Monthly Archives: October 2005

La la la la la la la la

To the folks writing me e-mails asking me to comment about one thing or another happening in the world: You know, I would, but I’m going through one of my occasional periods of intense apathy about national and world events, so at the moment I’m finding it hard to care. I suspect it’s partly a […]

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Questions for a Soldier — an Old Man’s War Tale

One of the Whatever readers was apparently haunting the Subterranean Press site recently and noticed something there for pre-order called "An Old Man’s War Tale" and wanted to know what it was about. Well, now that I’ve finished it and it’s been accepted, I can tell you about it. Every year Subterranean Press puts out […]

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A Review of Four and Twenty Blackbirds

I was mentioning earlier that I had picked up Cherie Priest’s debut novel Four and Twenty Blackbirds and would be taking it with me to the trade show I went to last weekend; well, I did, and I read it while I was there, staying up until about 3am to finish it (fortunately, I didn’t […]

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Bell Ringing

At the local pumpkin festival, they have this fake rock wall that’s about 30 feet tall, with a buzzer on top you try to get to in order to ring. And here’s Athena at the top of that wall, ringing said buzzer. Actually for the second time, since the first time I was just busy […]

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Story re: Subterranean Magazine on SciFi.com

F&SF editor John Joseph Adams interviewed me on the upcoming Subterranean Magazine cliche issue for SciFi.com’s Sci Fi Wire, which makes this single story one of the great confluences of science fiction print in modern history! You can read the story here. And don’t forget to submit!

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Chrome Dome

It’s pretty much a fact that the balder you get, the shorter your hair needs to be in order to have it look good. The hair at the top of my head had gotten thin enough that not matter how short it got, it looked a little silly. So, I thought, screw it, and shaved […]

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Book Seven: Harry Potter and the Christopher Street Bathhouse

Somewhere on the Internet, writers of Harry Potter/Severus Snape slash have hearts exploding with squee.

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And Then They Made Her Queen of Their World

One of my favorite recent pictures of Athena. Notice the levitation. Boy, those alien tractor ray beams really do work! 

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Mad Crazy Laziness

Here’s the fact of the matter: Four and a half years ago, I packed up the vast majority of my CDs when I moved from Virginia to Ohio, and I never unpacked them. Before I packed the CDs away, I ripped about 1200 tracks off them onto my computer and also stuffed them into my […]

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Things to Know About Clones, Addendum

Sure, clones are cute when they’re small. But the rivalries. Oy.  

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Things to Know About Clones

Just some general notes on the care and feeding of clones.  1. They will always want to dress exactly the same. It’s a group identity thing. Try to get one to wear a different shirt or maybe some pants while the others are wearing shorts, and they all start screaming in this weirdly-synchronized, air-siren-like way, […]

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Adapted From Life

On one hand, this picture is substantially more color saturated than what came out of the camera. On the other hand, it’s only slightly less saturated than the sunset in real life. So on balance, I don’t feel too bad about setting Photoshop on this sunset. It’s closer to the real thing than you might […]

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Serenity Box Office Thoughts

This is going to get a fatwa upon my head from the browncoats, but Serenity‘s $10.1 million opening weekend is really not good at all. Unless the movie manages a truly heroic box office retention rate over the second weekend, which seems fairly unlikely, I’m guessing Serenity won’t recoup its $39 million production cost in […]

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Open for Business

For those of you still wondering if it’s time: Yes it is! I am now officially accepting submissions for Subterranean Magazine’s Spring ’06 issue, on the theme of science fiction cliches. Once again, here is the submission information. While I am indeed hoping to lure some big names to the fold, I am making a […]

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Chicago Trip Photoset

Rather than spend entirely too much time resizing photos and uploading them to show off my Chicago trip, I’ve gone ahead and gotten a Flickr account and let that service do all my heavy lifting for me. Therein, please to see this photo set of my Chicago trip, complete with caption commentary. The link takes […]

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Unfinished Business

There’s a meme going around right now in which writers list the first lines of their unfinished works (for example, see Charlie Stross’ opening lines here). I can’t participate because I don’t currently have any unfinished work. I don’t tend to write bits of something and then let it lie around while I work on […]

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The Geek’s Lament

I’m having a perfectly wonderful time here at the GLBA, but there’s one fly in the proverbial ointment, which is that the hotel’s in-room Internet service well and truly sucks. For the first half of the stay it was non-existent, thanks to a downed router or something, and since then, the best word for it […]

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The Great Lakes Booksellers Convention

Gaze, if you will, at the Holtzbrink table at the Great Lakes Bookseller Association convention, Tor being a subsidiary of said publishing group (and OMW being visible right there in the middle of the table — although not for long, because someone walked away with that copy not too long afterward). My major involvement with […]

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