Monthly Archives: March 2018

Thoughts On This Year’s Hugo Finalist Ballot

In no particular order: 1. First, and obviously, I’m delighted that The Collapsing Empire has been nominated. I like that book a lot, and it has some of my favorite characters ever in it, so to see it on the Hugo ballot this year is real validation for me. To be honest I had no […]

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2018 Hugo Award Finalists (Plus Campbell and YA Award Finalists)

Here’s the ballot. I’m happy to say The Collapsing Empire is among them. Congratulations to all the finalists. It’s a heck of a good year. I’ll have more thoughts on Empire’s nomination in an upcoming post (update: Here’s that post). 2018 Hugo Awards Finalists Best Novel The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi (Tor) New York […]

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In Which Amber Benson and Wil Wheaton Talk About Narrating Head On + Audio Excerpt Mashup

Over on the Verge today, there’s a piece up about the audio version of Head On, which like its predecessor Lock In will have two narrators: Wil Wheaton and Amber Benson. Wil and Amber talk about narrating a book whose main character’s gender is unknown to them (because it’s also unknown to me, the author […]

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About That March

A few thoughts on the March For Our Lives, in no particular order: 1. I personally didn’t expect it to be as large as it turned out to be, with 800,000 protesters in Washington DC and hundreds of thousand more (at least) across the country. There were even several hundred marchers in Dayton, the largest […]

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No, In Fact, You Should Not Write For Free

The blog Lifehacker just posted a piece entitled “Why You Should Write For Free,” in which writer Nick Douglas (on staff, note) explains when he believes writing for free is appropriate — and when it is not. The headline alone is enough to fluff me up with righteous fury, as my own, consistent refusal to […]

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A Durham Bull Stares Into Your Soul

I’ve been in Durham, NC the last couple of days, visiting friends and seeing sights, including this here sculpture of a bull, which frankly seems to be judging me. How dare you, sir! It’s been fun but now I’m on my way home again to see Krissy and Athena and the cats. Life is good. […]

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Reminder: Get Your Hugo Nominations In!

Hello, this serves as your reminder that the 2018 Hugo nomination window comes to a close tomorrow, March 16 at 11:59pm Pacific Time, so if you are eligible to nominate for the Hugo Awards (ie., you were a member of last year’s, this year’s, or next year’s, Worldcon, as of 12/31/17), don’t forget to go […]

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Announcing the Signed, Limited Edition of The Human Division From Subterranean Press

My friends at Subterranean Press have already put out really excellent signed, limited hardcover editions of the first four books of the Old Man’s War series, and now they’re getting ready to release the fifth, The Human Division, in June. In addition to being signed, the limited editions include not only Vincent Chong’s awesome cover […]

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Thoughts on A Wrinkle in Time

“So, why were you crying through the entire film?” — my daughter Athena, who was mildly concerned. There are several answers to this, most of which boil down to the fact that I am a father who remembers being the ten-year-old boy who fell in love with Madeleine L’Engle’s book, and the movie engaged both […]

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The Big Idea: Nancy Kress

Everyone wants to do the right thing — but sometimes knowing what is “right” is not so simple, especially when there there are rules and regulations to consider. Or so Nancy Kress discovered, as she did her research for her new novel, If Tomorrow Comes. NANCY KRESS: Much fiction, in both SF and mainstream, is […]

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