Book Review: “Children of Time”

“Well, now I’m going to have nightmares,” said my Laddie mildly, without taking his eyes from his Kindle. I glanced across the pillow at him. “Why?” “Because this book has giant spiders…and they’re better characters than the humans.” Adrian Tchaikovsky's Children of Time will make even arachnophobes rethink their prejudices. Without spoiling too much of the … Continue reading Book Review: “Children of Time”

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Decaying Dreams: When Fiction-Writing and Reality Collide

If you’re one of my regular crew, you may have noticed that I’ve been AWOL for the past few weeks. I could, with some measure of truthfulness, attribute it to natural causes like being busy at my Day Job or taking a vacation. But to borrow from Jane Austen, "disguise of every sort is my … Continue reading Decaying Dreams: When Fiction-Writing and Reality Collide

Visit the Moon for 99c: Celebrating NASA’s 60th with a Sci-Fi Book Sale

Sixty years ago today—July 29, 1958—President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, creating NASA. The U.S. space agency pioneered numerous exploration efforts around our home planet, into our local solar system, and beyond towards the far reaches of the universe. What better way to celebrate NASA’s 60th anniversary than with a journey  to the … Continue reading Visit the Moon for 99c: Celebrating NASA’s 60th with a Sci-Fi Book Sale

The Accidental Mirror: What Flawed Characters Reveal About Ourselves

Running solves most of my problems. Bad day at work? Fight with the family? Mad at the world in general? After half a dozen sweaty miles, I reach a place where I’m better equipped to deal. It’s especially helpful for working through story issues. My feet go on autopilot, carrying me not through neighborhoods and … Continue reading The Accidental Mirror: What Flawed Characters Reveal About Ourselves