About that Warhammer Anthology….

Recently I mentioned that I’d turned over a story to appear in an anthology of fiction set in the Warhammer setting, from Black Library.  Well, here it is: Age of Legend, edited by the most excellent Christian Dunn, and available in January 2012. As is obvious from the title, the stories are set in the distant past of the Warhammer world, during the Time of Legends.

I’m told the lineup consists of Warhammer stalwarts … Read the rest


Riptide Galley Giveaway Winners

And lo, the Riptide galley giveway contest is concluded.  There were close to three hundred entrants.  Thanks to all of you who took a moment to enter.

Without further ado, the two winners of an unbound signed galley of Riptide are Jedi Harris and Zardozfl.

Congrats to both winners.  Please email me your address at my email address here and we’ll get shipping figured out.  Thanks again to all who entered.  I’m really looking … Read the rest


Speculative Fiction Exercises the Imagination

Setting aside the fact that many works of speculative fiction are groundbreaking, important (however we define it), subversive, brilliantly written, entertaining (and never underestimate the value of entertainment as entertainment), and what have you, for me the entire genre does something much more important, separate from those factors — it exercises the imagination, fires our sensawunda, expands our sense of the possible, and encourages us to dream heroically. I think there’s enormous value in that, … Read the rest



I like to mention Ephemera once or twice a quarter because if I don’t, well, not that many people buy it.  And if people don’t buy it, the seas boil, the moon turns red as blood, lots of people get paper cuts, and at least two beers turn skunky.  I don’t want that on my conscience.

So, Ephemera is an ebook collection (available in all formats) of my dark short fiction.  Three of the stories … Read the rest


Sticky Characters

I’ve been thinking about the books I enjoy the most and it turns out that all of them have what I’d call “sticky” characters.  By that I mean that when I look back on the book, the thing that jumps out at me first is the characters — not the plot, the prose, the theme, the worldbuilding or underlying ideas, but the characters.  This is perhaps, unsurprising, since it squares with my own sensibilities as … Read the rest


Inexpensive Erevis Cale Omnibus e-signing

The Erevis Cale TrilogyAmazon is offering copies of The Erevis Cale Trilogy for about $6.00USD.  The price seems to vary a bit from time to time, but the long and short is that’s really, really inexpensive.  This makes Cale a cheap date, if you’re into tall, bald, morally conflicted assassin-priests. And really, who’s not?

Likewise, getting a signed copy is an inexpensive proposition.  Since I’m an Amazon Prime member, I can order copies at that price and they’ll … Read the rest


Productivity, quality, and saying no

I can produce a certain amount of quality (at least I think it’s quality :-)) writing within a given time frame.  That amount has varied greatly as my career has advanced.  When I first started out (with The Halls of Stormweather and Shadow’s Witness), writing 500 quality words in a day was a struggle.  Today, with a much larger “writer’s toolkit” at my disposal and significant experience under my belt,  I can produce maybe … Read the rest


Professional Envy — I haz some

A confession:  I am not a Zen Buddhist.  Quite the contrary.  I’m a very competitive person who needs to be running full-out or I feel like I’m standing still.  This has served me quite well in life overall, both in my day job and writing career.  But a side effect has been to suffer from time to time from professional envy.  Given the number of posts/articles I’ve read over the years about why one shouldn’t … Read the rest


The purpose of fight scenes

Susan Morris conducts an excellent interview with R.A. Salvatore on How to Write a Damn Good Fight Scene.  There’s a ton of great tips in that interview.  Go read it.  I’ll wait.


All right, one of things Susan doesn’t ask directly (though the answer is implicit in Bob’s responses, because he’s a master at this as well as at the pure choreography of a combat scene) is this:  What is the purpose of a … Read the rest


Galt’s Gulch and the ex-ante regulation problem

So, Peter Thiel plans to start his own version of Galt’s Gulch by creating his own floating country off the coast of San Francisco, which country will embody libertarian ideals.

On a small scale, something like this could actually work.  On a large scale, probably not so much, in part because of the two prominent issues that libertarianism doesn’t address well on its own terms — the problem of public goods, and the ex-ante regulation … Read the rest