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The New Cold War, AIDS Fundraising, World War IV

This is in my hometown, 4,500 miles from Ukraine. The solidarity is truly global, and two things have become increasingly clear regarding Putin’s invasion: First, his plan will end up ranking as one of the worst miscalculations in the past … Continue reading

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Year in Review, Gamebooks, Awards Eligibility

In 2021, I was vaccinated against COVID-19. I then spent time in Greece–in Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Kalambaka, and the ruins of Epidaurus and Mycenae. In the autumn I visited Bermuda and had rum swizzlers off the coast of Hamilton. It … Continue reading

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Thankful for the Goldilocks Zone, Howlers, and The Last Library

I am thankful for the Goldilocks Zone and the Cretaceous Extinction event. Thankful for the rise of civilization, art, science, medicine, trade, music, philosophy and literature. For the Renaissance and Enlightenment. Thankful for an exquisitely wonderful group of friends who … Continue reading

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Trains, Interdimensional Planes, and the “Debate” Over Covid

Having previously posted (and published) about my interest in trains, earlier this month I got to enjoy dinner and drinks aboard the Essex Clipper Dinner Train, a steam-powered ride lapping the sunset miles. The dining car dates back to 1925, … Continue reading

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2020 Year in Review

What the hell can I say about 2020?  I was thinking of listing the things I was supposed to do (going to Austria for example, my brother’s wedding, etc). Then I realized that if I start down that rabbit hole … Continue reading

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We Shall Rise, Brain Games, Writing Drafts

Earlier this year when the possibility of a pandemic was not foremost in my mind, I received an invitation to contribute to the New York Times bestselling BLACK TIDE RISING series by John Ringo.  The mainline books have chronicled the … Continue reading

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Weird World War 3, Octopus, Weird Tales, Serling

A year ago (almost to the day as I write this) I received an invitation to contribute to a Baen Books anthology of Weird World War III stories. The “Weird” parameter hinged on the fact that there needed to be … Continue reading

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Death on the Nefertem Express

It’s remarkable what several bottles of wine on a train can do for you. As a kid, I grew up on a steady diet of mystery fiction. My mother was an aficionado of Daphne Du Maurier and Agatha Christie, which … Continue reading

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“Crash-Site” wins the 2019 Readers’ Choice Award, plus some words on research

A couple news items to start the August update: I was notified a few days ago that I sold my story “Tunnels” to Third Flatiron’s Longevity-themed anthology. Readers may recall how my June blog post referenced a new story idea … Continue reading

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Bygone days of the Astroliners

From the outside, the rocketship looks like some relic of the early Cold War. It’s little more than a lengthy cylinder like some retrofitted ICBM, with a bright red needle on the end like a painted narwhal tusk. The words … Continue reading

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