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Why would aliens menace Earth?

This post originally appeared July 14, 2013, on the Contact – Infinite Futures SF blog. If habitable planets and resources are abundant in the Milky Way, then why would aliens attack us? To serve man. Resistance is futile. Mars needs women. … Continue reading

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Cogs and Captains at Contemporal 2013

I had a great time this weekend at ConTemporal, the 2nd annual steampunk convention in North Carolina. SO. MANY. COSTUMES. And I love costumes, but the highlight for me was meeting musician, artist, author, Dr. Strange impersonator, and award-winning stop-action … Continue reading

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We live in the world we imagined

This post originally appeared June 16, 2013, on the Contact – Infinite Futures SF blog. The Buzzfeed article “27 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2012” illustrates a topic I’ve written about before: “The future is here.” This is … Continue reading

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SF, SFR, SFWA and SEX

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) appears to have some issues of sexism within its ranks. (More links here.) Then Stuart Sharp set off a bit of brouhaha when he disparaged the SFR genre. The blogosphere’s been busy, … Continue reading

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Is it science fiction, sci-fi or SF?

This post originally appeared May 19, 2013, on the Contact – Infinite Futures SF blog. I’m a published science fiction author but I still don’t grok the difference between “science fiction,” “sci-fi” and “SF.” Similar to religion, I’ve been warned … Continue reading

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Guest: B.V. Larson on his self-published success

Guess what! My cousin Brian is also a science fiction and fantasy author, as well as writing paranormal, romance, urban fantasy and more. He’s a self-publishing success story, reaching as many as a thousand downloads a day and over a … Continue reading

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Aliens who are what they eat

This post originally appeared April 21, 2013, on the Contact – Infinite Futures SF blog. When inventing space aliens, I look for inspiration right here on Earth, such as the Elysia chlorotica. This green sea slug steals chloroplasts from the algae it … Continue reading

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Happy 20th anniversary, BABYLON 5

This post originally appeared February 24, 2013, on the Contact – Infinite Futures SF blog. I wouldn’t be writing this now if the pilot for Babylon 5 hadn’t aired February 22, 1993. The show went on for five seasons, spawned six television films … Continue reading

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The year ahead: 2013

This post originally appeared on the Contact – Infinite Futures SF blog on January 27, 2013. In many ways, 2012 dazzled me. My debut novel STELLARNET REBEL released in January and the sequel STELLARNET PRINCE followed in November. I attended … Continue reading

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Writers and the winds of change at Illogicon 2

IllogiCon is a small, local science fiction convention attended by fans, readers, authors, editors and publishers in my area, such as Baen editor Jim Minz and event toastmaster Mark Van Name, who were both on Sunday’s Ebooks panel with me. … Continue reading

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