to Science Fiction and Fantasy [1] like a fish to water: people fleeing this world for another; the…
  • Eastercon

    31 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    Just a quick reminder I’ll be at Eastercon this year, but just Friday and Saturday (have a snakelet to take care of after that :p). My schedule is here (with many thanks to Tim and Judi for working out miracles). Note that my reading has moved compared to the original time: it’s now Saturday at 12:30 (and I’ll be reading from House of Shattered Wings, so if you’re curious about the novel, this is the place!). Cross-posted from Aliette de Bodard Leave a comment at original post, or comment here.
 
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  • My Shiny One-Day Balticon 2015 Schedule

    19 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.So here’s the deal. I’m doing way too much travel this spring. I just returned from a trip to southern California. Next week I’ll be up in NYC for BEA/Bookcon. Mere days after returning from that, I’m flying out to Chicago for the Nebula Awards Conference. So, while I do realize that the Memorial Day Weekend is traditionally one of the busiest convention weekends for Science Fiction, I just can’t swing it this year. And that’s a huge shame, because I was looking forward to attending…
  • Eating Authors: Kary English

    18 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> And so it begins. For the fifth year in a row, it is my great pleasure to use EATING AUTHORS as a platform to draw attention to those authors who have been nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer! The nominees this year are Wesley Chu, Jason Cordova, Kary English, Rolf Nelson, and Eric S. Raymond. Wes is nominated for the second time, and his most memorable meal has already graced this blog, but I’ve invited the other four to drop in, beginning today with Kary English. Kary is…
  • Eating Authors: Sherwood Smith

    11 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> The EATING AUTHORS blog feature has been running for about three and a half years now. Sometimes, when I reach out to an author everything falls instantly into place. Other times — and this is far and away the more typical situation — the author’s schedule is jammed with commitments, deadlines, travel, and other obligations such that we may spend months playing email tag. And then, once I have the author’s most memorable meal in the can (so to speak), it can be quite the ordeal to find a spot…
  • Eating Authors: Stephanie Saulter

    4 May 2015 | 4:31 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> And lo, it is May. The trees around my home are in full flower, the air full of pollen. I’m still feeling a bit worn out from the events of a convention that’s now more than a week in the past, and trying to prepare for a cross-country trip that’s coming up all too fast. In writing news, the ARCs of Barsk have landed, so in due course I’ll begin making myself anxious about reviews, but in the meantime I’ve gone through the MS line by line and sent in my corrections. For the next…
  • Eating Authors: M. Darusha Wehm

    27 Apr 2015 | 4:31 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> As you read this on Monday morning, I’ve just returned from a long weekend as a special GOH of a convention. It was great fun, but thoroughly exhausting. So, it’s kind of wonderful to come back home and pause here to introduce this week’s EATING AUTHORS guest, M. Darusha Wehm, particularly as her first novel, Children of Arkadia, described as a political space station epic, comes out tomorrow from Bundoran Press. I confess, I don’t know Darusha well. She’s from Canada, but…
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  • 25 years? Like the blink of an eye…

    Armen Chakmakjian
    6 May 2015 | 6:15 pm
    To try and give this context I thought about this Blackham School 9 years Fairfield Prep 4 years RIT 5 years Altar Boy 5 years Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts 6 years Bentley 5 years Current house 21 years Bridgeport 18 years Fatherhood 23 years DEC 11 years Teradyne 11 years Intuit 3.5 years Taught Sunday School […]
  • The Story of Armenian Genocide survivors rebuilding their lives in the Middle East

    Armen Chakmakjian
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Below the dotted line you will find the story of my father from birth to 1956 when he came to the US.  My father, Joseph, died of lung cancer in 2000. While his health was declining, I sat with him over several occasions and typed out his recollections of his life as he dictated them […]
  • Do you know why there is an Armenian Diaspora?

