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  • Bits of pulp: Doc, Doc, goose

    Yellowed Perils
    William
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    With Doc Con starting tomorrow, let’s just make t […]
  • The Wolves of London by Mark Morris

    SFFWorld
    Hobbit
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Wolves of London by Mark Morris Obsidian Heart Book One Published by Titan Books, October 2014 ISBN: 978 178 1168660 350 pages Review by Mark Yon Mark is perhaps best known for his Horror books (Toady, Stitch, The Secret of Anatomy) and his Doctor Who novelisations. This will, I suspect, bring him to a […]
  • The Year's Best Science Fiction: by Volume compiled by Rodger Turner

    SF Site
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    In 1984, Gardner Dozois gathered together what he thought was the best short science fiction of the previous year. He scrutinized as many of the magazines, collections and anthologies published in 1983 that he could get his hands on and chose those which he felt best represented the science fiction field. Jim Frenkel published it as part of his Bluejay Books line (for three years) and it has been produced every year since then (by St. Martins's Press). Volume 31 has been added to the lists compiled by author, by title and by volume.
  • Yes, but can you relate…?

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

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

    Hobbit
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Wolves of London by Mark Morris Obsidian Heart Book One Published by Titan Books, October 2014 ISBN: 978 178 1168660 350 pages Review by Mark Yon Mark is perhaps best known for his Horror books (Toady, Stitch, The Secret of Anatomy) and his Doctor Who novelisations. This will, I suspect, bring him to a […]
  • The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F. Hamilton

    Hobbit
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F. Hamilton (Chronicle of the Fallers Book 1) ISBN: 978-0230769465 615 pages Review by Mark Yon   Peter Hamilton’s latest is a book that shows an experienced writer honing his craft, taking disparate elements that he has touched on before but reforming them into something that is better. It’s […]
  • Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss

    Hobbit
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss Published by Hammer Books/Random House, October 2014 ISBN: 978 009 9585343 248 pages   Review by Mark Yon Lynne Truss is not a name that immediately springs to mind as a writer of horror, although she is the best-selling author of the book about English grammar and vocabulary, […]
  • Jeyn Roberts Interview

    Dag R.
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    Jeyn Roberts, the author behind the Dark Inside series has just released a rather different novel called The Bodies We Wear. You’ve just released The Bodies We Wear. Can you tell us a bit about it? Faye was only eleven when she and her friend, Christian, were forced to take Heam. She survived. Christian didn’t. […]
  • Red Tide by Larry Niven, Brad R. Torgersen and Matthew J. Harrington

    Hobbit
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    Red Tide by Larry Niven, Brad R. Torgersen and Matthew J. Harrington Part of The Stellar Guild Series Published by Phoenix Pick, October 2014 ISBN: 978 1 61242 1322 214 pages   Review by Mark Yon   Here’s the latest in the Stellar Guild Series, where, under the guidance of Mike Resnick, famous authors are […]
 
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  • The Year's Best Science Fiction: by Volume compiled by Rodger Turner

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    In 1984, Gardner Dozois gathered together what he thought was the best short science fiction of the previous year. He scrutinized as many of the magazines, collections and anthologies published in 1983 that he could get his hands on and chose those which he felt best represented the science fiction field. Jim Frenkel published it as part of his Bluejay Books line (for three years) and it has been produced every year since then (by St. Martins's Press). Volume 31 has been added to the lists compiled by author, by title and by volume.
  • Gray Spa: The Gray Zone Gray Spa: The Gray Zone by Roger L. Phillips

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    If we thought we were alone in the universe we would be wrong, especially with this book of close encounters of the humorous kind. If the first cover image doesn't get you laughing your socks off -- the rest of the book will. With over 200 gag comics inside, it's the thickness of a graphic novel we have come to expect from Close Encounters Studios.
  • Godzilla: The Official Movie Novelization Godzilla: The Official Movie Novelization by Greg Cox

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    For anyone who has seen the trailer for the new movie, size is everything and the mere sight of the lizard Godzilla appearing out of the water gives a feeling of awe and fear at how large it is. What the previous movie lacked in special effects and size this more than makes up for it in the new adaptation of the popular Japanese movie. The original idea for Godzilla goes right back to Toko Co., Ltd in 1932.
  • The Rain-Soaked Bride by Guy Adams

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This book continues the adventures of the Clown Service, as begun in the novel of the same name. This time around, after an action filled start in Russia, the plot heads home with a premise that centres around an assassin who can't be killed. When several members of the diplomatic service die in apparently explainable, yet oddly similar circumstances, Section 37 -- aka the Clown Service -- begins to suspect an inhuman killer.
  • A Brief History of Superheroes A Brief History of Superheroes by Brian J. Robb

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Comics have been around for most of us for a rather short time. We remember the look of late nineties comics from DC to Marvel which look more sophisticated with their computer drawn graphics and vibrant colour and amazing special effects that draw us to buy them for our collections. But what about the early comics, does anyone know where it all started at a most basic level?
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  • Yes, but can you relate…?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • “A Sufficiently Advanced Christmas” now available

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

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

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

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

    Eric James Stone
    12 May 2014 | 11:51 am
    I just finished listening to Valour and Vanity, the fourth book in the Glamourist Histories series by Mary Robinette Kowal.  I’ve enjoyed all the books very much. The first, Shades of Milk and Honey, can simply be described as what Jane Austen would have written if she wrote fantasy.  Basically, it takes place in a world very much like our own 1800s, but there’s a type of magic called glamour that allows the creation of illusions.  The plot of the first novel is very Austenish, dealing with prospects of marriage, or lack thereof, for the main character, Jane Ellsworth. Rather…
 
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    James Maxey - Jawbone of an Ass

  • The Future of Books

    9 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Picking back up where I left off a month ago on my predictions, today I'm going to talk about what books might look like five years, ten years, a hundred years out. E-book growth has recently leveled off and print books are showing resilience, for now. Still, print books do face one major obstacle, which is the continued struggle of brick and mortar bookstores. Best sellers will continue to
  • Fitness update: Two years later

    7 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    James and Cheryl 2014    James and Cheryl 2012 Endomondo Training stats as of 9-6-2014   Two years ago, Cheryl and I decided it was time to alter our bodies. Doing so meant altering our lives. We started using a program called MyFitnessPal* to track the calories we ate each day. A few months later, we started using a program called Endomondo to track our exercise.   When we first
  • Prediction 4: Our Cyborg Future

    24 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    A loose definition of a cyborg is a blending of a biological entity with mechanical devices that enhance strength, toughness, intelligence, etc. By this definition, I'm already a cyborg. I don't have hardware actually embedded in my body, but, via my smartphone, I have enhanced memory and data retrieval capabilities. I have Superman like powers to zoom overhead and get an aerial view of my
  • Prediction Three: Our jobless future

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

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

  • The Sin of Omission

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

    Kathryn
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    I just got a really offensive GOP attack direct mail piece aimed at Aaron Woolf who is running for Bill Owens' House seat againt Karl Rove-backed Elise Stefanik. Their point of attack is Woolf's association with organic food through his ownership of a grocery store in Brooklyn. It looks like a nice place, the kind of place that our local farmers have been selling their producrs through as the North Country's farming economy makes a comeback. The authors of the mailer seem unaware of the resurgence of small farms in the North Country, many of which are organic or feature…
  • Driving around Vermont, Thinking

    Kathryn
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    photo by Tony Hisgett Friday and Saturday, I spent a lot of time driving around Vermont. I also spent a lot of time thinking while driving. I was thinking about whether to expand on my most recent blog post and what it is safe to say. These were the most beautiful drives I have ever taken in Vermont. The leaves were at peak and the air was still, so there were many reflections. (Unfortunatly, I didn't stop to take pictures.) Friday, I had a belated appointment with the orthopedist at Fletcher Allen, who told me that my month-old fracture in the second metatarsal of my right…
  • Give Peace a Chance: My Return to Blogging

    Kathryn
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    I have decided to come back to blogging. I am returning at a point of happiness and strength with a new book out which is successful in ways I had never imagined an anthology could be. I have been having an amazing time these past few weeks. I find that I have made my decision to resume just at the moment when Kathy Sierra's blog post Why the Trolls Will Always Win, commemorating ten years of over-the-top harassment, is published in Wired.  In 2005, she defined something called the Koolaid point: I wrote a light-hearted article about “haters” (the quotes matter) and…
  • An unexpected day in Boston

    Kathryn
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:47 pm
    The trip to California was exciting and its hard to know where to start. We launched Hieroglyph on September 10th in Silicon Valley to a very enthusiastic reception. We did authors@google at lunchtime and then had a sold out panel discussion at Kepler's in Menlo Park. Our event in LA was also sold out. Here I am in the cab on the way to LAX early yesterday morning. (Though not early enough!) I had an unexpected overnight in Boston because I missed my connecting flight. So I did the obvious thing: I went to bookstores. At the Brookline Booksmith, not only did they have Hieroglyph on the…
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    KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life

  • two of my Buffy things on the web

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Found a couple of things about Buffy the Vampire Slayer things I've been involved with. First off, "Ryan the Librarian" has reviewed my Buffy novel Blackout, and quite favorably, I might add. (I was amused to see that he thought I learned of the titular 1977 blackout from my research -- I actually lived through it as an eight-year-old, but I guess he thought I was younger....)Money quote:While Keith did take some liberties, it's surprising how accurate a picture of 1977 he creates. He also creates Reet Weldon, a former plantation slave turned vampire who has overrun (and now mostly controls)…
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: "The Reckoning"

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The Prophets face off against the Pah-wraiths in an epic battle of two people standing across from each other on the Promenade while visual effects rage all about them. FACE FRONT, TRUE BELIEVER, THIS ONE HAS IT ALL! The DS9 Rewatch rolls its eyes at "The Reckoning."An excerpt:And maybe that colors my perception of this episode, because the person who actually saves lives in this episode is Winn, and she’s portrayed as the bad guy because of it. There is something to Kira’s argument—Winn herself said that the golden age would mean no vedeks, no kais, no Emissaries, and that means…
  • an excerpt from Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    The fine and dandy folks at Tor.com has posted an excerpt from Chapter 1 of my Sleepy Hollow novel Children of the Revolution. Do check it out!(Leah Schnelbach of Tor.com also reviewed the novel for the site......)
  • an excerpt from "Time Keeps on Slippin'"

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Here's a quick tease from my story in the newly released Stargate SG-1/Atlantis anthology Far Horizons, released just today as an eBook. [Amazon | Amazon UK | Smashwords]The story is called "Time Keeps on Slippin'," and it fills in the gap between "Nemesis," the third-season finale, and "Small Victories," the fourth-season premiere. In particular it explains how Carter grew so much hair in a week, and how and why Teal'c grew a blond soul patch in the same time, while O'Neill remained unchanged. (Well, the in-story reason, anyhow. The out-of-story reason is that there was three months of real…
  • throwback Thursday

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Here's a picture of Tom Laubenthal (the drummer), David M. Honigsberg (one of the three lead singers, one of the two primary songwriters, and one of the guitarists, and also generally our frontman), and me (percussionist, backup vocalist) for the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players, taking a beer break while we recorded our second (and, it turned out, last) CD, Blues Spoken Here in May 1999. I've completely lost touch with Tom, who was going to move up to New York City and join us permanently, but decided to stay in Atlanta when a job opportunity presented itself all of a sudden, and David died…
 
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  • New Books and ARCs, 10/24/14

    John Scalzi
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    A very fine collection of books and ARCs to show off this week. Let me know which ones you wish you had in your hands, down there in the comments.
  • French Cover of The Human Division

    John Scalzi
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Pretty cool looking, I have to say. It’s a wrap-around; the front cover is on the right side of the image. A larger version is here.
  • Yes, Fine, I’ll (Ugh) Talk Some Politics For This Year

    John Scalzi
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    And here’s what I think of politics here in 2014: Nnnnnnnnggggggggghhh. Or, to put in perhaps more contemporary terms, 2014: The Year I Literally Just Could Not Even. Which is not to say that I’m not voting. I am voting. What I mean to say is that this year I don’t really feel anything other than complete fatigue at the whole political process. Broadly speaking, the Republicans are frothing ideologues, the Democrats are incompetent, and it appears that in general the relevant voting public will prefer frothing to incompetent, since FiveThirtyEight thinks there’s a…
  • How to Boycott Me, I Mean, REALLY Boycott Me

    John Scalzi
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    Ah, I see some GamerGaters are whining to Tor that I am being mean to them. Well, good luck with that tactic, kids. — John Scalzi (@scalzi) October 23, 2014 So a few days ago, it was suggested to a faction of the hot, pathetic misogynist mess known as GamerGate that launching a boycott of Tor Books was a possible “action op” for them. This was quickly shot down, no doubt in part because the person suggesting it was Theodore Beale, and no one at this point actually gives a crap what he thinks about anything. However, last night I went on another Twitter tear on the subject of…
  • The Big Idea: Alex Flynn

    John Scalzi
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    Superheroes are fun to think about, but superheroes are often sort of one-dimensional, cardboard characters. In the real world superheroes would be more complex — and like real human beings possibly not perfect. For the novel Misshapes,  Alex Flynn uses literary x-ray vision to go behind the “super” and look at a world these folks might really live in. ALEX FLYNN: What if superheroes weren’t so super? I grew up on comic books and movie superheroes who were bastion of justice and goodness. The past decade has seen some darker heroes but they were pretty light in my…
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  • Christina Henry — of Running and Writing

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’m pretty sure that if I didn’t run I wouldn’t be a professional writer. Strike that. I’m 100% sure that if I didn’t run I wouldn’t be a professional writer. See, when I was 12 years I read The Lord of the Rings for the first time and I decided then and there that I would be a writer when I grew up. My dad gave me a notebook and I wrote my first “novel” in that notebook.  As you might imagine, the story was just a teeny-weeny bit like The Lord of the Rings, except that it had a 12-year-old girl as the protagonist (surprising, no?). I continued to write for fun, for myself,…
  • Beth Bernobich: The Revision Monster

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The moment you finish your first draft, you are filled with delight. (And often, exhaustion.) But let’s focus on the delight. You did it! You finished this most amazing and wonderful novel and you hope everyone loves it as much as you do, which is lots and lots and lots and… Eventually you stop squeeing and climb down from the clouds. Maybe you spend a week or so retrieving your house from chaos. You catch up on life and family and everything else you neglected, including sleep. Finally, a week or a month later, you open up the document for your amazing, sparkling draft and… And…
  • Self-Doubt and Perspective

    Lucienne Diver
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    BAD BLOOD, the first book in my Latter-Day Olympians series, is on sale right now for 99 cents in digital. I wanted to do a fun promotional blog, one that would convince you all to run out and buy the book, but the blog begging to be written this morning is about self-doubt and the importance of perspective. (Incidentally, if you want to read a fun promotional blog, two of my recent favorites are Character’s Court: Tori Karacis vs. Lucienne Diver and If I Ruled the World by Hermes.) Self doubt. Here it is—for years and years lack of faith in my creative abilities kept me from even…
  • Pantheons and Pantsers

    Lucienne Diver
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    The absolutely fabulous Faith Hunter offered to let me step in today, so I typed up my post over the weekend, hoping my stream of consciousness screed would actually form a coherent posting come today.  Well, you’ll all have to be the judge of that.  But it’s so funny coming on the heels of Christina Henry’s wonderful blog yesterday, which I read thinking, “Yes.  Yes!  Oh, thank goodness I’m not alone.”  It’s no wonder I adore her too!  Anyway, without further ado, here are my thoughts about: Pantheons and Pantsers You’d think a bunch of…
  • Christina Henry–Plot and the Protag

    admin
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’ve written seven books in the BLACK WINGS series and one stand-alone novel (the forthcoming ALICE, August 2015) and I’m pretty sure I can’t tell you a single useful thing about how I plotted any of them.  I know, this sounds a lot like what I said about writing character last week. The trouble is that I just don’t spend that much time thinking in a concrete way about the plots of my books.  I don’t have a nice neat formal method. This is what I do: I start writing the book.  And then I see what happens next. All my books begin with the protagonist, and I tend to let the…
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    No Fear of the Future

  • 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…
  • The sounds of space

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    ljgoldstein
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    My backlist becomes available as ebooks today.  Here are the covers -- I like the way they have them as a sort of matching set, and the way they manage to evoke magic and strangeness in real places.Also, today is the third anniversary of the day we met Bonnie and took her home.  In celebration, she gets a liverwurst dinner tonight.
  • Costa Rica 2

    ljgoldstein
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Some things I liked about Costa Rica (in no particular order):Staying at Selva Verde Lodge near the Sarapiqui River.  This is a place with cabins inside the forest, so that when you walk on the paths you see frogs and toucans, geckos and iguanas, and when you wake up you can hear everything peep and cheep and croak and buzz and ring all around you.  The best was a coatimundi, which wandered up near us as boldly as you like.  (The picture isn't very good because I was so startled it took me a while to get to my camera.)  We also saw monkeys and caimans on a trip down…
  • New Review at LOCUS ONLINE

    theinferior4+1
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:56 pm
    A horror novel of a different sort from Fowler:http://www.locusmag.com/Reviews/2014/10/paul-di-filippo-reviews-christopher-fowler/
  • Pura Vida!

    ljgoldstein
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Just got back from Costa Rica, where I spent ten days studying Spanish.  Some thoughts:Costa Rica hasn't had a military since 1949.  Twenty-eight percent of the country is protected and kept in its natural state by the government, and about 10 percent more is protected privately.  They don't mine their mountains.  They get 90 percent of their energy from renewable sources, water and wind and volcanoes, and they're on track toward 100 percent.  If you're poor and you qualify, you can go to the university for free, and maybe even get some extra money for…
  • New Review at LOCUS ONLINE

    theinferior4+1
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:48 pm
    What's the new Peter Hamilton like?http://www.locusmag.com/Reviews/2014/10/paul-di-filippo-reviews-peter-f-hamilton/
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  • Random Public Service Announcement to All Writers, Everywhere.

    tate hallaway
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    SAVE.Remember to use that little disk icon early and often.Thank you, that is all.(Oh, and for [bleep]-sake SAVE!)
  • New Character, New Artist

    tate hallaway
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    I write so many things these days I'm sure it's hard to follow along, but, if you ARE following the School for Wayward Demons (looking at you, Frank G.) there is a new chapter up: Gabe Sees Demons... And They See Him. Today's story is the introduction of one of "my" characters, Gabe Herrara. The story also features art by Alexis Cooke:If you didn't know, we actually have TWO artists working on the School for Wayward Demons. So far, you've mostly seen the work of Mandie Brasington, but today, we not only get Gabe's debut, but Alexis' too. This is just a small bit of a large piece I'm sure…
  • Podcast and Fan Fic Lessons

    tate hallaway
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    First, because I know you've all been waiting.... the new podcast is up: Ni-ju kyu, Oetsu. The title is my attempt at combining the number of our podcast 29 (ni-ju kyū, in Japanese) with the character Oetsu who CONSTANTLY does this kind of number rhyming thing with his name in the current chapter of Bleach. We also review Fairy Tail, Toriko, and Ao no Exorcist (even though I wrote that one up as well.)I have to say, for us, this podcast is pretty darned articulate, and since we forget to sing the spoiler song, there's 50% less annoying singing!All wins, in my opinion.I also wanted to…
  • New Demon Chapter!

    tate hallaway
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Mason and I will have a podcast once I'm back from teaching at the Loft's Youth Writing Conference today, but while you wait impatiently for that, you can read the newest chapter in the School for Wayward Demons that Rachel Gold/Calish and I are writing: http://entertheunseen.com/01-07-ben-takes-a-side-job/In the aftermath of Theo's capture, we learn some interesting things about this strange new world she's stumbled into...That's all for now, unfortunately. I need to prep for class still, but I'll have more to write about once I'm done.
  • Link Salad Days!

    tate hallaway
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    I am so amazing and busy, you can hardly keep up with me, can you?Today is Tuesday which is my super-duper productivity day. I've posted a new installment over on Wattpad:http://www.wattpad.com/76031780-unjust-cause-part-26-choices-made. In this chapter, Alex thinks she's got everything figured out. So, of COURSE, the universe throws her a curveball... in the form of one Spenser Jones.Also, Rachel Calish/Gold and I have updated our School for Wayward Demons, which you can read here:http://entertheunseen.com/01-06-everyone-catches-up-to-theo/. In this chapter, the demons finally catch up to…
 
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  • Destiny

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

    Joe Abercrombie
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    Apologies for the limited posting around here of late, it’s many years since I didn’t make at least one post a week on the site, but my nose is to the grindstone after all the events trying to get a decent second draft of Half a War together by year’s end, plus various finishing tasks for Half the World.  Tis a busy time.  But I do love a nice piece of art, so I thought I’d bring to you the recently revealed cover for the French edition of Half a King, from those wonderful folk at Bragelonne, art by my old friend Didier Graffet (who produced the weapons that adorn…
  • Recent TV

    Joe Abercrombie
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    Recently watched, that is… Vikings Season 2 It’s as if a set of TV Executives sat down with the express purpose of making a show Joe Abercrombie would really like, and they largely succeeded. Love, hate, violence and pagan strangeness abound as Scandinavia’s shiftiest opportunist, Ragnar Lothbrok, becomes embroiled not only in Viking blood-feuds but Saxon politics.  I doubt they’d make any high claims of historical accuracy but there’s vastly more authenticity on the bone than one might expect from a Hollywood treatment of the material and lashings of drama,…
  • Progress Report Aug ’14

    Joe Abercrombie
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:01 am
    Half a King came out in early July and made no. 3 on the Sunday Times hardcover list, and at a competitive time of year too. Even more pleasing is that it then stuck in the top 10 for 4 weeks. Preorders give you a big boost that first week, so you’ll often see books pop onto the list strongly the week of release but drop straight off. Sticking around tends to mean your book is not only selling to your committed fans but also selling strongly off the shelves, which is a very promising sign. With all the touring and events however, including Comic Con in San Diego and Worldcon in…
  • First Law Graphic Novel on Amazon.uk

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

    Dan Abnett
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    Monday the 20th October is publication day for The Ten Thousand Immortals, the new Tomb Raider novel from me and Nik.Let's all go ooooh and ahhhh at the gorgeous cover, shall we?This brand new, white-knuckle adventure for Ms Croft is set after the fab new, "young Lara" reboot game successfully launched last year, and fits between it and the Rise Of The Tomb Raider sequel game due in 2015.Nik and I had a great time devising and writing this adventure, and serious kudos is owed to Nik for her painstaking research and real-world detail. Put it this way, if you ever try parkouring in Paris, all…
  • Get Whet

    Dan Abnett
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:12 am
    2000AD, aka "2K" and "The Galaxy's Greatest Comic", publishes its one thousand nine hundredth issue this Wednesday. A drokkin' milestone. Check out the thrillgasmic Dredd cover by the unfeasibly talented Greg Staples.The home of Thrillpower is a venerable British institution, published weekly since 1977. It's an anthology title too, which sometimes makes it a little hard for new readers to jump on board, because in the average issue there'll be some stories starting, some ending and some mid-way through.  Fear not, my lovely new readers. Indeed, rejoice –…
  • Anyway...

