Two Views Toward Heaven

September 15, 2017

Looking back on my summer of travel, I found these photos of St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg.  Commissioned by Alexander I, the cathedral took 40 years to build, and produced a saying in Finnish: “Rakentaa kuin Iisakin kirkkoa,” “to build like Isaac’s Church,” meaning to take forever to complete some vast, ungainly, overdesigned project. […]

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The Triumph of Virtue

September 14, 2017

The Book of Swords, edited by Gardner Dozois and with my story “The Triumph of Virtue,” is now available for pre-order.  You can order the book at your favorite local bookstore, or via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or (for ebook only) Google, Kobo, or iBooks.  The release date is October 10, but why wait? You […]

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Criminals?

September 12, 2017

So . . . the credit rating agency Equifax suffered a data breach that allowed criminals to gain access to the personal details of 143 million people, including names and social security numbers.  All anyone would need to perpetrate massive acts of identity theft. But that doesn’t mean their top executives can’t make a few […]

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The Voynich Manuscript—- Solved?

September 9, 2017

My introduction to the Voynich Manuscript came in the Chaosium RPG Call of Cthulhu, in which it was presented as an item that could (1) increase your knowledge of the occult, while (2) blasting your sanity.  Oops! Despite its appearance in an RPG and the works of Lovecraft, Colin Wilson, and others, the Voynich Manuscript is […]

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Kiss of Fire

September 7, 2017

This classic tango was playing in my head all morning.  I don’t know why, maybe I was stalking a pantheress or something. Anyway, here’s Gaby Moreno, Hugh Laurie, and the Copper-Bottom Band doing “Kiss of Fire.”  You’ve probably heard this song all your life without knowing its name, and now you do.

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Veyshnoria, My Veyshnoria

September 4, 2017

The other day Belarus and their Russian allies declared war on three fictional countries.  But now one of the countries seems a little less fictional. As part of a joint military exercise taking place later this month, Belarus and Russia are mobilizing against three enemies: Vesbaria and Lubenia (strangely resembling Lithuania and Poland), along with Veyshnoria, […]

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Let There Be Chat

September 1, 2017

Live from Helsinki!  (Okay, so it’s slightly delayed.)  It’s the Hugo-nominated Coode Street Podcast, in which I am interviewed by Gary Wolfe, Jonathan Strahan, and Hugo-nominated Toolboxer Kelly Robson. We’re talking mostly about my next book, Quillifer! I had enormous fun with this interview, and I hope you can hear that.

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Walter’s Saga Book VIII: the Return

September 1, 2017

I’ve been back at home for a few days, after seven or eight weeks away.  The cat looked at me like she vaguely remembered me, perhaps from a former life. Here’s a picture of our eclipse gear, the Astroscan and the Canon with their homemade solar filters.  All you need at an eclipse besides beer […]

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Forty Years of Voyager

August 31, 2017

The Voyager spacecraft have been traveling through space for forty years, longer than most people on Earth have been alive. Here’s a brief appreciation of their achievement.

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Les Tetons

August 25, 2017

Here we have the Grand Tetons, named (I imagine) by a very lonely and somewhat nearsighted French voyageur. Some decades ago I was visiting France, and fell into a conversation with a young French woman.  It went something like that. SHE: Is it true that in America you have mountains called ‘les grandes tétons?’” ME: Oui. […]

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