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  • Guest Post: A sense of place by Matthew De Abaitua

    Dag R.
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    A sense of place is important in fiction. The author Will Self observes that ‘all really great fiction is in some sense about place’. In science fiction and fantasy, we talk about worldbuilding, the techniques required to convince the reader of the imaginary situation and setting of the novel. A sense of place is different […]
  • Monday music: "Freya, Shakti" and "The Seven"

    KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:59 pm
    There's a wonderful Atlanta-based band called Emerald Rose. They have a nifty song called "Freya, Shakti," which invokes seven different names of the goddesses of the Earth from different cultures and religions. Here's their live performance of the song:The Boogie Knights met Emerald Rose at Dragon Con one year, and after the show, we put together our own version of the song, which also invokes seven names. Here's us doing it live at Dragon Con in 2007:
  • Quantum Night cover reveal on September 1

    Robert J. Sawyer
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:33 pm
    On Tuesday morning (Eastern time), September 1, I will unveil the gorgeous cover for my 23rd novel, Quantum Night. That’s six months to the day in advance of publication: the book will be released in hardcover, ebook, and as an audiobook on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Email
  • New Books and ARCs, 8/31/15 + Reminder: Dayton Tour Stop 9/1/15!

    John Scalzi
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    First: Look, the last stack of new books/ARCs of August, and there’s some very fine work in here. Tell me which things trip your trigger in the comments. Second: A reminder that tomorrow, September 1st, I will be at Books & Co in Dayton (the The Greene Shopping Center) for a tour stop. 7pm! Come on by and see me actually rested for an event for once! And Columbus, remember I’ll be visiting you at the OSU Bookstore on the 3rd; more details on that to come.
  • Developmental or Content Editing

    Magical Words
    Melissa Gilbert
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Hey there! Many of you are preparing for DragonCon, a lovely place where you are bound to catch all kinds of ideas for new stories and new character developments. Then, in a few weeks or months, you may have a first draft of a shiny new novel or short story. You’ll do all the things you need to do: shut it away in a drawer, revise it, ask someone to read it, revise it, threaten to throw it in the trash, etc. But, soon, you will be ready for the first editing step. That step is developmental editing. For many years, I wanted to be a developmental editor for YA fiction. I’ve learned…
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  • Guest Post: A sense of place by Matthew De Abaitua

    Dag R.
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    A sense of place is important in fiction. The author Will Self observes that ‘all really great fiction is in some sense about place’. In science fiction and fantasy, we talk about worldbuilding, the techniques required to convince the reader of the imaginary situation and setting of the novel. A sense of place is different […]
  • Film review: Scanners (Blu ray)

    David Paul Hellings
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:40 am
    Review by David Paul Hellings. @HellingsOnFilm “Drifter Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack – “Dead Ringers”) is plagued by incessant voices in his head, unaware that he is a “Scanner” – a person with extraordinary powers who can not only read minds but literally tear them apart. He soon encounters Dr. Paul Ruth (Patrick McGoohan – “The […]
  • The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

    Mark Yon
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s taken a little bit longer (about six months) to arrive here in the UK than with my colleagues in the USA, but I’m pleased to finally get to read The Three-Body Problem (3BP). From the publisher: “With the scope of Dune and the commercial action of Independence Day, this near-future trilogy is the first […]
  • Paolo Bacigalupi Interview

    Luke Brown
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    I am writing following the release of your latest novel The Water Knife, which I was lucky enough to read and review for SFFWorld thanks to the kind people at Orbit. The Water Knife is a science fiction thriller set in a near future where climate change has resulted in water scarcity in the South-western US, and […]
  • N.E. White

    Dag R.
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    As part of’s Member Spotlight Series it’s time we turned it all around and talked to Nila, who has spent all this time interviewing everyone else. What’s your’s forum alias and why did you pick it? It used to be tmso, but on the odd chance someone might be looking for me, I […]
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    KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life

  • Monday music: "Freya, Shakti" and "The Seven"

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:59 pm
    There's a wonderful Atlanta-based band called Emerald Rose. They have a nifty song called "Freya, Shakti," which invokes seven different names of the goddesses of the Earth from different cultures and religions. Here's their live performance of the song:The Boogie Knights met Emerald Rose at Dragon Con one year, and after the show, we put together our own version of the song, which also invokes seven names. Here's us doing it live at Dragon Con in 2007:
  • a nice review of The X-Files: Trust No One

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:21 pm
    Patrick Hayes of Sci-Fi Pulse wrote a very favorable review of the new X-Files anthology Trust No One, which I have a story in. In fact, Patrick really really liked my story....Money quote:“Back in El Paso My Life Will Be Worthless” by Keith R.A. DeCandido is the best tale of the collection. Special Agent Jack Colt has to reinvestigate a serial killer he caught, but Mulder and Scully are assigned to go with him. This story felt like a lost episode.
  • my Sunday feeling

    30 Aug 2015 | 9:51 am
    Been a very karate-filled week, as Shihan went on vacation, and I was the one who wound up with the most teaching duties out of all of us black belts who were conscripted to substitute. I assisted Senpai Cliff with the four kids classes last Saturday and taught the adult class, I assisted Senpai Charles with the one kids and two adult classes Monday, taught both kids classes and assisted Senpai Liza with the adult class Tuesday, assisted Senpai Charles with one kids class and then taught another with Senpai Charles assisting me on Thursday, and then taught all four kids classes (with some…
  • the Stargate Rewatch: Universe season 1

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:59 pm
    The Stargate franchise goes for a Battlestar Galactica vibe, with decidedly mixed results. The Stargate Rewatch looks at Universe season one.An excerpt:Galactica‘s crew were not the best of the best—they were the failures who were sent to the clapped-out ship being retired because they weren’t talented enough to be on the good ships. That was part of the point, that the last survivors of Caprica were the losers and ne’er-do-wells. Universe‘s crew are also not the best of the best—which makes absolutely no sense because the SGC is a top-secret program that only has the best of the…
  • Friday fanfare: "Santa Claus Got Eaten by the Kraken"

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:12 am
    At MALcon a couple weeks ago, one of the musical guests was an a cappella group called Pandora Celtica. I caught bits of one of their concerts, and this song in particular totally sold me on them. I bought two of their CDs including their Yule album On Thin Ice, which has the song below as well as a lovely rendition of "Carol of the Bells" and some other great stuff. They will also be at Dragon Con, so if you're going, try to check them out!
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    Robert J. Sawyer

  • Quantum Night cover reveal on September 1

    26 Aug 2015 | 4:33 pm
    On Tuesday morning (Eastern time), September 1, I will unveil the gorgeous cover for my 23rd novel, Quantum Night. That’s six months to the day in advance of publication: the book will be released in hardcover, ebook, and as an audiobook on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Email
  • My 23rd novel will be called Quantum Night

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:34 am
    We still don’t have a cover, but we at last have a final title: my 23rd novel, coming March 1st, 2016, is now officially called: QUANTUM NIGHT I’ve never had a title go through so many changes, but with having two different American editors during the creation of this book, a Canadian editor, and separate marketing and sales departments on both sides of the border, there was a lot of back and forth — which was actually nice: it meant everybody was invested in the book. Here, in chronological order, are the titles this novel has had: * Thoughtless (but my US editor Ginjer…
  • 15 years of national bestsellerdom

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Speaking, as we were yesterday, of bestsellers lists, it was fifteen years ago today, July 29, 2000, that I first hit a national top-ten mainstream bestsellers list in Canada. My Calculating God hit #8 on the Globe and Mail fiction bestsellers list, and the following week, it hit #7 on the fiction list in Maclean’s, Canada’s national newsmagazine. The wonderful folks at H.B. Fenn and Company, the Canadian distributor for Tor Books at the time, surprised me with this beautiful (and large!) commemorative poster (click for larger version). As I noted in my journal for September 7,…
  • “Bestselling author” has become a meaningless term

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    Before the Amazon/self-publishing revolution debased/democratized (take your pick) the term, “bestsellerdom” was easy to ascertain: a book was a bestseller when it appeared on a recognized published-in-print bestsellers list (the most important of which was the one in The New York Times). Such lists do appear still in newspapers and magazines (in Canada, the important ones are the national ones appearing in The Globe and Mail and Maclean’s, Canada’s weekly newsmagazine). Unfortunately, Amazon has provided so many sub-sub-sub categories that we’re just this side…
  • Crowdfunding

    23 Jul 2015 | 8:44 am
    I see lots of authors trying to fund the time to write their books via Kickstarter or Indiegogo, and I daily get requests from some of them to promote their campaigns on my Facebook wall. I haven’t figured out my stance on all this yet. Certainly, when I was writing my early books (I wrote my first three novels without contracts, and so without advances prior to their completion), I had to make sacrifices (working my ass off to earn enough money ahead of time so that I could afford to take time off from the nonfiction and corporate freelance writing I was doing then to pursue this).
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  • New Books and ARCs, 8/31/15 + Reminder: Dayton Tour Stop 9/1/15!

    John Scalzi
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    First: Look, the last stack of new books/ARCs of August, and there’s some very fine work in here. Tell me which things trip your trigger in the comments. Second: A reminder that tomorrow, September 1st, I will be at Books & Co in Dayton (the The Greene Shopping Center) for a tour stop. 7pm! Come on by and see me actually rested for an event for once! And Columbus, remember I’ll be visiting you at the OSU Bookstore on the 3rd; more details on that to come.
  • In Which Marian Call is Remarkably Clear-Eyed and Sensible About Kickstarter Projects

    John Scalzi
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:52 am
    Musician Marian Call, who is currently Kickstarting her upcoming album, has written a long piece on her blog about what it takes to Kickstart a project, and — critically — throws in numbers and figures to back up her thoughts and comments. The result is a genuinely super-useful piece that should be required reading for anyone thinking of crowdfunding a project, no matter the size. Marian is very smart and very on point. Go learn from her. On a personal note, Marian confirms that the amount of work involved in successfully pulling of a Kickstarter-like crowdfunding project is…
  • Reminder: The Audio For “John Scalzi is Not a Popular Author” is Up!

    John Scalzi
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:24 am
    I said I would post the audiobook version today, but we got to our stretch goal of $10,000 so fast I posted it over the weekend to thank people. So for those of you who don’t loiter on the Internet during the weekends, the complete audio, including the downloadable version, is here. Go get it! I’m also super-pleased to say that as of 7:45 this morning, we raised $10,987.59 for Con or Bust, which funds conventions memberships for people of color. That’s a lot of convention memberships, and I’m really proud that of that accomplishment. (Also, for those worried about it,…
  • A Thing Not to Do When You’re Smart

    John Scalzi
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:23 pm
    Pro tip: Bragging about your Mensa card as an actual adult signals that while you may be "smart," you almost certainly are not wise. — John Scalzi (@scalzi) August 31, 2015 In the various recent kerfuffles surrounding science fiction and its awards, there have been a couple of people (and their spouses, declaiming about their beloved) who have been slapping down Mensa cards as proof that they (or their spouse) are smart. Let me just say this about that: Oh, my sweet summer children. Just don’t. If you want to be in Mensa, that’s fine. Everyone needs hobbies and…
  • Post Tour Thoughts, etc

    John Scalzi
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:47 am
    Quick thoughts on touring and etc.  * First, here’s a video of me and Tad Williams doing our thing at the stop at Kepler’s, in Menlo Park. This was two days after the Hugos, and if you’re curious to hear my thoughts on that event, they start at at 28:42. But most of it is about writing and kids and not being a goth in high school, and other such things. It’s atypical of most of my tour stops, because I don’t do a reading, but it was a lot of fun, and I think you’ll enjoy it. It was recorded by Deborah Beale, Tad’s wife. The first two minutes are a…
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    Magical Words

  • Developmental or Content Editing

    Melissa Gilbert
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Hey there! Many of you are preparing for DragonCon, a lovely place where you are bound to catch all kinds of ideas for new stories and new character developments. Then, in a few weeks or months, you may have a first draft of a shiny new novel or short story. You’ll do all the things you need to do: shut it away in a drawer, revise it, ask someone to read it, revise it, threaten to throw it in the trash, etc. But, soon, you will be ready for the first editing step. That step is developmental editing. For many years, I wanted to be a developmental editor for YA fiction. I’ve learned…
  • Things That Help Me Write

    Misty Massey
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:06 am
    Everyone has something that helps them get cranking on whatever writing projects they have going on.  Some folks need music, others need to be in their local coffee shop.  So I decided to make a list of the things that help me put words on the paper. My Andrés Segovia Bach CD on repeat. Soft rain outside my open window (especially on weekends when I can stay in my chair all day.) A hot cup of coffee (or a cold glass of berry tea.) Sudden ideas that pop into my head when I’m driving or showering. (Why haven’t I bought bath crayons to write these down on the shower wall?) The…
  • How to stay safe at a con

    John G. Hartness
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:34 am
    This was supposed to be my tongue-in-cheek 2015 Con Survival Guide, but as of Wednesday morning I am reminded that things aren’t really very tongue-in-cheek, are they? The Alison Parker and Adam Ward were just doing their job at a water park this week when they were shot and killed by a man whose name I will not publicize. I will not politicize this blog, and offer no comment on this shooting other than to offer my heartfelt sympathies to their families and to drive home the fact that no matter how innocuous the setting, please take precautions to be safe. There are bad people out…
  • David B. Coe: Ideas and the Creative Act of Faith

    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    This will be my last post on Magical Words for a while. My two months here for the promotion of Dead Man’s Reach and His Father’s Eyes is over, and my larger promotional campaign, my Summer-of-Two-Releases Virtual Tour, is winding down. I think all this work has paid off; I hope it has. I’d like to see some nice sales numbers for these two books I love so much. My focus now is on my next project, which is only just beginning to take shape. I have a magic system — one I really, really like — and I have a couple of characters in mind. But I don’t yet have a plot, or a…
  • When you don’t write what you know: RESEARCH!

    Tamsin Silver
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
     In “The Curse of Scáthach,” Tamsin L. Silver has created an intriguing and fast-paced story set in the wild west. It’s the right balance of historic accuracy and flight of fancy to please fans of weird westerns and historical fantasy. Saddle up and go read it! R.S. Belcher (The Six-Gun Tarot, The Shotgun Arcana, and Nightwise) I originally had opened this with a different picture, but seeing as I’m over the moon right now with this amazing quote I got today about my short story from RS Belcher, I thought I could bask in it for a moment. You’ll forgive me, right? This…
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    No Fear of the Future

  • On the spaying and neutering of puppies, sad, rabid and otherwise

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:16 am
    The 2015 Hugo Awards have come and gone, resulting in a record five (5) categories where "No Award" was given in response to the Sad Puppy/Rabid Puppy attempts to game the system and ensure the treasured rocket ship trophy went to those deemed appropriate by their particular clique. Log rolling's happened with the Hugo Awards before, as well as the Nebula Awards, but this is the first instance I am aware of where said efforts were fueled primarily by ideology as opposed to friendship and/or personal desire. To put this in context, there have only been five total "No Awards" in the entire…
  • Armadillocon 2015 in the rear view mirror

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Armadillocon has come and gone for another year. The 2015 edition was a very good one, indeed. Attendance seemed significantly up from last year, panels were well-attended and an energy permeated the con that had been absent in recent years. Most everyone I talked with seemed to feel the same. The guest lineup--GoH Ken Liu, Special GoH James Morrow, Editor GoH L. Timmel Duchamp, Fan GoH John DeNardo, Toastmaster Stina Leicht and Artist GoH Rocky Kelley--was very active and accessible, interacting with attendees and panelists all weekend. There was an impressive number of new panelists as…
  • Terry Pratchett (1948-2015)

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    Sir Terry Pratchett died yesterday after a battle with early-onset Alzheimers. People far more eloquent than I have eulogized him elsewhere, and the hundreds of obituaries provide far more detail and understanding of the man and his life than I could hope to compete with. So I will just stick to what I know. I didn't enjoy Pratchett's books. This disappointed me greatly. I remember getting The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic via the Science Fiction Book Club not all that long after they became available in the U.S. and being distressingly unmoved by them. I'm not sure I laughed even…
  • Babylon 5: The War Prayer

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    I am re-watching the entire Babylon 5 television series. I had not seen a single episode since B5 completed its tumultuous run. Does J. Michael Straczynski still have the touch? Come along and find out. In Valen's Name: Old friends and relatives dominate this episode, "The War Prayer." Delenn is meeting with an old friend, Shaal Mayan, a famed Minbari poet on her way to Earth for a major artistic tour/performance. She is to give a poetry recital on Babylon 5 later, before she departs for Earth. A Centauri ship arrives with detainees--young-adult Centauri lovers, Kiron and Aria, who are…
  • Babylon 5: Mind War

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    I am re-watching the entire Babylon 5 television series. I had not seen a single episode since B5 completed its tumultuous run. Does J. Michael Straczynski still have the touch? Come along and find out. In Valen's Name: Talia Winters' telepath mentor, Jason Ironheart, shows up on Babylon 5, running from the Psi Corps. He had volunteered for Psi Corps research into creating stronger telepaths. It turned out that the experimental treatment was intended to create stable telekinetics, and succeeded in spectacular fashion. Not only could Ironheart manipulate matter and energy with his mind, he…
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  • New Blogger!

    30 Aug 2015 | 3:55 pm
    I'm excited to let you all know that we're getting a new blogger here.  My friend Michaela Roessner will be joining us and start posting soon.  If you don't know Michaela, she's a fellow Brazen Hussy, a Campbell and Crawford Award winner, a visual artist, a black belt in Aikido, and a fantastic cook.  She's written four novels and many short stories and she teaches writing at Western State Colorado University and Gotham Writers' Workshop.  She's so busy and productive, in fact, that whenever I think about everything she's done and is doing I…
  • New Review at LOCUS ONLINE

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:45 pm
    I take a gander at a new story collection:
  • Late Thoughts about the Hugos

    26 Aug 2015 | 3:19 pm
    On the whole I think it was the best possible outcome.  Voting for No Award isn't optimal, of course, but if the nominees are terrible that's the only logical choice.  I probably would have cheered when No Award was announced in the Puppy-dominated categories, out of a pent-up sense of relief, but on reflection I can see where it might not have been a polite thing to do.  I've been there, losing awards, and it doesn't feel great.*  I can only imagine how much worse it would feel if people were applauding the fact that you didn't win.One thing that…
  • Panels at Necronomicon

    25 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    Here are two panels I was on.
  • New Review at LOCUS ONLINE

    20 Aug 2015 | 8:05 pm
    I take a gander at Wesley Chu's 4th novel:
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    Joe Abercrombie

  • Sharp Ends

    Joe Abercrombie
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:27 am
    I’m delighted to announce that my collection of short stories is (nearly) complete and will be published by Gollancz in the UK and Orbit in the US in April 2016.  It shall be called Sharp Ends: Stories from the World of the First Law, and will contain 13 stories, all set in the Circle of the World over a period that starts some ten years before the beginning of The Blade Itself and ends a few years after Red Country closes, featuring a rogue’s gallery of familiar and unfamiliar characters.  Most of these have been (or will have been) published somewhere else before –…
  • Recent TV

    Joe Abercrombie
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:57 am
    Sons of Anarchy Season 7: Sons of Anarchy has been a frustratingly mixed bag for me right from the start.  At its best it’s been tough and twisty as a mean rattler with some great characters and jaw dropping shocks.  At its worst it’s been nonsensical, melodramatic, and really quite silly.  Without Ron Perlman’s gravelly presence to counterbalance idealistic Charlie Hunnam there’s a sense that the Harleys may be running on empty as this final season commences. The engines do start to rev after a while, and it builds up to a suitably Hamlet-like bloodbath in the…
  • One Week until Half a War…

    Joe Abercrombie
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:32 am
    Half a War comes out in the UK in hardcover, e-book and audiobook in but 7 short days.  Here be its cover… And here be its blurb… 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 an uneasy…
  • The First Law Trilogy goes into Orbit

    Joe Abercrombie
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:50 am
    I’m delighted to announce that in September, Orbit Books are going to be re-releasing the First Law Trilogy in the US.  They’ve been publishing the standalone books since the start, and will be publishing a collection of short stories in the same world early next year, so this will put all the First Law books under one roof. We’re working on a new cover approach for all six, but in the meantime they’ll have a contemporary twist on the original cover treatment… E-books should be unaffected in the short term, but availability of the physical books might be patchy…
  • SFX on Half a War

    Joe Abercrombie
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:19 am
    SFX, the world’s biggest SF&F magazine, have spoken on the forthcoming Half a War, and they have spoken 5 starrily: “The final instalment in the Shattered Sea series is the perfect ending to an outstanding YA trilogy … Joe Abercrombie has long been the master of grim and gritty fantasy, but Half a War proves that he’s got all the skills of a master romance writer. The battles are bloody, the twists are shocking, and the deaths are heartbreaking.” As it happens, SciFi Now also have an early review, and they quite liked it too… “In his Shattered…
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    Ann Aguirre

  • August Contest

    Ann Aguirre
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:33 am
    You love that title, don’t you? It’s relevant in two ways because 1) this is August and 2) August also means “inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic.” Wow, suddenly this contest has a lot to live up to. But more importantly, WORD PLAY. There is also a third feature; August is the month I was born, so I’m about to level up again, life-wise. In… 10 days. Which is coincidentally when I plan to wrap up this contest. Okay, it’s not a coincidence at all.  So basically, here’s the deal. I have a bunch of books on…
  • Pre-Order Public Enemies and Get a Bonus Short Story

    Melissa Jolly
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Public Enemies, Book 2 in the Immortal Game Trilogy, will be out on 8/4/15. I hope you’re excited to see what’s next for Edie and Kian. As an author, I really appreciate when readers pre-order my books. So, I’ve decided to offer a special thank you to anyone that pre-orders Public Enemies in the form of an early look at Bad Omen Birds, a Harbinger short story.       Here’s all you have to do: Pre-Order Public Enemies Fill Out this (very short) Form GET THE HARBINGER SHORT STORY!! Pre-Order Here: Amazon | B&N | BAM | Indiebound | Vroman’s | Book…
  • YA book announcement

    Ann Aguirre
    17 Jun 2015 | 2:43 pm
    In case you don’t follow social media, I wanted to talk about my new book deal. If you scroll down in that article, you’ll see that I’ve sold a novel set in the Razorland series. This isn’t a sequel in the traditional sense; rather I would call it a companion novel, like the novella I wrote about Thimble and Stone.  This story will center around Tegan of the Staff aka Doctor Tegan, and the warrior-poet who loves her, James Morrow. Gavin will probably also join their adventures and possibly Millie, the girl who saved the world and didn’t even know it. Szarok may…
  • YA Scavenger Hunt: Go Team Teal!

    Melissa Jolly
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Updated 4/6/15 – This hunt is over. Today kicks off the Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt, and there are tons of great prizes to be won. You decide how much effort to put into it, but the rewards will definitely be commensurate with the time you spend visiting various sites and gathering clues. There are eight teams: RED, BLUE,GOLD,GREEN, ORANGE,TEAL,PURPLE,& PINK. I’m on the TEAL team this time around. If at any point, you get stuck, check out the How to Hunt page for help. At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for…
  • YA Scavenger Hunt: Red Team Go!

    Ann Aguirre
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    UPDATE 10/6/14 – THIS HUNT IS OVER Today kicks off a Fall YA Scavenger Hunt, and there are tons of great prizes to be won. You decide how much effort to put into it, but the rewards will definitely be commensurate with the time you spend visiting various sites and gathering clues. There are six teams: RED, GOLD, GREEN, ORANGE, INDIE and BLUE. I’m on the RED team, myself. If at any point, you get stuck, check out the How to Hunt page for help. At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you…
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  • Sauce Two.

    Neal Asher
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:22 am
    Right, while planning out the various things I was going to do today, I picked my latest crop of chillies. I then weighed the total and realised I had enough for one batch of chilli sauce (check the recipe 2 posts back).As a result my planned hour of Greek reading, my aim to write out something, and my intention to head down to Makrigialos all went out the window. Because it was time to make sauce.     This is one lot made, though I suspect I’ll be boiling it all again and adding cornflour because it’s not quite thick enough.Meanwhile, for those who come here for news…
  • Self Examination

    Neal Asher
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:56 am
    It has been my experience that a person’s surroundings often reflect the state of their mind. When I worked in engineering (on a milling machine) those with the muckiest work benches scattered with oily tools and swarf were the slowest and most untidy workers. I always spent time cleaning down my bench and my milling machine, and I still worked faster than others. Tidy mind; tidy surroundings.Today I cleaned my house because sometimes if you tidy your surroundings it helps to tidy your mind. Recently I experienced a disfunction of my mind I’d never had before. I’m not going to go into…
  • Sauce!

    Neal Asher
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:28 pm
    When I first started gardening on Crete I tried growing all the usuals like cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, salads and various fruits including grapes. I’ve since discovered that cucumbers tomatoes and peppers are so cheap it’s better to buy them and that grapes over my pergola just get annihilated by the wind and leave a mess over my terrace.I tried various seeds bought in UK garden centres and had some successes and some failures. But always the best was to collect seeds and cuttings here and use them. One day while walking through a small village called Vori I saw, growing in a pot,…
  • Catching Up Yet Again *Sigh*

    Neal Asher
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:18 am
    Sorry if I'm repeating myself here but I don't want to check back. It is time to write and move on...Yet again I have been lax about writing blog posts, and that must change. I could make the excuse that it’s because I have been so busy I just could not spare the time but that would be bullshit. The reality is that I’ve had plenty of time at a laptop or my ipad and spent most of it on Twitter or Facebook. They are so easy; too easy.So, where am I? I’ve been lazy still — on the writing front. All I have done this Summer is a scattering of interviews, some editing work, and made a few…
  • Dark Intelligence Paperback Cover.

