Some Love for John Carter

I was distressed to see so much negativity surrounding the movie John Carter, based on the book A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, proclaiming it a weekend flop before the weekend was even over. It opened against some stiff competition (Disney’s new version of The Lorax. Give me strength). Now what in god’s … Continue reading Some Love for John Carter

The Importance of Earnest Research

Suggested by a question this morning on Twitter from Darlene Quinn (@DarleneQuinn) about what is the strangest thing you've ever researched for a story, I thought I'd mention a couple of the things I've been digging for on the internet that could get Homeland Security breathing down my neck. Yanno, just for fun. Some of … Continue reading The Importance of Earnest Research

Another Birthday Boy – Jules Verne

Born in Brittany (a Celtic region in France) on February 8, 1828. I have to say, I like his eyes. He looks like he was a pleasant, merry sort of person. And if you haven't seen it yet, pop over to Google and play with the doodle they have in his honor. Warning: May induce … Continue reading Another Birthday Boy – Jules Verne

Calling All Cyberpunks on Twitter

Just a short note for those on Twitter who are also fans of, writers of, curious about, or cowboys of cyberpunk, there is a moderated (meaning there are actually topics that the ringleaders try to keep to) cyberpunk chat on Saturdays from 1:00 - 3:00PM PST (2100-2300UTC) or longer, if people are exceptionally chatty. If … Continue reading Calling All Cyberpunks on Twitter

I need to pay more attention

How did I miss the beginning of this? By a roundabout route I won't go into and bore you with, I found an amazing thread going on at Black Gate magazine, initiated by Robert Sawyer on his own blog, posing the question, "Are the days of the full-time novelist numbered?". If you've not read any … Continue reading I need to pay more attention

If you could time travel, where/when would you go?

This is always an interesting idea for me to ponder. As a writer, the ramifications of being able to visit an historical setting or event are mind-boggling. You could really find out what Jane Austen ate and Charles Dickens knew. So just for fun, let's say time travel becomes possible, somehow. (I'm not going to … Continue reading If you could time travel, where/when would you go?

Time Travel, Compliments of Robert Silverberg

So to turn this back to writing, I wanted to share a short passage from a book I'm currently reading. I finally got around to starting The Book of Skulls by Robert Silverberg, which I bought awhile back. Although it's classified as science fiction, it seems like it would fit better in the horror category. … Continue reading Time Travel, Compliments of Robert Silverberg

Procrastination Technique #1

This will appeal most to the science fiction fans (what is the proper shorthand for that these days? Sci-Fi? Skiffy? SyFy? anyway...) but this week io9 will be doing a series they are calling the Book Vortex. Leading off with what appears to be an M.C. Escher-esque view of a library twisted appropriately into a … Continue reading Procrastination Technique #1

SF Editors in Conversation at Clarkesworld Magazine

So we bounce from Romance to SF. This month's Clarkesworld Magazine carries an interview with ten of the top spec fic editors: Patrick Nielsen Hayden from Tor Books and Tor.com, Shawna McCarthy from Realms of Fantasy, John O'Neill from Black Gate magazine, Cat Rambo from Fantasy Magazine, Mike Resnick from Jim Baen's Universe, Stanley Schmidt … Continue reading SF Editors in Conversation at Clarkesworld Magazine

NaNoWriMo’s Chris Baty talks to io9

I just ran across this interview with our fearless leader, Chris Baty, at io9. For those unfamiliar with io9, it's a sci-fi smorgasbord of television show reviews, movie reviews, books and generally anything sci-fi related. The interview is targeted to that genre, but still very much worth a read. And some schmuck down in the comments … Continue reading NaNoWriMo’s Chris Baty talks to io9