Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Titanic Meeting of Two Old Gods

Cthulhu and Zeus get to know each other a little better. It went pretty well; the cat was the one who was shy and kept backing away from the rabbit, while the rabbit kept following him around the basement. Eventually the cat got into a high place and just watched the rabbit. Then the dog […]

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The Big Idea: Sarah Prineas

The American Midwest is many things, including the breadbasket of the nation — but is it a fertile field for fantasy tales? Author Sarah Prineas asked herself this question prior to writing her new young adult fantasy novel, Winterling. Her answer awaits you below. SARAH PRINEAS: When starting my new book, Winterling, I wanted to […]

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SF/F Authors/Editors/Artists/Fans 2012 Award Awareness Post

Last year, after noting my own award-eligible works, I posted another thread for other folks in the science fiction and fantasy field to make potential award nominators aware of their works and/or personal award eligibility. It turned out to be pretty useful, so I’m doing it again this year. Right now! In this comment thread, […]

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The Mac Air as a Tool For Writing

The “Office Desk: 2012” post precipitated a rash of e-mails from writers wondering how I like the Mac Air as a writing tool. Well, I’ve had the thing now for about five months, which is a sufficiently long time to live with a computer, and I’ve also written quite a lot on it by this […]

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Iowa Thoughts In Haiku

Because why not. Romney: Eight votes? Wow, really? You beat a squirrely has-been By eight votes? Damn, son. Santorum: I think you should know Every single Democrat Is rooting for you. Paul: If you would just run As a Libertarian Obama would grin. Gingrich: GINGRICH NOW ANGRY GINGRICH NOW HURT ROMNEY BAD JUST YOU WAIT […]

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NewBookIn Twitter Feed Resuming

I took a holiday break from the NewBookIn Twitter feed, on which I noted what new and exciting books had arrived on my doorstep, but now that the holidays are behind us and my life is a little less hectic, I’ve started it up again. You’ll find the updates in the sidebar (under “Today’s Books […]

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The Big Idea: Stephen Blackmoore

Author Stephen Blackmoore was on a mission with his novel City of the Lost: To tell a gritty, hard-boiled thriller of a story in a way that wasn’t like a 70s detective TV show. And you ask, well, okay, but what does a 70s crime detective show have to do with anything to begin with? […]

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Gut Reaction to the 2012 Science Fiction Film Slate

To start off the new year at FilmCritic.com, I’m looking at some of the prominent science fiction films of the now-current year and offering my thoughts on them, based on what I know at the moment, which is usually not much: Trailers, plot synopses and cast lists. In other words, just like anyone else. Come […]

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I Find It Appalling There Are No Google Results For “Conan the Gozerian”

And, thus, this post. My work here is done. Also: Quick! Someone! Make fan art! Update: 10:30pm: THERE IS FAN ART. Also, here.

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Comment Moderation Note Re: The Spam Queue

In the past month my comment spam has increased exponentially, which makes it harder for me to go in and rescue the occasional comment from an actual human being that WordPress has, for reasons known only to it, decided are sufficiently spam-like to punt into the spam queue. So: If you tried to post a […]

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Convention Appearance: Epic Confusion

I’ve been knowing I’m going to this since, uh, the last Confusion convention ended last year, so I have no excuse for not noting it until now. Nevertheless, I’ll be attending Epic Confusion, this January 20 – 22, in Troy, Michigan. There I will participate in programming, do a reading, sign some books and otherwise […]

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The 2012 Award Pimpage Post

It’s early January, which means that it’s time for people to start thinking about what they might want to nominate for various literary awards. You might be one of those people! And if you are: Hello, sexy. Let me make you aware of the writings I have writinated with my writinosity over the last the […]

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Iowa Caucuses: Seriously, Man, Who Knows, Right?

Question from the peanut gallery: Any predictions on tomorrow’s Iowa caucuses? Predictions? No. What do I want to happen? I want Santorum to win and Ron Paul to come in second, because I think that would precipitate the maximum possible amount of panic within in GOP establishment brain trust — as it should — which […]

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The Office Desk, 2012

The desktop suffered a meltdown in December, which will require at least an entirely new C: drive and all the attendant frippery that goes with resurrecting a desktop computer, and I have decided that for now the best course of action is blow off entirely doing a thing about it until I complete the current […]

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What is This Salt Mine, and Why Do I Have to Go Back Into It?

Which is to say it’s the first work day of the new year and I have work to do, so the “no talking to the rest of the world until I meet the daily writing quota” thing is in effect, starting as soon as I post this (you see what I did there). For those […]

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And Now, With the Advent of the New Year, I Can Finally Reveal My Most Recent Secret Project

What is it? Click here to find out. Note: It’s even better when you hit the “random” link over there. Over and over and over. And yes, it will be updated. Almost constantly.

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The Following is a True Fact

Zeus is going to be mightily disappointed when we take down the Christmas tree.

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And Yes

Today is a day for general site maintenance and updatery. Because it’s a new year! Just in case you were wondering. Also, uh, hello. Happy New Year.

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Station Identification: Whatever

Introduction You are now visiting “Whatever.” It is a blog written by John Scalzi and Athena Scalzi. It has been in existence since 1998. It is as a consequence one of the longest-running blogs on the Web. It is generally updated daily. It is about whatever the two of them like writing on. A Brief […]

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