Action Me

January 15, 2016

Here’s another photo by Troy, this time of Action Walter in Action in the Water.  And if you don’t like looking at me, you can look at the fish. Win/win! Being on a live-aboard dive boat is sort of like being in the nicest military on earth.  Everything’s very regimented and works according to a […]

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Reviews in the Nick of Time: The Big Short

January 14, 2016

First I have to say that, with all respect to The Force Awakens and JJ Abrams, this is the movie I wanted to see this holiday season.  Due to various delays, including the movie not showing any closer than 65 miles away, I didn’t get to the theater till this week. Check out the star power […]

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Lion Fish

January 13, 2016

I’ve taken a lot of photos of lion fish over the years, but none this good.  This was taken by Troy, the Aggressor’s pro photographer, who had the advantage of a camera that probably cost about $10,000 more than mine, which is the underwater equivalent of a Kodak Brownie. That said, this is an invasive species […]

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Things Seen

January 11, 2016

From the boat I saw the green flash for the second time in my life.  Rob, the chief engineer, told me that conditions looked about right, and so I paid special attention as the sun went down into the sea, and was rewarded by a moment of purest, brightest, emerald green. The video doesn’t do […]

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Iron Dome

January 10, 2016

WTF? Qu’est-ce que c’est? Scattered about the ocean floor off the Northwest Point of Providenciales are found a number of these curious objects.  Once upon a time, they formed an actual iron underwater dome used during the filming of a pilot episode for a French reality show, a sort of Francophone version of “Survivor.” On […]

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Iron Diver

January 8, 2016

I am in port but not yet ashore, and will leave the boat early tomorrow to catch my 0900 flight home. Here I am with my medal and certificate as an Iron Diver, for “completing all available dives” during my week aboard the Turks & Caicos Aggressor.   (That would be 26.) They misspelled my name, […]

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Shake

January 1, 2016

I’m off to an Undisclosed Location in the Caribbean at 0800 tomorrow morning, for seven days on a boat with (I’m hoping) NO INTERNET CONNECTION!  Nothing to do but hang out with some interesting people, say hi to the fishies, and grok the natural world. I thought I’d leave you with something in the festive […]

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Knight for 99

December 30, 2015

It’s not as if you haven’t already had plenty of chances to buy my novel Knight Moves, but here’s another:  as a way to welcome in 2016, I’ve put it on sale for 99 cents. Happy New Year! You may find this Philip K. Dick Award- nominated masterpiece at Amazon, iBooks, Google, Smashwords, Barnes & […]

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In the Best Possible Way

December 30, 2015

So over on io9, Charlie Jane Anders refers to me as “messed up in the best possible way.” If only she knew, right?     [You know what else is messed up?  Autocorrect, which insists with amazing persistence that io9 is actually “ion.”]

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The Year in Toolbox

December 30, 2015

Looking back from late December 2015, it’s clear that veterans of Taos Toolbox had a great year. Lawrence Schoen’s Barsk: The Elephant’s Graveyard has only been available for a few days, but is already creating quite a buzz. One review claims it “resurrects the smart science fantasy novel,” which is a nifty trick for a book […]

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