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video games as gateway to reading?

Posted on Oct 5, 2008 in Blog, reading |

This seems a bit like saying that gourmet food is a gateway to opera, but the NY Times has a story about how book publishers and libraries are trying to use video games to get kids interested in reading. Silly me, I would have thought that you would just use really engaging and exciting...

Podcast of “The People of Sand and Slag”

Posted on Mar 10, 2008 in Appearances, News, reading | 4 comments

When I was out at SF in SF, Rick Kleffel of the Agony Column recorded my reading of “The People of Sand and Slag.” If you’re one of those people who likes audio, I don’t stumble too much as I read. :-) Rick also recorded our after-reading panel discussion where Terry Bisson, Carter Scholz and I all wax thoughtful about sf. It was an interesting conversation and the audience had great questions (though they aren’t mic’ed well so you have to crank up the volume and listen carefully to hear them). And finally, I want to link to Carter Scholz’s reading as well. We only met at the event,...


Posted on May 16, 2007 in Blog, reading | 2 comments

I don’t really consider myself a Weird Tales reader, but I happened across the magazine at the Nebulas. I ended up really enjoying a story called “Faraji” by Will Ludwigsen. It focuses on a very foolish American languishing in African prison and does a number of things right. It opens: In case you are writing a Master’s thesis in psychology about the emotional timelines of hostages, let me give you a summary. From day 1 to day 10, you think it’s all a mistake and the United States embassy will retrieve you at any moment. From day 10 to day 50, you lose hope you can reason with your...

Looking for a few Good Books

Posted on Mar 5, 2007 in Blog, reading | 14 comments

So, I haven’t been reading much recently, owing to time constraints. Now that my kid is becoming more self-sufficient, I’m looking to find some new interesting books to read. Amend that, lets just say that I’ve been reading very little in the sf/f genres in the last decade. I’m looking to educate myself as to what the genre looks like these days. I’m looking for good reads with interesting ideas, and I’m looking for good reads that are just plain fun (I write too much depressing stuff to spend all my time reading it, too, right? ;-) ). Any...