USC’s Cyberpunk: Past and Future Conference

USC Geek Speaks: Cyberpunk - Past and Future

I wasn’t on the cyberpunk train when it left the station, but I thought I caught up with it pretty quickly. When Omni magazine printed William Gibson’s short story, “Burning Chrome,” I bought the issue. Not because it had Gibson’s story, though. I just happened to be buying Omni on a regular basis. As a […]

The Publishing Pivot of Osprey Books

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The Suvudu website recently clued me in to a new title from military history publisher, Osprey Publishing: Steampunk Soldiers: Uniforms & Weapons From the Age of Steam. Now, I’m not here to tell you whether this is a great book or not (it is) or whether steampunk fans should buy it (they probably should). I’m here to […]

My Time Traveling Pan Am Experience

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“And where are you flying today?” Where, indeed? I’ve just stepped up to the check-in counter for my Pan Am Experience “flight,” and according to Air Hollywood‘s website, I’m about to “relive the magic of flying onboard a luxurious Pan Am 747.” In this case, I’ll be flying on board a specific 747, the Pan Am […]

Your Favorite Female Lead Characters in Fantasy Novels

After a rigorous and highly scientific research-based poll…okay, wait. Actually, I tweeted a question to the Interwebz yesterday for examples of female lead characters in fantasy novels. The results were diverse on just about every spectrum. Recommendations included everything from YA to lesbian mystery fantasies. While authors skewed towards female, it was by no means a male […]

Math, Magic, and Storytelling Shell Games

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A writer walks into a doctor’s office. “You gotta help me, doc. I keep hearing about everyone making money from self-publishing, and everywhere I go, someone’s trying to sell me their book.” “I see,” the doctor says, nodding. “So what seems to be the problem?” “Well, I figure if everyone’s writing a book, I should […]