From the Earth to the Moon

August 25, 2017

You can’t say the week was without its variety. First the solar eclipse, and then four days in Grand Teton and Yellowstone parks.  So here I’ve documented the morning rainbow at the feet of the Lower Yellowstone Falls (it vanished a few minutes later as the sun rose), and below is the diamond ring as […]

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Solar Dragon

August 23, 2017

So we had a three-day turnaround between returning from Helsinki and starting our drive to Wyoming to see the eclipse.  It was a two-day drive to our guest ranch near Dubois (rhymes with Royce).  A two-day drive to watch a two-minute event seemed a little out of balance, so we’re staying for the rest of […]

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August 19, 2017

So here I am at Worldcon, signing a book for Finnish MP Jyrki Kasvi, who reads SF, can speak Klingon, wears a cowboy hat, and presented the Best Novel Hugo. Honestly, why can’t we get legislators like this? The photo is by my hard-working minder, Pekka Rantasaari.

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Stand By for Greatness

August 15, 2017

So while I was in Finland, Orbit reverted the rights to all three of the Dagmar Shaw books. I’ll try to make those available as soon as I can.  I can hardly do a worse job of promoting them than the original publisher.

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Native Speaker

August 11, 2017

I am interviewed in Aamulehti, the second-largest newspaper in Finland. You will be amazed at how well I speak Finnish.  

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At the Worldcon

August 9, 2017

  I am at the 75th Worldcon, and it is perfectly glorious. Also, the headline says I’m a “sci-fi great.”  I won’t disagree.

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August 7, 2017

Walking around Stockholm, I saw this statue, which I believe is that of Jean-Charles Bernadotte, the Gascon sergeant who rose to the rank of general during the French Revolution, and who then married Napoleon’s old girlfriend Desiree and went on to become King Karl XIV Johan of Sweden, founder of the present line of Swedish […]

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Me, On Finnish Radio

August 5, 2017

I am interviewed on a Swedish-language station on Finnish state radio!  The analysis is in Swedish, but I’m speaking English.  (No surprise there.) Just hit the Avsnitt for 5.8.2017.  I think. And here’s a transcript of the interview, entirely in Swedish for those of you who want to puzzle it out.

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Gustaf Slept Here

August 4, 2017

We are in lovely Stockholm.  This involved 13 miserable hours on a ferry from Turku, though the misery was mitigated by glorious views of first the Finnish, and then the Swedish, archipelago.  By the end I didn’t care about the archipelago, I just wanted to get off the damn boat. Stockholm’s series of islands is […]

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August 1, 2017

So a military attaché, a philosopher, and a couple writers went out on a boat . . . Sounds like the beginning of a joke, and maybe it was, but I assure you it actually happened. Friend of the blog Marcus Prest (author of Android, etc.) has been playing host to us in Turku for the […]

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