    Armen Chakmakjian
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:05 pm
    At the end of a documentary on Armenians a few years ago on PBS, Elie Wiesel told a brief anecdote about how he had asked Turkish leadership about the Armenian question. He ended this 5 or 6 sentence recollection with his opinion on their reaction.  It was something to the effect of “Their reaction was […]
  • Reports of the Armenian Exodus from Harpoot in 1915

    Armen Chakmakjian
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:50 pm
    I found a 4th page and added it to the original blog post. Reports of the Armenian Exodus from Harpoot in 1915.Filed under: Random
  • Reports of the Armenian Exodus from Harpoot in 1915

    Armen Chakmakjian
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    I came across this document. I have little commentary to add; what is written here is so horrific it needs little qualification.       Filed under: Random
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  • Ratusan Ribu Pulsa Gratis Dari Trik Mendapatkan Pulsa Gratis Tri

    admin
    12 May 2015 | 2:09 am
    Pulsa Gratis – Keberadaan handphone di kalangan masyarakat memang sudah bagaikan kebutuhan pokok saja. Terlebih akhir-akhir ini muncul ponsel pintar yang memungkinkan setiap orang melakukan aktivitas apa saja hanya dengan sekali sentuh. Masyarakat dimanjakan dengan kepraktisan yang ditawarkan...
  • Pulsa Gratis Txteagle Dan Alternatif Lainnya Yang Perlu Dicoba

    admin
    11 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Pulsa Gratis – Anda tentunya menikmati serunya bercanda dan ngobrol dengan teman melalui gadget mobile anda, terutama dengan jarak yang cukup jauh dan anda tidak bisa mengobrol secara langsung dengan sahabat ataupun keluarga anda. Untuk itulah penggunaan mobile gadget menjadi… Continue...
  • Penyedia Software Pulsa VRE Gratis

    admin
    11 May 2015 | 12:44 am
    Pulsa Gratis – Pentingya pulsa dalam dunia telekomunikasi sudah tidak dapat dipungkiri lagi. Mulai dari anak-anak hingga dewasa sangat membutuhkan pulsa agar dapat berkomunikasi dengan HP maupun gadget mereka. Hal ini menyebabkan banyak sekali pelaku ekonomi yang membidik pulsa sebagai…...
  • Inilah Cara Nonton Youtube Gratis Tanpa Pulsa

    admin
    8 May 2015 | 12:25 am
    Pulsa Gratis - Kini smartphone sudah sangat menjamur khususnya di Indonesia di mana mulai dari kalangan atas, mengengah, hingga ke bawah sudah memilikinya. Hal ini didukung oleh banyaknya penyedia merek smartphone yang menjual dengan harga cukup terjangkau. Smartphone banyak digunakan…...
  • Cara Tradisional Mengecilkan Perut Yang Alami

    admin
    4 May 2015 | 11:32 pm
    Smart Detox – Wanita merupakan makhluk Tuhan yang sangat mementingkan penampilannya. Bukan hanya dari penampilan yang mereka dapat saat mengenakan baju yang indah, tapi juga dengan memiliki bentuk tubuh yang ideal. Bagian tubuh yang paling penting bagi seorang wanita adalah… Continue...
 
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  • DISAVOWED is a Scribe Award nominee

    David Mack
    18 May 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Just learned (thanks to a Facebook post by my esteemed colleague Matt Forbeck) that my recent Locus Magazine #1 bestseller, Section 31: Disavowed, has been selected as a nominee for this year’s Scribe Award in the always hotly contested Best Original Speculative Novel category. If past experience is any guide, I’m not going to win, ...Continue reading ‘DISAVOWED is a Scribe Award nominee’ »
  • 24: Rogue ARCs are here!

    David Mack
    15 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    As the post’s subject header proclaims, I’ve just received 10 ARCs (Advance Reader Copies, aka Uncorrected Proofs) of my upcoming Jack Bauer thriller, 24: ROGUE, which is scheduled to hit shelves solid and virtual on September 8, 2015 … and I have no idea what to do with them. The one thing I’m certain I ...Continue reading ‘24: Rogue ARCs are here!’ »
  • WIRED: Binge on DS9, then try Vanguard

    David Mack
    13 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    The good folks over at WIRED publish a series of binge-watching guides for those interested in trying out classic TV series via streaming media. Today they unveiled the Wired Binge-Watching Guide to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. First let me say that I agree unreservedly with all their editorial recommendations with regard to the small ...Continue reading ‘WIRED: Binge on DS9, then try Vanguard’ »
  • Imagining a “New Hollywood”

