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Non-Lethal Mysteries

I think I may be ready to do it again. I have this strange condition–call it “Dr. Jeckyl & The Pied Piper Syndrome” where I am suddenly struck with a completely off the wall idea combined with a compulsion to … Continue reading

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Where your eyes don’t go a filthy scarecrow waves his broomstick arms and does a parody of each unconscious thing you do

Science Fiction is a lot less Weird than it used to be. I am using Weird here is a particular philosophical sense (in the vain hopes that one day “Weird in the sense of Burnett” will become a common phrase … Continue reading

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21st Century Thrilling Adventure

Back at the end of March I posted a call for submissions for a new anthology.  Here we are at the end of August, and I have just handed over the keys to Kevyn Winkless, who will be using it … Continue reading

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More on Short Fiction and Multi-author Anthologies

This is kind of a followup to my last post on short fiction. As I said, I think that short fiction is important. And I think that short fiction collections with stories from multiple authors are important, too.  I think … Continue reading

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Short Fiction, or “What Needs To Happen Next”

I am convinced that there is a direct correlation between short fiction and innovation in fiction, both in the styles of individual authors and in fiction styles as a whole. In Speculative Fiction, there can be said to be four … Continue reading

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Some Notes Towards A Meta-epistemological Manifesto

I had an epiphany today. I have always mistrusted the concept of genre.  It has seemed to me to be both a hobble and a crutch.  By which I mean that by accepting a specific genre designation an author restricted … Continue reading

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Mr. Mephistopheles, dressed in red Wrote a letter to The Times He considered carefully what he said And mailed it with two shiny dimes Miss Antigone, pretty young thing Hung herself on the telegraph wire For seven days they let … Continue reading

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