Category Archives: satire

So Much Winning

I’m being investigated for colluding in the destruction of my own country — so unfair! Continue reading

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Reality Goes Over the Top

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

This got me thinking about the fragility of satire. When reality overdoes itself, when it gets surreal, what’s left for the satirist? Continue reading

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Story Excerpt Sunday: From The Unpleasantness at Baskerville Hall by Chris Dolley

The Unpleasantness at Baskerville Hall Reeves & Worcester Steampunk Mysteries Book 4 by Chris Dolley This novel is the 5th story in the R&W Steampunk Mystery series. Stories 1 and 2 were published in the ebook What Ho, Automaton! Stories … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal: The Unpleasantness at Baskerville Hall

Today’s cover reveal is … The Unpleasantness at Baskerville Hall by Chris Dolley. Book View Café is thrilled to announce that Chris Dolley’s new Reeves & Worcester novel will be published on February 9th in both trade paperback and digital … Continue reading

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Philip K. Dick Is Dead, Alas

Phlip K. Dick Is Dead, Alas

But fortunately, even though PKD is still dead in this wonderful novel by Michael Bishop, his “tangible ghost” is present and making changes to reality. Fairwood Press has reissued Philip K. Dick Is Dead, Alas – originally published in 1987 … Continue reading

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Silver Fork Novels and Romance

In my own particular mental map of the modern novel’s river, the watershed is Jane Austen. Her books were romantic, but she was not writing romance as it was soon understood. Within a very few years after her death one … Continue reading

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Story Excerpt Sunday: from The Pure Cold Light by Gregory Frost

The Pure Cold Light

The Pure Cold Light by Gregory Frost Heffernan would never appreciate that magnetism was what killed him. The alarm klaxon honked twice in the tiny lunar shack, so loud that he fumbled his coffee cup and seared a stripe across … Continue reading

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Consideration of Works Past: Immortality, Inc

  (Picture from here.) I just spent the weekend at Boskone. Great fun. But after one of the panels I was asked who were my significant influences. I quickly rattled of my personal mantra: Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak, Cordwainer Smith, Mark Twain, John Dos Passos, Phillip K Dick, Alfred … Continue reading

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Undercover Genius
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I am an avid consumer of romance, fantasy, and mystery in all their multitudinous subgenres, so pardon me if I digress from my usual historical conversation—unless one considers the Bush administration historical. Which it is, of  course, but not what … Continue reading

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BVC Announces How Possession Can Help You Lose Weight by Chris Dolley

“I lost so much weight I could float above my bed!” – Lida Blair The hilarious new spoof diet book from New York Times bestselling author, Chris Dolley. It’s a fun, quick read (about one hour) covering everything from ‘the … Continue reading

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