On being a science fiction writer

Last night, as we spent the evening in the family room with a fire going in the fireplace, Kelly put on the HBO show, “Talking Funny.” I’d never heard of it until I saw it. It’s a 50 minute show with four of the greatest modern comedians talking shop: Jerry Seinfeld, Louis CK, Chris Rock […]

The best thing about being a science fiction writer

I did some fiction writing yesterday, something I’ve been avoiding because I just felt like it hasn’t been going well lately. Early in the day I received a form-letter rejection from a place where I’d previously sold a story. “Ouch!” I thought, and my initial reaction was that the story was so bad that it […]

Nebula nomination deadline tomorrow

I’ll join the list of voices today and remind SFWA members that tomorrow is the deadline for making your 2010 Nebula nominations. Here are the pieces that I have nominated. Go forth and nominate.

A review of C. M. Kornbluth by Mark Rich (4-stars)

I posted this review on Goodreads, LibraryThing and Amazon as always, but I thought it was an important enough book to post it here to: A wonderful romp through Golden Age fandom! What a terrific book! I’ve long been an admirer of Cyril Kornbluth’s fiction, having read His Share of Glory: The Complete Short Science […]

A review of C. M. Kornbluth by Mark Rich

I posted this review on Goodreads, LibraryThing and Amazon as always, but I thought it was an important enough book to post it here to: A wonderful romp through Golden Age fandom! What a terrific book! I’ve long been an admirer of Cyril Kornbluth’s fiction, having read His Share of Glory: The Complete Short Science […]

Where do you get those ideas?

At some point, every science fiction writer gets asked, “Where do you get your ideas?”  I got asked the question this past weekend and I thought I’d answer it here.  This is a question that has been answered and blogged about by writers, perhaps more often than any other.  But it is also different for […]

Short science fiction and short fiction editors

[Friends who don’t care about s.f., skip this post and get five minutes of your life back.] I’m halfway through Gardner Dozois’ The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year’s Best Science Fiction and I’ve made an interesting discovery.  First, some background: Short fiction is my favorite form, whether reading or writing. I read […]

Happy Birthday ANALOG/ASTOUNDING (and a related dream)

If I am not mistaken, today is ANALOG/ASTOUNDING’s 79th birthday.  For those who don’t know, ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION is the longest continuously running science fiction magazine around.  It started up in 1930 (when my Grandpa was 10 years old!) and is still going strong today.  (In the 1960s, the name was changed to ANALOG).  It is usually considered to […]

“It wasn’t all that easy”

The February 2009 issue of ASIMOV"S has a great "Reflections" essay by Robert Silverberg called, "It Wasn’t All That Easy", in which he talks about the the time when he was a young, would-be writer, seeing all of his heroes sell stories and become famous, while he collected rejection after rejection.  He wondered if he’d ever […]

The Hard SF Renaissance, Part 1

I’ve passed the quarter way mark in my reading of The Hard SF Renaissance, having read the first 10 of 41 stories in the book. It seems that this would be a good time to collect my thoughts on the first 10 stories.

March Analog!

I neglected to check the mail yesterday, but when I went out to check it this morning, I found the March 2009 issue of ANALOG waiting for me.  This issue contains the conclusion of Robert J. Sawyer’s serialized novel, Wake.  Now I can take all 4 issues and read the whole thing straight through before the book hits […]

The latest ASIMOV’S and ANALOG

A pleasant surprise when I got home today:  I had in my mailbox the December issues of ASIMOV’S and ANALOG, both in their new size and format.  I am particularly looking forward to relaxing to Part II of Robert J. Sawyer’s serial Wake.