Death of a Business Model

| June 28, 2008

Historically, almost every significant economic crash has been due to one factor of the human psyche, the inability to conceive of change. Not adapt to change; we’re pretty damn good at figuring things out after the fact. Beforehand? Not so much. Entire industries collapse because of the assumption that the fourth quarter will be exactly […]

This Saturday @ the Mayfield Public Library

| June 26, 2008

For those interested and in the area, I will be appearing with fellow Hamster Geoff Landis this Saturday, June 28th at the Mayfield Public Library (6080 Wilson Mills Rd, Mayfield, OH) from 2:30 to 4:30. Limited space, but it’s free and you can find registration info here. For those of you looking on my shiny […]

Dealing with the Origin Story

| June 26, 2008

I just finished an advance copy of a neat book, (I’ll blog about it later— it’s due Feb 09 from Tor, so I have time.) and it got me thinking of a common narrative problem in speculative fiction. It is perhaps most obvious in superhero movies (I alluded to it in my Iron Man review) […]

Done, really, I mean it this time

| June 19, 2008

I turned in the editorial revisions for Prophets today, which means that I am officially done with it. It got a bit longer which is why all the counters moved around. Next task, is a second round of editorial edits on Lilly’s Song, which are relatively minor and should only take a couple of days. […]

Associated Press and MediaDefender, taking IP way way way too far.

| June 17, 2008

This was a week where I discovered two little tidbits that really set my blood boiling over the state of IP law in this country. In both cases we have companies using the excuse of copyright to act like Uncle Vinnie the Mob Enforcer, but without the pinky ring or sense of style. First up, […]

Metallica = Asshat

| June 11, 2008

UPDATE: At least according to the band, their managers are the clueless asshats. I think they need better management. I haven’t nominated an asshat for awhile, then I came across this little tidbit. And no, this doesn’t involve some sort of draconian fan-stomping over who should pay for what. In fact, it has nothing to […]

Future Americas is out.

| June 10, 2008

I just got my contributor copy of Future Americas, the latest anthology by John Helfers and Martin H. Greenberg. My story within, “Family Photos,” which I mentioned before, is probably one of the darkest things I’ve ever written in any genre. Dark enough that I still half believe that I scared away most of my […]

Shattastic

| June 9, 2008

Occasionally you discover that the time is just right for something. Things just bubble up in the common consciousness, suddenly bombarding you with some concept or image that pervades the ether and suddenly you’ve discovered that collective humanity has crossed some cultural Rubicon and it becomes literally impossible to imagine what life was like before. […]

Sex and the City: Why the hate?

| June 5, 2008

Disclaimer #1: I liked the Movie.Disclaimer #2: I am not gay. Now, I’m not going to claim that Sex and the City is some high water mark of American filmmaking. It is unabashedly what it is, a piece of escapist fantasy— the relationship equivalent of an action movie with sex replacing the cars blowing up […]

Oh yeah, about those counters

| June 3, 2008

No I didn’t forget about them, it’s just this little old thing called revision. See, when I finish a novel and turn it into an editor, it isn’t really finished. Since you all saw those counters grind to a halt I’ve been stuck revising Lilly’s Song for Bantam, and I’m currenly revising Prophets for DAW. […]