My Favorite Season

November 10, 2017

It’s my favorite time of year.  Summer in New Mexico is too hot and I spend my days hiding under the air conditioner.  During spring a ferocious dry wind can blow for weeks, even months, sucking the moisture out of everything living.  Winter is mild, as winters go, but it’s still winter, and I’m allergic. That […]

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November 9, 2017

I’ve spent six of the last seven days either traveling to the World Fantasy Convention in San Antonio, or attending, or traveling home.  I’m very tired now, and in retrospect I probably shouldn’t have tried quite so hard to have a good time. My reading on the trip out was Just Kids, Patti Smith’s memoir of […]

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The Next Quillifer Contest

November 4, 2017

So . . . where am I  now? Identify this location, and win a free audio book of Quillifer. I’m calling off the previous contest before we go through all 700 of the world’s stratovolcanoes.  The picture was of Mt Ngaurohoe in New Zealand, which stood in for Mt. Doom in the Lord of the Rings […]

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Where Am I?

October 30, 2017

Where is the subject of this photo? The first correct answer will win a free audio book of Quillifer. (Hint #1: There is more than one correct answer.) (Hint #2: There are no stratovolcanoes in Finland.)

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We’re Baaaack!

October 29, 2017

Taos Toolbox, the two-week master class for writers of science fiction and fantasy, is getting set for 2018!  The workshop (June 17-30, 2018)  will be taught by Nancy Kress and Walter Jon Williams, along with special lecturers Carrie Vaughn, indiepub guru Emily Mah Tippetts, and special guest George RR Martin. This is Year 11 for Taos […]

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October Surprise #4

October 26, 2017

Hey, I’ve released the four Dagmar Shaw near-future thrillers volumes as ebooks!  New and improved, the first two with covers by Roberta Berto, and the last two with provisional covers that will be replaced by Berto covers as soon as she gets back from a trip.  Which provisional cover you get depends on where you’re […]

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The Nutella War

October 26, 2017

Conflicts within a former Soviet republic are now posing a threat to the world’s supply of Nutella, the disturbingly tasty Italian hazelnut-chocolate spread. Hazelnuts are the second-largest export (after copper ore) from the Republic of Georgia, which is the third largest exporter of hazelnuts in the world.  Georgia has also exported hazelnuts from its breakaway […]

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October 23, 2017

I haven’t been posting for several days, because I’ve been trying to finish  The Accidental War, which (according to the publisher) is Book IV of the Praxis series, but which (according to me alone, apparently) is Book VI, because I count Impersonations and Investments, and they don’t. See?  It even has a cover!  Though this may not be […]

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I Sign

October 17, 2017

I will be signing book this coming Saturday, October 21, at Page One Bookstore in Albuquerque.  We’ll be kicking off the festivities at 4pm. I’ll be talking about Quillifer.  Accompanying me will be SM Stirling, who will discuss his latest in the Change series. Fun will be had.  You should come.

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When Stars Collide

October 16, 2017

Want to see some “astrophysical ecstasy?”  I think you do. Back in August, Caltech’s Laser Interferometer Gravity-wave Observatory (LIGO) detected a massive disturbance in the Force powerful ruction in space-time, the result of two neutron stars colliding a zillion and a half years ago, off in a galaxy far, far away.  LIGO had detected collisions before, […]

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