Office in Progress

As most of you are aware, I’ve been renovating my office for the last few months, a process which has included repainting, taking out the old carpet, putting in new floors and shelves, getting new furniture and so… Read More

Please Stand By

The good news is: Hit my deadline. Go me. The bad news is: My morning is going to be taken up with the running of the daughter over to the doctor’s, because she is feeling poorly, which is… Read More

Science Fiction Films and the Environment

Over at FilmCritic.com this week, I’m looking at environmental themes in science fiction, and whether the oil spill in the gulf means that we’re likely to have more film of an environmental stripe over the next couple of… Read More

I Totally Have a Deadline Today

So can’t play right now. See you all a bit later.

And Now For Some Winsomely Winsome Music

Kat Edmonson, “Lucky”: Because it fits my mood right now, that’s why. Her site also has a fairly nifty cover of “Just Like Heaven,” incidentally.

The Self-Awareness of Incompetence (or Lack Thereof)

Long-time readers of Whatever will remember that a couple of years ago I made mention of the “Dunning-Kruger Syndrome,” in which an incompetent person is not aware of his or her own incompetence. Over at the New York… Read More


Hey, remember that thing I did last weekend? When I took the weekend off and had a life outside of the computer? Yeah? Okay, then: I’m gonna do it again. Like, now. See you Monday.

Joe Barton Just Wants to Have His Life Back

There are many ways to distinguish between the two major political parties in the United States, but one of the more obvious ways is in how they choose to implode. Democrats, for example, tend to implode in slow… Read More

Dude, I am HUGE in Germany + METAtropolis Review

Look at this kickass ad for the German version of The Android’s Dream, off the German iBookstore, in Germany: I love it when publishers spend money advertising my books. Makes me all warm inside, it does. I mean,… Read More

15 Years

Yesterday was the 17th anniversary of the first date between Krissy and myself, the day before that the 16th anniversary of my marriage proposal, and today, as it happens, is the 15th anniversary of our wedding. Yes, that’s… Read More

The Big Idea: Nnedi Okorafor

What do spiders have to do with stories? For most of us, not much of anything, unless the spider gets into the book you’re reading, in which case it might get very physically involved in the story when… Read More


As constant — nay, fanatical — readers of this site, you’ll recall how yesterday was the 16th anniversary of me proposing marriage to Krissy. Well, today is the 17th anniversary of the two of us having our first… Read More

Book Sequels and the Likelihoods Thereof

I’m getting a lot of questions about whether I’m going to write sequels to various books, so it’s time to create a standard document on the topic so that I can refer people to it rather than repeating… Read More

The Failure Mode of Clever

So, apropos of nothing in particular, let’s say you wish to communicate privately with someone you’ve not communicated with privately before, for whatever reason you might have. And, wanting to stand out from the crowd, you decide to… Read More

80s Science Fiction Films: Which Should Get the “Karate Kid” Treatment?

The remake of The Karate Kid made a whole bunch of money last weekend, so now every studio will be looking at 80s movies to reheat and remake. In my FilmCritic.com column, I offer up one science fiction… Read More

One of the Better Questions I Ever Asked

Sixteen years ago today I asked Krissy to marry me. She said yes, and I’ve worked since then to make sure she’s never regretted answering in the affirmative. It’s been worth the effort.

From the “Hey, This is Nice” Bin

And it this: I and Whatever have been nominated for a British Fantasy Award this year in the non-fiction category. How cool is that? My thanks to the folks at the British Fantasy Society for the nod; it’s… Read More

The Big Idea: Leanna Renee Hieber

Author Leanna Renee Hieber likes all things Gothic, and I’m not just saying that because when I met her at Phoenix Comicon a few weeks ago, she was dressed head to foot in a sumptuously Gothic blue and… Read More

Hugo Voters Packet is Expanding

The folks at AussieCon4 have just sent me a note to tell me that the Hugo Voters Packet, already packed to the gills with nominated works, has expanded to include additional nominated works as well as many of… Read More

Two Weeks to Viable Paradise Application Deadline

A reminder to you aspiring writers of science fiction and fantasy: You have until the 30th of this month to get in your applications to Viable Paradise, the week-long science fiction and fantasy workshop that I teach at,… Read More