Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Big Idea: Lara Zielin

  Several years ago, author Lara Zielin took a trip to watch tornadoes. She was expecting storms, and she got them. Just not the ones she was expecting. Here she is to explain how that fateful, stormy trip relates to her latest book, The Waiting Sky. LARA ZIELIN: I’ve told people part of what inspired […]

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The Big Idea: Jim C. Hines

It’s no surprise that authors love books. But it might surprise you, in the context of Libriomancer, Jim C. Hines‘ newest novel, how the author’s love of books so directly shaped this particular novel. Or, perhaps, knowing authors, it might not surprise you at all. JIM C. HINES: There are two truths at the heart […]

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Public Statement By the Readercon Convention Committee

There’s a new statement by the folks at Readercon about the recent events surrounding the harassment of Genevieve Valentine by Rene Walling. The new statement is here. The short version of it: The convention committee has given Mr. Walling a lifetime ban, consistent with its current policy, and has apologized to Ms. Valentine and others […]

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Hey, Look, I’m on Sword & Laser This Week

Here’s the episode. Incidentally, you might think that the laggy, six-frames a second thing I got going on that episode is due to a balky webcam, but the fact of the matter is that’s actually what happens to me when I have low blood sugar. For serious, man. It’s really annoying. If you liked this […]

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The Big Idea: Meagan Spooner

Sometimes it’s nice when your iPod runs out of power. Meagan Spooner explains how a day without hers led to her thinking about the world in a whole new way, and led to her novel Skylark. MEAGAN SPOONER: I don’t usually come up with settings first. For me the meat of any good story is […]

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Educational Use of Whatever Posts

I get requests on and off from teachers and professors who want to use one or another of my posts in their classrooms. So this is another one of those “I’m putting it up here to point to later” posts. In short: If you are an educator and want to use one of the posts […]

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Hello, I Am Old

Just explained to the daughter that the “M” in MTV stood for music, and that when it started the station only played music videos. Her response: “Wow, that must have been cool.” Yes. Yes it was. Below, the first music video I ever saw on MTV. If you can find a link to the first […]

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Shadow War’s Hugo Chances

I’ve been asked several times over the last few months if I thought “The Shadow War of the Night Dragons: Book One: The Dead City: Prologue,” which has been nominated for a Hugo in the category of short story, had a chance of winning the category. My response has been that I would talk about […]

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A Trio of Caveats

Jezebel has linked in and reported on yesterday’s piece on Readercon, which is nice because it helps to widen the discussion of the issue, to which I came late and had a less than critical role in (again, here’s a good collection of posts about the event, most of which were written before I popped […]

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“To Sue The World,” Featuring Wil Wheaton + All of w00tstock 4.0

Hey, would you like to see me and Wil do “To Sue the World,” which we did at the Burbank Public Library, whilst I was on tour? Of course you do. Here you go. Thanks to “pateachoux3” for recording and uploading that. Also, if you go here, you’ll find the canonical w00tstock 4.0 version, featuring […]

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