First Review

July 30, 2016

  It’s Toot My Own Horn Time, because what else is a blog for? Publishers Weekly seems to be very, very fond of my upcoming Sula story.  Which, to reiterate, is available for preorder at  Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo (ebook only), iBooks (ebook only). and Google (also ebook only). Speaking for myself, I can hardly wait, and I already know what happens! [via […]

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Warp Wolf

July 29, 2016

Strange to think that I’ve known George R.R. Martin (seen here with Gwenda Bond) since 1979.  I was a newly-minted historical novelist with my first contract, and he was transitioning from his first career, as a greatly admired award-winning Analog writer, to his second as a writer of horror fiction.  After that came his career writing […]

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In the Navy!

July 26, 2016

I had an unexplained bump in the sales of a seven-year-old book, and on checking I discovered that the U.S. Navy had bought 1555 copies of my novel This Is Not a Game.  To which I had a number of responses. Whoa, this is awesome! What’s the heck is wrong with the other services? I’d kind of […]

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Beneath the Sign of the Bear

July 24, 2016

Here’s a souvenir of what I’ve been doing the last two weeks: teaching at Taos Toolbox, the master class for science fiction and fantasy, held this year in the isolated mountain fastness of Angel Fire, New Mexico.  I taught plotting and contract language, among other things, and Nancy Kress did her usual brilliant thing, not only line-editing […]

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July 19, 2016

The Turkish government is now using last week’s coup as a bridgehead toward complete control of the country’s education system.  1500 university deans have been ordered to resign, and the licenses of 21,000 teachers have been revoked.  These teachers mostly worked at private institutions, many of which had been founded by the Gülen organization as […]

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Saving Great Britain

July 18, 2016

After the Brexit vote, it’s clear that Great Britain is in danger and needs saving!   Eric Idle and her majesty Elizabeth II did it before, and maybe it’s time for another teamup.

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Worst. Possible. Result.

July 18, 2016

So a couple days ago there was a military coup in Turkey. And that coup has failed. Which is the worst possible result.  Much worse than if the coup hadn’t happened, worse than if the coup had succeeded. Prior to the election of Erdogan and his AK Party in 2003, Turkey was under the thumb […]

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Straight Face

July 15, 2016

I’m up on a mountain along with Nancy Kress, helping fourteen very talented new writers hone their craft, and so I’ve been very busy.  But I’m not totally out of touch, and I was as surprised and baffled as anyone when Britain’s new PM appointed Boris Johnson* as foreign minister. If you want to start […]

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Lord Nelson in Spaaaaaace!

July 12, 2016

Today is the release day for my friend David D. Levine’s first novel, Arabella of Mars.  The story features the Napoleonic Wars fought between planets by a sailing navy, and showcases a young heroine described as “a Patrick O’Brian girl fighting a Jane Austen world.” David talks more about the book and its concepts over on Scalzi’s […]

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Crescent Moon Kingdom

July 8, 2016

I’ve finished the novel.  (Yay!)  But all that means is that I have to finish reading and critiquing 140,000 words of fiction for the Taos Toolbox workshop, which starts on Sunday.  (Yay?) So I am still buried in work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this photo of the crescent moon at sunset, taken […]

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