Every Story is a War

March 11, 2019

So I did some writing on the new novel the other night, and I thought it was okay, but when I went back the next night I realized I’d written crap.  Not uninspired, not unfocused, just plain bad writing.  It sucked. I found this so demoralizing that I didn’t write much the second night, but I […]

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Collected Again!

March 8, 2019

My story “Foreign Devils” may be found in the new collection Making History, edited by Rick Wilber.  This is a collection of classic alternate history stories, by Karen Joy Fowler, Gregory Benford, Sheila Finch, Rich Larson, Lisa Goldstein, Kathleen Goonan, Harry Turtledove, Eileen Gunn and Michael Swanwick, Maureen McHugh, Nisi Shawl, Alan Smale, Michaela Roessner, Louise Marley, […]

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‘Tis the Season

March 6, 2019

It’s award season, so it’s become customary for authors to announce which of their works are eligible for Hugos and whatever.  (When I started, anyone who tried this would have been ridiculed until they’d be embarrassed to show themselves sober at the Hugo Loser’s Party, but now it’s just a part of business.) Be that […]

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All Beaded Up and No Place to Go

March 5, 2019

  Happy Mardi Gras,Y’all! I put on my beads and went to town today, but I couldn’t find a second line anywhere, so I had a cup of mediocre gumbo at a supposed Louisiana restaurant and went home. At least this video has over two and a half hours of music appropriate to the season. Enjoy!

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Fruit and Veg

March 3, 2019

It’s a busy weekend, so please enjoy this video of people brightening up their local supermarket. This will also demonstrate that it is possible to sing Italian with an Australian accent, which is cool in its own strange way.

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February 28, 2019

I’ve always felt there was a place for megalomania in art.  (Go big or go home, right?)  And recently one of the most megalomaniacal works in history premiered in Paris. Eleven years in the making, financed by a pro-Putin oligarch, over a dozen feature films plus 700 hours of ancillary material, and shot in an […]

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Throwing Flame

February 26, 2019

Today I had a flamewar.  The good kind, the kind fought with actual flamethrowers. Well, flamethrower, singular.  I was the only person who had a flamethrower, which is another reason why it was the good kind of flamewar. Every winter we have to go out and burn out last year’s crop of weeds, which has […]

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February 22, 2019

So the other night we held a scotch tasting with our friend Sue Lampson.  (Fortunately her nondrinker husband Alan was available to drive her home.) The bottles I contributed are shown above, ranging from sweet/sherry/vanilla on the left to smoky and peaty on the right. Sue brought her own box of goodies, and so we […]

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When I Wrote It

February 21, 2019

Some days I’m glancing at my Amazon sales numbers and can’t avoid reading the reviews. There was one review of This Is Not a Game and the whole Dagmar series that said they were excellent books, but warned the reader that they weren’t in any way science fiction. To which I can only respond: They were science […]

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February 19, 2019

More boxes of books have arrived.  They’re coming faster than I can give them away! Be that as it may, this photo should tell you that the revised edition of The Praxis is finally in print!  (It’s been available as an ebook for some time.) It’s the “Author’s Definitive Edition.”  It says so right there on […]

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