    Neal Asher
    25 Jul 2015 | 2:58 am
    Available on 5th January 2016. 
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    Max Barry

  • Sport is Squiggly

    31 Aug 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Maaaaaaaaaaaaaax! Why is The Squiggle hidden away as some kind of secret page/club instead of being linked from the front? Are you ashamed of your love of AFL? Your love of Richmond (it’s ok, there’s dozens of you. Dozens!)? Talk about the footy some time, educate the Americans. Bob I have actually blogged about Australian Rules Football once before. I shouldn’t have, because no-one cares, but I did. If you’re not familiar with AFL, here is a summary: What I love about sport is how pointless it is. There is literally no reason to care who wins anything. But if you do…
  • My Shorts

    24 Aug 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Why don’t you write more short stories? Bruno Why don’t YOU write more short stories, Bruno, since they’re so easy. I dunno, I’m just less interested in shorts. I’ve never fallen in love with a short story the way I’ve loved plenty of novels. I like how they can be tricky. If you have a great idea for an ending and not much else, a short story is ideal. But this also annoys me a little as a reader, too, like the whole time the author is trying to outsmart me. Then it’s, yes, wow, you got me, I did not realize that whole family was going to die. Well…
  • The Unpublished

    14 Aug 2015 | 7:55 am
    Was there ever a book that didn’t get published that you really thought would be a shoe in? If yes, is there a way you could provide us, your local fans, a way to read it anyways? Hobson This question has an unsatisfying answer. I just want to warn you about that up front. Yes, I’ve written books I thought would be published but weren’t. There was one before Syrup, two between that and Jennifer Government, then one before Company, another before Machine Man, then I managed to go straight to Lexicon, and since then I’ve written four or five partials, two of which are…
  • How I Name Characters

    11 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    How do you decide on the name of the characters? I have a strict process. First, I use whatever name pops into my head. Then, about eight months later, I realize everybody’s name begins with E. So I have to change some or the book is too annoying to read. But now I can’t imagine them as anyone else, so I make the smallest changes possible, like using their surnames more often. Sometimes I write a novel that doesn’t get published, and that’s handy because I can reuse all the names. Boy, there were a lot of Hollys before one finally made it into Company. I do strongly…
  • Sequels and Lamps

    6 Aug 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Do you ever plan on writing a sequel to Lexicon, or another book set in the same universe? Ike Sometimes. Usually I start thinking about that kind of thing when I’m around ten percent into a different book. That’s when I’m remembering how much work it is to figure out a world and characters and plot and tone and everything from scratch. So I look back on previous novels and wonder why the hell I threw all that away. Like, why not just dust that thing off and take it for another spin around the block. The reason is that by the time I finish a novel, I hate everything about…
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    Christopher Barzak

  • Signed Copies of Wonders of the Invisible World

    Christopher Barzak
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:58 pm
    In just less than two weeks, my new novel, Wonders of the Invisible World, will be released. I’m incredibly excited for this book to find its way to readers. The local book launch event for the book will be held at Barnes and Nobles in Boardman, Ohio on September 11th, at 7 PM, where I’ll give a reading and then sign books for attendees. Please join if you can. If you want, you can RSVP on the Facebook invitation to the event, so B&N has a general idea of headcount for the event. For those of you who aren’t local but would still like a signed copy of the novel, you can…
  • Wonders of the Invisible World ARC Giveaway

    Christopher Barzak
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Just a note to let anyone coming across my site that two advance readers copies of my next novel, Wonders of the Invisible World, are being given away at Goodreads. Click the link below to enter to win the book ahead of its release date, September 8th, 2015. You have until August 14th to enter. Goodreads Book Giveaway Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak Giveaway ends August 14, 2015. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway
  • Before and Afterlives and The Shirley Jackson Award

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

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

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

  • you through chattering teeth reply and curse us as you go.

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:34 pm
    I've got a post up over on Charlie's Diary about thwarting gaming the Hugos next year. Thanks for the pulpit, autopope!In much much happier news, I'm going to talk about some books I love now.These are things I have read in the past couple of years that are really, really good.My Real Children, by papersky (Jo Walton), which is a great book about a woman living two lives in parallel but different timestreams. I have a quibble with the ending, but that's literally my only quibble with the book. There was a thing in the last paragraph that made me go "Huh?" So good, so…
  • stars in our bedroom after the war

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Elizabeth Bear's How To Title Your Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel or Series: A Tutorial in Three Parts*(*In which I make fun of my industry, myself, and all of my friends.)Part the Oneth: STRUCTURING YOUR TITLEThere are a number of excellent titling strategies. For purposes of this column, we're going to ignore some of the strategies requiring a little more art and discretion, such as extracting a suitable bit of a quotation from something (A Fine and Private Place), its ever-popular subset, making up a quote, sticking it in the book, and then quoting yourself (as in my own All the…
  • not even hammer can touch this

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:12 am
    Hello, true believers! I know, I know. It's like I never come around here any more. I've been caught up in travel and work and more travel and more work--but I have some actual exciting announcements to make.My hopefully amusing short story, "The Bone War," is out in this month's The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, fondly known throughout the genre as "F&SF." The table of contents and some links to reviews are here. It's a Bijou the Artificer story, set in the Eternal Sky world some four hundred years after Range of Ghosts and on a different continent. It is lovingly dedicated to…
  • it's your chance now girl you better dance now girl

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    18 Jul 2015 | 7:46 pm
    Oh grand-daughters. You will not know what your mothers and your grandmothers knew; you will not know how they fought with no true hope for their own salvation. You will not know how they cursed and kicked to make a better world. A world that would honor your mind, your ambition, your desire to be something morethan a servant, a subject, a decoration. How they clawed and they fought to build a world where you could be human.You will not recognize their grief and pride when you stand up, unbloodied, and accept what was impossible for them as your due.You will not recognize it. You…
  • write it on a pound note, pound note

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:41 pm
    Tonight I made a cocktail, and scott_lynch dubbed it the Riddle Contest. Recipe here.
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  • Friday Night Videos

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:02 am
    I'm not what you'd call a Taylor Swift fan. Not a hater, either. I've found a handful of her songs entertaining, but on the whole, I'm simply not her target demographic. That said, "Blank Space" has been locked in my head for the better part of the week. The narrative structure of the lyrics is fascinating. There's an elevated self-awareness that both embraces and defies the various public personae the media has crafted around her. And the video--holy geeze, the video turns all that up to 11. Swift has done a moderate amount of acting, but the range she shows here--all the while lip synching…
  • On the spaying and neutering of puppies, sad, rabid and otherwise

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:14 am
    The 2015 Hugo Awards have come and gone, resulting in a record five (5) categories where "No Award" was given in response to the Sad Puppy/Rabid Puppy attempts to game the system and ensure the treasured rocket ship trophy went to those deemed appropriate by their particular clique. Log rolling's happened with the Hugo Awards before, as well as the Nebula Awards, but this is the first instance I am aware of where said efforts were fueled primarily by ideology as opposed to friendship and/or personal desire. To put this in context, there have only been five total "No Awards" in the entire…
  • What's Jayme drinking?

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    22 Aug 2015 | 8:59 pm
    In observance of the most angrily contentious Hugo Awards in recent memory, if not history, I'm purposefully not watching the live stream so as to not completely lose my faith in humanity. Instead, I'm drinking a beer and sharing the experience with you. I've long had my eye on Brother Thelonius Belgian Style Abbey Ale from North Coast Brewing Company, and yesterday I pulled the trigger, picking up a bottle. There's something about uncorking a big, complex Belgian that builds the anticipation. The process of drinking one is more wine-like than polling open a brewski, and that ambiance tends…
  • Friday Night Videos

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:54 pm
    In observance of "Weird Al" Yankovic's most excellent Mandatory Tour (which I review here) today I feature one of the best songs off his latest album, Mandatory Fun. Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" had a catchy R&B vibe going that I loved (which makes sense, since he lifted it from the great Marvin Gaye), but the misogynistic lyrics--not to mention video--made my skin crawl. To say that Weird Al became my savior with "Word Crimes" is a little overboard, but it's not coincidence he hit the top 40 with the parody. It's an incredibly clever grammar lesson, touching on many of my personal peeves.
  • Mandatory Fun

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:12 pm
    I became a "Weird Al" Yankovic fan in junior high--pretty much the same as every other Weird Al fan. "Eat It" had just come out, and the very concept of a song parody was novel to us--much less his scene-by-scene remake of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" video. Classmates--and I'm talking the cool kids, not just the geeky types like me--were transcribing the lyrics from the radio and passing them around in class. Follow that up with "I Lost on Jeopardy" and I was hooked. I tracked down his debut album and did a killer record mime to "Mr. Frump in the Iron Lung" that even won me a trophy in speech…
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    Swan Tower

  • Absent With Leave

    Swan Tower
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Normally I remember to mention this more than 24 hours before I depart, but: I’m going on vacation. :-D My husband and I are going to Venice for a few days, followed by a cruise to Barcelona, stopping in Dubrovnik (home of many locations you might recognize from Game of Thrones — I’m looking forward to taking photos), Kotor, Corfu, Naples (saw Pompeii last time, so we’re gonna go to Herculaneum, eeeeee), Rome (bring on the Etruscan necropolis!), Florence, Monte Carlo, and St. Tropez. Three weeks door-to-door, and most of it the lovely laid-back relaxing kind of…
  • Puppy Post-Mortem

    Swan Tower
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:12 am
    So the Hugo Awards have been handed out, and the result is: fandom as a whole said in almost every instance that it would rather see No Award than a Puppy candidate win. I’ve heard the factoid bandied about that No Award has been given five times in the previous history of the Hugos; this Worldcon added five more to that total, in Novella, Short Story, Related Work, and both Editor categories, all of which contained no candidates not from one or both slates. I’m okay with this, and in fact I’m one of the people who voted No Award with a liberal hand. I did this primarily as…
  • Writing Excuses Three-fer

    Swan Tower
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:16 am
    If you’re a writer and you’re not familiar with the Writing Excuses podcast, you’re missing out. It’s a weekly show with Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, Dan Wells, and Brandon Sanderson, on a wide-ranging variety of topics related to the writing of fiction. And if you remember me complaining during my Hugo Packet binge about how looooooooong most of the podcasts were? The tag line for Writing Excuses is “Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.” That last part is a lie (they are that smart), and the length…
  • The Fitbit Effect

    Swan Tower
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:14 pm
    [If you are the sort of person for whom reading a discussion of fitness and weight is going to be detrimental to your state of mind, you may want to skip this post.] I’ve been seeing the “ten thousand steps” thing around lately — the idea that your health can be improved by the relatively simple tactic of getting off your butt and walking more. I doubt there’s anything magic in 10K specifically, of course; it’s just a nice round number that’s easy to remember. The underlying point seems reasonably valid, though, in that we have a growing body of…
  • Done.

    Swan Tower
    14 Aug 2015 | 1:01 am
    I have finished my eighteenth (!) novel. Final tally, for those who have been following the dance of the yo-yo: 56,583 words, which means it ultimately fell about 3.5K short of goal. It will need some expansion during the revision stage, but that’s okay. Yes, that wordcount is closer to the YA range than the adult range. More news on this front when I have any to report — but don’t hold your breath. Now, I go to sleep. Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there. This entry was also posted at Comment here or…
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  • Risks and Solutions - We need competence

    David Brin
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    We need to love competence!Next weekend I will post one of my major Resource Blogs -- a list of online sites that deal with the future.  From iO9 and the Long Now all the way to the CIA... places where you can reassure yourself that at least some members of your species have prefrontal lobes and are using those "lamps on the brow" to peer ahead. At least a little. You are invited to suggest your own contributions to the list, below, under comments.Today, our first item is simple kvelling over what might be a highlight this autumn. The new trailer for "The Martian..." I'm actually…
  • Battles over Symbols - and how to take back your vote!

    David Brin
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:43 pm
    First this quirky thing I heard... Has anyone else picked up rumors of hispanic Americans re-registering Republican, in order to vote against Donald Trump in primaries?  Anyone have a link? Or is it a rumor I just started?  ;-)  Of course the tactic is silly at one level... none of the other GOP candidates are any better from the perspective of Latino Americans.But at another level it makes plenty of sense.  And here I explain why anyone who lives in a Republican district should register Republican, even if they intend to vote for the democrat in the fall. And…
  • Our best year in space yet!

    David Brin
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:03 pm
    This time we're looking outward... toward the vast, vast majority of all there is. And after decades of doldrums, it seems we truly are regaining some momentum in space exploration.  Have any of you been keeping track on a scorecard?Hang on till the end, to read the news from NASA NIAC!First... Citizen science. Nasa just launched a satellite to judge soil moisture. in order to calibrate it, Nasa needs lots of soil samples. So, they're inviting people to find out when the SMAP satellite is flying over their area, then collect a sample, weigh it, dry it, weigh it again, and report it.Of…
  • Oddities and Items: From Biotech to LaserTech

    David Brin
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Let's take a break from dour murmurs of geopolitical danger. How about the sort of breakthroughs that will save the day!Like in what ways will technology shape the workplace of the future? Fast Company takes a look at: What Work Will Look Like in 2025. Tech advances will depend on our ability to mine efficiently... All right so the Chinese used clever market ploys and environmental-health carelessness to corner the market on rare earth elements, needed for high function magnets in a myriad modern devices.  Well, markets react...  “Scientists at the U.S.
  • International Tensions: Russia, China and Putin!

    David Brin
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:49 pm
    == Russia rattling sabers. ==Talk of war? Major war in Europe? This long and very detailed article examines the ways that Russia’s contretemps with NATO and the US and the West could spiral out of control, via many of the same psychological  and strategic miscalculations that tumbled the planet – 100 years ago – into the First World War.  Take some examples of alarming signs. In recent months, NATO reported unusually large movements of Russian fighter jets looping around Europe, including several airspace violations in the Baltics. This month, Russian Defense Minister Sergei…
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    Dispatches from Tanganyika

  • The First Time

    Billy Martin
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:40 am
    Due to going through a depressive episode now, I've been thinking about the first time I ever experienced chemical depression. I remember it very clearly, because it was so unlike anything else I'd ever felt. I was seventeen. I had just survived several terrible years at a school where other students told me daily how ugly, stupid, and worthless I was, but that didn't make me depressed. It made me feel bad, but that unhappiness had a clear cause and a foreseeable end. At seventeen, I had a group of good friends, a boyfriend, and a bunch of projects I was excited about. Things were better than…
  • The Art of Asking

    Billy Martin
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:23 pm
    I'm reading The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer. She has some amazing talents that don't even relate to music, like the ability to thrive on her own vulnerability. I could no more go to a house party and cuddle a bunch of strangers in a closet while telling stories than I could fly to the top of Mt. Everest. Above all, Amanda encourages us to communicate with our people and ask for help when we need it. So, if you've been thinking about ordering something from my shop,, this would be a fantastic time to do it; December was a banner month, but some unforeseen…
  • Goodwill

    Billy Martin
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:18 am
    I can't keep up my daily journaling ambitions, but I limp along ...Back in the fall of 2010, I donated most of my "female" clothes to Goodwill. A week or so later, I had to go back there to find a nice jacket for Neil's 50th birthday party that Chris was catering here in New Orleans. When I walked into the store, several of the nicer items I'd donated were hanging on the racks right up front. It gave me a funny feeling, but not an entirely bad one, because it helped me realize I wasn't going back.
  • Black (Conjure) Friday

    Billy Martin
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:52 pm
    12:01 AM Friday through midnight Sunday, PZBART's Black (Conjure) Friday sale: 20% off everything in the shop! Signed books, authentic Voodoo and hoodoo supplies and spells, original artwork, signed prints of LOST SOULS characters, more. Livejournal special: enter coupon code BLACKFRI at checkout and get an additional 10% off. Don't add to the clusterfuck! Do your holiday shopping online!
  • Pain Scale

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

  • President wants more icebreakers in Arctic

    Tobias Buckell
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:41 am
    One of the things I noticed while researching Arctic Rising was that the US was not able to do much force-projection or borders patrolling, search and rescue, etc with the current fleet, ranking the US below much, much smaller nations with Arctic borders. Looks like someone is paying attention finally: President Obama on Tuesday will propose speeding the acquisition and building of new Coast Guard icebreakers that can operate year-round in the nation’s polar regions, part of an effort to close the gap between the United States and other nations, especially Russia, in a global competition to…
  • Adventures in Unbearable Pain

    Tobias Buckell
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:18 pm
    On Friday I was going to write about things I had learned since declaring a social media vacation the week before, but was experiencing stabbing pains in a very delicate area and wasn’t in the mood. Saturday chimney repair people came. Emily (and I’ve been helping) has done some remodeling in the house to put down new floors and we found that our chimney was leaking and rotting a piece of floor. I repaired that but we got a chimney quote. That was expensive, but due to higher than normal amounts of rain, we were lucky to get a person in. While driving to the hardware store to get…
  • Digging on artist Mike Winkelmann’s futuristic illustrations here

    Tobias Buckell
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:42 am
    What I love about this is the John Berkey sense of scale in these. Berkey’s massive starships almost always guaranteed a purchase from me when I was browsing the used book store. Artist Mike Winkelmann has been making an illustration every day for eight years. As his website will tell you, he hasn’t broken routine for 3,039 days—and over that time his illustrations and process have drastically evolved. In his most recent digital illustrations, he imagines dreamlike futuristic landscapes. A lot of artists and great thinkers throughout history have had rigorous daily routines that…
  • Some thoughts on the herding of POC writers into diversity panels

    Tobias Buckell
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Kate Elliott writes: In the wake of 2009’s #Racefail discussion, LJ blogger delux-vivens (much lamented since her passing) asked for a wild unicorn herd check in to show that people frequently told they don’t read SFF and aren’t present in SFF circles do in fact exist. In some ways I personally think of this as the first unofficial “diversity panel.” I seem to recall the token diversity panel goes back further than that. I sat on a panel at Conjose in 2002 called “Ebony Age of Science Fiction?” with Wanda Haight, Steven Barnes, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Bill Taylor. And it was…
  • Queen’s Young Leaders looking for more Caribbean applications for people working with youth or amazing young leaders

    Tobias Buckell
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:21 pm
    This came through my inbox, I thought I’d pass it along duly. If you are in the Caribbean and doing anything with the youth, you might want to nominate youths doing spectacular things or nominate someone doing something for the young folk: I am writing on behalf of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Comic Relief and The Royal Commonwealth Society, with a request for you to support the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards. Following the success of the 2015 Queen’s Young Leaders Awards, the search is now back on to find the 2016 Award winners. Here’s a short film showing the…
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    Dark Roast

  • Elif Shafak, thank you for all of this.

    Emma Bull
    12 Aug 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Every sentence makes me say, "Yes! That's what I want!"
  • I couldn't make this up.

    Emma Bull
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:37 pm
    A lot of other SF and fantasy authors could, though, and I'd admire the heck out of 'em for it. But they don't have to.Archerfish. Seriously. Who would have thought?
  • Chewie, I think maybe we just might be home, maybe...

    Emma Bull
    11 Jul 2015 | 12:33 pm
  • Shout-out! XO Studio on Etsy!

    Emma Bull
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:09 pm
    I have this friend. She used to sew wedding gowns for a living. Yes, the equivalent of walking into a war zone armed only with a sewing machine and a pincushion.So you know she's tough, and damned good at what she does. What she does, among other things, is design and sew amazing, useful bags of holding in a variety of configurations. She designed a Perky Goth shoulder bag for me that's one of the most versatile hauling devices I've ever had, and, thank gawd, it refuses to wear out.Go check out her cool stuf:
  • Want an e-book of FALCON?

    Emma Bull
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Now you can have one!Currently available for $3.99 atAmazon Barnes and Noble Smashwords life is a race against time. And time is winning.He was a prince, until his world was plunged into civil war. He was a son, until he discovered his mother’s secret. He was an exile, until he became Niki Falcon, piloting a ship linked to his nervous system, crossing light-years in a breath, addicted to the drug that makes it all…
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    Stephanie Burgis

  • We're Back! (With a Helping of Good Stress)

    Stephanie Burgis
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:34 am
    So...we're back! We flew back to the UK last week, actually, but as I've learned since my first trip with the kids to America last year, jet lag as a childless adult is NOTHING to the experience of jetlag with two little kids who are each experiencing their own jetlag, too! Ahhh, no fun whatsoever...but as of last night, I think both kids are finally back on their UK sleep-schedule, just in time for school to start. Whew! So, now, I can (I hope) finally catch up on my sleep, too. (Knock on wood!)It's grey and rainy here in Wales - I went through climate shock last week as I adjusted from…
  • Last Week, Family Love, and a Call for Votes

    Stephanie Burgis
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:21 am
    It's our last week in America. Wahhh! But it's been a really good week so far. Yesterday morning I got to meet up with an old friend in the park where we both played as kids, and we shared a picnic with all of our children. The day before yesterday, I celebrated a whole bunch of really wonderful professional news (which I hope to be able to share here sometime in the next few months!) by eating ice cream with my family, then going out to dinner with my oldest friend at a really great Mexican restaurant. We sat in an outdoor booth on the rooftop while sparrows flew around the tables, and…
  • Awful Realizations and New Favorites

    Stephanie Burgis
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    I've reached that awful stage that comes after the midpoint of every trip, where I realize that there is NO WAY to meet up with everyone I want to see while I'm here, to read all the library books I want to read*, to go all the places I want to go...oh well! I'm still having a great time, and it's gotten a whole lot better since Toddler X has started (knock on wood!) sleeping through the night again. (Oh, did we have a bad couple of weeks with that beforehand...)Here's this week's latest library find, Daniel José Older's Shadowshaper, a YA fantasy novel which is making me really happy so…
  • Cookies and Books

    Stephanie Burgis
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:37 am
    Another quiet, lovely week over here. I've been taking my kids to the swimming pool, the park and the library, eating wonderful chocolate chip cookies made by my dad, and of course doing my writing. I sent off my latest freelance audition on Monday - please wish me luck! - and since then, I haven't had any deadlines to worry about. I've been doing steady writing anyway, of course, but I haven't pushed myself too hard when it comes to hitting high wordcounts at speed. Yesterday, I had a really delicious breakfast out (French toast with strawberry-infused cream cheese! Mmmm!) with one of my…
  • Reading happiness

    Stephanie Burgis
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    So, our first week back in my hometown was somewhat disrupted by a horrible feverish Death Cold, but now that the fever's over, this has gone back to being a really nice visit. The kids have been visiting with the local wildlife:(Photo by MrD!)I've made it back to the wonderful local library:AND I made my first visit of the year to my hometown independent bookstore, which is one of my favorite bookstores in the world:I also fell head over heels in love with a new book, Megan Frazer Blakemore's The Friendship Riddle, which has an awesomely geeky MG heroine (with whom, yes, I did identify a…
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    Mabfan's Musings

  • "I Remember the Future" Hugo Eligibility Extension Passed

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:52 pm
    I am delighted to announce that the Sasquan the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention Business Meeting voted to extend the Hugo eligibility for the KAS Creations film "I Remember the Future" for one more year. Thanks to Chris Barkley who spoke in favor and everyone else who voted to support the extension. (The category, as I'm sure I'll be reminding people again, is Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.)If you're on site at Worldcon, the film is being shown TONIGHT at 7 pm local time. Enjoy.
  • Today's #MBTA Inspired Poem

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:22 am
    The Green LineAnnounced a service issuePower was outDue to an issue with an Outbound trainAnd we were advised to take the Orange LineBut no person came to tell usNo one made it clearThat the message applied to those of us On the Inbound platform as well.Finally, I walked.Copyright 2015 Michael A. Burstein
  • General Slocum Tragedy 111th Anniversary

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:01 am
    Today is the 111th anniversary of the General Slocum fire, the worst one-day disaster in New York City before 9/11. For some reason, not many people learn about it when they study history. (On a personal note, it's the central event of my novella "Time Ablaze," which was nominated for the Hugo Award.)Historian Ed O'Donnell, author of the book SHIP ABLAZE, has said this about the tragedy:"Ask any New Yorker to name the city’s greatest disaster before September 11, 2001 and invariably they offer the same answer: the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire of 1911. That tragic event garnered…
  • Extending the Hugo Eligibility for I Remember the Future

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    As many of you should already be aware, in 2014 a short film of my story "I Remember the Future" was released and shown at a handful of film festivals. The film has won a few awards, and I suspect that many folks (beyond myself) would like the opportunity to consider it for the Hugo Award. Alas, due presumably in part to its limited release (and possible other factors) it did not make it onto the Hugo ballot in 2015. However, Wordcon does allow for a work's elegibility to be extended should the Business Meeting pass a motion to that effect.Although I will not be present at…
  • Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    For the rest of my life, I will be reminded that Leonard Nimoy died as I was celebrating my birthday.Condolences to his loved ones.
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    Pushing a Snake Up a Hill

