Born Under the Sign of Godzilla

October 24, 2018

NASA— or maybe just a coupla scientists staying up late drinking— have looked at a new map of gamma-ray sources discovered by the Fermi Gamma-Ray Telescope and begun plotting new constellations based on popular culture.  The list includes the Hulk and Godzilla, as well as Einstein and the Eiffel Tower. This is particularly appropriate for the […]

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Recap

October 24, 2018

 I’ve begun work on Volume VII of the Praxis series, which so far does not have a title, and I’ve ran smack into the problem of information control. Information control, as I tell the participants at Taos Toolbox, is crucial for the writer.  Too little information and the reader is bewildered.  Too much and the […]

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Lifestyles of the Rich and Stupid

October 22, 2018

One of the joys of reading contemporary literary fiction is enjoying the wealth of close observation that literary fiction demands.  Close observation, done right, is delightful, but you have to hope that whatever is being observed is worth the effort, and so often it isn’t, as (for example) when the subject is adultery among the […]

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One-Act Play

October 18, 2018

SCENE:  I (hereafter ME) am driving down the freeway in my car.  The phone rings. ME: Hello? RUSSIAN ACCENT: Hello.  Where are you right now? ME: I’m in my car, driving. RUSSIAN ACCENT:  Can you pull over?  This is an important message. ME: No, I can’t pull over. RUSSIAN ACCENT: Are you sure?  This is […]

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Sunshine Superhouse

October 17, 2018

Last autumn we decided to install solar panels on our home.  We got bids from three solar companies, but SolarCity’s bid was so much lower than the others that I never even went back to the others to see if they could put in a competing bid. Installation was delayed because we needed to replace […]

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Special Shapes

October 11, 2018

Morgan Stanley keeps thinking that if I just give them enough stock tips, they’ll become as rich as me.  So they bribed me with tickets to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta on Special Shapes day, and maybe in return I’ll give them a little advice concerning penny stocks. Attending involved getting up at 3:30am— I’d only […]

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Hardware Hack

October 10, 2018

Now it looks as if the Chinese have managed to do a massive hardware hack into thousands of servers used by government agencies and major corporations. Nested on the servers’ motherboards, the testers found a tiny microchip, not much bigger than a grain of rice, that wasn’t part of the boards’ original design. Amazon reported […]

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I Am Inevitable!

October 7, 2018

I will be interviewed on KKOB radio in Albuquerque on Monday, October 8, at 6pm Mountain Daylight Time. If you live outside the area, you can stream the broadcast live. On Friday October 12, I’ll be speaking at a speculative fiction panel at the meeting in Denver of the Mountains and Plains Independent Bookseller’s Association.  My […]

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Viral Video

October 2, 2018

In celebration of the publication of Knaves over Queens, the 26th(?) Wild Cards book, I offer the following video. It catches you up on the first 25 books, so you can start with the latest right away! Plus— catchy tune, ne?  

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Resisters

September 29, 2018

This last week marked the death of Freddie Oversteegen, 92, the Dutch resistance heroine who at the age of 14 joined a resistance cell dedicated to sabotage and assassination.  (She would meet German soldiers in bars, lure them to a secluded place, then shoot them.) She sabotaged railways, killed soldiers and collaborators, and sheltered Jews, […]

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