Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

Have a safe and happy new year, and a wonderful 2010!

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Monday, December 28, 2009

A Look Back

A quick look back at 2009 shows me it has been a good year for my writing. My first book was released, along with a line of collectible art pieces built on 30 of my haiku.

The book is science fiction poetry, while the art pieces are not. (An online gallery of the art pieces is available at Sloth Jockey.)

You can have a look here if you are interested in seeing a list of all of my published work. There are links to those that are available online.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Hope you have a wonderful holiday with your friends and family!

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Monday, December 21, 2009


I saw Avatar last night, and really enjoyed it. It might be the best new film I saw this year.

The technologies of the future presented in the film were lots of fun. I liked the ideas explored, and loved the new world created on Pandora. The use of all the old tropes was good, especially mixed in with the idea of a true global network. That concept reminded me of a lot of sci-fi books I've read (including Asimov's later installments to the Foundation series), but the whole biological explanation of it was very nicely done in the film. I liked how it was presented on the screen too, with the various creatures able to connect (literally) to the world around them in a special way.

I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, and might even see it one more time while it is still on the big screen. Fun stuff!

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Edwin Morgan, my introduction to speculative poetry

It's no secret that speculative poetry (including sci-fi, fantasy, horror, the surreal, slipstream, etc.) is very much my thing. But long before I knew that genre poetry had such a big market these days, with loads of new reading material being published within the genre all the time, I first stumbled across it in the work of Scottish poet Edwin Morgan. Morgan quickly became one of my favorite poets, as I devoured everything I could get my hands on.

I moved from there to other "mainstream" poets who had done a good deal of exploring of sci-fi themes in their work. It was only years later that I found places like Sam's Dot Publishing, Dreams & Nightmares, and the Science Fiction Poetry Association — all of which directed me on to more and more magazines, small publishers, and so forth that are producing quality work in the field of genre poetry all the time.

And it felt like finding home.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Cyborg Chimera — it's here

I've received my copies of Cyborg Chimera at last. (That's the down side of living in a different country than your publisher — many readers may receive your book before it can make it over the sea to you!) I'm handing out copies to friends and loved ones, and hoping it has a warm reception with them.

If you purchase your copy from The Genre Mall now, it should arrive just in time for Christmas.


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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Online Again

My blog poetically challenged has been offline for a while due to some difficulties I had accessing the site for a while. I think the issues are now resolved, and I will be updating it regularly again.

The blog focuses on publication opportunities for poets. I hope you'll find something useful there.

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Aliens Among Us

The theory that there are aliens among us has recently gained a little more credibility. Well, at least it has gained a proponent who is more credible than the cranks often associated with such theories.

Bulgarian astrophysicist Latchezar Filipov believes that there are aliens living on our planet, though they are (somehow) invisible to us. That doesn't mean we can't see their effects, though, he claims. Crop circles are one way they communicate with us. And what they are saying is that they aren't happy with us, particularly for the issue of global warming.

It's interesting when theories like this begin to be more accepted by mainstream thinkers. If it becomes accepted as fact, I guess science fiction writers will have one less "what if" to treat. Though, I am sure that means it will open up plenty more options to take its place.

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Friday, December 04, 2009

Time Travel: The Most Ridiculous Theory In Science

I came across an interesting hub at HubPages the other day, Jon E. Royeca's Time Travel: The Most Ridiculous Theory In Science. In it, Royeca outlines the main ideas proposed by those who say that time travel is bound to happen sooner or later, and tells why he is sure that this is just not possible.

A fun read for anyone interested in science fiction, so I thought I'd put a link up here.