  • Schrödinger’s Sasquan—Part 3

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    It takes a good sense of humor to attend a worldcon. Last year, at Loncon, we procrastinated too long in getting a place to stay, and we wound up camping on a sailboat moored somewhere off the Thames. This year, we put in for a room early, and requested a room on a quiet floor of the main con hotel. (No more schlepping an hour each way to get to the con for us!) What did we get? A room two doors down from the con hospitality suite, open 24 hours a day!To our surprise, it worked out okay. The soundproofing was good, and we were rarely bothered by the noise. And when we got the munchies around…
  • Sad Sad Puppies Affair—Sasquan Roundup, Part 2

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    During the lead-up to the worldcon and the Hugo Awards, there was a good deal of commotion about the attempt by the Sad Puppies coalition (consisting largely, but not entirely, of conservative white male writers), joined by the more toxic Rabid Puppies, to hijack the awards and stuff the final ballot with their choices of candidate works. I say “attempted,” but in fact they managed to overwhelm several of the major categories. (You might have heard about it on NPR, or read about it on, or seen it elsewhere on the net, where it seemed to be ubiquitous. Personally, I tried to…
  • Smokycon—er, Sasquan—Roundup, Part 1

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    We’ve returned home at last from Sasquan, the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention. It was a wonderful worldcon, though for much of the time the air in Spokane was borderline unbreathable due to wildfire smoke. Here are a few photos taken at various times, during bad air and good.  The first is a view out the convention center window, when the air was turbid with haze—and a sign that appeared on the doors leading out of the convention center that day. (Later in the evening I looked out our hotel room window over the sepia-colored skyline of the city, and saw a long train of black…
  • Worldcon, Spokane, and Wildfire Smoke

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:19 am
    We’re enjoying the start of Sasquan, the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention (aka worldcon) in lovely Spokane, Washington. The Spokane (rhymes with can) Convention Center is located right next to the aptly named Spokane River, with a beautiful riverside park. We’ve already seen a number of friends, and I listened to a great talk by a Vatican astronomer on astronomical models that were almost right, but not quite—usually because the astronomers of the time didn’t make the leap from the data they had to imagining the right questions to ask.The air, however, is a bit thick here.
  • Our Hot New Grill

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    8 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Not long ago, I remarked to someone that it was a point of pride with me that I’d never actually bought a gas grill, but had gotten along for years on trash-picked models that simply required some repair. (In our town, trash-picking is a well-regarded means of recycling things. Sometimes people even post to the town email list about items they’re putting out at the curb, which is how I got our lawnmower, our snowblower, and our first couple of gas grills.) I can no longer make that brag. Our grill has been tottering on its last legs for a while, and it never was all that good to begin…
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    Mark Chadbourn

  • The Old Ways

    31 Aug 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Walk across Britain on any of the old ways and you’re embarking on a mystical journey.  That’s the interesting thing about these ancient paths and tracks, some of which date back thousands of years, these holloways and drove-roads and trails.  They’re more than just routes between geographical points.  They reach back in time, back to the earliest days, and into the imagination too, into other worlds.  They’re places to explore the outer world and the inner landscape of the mind. Every day I step out of my door and into the footsteps of people from two millennia…
  • Faerie, Elizabethan Spies And Reviews

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:42 am
    Two new reviews for the Sword of Albion books that I’ve just been sent: First, The Scar-Crow Men: “the plot just kept me turning, page after page…” And The Devil’s Looking Glass: “a cracking series…a great blend of history, action and supernatural elements and I think the attention to detail is pretty marvellous.”
  • Look For Me On Apple News

    18 Jun 2015 | 12:08 pm
    I’ve been approved as a publisher on Apple News, the new news-aggregating app that will soon be launching on all Apple devices.  It’ll bring together material from major mainstream sources – the New York Times, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Vice – and material from independents and bloggers.  The latter sets it apart from what Flipboard does, which is a great news aggregator that I’ve used for a while. At the very basic level, you’ll be able to follow updates on this site.  But I’ll be doing other things too. Before I became a full-time writer –…
  • The Eternal – Coming Soon

    11 Jun 2015 | 5:56 am
    One of my most-requested novels is about to get published in ebook.  Finally.  So…The Eternal.  Coming Soon.  Presumably forever.  Check back for more information, cover reveal and the rest… You can find an extract hereabouts, but here’s the original blurb: Annie Bolton’s future was bright – until she met the Eternal, an immortal cursed to wander the Earth bringing death and destruction. Only Annie and a mysterious drifter – a human who has pursued the Eternal across continents – hold the key to stopping the triumph of evil.
  • The 21st Century Writer

    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…
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    The Mumpsimus

  • "The Last Vanishing Man"

    Matthew Cheney
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:51 pm
    Littleton Opera House, Littleton, NH c.1900, a location in the storyI have a new story — my first (but not last) of this year — now available on the Conjunctions website— "The Last Vanishing Man". This one's a bit of a departure for me, in that it is a serious story that will not, I'm told, make you want to kill yourself after you read it. In fact, one of my primary goals when writing it was to write something not entirely nihilistic. Various people have, over the years, gently suggested that perhaps I might try writing a ... well ... a nice story now and then.(I actually think I've…
  • Alice Sheldon at 100

    Matthew Cheney
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:32 am
    Alice Sheldon was born 100 years ago today, which means that in a certain sense, James Tiptree, Jr. is 100, because Sheldon wrote under that name. Yet James Tiptree, Jr. wasn't really born until 1968, when the first Tiptree story, "Birth of a Salesman", appeared in the March issue of Analog.Nonetheless, we can and should celebrate Sheldon's centenary. She's primarily remembered for Tiptree, of course, but as Julie Phillips so deftly showed in her biography, Sheldon's life was far more than just that byline.I've written about Tiptree a lot over the years, though nothing recently, as other work…
  • New Website

    Matthew Cheney
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:04 pm
    It was time I had a website under my own name, and not just this here Mumpsimus. After all, I am more than a mumpsimus! Or so I tell myself.Thus:!Because my book of short stories is coming out in January, the focus of the site is my fiction more than anything else. At the moment, there's nothing there that isn't also here, aside from some pictures. But I'm sure I'll figure out something unique to host there in the coming weeks, months, years...
  • The Perils of Biopics: Life in Squares and Testament of Youth

    Matthew Cheney
    16 Aug 2015 | 12:03 pm
    The universe has conspired to turn my research work this summer into mass culture — while I've been toiling away on a fellowship that has me investigating Virginia Woolf's reading in the 1930s and the literary culture of the decade, the mini-series Life in Squares, about the Bloomsbury group and Woolf's family, played on the BBC and the film Testament of Youth, based on Vera Brittain's 1933 memoir of her experiences during World War One, played in cinemas.I've now seen both and have mixed feelings about them, though I enjoyed watching each. Life in Squares offers some good…
  • Of Purpose, Audience, and Language Guides

    Matthew Cheney
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:07 pm
    There are lots of reasons that the University of New Hampshire, where I'm currently working toward a Ph.D. in Literature, should be in the news. It's a great school, with oodles of marvelous faculty and students doing all sorts of interesting things. Like any large institution, it's got its problems (I personally think the English Department is underappreciated by the Powers That Be, and that the university as a whole is not paying nearly enough attention to the wonderful programs that don't fall under that godawful acronym-of-the-moment STEM, but of course I'm biased...) Whatever the…
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    John Crowley Little and Big

  • Not feeling myself

    John Crowley
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:21 pm
    I have every sympathey with myself here, thinking perhaps that my perplexity arose from the fact that I was actually not there at all.  Still I have to admire the grace, self-possession and dry wit with which I conducted myself.  I hope I was let off.
  • What I didn't do in the war

    John Crowley
    22 Aug 2015 | 6:58 pm
    If I read this right, you can get my new Harper's  "Easy Chair" essay (about how I did not go to Vietnam) for free as an inducement to subsribe. Enjoy!
  • Little and big

    John Crowley
    16 Aug 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Adam Gopnik, writing in the New Yorker about Max Beerbohm, the paradigmatic beloved minor writer. "Beerbohm found so many ways to be modest that when he had to try and be major he couldn't." (Max assembled materials for a big Jamesian novel he got nowhere with.) "Still," Gopnik writes, there is no such thing as a minor writer, because--there is no such thing as a major writer. As Max wrote, considering Whistler, even Shakespeare occupies shockingly little of our attention -- shocking, that is, for those of us who are trying to occupy it too. (Boswell, one of Max's…
  • Childish things

    John Crowley
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:34 pm
    From an article in the 0online NYRB by Glen H. Shepherd about photiographs of the now-nonexistent Selk'nam people of Tierra del Fuego: "There is something bewitchingly surreal about his photographs of the Hain initiation ceremony, in which young Selk’nam men are hazed by a pantheon of spirits that are revealed, in the final moments (forbidden to women), to be kinsmen in elaborate masks." An African people I read about have an inititation for young men in which weird sounds are heard in the bush, and the young men are dared to follow the sounds. When they have sufficiently…
  • Me not being wealthy

    John Crowley
    5 Aug 2015 | 8:07 am
    I'm glad to know that despite being a former cover star (whatever that is) I have not slaved uselessly as a wealth manager only to find it is not the way to riches.
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  • Is there an anti-gun Presidential candidate?

    Peter David
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:35 am
    Because if so, I’m pretty sure I’d vote for him or her. Because I’ve freaking had it. I’m tired of the comparisons we always hear between the US and every other developed country in the world about gun deaths. I’m tired of the gun lobby always managing to shut down conversations in the wake of whatever the latest tragedy was because that’s never the time to discuss getting rid of guns. Not control. Getting goddamn rid of them. Done. Finished. Overturn the Second Amendment or else add an amendment that requires EVERY gun owner to be in a government regulated…
  • I’m Claiming No Award

    Peter David
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:37 am
    I’ve been a full time writer for thirty years, and in that time, have never won a Hugo Award. Or even been nominated. Because of my lengthy “No Award” status, I am therefore claiming one of the “No Awards” resulting from the recent Hugo voting. I don’t care which one. I’ve had a busy year and have likely published something in most of the nominated categories. I would like to thank everyone who did not vote for me or nominate me. I’m working hard on other projects and am hoping to not win next year. PAD
  • Cowboy Pete saddles up for “Fantastic Four”

    Peter David
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Just came back from seeing what is reportedly the single worst comic book movie ever made. Herewith my thoughts: You’re all insane. Seriously. You are all freaking nuts. “Superman IV” was a terrible superhero film. “Howard the Duck.” “Spider-Man 3.” “Elektra,” “Catwoman,” the first “Hulk” movie, “Ghost Rider,” “Constantine” (Tilda Swinton aside), “X-Men 3” (so bad that it was written out of continuity), “Batman and Robin,” “The Return of Swamp Thing.” These…
  • Let’s put Trump’s run in perspective

    Peter David
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    Trump is currently polling at something like twenty-four to twenty-six percent. That means that three quarters of Republicans don’t want any part of him. As various GOP candidates drop out, the voters will head toward other politicians. And I am reasonably sure that those remaining seventy-five percent are not insane, so they will probably gravitate toward Jeb Bush. There is no way that Trump will be the GOP nominee. None. His entire candidacy is media driven BS. PAD
  • Cowboy Pete’s Movie Round Up

    Peter David
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    So I’ve been doing some movie going and I figured I’d bring you up to speed on my film thoughts. These are pretty much spoiler free: ANT-MAN: Ant-Man conclusively proves that Marvel can do a variety of films. After movies in which the stakes range from millions of lives to planetary destruction, Ant-Man is basically–at its core–a family film. Two dads, Scott Lang and Henry Pym, have other concerns certainly that stem from Pym’s work as a miniaturizing scientist, but ultimately it’s about two fathers trying to connect or reconnect with their daughters.
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    A.M. Dellamonica

  • Most Thrilling Monday, much thrilling news

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:15 am
    I’m so pleased that A Daughter of No Nation is included in the Charlie Jane Anders round-up, on io9, of the most thrilling SF and Fantasy books coming out this fall. It’s in great company, with books by Jim Butcher, Steven Baxter… woah, Salmon Rushdie (wasn’t expecting that!), Nnedi Okorafor, Kameron Hurley, Ann Leckie, Tanya Huff and so so many others. Some of those fall books are coming out in mere minutes, so this week will bring you not one but two author interviews here on my site, along with a write-up about S.M. Stirling’s The Desert and the Blade. The…
  • Friday I’m in Love

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:13 am
      Three good things about this week: Duacon! Jessica came, she saw, and she conquered, by which I mean we walked the streets of Toronto… far more than she probably expected. It is a trait of mine that the concept of “Not far” conflates all too easily with the cold hard fact of “Five miles later, I promised we were nearly there…” Do not trust me to have a grip on distance, my dear friends. Note my walking speed and ask me for an ETA. Or stand your ground, and demand to use transit. Okay, tangent over! We dined out, we paid homage to the cats and the…
  • Heroine question vs. Marie Brennan

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    Marie Brennan is an anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for material.  She is currently misapplying her professors’ hard work to the Victorian adventure series The Memoirs of Lady Trent; the first book of that series, A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent, was nominated for a World Fantasy Award. I asked her: Is there a literary heroine on whom you imprinted as a child? A first love, a person you wanted to become as an adult, a heroic girl or woman you pretended to be on the playground at recess? Who was she? I didn’t realize…
  • Two Thousand and Two Haiku

    21 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Total dental freeze, tempura and sashimi not a good mixture I have been browsing through my old blog periodically, examining the sort of things I was posting when I started out,  and offering up any of the worthwhile bits. My landscape, physical and social is very different now… in this particular period I’m revisiting, it’s about fourteen months away from a major upheaval. But 2002 Alyx has no idea whatsoever of any of that. She’s burbling along, figuring out Livejournal, writing her way through the early days of Rumble’s kittenhood, our first months in the…
  • ChiSeries Powers Activate!

    20 Aug 2015 | 12:57 pm
    If you follow either of us on social media, you could hardly have failed to notice that Kelly and I were guest hosts at the ChiSeries Toronto reading yesterday evening. We got to introduce three readers: E.L. Chen, Tony Pi, and Carsten Stroud. And three musical guests: Kari Maaren, Peter Chiykowsky and the Handsome Devils. It all went swimmingly in both important senses of the phrase–the readings and performances were great, and there were no logistical hiccups. Tony Pi’s reading, by the way, was from his story “No Sweeter Art.” It’s a Parsec Award finalist…
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    Notes from New Sodom

  • Sad Puppy

    Hal Duncan
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:46 am
    PLAY: SING: Sad Puppy get up get coffee Sad Puppy go to work Sad Puppy write awesome fiction For SJW jerks Jerks say Sad Puppy very diligent But his output stink His work not "functional" or "elegant" What do Sad Puppy think? Sad Puppy think SJW want to kill science fiction out of spite Sad Puppy not racist, just prick Sad Puppy not sexist, just dick Sad Puppy hate Hugos Sad
  • And a Pinch of Salt

    Hal Duncan
    18 Jul 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Issue 15 of Farrago's Wainscot as my latest short story, "And a Pinch of Salt," up there on the interwebs for your perusal. Click through for a tale of Anselm and cocksucking: God works in mysterious ways—down strange back-alleys mostly, in enchanting side-streets off the boulevard, past the corner boys and through, between the narrow of tenement walls warped to concave overhangs, weird tiered
  • The Wolf and the Three Wise Monkeys

    Hal Duncan
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:34 pm
    This is the first reading vid for my Patreon patrons, released by their kind support for the general public to enjoy. If you enjoy it, do spread the word via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, whatever. And if it whets your appetite for more, you can sign up for access to all future reading videos, which should be coming out monthly, at only a dollar a pop. Go here:
  • Lord Byron's Prophecy

    Hal Duncan
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
    Lord Byron's Prophecy, Sean Eads "... readers will be engrossed by Eads’s skillful weaving of the past and present through the troubled psychology of sympathetic, fully human characters." Publishers Weekly I'm dead chuffed to see Sean Eads's Lord Byron's Prophecy get a very nice review in Publishers Weekly. Where I've been doing the book doctoring for a while, this is the first novel I
  • First Patreon Vid

    Hal Duncan
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:36 am
    My first Patreon reading is now posted for patrons to enjoy and/or download in video and/or audio, depending on reward level, so if anyone out there fancies a wee story for their Friday evening fun, go ye and make a pledge. A promise of even just a dollar a work should, as I understand it, get you access to the poststream, where you can currently see me resplendent in Rat Pack black suit,
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    But Enough About Me!

  • Remembering Japan: 1945 – 1946: Chapter Twelve: The “Singers”

    Kate Elliott
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:44 pm
    From October 1945 to June 1946 my father, a Navy signalman, was stationed in Japan  at Toriga-saki by the town of Kamoi, at the entrance to Tokyo Bay. He was then nineteen years old, a young Danish-American man from rural Oregon. The experience made a profound impression on him and he spoke of it often.   In Chapter Twelve, a memorable encounter in the market while on the hunt for a chess set.   Chapter Eleven: Madame Butterfly Chapter Ten: Japanese Hot Tub Chapter Nine: A Social Call Chapter Eight:The Cold War Begins? Chapter Seven: The Toriga Saki Fleet Chapter Six: General…
  • April 2015 Lightspeed Magazine includes a Crossroads Trilogy story

    Kate Elliott
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:43 pm
    My story “On the Dying Winds of the Old Year, On the Birthing Winds of the New” appears in the April 2015 Lightspeed Magazine as part of the exclusive print/ebook content (as opposed to the free online content). “On the Dying Winds of the Old Year, On the Birthing Winds of the New” stands alone, but will be of particular interest to people who have read the Crossroads Trilogy since it is written by the point of view of Mai, some years after the end of the trilogy.     You can find the Table of Contents and more information here. Mirrored from I Make Up…
  • Remembering Japan: 1945-1946: Chapter Nine: A Social Call

    Kate Elliott
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:42 pm
    From October 1945 to June 1946 my father, a Navy signalman, was stationed in Japan  at Toriga-saki by the town of Kamoi, at the entrance to Tokyo Bay. He was then nineteen years old, a young Danish-American man from rural Oregon. The experience made a profound impression on him and he spoke of it often. Chapter Nine contains the most often-told — and our favorite — story. Naturally it is a humorous one.   Chapter Nine: A Social Call Chapter Eight:The Cold War Begins? Chapter Seven: The Toriga Saki Fleet Chapter Six: General Douglas MacArthur Chapter Five: Japanese Signalmen…
  • Remembering Japan: 1945 – 1946: Chapter Ten: Japanese Hot Tub

    Kate Elliott
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:41 pm
    From October 1945 to June 1946 my father, a Navy signalman, was stationed in Japan  at Toriga-saki by the town of Kamoi, at the entrance to Tokyo Bay. He was then nineteen years old, a young Danish-American man from rural Oregon. The experience made a profound impression on him and he spoke of it often.   In Chapter Ten, the American sailors get a quiet lesson in how to bathe properly.   Chapter Ten: Japanese Hot Tub Chapter Nine: A Social Call Chapter Eight:The Cold War Begins? Chapter Seven: The Toriga Saki Fleet Chapter Six: General Douglas MacArthur Chapter Five: Japanese…
  • Kirkus Reviews on COURT OF FIVES

    Kate Elliott
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:40 pm
    A rendition of the library at Alexandria (although I have my doubts about the terrain).   A very positive review for COURT OF FIVES (August 2015) at Kirkus Reviews. If you don’t like spoilers of any kind, don’t read it as most of the review synopsizes the plot. (Why? WHY???)  I hasten to add there is nothing wrong with how the synopsis is written; it just reveals much of the plot, which perhaps is part of the point of a review journal aimed toward people buying books for schools, libraries, and stores who don’t have time to read everything new. The last two lines are…
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    The Incomplete Blog

  • Uncle Josh Shills Himself

    Josh English
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Originally published at Uncle Josh Talks Too Much. You can comment here or there.Every writer has one zombie story in them, and mine is in an anthology called “Zombiefied III: Hazardous Materials” edited by Carol Hightshoe and publish by Sky Warrior Books. There’s lots of good stuff in here.
  • Uncle Josh Redacts some Advice

    Josh English
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Originally published at Uncle Josh Talks Too Much. You can comment here or there.A friend of mine posted on her Facebook page: So adults tell me that being my age it’s normal to feel alone/not fit in… So my question is how long is that supposed to last? Stephanie and I read this just as we got into the car, and serendipitously, Dimetrodon by the Doubleclicks was the next track on the CD. We decided to post the video to as a response. I am no longer convinced that this was a complete answer. Several people described always feeling like this, even as they approach 50, and other…
  • Uncle Josh Checks in with the Alternate Uncles

    Josh English
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:40 pm
    Originally published at Uncle Josh Talks Too Much. You can comment here or there.It’s been a while since I checked in with my alternate universe Joshes. Hearing that Google was deleting old GMail accounts, and knowing that I picked up this email address the day GMail went live, it’s one of the first, and as a generic address it is quite popular with anyone last name English whose first initial is J. That accounts for most of the 4,390 emails I have sitting over there, so let’s see what I’ve been up to; I am still following the health of a priest or monk in White…
  • Uncle Josh reviews Ant-Man

    Josh English
    26 Jul 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Originally published at Uncle Josh Talks Too Much. You can comment here or there.Today I finally let myself see Ant-Man. Short review: Fun Flick. Go See. Preview Review: Batman v Superman (or whatever): Yawn. Let’s criticize the wanton destruction of Man of Steel with wanton destruction. Star Wars Episode VII: Don’t break my heart. Please oh please do not break my heart. Mission Impossible Rogue Nation: Won’t see it, because of capitalism. Goosebumps: Definitely for the Netflix queue. This looks like it will be fun. Slightly longer review: I don’t remember being an…
  • Uncle Josh defends Atticus Finch

    Josh English
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Originally published at Uncle Josh Talks Too Much. You can comment here or there.Okay, so I’ve heard all sorts of stuff about Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee’s “first novel” that didn’t wow publishers at the time but the next book, To Kill a Mockingbird, came out in 1960 and has been considered one of the great American novels of the 20th century. The deluge of reactions to Watchman seem to be “Atticus Finch is a Racist” which appears to be the exact opposite of the man we meet in Mockingbird. It’s shocking. It’s almost libel.
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    The official home page of author Eric Flint


    Eric Flint
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:22 am
    Several people, in their commentaries on my recent essay (“Do We Really Have to Keep Feeding Stupid and His Cousin Ignoramus?”), challenged or at least questioned the assertion I’ve made several times in my various essays on the Hugo ruckus that the Hugos (and other major F&SF awards) have drifted away over the past thirty years from the tastes and opinions of the mass audience. It’s a fair question, so I’ll address it in this essay as best I can. It’s not an easy issue to analyze, though. That’s for the simple reason that popularity is gauged by sales, and there are no…
  • Son Of The Black Sword – Snippet 18

    Drak Bibliophile
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Son Of The Black Sword – Snippet 18 Chapter 8 Twenty years ago As the richest, most powerful house, Vadal was the last to be announced during the induction ceremony. Aunt Bidaya had prepared Ashok for this by explaining that it was all politics. Vadal could afford to wait. It tells our rivals that we saved the best for last. Ashok found the Protectors’ audience chamber to be surprisingly humble. Perhaps it was because he was used to the beauty of Vadal holdings that he connoted power with opulence. Except the Protectors were powerful and their audience chamber had less decoration…
  • A Call To Arms – Snippet 19

    Drak Bibliophile
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    A Call To Arms – Snippet 19 CHAPTER TWELVE Manticore had come and gone, and was no more than a faint dot in the Izbica’s aft viewer. And Captain Shresthra, in the quaint old vernacular, was not a Happy Camper. “You said there would be bales and bales of cargo to be had at Manticore,” he grumbled yet again to Grimm, punctuating his rant with an accusing finger. “You remember? That was exactly what you said: bales and bales.” “I know,” Grimm said in as apologetic a voice as he could muster. It wasn’t easy, when what he really wanted to do…
  • Raising Caine – Snippet 19

    Drak Bibliophile
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Raising Caine – Snippet 19 Riordan suppressed a sigh. “I understand that, Ms. Veriden. But I don’t understand your attitude. You’re part of the legation, and I’m concerned with your welfare, both professional and personal. That’s all.” He gestured toward a seat as he resumed his own. Dora ignored the gesture. “Look, I don’t need your personal concern. And professionally, the only person who has any reason, or right, to inquire after my status is my employer: Ambassador Gaspard.” Riordan shook his head. “That’s not quite…
  • Raising Caine – Snippet 18

    Drak Bibliophile
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Raising Caine – Snippet 18 Chapter Twenty-Three Bioband’s valland and In orbit; GJ 1248 One (“Adumbratus”) Caine started shouting instructions into his collarcom. “Tygg, did you hear Bannor’s report?” “Most of it. I think. Commo’s scratchy.” “Stay close to the ambassadors. You and O’Garran set up a defensive perimeter with the others. If Yiithrii’ah’aash can do something about the situation, have him do it quickly. Without weapons, all we can do is throw sticks and shout. Doubt that’s going to do very…
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    Mad Libs

  • Diamond City Magic Book 3 snippet

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:09 pm
    This is the opening. It has spoilers. Don’t read it if you haven’t read book two, or do, if you don’t care about spoilers. And here it goes, hopefully under a cut:   You’d think that seeing your dad after ten years or so of not knowing whether he was dead or imprisoned somewhere or even living on Mars, you’d want to give him a big hug. Mostly I wanted to kill him. And then maybe hug him. Except killing him wouldn’t get me any answers and I had a whole lot of questions. Most of them starting with why. Why did you leave? Why didn’t you tell me where you went? Why…
  • Diamond City Magic Book 3 snippet

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:04 pm
    This is the opening. It has spoilers. Don’t read it if you haven’t read book two, or do, if you don’t care about spoilers. And here it goes, hopefully under a cut:   You’d think that seeing your dad after ten years or so of not whether he was dead or imprisoned somewhere or even living on Mars, you’d want to give him a big hug. Mostly I wanted to kill him. And then maybe hug him. Except killing him wouldn’t get me any answers and I had a whole lot of questions. Most of them starting with why. Why did you leave? Why didn’t you tell me where you went? Why did you…
  • Sasquan recap

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:44 pm
    I’m digging in to my recap, but I have no idea how far I’ll get. So here I go. We left on Weds. Devon Monk and I and our friend Dejsha went to the Amtrak station to catch a bus to Portland. All was good. It was about 98 outside, but the bus trip was only an hour or so and then we’d be on the train to Spokane. But then the AC on the bus wasn’t working. So we sat in a sauna. A bathroom smelling sauna. It was a relief to get off. Actually it felt cool. So that was an amusing to the journey. We loaded up on the train pretty quick and got underway. The seats had lots of…
  • Heading off to Sasquan

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Yep, I’m off to Worldcon in a couple of hours. This is my schedule, should you want to find me. Please do! I’m looking forward to it, though I’ve been pretty much in panic mode for the past couple of days. Still am. I way overpacked because I don’t have a clue what I want to wear. We’re taking a train. I may get some writing or reading time on board. I found a facebook group all about rockhounding. I can’t tell you how time-sucking that can be. Next weekend we’re going to go to Glass Butte to hunt obsidian. That’s going to be fun. Apparently…
  • The updatery

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    13 Aug 2015 | 10:20 pm
    It looks like Boy of Size may be getting through this latest set back. I hope so. We’re bracing for the beginning of school. He’s looking forward to it, but even though it’s going to be good stress, it will be stress. So we’re working on our strategies. On the exercise side, I’ve now gone 23 days straight of exercise. So I hit and exceeded my 21 day plan. I am still not sure that I want to let myself take a break at all. Mostly because I’m afraid of stopping. I haven’t really lost weight. I’m not sure why. But I know that the fall I took on my…
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    Where Personal and Professional Life Collide...

