Frankly, I’m Embarrassed to be Your Colleague

To my fellow science fiction and fantasy writers. Merriam-Webster online defines professionalism as follows: “the skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well” The science fiction and fantasy genre is woefully lacking in such. Reposted from my Facebook… Continue reading

Lampooning the Hugo Awards – Free Short Story.

aka…The Bluegills, the Bream, and the Shiny Stones Every once in a while, a writer will produce a piece of fiction with a short shelf-life. Such it is with a story i wrote a couple of months ago. The intention was to make a statement about the 2015 Hugo Awards,… Continue reading

The Great Science Fiction Civil War Part 6 (In Which I Express My Frustration)

The Great Science Fiction Civil War, Part 6 In Which I Express My Frustration While the conflict in SFF has been going on for a few years, since the beginning of the Battle of the Hugos, things have become particularly nasty. All the while, I have tried to remain neutral…. Continue reading

The Great Science Fiction Civil War – Part 5 (The Death Threats)

The Great Science Fiction Civil War – Part 5 The Death threats I didn’t plan to post about this today. What happened is this: I jumped onto Facebook and saw a link to this blog post by Mary Robinette Kowal, who interrupted her vacation from the internet in celebration of… Continue reading

The Great Science Fiction Civil War, Part 4 (Hugos 2015)

The Great Science Fiction Civil War, Part 4 Hugo Awards 2015 This year’s Hugo Awards ballot has become a major battleground in the Great Science Ficiton Civil War. I’m not going to go into all the details of what’s going on. That information is out there and readily accessible. I… Continue reading

Pushing the White Male Out – Part Deux

Yesterday, I had a discussion with a person I shall not name. After seeing many of the same same social media statements that I saw, this person asked how I came to my conclusion that this was celebration about inclusion, and not about exclusion. That’s a very good question, because… Continue reading

Pushing the White Male Out

With the recent Nebula Awards ceremony now in the past, I’m reflecting on the chatter in social media about the fact that no white males won a voter-selected award this year. In fact, one tweet cheered in nearly those exact words: No white males! Hopefully we’re beyond blog excerpts now… Continue reading

Friends in High Places?

This weekend, SFWA held the annual Nebula Awards ceremony. A number of my writer friends were on the ballot in various categories. And, two of these friends won! Rachel Swirsky won in the novella category, beating out some excellent competition. Noteworthy about that is the very difficulty in actually selling… Continue reading

D.G.K. Goldberg Award

I received this email today: Allow me to congratulate you on your earning the D.G.K. GOLDBERG AWARD for your story “Cosmology,” at Your story was chosen by readers’ vote as the best horror story of 2007. The choice was a well-deserved one in my opinion, as your story is… Continue reading