Ridley Scott disses SF Film

| August 30, 2007

According to Ridley Scott, SF Cinema is as dead as the Western, and also thinks all SF nowadays is derivative of 2001:A Space Odyssey. Nothing original is being done. . . Say what? Look, I know I’m an iconoclast when I say that 2001:A Space Odyssey is not the best SF film ever made, I […]

Fellowship Fantastic

| August 27, 2007

Due in January. Just got the cover: This one contains my story, “The Enigma of the Serbian Scientist.” Which is sort of a steampunk homage to Sherlock Holmes, wherein the murder victim is Thomas Edison. Judging by the description of the other stories (and the cover) I bucked a trend, as it looks like the […]

Some things they don’t usually tell you in writing class. . .

| August 21, 2007

Working on my career, I’ve been thinking about the idea of writing professionally as opposed to writing as a hobby. Now I’ve been writing professionally in one sense of the term (getting paid) for a good fifteen years. But there’s another sense, meaning approaching the craft with professionalism. That comprises a whole bushel of things […]

Top Ten Problems with the Movie Sunshine. . .

| August 14, 2007

Ok, I know when the premise of your movie is flying a bomb the size of Manhattan into a dying sun you have something on your agenda other than scientific and logical plausibility. However, a film that’s largely a homage to 2001:A Space Odyssey should at least give the impression it tried. I get the […]

US Airways Continued. . .

| August 12, 2007

I said I would keep you posted. So here’s what I got from them shortly after sending my prior letter. Dear Mr. Swiniarski, On behalf of US Airways and the entire Customer Relations team, please accept our sincere apology for the travel difficulties you experienced. Your concerns have been thoroughly documented and your comments have […]

Keep your laws off my starship. . .

| August 10, 2007

Lois Tilton over at Deep Genre doesn’t like Libertarian SF, at least some Libertarian meme she sees as infecting some SF. In a nutshell her main complaint seems to be with the idea that space would be more “free” (meaning absence of regulation) when she sees the scarcity of resources (such as air) resulting in […]

Warm Fuzzies

| August 10, 2007

As promised, new kitten pictures. No, she doesn’t have a name yet.

Tough Day to be a Pet Owner

| August 8, 2007

This is a picture of Little Dog. We found her running in the street seven years ago. We were driving though our neighborhood when we used to live in Cleveland Heights, and my wife stopped the car yelling, look at that dog. There was a small brown Beagle/Dachshund mix strolling through the intersection, oblivious to […]

Baen’s Best

| August 6, 2007

I’m in yet another anthology, this time it’s the heavy hardback The Best of Jim Baen’s Universe, which, in addition to being a memorial to the late Mr. Baen, promises to be an annual event. You should also check out the web-zine that birthed this anthology. Within you will find my mid-east terrorism alternate history […]

A Non-SF Novel Every SF Writer Should Read

| August 4, 2007

People trolling in the genre mines of Science Fiction and Fantasy often harbor some resentment towards “mainstream” authors who manage to write books with heavy genre elements and get them to be taken seriously by people whose job it is to take books seriously. (The Road being one recent high-profile example.) There is a sense […]