    Dan Abnett
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    Hello.Taking the time to look back over my blog-posting history for the last year or so (since Tuesday, 18th of June, 2013, actually) I am struck by one particular detail. I’m not really very good at blogging.*There, I said it. I’m not. No idea why, really. I mean, it’s not as if I can’t words put order right in the together. And it’s not as if I don’t have either the facility or willpower to write every day.The truth is, the last year or so has obviously been an extended effort by me to construct an ongoing post-modern blog, a sort of un-blog or anti-blog, exploring the…
  • This is just to say

    Dan Abnett
    18 Jun 2013 | 9:18 am
    Just a quick note today to do two things: mention that I'm looking forward to seeing you at Black Library Live: Dublin, and point you in the direction of Nik's blog, where I have written a little guest post.There. All done.Plus, a William Carlos Williams ref in the post title. I can do brevity and literary-referency at the same time, me.
  • SF Bokhandeln - Sweden!

    Dan Abnett
    23 May 2013 | 2:34 am
    Coming to a Sweden near you this weekend (and I'm very excited about it!).... me!Now, I don't speak Swedish, so I can't be sure, but I THINK these links will tell you everything you need to know:For Friday and Saturday.Also for Friday and Saturday.And for Sunday.This should be an awful lot of fun, so if you're... you know... in Sweden... come and join in!
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  • 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…
  • YASH coming up soon!

    Ann Aguirre
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    Hey, readers! So it isn’t long before the YA Scavenger Hunt begins. I hope you have plenty of time because there isn’t just one team or two or even three. This time we have 6, that’s right, 6 YASH teams which means more prizes, news, and fun! So let’s get started. TEAM RED INCLUDES:   TEAM GOLD INCLUDES:   TEAM GREEN INCLUDES:   TEAM ORANGE INCLUDES:   TEAM INDIE INCLUDES:   TEAM BLUE INCLUDES:   Hope you all are as excited as I am! The YA Scavenger Hunt begins at noon pacific time on Thursday, October 2nd and runs through Sunday, October…
  • Big Mortal Danger Winners!

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

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

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

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

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

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

    colleenanderson
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:21 pm
    This weekend is VCon, Vancouver’s SF and fantasy convention. I haven’t gone in a few years but I will be attending this year and will be on a panel about Finding Your Muse, tomorrow at 1:00 pm. I have a reading at 7:00 pm where I will read from a story that was long listed for the Stoker Award. And on Saturday I will be on a panel about the role of religion in speculative fiction. If you’re not doing anything come on down and experience the breadth and depth of convention fun. I should also mention that my poem “Family Tree” has come out in the collection They…
  • Art: To Offend or Not

    colleenanderson
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    This last week in Vancouver a mysterious life-size statue appeared. It’s not far from my place but I missed seeing it. Let me first describe the area. Clark Dr. is the truck route in and out of Vancouver. If you’re coming over the border from the US it’s one of the routes that lead you into the city on the east side. Clark and 4th Ave. are a juncture with a major road going west into the city. The SkyTrain station tracks go over the top and a college campus is nearby. The East Van cross sits at Clark Dr. and 6th Ave. Photo credit: vancouverisawesome.com Riding high above the…
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  • Yesterday

    Eleanor
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    I walked to my second favorite coffee shop yesterday. On the way I came to a rail crossing, with a train stopped on it. Several people, runners mostly, climbed between the cars and went on their way. I decided not to do this. Instead, I sat on a comfortable ledge in the sunlight and paid attention to day -- blue sky, red maples, a tall cottonwood with fluttering yellow leaves -- and took notes for a poem. The train finally moved on.I tend to rush too much and to spend too much time indoors. It was wonderful to stay in one spot and bask in sunlight. On the way back, I walked along the river.
  • Trivia

    Eleanor
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    This is from a facebook post. I worry now and then that my posts are too much about myself.The problem with posting about myself is the endless trivial updates. Terry Bisson described my blog as a description of putting on a jacket. First you put an arm into one sleeve, then... Terry was not being mean, just noting the obvious. Rereading my old novels, I notice how much they are about the trivia of life: eating, sleeping, using bathrooms, having a cup of coffee, having another cup of coffee... Now and then there is an epic conflict, then a nap. There's far too much drinking in my second…
  • Farmers Market

    Eleanor
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    I went to the Farmers Market. We're into the fall produce now: apples. winter squashes, lots and lots of brussels sprouts, which Patrick hates. Also beets, which he also hates. I got parsley, cranberries, carrots, green onions, a butternut squash and a pumpkin. The pumpkin looked a reasonable size outside among larger pumpkins. Now it looks huge. I am going to carve a jack o' lantern, I hope. And make cranberry sauce. And bake the butternut squash.
  • Fall Colors

    Eleanor
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    We drove down the river yesterday. The day was sunny with a crystalline blue sky, and the colors were pretty darn fine. The river bluffs are covered with forest, mostly hardwood, with a lot of oaks. The oaks are turning yellow, orange, red, red-brown and brown. Here and there are patches of birch and aspen, which are an amazing, bright, pure yellow. It's not easy to bird watch from a moving car, but I did see three hawks and an eagle, also a cluster of white birds too far away to make out. Maybe gulls, maybe swans, maybe pelicans.
  • On Being an Aging Woman

    Eleanor
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    This is a review of a new book of essays by Ursula K. LeGuin. I need to order it at once, if only for this essay:I am a man. Now you may think I’ve made some kind of silly mistake about gender, or maybe that I’m trying to fool you, because my first name ends in a, and I own three bras, and I’ve been pregnant five times, and other things like that that you might have noticed, little details. But details don’t matter… I predate the invention of women by decades. Well, if you insist on pedantic accuracy, women have been invented several times in widely varying localities, but the…
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  • Flowers and Memorials

    Neal Asher
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Since my camera developed a severe case of bashfulness (the lens will come out when I turn it on but shortly afterwards shoots back inside as if it doesn’t like what it sees out here) I haven’t been taking many photos when out walking. However, since I’ve been walking to Voila the damp has increased up in the mountains and this has made a nice change to the burnt-out wilderness they became back in June/July.  These, so my Plants of Crete book tell me (thanks Jean-Pierre) are Common Sternbergia. Of course this is the kind of thing you would expect to see in spring in England, but…
  • Forbidden Planet Signing

    Neal Asher
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    Thursday, 29th January, 2015 18:00 - 19:00 London Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JRNEAL ASHER will be signing DARK INTELLIGENCE at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Thursday 29th January from 6 – 7pmOne man will transcend death to seek vengeance. One woman will transform herself to gain power. And no one will emerge unscathed...Thorvald Spear wakes in hospital, where he finds he's been brought back from the dead. What's more, he died in a human vs. alien war that ended a whole century ago. But when he relives his traumatic final moments, he finds the spark to keep…
  • Walking to Voila

    Neal Asher
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Tuesday 7th OctoberFor five days now I’ve remained up in the mountains, every day walking to Voila. I was going to write a long post, or even an essay with ‘Walking to Voila’ as the title. To me the phrase somehow relates to Sisyphus pushing his boulder up a hill throughout eternity, only to have it roll back down every time. An eternal cycle; repetitive labour rewarded only by ending up back where you started. It’s a bit like grief really. When I think I’m getting somewhere, recovering, starting to feel better, something comes along and tips me over the edge and I seem to end up…
  • The Late Post

    Neal Asher
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    I’ve been remiss in posting here yet again...Saturday 27th SeptemberIt’s kakos keros today (bad weather) and, as I mooch about the house gradually getting a few jobs done (like wiping the three week’s accumulation of dust off the coffee table), I realise that this is probably a good thing.  A moment ago, I was gazing at one item in a list of things I must look up while next on the internet: physical exhaustion. In retrospect, walking 8 to 9 miles then kayaking twice that on Thursday, fuelled by just a bowl of cornflakes, coffee, tea, 2 beers, 2 glasses of wine and a pomegranate,…
  • Positively Negative, or something...

    Neal Asher
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:35 am
    I just dumped a number of blog posts in my Unused Blogs file for the same reason many others are there – too miserable and negative. Now I shall try to be positive because, it often is a matter of choice. Depression can be at a point where you can choose whether to sink lower or pull yourself up by your bootstraps and so it is with grief. I can continue chewing on my own liver by hauling up horrible images and memories for my inspection, or I can choose to deny them and think positively. Hang on, this is getting miserable again. Stop now. Smile. So, Transformation II or Factory Station…
 
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  • Touring for the Doubt Factory

    Paolo
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    I’ll be doing a little touring for The Doubt Factory over the next couple weeks. DC, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Austin, and Boulder. Washington DC, Oct 10-12 – Capclave Science Fiction Convention Hilton Washington DC 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Oct 14, 12:30 PM – “What If” Series at Library of Congress 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington DC, 20540 Location: Dining Room A Oct 14, 7:00 PM – Talk and Book Signing at Politics & Prose 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. Santa Cruz, CA Oct 15, 7:00 PM Talk and Book Signing at Bookshop Santa…
  • Capclave – Oct 10-12, 2014

    Paolo
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    I’ll be at Caplave Science Fiction Convention in the Washington DC area Oct. 10-12, prior to starting my book tour for The Doubt Factory. Details below. Capclave The post Capclave – Oct 10-12, 2014 appeared first on windupstories.com.
  • Dec. 7, Grand Junction Signing

    Paolo
    5 Dec 2013 | 1:42 pm
    I’ll be doing a signing event at the Grand Junction Barnes & Noble on Dec 7, from 2-4pm. More details here: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/81994 The post Dec. 7, Grand Junction Signing appeared first on windupstories.com.
  • Oct 26 – Books of Wonder – New York City

    Paolo
    22 Oct 2013 | 7:05 am
    I’ll be doing a discussion on middle grade literature, and signing and reading from ZOMBIE BASEBALL BEATDOWN at Books of Wonder in NYC this Saturday, Oct 26th, 1 – 3pm. Other authors who are confirmed to appear are Peter Lerangis, Matthew Cody, and Mary G. Thompson. Should be a fun time, so I hope to see you there. The post Oct 26 – Books of Wonder – New York City appeared first on windupstories.com.
  • Oct 12: Southern Festival of Books

    Paolo
    10 Oct 2013 | 3:58 pm
    I’ll be doing a panel conversation and a signing at the Southern Festival of Books. Details: 10:00-11:00am Panel: “Zombie Tales of the Undead for Teens and Tweens” with T. Michael Martin (The End Games) Room 16, Legislative Plaza (entrance on corner of 6th and Union) 11:00-11:30am SIGNING Author Signing Colonnade The post Oct 12: Southern Festival of Books appeared first on windupstories.com.
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    Dar Kush

  • Our first virtual Screenwriting Workshop!

    Steven Barnes
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    T woke up on Monday with the idea, bubbling with notions, and I think it's a fabulous way to explore the new media potentials for a virtual classroom. We can teach these things at UCLA or The Learning Annex...but sharing them with the whole world? Wow. That's my baby!VIRTUAL SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP Nov. 1-Dec. 1: Are you working on a screenplay, or do you have a screenplay idea you’re not sure how to start? Do you want input on your screenplay or idea? Are you an author who would like to learn to adapt your own work to film?For the FIRST TIME, hubby Steven Barnesand I are offering a 30-day…
  • Using the Ancient child

    Steven Barnes
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    I’ve been working and testing the “Ancient Child” technique for about five years now, and what people asked for was a fuller explanation, as well as a “plug and play” approach to using it.    I’ve done that, and it will be available very soon, on the new blog I’ve been creating with Wordpress guruLorelle VanFossen.  Let’s discuss one application of the technique: emotional abuse.  Especially if the abuse originated in childhood, this can be devastating.  A parent who damages heart and body, or fails to provide protection for same, changes the…
  • Ancient Child: Evolution

    Steven Barnes
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    About twenty-five years ago I adapted Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey to the process of designing your life.  And called it “Lifewriting.”   Since that time I’ve taught Lifewriting to thousands of people in person and through audio and video courses, lectured on it at the Smithsonian, at Mensa, on radio and television, at universities and workshops, and have been blessed to receive countless letters and emails and hugs and tearful thanks that the technologies I grouped into that very special pattern have changed and saved lives.But there was a limitation to…
  • The Wounded Child

    Steven Barnes
    12 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    http://acestoohigh.com/2012/10/03/the-adverse-childhood-experiences-study-the-largest-most-important-public-health-study-you-never-heard-of-began-in-an-obesity-clinic/I 100% agree with what this article says: that behavioral dysfunctions are a form of PTSD, often related to childhood trauma.   This is one reason that the “Morning Ritual” concept incorporates both the “Ancient Child”, heartbeat meditation,   physical motion, and focus.   Why I believe so strongly in dealing with the fear that lies at the base of all negative emotion.  Sigh.I can tell…
  • It's Never Too Late

    Steven Barnes
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    In the last 24 hours, I’ve dealt with four different students or clients where the core issue is one of self-love.  Deservement.  The following things were triggers:1) Childhood abuse, both sexual and psychological.   Being touched inappropriately, told they are worthless, used as “things” rather than people before the full development of ego walls.2) Perceived betrayal of childhood ambitions.   Either giving them up, or doing things to achieve them that were in violation of core values.3) Abusive adult relationships.   “Crazymakers” who bond…
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    The Battersblog

  • HELPING TO PERPETUATE THE HIDDEN SISTERHOOD OF POWERFUL WOMEN

    Lee Battersby
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    Or, to put it another way, I've received news that Paradox Books have accepted my story The Daughters of John Anglicus-- featuring Trota of Salerno and the descendants of Pope Joan-- for inclusion in their anthology Crusader Kings, which will be coming out in December which means you'll be able to get me to sign it for you for Christmas. If you haven't already bought it, you can pick up Europa Universalis IV: What If?, which contains my alternative history Napoleon Bonaparte story The Emperor of Moscow, while you're there.More details on the how and where of buying it as I get them, but…
  • THUMBNAIL THURSDAY IMITATES CHRISTOPHER PYNE

    Lee Battersby
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:06 am
    A short while ago, when the writing was going nowhere so fast I decided to give it up and go back to giving cartooning a proper go, I inked and coloured a series of gags to see whether I could sell them.I've gone back to being a writer since then. That's all you need to know.Anyway, here's one of those cartoons. Any similarity to any current Government, living, dead or otherwise, is entirely coincidental.
  • DOING THE CRIME

    Lee Battersby
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Last weekend, Luscious and I divested ourselves of all encumbrances and headed into Perth to spend the weekend at the annual convention of crime writing and investigative sciences, CrimeScene WA. CrimeScene is a wonderful convention, not least because it has an incredibly strong science stream, presented by top notch industry professionals with a set of presentation skills that makes the traditional writing convention "three talking heads and a table" scenario seem decidedly second rate. For the first time in a long time I had agreed to be a part of more than one panel at a convention:…
  • THUMBNAIL THURSDAY GETS A SIGN

    Lee Battersby
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Road signs. They're easy pickings. Sex. Easy pickings. Road signs about sex. Don't judge me."Last chance to pull over and have an unseen quickie for 40 miles"
  • YEAR'S BEST AUSTRALIAN FANTASY AND HORROR 2013

    Lee Battersby
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:22 pm
    I'm mightily pleased to announce that my story Disciple of the Torrent, which was published in Satalyte Publishing's Tales of Australia: Great Southern Land-- and which I blogged about here and here during the writing process-- has been selected for the upcoming Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2013, alongside stories by the likes of Kaaron Warren, Deborah Biancotti, Terry Dowling and Juliet Marillier. The full Table of Contents contains enough in the way of quality Australian author name-dropping to drown a squirrel in drool:Lee Battersby, “Disciple of the Torrent”, Tales…
 
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    throw another bear in the canoe

  • there's a crack in the mirror and a bloodstain on the bed

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    My Moscow Metro dog organlegging story, "This Chance Planet," is live at Tor.com! (I would have mentioned it yesterday, but I was on airplanes.)And now that I've dropped a giant graphic in your internets and presumably have your attention (art by Robert Hunt), it's time to reveal some titles! The titling gnomes have finally prevailed in their epic battle with der Fehlerteufel, and Eternal Sky 4-6 (collectively known as The Lotus Kingdom) have grown beautiful titles ripe for harvesting.Or something.So without further ado, let me introduce you to my next three fantasy novels.The Stone in the…
  • there's no such thing as an original sin

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    For everybody who has emailed me looking for the out-of-print Whiskey and Water in ebook...We baked you an Urban Fantasy storybundle! Contains a previously unpublished Jim Butcher Harry Dresden collection, along with books by me (Elizabeth Bear), David Farland, Kevin J. Anderson, Vicki Petersson, Carole Nelson Douglas, Michael A. Stackpole, P.N. Elrod, Peter J. Wacks, and Rhiannon Paille.For StoryBundle, you decide what price you want to pay. For $5 (or more, if you feel generous), you'll get the basic bundle of five books in any eBook format—WORLDWIDE. If you pay…
  • i know it don't make a difference to you, but oh, it so made a difference to me

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Guess where I went last week? Karl Schroeder, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Ed Finn, Elizabeth Bear, Kevin Bankston, Kathryn Cramer, Vandana Singh, Ted Chiang, Madeline Ashby, Lee Konstantinou, and Neal Stephenson We were technically speaking at the Eisenhower building, not the White House proper. But that didn't stop us from grabbing the photo op.
  • hard to drive. harder to park.

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    4 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    I spent the last week involved in travel, appearances, and conferences for the Hieroglyph Project and Future Tense, both of which are ongoing--though my spate of publicity is over for now. In any case, it was an incredibly stimulating experience, and I am actually full of notes for the space opera that need to be typed up before I lose the notebook again.One of the events was a livestreamed conference at the National Academies in Washington, D.C., which took place Thursday. There's an article about it here, and embedded in the article is a link to recordings of the panels and…
  • i'm burning diesel, burning dinosaur bones

    it's a great life, if you don't weaken
    4 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    It's a cover reveal and some terrible teasing!  A couple of weeks ago, I had an emergency need for some amazing art, and I naturally emailed my friend Jenna Kass, a NYC-based illustrator. I had in mind licensing an old piece of hers, but she was no longer satisfied with the quality of that work, and so we struck a deal that she'd do me a new painting. And she did. (She tells the story here. I honestly did not mean to give anyone apoplexy!)So, dear readers, as some of you have commented, it's currently impossible to get an ebook copy of Whiskey and Water, what with it being…
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    Vicious Imagery

  • Genius: why music sounds better on vinyl

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

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

    DAVID BISHOP
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    Via almost everybody in the world ever.
  • This was so nearly my blip of the day

    DAVID BISHOP
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    This was nearly my blip of the day, but another Florence photo won that race.
  • Kiwi music: 'Rise & Fall' by Nadia Reid

    DAVID BISHOP
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:47 pm
    That's my dream house, by the way - weatherboard villa, wraparound verandah. Sigh.
 
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    Gibberish

  • Friday Night Videos

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

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Today, The Wife and I signed away our home. We've lived here 11 years, and closing the sale was bitter sweet for us. Our real estate agent was actually concerned we'd back out. But we'd made a commitment to the young, newlywed couple who are giddy and eager to settle into their first home together, and it would be cruel to renege on the agreement. So, we are no longer homeowners. We have a three-week lease-back, and after that, we're homeless. Yeah. That's proven to be an "interesting times" situation. We had settled on a house, 3148 Oak Hollow Drive, New Braunfels, Texas, to be specific. You…
  • Babylon 5: The War Prayer

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:22 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…
  • Farscape: Rhapsody in Blue

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    My Farscape rewatch continues with "Rhapsody in Blue," one of those punnish titles the writers were ever so fond of. Crichton dreams himself back on Earth, at an earlier time, lounging around the bedroom with his girlfriend, Alex. After exchanging pillow talk/banter, Alex informs Crichton that yes, she has accepted the position at Stanford, which will separate her and him, effectively ending their relationship. A heartbroken Crichton reaches down and pushed an engagement ring under the bed to hide it from her. A sudden starburst jars him awake, and reaching the bridge he learns Moya's…
  • Friday Night Videos

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    I'm not a betting man, but I'd wager this Kasey Lansdale has got a future ahead of her. She's been building her music career for a number of years now, and she's got a heck of a voice. Sure, there's a bit of Reba there, but on some songs she sounds like an improbable fusion of Patsy Cline and Janis Joplin. "Sorry Ain't Enough" isn't my favorite song of hers, but there's no arguing it doesn't show off her talent. Kasey also gets major bonus points for making a country video that doesn't utterly suck--a trend I've ranted about before. Not only does Kasey's video not suck, it's actually pretty…
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    GWENDA BOND

  • Antics & Etc

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

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

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

    GWENDA BOND
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    If you're here for the #YASH, post is right below this one or click here. A few very nice things. Girl on a Wire is on some lists for October books: "Top Picks for Science Fiction and Fantasy Reads in October" by John DeNardo over at Kirkus; "This Is One Of The Best Months Ever For Science Fiction & Fantasy Books" by Charlie Jane Anders over at io9 (*waves to friends on this one too*); In the weekly Book Riot New Books! newsletter put together by bookselling legend and basic rockstar Liberty Hardy; And last but not least "39 Science Fiction, Fantasy &…
  • YA Scavenger Hunt Is Afoot! (Plus: Mega-Bonus Contest)

    GWENDA BOND
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    Welcome to this stop of the YA Scavenger Hunt extravaganza! I'm Gwenda Bond *wave* and my stop on the hunt is being hosted by my wonderful agent sister Paula Stokes, where you can take a gander at a deleted scene from Girl on a Wire (it's from early on the book, so shouldn't spoil things if you haven't read it yet and it's where Jules actually convinces her dad to go to the Cirque, plus there's pie). If you're new to the hunt, this tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus…
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    Swan Tower

  • Join them, or step away

    Swan Tower
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    (Auto-crossposting appears to have stopped for the moment. While I attempt to figure out why, I'm manually crossposting this one.)I’ve been feeling for a while now that I ought to post something about GamerGate, but I really didn’t know where to start. I’ve seen all these posts referencing it, but none of them went back and gave me the whole story in a way I could understand. Okay, so it’s something about ethics in game journalism? Except it’s mostly turned into terrifying levels of harassment against women? What’s it actually supposed to be about, though?
  • A Year in Pictures – Lion and Obelisk

    Swan Tower
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    This work by http://www.swantower.com is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. There’s kind of an awful story associated with this one: the lion marks the grave of a fellow whose captive lion got loose in London and killed a number of people, including children. In typical Victorian fashion, the fellow in question basically had no liability for the incident; everybody was so impressed that he paid for the funerals, and nevermind his gross negligence in allowing the lion to get loose in the first place. But it does make for a…
  • The King of Our Age

