Monthly Archives: June 2010

The God Engines Available on Kindle; Other Electronic Formats Soon

The headline pretty much says it: TGE is available on the Kindle right now, and it will soon be available in other electronic formats as well. For those other electronic formats, it has to go through the various internal processes on each of the electronic vendors, as I understand it. But in a general sense, […]

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Taking the Weekend Off

Because isn’t that what weekends are for? See you Monday.

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Quick Fanfic Contest Update

Getting some e-mails from folks wondering about the state of the fanfic contest. The short answer is we’ve just topped a hundred submissions, which is pretty great, and soon the Jury of Awesomeness will do the first pass of reading to see what (so far) makes the cut into the second round. HOWEVER, remember that […]

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The Big Idea: Michael Koryta

Reporters are often told to ask the “W”s — Who? What? Where? When? Why? and How? (which does not start with a “w” but which has a “w” in it, so there) — because in a news story, all of these things are usually relevant. Author Michael Koryta is a former reporter, so it would […]

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My w00tstock Bit: Morning Announcements at the Lucas Interspecies School for Troubled Youth

Enjoy. There’s a little visual shakiness near the start but it evens out soon after. Thanks to YouTube user “grnbrgb” for posting it!

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Final w00tstock Notes

When I mentioned to some folks I know that I would be participating in w00tstock in Minneapolis, I got a few strange looks followed by the question of “what is w00tstock, anyway?” I could have gone the “Morpheus in the Matrix” route and say something along the line of “no one can be… told what […]

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Six for Six!

Allow me a moment of complete parental pride here as I note that Athena has been awarded her sixth consecutive end-of-the-school-year creative writing award. This means she has a clean sweep of the award for her entire elementary school career, which is a nice trick if you can manage it. This year she actually is […]

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Athena’s Pickle Juice Adventure

1. Athena idly wonders what, in fact, a shot of pickle juice might taste like: 2. Enabled Encouraged by her idiot loving father, our young adventurer soon has a shot glass filled with briny liquid. 3. Down the hatch. 4. Upon completion, Athena strikes a pose remarkably similar to that of Marion in Raiders of […]

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Sci-Fi Rides I’d Cruise In

The rather astounding amount of travel I’ve had recently has put me in a mind to think about cool rides from science fiction films, so for my FilmCritic.com column this week, I’ve written about which science fictional conveyances I’d like to use, and yes, a lumpy-alien-powered Huffy is one of them. Don’t look at me […]

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My METAtropolis “World Without Oil” Haiku Contest Winner

It is from Wendell Shank, because I giggle every time the image it provides pops up in my head: Mennonite cousins Laugh at my rookie attempts; I’m a buggy noob! In other news, “Buggy N00b” is the name of my next band. It will be all-acoustic, of course. And no, for oil-related reasons, we won’t […]

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The Big Idea: Stacia Kane

Sometimes a ghost is just a ghost — that is, a dead soul wandering about the world without having moved on, and occasionally breaking things or scaring people. But sometimes a ghost is something else entirely: evidence that the world has changed, and with it, the ground rules of how the world actually works. Stacia […]

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Still Reading Haiku

Harder to choose than I thought. Winners tomorrow.

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On When I’ll Announce My METAtropolis Contest Winner

In short: When I get home and have a bit of time to depressurize and see family. So expect it in the evening, basically. I will say that you guys aren’t making the awarding easy — there are a lot of good haikus in there, of all sorts.

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Appallingly Early Tuesday Update

Or, alternately, appallingly late Monday update. The gist of it is: Minneapolis w00tstock went smashingly, and I had fun doing my own shtick (which I assume will pop up on YouTube sometime soon) and then assisting Kevin Murphy by being part of the chorus for a song, and then finally being the decoy for the […]

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Reminder: METAtropolis Contests Final Day

Hey kids, remember that we’re running five different contests to give away copies of the Tor edition of METAtropolis, which officially comes out tomorrow. You have the rest of the day to get your entries in, and then we’ll announce winners. My contest is here, and here are the contests of the other METAtropolis writers: […]

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Prepping for w00tstock

I flew into Minneapolis yesterday with the bare minimum of my traditionally awful travel karma (the flight was delayed on the tarmac for an hour because of a tornado warning, and that was fine because all things considered I’d rather not have any plane I’m on lift off into a whirling vortex of wind), and […]

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Up in the Air

More travel today, and w00tstock tomorrow. Whilst I am a tube 36,000 feet up in the sky, it may amuse you to read this account by Stargate Universe writer/producer Joe Mallozzi about what it’s like when I work with him on an episode he’s written. I might check in later, but in case I don’t, […]

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Saturday Update

I’m here deep in the heart of Yuppie Connecticut, seeing the upper class in its natural habitat, and getting ready for the wedding of one of my dearest friends to her beloved. It’s a nice day — a little humid, but hey, it’s summer by the sea. This is my note to you that I’m […]

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Jeanne Robinson

Many folks who read science fiction already know that Jeanne Robinson, noted dancer and choreographer, wife of Spider Robinson and a Hugo and Nebula-winning author (with Spider, for the novella Stardance), passed away earlier this week. This is a sad moment for all of us who knew her in some way, because there are few […]

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Oh, Joy, More Travel

You know, I like being the places I am going. It’s the going there that wears on me. And today is a “going there” day, “there” first being Connecticut to attend the wedding of a dear friend, followed by Minneapolis, where as you all know, I’ll be performing at w00tstock, along with Paul & Storm, […]

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