The schisms that run through SF/F, both among authors and among reviewers/readers, puzzle me. True, lately these fault lines seem to break along Conservative/Liberal lines, but there have been other lines in the past, and there will be others in the future. Still, it’s puzzling because the genre has enormous scope, and there’s plenty of room for any and all types of Specfic, from Libertarian-minded Military Fantasy to Socialist-minded Weird Fiction, from hardcore Grimdark to … Read the rest
Jen and I decided to share some of the details of my daughter’s recent medical situation. We’re doing so because the condition is rare and as we were going through what I’m about to relate, we pored over the internet looking for any information that might fit the facts and help us solve Delaney’s problem. There wasn’t much, so we decided to put this out there as an aid to any parents whose child presents … Read the rest
So, things have been chaotic, hectic, and stressful in Kempland of late. In an effort to make things feel a bit more normal, I decided to start yet another self-created hybrid program using the various Beachbody products I’ve purchased and used (you can read all my previous fitness post by clicking on the fitness tab below).
For those interested, the 2014 Sampler of Star Wars Fiction is now available for download. It features excerpts from John Jackson Miller’s, A New Dawn, James Luceno’s, Tarkin, Kevin Hearne’s, Heir to the Jedi, and my own Lords of the Sith (which will give you a flavor of my take on Vader).
I hope you enjoy!
As most of you know, the first two Tales of Egil and Nix, THE HAMMER AND THE BLADE, and A DISCOURSE IN STEEL, were published by Angry Robot Books. The next two Tales of Egil and Nix, A CONVERSATION IN BLOOD and a currently untitled fourth book (let’s call it … Read the rest
The on-sale date for my next Star Wars novel, LORDS OF THE SITH, has been moved from March 5, 2015, to April 21, 2015. The reason for the move is due to your failure in the cave. We figured you’d want some extra time to complete your training before you face Vader.
Or it’s just ordinary course publishing release date changes for reasons inscrutable to mortals. Hard to say.
Either way, April 21 is … Read the rest
Those of you who’ve taken symbolic logic learned that in a conditional statement falsity implies anything. One of my old professors used to love to say something like, “If the moon is made of green cheese, then pigs can fly.” The implication of the conditional is true because the premise is false. But both premise and conclusion are nonsense.
The purpose of teaching the concept is, among other things, to show the importance of a … Read the rest
On a lark, I fictionalized (as best I could given the constraints of Twitter) a walkthrough of the legendary Tomb of Horrors, just composing it on the fly via Tweets. I guess I was itching to play some D&D.
Maybe it’ll remind you of some of your gaming sessions. Certainly if you’ve played through Tomb of Horrors, you’ll recognize some references here. :-)
Hoddypeak staggered into the village today, babbling about a lost … Read the rest
As a follow up to this piece: I read today that Damien Walter, who I think has done much to encourage internet mobs, has decided, in the face of a great deal of push back (an example; here’s another) against his most recent piece in the Guardian, to withdraw from the internet for a week to meditate. I don’t know if that’s true (I appear to be blocked from his Twitter feed, … Read the rest
Damien Walter recently published a piece at the Guardian entitled, “Science Fiction’s Real Life War of Worlds.” You can and should read the piece yourself, but I think I’m fairly characterizing Damien’s argument when I say it goes like this:
1. SF/F is getting more diverse (with “diversity” here implicitly defined as being more inclusive of, and, in fact including more, women, persons of color, and persons of non-hetero sexual orientation).
2. A … Read the rest