Category Archives: History

Beauty is the Beast

  I was reshelving some books the other day, and there was Rosmund Hodge’s debut YA fantasy, Cruel Beauty. I’d read it when it first came out, remembered enjoying it, and sat down to reread it. There seem to have … Continue reading

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Worldcon Report 11: Ruins

by Brenda W. Clough  Research is a favorite activity of writers — in fact the danger is doing too much, to the detriment of writing. Here we are in the ancient City of London, admiring the old Roman city walls. … Continue reading

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Truth in Fiction: Interesting Victorian Women

I am bound to come out like a murderess or an idiot in my photograph — hard featured, forbidding, and coarse. . . . Mr. Falk had given me a low chair, and I told him my legs were so … Continue reading

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Worldcon Report 7: It Begins

by Brenda W. Clough  The word is that this Worldcon will be possibly the biggest ever. We arrived today, checking into one of the con hotels and immediately having a Book View Cafe dinner with everyone available plus friends — … Continue reading

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Worldcon Report 5: Museum Overload

by Brenda W. Clough  Museum overload is easy. You just go to the British Museum. This is where Brits have been stashing loot for centuries. It is the entire Smithsonian in one building. Every time some Iraqi or Greek demands … Continue reading

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Worldcon Report 3: The Center of the World

by Brenda W. Clough My husband has never been to England. He routed through Heathrow once, on his way to more distant parts. So clearly we had to come early and Do All The Tourist Things. A significant fraction of … Continue reading

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Don’t Crush That Writer! (Hand Me the Duct Tape) – One

At a recent science fiction convention, I was on a panel about critique groups. We started by sharing horror stories. I had the singular honor of having the most horrific in the room. I once mentored a group of writers … Continue reading

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Truth and Fiction

Though he’s talking about a television show, David Simon has interesting observations about how much truth and fiction  overlap. When I saw that link, the first thing it reminded me of was reading a biography of Jennie Churchill,  and realizing … Continue reading

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War on the Water: Red River by P. G. Nagle


Marie Hawkland: A Louisiana belle, mistress of a thousand slaves Nat Wheat: a Union Navy carpenter who dreams of piloting his own gunboat Jamie Russell: a Confederate captain, fighting a running battle with the Yankees through swamps and bayous Their … Continue reading

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After a recent medium-ish quake, I decided it was time for another shakedown on Things. I stripped out a bunch of clothes I knew I would never wear, and pulled out a couple hundred books I knew I would never … Continue reading

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