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Author Spotlight: Will Kaufman

I sort of pictured the narrator as a bit of an extension of the wet gentleman himself. He gets some satisfaction from the fear, uncertainty, and suffering of the characters in his story, and the wet gentleman’s victory is his victory. All that bonhomie is part of his shtick. He’s the kind to get you to buy him a drink in a way that makes you think he’s doing you a favor.

Things You Can Buy for a Penny

“Don’t go down to the well,” said Theo to his son. So, of course, Tim went to the well. He was thirteen, and his father told him not to. There was no magic to it. To get to the well — and not the well in the center of the village, because...Show More Summary

Author Spotlight: David Barr Kirtley

I have two themes that I seem to return to over and over. One is characters with good intentions who somehow find themselves having created a horrible mess and who are now seen as villains or monsters. The other is the idea that reality...Show More Summary

Veil of Ignorance

Something strange is happening to me. We’re at Conrad’s vacation house, a sprawling mansion that orbits the gas giant Hades-3. (His father owns both the house and the planet.) Conrad is in the living room watching sports. His girlfriend Alyssa is standing by the mirror in the bathroom, fixing her hair. Show More Summary

‘SOMA’ Dev Apologizes for Silence With New Screenshot

Talk about a drip-feed of news. It’s been a few months since we last heard from Frictional Games’ undersea survival horror game SOMA, but that (sort of) changed earlier this week when the developer released a brand new screenshot from the upcoming game, complete with a mutilated corpse and a bit of eerie mood lighting. […]

‘Blade Runner’ Sequel Has Found Its Director!

The trades have some hot news this Thursday evening, reporting that Enemy and Prisoners filmmaker Denis Villeneuve is in talks to direct the Blade Runner sequel for Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox. Scott has openly stated he wouldn’t return to helm the sequel to his 1982 sci-fi masterpiece that followed a blade runner (Harrison […]

Panicked ‘Alien’ Fans Can Relax…

The internet did their thing yesterday in flipping out when Neill Blomkamp said that he wanted his Alien movie to closely align with Ridley Scott’s 1978 Alien and James Cameron’s 1986 Aliens. It’s surprising to me that anyone expected it to live in a world in which Alien3 and Resurrection didn’t exist… ’cause, frankly, that’s […]

Inspired Casting For ‘The Crow’ Lead!

After going through tons of poor choices (Luke Evans, Bradley Cooper, etc.), it sounds as if Relativity Studios finally has a unique choice for The Crow, which would justify years of delays. The studio has set its sights on Jack Huston to play the lead character in the Corin Hardy- directed remake of the James […]

We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

18 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : Whatever

Sam Sykes wrote on Twitter: One day I would like a picture of me as a giant shark, eating a ship piloted by @scalzi @ChuckWendig and @scottlynch78 a la Jaws. — Sam Sykes (@SamSykesSwears) February 25, 2015 And Lartist (aka Lar deSouza,...Show More Summary

Why Yes, I Still Have a Landline

18 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : Whatever

  Gizmodo is curious to know who still has a landline and why. Well, I do, and here’s why: 1. The landline comes bundled with my DSL line and it’s not really any cheaper to have just the DSL service and not the landline, plus my provider whines petulantly if you ask for just the … Continue reading Why Yes, I Still Have a Landline ?

Reading Authors Not Like Me

18 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : Whatever

I’ve been getting emails from folks asking me what I thought about and/or to comment on this article from K.T Bradford, the headline of which is “I Challenge You to Stop Reading White, Straight, Cis Male Authors for One Year.” As with many headlines, it’s an unnuanced take of what the article actually is about, which … Continue reading Reading Authors Not Like Me ?

The Big Idea: Matt Richtel

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In his guise as a reporter for the New York Times, Matt Richtel won a Pultizer Prize writing on the intersection of technology and the fallible humans who use it. In fiction, and in his new novel The Doomsday Equation, Richtel does the same… but this time the results may be apocalyptic. MATT RICHTEL: Thank … Continue reading The Big Idea: Matt Richtel ?

Today’s New Books and ARCs, 2/23/15

18 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : Whatever

Still catching up on books and ARCs sent a couple of weeks ago. Here’s a representative batch: See anything you’d like to be reading right now? Share in the comments!

Note About Blurb Requests

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This is for editors/publishers/PR folks: Until I am done writing The End of All Things, I am not entertaining further requests for blurbs for other authors’ books. I have to finish my own book before I can think seriously about anyone else’s. This note encompasses blurb requests that have already been made in 2015. The good … Continue reading Note About Blurb Requests ?

February 25, 2015: Dark Matter! Prep! Production! Pics!

Toronto has been very Hoth-like of late, so I suppose I shouldn’t have been all that surprised to come across the above in the lunch room today.  Could’ve used that nice warm lightsaber while we were shooting in Hamilton last month! Morning meetings today for episode #106 with director Ron Murphy (or “Murph” as he […]

February 24, 2015: Cloverblob!

So there I was the other day, minding my own business, when I received the following message on twitter: Hunh?  Who, I wondered, is zoiepalmer’s cat?  Well, I did a little research and, as it turns out, zoiepalmer’s cat IS Zoie Palmer’s cat, Cloverblob, who apparently has her own twitter account.  Hoping to avoid any […]

February 26, 2015: Top 15 Strange But Familiar Fast Food Menu Items I’d Like To Try!

Whenever I visit a foreign country, I always like to check out the local fast food eateries for a taste of the strange yet familiar.  For instance, last time I was in Japan, I went to McDonalds and had a hamburger – but not your run-of-the-mill hamburger.  I had a Kuro Burger: a beef patty […]

February 23, 2015: Production madness!

It feels like mere weeks ago I was planning our trip to Toronto to work start work on Dark Matter.  I’d been developing the series for so long, impatiently awaiting its green light, that when we finally received word we had a go, I couldn’t quite believe it.  And back in the summer of 2014 when […]

February 22, 2015: Second Christmas!

Last night, Akemi and I went out with our friends Jeff and Barb who are in town for a few days to enjoy all the snow, subzero temperatures, and blistering wind that Toronto has to offer.  Last time Jeff was in town, we took him out to one of my favorite restaurants: Buca.  For his […]

Marvel Comics’ Panels at WonderCon Anaheim 2015!

19 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : WonderCon

WONDERCON ANAHEIM PROGRAMMING PREVIEW #2 Marvel Comics’ Panels at WonderCon Anaheim 2015! Marvel Comics will be at WonderCon Anaheim 2015 with official panels and Spotlights on special guests who write and draw for the company! Read more

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