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Why publish with Baen?

I am among Baen’s newest authors. My first Baen novel, The Chaplain’s War, was contracted in July of last year and will see print in October of this year. It’s got a cover from Dave Seeley and it’s got a … Continue reading

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Whence fandom?

My editor at Baen Books, Toni Weisskopf, made some very cogent and interesting observations regarding 21st century English-speaking fandom’s fractured condition. I agree absolutely with Toni that some of these fault lines can be traced directly to the social and … Continue reading

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How to fix the SFWA

Because you’re all just dying for yet another post about the never-ending carnival of hair-pulling that is the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, right? Right. Or if you’re not, go read Sarah Hoyt’s post. Which is, arguably, the … Continue reading

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Sci-male utterings on gender binarism

Sci-male here. No, that is not a typo. Just permitting myself a few primal grunts. You may have observed this bit of opinion over at the TOR.COM web site. As topics go, fluidity of gender (in the speculative arts) is … Continue reading

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A deeply personal statement, regarding reason and religion

As provoked by recent conversations with writer Chuck Gannon, writer/artist James A. Owen, artist Bob Eggleton, writer/philosopher Steven Barnes, and writer Jay Lake. Also, this is not an imperative. I am not telling you, the reader, what you must or … Continue reading

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Mormons Can’t Write Real Literature?

I wanted to add my two cents on this NYT piece that’s been causing a bit of a stir in the (rather substantial) LDS writing world. Having read and re-read the article several times, I can honestly say I’ve seen … Continue reading

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Noxious people, noxious weeds

Thought, as I dug around in my garden tonight: noxious people are like noxious weeds. Noxious people need sycophants (soil) and social media outlets (sunshine) and attention (water) to thrive. Take away one or more of these things, and the … Continue reading

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