Monthly Archives: November 2018

Whatever Holiday Shopping Guide 2018 Starts Monday!

Every year as the holiday season begins I run a shopping guide for the holidays, and over the years it’s been quite successful: Lots of people have found out about excellent books and crafts and charities and what have you, making for excellent gift-giving opportunities during the holiday season. I’ve decided to do it again this […]

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I Meant to Write Something Today But Got Distracted By Cats, So Here’s a Photo of Krissy

Which I think is probably more pleasing than anything I’d write today anyway. And yeah, I was actually distracted by cats, as I took them to the vet for checkups and shots. While the Scamperbeasts are the first to admit that going to the vet is not their idea of a good time, they know […]

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Virtue Signaling and Other Heresies — Hardcover Available Early!

For various reasons, the signed limited hardcover edition of Virtue Signaling and Other Heresies: Selected Writings From Whatever 2013 – 2018 arrived early at the Subterranean Press warehouse. And when it arrived, we thought: Why make people wait until December? So: If you’ve pre-ordered the book, it’s now shipping to you. Thank you! If you […]

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I’ve Been Busy the Last Couple of Days With Projects I Can’t Tell You About Yet, So, Here, Enjoy This Cat Picture

It’s Sugar, doing a not terrible job of blending in with the living room carpet. Also while I can’t tell you about the projects I’ve been working on I can tell you that it has required giving copious notes, and also notes on notes, and if it all comes together you’ll probably be happy, unless […]

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New Books and ARCs, 11/23/18

Just in time for Black Friday, here’s this brand spankin’ new stack of new books and ARCs for your potential reading consideration. Anything here you’d brave the crowds for? Tell us all in the comments.

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A Thanksgiving Day Thought

As I’ve gotten older, Thanksgiving has become, low-key, one of my favorite holidays, precisely because it encourages me to make an assessment of the good things in my life, and as time goes by I think reflection on that subject is a useful one for me. It’s also a day for me to reflect on […]

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Me and Cixin Liu in San Diego

Where we literally talk about life, the universe and everything. It was captured on video! Here it is.

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A Thanksgiving Week Gift for You: “Automated Customer Service”

Merry Thanksgiving week! To show my appreciation for you, my readers, here’s a short story I wrote to read aloud while I was touring with The Consuming Fire. It’s called “Automated Customer Service,” and it’s what happens when, in the near future, something goes wrong with a household appliance and you have to navigate an […]

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Krissy, 11/17/18

She’s pretty great. And she photographs well, as a bonus.

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New Books and ARCs, 11/16/18

Once again catching up on new books and ARCs after my travels, here’s a healthy of stack of titles for you peruse. What here would you like to take to the couch with you after a Thanksgiving dinner? Tell us all in the comments!  

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The Big Idea: Steve Nedvidek

A love of family history and a desire not to wander the fairlanes in their spare time led Steve Nedvidek and his co-creators to make The Jekyll Island Chronicles, an alt-history graphic novel series. How did these motivations end up combined into a colorful artistic creation? Nedvidek explains it all. STEVE NEDVIDEK: I was a […]

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What a Difference a Week Makes

Same tree, a week’s difference in weather. Looks like it might be one of those winters. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

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And Now Are All My Travels Ended, 2018 Edition

Here’s a painterly view out of my front door today — I’ve arrived back home from work-related travel, once again, and finally, for the rest of 2018. If I travel anywhere else for the rest of the year, and to be clear I have no plans to, then it will be for personal reasons only. […]

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The Big Idea: Nancy Kress

Wiping out a terrible disease that kills millions each year: An unmitigated good, yes? Well, hold on there — Nancy Kress is here to explain how there are consequences to every action, and what those consequences mean for you, and her new novel, Terran Tomorrow. NANCY KRESS: Why should you care about gene drives? Right now, […]

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View From a Hotel Window, 11/12/18: San Diego

And the weather is perfect, because it’s San Diego and why wouldn’t it be. Tonight: Come see me and Cixin Liu at the Clarke Center for Human Imagination as we talk about our work, worldbuilding, and all manner of things science fictional! Here are the details. We’d love to see you there!

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How to Get Signed and Personalized Books From Me For the Holidays, 2018

It’s that time of the year again, and once again I am teaming up with Jay & Mary’s Book Center, my local independent bookseller, to offer signed and personalized books for gift-giving. It’s a great way to get a unique gift for someone you love (even yourself!) while at the same time supporting a fabulous local business […]

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Taking Pictures With the Pixel 3: Some Thoughts

When I was heading to France last week, I considered taking my Nikon d750 with me, because I thought, not unreasonably, that France might be a photogenic country and that I might want to get some high quality photos of the place. I decided against it for a number of reasons, but one of the […]

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Wandering Through Paris: A Photo Album

As most of you know, very recently — just yesterday, in fact! — I was in Paris. And while I was in Paris, I wandered about the city, visited the Louvre, Notre Dame and the Musee d’Orsay, and took photos as I did so. If you’re at all curious to see my wanderings through city, […]

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The Big Idea: Alexandra Rowland

Sometimes you start write something for fun, and then suddenly… the stakes become higher than that. Just ask Alexandra Rowland about that, as it concerns her new book, A Conspiracy of Truths. ALEXANDRA ROWLAND: Stories are in everything. If the human brain has been optimized for one purpose, it’s storytelling. Well, okay, I’m being poetic. […]

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Heading Home, 11/7/18

It’s a rainy day here in Paris and it’s time for me to go home. I have a whole day in airports and planes before I get there. But then I get to be with my family, so it will be worth it. I woke up this morning, caught my breath and then checked the […]

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