Opening Week: Exposition

| April 30, 2010

And to wrap things up, the opening scene from Profiteer: For a hundred million years the two-kilometer-long Face had stared impassively up at the Martian sky. Dimitri Olmanov had only been visiting it regularly for the past century. The first time he had seen it, Dimitri had needed a pressure suit and the sky had […]

Opening Week: Action

| April 29, 2010

Here we have the first part of Stranger Inside: Jimmy didn’t know how the fight started. He’d been standing in front of his locker and he remembered watching that asshole Frank Bradley pass by. In Jimmy’s mind there was an abrupt cut from that, directly to the sound of his skull hitting the locker. He […]

Opening Week: Setting the Scene

| April 28, 2010

Now, here’s the opening passage from Wolfbreed. In the darkest woods in Burzenland, south of the Carpathian mountains, a knight of the Order of the Hospital of St. Mary of the Germans at Jerusalem, Brother Semyon von Kassel, ran as if he was in pursuit of the devil himself. Mud smeared his mail, leaves and […]

Opening Week: Blank Slate

| April 27, 2010

Next up on my opening page series is from The Omega Game: Quaid Loman woke up— or at least became fully aware of his surroundings— sitting on the edge of an unfamiliar bed. His hands shook, sweat dripped down the back of his neck, and he needed a drink more than at any time in […]

Opening Week: Breaking the “Rules”

| April 26, 2010

I recently started following a new group writer blog, Kill Zone, featuring a bunch of thriller writers. They’ve recently had a series of posts critiquing first pages submitted by their readers. I thought this a cool idea, and it inspired me to do my own series of posts on openings, in this case from my […]

Apocalyptic SFnal Nightmare Scenario of the Day

| April 23, 2010

(with thanks to Instapundit) Thanks to an NPR article we have a concept worthy of a Phillip K Dick novel, with Orwellian commentary that should scare the crap out of you if you have any imagination— or remember the CIA’s history dealing with other chemical substances. The money quote: Does Biology Affect Our Trust In […]

Robotic Melding

| April 21, 2010

I’ve be asked again to provide mental melding on the SF Signal blog.  The topic this time is “The Coolest Robots in SF.”  I’ve cross-posted my entry here, but you should go see the rest: The coolest robots in SF? That’s a tall order. The field is vast, including everything from the ambulatory logical puzzle […]

Writing toward the abyss. . .

| April 20, 2010

I’m literally in the home stretch of Messiah now, a few thousand words from capping off ten books and seventeen years worth of work.  This is where I’m getting all sweaty and nervous.   Especially since I’ve spent 250K+ words so far continually upping the ante, I’m hoping that the climax will justify the build up.  […]

Idiot Authors (or, just because you’re published doesn’t mean you’re not a douche)

| April 19, 2010

UPDATE: (3/31/2011) Fixed a typo someone pointed out on Reddit. I’ve written enough about authors that have shown very public displays of ill judgment that it seemed to be almost mandatory that I talk about Mr. Patrick Roscoe (his name is not a link because you absolutely must hear the story before landing on his […]

No I haven’t given up ranting about politics.

| April 15, 2010

But I decided to stop doing it here.  Frankly, most of the people coming to this site are a lot more interested in my thoughts about writing and fiction than my political ravings.  And while I may have a few fans for my rants, it seems that it might make more sense to direct them […]