For those of you who don’t already know what I think about everything, the SF zine Some Fantastic has a pretty long interview with me in its latest edition (note: 2.2 MB pdf download in that last link). In the interview you’ll discover why Old Man’s War protagonist John Perry is not my “Mary Sue” (and which character is), why the war in my books doesn’t map to the wars down here, why I don’t do media tie-ins, and why I work on novels more than short fiction. In sum, lots of interesting yabber yabber. Enjoy.
The really interesting thing is that it’s gotten to a point where Athena doesn’t really blink anymore when I add an extra finger to her hand, or make her eyes the size of saucers, or give her vampire teeth. She’s pretty much immune to the Photoshoppery at this point.
To forestall the inevitable “aren’t you on deadline?” cracks, this was actually for something I was doing for By The Way. Yeah, I got paid for this. So there.
The ACLU is defending the right of the Westboro Baptist Church to picket funerals. That gig’s gotta suck. I think the members of the Westboro Baptist Church are hateful little worms who ought to fall down a sewer drain and receive an entirely appropriate demise therein; I also strongly suspect they have a valid First Amendment case. We’ll see what the ACLU does with it.
However it goes, this will be a fine case to point out the next time someone blatherates about the ACLU just being for godless liberal freaks. Clearly it’s for the fundamentalist conservative freaks, too.