Sorry, Canada

February 25, 2018

So John Shuster and his buddies went on to win gold in the Greatest Ever Winter Sport, which is to say curling. The US has never won gold in curling before, but taking 5 points in a single end pretty well speaks for itself. On the other hand, Canada has never lost a medal in […]

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Samurai Hat

February 22, 2018

Over the weekend I went to Boskone, which was such a pleasant scene that I spent no time whatsoever thinking of ways to amuse anyone other than myself.  And then I flew back and was ill by the time I got home.  (Note to self, and to the rest of you: don’t ever order the […]

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February 14, 2018

I will be spending the weekend in Boston, attending their excellent science fiction convention, Boskone.  Since the convention is a very fine one, and it’s a large regional convention that is still about books, I urge those of you who can be there to attend. Here’s my schedule, for anyone who would care to connect with […]

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Carnival Time!

February 13, 2018

It’s Mardi Gras, Y’all! And to celebrate, here’s Kermit Ruffins from his Jam in the Van series, with “Drop Me Off in New Orleans.” And to top it off, just cuz I like the video, here’s “When I Die, You Better Second Line” from the series Treme.  It starts a  bit funereal, but doesn’t stay that way for […]

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Lords of All Media

February 13, 2018

Having wrapped its Joker tentacles around the world of mass media, Wild Cards is even more out there than it’s been up till now. Pinterest!  Twitter!  Google!  Instagram!  Facebook!  Wherever you hang out, Wild Cards will be there. Here be the links: Wild Cards Official Web Site:

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One Way Authors Think

February 10, 2018

The publisher got around to sending me my contributor’s copy of The Book of Swords, nearly four months after the rest of you had probably got yours. I’ve been reading it, and after  I noticed how damn good an anthology it was, with a double helping of very talented authors like Ken Liu and CJ Cherryh […]

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February 9, 2018

So Quillifer has made it to the Locus 2017 Recommended Reading List. Congratulations to meeeeee! And of course to the other authors who made the list.  Seriously, there’s a lot of good reading there.

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Tesla Gets Heavy

February 6, 2018

I watched live this afternoon as SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy, featuring 28 rockets strapped together, the payload of a Tesla roadster complete with a Star Man, and the words “DON’T PANIC” in large, friendly letters right on the dash.  (Really appreciated that last bit.) The videography is pretty amazing, because they just stuck cameras […]

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The Toolbox Awaits

February 4, 2018

There are still places left in Taos Toolbox, the master class for writers of science fiction and fantasy.  This year’s workshop takes place June 17-30, 2018, in Angel Fire, New Mexico, and will be taught by Nancy Kress and Walter Jon Williams, with special guests Carrie Vaughn, E.M. Tippetts, and George R.R. Martin. We have […]

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Mezentian Bridge

February 2, 2018

So in last night’s dream, I had recruited a group of friends to re-enact the famous game of bridge played in E.R. Eddison’s classic fantasy novel The Mezentian Gate. The Zimiamvian fantasies of Eric Rücker Eddison deeply impressed me when I first read them, age thirteen or so.  I loved the stirring Jacobean prose, the fact […]

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