My Boskone Schedule

February 15, 2017

I’ll be in Boston this weekend for Boskone 54, one of my favorite conventions.  It’s large, it’s literate, it has a very large percentage of professional attendees, and even after all these years it’s still about the books, which is clear the second you walk into the large dealer room, with table after table of (often […]

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Valentine Special

February 14, 2017

I’ve written a long Valentine’s Day love letter to Croyd Crenson, Roger Zelazny’s character in the Wild Cards series, thus kicking off a new series, “My Favorite Wild Cards Character (that I didn’t create).” And while you’re visiting, check out the other content at

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Cold Night Special

February 13, 2017

A cold, miserable, drizzly day just begs for this cioppino, with shrimp, tilapia, oysters, scallops, and littleneck clams.  Enjoyed along with a tart cabernet sauvignon from Marlborough. Happy eating, y’all.

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An Imaginary Conversation in Which I Triumph Totally

February 11, 2017

As opposed to “an actual conversation,” here’s one I wish I could have.  With any number of writers. ME: I enjoyed your new novel, but there was one part that puzzled me. HIM: What was that? ME: The part about the squidlike alien beings who were fans of Sonic Youth.  I mean, the book’s set […]

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Fly, My Little Ebooks! Fly!

February 11, 2017

May I just stand in croggle-eyed amazement and point out that the 99-cent sale on The Rift is the best ever? The sale was supposed to last one week, but it was extended into the second, and now the third, because the book just kept selling! Shows you what might have happened twenty years ago, if the […]

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Unto the Breach

February 7, 2017

So I’m pleased to announce that I have signed the contract for three more Praxis books. Now I announced the offer in September of 2015, but it took until now to negotiate the contract. What with publishers becoming more monolithic— only five left standing, after all— and feeling threatened by Amazon and new technologies, they’ve reacted […]

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Five Beats per Second

February 5, 2017

An excerpt from the surreal Helzapoppin‘, starring the comedy duo Olsen and Johnson. (Not to mention Slim & Slam, Shemp Howard, and Elisha Cook, Jr., as “the writer.”)  A film which, with its dreamlike action and constant breaking of the fourth wall, would nowadays would be considered metafictional, except the word didn’t exist back in […]

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An Actual Conversation

February 2, 2017

HIM: I don’t know, it’s so hard.  I used to have all these friends, and we talked all the time, but now I can’t keep track of them all. ME:  I think I may have a solution. HIM:  ?? ME:  You know that device in your pocket?  The one you use for texting and browsing […]

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Award Season

January 31, 2017

This is the time of year in which hopeful authors post a list of their publications in the fond belief that their readers will nominate them for awards.  It’s never worked for me, but then there’s always a first time. My list this time is short and simple: the only publication I had in 2016 was […]

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Can’t Escape the Damn Eagles

January 29, 2017

So I went with my gracious hosts to the aptly-named Todos Santos over on the Pacific side of Baja, and I found myself visiting this hotel, which allegedly inspired the Eagles song.  Which song I’ve been unable to get out of my head for days now, so thanks a lot. Jimmy Buffet was supposed to have […]

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