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A Glimpse of SF History

Posted September 23, 2016 By John C Wright

After a fascinating discussion with Dave ‘Slayer-of-Snowflakes’ Truesdale (the first, but not the last, man to be expelled from a science fiction con for speaking truth to falsehoodlums) He shared a tidbit of history with me, that I would like to pass along. Mr Truesdale says by way of background: At the tender age of […]

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A Culinary Compliment

Posted September 16, 2016 By John C Wright

I am just shameless enough to be amused by this compliment: THE GOLDEN OECUMENE is like a lavish banquet, crafted with equal parts art and science and served in the feasting hall of some splendid palace. It’s a truly unforgettable experience. Scalzi is the Chef Boyardee of science fiction. From a comment by a reader […]

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Space Princess of Tellus Game Rules & Background

Posted September 14, 2016 By John C Wright

Someone unwisely asked me about the role playing game on which my epic pulp space opera SUPERLUMINARY is based. Here are my notes below. The names, the size of the royal family, and certain other details I changed for the novel, but the idea is basically the same. The dice mechanics are based on Eric […]

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Posted September 12, 2016 By John C Wright

From Bryan Schmidt: With pleasure, I announce the final table of contents for the first anthology of works by other authors set in Larry Correia’s New York Timesbestselling Monster Hunter International universe. This will release from Baen Books sometime next year (cover and details pending). THE MONSTER HUNTER FILES Edited by Larry Correia & Bryan Thomas Schmidt […]

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Poetry Corner

Posted September 9, 2016 By John C Wright

I thought this was apt, considering the conditions of the modern day: Shorten Sail Lord Melcombe (d. 1762) LOVE thy country, wish it well, Not with too intense a care; ‘Tis enough that, when it fell, Thou its ruin didst not share. Envy’s censure, Flattery’s praise, With unmoved indifference view: Learn to tread Life’s dangerous maze With […]

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From the Pen of Brad Torgersen

Posted September 7, 2016 By John C Wright

Puppy-in-Chief Brad Torgersen asks the musical question: Apparently the Dragon Awards are “bad” or at least invalid, because voters are not charged a fee for participation. Simply anyone can cast a vote. Perhaps (gasp) more than once? Mind you, this charge is leveled by the same camp that screams bloody murder over voter ID laws; for state […]

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The Technique of Pastiche

Posted September 7, 2016 By John C Wright

I opened a letter with this question: If you don’t mind my asking, I wondered what your process was for  pastiching Van Vogt in Null-A Continuum and Hodgson in Awake in the Night Land. (And if I’m not mistaken, didn’t you also write a story in Vance’s style for Songs of the Dying Earth?) I’ve been researching the […]

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Posted August 27, 2016 By John C Wright

This is a reprint of my review, which I posted to, of Ted Chiang’s STORY OF YOUR LIFE AND OTHERS. It was written a few years ago, back when I was an atheist: (WARNING! I am a science-fiction writer in economic competition with Mr. Chiang. All my gripes must be taken with a grain […]

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New under Free Fic

Posted August 26, 2016 By John C Wright

I have added one of my short stories under the Free Fic button in my header: ‘The Far End of History: A Tale from the Last Days of the Seventh Mental Structure’ It was originally published in New Space Opera II, ed. Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan, Eos (2009). I thought it would serve as a useful […]

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The Morlock Morlocks More

Posted August 21, 2016 By John C Wright

It is a pleasure to be alive during the last days of Social Justice Fandom. These creatures, by and large, are old, sickly and obese, and playing little more than a delaying game against time, hoping that the friendly press will keep the buying public in ignorance, deceived by hoopla, one year more, one month, […]

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