Writing

Neal Stephenson and perseverance

October 2, 2008

WIRED has an excellent article on Neal Stephenson’s latest book, ANATHEM. The book sounds like a good read, but buried in the article was an informative bit of Stephenson’s back story that I wanted to pull out. His early books, a satire about big universities and an eco-thriller, were well received but not huge sellers. […]

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Economic Meltdown vs. Global Meltdown

October 1, 2008

Pop Quiz: which of these is more important? A. The banking industry is in free fall and the problem is spreading. B. There’s methane bubbling out of the Arctic. To me, the really interesting thing about this period in history is the amount of uncertainty over what story lines will dominate our lives, moving forward. […]

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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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McCain plus Palin equals…

September 29, 2008

No. Just no. If her “story” had been real, fine. If she showed a quick intellect and a history of engagement with complexities outside the boundaries of Alaska, then fine. If she could string a sentence together, or had a healthy curiosity for the mechanisms of our nation, then fine. If she showed enough wisdom […]

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I’ve sold a book!

September 22, 2008

My agent tells me that I’m allowed to shout it from the rooftops. The book in question is SHIP BREAKER, a young adult novel about all of my favorite things: global warming, peak oil, genetic engineering, poverty and collapsed societies. You know, happy fun stuff. Fortunately, it’s also a ripping adventure. Joe Monti at Little, […]

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draft completed

September 11, 2008

on the “big book,” as my son calls it (for some reason he’s not impressed with the short story collection). I expected more of a sense of triumph, considering that I’ve been working on this monster for… lessee… wow. The initial nugget for a story about a “windup girl” came from April 2003. I was […]

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