Category Archives: science fiction

Space Operetta of the Gods

My flash “Space Operetta of the Gods” is in the final issue of Kazka Press 713 Flash Fiction. There is an ending in the story, but I think it’s about beginnings. Here’s hoping the guys at Kazka Press find a new beginning.


Tiberius Faces the Void

One of the first stories I finished has just been published. My drabble, “Tiberius Faces the Void” is the first story in Issue #16 of Used Gravitrons! The moment I saw the name of this online magazine, I just knew it was the perfect place for 100 words about the true cause of the Big Bang. Amazingly enough, the editor agreed. I hope you take a moment to check it out, and add a few more moments for the other truly weird stories inside.

I could grouse and carp about the Hugos, but I won’t

The Hugo awards were announced last Saturday, while I was sleeping off the effects of my hard work at Blues N Brews. And if you compare the winners to how I cast my ballot, you can probably infer how I feel about the whole process. But I’ll talk about it a little anyway.

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In which I finally enjoy the Hugo-nominated novellas

What are these novellas doing on this year’s Hugo ballot? I feel like a completely different group of people nominated them. They’re all enjoyable in some way, even if I wouldn’t go so far as to call all them science fiction.   One of them isn’t even a proper story.  Let’s start there.

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My Hugo reading is getting too close to the deadline, as usual

I like about two-thirds of what I’ve read for the Hugo novellas so far, but that’s because I’ve read — oh, let’s see — just about one and a half of them. Yes, I actually liked something that was nominated for a Hugo, but I’m going to finish my reading before I tell you which one it is.

In which I lose interest in the Hugo-nominated novelettes

I am really unhappy with the Hugo ballot this year. The novelettes were so bad, I had to delete an f-load of f-bombs from my original notes. Two of the stories I don’t want to finish, one I wish I hadn’t finished, one I finished but have no idea what was going on, and one, only one, carried me to the end of a self-contained, coherent story. I just didn’t like any of the people in it.
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In which I shrug off the Hugo-nominated short stories

I read all the Hugo-nominated short stories, but only because they were short. And they all got a strong reaction out of me. Which is both good and bad.

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In which I give a big fat raspberry to the Hugo novels

It looks like the latest writing frenzy has dried up for the moment, so this is my chance to sort out what I’ve been reading. I have to say, I don’t have a lot of patience for this year’s Hugo-nominated novels. I finally decided that I’ve read about as much of them as I can stand. Which is to say,  I’ve only finished two of them. I’m beginning to think it’s called the Literature of Ideas because I like the idea of science fiction more than I like reading the current literature.

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Re: Revelation Space

With this year’s Boskone coming up soon, it’s about time that I got around to reading something by last year’s Boskone Guest of Honor, Alastair Reynolds.  Revelation Space seemed like a good book to read to find out whether I regret not being in the long line of people who wanted him to sign their books. Well, I think I understand why so many fans were in that line.

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What to nominate?

It’s time to think about Hugo nominations again. When I look over my notes here, I see three stories from 2010 that I liked:  “Stereogram of the Gray Fort, in the Days of Her Glory,” “The Red Bride,” and “Iteration.” It’s a while since I’ve really fallen in love with a story, and longer since I read a novel that I liked enough to even think about nominating it. Well, I’ve got until the end of March to do some more fiction reading.

Or not.