Sciphi issue #5 cover with names amended.

New Short Story by Me in SciPhi, Issue #5

My short story, "HMS Mangled Treasure: The Rescue of Mr. Spaghetti", has come out! It is in SciPhi Magazine, Issue #5. Here is a 5 star review from Amazon: Could not be better! The stories are very good, of course. The excellent Beyond the Mist by Ben Zwycky continues. HMS Mangled Treasure by L. Jagi Lamplighter…


RavenCon Here We Come

John and I shall be appearing at RavenCon in Richmond, VA on Saturday and Sunday.  Info here:  Ravencon is a great convention. This year, they happened to have guests on both sides of a number of big controversies…controversies that developed since all these guests were invited.   Out of respect for this great convention,…


Superversive Blog: Signal to Noise

Ever wonder why you are having such a hard time getting along with that once-dear friend who is now on the far side of the political Great Divide? This post might help bridge that knowledge gap.   These illustrations are from an article on cameras that can be found Cambridge In Colour   Many years…


Superversive Blog: When Should We Abandon Our Friends?

This subject has been quite topical recently. I thought a longer treatment than fit in a Facebook comments box was due. Imagine that you had a friend. He was clever and funny, loyal, brave and generous. He had done some wonderful things for your family. BUT he posted some very odious ideas online. Let’s say…


Superversive Blog: The Bosom-Jiggle Factor

Today, I thought I would do a post explaining the concept of the Needs of Drama vs. The Needs of Culture using visual aids. Normally, I avoid things quite this tacky, but it is such a simple way to make the point. I hope my readers will for give me for the lapse. (Originally, I…

Sad Puppies

Kicking Puppies While They Are Down

This weekend, a lot of fans have acted in a disappointing, mob-mentality manner. Fans, I’m sorry to say, on both sides. A lot of good authors received Hugo award nominations on Saturday…after hard work and the support of many fans. But two people crying “The sky is falling! Gamergate is coming!” ruined it for a…


Superversive Blog: When Originality Is a Bad Thing

Today we have a guest post from author Suzannah Rowntree. She speaks on a subject near and dear to my heart. I am a big believer in creativity in our writing…but I find that a lot of calls for originality in form and writing are like telling an artist that they cannot use perspective in…