Wikiday

October 15, 2014

It’s my Wikiday today, by which I mean the date given as my birthday in Wikipedia.  This date is not my actual birthday, and I’ve never corrected the error, firstly because errors in my biography make me seem more interesting than I actually am, and secondly, because the error makes it more difficult for people […]

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First Breathless Report

October 14, 2014

I’ve been extremely busy since arriving in Tel Aviv, racing off in one direction on sightseeing excursions, then dashing in another direction to participate in the Icon Festival. Everyone has been amazingly friendly and supportive, and my events have been well attended.  My signing had enough people to fill the hour, but not so many […]

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Let the Toolbox Roll!

October 14, 2014

The dates for next year’s Taos Toolbox have been set! The two-week master class for science fiction and fantasy will be held June 28-July 11, 2015, in Taos Ski Valley.  Nancy Kress and I will be teaching, with special lecturers Carrie Vaughn and Emily Mah Tippets. The application period begins December 1, 2014. Toolbox has […]

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First Glimpse of the Holy Land

October 11, 2014

It’s the Sacred Train of Savidor! Except it’s the Sabbath, so it’s not going anywhere.

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Launching Monday!

October 9, 2014

If you happen to read from right to left, you might want to check out the forthcoming Hebrew editions of Hardwired and The Green Leopard Plague and Other Stories.  And if you happen to be in Tel Aviv this coming Monday, you should definitely attend the launch party for the books, which will take place alongside the […]

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Riding for a Showdown

October 8, 2014

My alternative-history novella “The Last Ride of German Freddie,” a tale of Tombstone, is now available for your highly discriminating reading pleasure at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Smashwords, Kobo, and Amazon.  It’s a mere $2.99.  At that price, you should buy lots of copies! It’s one of two stories I’ve set in the Old West, […]

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Harper Slips In

October 7, 2014

My sometime publisher HarperCollins has quietly re-entered online retail by relaunching its online site, hc.com, and announcing that writers would earn an additional 10% royalty for ebooks sold through the site. Bully for them!  Ebook royalties offered by major publishers are, let’s face it, low.  25%, maybe, against 70% or more for self-publishing.  So 35% is […]

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Bardabunga

October 4, 2014

I know that “Bardarbunga” sounds like something Silvio Berlusconi might do with one of his teenage girlfriends, but in fact it’s the volcano in Iceland that’s presently erupting.  And the “d” isn’t a “d”, it’s a ð, which is to say a thorn, and pronounced like a “th.”  (Vikings didn’t mind their Ps and Qs, […]

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Episode Three Goes Live!

October 1, 2014

Episode Three of the Hardwired serial is now live at iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords. If you have the first two installments, you’ll want this one! Episode Three comes with special bonus content, an essay explaining why the term “panzerboy” has to do with Belgian butter smugglers.

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Reviews Too Late: Young Detective Dee and the Rise of the Sea Dragon

October 1, 2014

A title like that tells you pretty much all you need to know, neh? Directed by my onetime creative associate Tsui Hark, Young Detective Dee is a prequel to Tsui’s 2010 Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, which I reviewed a couple years ago.  The first film was set at the court of the steely, […]

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