    Swan Tower
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    A while back my husband and I got into a conversation about the iconic writers of different eras — the people where, if you can remember a single person who wrote in that time period, they’re the one you think of. Chaucer. Shakespeare. Austen. Dickens. This led, of course, to us debating who from the current era might be That Writer two hundred years from now. It’s a mug’s game, of course, trying to predict who’s going to last; the field of literature is littered with names who were expected to be classics for the ages, many of whom are now utterly forgotten. But…
  • A Year in Pictures – Brompton’s Ivy Wall

    Swan Tower
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    This work by http://www.swantower.com is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. I think I mentioned before Brompton’s Great Wall o’Ivy. Here’s a portion of it, with a suitably ivy-bedecked tomb before it, and bonus cross for accent. Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there. This entry was also posted at http://swan-tower.dreamwidth.org/697674.html. Comment here or there.
  • Mr. Mystic's Great Achievement

    Swan Tower
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Had I been less efficient about the book-related post the other day, I could have bundled this into it — but that’s just as well, because I think some things deserve their own posts. HUGE congratulations to my friend Alyc Helms, who has just announced the sale of her first novel! I won’t go into the full saga of this book — Alyc herself does that quite well in the post — but I will say that I have the same kind of warm glow right now that I did when Mike Underwood sold his first book, only even more so. As she says over there, the two of us met on an…
 
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    CONTRARY BRIN

  • An Unstable World: Part II China

    David Brin
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    Continuing from last time... let's move on to our next source of tension or "history that refuses to end."== China: a humble historical correction ==China and the West are clearly heading toward an inevitable -- and we hope very peaceful -- reconfiguring and renegotiation over trade and other relations. Why? Because the trade imbalances... tsunami flows of money, capital investment, knowledge and intellectual property from west to east ... have achieved their main historical purpose, lifting China in history's Great Vault Forward, transforming that…
  • An Unstable World? Part One: Russia

    David Brin
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Some folks have lately asked why I seem so calm, when every week brings news of yet another brewing disaster, with the world apparently spinning into chaos.  So much for Francis Fukayama's famous line - around 1990 - that the rapid and unstoppable spread of liberal democracy would soon bring an "end of history."A few years earlier, I had made a different prediction. That the Cold War and the communist empire would soon shatter... (few believed it even remotely possible)... but that our struggles would thereupon move on to strife between a rising world-liberal culture...
  • How Far Conservatism Has Changed

    David Brin
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    All right, it is an important U.S. political season.  As a registered Republican and a frequent speaker at libertarian gatherings, I remain hopeful that this will be the year that several million temperamentally conservative-but-calmly-rational Americans will wake up to the way their movement and the GOP have been hijacked. And that only a shattering drubbing at the polls will send the American right back to the drawing boards -- learning to do politics again. Including negotiation about real problems. Oh, but it will be so hard! The oligarchs who have done the hijacking have…
  • Rejection of Tomorrow

    David Brin
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
    I keep seeing and hearing cynics sigh about how far we have "fallen." The disease is rampant, on both right and left. The striking thing to me is the inanity of cliches, like: "Isn't it a shame that our wisdom has not kept pace with technology?" This nonsense is spouted amid the greatest transformation of diversity, inclusion, acceptance, re-evaluation and tolerance in the history of our species! At no other time were so many hoary/awful assumptions - about race-gender and so on - pilloried by light and scrutiny! And if that is not ADVANCEMENT of our souls, I do not know what would be.I…
  • Science Fiction and our Dreams of the Future

    David Brin
    11 Oct 2014 | 8:01 pm
    An essay in Wired: Is Dystopian Sci Fi Making us Fear Technology? ponders the pandemic plague of cheap dystopias and apocalypses and feudal fantasties that have metastacized and infected science fiction. Michael Solana muses that a certain amount of dire warnings can be a tonic, but it becomes poisonous in the kind of excess that we are now seeing, in which the fundamental rule seems to be “never show any possibility of a better world.”“Fiction is capable of charting our human potential—with science fiction the most natural and forward form of this—so anything less than a…
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    Tobias Buckell

  • Why I’m investigating contact and sales management software to help my writing (tools are found in many places)

    Tobias Buckell
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    I was talking over the struggles I was having with tracking projects through various stages (novels, relaunches, foreign editions, self publishing, potential new Kickstarters) with a friend who runs a sales business, as well as bemoaning my horrible mess of notes about contacts (reviewers, publicists, people who have asked me to do remember to send them something when it becomes available years ago). “You need a CRM tool,” he said. “A what?” He quickly introduced me to some overly complex tools for lead generation and contact management that sales people use, which…
  • A Bear: an original illustration by Calli

    Tobias Buckell
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    I don’t want to be every other parent that thinks they have the most artistic children in the world and foists that upon everyone. But ever since Cal showed me the cover of a ‘book’ that she made in class about bears (including the oh-so-precocious spelling of ‘hibrnat’ for hibernate) I’ve been mulling over just how good she’s gotten at drawing things in a short time. I mean, it was just a few months ago that everything she drew was stick figures. Like, very, very basic stuff. Now I have a bear with a quirky expression on its face, and I just want to…
  • I survived Tropical Storm Fay, but was flown back home to avoid Gonzalo

    Tobias Buckell
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    So while out in Bermuda, I flew in Emily and the kids for a surprise weekend hangout halfway through being Writer in Residence. I was excited, kids first plane trip, using passports, and seeing an island. They were jazzed to arrive: We went up to see Fort St. Catherine: We swam at a nearby beach, and then had lunch above it: Later went to the Dockyards to watch the sun set. We couldn’t get to the beach, there was a wedding happening. But someone checked, then escorted us up onto the walls so we could watch the sun set, which was very nice of them. I love ocean sunsets: The next day we…
  • Check it out: Hurricane Fever Audiobook available now from Audible.com

    Tobias Buckell
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Hurricane Fever is now an audiobook. Audible has worked very hard on it and Arctic Rising, the narrators are amazing. The narrator came via referral from Robin Miles, who has done Nalo Hopkinson and Karen Lord’s books. I think he sounds amazing and am so grateful Robin was able to help us like that. Even more amazing is this tidbit: Robin Miles and Prentice have been working very closely with me and Audible to record the Xenowealth novels. The attention to detail, the samples I’ve heard, and the books that will be coming out, are amazing. I think Xenowealth fans will be very…
  • Beginning my writer residency in Bermuda today

    Tobias Buckell
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    In a blog post a while back I broke the news that I would be the Writer in Residence in Bermuda: “Last month Dr. Kim Dismont Robinson from the Bermuda Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs reached out to me to ask if I would come and be a part of the Writer-in-Residence Programme in Bermuda this October. I would be responsible for helping direct some three weeks of workshops for interested writers, with a focus on genre. It’s always a huge honor when the islands reach back out to me. And for anyone to reach out to ask me to teach or guide up and coming writers.” (Via I’ve…
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    Dark Roast

  • No, seriously

    Emma Bull
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    John Fluevog made a stegosaurus shoe.Good thing I can't walk in a heel that high.
  • Coffeeneuring #3

    Emma Bull
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Selfie, with brave steed:A medium latte and some proofreading in a fireside chair:And documentation from Strava:Four more weekends to go...
  • Coffeeneuring #2

    Emma Bull
    11 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    And off again! This time to visit Minnehaha Falls for METHODcon's War for the Oaks locations tour, and score a large cuppa from Sea Salt Cafe at the park pavilion. This one was almost a Coffeeshop Without Walls entry, because, though Sea Salt has plenty of walls, I drank my coffee while wandering about pointing out landmarks from the first battle in the book. Big fun.The coffeeneurs ready to set out:Coffee achieved!A stop at Elevated on the way home, for good beer (the Elevated folks also understand bikes, and thus, good bike racks):And Strava's record of the two segments, There, and Back…
  • Seven weekends, seven coffee shops.

    Emma Bull
    5 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    This weekend saw the beginning of this year's Coffeeneuring Challenge. And since this year I actually knew about the thing beforehand, I've flung myself into it. Because bicycling + coffee = this is what I wanted to do with my weekend anyway.My first coffee shop turned out to be the Blue Moon Coffee Cafe on Lake Street and 39th Ave., because they're open until late-thirty on a Sunday, and I had to swing by Savers on Lake Street to drop off stuff. I cleverly forgot to set my cool phone app (Strava, in my case) to record my distance from the start, so I charted my mileage from Savers' parking…
  • And don't forget your towel!

    Emma Bull
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    This is preposterous and wonderful.
 
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    Stephanie Burgis

  • Deadlines, Books, Hot Chocolate and Highlights

    Stephanie Burgis
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Whew! I hit two important writing deadlines in the last week, and collapsed with a sigh of relief afterward. Now I get to focus almost all of my available energy on the upcoming house move...eep. Can I have some more writing deadlines, please??? ;)In good writing news, though, I got a contract tonight for my short story "Marking Time," which is going to be published on Daily Science Fiction soon. Hooray! I think I forgot to mention here before that I had sold it, but yay, I did, and that was some of the nicest news of the last couple of weeks. I hope you guys like the story when it comes…
  • Reminders For the Bad Days

    Stephanie Burgis
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    There are some life lessons I never seem to learn for long…but maybe if I write this one down, today, that'll help it stick in my mind for next time.This afternoon, after pushing myself much too far, physically, this morning, I was flopped in my bed, feeling really crashed, and - surprise, surprise - started feeling really depressed in reaction. I'd planned to write once I'd had an hour of rest, but by the time the hour was over, I felt so depressed, I told myself I couldn't write - especially because the one thing my brain had decided to focus on in particular, today, was the quality and…
  • Books That Are Keeping Me Happy

    Stephanie Burgis
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:39 am
    There are way too many important deadlines approaching in this house this month, between Patrick's current freelance deadline, my current freelance deadline, a grant application I'm trying to get sent off by the end of this week, and, of course, our big, looming house move in just over two weeks. (Auuuuuuugh! SO not ready.)So, as you can imagine, there's a fair amount of stress going on over here at the moment.But! I've been doing some really good reading. First, I read the best short story collection I've read in a long time, Zen Cho's Spirits Abroad. It's a collection of witty, fabulous…
  • Hot Chocolate Day!

    Stephanie Burgis
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hooray, hooray, it's Hot Chocolate Day! And even MrD's toy dinosaurs are celebrating:Kat is making her boxed set début, and if you'd like a copy for yourself, you can ask for it at your local bookstore or you can buy a copy online at Indiebound, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository, or Amazon. You can also add it to your shelf on Goodreads.But more importantly for today...it's time to drink some hot chocolate in celebration!Writing the Kat books, and seeing them published, has been such an amazing journey for me, beginning all the way back in 2007. Seven years of Kat…
  • Hot Chocolate Three: A Witch's Chocolate

    Stephanie Burgis
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    I've never been to Paris, but all of my ideas about hot chocolate changed the first time Patrick and I went to Edinburgh and visited Plaisir du Chocolat, a French-stlye chocolaterie where the hot chocolate was mixed in gorgeously aromatic dark, steaming vats near the front door and the scent drifted down the street like a trap for the unwary. They served three different kinds of hot chocolate - 60% chocolate hot chocolate, 70% chocolate, and (the one I didn't dare to try) 90% chocolate.I tried the 60% chocolate the first time, and it blew my mind. I had never tasted hot chocolate so richly…
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  • The Brookline Parent: Sukkah to Me!

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

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

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

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    I’ve mentioned in a few places that I am supporting Steve Grossman in his candidacy to be the new governor of Massachusetts. I know that some of my friends (and possibly others) are interested in my opinion and endorsement and where it comes from. So to that end, here’s a short article explaining why I support him. If you’re still undecided in this race, please consider reading it.The short version is that having met Steve a few times over the past 12 years, I have seen that he is an intelligent man who also cares about the people around him and listens to the voters. He is…
  • The Brookline Parent: Kindergarten: The Journey Begins

    mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    In this week's The Brookline Parent, I discuss the decisions gnomi and I had to make as we send Muffin and Squeaker to Kindergarten in the new school year.Read Kindergarten: The Journey Begins and find out what those decisions were...
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  • Excuse Me While I Reboot My Window

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    No, not my computer. My car window. Our beloved Ford Fusion, Katniss, suddenly developed a very odd problem with the power window: Press Down to make the window go down, lift Up to make the window go up—and then watch it go back down again, all on its own, and very determinedly. Weird. Also—perhaps related, and perhaps not—we found the car the other day with the battery dead, Jim, and no apparent reason why. I solved the dead battery on Sunday by jumping with my handy Stanley jump-start unit, and the battery gave no further problem. (Though it worried me a little.) But when the window…
  • Odyssey Story Slam in New Hampshire!

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Are you planning to be in the vicinity of Amherst, New Hampshire on Sunday, November 2? Good! Because there’s going to be a fun event at the LaBelle Winery, which is a Bonfire Story Slam! A group of twenty SF/F writers, including moi, will be reading short-short stories (or, in the case of a few of us, excerpts) around a bonfire. What better setting for stories than a winery?* This is not only a great event, but also a fund-raiser in support of the terrific Odyssey Writing Workshop, which I have visited on several occasions as a guest lecturer. Come enjoy some stories and s’more stories!
  • Short Story Contest!

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Any short-short story writers out there? I’ve just gotten a notice for an interesting-sounding SF writing contest, with a $1000 first prize and no rights grab. That second part is what really struck me. But your story entry has to be 1500 pages (Edit: Oops, that should be 1500 words) or under. Here’s the dope: THE ROSWELL AWARD FOR SHORT FICTIONPresented by Sci-Fest LA(FOR ADULT WRITERS OVER THE AGE OF 18)SCI-FEST LA: The Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival is happy to announce the launch our new short story writing contest for adult writers over the age of 18 called THE…
  • Star Rigger’s Way Finds Its Way

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Dell paperback (first edition)...back into ebook, for the first time since June!  Yes, the long wait is over. Star Rigger’s Way is now available in all-new clothes, in its long-awaited Starstream edition. Completely reformatted and with a new cover, this is not one to miss! (Wait—have any of my offerings been ones to miss? I hope not.) Star Rigger’s Way was not my first star rigger novel (that distinction belongs to Seas of Ernathe), but it grew out of my first star rigger story, which was called “Alien Persuasion,” and appeared in Galaxy during the twilight years of that…
  • BookBub Rumbles Down the Stream of Stars

    Jeffrey A. Carver
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Time for another ebook special. This time Down the Stream of Stars is discounted, starting today and continuing for a week. Just $.99—which if you look carefully, you will see is less than a dollar! Such a deal. Starstream! In a great diaspora, starships ply the ethereal new highway into the galaxy. But none could have guessed the dangers unleashed by the starstream—including the deadly Throgs. When starship Charity flies into peril, a young Claudi Melnik confronts a threat from beyond space and time. Triumphant sequel to From a Changeling Star and a daring journey to the heart of…
 
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  • Notes on Passages from J.M. Coetzee's Foe

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

    Matthew Cheney
    4 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    This review was first published in Rain Taxi in the spring of 2011. I'd actually forgotten all about it, but then came across it as I was reorganizing some folders on my computer. In case it still holds some interest, here it is. (Page references are to the Yale hardcover, and were for the copyeditors to double check my quotes; they weren't in the print version of the review, but I've kept them in because, well, why not...) One of the pleasures of Gabriel Josipovici’s What Ever Happened to Modernism? is that it all but forces us — dares us, even — to argue with it.  Josipovici…
  • Terry Gilliam: The Triumph of Fantasy

    Matthew Cheney
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Press Play has now posted my latest video essay, "Terry Gilliam: The Triumph of Fantasy". It also has a short text essay to accompany it. Here's how that one begins:In a 1988 interview with David Morgan for Sight and Sound, Terry Gilliam proposed that the most common theme of his movies had been fantasy vs. reality, and that, after the not-entirely-happy endings of Time Bandits and Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen offered the happiness previously denied, a happiness made possible by “the triumph of fantasy”.That triumph is not, though, inherently happy. Gilliam’s occasional…
  • "Patrimony" in Black Static 42

    Matthew Cheney
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:56 am
    The latest issue of the venerable British horror/dark fiction magazine Black Static includes my latest story, "Patrimony", and is now available both in print and as an e-book in various formats. I'm thrilled with the accompanying illustration by Richard Wagner, and thankful to Andy Cox for buying the story and rushing it into print, because it's one of the strangest and most disturbing things I've ever written, and not the sort of thing that just any editor would get excited about.For a preview, here's the first paragraph:For most of my life, I worked in the gravel pit as an overseer. There…
  • John Cheever's (Queer) "Country Husband"

    Matthew Cheney
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    Going through some of the secondary literature on John Cheever in preparation for a class in which I assigned the students to read his 1954 story "The Country Husband", I was surprised to find no discussion of the story within a queer context. My search was not comprehensive, but the connection seems so obvious to me, and so illuminating for the story, that I'm surprised it isn't mentioned by most people who write about Cheever's tale.Paging through Blake Bailey's comprehensive biography of Cheever makes the connection even more obvious than the story itself does, for Bailey notes that…
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  • Googlewhacked

    John Crowley
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    Okay here's what's on my mind.  My sister Nora noted that a phrase in Little, Big  that Ron Drummond deployed as a title for his latest 25thAnniversary edition (address alll queries to him)  is a Gogglewhack -- that is, two words that when searched for togehter without any other words receives no hits at all.   (The two words were "undisentanglable convolvulus" if you need to know).  When this fact is posted soemwhere, of course, the Googlewhack evaporates, since the post about it will be returned in a Google search.  Anent this,…
  • Pictures and books

    John Crowley
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    Here's a query -- not idle really but pedagogical (my daughter teaches children) --Books of mostly pictures where the pictures are mysterious, need interpretation, or contain a mystery.  Chris Van Allsburg's  Myster4ies of Harris Burdick is an example.  Thoughts?
  • Reverting to type

    John Crowley
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:15 pm
    The title of a n article by Ralph Caplan in the AIGA Newsletter about the current fashion for taking up writing on typewriters in spite of... well in spite of everything.http://www.aiga.org/reverting-to-type/"Occasionally one meets or hears about writers who pride themselves on not using computers, triggering memories of writers who refused, for similar reasons, to use typewriters when they were the most efficient alternative to pens. In college I had a professor who had written several books and by the time I graduated had written several more. I was enviously dazzled by his…
  • Ginger mariners

    John Crowley
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    From a Slate article:"Back in the ’90s, when I was a concerned, 19-year-old mother, frightened by the world I was bringing my child into, I was studying homeopathy, herbalism, and aromatherapy; I believed in angels, witchcraft, clairvoyants, crop circles, aliens at Nazca, giant ginger mariners spreading their knowledge to the Aztecs, the Incas, and the Egyptians..."Giant ginger mariners?
  • Fact of the day

    John Crowley
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    From the NY Times:  Men with pedophilia are three times more likely to be left-handed or ambidextrous, a finding that strongly suggests a neurological cause.
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  • TV review: Smallville series premiere

    Peter David
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Originally published October 26, 2001, in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1458 Television being a spectacularly imitative medium, producers like to present new shows in ways that will evoke something else which has been successful. One also wants to have as many recognizable elements as possible in order to prompt more people to watch the show. And it was decided that Superman remains a consistently popular and attractive character (except when Nicholas Cage is slated to play him) and furthermore that Superboy may well appeal to a youthful audience. Not to a juvenile audience, as the previous half…
  • You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Him

    Peter David
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    So New York Comicon was a lot of fun. Had my picture taken with Clark Gregg. Met an entire cosplaying Young Justice, including Empress, Slo-Bo and Secret whom I’ve never seen cosplayed before. But here was the high point. Two guys came up to my table at Artists Alley and had me sign some books. They seemed genuinely enthused to meet me, which was nice. And they were about to leave when I noticed one of them was wearing a t-shirt with what looked like a stylized Jafar on it. I’d never seen it before and asked about it. And the other guy said, “This is the stage manager for…
  • Dragon*Con 2001: The Good and the Bad

    Peter David
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Originally published October 19, 2001, in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1457 Dragon*Con: The Good and the Bad. Good: I was scheduled to be on two panels early Friday afternoon… both slated to be held before my actual arrival. For instance, a panel that was to consist of myself and Paul Jenkins was scheduled for 2:30 PM, at which time I was still 30,000 feet in the air. Paul showed up ten minutes late—figuring it was no big deal because I’d be entertaining folks in his absence—to discover that just about everyone had already left because they figured neither of us was going to show. So why…
  • Movie review by Gwen! David: Ghost World

    Peter David
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Originally published September 28, 2001, in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1454 Enter, a bunch of teenagers sitting around in a room, bored. It’s the summer before their senior year in high school, and a week and a half before school actually starts. They want to make this week and a half count. Unfortunately, there’s nothing to do in this godforsaken town. Their plans to go to the beach and have a picnic dinner have been smashed by the rain. Teen One: He gets off work at five, right? And then he’s coming to pick us up? Teen Two: Yeah. But we kinda have to figure out what we’re going to do…
  • On Writing Aquaman

    Peter David
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Originally published September 21, 2001, in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1453 To a great degree, I look upon my time writing Aquaman as a spectacularly ambitious failure. I took on the series for two major reasons: First, The Atlantis Chronicles remains, all these years later, some of my favorite work. When the series was being produced, DC’s top people—and I mean top people—spoke enthusiastically about it being a perennial favorite, kept perpetually in print a la Watchmen with additional spinoff titles and even merchandising. None of it ever materialized. DC remains resolute in not even…
 
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  • Crime Scene

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

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

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

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

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

    alyx
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    New York Comic Con was an enormous, delightful, fan-filled spectacle of an experience, and I was thrilled to be able to go there, to meet some readers and get to know all of Team Tor a little better. I got to talk magic systems with Sam Sykes, Ilona and Gordon Andrews, Kim Harrison, George Hagen and Jeff Somers at a standing-room only panel. I signed books, gave out Child of a Hidden Sea buttons, and met a lot of people who had, previously, been e-mail contacts. In and around the event, Kelly and I visited The Frick Collection, the Met, Chelsea Market and the High Line. We saw Cabaret, with…
  • The Change, feminism, and S.M. Stirling’s THE GOLDEN PRINCESS

    alyx
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    I reviewed The Golden Princess for Bookworm Blues on On September 23rd. This is the latest in S.M. Stirling&http://alyxdellamonica.com/#8217;s Emberverse, and is set several generations after the Change. (The Emberverse has its own Wiki, so if you&http://alyxdellamonica.com/#8217;re looking to study up, go here.) The Golden Princess focuses on a new generation of Montival movers and shakers: Princess Orlaith, her brother and their various friends and followers. In the former category is the Empress of Japan, Reiko, a young ruler far from home. Like Orlaith,…
  • What Are You Working On This Autumn?

    alyx
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    photo by Kelly Robson Today I am shaving 260 words from one of the squid stories*, so I can send it to a market with a firm 7.5K word limit. I can tell I&http://alyxdellamonica.com/#8217;ve been through the story before. There&http://alyxdellamonica.com/#8217;s not much to trim. It&http://alyxdellamonica.com/#8217;s tempting to simply change the word count at the top of the page and assume they don&http://alyxdellamonica.com/#8217;t really care about that extra half page or so. But that would be errant smart-assery, not to mention unprofessional. Even if I…
  • Number Two Jane Austen Hero

    alyx
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Last night, as Kelly and I were falling into a not-very-deep literary conversation, I decided I’d expand the conversation by posting the following question on Facebook: Alyx Dellamonica -15 hrs · Toronto ·  Assuming we all agree that Mr. Darcy is Jane Austen’s most desirable hero/dudebro/prospective mate, who is second in the pecking order? Is it Knightley? Bingley? Henry Crawford? (Of course, I was kidding about Henry Crawford.)Now, as I write this post, the unofficial poll results are:3 people say “What? Darcy? No way!”</p> Edward Ferrars and Henry Tilney…
  • Cause and Effect: Yoga Edition

    alyx
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Yesterday I realized I was bestowing big grins on a subset of the guys I passed on the street. They all happened to be about the same size, in the mid-twenties age range, and bearded and gingery. Not quite scruffy, but definitely not corporate. In time, I worked out that what these guys have in common is that they might possibly look like one of Yyoga’s ashtanga instructors. Because I go into the studio without my glasses on, I have a smeary and apparently rather approximate idea of what the fellow in question looks like. Basically I spent the day smiling at people who almost…
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  • Interview with The Geekcast

    Cory Doctorow
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    I sat down at New York Comic-Con with Aaron from The Geekcast podcast for a long, interesting interview (MP3) on a wide variety of subjects about art, computers, games and justice!
  • I’m coming to Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, SF/Palo Alto!

