Body Count

September 27, 2017

I’ve been watching the Ken Burns documentary on Vietnam, and trying not to be completely overcome by shell shock.  I lived through the era, but now seeing twelve or more years of folly and slaughter condensed into 10 episodes of television, is something like having 10 bad acid flashbacks in a row while being repeatedly […]

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Sea of Lost Ships

September 24, 2017

Via Janice, the announcement of a “ship graveyard” in the Black Sea, featuring the preserved remains of wrecks stretching over 2500 years.  Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman . . . it’s all there. The Black Sea is a notoriously stormy sea, and the Greeks called it Euxeinos Pontos, “the hospitable sea,” for the same reason they called […]

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Days of Frenzy

September 21, 2017

I had a lovely time traveling this summer, but I knew I was going to pay for it later.  And by later, I mean now. I’m working on a number of things more or less simultaneously.  Promoting Quillifer!, which will be released on October 3.  Doing an online sale of Voice of the Whirlwind, which (unfortunately) sort of […]

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First Review

September 19, 2017

My new novel, Quillifer, has received its first review, or at least the first review that anyone’s bothered to tell me about.  From Publishers Weekly: 09/11/2017 In this sprawling, lively episodic adventure, Williams (Angel Station) returns to his swashbuckling historical fantasy roots while exploring new territory. Eighteen-year-old Quillifer, a butcher’s son and legal apprentice, lives a life […]

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September 17, 2017

Hope you’re all having a pleasant weekend, doing pleasant weekend-like things.  Like sailing. This isn’t my boat, unfortunately, but I snapped its picture during my Northern jaunt, as it sailed past a bastion of Suomenlinna, also known as Sveaborg, the gigantic island fortress outside Helsinki harbor.  Despite being known as the Gibraltar of the North, […]

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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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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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