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The Dogs Project: Where do you get your ideas?

by Daniel Abraham

What is the Dogs project? So the standard question that writers always get asked is “Where do you get your ideas?”  And a lot of times it’s said in this tone of voice that is just loaded with impression that getting ideas is the impressive thing that we do.  This confuses and frustrates writers — by which I mean me — for several reasons.  First off, the part that I struggle with isn’t the having ideas part, it’s the making […]

The Dogs Project: Introduction

by Daniel Abraham

So a while back, your friend and mine Shawn Speakman from over at Suvudu asked me if I’d be up for contributing to the anthology he was putting together as a way to help pay of his chemotherapy bills.  Naturally, I said I’d be delighted, and so yet another little project got put on the end of the list, and I started trying to think about what would be fun to do.  Sean is in some ways a harsh taskmaster, […]

Paying Tribute: The Stars My Destination

by Ty Franck

I’ve been kicking this one around for a while now, trying to figure out how to approach it,  and I’ve come up with no brilliant answers, so here it is. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester: The Stars My Destination is a book I first read when I was way too young to understand it.   Someone bought it for me when I was about 11 in a large collection of short SF novels.  I read the whole collection several times, […]

Voting for the Hugo

by Daniel Abraham

For those who are hip to the science fiction awards scene, I wanted to remind y’all that tomorrow is the last day to register for Worldcon this year and still get to vote for the Hugo awards. For those of you who aren’t hip to the science fiction awards scene, it goes like this.  The Hugo Award (named for editor Hugo Gernsback) is one of the most prestigious awards in the field.  It’s voted on by members of Worldcon, so […]

The Only Thing Worse Than Being Talked About

by Daniel Abraham

The very honorable Jim Hines has made mock of one of my covers, and been picked up by Andrew Sullivan’s blog. I am reminded of the writer who was offered a review of his book in the New York TImes, but on the condition that the review would be an excoriation.  I suppose if anyone’s cover is going to be held up for public ridicule, better that it be one of mine…

Giving Birth

by Ty Franck

Depending on your particular process, books start out in a lot of different ways. For some writers they begin as a moment, one particular scene that leaps into their head fully formed. George RR Martin has often said that the entire Ice and Fire saga began with the scene of Ned Stark and his boys finding the dire wolf pups. I know writers who always begin from the end. They have their climactic scene in mind, and they work backwards […]

Podcastle, Balfour & Meriwether

by Daniel Abraham

It was the third of December in 188-, and snow swirled down grey and damp upon the cobblestones of London. Meriwether paced before the wide window of the King Street flat impatiently. Balfour sat before the roaring fire, correcting a draft monograph he had written on the subject of Asiatic hand combat as adapted to the English frame. “I cannot understand how you can be so devilishly placid,” Meriwether said at last. “Practice,” Balfour grunted. “Every winter it’s the same,” […]


by Daniel Abraham

James S. A. Corey has earned both a Hottie and an Unexpected Surprise. Because I have just finished rewatching Dodgeball, I can say nothing else about this without the risk of saying something I will later regret. My kindergarten-age daughter has not seen the film, but does sometimes spontaneously say “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.”  Ah, the things they pick up in daycare…

Do you like cheap things? We have a cheap thing for you.

by Ty Franck

In a Crazy Eddie level price slashing move, Orbit has decided to sell a number of their e-book titles for $2.99 for a limited time.  One of those titles is Leviathan Wakes.  What makes this madness even more. . . mad, is that the e-book of Leviathan Wakes also contains a FREE copy of the ARC of Dragon’s Path.  That’s TWO books for $2.99, delivered right to your e-reader of choice!  That’s over 350,000 words of slam bang entertainment for […]

That day

by Daniel Abraham

Joyeux noel, y’all.