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Missile Hill Revisited, now with bonus pumpkins

Back in 2012, I posted about a place near the town of Syke colloquially known as Missile Hill, an abandoned US Army installation turned nature preserve with look-out tower. Unfortunately, I couldn’t take any photos from the top of the … Continue reading

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“Good Bye, Lenin”, Thuringia, ambiguity and the vanishing of two countries

Warning: There is a lot of blather about German politics in the following, so if that bores you just skip this post: Send to Kindle

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New German spy story available – Neue Spionagegeschichte auf Deutsch erhältlich: Auf der anderen Seite des Vorhangs

I have a new release in German, namely the German language version of The Other Side of the Curtain. I initially planned to announce the new release on November 9 to tie in with the 25th anniversary of the fall … Continue reading

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Gone Girl, femme fatales and fear of women

Last week, I thought I was the only person in the world who found the success of Gone Girl, both as a novel and a film, troubling. But it seems I’m not the only person who dislikes Gone Girl after … Continue reading

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Realism and Revolutions in Science Fiction

iO9 has a great article by Esther Inglis-Arkell about ten lessons that fictional dystopias and the revolutions that topple them can learn from real life revolutions. The weak worldbuilding of many modern dystopias is a well known problem. It’s particularly … Continue reading

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Linkdump, mostly about indie publishing, SF and climate issues

Over at the Pegasus Pulp blog, I look back on three years of indie publishing and share some metrics. I’ve also got another post listing research resources I used for the Silencer series and New York City’s Finest. Forbes has … Continue reading

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Photos: A May Day outing to the East Friesian seaside

May 1st, i.e. International Workers’ Day, is a public holiday in Germany, so we took the opportunity for a day trip to the East Friesian seaside. Now the people of East Friesia have (unfairly) been the butt of jokes for … Continue reading

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Photos: Oldenburg

The Thursday just before I got sick was a beautiful spring day, so I took the opportunity to visit Oldenburg, a city approximately fifty kilometers west of Bremen. Oldenburg has long been a good place to go shopping, since the … Continue reading

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Views of Bremen at Springtime

I had to take my Mom to Bremen today, because it turned out that our local suburban bank cannot procure Malaysian ringgits within four days (which is when my Dad is supposed to fly to Malaysia to oversee the repairs … Continue reading

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Seasonal Views of Bremen, 2013

I already posted some seasonal images of Bremen’s Christmas markets as well as of the famous architectural monument Böttcherstraße last year. However, I found myself in Bremen today and since I had my camera, I took some more photos. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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