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  1. In What Order Should You Read the Series?  • 
    In what order should you read an SF/F series, and why? It's an especially pertinent question to genre fiction, because serial storytelling is so much a part of what we do. It matters deeply whether the Empire struck back before or after the clones attacked.
  2. Whatta Fiasco… The Book’s Got a Glossary!  • 
    Why do some people have problems with the glossaries and appendices in genre fiction books?
  3. Money, Madness, and Munchausen  • 
    The 20th anniversary edition of "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" delivers everything you expect in a Terry Gilliam film: visual surrealism, distrust of authority, antipathy to soulless reason, and a skewed sense of humor, plus an inside look at the Hollywood squabbling behind the movie.
  4. On SF Signal: Are SF Series a Barrier to New Readers?  • 
    Today on SF Signal, I’ve got a mini-essay on their “Mind Meld” series. The question: are science fiction and fantasy series a hindrance to new readers? Do they leave the casual bookstore browser high and dry because inevitably not all of the books in a series will be available? Quick excerpt from my response: From […]
  5. Gary Gygax: An Appreciation  • 
    You may have heard that E. Gary Gygax, the creator of Dungeons & Dragons, lost his final saving throw with the great dungeon master in the sky this morning. Perhaps I should have called this post “Dungeons & Dragons: An Appreciation,” since I really didn’t know Gary Gygax from Elric of Melnibon√©. I don’t think […]
  6. My Introduction to the Reissue of Mervyn Peake’s “Titus Alone”  • 
    Late last year, I was asked to write the introduction to Overlook Press' new edition of Mervyn Peake's "Titus Alone," last novel of the so-called Gormenghast Trilogy. So, with the permission of Overlook Press, I've posted the introduction in its entirety here.
  7. Who Should You Nominate for the 2008 Campbell Award?  • 
    Well, it’s that time of year again… time to make your nominations for the Hugo and Campbell Awards in preparation for this year’s WorldCon. Here’s the link to the official Hugo Award Voting site, where you can download the ballot. I’m absolutely loathe to do this, considering that I scrupulously try to avoid any hint […]
  8. World Fantasy Convention 2007, Days 3-4  • 
    Alas, all the late night boozin' and schmoozin' has caught up with me. I'm sick. As a dog is sick, so I, too, am sick. So I will complete my report here of the goings-on at World Fantasy by summarizing the last two days of the con.
  9. World Fantasy Convention 2007, Day 2  • 
    The organizers of WFC 2007 are rat bastards who deserve to be strung up by their own intestines. Why? Because they handed out free boxes of concentrated Seduction to everyone attending the con, in the form of Freihofer’s chocolate chip cookies. You’ve heard it said that human beings are merely an efficient transportation system for […]
  10. World Fantasy Convention 2007, Day 1  • 
    Dear Diary, Yesterday at the World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs, I had drinks with, caught up with, or otherwise hung out with Chris Roberson, Lou Anders, George Mann, John Picacio, Paul Cornell, Deanna Hoak, John Joseph Adams, Douglas Cohen, Allison Baker, David J. Williams, Tom Doyle, and Raani Graff. I rubbed elbows and said […]

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