Doing justice to a far from ancillary character

Originally posted on Beamer Books:

In space, everyone can give you an award!

In space, everyone can give you an award!

With mild temps and milder temperaments, the Beamers re-united to discuss the most awarded science fiction novel of recent years, Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, a book that brings together artificial intelligence, multi-body existence, genderless language, and political intrigue.  It is also full of songs.  

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Blog Hopping!

Sheri Fresonke Harper:

First I heard of blog hopping, cool concept

Originally posted on Chris Gardner:

Thanks to Sandy Curtis for tagging me for this blog hop.

Sandy Curtis lives on Queensland’s Central Coast, not far from the beach where she loves to walk and mull over the intricate plots in her novels. Her husband says he doesn’t know how she keeps it all in her head, and her friends think she must be far more devious than she appears.

Actually, after having dealt with the chaos involved in rearing three children, dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and a kookaburra (teaching it to fly was murder), creating complex characters, fast-paced action and edge-of-your-seat suspense is a breeze for Sandy.

Her first five novels were published by Pan Macmillan Australia, were nominees in the Ned Kelly Crime Awards, and two were finalists in the mainstream section of the Romantic Book of the Year Award. They were also published in Germany by Bastei Luebbe, and are now available as…

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An interview with internationally best-selling science fiction writer Patrick Tilley

Originally posted on bloomsburyreader:

Patrick Tilley on creative freedom, finding inspiration in out-of-body experiences, and why you won’t find any ‘little green men’ in his science fiction.

Cloud Warrior smallTo celebrate sci-fi month here at Bloomsbury Reader, we spoke to internationally best-selling science fiction writer, Patrick Tilley. Tilley is the author of Fade-Out, which looks at the meltdown of society in the face of alien invasion, Mission, a sci-fi novel of biblical proportions, and The Amtrak Wars Saga, a six volume post-apocalyptic epic.

After a career in illustration and graphic design, Tilley broke into writing for television, before progressing to cinema. Luckily for sci-fi fans the world over, the silver screen didn’t agree with him.

“I was involved in script writing for major feature films – not always credited – finally culminating in a miserable six months,” Patrick explains. “After the last meeting I came back home thinking ‘there has to…

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The complete guide to networking for introverts

Sheri Fresonke Harper:

I qualify on the introvert scale

Originally posted on Quartz:

Most people find networking to be a somewhat uncomfortable endeavor. But the task of meeting and greeting strangers en masse—and ultimately asking them for business—can be far more painful for introverts, according to research. Extroverts, who tend to excel at building contacts outside their organization, shouldn’t be the only ones using the skill to earn more and advance in their  careers.

For introverts who feel taxed by large groups and long, awkward conversations, experts say the right approach is to carefully manage interactions and play to their strengths: small group settings, targeted meetings, and selling oneself with a light touch. Here are some rules of the road to networking for shy types:

Emails work better than cold calls.

Not only are cold calls and big events the hardest ways for introverts to network—they’re also the least effective. Cold calls can feel aggressive, intrusive, and unpleasant for both the networker and the networked. And big events usually result in talking to too many…

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Donald Mitchell

Originally posted on The Boiler:


I find it while clearing away big chunks of rotting old-growth cedar, dark boles of shake wood inspected and rejected no doubt by my great-grandfather early last century. I’m opening a space in these woods for a writing cabin. I think this may be a good sign.

It’s the Oregon variety— the salamander, I mean. That’s what the book says, though in the photograph the Oregon race is lighter, and this one is the color of Irish stout. I didn’t even notice it at first, lost in the bric-a-brac shadows of the lady ferns, but when I returned to kick up and cart away another rotten wedge, there it was, standing tall and stiff as the Royal Guard— well, as stiff and tall as a salamander can stand, anyway. It often does that, I’ve read, holds up the tail like a shitting cow, waits for something to snatch it…

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