Monthly Archives: April 2010

MFAs, Writing and Teacher Guilt

Via Galleycat, today we learn that bestselling author Lionel Shriver doubts the value of an MFA degree, even thought she has one herself (and from Columbia, to boot): I can’t say that I regret it exactly…  But I sometimes feel in retrospect that I should have gotten a proper education in something like history, something […]

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A Note I Probably Should Have Posted Prior to Wednesday

It is: Hey, because of travel and other non-stare-at-teh-Intarweebs commitments, my posting schedule here for the next couple of weeks is likely to be light and/or the postings will be short. I know! Real life! How dare it intrude on your Web meanderings! But that’s just how it is sometimes, man. You just have to […]

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The Big Idea: Pamela Ribon

I’ve been a huge sloppy fan of Pamela Ribon since she and I were part of the first wave of “online journals” back in the day, me with Whatever, and she with pamie.com. Why am I such a fan? Because Pamie’s professional-grade funny, that’s why, and funny’s a lot harder than it looks. Pam’s been […]

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Just Arrived, 4/19/10

Because books arrive even when I’m away from Teh Intarweebs! * Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel, by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, adapted by Tony Lee, Illustrated by Cliff Richards (Del Rey): Really? I mean, come on, now, guys. Really? Also: Really? Out May 4. * Insatiable, by Meg Cabot (Willam Morrow): […]

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Reminder: I’m in Toronto on Friday

If you are in or around the area of Toronto, this is a reminder that I will be amongst you on Friday, because I am doing an appearance at the Merril Collection of the Toronto Public Library. More specifically, I will be appearing at 7:00 P.M. in the Merril Collection reading room, 3rd floor, 239 […]

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Taking Off the Weekend

On account it’s my lovely wife’s birthday weekend, and guess what? I’m going to spend time with her. See you Monday.

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Two Quick Links for a Friday Afternoon

Well, I’m certainly dragging my ass around; the Friday Afternoon Ennui hit about 10 am and I’ve been useless ever since. So here are a couple of links for you to check out. Plastic Axe: My friend and former Official PlayStation Magazine editor Joe Rybicki has started this blog focused on what’s hot and happening […]

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The Big Idea: Vance Briceland

Writing careers are funny things — they very often go off in directions you don’t expect. Vance Briceland is a perfect example; on the way to a career of YA fantasy writing, Briceland was unexpectedly sidetracked — in a not-bad-at-all-actually way — and found his writing career moving away from his original goal. How did […]

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Yet Another Reminder That When You Call Obama a Socialist Actual Socialists Think You’re Ignorant as a Gerbil

Here you go. Of course, it’s just like a Socialist to say Obama’s not a Socialist! They’re covering for him! Like Socialists do.

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Birthday Parties Come and Go But Therapy is Forever

Arguably the single worst child’s birthday party idea in the history of man. Warning: Not Safe For Coulrophobics. Or pretty much anyone else. But especially them. Oh, Google it, people. On the other hand, if you are Coulrophobic, you probably already know what it means. All too well. (Hat tip: Heather McLane)

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Questions for Orbit, Re: Its New Digital Short Fiction Program

First, for context, this press release, from Orbit (US), the science fiction arm of publisher Hachette: Orbit, the Science Fiction and Fantasy imprint of Hachette Book Group, announces a digital short fiction publishing program launching later this year. Orbit (US) has offered to publish digital editions of all original short fiction written by its authors. […]

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Just Arrived, 4/14/10

Here’s what’s new on my desk today: * Newspaper Blackout, by Austin Kleon (Harper Perennial): In which Kleon takes newspaper articles and blacks out everything but certain words, which are then turned into poetry of a sort. It’s almost like classified document haiku! Not entirely surprisingly, based on a blog. Sheesh, people printing books from […]

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Science Fiction Not From “SciFi Directors”

Over at AMC’s FilmCritic.com site, I’ve put up a list of directors who made great science fiction films — without being known in the industry as “science fiction directors.” Who is in this rare breed? Some bigger names than you might think. Take a look, and if you have any thoughts on the column — […]

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The Cilantro Division

Which is not the title of my upcoming novel featuring space travel and cooking. It’s me musing on this article in the New York Times, about why a significant number of people dislike the taste of cilantro, associating it with the taste of soap or something worse. This makes me sad for those people, because […]

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And Now, A Brief Moment of Public Recognition (and Thanks)

You folks found out about Fuzzy Nation a week ago and it was sold to a publisher pretty rapidly after that, so from an outside point of view it looks like things went pretty quickly. But behind the scenes this process took months and months to happen, and it simply would not have gotten done […]

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Fuzzy Nation Sold

Well, that’s sorted, then: This is your official notice that Fuzzy Nation has been sold to Tor Books, which tentatively will publish the novel in about a year, more or less, give or take. I’m deeply pleased to have the book find a home with Tor, which has published all my novel-length fiction to date, […]

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Today’s “Oh, Look, Spring” Moment

Here you go. Bradford pears. Not particularly hardy. But pretty right about now.

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So, Taxes

Done yours yet? Ours were done in March (yay! Accountant!) and we owed (boo! Taxes!) but we figured we might so we had budgeted for it (yay! Foresight!) and for the quarterly estimated payment which we also had to send in (boo! Taxes!). I’m not one who thinks taxes are inherently evil or that I […]

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The Big Idea: Ian Tregillis

Author Ian Tregillis had an interesting challenge while working on his debut alt-history/fantasy novel Bitter Seeds: dealing with a character in the book who knew where the story was going better than he did. How does a character — a creature of the author’s own mind — end up having that sort of power? I […]

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Fuzzy Addenda

I’ve been not at all surprised to see a wide range of reaction to the announcement of Fuzzy Nation, both here and elsewhere online, and ranging from squeeful enthusiasm to “WTF?”-level confusion and irritation. When you decide to write another version of a work that’s firmly secured in the science fiction literary canon, you should […]

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