Monthly Archives: January 2013

New Story From Nancy Jane Moore in Best Laid Plans

Nancy Jane Moore has a story in Best Laid Plans, the fifth military science fiction anthology from the folks at Defending the Future, which was released today and is now available from Amazon and other retailers. Edited by Mike McPhail, … Continue reading

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Zero Dark Thirty: A Very Short Review

By Brenda Clough This is a fascinating and intense movie that pulls off an interesting trick.  You know how it ends — we all do, except for those of you who only just now got out of your Tibetan monastery … Continue reading

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Women in Combat

The U.S. is lifting the ban that keeps military women out of official combat positions — a ban that in recent wars didn’t actually keep them out of combat situations, but did prevent them from being credited with fighting experience. … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday (01-30-13)

BVC members have picked up this meme from shouldbereading: To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next? … Continue reading

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All Beginnings Great and Small
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I’m fascinated by beginnings. That is, the first words that fall into a reader’s brain when she opens up a book. Not all stories have evocative openings. I was fascinated to realize that some of my favorite novelists do not, … Continue reading

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Raptor Red: A Very Short Review

By Brenda Clough I cannot resist ending our commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice by reviewing one of my most favorite versions of all time.  Raptor Red is authored by Robert T. Bakker, one … Continue reading

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Novel Journey: NORTHLIGHT

Every story contains at least one other story, sometimes in its creation, other times in how the telling affected the writer’s life or what came about as a result of the completed tale. Northlight is no exception. My first professional … Continue reading

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BVC Announces His Majesty’s Elephant by Judith Tarr

His Majesty’s Elephant Judith Tarr Once upon a time, the Caliph of Baghdad sends the Emperor Charlemagne a wonderful gift: an elephant named Abul Abbas. That gift brings great magic into the royal court, and a great betrayal. With the … Continue reading

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Writing Nowadays–How I Got My Agent

One afternoon, in those dark days before the Internet, my phone rang.  It was an old cordless model with an antenna.  I snatched it up before my cassette-operated answering machine could kick in. “This is Jim Baen at Baen Books,” … Continue reading

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The Many Incarnations of P&P

By Brenda Clough You know what shows that a work is really popular?  It’s when it generates secondary works.  Sequels, fanfics, movie versions, video games!  Although Pride & Prejudice is no Morte d’Arthur, it has gathered an incredible quantity of … Continue reading

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