The Margins

Definitions of “margin”

  • The edge or border of something
  • The blank border on each side of the print on a page
  • An amount of something included so as to be sure of success or safety: a wide margin for safety

Science fiction and fantasy (SF/F) were widely inclusive genres, even when they weren’t under one sign in the bookstore. By that statement I mean inclusive of creative works, particularly ones considered odd for their times. I enjoy all SF/F but I especially like reading in its margins. There’s where you find some really different world-building, even if the book has been put under another genre umbrella. And just like when people wrote notes in the margins of books, I scribble my “margin” notes on my blog.

Laura, at her desk

Recent Posts

  • Seven Crucial Elements of Military SF - My Library at LibraryThing Seven elements military Science Fiction should contain, from the perspective of a former servicewoman and lifelong SF reader.   I read Best Military SF of the 20th Century because I was… ...
  • Announcing the Outside-North-America Version of Peacekeeper - You might be wondering what the heck I've been doing in 2013---I've had the same questions. Well, I was inundated with my volunteer responsibilities to the Pikes Peak Writers for a while (I was appointed… ...
  • Please don’t turn my computer into a phone! On the other hand… - Better speech recognition is nice... We'll later look at the challenges of dictating SF and Fantasy. But if I'd wanted to create my digital art or 450-plus-page novels on a phone, then I wouldn't have… ...
  • Get Discounted AND Signed Books This Friday! - This Friday night, Sept 7th at 7:30 p.m., the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW) are having a book sale and signing that will be open to the public. A multitude of RMFW authors (usually defined… ...
  • The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (Rumination Warning) - I'm behind on my reviews. It's obvious when I look at my pile of already-read books on the corner of my desk. I pick up the oldest---when I suddenly realize that I read The Hunger… ...
  • The Fuller Memorandum, by Charles Stross - Sometimes life swats you around and you don't have time to update your blog. 'Nuff said about my problems, which are nothing compared to Bob Howard's issues in Stross's The Fuller Memorandum. Bob Howard is… ...
  • Cursor’s Fury, by Jim Butcher - Why start with the third novel in Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series? Well, it's the best way to evaluate a series: how strong is the overall story, how complete is the world, how engaging are… ...
  • I Am Not A Serial Killer, by Dan Wells - I'd never have wandered by this book in the bookstore (online or brick-and-morter). But I encountered this book in the strangest of places: on my mother's kitchen counter. I stopped, in surprise, and picked it… ...
  • Year’s (2004) Best SF, 21st Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois - The problem with short stories, both in reading them and trying to get them published, is that they're so subjective. As they say about Beauty, Story and Character are also in the eye of the… ...
  • For Writers: New Models in Publishing (Tomorrow Night) - If you're a writer who's published or close to publishing, and if you're in the Colorado Springs area, check out this Pikes Peak Writers presentation ("Write Brain") tomorrow night. Join the Pikes Peak Writers for… ...
  • Ariel, by Steven R. Boyett (and Thoughts About Updating Backlist) - Back cover, which is a good summation: It's been five years since the change... Five years since the lights went out, cars stopped in the streets, and magical creatures began roaming the towns and countrysides… ...
  • Thermodynamics of Magic Systems - When I was at a writer's conference in Denver, I pitched to a science fiction and fantasy (SF/F) editor for a NY publisher. After expressing disappointment that I wasn't pitching an SF manuscript, he brightened… ...
  • B&N Signings This Weekend to Benefit the Pikes Peak Writers - I'll be participating in two booksignings this weekend to benefit the Pikes Peak Writers (PPW), and I'd love for you to stop by: Saturday, November 12th, from 4 to 6 pm, at the Boulder Barnes… ...
  • Knight’s Curse, by Karen Duvall - From the back cover: Orphan. Crusader. Angel. Thief. A skilled knife fighter since the age of nine, Chalice knows what it's like to live life on the edge---precariously balanced between the dark and the light.… ...
  • Schism: Part 1 of Triad, by Catherine Asaro - Synopsized From Back Cover: Return to the early years of the Skolian Empire. Strife has riven the Skolian royal family. Sauscony, the eldest Skolian daughter, is ready to seek her fortune as an officer-in-trining in… ...

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