Monthly Archives: August 2019

The Big Idea: Christopher Brown

No matter what, there are always lawyers. But what happens when there lawyers… but not much law? It’s an idea — dare we say, a big idea — that Christopher Brown considers in his novel, Rule of Capture. CHRISTOPHER BROWN: Who are the lawyers you call when you get in trouble in dystopia? This question […]

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View From a Hotel Balcony, 8/11/19: Dublin, Ireland

No car parks (as they call them here), but a lovely view of the River Liffey. Oh, also, we have a balcony. We’re in a few days before the Worldcon starts. Ironically, this weekend at the Dublin convention center there’s a comic con, so it already feels vaguely familiar around here. I’m gonna take a […]

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Heading Out

Here’s your last look of Ohio (at least from me) for a week, because we’re off to Ireland for the Worldcon in Dublin. We have a whole day of airports ahead of us. Think kind thoughts for our travel, if you would.

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New Books and ARCs, 8/9/19

I’m in Dublin all next week, so this week you get a super-sized edition of the new books and ARCs stack. It’s a very fine one, too. Which of these are calling to you? Tell us all in the comments!

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Sunset 8/8/19

A nice combination of clouds and orange, I have to say.

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The Big Idea: Matt Mikalatos

In today’s Big Idea, author Matt Mikalatos considers the idea of justice, and how it works both in our world in and the world of his novel, The Heartwood Crown. MATT MIKALATOS: “Whatever happens, don’t go to the police.” Twenty years ago I lived in a totalitarian state. Still, I was an American, and was […]

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A Father- Daughter Photo Interlude

Athena finalized her next semester’s class schedule today, and one of her classes is on digital photography. This got me talking about how the camera and the eye don’t really see the same thing at all, and then taking pictures of her with my 28mm – 300mm lens at different focal lengths so she could […]

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The Big Idea: Dee Garretson

There’s the old adage that history is written by the winners — but history, and who gets to tell it, is more complicated than that. As Dee Garretson will tell you, as she talks about her new novel, Paradox Hunt. DEE GARRETSON: My son used to believe I had eyes in the back of my […]

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I’ve Got a Lot of Writing to Do Today, So I Offer You This Flower in Lieu of a Lengthy Post

I saw it on my walk yesterday. It’s lovely. Have a good Monday, if you can.

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Dayton, August 4, 2019

Lois Oglesby, 27.  Jordan Cofer, 22. Saeed Saleh, 38. Derrick Fudge, 57. Logan Turner, 30. Nicholas Cumer, 25. Thomas McNichols, 25. Beatrice Warren-Curtis, 36. Monica Brickhouse, 39. For those who need it, here’s my piece from three years ago on “thoughts and prayers.”

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Oh, Look, Another Silly Kvetch About Me

An author who actively dislikes me and what I write laments on Twitter that in his opinion the era of Heinlein and hard SF has been replaced by — Me! Oh, and JK Rowling and movies and black women who do math. Leaving aside whether that particular assertion is accurate (and even if it is, […]

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New Books and ARCs, 8/2/19

For the first weekend of August, a nice collection of new books and ARCs for you to consider. What here is calling to you? Share in the comments!

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The Big Idea: Gretchen McCulloch

Hey, did you know you’re on the internet right now? It’s true! And as it happens, the internet has been doing things to the way language is used for almost as long as there has been an internet. And now, author Gretchen McCulloch is here to tell you a little bit about that, why she […]

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