Tag Archives: sci-fi

when the world was young: walt simonson and “thor”

The latest in a series about influences from my childhood   Thor: The Dark World opens today, and you can be sure that our family will rush to go see it.  We saw the first Thor movie and, of course, … Continue reading

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“lost dogs” on kent island

One of the things I’m enjoying about writing Lost Dogs, my work-in-progress sci-fi novel, is that it’s set on Kent Island, MD, where I live: actually, a good chunk of it takes place in my neighborhood.  So when I go … Continue reading

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a newbie’s review of “ender’s game”

This is a shameful admission on my part, but I am probably the only sci-fi writer who hasn’t read Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card.  I don’t have any particular reason: I’ve just never gotten around to reading it.  And … Continue reading

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learning from “tropes vs. women”

I swear, I’m forever behind the curve on pop culture things.  I only realized how awesome Led Zeppelin was after they’d broken up.  I only saw maybe one or two episodes each of Cheers, Friends, and Seinfeld.  I started watching … Continue reading

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thug notes: a new take on old books

(hat tip to Mary Robinette Kowal)   When I was in high school and college, I sometimes found it difficult to appreciate certain classics.  Great Expectations did nothing for me; likewise for Crime and Punishment.  Sometimes, it was just the … Continue reading

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not “going there” on politics

I like to discuss a range of topics on this blog: mostly fantasy and science-fiction, of course, as that’s what I read, what I watch, what I write.  But also book writing and publishing; superheroes and horror; people, influences, and … Continue reading

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teacher appreciation: verlyn flieger

In honor of the kids going back to school, this will be the first of several posts about the great teachers I was fortunate enough to have in my academic career.  To kick things off, let me tell you about Professor … Continue reading

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when the world was young: the “trilogy of terror” doll

The latest in a series about influences from my childhood   Fantasy/sci-fi/horror writer Richard Matheson passed away earlier this year, and I had been meaning to write about that when I saw that actress Karen Black had recently died as well.  And … Continue reading

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“no way” to the sfwa

Casual fans of sci-fi and fantasy might not be aware of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, a group founded in 1965 to promote the interests (primarily financial) of writers in the genre.  Or, as they say on … Continue reading

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not going “under the dome”

Stephen King’s books are like KISS records: loud, not very smart, but occasionally fun.  Also, the best ones were done 35 years ago.  So no, I did not watch the premiere of Under the Dome last night, nor do I intend to … Continue reading

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