Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Big Idea: Betsy Dornbusch

Sometimes, to get at the big idea in your story, you have to ask someone else about it. For Exile, author Betsy Dornbusch asked one very special person, with a… unique perspective on the events of the book. BETSY DORNBUSCH: I admit it. I struggled to nail down exactly what Exile’s Big Idea is. I […]

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Space Marines and the Battle of Tradem Ark

Today’s thing people in e-mail are clamoring for me to comment about: This, in which the sale of a self-published book by M.C.A. Hogarth was blocked from sale on Amazon after Games Workshop complained that it violated its trademark for the term “space marines.” If the linked post above is at all accurate, apparently Games […]

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Apropos to Recent Events

A display at the absolutely terrific Bakka-Phoenix Books in Toronto, created in the wake of recent events (and yes, they did credit Kirby Crow for the illustration). This is very sweet, and the entire Bakka-Phoenix staff (and particularly Kristen Chew, who designed the display and took the picture) have my thanks.

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The Big Idea: Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

The great thing about Sharon Lee and Steve Miller is that they give true value for your reading time. For example, in this post about Necessity’s Child, the latest installment in their celebrate Liaden Universe series, they are not content to give you just a single Big Idea — no, they give you a whole […]

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The Human Division, Episode Four: A Voice in the Wilderness is Now Live!

Good morning! It’s Tuesday once again, and that means the latest installment of The Human Division, which has a title alumni of Dartmouth will be pleased about. Here’s the description blurb for this episode: Albert Birnbaum was once one of the biggest political talk show hosts around, but these days he’s watching his career enter […]

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The Guardian Covers the Recent Excitement

The newspaper has a story about it here. Nice to see we’re getting coverage for doing some good.

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My Thank You Gift to Everyone Who Pledged to the Counteract a Bigot Drive

As you know, I recently had cause to launch a pledge drive to send money to organizations working to better the lives of women, GLBT folk, people of color, and those who have been sexually assaulted. In three days, starting from my initial pledge to commit up to $1,000 to these organizations (if certain conditions […]

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Authors and Others: Con or Bust Needs Auction Items

My pal Kate Nepveu reminds me that it’s time again for the Con or Bust auctions, which serve to help folks of color attend SFF conventions. The auctions are the main (and I think, only) source of funds for Con or Bust, so it’s good to have good stuff in them. Here’s a blurb Kate […]

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Okay, Well, That’s Nice to Know

One more neurosis sorted, I suppose.  From here, incidentally. And no, I have no idea of their methodology. It might be they’re just being nice to me.

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The Big Idea: John Hornor Jacobs

Normally, when someone approaches a writer with the words “I have a great idea for a book!” the writer reels back in exasperation and fear. But in the case of John Hornor Jacobs, there was this one guy he just had to listen to. Who was this guy and how does he relate to Jacobs’ […]

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Here Lies a Sleeping Dog

I think I’m just gonna let her do that.  Why yes, that’s all I have for the moment. My brain is pretty much in a low gear today. It happens.

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Solving My Racist Sexist Homophobic Dipshit Problem

As has been detailed recently, there’s a Racist Sexist Homophobic Dipshit out there on the InterWeebs who likes to use my name to whip up his gibbering followers, who then often come over here to troll the comments. Whether I ignore him or not doesn’t matter, so fine. I might as well get something productive out […]

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How to Use Twitter Correctly, Groundhog Day Edition

It goes a little something like this. Apparently this morning Punxatauney Phil emerged from his burrow, saw the lumpenproletariat, and called for six weeks of revolution. — John Scalzi (@scalzi) February 2, 2013 @scalzi I keep telling him: the lumpenproletariat can only play a subsidiary role in the construction of a vangard party. #stupidgroundhogs — […]

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Redshirts on the Locus Magazine 2012 Recommended Reading List

Well, this is nice: Redshirts had landed on Locus magazine’s annual list of recommended reading in science fiction and fantasy, in the category of science fiction novel (oddly enough!), and also gets some love from the Locus contributors in their end-of-2012 recaps. I’m very pleased about this; I’m delighted that Redshirts is seen to be […]

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Yes, I Know About Today’s Teefury.com Shirt

And yes, it’s cute. If you want it you should run over to the site today, as I understand they generally stock any single shirt of one day only. A couple of folks have suggested the shirt was inspired by my book, but I think as a rule we can assume that any random reference […]

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