Category Archives: New Wave

Beyond The Great Divide

Stories written from an alien viewpoint, while long a staple of SF/F, are hard to do well. They involve a kind of semiotic tightrope–if the language and concepts involved are too alien, the story becomes too hard to decipher to … Continue reading

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American Fantasy

I have been thinking a lot about Fantasy, and specifically about fantastic settings–settings in which the fantastic elements are integral to the world. And frankly, I’m not interested in writing stories set in some vaguely Central European kingdom in the … Continue reading

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The Paperback is live, the Kindle edition is coming soon

At long last Bad Dreams & Broken Hearts is out in paperback. The Kindle edition has been uploaded and should be available in a few days. It’s been an interesting process. Generally when I write the pieces all either come … Continue reading

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Hard Weird

I think I’ve come up with a new way to describe what genre it is that I work in. Hard Weird.  I think that’s an evocative phrase, and I hope it’s fairly self-explanatory. SF/F fans are familiar with the phrase … Continue reading

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(2^3)((2^3)-1))

August is always a time for introspection for me, due to the whole birthday thing. So I have been taking stock of where I am, where I’ve come from, and where I am going. No real conclusions, as yet, except … Continue reading

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July In Dracoheim

It’s hard to fight wizards and demons when all you have is a gun and a badge. The use of magic in the Sovereign City of Dracoheim is regulated by the Lord Mayor’s Committee For Public Safety. From the licensing … Continue reading

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The Dead Men’s Shoes Society

(Extra special bonus bragging rights points for anyone who can identify the source of the title of this post–yes, it is a name that I used in The Book Of Lost Doors, but where did I steal it from originally?) … Continue reading

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A Dragon Among Dragons: The Decay Of Fantasy

“The old fairy tale makes the hero a normal human boy; it is his adventures that are startling; they startle him because he is normal. But in the modern psychological novel the hero is abnormal; the centre is not central. … Continue reading

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Superscience, the Uncanny, and the Miraculous

This post has grown out of a discussion regarding my earlier post on the subject of magic in fiction and a comment that was made regarding Clarke’s Law. Clarke’s Law states that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.  … Continue reading

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Leaving the town in the keeping of the man who is sweeping up the ghosts of Saturday night

This is in reply, more or less, to posts made by some writers I know. First Alexander Hellene talks about the Mythic in fiction,  then Xavier Lastra discusses magic use as a plot element in genre fiction, and then Rawle … Continue reading

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