Another Meteor

August 5, 2015

The US Patent Office has approved Airbus’ application for Concord 2.0, an “ultra-rapid air vehicle and related method for aerial locomotion”. In other words, a commercial aircraft capable of reaching 100,000 feet, after which the ramjets will kick in and the vehicle will approach Mach 4.5.  The 2.0 will take off vertically, like the space shuttle, […]

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Behold the Mighty Meteor!

August 5, 2015

Behold the SS Meteor, at 119 years old the sole surviving whaleback freighter, and now in Superior, WI, moored in, um, mud apparently.  (I actually took these pictures a couple weeks ago, but haven’t got around to looking at them till now.) My interest in anachronistic technology led me to view this glorious Victorian creation, which […]

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The Weekend

August 1, 2015

Here’s your pretty sunset picture for the day. Have a lovely weekend!

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The Return . . .

July 30, 2015

So you all said you wanted more Caroline Sula, the heroine of the Praxis novels.  I wrote “Investments,” which featured co-protagonists Martinez and Severin, and you all said, “Thanks, Walter, that was very nice, but we want more Sula!“ Well, I hope to heck you all meant what you said, because I’ve just sold “Impersonations” to […]

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Superior Moon

July 29, 2015

Here we view Lake Superior beneath a (nearly) full moon.  The first part of my road trip was full of frenzied travel, the second filled with visits to relatives, and now I’m on my own and kicking back.  I’ve rented a one-bedroom “condo” with a kitchen, and tonight I roasted myself a chicken, ate it […]

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Wisdom from the Marmot

July 27, 2015

If you’re at least as smart as your average marmot, you’ll want to subscribe to my newsletter and get a free Hugo- and Nebula-nominated ebook! Now I call that equitable! (If you’re already a subscriber, you’ve already received an email offering the ebook, so you won’t have to join all over again.)  

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Misty Morning

July 27, 2015

Here through the mist we see the Edgar A. Speer taking on a cargo of taconite, which is the shit iron ore we’re left with after the good stuff has been mined.  Below in the mist, the little boat seems a visitor from another world. Taconite, by the way, can be turned into steel, but only through […]

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North Shore Sunset

July 27, 2015

I’ve spent several days on the Iron Range enjoying the warm hospitality of my relations.   The only drawback of being in that lovely part of the world is that the whole region seems a stranger to actual high-speed internet.  Twice I found myself eating a truly mediocre lunch in a restaurant because they had […]

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Duluth

July 24, 2015

  As the photo will attest, my wanderings have taken me to the city of my birth and the original source of my literary inspiration, Duluth, Minn.  Alas, the sign on the city limits, “Birthplace of Walter Jon Williams,” seems to have been taken down for repair. (And honestly, who else do they have?  They […]

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Glorious Sights of Kansas (Volume 1)

July 21, 2015

I could open this essay with a lame joke about Dorothy not being in Kansas anymore, but I think it’s better if you just imagine it. Anyway, if Dorothy were in Kansas she’d be able to look at space capsules and an SR-71 Blackbird and many other aerospace goodies, that is if Dorothy were in Hutchinson, […]

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