  • Publishers Weekly on SILVER ON THE ROAD....

    Laura Anne Gilman
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:11 am
    Gilman (the Vineart War trilogy) takes readers on a scenic tour of a very weird Wild West in this delightful start to the Devil’s West series. In an early 19th-century America where superstition, magic, and unusual beings flourish, a man considered to be the devil has claimed a vast region west of the Mississippi that’s known simply as the Territory. When saloon girl Isobel turns 16, she volunteers to work for the devil and is appointed as his Left Hand, an agent to help keep the Territory under control. Under the guidance of her new mentor, the enigmatic Gabriel, Isobel sets out…
  • Weekend (and end-of-week) Recap

    Laura Anne Gilman
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    Everyone visiting went home, post-WorldCon.Birthdays were celebrated (several times over).It rained (finally!) and is still on-and-off-again raining.We had a massive windstorm that knocked power out for a lot of people, area-wide.I worked on two short stories that I intend to finish this week, damn it.I posted my DragonCon schedule oh, and I may have geebled a bit about the Major Disaster I'm involved in.... 11 stories of epic disaster, both natural and man-made, from some major names in the genre... and hey, ME!  It's a Storybundle, so you pay-what-you-want for the base level,…
  • Writer World Problems...

    Laura Anne Gilman
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Trying to come up with a book- and series-appropriate line to use when signing copies of SILVER ON THE ROAD.Don't laugh - this is important.Also, it keeps me from thinking about all the other things I need to be thinking about today.
  • DragonCon 2015 Schedule

    Laura Anne Gilman
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:26 am
    The DragonCon programming folk were kind enough to give me afternoon/evening panels, or the most part, so Operation Meet-Me-For-Breakfast is a Go.  I repeat: Operation Meet-Me-For-Breakfast is a Go.  Friday morning, 8:30-9:30, at a Location TBA here and via Twitter.  There may (will) be t-shirts, galleys, and Other Items for the early birds....The Official ScheduleFridayThe Plot Thickens: Mystery & Suspense in UFFri 02:30 pm Location: Chastain ED - Westin How mystery & suspense characterize Urban Fantasy.The Weird West Rides Again!Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Augusta 3…
  • So much STUFF to talk about! But first, a Disaster....

    Laura Anne Gilman
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Have you ever wanted to immerse yourself in a series of really EPIC disasters - from a safe reading distance? Of course you have.And the folk at Storybundle heard you.... Every time you turn on the news, you see a different possibility for how the world might end—and imminently! Climate change, Ebola, asteroid impact, nuclear war...zombie apocalypse. How will you prepare? How will you save your family? How will you help save the world for your children and future generations? Obviously, the best preparation is to read up on every possible disaster scenario. That's where The…
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  • Back to School – Student Edition
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Two days down and not so bad. I got my classroom as ready as can be despite the lack of
  • Back to School – Teacher Edition
    22 Aug 2015 | 11:07 am
    Boy, did this week zip by. Teachers reported Monday morning and we were presented with a full agenda that, by
  • And So Ends the Summer
    16 Aug 2015 | 7:38 am
    For most people, the measure of summer goes from Memorial Day to Labor Day. According to the calendar, it’s really
  • Seven Years

    Bob Greenberger
    14 Aug 2015 | 9:50 am
    Seven years. Seven years since we lost Robbie to leukemia. The first year was the toughest, as you might expect.
  • My Shore Leave Schedule

    Bob Greenberger
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:08 am
    The schedule for this year’s Shore Leave con remained in a bit of flux until last night but now, mere
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    the m john harrison blog

  • muppetised

    31 Aug 2015 | 2:15 am
    Horror, some people believe, is a sensation that arrives with the discovery that “we’re the monsters”. That was an interesting argument for a while. But lots of other things are horrific & have nothing to do with this kind of narcissistic self-regard; and subsequent across-the-board application has turned the idea into a cliche of unearned self-forgiveness, muppetising by cross-fertilisation both monster and human being. Embracing your monsterhood is the Thatcherite/neoLiberal excuse for impulse action, especially when it leads to being a shit. It’s from that…
  • october is the weirdest month

    29 Aug 2015 | 3:52 am
    17th October I’m at Goldsmiths with Tim Etchells & many another, for the Fiction As Method conference. If time allows I might read a new short fiction presently entitled “Yummie”, written for 2016 publication in an original anthology I’m not sure I’m supposed to talk about yet (story of my life this year). Tim will probably have something more sensible to contribute, which we can then discuss. A week later, on the 25th, I’m back at the uncanny Manchester Rylands Library for Twisted Tales of the Weird–readings & discussions with Timothy Jarvis…
  • in the park

    26 Aug 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Obelisk on a base of eroded local stone. Several little gravestones commemorating Chumble, Coco, Bessie, Mollie, Porridge, pet names that could be equally for animals or people. “This must be where they buried the servants,” C says. Much of the stone in the park is laminated. Judging by the quarry in the bay at the north end of the lake, and the exposed rock in the cuttings, this is intrinsic & not much to do with subsequent erosion. It comes out of the ground wafery and brittle. From a distance, the pillars of the Ionic temple seem like ideal volumes; closer to they’re rippled,…
  • “…the awful transmutation of the hills” –Arthur Machen

    14 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
  • mapping

    9 Aug 2015 | 7:35 am
    Now the dust has settled I can see that my 70th birthday books haul includes: A Philosophy of Walking, Frederic Gros; Henk Van Rensbergen’s superb Abandoned Places; The Illiterate, Agota Kristoff; The Slate Sea, poems & photographs, ed Paul Henry & Zed Nelson; Britain & Ireland’s Best Wild Places, Christopher Somerville; Dusk, Axel Hoedt; and The Near Death Thing by Rick Broadbent, interviews with Manx TT riders. To help me navigate this complex territory I have in addition a 1930s quarter-inch map of North Wales & Manchester. I’m going to start by running…
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    Something to Talk About

  • SHAMIAN GATE a new Fulbright & Hawkes novella Now Available

    14 Aug 2015 | 5:25 pm
    SHAMIAN GATE a new novella by Christopher Fulbright and Angeline Hawkes is now available in paperback and e-book formats. Artwork by Sean Jun.About the book:For centuries it has waited.Legend tells of a magic scroll hidden beyond the gate to protect the world from the disaster that would occur should the powerful sorcery hidden on the other side fall into the wrong hands.Only one key can unlock the gate.Through the ages, a secret order of monks has searched China for this key so the gate could be unlocked, and the secrets of the scroll revealed.Traveling to the Anhui Province, Jeff and Ashley…
  • Make Your Own Seasoning Salt

    24 Jul 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Make Your Own Seasoning SaltI was making dinner preparations for tonight’s meal when I discovered my seasoning salt was low. Checked my index, and no, haven’t posted about how to make your own seasoning salt similar to Lawry’s or many other brands. So, it’s about time I provide this simple, easy to make recipe so you can stop paying money for something you can make any time you need it at home for a fraction of the “already prepared” price. This recipe yields about 14 ounces.Supplies:Recycled container or jar with tight lid – 16 ounces or bigger8 TBS…
  • Handcraft Your Own Versatile Herbal Healing Salve

    2 Jun 2015 | 8:54 am
    Handcraft Your Own Versatile Herbal Healing SalveSome time ago I grew tired of using products with ingredients so complicated I had to sit down at the computer to define the chemicals listed. I decided then if I can’t pronounce the word, I probably didn’t want to put it in me, on me, or anywhere around me. Additives, preservatives, artificial colors, chemically-based fragrances – most are all unnecessary! But with a small herd of children, a husband, and myself to look after, what was I to do? Bug bites, rashes, dry skin, wounds: they all needed topical ointments and salves.
  • Don't miss my article, How to Make Reusable Fabric Coffee Filters, in BACKWOODS HOME MAGAZINE

    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!
  • How to Make Brown Sugar

    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…
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    On the Overgrown Path

  • Reviews of my short story. . .

    David Herter
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:12 pm
    My new short story at, "Islands off the Coast of Capitola, 1978," has some cool reviews popping up.  Lois Tilton at deemed it "A fine homage to Gene Wolfe’s Island stories." Sips Reviews said, " It's a creepy story, disturbing and surreal and the ending is tragic and trippy and has left me a bit numb." Morgan Crooks at Ancient Logic called it " A hazy and hallucinogenic coming of…
  • New Short Story coming to

    David Herter
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:50 pm
       A new short story debuts at on July 8, with amazing cover art by Wesley Allsbruck.  “Islands Off the Coast of Capitola, 1978,” is an homage to my favorite writer Gene Wolfe, also my sixth week instructor at Clarion West.  Six years ago I came across Wolfe’s masterful and creepy “Houston, 1943,” and my [re]reading of it triggered a [re][re] reading of a group of stories which always struck me as very (very) loosely a series: “The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories,” (already part of its own series), “And When They Appear,” …
  • The Tsar of the Forests

    David Herter
    3 Jun 2015 | 7:55 pm
    The second half of John Tyrrell’s eagerly awaited Janáček biography -- Years of a Life Volume II 1914-1928: Tsar of the Forests -- arrived last week from London. A highlight: Tyrrell’s focus on The Excursions of Mr. Broucek, Janáček’s longest and most troublesome project. Here, the tussles with librettists, publishers and opera houses, the stops and starts, the loss of momentum followed by years of inactivity and the fierce, patriotic inspiration brought about by the end of the Great War are all brilliantly sketched by Mr. Tyrrell. As a fan of science fiction, I’m especially…
  • A book report.(from 2008)

    David Herter
    30 May 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Yes, I finished Volume 2 of Professor John Tyrrell's magnificent biography last night. I thought I'd toss out a few tidbits:Janáček's endless tweakings. Like any great artist, Janáček was meddling with his creations up to the very last moment -- in this case, his adaptation of Čapek's science-fictional stage play The Makropulos Thing. As he put it (in uncharacteristically clumsy syntax), "When one hears one's things, here and there [extra] filling in the orchestra occurs to one." He began to send insertions to the score up to and during rehearsals. According to a witness: "Even at the…
  • Rest in Peace, Russell Hoban (post from 2011)

    David Herter
    30 May 2015 | 1:23 am
    Russell Hoban died Tuesday in London. His achievement is known; he is recognized, canonized both by the high-lit set and lovers of children's literature. He will forever be tagged as the author of the beloved Frances children's books and the classic post-apocalyptic novel Riddley Walker (and rightly so). But it seems to me that all these accolades merely skip around the boundaries of what was wonderful about him. He was a writer of bold variety, one whose predilections tipped toward the fantastic. He was a writer of obsessions and used them so boldly, and…
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    People are strange, when you're a stranger . . .

  • Operant conditioning

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:18 am
    Okay, I didn't spam you with book links yesterday.  I didn't sell any books yesterday.  So . . .Not all Gods are created equal . . .DOMINIONS 
  • Waning gibbous moon

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:03 am
    Air temperature 58 F for the newspaper walk, dew point 54, wind light and variable, scattered clouds.  Bike ride likely.
  • 31 Aug 2015 | 9:46 am

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:46 am
    If that Federal judge issues a ruling on Brady vs. NFL, I hope he uses "idiots" and various synonyms with a free hand. For all parties.
  • 31 Aug 2015 | 8:03 am

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:03 am
    Any label can be an insult, if you intend that.
  • Monday Monday

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:38 am
    Air temperature 65 F, dew point 62, wind SW about 5 mph, scattered clouds.  Going to be hot again, for Maine definitions of "hot" -- maybe 85 F.  August has decided to slide on into September this year, with forcast highs into the 80s all week.  I was not consulted on this.Remember, school is starting.  Aim carefully.
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    Jim C. Hines

  • Day One

    Jim C. Hines
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:23 am
    My first Monday as a full-time writer! Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
  • Cool Stuff Friday

    Jim C. Hines
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    Friday is looking forward to sleeping in on Monday. Mini Horses and Friends. LEGO Orangutan. “Oook.” Doggy Noses! Http Status Messages, with Cats. Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
  • A Possible Unifying Event re: the Hugos

    Jim C. Hines
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:41 pm
    The Hugos and Worldcon are over, and thus did the internet see the Eighth Plague of Post-Hugo Pontification. Some declared victory, while others declared victory for totally different reasons, and lo did they yelleth at one another over whose “victory” was bigger. But on the fifth day, a lull did fall upon the web of the wide world, as rational and informed people of all nations looked down in agreement and unity. For generations of canine tribal war paled in the face of one simple truth: This was dumbassery most epic. Most epic indeed… ETA: Good gravy, there’s more,…
  • Social Media Gravity Well

    Jim C. Hines
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:17 pm
    No blog post today. All of my social media energy has been drawn into a conversation on Facebook about respecting people’s gender identity. 600+ shares and several hundred comments later, I’m still dealing with comment management and a little bit of bigot herding. Seems like an awful lot of argument over a post that basically comes down to, “Hey, if folks could treat other people with respect and common courtesy, that would be great.” Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
  • Writing Full Time: Diana Pharaoh Francis

    Jim C. Hines
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:31 pm
    In three more days, I reach the end of my time as a full-time state employee. Author Diana Pharaoh Francis was kind enough to write the letter below, congratulating me and sharing her experiences and the lessons she’s learned. Taking care of yourself is important advice, and it’s something so many of us routinely forget or neglect. My thanks to Di for the reminder. Her latest book is Edge of Dreams, the second Diamond City Magic book. I haven’t read this one yet, but I’ve enjoyed a lot of her other work. You can also say hi to Di over on Twitter or Facebook. Dear Jim,…
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    When You Stop Believing in It, It Doesn't Go Away

  • Ubisoft's Official Announcement of New York Collapse

    Alexander Irvine
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:26 am
    Here's the official announcement of New York Collapse, a book I wrote related to Ubisoft's upcoming game The Division. It's not your run-of-the-mill licensed novel, as you'll see from the announcement. The book and the game are coming your way March 8!
  • New York Collapse

    Alexander Irvine
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Today at E3 Ubisoft was showing around this excerpt from my next book: New York Collapse. It's a companion/backstory to their upcoming game The Division, taking the form of a survival guide filled with marginalia and diary entries from a survivor experiencing the pandemic that devastates New York. And as she reads, she starts to discover that maybe the book is more than what it appears to be at first glance...Here are the front and back covers. I'm stoked to be part of this game world. 
  • Me and Trebek

    Alexander Irvine
    4 Jun 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Tune in July 1 to see what happens...
  • 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:…
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    Nicholas Kaufmann's Journal

  • R.I.P. Wes Craven

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:32 am
    I came home last night to the shocking news that Wes Craven had died at the age of 76, from brain cancer. Anyone who knows me, or even just knows my work, knows how much I love horror films. In conversation with a friend online, I mentioned how John Carpenter, Wes Craven, and David Cronenberg where the holy triumvirate for me. The loss of Wes Craven is a major blow to filmmaking, and to fans like me. Though I’ve seen just about all of films he directed, I have to admit only a handful are anything I’d call favorites. (I can, for instance, recognize the historical importance of his…
  • Runners Up

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:34 am
    I think my new author photo is pretty rad — and I’m not someone who uses the word “rad” lightly — but it was a tough choice. We took a lot of pictures that day, almost all of them on the High Line, and a lot of them came out great. I thought it would be fun to show you some of the runners up, the author photos that almost made the cut. Here are the top three. (Once again, all photos are courtesy of Jeff McCrum.)     They’re all pretty good, and in fact this last one is the one that came the closest to being chosen, but I think I made the right…
  • In the Woods

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    23 Aug 2015 | 3:14 pm
    In the Woods by Tana French My rating: 3 of 5 stars Let me just say up front that despite only receiving three stars from me, this isn’t a bad novel. The prose is great — I’d go so far as to say it’s exquisite at times — the setting was interesting and evocative, and the mystery twisty and compelling. Everything points toward a wonderful reading experience for mystery lovers, except that, in my opinion, Tana French includes a single fatal flaw that sabotages the novel: Detective Rob Ryan, the narrator. He is, to put it simply, a chore. He’s a sad sack, he…
  • Check Out My Interview on “The Horror Show with Brian Keene”

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:56 am
    Last month, Brian Keene and his co-host/adult bad influence Dave Thomas interviewed me at Necon for their popular podcast, The Horror Show with Brian Keene. It’s one of the most enjoyable interviews I’ve done, and it finally went on air in last week’s episode. You can listen to it for free right here. In addition to my interview, Brian and Dave talk about the finale of True Detective season 2 (with tangents into the finales of Dexter and Lost); Netflix’s Daredevil; the proposed new Nightmare on Elm Street remake; Jason Strange, the escaped felon who got caught…
  • Story Behind the Book: Volume 5

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    10 Aug 2015 | 10:10 am
    The non-profit, online literary magazine has a regular guest feature called the Story Behind the Story, in which authors and editors write about what inspired their latest books. The folks at the site collect those essays every year or so and turn them into a book, with all proceeds going to the UK charity Epilepsy Action. The latest volume is out now, and includes an essay by yours truly about the story behind my novel Dying Is My Business. It also features essays by Charlaine Harris, Sarah Pinborough, Paul Witcover, Phil Rickman, Steven Brust, and many more, over forty…
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    Dear Sweet Filthy World

  • Howard Hughes and the Nice Men in White Coats

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:03 am
    It's going to be hot in here today. Currently, it's sunny and 85˚F outside. In the middle parlour, it's already 81˚F. We should probably head for the library or somewhere else that's cool, but work may make that impossible.You wouldn't believe that someone could proofread a six-hundred page collection and then forget they'd done it, but I did. I actually proofed Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea way back in December, while I was in Woodstock (the first time). On January 23rd, I sent all the corrected pages to subpress*. And then I forgot that I'd done it. On the one hand, well, that's a huge relief.
  • Howard Hughes vs. the Big Blue

    29 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    Today is still autumn. They say tomorrow will be summer again. Currently, it's 77˚F and sunny, with the humidity at 44%.And Alice B. Sheldon (aka James Tiptree, Jr.) was born on this day, 100 years ago.Yesterday was spent at the John Hay Library, proofreading "Agents of Dreamland." But I only made it through 48 out of 76 pages. I'll need to finish the remainder today. I also have to work on choosing the artwork for the limited edition of Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea. I've discovered that I have a very, very short time to get through the proofreading on that collection (the ARC comes to 603 pp.).
  • "...and cut a six-inch valley through the middle of my skull."

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:03 am
    Yesterday was autumn. I think today will be, too. Tomorrow, summer may make a special encore appearance. There's never anyway of knowing, not here. I do not know the erratic, perfidious rhythms that the seasons dance to in New England. I half suspect no one does.Sirenia Digest #115 went out yesterday, with a preview of Agents of Dreamland. At least one person likes it. On his Facebook, Johnathan Strahan writes:Just read a chunk of Caitlín Rebekah Kiernan's novella 'Agents of Dreamland', which comes on like some parched, hypnotic, sage-soaked amalgam of Lovecraft, Tom Robbins and every…
  • Howard Hughes dreams of Florida

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:09 am
    Fuck, I need a vacation. I should be putting photos in this entry, but I'm not, and I think that I'll blame my need of a vacation for my not bothering to do it. There's some talk that we may take the bus down to Manhattan for a couple of nights. That might be mildly vacation like, if we do.It was very hot in the house yesterday, and day before yesterday, but I wrote, regardless. yesterday, I managed 1,500 words and came, unexpectedly, to THE END of Agents of Dreamland, two days before I'd expected. This is a huge relief. It still has to be proofread, and line edits have to be made, but it's…
  • "All the strange things, they come and go, as early warnings."

    25 Aug 2015 | 9:56 am
    I have a vicious sinus headache that's been with me since I woke up yesterday, and last night I accidentally left the refrigerator open, and pretty much everything has to go. So, pain and annoyance. And wasted food. It's sunny today, and the temperature is currently 82˚F. Someone on Twitter was wondering why I'm so "obsessed" with the weather. Why wouldn't I be? I do not exist independently of the weather. My head is jacked directly into it. My moods swing in almost perfect synchronization with the weather.Yesterday, despite the headache, I actually managed to write 2,084 words on Agents of…
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  • Writers Helping Writers

    Mindy Klasky
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:38 am
    My mother (who is an avid reader, but not a writer) is consistently amazed by the way writers help other writers, especially with regard to self-publishing.  I tell her about the conversations I enjoy at writers conferences or about the way New York Times bestselling authors take time out of their production schedules to beta read my work or about asking my writer-idols to breakfast so I can pick their brains about new-to-me subgenres, and my mother just gapes with astonishment. Sometimes, I gape too. When I practiced law, there wasn’t a lot of lawyers helping lawyers. In law school,…
  • C is for Currently On Vacation

    Mindy Klasky
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Okay. That’s not part of the Author’s Alphabet. But I am currently on vacation. So you’ll have to check back next week to find out what C is for Mirrored from Mindy Klasky, Author.
  • Hey! I Owe You A Post!

