Author Archives: Brad R. Torgersen

About Brad R. Torgersen

Science Fiction & Fantasy Author - Hugo, Nebula, and Campbell award nominee

Panel schedule for 2014 SLC Comic Con FanX

Salt Lake City’s inaugural Comic Con in 2013 totally blew the doors off the Utah genre scene. Looks like the con organizers are doubling down on awesome for 2014, and have an amazing roster of celebrities returning for the FanX … Continue reading

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So who gets to be an “Operator”?

I’m wrapping up a five-week stint here at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, so now seems as good a time as any to discuss something I’ve been wanting to discuss for awhile now, but never quite found the handle on. Preface: … Continue reading

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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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Embrace your day job!

Aspiring and pro-am writers utter it as gospel: I can’t wait to quit my day job! Or, for those who’ve made the jump: I was so happy when I finally quit my day job! But is quitting the day job … 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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Debunking ten common “always/never” suggestions for writers

Brandon Sanderson is often quoted as saying, “in this business, you will never lack for advice.” And he’s absolutely correct. There is a veritable mountain of advice being pushed at authors—usually by other authors—every year. Many times this advice falls … 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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Brad’s schedule for LTUE 2014

It’s that time again! Utah’s premier science fiction and fantasy conference for writers and artists. Life, The Universe, and Everything will be held February 13, 14, and 15 in Provo, Utah. Click the LTUE link to go directly to the … Continue reading

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