Archive for September, 2007

You Say “Sci-Fi,” I Say SF: Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off…

Tuesday night I taught the introduction class of my science fiction writing class at the Loft. We had our usual discussion of the definitions of SF and F, and I alluded to the fact that the term “sci-fi” is considered derogatory by some science fiction fans and writers. At the time, of course, I couldn’t put […]

The Meddlesome Muse

One of the most common questions that authors are asked is: where do you get your ideas from? The usual answers range from ‘everywhere’ to ‘anything that’s not nailed down.’ Occasionally the ‘M’ word is used. The Muse. Now I’m a person who’s lived and written quite happily for years without the aid of divine […]

Ticking of the clock

Sarah Prineas posted on promotion a week ago, and it’s a topic I’d like to explore a little further. It’s hard enough getting published in the first place, but when a new book hits the shelves just about every author can hear a little clock ticking away in the background. This is the countdown to […]

Why that book?

A perennial, obsessive question for many novelists is, why did you, reader and customer of novels, choose that book? Did you read a great review? Did you like the cover? Did someone tell you about it? Had you read everything else on the shelf and were just desperate for something new? Was it the only […]

Respecting history

I recently came across Guy Gavriel Kay’s essay “Home and Away,” which addresses the complex relationship between fantasy and history, both in the sense of historical fantasy, and fantasy which models itself on (without directly representing) history. It provoked two major trains of thought for me. The first had to do with this notion: It […]

Why I like Jane Austen and E.E. “Doc” Smith.

I do.  I like ‘em both.  For different reasons, of course.  I like Austen for her humor and her insight and the way she makes the most everyday events affecting and important.  I love her characters’ wit, and laugh at the way Elizabeth falls  into her own trap of loving Darcy every time I read […]

Science in My Science Fiction: Come to the Dark Side

I’m a scientist, a professional astronomer, who writes hard science fiction. I wish it weren’t called “hard” because that makes it sound difficult, when it’s more fun and understandable than most people think. The “hard” really refers to the notion that results in the physical sciences are reliable, that they are calculated, quantitative, not about […]

The Solitary Act

There’s a myth that writing is a solitary act.  Sure, sitting down and putting words on a page is something we do alone, but the influences of other people on my writing are legion. I was recently asked my opinion on fan fic.  Specifically, the interviewer wanted to know if I worried that my writing […]

How to Write a Good Book

Over my vacation on Lake Ontario last week I read Italo Calvino’s Six Memos for the Next Millenium. I figured, when Mr. Calvino talks about how to write a good book, I’d better sit up and listen. And the thing is, Calvino has so much authorial credit with me that it took me a long […]

Home again…

Just returned from a whirlwind whistle-stop tour of Japan, following the World Science Fiction Convention which was in Yokohama this year. There were plenty of factors which went into my decision to go to the event – lots of my friends and colleagues whom I would otherwise have been sure of seeing in the hallways […]

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Lyda Morehouse

Lyda Morehouse is the author of the science fiction AngeLINK series. She's won the Shamus and the Philip K. Dick Special Citation for Excellence (aka 2nd place). Her books have also been nominated for the Romantic Times Critics' Choice and preliminary Nebula ballot. She lives in the deep-freeze of Saint Paul, MN with her partner of twenty-odd years, their son, and lots and lots of cats (and fish!) Visit site.

Chris Dolley

Chris Dolley is an English author of SF mysteries and fun urban fantasies, a pioneer computer games designer, and the man who convinced the UK media that Cornwall had risen up and declared independence. His novel Resonance (2005, Baen) was the first book to be plucked from Baen’s electronic slush pile. He now lives in France with his wife, a dolmen, and a frightening collection of animals. His memoir French Fried (2010, BVC) has just been released. Visit site.

Simon Haynes

Simon is the author of the Hal Spacejock series, featuring intergalactic loser Hal and his junky sidekick, Clunk. His website contains a number of articles on writing and publishing, and he's also the programmer of several freeware apps including yBook, BookDB and yWriter. In his spare time(!) he helps to run Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. Visit site.

Diana Pharaoh Francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis has written the fantasy novel trilogy that includes Path of Fate, Path of Honor and Path of Blood. Path of Fate was nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Recently released was The Turning Tide, third in her Crosspointe Chronicles series (look also for The Cipher and The Black Ship). In October 2009, look for Bitter Night, a contemporary fantasy. Diana teaches in the English Department at the University of Montana Western, and is an avid lover of all things chocolate. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

S.C. Butler

Butler is the author of The Stoneways Trilogy from Tor Books: Reiffen's Choice, Queen Ferris, and The Magician's Daughter. Find out what Reiffen does with magic, and what magic does with him... Visit site.

Mike Brotherton

Professional astronomer, science fiction novelist (Star Dragon, Spider Star). Visit site.

Lyda Morehouse

Lyda Morehouse is the author of the science fiction AngeLINK series. She's won the Shamus and the Philip K. Dick Special Citation for Excellence (aka 2nd place). Her books have also been nominated for the Romantic Times Critics' Choice and preliminary Nebula ballot. She lives in the deep-freeze of Saint Paul, MN with her partner of twenty-odd years, their son, and lots and lots of cats (and fish!) Visit site.

Catherynne Valente

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Alma Alexander

Alma Alexander is a novelist, short story writer and anthologist whose books include High Fantasy ("Hidden Quen""Changer of Days"), historical fantasy ("Secrets of Jin Shei", "Embers of Heaven"), contemporary fantasy ("Midnight at Spanish gardens") and YA (the Worldweavers series, the Were Chronicles). She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two cats. Visit site.

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