Archive for February, 2008

Love triangulation

Daryl Gregory’s kindly allowed me to share his usual posting day, so you get two Valentine-themed posts this morning: his sonnet (see below) and my musings on that age-old trope, the love triangle. Back in November I conducted a poll about this topic on the LJ urban fantasy community “Fangs, Fur, and Fey.” Why there? […]

Happy V-Day. Here’s Your Sonnet.

Up here in the SF Novelists’ orbiting headquarters we’ve been talking about the merits and drawbacks of becoming a full time writer, as you may have gathered from David’s post from yesterday, and Tobias’ entry from a few days ago. Me, I’m in the middle — I have a half-time day job as a programmer, and in the afternoons I […]

A Full-Time Writer’s Top Ten List

Here on we’ve recently had a discussion about making the transition from writing part-time to making a go of it as a full-time novelist.  I’ve been fortunate throughout my career.  Thanks to a supportive spouse who happens to have a secure, well-paying job with benefits, I’ve been a full-time writer from the start.  For […]

How Did I Get Here?

I’ll be giving a talk at the Menomonie Public Library tonight and one of the things I want to talk about is how I decided to become a science fiction and fantasy writer. The only problem is I never did decide that. When I was growing up, the idea of becoming an author never even […]

The Worst Science Fiction Movie Ever!

Last month I wrote about the ten best science-based science fiction movies, which was fun and made me think a lot about all the average to decent movies that still fail to make the science grade in one or more ways.  It’s too easy to make a list of dozens of movies with the worst […]


Everyone usually expresses such polite jealousy when they hear I freelance full time. And to be honest, I used to as well. But now sometimes I think the idea that people have built up in their heads is of a lifestyle that might as well include half-naked servants feeding the freelancer grapes. The reality is […]

Ain’t nothing new -

- this plagiarism thing. It rears its head every so often, frequently in unexpected places. There are egregious instances, such as the most recent Cassie Edwards scandal or the Lanaia Lee kerfuffle of a little further back – and in these cases it is actually possible to point to sentences, paragraphs, pages, that are acutely […]


I learned how to juggle in college. My friend, Nisha taught me how to juggle golf balls one rainy afternoon in her dorm room.  Nisha is the most coordinated person I know.  I’m not exaggerating – the first time she was on ice skates, she made one wobbly circuit and then was skating better than […]

What a writer can’t do–a ramble post

It’s annoying to me that I cannot capture facial expressions and body expressions for characters the way that I want to. Film does that. To do so as a writer the way I want to would be distracting and annoying, even if I could catch the nuances the way I want to. I was just […]

Pushing Your Punches

One of my favorite aspects of writing is exploring different points of view. Since I became a martial artist, I enjoy taking this idea a step further: How do my different characters fight? How do fights inform their character? A lot of our heroes are scrappers, willing to fight dirty to protect themselves and their […]

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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.

Daryl Gregory

Daryl's a science fiction writer who lives in State College, PA. Several of his short stories have appeared in "Year's Best" anthologies, and his first novel, PANDEMONIUM, will appearing in Fall 2008 from Del Rey Books. Visit site.

David B. Coe

David B. Coe ( is the Crawford award-winning author of the LonTobyn Chronicle, the Winds of the Forelands quintet, the Blood of the Southlands trilogy, and a number of short stories. Writing as D.B. Jackson (, he is the author of the Thieftaker Chronicles, a blend of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. David is also part of the Magical Words group blog (, and co-author of How To Write Magical Words: A Writer’s Companion. In 2010 he wrote the novelization of director Ridley Scott’s movie, Robin Hood. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Visit site.

Kelly McCullough

Kelly McCullough is a fantasy and science fiction author. He lives in Wisconsin with his physics professor wife and a small herd of cats. His novels include the WebMage and Fallen Blade series—Penguin/ACE. His short fiction has appeared in numerous venues including Writers of the Future and Weird Tales. He also dabbles in science fiction as science education with The Chronicles of the Wandering Star—part of an NSF-funded science curriculum—and the science comic Hanny & the Mystery of the Voorwerp, which he co-authored and co-edited—funding provided by NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope. Visit site.

Mike Brotherton

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

Tobias Buckell
Tobias Buckell

Tobias is a professional blogger, freelance writer, and author of 2 novels. His Caribbean roots often inform his fiction, but so does his love of technology, science, and the rapidly changing world all around us. Visit site.

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.

Maria V. Snyder

Maria V. Snyder has been writing fiction and nonfiction since 1995. She has published numerous freelance articles in magazines and newspapers. Her first published novel, Poison Study appeared on the shelves in 2005, and chronicles Yelena’s challenges in surviving her dangerous job as a food taster. Magic Study follows with Yelena’s efforts to learn about her magic while searching for a rogue magician turned serial killer. Fire Study chronicles Yelena's adventures with a Fire Warper and was released in March 2008. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maria earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology at Penn State University. Much to Maria’s chagrin, forecasting the weather wasn’t one of her skills. Writing, however, proved to be more enjoyable and Maria earned a Master of Arts degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. As part of her research for her Study novels, Maria signed up for a glass blowing class to learn how to shape molten glass. The first thing she learned is it is considerably harder to sculpt glass than it looks. Maria now has an extensive collection of misshapened paperweights, tumblers, and bowls. When she’s not traveling, Maria lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, daughter and yellow Lab. She is working on her next MIRA novel, Storm Glass, due out Spring 2009. Readers are welcome to contact Maria by e-mail at, or they can find more information on her Web site at 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.

Jenn Reese

Jenn Reese is the author of JADE TIGER (Juno Books, 2007), an action-adventure kung fu romance, with tigers. Her short stories have appeared online at Strange Horizons and Lone Star Stories, and in various print anthologies like Japanese Dreams, Sword & Sorceress, and Polyphony 4. When she's not writing, Jenn is practicing martial arts, playing World of Warcraft, or dreaming of rain. Visit site.



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