    David Mack
    10 May 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Between drought and the ever-looming threat of a massive earthquake, it is hard not to think there might come a day when Los Angeles might become unlivable. If—the fates forfend—the drought worsens, L.A. goes dry, and then “the Big One” finally does in the City of Angels once and for all … what would become ...Continue reading ‘Imagining a “New Hollywood”’ »
  • I love that “new book smell”

    David Mack
    4 May 2015 | 3:24 pm
    There are a few pleasures in the writing life that never seem to get old. Case in point: the arrival of authors’ copies. Today I received from my friends at Silence in the Library Publishing my contributor’s copies — three trade paperbacks and one snazzy hardcover (pictured below) — of the anthology Apollo’s Daughters. This ...Continue reading ‘I love that “new book smell”’ »
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  • On My Radar: THE SIX by Mark Alpert/COLD IRON by Stina Leicht/WHAT WE SALVAGE by David Baillie

    Kristin Centorcelli
    22 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Here are a few books I’m looking forward to… The Six by Mark Alpert (Sourcebooks Fire | July 7th, 2015) SYNOPSIS: To save humanity, they must give up their own. Adam’s muscular dystrophy has stolen his mobility, his friends, and in a few short years, it will take his life. Virtual reality games are Adam’s only escape from his wheelchair. In his alternate world, he can defeat anyone. Running, jumping, scoring touchdowns: Adam is always the hero. Then an artificial intelligence program, Sigma, hacks into Adam’s game. Created by Adam’s computer-genius father,…
  • Table of Contents: INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES Edited by Lois H. Gresh

    John DeNardo
    22 May 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Lois H. Gresh has posted the table of contents for her upcoming PS Publishing anthology Innsmouth Nightmares, which will be available in August 2015. Here’s the table of contents… “Windows Underwater” by John Shirley “Cold Blood” by Lavie Tidhar “Fear Sun” by Laird Barron “Thicker Than Water” by Paul Kane “Strange Currents” by Tim Lebbon “Mourning People” by Nancy Kilpatrick “The Barnacle Daughter” by Richard Gavin “Between the Pilings” by Steve Rasnic Tem “The Imps of…
  • [VIDEO] The Hillywood Show Spoofs Supernatural and it is Awesome

    Kristin Centorcelli
    22 May 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Are you a Supernatural fan? I am. I’ll try to convince anyone that will sit still that it remains one of the best shows on TV (and has been renewed for an 11th season.) Imagine my delight when I was introduced to the awesome that is The Hillywood Show’s Supernatural parody (set to “Shake it Off.”) Stick with it to the end, Supernatural fangirls and boys, because it’s SO worth it! It’s just…perfect. Hat tip to @ChelseaVBC for the tip. The post [VIDEO] The Hillywood Show Spoofs Supernatural and it is Awesome appeared first on SF Signal Copyright © SF…
  • WINNERS: MOTHER OF EDEN by Chris Beckett

    JP Frantz
    22 May 2015 | 10:10 pm
    The winners of our giveaway for Mother of Eden by Chris Beckett have been chosen and notified. Congratulations to: James B. Kenneth B. David S. Lee P. Jeff N. You will be receiving your prizes soon! Thanks to everyone who entered. The post WINNERS: MOTHER OF EDEN by Chris Beckett appeared first on SF Signal Copyright © SF Signal Related posts: GIVEAWAY (US Only): Win a Copy of MOTHER OF EDEN by Chris Beckett! GIVEAWAY REMINDER: Win a Copy of MOTHER OF EDEN by Chris Beckett [GUEST POST] Chris Beckett (MOTHER OF EDEN) on Fiction, the Future, and Responsibility
  • [SF/F/H Link Post] Bladerunner 2 News; Scotland Yard’s Sci-Fi Fears; How Friday the 13th Became a Horror Classic

    PipedreamerGrey
    22 May 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Interviews & Profiles 3D Total interviews Alessandro Cioffi Visual Effects Supervisor of Age of Ultron. AZ Central interviews Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice. Den of Geek interviews Peter Harness, writer of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. My Bookish Ways interviews Nicholas Guild, author of Blood Ties. The Qwillery interviews Catherine Chanter, author of The Well. SciFiNow interviews Tony Gonzales, author of Tabit Genesis. Vanity Fair interviews Michael Kaplan, the costume designer for The Force Awakens. “With the stormtroopers it was more of a simplification, almost…
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    The World in the Satin Bag

