Tie-in novels not “real” novels?

I’m taking a break from the Hugo controversy. No, I’m not backing away. Nor am I changing my stance. I’ll be posting more about the nominations and the reaction from both sides later. But for now, I want to discuss something that came up on another blog where an author completely dissed tie-in novels as […]

Former TOR editor still longs to gatekeep the field

Originally posted on Brad R. Torgersen:
I don’t usually take to fisking the comments of others in the field, but the recent words of Teresa Nielsen-Hayden simply demand it. Since my inception as a professional, I have made the case for an “open” system. No barriers. Not on writers, and not on fans. Publish, connect…

Defenders of the nail house

(Reblogged from Brad R. Torgersen) We’re about a week out from the release of the final ballot results, for the 2015 Hugo awards. These results will determine which picks are available for your choosing when it comes time for you to cast your ballot. Best Novel, Best Short Story, etc. Already, the critics of Sad […]

Pardon me, but I like things the way they are

Yes, yes, I know I’m going to get in trouble for this. After all, it just isn’t right for anyone not to jump onboard the “evil game developers/gamers/publishers” bandwagon. We have been hearing loud and long all the complaints about how gamer boys are harassing female players and how there aren’t enough good games out […]

Review – Stand Against the Storm

by Richard Cartwright Stand Against the Storm is a must read All too often a book series loses steam and becomes repetitive.  Stand Against the Storm is the fourth book in Peter Grant’s popular Maxwell Saga and this entry shows no sign of slowing down or reinventing the wheel.  If this is your first dive […]

Why I read

Yesterday, our Kris Keldaran penned”Why I Write“. That started me thinking about why I write and why I read. Both have been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember. I was fortunate to grow up in a household where both parents not only enjoyed reading but valued it. Mom […]

And the controversy continues

Last week I wrote a post asking if we are losing readers to gaming. One of the comments made me think and actually confirmed what I had been seeing for myself. There are a number of gamers who actually read more because of their games than they would have otherwise. These gamers are the ones […]

Are we losing readers to gaming?

If you listen to certain sectors of publishing and education, you’d be convinced that boys don’t read and we are losing our younger generation of readers to gaming. It’s not a new argument. Years ago, we were hearing that we were losing them to TV. The argument that we’ve been losing them to gaming has […]

Who am I? I’m a fan and proud of it!

This morning, I wrote a post for Mad Genius Club that expanded some on Pat’s “Not a Fan” post. I’ll admit that it was done in the early stages of getting enough coffee in me – a necessity to function anywhere close to normal – and while in high dander after reading File 770’s response […]