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Assassin of Gor (Review)

Tarl Cabot is dead. Or rather, the world thinks Tarl Cabot is dead. Under the guise of Kurus of the caste of assassins, Tarl and his slave girl Elizabeth Cardwell head to glorious Ar to infiltrate the house of the … Continue reading

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Two Non-Traditional Approaches to Space Opera

When one thinks of “non-traditional” space opera, one’s mind goes straight to the Hugo shortlists — Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice, John Scalzi’s Redshirts, Chuck Tingle’s Space Raptor Butt Invasion, and other such works. Most works of this nature come from … Continue reading

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Musings on Anthologies

Anthologies seem to be a dime a dozen. You have Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, and Strange Horizons. You have Beneath Ceaseless Skies and you have Uncanny. And then there are magazines like Cirsova who cater to a completely different clientele than … Continue reading

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Peter Grant’s Western Redemption

After a bad start, Peter Grant did it. Rocky Mountain Retribution proved to be far better than his original Walt Ames novel, Brings the Lightning (reviewed here.) In fact, one can read Retribution as a standalone since not much happens … Continue reading

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A Civil Conversation on Twitter about Books

While looking through my Google+ feed, a tweet by Twitter user @quartzen was brought to my attention (archive here.) Featured SF display at my local B&N yesterday- one white female author, the rest white men, so many duplicate authors and … Continue reading

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I, the Incorporeal: The Soul in I, the One

WARNING: Spoilers for I, the One. My social media buddy Dominika Lein’s short story I, the One has a very simple premise: a soul named Niman is commanded by an ethereal creature to train a younger soul named Meelik. Unlike … Continue reading

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For Male and Female: A Gender Analysis of For Steam and Country

WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Star Realms: Rescue Run and For Steam and Country; this post assumes you have read both books. Recently, I finished reading my social media buddy Jon Del Arroz’s new book For Steam and Country. This story, … Continue reading

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Sword & Flower Finally Available in Paperback

At long last, it’s finally ready. My novella Sword & Flower is available in paperback. “But wait,” I hear you saying. “Your book has been available in paperback for a while now. Why are you acting like it’s new?” That’s … Continue reading

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Castalia House Post: War of the Ruby

Over at the Castalia House blog, I talk about Brian K. Lowe’s War of the Ruby, which could be found in Cirsova Vol. 5. As for why blogging has been so light, it is because I am working on a … Continue reading

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A Sudden Rescue of Male-Female Polarity

NOTE: This analysis contains spoilers. Yesterday, I reviewed Jon Mollison’s new book Sudden Rescue at the Castalia House blog. Though the book was fairly short, it didn’t feel short; all of the action and details were relevant, with no meaningless … Continue reading

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