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 curious whether military SF worked well in the short form. The preface, by Harry Turtledove, was a historical perspective of […]

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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 to position of Secretary in November last year, then things went crazy in 2013). In between all that, I finally […]

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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 bought an iMac with a beautiful 27 inches of screen real estate, 8 gigabytes of memory, and all driven by […]

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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 a FREE Write Brain session on new models in publishing. Presenters include Deb Courtney of Courtney Literary, and authors Robert […]

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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 of Earth. Pete Garey, a young loner who survived the Change and the madness that followed, spent two years wandering […]

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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 and said, “But I usually like Fantasy written by SF authors.” “Because their magic systems make sense?” Being an avid […]

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QQ: 2B R N2B?

As a purveyor, buyer, and all-around user of the English language, my attention was caught by The Telegraph article “Ralph Fiennes blames Twitter for ‘eroding’ language.” The headline pointed at Twitter but Mr. Fiennes, an English actor, blamed social networking and our society, as a whole, for dumbing down the English language. Speaking at the […]

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