No more hiding behind aliases

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Steven Lyle JordanI’ve decided to ditch the alias I’ve been using on Kinja pages (like IO9) and Tor.com and start using my real name.

Fake names and aliases tend to inspire people to do and say things they wouldn’t do or say when people know who they are. People also don’t take you seriously when you hide behind an alias. This simple fact is the cause of most of the angst, trolling and attacks that take place on the web. Continue reading

Memento mori.

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Madeline Ashby titles her blog as “Dangerous to those who profit from the way things are.” I got news for Madeline: This article is no better for those of us who can’t manage to profit from the way things are.

This is me all over: I write the kind of SF that I enjoyed reading when I was younger. Today’s kids couldn’t care less about my dreams, though… so the books don’t get bought. I guess if I can’t learn how to write about YA dystopias, I might as well finance my retirement with a pushbroom.

Memento mori. (Or, how Worldcon’s youth problem will resolve.)

Will Doctor Who get serious?

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Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi

Peter Capaldi, the new Doctor of Doctor Who

The new season of Doctor Who has given us the conclusion to a unique type of cliffhanger that only this show can provide: Who will be the new Doctor when he comes out of the other side of regeneration?

The Doctor has changed actors over a dozen times now, over the course of the TV series and one movie… a unique invention by the producers to replace the original Doctor, William Hartnell, when he was became too ill to continue the role.  With each change of actors has come a change of the character’s mannerisms as well, with the new actor bringing some of his own quirks to the role.  So, since 1965, we have been treated to thirteen men who have all been very different—and yet were always the same character.

And now it’s happened again, with Peter Capaldi taking over the role most recently vacated by Matt Smith.  As well, Smith’s manic, over-confident and endearingly bumbling man-child of a Doctor will be changed to suit Capaldi’s take on the role.  So what does that mean for the show… and for us? Continue reading

Pre-order “Heroes!”

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HEROES anthology coverSilence in the Library Publishing has issued pre-order details for Heroes!, the superhero anthology book that will contain one of my short stories, The Never-Ending Battle.

My story will be among many short stories from a notable list of authors, including the late Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, Gail Z. Martin, Jean Rabe, John Kovalic, Alan Dean Foster, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Janine K. Spendlove, Patrick S. Tomlinson, Dylan Birtolo, Donald J. Bingle, Sheryl Nantus, Sarah Hans, Daniel Myers, Bradley P. Beaulieu, Jennifer Brozek, Gregory A. Wilson, Bryan Young, Addie J. King, Aaron Rosenberg, R.T. Kaelin, Jaym Gates, Steven Saus, Tracy Chowdhury, and Kelly Swails.  Continue reading

Okay, I’m just gonna say…

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primate selfie

I can’t believe this is even a question. Photographer David J. Slater’s camera was used to take this picture. There are plenty of examples of scientists and naturalists setting up cameras to be remotely triggered by animals (using motion detectors or light sensors), and there has never been a question of ownership before; those who owned and set up the camera earned the rights. So OF COURSE Slater should own the photo!

Promo art in the works

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Human Beings aren't always flesh and blood. Sarcology, available now.You may have noticed the promo art for one of my novels on the left of the page.  I have now created six, and may do more, that I can use online or in print projects as needed.

The first six—for Verdant Skies, Sarcology, As the Mirror Cracks, Worldfarm One, Chasing the Light and The House of Jacquarelle—were relatively easy, as they lent themselves to nice, easily-presented blurbs.  The others will require a bit more work, and possibly new art (as used for Sarcology), so they may take a bit longer to design and produce.  You’ll be seeing them here, and on other sites that I frequent.

If you see one you like, feel free to share it with others; they look great on social media.  Summer’s not over… someone you know must need some good books to read on vacation!