The short version of the story is that the Hugo Awards are one of the biggest awards you can get as a Sci-Fi author. Many people want specific books or authors considered and that desire has led some to organize into a grassroots effort to ensure that outcome. Out of that, the rest of the community has risen up, seeing this as manipulation, gaming the system or ballot box stuffing. The discussion, as many others on the Internet, has devolved into everyone’s worst dysfunctional family dinner, ever. Now we even have George R.R. Martin saying that the “Sad Puppies have broken the Hugo Awards.” Continue reading
Better Call Saul just wrapped up its first season and I’m happy that I gave it a chance. Writers need to read. Storytellers need to hear other stories. That’s why, as an author, part of my job is to see movies, or watch TV or read books. Don’t believe me? Ask Stephen King. He tells you in On Writing how he used to see dozens of bad movies before he wrote his first novel.
As I update Flotilla for its new edition, I’m revisiting one important topic that Better Call Saul has helped me think about: Achieving escape velocity from bad life choices. In Flotilla, Jim is escaping some bad choices that he’s made with drugs and alcohol. As he navigates that path, he’s watching Rick, his dad try and do the same.
Escaping and overcoming bad choices in the past is very difficult as an adult. That’s what Rick and Jimmy McGill, played brilliantly by Bob Odenkirk, have in common. When you’ve made bad choices in life and you’re trying to step up to be something more, you must contend with the ‘gravity’ of your past. Call it ‘karma’, call it ‘reaping what you sow’ … call it whatever you want. As Jimmy McGill learns, re-innovating your life involves spending a lot of energy contending with the community of people who are unwilling to discard their established perceptions of you. Continue reading
I don’t know why I started watching this but as soon as I did, I wanted to talk about it. Roger Ebert was a brilliant man and he says something important starting at 02:55 of this clip, which I’ve also embedded below:
Okay – time to make an announcement: As part of my Evil Plan and the forthcoming Full-Time Author Project, I will be releasing new editions of Flotilla and Iron Mountain. I haven’t decided on a solid release date but it’ll be later this year.
You might be saying to yourself, “Why is he doing this – just work on your next book!” Well, there’s a ton of backstory but it boils down to this: I need everything working together. I go into more detail over here and you’re more than welcome to ask questions after that.
Because I love apocalyptic sci-fi, I thought this was a cool idea and am passing it along to you. Anathema is a crowdfunded sci-fi film that you can back, taking place in a near future where mankind’s end is near, a lethal pathogen has consumed the globe and civilization is in the process of collapsing.