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SF! Rousing space opera. Derring-do. Doing daring things? Fun
to read and worth your time. Buy 'em now before the electrons
A week spent in disorderly pursuits. A little writing done (did
a synopsis for a big space opera that is demanding to be done--decided
to do it for NaNoWriMo). Sent off "The First Rodeo"
Howerton for his weird west anthology (and read Scott Phillips'
nifty story for the same anthol--this is going to be a "must
read" for western, weird and weird western fans). And on
Wednesday took in a lecture by Nobel Laureate John Mather about
cosmic background radiation and the forthcoming Webb space telescope,
to be situated out at the L2 point. He had some lovely pix of
Beta Pictoris b and the swarms of exo comets there and was generally
an excellent speaker. The lecture hall was packed to more than
50% over capactiy. Good thing a fire marshal didn't drop by. There
had to be 40 sitting on stage along with another 20 in chairs,
plus every seat in the house filled with 30 or more in the aisles.
Exciting to see a NASA superstar turning out such a crowd. Alas,
I missed his second talk the next day. Work had to get done.
Friday was one of those days. I'll talk more about it in my blog
but I found out that my editor at Berkley was gone--along with
their entire western line. No more westerns from Berkley. With
previous cutbacks, this means somewhere around 100 novels won't
get published there in 2015. I understand now why The
Great West Detective Agency didn't get any promo, other than
what I did. (Thanks, Chantell and the Sirens of Suspense!) This
demise reinforces the talk I gave at LCCS describing how weird
westerns saved the western genre twice before. This might be a
third time. A great opportunity for the indie publishers to swoop
in and try to capture what must be a good-sized vacuum in the
I'm getting ducks in a row for NaNoWriMo. Switched from another
western, traditional, to space opera.
of the Kinunir was nominated for a NM-Az Book Award. Will
find out if I won in November.
Is there anyone out there familiar with Zen cart? Drop me a line.
Don't panic. There are plenty of electrons to go around. Jade
Demons Quartet is up on both Smashwords
with a great cover by Mike McAfee.
Theatrical movies: None, but likely to sneak off to see John
Wick -- a hitman takes revenge because the bad guys killed
his puppy. Left him by his dying wife. Is that motivation or what?
Definitely looking forward to Interstellar.
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It's the small things in life... Or at least the 140 character
LCCS and dry and dusty death.
of Steam and Rust! See Sarah Bartsch's Unforeseen.
A tour of Japan through the eyes of a woman samurai. Not to be
missed. Check out her story in the current Daily
My e-books on the catalog
page. Great stuff. Really.
iPad viewing: Done with the Jack Taylor episodes. Working
on The Killing.
iPad reading: Still working my way through To the Last Man.
Am stocking up on books for the WFC trip. Have Cheri Priest's
Maplecroft and a former student's first novel, A
Bother of Bodies. AJ Capper. Looks good. Check it out.
Regular cable stuff: Gotham, my favorite of the new shows.
And Morena Baccarin is slated to star later on!
for the finest in fantasy, sword & sorcery fiction (and sf
and mysteries and...) And in the for-free mode on my store, look
in on a story from along the Cenotaph Road.
Cloud Train" here from the anthology 4
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A stroy from Fred Saberhagen's An Armory of Swords
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About the site. What follows is a glimpse at the science fiction
and fantasy writing I've done, including the Cenotaph Road series,
God of War, Star Trek and BattleTech/ MechWarrior,
Vor:The Maelstrom, Crimson Skies, Pathfinder,
Traveller, what is current, and what might be forthcoming
VIPub (Vertically Integrated Publishing) . Be sure to go to the
Store link for free fiction and print and e-book publishing. Read
ole Karl Lassiter's 2009 NM Book Award nominated novel, Drifter
or the 2011 Scribe Award nominated God
of War. Don't overlook the 2011 NM Book Award and WF Peacemaker
nominee for best novel , Sonora
Noose. Or the 2012 nominee for best anthology,
Golden Reflections. Or the 2013 nominated China
Jack. And now in 2014 the Fate of the Kinunir.