More than one reader asked for this notes to my latest book, and one of you promised me a healthy tip in my tip jar if I took the time to type all this up. The race name is all capitalized, then described, and its home aeon name is also in capitals.
This month I have not had a day-job, and so for the first time have had enough free time to work like a full time writer. This is the novel I have been waiting eleven and a half years to write. I wrote the manuscript in five weeks, and spent a week polishing and revising. […]
Below is a reprint of several columns first printed in this space in 2007, with minor changes. As much as it pains me to say it, my reluctant conclusion is that there is no great Science Fiction literature. Now, before you get out your crying bags, fanboys, keep in mind that the standard for being […]
I have written on this topic erenow, but it bears repeating. A fine reader wrote it with a kind compliment. He was thanking me for his new scarf. He said I had dashed his hopes of being a writer by my undue excess of skill, that his writing was so inferior in comparison, so he […]
Night Thrasher is a character I have always liked for the same reason I like Green Arrow or Nightwing. They are basically normal guys trained in one weapon or skill with no superpowers, but who can — almost — hold their own in the rough and tumble world of superheroics, going toe to toe with […]
A read with the unexpectedly commonplace yet giant-killing name of Jack writes and asks: Mr Wright: no word on Ravencon? maybe I missed it. Were you barbequed on sight, or just smugly ignored? Or, was it really civilized? At this point I would imagine many of the detractors on the left are wary of confrontation […]
A friend sent me this link, which I found both awesome and amusing. Odd that they mention cursorial hunting — that notion crops up in VINDICATION OF MAN, when the humans have an audience with the Hyades Cluster emissary-mind, it explains that the solar-system-sized artificial intelligence humans called The Beast, which was the military governor […]
I wanted to start a list of what science fiction and fantasy stories need to capture in order to be awe-inspiring. So far I have two entries. First is the ‘I wanted a Roc’s Egg’ speech from Robert Heinlein’s GLORY ROAD: What did I want? I wanted a Roc’s egg. I wanted a harem loaded […]