Author Archives: Dave Smeds

About Dave Smeds

The latest release by Dave Smeds is the all-science-fiction (i.e. no fantasy or horror) short story collection Futures Near and Far. More about him can be found at his Book View Café page.

Nevertheless, She Persisted: “Bearing Shadows”

I am a lucky man. I’m the father of my daughter. I’m the father of my son. Can’t get much luckier than that. I remember that feeling, though, toward the end of the first pregnancy. Everything was going well, yet … Continue reading

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My Grandma’s Finnish Coffee Bread

That’s my grandma, Mary (Rautiainen) Smeds, in the 1960s photo at left, pouring out batter onto a floured tabletop, a step in the process of making one of her staples, Finnish coffee bread. Her recipe was one she learned as … Continue reading

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Building a Book Cover: Realms of Darkover

From time to time, people have asked me what steps I go through to build a book cover, so here’s a little show-and-tell. Other artists and designers have their own methods. This example is typical of the way I’m doing … Continue reading

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Daredevil: How Nice to Meet You Again for the First Time

Marvel’s Daredevil became available at Netflix April 10th. I’m not the only Book View Café member who binge-watched it, one of the others being of course Madeleine E. Robins, among whose works is the novel Daredevil: The Cutting Edge. This … Continue reading

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A Karate Scrapbook: Pursuing Beauty

Ever since karate gained a foothold in the United States, the dojos that specialize in the tournament scene have attracted greater numbers of students than those that concentrate upon the long, slow study of the traditional artform. This is even … Continue reading

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The Battlefield as Heroin

When you think of all the things people might get addicted to, war isn’t the first thing that springs to mind. But as one of my Vietnam War vet classmates back in the mid-1970s put it: There it is. Consider … Continue reading

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The Eighth of December

In the fall of 1974, about a week after I had moved into on-campus housing at Sonoma State University, I walked from my apartment to the main building to check for mail, then re-traced my steps to go to my … Continue reading

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My First Computer – Cromemco C-10

The question posed for this blog series was, “What was your first computer?” My kids would have just one answer to that question. When they grew old enough to have their own computers, my wife and I bought ones for … Continue reading

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You Really Have No Idea

Any writer in the creative arts can share a version of this story. It is invariably something that has directly happened to them: They’re at a party, making small talk, meeting people. They are asked, “What do you do?” “I’m … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday 5-8-2013

It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is 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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