We officially have a kick-ass cover

| August 27, 2008

Well Eleanor just got the Prophets cover from DAW, and it’s all full of crunchy SF goodness. This will be hitting the shelves March 2009. UPDATE: I should let you all know who the artist is behind this great cover, the 2008 winner of the Hugo for best artist, Stephan Martiniere. Which is just seven […]

The man who would be president

| August 25, 2008

As we watch ignore the proceedings of the Democratic National Convention, I think it is time to reflect on the nominee who could have been. I am talking about a candidate of vision, of character, of purpose. A candidate who could have been a historic first if not for the fact he failed to garner […]

Michael Chabon is made of win!

| August 22, 2008

(via swivet) Michael Chabon has laid out to the LA Times just how the attitude of the Literati toward genre fiction (“oh, your genre has cooties”) is kind of stupid. There are a lot of people on both the pretentious literature side (“It was written well so it can’t be science fiction!”) and the pretentious […]

How to be an asshat, literary edition

| August 20, 2008

To all the aspiring writers out there who want to make a bad impression and leave a permanently sour taste in the mouths of not only your readers but with anyone who’s ever heard of you, Victoria Laurie has some tips for you. (Original post is gone, but once released those electrons don’t go away.) […]

Forever Old Man’s Starship Troopers

| August 18, 2008

I just had the opportunity to read Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, The Forever War by Joe Haldeman, and Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein all in fairly quick succession. I’d recommend the same to any aspiring SF writer, and not just because they’re all good books in their own right. The three books are […]

Rainbows = Evil!

| August 14, 2008

This video is making the rounds, so I figured why not? Somewhere in my heart, I really hope this is a satire. . .

Can you say Sudetenland?

| August 11, 2008

I am not a liberal, and I don’t subscribe to the idea that George W. is a secular antichrist, my qualms about the (Iraq) war have always been of ones of tactics (i.e. letz fite stoopid) and strategy (this served the national interest how?). However, events in Georgia have made me decide that George W. […]

Writerly type stuff

| August 9, 2008

Side-stepping the world of politics for a moment, I wanted to mention that I’m finally back to writing new material, after doing rewrites of three novels in a row.  You’ll notice the counters slowly starting to move again as I work on Heretic, the second volume of the Apotheosis trilogy. Yea.  Goal is to get […]

Update: Islamic Students reasonable. Islamic Scholar, not so much.

| August 7, 2008

According to Gallycat, the students riled up by the threat of Random House’s publication of the Jewel of Medina were planning little more than a publicity campaign to e-mail the publisher and news outlets and so on. Perfectly innocuous stuff in a pluralistic society. Which makes Random House look like a bunch of wusses, and […]

Islamic Overreaction freaks out Random House

| August 6, 2008

From the “this surprises you why?” department: Random House was going to publish a book titled The Jewel of Medina by Sherry Jones, a historical novel that features one of Mohammad’s wives, and has decided “oops, bad idea.” Quoth Random House in the Washington Post Op-Ed, “after sending out advance copies of the novel, the […]