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Nerding Out on The Thing and In Time

This week at FilmCritic.com, a look at two recent science fiction films, In Time and The Thing, and why their box office performances was not, shall we say, everything either film makers or science fiction fans could have… Read More

Sunset, 11/15/11

Because it’s pretty, that’s why.  

The Thanksgiving Advent Calendar, Day Fifteen: My In-Laws

No, I’m not trying to suck up to my in-laws. I’ve been in the family for sixteen years, dating back to the day this picture was taken. We’re waaaaay past the sucking-up stage, I have to say. I… Read More

SFWA Seeking Jurors for the Norton YA Award

Each year the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) presents the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, celebrating the best writing in our genre, for our newest readers. Previous recipients of the… Read More

My Entry on Klout Now on CNNMoney

You can see it here, if you like. They pinged me yesterday and asked if they use it. I said, “sure.” I’m guessing that if the folks at Klout managed to miss it yesterday, they’ll catch it today.

The Thanksgiving Advent Calendar, Day Fourteen: Hand Sanitizer

There was this one time I was on a book tour, and I shook hands with someone in San Diego, and the next thing I knew I was in Minneapolis. Which would be fine, except somewhere in there… Read More

SFContario Appearance Schedule for This Weekend

Starting Thursday I will be in Toronto — one of North America’s very finest cities! — as the International Guest of Honor for SFContario 2, joining the estimable Karl Schroeder, Gardner Dozois and musical guests Toyboat, who are… Read More

In the Rabbit Room

We’ve had a spate of sub-freezing nights recently (although today is positively balmy at 60+ degrees), so we decided that it was time for Cthulhu, Lord Snuggleston, to come inside for the winter. Fortunately, we happen to have… Read More

DeKloutifying

I got a Klout account a few months ago when it did that promotion of allowing its members to get an early view of the US version of Spotify, and that was reason enough to give it a… Read More

The Thanksgiving Advent Calendar, Day 13: First-Person Shooter Games

Old Man’s War is my most famous novel to this point and one of the things that people like about it is that its structure and tone angles back to the “golden age” of science fiction — the… Read More

I Know This is an Ad But I Don’t Care

It’s both adorable and funny. SUE ME.

The Thanksgiving Advent Calendar, Day Twelve: Being Heard

I have the expectation that when I want to say something, people will listen. I have that expectation because for the large majority of my life that is what’s happened. When I was a child, I could expect… Read More

The Omelas Connection

At least a few people have pointed me in the direction of this SFGate column by Michelle Richmond, which uses “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” as a metaphor for what happened at Penn State. Ms. Richmond’s… Read More

The Thanksgiving Advent Calendar, Day Eleven: The Service of Veterans

Which include my father, father-in-law, brother, several cousins, and many friends. Thank you, folks. Really, thanks. (The story of that picture here, at the Wikipedia article I borrowed it from.)

In Which I Select a Current GOP Presidential Candidate to Vote For

As most of you are no doubt aware, in 2012, I am about as likely to vote for a GOP candidate for president as I am likely to vomit a Volkwagen Beetle straight out of my esophagus. But… Read More

The Thanksgiving Advent Calendar, Day Ten: Sleep

I’m not going to lie to you: I loooooooove sleep. In fact, I may love it too much at this point. There’s a quote I use a lot these days, which when I heard it was attributed to… Read More

Omelas State University

These things should be simple: 1. When, as an adult, you come come across another adult raping a small child, you should a) do everything in your power to rescue that child from the rapist, b) call the… Read More

The Thanksgiving Advent Calendar, Day Nine: Foreign Language Editions

Today’s Thanksgiving Advent Calendar entry will be short, on account of me being a bit punchy from being up since four am for the purposes of traveling, but showing you all the artwork for the upcoming Spanish language… Read More

“Fuzzy Nation” Spanish Artwork

Because I know you’re all wondering. The title has been changed, as it often is in translated versions; the new title means “The Unexpected Visitor,” which given the story is accurate enough. I’m told that this version of… Read More

V for Vendetta, O for Occupy

In this week’s FilmCritic.com column, I have a bit of a meditation on how the film V for Vendetta (and, yes, the graphic novel from which it was derived) has had an influence on the “Occupy” movement that… Read More