Monthly Archives: May 2013

back from balticon

I spent most of the weekend at Balticon 47, peddling copies of Dragontamer’s Daughters.  Many years ago, I used to hang out at the after-hours parties there, but I hadn’t been to the convention proper since about the year 7 BC (Before … Continue reading

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flowers for uncle jerry

Once upon a time, reading science-fiction was frowned upon by older people.  Growing up, I had many a teacher or other grown-up tell me, “Stop wasting your time on that garbage and read something worthwhile.”  “Worthwhile,” of course, meaning “literature,” whether … Continue reading

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last week’s highs and lows of being a budding author

Last Tuesday, I was invited to attend “Career Day” at my younger daughter’s middle school, where parents would come in and spend about a half hour presenting to, and taking questions from, the kids on what they do for a … Continue reading

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survivors #1: the empty city is dog poo

Knowing that I was working on a young adult novel about dogs who survive a horrific event and learn to live on their own, my daughter Ally Jane brought me home a copy of Survivors #1: The Empty City, a … Continue reading

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rip, ray harryhausen…and thanks

Ray Harryhausen died today, and if you don’t know his name, you surely (if you are a fan of old-school fantasy/sci-fi) know his stop-motion animation work from films like The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, and … Continue reading

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the real reason why the mandarin isn’t chinese…

I’m talking, of course, about Iron Man 3, which, of course, you’ve seen by now.  As a comic-book fan who collected Iron Man in the late ’80’s/early ’90’s (when John Byrne was writing and John Romita, Jr was drawing) and who had seen the two previous … Continue reading

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sci-fi or fantasy? how about sci-fi AND fantasy?

There’s a long (but well-worth reading) post on the blog of sci-fi writer John C. Wright wherein Wright tackles the age-old question of what differentiates science fiction from fantasy.  It’s a thorny question, and not as easy to answer as … Continue reading

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