Monthly Archives: March 2007

Taking the Weekend Off: An Open Thread

You know what, this is the last weekend that I’m actually going to be spending at home between now and mid-May, thanks to various speaking and touring commitments. I think I might actually spend it with my family instead of here. No offense. See you all on Monday with a wrap-up of Reader Request Week […]

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My Big Geek Two Page Spread

Should you pick up a copy of Geek Monthly this month, the one with Mary Lynn Rajskub on it, you know, like you do, you geek, then this is what awaits you on pages 26 and 27. Perhaps not as faplicious as Ms. Rajskub (and if you disagree with this assessment, please don’t tell me), […]

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Reader Request 2007 #5: Out of Poverty

Castiron asks: What advice would you give to someone who wants to help folks who are poor (either specific individuals they know, or poor people in their community in general) become not-poor? Well, Castiron, if you can’t give them good jobs with good wages and excellent benefits — which would be helpful — then what […]

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Reader Request Week 2007 #4: The Inevitable Blackness That Will Engulf Us All

Adam Ziegler, who I think really needs a hug, asks: The world is a sad place. One can argue that some things have improved in recent centuries and decades, yet with every turn of the sun, parents lose their beloved children, innocents are maimed or forced in slavery, wars rage, and most people on this […]

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Author Interview: Alma Alexander

Over at the Ficlets Blog today, I’m interviewing Alma Alexander about her latest book, the YA Worldweavers: Gift of the Unmage. We also talk about her world travels, making characters who deny then defy expectations, and whether writing can be taught. If you miss all this, generations hence will mark this as a black day […]

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Well, That Didn’t Take Long

And it’s something I’ve been expecting since I accepted the nomination, so this is pretty much right on time: Whether I am fannish enough for the Best Fan Writing Hugo category. Discuss (politely).

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2007 Hugo Nomination Thoughts

Some thoughts on this year’s Hugo nominations. Yes, I’ll talk about my nomination — how can I not? — but let me get through some other thoughts first. * First, what the hell? I assumed that the first Worldcon based in Japan might actually have some Japanese nominees on it somewhere, but as this Hugo […]

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2007 Hugo Nominations

Yes, I’m nominated. Try to find me. Here’s the list: NovelMichael F. Flynn, Eifelheim (Tor)Naomi Novik, His Majesty’s Dragon (Del Rey; also, Voyager, 1/06, as Temeraire)Charles Stross, Glasshouse (Ace)Vernor Vinge, Rainbows End (Tor)Peter Watts, Blindsight (Tor) Novella“The Walls of the Universe” by Paul Melko (Asimov’s, April/May 2006)“A Billion Eyes” by Robert Reed (Asimov’s, October/November 2006)“Inclination” […]

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Reader Request 2007 #3: BaconCat Fame

I was going to do something more substantial for today’s reader request piece, but I’ve realized my brain is like mush at the moment, so I’m going to do an easy one instead, from Ron Hogan: “How do you cope with the fame of having taped bacon to a cat?“ I think the whole thing […]

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Various & Sundry 3/28/07

Hey there. Been busy today. Here’s some stuff to think about while while I get my act together: * The Spring 2007 edition of Subterranean Magazine Online kicked off a couple of days ago (that’s the “cover” for it up there). I’m in it, just not yet — material from the issue gets released over […]

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Various & Sundry 3/28/07

Hey there. Been busy today. Here’s some stuff to think about while while I get my act together: * The Spring 2007 edition of Subterranean Magazine Online kicked off a couple of days ago (that’s the “cover” for it up there). I’m in it, just not yet — material from the issue gets released over […]

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Various & Sundry 3/28/07

Hey there. Been busy today. Here’s some stuff to think about while while I get my act together: * The Spring 2007 edition of Subterranean Magazine Online kicked off a couple of days ago (that’s the “cover” for it up there). I’m in it, just not yet — material from the issue gets released over […]

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Various & Sundry 3/28/07

Hey there. Been busy today. Here’s some stuff to think about while while I get my act together: * The Spring 2007 edition of Subterranean Magazine Online kicked off a couple of days ago (that’s the “cover” for it up there). I’m in it, just not yet — material from the issue gets released over […]

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Various & Sundry 3/28/07

Hey there. Been busy today. Here’s some stuff to think about while while I get my act together: * The Spring 2007 edition of Subterranean Magazine Online kicked off a couple of days ago (that’s the “cover” for it up there). I’m in it, just not yet — material from the issue gets released over […]

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Various & Sundry 3/27/07

Various things: * I meant to pimp Justine Larbalestier’s Magic’s Child last week, when it hit the stores, but then collapsed into my own belly button. Let me rectify that now by saying that Justine has written not only a terrific book here — this should not be a surprise, given that she’s up for […]

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Various & Sundry 3/27/07

Various things: * I meant to pimp Justine Larbalestier’s Magic’s Child last week, when it hit the stores, but then collapsed into my own belly button. Let me rectify that now by saying that Justine has written not only a terrific book here — this should not be a surprise, given that she’s up for […]

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Various & Sundry 3/27/07

Various things: * I meant to pimp Justine Larbalestier’s Magic’s Child last week, when it hit the stores, but then collapsed into my own belly button. Let me rectify that now by saying that Justine has written not only a terrific book here — this should not be a surprise, given that she’s up for […]

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Various & Sundry 3/27/07

Various things: * I meant to pimp Justine Larbalestier’s Magic’s Child last week, when it hit the stores, but then collapsed into my own belly button. Let me rectify that now by saying that Justine has written not only a terrific book here — this should not be a surprise, given that she’s up for […]

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Various & Sundry 3/27/07

Various things: * I meant to pimp Justine Larbalestier’s Magic’s Child last week, when it hit the stores, but then collapsed into my own belly button. Let me rectify that now by saying that Justine has written not only a terrific book here — this should not be a surprise, given that she’s up for […]

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Reader request Week 2007 #2: Coffee, or Lack Thereof

DeCadmus asks: What’s with your irrational fear of coffee? Did you have an unfortunate encounter with a can of Folgers as a child? Well, deCadmus, no. In fact, I deny I have an irrational fear of coffee at all; I almost never break out into cold sweats at the mere thought of the brew being […]

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