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Literary Awards Are Not Competitions

The Dragon Award was launched this year at the 2016 DragonCon convention in Atlanta that took place over Labor Day weekend. It will be held every year hereafter.

The award was given out in these categories: Continue reading

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DRAGON AWARD NOMINATION

I would like to ask for a personal favor. The Dragon awards are now open for nominations and I would appreciate it if as many of you as are so inclined would nominate THE SPAN OF EMPIRE, by Eric Flint … Continue reading

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BUT FOR WALES?

I’m under some fairly serious deadline pressure right now and will be for a couple of months. So I won’t be writing the sort of long essays I did last year on the subject of literary awards in general and … Continue reading

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HOW SHOULD AN AUTHOR LOOK ON USED BOOK SALES?

I ran across this blog by the author Kristen Lamb: PAY THE WRITER …while reading this article by Rachel Kramer Bussel in Salon magazine: Don’t feel guilty It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me or who … Continue reading

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Please Stop Posting Typographical Corrections Here

Folks, please stop posting typographical corrections here. All you’re doing is wasting your time and effort and cluttering up my web site. As I have explained many times, these snippets are taken from UNPROOFED manuscripts. Naturally, you’re finding lots of … Continue reading

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Eric Flint Newsletter – 6 JANUARY 2016

First, I need to explain some recent changes in my schedule of appearances. I was planning to attend comic cons in Miami and Pensacola in January and February, but that’s fallen through. The people organizing my schedule for those events … Continue reading

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Eric Flint Newsletter – 25 NOVEMBER 2015

I just turned in the manuscript for RING OF FIRE IV, the next 1632 series anthology. It’s coming out in May. I’m cutting it a wee bit close on the deadline for this one, although nothing compared to a few … Continue reading

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THE DIVERGENCE BETWEEN POPULARITY AND AWARDS IN FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION

Several people, in their commentaries on my recent essay (“Do We Really Have to Keep Feeding Stupid and His Cousin Ignoramus?”), challenged or at least questioned the assertion I’ve made several times in my various essays on the Hugo ruckus … Continue reading

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DO WE REALLY HAVE TO KEEP FEEDING STUPID AND HIS COUSIN IGNORAMUS?

Wired magazine just ran an article on the recently-concluded Hugo awards, voted on at Sasquan, the world science fiction convention held in Spokane, Washington over the past weekend. There is much in the article that I have no objection to, … Continue reading

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Balticon 2017

I was just invited to be the Guest of Honor at Balticon over the weekend of May 26-29, 2017.  That takes place in Baltimore, if you haven’t figured it out already. The reason for the invitation so far ahead of … Continue reading

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Alexander Inheritance – Snippet 18

Alexander Inheritance – Snippet 18 Second, it was established that a civil government based on the principles of representative democracy would be put in place. That the rights of individuals would be protected. Things like free speech and protection from … Continue reading

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Alexander Inheritance – Snippet 17

Alexander Inheritance – Snippet 17 Chapter 6 Royal Lounge, Queen of the Sea September 22 The tension in the bright and airy room could be cut with a knife. Captain Floden was keeping his poker face on, but Staff Captain … Continue reading

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Alexander Inheritance – Snippet 16

Alexander Inheritance – Snippet 16 * * * At that moment, Al Wiley was having his own problems. “What can I do for you, Reverend Hewell?” “We have to go to Judea. The Second Temple still stands and Jesus is … Continue reading

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Alexander Inheritance – Snippet 15

Alexander Inheritance – Snippet 15 “I’ve heard it. It sounds a little like Latin, but it’s hard to tell. Perhaps I should have said ‘it speaks no other civilized tongue.’ The point I was trying to make is that if … Continue reading

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Alexander Inheritance – Snippet 14

Alexander Inheritance – Snippet 14 Chapter 5 Triparadisus September 20 Eurydice sat on the couch, leaning against one arm and listened to the soldier read out the report from the signal fires. She knew that someone had gotten the size … Continue reading

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Alexander Inheritance – Snippet 13

Alexander Inheritance – Snippet 13 “I’ll have to talk to the captain, but I think that Panos here may be the only Greek speaker we have in the crew.” “I’ll make arrangements, and we can add the costs to my … Continue reading

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Alexander Inheritance – Snippet 12

Alexander Inheritance – Snippet 12 Chapter 4 Royal Lounge, Queen of the Sea September 19 Al Wiley had barely gotten invited to this little dinner in the Royal Lounge. Every ship that belonged to Royal Cruise Lines had a Royal … Continue reading

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Alexander Inheritance – Snippet 11

Alexander Inheritance – Snippet 11 Dag pushed a final button and the device spoke. It was Greek of the horribly accented, almost unintelligible version Atum had heard on the great ship. It said almost what he had written. Almost, but … Continue reading

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