    Mindy Klasky
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:03 am
    I vowed that I’d make weekly posts on Tuesdays. But then I vowed to take a vacation this week. So I’ll catch up with you next Tuesday. In the meantime, talk amongst yourselves Mirrored from Mindy Klasky, Author.
  • B is for Book

    Mindy Klasky
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    B is for Book. Continuing on our theme of obvious alphabet letters… But what exactly do we mean by a “book”? Once upon a time, a book was a physical object that consisted of printed pages bound between covers. In the modern world, those pages were usually printed on paper, but the quality of the paper could vary from rag cotton (high end) to newsprint (low end). The covers could be clothbound (hardcover) or cardstock (paper) with yet more varying degrees of quality. In the past, there was a wider range of “book.” There were, of course, the stone tablets of Sumerian cuneiform…
  • Grumble. Grouse. Complain. (Restaurant Edition)

    Mindy Klasky
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    So here’s a situation…  What would you do? You and a companion spend a long morning traipsing around a national battlefield in near-100-degree heat. Around 1:45, you realize you’re ravenous. At 2:00 p.m., you enter the Tavern, the only restaurant visible on Main Street of the town nearest the battlefield. A sign says, “Seat Yourself,” which you do. About five minutes later, a waitress comes over, brings menus, and takes your drink order. She brings you your drinks and takes your meal order (for one plain burger and one chicken panini, hold the chipotle sauce on…
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    Mary Robinette Kowal

  • My Favorite Bit: Fran Wilde talks about UPDRAFT

    Beth Bernier
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Fran Wilde is joining us today with her novel Updraft. Here’s the publisher’s description: In a city of living bone rising high above the clouds, where danger hides in the wind and the ground is lost to legend, a young woman must expose a dangerous secret to save everyone she loves. Welcome to a world of wind and bone, songs and silence, betrayal and courage. What’s Fran’s favorite bit? FRAN WILDE In authorial lore (Ok, really, for me, writers’ “lore” is a bunch of sticky notes splattered with tea or coffee, taped on the wall beside the desk, but I’m going…
  • Nathan Fillion and Miss Piggy! Not one but THREE VIDEOS

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    I might be a tiny bit excited by this. The post Nathan Fillion and Miss Piggy! Not one but THREE VIDEOS appeared first on Mary Robinette Kowal.
  • My Favorite Bit: Michi Trota talks about UNCANNY MAGAZINE YEAR TWO

    Beth Bernier
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Michi Trota is joining us today to talk about Uncanny Magazine Year Two: The Return of the Space Unicorn Kickstarter. Here’s the Kickstarter description: Last year, three-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas & three-time Hugo Award finalist Michael Damian Thomas ran the Uncanny Magazine Year One Kickstarter. We promised to bring you stunning cover art, passionate science fiction and fantasy fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, and provocative nonfiction by writers from every conceivable background. Not to mention a fantastic podcast featuring exclusive content. With the hard work…
  • My Favorite Bit: Stina Leicht talks about COLD IRON

    Beth Bernier
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Stina Leicht is joining us today with her novel Cold Iron. Here’s the publisher’s description: Fraternal twins Nels and Suvi move beyond their royal heritage and into military and magical dominion in this flintlock epic fantasy debut from a two-time Campbell Award finalist. Prince Nels is the scholarly runt of the ancient Kainen royal family of Eledore, disregarded as flawed by the king and many others. Only Suvi, his fraternal twin sister, supports him. When Nels is ambushed by an Acrasian scouting party, he does the forbidden for a member of the ruling family: He picks up a…
  • The Hugos, the Puppies, and why this is more important than just a rocketship

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:44 am
    I’ve seen conversations about how the Hugos are “just a rocketship” and that people shouldn’t be so invested in getting an award. And while that might be true on an individual basis, the Hugo awards themselves are a reflection of our society. I’m not just talking about science-fiction and fantasy fandom, but our larger society.  Now, since the Hugos are dominated by English speaking North Americans, I’m mostly going to be using US-centric examples, but these general trends are true in other places as well. One of the things about fiction in general,…
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  • The Hugo Awards / life goes on

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:15 am
    First things first! During my week-plus, post-Hugo Awards disappearance from social media, many people emailed, messaged, or otherwise contacted me with well-wishes and support. Some people inferred from my silence that I was taking it hard that (a) "Championship B'tok" did not win a Hugo in its category and/or (b) the Puppy-related nominees (my story being in that category) were, as a group, rebuked in the voting.To everyone who reached out: thanks! I apologize if I caused anyone undue concern. I appreciate the kind notes and solidarity. (And I will respond, directly and individually, to…
  • An honor just to be nominated

    22 Aug 2015 | 9:55 pm
    That my story "Championship B'tok" made it onto the final ballot for this year's Hugo awards? It was a surprise and an honor, notwithstanding the accompanying puppygate controversy. To share the novelette category with four such fine stories -- including two by fellow Analog-ians Mike Flynn and Rajnar Vajra -- only enhanced the honor.2007 versionThat was April. It's now August, and the votes have been counted. Thomas Olde Heuvelt will be taking home the rocket. Let me be among the first to congratulate him.That's all I'll say for now about the news ... but in a few days, I may have something…
  • Stoopid clock!!

    17 Aug 2015 | 9:53 am
    Going really fast and dropping into a gravitational rabbit hole are both proven ways to make time's passage slow down. Having too much that needs doing? That seems to have the opposite effect.So: no post for awhile. With luck, next week.====================== from Edward M. Lerner's "SF and Nonsense"
  • Short stuff

    10 Aug 2015 | 11:01 am
    I've largely spent 2015 completing InterstellarNet: Enigma, serializing it, supporting the publisher's launch efforts, and attending the latest Nebula Awards weekend (plus bunches o' personal activities -- all good, just not relevant here). But don't take that emphasis to mean there's no other writing going on ...Are you done with steampunk? (That's SF re-imagined as though progress ended with Victorian science and technology.) Editors Thomas A. Easton and Judith K. Dial were ... and they put out the call for SF stories set in a later, but still retro era. The result -- and see the gorgeous…
  • And now for something (in fact, many somethings) completely different

    3 Aug 2015 | 1:52 pm
    I read mostly SF and current science/technology. For a change of pace, I recently pulled off my shelf a thick volume that I had forgotten even owning. It's been years -- at the least -- since I bought it.But this book was well worth the wait. Highly recommendedThe Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself, by Daniel J. Boorstin, is as ambitious as the title suggests. Boorstin, if the name isn't familiar, was Librarian of Congress from 1975 to 1987. An historian, educated at Harvard, Oxford, and Yale, his writing is as solid and meticulously detailed as anyone could…
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  • Brief update on Kate

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Just a brief update to let you know what's happened with Kate since she got out of the hospital on Sunday August 16.First the bad news: while I was at Worldcon, Kate tripped and fell on an uneven bit of sidewalk near the library. Her face and knee got pretty banged up, and they gave her a CAT scan to make sure nothing was wrong inside her head. She also had to have some teeth splinted; the splints will stay on for 6-8 weeks and there might be more dental work needed after that. I have to emphasize that this was nothing Marc could have prevented, and I'm sure it would have gone down exactly…
  • My Worldcon schedule

    17 Aug 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Following several days of thinking that the Worldcon was increasingly unlikely for me, followed by the unhappy certainty that I would not be able to make it, a generous friend has stepped forward and I can attend the convention after all (though without Kate). And I got back to the program committee before they deleted me from the schedule, so here is where you can find me at the con:The Best Writing Advice I Was Ever GivenWednesday 12:00 - 12:45, Bays 111A (CC)What writing advice have you received that you'd share with others? How did it help make you a better writer?Bobbie Benton Hull (M),…
  • Update on Kate - no Worldcon for us (ETA: I can come!)

    17 Aug 2015 | 12:17 pm
    STOP PRESS: I WILL BE AT WORLDCON!Extremely generous friend Marc Wells has just stepped forward to take care of Kate while I take his wife Patty to the convention, saying "you and Patty need to be there, I don't." Marc has the experience to help Kate with her insulin and I trust him completely.This is so overwhelming I am in tears. But I will be at the convention.Original post follows:The short version: Kate spent four days in the hospital last week, coming home Sunday, and we won't be able to attend the Worldcon. The long version: This started over a week ago, with tummy troubles that came…
  • Kate's progress: July

    4 Aug 2015 | 4:46 pm
    As faithful listeners will no doubt recall, Kate's treatment consisted of surgery, six weeks of daily radiation and chemo, a month off, and six months (or more) of monthly chemo. Well, she just finished up her sixth round of monthly chemo and at the moment it looks like that will, indeed, be it. Which is a good thing, as the nausea and fatigue, while never completely debilitating, have been getting a little worse each round and this one was pretty bad. So, even though we're not out of the woods by any means, we can celebrate the end of treatment for the cancer per se. I hope that as we get…
  • Act of Whimsy to benefit Nora and Bob

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    A couple of months ago, my friend Mary Robinette Kowal contacted me for help. Nora and Bob, friends of hers from the Oregon Regency Society, were involved in a horrific car accident far from home. They both barely survived and wound up in the ICU, with terrible fractures and multiple surgeries. They have insurance, but obviously neither of them is able to work and they will certainly burn through the insurance money before they are well. So their friends set up a fundraiser at asked me to help publicize the fundraiser by contributing an Act of Whimsy --…
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    Paul Levinson's Infinite Regress

  • Fear the Walking Dead 1.2: Tobias Leads the Way

    30 Aug 2015 | 10:57 pm
    Fear the Walking Dead continued its powerful start tonight, with a second episode which was relentlessly strong, pounding, and frightening.   As in The Walking Dead, humans have as much to fear from other humans as from zombies, except at this stage the humans include police, a situation all too familiar and chilling to anyone who watches the non-fictitious news.   The cops kill a homeless man.  He's laying there, dead.  Will he soon stagger to his feet?  Your guess is as good as mine.Meanwhile, you just knew Art would be a zombie, because, well, he looked like a…
  • Falling Skies Concludes

    30 Aug 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Well, although everything up to the ending in this, the very last episode of Falling Skies, was more of the recent same - which is to say, not very interesting or original - the series managed to pull off a memorable conclusion in its last few minutes.Memorable because, against all odds, there was real change and optimism in that last scene.  Tom giving a speech, maybe prelude to his becoming President, Weaver cleaned up, and everyone looking a little older and very good.  And Tom's last words, that we learned that we're not alone, were just right for the conclusion of this…
  • Falling Skies 5.9: Plummeting

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:26 am
    Falling Skies seems to be plummeting to its ultimate conclusion, or lurching along, checking off boxes that need to be checked, rolling out another trite gambit, in episode 5.9 on Sunday night.Pope is now (presumably) dead.  Check.  Lexi's dead, too, after she comes back, or rather the bad alien comes back in her form, just as happened with Weaver's old flame last week.  Check.And the new threat?  The Esphemi have not only overloads,  but a queen who is above them, calling the shots - "the"queen" - and she's apparently calling for an ultimate showdown at the Lincoln…
  • Fear the Walking Dead 1.1: Great Beginnings

    24 Aug 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Fear the Walking Dead, the prequel to The Walking Dead, debuted on AMC last night, and I gotta say, blasphemous as it may be, that I liked it better than many an episode of The Walking Dead in recent years.The opener of Fear the Walking Dead was a perfect little masterpiece in itself - beginning like an episode of The Walking Dead, then pulling out to reveal that this world of Los Angeles was still teeming with human beings, and thus a big, significant step before the world of The Walking Dead.And the episode continues in that fine, frightening vein - beyond frightening, because we the…
  • Ray Donovan 3.7: Excommunication!

    24 Aug 2015 | 10:22 am
    One of the best episodes of Ray Donovan this season last night - 3.7 - in which Ray (and probably Terry and Bunchy) are excommunicated by that priest on the case.Well, it's not exactly the Middle Ages or even the Renaissance, so Ray's not too upset, and even relieved that Fr. Romero wants only to forgive Ray, if Ray confesses, and not go to the cops, if Romero is to be believed.   But Terry's plenty upset about the excommunication, which Romero pronounces after Ray delivers a beat-down not a confession in response to Romero's prodding and pleading, and it will be interesting to see where…
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  • Replay of HTTS Q&A Live Writing Chat #5

    18 Aug 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Tweet It starts with technical difficulties, as so many of my chats do. This time, the problem was that things Jean and I had set up previously that didn’t work because of software limitations we did not discover until we went live. REALLY big fun. But the chat picks up speed a couple minutes in. I have a live workshop in the middle. There were some great questions. You can get the workshop download, watch the replay, and get the free course I recommend all from this link: How To Think Sideways Q&A Live Chat #5 No login required. I also have a link on the page for folks who discover…
  • Don’t miss the Writing Live Chat FIVE, Aug. 18, 2015

    12 Aug 2015 | 9:03 am
    Tweet Click to Register The chat will start at 1PM EDT. It may run over an hour (the last one did). Here’s your invitation if you haven’t yet signed up: Here’s our discussion schedule: Genre: Discussing What Genre Isn’t, and Why This Matters When To Go to War Over a Book…And When NOT To Writing As A Business (or A Hobby): From Getting Paid to Going Full-Time Products—Novel, Short Stories, Ring Cycles, and Everything Else: A step-by-step walkthrough on deciding which products you want to create and how to go…
  • will become

    10 Aug 2015 | 8:53 am
    Tweet How To Think Sideways is going to change domains as well as software. We’ll be moving to Holly Lisle Online Writing school. And we’ll be adding some domains, because while is a good URL from an SEO standpoint, it’s a pain in the ass to type. So will be just the main page, surveys, and the shop,,   which will be class and workshop launches and split testing,     and,   which will be the community and classrooms (’cause, dammit, SHORT…
  • Isolated Malware Incident: Incident Report for AWeber

    28 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Tweet After receiving a number of reports from folks who received the Tuesday HTTS newsletter and reported that it was showing warnings that the links connected to malware, I received the following email from Aweber that applies a BROAD stroke of overcompensation on Google’s part: AWeber Network Status July 28, 2015 1:50 PM To: Holly Lisle [AWeber status] Resolved : Isolated Malware Incident Isolated Malware Incident Incident Report for AWeber New Incident Status: Resolved Google has removed the malware alert from all emails sent through the AWeber service. Emails should no longer be…
  • Hacking anti-cancer with green tea and attitude

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
    Tweet Green tea—the first step in hacking anti-cancer My research starts with two core assumptions: I am not a helpless victim of my life, but an active and engaged participant capable of making changes and altering outcomes. I am bigger than my cells. It starts with two core philosophies: Life is wonderful and worth hanging onto. Joy is a process, not a goal, and is an internal program I run intentionally and mindfully. It’s something I’ve modded into my personal copy of OS-Human, not a fantasy I chase. And it starts with two core attitudes: Learn everything, because…
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  • G. at La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival

    21 Aug 2015 | 7:22 am
    My daughter Esther discusses her film ‘G.’ at the La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival.
  • Berlin Fashion Film Festival

    5 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    My daughter Esther’s two films — ‘G.’ and ‘The Beautiful Mind’ — premiered today at the Berlin Fashion Film Festival. ‘G.’ was made for the perfume by Hamburg fragrance designer Christian Plesch and ‘The Beautiful Mind’ for cult perfumer Geza Schoen. Schoen believes that ‘the sexiest thing about a woman is her mind’, a view [...]
  • Break one, thousand will rise

    11 Jan 2015 | 3:39 am
    —Lucille Clerc
  • Viewster Online Film Festival

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

    5 Jun 2014 | 1:53 am
    Esther wins the Best Women in Film Award from the Manchester International Short Film Festival for Merry-Go-Round.
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    Nick Mamatas

  • Sara/Kate

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:53 pm
    I didn't get online at the dawn of time, but I was there in the late 1980s, on the second set of TinyMUDs after the original. (Chaos, Islandia, etc.). And there, I met sarakate. I was 17, and she was just 19. We were not super-close, not ever, but I always just thought she was great, and admired her from afar, and sometimes from a-near. She was always whip smart, and never flipped out as far as I could see, and these were the days when everyone was having a meltdown approximately once every thirty-six hours or so.And then we grew up. Of the crowd I ran with (there's a book about us) she was…
  • "We Never Sleep"

    28 Aug 2015 | 2:06 pm
    In a fit of something or other, if not exactly pique, I decided to put my novelette "We Never Sleep", which appeared earlier this year in The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk, online.We Never Sleep: A Novelette. Check it out. Buy the book if you like. Share the link on social media if you like. Start an aggressive campaign to get me all the awards that will end in utter defeat if you like, just so you can pretend to have won.Diesel.
  • Golden Tones

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:43 am
    I recently invited myself onto the podcast Cabbages and Kings to talk about short stories. I had the host read three so we could chat about them.One I liked: "The Red Tower" by Thomas LigottiOne I disliked: "If You Were a Dinosaur My Love by Rachel SwirskyOne I wrote: "We Never Sleep", a novelette which appears in the anthology The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk.So, check it out, short story fans!
  • Sasquan Report

    24 Aug 2015 | 9:03 am
    This will be a quick one. I was booked at a new hotel in downtown Spokane, about a mile from the convention center where Worldcon was held. It was a very odd hotel with a safari/no-tell motel theme. For example, a piece of furniture from my room:There were also headboard mirrors in the front of the bed. So, waking up at 4am and looking up gives one this sort of impression:This year, Haikasoru had a table in the dealer's room and we did very well, selling over sixty copies of Taiyo Fujii's Gene Mapper, which we started calling "the first cyberpunk novel about rice." Fujii was a guest at the…
  • What did you do in the Puppy Wars, papa?

    19 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    Here's my Sasquan schedule. I'll also be wherever Taiyo Fujii is, so go where he goes if you also want to see me:Horror/Paranormal: What's NewThursday 17:00 - 17:45, Spokane Falls Suite A/B (Doubletree)Found anything scary...or scary and somehow, well, romantic? A look at current paranormal writing, trends for the future and is the current spate of horror & paranormal on TV helping or hurting the genre?Joshua Bilmes, Nick Mamatas, Christie Meierz, Laura Anne GilmanWriters Workshop section 14Closed session.SpoCon Presents: Sub-Genre GamesSaturday 16:00 - 17:00, Grand Ballroom: Salon III…
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  • Next Year's Hugos

    31 Aug 2015 | 7:38 pm
    The Hugo Awards for 2015 have been announced, the rockets handed out, the post-mortems written and published. You can read analyses all over the internet. My own thoughts on the results can be found below, so I won't recap them here. The Great Puppy War is over.Or is it?That's the question. Where do we go from here?I know where I'd like to go: back to normalcy, as old Warren G. Harding once said.No one who truly cares about science fiction, fantasy, or fandom could possibly want a Second Puppy War. The past half year has been deeply unpleasant for writers and readers on both sides. Next…
  • Back From Bubonicon

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:46 pm
    I'm back home from Bubonicon, our venerable local con, and the last one on my schedule for this year. No more cons on my schedule until the end of February, when I'll be headed to Virginia.Bubonicon -- named after our state's rep as "home of the flea, land of the plague" -- is much bigger and livelier than it used to be, but still a very friendly, fun local con, with a strong literary flavor. This year's incarnation featured a great lineup of guests including Cat Valente, Tamora Pierce, and Mary Robinette Kowal. I enjoyed hanging them with, and getting to know them better. Terrific guests,…
  • The Alfies

    27 Aug 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Once I had decided to hand out the Alfies, as detailed on the previous post, I had to make a lot of other decisions. Again and again, I found myself returning to the original 1953 awards, and the spirit in which they were given.The prestige of the Hugo, the history, the lineage, whatever career-boosting or financial rewards the rocket supposedly carries... there was no way for me to make up for any of that. But I could certainly give some losers an "Attaboy! You did good!" in the spirit of '53. In 1953, there were no losers, just winners. That appealed to me. I wanted these awards to be a…
  • What's It All About, Alfie?

    27 Aug 2015 | 12:19 pm
    About those awards...Let's begin with another lesson in Hugo history. First stop, 1953. The first Hugo Awards were presented at the 11th worldcon, in Philadelphia. Robert Silverberg tells me that they were not even called "Hugos" back then, just "Science Fiction Achievement Awards." Isaac Asimov was the Toastmaster. There were only seven categories that first year. Forry Ackerman was "# 1 Fan Personality," Philip Jose Farmer was "Best New Author or Artist," Willy Ley took one for "Excellence in Fact Articles," Virgil Finlay was "Best Interior Illustrator," Hannes Bok and Ed Emshwiller 'tied'…
  • The Hugo Losers Party

    26 Aug 2015 | 3:27 pm
    The first Hugo Loser Party was held in my room in the Muehlebach Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, during Big Mac, the first KC worldcon, MidAmericon. In the years and decades since the party has become somewhat of a worldcon tradition, and it has always held right after the Hugo ceremony... but that first one was held the following day, on a Monday. It was an impromptu thing. The night before, at the ceremony proper, I had lost two Hugos -- one to Roger Zelazny (novella) and one to Larry Niven (novelette). The winners had been celebrating afterwards, making the rounds of the parties with their…
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  • Cornbread the hard way

    11 Aug 2015 | 11:06 am
    O axacan Green crossed with all sorts of things in the garden was harvested and allowed to dry out. Shucked, plucked, milled by hand, and turned into a rustic cornbread, i have frozen all that is left for future stews and bean chilis. Doing things the hard way is actually quite rewarding and fun.
  • Been busy...

    7 Aug 2015 | 9:37 am
    [quote]The room was large with a high ceiling and had all sorts of tubes and wiring in the rafters. There were different sizes of glass funnel above, ready to descend, with rubber sealant sprayed onto them. The tanks of gas were overhead, too, nestled like eggs among the nest of tubes.“I’m relaxed, sir,” I said. I tried not to look up again.“Good. So, we’re going to stand you in the center of the room, right inside the yellow square painted there. A glass tube will descend. For just a moment, you’ll be in vacuum, but you’re young and strong and you can handle it. Then, the…
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  • YESTERDAY’S POST. Hurrah Grrrrrr etc.

    25 Aug 2015 | 1:15 pm
      MY APPLE TREE FELL DOWN. FELL. DOWN. This would be the apple tree (I only have one: it’s a very small garden) that grows—or anyway grew, I am still hoping still restorably grows*—against the flapdoodling wall that fell down with an almighty roar at 2 am two? three? years ago.   And in the former instance, even when I went out to have a look around I didn’t see anything amiss . . . it was dark and there was an apple tree between the faint kitchen-door light and the fallen-down wall. The apple tree, so far as I am aware, made no sound at all in the falling. It was still…
  • Snippet

    24 Aug 2015 | 7:24 pm
      I hate technology.  I really, really, really really hate technology.  I have a 3000-word semi-catch-up post for you . . . which I can’t copy and paste into the blog admin window because the fancy pizzazzy ultrabook had a meltdown about a fortnight ago, ate its mouse and left me with somewhat rudimentary pad and pointer effects which . . . oh, never mind.  I can’t copy and paste, okay?  And I’m still waiting for the replacement mouse because the frelling mouse-replacement site keeps changing its mind about whether it’s in stock and when it can send me…

    16 Jul 2015 | 6:12 pm
      Admetus, Peter and I went to the live cinema screening of the National Theatre’s EVERYMAN tonight—yes, the medieval morality play*, yanked into the present day and adorned with bad language and cocaine by Carol Ann Duffy, of whom I am a besotted and drooling fan**, and when I saw this play existed and that, furthermore, the National Theatre was going to live-screen it I WANTED TO GO.*** IT IS WONDERFUL AND AMAZING AND POWERFUL AND TERRIFIC.  GO IF YOU HAVE THE CHANCE.  They do rescreenings for these live things some times . . . check your local listings. * Which I read in…
  • The HandleBards. No, really

    28 Jun 2015 | 6:39 pm
      If you have a chance to see these dangerous lunatics*, I mean, this exceptionally talented and engaging AND ENERGETIC troupe of young men, do climb into or onto your internal combustion engine vehicle of choice, bring along a large picnic hamper of high-calorie comestibles and, if you’re sensible, a bottle of fizz, and several blankets because this is England after all**, and possibly folding chairs, if you’re ancient and decrepit***, and GO.  The HandleBards are a hoot.…
  • I should have stayed in bed

    14 Jun 2015 | 6:58 pm
      . . . yesterday.  I’d been Street Pastoring Friday night* so getting out of bed Saturday (ahem) morning (ahem) was a somewhat protracted business.**  I eventually came downstairs*** and was fallen on by the hellmob† who feel that six hours is plenty of time to be without the fascinating, stimulating and all-providing hellgoddess.†† And before I go on with this story I want to make it very clear that I had had an adequate amount of caffeine . . . I have three eggs for breakfast every morning.†††  I make excellent scrambled eggs‡ and this also means that if…
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    Notes from the Labyrinth


    27 Aug 2015 | 7:22 am
    I got email from a reader the other day, wondering about other books like The Goblin Emperor (what matociquala has dubbed "committeepunk"). I'm kind of terrible at that game, so I did what any sensible person would do. I asked Twitter.(And thank you very kindly to everyone who responded.)Someone pointed out that if you merely want more books by me, there are several of them: Mélusine, The Virtu, The Mirador, Corambis, The Bone Key, Somewhere Beneath Those Waves Was Her Home, plus collaborations with matociquala, A Companion to Wolves, The Tempering of Men, An Apprentice to Elves…
  • UBC: M. J. Trow, The Thames Torso Murders

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:36 am
    The Thames Torso Murders by M.J. TrowMy rating: 4 of 5 starsI'm of two minds about M. J. Trow. On the one hand, he is clearly extremely intelligent and his analytical abilities are superb--as is the clear, sharp way he swings the sword of common sense in discussions of the possible identity of Jack the Ripper. On the other, he is sloppy as a researcher and he has a sort of P. T. Barnum sense of showmanship that for me does nothing but get in the way.After the disorganization caused by Trow sacrificing clarity for a good hook, the worst problem I had with this book was that, although the…
  • The 2015 Hugo Awards

    24 Aug 2015 | 4:42 am
    Congratulations to the 2015 Hugo winners!I'm very pleased that Liu Cixin and Ken Liu won. All of the fiction awards that were given this year went to translated works (that is, Short Story & Novel, the only two which did not end up No Award), which has never happened before and which I think is a wonderful thing. So if I'm gonna lose, I'm glad I lost to The Three-Body Problem.And extra special congratulations to Wes Chu, this year's Campbell winner!
  • My Sasquan schedule

    18 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    So, yeah, I'm gonna be at Sasquan. If you want to find me, here are the places and times to look.Standard disclaimer: I am both very shy and very near-sighted.***Autographing - Katherine Addison, Alma Alexander, Elizabeth Bear, Marissa Meyer, L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Stanley Schmidt, Catherynne M. ValenteFriday 14:00 - 14:45, Hall B (CC)Reading - Katherine AddisonFriday 16:00 - 16:30, 304 (CC)Fantasy and Supernatural NoirSaturday 12:00 - 12:45, Bays 111C (CC)Dark speculative and (frequently) dark detective works are best-sellers these days. Our panel talks about early supernatural noir and where…
  • Award news

    10 Jul 2015 | 11:26 am
    The Goblin Emperor has now been nominated for all four major SF/F awards: Hugo, Locus, Nebula, World Fantasy.It has won the Locus.I don't actually know what to say about this, except, wow.
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  • The Writing Life

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Closing in on the end of the main draft of the new book, another Vatta book.  As usual at this stage I like some sections a lot--they came out doing what I wanted them to do, and they read well (not perfectly--more drafts to come--but well for this point in the process.)  Other sections are OK but in the wrong place.   Other sections represent blind alleys--something I thought belonged in this book but, on consideration, doesn't.  Some that seemed OK as I was writing do not do what I wanted them to do.  And some sections are...not there.  I jumped ahead,…
  • Red, White, and Blue

