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Why Yes, I Still Have a Landline

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  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

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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

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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!

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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

Concept Art Writing Prompt: The Kid Who Paints The Moon

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The phases of the moon get a bit fanciful in this week's writing prompt, by artist Goro Fujita. Tell us your tale about this character and their rather unusual lunar job. Read more...

WonderCon Anaheim 2015 Program Book Cover Revealed!

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NA-NA-NA-NA-NA-NA …. BATGIRL! WonderCon Anaheim 2015 Program Book Cover Revealed! Introducing the WonderCon Anaheim 2015 Program Book cover art by special guest Babs Tarr! Read more

Why The Aardvark May Be The Strangest Creature On Earth

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The aardvark looks like a few other animals — the anteater, the armadillo, the pig — but it's closely related to none of them. It may be one of the world's few unique creatures. Read more...

The Greatest Advice For Science Fiction Writers: "Ask The Next Question"

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Theodore Sturgeon, who would have turned 97 today, was one of the all-time great science fiction writers. And he came up with a great maxim that defines much of what SF authors do to make their work extraordinary: "Ask the next question." Some current authors explain how this maxim shapes everything they do. Read more...

Oh, Hey, Catwoman Is Officially Bisexual Now

yesterdayGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Just an FYI! Catwoman comics writer (and frequent io9 contributor extraordinaire) Genevieve Valentine has pointed out on her blog that Selina Kyle is now "canon bisexual" in the DC universe. It's always nice to see a comic company increase its diversity — especially with a character as prominent as Catwoman. Read more...

A Field Guide To The World's Most Distinctive English Regionalisms

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Why will asking for directions to a time machine get you sent to an ATM in Wisconsin, a request for a sarsaparilla spider gets you a root beer float in Australia, and someone wondering if you've seen their bunnyhug in Saskatchewan is actually searching for their favorite hoodie? Read on to find out. Read more...

This 1750 BC Babylonian Tablet Is An Ancient Customer Service Complaint

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The ancient Babylonians may not have had Yelp or customer service call centers, but they still recorded their complaints. They just had to do it on clay tablets, like this one, in which a buyer complains about receiving the wrong grade of copper ore. Read more...

Neill Blomkamp Admits He "Fcked It Up" With Elysium

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While we enjoyed Elysium by shutting our brains off for a bit, it wasn't a movie without a lot of problems — and that's something that even Neill Blomkamp agrees with, according to an interview with Uproxx. Read more...

Here's How A Mob Of Sheep Could One Day Save Your Life

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When a crowd needs to pass through a small doorway – an emergency exit, for example – the opening can quickly become obstructed. Recently, researchers have been using sheep to understand how they might mitigate this potentially catastrophic bottleneck effect. Read more...

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