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An Interview With the Christmas Bunny

Your name, please. Aloysius McFuzz. And your profession? I am the Christmas Bunny. The Christmas Bunny. That is correct. Not the Easter Bunny. No, but close. But the Christmas Bunny is a franchise. Franchise? Yes. You know what… Read More

Stats Geekery Addendum

In October, I posted an entry about the readership stats for Whatever and noted at the time that it’s often difficult to get a true bead on how many people are reading what I’m writing here, in part… Read More

I Write About Some Science Fiction Films, and Try To Be Brave

Specifically, I’m talking about the SF films of 2010, in an “end-of-the-year wrapup” fashion, in my column for FilmCritic.com. Please go visit, because now that the SG:U gig is gone, this is the only regular paycheck I have… Read More

An Interview With the Nativity Innkeeper

Your name, please. Ben Cohen. Occupation? Retired. I was an innkeeper. In Bethlehem. Right. And in fact it was your inn where Jesus was born. That’s right. Well, not in the inn itself. Out back. In the animal… Read More

Early Cr-48 Impressions

I’ve had the Chrome laptop for six whole hours now. What do I think of it so far? Well: * The black, matte “no distinguishing marks” look of the computer really appeals to my baser nerderati impulses, i.e.,… Read More

I’m a British Fantasy Award Nominee

For this very blog, in the non-fiction category. Very cool! Here’s the entire list of nominees, via SF Signal. Congrats to all of them. Update: Whoops, this information is from June. This is what I get for not… Read More

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Nerdmas

Hey, guess what showed up on my doorstep today: Yup, it’s one of those Cr-48s, from Google. Apparently they saw me kvetch enough about wanting one and sent one along. I did also sign up to be a… Read More

Candy Candy Candy

Many of you know that before I had novels published, I was a frequent contributor to the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader series of books — those books filled with informative, fun trivia articles just long enough to take… Read More

Yet Another 10 Things I’ve Done That You Probably Have Not

Following on this list, which follows on this one. Not saying you never did any of these things, just that I suspect you probably haven’t. I think the odds are in my favor overall. And if you have… Read More

About Time

Congratulations to our gay and lesbian service members, who very soon will no longer have to worry about “don’t ask, don’t tell.” The arc of history bends toward justice, indeed.

Zoe, In Japanese Form

Japan’s been a very good market for me, both in sales and in attention (I won the Seiun Award this year for best translated novel, for The Last Colony), so it’s nice to see Zoe’s Tale out there… Read More

A Relevant Issue With Cloud Computers

Cory Doctorow points it out in a tweet: A cloud computer is just like a regular computer, except you have to ask permission from the phone company every time you use it. And this is why even though… Read More

Taxes and Obama

I mentioned that I wanted to hold off commenting on the tax legislation deal agreed to by Obama and the GOP until after it passed. Well, it passed and Obama’s going to sign it into law later today…. Read More

Stargate: Universe Cancellation Followup

So, to answer some of the questions and comments I’ve seen here and various other places. Bear in mind I’m speaking for me and only for me. Why was the show canceled? I’m not privy to the inner… Read More

Ending the Day on a High Note

I know we’re all sad about SG:U, and years from now we’ll talk about where we were when we found out the show was cancelled, but hey: Here’s a cute picture of my kid, looking all introspective in… Read More

Stargate Universe Cancelled

Here’s the tweet that says it, from Syfy’s Craig Engler, about ten minutes ago: I’ll have more to say about it at some point soon, but for now I’ll say that it’s a shame, and also that it… Read More

A General Reminder, Re: Bacon

Dear Assembled Masses: Okay, it’s not quite 2 pm as I write this and I’ve already gotten six bacon-related e-mails today, so it’s probably a good time to remind people of this: The Canonical Bacon Page. It’s where… Read More

Just Arrived, 12/16/10

Hey! Look what I got in the mail! * Soul Hunt, Margaret Ronald (Harper Voyager): The third book in Ronald’s fabulous urban fantasy series has our paranormally empowered heroine discovering that she owes a debt to someone very… Read More

Sequels, Remakes, and Transformers in 3-D

Over at Filmcritic.com today, I dip into the mailbag and answer questions about whether 2010 is unusually pocked with sequels and remakes, and what it means for the next Transformers movie to be in 3D, especially when Michael… Read More

Hey! Baen’s Updated Its Web Site!

And it’s celebrating its new look by offering you a free story: “Space Hero” by Patrick Lundrigan, which by its very title alone you can tell is going to be perfectly Baen-tastic. Check out the new look and… Read More