Should Fiction Writers Write About Politics?

September 29, 2008

I just posted some of my problems with the Sarah Palin vp pick and Aaron posed this interesting question: Serious question, Paolo: Do you think authors blogging about their views on the election can undercut their fiction? It is very difficult to experience the fiction of Orson Scott Card or John Scalzi the same way […]

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September 16, 2008

Latest in the Bisphenol-A tussle. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26736202/ I have a feeling this will just keep going drip drip drip with the American Chemistry Council blustering about how all the studies are flawed and finally, in about ten years, everyone will say, yeah, we really should have banned this stuff a long time ago. Until then? Drip […]

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Best Presidential Campaign EVAH!

September 2, 2008

I’m just saying.

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Rational Patriotism

August 20, 2008

I ran across this quote a while ago, and it’s been running around in my head: “My country, right or wrong’ is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying ‘My mother, drunk or sober.” — GK Chesterton

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Optimistic CO2 Sci-Fi

March 10, 2008

Here’s my take on writing optimistic SF— just don’t make it consolatory pap. That’s what advertising, TV and suburban sprawl are supposed to sell. As an example, here’s the latest on the global warming front. (note: the link is changed to point directly to the Washington Post article as the MSNBC version expired) No big […]

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Buy Nothing Day

November 23, 2007

Welcome to Buy Nothing Day, where we try to stop all consumer spending for an entire 24-hour period. Gasp! I love this holiday. Even though I already screwed it up this morning by dashing to the grocery store for Cream of Wheat. Even so, I like the idea of noticing, just for a day, how […]

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