Got Another One!

Nature published “Hillcrest v. Velikovsky” last week — and the very next day, this cog-sci dude named Mike Meadon posted an erudite and outraged blog entry on the insanity of the kind of world we live in, that such things could actually happen. Evidently he didn’t realize that the work was fiction (until the famous […]

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I Talk Too Little

So the folks over at SF Signal approached me to answer their latest Mind Meld question, to wit, “Which science fiction or fantasy novels, past and present, do you consider to be the most controversial? Why?” And I answered, but I composed my answer during a couple of spare moments during Polaris, sitting cross-legged on […]

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A guy with a light saber. And his slave girlfriend on a leash.

One guess as to which of those elements I found hotter. Yup, there’s a whole different clientele that shows up at these Polaris things compared to, say, the more literary (those red-staters among us might say “effete”) affairs like Readercon. Out of the ten panels I sat on, only three had a literary focus; the […]

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The Smell of Fear

So. A mere four days before Polaris is scheduled to begin, I drop them a line to ask what events I’m scheduled for. Oops, say they, I guess we forgot to tell you. You’re scheduled for ten events. You’re moderating five of them. Guess you’d better start preparing, huh? It gets better. Some of the […]

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The voices that control me from inside my head say I shouldn’t kill you yet.

Self-loathing giant squid. Bad-ass fucking fractals. If Randy Newman did the theme for The Passion of the Christ. A furry old lobster and a creepy doll. GLaDOS. An extended dance remix of a contest for the world’s best pants. Tom Cruise. Oh, and your brains. I just had front-table seating at Jonathan Coulton’s first-ever Canadian […]

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We Have a Pulse

…but not much more than that. I am not dead, but I am snowed under by a variety of contractual and literary obligations, and if anyone out there really wants to free up enough of my time for more frequent postings here on the ol’ ‘crawl, they’ll show me an easy way to calculate the […]

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