    20 Aug 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Reversing the position of red and blue on the 4th of July socks produced this:                In the kitchen while it's raining                                            Outdoors next dayThis image was taken in the kitchen during a rainstorm, so the colors are not as "clean" as they should be, but you get the idea. …
  • Yarn and the Knitter

    6 Aug 2015 | 8:33 pm
    I had very little navy-blue yarn.  I needed more, to complete the Red, White, and Blue socks that would be the color inverse of the 4th of July socks.   (Need is a relative term...knitter's need, we're talking about here.  Having conceived of a design, it's necessary (!) to make it.)This is what I intended to order when I looked on the website for yarn last Thursday:This is ALL I meant to buy when I looked at the site.The package arrived today.   It looked bigger than those two neat balls of Ella rae Classic navy yarn needed.  Also looked…
  • The Sixth Short Socks (this year)

    1 Aug 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Yesterday, July 31, I finished the sixth pair of "sporty-shorty" summer socks for 2015.  One to go, before going back to longer socks.  This pair combined two "leftover" yarns from longer socks.  The green is Ella rae Classic, color #90, which is actually more emerald than the picture shows.   The blue is Cascade 220 Paints "Isle of Sky," unfortunately a discontinued color.  The white, bought for striping, is Cascade 220. The variation in "Isle of Sky" shows up better from this angle: it's subtle, and lovely.  …
  • That Flag

    9 Jul 2015 | 10:27 pm
    First, congratulations to the South Carolina state legislature for voting to remove the Confederate battle flag from display on the Statehouse grounds.   Any moral deed, whenever it occurs, deserves recognition and a pat on the back.Now we've got that taken care of...on to the larger issue, the one that's been carried like a giant pus-filled abscess in the body politic for a century and a half....a mix of racism and treason that has frustrated repeated attempts to heal the wounds caused by the treason of a region addicted to buying, owning, and selling human beings even…
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    Day in the Life of an Idiot

  • One Step Forward....Twice Shy

    18 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    As I announced on Facebook sometime ago, I signed with a new literary agency: Sterling Lord Literistic.I still have the same, wonderful agent, Martha Millard, but she's joined with bigger forces, with the hope to do bigger and better things. When I first heard the news that Martha was leaving her private practice to join an established agency, I have to admit I had two thoughts at first: 1) Literistic isn't a word, and 2) OMG she's going to dump me like hot potato lead balloon.Literistic is still a very hard thing for me to write without cringing, but Martha hasn't dumped me. In fact, when I…
  • Ant Man, My Take

    29 Jul 2015 | 5:14 pm
     Mild SPOILERS not under cut.... Last night, I saw Ant Man with my usual MCU crew (Eleanor Arnason and Sean M. Murphy). I have to admit to some trepidation going into this film.  For one, I was never a huge Henry Pym/Ant Man fan when I read him in the Avenger comic books in the mid-1970s/early-1980s when he was, ironically, mostly Yellowjacket (and sometimes Giant Man).  Also, having heard that the Ant Man of the MCU would be Scott Lang, I was a bit worried that was like having a Captain America movie with John Walker wearing the cowl.Generally, I have to say the…
  • Saying Good-bye to Level Up

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    The reviewer today (another Rachel) didn't have a lot to say, but it's still a very nice review: lot of the reviewers are anxiously waiting for Book 2. I certainly hope that Rachel and Level Up Press will be able to give it to them. For myself, I've had to take a step back. I won't be involved in subsequent books in the School for Wayward Demons series.As I have said many places, I really enjoyed the writing process with Rachel, particularly when we were collaborating on the…
  • Blog Roll, Roll, Rollin' Along

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:13 am
    Rachel contacted the people in charge of setting up the blog roll, and the issue seems to be resolved. So that's a yay. There are two more reviews of Song of Secrets up: For the Love of Fictional Worlds and Reading with Pixie, which is, of course, MY favorite because the blogger called out Gabe as their favorite character.I had a very brief, drive-by, attendance at Diversicon this weekend. Eleanor invited me to sit in on the MCU panel and, as I said on Twitter, I geeked out so hard that people were checking with me about authors for certain runs of comic book titles. (I'm good, but not THAT…
  • Blog Tour for Song of Secrets

    24 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    So, Rachel and I are trying a thing. For part of this month and next, our book Song of Secrets is going on a blog tour/blog roll. There have been three reviews so far and each one comes with an opportunity to win an autographed copy of the book. Here's where we've been featured so far (in reverse order):Song of Secrets: How Fiction Helps us CopeNatural BriRocking out to Song of SecretsPlease note, that because the blog tour is called Calish Couple, the reviewers are giving all of the kudos and praise to Rachel. This was, however, a book we wrote TOGETHER (and it was wonderfully illustrated by…
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  • work that isn’t writing

    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    I cannot believe it’s the end of August. This summer has been a loss to a much greater degree than expected, and I’m just sort of…I’m getting my feet back under me, at this point. And I *am* getting my feet back under me: I’ve actually accomplished a great deal of detail work over the past week, all of which was very necessary and is something of a weight off my shoulders. Today is the first day of school: which means I have about 8 weeks of 15-20 hours of time back to myself before the first term break, and in that time I…should theoretically be able to…
  • Picoreview: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:16 am
    Picoreview: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: Harry Cavill spent a fair bit of the movie wet and dirty. There’s nothing more really needs be said. Seriously, the whole film could have been unmitigated drek and I may well not have noticed, because Harry Cavill was so incredibly beautiful that I stared at him dumbfounded every moment he was on the screen. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie where my jaw just dropped every time somebody came on screen. Usually I get inured to it, y’know, like, “Yes, wow, yessir that is one attractive man, okay, movie now,” but I was…
  • a feast of strawberries

    30 Aug 2015 | 4:21 am
    I was in town yesterday and saw a fruit vendor with 1-kilo flats of strawberries for €5 each, which I thought was an excellent deal. I bought two, came home with them, and went back out not much later to get (other things also, but) four more. The young lady at the booth looked at me a bit askance when I came up and asked for four flats. I explained I was making jam, and she said, “Oh! Okay. I was wondering if you maybe had a bit of an addiction.” I said, “I don’t like to talk about it,” and she laughed and said she had a 3 kilo box for €10, and did I…
  • so the visualization thing is called aphantasia

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:19 pm
    I’ve been talking about this topic for years (whether you see pictures in your head when you, say, read), ever since a conversation with a friend and Ted and the friend said something about the radio drama in her head, and Ted said “You only get a radio drama?” and she said “Oh no! I get the whole movie!” and I said “wait what?” After some incredulous back-and-forthing, we found that they saw pictures in their heads when they read (or called up memories, or DAYDREAMED, WHAT THE HELL!!!), and I didn’t. (“How can you possibly make such great…
  • The Great Manor House Picture Post

    26 Aug 2015 | 1:35 am
    This is long, but I’m Showing Stuff Off, so I’m not putting it behind a cut. :) The house & front garden: The sun room (with slightly distorted child), visible to the right of the house: The living room end of the Long Room: The dining room end of the Long Room: The library: To the left is the TBR shelf before 6 weeks of no net. The TBR shelf after 6 weeks of no net: The kitchen: My (the, but mostly my :)) office: My beloved Captain’s Chair: Guest room: The back garden, in all its glory, from about the midway point of the garden: From the far end of the garden: The…
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    If You Can't Say Anything Nice...

  • @TrapperBud and his Brush With Death

    12 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Today in the mail I received a package from my parents, an old brown envelope addressed to Grandpa as “Mr. Cyril M. Murphy, Whitelaw, Alberta, Can., postmarked Mar 17 1941 at 11pm at the GPO on New York, NY. It has a 3 cent stamp on it that, for some reason, is Canadian, a red King George VI from 1937 (I’ve done some research). Also stamped on the envelope are the words “POSTAGE DUE 6 CENTS.” Worthy of note is the fact the enveloped has been opened with a letter opener, pretty much a tool of a bygone era these days.Inside the envelope are two stories, likely not the original contents,…
  • In Which I Discuss Traffic Issues With the City of Saskatoon: A One-Way Conversation

    17 Jun 2015 | 8:29 pm
    Edited, to add the City's response and my own response to that, down at the bottom. I've written a couple of letters to the city's Contact Us website. Here's the first one:On June 16 just after 7pm it took me 15 minutes to drive from the Lawson Civic Centre to the SW corner of the mall at Primrose and Warman. The traffic was horribly backed up, and the surprise came at the end when I reached Warman and found that the right lane was closed just before the corner, forcing those vehicles to merge into the left lane. The only reason for this was to keep people from turning right onto Warman,…
  • The Movies of 2014

    1 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    The number of movies I saw this year went up again, from 61 last year to 69 (with a proviso or two, which I will get to), although the number seen in the cinema dropped slightly from 28 to 27. I’ve pretty much stopped seeing any film with my older son, and now the youngest is beginning to go off in his own direction as well. He has said he wants to see the last Hobbit with me, but life keeps him very busy. We shall see if I get to it in 2015. As for past years, click on the "movies" hashtag at the end of this and that will take you to see my past few entries.Other numbers? Of the 69 I saw,…
  • Grandpa, Trapper Bud, and the Camera Pouch

    21 Dec 2014 | 3:13 pm
    The first thing to note is that if this is of interest to you but you're not following @TrapperBud on Twitter, perhaps you should.As background: My grandfather, Cyril "Bud" Murphy (although at the time he was known as "Spud," a nickname that would eventually be changed at the behest of his sister Mavis) went to the Northwest Territories as an 18-year-old in 1929, to accompany his father Matt Murphy as a fur trapper for the next decade, starting first along Artillery Lake and eventually moving to the Back River.After Grandpa died, I inherited some of his old diaries, but set them aside and for…
  • Trapper Bud, Otto Lanner, and a Hint at the Tragedy Behind "Northwest Passage"

    19 May 2014 | 6:51 pm
    In my ongoing Twitter feed for @TrapperBud (the diaries of my grandfather when he was a trapper in the NWT in the 1930s), I've been typing in diary entries ahead of time so they are easier to slot in on TweetDeck. As I've been doing this I've been eagerly awaiting the first mention of Otto Lanner, and just the other day came across it. Otto, in case you're familiar with my short story "Northwest Passage," which was initially published in the magazine Realms of Fantasy and recently reprinted in my Sunburst-nominated collection Over the Darkened Landscape, was the inspiration for the character…
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    Eric Nylund

  • No Correlation

    18 Aug 2015 | 7:41 am
    Got a ton of concerned email this morning about this article in Gamespot about my departure from Amazon, and recent the article in the New York Times about working at Amazon. (Gamespot nicely reduced my 15-year career in video games to a single sentence, thank you very much). For the record: there’s no correlation between the articles for me. I can’t speak for Clint, but I was treated well at Amazon, and the only time I cried at my desk was because of a hard contact lens malfunction (I swear!). Share on Facebook
  • New Cover

    10 Aug 2015 | 8:44 am
    Tiny preview today of THE ENCHANTED KNOT, out soon. Share on Facebook
  • Old (new) E-books

    4 Aug 2015 | 2:45 pm
    This was long overdue. I’ve had the publishing rights for my first three novels for a while. This happened before publishers cared and e-books became a significant source of income. Try getting your publication rights back today, though, and you’re in for a fight (a story for another time). In any event, Pawn’s Dream, A Game of Universe, and Dry Water are now available as e-books. This took a bit longer than I thought — scanning the old books, working with freelance editors, and designing new covers. Off topic: pre-1998 there were no electronic files to get back for these…
  • Last Day at Amazon

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    Yesterday was my last day at Amazon Game Studios. I’ve spent the last 15 years helping developers make great games (13 years at Microsoft and the last 2 at Amazon). Over 50 games shipped! Whew! I’m so proud that the last three games—Lost Within, Till Morning’s Light, and Tales From Deep Space—garnered one, two, three-in-a-row Editor’s Choice awards in Apple’s app store. That was an especially nice way to exit. The time, however, was long overdue for me to hit the pause button. In order of priority I’ll be: 1. Spending more time with my family. 2. Writing more novels. 3.
  • Review #500

    5 Jan 2014 | 9:53 am
    It’s hard to believe more than 12 years have passed since HALO: FALL OF REACH came out. Today the 500th review for FOR was posted on by “dsamuilov.” I know the lion’s share of the book’s popularity is due to the attachment to a great game franchise, but it still means so much to me to see fan support like this, even after a decade. Thank you to everyone who has read the book, and thanks to everyone who has dropped me a note over the years. –Eric Share on Facebook
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    Rickety Contrivances of Doing Good

  • Ten Years After

    30 Aug 2015 | 12:56 pm
    The Biloxi Bridge after KatrinaIn 2005, my father (83 at the time) was living in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, in the Villa Maria Retirement Apartments:  a low-income senior building, a concrete high rise, that was four blocks from the water and one of the tallest things in town. He lived on the top floor, with a panoramic view of the Gulf Coast and its casinos, which often shot off fireworks on Friday nights. Villa Maria was a mile, maybe less, from the U.S. 90 bridge between Biloxi and Ocean Springs. He adored living there. He’d been even happier living on his sailboat in Biloxi, but…
  • Contaminated by Christ

    15 Aug 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Here's tomorrow's homily.  The Gospel is John 6:51-58.*Here we are, almost at the end of what I like to call the bread line: the five-Sunday series of Jesus’ proclamations about being the Bread of Life. Last week, Kirk told us that Jesus is the opposite of boring, nutrition-free white bread. Jesus is yummy. Jesus is chewy. Next week, we’ll hear how deeply offensive many of Jesus’ listeners found this part of his teaching, so much so that many of them, unable to accept it, walked away. This week, we’re in the middle, somewhere between fighting off boredom and being…
  • God's Triage

    28 Jun 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Here's today's Gospel lesson, one of my favorites. It's from the fifth chapter of Mark:21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered round him; and he was by the lake. 22Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23and begged him repeatedly, ‘My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.’ 24So he went with him.And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25Now there was a woman who had…
  • 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…
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    Old Enough to Know Better

  • Protest Music

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:13 am
    Back in the day, when I first started learning how to play guitar, fifty-some years ago, there was a subset of folk music called “protest music.” Redundant, the term, since folk music has always had a thick vein of that particular ore running through it, but there you go.Most of those at the time were anti-war songs. Soon as I had three major and one minor chord, I started writing protest songs. This was in my pre-hippie days, circa 1966, right about the time I got married. Anti-war, but also anti-hypocrisy.Here’s the first one I did. Bear in mind I was nineteen, and soooo earnest,…
  • Instrumentally Speaking ...

    26 Aug 2015 | 3:37 pm
  • Moving On - SFWA

    16 Jul 2015 | 11:38 am
    Somewhen about 1977 or so, I joined the writer's organization, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, SFWA. Thirty-eight years ago, and at the time, fairly big deal for me.The qualifications were, you have to have sold a novel, or two short stories, to an approved, paying market, which back then, meant on of the big publishing houses in NYC, or one of the three or four American SF magazines still alive.Later, the organization tried to expand its reach to include the rest of the world and add in "fantasy," and the acronym changed, but it didn't really stick. SFWA, pronounced…
  • Hannam Tenor Uke Sound Check

    27 May 2015 | 2:07 pm
  • 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…
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    Mike Philbin's free planet blog

  • Free Planet's Sunday morning Facebook meme-art set

    30 Aug 2015 | 3:25 am
    Free Planet has a new-ish Facebook presence...Such is the dominance of the MEME on that particular society-driving platform, Free Planet has been in inspiration mode of late: here are a few.
  • Mike Dargas - photorealism - the honey set

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:53 am
    In his amazing hyper-realistic artworks, the 31-year-old artist Mike Dargas from Cologne in Germany depicts human models in a plethora of emotions – lost in thought or internal conflict, or simply relaxed and radiating a heavenly grace.Here are a couple of his alluring HONEY SET images for your delectation (with an inset of the artist at work on each piece) certain of which remind this critic of the super-realist work of Gottfriend Helwein.  Mike has been painting since childhood, and developed his talents by later attending art school. He worked as a tattoo artist in his early…
  • HC Unit - is light one dimensional - medium of light is the illusion

    23 Aug 2015 | 11:47 am
    if you type into any search engine, "How is light (or electromagnetic radiation) made?" you get links to educational sites or science-wikis that say something along the lines of ...Visible light is created by electrons within atoms in an excited state returning to the ground state (a lower energy configuration)... When the electron gains energy it moves to a higher energy level, then drops back to the ground state releasing its excess energy as light... [source HARTFORD]...all very fine and concise when one thinks of knots of electron-ness orbiting an atomic nucleus... but the electron is a…
  • Dr Udo Ulfkotte journalist and author on RT Blows the whistle on Fake News!!

    22 Aug 2015 | 2:20 am
    Remember, this news is from 2014 and NOBODY LISTENED - it's there for all to hear.A top German Journalist and Editor Dr. Udo Ulfkatte has just gone public with some shocking admissions. He basically admitted what all of us who read the alternative media such as BeforeItsNews have known for a long time – the entire mainstream media is totally fake! He went into a very detailed talk in this video and spilled the beans about everything! He talked about how the CIA gets control over all of the major journalists. He is sick of the lying and decided to go public with everything he knows. He’s…
  • Independent Films - T Patrick Murray - Shooting Stanley Kubrick

    19 Aug 2015 | 8:14 am
    I can't work out whether this is faked or staged or real - it's sometimes so hard to winnow the chaff from the wheat - and the COB or Covert Operative Boys relish this dichotomy at your vast cultural and financial expense.SHOOTING STANLEY KUBRICKit claims to be the Final Interview With Stanley Kubrick three days before his death in May of 1999, where an aged and beardy Kubrick allegedly spills the beans about how he filmed the 1969 moon landing on the redundant set for his epic space film 2001. So, why would the USA fake the Appollo Missions if they had all that German missile technology from…
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    Tiny Godzilla

  • National CHAPELWOOD Day!

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:20 am
    Okay, look - yes, I know, I've been a Disney Princess over here for the last couple of weeks: all birds and all kittens all the damn time. But in between the wildlife and the household critters, I've been busily trying to ramp up to THIS VERY DAY: CHAPELWOOD Day!Yes FINALLY you can check out the follow-up to last year's Phillip K. Dick Award nominee, Maplecroft. Did you like that one? I hope you liked that one. I loved it very much; it's one of my personal favorites. (Am I supposed to admit that kind of thing? That I have favorites? Oh well, it's true. Maplecroft was one of my favorite things…
  • We all leave before the morning light

    24 Aug 2015 | 6:22 pm
    It's been one week since Quinn the kitten got her first real vet visit, and - if my husband's food scale can be believed - she's gained almost exactly one pound. She now weighs in at 2.11 pounds, and she's obviously feeling much, much better than when she first arrived. The wee stinker has gone from a feeble little sleeper who needed a boost to scale a 6-inch litter box an intrepid explorer with the usual boundless kitten energy and a passion for climbing.She's no longer projectile-pooping, and after some fits-and-starts re: her potty manners, she's now gone a good 36 hours with zero…
  • And the gods laugh

    21 Aug 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Last Saturday my husband left town for a business trip, and I've been all by myself ever since. (He returns late tonight). Usually when he's gone for a few days, I get a lot of work done - housework, writing work, etc. etc. etc. This time, I've been running around like a maniac, trying to keep the world from exploding and/or anything from dying.First of all, there's our Grande Dame Feline, who needed a lot of bloodwork due to apparent kidney failure issues...which turned out to be non-issues when that bloodwork returned because apparently the cat is a freak of nature. Her numbers have all…
  • Not through love but through revenge

    11 Aug 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Here's recent progress on my young adult haunted house story about a long-lost adventure pulp comic manuscript that's guarded by a good ghost and a bad ghost; now with Bonus! gentrifying drama, golden-age mystery, Hollywood intrigue, fallout from The Storm, and an agent who's just trying to do the right thing, goddammit:Project: Drawing FireDeadline: November, 2015New words written: 2445 (multi-day total)Present total word count: 24,287Things Accomplished in Fiction: Finished up the very first comic section, wee! Also wrote a pretend Wikipedia entry and performed some basic…
  • Drawing Fire: Coming from Scholastic in the fall of 2017

    10 Aug 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Okay so FINALLY I can blab about what I've been working on for the last month or so...mostly because once it's in Publishers Weekly, it's public info, man. Somewhat hilariously, this public info was disclosed to me on Friday night - so it wasn't exactly the BEST of all possible time to send big news around the world, if you know what I mean...which is one reason I held off on making a post about it.This didn't stop me from tweeting it, natch. But now that it's Monday, and now that I'm awake (I've been a tad under the weather today), and now that I'm back at my laptop, I can regale you with…
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  • Thing Itself, The

    Adam Roberts
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:03 am
    As SF Signal notes, this is coming soon. Currently slated for a 17th December 2015 release. It's the novelisation of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason the world has been waiting for. Also, it solves the Fermi Paradox. You're welcome.
  • Landor’s Cleanness

    Adam Roberts
    6 Aug 2015 | 8:23 am
    I've neglected this author website rather shamefully, and from now on I shall try to be a little more assiduous with updates. Starting with notice that the TLS has reviewed Landor's Cleanness (Oxford Univ. Press 2014). Not wholly dithyrambic, but a pretty positive judgement overall by Jacqueline Bannerjee. I can't deny the 'rather desperately chatty', nor that Landor's reputation is probably unsalvageable. But I'm happy with 'noble', 'close, well-considered and best of all honestly questioning', and 'worth waiting for' is like that old ad for beer. Heineken, was it? Later on she calls it 'a…
  • 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.
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    Running Air

  • Oliver Sacks

    30 Aug 2015 | 12:12 pm
    “And now, weak, short of breath, my once-firm muscles melted away by cancer, I find my thoughts, increasingly, not on the supernatural or spiritual, but on what is meant by living a good and worthwhile life — achieving a sense of peace within oneself. I find my thoughts drifting to the Sabbath, the day of rest, the seventh day of the week, and perhaps the seventh day of one’s life as well, when one can feel that one’s work is done, and one may, in good conscience, rest.”-- Oliver Sacks, "Sabbath"I admired his work, and Sacks himself, immensely. A good,…
  • Employed!

    26 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
    Monday I started a new job, as Project Manager at the American Bookbinders Museum. In downtown SF!  (After the commute to Palo Alto, having a 15 minute jaunt on BART is a very pleasant thing.) What I'm doing is a little this and some of that, in support of growing the audience and volunteer pool for the museum. I felt very trepidatious about unsubscribing from job listings and stopping my daily crawl through Craig's List, but wow, employment. Yay!
  • Yesterday, Apocalyptic. Today, Sunny.

    22 Aug 2015 | 8:19 am
    Today the sun is shining and the sky is a clear. I showered the smoked pork shoulder smell out of my hair. I might even take a walk along the riverside, if schedule permits. But everyone in my house still has a residual cough.Oh: and here's the cake I made for Book View Cafe party for Vonda McIntyre:The blob on the top is a mermaid, in honour of The Moon and the Sun.
  • Smoked Like a Salmon

    21 Aug 2015 | 6:59 pm
    Apparently the deal in eastern Washington is: when it gets cooler, the wind picks up. Today there was lots of wind, bringing with it the acrid, dusty smell of fire. There was so much particulate matter in the air that the sun was orange-pink all day, and the green traffic lights were a clear, bright sapphire.  I like Spokane just fine, and Worldcon is behaving itself (at least within my line of sight) but I think I'll go use my inhaler now....
  • Meanwhile...

    19 Aug 2015 | 9:37 am
    I am putting together my cake making on the road kit (it appears that the cottage we're staying in doesn't have a mixing bowl. This must be remedied) and starting to pack. I have a 7am flight tomorrow, heading Spokane-ward, arriving (Gods willing) at 10:30 for a 1pm Book View Cafe kaffee klatsch. And then the real madness starts.If you're in the neighborhood of Sasquan, come on by the Book View Cafe meet and greet on Friday night (8pm onward) at the Courtyard Marriot. There will be cake. If you can't make it, there will be photos of cake, which are likely less fattening…
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    Rudy's Blog

  • John Conway and the Absolute Continuum

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:36 pm
    I just read this wonderful biography of the mathematician and recreational-math maven par excellence, John Horton Conway, best known (to his mild annoyance) as the inventor of the cellular automaton rule known as the Game of Life. The book, Genius at Play , is by Siobhan Roberts. Some great quotes. John Conway’s daughter: “There goes […]
  • Podcast #87. Interviewed by Doug Lain

    11 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
    August 11, 2015. Interviewed by author Doug Lain for his podcast Zero Squared. We mostly talked about what it’s like to have a career as a writer, with some mentions of my recent Journals 1990-2014. An edited version of the interview appeared as part of an episode on Lain’s podcast Zero Squared, with better sound […]
  • New York #2. WTC, Seaport, Eddie, Midtown. Plus Backlog.

    9 Aug 2015 | 9:21 am
    Here’s a few more photos from Manhattan, followed by some pictures from my backlog. One of the best deals in the city is the East River Ferry, which runs from 34th St. to Wall St. stopping in four or fives Brooklyn docks on the way. Takes about half an hour, great views and fresh air, […]
  • Outer Banks & New York #1.

