Ginger Marmalade

May 30, 2017

Last week’s Rio Hondo featured Maureen McHugh’s Anova sous vide precision cooker and some short ribs that had been cooked for 24 hours in a water bath until unbelievably tender. I watch enough cooking shows to have seen TV hosts swooning over sous vide cooking, but for quite a few years a setup cost thousands […]

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Anvilstruck

May 26, 2017

I’m continuing my prep for the worldcon by investigating Finnish culture, and I discovered this video by Steve’n’Seagulls, with their own interpretation of a modern classic. Gotta love the anvil.  The accordion player with a dead animal on his head.  And the fact that, for the first time, I can actually understand the words.

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Shandification

May 26, 2017

So what does the classic but gonzo 18th Century novel Tristram Shandy have to do with video and console games? Quite a lot, according to this video, which also offers some fairly astute ideas about narrative and structure.  Plus a newly-coined term with which the more pretentious among us can annoy our friends.  Win/win!  

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Long Live the New Zealand Space Corps!

May 25, 2017

Today we breathlessly awaited the launch of New Zealand’s first rocket, which finally happened after bad weather forced several delays.  Check the video to see the Electron two-stage vehicle leaping into orbit on its fiery kerosene/LOX tail.  (I advise going to full screen.) The Electron is a small, low-cost vehicle, designed to hurl aloft small […]

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Whereat I Have Been

May 24, 2017

So I’ve been very, very busy. First, last week was the Rio Hondo workshop, hosted by Michaela Roessner and myself.  This was the 20th Anniversary Rio Hondo, which oddly enough did not make me feel old, but young, young, young!  It was the most trouble-free workshop experience I can remember, and everyone pitched in and […]

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I Am Cover’d

May 12, 2017

Behold!  The Gregory Manchess cover for Quillifer, my next book, complete with blurb from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz!  How cool is that! The protagonist’s expression turned out to be key for this, and according to my editor went through several versions.  “It was a goldilocks scenario of just too old, too war weary, not enough snark, […]

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I Just Won’t Shut Up

May 12, 2017

Carl Slaughter interviews me for File 770.  I talk about Quillifer, so if the cover in the post just above intrigues you, feel free to check this out. And also, File 770‘s appreciation of the Praxis series.

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For the Folks Abroad

May 10, 2017

This is an announcement for my readers outside of North America.  The Praxis, the first in my Dread Empire sequence, is on sale for 99 cents, or 99 cent-equivalents in whatever your currency happens to be.  You can find the book at Amazon.co.uk, iBooks, Kobo, and Google. This is the revised and slightly expanded Praxis, guaranteed to be even better […]

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Up and Live

May 8, 2017

My tale of Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla is now available on Apple, Amazon, Smashwords, Google, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.  For a mere $2.99! Click here for an essay about this labor of love.  

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Interview, Part II

May 7, 2017

Behold!  It is Part II of my interview by Devin Fields on the Flyover Fandom blog.

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