Category Archives: Research

A New Adventure of the Silencer: The Milk Truck Gang

As mentioned in my last post, there will be a couple of new release announcements in the near future, as I work through the backlog of stories I wrote during the 2017 July short story challenge. The first story from … Continue reading

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Of False Memories and Explosions

Yesterday, I came across this article by Kate Lunau on Motherboard, in which psychologist Julia Shaw explains false memories and how they form. It’s a fascinating article, which also struck a chord with me, because I have a very vivid … Continue reading

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Two new Helen Shepherd Mysteries available: A Bullet for Father Christmas and Paris Green

Just in time for St. Nicholas Day, I have two new stories in the Helen Shepherd Mysteries series to announce. The first novelette is a holiday mystery called A Bullet for Father Christmas. After the success of Christmas Gifts last … Continue reading

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Bride of the Girl Cooties

Oh my God, the girl cooties are not just polluting SFF with their sheer femaleness, now they’re lesbian as well! It’s the end of the universe as we know it, I’m telling you. Anyway, the overlapping discussions about science fiction … Continue reading

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Off to Halle

I’m putting on my linguist’s hat again, because tomorrow I’m off to Halle on Saale for the North German linguistic colloquium at the Martin Luther University, which happens to be one of the oldest universities in Germany. I’ll be presenting … Continue reading

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The New York Times is Stupid on Plagiarism

The New York Times has an article on the Annette Schavan case and the other political plagiarism affairs in Germany and completely manages to miss the point once again. Because according to the author, one Nicholas Kulish*, apparently it is … Continue reading

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Twilight, Religion and Misogyny

At The Hooded Utilitarian, there is a fascinating essay by Mette Ivie Harrison, herself a Mormon writer of YA fantasy, about how Twilight relates to Mormon beliefs. Found via Sherwood Smith, where she also shares some observations made during a … Continue reading

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Cora goes to Osnabrück and discovers a new genre name

I’ve been absent for three days now, because it’s been a busy week. Besides, I took the day off on Wednesday to take the train to Osnabrück, a city approximately 120 kilometers to the southwest of Bremen. I really like … Continue reading

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How to dispose of German politicians, the craziest football match of the year and some writing and genre links

This is how we dispose of politicians in Lower Saxony: David McAllister, minister president of Lower Saxony (in case anybody is wondering about the name, McAllister’s parents are Scottish), and much of his cabinet went for a ride in a … Continue reading

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Dracula, urban fantasy clichés, vampiric Playboy bunnies and some birthday photos

April 20, 2012 is the centenary of Bram Stoker’s death, so the culture pages and programs are filled with a lot of discussions of vampires in general and Dracula in particular – because most people have never heard of Stoker’s … Continue reading

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