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Ten years ago, the axis of the Earth changed its tilt. The air warmed. All the glacial and polar ice melted. Water filled the land and pushed the people further and further inland. What were once coastal mountains are now islands. What were once fertile valleys are now ocean bays. Humanity is reduced to scattered self-sufficient villages. Their numbers reduced toa tiny fraction of a small fraction of the once teeming masses. Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: When Good Washing Machines Go Bad

It’s a dangerous business, going through your cellar door. You never know what might need fixing. Case in point: last week, after a few days of beautiful weather which finally allowed me to get into the garden and start the … Continue reading

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Writers Club: The Rabbit Hole

I have a PhD in English. In my research, I focused on the Victorian period. Doing that research allowed me to dig into the reality of the Victorian period and I’d dive in and find myself in a rabbit hole. … Continue reading

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National Geographic: The Greeks: A Very Short Review

By Brenda W. Clough  Museums are a writer’s friends. Never pass one up! Background research is forever. There is nothing like actually seeing a helmet or a cup. And unless you are independently wealthy you are probably not traveling to … Continue reading

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Magic, Mayhem, and Steampunk: An Interview with Julia Verne St. John

I’m delighted to have Julia Verne St. John as my special guest. She’s the author of The Transference Engine, a steampunk novel of magic and machines set in an alternate 1830s London, just out from DAW Books. Here’s the skinny … Continue reading

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Immersive fiction: history and other worlds

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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Zombie Genes and Other Wonders

The Orion Nebula, viewed by the Hubble

In the midst of much craziness in the political world, here are a few treasures to remind us this is also a fascinating, awesomely beautiful place. Hundreds of Genes Spring Back to Life in the Days After Death The majority … Continue reading

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Alma’s Bookshelf: Embers of Heaven

In the aftermath of what I quickly came to call my Blessed Book, “The Secrets of Jin-shei” – the one that swept the world, was quickly published in some dozen or more languages including REALLY out-there ones like Catalan, and … Continue reading

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The perils of research

There are always plagiarism scandals raging on the Internet somewhere. There was a particularly juicy one a few years ago that involved a romance novelist by the name of Cassie Edwards, and the black-footed ferrets. For anyone who might have … Continue reading

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Details

First published radfordeditorial.com 3/9/2016 The success or failure of a manuscript can be found in the details. But which details? You have done your research. You have stacks and stacks of 3X5 notecards carefully annotated with source material, page numbers, … Continue reading

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