Author Archives: Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

About Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

Writer of speculative fiction as the result of a horrible childhood incident involving Klaatu and a robot named Gort. Author of The Mer Cycle trilogy.

There’s a Bimbo on the Cover Verse 6: There’s a Blurb on the Cover
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Verse 6: There’s a blurb on the backside of the book. There’s a blurb on the backside of the book. There’s one story on the cover; inside the book’s another. There’s a blurb on the backside of the book. Blurbage … Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover Verse 5: The Castles of Seattle

Bimbo, Verse Five: There’s a castle on the cover of the book. There’s a castle on the cover of the book. Every knight is fit for battle, but the action’s in Seattle. There’s a castle on the cover of the … Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover Verse 4: Rocket Power

This is the fourth verse of the song “There’s a Bimbo on the Cover of the Book”. If you’re collecting the lyric and singing along, it’s sung to the tune of (TTTO) “She’ll Be Comin’ Around the Mountain When She … Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover, Verse 3: Here there be dragons.

There’s a dragon on the cover of the book. There’s a dragon on the cover of the book. He is long and green and scaly, but he’s nowhere in the tale. He is a dragon on the cover of the … Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover, Verse 2: The Bimbo Wears Black Leather

Bimbo, verse Two: There’s black leather on the bimbo in my book.There’s black leather on the bimbo in my book, While I’m sure she’s lot’s of fun, My heroine’s a nun Who wears black leather on the cover of my … Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover of My Book: Verse One

To celebrate having an honest-to-God bimbo on the cover of a book—one who was specifically designed to be there, I’m rerunning the Bimbo series from 2011, which takes a humorous and sometimes terrifying look at the things that end up … Continue reading

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Stalking the Wild Muse: #2 Pencils, Music and Tea

Detective fiction writer Lawrence Block tells a wonderful story about how he was having all kinds of trouble writing a Bernie Rodenbarr novel because of the chaos at home. He rented a cabin at a writers’ retreat back East and … Continue reading

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Dear Speculative Fiction: A love letter
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My inestimable agent, Trodayne Northern, recently decided that what he really would like to have on the new Prentis Agency website he’s building is a series of love letters from his writers to their beloved genres. Here is my “how do … Continue reading

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Musings on Time Travel
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All the Colors of Time by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

All the Colors of Time by Maya Kaathryn BohnhoffAll time travel stories have to contend with a science fiction trope we might call the “trickle forward” effect. Some writers simply ignore the effect, others use it to great (and often funny or tragic) advantage.

Personally, I love writing time travel stories. I’ve penned about half a dozen of them, all published in Analog. I’m working on a sort of twisted time travel novel at the moment and am grappling with a complex plot that relies on the trickle forward effect from multiple points in time. Obviously, this can be a blessing or a curse.

I was discussing time travel stories with Larry Niven one weekend at a con when he told me that he has some slightly twisted friends who like to dress in black suits and go about in the guise of Time Travelers. They spend their time abroad policing each other.  If one of the number so much as picks up a gum wrapper and throws it away, the others will insist that he find the wrapper and return it to the spot.

The point is, that while many of us who even think about time travel, consider major events such as assassinations and wars as turning points in history, the truth is that the removal of a gum wrapper may be just as telling in the long run. Continue reading

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The Things People Say—4: Verbal Squid Ink
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I want to state at the outset that this article is not about political points of view. It’s about the way we communicate or fail to communicate ideas. I have been without political affiliation my entire adult life, but am … Continue reading

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