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Is That a Finger Bone?: Alison Campbell-Wise

The story grew out of wanting to write something where the fantastic element was fairly slight at first. The events at the beginning can be said to be possible, if not plausible. The image of someone writing on the walls came next, and the rest of the story just kind of tumbled out from there. It wasn’t exactly an inspiration for the story, but when we were really young, my best friend and I did get in trouble for writing and drawing all over my bedroom door. I don’t know what made us think it was a good idea, but I guess it made sense to us at the time. Luckily, it washed off.

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The Best/Worst Star Trek Episodes Of All Time: The Original Series

Filed under worst of all time: “The Way to Eden”. The “space hippies” episode. Spock is cool, but Kirk is an uptight authoritarian (or a “Herbert” in space hippy slang). The ending is so heavy-handed that it cracks me up every time. -Mark Bukovec

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Cursed by a Gypsy: Catherine Cheek

My short stories tend to be dark and twisted, but they don’t even resemble each other, so I can’t compare them to a short story author. My novels are most similar to Charlaine Harris and Kim Harrison. As much as I guiltily enjoyed sighing over Edward and Bella, I’d rather not be compared to Stephenie Meyer (though it would be great to be in her tax bracket.)

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Con Report: PenguiCon (Romulus, MI), Sunday (Alethea)

This convention was lovely for me–instead of burnt-out, I’m home now feeling smiley and rested. I had no panels to be on, no real schedule to keep, and I was always surrounded by beautiful, smart, funny, and generous friends. Like a geek spa, if you will, and just as humid.

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The Pink Elephant in the Room

One school of thought when it comes to Philippine fiction is that texts can only be classified as such if it includes either a) Filipino characters/setting or b) tackles Filipino social concerns…But that paradigm also limits one’s breadth of literature. Why write fantasy after all as that particular genre is deemed fanciful rather than practical?

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Con Report: PenguiCon (Romulus, MI), Saturday (Alethea)

Day two of Penguicon was the day of panels — I followed Mary Robinette Kowal to her first one: a podcasting panel where I met and geeked out girl-style over Escape Pod‘s Steve Eley. From there I hooked up with Danielle Friedman and networked by sneaking into the back of one on social networking.

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Con Report: PenguiCon (Romulus, MI), Saturday (Dave)

After that, the con turned into that delightful haze of a Saturday night. There were still things to be seen – the Pirate Ship going down (the elevator) without its captain, John Scalzi dressed up as a pirate after denying he was going to do it, and a special room party held for my 40th birthday party. Actually, it might have been decorated for Scalzi’s 40th, but my party is traditionally on the first Saturday of May, so I decided it was for me.

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Con Report: OutlantaCon (Atlanta, GA) Sat PM & Sun (Eugie)

OutlantaCon 3PM is a much more reasonable time for a panel, and my afternoon “Literature as Activism” one with writer/producer Andy Mangels and author J.M. McDermott was both better attended and more lively, with Andy Mangels providing insight into the obstacles he’s encountered in his efforts to introduce diversity into media owned properties such as […]

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Con Report: OutlantaCon (Atlanta, GA) Sat AM (Eugie)

Joseph Carriker, particularly, had much intelligent and perceptive commentary to offer on the subject of horror: fear should help tell the story; the essence of horror is in making people uncomfortable–in opposition to the goal of people and civilization in general, seeking to become more comfortable in our environments; and that the use of violence in storytelling can serve to increase our humanity (rather than degrade it) by defining and illustrating that which is decent and desirable and that which is not.

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Con Report: OutlantaCon (Atlanta, GA) Saturday

Disappointed at the lack of humor, I put all the humor panelists on the spot, asking them all to tell a joke. I was horrified to discover none of these supposed “experts” were funny. Eugie Foster’s joke was the worst of the bunch—sorry, Eugie, but it was—as she merely said “42” into the microphone. Results improved when I asked the panelists to tell us the worst joke they can think of.