April 2013

Plague Nation Day: Guest Post: Why Is Destroying The World So Much Fun? by Dana Fredsti

  I’ve asked myself this question several times while working on my Ashley Parker series.  Not so much in the first one, Plague Town, because I kept my destruction limited to a hundred mile radius quarantine zone surrounding the college town of Redwood Grove, which, while modeled after certain Northern California communities I’ve been to,

Plague Nation Day: Guest Post: Why Is Destroying The World So Much Fun? by Dana Fredsti

Al Dente: Defeating Egg Rag Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying About Frittata And Love The Iron Skillet

Let’s talk about Frittata. Specifically, let’s talk about what it all too quickly has turned into in my past, something my mother likes to call ‘egg rag’. Egg rag is sometimes not quite an omelet, sometimes not quite scrambled eggs and very, very occasionally, not quite pancakes. I have perpetrated egg rag on the world

Al Dente: Defeating Egg Rag Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying About Frittata And Love The Iron Skillet

Review: The Rapture of the Nerds

The two great lies we tell ourselves about the future are that it will be here soon and it will be a clean break. The first is a lie because, the Jonathan Coulton song notwithstanding, the future is already here and has been here for a while. Five years ago, I interviewed one of the

Review: The Rapture of the Nerds

Music Past The Redline: Clark Kent and Lois Lane 75th Anniversary Special

Clark Kent is one of my patron saints. The quarterback-sized reporter with the calm manner and the dogged refusal to back down from a story is an ideal I find very attractive, arguably far more than the whole blue suit/cape/superpowers thing. Clark’s a working journalist, a journeyman reporter. He’s Cary Grant in a good hat

Music Past The Redline: Clark Kent and Lois Lane 75th Anniversary Special

Al Dente: Chicken Kiev

So it turns out I’m good at chicken. I have chicken skills. There is great chicken power within me. I know chicken fu. That sensation you’re feeling is called the chickening. There’s a war going on out there old friend, and it’s not about who controls the information, it’s about who controls the chick- You

Al Dente: Chicken Kiev

Firing Up The Resurrection Engines: A New Anthology And A New Approach To Steampunk

  Steampunk is producing some really interesting things at the moment. Not only do we have one of the legitimate creators of the genre, James P Blaylock, working again but there’s Cherie Priest, Guy Adams, the incomparable Professor Elemental of course and now, Resurrection Engines. An anthology of fifteen stories edited by Scott Harrison, it

Firing Up The Resurrection Engines: A New Anthology And A New Approach To Steampunk

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