    Cory Doctorow
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:48 am
    As the tour with my graphic novel In Real Life draws to a close, my next tour, with my nonfiction book Information Doesn't Want to Be Free kicks off with stops down the west coast. I've also got stops coming up in Warsaw, London, Stockholm, Ann Arbor, Baltimore, DC, and Denver -- here's the whole list. Here's some of what Kirkus Review had to say about the new book: In his best-selling novel Ready Player One, Ernest Cline predicted that decades from now, Doctorow (Homeland, 2013, etc.) should share the presidency of the Internet with actor Wil Wheaton. Consider this manifesto to be…
  • There’s no back door that only works for good guys

    Cory Doctorow
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    My latest Guardian column, Crypto wars redux: why the FBI's desire to unlock your private life must be resisted, explains why the US government's push to mandate insecure back-doors in all our devices is such a terrible idea -- the antithesis of "cyber-security." As outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder invokes child kidnappers and terrorists, it's like a time-warp to the crypto-wars of the early 1990s, when the NSA tried to keep privacy technology out of civilian hands by classing it as a munition (no, seriously). Today, the need for the public to be able to thoroughly secure its data has…
  • My In Real Life book-tour!

    Cory Doctorow
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    I'm heading out on tour with my new graphic novel In Real Life, adapted by Jen Wang from my story Anda's Game. I hope you'll come out and see us! We'll be in NYC, Princeton, LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, Minneapolis and Chicago! (I'm also touring my new nonfiction book, Information Doesn't Want to Be Free, right after -- here's the whole schedule).
  • Homeland wins Copper Cylinder award for best Canadian YA sf novel

    Cory Doctorow
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    The Copper Cylinder Prize, voted on by members of the Sunburst Award Society awarded best YA novel to Homeland; best adult novel went to Guy Gavriel Kay's River of Stars. It's a fantastic honour, in some ways even better than winning the juried Sunburst Award, because popular awards are given to books that have wide appeal to the whole voter pool. I'm incredibly grateful to the Sunburst Award Society, and also offer congrats to Guy for his well-deserved honour. Sunburst Award Society Announces the Winners of Its Third Annual Copper Cylinder Awards
 
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  • Yom Kippur 5775 (2014)

    Kate Elliott
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm
    “This is my chosen fast: to loosen all the bonds that bind men unfairly, to let the oppressed go free, to break every yoke.” Isaiah Mirrored from I Make Up Worlds.
  • Summer Hiatus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Josh English
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Story A Day has moved. It has also revived itself with a quick piece on Care and Feeding by Tim Pratt, what was published at Daily Science Fiction last Friday.You can find my article here (but of course go read the story first).
  • In which I remember the whole blog/journal thing

    Josh English
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:20 pm
    I am very bad at quotidian. I think that's a given. I have also spent a lot of time trying to revive some projects elsewhere. For some reason, LiveJournal doesn't seem to be a home for me any more. I do most of my reading not through my friends feed, but through RSS feeds. It's not like I've been a king of journaling anyway. I hope to do better. Or at least more.I did spend some time writing up a new BWTR entry, and it will go out on Monday over there on WordPress.To quote Granny Weatherwax, I aten't dead.
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    The official home page of author Eric Flint

  • 1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 44

    Drak Bibliophile
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 44 Chapter 15: Karl’s Ring February, 1635 Grantville, United States of Europe “I have a letter from Hayley,” Judy the Younger Wendell told the girls of the Barbie Consortium. “She wants stuff and she wants money, but mostly she wants me to get Sarah to tell her what’s wrong with the Austro-Hungarian economy.” “So, what is wrong with the Austro-Hungarian economy?” “Hey, I’m the pretty sister. Remember?” “Not according to the Ken Doll,” said Millicent Anne Barnes. “He…
  • Polychrome – Chapter 19

    Drak Bibliophile
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Polychrome – Chapter 19 Chapter 19. Polychrome danced lightly through the corridors of the Palace, out the gateway, and laughed. For there were gathered all the people of the Rainbow Kingdom, from the smallest child to the eldest of the wise old women, all gathered to see the Hero off. Far, far away, down the Way of Light that ran from the dawn to the sunset, she could see the tiny figures of Erik and Nimbus, and the much larger shape of her father against the brilliance of the rising sun. The crowd saw her and gave a cheer; she blushed. I don’t know why I am so popular compared…
  • Paradigms Lost — Chapter 45

    Drak Bibliophile
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Paradigms Lost — Chapter 45 Chapter 45: That Future is Past Morgan opened the door, startled as I pushed past him without so much as a “hello.” “Master Jason… ?” I looked around, shrugged, jogged into the living room and climbed up on a chair. Verne was in that room, staring at me curiously out of hollow eyes set in a leathery, lined face and framed by pure white hair. “J… Jason,” he said slowly, as I mumbled a curse to myself and dragged the chair over a bit, “what… are you doing?” “Maybe making a fool of myself.” I…
  • 1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 43

    Drak Bibliophile
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 43 Some people didn’t want to sign the credit slips and went elsewhere, but all the new businesses that the Sanderlins and Fortneys backed had some up-time or new-time tech that made their production cost less so they were mostly inexpensive. They didn’t lose that many customers. Others decided that it was better to pay cash if they had it. So the new businesses were getting more cash in, but SFIC was still losing money — if you didn’t include the money owed to them. Most of the businesses in Vienna were facing the same problem.
  • Castaway Planet – Chapter 04

    Drak Bibliophile
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Castaway Planet – Chapter 04 Chapter 4 The stars shone out again, and she sat forward. “Coils recharging. Doing a full survey of the sky again…” She tumbled LS-5 once more around its axes. “Generating full sky view… okay, everyone, start looking. I’m blinking our virtual displays between the first panorama we got and this one. I’m sending different areas of the sky to –“ “Got one!” sang out Caroline. “Brightest star in our sky just jumped a beautiful, beautiful big fraction of a degree! Measure that arc, Sakura!”…
 
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  • Kindle sale!

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Great news! The Cipher is on the Kindle Daily Deal today for $1.99! If you haven’t read it, if you know someone who might enjoy it, or want to give it as a gift, today is the day to get your copy! Please share the word! Originally published at www.dianapfrancis.com. You can comment here or there.
  • Pause in the rain

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:39 pm
    I spent a bunch of time today with Devon Monk talking writing, business, family, promotion, and all sorts of other things. It was lovely to get together and chat. We’ve both been swamped with work and life and haven’t had a chance to get together for awhile. It was quite fun. Boy of size is sick again. Or rather, back to sicker, because he’s never achieved wellness. He’s missed the week of school. I hope he’ll make it back by Monday. I’ll get him up for tomorrow, but chances are he won’t be able to make it. But Monday he’s going to go no matter…
  • Saturday, in the park, and also in Costco

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:34 pm
    I slept late today. Totally lazy. Let the kids sleep in. Let the dogs sleep in. All were happy. Also, Voodoo managed to eat all his brother’s dinner tonight, for no good reason. There had to be a Costco run today, to stock up on all those things that we’ve been running out of, but which seem important, particularly milk and toilet paper. Boy of size was very ill today (bad day for him) and so girlie and I headed of. The man went hunting, though fruitlessly. Sads for that. Would like some venison. So anyhow, on the way, stopped for some chai and got a text my friend that…
  • Chop wood, carry water

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. Which is to say, I finished Edge of Dreams, sequel to Trace of Magic, and now must begin the last Crosspointe book, which may or may not be called Blood Jewel. I think I’m happy with the way it turned out, as much as I hated a lot of it going through. I just wasn’t sure I could make it pull together to hit the right notes. But I think it did. I hope editor and agent agree, but if not, at least they’ll be able to tell me why not and how to solve the issues. But as there is no rest for…
  • Crazy, Toys in the Attic, Going Crazy

    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
    You might wonder where I’ve been. I’ve been knee-deep in the book. I’m almost done. Within a tantalizing couple of inches, but those inches are proving tangled and thorny. I persevere. Boy of size is not feeling well. Having a significantly rough day. It was, however, a traumatic day, with vaccinations and a blood draw, so I hope this is what accounts for it. Anxiety does worsen things for him. Other than that, been doing school stuff, cleaning stuff, yard stuff. Oh! And we got a new front security door/screen door. So we can leave it open and locked and it’s very safe…
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    Where Personal and Professional Life Collide...

  • Let the evidence be seen....

    Laura Anne Gilman
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    So, Felicia Day (an actress and gamer) wrote about her own personal responses to Gamergate, how it's made her change her interactions with people (and it's a painful piece to read), while Chris Kluwe (a football player and gamer) went on a rather delightfully profane rant against the people behind Gamergate.They went after Felicia, not Chris.That pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the people behind the (bowel) movement of Gamergate.Don't identify them as gamers.  Their primary affiliation is as pathetic, vicious trolls who get off on causing harm.
  • snapshot

    Laura Anne Gilman
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    Out my window, grey-filtered light picks up the gold of leaves plastered against rain-slick streets.It's a very October-y day....*makes another pot of coffee, pulls on the fleecy socks, settles back to the revisions*
  • Revisionary Update

    Laura Anne Gilman
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    SILVER ON THE ROAD is now, officially, the longest book I've ever written, and I still have another 75 pages to revise (exactly where Mine Editor sayeth "give us more detail!")So. Yeah.(for those wondering, that means we're past the 126,000 word mark. Certain Writers may call that a novella, but for me, it's looooooooong. Previous to this my record was 124,000, after edits).
  • bit by bit, bite by bite...

    Laura Anne Gilman
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    "Well, foolishness is a sure way to court death," Farron said.Except that really wasn't quite his voice."Well, foolishness's a sure way to court death," Farron said.Better, but awkward to speak, doesn't quite flow trippingly off the tongue, the way it should."Well, that’s a sure way to court death, foolishness," Farron said.Better.  Much better.  Slightly arch and archaic, and oh so snide.  It may yet be revised further, but I can move on now (thank god).In other news, NYC-to-Seattle transport for the felines has been locked in.
  • damn it, Cas...!

    Laura Anne Gilman
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    Laughing hysterically as the Kitten destroys yet another roll of towels probably won't teach him not to do that...but when you turn the corner and find a lean black kitten locked in mortal combat with a towel roll slightly bulkier than he is, the kitten hissing in frustration, the floor covered by shredded bits of paper toweling?it's really, seriously hard not to laugh.
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  • Like every superhero, every book has an origin story...

    Shannon Hale
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    She wears glass slippers. She sleeps in a tower. She sings to birds. She is the perfect princess. And for a monster-fighting heroine, that is the perfect disguise. Princess Magnolia is...The Princess in Black When she was four years old, my daughter Maggie (aka Magnolia) was examining her favorite article of clothing: a multicolored, butterfly-covered skort, the kind of thing that makes her feel pretty and princessy while still allowing her tumble about with ease. She pointed to each of the butterfly colors. “Pink is a girl color,” she said. “And purple, and yellow. But not black.”…
  • This princess wears black

    Shannon Hale
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Good morning, superheroes! Just a week away from the release of The Princess in Black! I am so excited for this book, it may as well be my first. Instead of my nineteenth. Can that be true? (*counts*) Nope. This book is my 18th. This book is my 19th. It comes out Oct 21, a week after The Princess in Black. Did I tell you about this? A collection of Ever After High short stories. Some were previously published as free ebooks. Five are new, plus fun extras. I'm excited to see this one! This book will be my 20th, out March 3, 2015. For my Princess in Black tour, I'll be in the DC and…
  • The rage of age ranges

    Shannon Hale
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    Recently someone in publishing told me, "You're not really a YA author."It bugged me, but I wasn't sure why, because middle grade rocks. If the only readers I ever reached were ages 8-12 I'd be a happy author. I love kids those ages as much as I love teenagers. So it shouldn't bother me. But I think I've finally figured it why it does. As an older teenager, I would have loved my books. The Goose Girl, Book of a Thousand Days, Dangerous, as well as my books that are considered younger like Princess Academy and Ever After High. And I have a lot of teen…
  • Cover reveal: the Princess Academy series

    Shannon Hale
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    In honor of the 10th anniversary of Princess Academy and the upcoming publication of the third book in the trilogy, Bloomsbury has redesigned the jackets in this series, with artwork by Jason Chan. I'm excited to reveal them here at last! The Forgotten Sisters pubs in hardcover March 3, 2015, with the rejacketed paperbacks of the first two at the same time. The first review is in, a starred review from Booklist! "On the day that Miri is to return to her beloved Mount Eskel, she is summoned by King Bjorn of Danland, requesting her to travel to outer-territorial Lesser Alva where she…
  • The problem with the neutral love interest

    Shannon Hale
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    "I don't get the love interest. I mean, am I supposed to like him?"This is a response I hear often from readers. And it's started me thinking. Are writers supposed to write a love interest that every reader will fall in love with? For example, in a story where the main character is a female who falls in love with a guy, then this should be a guy that the reader can fall in love with too. But as years pass, I completely question that thought. It just doesn't make sense. This is a story, not a blind date. A book is an opportunity to experience someone else's story.
 
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  • catch-up

    uzwi
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    Some reminders & updates: I’m at Totleigh Barton on Thursday (23rd Oct) to read for my supper at Liz Jensen & Simon Ings’ SF course; Birmingham Library on the 30th October, to remember Joel Lane & read from SALT’s Best British Short Stories 2014; Manchester (John Rylands) Library in December with the Curious Tales team. An exciting talk possibility has turned up for next autumn, I’ll keep you informed; and having missed Claire-Jane Carter & Tess Lyons’ Hagglers Corner event in Sheffield (not to say missing the chance to meet the frighteningly…
  • the step-aside

    uzwi
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:21 am
    N tells us he is able to step aside from the world. “It’s a trick I learned early,” he says. He learned by exploiting various childhood states. “Being ill, for instance. Or having your parents die: anything that gives you special privileges in terms of not taking part. Later, as an adult, it’s someone else being ill, but you don’t have to look after them. You don’t have the bore of that, you just have to turn up at the hospital with flowers. Births, marriages and deaths. If you learn to distance yourself from other people’s funerals, you’ll…
  • 17 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am

    uzwi
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    The truth was simpler. Originally they had leaked into our world from the astral plane.
  • 17 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am

    uzwi
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
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    uzwi
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:19 am
    Break glass if you are not experiencing a secondary world.
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    People are strange, when you're a stranger . . .

  • 24 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Abusive and insulting labels aren't any prettier if your side is the one using them.
  • 24 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    Two of the candidates in our three-way governor's race seem to be conspiring to get the third elected . . .
  • Not drowned yet

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    “The rain it raineth on the justAnd also on the unjust fella;But chiefly on the just, becauseThe unjust hath the just’s umbrella.”Charles Bowen
  • 23 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Still raining.
  • Silence

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Maybe it doesn't fit the "outrage profile" -- 43 missing college students in Mexico.http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-29732720
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    Jim C. Hines

  • GamerGate and Ethics in Journalism

    Jim C. Hines
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    For anyone who doesn’t know, the seeds of the GamerGate movement began when game developer Zoe Quinn’s former boyfriend wrote a blog post accusing her of cheating on him, and of generally being “an unbelievable jerk,” which led to a campaign of harassment against Quinn. Quinn’s ex- alleged that one of the people Quinn had slept with was journalist Nathan Grayson, and that this led to a brief mention of one of Quinn’s games in an article that was published before the alleged relationship ever started. Because GamerGate is all is about ethics in journalism.
  • Cool Stuff Friday

    Jim C. Hines
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    Friday is all about the bass. And the treble. Friday also has a weakness for the staccato… Tombstones as Art. (Link from Steve Buchheit) Kittens Dressed as Iconic Fantasy Characters. Air New Zealand has a Hobbit-themed Safety Video, and it is epic. Autumn animals. Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
  • Open Thread: Good News

    Jim C. Hines
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Share something positive in the comments. This is an open thread for any and all good news, because it feels like the world could use more of it these days. For myself, I got a promotion at the day job a few weeks back, which was pretty cool. Also, our new cat Sophie is about to have her kittens. That should be a lot of fun, both because Kittens! and because my kids are really excited, and I get to enjoy their reactions as well. Finally, I’ve seen the final sketches for the Rise of the Spider Goddess cover art, and it is Nifty. Your turn! Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
  • Guest Post: Lesley Smith on Disability in Fiction

    Jim C. Hines
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    I first “met” Lesley Smith a year and a half ago, while looking for beta readers for a short story. Lesley is also an author herself. Her book The Changing of the Sun came out this month, and she’s currently working on a Kickstarter for the second book in the series, The Parting of the Waters. Her guest post is about disability in fiction, and about her own choices along those lines as a writer. One of the great maxims told to newbie writers is ‘write what you know’. I’m never sure if that’s true, but it’s a good a place to start as any. To understand my writing,…
  • Victim or Perpetrator?

    Jim C. Hines
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    The Guardian recently published a piece called “Am I Being Catfished?” An Author Confronts Her Number One Online Critic. In the article, author Kathleen Hale describes her anxiety after her first book came out, how she obsessed over Amazon and Goodreads and other review sites. I can definitely relate to this part. Book #10 comes out in January for me, and I expect I’ll still be auto-refreshing the Amazon page every 15 minutes… Hale asked Twitter for ideas about her next book, as a way to “connect with readers.” A woman named Blythe offered suggestions,…
 
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    When You Stop Believing in It, It Doesn't Go Away

  • Happy Birthday, Marvel Puzzle Quest

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

    Alexander Irvine
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    I confess that I hate this meme. Speaking as someone who has written a fair number of books, I can tell you that a) authors don't always know what they mean; b) even when we think we do, the book is often doing something else that we don't notice until readers point it out for us later; and c) once a book is out in the world, readers' understanding of it matters more than whatever I might think I meant at the time.This is a thoroughly stupid and reductive meme. It's fundamentally hostile to what literature is all about.There. I feel better.
  • Coming Up: Eight Books in Six Months

    Alexander Irvine
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    Here's a rundown of what I've got coming out between now and March...Season 2 of Sleepy Hollow is just around the corner, and to get you warmed up for it, here's The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane, out today!Also, next month you'll be able to pick up the Marvel Vehicles Owner's Workshop Manual...Then in November, it'll be Captain America and Iron Man kicking off the Phase One series of young-reader adaptations of the Marvel Cinematic Universe... Then in January, Hulk and Thor keep Phase One going, while my prose adaptation of Secret Wars also hits shelves... Then in March, the…
  • Marvel Secret Wars Novel

    Alexander Irvine
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Here's the catalog page for the Secret Wars prose novel I just finished up...coming January 20!
  • Covers to Marvel Phase One Books

    Alexander Irvine
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    Take a look at these beauties. I'm writing a series of middle-reader novelizations of the Marvel Phase One movies, taken directly from the films themselves rather than the scripts. This has meant watching the movies again a whole bunch of times. (My job's pretty miserable.) I'm working on the fifth book right now, but here are the covers for the first four:  Pretty cool, right?
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    Nicholas Kaufmann's Journal

  • Sunday Reading Reminder

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    In case you missed the earlier announcements, I’ll be reading from Die and Stay Dead this Sunday as part of the Writers Read NYC series! WRITERS READ NYC The Sidewalk Cafe 96 Avenue A (at 6th Street) 6 PM (doors open at 5:30) If you’re coming, please try to get there at 5:30. These readings fill up fast! Joining me will be author Gene Albertelli, poet Marcia Loughran, and essayist Malcolm McNeill. There is a $5 cover charge. I will have personal copies of Die and Stay Dead with me to sell and sign, but as I’ve mentioned before, it would be even more helpful if you bought…
  • Demons and Catwomen

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    I have a guest post over at SF Signal about demons in pop culture that I think readers will get a kick out of. Here’s a snippet: You could be forgiven for thinking most demons in pop culture are little girl-possessing Pazuzu clones — hell, in the 1970s and ’80s the Italian film industry produced an entire subgenre of cheap, lurid Exorcist rip-offs because it was so immensely popular at the time — but in actuality, there are plenty of examples in entertainment of demons as corporeal creatures with their own bodies and no need for anyone else’s, thank you very much. One of…
  • Where to Find Me at the World Fantasy Convention

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    World Fantasy 2014 is a-comin’, folks! November 6th through 9th in Washington, D.C., and I’ll be there! The convention has finally announced its programming schedule, and it looks like I’m on a panel Saturday night, during prime bar time. That’s what I get for being a late registrant! But if you’re not in the mood for drinking and socializing, here’s where you can find me: The Myriad Faces of Dragons Time: 8pm-9pm, Nov. 8, Washington Panelists: Michael A. Stackpole, Marie Brennan, Nicholas Kaufmann, James Maxey (M), Naomi Novik Description: Dragons are…
  • Horns

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    Horns by Joe Hill My rating: 5 of 5 stars At the heart of Joe Hill’s dark fable sits a bittersweet love story about Ignatius Perrish and Merrin Williams, whose tragic death is the catalyst for both the story and the hero’s transformation. It’s a deeply sad novel, and upsetting at times, but Hill is such a good writer that he guides you through these emotions so skillfully. The characters and their relationships ring authentic, which helps ground the story in the face of its more absurdist supernatural elements. Touching, sad, darkly funny at times, and very effective, this…
  • The Scariest Part: Erik Williams Talks About DEMON

