The Big Sleep

March 15, 2020

So my masseuse broke into a coughing fit with me right there on the table. Well, that’s it then.  I’ve got it.  I’m doomed. Bury me with a roll of toilet paper in my hand.

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Pre-orders Away!

March 12, 2020

Fleet Elements, the next Praxis book, is now available for pre-order! (And the cover they sent me says “Volume 4,” which it isn’t.  Oops.)

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Free Audio

March 8, 2020

Normally I’d have a contest or something for this, but I’m up to my elbows in tax forms right now and don’t have the mental leisure. I happen to have here some codes for the audiobook of Quillifer the Knight, read by the wonderful Ralph Lister. So the first three people to reply to this post […]

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Alternate Reality Show

March 5, 2020

So when the Wild Cards series was relaunched in the early 21st, one of the plot elements involved a reality show called American Hero, in which 28 super-powered individuals competed for a million-dollar prize. The program followed the conventions of the form, with plenty of soap opera and conflict between the participants, participants doing “confessionals” […]

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Is Music Math?

February 29, 2020

Lately there’s been a blizzard of litigation about violations of song copyright, all based on the melody of pop tunes.  I thought the Chiffons had a point when they claimed “My Sweet Lord” infringed “He’s So Fine”— listen to them back to back and I bet you’ll agree— but now there are so many online […]

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Groove Me

February 24, 2020

Getting a jump on Mardi Gras, it’s Etta James, Dr. John, and the ever-dapper Allen Toussaint on “Groove Me.” All passed now, alas. I was surprised to see Dr. John on guitar. The legend has it that he started as a guitar player, but had to switch to piano after some of his fingers were […]

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Scottish Cyrano

February 22, 2020

Last night I thought I’d see what’s up with Britain’s National Theater, so I nipped up to Albuquerque to see James McAvoy in a new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac. This was a performance of the play, allegedly live, broadcast to select theaters in North America.  I’m not sure about the live part, because that would […]

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I Am Invaded

February 18, 2020

I’m in a general state of non-compliance with the universe right now, a result of a full schedule of panels, meals, malt beverages, and fun at Boskone, plus jet lag following yesterday’s ten hours in a steel tube crossing the country while battling a 120-knot headwind, which turned the aircraft into a kind of hard-sided […]

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Boskone Schedule

February 12, 2020

This weekend I will be at Boskone 57, which I imagine is the longest-lasting Boston SF convention. And guess what!  Unlike some conventions— I’m looking at you, Worldcon— I’m actually on the schedule! So if you want to see me at any point, here’s where to look. Memorable Minor Characters Format: Panel 14 Feb 2020, Friday […]

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Getting Serious About the Toolbox

February 10, 2020

There are still places available at Taos Toolbox, master class for writers of science fiction and fantasy, taught this year by Nancy Kress and Walter Jon Williams, with George RR Martin and indiepub guru EM Tippetts. Taos Toolbox has a proven record of helping writers develop into full-fledged professionals.  If you’re serious about writing for […]

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