Monthly Archives: April 2014

Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month: April 2014

It’s that time of the month again, time for “Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month”. So what is “Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month”? It’s a round-up of speculative fiction by indie authors newly published this month, though some March … Continue reading

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Springtime Animal Pics

I’ve written about Maikäfer or cockchafers, those once elusive insects that have been making a comeback in recent years, before. However, this morning I found not one but two cockchafers sitting on my welcome mat. Since welcome mats are a … Continue reading

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Yet more on the Hugos and the problem of divorcing an author from their work

Rose Lemberg has a great post about the pitfalls of demanding that works nominated for the Hugos and other awards be judged only on the basis of merit, independent of the author and their personality or political views. She never … Continue reading

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More 2014 Hugo Reactions

First of all, the winners of the BSFA awards have been announced as well with much less controversy than the Hugo nominations. This slate of winners hews a lot closer to my own choices than the Hugo nominations, e.g. Ancillary … Continue reading

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The Annual Hugo Nomination Reaction Post

There are certain debates that reoccur with clockwork-like regularity in the SFF world, e.g. the gender debate, the race debate, the grimdark debate, the genre versus literary fiction debate, etc… However, there is only one debate that reoccurs at exactly … Continue reading

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The Obligatory Birthday Post

Today was my birthday. It was also Good Friday, which means on the plus side that it’s a public holiday with neither school nor work. On the downside, it means that you can’t go out either, because Good Friday in … Continue reading

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Springtime Pretties

We are experiencing an extremely early spring this year (which is hell for people with hayfever), so here are two pretty springtime shots:

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New Silencer story available: The Great Fraud

Richard Blakemore a.k.a. the Silencer, pulp writer by day and crimefighter by night, is back. His latest adventure is entitled The Great Fraud and was inspired by the weird ads for X-ray specs, sea-monkeys, amazing muscles in only seven days … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday Linkdump

True story, I actually was in Rome on Palm Sunday once. Our hotel was near the Vatican and so I even chanced to see the Pope (John Paul II, i.e. two popes ago) holding mass on St. Peter’s Square. I … Continue reading

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A spooky, foggy morning

Waking up early can get you some really great views such as this spooky, foggy view out of the window, illuminated by an early morning streetlight.

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