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Interview on WIRED Science

Posted on Jan 26, 2008 in Interviews, News | 1 comment

I’m interviewed on PBS’ WIRED Science blog today (www.correlationsblog.com) So far, two parts are posted: Part 1, where I talk about writing generally, my bio, my writing background, and Harlan Ellison. Part 2, where I start ranting about sustainability and why I write the stuff I write. So far, my favorite comment is from a guy who wishes they were interviewing Charlie Stross. UPDATE: Part 3 is up. I gab about how I wrote “The Calorie Man,” about putting together a short story collection, and what I’m planning next. I sure do talk a...

A return to the Age of Sail

Posted on Jan 26, 2008 in Blog, green technology | 3 comments

If there’s a technology that actually gets my geek on, it’s sail. It’s non-polluting, it’s elegant, and it’s a proven technology, particularly for transport. So I’m rather excited about this news item related to a return to the use of wind with something called a SkySail, a sort of giant kite that tows a ship. For centuries, we used wind to power global trade, and then with access to cheap coal and oil, we just stopped doing it. Back to the future, it seems. Here’s a link from BBC, as well: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7201887.stm When I think about where we’re headed in terms of being energy constrained, I often think of...

How to write a short story – by throwing away a short story

Posted on Jan 21, 2008 in Blog, Writing | 8 comments

I wrote a novelette last week. The interesting thing about it was that I literally had no idea what I was doing. It was originally intended to be a sort of light-hearted romp — with a point, mind you, but a romp, nonetheless. But one of the things that I’ve learned about my writing is that I don’t know what I’m creating until I’m part way through — sometimes not until I’m done, which is bummer, because then even though I’m finished, I’m actually only getting started, and that means throwing away a lot of words. This time, I got six thousand words into the story before I threw...

Pump Six cover

Posted on Jan 3, 2008 in Pump Six and Other Stories, Writing | 14 comments

I just got the final cover for Pump Six and Other Stories from the gentlemen at Nightshade: And here’s a link to the entire jacket: I’m really excited to see the collection taking its final form. It’s starting to feel real to me. Now when someone asks what I write, I can point them to the collection, instead of mumbling that they’ll need to excavate back issues of F&SF or Asimov’s. I feel warm and fuzzy about...

How to make a novel really amazing

Posted on Jan 2, 2008 in Blog, Writing | 6 comments

This is embarrassing to admit, but I’ve discovered that the quality of my novel varies in direct proportion to how much caffeine and trashy rock I’m listening to when I read it. I just went through the last third of the book with coffee and Nickelback… and it ROCKED! (insert headbanging here; spilled coffee cup). Tomorrow, I’ll realize how much it sucks again. But now I know the magic secret to making it...