Monthly Archives: October 2006

Things I Wasn’t Expecting to Get in the Mail, Example Number One

It’s a commendation from the Ohio General Assembly for being nominated for the Hugo and for winning the Campbell. I honestly have no idea where this came from (aside from, you know, the Ohio General Assembly). I certainly didn’t alert the government. I got a large envelope from State Senator Tom Roberts, and my first […]

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Quick Auction Update; Answering “Sagan” Questions

Bill Schafer forwarded me a note from the Minneapolis Public Library thanking him for his $5,000 contribution to the John M. Ford Book Endowment, and with that every bit of the auction for The Last Colony is taken care of: Book sent, bills paid, done. So, one last time, I want to thank Bill for […]

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Eternal Spamnation

As an FYI for everyone, the amount of comment spammage this site gets appears to be on the rise over the last couple of weeks. Sometimes I catch it before you notice it, sometimes I don’t. However, if I don’t catch it before you’re aware of it, don’t feel that you need to alert me […]

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“The Android’s Dream” Review in Booklist

I’ve seen it. It’s very nice. I don’t think I can quote the whole thing yet, but here’s the first line: Scalziā€™s third ingenious novel in less than two years speeds his transition from rising star to major player in the sf community. Somebody better get down here with a whole box of pins, because […]

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Server Woes

The server my domain is on has apparantly lost the hamsters that were spinning its discs, so the site has been intermittent today and may be again. If you suddenly can’t reach the site, that’s why. For those of you who wonder why I bother to post a note like this when no one can […]

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Lucasphobia

From e-mail, in the aftermath of yesterday’s entry on Star Wars as not-entertainment: As a science fiction writer, don’t you ever worry that badmouthing George Lucas is going to hurt your career? In a word: no. For one thing, let’s have some perspective: George Lucas is the billionaire creator of the single most financially successful […]

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Lucasphobia

From e-mail, in the aftermath of yesterday’s entry on Star Wars as not-entertainment: As a science fiction writer, don’t you ever worry that badmouthing George Lucas is going to hurt your career? In a word: no. For one thing, let’s have some perspective: George Lucas is the billionaire creator of the single most financially successful […]

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The Lie of Star Wars as Entertainment

Pyr Books main man Lou Anders points me in the direction of a call and response discussion on the topic of science fiction and “entertainment,” as in, is written science fiction entertaining enough to capture the unwashed masses who watch it on TV and in the movies but don’t bother to read the stuff. The […]

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The Ghost Brigades Currently Sold Out on Amazon

It’s been brought to my attention that at the moment Amazon appears to be fresh out of The Ghost Brigades, and folks are wondering if that means it’s out of print. The answer: Not as far as I know. The paperback isn’t going to be out until next May, so that’s kind of a long […]

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The Android’s Dream Review at SFRevu

Lest I forget to mention the novel I actually have coming out this month, there’s another review of The Android’s Dream, over at SFRevu. I’ll note to you prior to linking that the review has spoilers in it, in the fourth paragraph, so I recommend sort of letting your eye slide past that particular graph. […]

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The Last Colony Auction Winner; Announcing “The Sagan Diary”

All right, now it’s official: The winner of the auction for the super-exclusive edition of The Last Colony is Bill Schafer, publisher of Subterranean Press, who bid $5,000 for the book. So that’s $5,000 that’s going to the John M. Ford Book Endowment. I’m happy and flabbergasted at that amount. Happy because this helps Mike […]

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Sunset, 10/09/06

You know what I like best about doing the sunset picture entries? I don’t have to do anything. I just snap a picture, you know?

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Sunset, 10/09/06

You know what I like best about doing the sunset picture entries? I don’t have to do anything. I just snap a picture, you know?

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Tidbitty Goodness, 10/9/06

Other things I’m thinking about: * First, hi, I’m back in Ohio, and never more shall I roam, at least not until mid-November, at which point I’ll be going to Philcon. My flight back from California was a great deal less dramatic than my flight in, and driving on the way home I did the […]

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Who’s Next?

Hey, North Korea’s got the bomb! But don’t worry, Americans, you know that the Bush Administration and their apparatchiks are on the job to do what is undoubtedly the most important thing now for the good of the country and the world: Find a way to blame it on Bill Clinton. Yeah, I know, cynical […]

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Another Travel Day

I’m going to be busy trying to get home today, so I won’t have any time to play around here. But I don’t want you to be bored, so here: Play some Bejeweled while I’m out. See you tomorrow.

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Mmmmm… ARCy Goodness.

My reward for signing a big ol’ stack of Ghost Brigades for the fine booksellers of Northern California: an ARC of Dan Simmons’ new book The Terror. I mention this for the sole purpose of inspiring insane jealousy in at least a couple of people who I know read the Whatever. Because I am a […]

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Blatheration for a Saturday

Ahhhh, I feel much better now. Shortly after posting yesterday I went out into the real world, which, as it turned out, had a nearby farmer’s market, at which I bought a lot of really amazingly fresh fruit and empanadas, and I had some of each, and then I self-medicated with a Coke, and all […]

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Gaaaah, Redux

Just in to Oakland. Bad morning. Crushing headache. Need caffeine. Talk later. And how are you?

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Gaaaaaah: An Open Thread

My internet connection is not playing nice today, and I have too many other things to do today to spend a lot of time on it. So, here, have an open thread. To get the conversation rolling, consider one (or both) of these two topics: 1. Should there be a corollary to Godwin’s Law that […]

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