Monthly Archives: March 2017

New Worlds: Measuring Time

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Before we get to the post itself, a brief housekeeping note: for this Patreon, I’ve committed to four essays a month. But as you may have noticed, I post on … Continue reading

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Why do characters… #3: Why are bad characters (villains) so much fun?

Protagonists are all very well. You pick a central character whose story you will tell, you get into their head, you understand his or her point of view.  A protagonist like that generally has to carry the spear for the … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Not Autobiography

“Have you ever killed anybody?” That question, from a close friend who has read a lot of my fiction, startled me. “No, of course not,” I said. “Why do you ask?” “Well, you write about it a lot.” I suppose … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence Storybundle

BVC member Linda Nagata is part of the latest science fiction Storybundle. Storybundles are themed collections of ebooks, sold together at discount, and available only for a very short period of time. Lisa Mason — author of the Philip K. … Continue reading

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Beauty, Revisited

Darwin and I finally saw BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.  My thoughts: –Emma Watson isn’t a great singer. Her voice is quite weak compared to Paige O’Hara. Come to that, none of the cast members has a standout voice, except the … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Rebel Lost by Mindy Klasky

Keara is running for her life. On her twelfth birthday, she was supposed to sacrifice her magical darkbeast raven on a holy altar. Instead, she spared Caw’s life. Now, the priestly Inquisitors have declared her Lost–a heretic and traitor to the Primate and all twelve gods.

Desperately seeking safety, Keara and Caw travel the Great Road with two other infidels. Together they search for a rumored community of Darkers, rebellious Lost who live beyond the reach of the law. Continue reading

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Recommended Audiobook:
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

The full title of Trevor Noah’s childhood memoir is Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. I picked this audiobook because it had been named a best book of the year by several publications, and because the sample … Continue reading

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Revisiting the past. Sort of.

It’s spring break. Last Friday, my son and a friend decided to do a movie marathon of The Lord of The Rings trilogy. One of his friends had never seen it. I can’t remember if my son had seen it … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler: Part 2 Several elephants and one leopard

We rise early, try to chug hot, mediocre coffee, and line up to enter our Bush Cruiser, the faithful Land Rover, with cameras, phones, hats, scarves, bug juice, water bottles all handy and within easy reach. Camera is charged and … Continue reading

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Worldbuilding: Curses and Cusses

  How many Sf or fantasy novels have you read, or shows have you watched, that toss you right out when the characters started cussing and the made-up words, or euphemisms, sound totally fake? Some writers solve the problem by … Continue reading

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