  • Why I've Quit Game of Thrones and Will Not Return

    17 May 2015 | 8:56 pm
    (Trigger warning:  this post will involve discussion of sexual violence, homophobia, and related subjects.  If you watch Game of Thrones, you probably already know what I'm talking about.I'm also releasing this post early because I can't wait until Friday to drop it.  I'm moving my Retro Nostalgia feature to Friday for this week only.)I loved you, Game of Thrones.  I loved you so much that I used to wait up late at night to catch the latest episode after it had aired because I didn't have HBO.  I loved you so much that I started doing a weekly ritual with a friend…
  • Patreon Update: Ch-ch-ch-changes and a Question

    17 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    My Patreon page has been updated to reflect the changes to my blogging/writing efforts.  If you'd like to support what I do, please become a patron!On a related note:I've had some difficulty thinking about how to change the patron levels to better reflect what folks would want from such a thing.  In principle, folks support a Patreon because they like what a person does, but I also like the idea of adding something additional to the pot.  Thus far, that "addition" has been varying levels of voting ability and/or topic suggestion ability.  Now, I wonder if it might make…
  • On Black Widow and Marvel's Gaps (or, Why We Need a Black Widow Movie)

    15 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    On the recent Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) episode of The Skiffy and Fanty Show, I argued that part of what bothered me about the Black Widow scene wherein she reveals having been sterilized in the Red Room is that it clarified what was an obvious gap in Marvel's Cinematic Universe.  We need a Black Widow movie, I said -- more so now than ever.  This is a somewhat complicated position, and I'd like to explore that in-depth here.For those that don't know, I'll spoil the bit everyone is talking about:After Bruce Banner / the Hulk is manipulated by the Scarlet Witch into going on a…
  • The Reboot: New Schedule, the Focus, and New Beginnings

    6 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Here we go.  I've been thinking about this for the past month.  A number of people have offered their thoughts on what I should do about this blog and my various blogging efforts (thanks!).  The following list is a far more compact set of regular (in italics) and irregular features, with the former having a set schedule.  I think it's more focused and better tuned to what I want to be doing in each space.  Having a set (but reasonable) schedule is also good for me, since it gives me a structure that isn't too cumbersome.Here it is: The World in the Satin Bag (this…
  • Speculative Fiction 2014: It's Here!

    5 May 2015 | 10:57 am
    That's right.  The anthology of online reviews, media and fan criticism that I edited with Renee Williams has officially been released by The Book Smugglers.  You can read all about it here.The collection includes works by a whole lot of amazing people,:Abigail Nussbaum, Adam Roberts, Aidan Moher, Aja Romano, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Amal El-Mohtar, Ana Grilo, Andrew Lapin, Annalee Newitz, Anne C. Perry, Bertha Chin, Betty, Charles Tan, Chinelo Onwualu, Clare McBride, Corinne Duyvis, Daniel José Older, Deborah Pless, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, Erika Jelinek, Foz Meadows, Gavia…
 
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  • Obama's Pilot Saw a Giant UFO During Campaign Flight

    18 May 2015 | 2:45 pm
    A veteran pilot, who flew President Obama's campaign plane, has revealed that he has seen a UFO flying through the sky.  Andrew Danziger claimed that virtually all airmen believe in... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • Watch Live - Unmanned Russian Cargo Spacecraft Is Falling To Earth

    12 May 2015 | 3:20 am
    Watch live, all the latest developments as Progress M-27M vessel, which was carrying supplies to the International Space Station, is said to be out of control. .twitter-timeline{ width:100%... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • Ferrari Designs Futuristic Spaceship

    12 May 2015 | 3:09 am
    The famous sports car manufacturer has released images of a futuristic looking flying machine . Flavio Manzoni, the company’s design director, drew the images as a pet project in a bid to find out... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • NASA - Universe A Matrix Computer Game Designed By Aliens