    International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    Welcome to this week’s installment of The Scariest Part, a recurring feature in which authors, comic book writers, filmmakers, and game creators tell us what scares them in their latest works of horror, dark fantasy, dark science fiction, and suspense. (If you’d like to be featured on The Scariest Part, please review the guidelines here.) My guest is Erik Williams, whose latest novel is Demon. Here’s the publisher’s description: Mike Caldwell is a CIA assassin who thinks he’s finally got a real case to work on. At a remote construction site in Iraq, something deadly…
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  • "Gods and Monsters"

    greygirlbeast
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    In the land of Gods and Monsters,I was an AngelLiving in the garden of evil.Screwed up, scared, doing anything that I neededShining like a fiery beacon.You got that medicine I need –Fame, liquor, love – give it to me slowly.Put your hands on my waist, do it softly.Me and God, we don't get along so now I sing.No one's gonna take my soul away;I'm living like Jim Morrison,Headed towards a fucked up holiday.Motel sprees, sprees, and I'm singing"Fuck yeah, give it to me. This is heaven. What I trulywant."It's innocence lost.Innocence lost.In the land of Gods and MonstersI was an AngelLooking…
  • "Me and God, we don't get along. So, now I sing..." (Wolf's Breath)

    greygirlbeast
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Yeah, so...I hate having to go to the doctor first fucking thing, hardly awake, looking like a junky who hasn't fixed in three days, so I can be tapped for however much fucking blood they needed. The sky today looks like stock footage from The Road. Rubber tourniquets and needles and vials of hemoglobin under of post-apocalyptic sky. Who doesn't want to begin her day that way?Where was I?Jessica Lange singing Lana De Rey, that's where I was. Fucking wow. So far, Season Four of American Horror Story is managing not to go off the rails. Can Ryan Murphy keep that up? We'll see. Meanwhile, it's a…
  • "...and the men who watch them, like hungry black eels."

    greygirlbeast
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Thanks to that horrid little bitch Seroquel, I sleep much better these days than I did this time last year. But something went wrong last night. At best, at the very best, I got five hours of sleep, shallow, restless sleep. And I feel it. Maybe it was tension from the wind yesterday. Wind can wind my nerves up like they were only rubber bands in the fingers of children. Maybe it was something else. The storm has mostly pass on north and west, but yesterday it was fairly impressive. At one point, we had wind gusting to nearly fifty miles and hour, and the rain seemed constant. NOAA says we had…
  • "Mary, you're covered in roses, you're covered in ashes, you're covered in rain."

    greygirlbeast
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    This bit from a piece on the upcoming WFC (at the online half of Weird Fiction Review) was rather nice to see: "Beloved weird author Caitlín R. Kiernan was nominated for The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories – a fantastic collection that validates Kiernan’s role as one of weird fiction’s most talented living writers." Every now and again I need a little word or twelve of kindness. I hope you'll understand that failing in me.I'm so far behind, I've become the proverbial Ouroboros. I'm choking on my ass, and the deadlines tower like a leaning Mount Everest, ever ready to lose the war with…
  • "Hey kids, rock and roll. Nobody tells you where to go, baby."

    greygirlbeast
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Cloudy today. Currently, it's 59˚F.Yesterday I wrote a little over one thousand words on "The Green Abyss." It's a dream piece, which is to say it isn't a story in the commonly accepted sense. But it seems to be coming along well. I hope to finish it this afternoon.I was beginning to think maybe I was reading too much into Sons of Anarchy, that maybe I was only imagining all those elements of Macbeth and Hamlet. Then we reached the end of Season Four, which has a two-part finale titled "To Be, Act 1" and "To Be, Act 2." Turns out, it seems to be public knowledge that the show's creator, Kurt…
 
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    Mindy Klasky - Virtual Cocktails

  • My Own Private World Series

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

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

    Mindy Klasky
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Well, I’m a year older now. Okay, technically, I’m a day older than I was yesterday, and three days older than I was on October 12, my official birthday.  But you know what I mean. This year, we decided to take advantage of a relative’s kind offer, and we spent my birthday (and a long weekend!) at the beach — Duck, North Carolina, on the Outer Banks.  We typically go down there once or twice a year, usually in the heart of winter.  Duck is a wonderful place off season — nearly deserted, with most businesses closed up tight, with nearly no one on the beach, and…
  • Urgent! Hurry! Act Now!

    Mindy Klasky
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Tomorrow (October 14) is the last day EVER when you will be able to buy Playing for Passion, the USA Today bestselling boxed set of ***twelve*** sports-themed romances, all for just $0.99. The set includes the first volume of my Diamond Brides series, Perfect Pitch.  You know you want to read these books.  So get out there and buy your set today.  Because by Wednesday?  It’ll be too late! Buy now:  Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo   Mirrored from Mindy Klasky, Author.
  • Compare and Contrast (Book Releases, That Is)

    Mindy Klasky
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    Well, this is rather odd.  I have two books releasing today, and I don’t think it’s possible for any author to have two more different books hitting the market simultaneously. First up:  DARKBEAST REBELLION, by Morgan Keyes (that’s, um, me.) This is the paperback version of my middle grade fantasy novel, second in the DARKBEAST series.  Here’s the back-of-the-book blurb: Keara, her friend Goran, and the wily old actor, Taggart, are fleeing for their lives. They have all spared their darkbeasts, the creatures that take on their darker deeds and emotions and lift…
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    Mary Robinette Kowal

  • Gender and writing for Defense Grid 2

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:21 pm
    I recently wrote for my first game, Defense Grid 2, by Hidden Path Entertainment. When I turned in the script and got notes back about structure, there was one that stood out. “Make sure not to use gendered language to refer to the player. We want to make sure that everyone feels included.” Let me just point that out again. We want to make sure everyone feels included. You know how hard that was to accomplish? I had to swap out one word. One. Word. But it reminded me to think about it with everything else I wrote for them. Mind you, I’m someone who usually does, but it…
  • Writing Excuses 9.43: Writing Mysteries

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Live from Westercon 67 and Fantasy Con, Mette Ivie Harrison and J.R. Johannson join us to talk about writing for the mystery genre. We begin by talking about the key differences between thrillers and mysteries, and then move into how this understanding can drive our story structures. We discuss how characters with arcs and iconic characters drive different types of stories, and how each of us go about building these kinds of things. via Writing Excuses 9.43: Writing Mysteries » Writing Excuses. The post Writing Excuses 9.43: Writing Mysteries appeared first on Mary Robinette Kowal.
  • Want to see the original Glamour in Glass outline and the synopsis with which we sold it?

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Yesterday, I posted the Shades of Milk and Honey outline. Today, I have two things for you. First, is the synopsis with which we sold Glamour in Glass. Now, I need to be clear that this was part of a two book deal and that even now when I’m selling a new book to a publisher with whom I have an established relationship, that I write a significantly more detailed synopsis. In the reprieve after Napoleon abdicates, Jane and Vincent go to the continent for their honeymoon. While there, the deposed Emperor escapes his exile in Elba, throwing the continent into turmoil.  With no easy…
  • A brief list of my events between now and the end of the year.

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Want to see me Live! In Person! Here’s where I’ll be between now and the end of the year. Chicago: Tues, Oct 21, 2014 – Story Club south Side, 8pm, Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 South Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60607 Surrey, BC: Fri, Oct 24-Mon, Oct 27, 2014 – Surrey International Writers’ Conference, Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, 15269 104th Ave, Surrey, BC, Canada V3R 1N5 Chicago: Sat, Nov 1, 2014 – Chicago Humanities Festival: Chicks Dig Time Lords, 1:30pm, School of the Art Institute of Chicago Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603…
  • Want to see the original outline for Shades of Milk and Honey?

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
    I know a lot of you are getting ready to begin NaNoWriMo. I’ve mentioned before that I wrote Shades of Milk and Honey for it. I’ve also mentioned before that I had planned a completely different ending for the novel. COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. Since this was the first time I’d written to an outline, I stuck with it through the end of November, even though I had a sense that I wanted the novel to be doing different things. At the end of the month, I read my 50k words, thought “Yep” and tossed 20k to get back to the point where I was still excited. In subsequant…
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    Justine Larbalestier

  • Accompanying Scott on his tour of the USA

    Justine
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    I’ve not been blogging much because I’m accompanying Scott on his Afterworlds tour. So far we’ve been to Raleigh, Lexington, Louisville, Philadelphia, Washington DC, St Louis, Chicago and Milwaukee. And there’s much more to come. Check out the rest of the tour here. I’d be delighted to sign anything you want signed but mostly I’m just happy to say hi and chat. We’ve had many adventures so far including staying in what I swear was a haunted hotel. Uncannily cold temperatures? Check. Eerie cold winds that came rushing out of the elevators/lifts? Check.
  • The Habit of Getting Ideas and Turning Them into Story

    Justine
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    I no longer dread the question “Where do you get your ideas?” That’s because I finally figured out the answer. Don’t get me wrong I’ve answered it a million times over my more than ten year career as a writer. I’ve nattered on about brain monkeys, ends of rainbows, stealing ideas from Maureen Johnson, ideas not being that important, blah blah blah. The actual answer does not involve light bulbs or muses or brain monkeys or Maureen Johnson. Well, not directly. My true answer involves lots of work. I apologise for the lack of glamour. Here’s what I…
  • No More Bestselling Women’s Book Club This Year

    Justine
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Apologies to those reading along with us but alas, travel, deadlines, and sundry other things have crashed down upon Kate Elliott and I and we will not be doing the book club for the next few months. We hope to resume next year. In the meantime you can find our discussions of the books we’ve already read here. Thanks to all who’ve been taking part. We’ve learnt a lot.
  • Books That Changed Me

    Justine
    6 Sep 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Today the Sydney Morning Herald is running my entry in their long-running Books That Changed Me series. I struggled mightily to get it down to four. Especially as they initially told me I could name five. There are too many books that have changed me! Too many books that I love with every fibre of my being! The four that made the cut: Kylie Tennant’s Foveaux (1939) is a novel that reads like history. Like geography. Almost geology. It’s slow, there’s no plot to speak of, it’s everything I don’t like about literary novels. I love it. Tennant lays bare Surry Hills…
  • The Internet is Also Real Life

    Justine
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    The distinction between Real Life and the internet is frequently made. Particularly by people for whom the internet is not a big, or in some cases any, part of their social lives. But the internet is not on a different planet. It’s right here on Earth it was created by people and is made up of people just like Sydney or New York City or Timbuktu. The internet is a huge part of my life, and has been since the early 1990s, when I was first introduced to the weird and wonderful World Wide Web. Oh, the glory of it. I remember my very first email address. Hard to believe now, but back then…
 
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    SF and Nonsense

  • Two worthy SFnal causes

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

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Over a recent twelve-day period I:gave a talk at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of many of their projects involved with nanotech. took part in a 100 Year Starship Symposium and, in the process, was a panelist for Science Fiction Stories Night.attended a lecture on the state of fusion energy research, cosponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the National Electronics Museum.Six days out of twelve immersed in cutting-edge science. Some days, I just love my job…
  • Slightly larger Small Miracles

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    I'm pleased to report that my medical nanotech thriller, Small Miracles, briefly out of print (and also electrons), was just re-released in a classy, trade paperback edition. And that new edition comes graced with an eye-catching new cover. Back in printWhat's Small Miracles about? Well, I blogged about that in 2009 when the original HB came out ("Small Miracles") and again in 2010 when the mass market paperback hit the streets ("Real nanotech. Real medicine. And zombies."). But in a buckyball (a nano nutshell, if you prefer) Small Miracles is a near-future, post-human thriller based upon the…
  • Re-Energized

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    That is to say, my energy-crisis, the-Russians-are-up-to-no-good, all-too-timelynovel Energized was re-released today in its mass-market paperback edition.In HB, PB, ebook, audio formatsA miscalculation has tainted the world's major oil fields with radioactivity and plunged the Middle East into chaos. The few countries still able to export oil and natural gas—Russia chief among them—have a stranglehold on the global economy.Then, from the darkness of space, comes Phoebe. Rather than divert the massive asteroid, America captures it into Earth orbit to mine it for materials with which to…
  • Bit by bit

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    Today, a cornucopia of computing consequences ... A calculating mind ...?Last June I posted ("Less than meets the AI") about the program that "passed" the Turing test, and that this milestone seemed more a demonstration of natural gullibility than of artificial intelligence. Hence, I was pleased to read about an improved -- and more meaningful -- proposed test of a program's intelligence. See (from IEEE Spectrum), "Can Winograd Schemas Replace Turing Test for Defining Human-Level AI?"Conceptually, the Turing Test is still valid, but we need a better practical process for testing artificial…
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    The Days Are Just Packed

  • Novel ARABELLA OF MARS and two sequels sold to Tor

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:49 pm
    I am extremely pleased to report that my "Regency Interplanetary Airship Adventure" novel Arabella of Mars has sold to prominent SF publisher Tor in a three-book deal. The first volume will be published in late 2015 or early 2016, with two sequels to follow at yearly intervals.Arabella Ashby is a Patrick O'Brian girl in a Jane Austen world -- born and raised on Mars, she was hauled back home by her mother, where she's stifled by England's gravity, climate, and attitudes toward women. When she learns that her evil cousin plans to kill her brother and inherit the family fortune, she joins the…
  • Two events for readers in Portland this weekend

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    This weekend (October 18-19, 2014) I will be appearing at two events for readers in Portland, Oregon: Story Con and Stumptown Lit.Story Con is a one-day readers' convention, "laser-focused on helping book lovers find their next great book." It features over 30 local authors doing readings, signings, and panels, and will be held at the Vancouver Community Library from 10:30 to 4:30 on October 18. I will be doing a reading at 10:30, a signing at 11:30, and will otherwise be hanging out most of the day.Stumptown Lit is Oregon Writers Colony's fall festival for readers and writers. It features…
  • 60 minutes to escape!

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    "Room Escape" is a genre of casual online game, originating in Japan, in which you wake up in a room and must search for clues and solve puzzles in order to escape it. Kate's a big fan of this type of game, so when I found out that a live-action version was launching in Portland I snagged tickets as soon as I could."Spark of Resistance" (http://www.60minutes.to/) is an interactive game, or possibly a theatrical experience, which takes place in a small room in an industrial space on the Portland riverfront. Up to 8 players at a time are locked into this room, with a 60-minute clock to figure a…
  • Support Greg Bear - preorder WAR DOGS from Powell's

    2 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    As you may have heard, Seattle SF author Greg Bear recently had emergency cardiac surgery and spent a week in the hospital. The surgery went well and he is home and recovering, but he will not be able to tour or do other promotion for his brand new book War Dogs. Also, because of the ongoing Amazon-Hachette dispute, War Dogs cannot be pre-ordered from Amazon. However, it can be pre-ordered from Powell's (http://www.powells.com/biblio/62-9780316072830-0) as well as Seattle’s University Bookstore, Mysterious Galaxy, and Barnes and Noble.Greg is a fabulous writer and has always been friendly…
  • Several sales to report

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Holy cow, I have been incredibly remiss in sharing my good writing news. I've made the following sales in the past couple of months:Steampunk romantic fantasy novelette "Liaisons Galantes: A Scientific Romance," which originally appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies #108, resold to ebook anthology The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Year Five, already available.Horror story "Goat Eyes" sold to Black Static #42, out very soon.Post-robot-holocaust story "Mammals" sold to Analog, forthcoming.Asteroid mining story "Malf" sold to anthology Mission: Tomorrow, forthcoming in 2015.And the really big…
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    Paul Levinson's Infinite Regress

  • The Affair 1.2: Time Travel!

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    No, there wasn't any actual time travel in last night's The Affair 1.2, but Noah was sure talking about it to Allison in a pivotal scene, and he got the multiple worlds solution to the grandfather paradox just right, kudos to the writers.  (See my 2-minute explanation of this business on Vidoyen earlier this year.)Meanwhile, there was an important convergence of the Noah and Allison renditions of the story of their affair near the end, when, for the first time, it's clear that Allison is as attracted to Noah as he is to her.  When he tells her he's been thinking about her all…
  • Boardwalk Empire Penultimate: Taking Care of Business

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Well, in its next to last episode, Boardwalk Empire served up the most powerful episode of the season - one of the most powerful of the entire series - in which all kinds of business was taken care of and closed.First, though, I've got to say that the meeting between Nucky and Lucky, and all the guns on either side, was handled incredibly ineptly by Nucky's side.   He allowed himself to be out-argued, out-maneuvered, and out-gunned.  And the truth was that there was no reason that Lucky wouldn't have killed Nucky's nephew even after Eli led the assault and killed Maranzano.
  • Homeland 4.4: Carrie's Counterpart

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Two especially important developments in Homeland 4.4:First, we meet Carrie's counterpart in the Pakistani Intelligence.  She's beautiful, intelligent, and clearly archly manipulative - just like Carrie, except she has a thick head of black rather than blonde hair.   We can surmise that later this season, the two will have a confrontation.  And this season will animated by their moves and countermoves.   For now, Carrie's opposite has expertly blackmailed the professor who's the American ambassador's husband.   A good opening move in the chess game.Meanwhile, Carrie…
  • The Cast of The Wire at the Paley Center

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Here is a video of a panel that took place the other day at the Paley Center for Media in New York City.  The panel featured prominent cast members from The Wire.  At a little over an hour, this is the best panel I've ever seen - in this case, online - but also in person.Watching this also cemented my view that The Wire is the single best show ever to have been on television.   I don't say that lightly - in their own ways, The Sopranos, 24, Breaking Bad, other shows including and even Lost in its good moments were superb.   But none quite compare to The Wire, for reasons…
  • Bones 10.4: Brennan and Angela on a Bench in the Playground

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:17 pm
    My favorite scene in Bones 10.4 is the title of this review: Brennan and Angela on a Bench in the Playground.   It was such a perfect scene that I figured I'd devote most of the review to it.They're both in fine form, reminiscing about what they used to talk about when they were together like this, and what they talk about now.  It was sex, then - but this gives Bones a chance to pipe up about what a good time she had last night with Booth, in her charming, endearing way.The kids are in the playground, too - of course they are, that's why Bones and Angela are there. Bones tells…
 
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    Holly Lisle: Official Author Homepage »

  • Something Fun: The Whole First Chapter of the Longview 1 Audiobook

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

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

    Holly
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Tweet This runs about an hour, and this time there are only a few seconds of dead. The How To Write A Series Class
  • Cool free stuff for you during my Birthday Week

    Holly
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Tweet I turn 54 this week. I’ll have a post on that in a couple days, but for today, I have some presents for you. Today (Monday, Oct 6, 2014—through Monday, October 13, 2014) Readers: For every fiction book you buy from my shop for $5.99, I’ll give you one $2.99 book free. Astute readers will have already noticed that there are 8 books for 5.99, and only 6 for $2.99. So if you buy more than SIX fiction books, you also get your choice of ONE of the following: Character Clinic, Plot Clinic, Language Clinic, Culture Clinic, World Clinic, Page-Turning Scenes. To get them, set…
  • How To Write A Series Expansion: Module Two Kick-Off Chat–Course Questions and Story Brainstorming

    Holly
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    Tweet Skip forward to 1:28 on the video. The start is me wondering why no one is in the classroom yet, and trying to figure out if I had something set incorrectly. In this unusually small How To Write A Series chat group, we ran out of lesson questions almost immediately, so we moved on to story brainstorming. This was a lot of fun, and I hope you get some pointers on developing your own series from this Question & Answer chat. How To Write A Series Class
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    Nick Mamatas

  • Nickronomicon countdown, Phantasm Japan Q/A

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Some little Facebook blurb pre-reviews for The Nickronomicon:Scott R. Jones read the new novelette in the book, "On the Occasion of My Retirement" and...it made him giddy.Jason Wayne "My Middle Name Doesn't Make Me a Serial Killer" Allen posted last night:"...a masterpiece by a legend." I'll take it.The pre-sale sends on Halloween. We blew past our goal a while ago and are still moving toward 200, which would be great to hit. Amazon normally doesn't discount micropress titles so heavily, so if you want the book for under eleven bucks, this is the last week you'll be able to get it.Ebook…
  • Nearly One

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Oliver will be a year old in a couple of weeks. It's been quite a year, and all I can really say about it is one, he's such an even-tempered boy that he's done a lot more to make things run smoothly than I have, and two I turned out to be the only one who doesn't use his nickname "Opie"* despite being the one who coined it.We live in a thoroughly middle-class milieu out here, and kiddie birthday parties are almost perfect expressions of petit bourgeois anxieties. The trick is to be almost stupidly extravagant toward a child who would just as happily spend an hour in a puddle of mud while also…
  • Not at World Fantasy, But Will Be Talked About

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    I won't be at the World Fantasy Convention next month, but my name does appear on a panel on Saturday.Historical People in FantasyTime: 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Tidewater 2Panelists: Eileen Gunn (M), David B. Coe, Jack Dann, Jean Marie Ward, Rick WilberDescription: When using Samuel Adams, Joseph Warren, or perhaps one of the most used names, Nikola Tesla and other real people as characters in fiction, what liberties can authors take and what holes do they have to fill? How close to the real Jack Kerouac does Nick Mamatas get in Move Under Ground? What do creators owe to history, especially…
  • Tuesday Sick Notes

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    Home sick today. A hazard of eating in a college town's restaurants a lot.Oliver got his first haircut–a quick hack away at the front bangs that were covering his face. See?Speaking of, Olivia's Book Bonding tumblr has been updated, for those interested in reading books to infants and toddlers.Speaking of books—man, we're rockin' with these segues—we're past 100 pre-orders for The Nickronomicon and we're still taking pre-orders. Hard copies can be had direct from the publisher at a 20 percent discount here, and various ebook systems have come on line at either $4.99 or $5.00 on the…
  • RIP Ox Baker

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Work or shoot?
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    Not A Blog

  • The Ice Dragon coming out today with New Art

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today Tor is releasing THE ICE DRAGON back out into the wide world with brand new art by LUIS ROYO.This message was brought to you by the Minions of Fevre River.
  • No Fun

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    The NFL was certainly the No Fun League for me this week.The Jets lost on Thursday to the despised New England Patriots.  The Giants lost yesterday to the hated Dallas Cowboys.  So not only did both of my teams go down, but they went down to their most bitter rivals, two teams I loathe.  Gak.The Jets played a much better game than most expected, it must be said.  Rex Ryan is a terrific coach, but I fear he is going to be fired at the end of this season.  He shouldn't be.  The fault is not his.  The GM has simply not given him enough to work with. …
  • More Interviews

    10 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Here are some more interviews, from my summer travels.First, one more from San Diego Comicon, this one mainly about the Avengers and their profound influence on my work:From the Edinburgh Book Festival:Here's one from London, before worldcon.More London, after worldcon:And here's a big one, my post-con event with Jane Johnson and Robin Hobb at London's Freemason Hall:Last, but definitely not least, is a radio interview I did with Mahvesh Murad, a charming young journalist / dj/ talk show host from Pakistan. What made this one fresh and different was that Mahvesh invited me to select ten…
  • Wheels

    4 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Had a great time last weekend at the Santa Fe Concorso, the biggest auto show in the southwest. I love old cars (our family never had enough money to own a car when I was a kid, so I walked and rode the bus and assembled plastic models of cars when other kids were building fighter planes), and there were some amazing ones on display.The best of show can be seen on the Concorso's website, here: http://santafeconcorso.com/about.htmlBeautiful cars, no doubt, though there were so many on display that I would have been hard pressed to pick if I had been a judge.I did take pictures of some of my…
  • New York, New York... and Providence Too

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:32 pm
    October has arrived, the leaves are turning, and I am headed east.The U.S. hardcover of THE WORLD OF ICE & F IRE is scheduled for release on October 28, and Bantam is bringing me to New York to help launch it. I will be making an appearance on the Seth Meyers show on Tuesday, October 28 and doing an event at the 92nd street Y with Laura Miller on Sunday,October 26. http://www.92y.org/Event/George-R-R-Martin.aspxTickets for the latter are still available, but they are going fast, so if you want one, move quickly. I will be signing a thousand copies of THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE for the Y, and the…
 
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    Dogslandia

  • All the Roads are Haunted

    11 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    I wrote a thing for a site called GrumpTroll.I don't think we have anything else up there, yet. Presumably, we will be doing weekly stuff?Anyway... It's a bit of a rehash of ideas from previous blogposts that were the firstdrafteryfodder of some longer stuff.http://grumptroll.wordpress.com/2014/10/04/all-the-roads-are-haunted/We’ve all seen the little crosses and corsages left standing, undisturbed, along the highways and byways of the world. One of the great miseries and mysteries of humanity is the automobile. We climb into our little, mobile living pods, and rev powerful engines, take to…
  • One of the nice things about art versus firefighting or plumbing...

