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Two sketches

Two sketches for two beta-readers of The Goose’s Wing, Eric Scott Fischl and Victor Dimitrov. Thanks, guys! The first (for Victor) is a Petrolean dragon, looking a bit more majestic and less moist than I depict them in the novella. The second (for Eric) is … Continue reading

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I won the Freaking Sidewise Award!

I co-won the Sidewise Award for short fiction along with @adamrov and Ben Winters. I am honored to be in their company. Click here for “Treasure Fleet” and the other excellent stories in Tales From Alternate Earths. Click here for some notes from the world of “Treasure Fleet.” … Continue reading

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Sidewise Awards today!

The day is today! Go to Sidewise Award page and see if my alternate history short story “Treasure Fleet” has won! And to wet your appetite for more, here are some alluring fragments of a sequel… At the heart of the Forbidden City, … Continue reading

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The Inklings’ Sidewise Q/A

Stephen Hunt at Inklings Press was kind enough to ask me some questions about the Sidewise Awards (coming tomorrow) and my feelings about the nomination of one of my short stories. Stephen: So – it’s been a year since Tales From Alternate Earths came … Continue reading

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The Fleet of the Great Hajj

Only one more day until we find out whether my alternate history short story “Treasure Fleet” has won a Sidewise Award! Here’s an excerpt of the rough draft of the story (it’s better in the anthology), answering the question “in a … Continue reading

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2 days until the Sidewise Awards!

Only two more days until we find out whether my alternate history short story  “Treasure Fleet” has won the Sidewise Award! Continuing my sharing of backstory for this story of the Muslim Chinese discovery of the New World, I ask the … Continue reading

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3 days until the Sidewise Awards!

In case I haven’t beaten you over the head with this news enough already, my alternate history short story “Treasure Fleet” has been nominated for a Sidewise Award! They’re going to announce the winners on the 20th. Fingers crossed! In honor … Continue reading

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Babytalks: And he became a beybo gwegwe

My daughter can now recite “the very hungry caterpillar” from memory. Which is great because it gives me a direct one-to-one comparison for her utterances. Here’s one of the more bizarre. Instead of saying “beautiful butterfly” (the last two words … Continue reading

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Distributing the future

I’m reading William Gibson right now, so what better time to talk about his quote: “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” The implication is that we can look at those people with access to … Continue reading

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Asking for Help

As a writer, I need a lot of help. Not just psychological and financial (oh the effortposts I could write) but just getting facts right in your fiction is an enormous job. I’ve written about the Illinois Indians, the American … Continue reading

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