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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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a quick review of the sf/f movies of 2014

2014 IS ALMOST OUT THE DOOR, and I was fortunate enough to see quite a few science-fiction, fantasy, or superhero movies.  Here’s how I rank them: 5 Stars Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  “The man out of time” (as Loki … Continue reading

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“animals are smarter than you think”

Such is the premise of this National Geographic article from a few years ago.  Almost every owner will tell you that their dog understands them, but if you have a border collie, that may be more true than you might … Continue reading

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when the world was young: star wars

The latest in a series about influences from my earlier days   In the previous installment of this series, I discussed a number of sci-fi movies from the 1970’s that have influenced and continue to influence my writing.  The greatest … Continue reading

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when the world was young: sci-fi movies of the ’70’s

The latest in a series about influences from my earlier days   Sci-fi purists might sneer (but then, that’s what they’re best at) when I tell you that a good chunk of my formative years was spent in darkened movie … Continue reading

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book review: “locksmith’s closet”

Lachlan (pronounced “lock-lan”) Smith is your typical tween boy in present-day America, and his circumstances are easy for kids his age to relate to.  He’s just moved to a new town, he’s starting a new grade at a new school, … Continue reading

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the only sci-fi anthology you need

I haven’t read science fiction in many years–to be honest, non-fiction has consumed what little reading time I have.  But the other night, I rediscovered, tucked behind some other books on my shelves, my copy of the first volume of … Continue reading

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