    10 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    The consequences for failure - in this case a failed kickstarter - is very slight. No one died. No one lost anything.The book still comes out, except without pre-orders and without bonus extras, in December/January.Thanks to everyone who pitched in a little. I love you all, and I am very grateful to know that you're out there and you have my back.
  • Just one more week!

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    Kickstarting is exciting. One more week left, and already so much closer to the goal, I turn to the interwebs and request assistance both with donations, and with spreading the word. My backers who have already participated, I thank you and promise you that your rewards will be swift if and when the time comes for them.Still, with over a thousand dollars left to go, the difficulty is real. Overcoming this large amount in such a small time will require courage and tenacity and luck and money and...Well, mostly money. If you were waiting to see what would happen, please don't wait much longer.
  • R.I.P. Eugie Foster

    27 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    Jesus, what just happened? She was only 42!I knew her a bit. We did things as authors together at conventions and panels. She was way too nice to die so young, with so many stories unwritten. She was extremely good. She was the kind of person that you wish you were smart enough, cool enough, to hang with. She was brilliant, sharp, and erudite. She was glamorous. She gave off an aura of leading a cooler life than most people dared to dream about. She was the kind of person whom you could imagine discovering at a secret party, somewhere, where the beasts of the city ran wild in the dark. She…
  • Guest Posting Elsewhere, for a Kickstarter

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    As you all know, I am kickstarting.http://jrvogt.com/guest-post-j-m-mcdermott-on-megacorps-cinderella-and-his-latest-kickstarter-endeavor/J. R. Vogt was kind enough to let me borrow his megaphone for a day, and I thank him for it.Please, do consider passing the link around, and letting everyone know. I am kickstarting. The clock is ticking, and we're not even 50% of the way!
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    Robin McKinley

  • Last flash

    Robin
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
      I almost wrote ‘slash’ and remembered that this could be misinterpreted in Today’s Internet . . . I just now had a last crash, then, through last night’s reddit AMA, answering most of the latecomers and adding a few twirly bits to earlier conversations.  If anyone’s interested.  The Nice Man sent me some figures today and said that it was a good AMA and I’m glad he thought so because it seemed pretty good to me but then most of the posters wanted to tell me how great my books are and that does kind of sway a writer’s attitude. . . . Thanks…
  • AMA link is live

    Robin
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
      Anyone in England who doesn’t stay up late, or anyone in America who has other plans for the evening, or anyone in [insert other part of the world] who can’t make the official AMA live time for whatever reason good and  significant to you, you can post questions NOW. Reddit – Robin McKinley AMA Niall has convinced me I really need to go bell ringing tonight, but as the AMA intro says I’ll be back later to answer questions.  Having a look at the ones already up . . . I may have blog material for the next several years . . . . THANKS, ALL YOU ASKERS. PS:  And…
  • Ask me anything*

    Robin
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:22 pm
      I’m doing one of reddit fantasy’s Ask Me Anything, AMA, sessions this Thursday, the day after tomorrow [as I write during what is to me still Tuesday night]. The poor suck—the nice man who originally invited me and is attempting to shepherd me through the technical aspects of this gig** says that if you go here:  http://www.reddit.com/r/fantasy . . . while you’re waiting you can poke around*** and when the AMA session goes ‘live’ at approximately noon (American) Central Time on Thursday the link will go up on that page. The game plan seems to be that I (or rather the Nice…
  • KES, 144

    Robin
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:21 pm
      ONE FORTY FOUR Claim me! What the—what the—claim me!  I was going home! They were going to get me to the—the multiplicitous Gate and I was going through it to where Sid was waiting.  And I wasn’t coming back here for six months out of every year either, whatever happened to Persephone. (All right, multiplicitous isn’t a word. But it should be.) I surged to my feet, thus discovering I could. It was a somewhat wavery surge as my wounded leg attempted to do its fifty percent of the bipedal situation leg thing and almost managed it while my brain clattered to a halt when my…
  • Oh, cool/hot/awesome/slang of the moment!

    Robin
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
      http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2014/oct/16/neil-gaiman-russell-brand-modern-fairytale-makeover-princess This is a really interesting article anyway full of stuff I need to check out but don’t miss the last paragraph.* And thanks for all the happy chirping noises about last night’s news.** Lenni Is it a bad thing that I already own The Blue Sword as an e-book? I would NEVER knowingly get a pirated copy of anyone’s book. That would be BAD! The e-book that I have looks very professionally done. I’m confused! I’ll have to get another copy (a legit? copy)…
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    MoonScape

  • Shattered Shields

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    This military fantasy anthology can be pre-ordered now, and ships on November 4; the e-ARC has been out awhile.Good reading for those who like epic and/or military fantasy (and for crossover fans of military SF, too.)   And yes, I have a story in it, so yes, this is a moment of bragging.  For those who read the Paksenarrion-universe books, my story is set in the same time period as Crown of Renewal, the book that came out in May of this year.No spoilers here, but I think you'll like a lot of the stories in this volume.  More info at…
  • Sock Progress

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The "lead" pair, Mountain Colors' "Indian Paintbrush" socks are both past the gussets and onto the foot, while the Herdwick socks are on the cuff ribbing, gaining 1-2 rows a day.This is the lighting angle that shows the colors of the Mountain Colors yarn the truest: at least two shades of red, rose, magenta, burgundy, and  purple.Going to the end of the picnic table and shooting it from the side, the color looks different--warmer than it really is, especially in the cuffs:Stitch definition is lovely with the Mountain Colors yarn, really showing off the Eye of…
  • Ebola: For Those Who Want to DO Something

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Thanks to a Twitter post by @kejames, a scientist I follow,  who posted this link to information for those who wanted to help with the Ebola situation in West Africa: http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/9/11/6131535/Ebola-outbreak-donate-charities-stopIt includes a link to this list of known, reliable, already-working-in-the-area organizations who have Ebola-related relief efforts ongoing in West Africa.  Links for online or mailed-in donations are given for each.   The website links explain each organization's range of…
  • Ebola: When the Lightbulb Doesn't Want to Change

    15 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital--the hospital that misdiagnosed Mr. Duncan in the Emergency Room and sent him home, and then--once he came back with Ebola diagnosed by a family member--not only did not save his life, but managed to allow two nurses to become infected with Ebola while treating him--is a member of a group of hospitals run by Texas Health Resources. "I don't think we have a systematic institutional problem," Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer of Texas Health Resources, told reporters, facing questions about the hospital's actions.Medical staff…
  • Ebola: Lessons Learned the Hard Way

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    We could start with the worst: those who rouse panic largely for their own gain: to make money, to get elected to or stay in public office, to get their faces on the front pages or a chance at being a talking head on TV, to raise the ratings of their network, TV station, radio station, blogsite, Twitter feed, etc, etc, etc.  But that bunch don't learn lessons--they simply take any problem, magnify it, and declare that it's someone else's fault (for the past six years, Obama's fault) and add it to their repertoire to bring up when they move on to the next problem they can…
 
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    Day in the Life of an Idiot

  • The Road to Hell is Paved with 'Oh F*ck What Did I Just Even...!"

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
     Last night, Mason and I recorded another podcast.  I started working on editing it and I thought I was going along just fine and then I did a REALLY STUPID THING, didn't save, quit the program, and LOST EVERYTHING.Yes, yes, I searched all the temporary and back-up files.  It's gone.  I did a really dumb thing. I do not what to talk about it, especially since it's one of those things that even as I did it I thought, "Wait, No!"However, it's easy enough to re-record. Mason and I always have such fun doing these that I plan to up-sell the idea of my royal…
  • Fish and stuff

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
     Who wants to see a picture of my new baby??Look at that majestic delta/fan tail.  So handsome.  I think I actually got a clearer picture of him, but this one really shows off that tail.  He was mugging actually.  He seemed to be looking at me saying, "This!  This is my good side, monkey!  Take the shot!"This, of course, is in between bouts of trying chase off that SUPER-HANDSOME other betta he keeps seeing in the reflection of the tank.Anyway, he yet lives, so, as a reward, you can now see all of his Awesome.In other news, I got a 99% on the quiz…
  • New Chapter and Glory Lives (for now)

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    I write so many things these days I'm sure it's hard to follow along, but, if you ARE following the School for Wayward Demons (looking at you, Frank G.) there is a new chapter up:  Gabe Sees Demons... And They See Him. Today's story is the introduction of one of "my" characters, Gabe Herrara.  The story also features art by Alexis Cooke: If you didn't know, we actually have TWO artists working on the School for Wayward Demons.  So far, you've mostly seen the work of Mandie Brasington, but today, we not only get Gabe's debut, but Alexis' too.  This is just a…
  • Fish Obsession!

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:07 pm
     If you're reading this on Dreamwidth, you'll see I added a new icon:I plan to use this one to alert readers that I'm writing about my new fish (more on that in a second).  This is Makoto from Free! All the Free! Iwatobi Swim Club members have iconic/totem animals.  For reasons that baffle me, kind-hearted Makoto has an orca, one of the single most brutal dolphins in the sea.  Orca are dolphins, they're called "Killer Whales" BECAUSE THEY KILL WHALES... sometimes just for sport, to watch them die. (If you want to be horrified about orcas, watch BBC's "Blue…
  • No. 6 - Dear Author Letter

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
     Fandom: no. 6 (anime & manga)Characters: anyPrompt/Notes: I haven't seen the anime, but don't let that stop you.  I'd read anything that explores this world more and the characters in it.  Honestly, I hadn't considered asking for this until someone put it on the list of fandoms, so if you're the person who put it out there and you have an idea you've been burring to write about--this is your request!  Because, really, I have no specific needs, just MOAR.  You can go dark, you can go silly, you can write a prequel about Nezumi's stage career or Inukashi's dog mom…
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    the essential kit

  • Captain America!

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    I have blogged less this month than I think I ever have. This is because I was first making fudge and then making a Captain America costume. Most of the fudge efforts have already been consumed (possibly my favourite comment: “It tastes like poetry.”), and the costume is now done. So yes. That’s what I’ve been doing. I have some vague hope of returning to more regular blogging in November. While I’m doing NNWM. #headdesk :) Share this:(x-posted from The Essential Kit)
  • the making of fudge

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    I have made just about All The Fudge In The World. I've added it up, and all told it's going to be 75 pounds (there are a couple left to do this weekend). That's a lot of fudge. A LOT of fudge. Here are the ingredients, from The Big Shopping Excursion: Prepping a 12 pound quadruple batch. This is NOT for the uninitiated: I came very close to screwing this up. Expert level fudge-maker only.This in no way conveys just how much fudge is on the platter. 12 pounds is a huge amount of fudge.The plate of fudge/previous picture holds as much as is in those two pans, plus another of the large pan's…
  • too busy to post

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    I'm at that stage again where I've got a backlog of posts I want to write and am apparently never going to get to them so I should let it go (let it go, can't hold me back anymore / which reminds me that yesterday Young Indiana pulled all my hair over one shoulder so I would be "like Elsa" and so this morning I said to him "should I braid my hair like Elsa's?" and he said yes and I did and he said "That's not like Elsa. Elsa's braid is on the other side." And I was like "...yes. yes it is, now that you mention it. CLOSE ENOUGH.")and make posts on other topics instead of mooping about the ones…
  • Here come the brides!

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    And grooms! Alaska will start issuing same-sex marriage licenses at 8am this morning, after US District Circuit Judge Timothy Burgess struck down the one-woman one-man amendment to Alaska’s constitution as illegal in a ruling yesterday afternoon following a hearing on Friday. This is not only a joy to me because it’s my home state, but because I have family involved in this case. I cannot wait to see pictures from the courthouse this morning. #sniffles all over everything Share this:(x-posted from The Essential Kit)
  • new Senyaza Kickstarter!

    8 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    guys guys GUYS guys guysI have been terribly remiss in shouting about Chrysoula Tzavelas's Senyaza Kickstarter. This is for her third book in the MATCHBOX GIRLS series, and I'm in the middle of reading it right now and it is so. good.Like, early on (because it's set in Seattle, mostly, sort of, and bcaus I'v got crossovers on my mind) I was reading and I tweeted to Soula that we should really do a Walker Papers/Senyaza crossover good.Then a couple hours later I was like "or maybe not because the glory of Soula's writing would make mine look like the pikersville it is and that would be…
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    Rickety Contrivances of Doing Good

  • Good Stewards

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

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

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

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

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

  • Eye See You

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

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

    2 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Cory Fujimoto, doing a little Pachelbel and Bach ...
  • Accidental Lead

    2 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    So, recent round at the Lehrer acoustic jam, the group started out small: A bass player, harmonica, conga drum (with a small high-hat), cello, and me, the lone ukeranger ...No guitars. Usually there are more guitars than everything else put together, but not so this time. One did show up after a bit, but it started out with me having to be the rhythm guy and singer. I was gonna write the chords on the white board, then realized nobody needed those except me. We cranked it up, played four or five songs, no hurry, and eventually the guitarist and a flutist showed up. A pretty…
  • Be Specific

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Reverend White was preaching the Sunday sermon down at the 1st Baptist Church Once Removed, and he wound for the big finish: "All right, then! Who wants to go to Heaven!"All the parishioners raised a hand—save one: Brother Brown.Reverend White frowned. Maybe Brother Brown hadn't heard him."I said, 'Who wants to go to Heaven?!"Same thing."Uh, Brother Brown?""Yessir?""Don't, uh, you want to go to Heaven when you die?""Oh, when I die, yessir.""Then how come you didn't raise your hand?""Well, Preacher, I thought you was gettin' up a group to go now ..."Here the example of somebody who wasn't…
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    Mike Philbin's free planet blog

  • Arx Pax Hendo - Marty McFly's singing-floating hover board arrives - the critics will pan it.

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    1) "...it's nothing like Marty McFly's actual Back to the Future hoverboard."2) "...and you'll need a metal road to ride it on."that's what the whining-moron critics will say... not realising that modern cars work sufficiently well on 'their' specially laid roads. All this'll take is a few sheets of metal laid over the tarmac surface of The Profit Empire's ever-crumbling road network and then all our cars are (rather noisy) FLOATING CARS. Then we can all live in the gorgeous target-advertised thought-crime-prevented future-prison-cities of Steven Spielberg's MINORITY REPORT. Hell, yeah! Sign…
  • Free Planet - touched by the hand of - show your Ancient God

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    of course there is no God.Why can't you'all see this? Oh, because you're'all afraid.Afraid there'll be no REDEMPTION without that glowing wonderful end moment where 'your god' takes you in his arms and forgives you (mankind) your sins, and everything is all kinds of fake-ass hunky-dory again and again until infinity wears down like an old record or tatters like a favourite party dress worn too many times.Fake-ass Religious-Redemption means YOU WILL NEVER DO ANYTHING with your one life - you will be forever waiting that perfect moment you've been promised by writers and comedians…
  • Free Planet, Free Planet, Free Planet - say it three times - before profit kills you all

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    eat, eat, eat...every day, THE PROFIT MAKING MACHINE commands that your children die in worthless wars for territory and asset; every day your children are ordered to fight other children in wars they have no comprehension of. Be they corporate war soldiers behind computer monitors or be they corporate war world soldiers behind pens that sign away treaties and countries ruined by all the above.Do you get this, yet?There is no other answer to the problems of humanity.Not science, not religion, not dogma, not slavery, not conformity, not rebellion.All these things pale into insignificance when…
  • Free Planet - Stop Profit - End Slavery

    18 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    not who you think it is..."Mike, how can stopping profit end slavery?" I'm glad you asked. First, let's look at a couple of Oxford Dictionary definitions.PROFIT:A financial gain, especially the difference between the amount earned and the amount spent in buying, operating, or producing something. [source OX DIC]SLAVERY:The practice or system of owning slaves: a condition of having to work very hard without proper remuneration or appreciation.[source OX DIC]So, what am I selling here? Selling? Nothing. This is Free Planet, did you forget? I'm simply making a valid point by juxtaposing two…
  • Humans Glow in Visible Light

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    a picture paints a thousand photons of human-emitted lightthat's what researchers from Kyoto University's Tohoku Institute of Technology found.WE GLOW.To learn more about this faint visible light, scientists in Japan employed extraordinarily sensitive cameras capable of detecting single photons. Five healthy male volunteers in their 20s were placed bare-chested in front of the cameras in complete darkness in light-tight rooms for 20 minutes every three hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for three days. The researchers found the body glow rose and fell over the day, with its lowest point at 10…
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    Tiny Godzilla

  • At the Fox Tale Tomorrow

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    No new word metrics today, just housework and a Target run. I'm now equipped with 20+ pounds of Halloween candy and a bunch of non-food (toy-type) treats for kids with allergies; and if the last couple of years can be any gauge, this ought to keep us going for maybe 3 hours. So...we might be forced to send out a search party for more, but if that happens, c'est la vie. After all, Halloween comes but once a year!UNRELATED, but also happening only once this year - tomorrow you can catch me with Delilah Dawson, Kevin Hearne, and Molly Harper at the Fox Tale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, Georgia. One…
  • You got to pick up every stitch

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Here's recent progress on my modern gothic ghost story about a salvage crew trapped in a doomed southern mansion - now with a crunchy murder ballad center and Bonus! clandestine cemetery where the stones don't match the bodies (and were never meant to). As inspired by a (semi)true local legend:Project: The Family PlotDeadline: January 15, 2015New words written: 4357 (2-day total)Present total word count: 42,406Things accomplished in fiction: Had a nice(?) chat with a nice(?) old lady, who obliquely explains what the hell might be going on; started breaking down the barn, and found an old…
  • The fires found a home in me

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Hey everyone who's been asking me about signed/personalized copies of books: This coming Saturday, you can catch me at the FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, Georgia (near Atlanta) - along with some other fine folks. And the FoxTale is taking orders! Just call 770-516-9989 to have a little word with them, and make your requests.Did I mention that they ship?WELL THEY DO.So even if you can't attend the event in person, you can still get signed books from me, Delilah Dawson, Kevin Hearne, and Molly Harper.Here's today's progress on my modern gothic ghost story about a salvage crew trapped in a…
  • Like smoke I hung around

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Any chance...? And I PROMISE I'll stop asking after Halloween. That's my cutoff. I swear.Maplecroft at AmazonMaplecroft on KindleMaplecroft at iTunesMaplecroft at B&N (Nook and trade paperback)Maplecroft at your local bookseller via IndieBoundMaplecroft at GoodreadsHere's recent progress on my modern gothic ghost story about a salvage crew trapped in a doomed southern mansion - now with a crunchy murder ballad center and Bonus! clandestine cemetery where the stones don't match the bodies (and were never meant to). As inspired by a (semi)true local legend:Project: The Family PlotDeadline:…
  • I gazed a gazely stare at all the millions here

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Here's recent progress on my modern gothic ghost story about a salvage crew trapped in a doomed southern mansion - now with a crunchy murder ballad center and Bonus! clandestine cemetery where the stones don't match the bodies (and were never meant to). As inspired by a (semi)true local legend:Project: The Family PlotDeadline: January 15, 2015New words written: 1941 (2-day total)Present total word count: 33,715Things accomplished in fiction: Found a cool old photo album; got breakfast; took a phone call; learned that spooky things have long been afoot at the old Withrow place.Things…
 
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  • “Eternal Treblinka of the Spotless Soul: Bête by Adam Roberts”

    Adam Roberts
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    That most excellent critic Niall Alexander has reviewed Bête (in slightly spoilery mode) over at Tor.com. Snip: "This, then, is not some novelty novel, but a fully-fledged philosophical fable for our age. Affectionate albeit barbed, far-fetched yet oddly plausible, and dark, but not without a certain spark, Bête is as smart and as satisfying and as challenging as anything any of the Adam Robertses have written."
  • ‘Books And Such’ reviews Bête

    Adam Roberts
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    "When I started reading this I suspected that the novelty of talking animals would be the basis of the whole book and there would be little substance thereafter but I was completely wrong. Bête is a fantastic work of fiction that is funny, insightful and more importantly…important! Focusing on real life issues that we face today, this is a work of genius that I thoroughly enjoyed.'
  • Stuff Magazine too!

    Adam Roberts
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    Very nice.
  • Starburst review Bête

    Adam Roberts
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    ... and it's a doozy. The last three paragraphs: "Graham, as narrator, is a character we can all identify with, a man who knows his flaws and accepts them as part of who he is. It’s a pleasure to read about him and, thanks to the skills of the author, we’re immersed in his journey rather than simply being told about it. There are moments of laugh-out-loud hilarity, yet when Graham feels pain, we feel it too; when he hurts, we hurt along with him, to the point of sharing his sadness. Be warned – there may be tears. As the novel progresses, society inevitably alters and adapts to the new…
  • SFX reviews Bête

    Adam Roberts
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
    Jon Courtenay Grimwood: four and a half stars. I'm delighted; Jon is one of the most astute critics (quite apart from being one of the best writers) of his generation. Over on twitter he said: "pretty sure I said where Professor Roberts and Adam Roberts meet. Certainly meant it." My cup runneth over.
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    Running Air

  • Home, for Certain Values Of...