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:23 pm
    My wife and I went to reunion with all our children and grandchildren at a rented house in Corolla on the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a week, and then we we two went alone to New York city for a week. So I’ll be posting some photos of all that. [Tail of a […]
  • Shooting Photos a Lot

    10 Jul 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Waking up early on a summer day. Perched atop a tree, chirp. What to do today? Fourth of July we saw a wind instrument concert in Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos. I love to look at kettle drums, and to hear them. And my fellow Los Gatos citizens here amid our signals and wires. […]
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    Kristine Kathryn Rusch

  • Free Fiction Monday: Cat Nap

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Triwell doesn’t adopt strays. He feels like a stray himself, a man who has lost everything even though he has a house and an antiquarian bookstore in Seavy Village on the Oregon Coast. But the cat adopted him. And she proves a mystery. A mystery who lives with him. A mystery he will solve one summer in a surprising—and deadly—way. “Cat Nap,” by USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only. The story’s also available as an ebook on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and from other online retailers.  Cat Nap…
  • A New Short Story, A Disaster, and Cat Pictures

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:17 pm
    Okay…I only added the cat pictures to get your attention. They say (whoever “they” are) that cats make people come to your blog. So here you go: Sir Duke feigning indifference Sir Galahad of Kitten being impy Miss Ella wondering why we’re bothering her The two newest rescues wondering what the hell is going on There. Now that you’ve had your daily dose of cute, let me tell you about the disasters. Nah, they’re not mine. In fact, I have little to do with this at all. Dean’s wonderful novel, The High Edge is part of a  Storybundle titled The Disaster…
  • Business Musings: Changing Tastes

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Instead of going to Worldcon, I’ve spent the last week in my comfy chair with my cats, catching up (so to speak) on my reading. With a back and neck injury, there’s a lot I can’t do. I can’t even sit in my writing chair for a long time, although I’m getting more writing done than I thought I would after the injuries first occurred. Part of my catch-up includes reading back issues of magazines lying around. It’s kind of fun reading months’ old magazines, because often my reaction to the various “horrid, horrid” crisises described inside is “Oh, yeah, that was a big deal in…
  • Free Fiction Monday: Elites

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Rowena runs the House, a place for homeless Sky veterans. The House, open only to the women who compose the Elite Squad, has only a few rules: No names, no details, no weapons. The problem? Anything can become a weapon—even a toilet bowl scrubber. Even a word. Especially a word. A word that could destroy both Rowena and her House. “Elites,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only. The story’s also available as an ebook on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and from other online retailers.  Elites Kristine Kathryn…
  • Business Musings: Wish I Could Say Gone Fishin’

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:39 pm
    I had a blog all finished for this week, and it was to auto-post late Wednesday night. It’s all about the World Science Fiction Convention and how to use conferences, but honestly, I don’t want to confuse matters. For those of you who didn’t see the Wednesday morning post, I got into a run-in with the rental car, and have gotten injured badly enough that a long drive or an airline flight wouldn’t be smart at the moment. So I won’t be at Worldcon. The other upshot of the injuries are that typing isn’t exactly fun right now, so I didn’t write a new blog…
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  • Sale price for Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell ending + Updates

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:02 pm
    My Cosmere novella Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell has been on sale on Kindle in the US, and a few other vendors, during August. The 99¢ price is ending soon, so take a look if you haven't already.In this week's new Writing Excuses episode, Breaking In, with Charlie N. Holmberg, Charlie, whose debut novel The Paper Magician was released by Amazon’s 47 North imprint just one year ago, joined us in front of a live audience at the World Science Fiction Convention to talk about breaking in to the industry today.Last week, in’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance,…
  • Time Change in Denver

    26 Aug 2015 | 10:29 am
    Hey, all! I need to make you aware of a time change to one of my events on the upcoming Shadows of Self tour. Soon after announcing the schedule, I had a reader mention to me that they were sad to have to choose between me and Jim Butcher, who was apparently going to be signing in Denver the same day. (And not too far from my own event.)The reader wasn’t complaining to get me to change; they were simply lamenting their wealth of options, so to speak. However, I still felt bad. Jim had his event scheduled first, and we (unwittingly) then dropped something down by way of competition. I’m a…
  • Writing Excuses Q&A on Pacing + Updates

    25 Aug 2015 | 11:40 am
    The previous Writing Excuses episode on pacing covered the sense of progress. In this week's episode, Q & A on Pacing, we wrap up this month’s discussion of pacing. Here are the questions we received from Twitter for answering during the episode:What are some early indications of a pacing problem?How do you chart pacing so that it remains even?Can you control pacing using scene/sequel format?How do you handle character progression during travel without making it choppy?It feels like new authors are required to deliver breakneck pacing. Is this true?Last week, in’s continuing…
  • 99¢ ebook, Spokane Worldcon Schedule + Updates

    19 Aug 2015 | 4:55 pm
    My Cosmere novella Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell is on sale at 99¢ in the US on Kindle and a few other ebook vendors, for the rest of August. (And several people have been asking about audiobooks for this and for Perfect State. Those aren't available yet, but they are in the works.)I will be leaving for Worldcon in Spokane in a couple of hours, and I hope to see many of you there this weekend. You can see my full schedule at the bottom of this post, or in case some things need updating, you can find the full details on the Upcoming Events page on my website. I will also bring…
  • Shadows of Self tour announcement + Updates

    10 Aug 2015 | 2:46 pm
    For the Shadows of Self release on October 6th, I'll be touring several cities in the US. You can see my tour stops on, and full details (such as bookstore ticketing policies) will be posted on my events page as they come in. (And you can also see on that page my UK stops as currently announced.)The previous Writing Excuses episode on pacing covered the sense of progress. This week's episode, How do I Control the Speed of the Story, talks about the passage of time. We discuss the tools we use, some of which are very mechanical (scene breaks, chapter breaks), and some of which are…
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    Inhuman Swill

  • Copy editing is most of the way done, and here's a jacket photo too

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:36 am
    So I had dinner the other night with Paul Witcover, the brilliant speculative fiction writer whose books you should be reading—and who happens to be copy-editing The Accidental Terrorist for me. I'm happy to report that he reported he was well over halfway through the book. In fact, last night Paul emailed me what he had so far so I could get started on my corrections. It turns out he's more like 80% of the way through.What does that mean? It means we're very close, kids. We're very close to having an absolutely finished book. It means we're probably about a week away from when I can…
  • Why Mormon women get so much plastic surgery, and other mysteries

    27 Aug 2015 | 5:42 am
    The articles are beginning to pile up in my queue again, so it's time to clear them out and fill you in on some of the fascinating things happening in the world of Mormonism...What do Utah Mormons have in common with the Orthodox Jews of Brooklyn? According to this fascinating Time article by Jon Birger, both religious communities are in matchmaking turmoil thanks to an excess of single women.The wide-ranging piece is excerpted from Birger's new book Date-onomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game, and it explains how the gender imbalance has arisen in both populations, and what…
  • Mormon underwear is about to get its closeup

    19 Aug 2015 | 5:22 am
    Not many people outside of Utah may be aware of it, but a controversy is brewing—and it has to do with Mormon underwear.Specifically, it has to do with the portrayal of Mormon underwear on network television. As reported by Scott D. Pierce of The Salt Lake Tribune next month's premiere episode of the new ABC series "Quantico" will feature a scene in which a young FBI recruit appears on screen in only his "garments," the sacred underclothes that many Mormons wear next to their skin.Why is this controversial? It's not like garments are very racy, since they're meant to cover the body from…
  • Calgary Herald, February 24, 1987

    15 Aug 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Photograph from Calgary Herald, February 24, 1987. (Click image to return.) Crossposted from Terror on Flight 789
  • Another little progress report on the memoir

    14 Aug 2015 | 5:57 am
    I started a full-time job on Monday, my first in eight years, so I haven't had much spare time for the progress report I've been intending to make. But today is my birthday, dammit, so I'm taking the time to check in.Everything is on schedule with The Accidental Terrorist. Revisions are all done. My copy editor is copy-editing. (Hi, Paul!) Uncorrected ARCs have started making their way out to reviewers (and potential blurbers), and in fact we've already heard back from one who says a "very positive review" will be forthcoming. Shh.Pre-orders for the signed hardcover edition are now closed. To…
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    Douglas Smith's blog

  • Save 50% on all of my ebooks at Kobo this weekend

    Douglas Smith
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    Kobo is running a 50% off sale this weekend only. Just use the code SALE50 at checkout to get any ebook at half price. This special sale starts today, Friday, August 28th and ends on Monday, August 31st and will be valid in Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and South Africa.   If you're interested, here is a list of some of my titles and their direct links at Kobo:  Novels and Collections THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD CHIMERASCOPE IMPOSSIBILIA  Writing Guides PLAYING THE SHORT GAME  Short Stories and Novelettes - Aurora Award Winners SPIRIT DANCE SCREAM…
  • Playing the Short Game review

    Douglas Smith
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Filip Wiltgren, writer and game designer, has just posted a great review of my writer's guide PLAYING THE SHORT GAME: HOW TO MARKET & SELL SHORT FICTION. You can read it yourself here, but I'll include one of his comments about the book: "I can’t tell you what you should write. That’s entirely up to you. But if you are the least bit interested in having a career as a fiction writer then I can tell you what to read: Douglas Smith’s “Playing the Short Game: How to Market & Sell Short Fiction”. From now on this is my go-to book for all things related to starting and maintaining…
  • The Angel screams again, in Germany

    Douglas Smith
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:19 pm
    My SF novelette "Scream Angel" will be translated into German and published in the Austrian magazine, Visionarium. "Scream Angel" won the Aurora Award in 2004, and is one of the stories that fans often tell me is their favourite tale of mine. The story first appeared in the anthology Low Port (editors Steve Miller and Sharon Lee). Visionarium editor / publisher Bernhard Reicher kindly provided me with a preview of the beautiful and haunting illustration that will accompany the story, pictured here at the right. This is the fifth time I've been published in German, and Austria brings my…
  • Eww! There's some geology in my fiction

    Douglas Smith
    14 Aug 2015 | 4:43 pm
    My short SF story, "Jigsaw," has just been reprinted in the online magazine, Issues in Earth Science. IES is "dedicated to raising awareness of the science of our world and our place in it.  It provides essays, challenges, a forum for discussion, and fictional stories related to the Earth and Space Sciences." "Jigsaw" incorporates plate tectonics in a deep space adventure where Cassie Morant, our young geologist protagonist, races the clock to solve a planet-sized puzzle before time runs out for her crewmates. You can read the story at IES here. The very cool illustration that accompanies…
  • "Symphony" published in The Gernsback Variations in Italy

    Douglas Smith
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:17 pm
    I posted a while back that my science fiction short story "Symphony" would be appearing in the upcoming anthology Le Variazioni Gernsback (The Gernsback Variations) in Italy. The anthology is now out, and you can check out the cover at the left and the full contents here (if you read Italian). "Symphony" first appeared in the Canadian literary magazine, Prairie Fire, in 1999, where it won second prize in the magazine's SF contest to commemorate Canadian SF writer, A. E. van Vogt. The story was a finalist for the Aurora Award in 2000. I'm thrilled to have it translated into Italian and to…
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    Rules for Anchorites

  • My Worldcon Schedule!

    Living for the Revel
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    Here are the places where I will be doing things at Sasquan over the weekend. Come to some of them! Also I will have a copy of Radiance and a copy of Speak Easy to give away to lucky attenders of my first reading on Thursday. (Yes, I have two readings! One is for kids and one is for grown-ups but you can come/bring either to either.) Improv Acting for Kids Thursday 15:00 – 15:45, 207 (CC) Improv with the best Reading – Catherynne Valente Thursday 16:30 – 17:00, 301 (CC) Exploring Orientation and Gender in Fiction Thursday 20:00 – 20:45, Bays 111B (CC) Fiction has…
  • The Ecstasy of Pre-Orders, the Agony of Not Having a Book Right This Very Second

    Living for the Revel
    10 Aug 2015 | 9:26 am
    Hello, everyone! It is summer in Maine, which means sticky air, sticky food, and sticky brains. I’m getting ready to go to Worldcon in Spokane next week and working on a million and four projects, as well as hiding from the heat, watching The Wire in an improbably short amount of time, and chasing my German Shepherd with a furminator brush because apparently she thinks gently plucking a single loose hair from her constantly shedding body is tantamount to murder. I’m also Guest of Honor at Bubonicon in New Mexico the week after Worldcon, so I hope to see lots of you in the very…
  • Holding the Hugos–and the English Language–Hostage for Fun and Profit

    Living for the Revel
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The Hugo nominees were announced on Saturday. It is now Wednesday. In internet days, that’s about a decade. Enough for me to read through several 1000-comment threads about What Happened, to laugh, to cry, to be disgusted, to be angry, for my face to get stuck in permanent dropped-jaw mode. And to move from information gathering to a little analysis. Everything that can be said about how incredibly unpleasant this whole situation is has been said, so I won’t add my two WTFs to it. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, there are lots of places to read about it.
  • Hey California! Come see Cat at Rakestraw Books TONIGHT!

    Living for the Revel
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    FOGcon’s come and gone, but Cat’s still in the California area and will be doing a reading in Danville tonight! Drop by Rakestraw Books at 7 PM to meet Cat and hear her read from The Boy Who Lost Fairyland. To find Rakestraw Books, or contact them about the event, check out the contact information below: 3 Railroad Avenue Danville, CA 94526 925-837-7337 If you get any pictures at the event, share them on social media with the #Fairyland tag! Mirrored from Also appearing on @LJ and @DW. Read anywhere, comment anywhere.
  • Where to Find Cat at FOGcon

    Living for the Revel
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:20 pm
    Going to FOGcon this weekend? CMV will be there as one of their Honored Guests! Read on to find out where you can find Cat at the con. Local to Walnut Creek, CA? If you missed the pre-registration window for FOGcon, or missed that Cat’s going to be there, you can still show up and grab day or weekend passes! Check out FOGcon’s Registration page for the details. And this is where you’ll find CMV: Friday, 4:30-5:45 PM: Stories within Stories within Stories within Stories… Location: Salon A/B Panelists: Elwin Cotman, Phyllis Holliday, Andrés Santiago Pérez-Bergquist,…
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  • Area X Secrets?

    Jeff VanderMeer
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:09 pm
    The lovely and amazing 4th Estate trade paperback covers (UK editions)–now available. No, I’m not back on the internet. I’m pretty much off the internet until October, but through the magic of scheduling posts in advance, I can tell you: go forth and acquire the new UK trade paperbacks of the Southern Reach trilogy. They’re beautiful. I’m also able to come to you from the past to spill some Area X secrets. I’ve followed the discussions at Goodreads and elsewhere about Area X and what happens in the novels. I’m really humbled and flattered readers are…
  • Shared Worlds Teen SF/Fantasy Writing Camp: Year Eight!

    Jeff VanderMeer
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:12 am
    (Shared Worlds 2015 poster and student writing book cover. Art by Jeremy Zerfoss.) For eight years I’ve been a part of Shared Worlds, a unique SF/Fantasy writing camp located at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. I currently serve as co-director of the camp, with founder Jeremy L.C. Jones, with my main focus running the creative writing track, publishing the Shared Worlds book, and bringing in five or six guest writers each year. My wife Ann VanderMeer serves as the editor-in-residence, overseeing things like the critiques and student meetings with guest writers. This…
  • Redefining Utopia and Dystopia or Post-Apoc

    Jeff VanderMeer
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:32 pm
    I thought that this review by Niall Harrison at Strange Horizons of James Bradley’s Clade was pretty fascinating and extremely useful. I like that he acknowledges the potential disconnect between the reality we’re headed toward and the way this reality is depicted in fiction—and just how difficult it is for fiction writers to tackle the subject. I also understand his point about “hyperobjects” and agree to an extent, but my point about hyperobjects, as discussed in my “Slow Apocalypse and Fiction” essay is really the same as Harrison’s: that any term we do use had better…
  • Annihilation Wins the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel: Acceptance Speech

    Jeff VanderMeer
    12 Jul 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Annihilation, the first novel in the Southern Reach trilogy, has won the Shirley Jackson Award. This comes on the heels of Annihilation winning the Nebula Award as well as being nominated for the Locus Award and longlisted for the 25,000-pound Warwick Prize, and the entire trilogy being nominated for the World Fantasy Award and the Campbell Award, among other honors. The novels are also now being published in 25 countries, along, of course, with the plans in place for Alex Garland to adapt the series for Paramount Pictures / Scott Rudin and Eli Bush. I feel extremely blessed and fortunate.
  • 2015 Shared Worlds Teen Writing Camp Line-Up Change: Buckell and Sedia Added

    Jeff VanderMeer
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:01 am
    Happy to say that Ekaterina Sedia and Tobias Buckell are returning to teach at Shared Worlds again this year. They’re both excellent instructors and the students will really enjoy them. Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant unfortunately have unforeseen circumstances that will not allow them to attend as our guests. But we hope to reschedule them in the future. Here’s more on Sedia and Buckell–and you can see our entire line-up online, including Catherynne M. Valente and Monica Byrne. All of our guests will be reading at Hub City Bookstore, schedule to be announced. Ann and I will…
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    Paperback Writer

  • Off to Write

    Lynn Viehl
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    We made it through the storm okay, and I hope everyone else in the strike zone did too. The biggest problem for us was the lightning, which got scary a few times. All of the unplugging we did kept me from updating PBW, and now I do need to catch up on some work, so I'm going to bail on you all for a few days. See you once I get caught up.
  • You Animal You

    Lynn Viehl
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    My daughter loves animals, and during a recent vacation trip with her dad took some amazing pics of the critters she saw. Since I have three jobs to finish this weekend before this tropical storm hits us, I'm going to post some in lieu of a post: I wonder if he thinks no one can see him.Gorgeous. And maybe a little cranky.This big guy looks sad -- and dreamy, too, in a strange way. Maybe it's the pink on his hide and the soft focus.My writing animal! Someone needs a baby carrier.
  • Officially Speaking

    Lynn Viehl
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    I have been booked by clients through the fall and into the winter now, which means I won't have the chance to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. So that's the bad news. The good news: I'm going to pep talk, cheer on, post useful links for and otherwise mercilessly nag everyone who does join in. :)
  • Have to Do

    Lynn Viehl
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Art quilter Jane Frenke explains her process in this video, which includes many shots of her amazing work (with narration and background music, for those of you at work): ArtVoice: Jane Frenke from Jack Kelly on Vimeo.
  • Just Write

    Lynn Viehl
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    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 (click on the title to go to the .pdf), with new material beginning on page 113.For more details on Just Write Thursdays, click here to go to the original post.Image credit: windujedi
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    Bluejo's Journal

  • How to hide treasure (For Khalid al-Asaad, 1932-2015)

    Jo Walton
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:44 am
    How to hide treasure.Bury it in the ground.Wrap it up well.Gold will be all right, but silver tarnishes, Try wax inside a linen wrap.Stone will endure, but clay is different. Use layers.Mark provenance.In a damp climate, beware of water seeping.Seal everything.Use chalk to protect ceramics.Books are the hardestKeep them dry, wrapped.Use archival boxes, travel cases,Whatever it takes toKeep it all safe, And dry.How to hide treasure.Choose somewhere likely to stay undisturbed,Somewhere obscure,Perhaps under foundationsOr out in the desert...If there is a desert.Take advantage of the…
  • Home, Reading tonight in Shaika

    Jo Walton
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:55 am
    Well, I'm back.I've been away so long I've forgotten about being home, but I expect I'll figure it out.I'm reading tonight in Shaika on Sherbrooke as part of the NDG Artts thingy if you are in Montreal come along. I totally hadn't forgotten about this and I am totally prepared, except that it's supposed to be an 10 minute reading, which is hard.More about the trip later when I'm more rested.
  • Powells Tonight!

    Jo Walton
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:58 am
    I'm reading, signing, and being interviewed by Ada at the Cedar Hills Powells, this evening at 7pm. Sassafrass Trickster and King will sing "Somebody Will" (the Kickstarter is funded and made the stretch goal and is over, by the way) and I will be reading a Crocus chapter from Necessity as there is absolutely none of The Philosopher Kings I can read that isn't a spoiler. I'm looking forward to reading it, actually. It's a fun chapter that I like, and it's set during the first bookIf you are in or near Portland, do come, and if you are somebody I know from LJ do say so when you introduce…
  • Balticon 50

    Jo Walton
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:14 am
    Memorial Day next year is the 50th anniversary of Balticon, and they're having a specially awesome anniversary con, with George RR Martin as GoH and as many of their former GoHs as they can get together. I'll be there, and so will lots of people, and they'll be in a new hotel in downtown Baltimore near the aquarium, not out in the wilderness where you need a car to get anywhere. Pre-reg is now open, and they're trying to raise money to make things more awesome, and all that good stuff. Also, in that Sassafrass Kickstarter that I never shut up about (and which has 3 days to go and is funded…
  • Portland

    Jo Walton
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    I am in Portland, Portland is great. I have a reading in Powells on Monday night, but otherwise this is vacation. I am also planning to work on fixing Necessity a bit this week. We have a pile of things we're planning to do, but I will also happily take suggestions any of you may have for stuff to do and places to eat in Portland.
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    Martha Wells

  • WorldCon Report Part II and Question Time

    27 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    I don't think I emphasized enough how bad the smoke from the forest fires was on Friday. My friend and I went out to get sandwiches, then had to go to the RiteAid and the streets were almost empty and the sky was brown. Lisa said, "Where's the sun?" and I said, "The sun's gone, Lisa! Get used to it! This is the end!" Fortunately the masquerade was a great mood-lifter.After the panel on Saturday, I did my Koffe Klatsh, then we did another turn around the dealer's room. We went out to eat and found a Japanese restaurant that turned out to be both cheap and really good. (They had tatami mat…
  • New Books and Links

    26 Aug 2015 | 6:03 am
    A couple of links:* Whoa, Hugo: Women and Minorities Aren’t New to Sci-Fi"It’s always been a known thing within the SFF (science fiction fantasy) community that women were the ones running the conventions," science-fiction writer N.K. Jemisin told me by email. It was women, she said, who were "writing the fanzines and organizing the don’t-cancel-Star-Trek letter campaigns and doing all the other things that have made this genre what it is — even as Isaac Asimov was running around groping women in elevators and Robert Silverberg was pompously declaring that James Tiptree couldn’t…
  • WorldCon Report Part I

    25 Aug 2015 | 8:53 am
    I got to the con on Wednesday (drove to Houston on Tuesday, stayed overnight with friends, got up at 5:00 am to get to the airport, flew to Salt Lake City, then on to Spokane) and then Cassandra Clarke and I got a ride with a guy who was a taxi driver but did not have a taxi, and I checked into the lavish but impractical Davenport Grand. Then I went over and got registered at the con, then met up with a group and had dinner at a sushi place. As we were going there, we got our first real look at the smoke from the terrible forest fires in the state. It just filled the air and turned the sky…
  • Query Letters

    13 Aug 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Inspired by Ann Leckie's post My Query Letter for Ancillary Justice I thought I'd post my query for The Cloud Roads.Mine is a bit different in format because I was following my agent's guidelines. I've left off the first part of the letter that explained that I had left my former agent earlier in the year, and then I listed my past publications (which at that point was seven fantasy novels, two media-tie-ins, and some recent short fiction in anthologies and magazines.The date on it was Tuesday, December 11, 2007. Jennifer Jackson asked for the full manuscript and agreed to represent it, and…
  • New Books

    12 Aug 2015 | 6:42 am
    New Book Wednesday:* Falling in Love with Hominids by Nalo HopkinsonNalo Hopkinson (Brown Girl in the Ring, The Salt Roads, Sister Mine) is an internationally-beloved storyteller. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as having "an imagination that most of us would kill for," her Afro-Caribbean, Canadian, and American influences shine in truly unique stories that are filled with striking imagery, unlikely beauty, and delightful strangeness.* The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi OkoraforThe Book of Phoenix is a unique work of magical futurism. A prequel to the highly acclaimed, World Fantasy Award-winning…
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    All quiet in France

  • The writer as a cook, update

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:01 am
    So… The above is my lovely wok with its developing patina–I’ve been using it for a month or so and it’s fascinating to watch it slowly browning. I hope it gets all brown, but I understand that it can take years before that happens! Been cooking a bunch of greasy foods in it to help season (crab fritters, lardons), and using Grace Young’s method of dumping the rice water in it and soaking for 20 minutes to clean it (mostly because it does save a bit of water ). Really nice to have browned chicken and steaks again, I have to say. Maillard reactions in a non stick…
  • On slates

    30 Aug 2015 | 10:43 am
    Right, I thought I was done with the whole Hugo thing, but one last thought (with reference to this post by Elizabeth Bear). I’ve already posted it on twitter, but for the record, here goes… My position on slates is pretty much the same as Bear’s: I will never willingly participate in a slate. If I learn that I have been included on a slate, I will ask to be removed. (…) If you see my name on a slate, please assume that it’s being done by ruiners to punish me, and that whoever put it there has ignored my requests to remove it. (Bear included some stuff about use…
  • The House of Shattered Wings bonus art!

    26 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    And to celebrate the US and UK release of The House of Shattered Wings, here is some art! Below, courtesy of Faithom, a sketch of head of Asmodeus, head of House Hawthorn, having an argument with Selene, head of House Silverspires (from chapter 10 if you’ve read the book!).   And below is the painting the amazing Tade Thompson very kindly did for the ebook In Morningstar’s Shadow (which you can still get if you send me a picture of you with the book, ebook or audiobook!). We had to darken it quite a bit for lettering, both to match the darkness of the UK cover, and because…
  • Worldcon, Hugos, etc.

