Category Archives: literature

young people read old sci-fi/fantasy

I recently discovered a great site that I’d like to pass along to you: Young People Read Old SFF (science fiction/fantasy).  The idea is simple: the person running the site sends copies of old-school sci-fi to young people, they read … Continue reading

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vote now for the dragon awards!

This year’s Hugo Awards (supposedly the preeminent in science fiction and fantasy) have come and gone, but as I discussed earlier, they are—and always have been— irrelevant for fans of Young Adult speculative literature.  Why’s that?  Because the Hugos have … Continue reading

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summer reading: forgotten sf/f classics

Summer’s here, and now’s a perfect time to do some reading, whether you’re a student on break from school, a parent trying to find stuff for said students to do, or you’re just looking for something to take to the … Continue reading

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hugo hates kids

It’s that time of year again when the sci-fi/fantasy literary world gears up for the Hugo Awards, geekdom’s equivalent of the Oscars.  If you’re a casual fan of the genre, you might have heard or read about some controversy with … Continue reading

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“cats and dogs living together!”

Many people who have enjoyed my novel Lost Dogs have asked for a book about cats. Well, I’m pleased to announce that my friend and fellow author Kia Heavey has recently published what you feline-lovers are looking for: Domino.   … Continue reading

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a new look at “old man’s war”

In 2005, Tor Books published John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War, and almost overnight, Scalzi went from prominent blogger to bestselling author.  Though he had been writing professionally for many years (and earlier had self-published Agent to the Stars, an unrelated … Continue reading

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“lost dogs” on “papa’s world”

Queen Anne’s County TV, the local cable show where I live (in Scenic, Convenient-to-Nowhere, MD) has launched a new show, “Papa’s World,” (a reference to “Papa” Ernest Hemingway).  Every episode will feature an Eastern Shore writer, and I was chosen … Continue reading

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book review: “faithless”

Katie Thedley investigates and photographs abandoned places, posting what she finds on her urban exploration blog.  But nothing and nowhere she’s ever experienced before can prepare her for what—or rather, whom—she finds in St. Michael’s and All Angels church in … Continue reading

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a quick review of “the fault in our stars”

Because I write young adult science fiction and fantasy, my reviews of movies and books almost always stay within those sub-genres.  This time, I’m going to go 0% SF/F  and 100% YA as I tell you why the film version … Continue reading

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our wild place

I wrote Our Wild Place in 2006 as a proposed picture book, back when I was contemplating doing children’s literature instead of young adult fiction.  Perhaps some time in the future, I’ll get together with my artist friend James Arnold … Continue reading

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