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On hitting deadlines, writing a book a year, and subverting the limits of make-believe

For reasons various and sundry, I have just now released a draft of RAPTURE to my editor, agent, and first readers (yes, the book was due 4/30, and I finished it 4/30, but I had to hold onto it due to Boring Business Things). I’ve been toodling around with it, of course, since I finished …

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Prometheus: White Dudes Seeding the Universe with their Magical Man-Sperm (Naturally)

NOTE: This post assumes you have already watched Prometheus, so is full of SPOILERS. In the world of Prometheus, we all came from white dudes, who went around seeding the universe with their magical, life-giving sperm. It was a fine feat those boys managed, creating whole worlds all on their own. I can’t help but …

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Genderblindered: “We’re both queens. So who will hang out the laundry?”

I read an old proverb once that went, “We’re both queens. So who will hang out the laundry?” I think this is an important point that a lot of seemingly imaginative fiction fails to take into account when creating societies. I was on a panel about women in combat at Epic Confusion when Scott Lynch …

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Stories From Another Country: Tales of wartime, immigration, and assimilation

Today, I’ve got a guest post up over at The Ranting Dragon reviews site. Stories From Another Country When I was growing up, the holidays meant family gatherings over rich food slathered in buttery sauces and familiar stories of life during wartime in another country. My grandmother grew up in Nazi-occupied France, and met my …

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Yes, you’re a racist. But it doesn’t mean you have to be a terrorist.

You’re a racist. Ok? It’s OK. Take a deep breath. It doesn’t mean you have to be a horrible person. I promise. Just… listen. For the most part, I’m addressing white American folks in this particular message, because, you know, I’m white. And American. I get it. I grew up here too, in a white ghetto. But …

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