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Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
2:47 am
Answer for question 4557.
What's your favorite older movie? (For the purposes of this question, we'll define "older" as "more than 30 years since it was made.) How many times have you seen it, and why do you like it so much? How does the quality of current movies compare to movies of the past?
It's sobering to realize that "Star Wars" is one of the top answers for me, as that means it's more than 30 years old!

"Forbidden Planet" would be another candidate.
Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
9:53 pm
Taking the Pledges...
As a general notice, I have taken the Convention Accessibility Pledge (http://maryrobinettekowal.com/…/sff-convention-accessibili…/ ), in addition to having taken the Scalzi Pledge (http://whatever.scalzi.com/…/my-new-convention-harassment-…/). That means that any convention I will attend must meet the requirements in those pledges.
9:51 pm
Looking for guest posters...
... for my blog at http://www.grandcentralarena.com . Authors, artists, reviewers, etc. are welcome. If desired I could probably put together interview questions for anyone who wanted to do an on-site interview.

This is mainly to keep some semblance of activity there for a few weeks while I deal with personal family issues (my father in law is not well, and Kathy's having health issues again) and try to bring Challenges of the Deeps closer to a conclusion.

Anyone interested reply to this post, or email me directly at seawasp [at] sgeinc [dot] com.
Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
12:47 pm
What are the best current and past SF Mysteries?
Obviously I know about Asimov's work in the genre -- the Wendell Urth mysteries, the Robot Novels -- but I'm interested in both older and newer mystery novels with an SF (or possibly even fantasy) setting/major element.

These should be fairly classic mysteries -- i.e., the solving of a crime or mystery should be the major focus of the story, not merely an adjunct to some other plotline, and the solution should rely on the same kind of intellectual investigation and deduction/induction that we see in typical non-SF mysteries.
Monday, November 16th, 2015
10:33 pm
Last day to help Lunacon...
,,, please chip in if you can to help one of the oldest SF cons to keep going!

Friday, November 13th, 2015
9:36 am
For any convention-interested parties out there...
... please consider helping out Lunacon, which needs some support right now!

My personal interest is that Lunacon gave me my first, and so far only, Guest of Honor slot, and did so wonderfully, giving me and my whole family a great time as well as some unique professional recognition.

Fandom's interest is that Lunacon is one of the oldest conventions around and it's a part of SF history; it would be a shame to see it just fold up and disappear now. 
Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
2:09 pm
Also today...
... added a short article on the World Fantasy Award and why I approve of the removal of HPL as the image used for the award!
7:47 am
Time for my Convention Report...
... on World Fantasy Con 2015! Good con for me but a couple of real issues.
Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
11:52 am
Answer for question 4547.
Cosplay ('costume play') is a popular pastime for many people -- dressing up as a favorite fictional character for different reasons (conventions, holidays, events). For those who partake, what's the best costume you've ever created or worn? What's the best one you've ever seen from someone else?
Best I wore was either my Son Goku worn for AnimeEast in the Great Dragonball Skit, or Mr. Incredible, both made by our friend Claudia.

Best I've ever seen from someone else? Jeez, that'd be REALLY hard to say. There's a LOT of competition now at ComicCons, with people that have spent months building picture-perfect costumes, like ones that duplicate Iron Man down to the lit-up eyes and so on. Best I ever PERSONALLY saw and knew how was built was the Saint Cloth of Andromeda Shun worn by a friend of mine; the armor was carefully built up from fiberglass using the machines in his father's car-restoration shop.
Thursday, November 5th, 2015
9:21 am
Under the Influence today...
... talking about my experiences with RPG/Gaming giant Wizards of the Coast -- starting when they were not so giant at all!
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
7:32 am
Today's Under the Influence post...
... is on Nancy Drew, teen-sleuthing her way through books since 1930!
Sunday, November 1st, 2015
3:19 pm
World Fantasy Con this week!
  As you can see in the Program, I'll be doing a panel -- The Rogue -- at 4:00 on Thursday, and a reading at 5:30 on Friday!
Saturday, October 31st, 2015
8:40 am
Thursday, October 29th, 2015
8:57 am
New WFC Code of Conduct/Harassment Policy...
... Is below. It certainly looks better than the prior one. How good it is I'll leave to others to judge. My first reaction is that I'd like some more process detail on what process will be used to determine what action or actions will be taken, and what the minimum response is, and so on. But at least this one clearly indicates that the Convention itself can take action on its own.

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7:45 am
Chapter 5 of Demons...
... is up, and we reach the conclusion of the battle. And see the oldest untouched writing of mine available.
Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
8:02 am
Another chapter ...
... of Demons of the Past, in which things get a lot more dangerous for Sasham...
Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
1:47 pm
Answer for question 4534.
Do you believe in the supernatural? Have you ever encountered something you couldn't readily explain? What was the nature of the experience and when did it happen? If you don't believe in such things, why not?
No, I don't. I have encountered things I could not PERSONALLY explain (e.g., UFO sighting), but I have no particular reason to believe that a rational (i.e., non-supernatural) explanation does not exist.

As for "why not", because there's no reason for me to think otherwise. No credible evidence has ever emerged for any of it. Thus, Occam's Razor.
6:51 am
I continue...
... posting some sample chapters this week, with Chapter 3 of Demons of the Past! In this one, Sasham and Diorre meet up with a mysterious character...
Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
8:11 am
Starting the new week...
... with Chapter 2 of Demons of the Past, my in-submission space opera! (Link to the prior chapters is included in that entry)
Thursday, October 15th, 2015
7:33 am
On my site today...
... Chapter 2 of Stuff of Legend, finishing off the scene that you saw the start of on Tuesday!

Stuff of Legend is not yet contracted by any publisher, but I hope someone will pick it up!
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