    11 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    I spent last week in L.A. with my aunt and uncle, who are going through some medical stuff, partly doing logistics (what on earth does that paperwork actually mean? and let's not double or triple book all the doctors' appointments), partly doing errands (yes, I will remember the butter pecan ice cream), and partly cooking and making my aunt laugh.*  Around the edges, working on revising my resumes (one for admin, one for writing/editorial), and cruising job boards.  And I'm doing a re-read of all the Tolerance books, so as to create a bible of sorts, and making furious…
  • Looking for Work in All The Places

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    So I'm doing this job hunt thing.  Which is tedious, and goes against every instinct I have about self-promotion.  Plus, nothing like job-hunting to make my question my actual competence--for any job I'm interested in, my first thought is, "I don't have the skills," and my second is "I won't be able to do it."  Regardless of what my past experience is (generally, if I don't have the skills, I acquire them).  Plus: while I'm a hard-working sort, I'm not wildly ambitious.  "There's unlimited growth potential"…
  • The More Things Change

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    And as it turns out, I will not be going to L.A. this weekend (giving my long-suffering and wonderful aunt a little time to not-be-hosting-helpful-but-right-there-underfoot-me).  So I will throw myself into work!  Of which there is plenty to do, God wot.
  • And Onward

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    Convolution, for a small, brand-new con, was fun, with some thoughtful and interesting panels (including the one I did with Juliette Wade and Marie Brennan on Social Worldbuilding, which wandered all over the landscape of the topic but was both fun and useful).  The SFO Hyatt was designed, I believe, by M.C. Escher: handsome in that "let's use marble, marble looks expensive" way, but with more escalators and elevators and You Can't Get There From Here layouts than one would expect.  Good food (though expensive--the Sunday brunch, that profit center of high-end…
  • Okay, Then...

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Back at home.  Did a few hours of jobsearch homework (imagining where I want to be in 5 and 10 years... Alive, and not living in a refrigerator box, for starters), did some tidying of the guest room, took Julie and her sweetie out for lunch and got her to do some banking stuff with me.  Now trying to decide whether to 1) exercise, 2) bake cookies for Becca, 3) go to the market for dinner stuff, or 4) all of the above.Maybe take a nap?
 
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    Christopher Rowe

  • Book Launch Day!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Lit Crawl: Dark Lords of Cyberpunk—Recap & Podcasts

    Rudy
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    I organized a reading as part of Lit Crawl in San Francisco on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 8:30 to 9:30 at Haus Coffee, on 24th Street near Folsom. Many thanks to Erica of Haus Coffee who helped us settle in. Our session was called FLURB: Dark Lords of Cyberpunk, and was also listed as session #97: FLURB: Astonishing Misfits. Here’s the official Lit Crawl schedule and map. The readers were me, Richard Kadrey, and John Shirley. We’re all cyberpunks, and we all published stories in the Flurb webzine that I edited and published through 14 issues a few years back. Samples of our work in…
  • At Loose Ends

    Rudy
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:43 pm
    I’m kind of at loose ends these days. I have some ideas for a novel with the working title Wacker World, and I’ve been moving those around in my head. And I’ve written a lot of notes. But somehow I’m not quite ready to start the actual book. It’s like staring into the sun, and I keep flinching away. I’ve been working in parallel on my giant 400,000 word Journals 1990-2015, hoping to get that finished and published early next summer. I watched a graffiti artist at a big art festival in San Jose a few weeks back, it was called “Anne and Marc’s Art Party.” It was nice to see…
  • “Endless Road Trip.” “4th D.” Author’s POV.

    Rudy
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    So I finished that painting I was talking about in my last blog post. Before getting into the details, I want to mention that I just started a big sale on my paintings, with the sale lasting till October 15, 2014. If you’re curious about that, check my online Paintings page. Anyway, here’s that new painting. I did quite a few revisions on it. As I’ve said before, the way to tell when your painting is done is when it stops bothering you. I like how it ended up. The paint is nice and thick, with a rich glow of colors. “Endless Road Trip” oil on canvas, Sept, 2014, 30” x…
  • Entering Wacker World

    Rudy
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    Recently I retweeted a photo of a capybara being groomed by some squirrel monkeys. It was just something that I’d seen retweeted by someone else. This became my most widely circulated tweet ever, with maybe a hundred thousand views. Part of the appeal must be that the scale is so odd—you think of those primates as being fairly tall, but you think of furry, lumpy animals as being small. Turns out capybaras are the largest rodents in the world, running up to four feet tall. And squirrel monkeys are tiny. The amphibious capybaras live in the mouths of Brazilian rivers. The Brazilians eat…
  • Roadtrip #5. Vancouver, Coupland, Back Home.

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

  • Mistborn Adventure Game Alloy of Law supplement, New Allomancer Jak story + Giveaway

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

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    There are two new Writing Excuses episodes to talk about:Fan Writing, with Chris GarciaThe Convention-Author Relationship, with Deirdre Saoirse MoenBoth episodes were recorded at Westercon/FantasyCon earlier this year in front of a live audience. Chris has worked in fanzines for years (and won a Hugo Award for Best Fanzine), and Deirdre runs conventions. Both have lots of great stuff to say, so check the episodes out.The Writing Excuses anthology, Shadows Beneath, is still included in the NaNoWriMo Writing Tools Bundle of DRM-free writing advice ebooks, as well as through the standard ebook…
  • Mistborn Trade Paperbacks + New York Comic Con Schedule

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Back in May I mentioned the new trade paperbacks for the Mistborn trilogy that were coming out, starting with the first book. Since then, The Well of Ascension was released in August, and The Hero of Ages came out this week.All three books have gorgeous Sam Weber cover art, and Isaac Stewart drew updated versions of the maps. The three books are shelved in the YA section of the store (next to Steelheart and The Rithmatist), but aside from the cover, maps, and some longstanding typos that my assistant Peter got fixed, they're identical to the versions shelved in the adult science…
  • Shadows Beneath available in the NaNoWriMo tools StoryBundle

    2 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts in November, and tons of people all over the world will take the challenge to write a 50,000-word novel within the month. To help keep you motivated as you write, I'll be contributing a Pep Talk this year (also check out my 2011 Pep Talk).One of this year's sponsors is StoryBundle, and they're offering up a bundle of ebooks on writing, available worldwide, for all of you to use to prepare for NaNo.Among them is the Writing Excuses anthology, Shadows Beneath. As far as I know, this book is the only one that takes you from start to finish in story…
  • Steelheart paperback release!

    24 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    This week marks the release of Steelheart as a trade paperback in the US and a mass market paperback in the UK. We received our copies, and they look great! There's a picture below.The new paperback cover matches the cover for the sequel, Firefight, and I think it looks great. It's hard to tell from the photo, but it's shiny when you move it back in the light.And what about Firefight? It comes out on January 6th, and you can preorder it here. Editing is all finished, and I just found out that the publisher received advance reading copies (ARCs) of the book today. So it will be going out to…
 
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    Inhuman Swill

  • My memoir of life as a Mormon missionary is coming in 2015!

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    I never expected it would take so long to make this announcement, but my Mormon missionary memoir The Accidental Terrorist will be published by Sinister Regard in 2015.Although it might end up with a different title. And the cover definitely won't look like the one below. And Sinister Regard is actually me.I'm very excited, nevertheless. It's hard for me to pin down exactly when I started work on this book. The events it chronicles took place mostly between September 1986 and March 1987, when I was a Mormon missionary serving in Alberta. But before that time span had even ended, I was already…
  • Ella throws for home, not for the runner

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    It's been several months since I posted an Ella video, so I figure we're overdue. Here's one I took this past Saturday at Astoria Park during off-leash hours.Ella spies a squirrel foraging far out on the meadow. For a while she just watches, until I nudge her into action (about 0:27). The thing to note is how Ella bends her trajectory not directly toward the squirrel but to where she predicts the squirrel is heading. She trying to cut it off before it reaches its tree.Spoiler alert: She doesn't catch the squirrel, but I still hope she will someday.Crossposted from Inhuman Swill
  • October's mix of the month

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    It's been a long time since I posted a mix of the month, but the CD Mix of the Month Club hasn't been mixing it up very often lately. A few of us convened for karaoke earlier this month, though, so I figured that was enough of an excuse to whip up a new mix.My contribution for October, most emphatically not a Halloween mix, is called The Writing's on the Wall. Eleven of the fourteen tracks are available on Spotify, so you can check out a good 78.6% of the mix below:(The story so far.)Crossposted from Inhuman Swill
  • Happy 200th anniversary of the London Beer Flood!

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    Today is the 200th anniversary of the London Beer Flood. I'd tell you all about, but Kyle Thiessen explains it far better than I ever could (and the Boston Molasses Flood too) in his Fake Month at the Museum series:So wherever you are, raise a glass today to the empire where the suds never set!Crossposted from Inhuman Swill
  • Does Amazon customer support have a "joke" macro?

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

  • Playing the Short Game now available on all Amazon sites

    Douglas Smith
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    I'm happy to announce that my new writer's guide, Playing the Short Game: How to Market & Sell Short Fiction, is now available at Amazon in all geographies, both the trade paperback and ebook editions. Full buying links for all retailers are listed here.  
  • Playing the Short Game makes a Recommended Reading list

    Douglas Smith
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    The multiple award-winning author and editor, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, gives a shout-out to my new writer's guide, Playing the Short Game: How to Market & Sell Short Fiction, in her August 2014 Recommended Reading List. Here's what Kris had to say about the book, for which she wrote the introduction: I don’t always plug books that I’ve written introductions for ... I might like them, but I might not love them enough to recommend to you. Doug wrote an indispensible book for those of us who love to write short fiction. He includes indie publishing, and a lot of traditional publishing…
  • Last week to save on preorder price for new book

    Douglas Smith
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    Just a reminder to any short story writers who follow this blog that the pre-order period for my new "how to" book, Playing the Short Game: How to Market & Sell Short Fiction will end Aug 31. So if you're interested in the book and would like to save some money when buying it, now is the time to order. Pre-order links are here. And if you'd like to save even more--on this title and all of my books--subscribe to my mailing list. You get a free ebook for joining, plus I offer the lowest discounts on all of my new books to my subscribers. More info here.
  • And while we're talking about writing courses...

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

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

  • Texas Book Fest’s Lit Crawl Jeopardy Brawl: Be There Saturday Night

    Jeff VanderMeer
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Okay, maybe “brawl” is a strong word to describe “Nerd Jeopardy,” but whatever you want to call it–I prefer “Heroic Heroes Jeopardy”–I’ll be part of it Saturday night at 8:30pm at Wonderland in Austin (1104 East Sixth St). You can even click “going” on the facebook page. The Austin LitCrawl is full of amazing events, in support of the Texas Book Festival. (Here’s info on my festival appearance earlier on Saturday.) My opponents appear to have unfair advantages, such as possibly knowing much more stuff than I do. But…
  • Jeff VanderMeer Tour Dates: Through The End of 2014

    Jeff VanderMeer
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    (Southern Reach art by Tony McMillen) “I’m loving the Southern Reach trilogy…Creepy and fascinating.” – Stephen King “[A] masterpiece.” – The Guardian “An instant SF classic.” – The New Statesman >>Recently read by Catherynne M. Valente, who tweeted about it. Not familiar with the S.R. series? Check out this link. Since Acceptance, the third book in the Southern Reach trilogy has come out, I’ve done an event with both a live owl and with a plastic owl. I’ve done a gig with Lev Grossman and Lauren Beukes, which was very cool, and met the…
  • Mike Allen’s Unsettling Collection Unseaming

    Jeff VanderMeer
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Mike Allen first made a real splash with his unique Clockwork Phoenix series, which he edited in addition to Mythic Delirium. But he’s an interesting and unsettling writer of dark, weird fiction as well, with a first collection out that’s beginning to get some buzz. Library Journal just gave his Unseaming a starred review. You can buy the collection here. Recently, I interviewed Mike about his work and weird fiction via email. When did you start writing? I’ve made stabs and feints at writing since grade school, but it was never a constant thing. For much of my youth I thought I…
  • Book Release Day: Julia Elliott’s Sublime The Wilds

    Jeff VanderMeer
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Julia Elliott’s phenomenal first short story collection is out this week and I hope you will buy it. I hope you will buy copies for your friends. The Wilds is wonderful in every way. The stories range from mainstream realism and magic realism to surreal science fiction—all unique, all demonstrating Elliott’s wonderful ability to see the absurdity and seriousness of life in equal measure. In a tie with Laura Van den Berg’s The Isle of Youth, it’s my favorite collection of the year. Here’s an interview I did with Elliott for the Tin House blog (excerpt…
  • On Birds: Owl Eyes, Acceptance, and the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia

    Jeff VanderMeer
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Some of my most pleasurable experiences have been while birding and I love seeing birds on book covers, so you can imagine how happy I was to see this feature on birds on book covers–some stunning designs, including my own Acceptance. Even just in the context of book design you can see how various and interesting birds can be. Admittedly, I’m a rank amateur as a birder—sans scope, for example, and also sans the patience to stand for hours in a blind. But I kept a birding journal until I was about 14 years old and have always bought and used birding guides. I’ve also always admired…
 
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    eddvick

  • Cleesehead

    eddvick
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    I'm now working at The University Book Store in Seattle. Guess who's coming to town? John Cleese! We got in this blowup of his head to promote the reading from his new book So, Anyway.... I couldn't resist.
  • Taking a Train Through Time

    eddvick
    4 Sep 2013 | 11:51 am
    Kottke posted this mesmerizing video from the Beeb of a train trip from London to Brighton. Or, rather, three trips, from 1953, 1983, and 2013, run side by side by side. Edit: hmm, can't seem to make the embed work right. Here's the link.
  • Stephen Fry chides the grammar police

    eddvick
    23 Jul 2013 | 4:30 pm
    Douglas Smith links to the following video from Stephen Fry animated by Matthew Rogers. It's been around a few years, but may be as new to you as to me.Fry was in Cold Comfort Farm, playing the pretentious, emotion-deaf poet Mybug. Stella Gibbons, who wrote the novel from which the movie was made, wrote 25 novels (plus four volumes of poetry). Amy and I read books aloud to each other, and our current read is Gibbons' Westwood, with a playwright who would be another perfect fit for Fry. Not that Gibbons writes 'types', but when she nails a character she uses ten-penny nails.
  • Now I'll Never Know Why Dominoes Need Electrical Cords

    eddvick
    7 Jul 2013 | 9:17 am
    I woke up too soon.
  • Nice use of the word 'Catholic'

    eddvick
    6 Jul 2013 | 10:28 pm
    From The blog of Katherine Phelps:No radio shows at the time would touch his [Tom Lehrer's] music. It was too controversial, covering subjects such as venereal disease. Nevertheless, he sold his records to other students on campus at cost and through Boston newsstands and record stores. Their popularity spread swiftly across the US and abroad through word of mouth. His big break came in the UK when Princess Margaret described her musical tastes as "catholic, ranging from Mozart to Tom Lehrer". At which time he started being played by BBC radio. Recently, his song "The…
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    Paperback Writer

  • Freerunning

    Lynn Viehl
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    If like me you're a fan of the urban sport of parkour, this short film will keep you riveted (contains background music, for those of you at work): Chasing Light - Freerunning Short Film (4K UHD) from claudiu voicu on Vimeo.
  • Just Write On Hiatus

    Lynn Viehl
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I will be editing and posting the final edition of In the Leaves sometime this week along with the new cover art. However, since I'm going to participate in NaNoWriMo 2014, and I want to do some outlining and then give that my full attention, I'm going to put Just Write Thursdays on the backburner for now. I've really had fun with this feature, and I hope to bring it back to the blog during December (or possibly January if the winter holidays are hectic.) We'll see what happens; in the meantime, thanks to everyone for your support and enthusiasm for it.
  • Final Cover & NaNoStuff

    Lynn Viehl
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Since Photobucket has decided to stop hating me, here is the final cover art for In the Leaves, my Just Write Thursday story:Obviously it's not one of the three I showed you last month, but after a lot more waffling I hunted through some more stock photo sites. As soon as I saw this pic it just felt right for me and the story. My thanks to Maria Zannini for sending me to DepositPhotos.com, where I found it.While I'm into pic posting, here are the official 2014 NaNoWriMo badges (and click on any image to go to my Photobucket link):And for those who liked my own designs, once more here are…
  • Sub Op Scoop: Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly Q&A

    Lynn Viehl
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Yesterday I mentioned a sub op from Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly, an e-zine I discovered via the Paying Markets forum on AbsoluteWrite.com. Because it's extremely rare to find a paying market for any type of SF romance, I decided to do a bit more research on the pub. That resulted in me asking Diane Dooley, SFRQ's fiction editor, a lot of pesky questions, which she very kindly took the time to answer:Q: What made you decide to embark on this venture?A: KS 'Kaz' Augustin, Chief Editor of the Quarterly, tech goddess and businesswoman, approached myself and Heather Massey of The Galaxy Express with…
  • Sub Op Ten

    Lynn Viehl
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ten Things About Submission OpportunitiesBaen has opened to submissions for the 2015 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award Contest: "Write a short story of no more than 8,000 words, that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration. No entry fee. But please only submit one story...your best one! No reprints. All entries must be original works in English. Plagiarism, poetry, song lyrics, or stories that utilize characters or settings from another person’s works will not be considered. E-mail submissions only. Send entries as .RTF attachments to:…
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    Bluejo's Journal

  • Italian My Real Children

    Jo Walton
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The Italian edition of My Real Children, Le Mie Due Vite, "My Two Lives" is coming out this month from Gargoyle.This is the cover. I like it -- it seems thematic, I like the colours and the fabrics, and I think I'd pick it up to look at it if I saw it. What do you think?
  • Velma

    Jo Walton
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    I've said it all before: death sucks! And worse,We're complex, breathtaking, and we can speak,All irreplaceable, and each unique,Each human death must end a universe.People die young, die old, die at my age!Die much beloved, or indifferent, dieAs everyone must do, as you and I,And nothing helps, not love, not hope, not rage.Your biting joy in life, your smile, your wit,That you were loved and needed -- so unfair,That death devoured it all, and that we careWho cared for you, and that's the end of it.All we can do is live life day by dayRemember what we can, and while we may.
  • Pagans Alleged to be in Christian Heaven

    Jo Walton
    11 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Googling is not getting me anywhere, so let's try assembling a list myself.Virtuous Pagans alleged to be in the Christian HeavenSocrates -- alleged by Kierkergard to have been converted after his death.Plato -- alleged by Nicetas in a commentary on Nazianus to have gone up at the Harrowing (Dante disagrees and leaves him in Limbo)Trajan -- alleged by Dante in Paradiso, from a medieval legend that St Gregory prayed so hard for Trajan's soul than he got to be alive in the flesh again for long enough to be converted. (This leaves me utterly perplexed as to everyone's motives -- why…
  • Dragon's Song

    Jo Walton
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    wolfinthewood posted a picture of a harp-playing dragon at Lacock Abbey and asked what song it would sing. I couldn't resist.A wilderness of wings, bright glints of fire,Dry wood burns fast, and long desire,Coiled into curlicues, coins, a cup,A thief in the night that drew me up.What would I sing when the harp goes round?An old wyrm's tale of underground?Or a song of rising in spiralled flight,Wide wings that flash with reflected light?Or the human heroes who came so bold,To challenge us and to steal our gold,Who bade us fight them beneath the sun?You know the names of the few who won.I could…
  • The Just City -- Real Cover

    Jo Walton
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    So it had to happen sooner or later -- I have a cover I actually like!This was designed by the amazing Jamie Stafford-Hill, who reads my books and thinks about them. And of course it's part of Raphael's School of Athens, in a sunburst that shows clearly that it's SF and not non-fiction. And Raphael's School of Athens is about a reimagining of classical philosophy, and so is my book, so it's just perfect -- especially as this group of young people looks gender-mixed to a modern eye, though that probably wasn't Raphael's intention. And they're wearing brightly coloured kitons, just like my…
 
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    Martha Wells

  • Thursday Stuff

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    I got sick yesterday afternoon, like a mild IBS attack, so did not get much done yesterday besides email. I feel better today, so hopefully I can catch up.Couple of things:* If you missed it yesterday, I did a post for Black Gate on Fanfiction and Me. The editor's daughter is into fanfiction and he was getting tired of seeing nothing but negative articles about it.* Stories of the Raksura I got a great review from SF Signal: http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2014/10/book-review-martha-wells-stories-of-the-raksura-volume-one-the-falling-world-the-tale-of-indigo-and-cloud/The worldbuilding and…
  • Fanfiction and Me

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    This is a link to an article I wrote for Black Gate on how I found fanfic and early Star Wars fanzines: Fanfiction and Me: http://www.blackgate.com/2014/10/22/fanfiction-and-me/The editor's young daughter is very much into fanfiction and he was getting tired of seeing negative articles about it.Excerpt: I was introduced to fanfiction after The Empire Strikes Back came out in 1980, when I was around fifteen. This was long before the internet, and fanfic was printed in fanzines, fan-produced magazines that were mimeographed or xeroxed, or if the editor could afford it, offset printed. But…
  • Question Answer, Appearances

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Sorry for the delay in answering! One of our goddaughters came to visit this weekend and we went to a great wedding. It was very fannish, with table centerpieces from all different fandoms (we sat at the Stargate table) and lots of delicious food. I think they said the bride made the curry, which went really well on top of the barbequed brisket.Yesterday was also my 19th wedding anniversary, so we went out to dinner and had way too much food. There has been wacky publishing news I can't really talk about yet, though some of it (dealing with the Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot disaster) is…
  • Another Question Answer

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    thanate asked Did you mean for there to be a bit of a family resemblance between Kade and Flower?I don't think I intended that, but yeah, there is a bit, isn't there? One of the things I wanted to do with Flower is that the things Moon assumes are just part of her normal appearance are actually signs of advanced age, but he doesn't realize it because they're different from Stone's signs of advanced age.***PSA:One thing you can do to actually help the ebola epidemic is donate to Oxfam America or Oxfam International to send water, equipment, and other supplies to medical teams in Sierra Leone,…
  • First Two Question Answers

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    It's a depression and sinus headache day, so let's do questions!Here's the first two question answers from the previous post:* nthngtoseehere asked I am re-(re-re-re-re-re-re-)listening to the books on audio during my commute, and having all kinds of rambly thoughts about how the stories/events/characters would look through other characters' eyes (I make my own fun! :P). I know you took a shot at writing from Jade's perspective and decided to stick with Moon's POV, but do you ever compose scenes from another POV for...whatever reason? Fun, or to think things through, or whatever?No, not…
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    Reality Skimming

  • Diff the Dragon – Part Fortyseven

    David Lott
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Diff the Dragon by Angela Lott, illustrations by Richard Bartrop. An Okal Rel Universe Legacy Novella featuring the young Alivda Angela Lott is the middle child of Lynda’s three daughters. She did two years of Business schooling at the College of New Caledonia and is now working as a receptionist at her local FYiDoctors. In her spare time she enjoys writing, video blogging, reading and watching very nerdy TV shows. << Start at Beginning >> Part 47 Meanwhile Amel was still strolling along with Ann on his arm. “Hello!” “Huh, what?” Amel said, snapping back to the…
  • Diff the Dragon – Part Fortysix

    David Lott
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Diff the Dragon by Angela Lott, illustrations by Richard Bartrop. An Okal Rel Universe Legacy Novella featuring the young Alivda Angela Lott is the middle child of Lynda’s three daughters. She did two years of Business schooling at the College of New Caledonia and is now working as a receptionist at her local FYiDoctors. In her spare time she enjoys writing, video blogging, reading and watching very nerdy TV shows. << Start at Beginning >> Part 46 Alivda was bored with the adults. They couldn’t go as fast as she could and, though that had been awesome to start with, now it…
  • Interview with Nancy Kilpatrick

