Blogging the Alien

| July 15, 2006

One of the more difficult things a writer can do is write about a culture that is truly alien. A lot of bad SF— especially in TV and movies— has shown alien beings that are significantly less alien to someone from a western culture than many human cultures. My own personal shortcut to the problem […]

Brain Dead?

| July 5, 2006

When you write science fiction, you often find yourself in the position of thinking about the sciences in general. And it came home to me recently how strangely out of sync progress in medicine is in comparison with— for instance— physics or chemistry. While it’s easy to point out the massive progress medicine has made […]

You can’t tell a book by its cover

| July 3, 2006

?= A while ago I sold the Russian rights to my first four books. I cashed the check and thought little more of it. Then, one day I was googling my work and found a page in Russia. . . I did a little digging and found the cover of the Russian edition of Forests […]

Welcome to the 21st Century

| July 2, 2006

Well, after going through and giving my website a thorough updating I decided that I needed to step fully out of the mid-90s (where my site had been stuck for close to six years) and get myself a blog. So here we go.