Straight Up

December 30, 2017

I amazed myself by taking this photo on Christmas afternoon, while the moon was more or less directly overhead.  I hadn’t imagined the 50-to-1 optical zoom on my Canon was going to be this good, or that the software would be able to stop the image jittering.    I hadn’t even brought a tripod with […]

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Cranes

December 26, 2017

People have asked me my plans for the holiday, and I’m pleased to report that I don’t have any. Honestly, after all the travel and work and running around I’ve done all 2017, the idea of spending a couple days at home, staying warm, eating prime rib, and opening presents, was very, very attractive. But […]

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Tamale Time

December 25, 2017

Among the holiday traditions in New Mexico are the consumption of tamales, the setting of fires, and late-night visits to the graves of the ancestors (where, usually, fires get set). We haven’t set any fires ourselves, but we did pay an after-dinner visit to a local graveyard to enjoy the peaceful night and the luminaria […]

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Yuletide Breakage

December 24, 2017

Normally we take a certain amount of damage around the holidays.  The tradition of a plumbing emergency on Christmas Eve is well established here, and when it happens we have the joy of trying to get emergency plumbing service here some time before Santa’s scheduled arrival.  Fortunately PHC of Peralta, NM, has always been right […]

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This Is Quite a Sale

December 17, 2017

As a holiday gift to you all, I’ve reduced the price of the first of the Dagmar series, This Is Not a Game, to 99 cents till at least Boxing Day. You can find it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google, iBooks, and Smashwords. So buy yourself a little prezzie!  What are the holidays for?

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Crown

December 17, 2017

So here’s a crown rack of lamb I produced the other day.  I cooked it sous vide, then browned it in olive oil on the stovetop. The lamb came pre-sealed in a vacuum pouch, so all I had to do was toss it in the pot for two hours at 130 degrees for perfect medium […]

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Dagmar

December 15, 2017

Let’s go behind the fourth wall, via some thoughts about the Dagmar books, timely now that the series has been re-released as ebooks. Back in 2005, my friends Sean Stewart and Maureen McHugh, along with Elan Lee and Jordan Weisman,  invited me and Jim Cambias to join them in creating an online game called Last Call […]

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“AtreiDEEZ Nuts, Son!”

December 11, 2017

Doc Sweets directs his attention to Dune.  Will Dune survive? As might an academic, Sweets deploys a vast array of jargon and specialized terminology.  So why can I understand him, and not them?

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Open to Submissions

December 7, 2017

Just a reminder that Taos Toolbox, the master class for writers of science fiction and fantasy, is now open for submissions. The workshop runs June 17-30, 2018, and will be taught by Nancy Kress, Walter Jon Williams, George RR Martin, Carrie Vaughn, and EM Tippetts. Time is passing!  Get your submissions ready!

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Back to the Mississippi

December 6, 2017

A new Wild Cards shared worlds book (the twenty-fourth) has just appeared, Mississippi Roll, edited by George R.R. Martin and Melinda Snodgrass (who seems to be uncredited, at least on the cover). I don’t have a story in this one, but you might find one or two of my characters involved in the action. This may […]

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