    David Lott
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Award-winning author Nancy Kilpatrick has published 18 novels, over 200 short stories, and has edited 13 anthologies, most in the horror/dark fantasy field. She also published the non-fiction book The Goth Bible: A Compendium for the Darkly Inclined (St. Martin’s Press) and has written many articles and reviews. Her two most recent award-winning titles are (as editor) the anthology Danse Macabre: Close Encounters with the Reaper, and her sixth collection of short stories, Vampyric Variations (both from EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing). She lives in Montréal with her calico cat…
  • Diff the Dragon – Part Fortysix

    David Lott
    11 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Diff the Dragon by Angela Lott, illustrations by Richard Bartrop. An Okal Rel Universe Legacy Novella featuring the young Alivda Angela Lott is the middle child of Lynda’s three daughters. She did two years of Business schooling at the College of New Caledonia and is now working as a receptionist at her local FYiDoctors. In her spare time she enjoys writing, video blogging, reading and watching very nerdy TV shows. << Start at Beginning >> Part 46 “Why is she with you?” were the first words out of Ann’s mouth. “And it’s nice to see you too,” Amel said. He and his…
  • Interview with Ursula Pflug

    David Lott
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    Ursula Pflug is author of the critically acclaimed novels Green Music (Edge/Tesseract) and The Alphabet Stones (Blue Denim), as well as the story collections After The Fires (Tightrope) and Harvesting the Moon (PS). An illustrated flash novel, Motion Sickness, has just been released by Inanna. Her award winning stories have been published in Canada, the US and the UK, in genre and literary venues including Fantasy, Strange Horizons, PostScripts, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Tesseracts, On Spec, NOW Magazine, The Antigonish Review and many more. Pflug has been shortlisted or nominated…
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  • Print edition of “On a Red Station, Drifting”, redux

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

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    -The Booksmugglers have started publishing fiction on their blog. They’re focusing on fairy tale retellings: the two I’ve read so far have been very good indeed, original and striking. S.L Huang’s “The Monster Hunters” mashes together a lot of fairytale tropes while tackling hard subjects of abuse and female agency. The other story, which has just published, is Yukimi Ogawa’s “In Her Head, in Her Eyes”, a creepy SF/horror retelling of the Japanese story “Hachikaduki” (Girl with a Bowl on her Head”). -Alyssa Wong’s…
  • Print edition of On a Red Station Drifting

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    In related news: there will be a print edition of On a Red Station, Drifting, published through Createspace. I haven’t publicised it because I’ve been sorting out admin stuff, but here’s the cover, courtesy of Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein (and many many thanks to Colin F Barnes, who in addition to giving me tons of advice on self-publishing, covers and print publishing, also did my interior design). Hopefully by MIRCon I can sign copies of it ^^ ETA: it’s live! Go buy it from amazon [US|UK|Fr]. Cross-posted from Aliette de Bodard Leave a comment at original post, or…
  • On a Red Station, Drifting, in Spanish

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Pretty pretty cover (link here if you’re reading the LJ/DW mirrors). Upcoming from Fata Libelli, end of the year. The artist, Omar Moreno, is also working on a cover for the Xuya collection, “El Ciclo de Xuya”. PS: I’m not *quite* back online full time. The household has caught the crud, and we have a few RL problems (scheduling issues with the snakelet, our childminder and the H. Nothing serious!) which means this blog will get toned down even more than usual while we sort them out. Posts this week thanks to WordPress automatic scheduler ^^ Cross-posted from Aliette…
  • Links aka Aliette on the web

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:19 am
    Briefly emerging from my winter sleep, aka “full-time care of the snakelet while holding a day job and writing a novel/novella ™”, to point out a couple of places I’ve been this week: -Roundtable on fantastical creatures at The Book Smugglers, with Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Shveta Thakrar, Octavia Cade, Marie Brennan, Whiti Hereaka, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, E.C. Myers, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Bogi Takács, Joyce Chng and me: part 1, part 2. I talk dragons (rồng) and turtles (rủa) in myths! -My Beneath Ceaseless Skies Aztec steampunk story “Memories in Bronze, Feathers…
 
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  • Eating Authors: Anna Kashina

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> One of the things I like about writers is how everything in their lives influences the work and shoes up (consciously or otherwise) in their fiction. Is it any wonder then that I prefer reading authors with full-blown careers in their histories, a range of educational experiences, and backgrounds in alternate cultures and languages? All of which is my way of seguing to this week’s EATING AUTHORS guest, Anna Kashina, who has a doctorate in cell biology and a day job at the PENN”s School of…
  • Eating Authors: Jon McGoran

    13 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> It’s another exhausted Monday, at least for me, as I spent the last three days at a convention. But I’m back, and in honor of coming home I’ve brought you a local talent for EATING AUTHORS. This week’s guest is none other than Philadelphia author Jon McGoran. Jon has a more intimate relationship with food than most of our guests, having been an advocate for cooperative development, urban agriculture, and labeling of genetically engineered foods. As if that weren’t enough,…
  • My Final Capclave 2014 Schedule

    9 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there. The glory that is Capclave begins tomorrow and I am very excited to be participating in the convention. Here is my shiny and updated schedule: Friday, October 10th 3:30 p.m. | Salon A – “Holy Shuftik!” he cried How does an author create a distinctive language for characters in the future or in a different world and keep it understandable to the reader? What’s the right balance between creating language and making sure the reader can figure it out without a dictionary appendix to the story? Paolo…
  • Eating Authors: E. Catherine Tobler

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.</p> This week’s guest is E. Catherine Tolber and she occupies a special place in my heart, not because she was a finalist for the Sturgeon Award back in 2013 (she was), but because she bravely accepted the challenge to create a story for an anthology I was publishing. An anthology, I might add, with the gimmick that all the stories began with the same three writing prompts: watermelon, turtle, sex worker. Having recovered from that experience, she’s gone on to write novels. Her first book, Rings of…
  • Farewell, Eugie

    28 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there. I just learned of the death of Eugie Foster. Like so many, I just assumed she would win her fight. And now she’s gone and our community is dimmer as a result. Go tell someone you admire how you feel. Go share a book that you like with someone who’s never known that author’s voice. Embrace and encourage other writers, and always remember to pay it forward. Goodbye, Eugie. You will be missed.
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  • Enter to Win DEAREST

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    My publisher is giving away 25 copies of DEAREST before it's released...but the drawing only runs through October 29th so NOW'S YOUR CHANCE!Quick! Before it's too late!https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/110912-dearest
  • No Such Thing

    25 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    (Crossposted from Waterworld Mermaids)I do not believe in Writers Block.I do not believe in The Muse.Writers who reference these things frustrate me.I believe in the power of sitting my lazy butt in the chair in front of my computer and forcing myself to work, however much I don't feel like it. I believe in Momentum.Princess Alethea's First Law of Writing Momentum: A writer at rest stays at rest. A writer in motion stays in motion, unless acted upon by an outside force.And boy, can the Universe dole out some forces.In the last nine months, I have dealt with a lion's share of this…
  • Princess Alethea Rants...with Casey!

    12 May 2014 | 6:02 pm
    A very special EPIC FAIRY TALE RANT is now live...featuring my bestest friend Princess Casey!As always, please enjoy, share, and support Fairy Tale Rants with your donations (click here for details)!
  • 2014 PARSEC Awards

    9 May 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Hey guys! The Parsec Awards are kind of new to me. Now that I've been doing more on the narration front, I'm eligible! How exciting!This year's eligibility window is May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014.The stories I have narrated are:"The Monster & Mrs. Blake" (written and narrated by Alethea Kontis): http://www.castofwonders.org/2013/09/episode-97-the-monster-mrs-blake-by-alethea-kontis/"Ieia" (by SJ Bickley): http://www.castofwonders.org/2013/07/episode-86-ieia-by-s-k-bickley/"Abigail" for Pseudopod (written by Hunter Gray):…
  • Princess Alethea Rants "Clever Gretel"

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

    hilman maolidin
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
    Duds yang terbaik sesuai dengan orang-orang di pesta pernikahan Anda? Waktu dan lokasi adalah faktor penentu yang besar ketika datang ke perlengkapan pengantin laki-laki dan gengnya. Untuk membuat memilih sederhana, inilah Kabar baik: tidak lagi perlu menerapkan aturan adat. Apakah… Continue...
  • manfaat kopi hitam untuk anak

    hilman maolidin
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
    Butuh empat sampai enam cangkir kopi setiap hari hanya untuk tetap terjaga? Apakah Amerika pada jalur tabrakan dengan tingkat energi rendah sama seperti itu dengan obesitas? Kurangnya energi dapat ditelusuri ke miskin diet, stres, alergi makanan, masalah hati, gula terlalu… Continue Reading...
  • Bikin Animasi Dengan Blender

    hilman maolidin
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:29 am
    Saat ini ada aneka MMORPG yang menggunakan kualitas tinggi dan kebutuhan kita sendiri, kepentingan dan juga anggaran kita dapat memilih antara banyak gratis untuk bermain dan membayar untuk bermain MMORPG. Beberapa tahun kembali itu benar-benar adalah hampir mustahil untuk menemukan… Continue...
  • tips menjadi wanita muslimah yang cantik

    hilman maolidin
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:43 am
    Dengan pemilihan Presiden yang terakhir di tahun 2008, ledakan pesan granit disebut –CHANGE kita perlu membiarkan seluruh dunia tahu seorang pria kulit hitam masuk ke gedung putih adalah embun. Barak Obama, African American pertama Presiden sebelumnya, telah pendidikannya di Harvard… Continue...
  • Perkembangan Toko Laptop Online Murah di Indonesia

    ramesty
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Perkembangan Toko Laptop Online Murah di Indonesia, saat ini indonesia merupakan negara dengan pemakai internet yang cukup besar jumlahnya di dunia. Apalagi populasi facebook, indonesia merupakan negara pengguna ke empat terbesar di dunia sebagai pengguna facebook. Dengan banyaknya pengguna...
 
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  • 2014 Mac Mini vs. 2012 Mac Mini

    David Mack
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Long story short: The previous generation (2012) of the Apple Mac Mini wins in a landslide. I’ve been considering upgrading my home desktop computer system for a while now. I still like my 30-inch Apple Cinema Display and my peripherals, but my first-generation Mac Pro has been looking a bit long in the tooth of […]
  • What Goes on Inside My Head

    David Mack
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Behold the secret musings of my imagination, in handy graphical form:
  • NYCC 2014 Wrap-Up (#SFWApro)

    David Mack
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    I’ll keep this short: my New York Comic Con went great! Kevin Dilmore and I sold and autographed a lot of books at our signing in the Simon & Schuster booth on Thursday afternoon. When we were done, I wandered the show floor for a while, and then had the pleasure of being introduced to IDW Publishing’s new […]
  • Find David Mack at NYCC ’14

    David Mack
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Just a friendly reminder — Kevin Dilmore and I will be hand-selling and signing copies of Star Trek: Seekers #1and Star Trek: Seekers #2 tomorrow, Thursday, October 9, from 3PM–4PM, in the Simon & Schuster pavilion, Booth #1828. I will also be hawking special advance copies of Section 31: Disavowed, nearly three weeks ahead of its official shelf date, so […]
  • Coming in 2015 — 24: ROGUE

    David Mack
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    As of today, I have the go-ahead to announce that the novel I spent the summer writing was, in fact, a 24 tie-in for Tor/Forge. Currently titled 24: ROGUE, it is an all-new Jack Bauer adventure. It will feature everything fans of the series have come to expect: gunfights, close-quarters combat, explosions, car chases, some familiar […]
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  • Eugie Foster

    John Ottinger
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:31 pm
    I was very saddened to read that Eugie Foster passed away on Saturday. For a time, she was my editor at The Fix, a short lived publication that focused on reviewing the short fiction market. She also contributed a fascinating article on creative procrastination and Kanji to this blog many years ago. Though we lived in the same town for some time, we never met in person, not even when I attended Dragon*Con in 2008. Nevertheless, as an editor, she helped me refine my review writing and I can credit my limited success to her tutelage. My sympathies are with her husband Matthew as he copes with…
  • [INTERVIEW] David Walton

    John Ottinger III
    31 May 2014 | 5:16 pm
    For WORLD Magazine’s June 29, 2013 books issue, I interviewed David Walton about the release of his novel, Quintessence. Only a condensed version of the interview appeared in the magazine, but they gave him permission to reprint the entire interview on his website. Read the interview here. Related posts: WORLD Book Reviews June 17, 2013 Interview: David Lubar on Zombie Humor Interview: David P. Murphy
  • WORLD Magazine Reviews June 14, 2014

    John Ottinger
    30 May 2014 | 8:28 am
    My latest reviews for WORLD Magazine are now available. You will find Terry Pratchett, Pierce Brown, Marie Brennan and Clark Ashton Smith along with reporting on the Hugo Award kerfluffle. Related posts: WORLD Book Reviews June 17, 2013 [BOOK REVIEW] 4 SF Reviews for WORLD Magazine Subscribe to WORLD for free, obtain my first article for a major print magazine
  • Less or Fewer? An Analysis of Usage

    John Ottinger
    7 Jan 2014 | 8:22 am
    Utilizing Brigham Young University’s Corpus of Contemporary American English, I have attempted to use usage data to come to a better understanding of the common rule regarding the use of “less” or “fewer” when describing nouns. This analysis is by no means exhaustive, but is meant to serve as a data point in the ongoing discussion over usage. Links to the data have been included where appropriate, though users will need Corpus access to see them. 250 terms were analyzed per search term in order to provide a large enough representative sample. Rule: “Less” is…
 
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  • INTERVIEW: Jamie Anderson on Kickstarting GERRY ANDERSON’S FIRESTORM

    Jeff Patterson
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    [Click to embiggen] If you are of a certain age and inclination, you have fond memories of Gerry Anderson’s numerous Supermarionation shows like Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Stingray, Fireball XL5, and Terrahawks. His son Jaime Anderson is the Director of Anderson Entertainment, the film production company set up by Gerry Anderson MBE and his wife Mary. Today the company continues to develop projects from Gerry Anderson’s personal archive as well as managing his estate and existing work. The Kickstarter for Gerry Anderson’s Firestorm recently met its funding goals in four…
  • Coming Soon: SLOW BULLETS by Alastair Reynolds

    John DeNardo (SF Signal)
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:22 pm
    I’m a huge fan of Alastair Reynolds and look forward to anything he writes. Here’s the cover and synopsis for his upcoming book Slow Bullets. From the author of the Revelation Space series comes an interstellar adventure of war, identity, betrayal, and the preservation of civilization itself. A vast conflict, one that has encompassed hundreds of worlds and solar systems, appears to be finally at an end. A conscripted soldier is beginning to consider her life after the war and the family she has left behind. But for Scur—and for humanity—peace is not to be. On the brink of the…
  • Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 10/25/2014

    Regan Wolfrom
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Got a hot Free Fiction Tip? Tell me here Want these delicious links emailed to you once a week? Sign up for the Free SF/F/H Fiction Newsletter What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction? It exists in list format for the first time in a while. I’d say that’s pretty special. Written Apex Magazine #65 – October 2014 [Speculative Fiction Magazine] “Coins for Their Eyes” by Kris Millering “Primrose or Return to Il’Maril” by Mary McMyne “The House in the Winter” by Jessica Sirkin “What I Am” by Tom Piccirilli Beneath…
  • SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-10-25

    PipedreamerGrey
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Interviews & Profiles Den of Geek interviews Daniel H Wilson, author of Robopocalypse. Geek’s Guide interviews Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Slow Regard of Silent Things. The Guardian interviews Steven Moffat, showrunner of Doctor Who and Sherlock. Lightspeed Magazine interviews James S.A. Corey, author of Cibola Burn. Literary Escapism interviews Ryan Hill, author of Dead New World. My Bookish Ways interviews Tony Park, author of The Delta. Nicky Peacock interviews Jen McConnel, author of Daughter of Chaos. Notes from Coode Street interviews Ken Liu, author of The Three-Body…
  • Cool Cover: FACES by E.C. Blake (Plus: A Cover Gallery for THE MASKS OF AYGRIMA)

    John DeNardo (SF Signal)
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Check out the cover for the 3rd book in E.C. Blake‘s The Masks of Aygrima series, Faces! Like the previous 2 books, this one features some cool artwork from Paul Young. As you can see from the cover gallery below, it tracks the progression of change in a society where masks represent status and profession. The hardcover version of Faces will hit bookstore shelves on July 7, 2015 and is published by DAW. Masks     Masks, the first novel in a mesmerizing new fantasy series, draws readers into a world in which cataclysmic events have left the Autarchy of Aygrima—the one land…
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  • On Language and Reinforcing Bigotry

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

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

    3 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    The folks on Sword and Laser recently had a brief discussion about the Justice League:  Axis of Villains board game, which apparently includes no women.  Peter V. Brett has a post about it here.  In short, his daughter didn't want to play the game because it didn't even have Wonder Woman.WONDER WOMAN.  The single most important female superhero in the entire DC canon is not in a fucking board game meant to be played by children.I cannot express how angry and disappointed I am in DC over this.  Every single time I hear something about DC, it's shit like this.  DC…
  • No, Repetition Does Not Mean Science Fiction is Stagnating...Per Se

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    (This is going to be a bit ranty.  Be prepared.) There's been a bit of talk lately about Project Hieroglyph, an Arizona State University anthology (and website) which attempts to address the argument in Neal Stephenson's "Innovation Starvation."  I recommend reading that essay yourself; it makes some compelling points about science fiction and the failure of contemporary culture to meet the demands of the 1960s imagination.  Here, I'd like to talk about Ed Finn's (editor of Project Hieroglyph) article at Slate.com:  "The Inspiration Drought:  Why Our Science…
  • The Purpose of Science Fiction (and, Technically, Fantasy)

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    In the 200th episode of The Coode Street Podcast, the hosts (Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe) and guests (Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert Silverberg, and Jo Walton) briefly discussed the seemingly nebulous question, “Does science fiction have a purpose?”  It's worth a listen.I would respond initially by saying that the question is somewhat malformed.  In what sense does any literary product have a purpose except that provided by the author, which is necessarily individual?  Even if the author defines a purpose, should that have any bearing on whether the text is perceived…
 
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    On Starships and Dragonwings

  • Blogger Trick-or-Treat

    Anya
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    What is Blogger Trick-or-Treat you ask? Well pop over to Great Imaginations to find out! Welcome, welcome adorable bloggers dressed in your cute costumes! Don’t be afraid of my lair *ahem* I mean parlor…. There’s nothing at all to fear, mwahahahaha! No, seriously, there isn’t anything to fear because to be honest I’m a HUGE scaredy cat. But I also loooooooove Halloween because I love all the non-scary part of Halloween. This makes for a rather amusing (to others I’m sure) tug-of-war between wanting to buy and decorate with all the cute Halloween things and…
  • Sci-fi and Fantasy Friday {ARCs and $5 Giftcards Weekly!}

    Anya
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    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! Hello everyone! Congrats to Ashley for winning last week and I hope you enjoy Moth and Spark as well as Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future. I will again be doing two books for this week’s winner if…
  • The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare {3.5 Stars}

    Anya
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare is the start to a new middle grade fantasy series from these two very much beloved authors. While The Iron Trial has some interesting and fun concepts, it doesn’t really live up to the expectations that come with “young boy goes to magic school” that I now have. The ending, however, shows that Black and Clare could take this series in a very cool and interesting new direction, so I do recommend you stick it out through the slow middle since I’m now quite excited for the second book :D. Note: I received a finished copy…
  • Signed The Darkest Part of the Forest Giveaway!

    Anya
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Darkest Part of the Forest Signed by Holly Black! I’ve been waiting a while to do this particularly special giveaway and I think it’s finally time ;-). I got to meet Holly Black in person at BEA and got the ARC signed just for you :D. I recently started my copy and have been absolutely loving this dark and creepy fantasy story so I just have to share the love!  Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle…
  • Top Ten SF/F Series I Want To Start

    Anya
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Thanks to the gals of The Broke and The Bookish for hosting this meme every week! What is up with Top Ten Tuesday topics that force me to own up to all the books I meant to have read a long time ago? ;-) This is going to be another list where you will need to refrain from gasping too much because you might hyperventilate once you see the series that not only have I not read yet, but I haven’t even start despite the best of intentions! I’m Waiting Until It’s Finished?      Full disclosure: I don’t actually care about waiting until a series is complete to read it and…
 
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  • Ouija (2014) Film Review

    The World Weary
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    The Anti-ScareI love film. Horror, sci-fi, action, whatever. If a film is well made, I can usually enjoy it. However, the life of an amateur film reviewer is far less than glamorous. More often than not, I find myself dreading having to watch whichever new release I happen to seeing. Typically, I’m going to see and review films I have merely a passing interest in, and sometimes the hardest part isn’t slamming what I see, but rather seeing it in the first place. When I was preparing to go see Ouija, I felt that old familiar feeling of “I know I don’t want to see this,…
  • The Red Magician Book Review

    The_Wanderer
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    I mean that the past is over, and to sit and talk about what might have happened is useless. Less than useless.(An advance copy was provided by the publisher).Buy on Amazon!It’s been over thirty years since The Red Magician was first released, now it’s being launched as ebook for the first time.  It earned critical recognition winning The National Book Award, but despite critical success it seems that the general public, especially today’s younger generation, is unaware of this book’s existence (Only 5 reviews on Amazon at the time of this writing). This is a shame,…
  • Bioshock Infinite Game Review

    The World Weary
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    From Cloud to Shining Cloud!Bioshock has become a name synonymous with quality gaming experiences since the franchise debuted in 2007. The first game became a massive critical and commercial success and spawned a solid sequel, and the decrepit world of Andrew Ryan’s Rapture branded itself into every gamers’ mind. When it was revealed that the third entry in the series, Bioshock Infinite, was not set in the infamous underwater colony, some fans began to question the direction of the series. The new setting, an older, flying version of Rapture’s autocratic dystopia, called…
  • The Walking Dead Season Five Episode Two: Strangers TV Review

    The World Weary
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    This is Zombified Development.This episode features spoilers for season two of The Walking Dead as well as last week’s Episode One: No Sanctuary. Going into this episode of The Walking Dead, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Yes, the premiere episode was amazing. It totally blew me away and made me interested in the show again, but how do you follow something like that up?The group, after fleeing Terminus together, stumbles across an unarmed priest in the woods. After saving him from a few walkers, he tells them his name is Gabriel (Seth Gilliam), and that he can take them to his…
  • City of Stairs Book Review

    The_Wanderer
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Divine may have created many hells … but I think they pale beside what men create for themselves.Buy on Amazon!Robert Jackson Bennett has been publishing speculative fiction for the past couple of years, getting hype in small circles, until City of Stairs was published and has since become one of the most hyped fantasy books in the back half of 2014.  For the most part Bennett’s book lives up to the hype and it’s certainly one of the year’s strongest releases.Taking place in the city of Bulikov the people currently living here were once the rulers of the world,…
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