    12 May 2015 | 2:59 am
    British philosopher Nick Bostrom says he believes that the reality we perceive around us may be the product of a highly-advanced computer program, much like the plot of the Matrix movies – and... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • UFO News : UFO Seen Over Pampanga, Philippines

    5 May 2015 | 2:58 am
    Residents in the province of Pampanga in the Central Luzon region of the Philippines reported sighting a UFO on Sunday April 26, 2015. Several witnesses snapped photos and captured videos of the... Click on Headline to read complete story...
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    Risingshadow - Science Fiction & Fantasy

  • GUEST POST: Fine Dining in Fantasyland by Arianne "Tex" Thompson

    19 May 2015 | 8:41 pm
    Risingshadow has the honour of publishing a guest post by Arianne "Tex" Thompson. Arianne "Tex" Thompson is a native and lifelong resident of Texas. After earning a bachelor's degree in history from UT Dallas and a master's degree in literature from the University of Dallas, she went on to become a community college professor, teaching the fundamentals of English to adults writing below the eighth-grade level. Now a master teacher for academic tutoring and test prep services, as well as the managing editor for the DFW Writers Conference, Tex is a regular feature at high schools, writing…
  • A review of Douglas Thompson's Ultrameta

    19 May 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Douglas Thompson's Ultrameta was published by Eibonvale Press in August 2009. Information about Douglas Thompson: Douglas Thompson's short stories have appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies, most recently Albedo One, Ambit, Postscripts, and New Writing Scotland. He won the Grolsch/Herald Question of Style Award in 1989 and second prize in the Neil Gunn Writing Competition in 2007. His first book, Ultrameta, was published by Eibonvale Press in August 2009, nominated for the Edge Hill Prize, and shortlisted for the BFS Best Newcomer Award, and since then he has published these…
  • A review of Rhys Hughes' Mirrors in the Deluge

    16 May 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Rhys Hughes' Mirrors in the Deluge was published by Elsewhen Press as an e-book in March 2015. The printed edition will be published in June 2015. Information about Rhys Hughes: Rhys Hughes was born in 1966 and began writing from an early age. His first short story was published in 1991 and his first book, the now legendary Worming the Harpy, followed four years later. Since then he has published more than thirty books, his work has been translated into ten languages and he is currently one of the most prolific and successful authors in Wales. Mostly known for absurdist works, his range in…
  • An interview with Allen Ashley about Sensorama and The Planet Suite

    15 May 2015 | 5:34 am
    Risingshadow has had the honour of interviewing Allen Ashley. Allen Ashley is a writer, editor, poet and writing tutor, and he's the Founder of Clockhouse London Writers. His latest book is "Dreaming Spheres" written with Sarah Doyle (PS Publishing/Stanza, 2014). He recently edited an anthology about the senses, Sensorama. His book, The Planet Suite, will soon be published by Eibonvale Press. Click here to visit the Allen Ashley's official website. Click here to read Risingshadow's review of Sensorama. AN INTERVIEW WITH ALLEN ASHLEY ABOUT SENSORAMA AND THE PLANET SUITE Read More...
  • A review of Christopher Nuttall's The Best Laid Plans

    13 May 2015 | 11:20 pm
    Christopher Nuttall's The Best Laid Plans was published by Elsewhen Press as an e-book in February 2015. The paperback edition was published in April 2015. Information about Christopher Nuttall: Christopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learned to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie…
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    On Starships and Dragonwings

  • Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein {Just Hatched}

    Anya
    23 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Just Hatched is a feature where I share my first impressions of a book after the first chapter. Check out the announcement post for more information. Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein is the latest in a string of stories surrounding jinni and their mythology, so of course I had to check it out. I’m really liking the jinni trend, though I’ve yet to find the perfect jinni book ;-). Becoming Jinn is a pretty light fantasy from what I could see, with a contemporary setting and the potential for lots of girl drama not related to cool jinni powers. I found myself getting annoyed with the…
  • Sci-fi and Fantasy Friday {ARCs and $5 Giftcards Weekly!}

