This first book of my space opera series was suppose to tell the story of Zephyrinus Zapatas' rise to knighthood while simultaneously relaying the history of The Holy Terran Empire. While it started out well enough, the middle section was turning out to be unwieldy and clunky, weighed down with too many long blocks of … Continue reading Writer’s Update
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The relaunch of my Space Opera series proceeds at a good clip. I hope to be done with the series' first installment, Faith and Empire by April's end. I'm not going to publish it right away, however. I will serialize it here on the blog, one chapter a week, beginning the first Monday in May. … Continue reading Writer’s Update
As last evening tilted towards nighttime in my part of the world, my social media feeds began filling with the news that Christopher Tolkien had died. The last living Inkling, Christopher John Reuel Tolkien (21 Nov 1924 to 15 Jan 2020), may well have been merely an interesting historical note, a minor scholar or writer always overshadowed by … Continue reading Christopher Tolkien R.I.P.
I confess that I judge books by their covers all the time. For Instance, if I see one or more cool looking starships or mechs on a cover, I'm going to judge that book worthy of closer look. I will click on the description or, if it's a dead tree version, flip it to read … Continue reading Judging Books By Their Covers
https://youtu.be/KYJhBNwwvok I briefly covered one of the incidents to which Richard Paolinelli alludes HERE.
There is a prejudice in modern SF so nearly ubiquitous that it can be considered a trope. I’m talking about the assumption that the more technologically advanced a civilization becomes, the less religious it will be. While this prejudice is normally implicit in a lot of science fiction, the assumption was stated explicitly not too … Continue reading Galactic Christendom: A Short History
In the Afterword of my latest novel, I thank a small number of people who helped with the writing of the book. Benjamin Cheah is one of the three beta-readers I thank for their attention and critique. So, who is this Cheah fellow? The short answer is that Benjamin is a fellow writer who is … Continue reading Benjamin Cheah
The American Conservative has the sad details of the short writing career of Amelie Wen Zhao. The lesson here is Never Ever Give An Inch to social justice warriors. The only legitimate response to 'You are a racist, sexist, homophobe, etc... etc.." is FUCK YOU!