Archive for November, 2007

This ‘n’ that

Some observations made over the course of the week. Nothing profound–it’s all been said before. It’s just that it makes a greater impression when it happens to you. A question occasionally asked in Amazon reviews is “I wonder what the writer was thinking/trying to do”? The reviewer then goes on to posit what they believe […]

David vs. Goliath

Here’s a question I’m asked relatively frequently at cons and other gatherings of fledgling writers: “Is writing short stories first a good way to start ‘breaking into’ writing novels?” It’s a question to which I really don’t have a good answer. For the writers of my generation (I’m old, after all…), yes, many of us […]

Writers as Readers… Or Worse (?) Fans

True confession: I’m a fan.  I don’t read SF/F nearly as much as I’d like – I’m a slow reader thanks to mild dyslexia and an easily-distracted personality (a bad combination if ever there were one, IMHO.)  But, I love SF/F.  Though I read lots of other genres, I still reach first for SF/F.  But I’ve […]

Copyright and DMCA

Apparently, the past few months have been copyright season, at least in my little corner of reality.  SFWA* had a bit of a copyright mess a little while back, and I ended up serving on the committee to explore what the organization wanted in terms of copyright activism.  (Our report is available online.)Then this week, […]

There Will Be Warheads

The opening statement seemed to be that it doesn’t matter if you alter anything in history, what you will ultimately get because of that is war. So, everybody all together: War, war war. It’s the only subject that matters.

What do you do with a bad review?

As some of you probably know, many writers are notoriously undone by bad reviews. (do you remember the Anne Rice Amazon Debacle of a few years back?) We write in solitude and much of our egos hang on whether people like the product of our work. And of course, our ability to pay bills hangs […]

Say It Ain’t So, PO

It would appear that the International Reply Coupon, after one hundred years of service to overseas authors everywhere, is no more. It has pined for the fjords and posted itself – without an enclosed SASE – into the great PO Box in the sky. And no one told me! I only found our last month […]

A Reader Reading Reviews

Years and years ago, the local film reviewer of the local newspaper where I then lived reviewed Dark Crystal. The reviewer made abundantly clear that he despised the fantasy genre as a whole and thought it stupid. Naturally, he found the movie lacking and described its badness with great intensity, but none of this was […]

Warning: Contains Language

Don’t read this post if you have a problem with vulgar language. You have been warned. *** It used to be, in English, that you had two reliable sources of offensive language. One was the body, especially its parts and cruder functions. The other, of course, was religion. (The very word “profanity” points to the […]

If Only All You Had To Do Was Write

Ah, for the good old days when I thought being a writer meant holing up in a garret with a Smith-Corona and a bottle of bourbon.  (Sorry.  I’m showing my age.) In reality, that’s just the start.  For example, my latest book, Queen Ferris, came out two weeks ago, on Oct. 30th.  What follows was […]

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Kristine Smith

I'm a scientist by day, spec fic writer by nights and weekends. Author of the Jani Kilian SF series. Owned by two overgrown puppies. Visit site.

Stephen Leigh

Stephen Leigh (aka S.L. Farrell) is a Cincinnati author with 25 novels and several dozen short stories published. Booklist called his Cloudmages trilogy "Good enough to cast in gold." He teaches creative writing at Northern Kentucky University, and is a frequent speaker to writers groups. 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.

Jim C. Hines

Jim C. Hines' latest book is THE SNOW QUEEN'S SHADOW, the fourth of his fantasy adventures that retell the old fairy tales with a Charlie's Angels twist. He's also the author of the humorous GOBLIN QUEST trilogy. Jim's short fiction has appeared in more than 40 magazines and anthologies, including Realms of Fantasy, Turn the Other Chick, and Sword & Sorceress XXI. Jim lives in Michigan with his wife and two children. He's currently hard at work on LIBRIOMANCER, the first book in a new fantasy series. Visit site.

Gregory Frost

Gregory Frost's latest book is LORD TOPHET, the second volume of the SHADOWBRIDGE duology from Del Rey (Random House). Fantasy Book Critic calls Lord Tophet "a richly rewarding experience, it is also one of the few must-read fantasies of the year." And Paul Witcover says of the tale ""His pages bristle with the kind of lively energy I associate with Miyazaki films, and his delight in the stories his characters hear and transform and retell is palpable and contagious." His short story collection, ATTACK OF THE JAZZ GIANTS & OTHER STORIES (Golden Gryphon Press) was hailed by Locus as "a notable collection, likely to stand as one of the best of 2005" and Publisher's Weekly once again,in a starred review(*), went even further in saying, "Frost demonstrates his mastery of the short story form in what will surely rank as one of the best fantasy collections of the year." Recent short fiction can be found in the anthology POE, edited by Ellen Datlow, and upcoming in URBAN WEREWOLVES, edited by Darrell Schweitzer. Visit his website for excerpts, publishing info and appearance dates. He blogs here and here. More on Shadowbridge here. 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.

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.

Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott is the author of multiple fantasy and science fiction novels, including the Crown of Stars series and the Novels of the Jaran. She's currently working on Crossroads; the first novel, Spirit Gate, is already out, and Shadow Gate will be published in Spring 2008. 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.

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