Monthly Archives: March 2006

St. Patrick’s Day Blatherations

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, first off. St. Patrick’s came up on us rather by surprise, mostly because we’ve all been varying degrees of sick over here, and therefore not really paying attention to frivolities. I guess you can say I gave up St. Patrick’s Day for Lent. Not that I observe lent, except occasionally to […]

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An Astronomy Workshop for SF Writers?

Hey, SF writers, check this out: Science fiction writer Mike Brotherton is also a professor of astronomy at the University of Wyoming, and is thinking about the feasibility of doing two-week workshop for SF writers about science (and particularly astronomy), possibly to be funded by NASA. But in order to pry the money out of […]

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Magic Lessons

Many congratulations to my pal Justine Larbalestier, whose second novel, the delightful Magic Lessons, debuts today. It continues the journey of Reason Cansino, the young heroine who was at the heart of her first novel Magic or Madness, and see her struggling to deal with her family’s history and its implications for her own future. […]

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When People Who Don’t Get It Attack

This fellow thinks I gave a “lukewarm” review to Glenn Reynold’s An Army of Davids for fear of displeasing his Instapunditness, who might then stop giving my books his all-encompassing love. He also calls me a hack. After I stopped giggling at both these things, I posted a long comment on his site, which I […]

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New TGB reviews

Hey! A nice review of The Ghost Brigades in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, and it gives a shout-out to the idea that the book is fun to read even for folks who aren’t steeped in SF. This is happy news, because I aim for accessible. The review also gives a thumbs up to […]

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Coming Around to My Way of Thinking

An interesting datum from a new and largely disastrous new poll for President Bush: President Bush’s declining image also is reflected in the single-word descriptions people use to describe their impression of the president. Three years ago, positive one-word descriptions of Bush far outnumbered negative ones. Over the past two years, the positive-negative balance has […]

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Thoughts on An Army of Davids

I‘m reading Glenn Reynolds’ An Army of Davids, and I’m not in the least bit surprised to say I find not much of it surprising; this book includes much of the tech- and markets-related thinking that Glenn’s been working on at Instapundit and in his various online columns, boils it down into an easy-to-carry package, […]

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The Money Entry

An e-mail this morning: You’ve said before that you make more than most other writers. If you don’t mind me asking, how much do you make? How do you know it’s more than what other writers make? Just in case any of you were wondering whether people feel like they can ask me anything. On […]

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Subterranean Magazine Cliche Issue Available for Pre-Order

Um, the title to this entry pretty much says it all, so there’s no need to elaborate on it, I suspect. Here’s the link to pre-order. The magazine comes in two flavors: The standard magazine ($6 single copy US; $9 non-US), and a limited hardcover edition for $80 which will be signed by many (if […]

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Philadelphia Inquirer Podcast is Up

It’s here. It’s me chatting with Inquirer reporter David Hiltbrand about The Ghost Brigades — but also esoteric concepts about space and colonization and all that. I think Hiltbrand asked some good questions, so it’s an interesting podcast, and I use the word “basically” far less this time around than I did in my last […]

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If I Ran the Nebulas

Not that anyone’s actually asking, but if I were in charge of the Nebulas, the awards the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America give out to honor the best writing in the genre, here’s what I would do: 1. Put the awards on a calendar year schedule. The Nebula awards are currently on a […]

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Flooding, Plus Links

As you can see, the monsoons have returned to western Ohio — soon it will be time to plant the rice. Alternately, this is what you get when a big-ass strom front drops three inches of water on already-saturated ground. My understanding is that there is more rain coming as well. Fortunately I am stocked […]

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OMW Hardcover, Out of Print

It looks like all the hardcovers of for Old Man’s War are gone: I can’t find anyone selling it online (well, for less than $39.27, which I don’t suggest you pay), and since I don’t think I actually ever personally saw it in a bookstore, I don’t suspect there are many hanging around the shelves, […]

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Reader Request Week 2006 #7: Writing on Writing

We’re getting to the close of Reader Request Week 2006 — and a successful one it was — so to clear the decks, I thought I’d do an omnibus entry featuring questions related to books and writing. So let’s line up your questions and see what pithy answers I can pull out of my head. […]

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Reader Request Week 2006 #6: Paranoid Parents

Thoughts on childhoods past and present, from cisko: Why have we changed so much, in the past 20 years, about how we protect our kids? And what is (or would be) going too far? One example: As kids, my brothers and I would spend all day riding our bikes around the neighborhood, playing with other […]

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Reader Request Week 2006 #5: A Political Judiciary

Activist judges everywhere! Ohako asks: “When did the judiciary become so political? Activist judges here, there, and everywhere!! I once sat on a jury, and when we were done, we explained our verdict a little to the judge. He didn’t care, and I was impressed because I realized that it was his job not to […]

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Reader Request Week 2006 #4: The Nintendo Revolution

Mmmm… let’s talk video games! Greg Lescoe asks: Having been a videogame journalist for some time, I would assume you’re keeping tabs to at least some degree on the industry itself. That said, what do you think about Nintendo’s potentially risky gamble to eschew better visuals (at this point not as significant an upgrade as […]

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