    Anya
    21 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Link-up Your Sci-fi and Fantasy Reviews and Giveaways! I’m a huge sci-fi and fantasy fan, to the point that that is really all I read anymore. Therefore, I decided to start a weekly feature where I get all of you to gather the sf/f reviews and giveaways you’ve published and found so that we can all discover new books, blogs, and giveaways in our favorite genres! Congrats to this past weeks’ winners, enjoy your books! Now that the craziness of a wedding is past, let’s add some new books to the giveaway pile! Every week I’ll pick a random link and the email address…
  • The Mad Apprentice by Django Wexler Audiobook {4 Stars}

    Anya
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Mad Apprentice by Django Wexler is the sequel to The Forbidden Library, a story of a girl with the power to enter books, bind magical creatures to her, and summon their powers back in the real world. The world of the Readers is dark and dangerous though, and The Mad Apprentice delves into just what happens when a Reader loses control of his apprentices and creatures! There aren’t major spoilers below since The Mad Apprentice stands alone pretty well, but feel free to check out my review of book one instead to be safe ;-). Note: I received an audiobook copy of The Mad…
  • The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness + Swag Giveaway!

    Anya
    20 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Book of Life + Swag! To celebrate the release of The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness in paperback, Penguin has offered a whole lot of cool stuff for me to giveaway to one lucky winner! If you missed out on the Commonplace book giveaways previously, now is your chance to snag one along with some awesome other goodies and a paperback of The Book of Life :D. So what all will one lucky winner get? A SIGNED copy of Diana’s Commonplace book: A paperback of The Book of Life A ouroboros design mirror (pictured at the top!) All Souls alchemical buttons: Basically all the swag an All Souls…
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik eARC {5 Stars}

    Anya
    19 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Uprooted by Naomi Novik took me completely by surprised and I can’t remember the last time I loved a book so much. Uprooted is the story of a girl from a small village who ends up living the not-so-happy fairytales of her childhood, but as long as she has friends and allies on her side, she can take that terrifying Wood! If you are a fan of creepy and dark fairytales, Uprooted is basically a new tale to add to the classics so don’t miss out :D. Note: I received an advanced copy of Uprooted from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version. Uprooted by Naomi…
 
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    ATG Reviews

  • All-New X-Men: Here To Stay Comic Review

    The_Wanderer
    21 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    All-New X-Men Volume Two(Spoilers for All-New X-Men Volume One are below).Buy on Amazon!Yesterday’s X-Men brought the original five X-Men into the future where they’ve met the current X-Men. Taking place after the Avengers vs. X-Men sequence, the younger X-Men learn about their future fates, and they make a surprising decision at the end of the first volume and choose to stay in the future.The first volume of All-New X-Men really surprised me and gave me a lot of hope for this relaunch. Jean Grey is still struggling to deal with her death, and with the discovery of her psychic…
  • Ghost World Graphic Novel Review

    The_Wanderer
    18 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    I Can’t Relate To 99% Of HumanityBuy on Amazon!If The Catcher in the Rye’s Holden Caufield ever had a twin it would have to be Ghost World’s Enid Coleslaw. These two characters hate everything about the world.  Every person. Every place. Every thing.  On and on it goes. While Catcher in the Rye builds towards an emotional climax that finally reveals the one thing Holden does enjoy, Enid’s on the other hand is left in a lot of ambiguityGhost World is a segment from author Daniel Clowes’s Eight Ball series. Since its release in the mid-90s, it has become a cult…
  • Our Interview With S.C. Flynn

    The_Wanderer
    17 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    Full Interview can be found hereWe were recently asked to participate in S.C. Flynn’s ambitious new interview project on his blog SCy-Fy.  The project consists of interviewing over sixty different science fiction and fantasy blogs about the current state of fantasy and science fiction as well as what the blogging process looks like.So once again thank you to S.C. Flynn for interviewing us.  We had a lot of fun thinking of answers to these questions.  You can check out the full interview by clicking the link at the top of the page.The post Our Interview With S.C. Flynn appeared first…
  • Mad Max: Fury Road Film Review

    The World Weary
    15 May 2015 | 1:22 pm
    No, I’ll Not Carrion ComfortIt was damn near impossible to avoid the media blitz surrounding Mad Max:Fury Road. Typically I try to avoid as many reviews or other articles as I can, but it’s kinda hard when half of your Facebook feed is nothing but “Mad Max has a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes!”. Regardless, I was amped for this movie already. The trailers looked phenomenal, I really like Tom Hardy, and there looked to be a nice balance of practical and CG effects. What could go wrong?So I went into the latest pre-open show available at my local theater, and sat down in a…
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

