Days of Romping About

August 26, 2016

I’ll be spending this weekend romping about Bubonicon 48, New Mexico’s plague-friendly science fiction convention, which means I’m unlikely to be posting here.  You, however, are welcome to join me at the convention, which is scheduled to be awesome. In the meantime, please remember that my 99-cent sale on Ambassador of Progress still has a few […]

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Thoughtful Question

August 24, 2016

I had a lovely Worldcon, held in Kansas City, a town which I’ve always found congenial.  The event was full of friends, many of whom I don’t get to see nearly often enough, and the days and nights were full of bustle, chat, drinks, and fun. I also got to eat some really good steaks, which you […]

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August 23, 2016

We returned from Kansas City through a big monsoon storm, but once on the ground we were welcomed by what was possibly the brightest rainbow I’ve ever seen.  It was raining and I was in a hurry, so this was the best angle I could find on it. You’ll note a second, fainter rainbow just […]

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I Am At The Worldcon

August 17, 2016

I am in Kansas City, at the 74th World Science Fiction Convention. If you’re in town, come say hi at any of the following events: Science Fiction as Epic Thursday 13:00 – 14:00, 3501F (Kansas City Convention Center) Often science fiction that is epic in nature is dismissed as “space opera,” but science fiction can […]

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August 15, 2016

I’m pleased to report that my first science fiction novel, Ambassador of Progress, is now on sale for a mere 99 cents.  You may find it at Amazon, Google, iBooks, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. Ambassador of Progress is unlike my other SF, in that it’s overtly anthropological science fiction.  I think it’s successful on […]

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What Rough Beast . . . ?

August 12, 2016

Oh noooo!  What insidious monster do we see sneaking up on the Pride of Baltimore? Why it’s the World’s Largest Rubber Duck, created by the Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman!  Which floats 61 feet tall and weighs 11 tons. Apparently that’s big enough to count as a Tall Ship. It would be fun to motor around on […]

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Aces Onscreen

August 10, 2016

Good news for any Wild Cards fans out there.  Universal Cable Productions has acquired the Wild Cards series for television.  Longtime Wild Cards writer Melinda Snodgrass will be executive producer, along with Gregory Noveck (REDS, Justice League: the New Frontier). Wild Cards has been a part of our lives since the 1980s, and there are a lot […]

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Too Many Desserts

August 9, 2016

Friday night with the Tall Ships was a massive disappointment.  I signed up for a “VIP Fireworks Viewing” from the brig Niagara, and they’d sent me a schedule telling me that food and beverage would appear on the quay at 8:30, we’d go aboard at 9:00, and the fireworks would start at 9:15. Somehow I assumed that […]

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Epic Sail

August 5, 2016

Behold the Harald Hårfagr, or Harald Fairhair for you Anglophones.  This is the  “largest Viking ship built in modern times“— they are careful not to call it a “replica” because it’s not built to the plan of any historical vessel.  It’s arrived in North America after an epic five-week transit of the Atlantic, followed by an […]

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Stand Back Ladies, it’s . . .

August 2, 2016

The beefcake shot! I had the camera and tripod set up for an entirely different reason, and then went about my business, and did my workout, and on my way to the showers caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror.  Hmm, I thought.  I’ll probably never be this young, this thin, or this pretty ever […]

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