Monthly Archives: November 2011

You’re Not the Boss of Ohio, Man

Well, it looks like Issue 2 got smacked down in Ohio pretty handily, but Democrats and liberals inclined to gloat or read too much into these particular tea leaves are invited to note that Issue 3, the one that makes it unconstitutional to mandate health care (i.e., the initiative to bypass the Federal health care […]

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Announcements and Reminders and Prompts

Folks: 1. My day today is packed — in addition to my public event here at Lehigh University (at 4pm! In the Linderman Library! Open to the public! Come on down!) I am also speaking to classes and doing other things of a busifying nature — so you should probably expect today’s installment of the […]

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“Judge Sn” and “Alien Sex Story” Now Available in eBook Form

Subterranean Press wishes to alert you that two of my short stories, previously released as chapbooks, are now available in ebook form: “Judge Sn Goes Golfing,” which chronicles the sporting frustrations of a memorable minor character in The Android’s Dream, and “How I Proposed to My Wife: An Alien Sex Story,” which features the adventures […]

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Why I Expect Issue 2 is Headed for a Big Defeat on Tuesday

The grainy cell phone camera shot explains it: When you have people who are conservative enough to post a pro-life banner on their front lawn, and yet also want the anti-union Issue 2 to go swirling, it suggests that the legislators in Columbus who voted to strip public workers of most of their ability to […]

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The Thanksgiving Advent Calendar, Day Six: Being a Goofball

I have never once been cool. Being “cool” means, among other things, having a certain sort of unapproachable distance, of holding yourself at a remove, and of projecting an aura of mystery and even dignity — even when (hell, particularly when) you’re not trying to do it. I know people who are cool; indeed, I […]

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The Thanksgiving Advent Calendar, Day Five: Competent People

There are lots of different ways you can tell you’ve officially become a grown up. One of them for me was recognizing that not only didn’t I have the bandwidth, either time- or intelligence-wise, to do every single thing out there in the world, I didn’t have the desire, either. This was actually a thing […]

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Hey Folks: Public Appearance Next Tuesday at Lehigh University

If you happen to live in or around the fine town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, then next Tuesday you will have an opportunity to see me, as I am doing a public event at Lehigh University, from 4 to 5:30 pm, at the Linderman Library. I will be doing a reading, answering questions and basically talking […]

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The Thanksgiving Advent Calendar, Day Four: My Ukulele

The ukulele, of course, not being a big thing, either physically or existentially, on the list of things I am thankful for. But not everything has to be big for you to be thankful for it, and my appreciation for the uke is genuine. Possibly the best way to describe my appreciation for the ukulele […]

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Beware the Wikipedia Scrapers

Over at Chaos Manor, Jerry Pournelle sounds an alarm about Hephaestus Books, which at first blush appears to be publishing his (and many other science fiction writers’) works without authorization, and cluttering up the search results of the online book stores with their wares. I took at a look at it; it seems that what […]

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How I Voted, 2011

I mentioned over on Twitter that I voted early this year, because I was traveling on election day. This precipitated questions about how I voted, and in particular what my vote on Issue 2 was. All right, here’s how I voted. For those of you following along at home, here’s the Ohio Secretary of State’s […]

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Adventures in Mouse Trapping

The shadowy form you see in this plastic container is a mouse, which I trapped in my bathroom after in fled from my dog, which only moments earlier had the poor thing in her mouth. She had been pouncing after the thing in the bedroom, which occasioned us learning that squeak toys are in fact […]

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Boom Chika Bow Bow

As apparently no one will rest until I comment on this review, in which the writer opines that “A literary novelist writing a genre novel is like an intellectual dating a porn star,” and then things get sillier from there: 1. This is a fine example of the failure mode of clever; 2. Charlie Jane […]

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Two Thanksgiving Advent Calendar Notes

They are: 1. I’m now putting a tag on each entry and collecting them in their own area, which you may find here. Also, there’s a link in the “Whatever Select Blend” widget in the sidebar. This will make it easier for you folks to play along at home. 2. I’ve had a few people […]

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The Thanksgiving Advent Calendar, Day Three: Luck

I’m a lucky bastard, and sometimes it annoys me when people don’t acknowledge that fact. In most cases they mean well, because most discussions of luck around me come up in the context of my fiction career, when I note that I got lucky when Old Man’s War, my first published novel, was not only […]

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The Big Idea: Richard Kadrey

Richard Kadrey’s “Sandman Slim” series is one of my favorite sets of fantasy books from the last few years, so it’s a pleasure to bring Kadrey back to the Big Idea to talk about its latest installment, Aloha From Hell. This time around, and with a nod to his series’ main character, Kadrey’s here to […]

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Con or Bust

A note from the always-fantastic Kate Nepveu, and of interest to fans of color who are thinking about attending Boskone next year, at which I will be a Guest of Honor: As you know, I run Con or Bust, which helps fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons, and in a couple of weeks I’m […]

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