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City of Corpses: Start the Countdown

Posted May 28, 2017 By John C Wright

I just sent to my editor the corrected galley proofs for CITY OF CORPSES (the second book of the Dark Avenger’s Sidekick trilogy, which is the fifth book of the Moth and Cobweb duodecology). I have seen the rough draft of the cover illo, which promises to be splendid. He says that the book will […]

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Not Only Men

Posted May 21, 2017 By John C Wright

The cartoon SAMURAI JACK, for those of you unfortunate enough not to have seen it, is a visually innovative tale, equal parts action, epic, melodrama, and humor of a samurai wielding a magical sword thrown into the far future where Aku, the shapeshifting demon master of darkness, rules a world of humans, mutants, monsters, space […]

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Never Tell Me the Odds

Posted May 12, 2017 By John C Wright

A reader brings this interesting article to my attention: http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/12/scientists-still-cant-explain-mysterious-radio-signals-from-deep-space/ This is roughly typical for science reporting in popular organs: the interesting (to me, at least) part of the story is left out, that is, scientific speculation about the possible natural causes of these high energy bursts from space. Instead the writer dwells on the […]

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Picture of the Day

Posted April 3, 2017 By John C Wright
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The Blurb for Count to Infinity

Posted March 29, 2017 By John C Wright

A reader with the large-souled name of Mahasamatman writes a new blurb for my latest upcoming book, COUNT TO INFINITY: “You loved the epic and mind-blowing finale in *The Architect of Aeons.* You shivered in ecstasy as its even more epic and mind-blowing continuation, *The Vindication of Man,* surpassed all expectation. Now your constituent atoms will […]

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Count to Infinity — Sneak Peak

Posted March 28, 2017 By John C Wright

For those of you cruelly left hanging at the cliffhanger ending of VINDICATION OF MAN, here is Chapter One of COUNT TO INFINITY. Which also ends in a cliffhanger: — PART ELEVEN: The Edge of Orion  — CHAPTER ONE: The Cataclysmic Variable in Canes Venatici   1. The Ghost AD 92000 to 95500 He was dead, […]

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Space Princess Art, Part 6: The Golden Years

Posted March 17, 2017 By John C Wright

This installment gives us the opportunity to look at the best magazine covers of all time, by which I mean the Astounding Stories covers from the Campbellian Golden Age. There should be a fair number of short stories a well read SF reader will recognize from this collection of classics.

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Why Differentiate Science Fiction from Fantasy

Posted March 16, 2017 By John C Wright

The genre labels of Science Fiction and Fantasy (or, for that matter, Detective Fiction, War stories, Westerns, Romance, Pirate stories, or Air Wonder stories) are a convenience for the bookstores and magazine racks, so that the readers have an idea beforehand what kind of story they are spending their beer money on. The labels should not […]

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Space Princess Art, Part 5: Startling Stories

Posted March 14, 2017 By John C Wright

Enjoy today’s installment of Space Princess Art, including selections from Startling Stories.

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Heinlein and the Space Babes

Posted March 9, 2017 By John C Wright

Heinlein’s babes always struck me as at least having a sketchy personality (usually of a fiercely independent redhead eager to hop in bed) but not enough to take them out of the Playboy eye candy category. Please note that this never happened in his juveniles — that editrix Alice Dalgliesh he seemed to carp about […]

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