At the Worldcon

August 9, 2017

  I am at the 75th Worldcon, and it is perfectly glorious. Also, the headline says I’m a “sci-fi great.”  I won’t disagree.

Read the full article →


August 7, 2017

Walking around Stockholm, I saw this statue, which I believe is that of Jean-Charles Bernadotte, the Gascon sergeant who rose to the rank of general during the French Revolution, and who then married Napoleon’s old girlfriend Desiree and went on to become King Karl XIV Johan of Sweden, founder of the present line of Swedish […]

Read the full article →

Me, On Finnish Radio

August 5, 2017

I am interviewed on a Swedish-language station on Finnish state radio!  The analysis is in Swedish, but I’m speaking English.  (No surprise there.) Just hit the Avsnitt for 5.8.2017.  I think. And here’s a transcript of the interview, entirely in Swedish for those of you who want to puzzle it out.

Read the full article →

Gustaf Slept Here

August 4, 2017

We are in lovely Stockholm.  This involved 13 miserable hours on a ferry from Turku, though the misery was mitigated by glorious views of first the Finnish, and then the Swedish, archipelago.  By the end I didn’t care about the archipelago, I just wanted to get off the damn boat. Stockholm’s series of islands is […]

Read the full article →


August 1, 2017

So a military attaché, a philosopher, and a couple writers went out on a boat . . . Sounds like the beginning of a joke, and maybe it was, but I assure you it actually happened. Friend of the blog Marcus Prest (author of Android, etc.) has been playing host to us in Turku for the […]

Read the full article →


July 27, 2017

This week we’ve been looked after by my Finnish friend Kari Salo, who I’ve known since he came to stay with my family when we were both fifteen. Kari and his lovely wife Anneli invited us to her lakeside summer cottage, where we enjoyed kicking back with a beer and a sauna after our busy […]

Read the full article →

No niin

July 24, 2017

For those of you planning on coming to the Helsinki Worldcon, or otherwise visiting Finland, here’s Ismo to tell you the single most important Finnish word.

Read the full article →

Drinking Your Beer in Finland

July 23, 2017

We’ve left Russia behind and are back in Finland for the next week or so. Finland has some of the most complex rules in the world for alcohol consumption.  Those of you coming to the Helsinki Worldcon might find them confusing, so here’s Ismo Leikola to give you a briefing.

Read the full article →

Nabokov’s Butterflies

July 22, 2017

At one point in my life, the author and lepidopterist Vladimir Nabokov was my primary literary god.  He’s still a major influence, for all that I don’t write anything like him. There is a museum devoted to him in St. Petersburg, in his family’s old mansion.   (You can’t really describe it as “his” house, […]

Read the full article →

Scamming Scammers Scam Amazon With Scamming Scams

July 19, 2017

Kindle Unlimited, for those of you who don’t know, is an Amazon service where (if you’re an author) you upload your book exclusively to KU.  In return for this exclusivity, Amazon does . . . well, I’m not sure what they do for the author, but if you’re a reader, you can read, um, Unlimited numbers of […]

Read the full article →

Contact Us | Terms of User | Trademarks | Privacy Statement

Copyright © 2010 WJW. All Rights Reserved.