Artificial Reality

April 18, 2018

Here’s tonight’s crescent moon, with Venus in the lower right corner.  Venus is red because she’s close to the horizon. This is actually Photoshopped.  The reason it’s Photoshopped is that my new Canon hardly ever manages to focus properly on a distant object sitting in the sky.  If only I could focus manually . . […]

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News from the North

April 17, 2018

Last year’s discovery of a tomb beneath the restored Church of St. Nicholas in Demre, Turkey, may yet produce the body of St. Nick himself, and settle whether Santa is buried in Turkey, or in Ireland (which claims it), or in Italy, where Venice and Bari both claim his body,(or maybe just parts thereof). But this […]

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Tiny Heads

April 14, 2018

Behold!  It is a video of my Guest of Honor interview at last year’s Worldcon 75, conducted by Joshua Bilmes.  The first 20 minutes or so seems to be missing, but don’t worry, we’re just getting to the exciting part! If you go full-screen, you may be able to actually see me, somewhere in the […]

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A Toolbox Full of Goodness

April 11, 2018

Taos Toolbox 2018 is full, with 18 talented attendees, plus instructors and speakers Nancy Kress, Walter Jon Williams, Carrie Vaughn, George RR Martin, and EM Tippets. It’s going to be awesome. And there will be plenty of inspiration on offer, because no less than three of the current Nebula nominees are Toolbox veterans: Lawrence M. […]

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Bull Piss and Mummies

April 10, 2018

Would it change the power or poetry of Rain, Steam and Speed: The Great Western Railway if we learned that the evaporative yellows that infuse the atmosphere with mystical light were wrought from the distilled urine of cows cruelly raised on a diet consisting exclusively of mango leaves? Here Kelly Grovier asks the question: What is great […]

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Miss Jones

April 5, 2018

I’ve finished watching Season Two of Jessica Jones, wherein it was demonstrated that our alcoholic, PTSD-afflicted, short-fused trainwreck of a heroine is by far the sanest person in her family. I mean, wow.  Turn the cray-cray up to 11. The first season had David Tennant as Kilgrave, the creepy stalker who is, basically, the obsessed character […]

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Terran Prize Awarded!

April 2, 2018

The 2018 Terran Prize, founded by George R.R. Martin and consisting of a full tuition scholarship to the Taos Toolbox master class for writers of science fiction and fantasy, has been awarded to Joey Yu. Joey Yu was born in Taipei, educated in Vancouver, and now works in Shanghai as a freelance creator.  He is the author […]

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Gucci Does Wild Cards

April 1, 2018

Gucci at Fashion Week?  Totally inspired by Wild Cards. Check it out.  

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Local Sunset Time

March 28, 2018

A view off the back porch just at sunset. I noticed, just after I snapped this picture, that in the far distance are a couple horses caught in the act of making little horses. It’s all just part of Nature’s Pageant, folks.

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Talking with George

March 24, 2018

So here I am at the Jean Cocteau Theater in Santa Fe, being interviewed by George R.R. Martin.  Right at the start he says I’m an important guy, so I must be. The whole interview runs an hour and twenty-two minutes, so prepare yourself for a surfeit of delights. I’ve had some download trouble with […]

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