Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Big Idea: Tim Lees

The good news: In his novel Devil in the Wires, author Tim Lees has solved our energy crisis! The bad news… well, let’s just say that you’re the sort to blaspheme, your electricity might flicker a bit in protest. Here’s Lees to explain it further. TIM LEES: You don’t have to be religious to feel a […]

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How You Should Vote for the Hugos This Year

(Warning: Hugo neepery follows. Ignore if bored with the topic.) Now that the Hugo voter packet is out, I’m getting asked rather a lot, mostly with an air of confidentiality, how I plan to vote in this year, what with the actual democratic nature of the Hugo nomination balloting representing hundreds of individual viewpoints subverted by […]

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The End of All Things: Starred Review at Kirkus

The first review of The End of All Things is in at Kirkus Reviews, and I’m very pleased to say that it’s received a star (i.e., notation for being especially good). The full review has some spoilery content, so be warned; here’s the link to it. For those who just want the gist, here’s a […]

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The Big Idea: Wendy Suzuki

Science says: You have a hypothesis? Test it! And see if the results you get match your hypothesis? Neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki has a hypothesis about the brain, and how certain activities and thoughts can influence them, which she expands upon in her book (written with Billie Fitzpatrick) Healthy Brain, Happy Life. How did this hypothesis […]

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A Useful Moment From a Mentor

(Warning for those who need it: discussion of rape scenes in storytelling) So, many years ago, when I was still a very young writer, I made the acquaintance of Pamela Wallace, and she and I became friends. At the time I was a film critic, and she was a screenwriter — and not just a […]

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My Funny Internet Life, Part 9,744

Gamergater just claimed to have a higher IQ than I do. He apparently found it out by taking a free IQ test online! That's ADORABLE. (1/2) — John Scalzi (@scalzi) May 19, 2015 I may not be a smart man, but at least I don't dickwave about my IQ in public like it actually means […]

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The Big Idea: Naomi Novik

Memory is sometimes a tricky beast, but is that always a bad thing? Naomi Novik has some thoughts on this, and how memories, hazy or otherwise, relate to her latest novel Uprooted. NAOMI NOVIK: Here’s a test. Two scenes from movies. Tell me if you remember either of these. (The test is unfairly skewed towards […]

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Why Yes, Locus Magazine Does, In Fact, Publish MilSF/Space Opera Reviews

In a discussion about the current Hugo nonsense taking place elsewhere online, a writer trotted out a variation of the now-utterly-stale opinion that Robert Heinlein couldn’t win a Hugo if he were writing today, this new variation being that not only couldn’t Heinlein win a Hugo, he wouldn’t even be reviewed in Locus, the Science […]

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Reader Request Week 2015 Recap

And now, for your convenience, all this year’s Reader Request pieces in one place. If you missed some and want to catch up, there you go. Reader Request Week 2015 #1: Free Speech Or Not Reader Request Week 2015 #2: Ego Searching Redux Reader Request Week 2015 #3: Raising Strong Women Reader Request Week 2015 […]

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Reader Request Week 2015 #10: Short Bits

And now, quick answers to non-writing-related questions: Anguadelphine: “My question is how do scientists effectively communicate facts to the general public without being discounted by people who don’t have the knowledge or patience to distill scientific evidence (or just don’t want to because of ‘belief’). I would appreciate any thoughts on this because frankly, it baffles […]

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Wildflowers, by Sascha Long Petyarre

Before I headed off to Australia, a friend of mine who has worked in the fine art industry advised me to keep an eye for aboriginal art on the basis that there is some very excellent work out there. To which my response was, yeah, okay, but that’s not going to happen because it’s not like […]

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Reader Request Week 2015 #9: Writing Related Short Bits

And now, quick answers to questions related to writing, publishing, and such-like topics: Standback: “What’s your take on the state of short fiction in the genre? Print magazines, anthologies, e-zines, and anything else? Is the form viable and sustainable? And how much of an audience does it actually have?” I suspect short fiction in the genre […]

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Road Work

Here’s a needed bit of infrastructure work coming to pass — these dudes repaving our rural road. Now as far as the eye can see we have nothing but flat black asphalt. It’s lovely. Also, watching the repavement was strangely hypnotic; Krissy and I gawked at it for several minutes. There was something almost Zen […]

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Reader Request Week 2015 #8: On Being an Egotistical Jackass

MRAL asks: There are a lot of people who consider you an egotistical jackass. In your opinion, is this accurate? Maybe? Some thoughts on this, in no specific order. * I certainly have an ego, in the common usage of the term, and don’t believe I’ve ever tried to hide that aspect of my personality. I […]

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Reader Request Week 2015 #7: My Dream Retirement

Tim H asks: What’s your dream retirement scenario? Will you carry on writing as long as you can? I think asking a middle-aged adult what their dream retirement scenario is, is a bit like asking a kid what she wants to be when she grows up: She may have an idea, but that idea is […]

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The Big Idea: Karina Sumner-Smith

We all wish for that big break, whatever that “big break” might mean — but will that big break cause more problems than it solves? It’s a question that Karina Sumner-Smith considers in Defiant. Here she is to explain how it manifests in the world she’s created. KARINA SUMNER-SMITH: Imagine you won the lottery. At […]

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Reader Request Week 2015 #6: Me and Republicans

G.B. Miller asks: From what I’ve read, you seem to be progressive Democrat with a distaste for Republicans. Has there/will there be a time where a Republican, on any level, will do something that might momentarily soften your distaste for the Republican party? Heh. One, I’m not a Democrat. I’ve been registered as an independent […]

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