    The_Wanderer
    14 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    It was tough work, carrying 220 pounds of sociopath to the top of Gotham Towers — the highest spot in the city. The scream alone is worth it.Buy on Amazon!Frank Miller’s take on Batman in 1986s The Dark Knight Returns ushered in a new style and era for the long-time caped crusader.  Gone are the never ending onomatopoeia’s, the campy one-liners, and the silly humor. The darker, morally conflicted version of Batman reached its prominence with this comic, and it certainly delivers one of the most thoughtful superhero stories out there.At age seventy, Commissioner James Gordon is…
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  • Fiction: Yar’s Plume

    Vasileios Kalampakas
    21 May 2015 | 9:02 am
    In the fiction piece Yar's Plume, the main character is too valuable to throw away, too dangerous to let be. It was uncomfortably chilly on the night we saw each other last. I remember the methane snow flakes and the carbon ice, the first time around. The landscape around the Plume had unusually eerie feeling. Even a really long displacement such as the one I was going through now could not approximate the feeling. The memory somehow made the hair on my back rise. A distant, logical and pedantic part of my troubled, aching mind sought to inform the other part – the instinctive,…
  • How Good Are You At Scientist Trivia?

    Edward Simmons
    20 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    Take this quiz to find out how good you are at scientist trivia. Written By EDWARD SIMMONS Having worked for several exhibitions merging the universes of science and art, Simmons is no stranger to the beauty of nature. Simmons now works for OMNI Reboot as a freelance curator, allowing him to pursue his passion for natural photography. Find out how good you are at scientist trivia by taking this quiz. A scientist, in a broad sense, is one engaging in a systematic activity to acquire knowledge. In a more restricted sense, a scientist may refer to an individual who uses the scientific method.
  • Dune: the Most Important Science Fiction Art Ever

    Jeff Love
    20 May 2015 | 6:28 am
    If there's anywhere the old axiom about judging a book by its cover holds true, it's science fiction. Few authors and the artists employed to visualize their stories achieve a real dialogue; more often than not, throughout the history of science fiction, literature of real depth is sold with flashy aliens and cosmic exaggerations. An extraordinary illustrator, however, is capable of contributing to a piece of literature just as meaningfully as its author. In the case of an artist like John Schoenherr, he becomes the work's joint architect–and leaves a mark no less indelible. Schoenherr's…
  • Emilia Clarke is the New Sarah Connor for Terminator: Genisys

    Josh Epstein
    19 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    One of the most anticipated films of 2015 is Terminator: Genysis, the fifth film in the Terminator series. Featuring some very big names, one of them being the man himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger (formerly known as "The Governator"). An intriguing addition to the cast is Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, best known for her role as Daenerys on HBO's mega smash Game of Thrones. Formerly portrayed by Game of Thrones co-star Lena Headey, this will be Clarke's first major production. This will be the first film released in the Terminator franchise since 2009's Terminator: Salvation, which was fairly…
  • A New Hope for Star Wars

    DS Peters
    19 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    Is JJ Abrams bringing new hope to Star Wars? The second trailer for Star Wars VII was released and instantly fans expressed their euphoric feelings via social media. And within seconds, directly beneath these hastily typed exclamations the cynics expressed not-so-much their doubts, but their certainties as to why the movie will be a let-down. “Again, what’s with the black stormtrooper?” “Don’t get too excited, that’s not the same Harrison Ford who played Han.” “This will be mediocre, at best.” “Abrams should stick to ruining Star Trek.” Let’s begin with the…
 
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  • Dungeon Crawl - Part 13

    Revens Fang
    15 May 2015 | 2:12 am
    Missner's men made straight fro the rock platform to catch Krassner. A couple broke off and headed to Reven with the elderly man in tow. The brunette had already scaled the wall to the rock where she thought she would find Krassner laying but she only found disappointment. She barked orders at the men who arrived in her stead and they fanned out into the shadows to try and pick up the sorcerers trail. She called out updating Master Missner as he neared Reven and his recumbent friend Borengar. He dismissed the woman's words with a wave of his hand and focused on the…
  • Dungeon Crawl - Part 12

