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For Your Reading (and Escapist) Pleasure…

For Your Reading (and Escapist) Pleasure…

Yesterday’s election, and the campaign leading up to it, generated a lot of stress. I offer this story as something I hope you’ll enjoy, and that might give you a moment or two free of the pressures of the ordeal we’ve all been through. Field Trip The pressure plate, as all pressure plates are wont […]

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Robert E. Howard’s Adventures in Science Fantasy

Robert E. Howard’s Adventures in Science Fantasy

Earlier this year I had the honor of supplying the introduction to Adventures of Science Fantasy by Robert E. Howard. The book is published by The Robert E. Howard Foundation. They promote the works of Robert E. Howard and scholarship concerning same. It’s a very dedicated group which looks past glib dismissals of Howard’s work […]

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Degrees of Slavery

Degrees of Slavery

While I was at the World Fantasy Convention in San Diego, a bit of a controversy blossomed around my use of the phrase “house slave” in a blog post I wrote here back in May. Barry Eisler, in a guest post on J. A. Konrath’s blog, mentioned my use of that phrase; so he caught […]

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My Conan Adventure: Part Two

My Conan Adventure: Part Two

Back in the late 1980s my novel writing career began with the publication of the novels I did for BattleTech. While working with FASA, I got to know Fred Malmberg of Target Games of Sweden. They had a project called Mutant Chronicles and asked if I would write a trilogy for them. My schedule didn’t […]

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Abracadabra: Books are Magazines

Abracadabra: Books are Magazines

The Magician stands on stage and invites a volunteer from the audience to lend him something. Not a piece of jewelry, or a dollar bill, but a book. The volunteer—an author—hands him a copy of his latest tome. The Magician places it on a stand and waves a hand at it. “Behold, a book.” He […]

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The Secrets Issues 144-145: More Career Planning

The Secrets Issues 144-145: More Career Planning

The latest two issues of my writing newsletter, The Secrets, just went out to subscribers. These two issues combine to address a very serious issue for writers, especially as the digital age slams into publishing and blasts it apart. They are focused on organization and how the digital age will shift what we write and […]

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Talion: Revenant  Chapter One

Talion: Revenant Chapter One

Since the goal of the 10,000 copy sequel challenge is to sell copies of Talion: Revenant so I can afford to take the time to write Talion: Nemesis, it occurred to me that there is great incentive to serialize the novel to the web. This provides readers who’ve not had a chance to read the […]

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