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2008’s Candidates for the James Frey Memorial Award for Best Fake Memoir

Jeez. Is there anyone these days whose memoir is actually based in reality? You know, the rules of a memoir are pretty simple. If an event actually happened to you, you can use it in a memoir. If it didn’t actually happen to you, you can’t. Because then it’s fiction, you see. Which is different […]

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The Man in the Frey Flannel Suit

Folks from all over are sending along e-mails asking me what I think of this story in New York magazine about author James Frey’s book packaging shop, in which Frey trolls classrooms full of impressionable MFA candidates and/or aspiring authors to get them to give him their ideas, in return offering them a contract that […]

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The Big Idea: James A. Owen

Writing is often considered a solitary pursuit — and yet there are examples of writers and other creative sorts banding together, bound by a common place, philosophy or type of output. For those groups, very often the commonality and camaraderie can inspire greater work than isolation. It’s this idea that James A. Owen is thinking […]

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MFA Programs and Commercial Publishing

Elise Blackwell, author and director of the MFA program at the University of South Carolina, offers in The Chronicle of Higher Education a rebuttal to my suggestion that MFA writing programs offer a course on contracts and the publishing industry. Her position is that the goal of MFA programs is “not to grow hothouse flowers […]

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An Open Letter to MFA Writing Programs (and Their Students)

Dear MFA writing programs (and their students): Recently New York magazine published a story, in which Columbia University’s graduate writing program invited James Frey to come chat with its students on the subject of “Can Truth Be Told?” during which Frey mentioned a book packaging scheme that he had cooked up. The contractual terms of […]

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Because They Never Love You More Than When You’ve Fallen Down

James Frey’s latest book Bright Shiny Morning gets a rave in the New York Times. Wait until they find out that this novel is actually a memoir. More seriously, if Frey has come out of this whole experience as a better writer and a less grasping opportunist, well, then, good for him. Nice to see […]

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Interesting But Unverifiable Facts About the 2006 Campbell Class

Here’s the Campbell Class of 2006, or at the very least, books representing each of us. While I’ve been catching up on my reading, I’ve also had my crack team of private investigators create dossiers on each other Campbell nominee this year, in, of course, wholly legal and non-intrusive ways. In this way, I’ve discovered […]

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Interesting But Unverifiable Facts About the 2006 Campbell Class

Here’s the Campbell Class of 2006, or at the very least, books representing each of us. While I’ve been catching up on my reading, I’ve also had my crack team of private investigators create dossiers on each other Campbell nominee this year, in, of course, wholly legal and non-intrusive ways. In this way, I’ve discovered […]

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Just Because You’re in Publishing Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Be a Moron

Here’s a headline, in the wake of James Frey: Publishers Say Fact-Checking Is Too Costly Yes, but is it more costly than fighting off a $10 million class-action suit? Personally, I’d guess “no.” Heck, even a lousy settlement will cost more than the salary of one poor bastard fact-checker, slaving away in the bowels of […]

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ConFusion Writeup

As Samwise Gamgee once said, well, I’m back. Hope you enjoyed Nick and Eliani’s story — I see it’s been noted online in several places, almost all positively. I’m glad people liked it as much as I did. I spent the weekend up at ConFusion, where I did a reading, quite a few panels, more […]

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January is National Literary Fraud Month!

It looks like it’s a shaping up to be a fine month for literary fraud, as two somewhat prominent authors are accused, in different ways, of not being who they say they are. The first is James Frey, whose millions-selling addiction memoir A Million Little Pieces may not be nearly as non-fictional as he’s suggested, […]

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The 2019 Hugo Award Finalists

Here they are! I have a ton of friends in here, and I’m thrilled for them all. I hope I will see them in Dublin this August! Best Novel The Calculating Stars, by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor) Record of a Spaceborn Few, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager) Revenant Gun, by Yoon […]

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First-Pass Oscar Predictions, 2015

In a past life I was a full-time film critic and still keep up with the field. So every year when the Oscar nominations come out, I predict what will win in the six major categories, first fresh out of the gate, then again just before the ceremony, to factor in changing circumstances. The awards […]

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The 2011 Hugo Nominees

For your edification, this year’s nominees: Best Novel Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra) Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen) The Dervish House by Ian McDonald (Gollancz; Pyr) Feed by Mira Grant (Orbit) The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit) Best Novella “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window” by Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Magazine, Summer 2010) The Lifecycle […]

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The 2010 Nebula Awards Nominees

Here’s our official press release. Feel free to post it and otherwise share it. SFWA Announces 2010 Nebula Awards Nominees Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America P.O. Box 877 Chestertown, MD 21620-0877  http://www.sfwa.org/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 22, 2011 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America is proud to announce the nominees for the 2010 […]

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Oscar Predictions, 2011

In my capacity as a professional film commentator of two decades standing — seriously, I started my job as a film critic in 1991, MAN I AM OLD — it’s time for my annual Oscar predictions. This is the first stab, and then a couple days before the actual ceremony I’ll make any adjustments and […]

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A Conversation with Brett Warnock of Top Shelf Productions

Even if you’ve unfamiliar with the books published by Top Shelf Productions, odds are very strong that you’re familiar with big-budget Hollywood movies based on some of their books.  Mind you, I don’t think that anybody in their right mind would argue that those movies are the equal of their source material, but it’s worth […]

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Florida Book Signing This Friday

Hey Floridians! Want a book signed by me? Then you’re in luck, since I’m going to be doing a signing this Friday, at 6pm, in the Seahorse Room of the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, in sunny Cocoa Beach. But wait, there’s more! Because I won’t be in the Seahorse Room of the Hilton Cocoa Beach […]

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Nebula Award Nominees, 2009

It’s that time again. Here are this year’s nominees for the Nebula Awards, one of the two big awards in SF (the other, of course, being the Hugo): Novels Little Brother – Doctorow, Cory (Tor, Apr08) Powers – Le Guin, Ursula K. (Harcourt, Sep07) Cauldron – McDevitt, Jack (Ace, Nov07) Brasyl – McDonald, Ian (Pyr, […]

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2006 Nebula/Norton Nominees

Oh, look: Here’s the Nebula Ballot for this year: Novels: The Privilege of the Sword – Ellen Kushner (Bantam Spectra, Jul06) Seeker – Jack McDevitt (Ace, Nov05) The Girl in the Glass – Jeffrey Ford (Dark Alley, Aug05) Farthing – Jo Walton (Tor Books, Jul06) From the Files of the Time Rangers – Richard Bowes […]

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