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Grind their bones for Phlebotinum!

The Timur changed everything. The ship limped to Leo station under tug power. Its engines were dead. So was half the crew. So was its shaman. Which was impossible. A ship without a shaman could not pass through hyperspace. The … Continue reading

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Tyrannosaur Queen review on Altered Instinct

Brent A Harris is a stand-up guy. Not only did he (and Ricardo Victoria and Leo McBride) accept my story “The Devout Atheist” for their Tales from the Universe anthology, he took it upon himself to read Groom of the … Continue reading

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How’s English Weird?

I’m thinking about what things are hard for my students to wrap their heads around. That’s different from things in English that are hard to learn because they require a lot of rote memorization (spelling, phrasal verbs, vocabulary). What’s WEIRD … Continue reading

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A morning in April

I got some nice comments about the last autobiographical thing I wrote. That one was in the style of Neal Stephenson, so how about some Bruce Sterling for this one? Note: I changed everyone’s name except mine. “Stop!” Dan screamed. … Continue reading

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Deliver what you promise

Here’s a disgusting analogy from Tex Thompson: don’t serve people lime jello with meat inside.  It’s not that meat jello is necessarily bad, but it’s something you have to prepare people for in advance. You can’t trick people into eating it. … Continue reading

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If the Ice Age never ended

  What if it were the Last Glacial Maximum lasted another 26 thousand years? The world would be a colder place, yes, but more importantly it would be a more climatically extreme place. Travelling north and west through an Arabian … Continue reading

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Pearson is Dead

I wanted to show you what I am working on in Junction right now. On this second revision, I’m trying to go back to some key scenes and add romance and mystery elements. The same basic things are happening, but the … Continue reading

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Tales from the Universe reviews

And now for a bit of personal horn-tooting. Reviews are coming in for Tales From the Universe, and the general impressions of my story (“The Devout Atheist”) are good! Ish! “ I feel the publisher/editors are taking a chance with … Continue reading

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Demonstrate, don’t explain

You know how people say “show, don’t tell” and when you’re a dewey-eyed newberry dough-writer you take that advice way too seriously and write a 5 billion word novel? And then you get disgusted with showing and your next novel … Continue reading

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Space Janissaries

Back last spring, I was deep in research for Charming Lies and thinking about Interstellar Empires and space opera. Blah blah blah…what if OTTOMAN EMPIRE IN SPACE? The way I’m thinking is this: things get weird in human space with … Continue reading

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