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!
In Celebration of the Advent Season, I am making the Kindle e-book of my new sci-fi novel, One Last Flight, available for FREE today (December 1, 2018) through Wednesday (December 5, 2018). So click the link below and pick yourself up the first installment of a bold, new space opera series. … Continue reading One Last – FREE! – Flight
As of this morning, I've got 347 books backed up on my Kindle. I have no idea what is the full storage capacity of the unassuming piece of plastic. I've heard it is in the neighborhood of 10 K books. That is genuinely cool unless and until the gizmo's memory is wiped out by an … Continue reading A Medieval Kindle?
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During the height of the Cold War, science fiction author, Jerry Pournelle envisioned a future alliance between America and Russia that would carve up the world between them. He named this future super-duper world power, the Co-Dominion. At the time I thought it a fanciful notion, a good idea that could never, ever materialize. I was … Continue reading The Co-Dominion Is Born!