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BVC Announces Bundleset #01

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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

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(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

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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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Deborah Answers Questions on Writing

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Q: What advice would you give an aspiring young writer? A: There are a gazillion tips on how to write, how not to write, do’s and don’ts galore. The best advice I can give to a young author is to … Continue reading

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Science vs. Magic

(Picture from here.) I was at Readercon last weekend. (My panel was on the Future of Government but I’ll talk about that at a later time. Anyway, I went to one panel moderated by the eminent Gillian Daniels entitled “If … Continue reading

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Immersive fiction: history and other worlds

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An on-going exchange about writing historical novels intersected with my reading of an ARC which the research into houses and weapons and clothing is impeccable . . . but everyone in early 1900s Great Britain sounds American. Occasionally modern American. … Continue reading

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Brexit and Bold as Love

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Some years back, I stumbled across Gwyneth Jones’s Bold as Love, an amazing novel that begins with the break-up of the UK and ends up replacing the royal family with rockstars while merging science fiction with fantasy. I quickly became … Continue reading

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BVC Announces The Shadow Conspiracy Vol. III ed. Phyllis Irene Radford & Brenda W. Clough

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In the world of the Shadow Conspiracy, where the human soul has proven to be measurable and transferable to an automaton, the question arises: is the robot a person?

The Emancipation Proclamation of January 1863 freed all the slaves in the states in rebellion against the Federal Government. What if that same document freed ensouled automata as well?

This third volume of the Shadow Conspiracy has seven stories that examine the question of humanity. We take you from an observation hot air balloon above the siege of Vicksburg to the soul-grinding Battle of the Crater, from simple farm folk who call themselves Friends, to the mysticism of Marie Laveau and Voudon. Our award winning authors ask the age-old question of what makes us human, what is the nature of slavery, and who deserves freedom? Only you can provide the answers. Continue reading

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