The Bigger Picture Podcast: Future Vision

In May I joined three fellow authors for a panel discussion at Balticon 52 on the topic of finding optimism in a world that doesn’t always seem to warrant it.  The panel was moderated by Charlie Brown and hosted by Vex Mosaic, the online magazine of speculative thought to which I’ve contributed two essays.  The […]

“Change or Die” in Vex Mosaic

“Change or Die,” my second essay for Vex Mosaic, is out now.  It explores ways that civilizations can fail or succeed, through the lens of Neal Stephenson’s most recent novel, Seveneves.

“Possible Futures” in Vex Mosaic

My essay “Possible Futures: How Spec Fic Reengineers Reality” appears today in the online magazine Vex Mosaic. It’s about how fiction, and speculative fiction in particular, helps to shape our perspectives and influence society. My involvement with Vex Mosaic can be traced back to a presentation about fiction writing that I attended at a recent Capclave.  […]

When to Reject a Contract

I have an essay in the new issue of Writer’s Weekly about a difficult decision I made last year to turn down a writing contract for a compelling-looking science fiction anthology. To make a long story short, the publisher insisted on obtaining an unusual number of rights. I wrote about the experience because it was […]

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