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Writing Gender

The first half to this is here. As I am writing, I check in with my co-writer from time to time, mainly to work out issues like the example that follows. You see, I’m writing...

Who Got Cultural Studies In My Fandom?

Bendições from Brazil!  By the time this post goes live, I will have been in this lovely country for two whole weeks, and will be getting ready to head back Stateside.  But being here...

ABSOLUTE ZERO: Cool – Really Cool – Websites

The Amazing Blog Team covers a lot of internet territory during the week - a LOT of territory. From author blogs to news sites, videos and podcasts, forums and Ezines, so much territory that...

TIME MACHINE: Past Popular Posts

Our most popular posts from the week of July 7th, 2013 There Will Be Girls There: A Few Notes on the Changing Face of Fandom Ten Reasons for Not Boycotting Ender’s Game Interview with Award-Winning...

AMAZING News 7/14/13

UPDATE:  Some items were inadvertently left off of the original news post and have now been included. CAUSES BOYCOTT Ender's Game Movie Sign the SF Authors Stamps Petition Help Save 1,100 Classic SF Works How To Report...

IAAA Gallery: Julie Jones – Spiritually Spacey

Julie Rodríguez Jones is an independent artist both physically and stylistically. Julie’s space art usually falls into the impressionistic category (colloquially we call ourselves “swirlies” in the IAAA) —though not always and she will...

Marketing 101: Book giveaways

I'm often asked what is the "biggest bang for your buck" from a marketing perspective, and the answer is hands down: Book Giveaways.  But here's the thing.  They have to be done the "right...

The Artful Collector: Handling Difficult People Part 3 – What makes Artists and Collectors...

In the past two posts I've written about collectors and artists "From Hell" - the ways they can be high maintenance people . . . to the point where I lose patience and don't...

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 25)

A Writer’s Magic Bakery: Selling your stories again (and again, and again...) Welcome back to my series on marketing and selling short fiction. Last week, I wrapped up a mini-series on everything that happens after...

Stumbling Into a Free-Fall

Free-Fall by Graham Templeton is a thought provoking story from the June 2013, Issue 18 of Clarkesworld Magazine with precise character utilization, and a pleasure to stumble upon.

The Apollo Program, A Personal Journal: Apollo Guidance Computer

The first task I was assigned in October of 1968 was to determine exactly how the onboard autopilot was supposed to operate during reentry, and that meant digging through the inner workings of the Apollo Guidance Computer itself.

An Interview with Hugh Howey

Hugh Howey wasn’t a name many were familiar with until his self-published book Wool went viral. Now on the best-seller charts across the planet, we sit down to find out what’s next for the Silo and...

Ten Reasons for Not Boycotting Ender’s Game

There's a movement to boycott the upcoming movie Ender's Game based on a popular and award-winning Orson Scott Card novel of the same name. The basis of the boycott is that Card is a Mormon...

Humanity’s Armored Hope: A Pacific Rim Review

It's bizarre to consider, but I've been plagued all week on how to begin my review of Guillermo Del Toro's new giant monsters versus giant robots movie, Pacific Rim, not because I couldn't parse how...

L. SPRAGUE DE CAMP 2 HYBORIAN TIMES

As mentioned in an earlier post, L. Sprague de Camp attempted to turn Sword & Sorcery down a logical, Science Fictional route (ala John W. Campbell's Unknown) with his Pusadian stories, but in this...

What Gets Preserved?

The library of Alexandria was the largest and most comprehensive repository of knowledge in the ancient world. In 46 AD (according to some sources) it burned. Countless scrolls went up in flames, in some...

Anime roundup 7/12/2013: The World Is Illusion

It's season premiere time, so let's set aside the continuing shows for a week to look at new stuff. (Space Brothers is taking the week off, anyway.) Day Break Illusion premiere - Akari Taiyō is...

EL ATAQUE DE LOS CUBANOS SOBREVIENTES

El domingo pasado presenté (a pesar de los terribles problemas técnicos) una visión crítica de la película cubana “Juan de los muertos”. Sí, me dirán algunos que como yo están hartos de que nuestros monstruos...

Against the Boycott of Ender’s Game

When I returned to reading science fiction as adult I discovered a whole new generation of authors:Greg Bear, David Brin, William Gibson, Octavia E. Butler, and Orson Scott Card. In each case I would read a recommended book...

A Fan’s History – Part 3

And I’m still not done talking about cons! Continuing with our talk about cons that have grown out of the SF con, we have things like Steampunk and Anime cons. Steampunk arose from the idea...

Review: Europa Report

Full disclosure:  Europa Report is currently in pay-per-view and will be in theater release in August.  I was provided an online copy to view for this review by the kind folks at Magnolia Pictures publicity. Europa...
Stardust by Nina Allan

Stardust: The Ruby Castle Stories, by Nina Allan

Stardust is one of three books by Nina Allan published so far this year. First was the story collection Microcosmos. Next came the novella, Spin. Now we have Stardust, published as a very striking...

Dinosaurs are NOT Bulletproof!

As I watched a repeat episode of Mythbusters the other night, I was reminded of one of my pet peeves in Science Fiction and Fantasy- the ineffectiveness of firearms. The Mythbusters were testing why...

Weeaboos of the Renaissance

Weeaboos? Weeaboos? If you don't know what a weeaboo is, you probably aren't one. If you'd rather be quite sure, visit this link and play weeaboo bingo with yourself! The checklist to the right is courtesy...

Gunbuster: Adventures in Shonen Tropes

Studio Gainax veteran Hiroyuki Imaishi has been in the news lately for his upcoming project, Kill La Kill, which reminded me--I've been meaning to write a big fat recommendation post for the 1980s classic, Aim for...

The Unknown Depths of Capsule

One thing videogames are quite good at is ambiguity. An ambiguous novel is hard to pull off at best, infuriating at worst: you need to be told what's happening in order to imagine anything,...

Review: First Citizen by Thomas T. Thomas

Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Baen; First Edition edition (December 1, 1987) First Citizen by Thomas T. Thomas Julius Caesar is one of the few figures from Ancient History to be recognisable almost everywhere, although most of what people know...

Using the Subtext of Body Language in Storytelling

Kinesics is the study of “body language”, which explores how movements and gestures project a person’s hidden thoughts. Blushing is an obvious reaction. But more subtle ones can be used. When body language contradicts...

Are You Excited About Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary?

November 23rd, is the date that every sci-fi fan is eagerly waiting to see what the BBC has in store for us with its celebratory episode of 50 years of the world's most famous Doctor. In my...

New Volume Collects Jack Kirby’s Early SF Work

Talking animals and floating heads. You know you want it.