Category archive: Writers

More multimedia speculative fiction from Jon Bois

Jon Bois's tour-de-force multimedia science fiction future-of-football extravaganza “17776” is now complete. 25 brief chapters. Well worth reading/viewing, even for... (More...)

Delany starting-point recommendations

In the past couple years, there've been about three times when I've had occasion to suggest starting points for reading... (More...)

Heavenly Breakfast

Latest randomly chosen book from my unread shelves: Delany's 1979 memoir Heavenly Breakfast. Which, as I opened it, gave me... (More...)

On first looking into Crowley's Crowley

The latest book chosen at random from my unread-books shelves is The Confessions of Aleister Crowley. I'm curious about the... (More...)

Awesome new forthcoming Ultimates series

I'm really looking forward to the new Ultimates comic book series. The team will consist of Ms. America, Black Panther,... (More...)

On first looking into Gary Snyder

Among the books I rescued from my father's house were six books of poems by Gary Snyder. I don't know... (More...)

"Wakulla Springs": sf or not?

A couple of friends have indicated that they're a little hesitant to vote for “Wakulla Springs” for a Hugo, on... (More...)

WisCon: be brave

Here are links to this year's WisCon guest-of-honor speeches, plus a couple of other items that seem to me to... (More...)

Some notes on writing mysteries

I was going through some old email, and found some notes to myself about how to write a mystery, derived... (More...)

Hugo recommendations

I've been meaning for months to blog about specific works and people I'm going to nominate for the Hugos, and... (More...)

RIP, Lucius Shepard

I just learned that Lucius Shepard died two days ago. I haven't had much contact with him in a long... (More...)

Hugo recommendation: When We Wake

I recently read Karen Healey's 2013 YA SF novel When We Wake (which is out in paperback today!), and I... (More...)

Nebula nominees!

SFWA has announced this year's Nebula nominees, and I'm very pleased with them. Congratulations to all the nominees! (And double... (More...)

Assorted updates

I feel like I haven't posted a general life update here in ages. Partly that's because I have half a... (More...)

Picking up Sturgeon again

In 2001, I bought and read and enjoyed the first five volumes in North Atlantic Books's Complete Stories of Theodore... (More...)

My top ten single-author short sf collections

Back in 2010, John DeNardo of SF Signal was kind enough to invite me to participate in one of their... (More...)

Nice moment

Twice during the course of WorldCon weekend, writers came up to me and thanked me for a personalized rejection I... (More...)

Some notes on Card

Some notes toward the blog entry that I'm probably not going to manage to write about Orson Scott Card and... (More...)

How to help fix the "American novelists" problem on Wikipedia

The “American novelists” category on Wikipedia is apparently theoretically supposed to be just a list of subcategories, but it currently... (More...)

Tempest for Fan Writer

I keep meaning to link to Tempest's post about her current awards eligibility. I'm sorry to say that I haven't... (More...)

Jacob Clifton of TWOP for Fan Writer?

I think it was during a post-WorldCon party last year that people were chatting about who should be nominated for... (More...)

Supporting Jay Lake

I'm late to post about these projects, so I'm guessing that most of y'all know about them by now, but... (More...)

Junot Diaz reading/interview at Google

In mid-September, Junot Díaz came to speak at Google; the 42-minute video is now available online. I seem to be... (More...)

R.I.P., Joanna Russ

I was very sorry to hear the other day that Joanna Russ had died. I've been waiting to post until... (More...)

Crusie report

I recently finished reading the reissue of Jennifer Crusie's Trust Me on This, which means I've now read all of... (More...)

More Hugo gender stats

I really wasn't paying attention this year when the Hugo nominees were announced, and so I was completely oblivious to... (More...)

Writers With Drinks

Ended up dozing for much of yesterday afternoon, alas—which would've been fine if I'd actually been getting restful sleep, but... (More...)

Some notable forthcoming June events

A few things I'm looking forward to over the next couple weeks: Wednesday, June 16: Closing arguments in the Prop... (More...)

Wanted: Author-name pronunciation database

Dear Lazyweb, For the past few years, I've been thinking that it would be cool to have an online database... (More...)

Curse you, snow!

Snowpocalypse 2010, part III (or is it IV by now?), has claimed another travel-plan victim. My friend Stephanie was going... (More...)

R.I.P., William Tenn/Phil Klass

I've been reading William Tenn's stories since I was a kid; his stories were scattered through a bunch of the... (More...)

R.I.P., Kage Baker

Green Man Review reports that Kage Baker died this morning, of cancer. (More...)

Very sad news about Kage Baker

A couple of weeks ago, author Kage Baker's sister Kathleen Bartholomew sent out a public note revealing that Baker had metastatic cancer. Unfortunately, things have gotten even worse. (More...)

Nalo Hopkinson speaking at Swarthmore on Tuesday

Nalo is going to be speaking at Swarthmore College this coming Tuesday evening (the 27th) at 7:30 p.m. She's a... (More...)

How do you recognize a One True Pairing?

In conventional romance novels, you can always tell who the female main character is supposed to (and going to) end... (More...)

Le Guin and the case of the missing space

I've been seeing this a lot lately, in a wide variety of contexts, so I figured rather than bringing it... (More...)

Author gender among Hugo nominees and winners

I'm still planning a post about author gender issues in general, but for now I just want to mention one... (More...)

R.I.P., Thomas M. Disch

I imagine most of you who would want to know already know by now that Thomas M. Disch committed suicide... (More...)

Nancy Pearl interviews William Gibson tomorrow night in Seattle

As a benefit for Clarion West's 25th anniversary, Nancy Pearl ("Seattle's own rock star librarian" and the only librarian with... (More...)

Litquake's Lit Crawl tonight in San Francisco

I didn't notice that this week has been San Francisco's Litquake literary festival. Most of it is over by now,... (More...)

Move Under Ground for free!

In honor of Nick M's birthday (happy birthday, Nick!), I'm finally getting around to mentioning that Nick has provided his... (More...)

Followup congratulations

Last night I posted a cryptic congratulatory note about an unnamed writer friend; turns out that if only I'd waited... (More...)

Borderlands this weekend

Reminder about two events this weekend at Borderlands Books in San Francisco: Saturday, November 11, 3:00 p.m.: Ellen Klages, reading... (More...)

R.I.P., Jack Williamson

To quote Locus Online: "SF Grand Master Jack Williamson, born 1908, died this afternoon at his home in Portales, New... (More...)

Sheree Thomas on Octavia Butler tribute at NYPL

And speaking of events at libraries, Sheree Thomas recently posted about the tribute to Octavia E. Butler that was held... (More...)

Opportunity for self-promotion

I was in a bookstore the other evening; bought a recently published first novel by someone who I think is... (More...)

R.I.P., Andre Norton

Science fiction writer Andre Norton died this morning. I've been meaning to post for the past couple weeks mentioning that... (More...)


I got a few birthday presents and some nice phone calls and emails and journal comments; thank you all! I... (More...)

Leonard I

I said, "They ended up watching Get Shorty. I've seen it twice, but I stayed for the opening. Ten minutes,... (More...)