One of the first science fiction books that I ever bought was one edited by Gardner Dozois, one of his Year’s Best Science Fiction collections (#18). I really loved anthologies early on (and still do), picking through and reading the summations of the prior year, and the fiction that made up the best of that year.… More The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois
I have a new nonfiction article up on Clarkesworld Magazine, Destination: Venus, a followup to Destination: Mars from last year. Like the last post, it covers a topic that I’ve been getting more and more interested in: how did we discover the Solar System, and how did we interpret those findings? Science Fiction is the ideal… More Destination: Venus
For a while now, I’ve been feeling guilty about the number of links I’ve been foisting on friends on Facebook – it’s increased as I’ve taken on more freelance work. To alleviate this, I’ve set up a personal page, which will feature all of the things that I’ve been writing, and other SF/Writing type links… More PSA: Facebook Page
So, this is a project that I’ve been involved with: Mech: Age of Steel! It’s a science fiction anthology all about, well, giant mecha. I’ve got a short story that I’m writing included in the table of contents. The book’s Kickstarter just launched, and you can take a look here. I’m pretty excited about this… More Mech: Age of Steel Kickstarter Now Live
Like many people, I got hooked on Serial about halfway through the first season when I had heard a bunch of ads for it on NPR, and diligently listened to the rest of the season as Sarah Koenig, worked her way through the story. I just finished listening to Serial‘s second season, and I’m surprised that… More Can We Talk About Serial’s Second Season?
When I was a bit more active in the Star Wars fan circles, something you couldn’t escape from was fan fiction. Forums such as TheForce.net and Fanfiction.net each had vibrant communities in the early ’00s, and there was a whole range of really interesting stories to really crappy ones. I wrote a couple of the… More Unauthorized Stories: Fan Fiction and Fandom
I have to say, I have a visceral reaction to a Baen cover when I see it on the bookshelf. I’m not a fan of the bold colors, typeface and generally, of the illustrations. I’ve picked up the books, and I’m typically not their target audience. (Actually, the above image is one of the covers… More The Innovative Jim Baen
Ray LaMontagne has a new album out, Ouroboros, which features the singer along with My Morning Jacket. It’s a really sublime album, featuring just two tracks, designed to imitate the ‘vinyl experience’. There’s really eight tracks on the album, and it’s up there with the best of his works. LaMontagne is one of those artists… More Ray LaMontagne – No Pressure
This is the good news of the day: the 501st Legion has approved its newest squad: the Green Mountain Squad, which will cover all of Vermont! I’ve been a member of the 501st Legion since 2003, and for much of that time, I’ve been one of only a couple of members of the group in… More Introducing The New England Garrison’s Green Mountain Squad!
My latest post is up on Kirkus Reviews, and it’s all about the L.A. Science Fantasy Society, the longest-running science fiction fan clubs in the world. Fandom is a really interesting thing in the SF/F world, because the edges between professional, amateur and fan are very blurry. Fans often go from engaged readers to active… More The Adventures Of The LA Science Fantasy Society