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January 6th, 2017

My story, Cold New Planet, about the colonization of a slowly thawing planet, is in the Science Fiction & Fantasy short story category in the Preditors & Editors poll: http://critters.org/predpoll/

December 27th, 2016

Cold New Planet is spotlighted on Florida Book News: http://www.floridabooknews.com/

December 21st, 2016

Cold New Planet, originally published in the anthology, Science Fiction Consortium, is available on Kindle. You can pre-order it here: Cold New Planet

What mysteries will the colonists–and the consortium backing them–uncover on this slowly thawing planet? Are the colonists alone? This planet is supposed to be theirs; their backers, who had their own agenda, had paid enough money to ensure that. And they were a long way from Earth via that alien point-to-point ship. What lies under the snow and ice? How long will it take to find out? And where did all these humans–and aliens–come from? From landing on a barren, icy wasteland, now it’s almost like gridlock back on Earth.




December 13th, 2016

I enjoyed learning about the Jewish culture and the historical background. Well written.

*Jesus of Nazareth, Boy and Man: A Novel of the Lost Years* by the award-winning short story writer and novelist G. Miki Hayden tells the story of Jesus from his early preaching as a boy in the Temple to his discovery of who he is in relationship to "our Father." A lifelong spiritual student, Hayden...
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December 11th, 2016

Here's my end-of-the-year video from Facebook with a variety of photos and posts. I hope you'll enjoy it:
https://www.facebook.com/100007389700154/videos/vb.100007389700154/1830142140575425/?type=2&theater

November 28th, 2016

Mary Fields AKA Stagecoach Mary by Erich Martin Hicks  (Paperback – March 9, 2016)
I've known about Stagecoach Mary for a long time (She's on my Western Style board on Pinterest), so I was happy to find this book. (It's written in the present tense, btw.) Not much is known about her early life so the author has fictionalized that, but I believe he's caught the flavor of the time: plantation life, the slaves' lives, the Civil War, and the aftermath when the slaves were freed. He enhanced her later career, however, which wasn't necessary because she was a fantastic woman--and a legend in her own time.

The book has a number of photos and illustrations from her life and times. Despite her being a black woman, the town (Cascade, Montana) where she lived later, respected her, and there are clippings from the newspapers when she died and the town turned out for her funeral. Of course, she did run into a lot of prejudice; the N word was especially popular back then..., but she stood her ground: "Do ya wanta' meet your 'maker' now...or later when he's a callin' for ya?"

Highly recommended because of the history and because this woman should never be forgotten.

Note: The author has done a lot of research--read more at the end of the book--but it could have used more editing. There were a number of misspellings--one word was spelled two different ways--and commas were falling like snowflakes.

October 17th, 2016

The Durrells in Corfu (link)

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I was surprised and delighted to come across The Durrells in Corfu while browsing the channel listings. I read My Family and Other Animals and Gerald Durrell's other books (there are more than two others) years ago, I am grateful to PBS for adding this (there are six episodes) to their Masterpiece Theatre offerings: The Durrells in Corfu

October 13th, 2016

From Tor.com:

Here's an interesting list of supernatural detectives: A list of ten of our favorite supernatural detectives

October 7th, 2016

From press release:

"Fans voted in August 2016 to trial a new Hugo award for “Best Series”, which could be added in 2018. Each Worldcon Committee has the authority to introduce a special category Hugo award, and Worldcon 75 has decided to test “Best Series” in 2017. This follows the precedent of the 2009 Worldcon, which trialled “Best Graphic Story” before it became a regular Hugo the following year. Fans at Worldcon 75 will be able to decide whether to ratify the “Best Series” for future years and suggest revisions to the award definition at the World Science Fiction Society Business Meeting held in Helsinki during the convention."

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Which Series Warrants a "Best Series" Hugo Award?
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