I have renewed my membership to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Which is good because, you know, I am president of that organization. And it would be awkward to be in arrears on membership. And… Read More
And if memory serves, it will be the first time I am in that fine town. Looking forward to it. Will update later, once I arrive. Keep yourselves fitfully amused until then.
By now you know that the US Supreme Court has largely upheld “ObamaCare,” on a 5-4 vote. Here is the complete ruling. I am traveling today so I won’t have much to say on follow-up, but my immediate… Read More
Proof once again that often the author is the very last person to know about these things: the second (and most recently updated) version of The Rough Guide to the Universe, my astronomy book, is out and available… Read More
As hard as it is to believe, the long, crazy Redshirts tour is finally coming to a close with two more events, one in Lexington and one in Louisville. After this I go home and have to, you… Read More
The headline says it all (SEO mavens everywhere must be proud). Here’s the Patrick Phillips Show Web site, which will give you all the details, including how to listen to the show. You can even e-mail in some… Read More
Every time I see that some jackass out there is positing that women aren’t actually funny, I think about Nora Ephron and I laugh at their stupidity. Nora Ephron was funny, and was funny in multiple media, and… Read More
I have left my MacBook Air at an airport. AGAIN. (sighs) Boy, I tell you, if I did not have a contractual work due, a family and people I love, a moral sense that recoils against self-abnegation and… Read More
Look! I’m at an airport again! For those interested, my trip to NYC went very well. I came in primarily to be interviewed at the New York Times — no, not for a job (although if they ever… Read More
This time for interviews and business meetings. No public events, sorry. But if you see me walking about randomly, you know, because it’s so easy to spot individuals on New York’s uncrowded streets, be sure to say hello…. Read More
No? Good. Here are three links for you. 1. The AV Club reviews Redshirts, offers some really big spoilers (so, you know, heads up) but also says this: “Redshirts pushes the limits of parody, then revels in the… Read More
The good news is that I am going home. For about sixteen hours! I hardly know what to do with myself. See you all this afternoon.
At the Fourth Street Fantasy convention this weekend, friends and fellow writers have been asking me how I’m doing. My answer is “things are great, but I have tour brain.” To which they nod and offer me sympathetic… Read More
Between signings and panels and seeing real live friends. Please amuse yourselves until tomorrow. I thank you in advance for your cooperation.
I’m pretty sure it obliquely references this piece of mine, incidentally.
This is from the Stay Awake album, which is seriously one of my favorite albums ever.
A reminder to all and sundry that I will be in the Minneapolis area this weekend, both to participate in the 4th Street Fantasy convention and also to do a signing at Uncle Hugo’s bookstore on Saturday. Here’s… Read More
A question from the gallery: Now that Redshirts has become a New York Times bestseller, to what do you attribute its success? Anything that could be replicated by the rest of us? To answer the second part first:… Read More
When confronting the incomprehensible universe, it’s sometimes useful to have something to cart stuff around in. Simple, proletarian wisdom, or something more? Anne E. Johnson argues for “something more,” especially as it relates to her science fiction novel… Read More
As part of my continuing mission to remind authors and other creative people that there is nothing they will ever create that will be universally loved, here are some choice comments from one-star reviews of Redshirts, my current,… Read More