Considering Becoming a Patron of the Functional Nerds Podcast

llow me a moment to plug a Patreon campaign for a really fantastic science fiction/fantasy podcast: The Functional Nerds. The podcast is hosted by musician extraordinaire, John Anealio (@johnanealio), and Patrick Hester (@atfmb), a podcast grandmaster. In the course of 250 episodes (as of this writing) they have interviewed practically everyone in the science fiction/fantasy/horror […]

No Capclave for Me This Year

always look forward to this weekend in October because it means that Capclave is here. Capclave is my local science fiction convention, and it is the convention that I’ve been to most often since I started going to conventions back in 2007. I have only missed Capclave a few times. Unfortunately, this year is one […]

The Retro Hugo Awards for 1941 at MidAmeriCon II

ext summer at MidAmeriCon II–the 74th World Science Fiction Convention–among the awards given out will be the Retro Hugo awards for 1941. The award will cover stories published in 1940. I have a particular interest in this award because a few years ago, when I was taking my Vacation in the Golden Age, I read, […]

Awards Reflect the Society We Live In

ne of my favorite classes in college was an elective class I took on History and Film taught by Carlos Cortés. The essence of the class was that films reflect the times in which they were made. As one example, we watched Henry V starring Lawrence Olivier, and followed that film with Henry V starring Kenneth Branagh. […]

DC17: Washington D.C.’s Bid for the World Science Fiction Convention

live in the metro Washington, D.C. area, and I would love to see the World Science Fiction Convention come to our area in 2017. DC17 has a bid for the convention, and the August 10 deadline to receive mail-in votes is fast approaching. Personally, I can think of 3 reasons why I’d like to see […]

The Trailer for Andy Weir’s THE MARTIAN Looks Fantastic

ou guys know that I am not much of a movie fan, and especially not much of a science fiction movie fan. But last year, I read Andy Weir’s The Martian and it was the best science fiction novel I read in 2014. Matt Damon stars in the movie being made from the book, and even […]

I’ll be at RavenCon April 24-26

s I am about to head off on the road for the better part of the week, I think now is a good time to remind folks that I will be attending RavenCon in Richmond, Virginia next weekend, April 24-26. At present, this is the only science fiction convention I’ll be attending in 2015. My […]

To my friends and fellow fans who might not be able to afford a Worldcon membership

arlier today, Mary Robinette Kowal offered 10 (now 20) supporting (voting) memberships to the World Science Fiction Convention in 2015 to fans who might not otherwise be able to afford a supporting membership. The membership allows fans to vote for the Hugo Award, which is often considered to be the most prestigious award in science […]

George R. R. Martin on Guilt by Association

rom George R. R. Martin’s Not A Blog: I do not believe in Guilt by Association, and that’s what we’d be doing if we vote against every name on the Puppy slates simply because they are on the slate. That was a classic weapon of the McCarthy Era: first you blacklist the communists, then you […]

Thoughts on Interstellar: Worthy Grandchild to Tau Zero and The Forever War

f memory serves, I first encountered time dilation in a visceral way in November 1997. That is when I read Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War. The effects of relativity play a significant role in that novel. I next encountered it in Poul Anderson’s Tau Zero, which I read in January 1999. I read the books in the wrong […]

Science Fiction Conventions in 2015

am planning a relatively quiet year where science fiction conventions are concerned. Originally, I was really looking forward to going to the World Science Fiction Convention in Spokane, and the Nebula Award Weekend in Chicago, and the World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs. But the travel gene has withered in me somewhat this year. I […]

My Semi-Annual Reminder That I am Not a Fan of Science Fiction Movies

ecause I’ve been asked nearly a dozen times what I’ve thought about Interstellar, let me remind folks that while I am a science fiction writer, and I love reading science fiction, I am not a fan of science fiction movies. Sure, when I was a kid, I loved Star Wars. But as I got older, the science fiction […]