Category Archives: science fiction

A Tale for the Time Being

A Tale for the Time Being

I seem to be reading more good literary novels of late. They seem to fall into two categories: realistic stories and ones that incorporate elements from fantasy, science fiction, or both. The realistic ones that I’ve enjoyed have been detailed … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Rules of Conflict by Kristine Smith

Rules of Conflict by Kristine Smith

Rules of Conflict The Jani Kilian Chronicles, Book 2 by Kristine Smith After eighteen years, Captain Jani Kilian’s life as a fugitive has ended. Captured by the Service, she now faces court martial. It will surely lead to her execution.

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The Martian: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  I love near-future SF! You can have your galaxies far far away. Give me NASA! And in The Martian we get everything the space-SF fan could ever desire. Gravity slingshots! Settling new planets! It is like … Continue reading

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BVC Announces The Instrumentality of Women by Amy Sterling Casil

Instrumentality of Women by Amy Sterling Casil

In the Nebula Award-nominated “To Kiss the Star,” gravely disabled Mel Armstrong gets the chance to explore the stars, but doesn’t want to leave the man she loves behind. Fourteen stories by Amy Sterling Casil. Continue reading

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Fictive history and THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS

Last month I was involved in a book discussion that sprawled over the entire landscape of literature, as they do. At one point a person began deriding the recent crop of YA steampunk-Victorians, naming some best selling authors in a … Continue reading

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Blab-Chat Interview

One of the perks of being an author/editor/internet personality is that authors get opportunities to do interviews with great folks like Beth Barany and her Blab-Chat. https://blab.im/beth-barany-let-s-chat-secrets-of-fiction-writing-w-bethbarany-askawritingcoach-guests It was fun, relaxed, and went overtime. I got dragged kicking and screaming in … Continue reading

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Why We Don’t Have Flying Cars

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David Graeber has a different – and delightful – explanation for why we don’t have flying cars, not to mention Moon colonies and the other futuristic advances we were promised in the 1950s and 60s. In a word: bureaucracy. Not … Continue reading

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Living in the Moment

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There’s a thing that horse people like to say: that horses live in the perpetual present. It’s not actually true. Horses have phenomenal memories, and also have the ability to anticipate events that haven’t happened yet (as many a dressage … Continue reading

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Guest Author Interview: Lawrence M. Schoen

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Today we have an interview with guest author/publisher Lawrence M. Schoen, to celebrate the release of his new science fiction novel Barsk. He holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, has been nominated for the Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula awards, is … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Mourner by C.F. Bentley

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Mourner Confederated Star Systems #3 C.F. Bentley Continuing the spiritual journey with a literary twist in a space opera landscape. William Gladstone once pointed out that a culture reveals itself in how it cares for its dead. Mourner, the third … Continue reading

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