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BVC Announces Darkly Human
by Laura Anne Gilman

Darkly Human by Laura Anne Gilman

Alien landscapes. Run-down pool halls. Modern kitchens. Ghost-ridden memorials. There are shadows everywhere, housing the dark things that make us human.

Love. Hate. Fear. Hope. Continue reading

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Alma’s Bookshelf: AbductiCon

  When people ask writers “Where do you get your ideas?” – if you don’t get a growl at the question , or an answer for some value of “EVERYWHERE!”, or something pretty specific for a specific work, or some … Continue reading

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Consideration of Works Present: The Arrival

(Picture from here.) The Arrival opened last Friday (November 11, 2016) and the SF book club saw it together. It is a good film (mostly) and it is actual science fiction. There are no hidden references to deities, the Force … Continue reading

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The Handmaid’s Tale: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  Margaret Atwood’s most famous novel was published in 1985. It is appropriate however to review it today, in this first week of November 2016. The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopia of a very specific sort. The … Continue reading

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The Fantastical Explosion

I’ve been slowly culling my enormous book collection; as I get older, the prospect of moving so many books gets grimmer. Anything I won’t reread gets donated to someone who will, which includes a long collection of Nebula anthologies. A … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Bundleset #01

BVC Bundleset

Four BVC authors offer bundles of their most popular novels. 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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Sense of Wonder

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So I was reading for review a recent publication of Christian Fantasy and Science Fiction. I realize that a great many (if not most) of the people I know in the sf/f world roll their eyes out of their heads … Continue reading

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Arrival! Story of an Audiobook—Part Two

Author of Neptune Crossing, blurred

(This continues the story of my journey to an audiobook of Neptune Crossing, begun in yesterday’s post. If you haven’t already read that, start there.) After several failed attempts at putting my SF series The Chaos Chronicles into audio via … Continue reading

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Launch Day! Story of an Audiobook—Part One

Neptune Crossing audiobook?

Today marks launch day for the audiobook of my science fiction novel, Neptune Crossing! Narrated by the Grammy-winning Stefan Rudnicki! I feel as if I’ve just discovered a planet. Or maybe traveled to one. It’s been a long journey—and I often … Continue reading

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