The Big Payback, er, Payoff (2019/07/03 05:00)
What you do and don't owe a reader.
Something To Push Against (2019/04/06 10:00)
On constraints as creative impetuses, and the fallacies that arise therein.
Hugo, Hugoing, Hugoforit (2019/04/02 06:00)
AO3's Hugo: a sign of progress.
Future Schlock (2018/12/21 08:00)
On how SF tries to imagine the future, and how that needs to be more than uplift or doomsaying.
A Bridge To The Quiet Planet (2018/12/09 08:00)
My good friend Steve Savage has his first novel out. Go grab it.
Slugging (And Slogging) On (2018/12/03 08:00)
Getting caught up, and some notes on criticism from days past.
Unknown Treasures (2018/08/03 08:00)
One of the things I always hated about myself was how I was, in theory, supposed to be this gigantic SF nerd, and as it turns out I really wasn't.
That Pile On The Nightstand (2018/06/11 05:00)
The overwhelming majority of what I'm genuinely curious about reading has been nonfiction. I hate that.
A Few Words From LeGuin (2018/01/24 06:00)
Parting words, unfortunately.
Player Zero (2018/01/05 08:00)
On why books need to be written to be books, not film pitches-to-be.
The Monster Mash (2017/12/03 08:00)
"...you can a mash lot of orcs and unicorns and intergalactic wars together without actually imagining anything."
Emotional Rescue (2017/12/02 08:00)
The greatest stories make us emotional standard-bearers, not just emotional recipients.
Endtable Pile, Continued (2017/11/12 08:00)
More notes on getting caught up with the state of SF&F.
The Endtable Pile (2017/11/11 10:00)
Some of my SF reading list for 2018.
Kicking A Habit (2017/10/31 08:00)
A mission for the coming seasons: Read more current SF.
I've Seen Things You People Wouldn't Believe! (2017/10/06 07:00)
On 'Blade Runner 2049': All these moments in time must be kept, like tears from the rain.
Kid Stuff, Labels, And Vonnegut's Lament (2017/09/03 01:00)
It's a problem when you fall in love with the (SF) exception and not the (SF) rule.
Changing It Up (2017/08/05 07:00)
Take a book that's not SF. Imagine it as SF. What would it be like?
Lock, Stock, And Character Dept. (2017/06/07 08:00)
Stock "literary" characters can be just as one-dimensional as stock SF characters.
Non SF&F Writing For SF&F Authors (2017/05/19 10:00)
Politicaliterary Dept. (2017/02/06 08:00)
On politics in literature, spoken and unspoken (and a few other things).
Science Affliction Dept. (2017/01/24 08:00)
I call my work SF because I gotta call it something.
Tick Tick Tock Dept. (2016/11/13 08:00)
On time travel and our urge to get away from it all.
Not The Smartest Guys In The Room Dept. (2016/02/10 10:00)
I don't think SF authors have an obligation to be scientific authorities, but I do think they have an obligation to be scientifically literate.
Wake Up, Force! Dept. (2015/12/20 10:00)
It's 1977 all over again, sort of.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind