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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 Rambling Writer Takes a Hike Above Lake Whatcom

Phew. After “The Year of Constant Physical Therapy” and various other medical interventions (for both Thor and myself), I’m revisiting my attitude toward a cyborg body. In my first science fiction novel WILD CARD RUN originally published (cough cough) several … Continue reading

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Ursula K. Le Guin’s Aussiecon 1975 GoH Speech

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

Fanac History Project presents Ursula K. Le Guin’s Aussiecon 1975 GoH Speech:  

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Decisions, Decisions: The Art of Reading to an Audience

Once you’ve gotten past your jitters, or at least bundled up your jitters and put them in a small box on a high shelf, it’s probably time to think about what you want to read. There are a number of … Continue reading

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Dreams and Ideas and What ifs

I’ve gone through periods when I did not know if I’d ever get another writable idea. Since most writers are magpies, crows, and jays, and as such we collect shiny bits and pieces and tuck them away in our mental … Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover: Verses 9 & 10: Awards and Remainders
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Verse 9: Nebulous Well, my book won the Nebula award. Yes, my book won the Nebula award. Still it ended in remainders, ripped and torn by perfect strangers, but my book won the Nebula award. First, let me make it … Continue reading

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Writing Nowadays–Without a Deadline

I don’t have a contract or deadline right now.  It’s a little nerve-wracking, because it means I don’t have any for-sure checks coming up.  On the other hand, it means I can write whatever I want. This is also a … Continue reading

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Hurrah! Ursula K. Le Guin Voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

Congratulations to Ursula K. Le Guin, who has been voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The new inductees will be formally welcomed at a ceremony at the New York-based academy in May 2017. More information at SF … Continue reading

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Author Interview: Marissa Doyle

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Writer Marissa Doyle joins Book View Cafe. Her first 2017 interview is at their blog. Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Clarion West 1997

Clarion West 1997

I went to Clarion West in 1997. Over that six-week period, I wrote five stories and a book proposal, averaged five hours of sleep a night, lived on coffee, gained ten pounds, didn’t get out to train in Aikido, and … Continue reading

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