    25 Aug 2015 | 1:53 pm
    So I was going to do a long blog post, but jet lag hit, and the snakelet is keeping me very busy. Nevertheless… I’ve said a lot of what I wanted to say here. All I’m going to say in addition to that is: different stories speak to different people. A thing that I like might be one that turns you off, and vice-versa. To say that a thing that I like is not “proper science fiction”; that SFF fans need to reclaim the field against the kind of thing I write; that people like me having success and being nominated are a sure sign the field is headed downhill? Uh. Read…
  • The House of Shattered Wings on BBC, and free ebook offer extension!

    24 Aug 2015 | 1:27 pm
    So… many many thanks to everyone who’s signal boosting The House of Shattered Wings: it’s pretty amazing to see the book in people’s hands! I wanted to give people a heads-up that I recorded for the BBC World Service: it’s a roundtable on magic chaired by Tim Marlow and featuring Scott Penrose (head of the Magic Circle in the UK), Kevin O’Regan (experimental psychologist) and me as the fantasy novelist :). You can listen to it here, or it’ll be broadcast tomorrow at 8:00 GMT in the UK. Also, because it’s been amazing, and because I put it late,…
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    Mostly English

  • Eating Authors: Fran Wilde

    31 Aug 2015 | 4:31 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> I’ve been looking forward to this week’s edition of EATING AUTHORS for months. Not just because Fran Wilde is another of the coterie of Philadelphia-based authors, nor because she’s branded as one of Tor Books’ Next Generation of SFF Authors, nor even because she writes the very popular blog Cooking the Books. No, I’ve been eagerly awaiting this installment because it gives me such delight to be able to tell you that her debut novel, Updraft, releases tomorrow! Before going any…
  • Eating Authors: Brian Staveley

    24 Aug 2015 | 4:31 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> If all has gone according to plan, it’s the Monday after Sasquan and you are reading this blog post while I am waking up in my hotel room in Spokane. I’ll be lingering here for a couple more days, recovering from the joy and madness that was the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention. I wish I could regale you with glowing accounts of all that happened there, but as I write this none of it has taken place yet. I’m banking this post a week in advance because hey, I’m at the Worldcon,…
  • Eating Authors: Matthew Johnson

    17 Aug 2015 | 4:31 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> If you’re reading this on Monday morning, the odds are very good that I am airborne. In theory, I should be winging my way westward to the wilds of Spokane, WA, where in two day’s time the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention opens its doors. They’re expecting about 5,000 authors, artists, and fans, and I am very happy to get to be a part of it. But just because I am away, do not for a moment believe that I have shirked my responsibilities to you, gentle reader. Far from it. For I have…
  • Eating Authors: Laura J. Underwood

    10 Aug 2015 | 4:32 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> If all goes as planned, you’re reading this on a Monday morning and I’m recovering from a wild weekend of flying to southern California (and back) where I witnessed the nuptials of my youngest nephew to a delightful woman who is surely too good for him. Not to put any pressure on the happy couple, but he represents the only shot of the family name continuing on into another generation. In any case, I’m preparing this post late on Friday, so that even if the unthinkable happens (i.e., I…
  • Eating Authors: Lev AC Rosen

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:31 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> Would you look at that, it’s August already. Which means that my late-July birthday came and went last week. It was something of a disappointing birthday, owing to other circumstances such as flying in from a week away with Klingons and the fatigue such events always bring, the incessant itching caused by what seems to have been a poison ivy rash covering much of my torso, and the necessity of spending the morning taking my wife’s aged and ailing dog to the vet to be euthanized. So, yeah, not a…
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    The Urtaru Chronicles

  • Villa Antinori 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

    Armen Chakmakjian
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:18 pm
    So 10 years ago I started buying bottles of Villa Antinori wine from Costco.  I had been buying Villa Antinori for some time, but then I saw the story about the family Vineyard on 60 minutes and it might’ve been a repeat at that time. For whatever reason, I was so enthralled by the story, […]
  • On being Armenian…and languages…

    Armen Chakmakjian
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:32 pm
    So what is it to be Armenian? I’ve written before of the circuitous route that my sides of my family took to get to America. Unfortunately for many years, the Armenian Genocide defined our people. We were the genocide people…this would be in contrast to the 3000 years of history that would have — should […]
  • Apple watch — Man I move fast!

    Armen Chakmakjian
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:55 am
    I’m having an interesting problem. The first few weeks, I had success with using the workout app for running and walking. Having my phone in my at all workouts. I always used the “no goal” since I just wanted it to record my stats as I run a fixed loop in the neighborhood and walk a […]
  • A couple of days with the Apple Watch

    Armen Chakmakjian
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:05 pm
    This was a gift for Father’s day from my children and wife. It was a surprise to me when they took me to an apple store on Saturday to pick one out (this was before I found one of course) and of course they were out of everything. We were all disappointed. Next we tried […]
  • Father’s Day…

    Armen Chakmakjian
    20 Jun 2015 | 6:57 pm
    Originally posted on The Urtaru Chronicles:We called my father “Baba”.  This being amusing to the other kids we grew up with, some of them took to calling him “Baba” since that was easier than “Mr. Chakmakjian”.  I remember, he called his own father “Baba” also. In some ways, my father was “Baba”  to all…
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    David Mack

  • I won a 2015 Hogu Award in Spokane

    David Mack
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Yes, you read that correctly. In tandem with my friend Glenn Hauman, I won a Black Hole Award for Best Short-Short Story, for “If You Were a Puppy, My Sweet.” I just hope we weren’t nominated by some kind of slate. That would be really embarrassing. To whomever made the decision to bestow this … ...Continue reading ‘I won a 2015 Hogu Award in Spokane’ »
  • Yak Alert! Seekers on Literary Treks

    David Mack
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Never one to refuse an invitation to flap my trap, I’m back on a yak attack talking Star Trek: Seekers and more with Matt and Dan from Literary Treks on! We cover a lot of details about the series’ third book, Long Shot, and we even dig into some more personal aspects of the ...Continue reading ‘Yak Alert! Seekers on Literary Treks’ »
  • Shore Leave 37 Wrap-up

    David Mack
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:37 pm
    As always, Kara and I had a wonderful time at the Shore Leave convention this past weekend. The best part of the weekend was time spent with good friends who (regrettably) live too far away to see on a regular basis. We drove down to Baltimore from New York City on Friday with our friend ...Continue reading ‘Shore Leave 37 Wrap-up’ »
  • Find me at LI-Con 2 this weekend

    David Mack
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:14 pm
    My next convention appearance will be this weekend, August 14–16, at LI-Con 2 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in lovely Ronkonkoma, NY. Here is my tentative schedule for the weekend, in case you’re planning on coming out to join in the fun: FRIDAY 8/14 Star Trek Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow Join me and ...Continue reading ‘Find me at LI-Con 2 this weekend’ »
  • 24: ROGUE giveaways – ARCs & cover flats

    David Mack
    6 Aug 2015 | 2:45 pm
    If you’re planning on going to either Shore Leave this weekend in Hunt Valley, Md., or to Dragon Con in Atlanta over the Labor Day long weekend, you might be one of the lucky few to score an ARC (advanced reading copy, aka an uncorrected proof) of 24: ROGUE or one of these gorgeous, glossy ...Continue reading ‘24: ROGUE giveaways – ARCs & cover flats’ »
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    SF Signal

  • A Cover Gallery of the Hundreds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Books Due in September

    John DeNardo
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:30 pm
    September looks like a busy month for science fiction, fantasy and horror books. There are hundreds of releases here — nearly 400! — in our latest of monthly roundups. See anything you like? The Pale: An Avery Cates Story by Jeff Somers Among the Shadows: 13 Stories of Darkness & Light by Beth Revis Darken the Stars (The Kricket Series Book 3) by Amy A. Bartol (47North) The Ciphers of Muirwood (Covenant of Muirwood Book 2) by Jeff Wheeler (47North) Heirs of Empire by Evan Currie (47North) Fated (Servants of Fate Book 3) by Sarah Fine (47North) The Oncoming Storm (Angel in the…
  • Cover Gallery: Here are the Comics and Graphic Novels Coming Out in September

    John DeNardo
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Looking for some graphic novels to read? September if full of ’em. Here’s the latest in our monthly roundup of comics and graphic novels (and related) coming out this month. Which ones are must-haves? Judge Dredd Day of Chaos: Fourth Faction by John Wagner (2000 AD) Hero Cats Volume 2 by Kyle Puttkammer (Action Lab Entertainment) Gigant by Rune Ryberg (AdHouse Books) Sunbeam on the Astronaut by Steven Cerio (Alternative Comics) From Now On: Short Comic Tales of The Fantastic by Malachi Ward (Alternative Comics) Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 5 Refine by Thomas Siddell (Archaia) Crossed…
  • Tuesday Tune: Gunship’s “Tech Noir” Video Features Narration by John Carpenter and Robocop Claymation

    John DeNardo
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Narration by John Carpenter, Robocop claymation and a few other surprises highlight this music video for Gunship’s song “Tech Noir”. [via The Awesomer] The post Tuesday Tune: Gunship’s “Tech Noir” Video Features Narration by John Carpenter and Robocop Claymation appeared first on SF Signal Copyright © SF Signal Related posts: Tuesday Tune: “Day of the Triffids” by 2000AD’s Henry Flint Tuesday Tune: Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked by Cage The Elephant (Borderlands Intro Theme) Tuesday Tune: “The Stand” by The Alarm
  • Table of Contents: Lightspeed Magazine, September 2015

    John DeNardo
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Lightspeed Magazine sent along the table of contents for their new issue: SCIENCE FICTION “Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World” by Caroline M. Yoachim “God Mode” by Daniel H. Wilson “All in a Hot and Copper Sky” by Megan Arkenberg “Harry and Marlowe Meet the Founder of the Aetherian Revolution” by Vaughn FANTASY “The Iron Hut” by Maurice Broaddus “The Ninth Seduction” by Sean McMullen “Estella Saves the Village” by Theodora Goss “Werewolf Loves Mermaid” by Heather Lindsley NOVELLA “Milo…
  • Table of Contents: Nightmare Magazine, September 2015

    John DeNardo
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Nightmare Magazine sent along the table of contents for their new issue: FICTION “The Sill and the Dike” by Vajra Chandrasekera “Third Wind” by Richard Christian Matheson “Things to Know About the Ten Questions” by Gwendolyn Kiste “The Skins” by Reggie Oliver NONFICTION The H Word: H is for Haunted Houses by Nancy Holder Artist Gallery by Lauren K. Cannon Artist Spotlight: Lauren K. Cannon by Marina J. Lostetter Interview: Dapper Cadaver by Lisa Morton AUTHOR SPOTLIGHTS Vajra Chandrasekera Richard Christian Matheson Gwendolyn Kiste Reggie Oliver…
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  • Pluto's Crust Might Have Aliens Living Underneath It - UK Scientist

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:56 am
    When the New Horizons probe sped past Pluto last month, it gave scientists and the public an unprecedentedly detailed glimpse at its frozen surface. But one question remains unsolved: is there an... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • NASA Curiosity Photographed Levitating Sphere On Mars

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Earlier we reported, NASA Mars rover Curiosity spotted levitating object on mars surface. The levitating object was photographed on January 29, 2014 by NASA Curiosity onboard Navcam. Read More We... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • Mexico - Elderly Man Says UFO Tried to Run Him Down and Abduct Him

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:01 pm
    The UFO sighting took place along a stretch of highway known as the Salmoral – Paso de Ovejas. They identified the man as Francisco Acosta Tostado, 68, who had been riding a bicycle and was found... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • UFO News - UFO Sighted Over Eastlake, California

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:56 pm
    According to eyewitness testimony, me & my children seen an unidentified flying object over the skies of Eastlake, California in the Chula Vista area on Thursday August 27th, 2015. The flying... Click on Headline to read complete story...
  • Werewolf Caught By A Security Camera In São Paulo, Brazil

    12 Aug 2015 | 3:59 am
    A unidentified half man, half wolf caught by a school security camera in São Paulo, Brazil. Google Street View 2011 - Werewolf Sighting Location Artistic rendering of Werewolf... Click on Headline to read complete story...
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    Yellowed Perils

  • PulpFest 2015 reports

    25 Aug 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Updated: Aug. 28, 2015. I will be updating this PulpFest roundup fairly regularly over the next few weeks, as more are posted online. So please check back periodically. Ten hours of PulpFest 2015 programming is now available through ThePulp.Net‘s Pulp Event Podcast feed on iTunes. I will be adding the audio recordings to the website […]
  • PulpFest 2015: Saturday report

    16 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    For me, Saturday was dealers’ room day. I spent time combing through boxes and stacks of pulps for items on my short want-list, as well as magazines that looked interesting. I was only able to tick off one item on my pulps want-list, but that wasn’t a bad thing. I had the opportunity to pick […]
  • PulpFest 2015: Friday report

    15 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    PulpFest‘s Friday activities started off with registration for those just arriving, followed by the opening of the dealers’ room. I spend much of the day in the dealers’ room, but didn’t take as much time actually looking through the pulps, magazines, books, and much more as I’d hoped. That’s okay, because I was talking with […]
  • PulpFest 2015: Thursday report

    14 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Hopefully the first evening of PulpFest 2015 set the stage for the rest of the convention. There was a great slate of panels, then a chance to meet up with a number of other pulps fans that I hadn’t seen since last year. I drove into Columbus, Ohio, around 4 p.m. Got checked in and […]
  • ‘The Pulpster,’ and PulpFest plans

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Man, the end of July is in just three days. PulpFest is just over two weeks away. Where did the summer — and, heck, the spring — go? As you’ve probably noticed, I haven’t posted very much at Yellowed Perils so far this year. After such a great year in 2014, I got off to […]
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    On Starships and Dragonwings

  • Earth Flight by Janet Edwards ARC {4 Stars}

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:39 am
    Earth Flight by Janet Edwards is the thrilling conclusion to the Earth Girl trilogy, which tells the story of a future where most humans can portal to the stars except a few, and a girl named Jarra who is training to be an archeologist uncovering Earth’s lost technology :D. There are major spoilers below for the first two books, so check out my reviews of Earth Girl (4 stars) and Earth Star (5 stars!) instead to be safe. Before you do that though, know that this is my favorite YA sci-fi trilogy for so so many reasons and you should definitely binge read it asap! Note: I received an…
  • Updates from the Lair 8/30/15

    30 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Updates from the Lair is my weekly wrap-up post that includes what happened in my real life, what I’ve been reading, my posts from the week, and what I’m thinking about reading next week (and would love your advice on!).  What a week! I think I’m figuring out how to balance working and reading better since I both feel good about the grad school work I got done and finished up two books that I had been currently reading for a while. Starting Wednesday though, hubby was off work and we started the great unpacking. Then a contractor came out to try to find and fill the holes…
  • Planning to Pillage – ALA Part 3

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:04 am
    Planning to Pillage is my way of showcasing books that I’m excited about for one reason or another. They may have recently shown up in my mail, they may have just gotten a cover, I may have recently requested them. No matter the case, they are books I think you should have on your radar too! It’s time for another edition of awesome books that I learned about at ALA and have to tell you about :D. This time we’ve gotten into the stack that came with me in the suitcase because I couldn’t bear the thought of losing them *pets the precious*. (Covers link to Goodreads so you…
  • Sci-fi and Fantasy Friday {ARCs and $5 Giftcards Weekly!}

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:57 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! Hey loves, sorry this is a bit late, still in the middle of house stuff! I am caught up on sending out prizes though :D. Enjoy your books Steph! Today I’m really excited to add two recent and awesome releases to the…
  • Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson {Just Hatched}

    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Just Hatched is a feature where I share my first impressions of a book after the first few chapters. Check out the announcement post for more information. Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson is the eagerly awaited sequel to The Alloy of Law and the perfect opportunity for me to use Just Hatched for the OTHER purpose I’ve always intended it: letting me gush about books a ways before their publication date so that you know ASAP how good they are :D. You don’t need to worry about spoilers for The Alloy of Law, since I want to push both books on you while you have time to catch up!
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    The Pulp Super-Fan

  • Review: ‘The Avenger: The Sun King’

    19 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Street & Smith’s pulp hero The Avenger is one of the few original pulp heroes to get additional stories. After Warner Books reprinted the original 24 Avenger novels, they had Ron Goulart write 12 additional novels. Now, finally we get another new Avenger novel, “The Sun King,” from Moonstone — 40 years later! Richard Benson, […]
  • Review: ‘Day of the Destroyers’

    12 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    “Day of the Destroyers” is a New Pulp linked anthology from Moonstone Books. It stars Jimmy Flint, Agent X-11 of the Intelligence Service Command as he fights against a conspiracy by the Medusa Council to take over the United States. Jimmy Flint is your typical spy/secret agent character from the pulps, fighting a secret war […]
  • The Shaver Mystery

    10 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    In the March 1945 issue of Amazing Stories, “I Remember Lemuria” kicked off a phenomenon that continues to this day: the Shaver Mystery. It took readers by storm, and increased circulation of the magazine. It reached its crescendo with the June 1947 issue of Amazing Stories that was devoted to the Mystery. While many were […]
  • Fanzine focus: ‘Pulpdom’

    7 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    A long-running pulp fanzine that recently made the move to being an online publication is Pulpdom. Pulpdom has a distinguished history that goes back many, many years under the editoriship of Camille “Caz” Cazedessus Jr. The fanzine got its start as ERB-dom in 1960, with Caz and Al Guillory Jr. as the editors and publishers. […]
  • The Argosy Library, Series I

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    While most people when dealing with pulps focus on the later periods of the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s, the hero pulps that occurred then, the crime, detective, mystery, science-fiction and fantasy of those eras, it’s important to also look at the pulp fiction that preceded those eras. The pulp magazines got their start due to […]
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    ATG Reviews

  • A Wizard Of Earthsea Book Review

    17 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Earthsea Book OneBuy on Amazon!Ged is the real name of the wizard Sparrowhawk. In his early years he exemplifies extraordinary magical talent.  As he comes of age he learns to harness that magical power, but in his greed for knowledge he also looses a terrible shadow on the world. Once he becomes a wizard, Ged must restore balance by defeating the monster he’s created.The Tolkienesque fantasy trope of ordinary person fights dark lord remains in Le Guin’s Earthsea, but it’s so far removed from the concept that you never feel like you’re reading some sort of cheap…
  • Half A War Book Review

    13 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Shattered Sea Book Three(Spoilers for Half A King and Half The World are below).Buy on Amazon!Half A War delivers an excellent conclusion to Abercrombie’s YA trilogy, The Shattered Sea, and it certainly can be placed in the class with the great YA fantasy trilogies by Pullman, Nix, and Stroud. Following the same format as the previous two books, readers are once again introduced to a new set of young narrators that must endure difficult circumstances, come of age, and rise to the occasion. For a YA novel this is a pretty brutal book, but for Abercrombie, this feels pretty…
  • Time Salvager Book Review

    10 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Time Salvager Book OneBuy on Amazon!When I started this site a few years back, I kept hearing the name Wesley Chu over and over again as one of SFF’s best new authors.  I wanted to read the man’s work, but he got lost in the shuffle of the big pile of books that I also wanted to read. Flash forward a few years and now Chu’s got a new trilogy on the way, and I finally decided to see what all the hype was about. Having high expectations going in, I could not be more disappointed with what I read.  Even if you ignore the sure to be glaring plot holes that inevitably come with…
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell Book Review

    6 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Oh! And they read English novels! David! Did you ever look into an English novel? Well, do not trouble yourself. It is nothing but a lot of nonsense about girls with fanciful names getting married.Buy on Amazon!Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is Susanna Clarke’s debut novel and what a novel it is.  Taking over ten years to complete, being over a thousand pages long, and having one of the most extensive marketing campaigns for a debut ever, Clarke’s story lived up to the hype. Not only did it sell well but it won a number of awards including the World Fantasy Award and Hugo Award…
  • Second Foundation Book Review

    5 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Foundation Book Three(Spoilers for Foundation and Foundation and Empire are below).Buy on Amazon!The final book in the original Foundation trilogy focuses on the mysterious Second Foundation that Seldon mentioned he created in Foundation. The Second Foundation is also sought out by certain characters during the Mule’s story in Foundation and Empire so that the original Foundation could be saved.  This doesn’t happen and the original Foundation falls.The first half of Second Foundation focuses on the Mule’s attempts to find the Second Foundation so he can conquer the rest…
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    OMNI Reboot

  • 10 Of The Best 80′s Sci-Fi Cult Classics

    Andrew Seel
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Revisit originality with the top 10 sci-fi cult classics of the 80's. Written By ANDREW SEEL  Andrew is a self-diagnosed sci-fi fanatic. He and his Dad watched late night reruns of Star Trek. An avid model builder, he still has unopened vintage Enterprises stored for the day he gets a chance to watch reruns with his kids. He studied creative writing at the University of Michigan. Andrew hopes to write a science fiction novel. All hail the classics! While we live in an age of reboots, we have to respect the originals from the 80's that garnered cult-like followings over time. So what if the…
  • 10 Attractions Fans Want To See In Disney’s New Star Wars Theme Park

    OMNI Reboot Staff
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Finally, the collective geek dreams of visiting a galaxy far far away are going to become reality. No longer do we have to pretend that being a Jedi is a religion or dress up as Stormtroopers at conventions. Finally, we’re getting what we all dreamed about when we were five: an entire theme park devoted to recreating the Star Wars Universe. Forget Disney Princesses or Mickey Mouse, it’s time for lightsabers, blasters, and X-Wings to take over Disney parks. But as Peter Parker taught Disney after they bought Marvel, with great power comes great responsibility. By taking this important task…
  • Augmented Biology: New Mode For Healthcare And Human Enhancement

    Egor Orlov Varvara Nazarova and Thomas Clark
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Egor Orlov, Varvara Nazarova, and Thomas Clark present Augmented Biology: New Mode For Healthcare And Human Enhancement. Written By Egor Orlov, Varvara Nazarova, and Thomas Clark Egor Orlov is a speculative architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. He specializes on the conceptual modeling of the future cities. Varvara Nazarova is an architect and urban planner. Thomas Clark is a linguist. Egor Orlov, Varvara Nazarova and Thomas Clark created Augmented Biology: New Mode For Healthcare And Human Enhancement as part of their student work at the Strelka Institute…
  • Can You Pass A 3rd Grade Science Test?

    Edward Simmons
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:59 am
    Bring back 3rd grade science memories of the class you hated, or loved with this quiz. 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. Everyone's heard of the show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, but what about a third grader? Perhaps you think what you once learned from school was easy, but you'll be surprised how much the times have changed. The lessons in an average…
  • Dominion: Season 2, Episode 5 – Son Of The Fallen

    Anne St. Marie
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Alex tries to become humanities savior in Dominion season 2, episode 5, Son of the Fallen. Episode five of Dominion season 2 is titled Son of the Fallen, and that in itself is intriguing ---- especially because it’s never stated exactly who ‘the Fallen’ might be. Although the name does cause thoughts to immediately jump to Lucifer, the son of the morning shows no definite signs of being introduced just yet. However, a scene does appear that brings our attention sharply back to Claire’s pregnancy, and back in the season two premiere, we were told that Alex, if he failed in his Chosen…
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  • Work on Black Magic continues!
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    So, I haven’t died.  Hooray! That was the good news. : )  The bad news is that for a few weeks now, I’ve been a little stalled with Black Magic’s second draft. I keep making incremental progress, but it’s very slow going. And it’s the kind of boring slog that even writers probably wouldn’t find interesting, so I haven’t had much to say here. Over the weekend, I finally decided to print out what I had written so far, and just sit down and read it. Of course, I had to set a couple of rules for myself: Absolutely no edits allowed. Take notes, if…
  • Conference Drama… I survived!
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:06 am
    I have had the most amazing weekend at the DFW writer’s conference, you guys. It was definitely an exhausting whirlwind of an experience, but I made so many cool new friends, and learned so much! I’m so glad that I decided to go, and I can’t possibly over-emphasize this: if you’re a writer, you should definitely try to make it to a conference at least once a year.  I know it looks expensive, but there are benefits to it that you simply can’t get any other way. Of course, this is still me we’re talking about, so my personal adventure started before I even…
  • Go go gadget: Productive week!
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    This week started out with a stumble, but it righted itself pretty darn quickly. My business cards came in as promised, only a few days late and just in time for conference (don’t they look gorgeous?), and in spite of a rush of translation work, I’ve managed to finish my word count goal for the whole week in just four days. Actually, it’s the whole week and then some.  My goal was 7,000 words, and I actually finished 7,860 as of this morning. I’m officially done through chapter 11, and about halfway through chapter 12, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how…
  • Here comes the pre-conference jitters
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:47 am
    This week I’m making the final preparations to attend the DFW writer’s convention, and I’m starting to feel the pressure. My to-do list is at least a yard long, and I barely made a dent in it yesterday.  I ordered business cards a couple of weeks ago, and as of this morning, the tracking information says “Undeliverable as addressed,” so they very well may have been returned to sender.  My lease is almost up and I’ve been trying to contact my landlord for a couple of weeks about renewing it, and the office never picks up the phone. I think the worst part…
  • Black Magic: Progress update!
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:38 am
    As you can see by the progress meter over on the right side of the page, I’ve managed to get 16% of my original target word count!  Huzzah! I’m actually just starting with the rewrite of Chapter 7, and I think it’s going well so far.  It will need some polishing, but my plan is basically holding up. The 70k target has turned out to be kind of deceptive.  I’m kind of weird in that I find Excel spreadsheets kind of fun (hey, what’s NOT fun about a program that will do all kinds of interesting calculations with having to do any of the actual math bits?) For…
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