I Am Play’d

April 30, 2015

I am gradually uploading my ebooks to Google Play.  They’re not all uploaded yet, but they should be within the next week or so. I haven’t moved my stuff onto Google for a number of reasons, among them (1) I’m still mad at Google for trying to glom the copyright of every living writer in […]

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Who You Gonna Call?

April 28, 2015

I was chez Abraham last night, and watched as Kat played one of the XCom series, video games about an elite force of soldiers tasked with repelling an alien invasion of what looks to be Middle America.  Just as Master Chief leads the elite alien-fighting Spartans in the Halo series, and Nathan Hale leads another elite alien-fighting […]

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April 25, 2015

The other day, I wrote a few pages.  And when I looked at them, they struck me as mediocre. They weren’t bad, mind you.  They got the job done, they got my protagonist where she needed to go.  But they didn’t sparkle, they didn’t fizz, and when I read them I didn’t hear the little voice […]

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La Vie Bohème

April 22, 2015

This article points out that authors’ incomes have declined nearly 30% since 2005. “The creative industries are thriving, generating £76bn per annum, yet professional writers have seen a near 30% reduction in earnings in recent years . . .  Consequently many are no longer able to sustain a career. The one truly irreplaceable link in […]

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Watching Now . . .

April 18, 2015

Someone— Connie Willis, I think— was saying just the other day that when writers want to talk about writing, they rely on movies or TV, because people have these in common much more than books. I think I’m about to prove her right. TV series are treading water right now, because they’re saving all their […]

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The Froomistat Conundrum

April 16, 2015

Uh-oh.  Our hero is in trouble. “Captain!  The enemy’s Vetch Cannon are proving more than a match for the shields generated by our Krump Vanes!” “Blast it!  I warned the Admiralty that this would happen!” “We’re really getting a pounding, sir!” “Mr. Blazey— do we still have those froomistats in the hold?” “Yes, sir, but […]

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Holograms for Human Rights

April 12, 2015

The right-wing People’s Party in Spain has passed a series of draconian security laws that criminalize the following: Protesting the government without the government’s permission. Carrying out meetings Taking photographs or videos of police without the permission of the police. For “being present at an occupied space” (like a social center or an apartment, apparently) […]

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I Seem To Be An Album

April 12, 2015

Alert reader Andrew Coyne informs me that my novel Voice of the Whirlwind seems to have inspired an album by rising electronic music star Access to Arasaka (whose name is itself a reference to the Cyberpunk 2020 card game Netrunner). The album is écrasez l’infâme, the defiant battle cry of  Voltaire quoted by Steward in the novel, and the […]

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On the Road Again

April 9, 2015

Spot the fish in this picture. I’m not sure I can do it myself.  I know there’s a frogfish in the frame somewhere, but I’m not sure which of the lumps is fish and which is coral. The guide said, “If you see a piece of coral with a frown on it, that’s a frogfish.” […]

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Revisiting the Classics

April 8, 2015

As part of my program to revisit books that I liked when I was younger, I recently re-read Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land for the first time since I was in college. Oh, my. I should point out that as a young person I read all the Heinlein I could find.  (Have Space Suit, Will […]

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