May 2nd, 2007

smiling Chris 2007

novel parts online!

Dear friends -

I've just updated my website with an excerpt from one of my novels. Click here to get to my Novels page, where you'll find the link. This is more of my contribution to being a Pixel-Stained Technopeasant. Also a handy thing for the upcoming Nebula Awards Weekend's "writer-agent speed-dating" thang.

Please let me know if you have any usability or design suggestions. Also what you think of the novel!

More to come from the other novels.

Note: It uses adult language, has adult situations, and contains violence. You've been warned!

computer - ENIAC


I'm sure most of you have seen me use this user-icon before: It's a photo of the ENIAC. It was built in 1946, and I think it's just so damned cool. Go to their official website to learn more. There's even an ENIAC simulator online.

two black cats

domestic partner registry in Lawrence

This is neat:
So, what’s a domestic partner registry, anyway?

Thursday, May 3rd @ 7:00pm
Plymouth Congregational UCC
925 Vermont Street

Find the answers to these questions and more...

What is a domestic partner registry?
How will it impact life in Lawrence?
Do I have to be “pro-gay” to be pro-registry?
Why is this a church-state separation issue?

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Gully Foyle

I don't hate "mundane" SF

Just wanted to get that out there. I realized something today:

I think there's a lot of positive aspects about the subgenre as defined: Being rigorous in the approach to writing SF, sticking to probable futures rather than improbable ones. In fact, it doesn't seem new to me: Wasn't the New Wave all about sticking to mundane themes? Haven't many SF authors been doing this all along? Just yesterday, Jim Gunn and I were discussing this, and he said, "Pretty much everything I write has fit the description of mundane SF."

What bothers me about the mundane-SF notion boils down to its perceived attitude that writers working in other subgenres of SF are being lazy or just tossing in existing tropes like confetti rather than using these elements to tell stories they can't tell using the mainstream (heretofore defined as "mundane") literary tropes of everyday life in the here-and-now.

Granted, many authors use SF tropes without thinking them through, using them only as stage-dressing (see Lucas as our tale's primary villain). But I don't think anyone in SF has been advocating that as a solid approach to writing. Certainly, the subgenre of hard SF has always strove (striven? *g*) to be rigorous and to test their theories before deploying them into fiction.

So the mundane-SFers seem to be setting up a straw-man argument. That's what bothers me about it.