Alas, Cronkite

October 3, 2017

Once upon a time, Walter Cronkite did stuff like this.  When Watergate was a confused scandal difficult for the public to grasp, Cronkite took two evenings to put it all together on television.  The second evening was curtailed by a terrified network chairman, but by then Cronkite’s point had been made, and the Watergate scandal […]

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Welcome Arrival

September 29, 2017

Advanced copies of Quillifer arrived today.  They looked so posh I put them on a red velvet cushion. Quillifer, I remind, will be released on October 3.  You can pre-order at your favorite local bookstore, or at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google, iBooks, and Kobo.

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Gilt and Glory

September 28, 2017

More gilding from St. Petersburg— I have to think half the world’s gold supply is slathered over the buildings and monuments.  This is part of the Admiralty, originally a fortress built by Peter the Great, now an Empire-style complex built in the early 19th century. The weathervane atop the tower is in the shape of […]

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Body Count

September 27, 2017

I’ve been watching the Ken Burns documentary on Vietnam, and trying not to be completely overcome by shell shock.  I lived through the era, but now seeing twelve or more years of folly and slaughter condensed into 10 episodes of television, is something like having 10 bad acid flashbacks in a row while being repeatedly […]

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Sea of Lost Ships

September 24, 2017

Via Janice, the announcement of a “ship graveyard” in the Black Sea, featuring the preserved remains of wrecks stretching over 2500 years.  Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman . . . it’s all there. The Black Sea is a notoriously stormy sea, and the Greeks called it Euxeinos Pontos, “the hospitable sea,” for the same reason they called […]

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Days of Frenzy

September 21, 2017

I had a lovely time traveling this summer, but I knew I was going to pay for it later.  And by later, I mean now. I’m working on a number of things more or less simultaneously.  Promoting Quillifer!, which will be released on October 3.  Doing an online sale of Voice of the Whirlwind, which (unfortunately) sort of […]

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First Review

September 19, 2017

My new novel, Quillifer, has received its first review, or at least the first review that anyone’s bothered to tell me about.  From Publishers Weekly: 09/11/2017 In this sprawling, lively episodic adventure, Williams (Angel Station) returns to his swashbuckling historical fantasy roots while exploring new territory. Eighteen-year-old Quillifer, a butcher’s son and legal apprentice, lives a life […]

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Pleasantry

September 17, 2017

Hope you’re all having a pleasant weekend, doing pleasant weekend-like things.  Like sailing. This isn’t my boat, unfortunately, but I snapped its picture during my Northern jaunt, as it sailed past a bastion of Suomenlinna, also known as Sveaborg, the gigantic island fortress outside Helsinki harbor.  Despite being known as the Gibraltar of the North, […]

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Two Views Toward Heaven

September 15, 2017

Looking back on my summer of travel, I found these photos of St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg.  Commissioned by Alexander I, the cathedral took 40 years to build, and produced a saying in Finnish: “Rakentaa kuin Iisakin kirkkoa,” “to build like Isaac’s Church,” meaning to take forever to complete some vast, ungainly, overdesigned project. […]

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The Triumph of Virtue

September 14, 2017

The Book of Swords, edited by Gardner Dozois and with my story “The Triumph of Virtue,” is now available for pre-order.  You can order the book at your favorite local bookstore, or via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or (for ebook only) Google, Kobo, or iBooks.  The release date is October 10, but why wait? You […]

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