    Revens Fang
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:49 am
    Reven sailed through the air toward the floor. A large rock span into view as he descended. He hit the top, half sliding, half rolling and skidded down the sloped surface of the stone before coming to a rough stop at its base. Borengar wasn't so lucky and was thrown against the hard surface just below where the rock sloped away. He hit it with a crunch and a howl of pain and then fell to the ground in silence, landing in a heap on the opposite side to where Reven was now scrambling to his feet.Reven raced round the base of the rock, trying not to slip on the moist stone and moss of the…
  • Dungeon Crawl - Part 11

    Revens Fang
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:37 am
    Reven and Borengar stood as still as statues as Krassner's words echoed from the walls of the vast cavern. They were on at the top of a stone stairway that had been carved into the rock at the back of the cavern. Below them hundreds of eyes looked up at their position. The dancing goblin shamans piercing shriek interrupted the silence as he raised a pointed finger at the pair and barked something in its foul tongue. As one the mass of goblins surged toward the bottom of the staircase. 'Shit', shouted Borengar as he made to run back up the sloping passage way that led away from…
  • Reven's Fang Artwork

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    24 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
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  • Black Magic news and an apology

    mistymikes.com
    22 May 2015 | 7:40 am
    So, I know I haven’t been as entertaining lately as I was there for awhile…  Trying to crank out short stories every week, while also working on finishing my first novel, while also working a full time day job turned out to be a little too much…   BUT, I’m not here to whine about all of that.  I have a pretty good life, even if I can’t fit as much into it as I would like to! These last few weeks, I’ve been spending every spare moment I could steal working on the second draft for Black Magic.  The revision class I’m taking from Holly Lisle has…
  • Sometimes I like to overthink things

    mistymikes.com
    11 May 2015 | 6:32 am
    Today I’m roasting a chicken.  Every now and then, I like to do this because with one round of cooking, I can provide meals for two or three days for both me and my brother. It’s been awhile since I cooked a whole chicken, though, so I was poking around online to remind myself of best practices, and it occured to me that cooking really is kind of a microcosm for life. For example: If you are a good cook, chances are that people who don’t know how to cook will think that you were simply born with the “cooking gene.” Even if you’ve spent countless hours…
  • I’m actually an optimist. I promise.

    mistymikes.com
    5 May 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Thought for the day: If you ever find yourself laboring under the delusion that you are unique in your pain, always remember that you are one with an invisible horde of sufferers. Every day, throngs of people live out their secret dramas in silence.  Some of them you know, some you will never meet.  They suffer behind a smile, hiding their pain just to make it through the day. No matter how lonely you feel, you are never alone. You are surrounded by millions of spiritual siblings, who each feel just as alone as you do. Is there anyone out there who finds this as weirdly uplifting as I do?
  • There’s a hole in my story

    mistymikes.com
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:52 am
    *Sung to the tune of “There’s a Hole in the Bucket” Writer: There’s a hole in my story, dear Muse, dear Muse, There’s a hole in my story, dear Muse, There’s a hole! Muse: So fill it, dear Writer, dear Writer, dear Writer, So fill it, dear Writer, dear Writer, Fill the hole! Writer: With what shall I fill it, dear Muse, dear Muse? With what shall I fill it, dear Muse? With what? Muse: With a plot twist, dear Writer, dear Writer, dear Writer, With a plot twist, dear Writer, dear Writer, With a plot twist! Writer: But my plot won’t twist, dear Muse,…
  • What it’s like to write anything, ever

    mistymikes.com
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    0% finished: Oh. My. God.  I just had the greatest idea that has ever been had by any person ever in the history of people.  This is going to be the shit.  It is going to be epic.  It is going to CHANGE THE WAY PEOPLE THINK ABOUT MY TOPIC FOREVER!  I AM A GENIUS! 10% finished: ….Okay, so maybe this isn’t as original as I thought.  And maybe it’s going to be harder than I thought.  But it’s still a good idea.  Hey, we’re still having fun! 20% finished: Wait.  What is going on.  How did I miss that big gaping hole I just fell into?  Maybe I’m not…
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